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Dr. David Cooke
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Lung Cancer (Overview)

Lung cancer is a medical condition caused by the over proliferation of certain types of abnormal cells found in the lung. Symptoms include shortness of breath, cough, sputum with blood, hoarse voice, and weight loss.


Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Board Certified, Radiation Oncology
42 years in practice
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How is lung cancer usually diagnosed?

Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Board Certified, Radiation Oncology
42 years in practice
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How is lung cancer usually diagnosed?

Symptom, signs: And imaging, then a biopsy. Cough, wt loss, history of smoking leads to an x-ray, then a ct scan showing location and what else seemingly is involved. A biopsy through a scope or a needle directed by the imaging ct collects cells for analysis. Treatment depends on what is involved, how healthy you are, and what you tolerate. ...Read more

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Dr. David Cooke
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Lung Cancer (Overview)

Lung cancer is a medical condition caused by the over proliferation of certain types of abnormal cells found in the lung. Symptoms include shortness of breath, cough, sputum with blood, hoarse voice, and weight loss.


Dr. Loki Skylizard
Board Certified, Thoracic Surgery
15 years in practice
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What is the definition or description of: lung cancer?

Dr. Loki Skylizard
Board Certified, Thoracic Surgery
15 years in practice
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What is the definition or description of: lung cancer?

NCI: From national cancer institute: "cancer that forms in tissues of the lung, usually in the cells lining air passages. The two main types are small cell lung cancer and non-small cell lung cancer. These types are diagnosed based on how the cells look under a microscope". ...Read more

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
Board Certified, Pulmonology
22 years in practice
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Living with Skin Cancer (Checklist)

Avoid sun exposure between 10 am and 2 pm
daily
Apply sunscreen
2x day
Wear a hat outdoors on sunny days
daily
See dermatologist for check ups
2x year
Dr. Matthew Hennig
Board Certified, Thoracic Surgery
14 years in practice
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What causes lung cancer?

Dr. Matthew Hennig
Board Certified, Thoracic Surgery
14 years in practice
192K people helped
What causes lung cancer?

Several causes...: But the most common correlation with lung cancer is smoking. Smoking alone will increase your risk of lung cancer by about 20 times by smoking one pack per day for twenty years. Other sources can be genetic (alpha-1 antitrypsin disorder), related to environmental exposures that are inhaled, or other less common reasons. ...Read more

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Dr. Dimitrios Avgerinos
Board Certified, Thoracic Surgery
14 years in practice
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How does lung cancer affect the nervous system?

Dr. Dimitrios Avgerinos
Board Certified, Thoracic Surgery
14 years in practice
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How does lung cancer affect the nervous system?

Lung ca: the major way is through metastasis to the brain or the spine. This way minor or major neurological issues may arise. This would make the disease a stage 4 ...Read more

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
Board Certified, Pulmonology
22 years in practice
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Managing Pain from Cancer (Checklist)

Ask oncologist to refer you to cancer pain specialist
Once
Ask pain specialist about both interventional and medication options
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If pancreatic cancer, ask about a celiac plexus block
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If neuropathy, request trial of ketamine-based topical creams
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Board Certified, Pathology
44 years in practice
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Is back pain a symptom of lung cancer? I have had MRI which showed cervical steonisis and arthritis in my neck and middle back?

Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Board Certified, Pathology
44 years in practice
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Is back pain a symptom of lung cancer? I have had MRI which showed cervical steonisis and arthritis in my neck and middle back?

Can be: Lung tumor invading into the spine or metastases into the vertebral bones can cause back pain. From the information provided you seem to have other explanation of back pain. ...Read more

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Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Board Certified, Pulmonary Critical Care
17 years in practice
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What are some of the first symptoms of lung cancer?

Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Board Certified, Pulmonary Critical Care
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What are some of the first symptoms of lung cancer?

Can be many: Typical symptoms of lung cancer can be unintentional weight loss, coughing up blood, chest pain, night sweats, and some fevers and even pneumonia. But, usually, when you get these symptoms, the cancer is quite advanced. That's the problem with lung cancer: usually, it starts so small that you don't have symptoms. Then, when you do have symptoms, it is frequently too late. ...Read more

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Board Certified, Family Medicine
26 years in practice
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What are symptoms for lung cancer?

Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Board Certified, Family Medicine
26 years in practice
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Many symptoms: Lung cancer can present with many symptoms, including shortness of breath, cough, bloody sputum, weight loss, fatigue, or no symptoms at all, especially in the early stages of the cancer. ...Read more

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Ben Ferguson
Board Certified, General Surgery
5 years in practice
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What kind of doctor would someone see if they are concerned about lung cancer from smoking?

Ben Ferguson
Board Certified, General Surgery
5 years in practice
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What kind of doctor would someone see if they are concerned about lung cancer from smoking?

Teams of doctors.: A primary care doctor can help make the initial diagnosis based on clinical symptoms and refer to a specialist at that point. A medical oncologist can also diagnose lung cancer based on imaging, and biomarker studies. A thoracic surgeon or surgical oncologist can diagnose lung cancer in doing a lung biopsy or lung resection depending on the type and size of the tumor(s). ...Read more

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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells that occur in almost any organ or tissue in the body. Symptoms depend on the location of the cancer, and cancer often has the potential to grow and spread to other ...Read more


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