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Hi my grandma is in her last stage of her lung cancer and she is in the hospital and she has fluid in her lungs with only 35% of her heart beating she?

Hi my grandma is in her last stage of her lung cancer and she is in the hospital and she has fluid in her lungs with only 35% of her heart beating she?

Palliative Care: I'm sorry to hear about your grandmother--it's terrible to experience & difficult to watch. I'm certain that her doctors are focusing on her comfort above all-else. Ask her if she is uncomfortable; if she is, make sure that her doctors know exactly how she feels. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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I am finding it hard to cope. My husband has lung cancer and a anrusyum in it's heart. What can I do or take to make me feel better.

I am finding it hard to cope. My husband has lung cancer and a anrusyum in it's heart. What can I do or take to make me feel better.

See below: Will need further information to make recommendations on management; is the lung cancer localized to the lungs or spread outside of the lungs. ...Read more

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Do smokers get death by heart attacks more often than by lung cancer?

Do smokers get death by heart attacks more often than by lung cancer?

Yes: Heart disease is still the leading cause of death, and smoking is a large risk factor for it. So if you are in the US and smoke you are more likely to die from CAD than lung cancer. ...Read more

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Would lung cancer be detected on an X-ray when looking at the heart:?

Would lung cancer be detected on an X-ray when looking at the heart:?

Possibly.: A chest xray can detect lung cancer if the tumor is large enough and visible.

A chest ct is a better test at 'looking' inside the lung tissue and detecting lung cancers. ...Read more

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I have lung cancer. I also take cancer pills tarceva (erlotinib). Iam also on heart medisen. Will this be safe for me to take?

I have lung cancer. I also take cancer pills tarceva (erlotinib). Iam also on heart medisen. Will this be safe for me to take?

Erlotinib: Is a tyrosine kinase inhibitor, dominantly with skin effects, and minor diarrhea. As an egfr active small molecule, I don't know of any interactions with "heart meds" which sure is a broad category. Always best to check with both specialists: oncologist and cardiologist. ...Read more

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What is the prognosis of lung cancer? My father has a 3.5 inch mass on passage way of lung by aorta of heart but cancer hasn't spread yet.

What is the prognosis of lung cancer? My father has a 3.5 inch mass on passage way of lung by aorta of heart but cancer hasn't spread yet.

Extremely serious: Even in your brief description, you mention 2 worrisome features: size and proximity to the aorta. It's beyond the scope of this forum to speculate on his prognosis, but I think you're aware that your father is in trouble. Talk with his oncologist. There are several types of lung cancer and some are more sensitive to chemotherapy or radiation. Best of luck. ...Read more

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I ve smoked around 10 cigarettes a day for last 3years. I ve stopped smoking now. Am 21 years. What is my risk of lung cancer or heart diseases?

I ve smoked around 10 cigarettes a day for last 3years. I ve stopped smoking now. Am 21 years. What is my risk of lung cancer or heart diseases?

Stopping beneficial: If you continue to abstain from smoking the rest of your life you probably should not have much of increased risk.Smoking cessation at any age is beneficial. Lower lung cancer death risk for people who quit at younger ages. Indeed, cessation of smoking prior to middle age is associated with a more than 90% reduction in cancer risk attributed to tobacco. Smoking major risk factor for ht. Disease too ...Read more

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I have recently quit smoking after 30 years. Am I now safe from lung cancer and heart attack?

I have recently quit smoking after 30 years. Am I now safe from lung cancer and heart attack?

Congratulations!: No one is safe, but you will steadily move from very unsafe (all smokers) to safer with each passing year. There is benefit in lung cancer reduction by quitting even up to 65 years of age. Best never to start. I stupidly smoked and quit @ age 33. Latest data say quit before 35, normal risk of non-smoker. ...Read more

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All testing on heart neg/cxr clear. Have chest pains and feel burning sensation chest area on and off. Is this a precursor to lung cancer?

All testing on heart neg/cxr clear. Have chest pains and feel burning sensation chest area on and off. Is this a precursor to lung cancer?

No: Your symptoms most likely suggest some gastric reflux symptoms. Your chest xray is clear which is re-assuring. If you are a heavy smoker a ct scan for lung cancer screening may be appropriate;. ...Read more

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My grandfather has lung cancer and has it in his heart. He hasn't been making a lot of sense and has been falling alot. The hospice nurse took him off diuretic meds. About how long does he have? I live in a different state and would like to be there?

My grandfather has lung cancer and has it in his heart. He hasn't been making a lot of sense and has been falling alot. The hospice nurse took him off diuretic meds. About how long does he have? I live in a different state and would like to be there?

Not sure.: Doctors not good at predicting end of life except within last 72 hours. If on hospice someone has certified that they thought he had less than 6 months to live, but we sometimes have patients who graduate from hospice! If diuretics were keeping him from being in heart failure, he may not have long. When patients stop eating/ drinking they usually don't last a week. Ask the nurse. ...Read more

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Should I take a full strength of chemo. When only 1/3 of the strength causes bad chest pain I have only about 15% of my heart and 20% of my kidney. I have lung cancer, the no cell cancer, with each treatment it has affected my heart. But if I don't take t

Should I take a full strength of chemo. When only 1/3 of the strength causes bad chest pain I have only about 15% of my heart and 20% of my kidney. I have lung cancer, the no cell cancer, with each treatment it has affected my heart. But if I don't take t

It's a choice: Nobody can make this decision for you. It is important that you have an honest and open discussion with your cancer team. You will need to ask what are the reasonable expectations from treatment vs non-treatment? Ultimately, the question only you can answer, after thorough discussion with your team, "will treatment be worse then cancer? What quality of life can I expect after treatment? ". ...Read more

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Have symptoms of lung cancer, heart issues, PE and after xray, blood work and echcogradiogram, Drs say anxiety. Can anxiety cause all of these?

Have symptoms of lung cancer, heart issues, PE and after xray, blood work and echcogradiogram, Drs say anxiety. Can anxiety cause all of these?

It sounds: Like you have had an extensive medical workup. If all of these tests are normal, rest assured and see your doctor for follow up. Anxiety and panic can absolutely cause you to have symptoms compatible with other disease processes. ...Read more

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My mom has been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in both her lungs, lymph nodes & around the lining of the heart what is life expectancy? She's 50

My mom has been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in both her lungs, lymph nodes & around the lining of the heart what is life expectancy? She's 50

Unfortunate: Stage 4 lung cancer survival steadily improving with new therapies but not quick enough. It also depends type of cell age, sex females do better and general health. Non small cell 50% survive 8 months, over all less than 18% 5 yr survival. Give all the support and help you can along with family, make her comfortable try traditional and new regimes. ...Read more

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Male, 21.Er for chest pain. Had ekg, blood test and chest xrays. Everything came out normal. Doubt its my heart. Are xrays enough to rule out lung cancer?

Male, 21.Er for chest pain. Had ekg, blood test and chest xrays. Everything came out normal. Doubt its my heart. Are xrays enough to rule out lung cancer?

For you - yes: The incidence of lung cancer for someone 21 years of age is essentially zero. I remember reading some where that the risk of a 30 y/o person dying from lung cancer over the next 10 years is 0. Chest xrays are an excellent screening tool. They will miss some small percentage of lesions because of size and/or location. The most important thing you can do is stop or never smoke. ...Read more

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Can you tell me why lung cancer, coronary heart disease and stroke are degenerative diseases?

Can you tell me why lung cancer, coronary heart disease and stroke are degenerative diseases?

Says who?: 'degenerative disease' usually is a word we use for changes that seem to happen as part of the body's wearing out from getting older. Macular degeneration of the eye, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, lung function loss, maybe neuronal loss in the brain are the ones real physicians usually think of. These 3 catastrophic illnesses aren't 'degenerative diseases' in any meaningful sense. ...Read more

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Have a continual cough. Meds have been ruled out, X-ray shows an enlarged heart but no chf. History of lung cancer in family.?

Have a continual cough. Meds have been ruled out, X-ray shows an enlarged heart but no chf. History of lung cancer in family.?

Consider chest CT: Do you smoke? If you do, then stop. Your doctor can help you do this. If you have a history of smoking, your doctor could consider ordering a chest ct. If you have never smoked, your coughing is less likely to be a symptom of lung cancer. Depending on duration & associated symptoms (fever, runny nose, etc), other more likely causes include allergies or infection. Above all, tell your doctor. ...Read more

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Pain on shoulder blades and below achy dull pain. Can this be lung cancer or heart attack? How do I distinguish if serious or just strain?

Pain on shoulder blades and below achy dull pain. Can this be lung cancer or heart attack? How do I distinguish if serious or just strain?

Maybe gallbladder?: Depending on radiation of pain to and associated symptoms this could be due to gallbladder, stomach or heart. These internal organs have nerves which originate in the same place and therefore pain from one may mimic the other. Given your age I suspect its unlikely your heart and could be your gallbladder as that is a very common diagnosis. An inflamed GB can cause shoulder pain. See your doctor. ...Read more

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My dad is 84. He has stage 4 lung cancer. Hie also has lung disease. His heart functions at 50%. He is on oxygen and is skin on bones. He still drives?

My dad is 84. He has stage 4 lung cancer. Hie also has lung disease. His heart functions at 50%. He is on oxygen and is skin on bones. He still drives?

NOT "COOL": Your dad's doctor should be consulted ASAP. It is his/her DUTY if a safety issue is involved to counsel your dad to give up his license or report the situation to the local State Authority (in MA. For example it would be the Registry of Motor Vehicles. BE AWARE SENIORS DO NOT WISH TO GIVE UP THEIR LICENSES IT IS A MATTER OF PRIDE AND DESIRE TO BE "INDEPENDENT"!! HANDLE WITH CARE!
Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Mom was diagnosed with stage 4 nonsmall cell lung cancer, metastisized to rib, omentom, lymph nodes, spine and heart lining...How much time?

Mom was diagnosed with stage 4 nonsmall cell lung cancer, metastisized to rib, omentom, lymph nodes, spine and heart lining...How much time?

Not much: Few weeks, couple of months at the most. Get her in hospice and finalize her stuff - will, papers, goodbyes to family and loved ones etc. Sorry and good luck! ...Read more

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Pain in right shoulder blade. Circular motion with head cause pain in neck when I go to the right. Heart attack, lung cancer or just muscle sore?

Pain in right shoulder blade. Circular motion with head cause pain in neck when I go to the right. Heart attack, lung cancer or just muscle sore?

No heart attack: The pain probably is due to joint or muscle and is not heart attack, so you should see your doctor for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Aunt- stage 4 lung cancer, no treatment weak heart, swollen neck lymph, coughing up blood, oxygen, hospice, life expectancy?

Aunt- stage 4 lung cancer, no treatment weak heart, swollen neck lymph, coughing up blood, oxygen, hospice, life expectancy?

Preterminal: Unfortunately the patient appears to be preterminal with life expectancy predicted to be in days or weeks. Hospice care will ensure that pain and suffering will be avoided and will not prolong death. I assume that the patient and family understands and agrees with this plan of care. ...Read more

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Pain abve lft brest hand fngrs shoulder blade. Chst CT 8 mnth ok. Xray lst mnth ok. Heart ok. Mild cough, no weez. Mild dyspnea. Muscl? GI? Lung cancer?

Pain abve lft brest hand fngrs shoulder blade. Chst CT 8 mnth ok. Xray lst mnth ok. Heart ok. Mild cough, no weez. Mild dyspnea. Muscl? GI? Lung cancer?

Rule out nerve pain: If it's not cardiac related and you didn't have a recent trauma it is probably not a malignancy I wouldn't worry about tumor with this presentation I am concerned that you have an impingement of a nerve or the major nerve network (brachioplexus) which is a network of nerves into the arm shoulder another possibility is that you have a pinched nerve or vertebral problem in your neck ...Read more

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My father in law was just diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer that has spread to the t8 vertebrae and is in the lymph nodes. He only has one kidney due to kidney cancer, he had bladder cancer, has mds, had open heart surgery with 4 bipasses and a heart at

My father in law was just diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer that has spread to the t8 vertebrae and is in the lymph nodes. He only has one kidney due to kidney cancer, he had bladder cancer, has mds, had open heart surgery with 4 bipasses and a heart at

What is the question: We need more info. This request says 80 year old Female...is that you or the patient???
Tell us if you have shown this person to an oncologist for treatment consideration. Radiotherapy/ and chemotherapy may be useful but a good medical oncologist is what you need first. Please send us your question (say it clearly) about his lung Cancer (only) ...Read more

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It possible to create something you don't have? Been to every doc heart lung cancer stomach ent past 7 months feel lump sticky my throat, diffnt breathing patterns, can't feel pounding heart feeling w activity, confusion, weak pulse shallow Breath

It possible to create something you don't have? Been to every doc heart lung cancer stomach ent past 7 months feel lump sticky my throat, diffnt breathing patterns, can't feel pounding heart feeling w activity, confusion, weak pulse shallow Breath

YES: You have "found" the answer to your own problem. People can CREATE something they don't have...IN THEIR MINDS. ...NOT in their BODIES...Anxiety and Hypochondria are actually the disorders you have "created" and they are psychological disorders. As REAL as ANY somatic (body) disorder. Suggest strongly you see ONE MORE SPECIALIST a PSYCHOLOGIST or PSYCHIATRIST! Hope this helps you...I really do! @ ...Read more

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Prognosis for untreated stage 3b non small cell lung cancer with low oxygen sats, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and emphysema.

Prognosis for untreated stage 3b non small cell lung cancer with low oxygen sats, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and emphysema.

Very Poor.: Small Cell Lung Cancer is very hard to treat successfully. Spreads very early in its course. If one is lucky enough to be diagnosis before spread cure is possible. ...Read more

Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


Dr. David Cooke
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Lung Cancer (Definition)

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 ...Read more