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Low sodium&fatigue&muscle loss 1year.CT scan was clear in feb16.testosterone low cortisol high. Could this be small cell lung cancer missed by CT?

Low sodium&fatigue&muscle loss 1year.CT scan was clear in feb16.testosterone low cortisol high. Could this be small cell lung cancer missed by CT?

Lo Na, testosterone: CT scan is fairly accurate.Testosterone can be low with age . Liver issues can cause low sodium low testosterone muscle wasting and fatigue. The fatigue can be from the low sodium. Cortisol may appear high due to low protein binding. Kidney disease can also affect sodium balance., as can thyroid disease. Drinking too much pure water is also a cause as is dehydration-Would f/u/ w/ endocrinology ...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 an 11 year lung cancer survivor. Why would my CEA level be high, (3.9), & MONO% be high, (13.0), yet cat scans, ultra sounds all show no cancer.

I am an 11 year lung cancer survivor.  Why would my CEA level be high, (3.9), & MONO% be high, (13.0), yet cat scans, ultra sounds all show no cancer.

Uncertain: The CEA level is only slightly elevated, and may be due to other factors, especially smoking. After 11 years of being cancer-free, cancer is unlikely, but can't be ruled out, because a recurrence can be too small to detect by ct scans and ultrasound. Your doctor will want to follow you closely. The mono% (monocytes?) doesn't have much to do with carcinoma one way or another. ...Read more

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How can I know if I have a high chance of getting lung cancer?

How can I know if I have a high chance of getting lung cancer?

Smoking: The current high risk group is people who have a greater than 30 pack year smoking history (packs/ day x years smoking) within 30 years. At your age if you currently smoke your are at risk and the more you smoke the higher the risk. ...Read more

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If I smoked in my 20s then moved away from major cities and pollution at 40, is my risk for lung cancer high?

If I smoked in my 20s then moved away from major cities and pollution at 40, is my risk for lung cancer high?

Higher than normal: Any time you smoke, you increase the risk of lung cancer. Even if you quit, the risk is still higher than someone who has never smoked. But, this doesn't mean that you should, then, keep smoking. The sooner you stop smoking the better. And the issue of whether someone develops lung cancer or not depends on many factors in addition to smoking, such as genetic disposition, etxc. But stop smoking. ...Read more

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My mum died of lung cancer. And now i smoke. Is it high that i could get it?

My mum died of lung cancer.    And now i smoke.  Is it high that i could get it?

You Know the Answer: The number one cause of lung cancer is cigarette smoking. Having witnessed what your mother went through, you should be very motivated to quit smoking. Trust me, "tomorrow" is never the right day to quit; do it today. Nicotine is very addictive, though. If you need help, turn to your doctor--we have many ways we can help, provided that you are motivated. Please don't delay. ...Read more

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Why does stage 1 lung cancer still have a poor prognosis? Why doesn't it have a high 5 year rate even at a early stage?

Why does stage 1 lung cancer still have a poor prognosis? Why doesn't it have a high 5 year rate even at a early stage?

Lung cancer : If stage one lung cancer is respected (removed ) the cure rate is about half as about half the time the cancer has already spread before surgery removed the main Tumor. ...Read more

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Oxygen level be low if you had lung cancer?

Oxygen level be low if you had lung cancer?

See below: Yes it is possible depending on extent of lung involvement;. ...Read more

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Does lung cancer always effect oxygen levels.

Does lung cancer always effect oxygen levels.

No.: Lung cancer only affects oxygen levels when the disease is advanced. You are born with lots of "extra" lung so that the disease has to be advanced, erode a major vessel or obstruct a major airway before you see breathing symptoms. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy for someone with small cell lung cancer limited stage 3rd level?

What is the life expectancy for someone with small cell lung cancer limited stage 3rd level?

Bad actor: Small cell at any stage beyond stage 1 = small, peripheral, has a bad prognosis. Get the devils and discuss. Less than 2 years is common. ...Read more

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My dad smoked until I was 6. He stayed home with me for 18 months when I was 1. Does this mean I'm at a high risk of lung cancer from exposure?

My dad smoked until I was 6. He stayed home with me for 18 months when I was 1. Does this mean I'm at a high risk of lung cancer from exposure?

No: Tobacco is extremely dangerous to the smoker, and poses some danger to those around smokers, but this isn't going to put you at any measurable extra risk. I'm glad your dad was able to quit. ...Read more

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Hi, I have been smoking for more or less 5 years an average of 5-6 cigarettes a day. Now I stopped since 1 year. Do I have a high lung cancer risk?

Hi, I have been smoking for more or less 5 years an average of 5-6 cigarettes a day. Now I stopped since 1 year. Do I have a high lung cancer risk?

Interesting: Check this smoking study:Results: There were 37,078 women in the analytic cohort. Compared with the never smokers, former smokers had an elevated lung cancer risk (relative risk, 6.6; 95% confidence interval, 5.0 to 8.7) up to 30 years after smoking cessation for all former smokers http://jco.ascopubs.org/content/21/5/921.abstract ...Read more

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Do air purifiers (or air cleaners) reduce a person's chance of lung cancer? Would having high quality air purifiers at home and in my office at work reduce my chance of getting cancer? I live in an area with bad air pollution. I don't know if these devic

Do air purifiers (or air cleaners) reduce a person's chance of lung cancer? Would having high quality air purifiers at home and in my office at work reduce my chance of getting cancer?  I live in an area with bad air pollution. I don't know if these devic

Unknown, can't hurt: The best way to reduce the risk of lung cancer is to avoid tobacco smoke, either smoking yourself or second hand smoke. In areas with high pollution, hepa filters may sounds reasonable but unless you live in a bubble you'll still be exposed to inhaled pollutants. There is no evidence that filters prevent lung cancer, but may help other issues like allergies, asthma, and general qol! ...Read more

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What should be the ldh levels seen in stage 4 lung cancer?

It varies: Ldh levels in various cancers can be elevated but not all the time. It is marker of cell proliferation;l so it is more often elevated in very advanced bulky tumors. But it is quite unpredictable so there is no set expected number that we can provide .But it is good to know the blood level as a normal ldh value is often a favorable feature in most types of cancer. ...Read more

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Can anyone tell me the life expectancy for someone with small cell lung cancer at the limited stage 3 level?

Can anyone tell me the life expectancy for someone with small cell lung cancer at the limited stage 3 level?

Months to years: There are essentially two stages of small cell lung cancer, limited or extensive. However, you are describing mediastinal disease. So if this person gets a good response with chemo and rt, then prophylactic cranial irradiation should be given. The survival if a complete or near complete response is measured in months to years. Rare to survive past 5 years but there have been cases. ...Read more

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Why is elevated amylase linked to lung cancer but elevated lipase is not. Are they almost the same type of test?

Why is elevated amylase linked to lung cancer but  elevated lipase is not. Are they almost the same type of test?

That's bunk: I don't know where you got the idea that elevated amylase is an indicator of lung cancer, but it's not true. There internet -- including some sites with names that suggest they should be credible -- is full of disinformation about lab testing. One percent of folks have a way-high amylase because of who they are. It means nothing. Stop fretting about this. ...Read more

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Left lobectomy for lung cancer 6 mos ago. Non-contact boxing training with personal trainer. Ok to do to increase oxygen level?

Left lobectomy for lung cancer 6 mos ago.  Non-contact boxing training with personal trainer.  Ok to do to increase oxygen level?

By all means: I hope your surgery proves a long-term success and I am very pleased you are getting back into exercise. Whatever form you like is probably right for you. As a ringside physician myself, I wish you the best. ...Read more

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I took a early cdt lung blood tests and the P53 autoantibody was the only one slightly elevated what does that mean? Have I got lung cancer?

I took a early cdt lung blood tests and the P53 autoantibody was the only one slightly elevated what does that mean?  Have I got lung cancer?

Nobody knows: These are experimental and nobody knows what various levels mean. These markets are infamous for false positives and I would not get this test on a fishing expedition even if it were free. Without a lung lesion visible on imaging, this information is useless. If you feel well and are not losing weight of coughing up blood, be thankful and forget about it. ...Read more

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Mother stage 4 lung cancer, absolute nuetraphils are high..9250 does this mean spreading?

Mother stage 4 lung cancer, absolute nuetraphils are high..9250  does this mean spreading?

No: When neutrophils are high it can mean that there is an infection, but it is hard to say what is causing the elevation in the neutrophil count without more information. Chances are that if your mother has stage IV lung cancer it is spreading at some rate unless she is getting treatment then the spread can be slowed or stopped. ...Read more

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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