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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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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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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

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)

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 ...Read more