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Lung Cancer And High Cortisol Levels
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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can anyone tell me the life expectancy for someone with small cell lung cancer at the limited stage 3 level?
Small Cell : Limited disease is highly treatable and curable in 20 - 25% of patients. Limited means no cancer seen outside the chest after staging tests. Chemotherapy is the cornerstone, chest radiotherapy improves survival, as does preventive brain radiotherapy to all responders. Median survival about 22 months. 60% of sclc presents as stage iv, or ed, about 35% in stage iii. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Cortisol is what the body produces. It is often obtained to check if your body's adrenal gland (which produces the cortisol) is functioning well especially after one has been taking cortisone (prednisone) for a long time. Sometimes it is used to screen out over-production of cortisone by the body ...Read more
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