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Dr. Hesham Hassaballa Dr. Hassaballa
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
18 years in practice
Rush Medical College
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What are some of the first symptoms of lung cancer?

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.

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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


Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz Dr. Matos-Cruz
Surgery - Thoracic
35 years in practice
University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine
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Need expert help here. What are the symptoms of lung cancer?

Need expert help here. What are the symptoms of lung cancer?

Insidious: I have resected hundreds of lung cancers in my life. Most of the patients did not have any symptoms until late. Depending where in the tracheobronchial tree the mass grows, it may or not give early symptoms. A non calcified nodule found on a screening low dose cat scan of the chest on a smoker or high lung cancer risk person is cancer over 55% of the time and usually had absolutely no symptoms.

Dr. Ed Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Pathology
40 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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How would you know if you had lung cancer, or what are the symptoms?

How would you know if you had lung cancer, or what are the symptoms?

Usuall none: Until it's too late for a cure. Weight loss and coughing up blood are the two most familiar presentations, but lung cancer can do almost anything. Most often curable lung cancer is spotted on a chest x-ray. If you are 31 years old, you're younger than the vast majority of lung cancer patients. If you need help with smoking cessation, your physician has a variety of methods to help. Good luck.

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Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz Dr. Matos-Cruz
Surgery - Thoracic
35 years in practice
University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine
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Need expert help here. What are the symptoms and causes of lung cancer?

Need expert help here. What are the symptoms and causes of lung cancer?

None or some: Causes: carcinogens in cigarrete smoke, radon, radioactivity, inhalation of organic halogenated hydrocarbons, aromatic hydrocarbons, exposure to known carcinogens to include some. Many times no symptoms. Sometimes, persistent cough, hemoptysis, weight loss (unexplained) recurrent pneumonia, may lead to discovery. Smoking anything is a risk. Asbestos inhalation co carcinogen.Read warnings!

Dr. Ed Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Pathology
40 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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Need expert help here. What are the symptoms and causes for lung cancer?

Need expert help here. What are the symptoms and causes for lung cancer?

Familiar: Cough, weight loss, chest discomfort, pneumonia, just not feeling well. Smoking, smoking, asbestos exposure, maybe radon exposure especially if you smoke, working in a uranium mine, smoking, certain chemicals such as chromates in the workplace, urban pollution maybe, passive smoking (i've autopsied two wives who died from living in smoke-filled homes with stogie-puffing husbands.).

Dr. Carlos Encarnacion Dr. Encarnacion
Internal Medicine - Oncology
31 years in practice
University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine
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What are lung cancer symptoms?

What are lung cancer symptoms?

Often none: ...Until the cancer is advanced, thus the potential benefit of screening methods in patients at risk. When symptoms happen, they are lung related (cough, shortness of breath, spitting blood) or related to advanced disease like bone pain or headaches due to metastases. Also, patients can experience fatigue and weight loss. If you smoke, please don't.

Dr. David Cooke Dr. Cooke
Surgery - Thoracic
18 years in practice
Harvard Medical School
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What are common lung cancer symptoms?

What are common lung cancer symptoms?

Depends: Early stage lung cancer can be asymptomatic or no symptoms. Often it is found incidentally by chest xray or chest ct scan. Ct scan screening for high risk patients has shown to be effective. Larger cancers can cause symptoms such as bleeding (hemoptysis), wheezing, weight loss and other symptoms.

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Dr. Saraju Dalsania Dr. Dalsania
Internal Medicine
years in practice
Florida International University College of Medicine
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Doctors, what are the symptoms of lung cancer?

Doctors, what are the symptoms of lung cancer?

Lung Ca Symportoms: Lung cancer symptoms vary from patient to patient and stage to stage. Symptoms can vary from chronic cough, weight loss to symptoms like hemoptysis (coughing up blood) and shortness of breath and wheezing. Other less common symptoms are elevated calcium and/or low sodium and/or anemia on blood testing and bony pain and peripheral neuropathy.

Dr. Carlos Encarnacion Dr. Encarnacion
Internal Medicine - Oncology
31 years in practice
University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine
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Doctors, what are the symptoms to lung cancer?

Doctors, what are the symptoms to lung cancer?

Often none: ...Until the cancer is advanced and incurable. When symptoms happen, they can be lung related (cough, shortness of breath, spitting blood) or related to advanced disease like bone pain or headaches due to metastases. Also, patients can experience fatigue and weight loss. If you smoke, please stop.

Dr. Devon Webster Dr. Webster
Internal Medicine - Oncology
18 years in practice
Stanford University School of Medicine
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What are the symptoms of on set of lung cancer?

What are the symptoms of on set of lung cancer?

None, or cough: Early lung cancer often has no symptoms. It can be found incidentally on a chest x-ray or ct scan. Chronic cough, weight loss, and bloody sputum are some later symptoms of lung cancer.

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Dr. Rawhi Omar Dr. Omar
Pathology
40 years in practice
Medical Academy, Higher Medical Institute of Sofia
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What r the symptoms of lung cancer that mets.?

What r the symptoms of lung cancer that mets.?

Local & systemic: Cancer in general has local symptoms that are the result of the physical presence of an abnormal mass: obstruction, destruction or compression of airways, ducts, nerves, bones etc. Cancer also has systemic effects such as weight loss and sometimes the production of hormone-like substances that mimic various endocrine disorders. All becomes worse with mets

Dr. Sewa Legha Dr. Legha
Internal Medicine - Oncology
46 years in practice
Punjab University, Christian Medical College
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What are some of the signs and symptoms of lung cancer?

What are some of the signs and symptoms of lung cancer?

Chest symptoms: Lung Cancer can present with varied chest symptoms like persistent cough, hoarseness, chest pain or shortness of breath. In many cases the symptoms may come due to metastases and these can go to Bones (causing pain in the bones) or spread to brain and this can present with a seizure or headaches.

Dr. Andrew Turrisi Dr. Turrisi
Radiation Oncology
43 years in practice
Georgetown University School of Medicine
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Are symptoms of pleurisy just like those of lung cancer?

Are symptoms of pleurisy just like those of lung cancer?

Pleurisy is pain: When taking a deep breath or coughing. While I agree with drs thompson & toloza, lung cancers can invade the chest wall and do this, but it is not common. Pleuritic pain is more common with infection (pneumonia & empyema) and large pulmonary embolus (blood clot to lung).

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Dr. Creighton Wright Dr. Wright
Surgery
52 years in practice
Duke University School of Medicine
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About how long do lung cancer symptoms take to take effect?

Varieties: Small cell is worst or fastest. Other cel types may be slow - out to years.

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Dr. Craig Carter Dr. Carter
Surgery - Thoracic
36 years in practice
Temple University School of Medicine
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What are the most common signs and symptoms of lung cancer?

Cough: The most common symptom is cough, followed by shortness of breath, chest pain, and weight loss. Other findings would be related to metastatic disease, like headache, bone pain, etc.

Dr. Hesham Hassaballa Dr. Hassaballa
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
18 years in practice
Rush Medical College
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What are the symptoms associated of non-small cell lung cancer?

What are the symptoms associated of non-small cell lung cancer?

Depends: That depends on where the tumor is: if it is spread to a vital organ, it will causes symptoms there, such as a headache if it is in the brain. If the tumor presses on the airway, it can block that part of the lung and cause pneumonia. If it blocks a blood vessel, it can cause problems with blood flow, etc. So, it depends on where it is.

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Dr. Larry Maturani Dr. Maturani
Internal Medicine - Hospital-based practice
20 years in practice
St. George's University School of Medicine
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Chest pains for 3 days now, could this be a symptom of lung cancer?

Chest pains for 3 days now, could this be a symptom of lung cancer?

I doubt it: Lung cancer is always worrisome. I would not jump to conclusions. If you smoke, your chances of cancer are greater than those who do not. If you do not smoke, then the pain can have many different causes. If worried get cxr. Lung cancer does not cause pain and even end stage people rarely complain of pain, rather sob or hematemesis. You could have simply strained the chest muscles. Fear not.

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Dr. Steven Ginsberg Dr. Ginsberg
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
33 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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What are the symptoms of lung cancer in the various stages of the cancer?

What are the symptoms of lung cancer in the various stages of the cancer?

No single answer: Cough, chest pain, blood in sputim, shortness of breath, weight loss are all possible symptoms of lung cancer, but are not exclusive to lung cancer. As the disease can spread to other organs, headache, weakness or numbness may signify involvement of the brain, pain in bones may signify bone involvement.

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh Dr. Singh
Pathology
45 years in practice
University of Pune, Armed Forces Medical College
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In general, when lung cancer symptoms should appear? Are they need years or months?

In general, when lung cancer symptoms should appear? Are they need years or months?

Unclear question: Lung cancer takes years to develop from the time of initial insult. The insult may be smoking, asbestos exposure or radiation. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex.

Dr. Ed Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Pathology
40 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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Could lung cancer (of any type) not show up on an X-ray after 14 months of symptoms? (Theoritical question not for diag.)

Could lung cancer (of any type) not show up on an X-ray after 14 months of symptoms? (Theoritical question not for diag.)

Yes: Especially, adenocarcinomas in the apex can be very small and hide behind other structures.

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


Hypocalcemia (Definition)

Hypocalcemia refers to low measured levels of calcium in the blood. Symptoms of hypocalcemia may include numbness/tinglng of he hands and mouth or cramping. In severe cases, one's ability to think may be impaired. Hypocalcemia may be due to poor diet, vit d deficiency, disorders of the parathryoid ...Read more