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Lung Cancer Coughing Up Clear Sputum
Can the std's herpes and HPV cause lung cancer? Violent coughing and blood in sputum. What's going on? Please help with suggestions.
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
56/m - clear chest X-ray 2 months ago but still got some blood in sputum while clearing throat. Slight loss in weight. Is this lung cancer (ex-smoker)?
Rexray: Just because X-ray was negative 2 months ago does not mean it still is negative or originally misread. Because lesion was very small. If hemoptysis (blood in sputum)continues then further investigation including bronchoscopy should be performed. Other causes of hemoptysis include chronic bronchitis. ...Read more
Three weeks ago I got a cold My cough never went away but turned into a dry cough now its wet again I had a clear chest stay lung cancer?
Slight dry cough 3 months & up right back pain. 3 clear xrays, bloods and lft. All normal. Really worried it could be lung cancer.
Probably okay: If you are a non-smoker and cxray okay. Next step is ct lung if concern persists. ...Read more
I have health anxiety. Had dry cough for 12wks. Had 3chest xrays. All clear. Plumbary specialist not concerned about lung cancer. Believe her? Worried
You NEED to stop: Worrying. It will stress you out more. Get a second opinion if you are still not convinced.Cough is all good, it is protective and a defense mechanism against aspirations. Take proper medications for whatever is causing the cough. Need more history and you need to be examined. Colds and allergies are very common causes for lingering coughing spells. Take charge for better quality of life. ...Read more
I've had a cough for a week or so. Dry and wet cough about 12x a day. Could this be lung cancer? I had a clear chest X-ray in july. 36yo smoker.
Maybe: The typical warning sign for lung cancer is coughing up blood, although this is not always present in people with lung cancer. The most important consideration is whether or not you smoke. You need to stop smoking right away, permanently, and live a long, healthy, cancer-free life. If you stop smoking now, your risk of lung cancer is greatly reduced. ...Read more
Had a clear chest xray in December and that's all 2 different doctors would do, scared that I have lung cancer but no cough. Is it likely?
Anxiety: You are a 32 y.o. man with no history of smoking and no pulmonary history whose only medical history is generalized anxiety disorder. Based on what you have told us, it is more likely this is part of your anxiety. Repeated ionizing radiation such as unnecessary chest x-rays is not without its own risk. Hypochondria or Münchausen may be at play here. Discuss with your therapist. ...Read more
Driving myself crazy with lung cancer fear age 33 smoker, gp says lungs are clear, slight back/shoulder pain & an on/off cough for months gp says sinus?
Cancer phobia: If your had bone pain from metastatic cancer, this would show up on your x-rays. You also realize that you're young to have lung cancer, and that your cough is very likely due to your smoking unless your physician has found another cause such as a tendency to asthma. This would be a great time to stop smoking because the next scare may be real & get with your physician about dealing with fear. ...Read more
25 yr old, 9 year smoking history, bloody boogers and when make myself cough or clear throat, I have isolated blood streak lung cancer? ?
Probably not....: Blood-tinged sputum is typically caused by bronchitis, which is an infection in the lung airways. You could also have post-nasal drip and the blood is from the nose or sinuses. You need to quit smoking ASAP as this is contributing to inflammation in the airways which predisposes you to acute bronchitis. See your doctor for diagnosis/treatment and to help you quit smoking! ...Read more
Throat clearing, no cough, for a year now after a cold. Concerned, smoked as teen from 15 to 23, quit for good and now 51. Is symptom of lung cancer?
I got a cold 4 weeks ago I am still sick my cough is chesty and my chest hurts and I have a hard time breathing nose running clear xray lung cancer?
Re evaluation: You should see your doctor to be re evaluated and may have CT of chest to find the cause so be treated. ...Read more
None productive cough 7week, no worse at night than day, smoke 1 day a week, chest xray all clear, some sneezing and heartburn age 30 scared lung cancer!
Chronic throat clearing problem (not cough) almost 2 years, but never during sleep, could lung cancer behave this way? Started after a cold, so scared
Probably not: Specially if going on for 2 years. Next step is ct chest if you have a persistent concern.. ...Read more
Metallic/blood taste when I cough but no blood or mucus I have reflux that goes up to throat. Clear cxr in july. 36yo smoker. Cld this b lung cancer?
Have had trouble taking a full breath in for ~ 1 week. Went to urgent care and got Predisone, Advair, and Z-pack, but nothing is helping. Slight cough now. Went for a chest xray and NP at urgent care said it looks clear. Never smoked. Lung cancer?
No pleural mass in chest CT scan, clear pleural exudate (lab results say it is exudate not transudate).No fever or cough. Rule out lung cancer?
Lung Cancer unlikely: In a 30 year old, Lung cancer is not a likely cause of pleural effusion. Depending on other test results and symptoms (? any Fever), TB is one diagnosis high on the list. Your doctor should do further testing for TB and you may need emiric Anti-TB treatment if your fluid keeps reaccumulating or if you have fever on an ongoing basis and if there is significant weight loss. ESR is a useful test to do. ...Read more
No pleural mass in chest CT scan, clear pleural exudate (lab results say it is exudate not transudate).No fever or cough. Can we rule out lung cancer?
Not enough info....: With the information provided, lung cancer cannot be ruled out. Need to know if any mass or abnormality was seen on the chest CT scan. An exudative pleural effusion could be due to many things including pneumonia, cancer, etc. A sample of the fluid should be sent for a variety of cultures as well as looked at for malignant cells. More testing is definitely needed for a diagnosis to be made! ...Read more
I quit smoking bfr 4dys after 10pack yr smoking history my age is 30.I feard about Lung Cancer, I found black&blood particles in sputum and chest pain?
I can understand why: You feel apprehensive. Your chest pain & tightness combined with sputum changes (which might not be from lung) and smoking history would making seeing a physician a good idea. I would not panic or make any assumptions. Congratulations on quitting!! Please do be seen. ...Read more
Blood in sputum. I thought it was TB or lung cancer, or some kind of respiratory disease, but then it disappeared after a few days. Is this okay?
Is chest xray and sputum cytology sufficient for ruling out lung cancer in 19 year old male? I have never smoked and no family history of cancer.
I had blood from mouth after sneezing? Is it normal? I got a chest x ray and sputum cytology. Is that sufficient to rule out lung cancer?
Lung Cancer unlikely: You are too young to have lung Cancer. I would advise you to follow up with your doctor as to how he/she should monitor you further. It will partly depend on your future symptoms. If there is any more coughing with blood, then additional testing would be necessary. Otherwise you should do fine. But do not smoke! ...Read more
Not necessarily: If you have a cough that's new or won't go away you definitely should see your primary doc for an evaluation. (if you're coughing up blood, of course you'd want to be seen asap). With your age, if you have a significant smoking hx (>pack/day for 30yrs or more), you may be a candidate for screening chest ct. ...Read more
If my cough is getting better but still there after 3 weeks, should I still be worried about lung cancer?
Need medical eval.: Yes you need to seek the origin of the problem. See your MD ...Read more
Pain in upper right back. Slight cough for 2 months. 2 xrays and bloods. All fine. Highly anxious now. Could I have lung cancer.?
Male 21. Non smoker active lifestyle. I seem to be getting frequent colds with little cough about every other month. How likely is lung cancer?
Essentially zero: Although there is some data suggesting that lung cancer occurs at a bit younger age in never-smokers compared with smokers, in the absence of (for instance) immune system deficiency or underlying lung disease or the presence of cancer elsewhere in the body which could spread to the lungs, the likelihood of lung cancer at age 21 in an otherwise healthy non-smoker is virtually zero. ...Read more
I'm 25 and am concerned about lung cancer because I am having chest discomfort, small cough. I've never smoked and haven't been exposed to it either.
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
The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more
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