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Lung Cancer Coughing Up Phlegm
Smoker I've been coughing up phlegm tinged with blood at times I had a CT scan it states that their is cystic changes and a parenchymal density lung
Parenchymal density: is a very nonspecific term, unfortunately. It could mean anything from scar to mass to pneumonia to collapse of a small lung segment. Without the images to review, it is difficult to determine. Likewise, there are both acute and chronic causes of cystic changes. The nonspecific report verbiage needs to be interpreted in conjunction with the images themselves and your clinical picture. ...Read more
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
Have I got lung cancer coughing up tiny bit of blood with green phlegm it's happened 4 times have got a cold and cough I'm scared?
I'm so scared I've had a cold and cough but in the mornings wen I cough up phlegm there's been a tiny bit of blood have I got lung cancer?
Lung Cancer Concern - 33 pk yr smoker. Short of breath, wheezing, sweats, non-stop coughing & phlegm especially in morning. Low dose CT? 47 Y/O.
This is very serious: You need to do whatever it takes to stop smoking now. Otherwise this is your whole future. I doubt you have lung cancer, or that screening saves many lives, but nowadays who gets screened with low-dose CT is politics and you should accept if offered. You may have an acute infection, even pertussis. An antitrypsin level may be in order though with any result smoking cessation is imperative. ...Read more
Fatigue & muscle loss over last year. Some thick phlegm. Just had negative CT. Could this be early small cell lung cancer not yet showing on scan.
Small cell or oat ce: T cell tumor of the lung are usually diagnosed by the pathologist at autopsy. They are not usually the lung cancers picked up when you are alive. Those are adenocarcinomas, or carcinoid tumors of the lung. Helical CT scans are the most sensitive tests for picking these up. Best prevention is never to smoke tobacco or stop today. ...Read more
Chest X-ray clear, blood in phlegm is now gone but have upper back pain. If it was lung cancer would it have shown on x ray? Having anxiety!
Not always: A chest x-ray can miss lung cancers, especially if they are early/small, when they can be best treated. Although it is not likely you have lung cancer given your age, please see your health care provider and get further evaluation. A chest ct would be a better test for lung cancer depending on your specific situation, but we want to limit radiation exposure, so benefit needs to outweigh risk. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have extreme fatigue,weightloss&thick phlegm 1 year. CT clear and colonoscopy clear. Worried about hidden lung cancer as ex smoker. Any ideas?
Hidden?: No- simply continue with routine physicial exams and chest xryas. CT scans are an excellent source of screening for hidden illness. ...Read more
How reassured would you be that you did not have lung cancer if you had a negative CT scan but still had fatigue weightloss, thick phlegm& low sodium?
CT scans don't: lie,and their resolution is very good.. I would be 90% reassured,but II would look for other cause of your symptoms,mostly endocrinologic. Has anyone thought about Addisons disease,for example,or thyroid disorder? see an Endocrinologist as soon as you can. ...Read more
I've had fatigue and weight loss one year.Doc said negative CT ruled out lung cancer (ex smoker).Still worried as have some thick phlegm. Any advice?
Follow up with your: doctor, thick phlegm can be from your lungs or more commonly from your upper airways, nose/sinuses, doesn't indicate lung cancer. You need evaluation, may be antibiotics, and probably some inhalers to control your cough and shortness of breath causing your fatigue symptoms, wish you wellness ...Read more
Had multiple chest xrays and CT of chest with contrast. Still having difficulty breathing and feel like thick phlegm stuck in throat that I can't get rid of. Saw ENT as well. Could it still be lung cancer?
Phlegm is the thick, sticky mucus secreted by the surface of the respiratory tract during a cold or other respiratory infection. The respiratory tract includes the nose and sinuses, throat, voice box, bronchi, and lungs. Phlegm is mucus that may contain bacteria, viruses, respiratory surface cells, and inflammatory cells. Normal mucus is not phlegm, but a protective layer secreted ...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
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