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Dr. Randy Stevens
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What signs / symptoms will indicate when a person is close to death, so we know. My mother has a stage 4 lung cancer that metastasized to the bones.

What signs / symptoms will indicate when a person is close to death, so we know. My mother has a stage 4 lung cancer that metastasized to the bones.

Palliative care: I am sorry to learn of your mothers illness. Lung cancer remains one of the highest cancer deaths. Palliative care doctors can help your mothers end with comfort. Talk to your mother as to what she wants and her doctors will help you to honor her wishes. They can help you assess the signs and symptoms of end of life and what to look for. ...Read more

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Dr. Jonathan Jassey
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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. Hung Khong
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Is infiltrate a sign of lung cancer?

Is infiltrate a sign of lung cancer?

Not necessarily: An infiltrate seen on a cxr or ct scan can be cancer or infection (pneumonia) or inflammation. It is by no means definitive for cancer. If it looks suspecious enough on the scan, the next steps are further imaging or direct biopsy of the abnormality. ...Read more

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Dr. Jonathan Jassey
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Dr. Dimitri Novitzky
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What are the major early signs of lung cancer?

What are the major early signs of lung cancer?

Multiple: Family history of lung cancer, history of smoking, 1. Asymptomatic 2. Persistent cough 3. Change in cough pattern 4. Shortness of breath. 5. Chest pain/shoulders 6. Whizzing. 7, Hoarseness 8. loss of weight. 9. Bone pain in multiple areas 10. Headaches ...Read more

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Dr. Craig Carter
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What are the most common signs and symptoms of lung cancer?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Jonathan Jassey
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Dr. Nathaniel Evans III
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I have coughs that just won't go away. Is it an early sign of lung cancer? I have never smoked and I am 21 years old

I have coughs that just won't go away. Is it an early sign of lung cancer? I have never smoked and I am 21 years old

Probably not: Lung cancer in non smokers your age is extremely rare. If the cough persists you should be evaluated by your primary care doctor and/or a pulmonary physician. There are many causes of persistent cough the vast majority of them are benign. If you cough up any blood you should certainly be evaluated by a pulmonary physician. ...Read more

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Dr. Paul Pyles
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Im smoking almost 10years ago..dobi have any possible to have a lung cancer?even i dont feel any sign for this?

Im smoking almost 10years ago..dobi have any possible to have a lung cancer?even i dont feel any sign for this?

Talk to your doctor : If it has been ten years since you last smoked, you have about the same risk of developing lung cancer as a person who never smoked. ...Read more

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Dr. Craig Carter
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Can you tell me which are the signs for stage 2 lung cancer?

Can you tell me which are the signs for stage 2 lung cancer?

Few: Stage 2 lung cancer is still early stage. Most early stage lung cancers are found by accident, looking for something else. Most late stage lung cancers are found due to symptoms, like chest pain, coughing up blood, weight loss, etc. One of the earliest signs would be cough, due to airway irritation. ...Read more

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Dr. Sewa Legha
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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. ...Read more

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Dr. Sameh Abuerreish
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My chest occasionally hurts. i was just coughing cause water went down the wrong way. and it was hurting real bad. is this a sign of lung cancer?

Chest pain: This is not a sign of lung cancer. Violent cough can cause chest wall bruising and pain. The pain usually fades away with time ( days to few weeks) ...Read more

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Dr. John Rhoades
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My mum has just been diagnosed with lung cancer, at this stage that is all I know. She is 78 and smoked most of her life-heavily, but denys it to everyone,doctors included. My question is, if she stopped now, would that prolong her life? or is the damage

My mum has just been diagnosed with lung cancer, at this stage that is all I know. She is 78 and smoked most of her life-heavily, but denys it to everyone,doctors included. My question is, if she stopped now, would that prolong her life? or is the damage

Below: I was sorry to hear of your mothers DX. I'm sure you have encouraged her to stop smoking many times Stopping smoking now will not change the lung cancer. But it will benefit for cardiovascular events, also will help with respiratory complications Also would lower the exposure to secondary smoke to others. Condolences and best wishes ...Read more

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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


Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

An uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion and metastases is what cancer is defined as. It produced abnormal growth of cells which acquire destructive properties causing serious threat to host's life, unless it can be removed or destroyed by ...Read more


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