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Would a chest xray show lung cancer? I had CT of chest nov 2012 and it was clear. I have +ana elevated sed and low grade fevers. Up back pain 1 year.

Would a chest xray show lung cancer? I had CT of chest nov 2012 and it was clear. I have +ana elevated sed and low grade fevers. Up back pain 1 year.

Chest X ray: A chest x ray would show lung cancer. Your lab results suggest youmight have an auto immune disease. See an internist or a rheumatologist for a definitive diagnosis. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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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


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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?

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

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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?

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

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Can lung cancer cause symptoms similar to the common cold or flu?

Can lung cancer cause symptoms similar to the common cold or flu?

Not really: Lung Cancer will not cause running nose or sore throat. But it often does cause cough which is persistent (>3 weeks) and progressive. Chest pain and or shortness of breath can also be a symptom of Lung cancer. ...Read more

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My dad had 4 weeks of radiation for non-small cell lung cancer 3 weeks ago and since has been experiencing continual body shakes -no fever- controlled by advil (ibuprofen). Drs don't know the cause. Any ideas?

My dad had 4 weeks of radiation for non-small cell lung cancer 3 weeks ago and since has been experiencing continual body shakes -no fever- controlled by advil (ibuprofen). Drs don't know the cause. Any ideas?

Complex answer: It is not likely some sort of "radiatio sickness."

he may have a paraneoplastic syndrome as noted.

He may have disease elsewhere (brain) and be having minor seizures.

He may be having a reaction to a drug.

What he needs is to be seen by another md, perhaps a set of labs and screens for paraneoplastic workup (experienced person) and perhaps and mr of the brain. ...Read more

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Lung cancer metasised to the liver stage 4 suffering from stomach pains fever lethargy severe constipation given prognosis less than a year 3 months ago what am I also to expect before the end is near?

Lung cancer metasised to the liver stage 4 suffering from stomach pains fever lethargy severe constipation given prognosis less than a year 3 months ago what am I also to expect before the end is near?

Can vary: If the tumor in the liver is progressing, that can cause severe pain but can also eventually cause liver failure and increasingly more lethargy and eventually coma which can be a "god-send" if there is no hope of improving your situation. In a coma, you will likely feel little pain or feel much of anything at all. If liver pain is a large problem, several high doses of radiation therapy may help. ...Read more

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Can lung cancer be hereditary?

Can lung cancer be hereditary?

Unclear: Non or never smokers can develop lung cancer if they have a genetic mutation to such genes as egfr or eml4/alk fusion translocation. For more info: http://bit. Ly/ygfoko. ...Read more

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I have a question about lung cancer?

Ok: Ok, if you have a question then please ask it rather then asking whether you can ask the question. ...Read more

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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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What organs does lung cancer attack?

Local versus mets: Lung cancer will locally invade the chest wall and cause fluid to accumulate around the lungs. It can spread to the brain, bone, adrenal glands. ...Read more

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Could I get lung cancer when I'm 25?

Could I get lung cancer when I'm 25?

Possibly: It depends on your risk factors, but in general, it is unlikely in someone your age. If you are a cigarette smoker, your chances go up with time. ...Read more

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How is lung cancer usually diagnosed?

Symptom, signs: And imaging, then a biopsy. Cough, wt loss, history of smoking leads to an x-ray, then a ct scan showing location and what else seemingly is involved. A biopsy through a scope or a needle directed by the imaging ct collects cells for analysis. Treatment depends on what is involved, how healthy you are, and what you tolerate. ...Read more

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Can you tell if you have lung cancer?

Can you tell if you have lung cancer?

Rarely: Lung cancer is a silent disease. Symptoms such as coughing out blood, shortness of breath, weight loss or pain are usually late and signify advanced disease. Chest x-ray and ct can detect lung cancer in earlier stages. ...Read more

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Why don't all smokers get lung cancer?

Why don't all smokers get lung cancer?

Multiple factors: Nonsmokers as well as smokers can develop lung cancer, a disorder that involves genetic and other factors. Smoking is a major contributing cause but other mechanisms come into play such a genetic predisposition. ...Read more

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What is the usual cause of lung cancer?

What is the usual cause of lung cancer?

Smoking: Although three are some common causes of lung cancer by far the most common culprit is cigarette smoking. ...Read more

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How can a smoker die from "lung cancer"?

How can a smoker die from "lung cancer"?

Breathless: Frequently pulmonary obstructive symptoms, just cannot breathe,
or pneumonia, and fever and sepsis, or metastatic disease in a critical area- brain for example, or the chest fills with fluid,
one can break alone- hip and fall due to metastasis. ...Read more

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How can someone have lung cancer and know?

CT scan: High risk patients such as heavy active or former smokers and age greater than 50 may benefit from a screening low dose chest cat scan. ...Read more

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What tests are done to detect lung cancer?

What tests are done to detect lung cancer?

Variety: Depends on risk factors. The more risk factors you have the more serious the investigation. Baseline CXR, possibly CAT scan, sputum samples, up to bronchoscopy with washings and possible biopsy or guided needle biopsy for findings. Currently even starting genetic analysis of tumors to help predict response to chemo/radiation. If really worried start with Pulmonologist ...Read more

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What is lung cancer caused by in nonsmoker?

Many things: >80% of lung cancer is caused by smoking. However never smokers (defined as <100 cigarettes in lifetime) can get smoking. Risk factors include radon exposure, second hand smoke, and genetic mutations such as egfr activating mutations. ...Read more

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How likely is surviving severe lung cancer?

How likely is surviving severe lung cancer?

Depends: Found early, small and peripheral in the lung one may be cured
if advanced, small cell, metastatic there is palliative but no cures likely. ...Read more

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What exercises done toprevent lung cancer?

What exercises done toprevent lung cancer?

Health/no smoking.: Apart from a healthy lifestyle, like diet and exercise, the best thing to do would be to refrain from smoking anything. Countless studies have shown that people whjo do not smoke have a greatly reduced risk of lung cancer. There are some types, like bronchioloalveolar carcinoma, that is more common in female non-smokers, but overall, lung cancer is associated with smoking. ...Read more

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How to determine if I am getting lung cancer?

How to determine if I am getting lung cancer?

Often asymptomatic: Early lung cancer is often asymptomatic. Symptoms are generally late and not present early as you are "getting lung cancer". The following link may assist you in the possible symptoms:

http://goo. Gl/vvhhy. ...Read more

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Might someone have lung cancer in an early age?

Might someone have lung cancer in an early age?

Yes but: Yes, lung cancer is technically possible at almost any age but much more common in older adults. The average age is 70-71 and under 50 it is very rare and under 40 extremely rare. My personal youngest patient was 24. ...Read more

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Which tests are good for detecting lung cancer?

Which tests are good for detecting lung cancer?

CT: Low dose ct-scan under appropriate guideline protocol at institution with a comprehensive thoracic oncology program. Http://goo. Gl/ywqge. ...Read more

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How does lung cancer affects your other organs?

How does lung cancer affects your other organs?

It may or may not: When early, lung cancer does not affect other organs. But in more advanced cases it tends to spread to multiple organs like Bones, Liver and often to the brain, causing organ dysfunction after sometime of spread. ...Read more

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I smoked one cigarette, could I have lung cancer?

I smoked one cigarette, could I have lung cancer?

No: Smoking is an accumulated problem. One cigarette is like having one drink. It doesn't make you an alcoholic. ...Read more

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What to expect in the final stages of lung cancer?

What to expect in the final stages of lung cancer?

Several: Worsening breathing
fluid retention
weight loss - cachexia
no appetite
pallor
fatigue
confusion
and more!
best wishes.
Love your family. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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How is it that a lot of nonsmokers get lung cancer?

How is it that a lot of nonsmokers get lung cancer?

See below: 15% of all lung cancers occur in never smokers. Epidemiological studies suggest that environmental toxic exposures (radon, second hand smoke, pollution etc) can be linked; however, for a given individual it is hard to establish a definite link; the biology of lc in never smokers is different and there are certain molecular features that may make it more responsive to certain drugs;. ...Read more

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. David Cooke
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Lung Cancer (Definition)

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 ...Read more