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Lung Cancer Fever Chills
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.
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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