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Doctor insights on: Lung Cancer Misdiagnosed As Pneumonia

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

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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Does lung caviation with pneumonia mean its lung cancer?

Does lung caviation with pneumonia mean its lung cancer?

Lung Cavity Causes: Not at all! Differential DX of cavitation on chest x-ray: 1 caveating pneumonia: s aureus, gram-negative bacilli (klebsiella, pseudomonas, legionella), anaerobes, mycobacteria, fungi, pneumocystis. 2 septic emboli, bacterial or fungal. 3 wegener's granulomatosis or pulmonary infarction 4 infected bullae or cysts. 5 cancer: primary or secondary. Clearly, your doctor will help sort these out. ...Read more

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What is the survival rate when someone has lung cancer and pneumonia and is on a ventilator?

What is the survival rate when someone has lung cancer and pneumonia and is on a ventilator?

Know your rights: A person has a right to know when treatment is unlikely to return them to a happy life, . Insist on being given the facts. I cannot make the decision for you, but I would not allow myself to be intubated if I already carried a diagnosis of lung cancer. But it's just possible that this person has been operated recently for possible cure. Then there's a fair hope. Autonomy rules. ...Read more

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Can lung cancer be detected in a chest X-ray for pneumonia?

Can lung cancer be detected in a chest X-ray for pneumonia?

Possible: But the pneumonia density can obscure, or be distal to a cancer.
Usually follow up x-rays or ct after acute pneumonia clears can be helpful. ...Read more

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My mom was diagnosed with pneumonia and a mass on lungs. Is it possible for a lung cancer?

My mom was diagnosed with pneumonia and a mass on lungs. Is it possible for a lung cancer?

Yes: This is a common way for lung cancer to present. A biopsy will tell for sure. I am glad you are there for your mother at this challenging time. ...Read more

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Lung drainage tubes my father had pneumonia with lung cancer. He had drainage tubes in his lungs. Then the nurse took them out. Why would the nurse take them out?

Lung drainage tubes my father had pneumonia with lung cancer. He had drainage tubes in his lungs. Then the nurse took them out. Why would the nurse take them out?

Completed usefulness: Chest tubes= thoracostomy tubes drain blood, fluid, lymph, serous fluid, pus or air as common indications. The tubes are usually in the pleural cavity and not in the lungs.
Once the issue is resolved, the tubes are removed.
Doctors, nurses and other trained professionals can remove them. ...Read more

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I have no active pulmonary lesions, no active pulmonarytuberculosis and pneumonia, no abnormal mass lesions (lung cancer etc.), and no bony abnormalities. But I havepain in chest. Can you explain why it might be so?

I have no active pulmonary lesions, no active pulmonarytuberculosis and pneumonia, no abnormal mass lesions (lung cancer etc.), and no bony abnormalities. But I havepain in chest. Can you explain why it might be so?

Normal: This sounds like a description of the negative findings on a chest x-ray. Pa refers to the way the x-ray was taken. Tbc refers to tuberculosis. In other words no abnormalities found - a normal chest x-ray. ...Read more

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Have lung cancer. Had pneumonia. Now have pleurisy on full feeding tube 2 antibodies plus fluids 5 foot 11 weighs 86 lbs 36 years old please advise?

Have lung cancer. Had pneumonia. Now have pleurisy on full feeding tube 2 antibodies plus fluids 5 foot 11 weighs 86 lbs 36 years old please advise?

See your doctor: This is more complicated than a short chat will help. See your doctor for a formal discussion of the current situation and expectations. ...Read more

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I have had bronchitis 2 months ago and now pneumonia. High red blood cell count and high protein in the blood. Should I be screened for lung cancer?

I have had bronchitis 2 months ago and now pneumonia. High red blood cell count and high protein in the blood. Should I be screened for lung cancer?

Perhaps: This combination of problems points more to a systemic disease, such as multiple myeloma or a blood cell disorder. You are not in the right age group for lung cancer but one never knows. By all means, get yourself checked. ...Read more

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Can symptoms for pneumonia be mistaken as lung cancer for a 54 yr old breast cancer survivor. My mother has had what doctors first said was pneumonia?

Can symptoms for pneumonia be mistaken as lung cancer for a 54 yr old breast cancer survivor. My mother has had what doctors first said was pneumonia?

Follow closely.: The symptoms of pneumonia are typically acute, while the symptoms of cancer usually evolve over a longer time. However, the findings on chest X-Ray could be similar. The "pneumonia" should be followed by repeat chest X-Ray to make sure it resolves with treatment. If any question exists, CT scanning or bronchoscopy should be considered. ...Read more

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10 wks ago had chst CT clean. Now pain undr shlder & armpt, undr ribs. Mild cough no sptm. Dyspnea on off. Diagnos acid reflux. Lung cancer? Pneumonia? GI?

10 wks ago had chst CT clean. Now pain undr shlder & armpt, undr ribs. Mild cough no sptm. Dyspnea on off. Diagnos acid reflux. Lung cancer? Pneumonia? GI?

Any of the above: Many things to consider. Less likely cancer recurrence given recent CT. This pain can be radiation pneumonitis, postoperative pain, insufficiency fracture (not cancer related), from lymphedema (swelling of the arm/chest), pneumonia. Definitely go to your doctor for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Lower chest pain with pnemonia is sign of lung cancer?

Lower chest pain with pnemonia is sign of lung cancer?

Not necessarily: You can get chest pain from pleurisy associated with the pneumonia. That would be the most common cause for chest pain, together with muscle sprain from coughing. Of course, if you are concerned about cancer, get checked! ...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?

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

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