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78 yrd uncle has lung cancer bone mets now weakness in legs, blood transfusions 3 x pwk & referred to palliative team. How long left approx.?

78 yrd uncle has lung cancer bone mets now weakness in legs, blood transfusions 3 x pwk & referred to palliative team.  How long left approx.?

Difficult to say: I'm sorry to hear about your uncle. We try to refrain from "predicting" when an individual may succumb to an illness because truly there are too many factors coming into play. That being said, usually palliative care referrals imply that the patient is not expected to survive more than 6-12 weeks more. We don't have crystal balls and frequently patients surprise us. ...Read more

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 early stage small cell lung cancer cause muscle loss and malabsorption or are these later symptoms?

Does early stage small cell lung cancer cause muscle loss and malabsorption or are these later symptoms?

Lung cancer cachexia: Muscle wasting and weight loss ("cancer cachexia") are usually late stage occurrences; malabsorption is usually not the cause of these signs, but rather "hormones" released from the tumor cause a hyper metabolic state and also contribute to poor appetite. If you are already experiencing these problems, however, it is possible that the tumor - although localized (stage 1) is unusually active. ...Read more

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If you had an "occult" lung cancer causing fatigue and muscle loss,how do you find it or even confirm that it is an occult tumor.Any other answers? TY

If you had an "occult" lung cancer causing fatigue and muscle loss,how do you find it or even confirm that it is an occult tumor.Any other answers? TY

Screening: If you have a risk factors such as smoking or exposure to certain chemicals, a chest x-ray or a low dose CAT scan is recommended for screening. Please talk to your primary care provider about this screening. ...Read more

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If i'm having muscle weakness weight loss and its colon cancer, does that mean its spreading? Colonoscopy in 2 weeks.

If i'm having muscle weakness weight loss and its colon cancer, does that mean its spreading? Colonoscopy in 2 weeks.

See your physician: If you truely have colon cancer you are on the right track by having a colonosopy. It does not sound like you have that diagnosis as yet. Your anxiety prior to an actual diagnosis could be the cause of your muscle weakness and weight loss. ...Read more

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Could a sed rate over 100 concern for cancer if blood counts are normal? symptoms is terrible muscle aches, stiffness, and some muscle weakness 79 y/o man.

Could a sed rate over 100 concern for cancer if blood counts are normal? symptoms is terrible muscle aches, stiffness, and some muscle weakness 79 y/o man.

Less likely: High sed rates indicate inflammation. The complaints of muscle aches and weakness and stiffness suggests poymyositis. Futher evaluation by a rheumatologist with muscle enzyme tests and possible muscle biopsy may be necessary. If proven a trial of steroid therapy would be helpful. Pulmonary involvement with interstitial lung disease can occur. ...Read more

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Is muscle loss an early symptom of small cell lung cancer?

Is muscle loss an early symptom of small cell lung cancer?

"Paraneoplastic: syndrome" may include muscle WEAKNESS but muscle loss is RARE ....and only occurs when cancer is advanced and nutritional difficulties occur! Hope this is helpful! Dr Z ...Read more

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Sodium low 132, potasium low3.4 experiencing fatigue&muscle/weight loss Any sugestions on what could be causing these? Ocult Smallcell lung cancer?

Sodium low 132, potasium low3.4 experiencing fatigue&muscle/weight loss Any sugestions on what could be causing these? Ocult Smallcell lung cancer?

See below: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, your results are only marginally low and may be your normal. You may try drinking something like Gatorade, but for rest of the issues, you need to consult the doctor who ordered the tests as s/he know more about your health. ...Read more

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Would you expect a small cell lung cancer that was causing fatigue and muscle loss to be picked up on a low dose CT scan.

Would you expect a small cell lung cancer that was causing fatigue and muscle loss to be picked up on a low dose CT scan.

Yes,probably.: If you are symptomatic, I would think the tumor would be large enough to see on CT, even if only a few mm in size ...Read more

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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.

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

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In past 3years I have had 3 CT scans and 1 pet/ct scan all negative. Do I need more scans to rule out lung cancer? Still have fatigue and muscle loss

In past 3years I have had 3 CT scans and 1 pet/ct scan all negative. Do I need more scans to rule out lung cancer? Still have fatigue and muscle loss

You don't have it: Whether scans cut a risk of one's actually dying of lung cancer is a question I will leave to policy-makers. But your fatigue and muscle loss are not due to lung cancer. I'm glad you're health conscious; I assume you've stopped smoking; and my hope for you is that you'll search for some other explanation AND continue an athletic, fitness-focused lifestyle to richly enjoy these years of your life. ...Read more

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Fatigue for 2 years with some muscle loss. Pet/ct scan was negative. What is chance of it missing lung cancer (exsmoker sorry, clean 2 years). Thanks?

Fatigue for 2 years with some muscle loss. Pet/ct scan was negative. What is chance of it missing lung cancer (exsmoker sorry, clean 2 years). Thanks?

Not zero: But very small. No test is perfect. There are a number of reasons for missed diagnosis of lung cancer. However, a PET CT is the best way to identify lung cancers. Not all nodules seen on CT are positive on PET but this is rare. If no nodules are seen on PET or CT, then the likelihood is less than 2-3/10,000. If you are worried, you can have a follow up low dose screening CT. PET is not needed. ...Read more

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Does a negative pet/ct exclude lung cancer as a cause of my non specific symptoms including fatigue, muscle loss and night sweats. Thank you.

Does a negative pet/ct exclude lung cancer as a cause of my non specific symptoms including fatigue, muscle loss and night sweats. Thank you.

Yes it does!!: You should stop worrying about having Lung Cancer. You should get out and exercise such as a daily walk. That will take care of your present symptoms of fatigue etc. ...Read more

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No libido, fatigue&muscle loss for 1 year. CT chest clear. Thyroid ok celliacs negatve. worried about hormones from smallcell lung cancer. Advice?

No libido, fatigue&muscle loss for 1 year.  CT chest clear.  Thyroid ok celliacs negatve. worried about hormones from smallcell lung cancer.  Advice?

Diagnosed?: If you've been Dx'd w/ this cancer - do speak to your Dr about the illness and what to expect as well as all Tx possibilities. The relation to hormones is usually 'growth' hormone, not sex hormone and it's part of the cause - not an effect. Being ill can definitely lower libido, cause fatigue and the less activity can reduce muscle tone. Discuss it all w/ Dr ASAP. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Could this be smallcell lung cancer-Fatigue,muscle&weightloss,no libido,low semen vol,brainfog,wake early am.Testostrone in rnge 295ng/l.CT scan clear?

Could this be smallcell lung cancer-Fatigue,muscle&weightloss,no libido,low semen vol,brainfog,wake early am.Testostrone in rnge 295ng/l.CT scan clear?

Here are some...: Small cell ling cancer is the tissue diagnosis under microscope, not a clinical diagnosis. If the reported symptoms are related with cancer, which would progress and reach its advanced stage, but less likely to preferentially affect sexual function. As to ED or general health, refer to the answer to related Q from you. Besides, look up the Facts of Life-1, 2, & 3 in www.ForMeFirst.com. Best... ...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. Marcel Hungs
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Muscle Weakness (Definition)

Muscle weakness is either a subjective or objective symptom based on history or formalized testing. As a result, any complaint of weakness needs to be correlated with testing that can bring out that weakness, which sometimes involves putting that muscle in an isolated and 'disadvantaged' scenario to assess adequately. Such weakness can have multiple etiologies from ...Read more