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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

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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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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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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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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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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

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


Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more