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Doctor insights on: Lung Cancer Pneumonia Blood Transfusion Bone Cancer

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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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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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Today my friend was told she will not go into remission.Dr.Will not do more chemo.Pain meds increased.Blood transfusion.Stage 4 lung cancer, mets.Hope?

Today my friend was told she will not go into remission.Dr.Will not do more chemo.Pain meds increased.Blood transfusion.Stage 4 lung cancer, mets.Hope?

Yes and No: Stage 4 lung cancer is an incurable type of cancer. Only about half of the patients respond to chemotherapy and that benefit lasts for no more than 6 to 12 months. That is about all one can do in the present state of cancer treatemnt. Once cancer has progressed despite chemotherapy it is good to seek palliative care/hospice care to help her to go through rest of her life with least bit of sufferin. ...Read more

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What is the Life expectancy of terminal lung cancer which has metastisized to liver and bone. Cancer originated in lungs.

What is the Life expectancy of terminal lung cancer which has metastisized to liver and bone. Cancer originated in lungs.

Difficult to say: Without the type of cancer and past or ongoing treatments but unfortunately if it has metastasized there is a very poor prognosis and would be thinking in terms of months. Best to ask this question of your doctor. ...Read more

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How long can someone with lung cancer survive? If it's spread from bone cancer?

How long can someone with lung cancer survive? If it's spread from bone cancer?

Lung cancer: Usually ther is no five year survivors. The actual time depends on the type of cancer and health status of the patient. ...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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40 year old diagnosed with biopsies with cancer has a grapefruit size ganglion in her chest. Blood and bone cancer has been ruled out. Any ideas.Has had 3 different oncologist. Still looking for cau?

Trust pathologist: Large cancers that first appear in the chest, especially the front, make take several days for the pathologist team to assign properly. Leave it to the pathology team, and to review the final report with the clinician. Three tricky ones are embryonal cell carcinoma, thymoma of any sort, and a tumor of nerve sheath origin. ...Read more

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Gastric cancer that has spread to bones I pelvis, spine and legs. Very low blood count. Transfusions not working due to bone marrow being affected. ?

Gastric cancer that has spread to bones I pelvis, spine and legs. Very low blood count. Transfusions not working due to bone marrow being affected.
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It should help: Blood tansfusion should help. However, it will last only for a short period of time. It will be shorter time if you have active bleeding. You should get your treatment started asap- off course, with the support of blood transfusion and growth support. Eventually, when the cancer is in better controlled under treatment, your bone marrow hopefully would gradually hwork again. Discuss with your md. ...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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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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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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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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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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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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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


Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more