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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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Have symptoms of lung cancer, heart issues , PE and after xray, blood work and echcogradiogram, Drs say anxiety. Can anxiety cause all of these?

Have symptoms of lung cancer, heart issues , PE and after xray, blood work and echcogradiogram, Drs say anxiety. Can anxiety cause all of these?

It sounds: like you have had an extensive medical workup. If all of these tests are normal, rest assured and see your doctor for follow up. Anxiety and panic can absolutely cause you to have symptoms compatible with other disease processes. ...Read more

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Male, 21.Er for chest pain.Had ekg, blood test and chest xrays. Everything came out normal.Doubt its my heart.Are xrays enough to rule out lung cancer?

Male, 21.Er for chest pain.Had ekg, blood test and chest xrays. Everything came out normal.Doubt its my heart.Are xrays enough  to rule out lung cancer?

For you - yes: The incidence of lung cancer for someone 21 years of age is essentially zero. I remember reading some where that the risk of a 30 y/o person dying from lung cancer over the next 10 years is 0. Chest xrays are an excellent screening tool. They will miss some small percentage of lesions because of size and/or location. The most important thing you can do is stop or never smoke. ...Read more

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A 77 yr old man lung , brain and hip bone cancer, responded to chemo&radiation...Now has lymph node cancer next to heart..Survivable?

A 77 yr old man lung , brain and hip bone cancer, responded to chemo&radiation...Now has lymph node cancer next to heart..Survivable?

Treatable: Lymph nodes next to the heart may be treatable with more/different chemotherapy and/or radiation. Unfortunately, when cancer has spread from the lung to bones and brain as it seems you have described it cannot be cured. Chemotherapy, radiation, and sometimes special pills that directly target the cancer can put it into a remission and extend time and quality of life. ...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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Is heart transplant possible if a has cardiomegaly and lungs filled with water? (a had 2 heart attacks before 2 years)

Is heart transplant possible if a has cardiomegaly and lungs filled with water? (a had 2 heart attacks before 2 years)

Possibly: There are a lot of factors that go into choosing the right candidates for heart transplant. What you appear to be describing is heart failure causing pulmonary edema (fluid in lungs) that may in part be due to heart attacks from blocked arteries. These are potential reasons for transplant. But this has to be evaluated by a transplant team. There are many factors to consider. ...Read more

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Is it true that when you have a lung transplant for cystic fibrosis you have to have a heart transplant as well?

Is it true that when you have a lung transplant for cystic fibrosis you have to have a heart transplant as well?

No: Patients with cystic fibrosis often will have a double lung transplant. Heart transplant is only required if pulmonary hypertension is so severe in cystic fibrosis that it has affected the function of the heart. Thus, CF patients do not require heart transplant when they have lung transplant (the great majority of the time). ...Read more

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My mom(56) had 2 attacks in 2 yrs.Then she died due to cardiomegaly&lungs with fluid&shortness breath. Was heart transplant possible? We r dipressed.

My mom(56) had 2 attacks in 2 yrs.Then she died due to cardiomegaly&lungs with fluid&shortness breath. Was  heart transplant possible? We r dipressed.

Possibly: The evaluation for a heart transplant requires multiple factors to be reviewed and for the potential candidate to be capable of of both the transplantation and the long- term follow-up. Unfortunately, not all people are candidates for a variety of reasons. ...Read more

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Dr. James Lin
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Transplant (Definition)

In medicine: a transfer from one body or body part to another of an organ (liver, heart, lung, kidney, pancreas bowel) or tissue (hand, face, hair). The immune system fights foreign invaders (like infections) so it will reject transplants from other people (allotransplants) because they look like infections. So transplants usually require drugs to ...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