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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
Could lung cancer (of any type) not show up on an X-ray after 14 months of symptoms?
(Theoritical question not for diag.)
Yes: Especially, adenocarcinomas in the apex can be very small and hide behind other structures. ...Read more
My mum has just been diagnosed with lung cancer, at this stage that is all I know. She is 78 and smoked most of her life-heavily, but denys it to everyone,doctors included. My question is, if she stopped now, would that prolong her life? or is the damage
Below: I was sorry to hear of your mothers DX. I'm sure you have encouraged her to stop smoking many times Stopping smoking now will not change the lung cancer. But it will benefit for cardiovascular events, also will help with respiratory complications Also would lower the exposure to secondary smoke to others. Condolences and best wishes ...Read more
This is probably a common question but how do you know when the end is near when you have stage 4 non smoking lung cancer and Atrial fibrillation?
Hard to say: Doctors often give an answer based on statistics, but people AREN'T statistics, and there is always a wide "spread" of answers. I had a patient with pancreatic cancer who was told he had 1 month to live, and lived 19 months. A cancer can erode a blood vessel and death come within minutes, or it can cause very slow&gradual respiratory compromise and take months or years. Good luck & my prayers. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
None: "from 2006-2010, the median age at death for cancer of the lung and bronchus was 72 years of age. Approximately 0.0% died under age 20; 0.1% between 20 and 34; 1.1% between 35 and 44; 7.8% between 45 and 54; 19.6% between 55 and 64; 30.5% between 65 and 74; 30.1% between 75 and 84; and 10.8% 85+ years of age" http://goo.Gl/5mixx. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Several causes...: But the most common correlation with lung cancer is smoking. Smoking alone will increase your risk of lung cancer by about 20 times by smoking one pack per day for twenty years. Other sources can be genetic (alpha-1 antitrypsin disorder), related to environmental exposures that are inhaled, or other less common reasons. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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