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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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I have all the symptoms of lung cancer: shortness of breath, cough with yellow phlegm and occasional red streaks, fingernail clubbing...but my Chest X-Ray and Noncontrast High-Res Chest CT were negative. Doctors are saying I'm fine, but I'm scared?

I have all the symptoms of lung cancer: shortness of breath, cough with yellow phlegm and occasional red streaks, fingernail clubbing...but my Chest X-Ray and Noncontrast High-Res Chest CT were negative. 

Doctors are saying I'm fine, but I'm scared?

Trust your physician: or obtain a pulmonary medical consultation as a second opinion. Without symptoms such as weight loss. anorexia, expectorating pure blood. chronic spasmodic coughing,etc. this is not consistent with lung cancer, especially with a negative CT scan. I suggest behavioral counseling with a certified psychotherpist for CBT. ...Read more

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30 yr old female. Shortness of breath & slight pain when breathing deeply. Former light smoker (5years, 18-23) and 2 chest CTs. Is it lung cancer?

30 yr old female. Shortness of breath & slight pain when breathing deeply. Former light smoker (5years, 18-23) and 2 chest CTs. Is it lung cancer?

Unlikely: From what you described, it is unlikely that you have lung cancer. However, it is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without examining you and your symptoms warrant evaluation by a physician. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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What kinda lung dieses cause shortness of breath besides lung cancer. No other sytoms but shortness of and some chest pain can this be inflammtion?

What kinda lung dieses cause shortness of breath besides lung cancer. No other sytoms but shortness of and some chest pain can this be inflammtion?

Sure: Many lung conditions can cause shortness of breath, for example asthma, reactive airway disease, bronchitis, various respiratory infections, pneumonia, etc. At your age, inflammation and a possible viral or bacterial infection would be statistically most likely, nut get an evaluation to be safe and properly diagnosed. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I've been having crepitus in my lung, chest pain, and shortness of breath; I'm 16 and fear its lung cancer?

I've been having crepitus in my lung, chest pain, and shortness of breath; I'm 16 and fear its lung cancer?

Breathing Problem: Lung Cancer is incredibly rare in 16 year olds. That said, you should see your doctor for evaluation of your respiratory symptoms. ...Read more

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They found some lung nodules in dec just really scared i also have chest pain and shortness of breath sometimes im scared of lung cancer.

They found some lung nodules in dec just really scared i also have chest pain and shortness of breath sometimes im scared of lung cancer.

You mention in: The profile, you have copd. Do you still smoke? The size of the nodules are important, as whether they have calcification. Ultimately, you may need a biopsy. That will determine cancer or not. ...Read more

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For the past year I have felt shortness of breath that comes and goes. Had a clear chest xray a 6 months ago. Should I get second opinion? Lung cancer

More info needed: Shortness of breath can have many possible causes, including lung disease, heart disease and anemia. You will need an examination and appropriate tests to determine the cause. Your doctor can help sort this out. ...Read more

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Can shortness of breath be the only symptom of lung cancer...had clear chest xray and 2 negative d dimers (all 3 in December)...scared!

Can shortness of breath be the only symptom of lung cancer...had clear chest xray and 2 negative d dimers (all 3 in December)...scared!

More info needed: Shortness of breath can have many causes, including heart disease,lung disease, clot in the lung, and anemia. it does not necessarily indicate lung cancer. Your doctor can help sort this out. ...Read more

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Dealing with Shortness of breath for past 4 months that comes and goes. Clear chest xray in December and negative d dimers. Is it lung cancer?

Dealing with Shortness of breath for past 4 months that comes and goes. Clear chest xray in December and negative d dimers. Is it lung cancer?

Bronchospasm: If SOB is intermittent most probably some type of asthma- Hyper active air ways. needs albuteral inhaler & if induced by allery,antihistamine need to be added Benadryl is OTC product or less sedative Zyrtec (cetirizine) or loratidine can be used. Consult PCP or pulmonologist. ...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


Dr. David Cooke
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Lung Cancer (Definition)

From national cancer institute: "cancer that forms in tissues of the lung, usually in the cells lining air passages. The two main types are small cell lung cancer and non-small cell lung cancer. These types are diagnosed based on how the cells ...Read more