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Dr. Arnon Rubin
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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


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What if lung cancer spread to spine?

What if lung cancer spread to spine?

Depends: When cancer spreads to the spine it can weaken the vertebral bodies resulting in compression fractures. Severe fracture may cause impingement of the spinal cord requiring surgery to decompress and sometime stabilize the segment. ...Read more

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My brother 51 years old has got lung cancer that has spread to bones spine, aggresive.No treatment worked but they don't no what cancer it is.

My brother 51 years old has got lung cancer that has spread to bones spine, aggresive.No treatment worked but they don't no what cancer it is.

Seek expert Help: We can help you if you send us his complete information. I suspect he has cancer of unknown primary site(?). It is called cup and it means the doctors are unable to find where it started and then spread into bones and lungs. He could get a second opinion at a major cancer center where gene profiling can be done; that often indicates the primary site of origin of cup. This may further guide treatm. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me why god allows my husband to suffer horrible pain from lung cancer and cancerous tumors on his spine?

Can you please tell me why god allows my husband to suffer horrible pain from lung cancer and cancerous tumors on his spine?

He can get help: I am sorry to hear of your husbands pain and how it is impacting his quality of life. I would highly receommend that he see his physician and possibly someone from pain and palliative care. We have a wide array of medicines to control pain. Radiation may also be an appropriate option depending on the circumstance. I hope he feels better soon. ...Read more

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Would lung cancer have to invade spine to cause pain in upper back? Present for 1yr. Mri of throastic ok. My chest feels bubbly/sm cough recently.

Would lung cancer have to invade spine to cause pain in upper back? Present for 1yr. Mri of throastic ok. My chest feels bubbly/sm cough recently.

Not necessarily: Tumor invasion into ribs or chest wall or tumor irritating the lung lining (pleura) can cause pain in the back or shoulder blade region. ...Read more

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Mom has right lung cancer it's the slow cancer she also has a spot on her lower spine right hip and a rib on the right side..Plz life exp

Mom has right lung cancer it's the slow cancer  she also has a spot on her lower spine right hip and a rib on the right side..Plz life exp

Stage 4: Sounds like your mom has metastatic lung cancer, even if this is the" slow kind", her life expectancy is probably in the range of 6 months or so. Some patients live a lot longer and some a lot less. Sorry and good luck, make sure that she is comfortable for the rest of her struggle. ...Read more

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Can CT scan miss lung cancer ? Can an MRI find it while doing scan on thorastic spine? Both without contrast

Can CT scan miss lung cancer ? Can an MRI find it while doing scan on thorastic spine? Both without contrast

Both: Yes. And yes. However, since mris are very hard to obtain of the lungs due to lung movement, ct scans are much more useful and diagnosing lung cancer. ...Read more

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Mom was diagnosed with stage 4 nonsmall cell lung cancer, metastisized to rib, omentom, lymph nodes , spine and heart lining...How much time?

Mom was diagnosed with stage 4 nonsmall cell lung cancer, metastisized to rib, omentom, lymph nodes , spine and heart lining...How much time?

Not much: Few weeks, couple of months at the most. Get her in hospice and finalize her stuff - will, papers, goodbyes to family and loved ones etc. Sorry and good luck! ...Read more

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Pain in upper back with painful spots to touch b/w shoulder blades and spine, 1.5 months, chest CT normal. Am a smoker, can this be lung cancer

I doubt: With the normal chest ct, I do not think that it is lung cancer. Obviously, i strongly recommend you to quit smoking to decrease your risk from getting lung cancer in the future. Painful areas on your upper back could be caused by muskulo skeletal problems- such as arthritis, inflammation on the joint , soft tissue, disk, muscle problems etc. D/w your md further. Blood work, x-ray can be helpful. ...Read more

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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


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Cancer (Definition)

An uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion and metastases is what cancer is defined as. It produced abnormal growth of cells which acquire destructive properties causing serious threat to host's life, unless it can be removed or destroyed by ...Read more


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