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Dad refused to do radiation for lung cancer, 2 and 1/2 months now and the tumor's bigger. Is there still time to do radiation?

Dad refused to do radiation for lung cancer, 2 and 1/2 months now and the tumor's bigger. Is there still time to do radiation?

Probably: What size? Where? Any spread? Symptoms? Weight loss? Etc depending on these items and other personal risk factors, surgical removal has the best prognosis. ...Read more

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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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My friend diagnosed stage 4 inoperablel lung cancer.6 rounds of chemo shrunk tumor but tumors in adrenals grew.She was diagnosed in march.Prognosis?

My friend diagnosed stage 4 inoperablel lung cancer.6 rounds of chemo shrunk tumor but tumors in adrenals grew.She was diagnosed in march.Prognosis?

Cosider localtherapy: I think the lung cancer can metastasize to the adrenal gland either by the lymphatic or the hematogenous route. In case of metastasis by the lymphatic route, it can be a solitary metastasis, and the prognosis can be relatively better. If the patient is young and in good performance status, aggressive treatment(stereotactic radiotherapy or even removal) can be considered in very selected case. ...Read more

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How would lung cancer (tumor) spread to the brain?

How would lung cancer (tumor) spread to the brain?

Blood vessels : The cancer grows into small blood vessels and sheds cells that move through the blood stream to distant sites, lung, then rest of body. ...Read more

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Does a sternum X-ray rule out lung cancer?

Does a sternum X-ray rule out lung cancer?

No: This x-ray is too limited. We have proven a ct of the chest is very helpful in screening for hi risk people though you don't fit age (55 to 74 who smoked > pack of cig/day for >30 ys and who are still smoking or who <15 yrs ago). Smoking volume history, infections and other factors should be considered before scans. With suspicion your primary md may still start with a chest xray before ct. ...Read more

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If a person had lung cancer, they couldn't feel the tumor when they take deep breaths, could they?

If a person had lung cancer, they couldn't feel the tumor when they take deep breaths, could they?

Usually not: Most lung cancers start in the interior tissue of the lung where there are no pain nerves. If the tumor, or its metastases, involve the outer lining of the lung(where there are pain nerves) , one can then feel pain on breathing. Other medical problems (like pleurisy) can also cause pain on breathing ...Read more

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My dad has small cell lung cancer, after chemotherapy the tumor was reduced 80%, can it still grow if left alone?

My dad has small cell lung cancer, after chemotherapy the tumor was reduced 80%, can it still grow if left alone?

Yes: Small cell lung cancer often responds very well to chemotherapy (shrinks) but it is unfortunately also common for the cancer to return after the completion of chemotherapy. Your medical and radiation oncologists can give you the best information for your father's particular case. ...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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Can you advise me on going on vacation with lung cancer/brain tumors?

Can you advise me on going on vacation with lung cancer/brain tumors?

Live for Today: I am going to make some assumptions here so please know where I am coming from. If you have brain cancer from your lung cancer then you are unlikely to live much longer. If a vacation does not involve a foreign country where care is minimal ... go for it. ...Read more

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Why does lung cancer usually spread to the brain, thereby producing brain tumors?

Why does lung cancer usually spread to the brain, thereby producing brain tumors?

Brain Mets: (metastasis) as an entity comprise 100k per year. Lung cancer leads the league, but breast, melanoma, kidney are quite common. Prostate almost never. Only rhabdoid tumors in children commonly go to brain. This pattern stares at us, but baffles us as to why "organotropic" patterns of metastasis are so predictable. ...Read more

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Is autonomic neuropathy a presentation of small cell lung cancer? If so how long until the tumor appears?

Is autonomic neuropathy a presentation of small cell lung cancer? If so how long until the tumor appears?

It can be: Autonomic neuropathy has many causes, including diabetes. Cancer would be the most unusual cause. Rarely autonomic neuropathy can be the first sign of cancer like small cell lung cancer. There is no way to tell when the tumor will appear, but most patients have anti-Hu antibodies on a blood test. If your doctor has ruled out every other cause, it might make sense to do that blood test. ...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


Neoplasms (Definition)

"tumor" literally translates as "mass", so even a fresh bruise could be called a "tumor". Doctors use the term "neoplasm" (tranlates literally as new growth) to describe tumors that are abnormal growths of cells. These may be benign or malignant; "malignant" = cancer. In everyday usage, we use "tumor" ...Read more