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What are the symptoms of chronic bronchitis with and without lung cancer?

What are the symptoms of chronic bronchitis with and without lung cancer?

The dirty little: Secret of lung cancer is that it causes very few symptoms in the early stages. Copd, emphysema and chronic bronchitis, have cough, shortness of breath, worse with exercise and stair climbing, and can cause blue lips and finger nails, purse lip breathing. Lunf cancer can cause "clubbed finger nails" once underway, lung cancer can cause trouble everywhere. ...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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Chronic bronchitis emphysema and lung cancer can be caused by?

Chronic bronchitis emphysema and lung cancer can be caused by?

Smoking.,: The most common cause for both diseases is cigarette smoking. By either avoiding smoking or quitting if you do smoke, you reduce your chances of getting these diseases. See your doctor if you need help to quit. ...Read more

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Differentiating between bronchitis and lung cancer?

Differentiating between bronchitis and lung cancer?

Both cause: Cough, sputum, even occasonal blood, and are related to smoking, but bronchitis is another warning to quit, and lung cancer means you have acquired something that might kill you. Big difference. ...Read more

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Smoked since I was 9, now I'm 16 and it feels like I can't breath out of my right lung. I went to doc they said bronchitis. Idk, possiable lung cancer?

Smoked since I was 9, now I'm 16 and it feels like I can't breath out of my right lung. I went to doc they said bronchitis. Idk, possiable lung cancer?

Not likely: Even with the early smoking the chance of lung cancer is unlikely. As you have some respiratory damage I would suggest you stop smoking and your physician can help you to do this. ...Read more

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If I get mono or bronchitis while being in stage one lung cancer will it speed it up and kill me?

If I get mono or bronchitis while being in stage one lung cancer will it speed it up and kill me?

Viral infection: Developing mono or bronchitis or other minor infections will not kill you. More severe infections like pneumonia can, especially if you are undergoing chemotherapy. ...Read more

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I have had bronchitis 2 months ago and now pneumonia. High red blood cell count and high protein in the blood. Should I be screened for lung cancer?

I have had bronchitis 2 months ago and now pneumonia. High red blood cell count and high protein in the blood. Should I be screened for lung cancer?

Perhaps: This combination of problems points more to a systemic disease, such as multiple myeloma or a blood cell disorder. You are not in the right age group for lung cancer but one never knows. By all means, get yourself checked. ...Read more

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16yr old girl I was told I had bronchitis and have have asthma but I have a painful long cough gasp for air, wheeze, mood swings. Do I have lung cancer?

16yr old girl I was told I had bronchitis and have have asthma but I have a painful long cough gasp for air, wheeze, mood swings. Do I have lung cancer?

Not likely: If your doctor told you that you have bronchitis ; asthma, s/he means you have bronchitis ; asthma and not cancer. What treatment did s/he provide to you? What follow up was suggested? Mood swings is an additional problem not associated with bronchitis. It may need care also, but you need to tell your physician you're experiencing this so that you receive it. ...Read more

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I am a lung cancer servivor of 15 years I have had bronchitus since mid july I have had a chest xray and a cat scan and my lungs are fine my cancer treatment was surgery to remove top lobe of left lung and 6 and a half weeks of radiiation?

I am a lung cancer servivor of 15 years I have had bronchitus since mid july I have had a chest xray and a cat scan and my lungs are fine my cancer treatment was surgery to remove top lobe of left lung and 6 and a half weeks of radiiation?

COPD?: Sounds like your cancer is cured, congratulations, you are one of few! You probably smoked and this lingering bronchitis may be uncontrolled copd. Check with your doctor for bronchodilators +/- steroids. Radiation pneumonitis would be very unusual after all this time. ...Read more

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chronic spasm in upper back, neck, tension or whatever. But diagnosed with lung cancer in 2010 with same issue can this be that again?

chronic spasm in upper back, neck, tension or whatever. But diagnosed with lung cancer in 2010 with same issue can this be that again?

NEED MORE INFORMATIO: May be or may be not. Depends on the diagnosis of cause of spasm in 2010. How was the spasm in 2010 resolved? What did the doctor say in 2010 as the cause of spasm? Any x-ray done in 2010 or now? Any injury in 2010 or now? What is the status of lung cancer now -any surgery, any metastases. Where is the exact location of lung cancer - right or left, upper, middle or lower fields? ...Read more

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With chronic bronchitis or copd, what is the color & texture is the mucous or secretions from the lungs?

With chronic bronchitis or copd, what is the color & texture is the mucous or secretions from the lungs?

All different...: Sputum can have many colors and still be ok. The color that is most worrisome is red; this always needs to be evaluated by your doctor. Otherwise, if your sputum changes in color and consistency you need to be seen by your doctor. ...Read more

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What is the difference in treatment between chronic lung disease and lung cancer?

What is the difference in treatment between chronic lung disease and lung cancer?

Different: Non small cell lung cancer mainstay of therapy is surgical resection for appropiate lesions. 5yr survival for stage I nsclc after surgical resection is about 70%, stage ii about 30%. Chronic lung disease is emphysema, bronchitis, asthma, obviously a totally different diagnosis. Patients may develop lung cancer with or without chronic lung disease but more common in smokers. ...Read more

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I am 36 have a chronic cough with mucus. I gave up smoking several months ago and am terrified about why it hasn't gone and whether it is lung cancer.?

I am 36 have a chronic cough with mucus. I gave up smoking several months ago and am terrified about why it hasn't gone and whether it is lung cancer.?

Unlikely: At 36 yr old cancer will not be the first diagnosis, glad you stopped smoking, cancer of lung is very rare at your age. See your doctor after examination he will get a chest x-ray. Most likely you have bronchitis, or even pneumonia will treat you with a course of antibiotics with cough syrup. ...Read more

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Difference between bronchial asthma, chronic bronchitis and emphysema in terms of lung?

Difference between bronchial asthma, chronic bronchitis and emphysema in terms of lung?

Difference...: Asthma is characterized by recurrent, reversible airway obstruction. Emphysema and chronic bronchitis are both forms of COPD and are characterized by irreversible airway obstruction usually caused by smoking. Now, COPD patients can also have a reversible airway obstruction component and asthmatics can develop an irreversible component over time so there is overlap in this definition. ...Read more

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What can cause chronic bronchitis with normal lung function test and no relation to allergy or infectious disease?

What can cause chronic bronchitis with normal lung function test and no relation to allergy or infectious disease?

Tobacco: Tobacco smoking by far is the most common cause in the absence of allergy or infection. Air pollution is also a strong suspect although the link is not as well proven as with tobacco. ...Read more

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I knew I had scars n my lungs and it shows n my xray. Then I glance the comment n the radiologist assessment simple chronic bronchitis, what I do?

I knew I had scars n my lungs and it shows n my xray. Then I glance the comment n the radiologist assessment simple chronic bronchitis, what I do?

Lung scars: The scarring doesn't go away. If it is an unchanged, chronic finding, possibly the radiologist just chose to not mention it on the current report. If you are concerned, discuss it with your doctor....the radiologist could take another look and addend the original report with a comment on the scarring. ...Read more

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What can cause chronic bronchitis with normal lung function test, no relation to allergy, infectious disease, tobacco and other chemical irritants?

What can cause chronic bronchitis with normal lung function test, no relation to allergy, infectious disease, tobacco and other chemical irritants?

50% of us: Have asthma that does not make us go to the doctor on a given year. Mostly, I think this is mis-diagnosis of not asthma, but actually inflammation due to a viral illness which varies from days to over a month. Asthma meds (especially monteleukast) fix it. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with chronic bronchitis, constant dry cough and dysnea, high pulmonary blood pressure, but my lung function tests are normal. Why?

Diagnosed with chronic bronchitis, constant dry cough and dysnea, high pulmonary blood pressure, but my lung function tests are normal. Why?

Something else: Your symptom maybe due to another condition other than a lung condition. The elevated pressure in the pulmonary circulation in a young female suggest a condition called idiopathic pulmonary hypertension.a condition with no known cause. However a thorough clinical evaluation is required before this diagnosis is made. Need to consult a pulmonologist and/or cardiologist ...Read more

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Can you tell me how long you can live with lung cancer, chronic renal failure, lymph node metasteses, hernia. Age 87. We need to make plans.

Can you tell me how long you can live with lung cancer, chronic renal failure, lymph node metasteses, hernia. Age 87. We need to make plans.

Cancer Prognosis: As you haven't specified the type of cancer I really couldn't even begin to give you a reasonable estimate of survival time. Even with it I would still need to know more about how significant the spread is. Adding in the ESRD (which I would also need to know what stage you are in) certainly impacts your likely longevity. With all these variables you really need to consult with your oncologist. ...Read more

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I have occasional blood in my saliva NOT DENTAL - chronic sinus problems and asthma - former smoker - worried about lung cancer but no other issues.?

I have occasional blood in my saliva NOT DENTAL - chronic sinus problems and asthma - former smoker - worried about lung cancer but no other issues.?

Hemoptysis?: Is the blood really in saliva? Or in mucus coughed up from below? Coughing up blood (hemoptysis) is often minor, and can occur with bronchitis. But you are correct to be concerned it could be more serious, including cancer, tuberculosis, and other infections. Don't take chances: see your doctor soon. ...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


Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Chronic Bronchitis (Definition)

Typical symptoms of bronchitis can include: cough that brings up mucus, shortness of breath, wheezing, mild fever, feeling tired, discomfort of the chest. Bronchitis is deemed to be chronic when cough with mucus are present most days for a ...Read more