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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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Lung xray shows pleural thickening. Is that precursor to cancer?

Lung xray shows pleural thickening. Is that precursor to cancer?

Perhaps: There are many reasons for pleural thickening. Visit with your doctor; a ct scan may be useful to find out why you have this thickening. ...Read more

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I don't smoke. I have had a mild dry cough for past 3 weeks . Blood test and chest xray shows normal .No chest pain. Could it be lung cancer?Im worried

I don't smoke. I have had a mild dry cough for past 3 weeks . Blood test and chest xray shows normal .No chest pain. Could it be lung cancer?Im worried

Cough: In general, a symptom of coughing can first be addressed by over the counter measures. Cough specific syrups or tablets are readily available. Decongestant medicines can help if the cough is related to sinus drainage. Giving the cough ample time to clear is advisable (up to 6 weeks) but if you develop fevers, shortness of breath, chest pains, or bloody sputum, then it is time to see the doctor. ...Read more

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The result of my chest xray shows a suspicious nodular density overlying the left first anterior rib. Another nodular opacity is seen overlying the left 9th posterior rib is this means that my breast cancer already metastisis in my lungs? Do I have to und

The result of my chest xray shows a suspicious nodular density overlying the left first anterior rib. Another nodular opacity is seen overlying the left 9th posterior rib is this means that my breast cancer already metastisis in my lungs? Do I have to und

Advice: It sounds like you have a complex medical history and a potentially complicated situation. The best advise i can give is to ask the doctor who ordered the x-ray to explain it to you and refer you to the appropriate caregiver. I wish you well. ...Read more

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I had left chest pain for the last two months. The ultra sound, blood test, cardiogram and xray shows i'm clear from breast cancer and heart attack.

I had left chest pain for the last two months. The ultra sound, blood test, cardiogram and xray shows i'm clear from breast cancer and heart attack.

Good news: It is good they cleared you, results are normal' no cardiac problem, no breast cancer , they are very good news, did they clear you from anxiety, which you have to do, work on that you will be fine, speak to your doctor again, make sure you go for your follow up visits. ...Read more

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My chest X-ray finding indicates: right apical pleural thickening and pulmonary hyperaeration. What does that mean?

My chest X-ray finding indicates: right apical pleural thickening and pulmonary hyperaeration.  What does that mean?

Non specific: apical pleural thickening is non specific but can mean possible previous infection, most common is tuberculosis. Hyperaeration if a real finding is seen in asthma and COPD. Sometimes patients when told to take a deep breathe can over cooperate and simulate hyperaeration. ...Read more

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If someone had stage 4 cancer and it spread to lungs and chest. Etc. Wouldn't a chest X-ray show something?

Depends: It would be great if the answer was a definitive yes. And, though the way you describe it, it seems likely, but it depends on the type of cancer, the extent of involvement, and the size of metastases. Also, if there are obscuring findings, like a diffuse pneumonia, it might be difficult to pick up on x-ray. ...Read more

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I had an "abnormal" xray taken yesterday. It shows a baseball sized mass in my right lung. Any chance it's not cancer?

I had an "abnormal" xray taken yesterday. It shows a baseball sized mass in my right lung. Any chance it's not cancer?

Yes: Pneumonia, benign tumors, cysts, and even congenital lung lesions such as sequestrations can present this way. Try to keep a positive outlook until this is thoroughly evaluated. ...Read more

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Ive had an X-ray, results show no lung cancer, however I have consistent discomfort in my left lung and often aches, do I have lung cancer? I'm 17.

Ive had an X-ray, results show no lung cancer, however I have consistent discomfort in my left lung and often aches, do I have lung cancer? I'm 17.

Lung pain: Lateral chest pain in a young person is much more commonly due to infection like pneumonia or pleuritis, or perhaps even a local chest wall lesion like chondritis or bruising. Lung cancer usually does not present with pain. ...Read more

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Lung pleural mass 5 cm.. pet show no evidence of cancer.solid mass..do I need to do surgery to remove it or I can leave it as it is..really confused?

Lung pleural mass 5 cm.. pet show no evidence of cancer.solid mass..do I need to do surgery to remove it or I can leave it as it is..really confused?

Biopsy?: That is very good news the PET scan does not suggest the presence of cancer I'd still recommend the mass be positively identified. At that point your doctors will be able to counsel you better as to whether it should be removed or not. If you'd like a 1-1 consultation to discuss this please write me at: www. Healthtap.com/drsaghafi Use Key Code: PDXFNR to make a calendar appointment ...Read more

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If one had lung cancer symptoms. Would it show on an X-ray and bloods. ?

If one had lung cancer symptoms. Would it show on an X-ray and bloods. ?

It might--or not: Advanced lung cancer would show on x-ray. Earlier cancers are better seen with ct scans. If you have been a heavy smoker for 15 or more years, your risk is certainly much higher of a cancer than a non-smoker. Non-smoking related cancers occur, but usually in much older individuals. ...Read more

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If I have chest pain and my X-ray was clear do I need to worry about lung cancer why would a tumor not show?

If I have chest pain and my X-ray was clear do I need to worry about lung cancer why would a tumor not show?

Many causes of Pain: Pain in the chest can be caused by many different reasons. Lung cancer can be one of these but it will often produce other symptoms such as cough and shortness of breath. If a chest X-ray is normal then you are not likely to have any tumor in your lungs. Other reasons to exclude is Angina(although it is a disease of the older people) or muscular pain(this is the most likely reason). Such pains go ...Read more

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What is outcome for patient with end stage metastatic lung cancer & extreme pleural thickening (benign)? Has to have injections to liquefy & extract.

What is outcome for patient with end stage metastatic lung cancer & extreme pleural thickening (benign)? Has to have injections to liquefy & extract.

Metastatic lung Ca: ...Is fatal in nearly all circumstances but the time course varies on tumor type, treatment and what organs are involved in the spread. The fluid in the chest may or maynot have cancer cells, but is likely malignancy associated at least. Repeat drainage procedures are reasonable. A catheter that remains in place is an option if it recurs frequently. Pleurodesis is option, but look at risk/benefit. ...Read more

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Testicular cancer typically spreads to the lungs and neck area? Would a chest X-ray show this?

Testicular cancer typically spreads to the lungs and neck area? Would a chest X-ray show this?

Most testis cancer: Is confined to the testis. When spread is suspect, particularly with markers (hcg/afp), more complex imaging (ct's, head, chest, abdomen, pelvis) is done. Testis almost always spreads to abdominal & pelvic nodes before distantly to lungs and brain. ...Read more

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5cm Pleural mass in right lung..pet scan show not cancer...is surgery still necessary and what are the risks ..thanks?

5cm Pleural mass in right lung..pet scan show not cancer...is surgery still necessary and what are the risks ..thanks?

Lung mass: Something is missing! There must have been symptoms that led to a pet scan. Unless a biopsy was performed how could your doctor simply say that there was no cancer? I hope there was indeed no cancer but the symptoms that led to the pet scan should be a cause for biopsy. Do the doctors have any idea what the pleural mass might be? Please keep me informed. ...Read more

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Would lung or male breast cancer show up on an x-ray?

Would lung or male breast cancer show up on an x-ray?

Breast no lung yes: Breast cancer does not show up on routine x rays (only mammogram, ultrasound, and targettted mri). Most (but not all) lung cancers show up on chest x ray. ...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


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Roentgen Rays (Definition)

Roentgen rays are another term for x-rays, which are a form of electromagnetic radiation (other types include light and microwaves). X-rays are used to provide imaging with plain ...Read more