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Hello I am a 28 year old female with a history of smoking for 7 years I am having terrible upper mid back pain now for a month... Lung cancer?

Hello I am a 28 year old female with a history of smoking for 7 years I am having terrible upper mid back pain now for a month... Lung cancer?

Probably not: Do you have cough with sputum, weight loss? It is not too early nor too late to quit smoking. Heart disease is more likely to kill you than lung cancer. It is not practical to give you a diagnosis of the back pain without examination. ...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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What are the chances that mid-back pain when you sit and move certain ways is lung cancer? Or does Cancer cause dull constant pain, not just when sit?

What are the chances that mid-back pain when you sit and move certain ways is lung cancer? Or does Cancer cause dull constant pain, not just when sit?

Very, very low: Dx of lung cancer is rarely if ever based on a back pain presentation. Stop worrying yourself about that. Do consider an exam to determine the problem - but expect it to be muscular or weight related. Whatever it is, try to follow tx recommendations. If you smoke - cut down or quit and ask the Dr for ways to evaluate your lung health. It's a good way to start the New Year - living healthily!. ...Read more

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Feeling of pain in mid back, chest , also horse voice and trouble breathing will last days , weeks come and go not lung cancer been checked any idea?

Feeling of pain in mid back,  chest , also horse voice and trouble breathing will last days , weeks come and go not lung cancer been checked any idea?

What else checked?: Did your doctor say anything about pneumonia?, copd?, asthma?, bronchitis? - winter season allergies are also possible. It might be good to see a pulmonary specialist - breathing is pretty important, right? Best wishes! ...Read more

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Can mid back pain specially under right shoulder blade pain (dull ache) cause chest discomfort? Right lung cancer ?

Can mid back pain specially under right shoulder blade pain (dull ache) cause chest discomfort? Right lung cancer ?

Back shoulder pain: at 26 years old. Pain in right shoulder area is most likely not related to lung cancer. Absent trauma, it can easily be referred pain from gallbladder disease. ...Read more

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Pain in mid left back lung cancer?

Pain in mid left back lung cancer?

Unlikely: But get evaluated. Most is spine or musculoskeletal. ...Read more

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I am a 29 year old female and have been a smoker for 7 years. I have mid back pain near spine for months. I have had chest X-ray and 2 mri's, both clear. I am still scared itslung cancer. What should I do?

I am a 29 year old female and have been a smoker for 7 years. I have mid back pain near spine for months. I have had chest X-ray and 2 mri's, both clear. I am still scared itslung cancer. What should I do?

consider chest CT: You need to talk to your doctor about ways to stop smoking, which is a known cause of lung cancer. That's the 1st thing you need to do. A negative chest x-ray does not mean your lungs are free of disease. Assuming the mris were of your spine, consider an optimized screening chest ct to determine the status of your lungs and reduce your anxiety. ...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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Can lung cancer display itching shoulder blades?

Can lung cancer display itching shoulder blades?

Probably not : Itching between the shoulder blades is not a symptom generally associated with lung cancer. ...Read more

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I'm being treated for lung cancer with nivolumab. Which can cause severe itching. Can I take 50 mg of benedryl for it instead of just 25 mg. ?

I'm being treated for lung cancer with nivolumab. Which can cause severe itching. Can I take 50 mg of benedryl for it instead of just 25 mg. ?

Yes you can: but don't exceed 300 mg/ day of diphenhydramine (benadryl) from all sources, suggest that you communicate with the treating team re side effects and probably dose adjustment of the Nivolumab, wish you well and recovery ...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. David Cooke
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Lung Cancer (Definition)

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 ...Read more