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What does it mean if oxygen saturation level is low in a lung cancer patient?

What does it mean if oxygen saturation level is low in a lung cancer patient?

Several: Pneumonia and shunting.
Fluid in chest.
Air leak and pneumo.
Diffuse metastasis.

Frequently also superimposed on emphysema from smoking. ...Read more

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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How long can a lung cancer patient live for?

How long can a lung cancer patient live for?

Briefly: Develop pneumonia, pain, cough, bleeding,
metastasis and serious problems.
Depends on cell type, stage at finding, treatment options. ...Read more

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Can you tell me which are the particles that a lung cancer patient emmit when he/she coughs or exhale?

Can you tell me which are the particles that a lung cancer patient emmit when he/she coughs or exhale?

Mucous and blood: You can have pieces of a lung cancer coughed up if it involves the airway, but usually it is mucous and blood. Even if tumor is present, you cannot pass cancer to someone else. ...Read more

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Can a lung cancer patient still jog or run?

Can a lung cancer patient still jog or run?

Depends: The level of physical activity of any person depends on the functions of heart, lungs, muscles and nerves. As long as those are intact an early, small lung cancer by itself would not limit activity. ...Read more

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Can a lung cancer patient be active in a competitive sport?

Can a lung cancer patient be active in a competitive sport?

Depends: The level of physical activity will depend on the general health and pulmonary function. If the person is otherwise healthy, there is no reason to curtail activity. ...Read more

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How true and actual it is that cow pee helps to cure lung cancer. It's referred to me by a cured lung cancer patient still alive. How true is it?

How true and actual it is that cow pee helps to cure lung cancer. It's referred to me by a cured lung cancer patient still alive. How true is it?

NO DATA TO SUPPORT: This has absolutely no support in the literature. You can always find a story where someone did x or took y and was healed. What they fail to recognize is they! . Did not have the disease anyway or 2. If they did, it was entirely something else that resulted in the cure. This is not as dramatic as exciting as attributing the cure to cow scat poultices - beware of these snake oil remedies, . ...Read more

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What is life expectancy of lung cancer patient?

What is life expectancy of lung cancer patient?

Can be high: Small size, peripheral, squamous cell can be cured. 70-90% at five years
depends on cell type- small cell cancer is still a bad actor.
Many variables
better to answer with cell type- biopsy and imaging= staging to look for any distant mets. ...Read more

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How long can a stage 4 lung cancer patient survive?

How long can a stage 4 lung cancer patient survive?

Poor prognosis: Unfortunately stage IV lung cancer has poor prognosis over all survival rate of less than 10% most of them survive less than 13 months. ...Read more

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How long can a stage 4 lung cancer patient survive?

How long can a stage 4 lung cancer patient survive?

Limited: Personal, risk factors and cancer stage.
If stage 4 with distant metastasis, then with best care 2-5 years is possible. ...Read more

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Does any doctor recommend medical marijuana for terminally ill lung cancer patient?

Does any doctor recommend medical marijuana for terminally ill lung cancer patient?

Yes: In fact, I doubt there are many (or any) doctors who would be opposed to it. ...Read more

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How long should a stage four lung cancer patient with metastasis to brain and liver expect to live?

How long should a stage four lung cancer patient with metastasis to brain and liver expect to live?

Less than 1 year: There are a number of variables here, including what kind of lung cancer, gender, whether there is a single or small number of metastasis in the brain that can be treated by surgery or stereotactic radiosurgery, general health status and age. The average survival overall is about 8 months for stage 4 disease. ...Read more

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If a stage four lung cancer patient is spread to the bones, would having a bone marrow transplant increase the likelihood of survival?

If a stage four lung cancer patient is spread to the bones, would having a bone marrow transplant increase the likelihood of survival?

No: Bone marrow transplant would not treat the primary tumor and would be ineffective. A bone marrow transplant would introduce such high risks that it would most likely hasten the patient's demise. ...Read more

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Oxygen level be low if you had lung cancer?

Oxygen level be low if you had lung cancer?

See below: Yes it is possible depending on extent of lung involvement;. ...Read more

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Left lobectomy for lung cancer 6 mos ago. Non-contact boxing training with personal trainer. Ok to do to increase oxygen level?

Left lobectomy for lung cancer 6 mos ago. Non-contact boxing training with personal trainer. Ok to do to increase oxygen level?

By all means: I hope your surgery proves a long-term success and I am very pleased you are getting back into exercise. Whatever form you like is probably right for you. As a ringside physician myself, I wish you the best. ...Read more

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Does lung cancer always effect oxygen levels.

No.: Lung cancer only affects oxygen levels when the disease is advanced. You are born with lots of "extra" lung so that the disease has to be advanced, erode a major vessel or obstruct a major airway before you see breathing symptoms. ...Read more

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What happens in the last few stages of terminal lung cancer so I know what to expect please? She is on 24hr oxygen.

What happens in the last few stages of terminal lung cancer so I know what to expect please? She is on 24hr oxygen.

Unpredictable: Lungs may fail with shortness of breath and blue skin. Right side of heart may fail with shortness of breath and fluid overload. Bain metastasis may cause headache or coma. Infection may be sudden and cause padding in hours. Cherish each day. Discuss her wishes for the last days. I m glad you had one another. ...Read more

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My great grandmother has stage 4 lung cancer and is on oxygen and won't be taking any treatment. How long can we expect her to live? Non small cell

My great grandmother has stage 4 lung cancer and is on oxygen and won't be taking any treatment. How long can we expect her to live? Non small cell

Varies: But 1-2 years from time of diagnosis. Poorer prognosis the more advanced it is (larger, spread more places, having complications due to invovlement of the liver or brain). ...Read more

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What are other alternative treatment for lung cancer with extreme shortness of breath if the oxygen treatment is not effective as it used to be?

What are other alternative treatment for lung cancer with extreme shortness of breath if the oxygen treatment is not effective as it used to be?

MORPHINE: Ask your treating oncologist or palliative care specialist for morphine. This medication can help with the sensation of shortness of breath (dyspnea). There is a liquid formulary, easier to take, absord faster. I hope this information is helpful. ...Read more

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My dad is 84. He has stage 4 lung cancer. Hie also has lung disease. His heart functions at 50%. He is on oxygen and is skin on bones. He still drives?

My dad is 84. He has stage 4 lung cancer. Hie also has lung disease. His heart functions at 50%. He is on oxygen and is skin on bones. He still drives?

NOT "COOL": Your dad's doctor should be consulted ASAP. It is his/her DUTY if a safety issue is involved to counsel your dad to give up his license or report the situation to the local State Authority (in MA. For example it would be the Registry of Motor Vehicles. BE AWARE SENIORS DO NOT WISH TO GIVE UP THEIR LICENSES IT IS A MATTER OF PRIDE AND DESIRE TO BE "INDEPENDENT"!! HANDLE WITH CARE!
Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Stage 4 lung cancer no chemo tumor grew & cancer spread, clinical trial only now, on oxygen for sob, blood clots in legs, what is life expectancy?

Hard to say/depends.: At this stage of lung cancer, the options are limited as is survival. If treatment is done, it's usually chemotherapy and radiation and/or surgery after adjuvant chemotherapy. There are certainly trials out there and I would recommend talking to your doctor before starting any, but the chance for success is likely limited, as the 5 year survival of stage IV is <5%, but it doesn't hurt to try. ...Read more

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Aunt- stage 4 lung cancer, no treatment weak heart, swollen neck lymph, coughing up blood, oxygen, hospice, life expectancy?

Aunt- stage 4 lung cancer, no treatment weak heart, swollen neck lymph, coughing up blood, oxygen, hospice, life expectancy?

Preterminal: Unfortunately the patient appears to be preterminal with life expectancy predicted to be in days or weeks. Hospice care will ensure that pain and suffering will be avoided and will not prolong death. I assume that the patient and family understands and agrees with this plan of care. ...Read more

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Is it unusual for a lung cancer patient to have surgery with no radiation?

No: Ideally we woul like to do surgery on lung cancer which means the cancer was resectable. In these cases the disease will be early stage and not require further therapy. ...Read more

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On average, how long will a lung cancer patient have to live without treatment?

Variable: Different cell types
different risk factors
different discovery
different stages
metastatic

overall, about 40 % are surviving at five years with treatment--so less without! ...Read more

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How long do lung cancer patients survive if left untreated?

Depends: Depending on the stage and over all condition. It can range frim few weeks to many months. ...Read more

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How can I make a patient with lung cancer more comfortable?

How can I make a patient with lung cancer more comfortable?

Depends...: If they are in the end stages of lung cancer, they may be oxygen hungry and having oxygen at home may help. Making sure their pain is controlled is important too. At this stage, having a discussion with hospice services would be beneficial. For earlier stages, they may still be able to be cured and being supportive in their efforts is important. ...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. Scott Bolhack
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Oxygen (Definition)

Oxygen is a gas that the cells in your body need to work properly. The air we breathe normally has 21% oxygen. A maximum of 100% oxygen can be given. Babies with heart or lung problems may need ...Read more