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Doctor insights on: Pneumonia Vs Lung Cancer

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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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Does lung caviation with pneumonia mean its lung cancer?

Does lung caviation with pneumonia mean its lung cancer?

Lung Cavity Causes: Not at all! Differential DX of cavitation on chest x-ray: 1 caveating pneumonia: s aureus, gram-negative bacilli (klebsiella, pseudomonas, legionella), anaerobes, mycobacteria, fungi, pneumocystis. 2 septic emboli, bacterial or fungal. 3 wegener's granulomatosis or pulmonary infarction 4 infected bullae or cysts. 5 cancer: primary or secondary. Clearly, your doctor will help sort these out. ...Read more

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What is the survival rate when someone has lung cancer and pneumonia and is on a ventilator?

What is the survival rate when someone has lung cancer and pneumonia and is on a ventilator?

Know your rights: A person has a right to know when treatment is unlikely to return them to a happy life,. Insist on being given the facts. I cannot make the decision for you, but I would not allow myself to be intubated if i already carried a diagnosis of lung cancer. But it's just possible that this person has been operated recently for possible cure. Then there's a fair hope. Autonomy rules. ...Read more

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Can lung cancer be detected in a chest X-ray for pneumonia?

Can lung cancer be detected in a chest X-ray for pneumonia?

Possible: But the pneumonia density can obscure, or be distal to a cancer.
Usually follow up x-rays or ct after acute pneumonia clears can be helpful. ...Read more

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My mom was diagnosed with pneumonia and a mass on lungs. Is it possible for a lung cancer?

My mom was diagnosed with pneumonia and a mass on lungs. Is it possible for a lung cancer?

Yes: This is a common way for lung cancer to present. A biopsy will tell for sure. I am glad you are there for your mother at this challenging time. ...Read more

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Lung drainage tubes my father had pneumonia with lung cancer. He had drainage tubes in his lungs. Then the nurse took them out. Why would the nurse take them out?

Lung drainage tubes my father had pneumonia with lung cancer. He had drainage tubes in his lungs. Then the nurse took them out. Why would the nurse take them out?

Completed usefulness: Chest tubes= thoracostomy tubes drain blood, fluid, lymph, serous fluid, pus or air as common indications. The tubes are usually in the pleural cavity and not in the lungs.
Once the issue is resolved, the tubes are removed.
Doctors, nurses and other trained professionals can remove them. ...Read more

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I have no active pulmonary lesions, no active pulmonarytuberculosis and pneumonia, no abnormal mass lesions(lung cancer etc.), and no bony abnormalities. But i havepain in chest. Can you explain why it might be so?

I have no active pulmonary lesions, no active pulmonarytuberculosis and pneumonia, no abnormal mass lesions(lung cancer etc.), and no bony abnormalities. But i havepain in chest. Can you explain why it might be so?

Normal: This sounds like a description of the negative findings on a chest x-ray. Pa refers to the way the x-ray was taken. Tbc refers to tuberculosis. In other words no abnormalities found — a normal chest x-ray. ...Read more

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Have lung cancer . Had pneumonia. Now have pleurisy on full feeding tube 2 antibodies plus fluids 5 foot 11 weighs 86 lbs 36 years old please advise?

Have lung cancer . Had pneumonia. Now have pleurisy on full feeding tube 2 antibodies plus fluids 5 foot 11 weighs 86 lbs 36 years old please advise?

See your doctor: This is more complicated than a short chat will help. See your doctor for a formal discussion of the current situation and expectations. ...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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My father has been in the hospital for 7 days now. He has stage 4 lung cancer, COPD, and pneumonia. Oxygen saturation at 89 at rest, 75 standing. Bad?

My father has been in the hospital for 7 days now. He has stage 4 lung cancer, COPD, and pneumonia. Oxygen saturation at 89 at rest, 75 standing. Bad?

Neither bad nor good: Getting lung cancer means getting a finite view of the remainder of one's life... it changes things. With end stage lung cancer, there is neither good nor bad. Things will play out as they always do, and the goal is a relaxed comfortable exit when the time comes (an exact time is not predictable). Larger hospitals have Palliative Care specialists who can help, as they help such patients every day. ...Read more

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Can symptoms for pneumonia be mistaken as lung cancer for a 54 yr old breast cancer survivor. My mother has had what doctors first said was pneumonia?

Can symptoms for pneumonia be mistaken as lung cancer for a 54 yr old breast cancer survivor.  My mother has had what doctors first said was pneumonia?

Follow closely.: The symptoms of pneumonia are typically acute, while the symptoms of cancer usually evolve over a longer time. However, the findings on chest X-Ray could be similar. The "pneumonia" should be followed by repeat chest X-Ray to make sure it resolves with treatment. If any question exists, CT scanning or bronchoscopy should be considered. ...Read more

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10 wks ago had chst CT clean.now pain undr shlder & armpt, undr ribs.mild cough no sptm.dyspnea on off.diagnos acid reflux.lung cancer?pneumonia? GI?

10 wks ago had chst CT clean.now pain undr shlder & armpt, undr ribs.mild cough no sptm.dyspnea on off.diagnos acid reflux.lung cancer?pneumonia? GI?

Any of the above: Many things to consider. Less likely cancer recurrence given recent CT. This pain can be radiation pneumonitis, postoperative pain, insufficiency fracture (not cancer related), from lymphedema (swelling of the arm/chest), pneumonia. Definitely go to your doctor for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Lower chest pain with pnemonia is sign of lung cancer?

Lower chest pain with pnemonia is sign of lung cancer?

Not necessarily: You can get chest pain from pleurisy associated with the pneumonia. That would be the most common cause for chest pain, together with muscle sprain from coughing. Of course, if you are concerned about cancer, get checked! ...Read more

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Symptoms of lung cancer?

Symptoms of lung cancer?

Depends: Staging, location, degree of emphysema, co morbidities will determine symptoms on a particular individual. In general, most patients have no symptoms until late. Bloody sputum sometimes occurs. Some tumors may produce hormones. Weight loss may occur with advanced stage. Pneumonia, stridor, bloody pleural effusions, horner's syndrome, chest wall arm pains. Shortness of breath, recurrent pneumonias. ...Read more

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Can lung cancer be cured?

Can lung cancer be cured?

Yes: It depends, though, on the type of cancer, its stage and other factors (presence of other diseases, immune system status, correctly prescribed therapy, etc.). ...Read more

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Can lung cancer be cured?

Absolutely: Stage IA lung cancer that is resected with a lobectomy and lymph node sampling has better than an 80% cure rate. Stage IB, IIA and IIB are also frequently curable.
Unfortunately 75% of lung cancers are Stage II (difficult to cure) or IV (incurable) at the time they are diagnosed ...Read more

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Is lung cancer hereditary?

Is lung cancer hereditary?

Unclear: Non or never smokers can develop lung cancer if they have a genetic mutation to such genes as egfr or eml4/alk fusion translocation. For more info: http://bit. Ly/ygfoko. ...Read more

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What are symptoms for lung cancer?

What are symptoms for lung cancer?

Many symptoms: Lung cancer can present with many symptoms, including shortness of breath, cough, bloody sputum, weight loss, fatigue, or no symptoms at all, especially in the early stages of the cancer. ...Read more

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How likely is surviving lung cancer?

How likely is surviving lung cancer?

Stage dependent: Odds of surviving lung cancer depend upon the stage (extent/spread) of the cancer at the time of diagnosis. A small tumor that is confined to the lung and has not spread to lymph nodes (stage 1) may be completely cured. An advanced tumor that is large and has spread to lymph nodes and other organs (such as brain/liver/adrenal glands) will be treated but will be challenging to completely cure. ...Read more

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What are some causes of lung cancer?

What are some causes of lung cancer?

Risk factors: Lung cancer is most commonly a long process of years in which the lungs are exposed to damaging substances/"carcinogens". The biggest/best known is smoking. This link may help: http://www.Cancer. Net/cancer-types/lung-cancer/risk-factors-and-prevention. ...Read more

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What is the symptoms of lung cancer?

What is the symptoms of lung cancer?

None in early stages: Lung cancer may not produce any noticeable symptoms in the early stages. In approximately 40 percent of people diagnosed with lung cancer, the diagnosis is made after the disease has advanced. In one third of those diagnosed, the cancer has reached stage 3. Cough, weight loss, blood in sputum, hoarseness, and shortness of breath are some symptoms. ...Read more

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What is the symptoms of lung cancer?

What is the symptoms of lung cancer?

Lung cancer: Two things:
1: If you think you have lung cancer you should start with a clinic visit to the Emergency Facility.
2: What are the symptoms you have had?

Please let me know how things go. ...Read more

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How likely is surviving lung cancer?

Depends on stage...: The best predictor of surviving lung cancer is the stage or extent of the disease at diagnosis. If the cancer is small and has not spread out of the lungs, then much better odds of survival. If the cancer is large and has spread to lymph nodes and other organs (like liver, adrenals, or brain), then long term survival is less likely. ...Read more

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What can we expect from lung cancer?

What can we expect from lung cancer?

From nothing: To terminal.
Early on, no symptoms. May be identified on x-ray or ct for something independent.
Cough
hemoptysis- coughing blood
pain in apex or chest wall
shortness of breath.
Progress from tiny, to small stage 1, to local spread to lymph nodes, to spread with distant metastasis stage 4. ...Read more

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How to know if you have lung cancer?

How to know if you have lung cancer?

CT scan and biopsy: You would need to get imaging study like CT scan of the chest and biopsy if there is mass on the lung to establish the diagnosis. ...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