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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

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 can I request a test for lung cancer - and should I if I don't want it treated?

How can I request a test for lung cancer - and should I if I don't want it treated?

If you do not want: Treatment, why waste money getting tested. Have you considered whether you want burial or cremation? Need to make one of those choices. If you have greater than 35 pack years and are over 55, you are eligible for ct-screen. If you still smoke, lung cancer is not your only worry. ...Read more

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How do you test for lung cancer? What kind of tests do you need to have to check if you have lung cancer?

How do you test for lung cancer? What kind of tests do you need to have to check if you have lung cancer?

CT screening: If there is specific lesion, biopsies will need to be obtained. Ct scan is used to screen. Lung cancer is often silent until late. However, there is screening for appropriate candidates to help find it early. The following link may help: http://goo.Gl/oqvsp. ...Read more

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Is there a screening test for lung cancer?

Is there a screening test for lung cancer?

Yes: There are new recommendations from the us preventive services task force (uspstf) on ct screening to detect lung cancer."up to 20, 000 deaths a year from lung cancer might be prevented by annual screenings of generally healthy people who have smoked a pack a day for 30 or more years (or the equivalent such as 2 packs a day for 15 yrs) who are ages 55 to 79 and have smoked within the past 15 years.". ...Read more

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What tests are done to detect lung cancer?

What tests are done to detect lung cancer?

Variety: Depends on risk factors. The more risk factors you have the more serious the investigation. Baseline CXR, possibly CAT scan, sputum samples, up to bronchoscopy with washings and possible biopsy or guided needle biopsy for findings. Currently even starting genetic analysis of tumors to help predict response to chemo/radiation. If really worried start with Pulmonologist ...Read more

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Which tests are good for detecting lung cancer?

Which tests are good for detecting lung cancer?

CT: Low dose ct-scan under appropriate guideline protocol at institution with a comprehensive thoracic oncology program. http://goo.gl/ywqge. ...Read more

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What are the tests for non-small cell lung cancer?

What are the tests for non-small cell lung cancer?

Nsclc: First of all, a biopsy will need to be done to the lung mass/nodule not only to establish diagnosis but also to find the histology and genetic profile of the cancer. Then, complete staging work-up with pet/ ct scan need to be done to stage the cancer. The treatment will depend on the histology/molecular-genetic mutation status, stage, as well as overall condition and preference of a patient. ...Read more

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What's the most relevent test to diagnose non small cell lung cancer?

What's the most relevent test to diagnose non small cell lung cancer?

Bipsy and imaging: The key to diadnosis is the biopsy. This can help determine the subtype which will help guide the course of treatment. Beyond that, the imaging with ct, ct/pet, and MRI will help determine the stage of the cancer. The combination of the stage and the subtype of the cancer will help with treatment decisions as well as prognosis. ...Read more

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Is low sodium normal in lung cancer. All other tests are fine. So us it cancet?

Is low sodium normal in lung cancer. All other tests are fine.  So us it cancet?

See below: Sometimes lung cancer produce hormones that can cause low sodium; this may be related to the cancer, often seen in a form of lung cancer called small cell lung cancer. ...Read more

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What are the tests for small cell lung cancer?

What are the tests for small cell lung cancer?

Diagnostic test: First of all, a biopsy needs to be done to establish a diagnosis. Once is confirmed, then staging work-up needs to be done that include- ct scan; a bone scan and imaging for the head- MRI brain will be preferable than ct scan- if possible. Discuss further with your oncologist. ...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


Saliva (Definition)

The clear, viscous fluid secreted by the salivary and mucous glands in the mouth. Saliva contains water, mucin, organic salts, and the digestive enzyme ptyalin. It serves to moisten the oral cavity, to initiate the digestion of starches, and to aid in the chewing and swallowing of food. Approximately 1 to 1.5 l ...Read more