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Doctor insights on: Small Pericardial Effusion With Lung Cancer

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How long will someone with non small cell lung cancer with a plural effusion survive?

How long will someone with non small cell lung cancer with a plural effusion survive?

Poor prognosis: If it has not metastasized it is called a wet stage 3 b and in new classification it is stage 4 the prognosis is bad 9 months to a year with modern chemotherapy it is somewhat better but still very limited nber of patients survive beyond a year. ...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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Chest X-ray results say curvilinear density in the R pericardial region. Could represent fat pad or small R middle lobe infiltrate. Lung cancer?

Chest X-ray results say curvilinear density in the R pericardial region. Could represent fat pad or small R middle lobe infiltrate. Lung cancer?

It is unlikely: that it is cancer, but it still may require further evaluation with a CT scan to be sure. If you had any previous chest xrays elsewhere, have them sent to the radiologist to compare with the new one. That could solve the issue without any additional tests. Talk to your doctor about the results. ...Read more

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Does no focal consolidation, no effusion, or obvious pneumothorax in X-ray mean I should not stress myself out about having lung cancer?

Does no focal consolidation, no effusion, or obvious pneumothorax in X-ray mean I should not stress myself out about having lung cancer?

Stop worrying: This is good news. Try to stop smoking. One cause of a longstanding cough that baffles doctors is cough-variant asthma -- perhaps you have this. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can my 81 year old grandmother be able to function normally as she is on a ventilator, suffers from pericardial effusion, kidney failure and cancer?

Can my 81 year old grandmother be able to function normally as she is on a ventilator, suffers from pericardial effusion, kidney failure and cancer?

End of Life: I am very sorry to hear of your grandmother's troubles. It must be very hard for you. Miracles do happen, but it sounds like your grandmother is nearing the end of her life. These days when she is so sick may become treasured memories for you as you and your family get to be with her and to talk to her and to tell her how much she is loved. Let's let the rest be in god's hands for now. ...Read more

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Pericardial effusion due to breast cancer, what is the life expectancy?

Pericardial effusion due to breast cancer, what is the life expectancy?

Poor prognosis: This is a bad problem. It can be treated but the length of response is not long. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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If I have pericardial effusion due to breast cancer, what is my life expectancy?

If I have pericardial effusion due to breast cancer, what is my life expectancy?

Guarded: There is a tendency for many tumors to implant on the pericardial sac at which time pericardial effusion present. Response with lessening of fluid can be controlled first by effusion tap followed by hormone or chemo treatment depending on biopsy exam of the primary lesion to define optimum approach toward management. RT may also help. ...Read more

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How do you cure small cell lung cancer?

How do you cure small cell lung cancer?

Rarely is cured.: It depends on the stage and if the cancer has spread. Small cell lung carcinoma is usually treated with chemotherapy and radiation. It is one of the most aggressive subtypes of lung cancer. Definitely consult with an oncologist, but patients with small cell should weigh the benefits of participating in treatment offered in clinical trials at university centers. ...Read more

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What can be done for small cell lung cancer?

Chemotherapy: Small cell lung cancer is a neuroendocrine carcinoma that shows some response to specialized chemotherapy, although this tumor type tends to follow a fairly aggressive clinical course. ...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


Dr. David Cooke
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Lung Cancer (Definition)

From national cancer institute: "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 non-small cell lung cancer. These types are diagnosed based on how the cells ...Read more