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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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Can upper back pain which alleviates with massage and rest be a symptom of lung cancer, chest CT is normal?

Thanks for asking!: Upper back pain that goes away with massage/rest is very unlikely to be a symptom of lung cancer, especially with a normal chest ct. Most likely it is musculoskeletal in nature. Also, lung cancer is uncommon in someone who is only 31 years old.

Persistent back pain, however, should be evaluated by your primary care physician. ...Read more

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Could back pain be lung cancer if I don't have any other symptoms?

Could back pain be lung cancer if I don't have any other symptoms?

Possible, but.......: Back pain could be from a cancer (lung or other), but there are many more common, non-cancerous causes to back pain. Best to see your doctor to have your back pain checked out. ...Read more

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Middle back pain for two years. If it was lung cancer, would other symptoms be present by now?

Most likely: Most cancers, especially lung cancers, grow moderately fast and if present would do so within a two year period. If the back pain has been somewhat stable ad no new symptoms related to breathing or coughing up blood or worsening pain in this and other areas have not occurred, then the chance of this being lung cancer related are minimal. I'd see regular doc to help with evaluation if the pain. ...Read more

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Im a 38yr old female I quit smoking two years ago and I have upper back pain on the left. I don't have any other symptoms of lung cancer ...Is it possible?

Im a 38yr old female I quit smoking two years ago and I have upper back pain on the left. I don't have any other symptoms of lung cancer ...Is it possible?

Chest pain: I would never say that the possibility of cancer in a smoker should be dismissed. If the pain doesn't resolve then see your dr. I'm not sure what your smoking history was. If the pain continues you should get it evaluated. If you're coughing up any blood then see a physician soon. ...Read more

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What are tell tell signs of lung cancer? I have coughed up blood, I have been having upper/middle back pain, and when i went to the doctor they said i had low vitamin d i just wanted a second opinion on what these symptoms might be.

What are tell tell signs of lung cancer? I have coughed up blood, I have been having upper/middle back pain, and when i went to the doctor they said i had low vitamin d i just wanted a second opinion on what these symptoms might be.

Weight : Weight loss, spitting up blood, lack of appetite and energy along with abnormal cxr or ct chest (spot of chesr x ray or ct chest) are all suggestive of cancer. Sometimes coughing too hard/bronchitis can lead to blood in sputum as well besides lung cancer. ...Read more

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How does back pain with lung cancer feel?

How does back pain with lung cancer feel?

Like back pain: There may be no pain with lung cancer at all, which is why diagnosis can be delayed.
If there is pain, it may be where a rib, or chest structures are invaded or with spread to bone.
With those situations the pain is at or near that site.
Pain is individualized, graded from 1-10 and is variable. ...Read more

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Middle back pain for over two years. Could it be lung cancer? I don't smoke.

Middle back pain for over two years. Could it be lung cancer? I don't smoke.

Back pain : Lung cancer can present as back pain. Not all back pains are cancer. Hope this helps. You need a chest x ray or ct to rule out the cause. ...Read more

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If you had lung cancer and back pain would the pain be consistent or better with rest?

If you had lung cancer and back pain would the pain be consistent or better with rest?

LungCa &back pain: Back pain when you have cancer can be very difficult and a bit unnerving to deal with...Is it my cancer or just regular back pain? Usually if it is related to your cancer having spread to the spine you will have pain which gets increasingly worse over time, time being weeks not months or years.It can be worse with movement or just ache at night.Can be better at rest but not always. Tell ur doc. ...Read more

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What is the location typically of back pain associated with lung cancer?

Tough question: Cancer is usually a silent disease. Once the patient perceives pain, it's usually advanced. Lung cancer can spread to many organs including the spine. ...Read more

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What does back pain feel like with lung cancer? And if u already had MRI that didn't show anything suspicious could it still be

Pain from any: Metastasis is caused either by expansion of the vertebrae streching the periosteum, or collapse of the bone. The mr is very sensitive to marrow changes the precede either of these events. Rarely, an intramedullary (within the spinal cord) metastasis could leave the bones alone and cause pain, weakness or numbness depending on location. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with lung cancer, back pain experienced where tumor is. taking tagrisso for 2 weeks now but still having pain. is pain due to cancer?

Diagnosed with lung cancer, back pain experienced where tumor is. taking tagrisso for 2 weeks now but still having pain. is pain due to cancer?

Likely: Pain is due to the cancer until proven otherwise, specifically if the location matches. Different mechanisms maybe involved, including pleural effusion or musculoskeletal invasion, among others. Your oncologist is your best resource at this point and he or she should know about your symptoms. ...Read more

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Do i need to worry about upper back pain being lung cancer if massage relieves the pain, not completely but I've had the pain for quite awhile.?

Do i need to worry about upper back pain being lung cancer if massage relieves the pain, not completely but I've had the pain for quite awhile.?

It is easy to find: Out, if you have lung cancer ask your doctor to examine you, do chest x-ray, if he could find any thing ask if he could do cat scan for your lungs. You will be able to find out. ...Read more

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Good day, is it possible that my left back pain can be lung cancer, because I experience difficulty in breathing sometimes and easily get tired thanks?

Good day, is it possible that my left back pain can be lung cancer, because I experience difficulty in breathing sometimes and easily get tired thanks?

Non specific sxs: there are many conditions can give you the same presentation like you described. - for instance, bronchial asthma, anxiety, plus minus anemia, muskuloskeletal problem, pleurisy etc. although it is possible, you are a bit too young for lung cancer. other conditions are more common . you should see your MD to get checked. some imaging like CXR or CT lung can show if there is mass in the lung etc. ...Read more

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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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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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Chances of lung cancer?-shoulder, upper back pain and sometimes a mild pain when I take a deep breath(left side)

Chances of lung cancer?-shoulder, upper back pain and sometimes a mild pain when I take a deep breath(left side)

Average: What you are describing does not raise specific concern for lung cancer and points more to chest wall irritation which can be from muscle strain, sometimes viral infection or exposure to inhaled irritants. Smoking is the major risk factor for lung cancer, and anyone over the age of 55 who has been smoking for at least 30 years (varies by amount) benefits from routine lung cancer screening ...Read more

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I'm a smoker for 15 years I'm 30 years old I have upper back pain on my shoulder blades and neck pain can it be lung cancer ?

I'm a smoker for 15 years I'm 30 years old I have upper back pain on my shoulder blades and neck pain can it be lung cancer ?

Sounds muscular, but: I would still see your PCP to discuss cancer screening possibilities, have a full physical, and discuss smoking cessation options. The sooner you quit, the lower your chances of cancer, and the more likely your lungs will return to pre-smoking health! Good luck ...Read more

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I have upper back pain, chest pain and pain at top of left arm, i smoked for 20 yr, quit 5 weeks ago, could I have lung cancer?

multiple causes: Your symptoms could be due to anything, simple muscular to heart disease.
Try simple conservative treatment with over the counter pain relievers for a couple of weeks before going to the doctor. ...Read more

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I have back pain around my shoulder blade and have slight shortness of breath. I'm a 36 year old occasional smoker. Could I have lung cancer?

Certainly is a: possibility but there are also a number of other things that could give you these symptoms that are much less serious. The only way to know for certain is to have a health care professional evaluate you. Make an appointment today to get checked out. ...Read more

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My mom is a smoker. She has had a non productive cough for about a year now. Today was complaining about upper back pain. Can it be her lung? Cancer?

My mom is a smoker. She has had a non productive cough for about a year now. Today was complaining about upper back pain. Can it be her lung? Cancer?

May need some Tests: Persistent cough can be due to smoking(bronchitis) or other lung diseases. Since it has persisted for one year, you should get a medical check up to find the cause. A simple chest X-ray may reveal any obvious problems but a CT scan of the chest is even more detailed and more reliable test to find a cause like Cancer(which is unlikely) in the lung or in the back bones. ...Read more

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Could upper back pain that has lasted over a year be lung cancer? Ct was clear. Only hurts with activity or sitting not rest

Prob not: If the cat scan was clear, and you don't have cancer. You should be in fall iphone physical therapy program. I will get an emerierr the thoracic and cervical spine. Be evaluated by an orthopedic spinal specialist. ...Read more

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Upper right side back pain, tender to touch comes and goes, gets better with massage and hot packs. Ches CT normal, I am a smoker, is this lung cancer?

Upper right side back pain, tender to touch comes and goes, gets better with massage and hot packs. Ches CT normal, I am a smoker, is this lung cancer?

Probably not: Most cases of lung cancer would not present with tenderness to touch (sounds like a muscle issue), and a normal chest ct is reassuring. I hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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I am having upper back pain that comes and go, and blood when i blow my nose. I do not have a cough. I am 25 and i don't smokecould I have lung cancer?

Almost certainly not: I don't think you have lung cancer at all. Back pain can be due to many things (including posture, very large breasts, etc) and blood when you blow your nose is probably due to a polyp. Obviously you should have it checked out if it's a lot. But at your age and with no smoking history, lung cancer would be very low on my list. As for bruising and weakness, you should probably have a blood test. ...Read more

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M/21. Non smoker. Suffer from anxiety. Been feeling short of breath lately. Have some low back pain off and on. Is this lung cancer? Very scared.

M/21. Non smoker. Suffer from anxiety.  Been feeling short of breath lately. Have some low back pain off and on. Is this lung cancer? Very scared.

Anxiety: At this time, you do not appear to describe symptoms of lung cancer. Keep up the good work of not smoking and visit your primary physician to address your specific situation. ...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. Heidi Fowler
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Back Pain (Definition)

Pain in the back is a symptom that can be due to a number of causes including musculoskeletal or neurological problems or due to problems ...Read more