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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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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

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

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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Managing Pain from Cancer (Checklist)

Ask oncologist to refer you to cancer pain specialist
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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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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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Chest X-ray clear, blood in phlegm is now gone but have upper back pain. If it was lung cancer would it have shown on x ray? Having anxiety!

Chest X-ray clear, blood in phlegm is now gone but have upper back pain.  If it was lung cancer would it have shown on x ray? Having anxiety!

Not always: A chest x-ray can miss lung cancers, especially if they are early/small, when they can be best treated. Although it is not likely you have lung cancer given your age, please see your health care provider and get further evaluation. A chest ct would be a better test for lung cancer depending on your specific situation, but we want to limit radiation exposure, so benefit needs to outweigh risk. ...Read more

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Iam 34 old woman i smoke, have ache in upper back pain in shoulder down to elbow and sometimes to hand do you think its lung cancer?

Iam 34 old woman i smoke, have ache in upper back pain in shoulder down to 
elbow and sometimes to hand do you think its lung cancer?

It's possible: You should be seen by a health care professional, get interviewed, examined, and possibly have a chest x-ray. Lung cancer is rare at your age, but can occur. You should stop smoking. Please get professional help if you are unable to do it on your own. ...Read more

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Upper back pain since last may.Dr ordered CT of chest. It was clear. Also took early cdt lung cancer blood test the magea4 was positive. Worry?

What for?: Mage a4 is not an approved screening test for lung cancer, was this done as part of a research trial? Lung cancer in a 39 year old with a clean ct chest would be very unusual, and in a person with very low risk of cancer any screening test that is positive is most likely a false positive. I would suggest discussing the purpose of the test and results with the doctor who ordered it! ...Read more

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Upper Back Pain (Definition)

Upper back pain is discomfort or pain in the back at the level of the rib cage to the neck. While upper back pain is not as common as low back pain, the causes are often the same and include muscle strain or irritation (most common), injury to the spine leading to slipped disc or degeneration, or the pinching of a ...Read more

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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

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