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Haven't slept well in a few weeks, a crackling sound in lung when breathing and mucus in throat with dry cough, gets worse after I eat, lung cancer?

Haven't slept well in a few weeks, a crackling sound in lung when breathing and mucus in throat with dry cough, gets worse after I eat, lung cancer?

Respiratory illness: It definitely sounds like you have a respiratory illness with sputum production. If you have fevers, you should definitely go in to see the doctor. Flu season is starting to arrive and it is a good time to get a flu shot and have this issue addressed by visiting your physician. Good luck. ...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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25 yr old/9 pack hisory, cxr clear, coughed up decent sized blood streak with brown tar, lungs sound clear, lung cancer?? Clear throat constantly

25 yr old/9 pack hisory, cxr clear, coughed up decent sized blood streak with brown tar, lungs sound clear, lung cancer?? Clear throat constantly

Quit smoking!!!: Hi. I doubt you have lung cancer...YET. But are you gonna keep smoking until you GET it??? C'mon! Time to put the thinking cap on and quit smoking while you're ahead! ...Read more

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Clear cxr, 25yrs old, 9packhistory,quit2mnthsago,coughed up small amount of blood, doc says lungs sound clear, clear throat alot, lung cancer??

Clear cxr, 25yrs old, 9packhistory,quit2mnthsago,coughed up small amount of blood, doc says lungs sound clear, clear throat alot, lung cancer??

Blood: At 25yo it would be unlikely to have lung cancer, but none-the-less, truly coughing up blood is something that needs to be evaluated further. A simple Chest-Xray would be recommended to assure all is well. Congrats on the Smoking cessation! Keep it up-Do not go back to smoking and get checked out. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Liklihood of a 25 yr old having lung cancer after clear chest xray, lungs sound clear, coughed up decent streak of blood, clearing throat alot?

Liklihood of a 25 yr old having lung cancer after clear chest xray, lungs sound clear, coughed up decent streak of blood, clearing throat alot?

Near about Zero!: Lung Cancer is extremely rare before the age of 40. If you lung symptoms persist or get worse go see a pulmonologist to check you thoroughly. ...Read more

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I have had bad allergies). Or does it sound like it could be COPD or lung cancer or something?

I have had bad allergies). Or does it sound like it could be COPD or lung cancer or something?

Can't tell: Sounds like nothing because you have provided no info. Anyways, I suggest you visit your physician if you have a persistent physical problem. We cannot make an accurate diagnosis online. You need a physical exam and maybe some tests. Best to you and for what it's worth, I know how bad allergies are in TX so I hope it's nothing more serious than that. ...Read more

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If a 25 yr old has a smoking history of 8 pack years, went to the e.r. 3xs, lung sound clear, no cxr, what is likelihood of lung cancer?

If a 25 yr old has a smoking history of 8 pack years, went to the e.r. 3xs, lung sound clear, no cxr, what is likelihood of lung cancer?

Very low: The risk at this stage is very low. If you have not quit smoking, do it now while you are ahead. Do not get into e-cigarettes or chewing tobacco. Stay away from tobacco in any form and do not take more than one drink in a day. ...Read more

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Its been over a month and my daughter still has this things sounds like she's trying to clear her throat and its back to back constantly lung cancer?

Its been over a month and my daughter still has this things sounds like she's trying to clear her throat and its back to back constantly lung cancer?

Very unlikely: It is highly unlikely that your daughter has lung cancer. What she may have can only be settled by examining her. A month with cough is long enough to warrant seeing a doctor. ...Read more

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Does lung cancer cause intermittent fleeting rib pain, or would this be advanced disease?? 25, doc says lungs sound clear, 9 -yr pack hstry

Does lung cancer cause intermittent fleeting rib pain, or would this be advanced disease?? 25, doc says lungs sound clear, 9 -yr pack hstry

Non-specific: Fleeting chest pains are not specific for lung cancer. It could be caused by a host of other benign reasons like muscle pain, rib pain from strain or inflammation. Pneumonia or pleurisy can also cause it. If you are worried about lung cancer and you are a smoker, check with your doctor about a screening CAT scan of the chest. If it is negative, time to stop smoking! ...Read more

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I have OCD and lately I'm obsessed with a whistling sound when I exhale. I hear when I provoke it by breathing very slow. All tests clear. Lung cancer?

I have OCD and lately I'm obsessed with a whistling sound when I exhale. I hear when I provoke it by breathing very slow. All tests clear. Lung cancer?

OCD Symptoms?: If you have been examined by a physician, and had the appropriate tests (chest x-ray, blood tests) and nothing was found to suggest lung cancer, then this may be an OCD issue. Do you have family history of lung cancer, or have you lost a friend to this disease? Are you a smoker? If all these are no, then you need to stop monitoring your breathing so closely. Talk to MD or psychologist re OCD. ...Read more

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Can breast pain be connected with lung cancer? I've had a mammgram and ultra sound all good. It's just in one breast.

Can breast pain be connected with lung cancer? I've had a mammgram and ultra sound all good. It's just in one breast.

Breast pain: Sounds like you have had a proper work up and screening for breast cancer / breast pain and if the breast is still causing you pain go back and see your doctor. If the pain is more in the chest again you need to see your doctor. ...Read more

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25 years old, quit smoking for 1 mnth, sob, intermittent chest pain that moves, doctors say lungs sound clear, no,cxr lung cancer??

25 years old, quit smoking for 1 mnth, sob, intermittent chest pain that moves, doctors say lungs sound clear, no,cxr lung cancer??

Not cancer: Congratulations on your smoking cessation. Lung cancer doesn't present this way. The pain is almost certainly chest wall pain, but if you are really short of breath as well (and it's not just from discomfort), you need a competent fitness evaluation and perhaps spirometry in addition to your CXR and exam. Adult-onset asthma might be the explanation; it's manageable. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I am an 11-year lung cancer survivor. Why would my CEA level be high, (3.9), & MONO% be high, (13.0), yet cat scans, ultra sounds all show no cancer.

I am an 11-year lung cancer survivor.  Why would my CEA level be high, (3.9), & MONO% be high, (13.0), yet cat scans, ultra sounds all show no cancer.

Uncertain: The CEA level is only slightly elevated, and may be due to other factors, especially smoking. After 11 years of being cancer-free, cancer is unlikely, but can't be ruled out, because a recurrence can be too small to detect by ct scans and ultrasound. Your doctor will want to follow you closely. The mono% (monocytes?) doesn't have much to do with carcinoma one way or another. ...Read more

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25 year old 9 year smoker quit 2 mnths ago, wake up tasting blood, spit blood, 3 e.r. visits, no xrays, lungs sound clear, lung cancer? Gums bleed easy

25 year old 9 year smoker quit 2 mnths ago, wake up tasting blood, spit blood, 3 e.r. visits, no xrays, lungs sound clear, lung cancer? Gums bleed easy

Blood: The blood you are tasting iscoming from your gums. Smoking can cause poor dental hygiene. You may bave gingivitis. See your dentist for help ...Read more

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I am 25 years old, jist quit smoking went to ER three times doctor said my lungs sound clear. Interimitent sob, lung cancer???

I am 25 years old, jist quit smoking went to ER three times doctor said my lungs sound clear. Interimitent sob, lung cancer???

Unlikely : Too young to develop Lung Ca (age 25). Likely bronchial infection. Good you have given up smoking — Lowers your risk of heart disease and lung cancer. ...Read more

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My doctor listens to my lungs and they sound perfect she says, is there any way I could have lung cancer because I am short of breath and have chest pain occasionally.

My doctor listens to my lungs and they sound perfect she says, is there any way I could have lung cancer because I am short of breath and have chest pain occasionally.

No: You do not have lung cancer.
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Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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25yr old,9yr smoke hst,quit2mnth ago, clear xray, lungs sound clear, coighed up.decent sized streak of.blood with tar, clsar throat con, lung cancer??

25yr old,9yr smoke hst,quit2mnth ago, clear xray, lungs sound clear, coighed up.decent sized streak of.blood with tar, clsar throat con, lung cancer??

Unlikely: Congratulations on quitting! You are likely coughing up the accumulated tar and smoke residue. Should clear up soon if does not see your doctor. ...Read more

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30mins after eating my gut sounds noisy. Suffering from fatigue&weight loss. Colonoscopy clear, worried about smallcell lung cancer secrting hormones?

30mins after eating my gut sounds noisy. Suffering from fatigue&weight loss. Colonoscopy clear, worried about smallcell lung cancer secrting hormones?

Unlikey: Small cell lung cancer is not subtle. This would be way down on my list of possibilities, along with other paraneoplastic GI syndromes. With fatigue, weight loss, and a rumbling gut, I'd check you for malabsorption / maldigestion, gluten enteropathy, maybe Whipple's, Crohn's, giardiasis, pancreatic insufficiency from tumor / adult onset cystic fibrosis, a few others. ...Read more

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25 yr old 8 yr pack hsty, quit 2mnths ago, clear throat alot, gums bleed spontaneously, doc says lungs sound clear, spit blood, lung cancer?? 3 e.r. vis

25 yr old 8 yr pack hsty, quit 2mnths ago, clear throat alot, gums bleed spontaneously, doc says lungs sound clear, spit blood, lung cancer?? 3 e.r. vis

Not cancer: I'm really glad you quit smoking. Ask your personal physician about a referral to an otolaryngologist and a dentist who's gum-savvy. I'm going to trust your routine labs, including platelets, are within normal limits. Cancer almost never results from just 8 years of smoking at your age. ...Read more

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So scared have something like lung cancer, had cough for 7 weeks after cold, not easing. Dr said chest and breathing ok and no other worrying symptom?

So scared have something like lung cancer, had cough for 7 weeks after cold, not easing. Dr said chest and breathing ok and no other worrying symptom?

MGT: Your risk for lung cancer involves a number of factors including your smoking history, chest imaging findings, and genetic predisposition.
If you are experiencing a prolonged cough, a pulmonary function test and chest radiograph may help to determine the next steps. If your chest is clear on exam the likelihood of bronchitis or pneumonia is less. A virtual in box consult can also be arranged. ...Read more

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Can you guys tell me how bad of a cough do lung cancer patients have?

Can you guys tell me how bad of a cough do lung cancer patients have?

Varies : Ranging from none to chronic smokers cough to violent coughing and coughing up blood. ...Read more

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Does it have to be a certain stage of lung cancer you have in order to cough of blood?

Does it have to be a certain stage of lung cancer you have in order to cough of blood?

Not really: Bleeding or hemoptysis occurs when a tumor erodes the lining of one of the airways or bronchi causing bleeding. This can happen in any stage of lung cancer. ...Read more

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Pain in upper right back. Slight cough for 2 months. 2 xrays and bloods. All fine. Highly anxious now. Could I have lung cancer.?

Pain in upper right back. Slight cough for 2 months. 2 xrays and bloods. All fine. Highly anxious now. Could I have lung cancer.?

Not likely: Lung cancer does not develop with an invisibility cloak. If your cough symptoms do not resolve, ask for a ct scan of the chest. If that is negative, worry about something other than lung cancer. ...Read more

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Male 21. Non smoker active lifestyle. I seem to be getting frequent colds with little cough about every other month. How likely is lung cancer?

Essentially zero: Although there is some data suggesting that lung cancer occurs at a bit younger age in never-smokers compared with smokers, in the absence of (for instance) immune system deficiency or underlying lung disease or the presence of cancer elsewhere in the body which could spread to the lungs, the likelihood of lung cancer at age 21 in an otherwise healthy non-smoker is virtually zero. ...Read more

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I'm 25 and am concerned about lung cancer because I am having chest discomfort, small cough. I've never smoked and haven't been exposed to it either.

I'm 25 and am concerned about lung cancer because I am having chest discomfort, small cough. I've never smoked and haven't been exposed to it either.

Very low risk: Risk of cancer is very low. There may be other causes of cough, e.g. bronchitis. If the cough persists for more than two weeks it would be prudent to see your doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Lung cancer cough is it usually worse at night?

Lung cancer cough is it usually worse at night?

Not necessarily: If you have a cough that's new or won't go away you definitely should see your primary doc for an evaluation. (if you're coughing up blood, of course you'd want to be seen asap). With your age, if you have a significant smoking hx (>pack/day for 30yrs or more), you may be a candidate for screening chest ct. ...Read more

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What are some things one can do to alleviate cough from lung cancer?

What are some things one can do to alleviate cough from lung cancer?

Not a lot: But try nasal saline twice daily to decrease nasal mucus.
Humidity- humidifier in sleeping area.
Narcotic cough suppressant-codeine commonly. ...Read more

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Do I have lung cancer. I'm a smoker and my cough is really worse this month?

Do I have lung cancer.  I'm a smoker and my cough is really worse this month?

About 14% of: Smokers get lung cancer, but cough may be chronic bornchitis or emphysema. Other continued smokers get head and neck, bladder, pancreas cancers, heart disease and COPD sufficinetly bad to account for death in 50%. You can still stop. This is at least a warning. ...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. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more