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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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How long do lung cancer patients survive if left untreated?

How long do lung cancer patients survive if left untreated?

Depends: Depending on the stage and over all condition. It can range frim few weeks to many months. ...Read more

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If untreated how long does it take stage 1 lung cancer togetbto stage 4?

If untreated how long does it take stage 1 lung cancer togetbto stage 4?

Variable: Depends on cell type, location, and other risk factors.
Small cell cancer is fast and less than a year.
Some slow squamous may be years. ...Read more

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What happens to the lungs when you have lung cancer?

What happens to the lungs when you have lung cancer?

Depends on location: When a cancer of the lung starts growing, the symptoms it produces depend on its location. A tumor growing at the periphery of the lung may involve surrounding structures, causing a variety of symptoms, such as pain, fluid in the chest, etc. In the airway, it can cause obstruction, causing breathing problems or bleeding and infection. Location, location, location. ...Read more

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Can you still go on holidays if you have lung cancer?

Can you still go on holidays if you have lung cancer?

Yes: You don't want to travel far if you have recently completed surgery or chemotherapy. Take some time to recover and then celebrate wih a nice trip. ...Read more

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My friend has gotten lung cancer. Is he going to be okay?

My friend has gotten lung cancer. Is he going to be okay?

Many variables: What type of cancer, usually small cell or non-small cell. How big is the cancer, and what stage is it? Has it spread anywhere? How health is your friend? Quite a wide range of questions. Small, early, cancers can be completely removed with surgery, with excellent prognosis. ...Read more

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I could possibly have lung cancer, what happens during this?

I could possibly have lung cancer, what happens during this?

Varies: Mass, spot on lung
x-ray
ct scan
possibly:
bronchoscope
needle biopsy or removal by vats or open operation.
If mediastinal nodes or pet scan may have mediastinoscopy. ...Read more

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What happens during the last few weeks of small cell lung cancer?

What happens during the last few weeks of small cell lung cancer?

End of life: If small cell carcinoma is terminal, it means that all means of treatment have failed. Symptoms, including shortness of breath, fatigue, and pain will become more pronounced. This is the time to have comfort care measures in place to make the end as bearable as possible. Pain control at this point is critical. ...Read more

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How does lung cancer people feel I mean I want to know how and what kinda body pains they go through?

How does lung cancer people feel I mean I want to know how and what kinda body pains they go through?

Nothing early: Early stage lung cancer causes no symptoms. As the tumor grows, it can cause coughing or hemoptysis (coughing up blood). It can also cause shortness of breath if a portion of the airway is blocked off. Pneumonia can cause pain by irritating the lining over and around the lung. More advanced lung cancer can spread to other organs such as bone, brain, etc. Causing symptoms there. Don't smoke! ...Read more

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Would you have symptoms of small cell lung cancer for 18 months prior to diagnosis, or does small cell grow too rapidly for this to happen?

Depends on the grade: After a biopsy, when small cell carcinoma is diagnosed, it is often given a "grade" by the pathologist (e.g., low-grade or high-grade) based on the appearance under a microscope. There are small cell cancers that can grow slowly, & only be discovered on screening CT scans (not causing any symptoms). Others cause symptoms & spread quickly (high-grade). Not all small cell cancers behave alike. ...Read more

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How soon after lung cancer lobectomy can I go back to work?

How soon after lung cancer lobectomy can I go back to work?

Agree: There are multiple factors that only you and your surgeon as a team can determine. Some important considerations will include:
1. What is your job?
2. What kind of operation did you have
3. What if any complications did you have
4. What medications are you taking after surgery?
Ultimately, choose a surgeon you trust, so you will follow his/her instructions after surgery. ...Read more

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Where can someone go to get tested for lung cancer in los angeles?

Where can someone go to get tested for lung cancer in los angeles?

Many places: In state of california consider uc davis medical center; email thoracic. Surgery@ucdmc. Ucdavis. Edu. ...Read more

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What happens if no chemo. What is it like for someone to die from lung cancer?

What happens if no chemo. What is it like for someone to die from lung cancer?

Comfort care time: If someone has advanced lung cancer and treatment is not an option, then the focus should be on making sure any symptoms they have or may develop will be controlled. Hospice may be an option.

End stage lung cancer patients may experience shortness of breath or pain (in the chest or other sites where the cancer has spread). There may be constipation from pain medications/lack of appetite. ...Read more

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How long will I need to wait after a lung cancer lobectomy before going back to work?

How long will I need to wait after a lung cancer lobectomy before going back to work?

Usually 4-6 wks: But this question is always better answered by the surgeon that operated on your chest. They may have a very good reason to allow you back sooner, or keep you at rest longer. I can promise you they will not mind you asking them! ...Read more

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I have coughs that just won't go away. Is it an early sign of lung cancer? I have never smoked and I am 21 years old

I have coughs that just won't go away. Is it an early sign of lung cancer? I have never smoked and I am 21 years old

Probably not: Lung cancer in non smokers your age is extremely rare. If the cough persists you should be evaluated by your primary care doctor and/or a pulmonary physician. There are many causes of persistent cough the vast majority of them are benign. If you cough up any blood you should certainly be evaluated by a pulmonary physician. ...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)

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 ...Read more