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What does "the lung cancer has fused" mean?

What does "the lung cancer has fused" mean?

See below: Not sure what you mean. But I am assuming u are talking about eml4-alk fusion gene. These are genetic changes in lung cancers that can be treated with oral drugs (only one fda approved so far, crizotinib) that work remarkably in such patients. ...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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What are the lung cancer survival rates for non smoker?

What are the lung cancer survival rates for non smoker?

Stage dependent: Once cancer develops, survival is based on the stage. Smoking has little to do with survival at that point. The higher the stage, the lower the survival. ...Read more

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Can paget's disease in the lung associated with lung cancer?

Can paget's disease in the lung associated with lung cancer?

Please clarify: There are three different diseases named for dr paget, but none affects the lung directly. Paget's of bone seen on chest x-ray is not a cancer risk. Paget's of breast warns of an underlying breast cancer that might spread. Paget's of the bottom is a low-aggressiveness skin malignancy without lung involvement. Sorry for the confusion, hope you can sort things out & good luck. ...Read more

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What would be the lung cancer survival rate and from where can I get the details?

What would be the lung cancer survival rate and from where can I get the details?

Depends...: It depends on how early or late the lung cancer is at the time of diagnosis. Learn more at: http://www.Cancer.Org/cancer/lungcancer/index good luck. ...Read more

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How can I tell if it is the lung cancer or & the chemotherapy that is making me look old?

How can I tell if it is the lung cancer or & the chemotherapy that is making me look old?

All of the above: You are aging as we all ate! but the disease and treatments are debilitating and accompanied by anemia, weakness, tissue damage and more. Keep up the good effort and attitude of youth! ...Read more

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How do you measure if tarceva (erlotinib) is working on the lung cancer?  how do you measure the efficacy?

How do you measure if tarceva (erlotinib) is working on the lung cancer?  how do you measure the efficacy?

Repeat CT scanning: Repeat ct scaning after 2-3 months of tarceva (erlotinib) use is done to measure the size of lung cancer lesions and to see if they are shrinking. Patients who get a severe skin rash with tarceva (erlotinib) are often likely to benefit more from tarceva (erlotinib) therapy. ...Read more

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The lung cancer vaccines is not licensed here but is it in cuba? Anf if yes can we go there and get it?

The lung cancer vaccines is not licensed here but is it in cuba? Anf if yes can we go there and get it?

Politics will make: It difficult to go to cuba. Getting a visa with a us passport and permission from the us embassy is not easy. You can access from countrieswith relations: canada, venezuela for instance, but return to us can be a problem. And i wold not go for an unproven vaccine...Makes little sense. Best wishes and good luck. ...Read more

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Can the lung cancer occur because of a large amount of second hand smoke of one year?

Can the lung cancer occur because of a large amount of second hand smoke of one year?

Not necessarily: "secondhand smoke is classified as a “known human carcinogen” (cancer-causing agent)... Shs has been linked to lung cancer. There is also some evidence suggesting it may be linked with childhood leukemia and cancers of the larynx (voice box), pharynx (throat), brain, bladder, rectum, stomach, and breast." http://goo.Gl/jps2i. ...Read more

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Malignant neoplasm of the breast which spread to the lung. The lung cancer is what type?

Malignant neoplasm of the breast which spread to the lung. The lung cancer is what type?

Same: With metastasis the distant lesion usually is the same histology -pathology as the primary. So breast adenocarcinomas will be the cell type in the chest- lung in the case cited. ...Read more

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Is it easy for doctors to tell the difference between calcified nodule in the lung and lung cancer mass ? And what is average age for non smoker?

Is it easy for doctors to tell the difference between calcified nodule in the lung and lung cancer mass ? And what is average age for non smoker?

Yes, it: is relatively simple to determine the pattern of calcification of a lung nodule on a CT scan. Sometimes it is possible to do that on a chest xray as well. ...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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For what length of time do lung cancer patients survive untreated?

For what length of time do lung cancer patients survive untreated?

Briefly: Develop pneumonia, pain, cough, bleeding, metastasis and serious problems . Depends on cell type, stage at finding, treatment options. ...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?

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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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

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