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What organs does lung cancer attack?

What organs does lung cancer attack?

Local versus mets: Lung cancer will locally invade the chest wall and cause fluid to accumulate around the lungs. It can spread to the brain, bone, adrenal glands. ...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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In what ways can lung cancer be treated?

In what ways can lung cancer be treated?

Several: Possible treatments for lung cancer include surgery, radiation therapy, radiofrequency ablation, conventional chemotherapy, targeted molecular biological therapies, and others. The main determinants of the "best" therapy for a given patient are the stage (extent) of the cancer and the patients underlying health and lung function status. Smoking cessation is very important. Hope that this helps. ...Read more

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What are common lung cancer symptoms?

What are common lung cancer symptoms?

Depends: Early stage lung cancer can be asymptomatic or no symptoms. Often it is found incidentally by chest xray or chest ct scan. Ct scan screening for high risk patients has shown to be effective. Larger cancers can cause symptoms such as bleeding (hemoptysis), wheezing, weight loss and other symptoms. ...Read more

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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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What can cause lung cancer besides smoking?

What can cause lung cancer besides smoking?

Lung cancer causes: Argon gas Scars from previous lung injury Asbestos exposure Genetic susceptibility Proliferation of neural crest origin cells- small cell/carcinoid. ...Read more

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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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What kind of lung cancer does asbestos exposure cause?

What kind of lung cancer does asbestos exposure cause?

Possibly: Asbestos exposure has been shown to be related to squamous cell carcinoma, but is best known for mesothelioma. Any type of carcinoma is possible. ...Read more

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What types of lung cancer is tarceva (erlotinib) used for?

NSCLC(EGFR mutation): Lung cancer is broadly divided into two types; (1) non-small cell lung cancer (nsclc) & (2) small cell lung cancer. When biopsy shows nsclc, pathologists do further testing to determine specific mutations in cancer cells. If the testing shows that cancer cells express epidermal growth factor receptor (egfr), tarceva (erlotinib) maybe indicated for targeted therapy. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens during lung cancer treatment?

Depends: Found early stage, diagnose and surgical removal. Found later, radiation, chemotherapy and possibly surgery depending on cell type, location, staging, etc. ...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)

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