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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?

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?

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

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What's probability of lung cancer after 2 year of fatigue, HRCT showed 1 solitary sub cm lymph node. Sodium bit low.Worry sympts are paraneoplastic?

What's probability of lung cancer after 2 year of fatigue, HRCT showed 1 solitary sub cm lymph node. Sodium bit low.Worry  sympts are paraneoplastic?

The CT: was normal other than a small incidental lymph node(no lung nodules)? The probability of lung cancer is probably less than 1%. If the lymph node is otherwise normal in shape, it is likely of little to no significance. ...Read more

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What types of lung cancers are there?

What types of lung cancers are there?

An array: The lung can be a site of metastatic cells shed from their primary and contaii a surface glycoprotein allowing implantation in lung parenchyma. The primary lesions that arise in the tracheobronchial tree are squamous and associated with smoking. The adenocarcinomas which are now most frequent are possibly viral in origin and the small cell neuroendocrines are similar to carcinoid of bowel. ...Read more

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What causes lung cancer?

What causes lung cancer?

Several causes...: But the most common correlation with lung cancer is smoking. Smoking alone will increase your risk of lung cancer by about 20 times by smoking one pack per day for twenty years. Other sources can be genetic (alpha-1 antitrypsin disorder), related to environmental exposures that are inhaled, or other less common reasons. ...Read more

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What are symptoms for lung cancer?

What are symptoms for lung cancer?

Many symptoms: Lung cancer can present with many symptoms, including shortness of breath, cough, bloody sputum, weight loss, fatigue, or no symptoms at all, especially in the early stages of the cancer. ...Read more

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What increases risk for lung cancer.?

What increases risk for lung cancer.?

Many things: >80% of lung cancer is caused by smoking. However never smokers (defined as <100 cigarettes in lifetime) can get smoking. Risk factors include radon exposure, second hand smoke, and genetic mutations such as egfr activating mutations. For more info: http://bit.Ly/ygfoko. ...Read more

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What is lung cancer caused by in nonsmoker?

What is lung cancer caused by in nonsmoker?

Many things: >80% of lung cancer is caused by smoking. However never smokers (defined as <100 cigarettes in lifetime) can get smoking. Risk factors include radon exposure, second hand smoke, and genetic mutations such as egfr activating mutations. ...Read more

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What exercises done toprevent lung cancer?

Health/no smoking.: Apart from a healthy lifestyle, like diet and exercise, the best thing to do would be to refrain from smoking anything. Countless studies have shown that people whjo do not smoke have a greatly reduced risk of lung cancer. There are some types, like bronchioloalveolar carcinoma, that is more common in female non-smokers, but overall, lung cancer is associated with smoking. ...Read more

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What are the best lung cancer fighting foods?

What are the best lung cancer fighting foods?

Don't smoke: I am not aware of any lung cancer fighting foods. Green tea has been studied in melanoma. It has been suggested that turmeric may have some preventive effects in breast cancer. The best way to prevent lung cancer is don't smoke. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What is risk of lung cancer for women over the lifetime if they stopped before 30?

While it not zero...: It is remarkably reduced, and closer to the people who never smoked, and life is not a pursuit with zero risk. We try to control the things that we can, and sometimes young folks foolishly start to smoke not realizing the hazard, especially that once hooked it is hard to quit. Also, it's number of years and packs smoked not age stopping. ...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