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I was diagnosed with non smal lung cancer last may. I had surgery to remove most of my left upper lobe. I am afraid the cancer is back?

I was diagnosed  with non smal lung cancer last may. I had surgery to remove most of my left upper lobe. I am afraid the cancer is back?

MD visit: I don't know what stage you had or if you had post operative chemo or radiation but I am assuming you have an oncologist who sees you in follow up regularly. If you have a concern, you need to talk to him/her and be evaluated as needed. Don't panic, just talk to your doc. Hope you do well and never have to deal with cancer again. ...Read more

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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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I had a surgery of my right lung, removal of non cancer noduals upper lobe removed, was in hospetal for 28 days ?

I had a surgery of my right lung, removal of non cancer noduals upper lobe removed, was in hospetal for 28 days ?

Depends on details: The details of why and how the surgery was performed as well as baseline health status all impact length of stay (los). Generally, minimally invasive (vats or robotic) surgery has shorter los then thoracotomy. Generally, more "normal" lung tissue vs emphysematous/copd lung tissue has less complications and therefore shorter los. Saying much beyond would be wild speculation. ...Read more

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I am a lung cancer servivor of 15 years I have had bronchitus since mid july I have had a chest xray and a cat scan and my lungs are fine my cancer treatment was surgery to remove top lobe of left lung and 6 and a half weeks of radiiation?

I am a lung cancer servivor of 15 years I have had bronchitus since mid july I have had a chest xray and a cat scan and my lungs are fine my cancer treatment was surgery to remove top lobe of left lung and 6 and a half weeks of radiiation?

COPD?: Sounds like your cancer is cured, congratulations, you are one of few! you probably smoked and this lingering bronchitis may be uncontrolled copd. Check with your doctor for bronchodilators +/- steroids. Radiation pneumonitis would be very unusual after all this time. ...Read more

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2.5mm nodule grew to 8mm in upper right lung lobe in 3 years should I be worried?

2.5mm nodule grew to 8mm in upper right lung lobe  in 3 years should I be worried?

See your physician.: A lung nodule that is increasing in size is always a cause of concern. Please see your physician to have this properly evaluated. It may require a biopsy to definitivly determine whether it is cancerous or benign. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I have a 4mm nodule in my right lower lung lobe. Doctors suspect its benign. Risk outweighs benefits to aspirate it out.Do nodules hurt? I feel pain

I have a 4mm nodule in my right lower lung lobe. Doctors suspect its benign. Risk outweighs benefits to aspirate it out.Do nodules hurt? I feel pain

No: The short answer is no, lung nodules are in areas of the body which do not have pain receptors. A nodule that involves the pleura (lining or edge) of the lung might present with pain if large enough and if it grows through the parietal pleura (lining of the chest wall) but a 4mm lung nodule would not be painful. ...Read more

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What is the recovery period of a right lung lobe resection due to emphysema?

What is the recovery period of a right lung lobe resection due to emphysema?

Recovery: The recovery time depends on the technical difficulty of the surgery, any complications, and your personal reserve and rate of healing. Your doctor will able to provide more specific information. ...Read more

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Ct scan showed 11mm spiculated lesion in upper zone of left lower lung lobe. Am non smoker,never smoke but have asthma was hospitalised for bronchitis?

Ct scan showed 11mm spiculated lesion in upper zone of left lower lung lobe. Am non smoker,never smoke but have asthma was hospitalised for bronchitis?

Spiculated lung: Spiculated lung lesion >1cm should be evaluated. Recommend to see a lung doctor first. Statistics shows an increase in lung cancer in woman, non-smokers in recent years. Therefore, it is prudent to have this evaluated soon. ...Read more

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Can lumps of bladder cancer that have spread to my lungs be removed with surgery?

Can lumps of bladder cancer that have spread to my lungs be removed with surgery?

It depends: Depends on the number of lumps or metastasis. A limited number may be removed surgically. Often with minimally invasive means called video assisted thoracic surgery or vats. ...Read more

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I had 2 lobes removed on right lung because of cancer, do i have to have chemotherapy?

I had 2 lobes removed on right lung because of cancer, do i have to have chemotherapy?

Ask your DR: This is a question to be asked to the attending physician who has all the information about your health, pathology reports, etc. ...Read more

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Why does stage 2 lung cancer after cancer has been removed with surgery still have a poor prognosis?

Why does stage 2 lung cancer after cancer has been removed with surgery still have a poor prognosis?

Guarded, not poor: Tiny groups of cancer cells have often spread -- but they often haven't. Some cancers are better at early spreading than others. The pathologist can help your doctor estimate the odds. ...Read more

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Why does my husband have to have chemotherapy for nonsmall cell lung cancer in which he had two right lobes removed 2 months ago?

Why does my husband have to have chemotherapy for nonsmall cell lung cancer in which he had two right lobes removed 2 months ago?

Adjunct ChemoRx: I'm glad your husbands tumor was operable. The decision about giving adjunct chemotherapy is based on how big the tumor is, what subtype (there are dozens just for lung), and how far it was found to have gotten at surgery. Some protocols give improved survival (time, overall) if some chemotherapy is given. He does not HAVE to take it but needs to be given the facts himself. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Lung pleural mass 5 cm.. pet show no evidence of cancer.solid mass..do I need to do surgery to remove it or I can leave it as it is..really confused?

Lung pleural mass 5 cm.. pet show no evidence of cancer.solid mass..do I need to do surgery to remove it or I can leave it as it is..really confused?

Biopsy?: That is very good news the PET scan does not suggest the presence of cancer I'd still recommend the mass be positively identified. At that point your doctors will be able to counsel you better as to whether it should be removed or not. If you'd like a 1-1 consultation to discuss this please write me at: www. Healthtap.com/drsaghafi Use Key Code: PDXFNR to make a calendar appointment ...Read more

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Friend had up lobe lung removed, cancer. Her wbc, mchc, and mpv low. Could cancer be back?

Friend had up lobe lung removed, cancer.  Her wbc, mchc, and mpv low. Could cancer be back?

Too little data: Certainly her counts might be low if her cancer is recurrent or metastatic, but there are a host of other possible reasons. This is insufficient information to make any kind of informed statement. Perhaps she has had or is receiving therapy which suppresses her bone marrow? That would be a plausible explanation. ...Read more

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92 year old woman who had adenocarcinoma 20 years ago and top lobe of lung was removed has now been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer large mass in righ u?

92 year old woman who had adenocarcinoma 20 years ago and top lobe of lung was removed has now been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer large mass in righ u?

Make her comfortable: Although age is no exception to treatment , physicians will ask the 92 patient ( if mental status is altered will proceed as directed in the heath care proxy ) in the end stage cancer , usually referred to hospice . ...Read more

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I take atrovent, symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) and pro-air daily since a lobectomy in 2005 to remove a lobe of my left lung d/t lung cancer. Can i donate platelets?

I take atrovent, symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) and pro-air daily since a lobectomy in 2005 to remove a lobe of my left lung d/t lung cancer.  Can i donate platelets?

Probably not.: As a general rule, cancer patients are not used as blood donors or blood component donors. Nevertheless, you may check with the blood bank. It looks like you survived your lung cancer but not knowing the initial staging and cell type and not knowing about recent pet scan status makes it uncertain. ...Read more

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How many surgeries are needed to remove lung cancer? My mother-in-law is in her 70s, and has been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer. How many operations will she require, and how far apart will they be?

How many surgeries are needed to remove lung cancer? My mother-in-law is in her 70s, and has been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer. How many operations will she require, and how far apart will they be?

Depends: It depends on what you mean by advanced. If she is a candidate for surgery she may require a procedure to biopsy lymph nodes and then a procedure to remove the lung cancer itself. The timing of these two procedure is dependent on the findings from the lymph nodes. And the surgeons personal practice. If there is cancer in lymph nodes she may need other chemo +/- radiation before the lung surgery. ...Read more

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Cancer on the bone of strernum and on the left chest. Doctors want to remove the sternum by surgery. What do you think? Is that right?

Cancer on the bone of strernum and on the left chest.  Doctors want to remove the sternum by surgery. What do you think?  Is that right?

Yes: Make sure you are being treated by a board certified thoracic surgeon. If this is malignant, treatment planning should include a medical oncologist and radiation oncologist, as many require multi modality therapy. The thoracic surgeon may need the assistance of a reconstructive plastic surgeon to close the defect created when the tumor is excised. Also, the margin of resection is important. ...Read more

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My mom had been diagonsed with breast cancer chest wall recurrence and surgery had been done and lump had been removed.

My mom had been diagonsed with breast cancer chest wall recurrence and surgery had been done and lump had been removed.

What is your questio: Tell us what is your question? We need to know her age and the dates of her surgery and date of her breast cancer recurrence. Then we can guide you further. What did herr Doctor advise you to do???? ...Read more

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I ve bronciectasis in left lower lobe, need antibitoics many times p/yr, is it better to go for lung surgery to prevent further damage 2 lungs?

I ve bronciectasis in left lower lobe, need antibitoics many times p/yr, 
 is it better to go for lung surgery to prevent further damage 2 lungs?

Careful evaluation: You should have a thorough evaluation including consultation with a trained thoracic surgeon. Surgery can be very beneficial in carefully selected appropriate candidates: http://goo.Gl/17ne0 and http://goo.Gl/b97iu and http://goo.Gl/qb7fh. ...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


Lobe (Definition)

1. A rounded projection, especially a rounded, projecting anatomical part. (for example, the lobe of an ear) 2. A subdivision of a bodily organ or part bounded by fissures, connective tissue, or other structural boundaries. (for example, a ...Read more