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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

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