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What is difference between lung disease and lung cancer?

What is difference between lung disease and lung cancer?

Several: Pneumonia
copd
emphysema
other infections
pneumothorax are all lung disease.
Cancer is malignant growth of some cell type
squamous
adeno
small cell
etc. ...Read more

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 is the difference in treatment between chronic lung disease and lung cancer?

What is the difference in treatment between chronic lung disease and lung cancer?

Different: Non small cell lung cancer mainstay of therapy is surgical resection for appropiate lesions. 5yr survival for stage I nsclc after surgical resection is about 70%, stage ii about 30%. Chronic lung disease is emphysema, bronchitis, asthma, obviously a totally different diagnosis. Patients may develop lung cancer with or without chronic lung disease but more common in smokers. ...Read more

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My dad is 84. He has stage 4 lung cancer. Hie also has lung disease. His heart functions at 50%. He is on oxygen and is skin on bones. He still drives?

My dad is 84. He has stage 4 lung cancer. Hie also has lung disease. His heart functions at 50%. He is on oxygen and is skin on bones. He still drives?

NOT "COOL": Your dad's doctor should be consulted ASAP. It is his/her DUTY if a safety issue is involved to counsel your dad to give up his license or report the situation to the local State Authority (in MA. For example it would be the Registry of Motor Vehicles. BE AWARE SENIORS DO NOT WISH TO GIVE UP THEIR LICENSES IT IS A MATTER OF PRIDE AND DESIRE TO BE "INDEPENDENT"!! HANDLE WITH CARE!
Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What's the difference between lung cancer and a TMJ disorder and how can I be absolutely sure I have either of these things?

What's the difference between lung cancer and a TMJ disorder and how can I be absolutely sure I have either of these things?

Not related: Lung cancer usually presents with new onset coughing or coughing up blood. A chest x-ray or ct may show a mass in the lung or lymph nodes in the chest. Diagnosis requires a biopsy, often via a bronchoscope (look into bronchial tubes) or with a ct guided biopsy. Tmj is a dysfunction of the temporomandibular joint and can cause pain on opening or closing the mouth-no association with lung cancer. ...Read more

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What's the difference between lung cancer and emphysema?

What's the difference between lung cancer and emphysema?

COPD versus cancer: In emphysema the air sacs of the lung (alveoli) are damaged. The result is the lung "traps air in the damaged sacs and it becomes hard to exhale. The lung becomes over inflated. Breathing (getting oxygen in and carbon dioxide out) are progressively harder. In lung cancer a cell is damaged and can not regulate its growth, (ie becomes cancerous) with tumor formation. Both are linked to smoking. ...Read more

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What is the difference between the stage and the grade of lung cancer?

What is the difference between the stage and the grade of lung cancer?

A lot: Stage refers to extent of cancer: generally stage 1 & 2 are early cancers; stage 3 involves spread to the nodes or structures in the middle of the chest; stage 4 involves spread to both lungs or other organs. Grade refers to the degree of abnormal appearance of the cancer when seen under the microscope- usually grades range from 1-3. ...Read more

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What is the difference between emphysema and lung cancer?

What is the difference between emphysema and lung cancer?

Different things: Emphysema is destruction of lung tissue from (most often) smoking. Lung cancer is an abnormal growth of lung tissue that can cause destruction of many tissues, not just lung. They are completely different diseases.

But, because the most common cause of lung cancer is smoking, many times patients with lung cancer have emphysema and vice versa. ...Read more

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What is the difference between stage 3a and stage 3b of lung cancer in terms of tnm?

What is the difference between stage 3a and stage 3b of lung cancer in terms of tnm?

3b is more advanced: Although both stages are serious, stage 3b tends to have more severe lymph node spread, usually meaning spread out side the affected side of the chest to the collar bone, neck or lymph nodes in the opposite chest. The 5 year survival with 3a is 20-25%, with 3b is 10%. ...Read more

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What is the difference between small cell lung cancer and non-small cell lung cancer?

What is the difference between small cell lung cancer and non-small cell lung cancer?

Different cell types: Lsmall cell cancer of the ung is a neuroendocrine tumor responding to chemo such as the adriamycins (doxorubicin). Non small cell cancer represents the adenocarcinomas and squamous cell cancers requiring a different groujp of drugs that usually include the platinums and the newer monoclonal antibodies. ...Read more

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Doctors, what is the difference between advanced testicular cancer and another advance cancer such as advanced lung cancer?

Doctors, what is the difference between advanced testicular cancer and another advance cancer such as advanced lung cancer?

More curable: Advanced testicular cancer spreads to nodal area. In most instances the primmary is resectable and nodes can most oftern be removed. These tumors are sensitive to radiation and chemotherapy with a high cure rate. Lung cancer when advanced is most often not resectable and invades major pulmonary vessels into pericardium. Effective radiation hard to deliver and chemo limited. ...Read more

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What's the difference between small cell and non-small cell lung cancer?

What's the difference between small cell and non-small cell lung cancer?

Everything: Small cell lung cancer is almost completely different than non small cell- the only thing the same is that it is located on the lung and may give the same symptoms. They are different in molecular biology level, they look and behave differently. Small cell behaves more agressive- like systemic disease even from the first presentation; have different treatment and prognosis. D/w your oncologist. ...Read more

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What's the difference between non-small cell lung cancer and small-cell?

What's the difference between non-small cell lung cancer and small-cell?

Entirely different: Different types of cancer. Small cell multiplies fast and is considered spread at the time of diagnosis. Because of that, it may also respond better to chemotherapy. Non-small-cell grows more slowly and if found in an early stage, may be curative by surgery. ...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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Symptoms of lung disease vs cancer?

Symptoms of lung disease vs cancer?

Similar: There is nothing specific that can differentiate these 2 problems. A chest x-ray or ct scan, if indicated, would help distinguish. ...Read more

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What are common symptoms of lung disease/cancer?

What are common symptoms of lung disease/cancer?

Too broad an issue: The common symptoms of lung disease are cough, shortness of breath, sputum production and bleeding in sputum, weakness, cyanosis, clubbing of fingers, fever, pain in the chest etc. For lung cancer symptoms, see this site:
http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/lung-cancer/ds00038/dsection=symptoms. ...Read more

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Can one have serious lung disease or cancer and still do rigorous cardio?

Can one have serious lung disease or cancer and still do rigorous cardio?

Yes: Some conditions are not particularly symptomatic until advanced, so if you are concerned, you should be evaluated by a doctor. ...Read more

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Does chronic lung disease mean cancer?

Does chronic lung disease mean cancer?

NO: Chronic lung disease can take several forms. The most common is COPD or emphysema. The most common risk factor for emphysema, smoking, is the same as the most common risk factor for lung cancer. ...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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Can you tell me about the difference in small cell lung cancer and non-small cell lung cancer?

Treated differently: Non small cell cancer refers to any lung cancer that is not small cell. Small cell lung cancer is a subset of all lung cancer that is typically very responsive to chemotherapy, so it is important to know the type of lung cancer to determine the best treatment. ...Read more

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What are the differences between breast cancer and lung cancer?

What are the differences between breast cancer and lung cancer?

Breast & Lung Cancer: Breast Cancer and Lung Cancer arise from different parts of the body. Breast cancer almost always arises from the ducts of the breast. Lung cancer usually arises from the lining of the lung. The two cancer have different natural histories. Breast cancer may metastasize or spread to other part of the body, including the lungs ...Read more

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Can vape cause lung cancer in teens? Can it cause any other disease at such a young age?

Can vape cause lung cancer in teens? Can it cause any other disease at such a young age?

Addiction: Use of tobacco in any form can start the process for many diseases, including cancer, heart and lung disorders, though it may occur years later. You may get addicted to tobacco and may not be able to quit it when you realize that it is bad for your health.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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What causes malabsorption syndrome in small cell lung cancer? Is it an early or late stage presentation of the disease?

What causes malabsorption syndrome in small cell lung cancer? Is it an early or late stage presentation of the disease?

Youkeep asking silly: These are silly questions that waste a doctors time. Without knowing your complete medical history (like do you have Small cell lung Cancer? And do you have malabsorption syndrome (a rare condition to begin with), how can we address any questions that you raise and then you go ahead and give them another twist or early/late stages etc. Please take all these questions to your Primary doctor to addres ...Read more

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25 yr old intermittent fleeting. Rib pain common. For only symptom for. Lung. Cancer, oris. It.advanced disease symptom. 9 yr history quit mnth ago?

25 yr old intermittent fleeting. Rib pain common. For only symptom for. Lung. Cancer, oris. It.advanced disease symptom. 9 yr history quit mnth ago?

Rib pain: For you age - lung cancer would be rare.
Chest muscle spasm could give you the fleeting pain. If you strain your chest muscles you can have similar pains. A chest x-ray and evaluation with your doctor is advised. ...Read more

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I was a heavy smoker from the age of 20 to 37. I quit three years ago, am now 40. Lung cancer has run in my family with lifelong smokers. Does quitting really make a difference with a familial history as far as cancer incidence?

I was a heavy smoker from the age of 20 to 37. I quit three years ago, am now 40. Lung cancer has run in my family with lifelong smokers. Does quitting really make a difference with a familial history as far as cancer incidence?

YES: ALL the statistics indicate that FAMILY HISTORY included CIGARETTE SMOKING is the #1 RISK FACTOR in the development of Cancer of the lung OF ALL TYPES!

DO NOT "RATIONALIZE" smoking again (I think that's what you are doing. NO? ...Read more

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Can any doc tell me what's the difference in small cell lung cancer and non-small cell lung cancer?

Can any doc tell me what's the difference in small cell lung cancer and non-small cell lung cancer?

Cells and treatment.: The cell types and treatment is the biggest issues. Non small cell are adeno, large and squamous cell types. Each have an association with smoking but not always. Treatment is the same. First if possible resection +/- chemo/radiation. Cure can be resection.
Small cell=smoking. Can be limitted or extensive. Responds well to chemo. Grows faster, mostly treatable not cureable. Need to talk to ur md! ...Read more

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Why would a MRI be better at finding mesothelioma and a ct scan better at lung cancer or is there no difference for the 2?

Why would a MRI be better at finding mesothelioma and a ct scan better at lung cancer or is there no difference for the 2?

There are distinct T: CT scan shows the lungs much better whereas MRI shows the pleural surface much better. Since Mesothelioma starts on the Pleural surface, it is easier to detect it on MRI although CT scan will also pick up most mesotheliomas once they grow to a moderate size. ...Read more

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Tb scar on lungs was treated frm TB last year. Is is possible to get lung cancer or any other disease bcz of d TB scars? Wat r d health risks?

Tb scar on lungs was treated frm TB last year. Is is possible to get lung cancer or any other disease bcz of d TB scars? Wat r d health risks?

? Scar cancer is rar: I think you should do fine. There is a small theoretical risk of what is sometimes called a scar cancer but it is extremely rare. So I would not worry about it. There are no other risks for now. ...Read more

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Does lung cancer cause intermittent fleeting rib pain, or would this be advanced disease?? 25, doc says lungs sound clear, 9 -yr pack hstry

Does lung cancer cause intermittent fleeting rib pain, or would this be advanced disease?? 25, doc says lungs sound clear, 9 -yr pack hstry

Non-specific: Fleeting chest pains are not specific for lung cancer. It could be caused by a host of other benign reasons like muscle pain, rib pain from strain or inflammation. Pneumonia or pleurisy can also cause it. If you are worried about lung cancer and you are a smoker, check with your doctor about a screening CAT scan of the chest. If it is negative, time to stop smoking! ...Read more

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I ve smoked around 10 cigarettes a day for last 3years. I ve stopped smoking now. Am 21 years. What is my risk of lung cancer or heart diseases?

I ve smoked around 10 cigarettes a day for last 3years. I ve stopped smoking now. Am 21 years. What is my risk of lung cancer or heart diseases?

Stopping beneficial: If you continue to abstain from smoking the rest of your life you probably should not have much of increased risk.Smoking cessation at any age is beneficial. Lower lung cancer death risk for people who quit at younger ages. Indeed, cessation of smoking prior to middle age is associated with a more than 90% reduction in cancer risk attributed to tobacco. Smoking major risk factor for ht. Disease too ...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