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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.

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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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%.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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