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What is the percentage of smokers get lung cancer or emphysema?

What is the percentage of smokers get lung cancer or emphysema?

15-17%: About 15-17% of smokers develop lung cancer or emphysema. About 85% of patients with lung cancer have been exposed to significant amounts of cigarette smoke. ...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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How can a smoker die from "lung cancer"?

How can  a smoker die from "lung cancer"?

Breathless: Frequently pulmonary obstructive symptoms, just cannot breathe, or pneumonia, and fever and sepsis, or metastatic disease in a critical area- brain for example, or the chest fills with fluid, one can break alone- hip and fall due to metastasis. ...Read more

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Interested to know how does a smoker die from "lung cancer"?

Interested to know how does a smoker die from "lung cancer"?

Very sad.: Usually an overwhelming pneumonia. The person becomes very short of breath. Usually bed ridden, pneumonia and respiratory failure. Other patients may have a brain metastasis that bleeds or grows too much, other times it spreads to the spine, the liver. If the liver metastasis grow liver failure may occur. Sometimes tumor grows to esophagus obstructs and aspiration. Pulmonary emboli, heart attack. ...Read more

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Please explain to me how do you die from lung cancer if never a smoker?

Please explain to me how do you die from lung cancer if never a smoker?

Lung cancer: Cancer of any location can happen to any person. Because cigarette smoke is rich with cancer-causing agents, people who smoke are much more susceptible to getting cancer at sites affected by smoke (mouth, throat, lungs). As less people smoke, at least in the us, we're seeing more cancers in non-smokers and at a younger age. In some lung cancers, they are people with a gene mutation called egfr. ...Read more

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Do smokers get death by heart attacks more often than by lung cancer?

Do smokers get death by heart attacks more often than by lung cancer?

Yes: Heart disease is still the leading cause of death, and smoking is a large risk factor for it. So if you are in the US and smoke you are more likely to die from CAD than lung cancer. ...Read more

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What is the survival percentage non small cell lung cancer?

What is the survival percentage non small cell lung cancer?

The stage and others: Will depend on the stage and other prognostic factors. In general, the 5 year overall survival for stage 1 is 60-80%., stage 2 is 40-50%; stage 3 is 10-23%, and stage 4 is less than 10%. These however are the statistics obtained when using regular cytotoxic chemotherapy. With more personalized and more targetted therapy-we are hoping the number will improve. ...Read more

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What my percentage chance of having lung cancer from smoking for the past 5 years?

What my percentage chance of having lung cancer from smoking for the past 5 years?

Relatively low : But rising every day! quit while you can and you can get back on track of survival close to your age peer group by avoiding smoking for the next 8-10 years. ...Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for to die from lung cancer?

Please tell me how long it takes for to die from lung cancer?

See below: Lots of factors influence survival; stage of the cancer and molecular characteristics. When caught early can be cured. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take a person to die from lung cancer?

Variable: There are different cell types and growth rates( called doubling times)! the small cell, undifferentiated as an example is very fast and most folks die within a year(?Or 2). Some of the squamous cancers are slower and may be quite large and asymptomatic even when large. Very variable depending on type, size, location, stage and response to treatments. ...Read more

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What happens if no chemo .. what is it like for someone to die from lung cancer?

What happens if no chemo .. what is it like for someone to die from lung cancer?

Comfort care time: If someone has advanced lung cancer and treatment is not an option, then the focus should be on making sure any symptoms they have or may develop will be controlled. Hospice may be an option. End stage lung cancer patients may experience shortness of breath or pain (in the chest or other sites where the cancer has spread). There may be constipation from pain medications/lack of appetite. ...Read more

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My friend is getting weaker with lung cancer. Do most lung cancer patients die before a year?

My friend is getting weaker with lung cancer. Do most lung cancer patients die before a year?

Depends: The prognosis will depend on the stage and the type/ biology of the lung cancer. The type of treatments, the response to the treatments as well as patient's overall condition prior to the treatment started are also important factors. Depending to the above factors- patients with lung cancers can live from only a few /several months to several years or can be cured in the very early stage. ...Read more

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My friend is getting weaker with lung cancer. Do most lung cancer patients die before a year?

My friend is getting weaker with lung cancer. Do most lung cancer patients die before a year?

Lung cancer: Most patients with lung cancer esp stage 4 or advanced lung cancer carry a poor prognosis and survival is 12-15 months average with modern era chemotherapy. It can lead to progressive generalized weakness, fatigue and failure to thrive. Your friends stage and health status will determine his outcome. The role of chemotherapy is palliative;tarceva/iressa can work in nonsmokers w egfr mutations. ...Read more

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How would somebody die from lung cancer caused by secondhand smoking?

How would somebody die from lung cancer caused by secondhand smoking?

Same: Once the cancer is established they die just like those with no smoking history, with primary smoking history, or second hand. Second hand smoke is still very irritating to many if not all persons lung tissue and the lung cells transform and become malignant and grow and spread causing death from suffocation, brain or other metastasis! ...Read more

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Why don't all smokers get lung cancer?

Why don't all smokers get lung cancer?

Multiple factors: Nonsmokers as well as smokers can develop lung cancer, a disorder that involves genetic and other factors. Smoking is a major contributing cause but other mechanisms come into play such a genetic predisposition. ...Read more

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How can lung cancer usually lead to death?

How can  lung cancer usually lead to death?

Varies: Most patients who die of lung cancer develop metastatic disease, or cancer in organs other than the lung. Common sites include the bones, brain, and liver. As the tumor grows, the functioning of these organs is compromised. This can lead to death. Patients also have a general decline, with cachexia frequently due to substances called cytokines released by the cancer. ...Read more

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How long can a smoker live with lung cancer?

See a doctor: If you have lung cancer you should see a board certified thoracic surgeon and/or medical oncologist to discuss therapeutic options based on the clinical stage of the cancer. ...Read more

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How come some smokers don't get lung cancer?

How come some smokers don't get lung cancer?

Not fully know: Not fully know, possibly genetics. Importantly, smoking is the primary risk factor for causing 90% of lung cancer. Though it is clear that some people who smoke their whole lives never develop lung cancer, quitting smoking remains the most important aspect of lung cancer prevention and should be strongly encouraged. ...Read more

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What are the chances of smoker surviving lung cancer?

What are the chances of smoker surviving  lung cancer?

Depend on the stage: Will depend on the type and the stage of cancer. However, if you continue to smoke after being diagnosed of lung cancer-not only the response to treatment will be lower than if you stop smoking, but also, you will have significant risk for recurrence or other episode of primary lung cancer and other type of cancer that related to cigarette smoking. ...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