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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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What is maintenance chemo? I am currently taking chemo for lung cancer. My doctor is talking about maintenance chemo after next treatment.

What is maintenance chemo? I am currently taking chemo for lung cancer. My doctor is talking about maintenance chemo after next treatment.

Continued chemo: The term maintenance chemotherapy refers to chemotherapy given for an extended period of time (usually at a lower dose) after initial standard treatment in an effort to prevent recurrence of cancer. ...Read more

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I'm worried because my father is suffering from lung cancer, after 6 cycle of chemotherapy, doctor suggest to radio therapy, why, what do you suggest?

I'm worried because my father is suffering from lung cancer, after 6 cycle of chemotherapy, doctor suggest to radio therapy, why, what do you suggest?

Local control: Treatment of lung cancer is designed to treat both local and distant disease. Chemotherapy is good for distant treatment, where radiation is best for local control. If operable, surgery is the best option for cure depending on the cancer type. ...Read more

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My mom has lung cancer , her first chemo treatment is this week.I heard that chemo can make someone so ill they pass away? Is there any truth to this

My mom has lung cancer , her first chemo treatment is this week.I heard that chemo can make someone so ill they pass away? Is there any truth to this

No it is not: chemotherapy will make patient sick,and dehydrated,and required treatment.they might passed out which mean feel dizzy from dehydration,but the chemotherapy will not make them pass away which mean die. ...Read more

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My father has lung cancer and has been on chemo but doesn't change much. Now he is really skinny due to his appetite. Could u advice what other safe treatment?

My father has lung cancer and has been on chemo but doesn't change much. Now he is really skinny due to his appetite. Could u advice what other safe treatment?

Stage 3-4: Chemotherapy +/- radiation, is the main therapy for stage iii, IV lung cancers and small cell(oat cell) carcinomas. However staging indicates that the disease process is systemic. Therefore, in advanced stage lung cancers, the patients are usually weak from malnutrition with low pre albumins, and maybe also post obstructive pneumonia. Try to help his nutrition withpulmocarechilleddrinks.Oncologist. ...Read more

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Why dont lung cancer patients usually get lung transplants? Wouldnt this be better than chemo or radiation to get rid of the cancer lung?

Why dont lung cancer patients usually get lung transplants? Wouldnt this be better than chemo or radiation to get rid of the cancer lung?

Lung cancer spreads: Transplants are only useful if we can first eradicate the cancer, which is not possible in the case of Lung cancer. Further there is reduced immunity following transplants which encourages the cancer to grow faster and spread as the immune system is what keeps the Cancer under check for most of the time. ...Read more

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Can children be around a patient going through chemotherapy with stage 4 lung cancer?

Can children be around a patient going through chemotherapy with stage 4 lung cancer?

Yes: I see why not. If it's a family member or a relative, they should be regarded as a team player. I've been told stories about people who were about to die but because of a child's presence in the house, they were able to motivate themselves enough to have their life extended for a few more years. ...Read more

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My mom has stage 4 lung cancer with no biopsy no chemotherapy or treatment what is her life expectancy?

My mom has stage 4 lung cancer with no biopsy no chemotherapy or treatment what is her life expectancy?

Its Very Bad cancer: The life expectancy is limited but it depends on where her cancer has spread to. Most patients die due to distant metastases into vital organs. Once cancer has gone outside the lungs, the survival is 6 to 12 months, but can be over one year with rare exceptions. ...Read more

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Is it safe for organ transplant patients to be around lung cancer chemotherapy patients who are also periodically receiving radiation?

Is it safe for organ transplant patients to be around lung cancer chemotherapy patients who are also periodically receiving radiation?

Yes, with caution: Both patient's described are immune compromised. Extra care needs to be taken around the immune compromised patient. Washing has periodically, wearing a mask, if there is anybody sneezing, or in a big public place is a good start. Consult, your physician to have periodic blood draw to check if patients are immune compromised. ...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)

From national cancer institute: "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 non-small cell lung cancer. These types are diagnosed based on how the cells ...Read more