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Why is state IV lung cancer so deadly and hard to treat?

Why is state IV lung cancer so deadly and hard to treat?

Damaged genes: Cancer that has gotten this far invariably has its genome so destabilized that it will mutate to resist any non-surgical treatment. Stage IV also indicates that surgery to remove it would be impossible because taking vital structures would be required. ...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 deadly is lung cancer?

How deadly is lung cancer?

Very deadly: Lung cancer is the number one killer as far as cancers go, even though it is not the most common. It is frequently diagnosed far too late for any sort of cure to be offered. The overwhelming majority of patients with lung cancer have been or are current smokers. The best thing to avoid lung cancer is not smoke cigarettes. That said, it does not mean that there is no good treatment. ...Read more

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Is skin cancer as deadly as lung cancer and so many other types of cancers?

Is skin cancer as deadly as lung cancer and so many other types of cancers?

It can be: Melanoma can be. Squamous cell carcinoma can be locally destructive. Basal cell carcinoma typically not unless genetic. Another rare skin cancer, merkle cell carcinoma can be very aggressive. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, can you tell me what is more deadly lung cancer or rectal cancer?

Hi doctors, can you tell me what is more deadly lung cancer or rectal cancer?

Whichever is...: ...The most advanced (higher stage). That said, i would venture that stages being equal, you have better odds with rectal cancer. Also, rectal cancer can be detected earlier in a routine colonoscopy and will likely cause symptoms earlier than lung. Don't get me wrong, some people do survive lung cancer and some die of rectal cancer. ...Read more

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Syntoms of lung cancer?

Syntoms of lung cancer?

Many: Early on, no symptoms. Later, cough, weight loss, poor appetite, loss of energy, chest pain, coughing blood, dizziness, headache, shortness of breath ...Etc. ...Read more

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What causes lung cancer?

What causes lung cancer?

Several causes...: But the most common correlation with lung cancer is smoking. Smoking alone will increase your risk of lung cancer by about 20 times by smoking one pack per day for twenty years. Other sources can be genetic (alpha-1 antitrypsin disorder), related to environmental exposures that are inhaled, or other less common reasons. ...Read more

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How is lung cancer cured?

Multidisciplinary. : Several specialties are involved with treating a patient with lung cancer. A pulmonologist, oncologist, surgeon, radiation oncologist. Hence, lung cancer is treated and potentially cured by early detection, surgical removal of the tumor and appropriate treatment with chemotherapy and radiation. Not all cancers can be cured but they can be treated. ...Read more

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How could lung cancer be treated?

How could lung cancer be treated?

Depends...: ...On the kind of cancer and the stage. Small cell cancer is typically treated with chemotherapy plus/minus radiation. Non small cell may be treated with surgery, radiation, or chemo, be it separately or in combination. If this is about you or a relative, the treating oncologist should go over the treatment plan that applies to the specific situation. ...Read more

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I think I'm dieing of lung cancer?

I think I'm dieing of lung cancer?

Strange Question!: What makes you say this? Do you have Cancer for sure or not sure? Tell us more details about your health issues so that we can assist you better. ...Read more

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Is mycobacteria linked to lung cancer?

Is mycobacteria linked to lung cancer?

Appears to relate: Yes, studies have found lung cancer associations with mycobacteria. http://goo.gl/fkyr9t and http://goo.Gl/kvlwhx. ...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