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Why Is Someone With Lung Cancer Shaking
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
End of life lung ca: The end of life with any cancer can be very similar, but for lung cancer patients it usually goes something like this:they have pain, pain meds are given, they quit eating, they sleep more and more and when they are awake they have pain or can't breath so more pain meds are given, which causes them to sleep more. The last few days are filled with sleep& irregular breathing hopefully with pain controlld. ...Read more
Depends: On response to treatment; survival statistics are good for population but may not be reflective of how a patient responds- can be more or less. ...Read more
Lung Cancer Spread: The life expectancy of a patient with lung cancer metastasis depends on a number of factors. Most important is the location of the metastasis. Lymph node disease can sometimes be cured. Those patients with isolated metastasis to the brain or to the adrenal gland have a much more favorable prognosis than patients with widespread disease. Average survival for stage IV disease is about 8 months. ...Read more
Intent of treatment: Intent of treatment and dose fractionation. Intent of treatment is palliative or curative. Dose fractionation means how big of a dose over what period is given. For example in cyberknife steriotactic body radiotherapy we can deliver radiation over 3-4 days to cure early stage lung cancer. With smaller dose/ fraction it takes about 7weeks of radiation to cure. 2-4 weeks of radiation for palliation. ...Read more
Depends on Stage: The answer to that question depends greatly on how advanced the cancer is when it is diagnosed. That, in turn, depends on how big the tumor is, where it is located, whether it has spread locally or all over the body. Generally, the earlier you catch the cancer, the longer the survival is. That is not a 100% "take it to the bank" rule, but it is a general pattern. A number of tests find out stage. ...Read more
It varies: It is unpredictable. There is a 14% chance of being alive in five years. Death could come in weeks. ...Read more
Many places: In state of california consider uc davis medical center; email thoracic. Surgery@ucdmc. Ucdavis. Edu. ...Read more
Short: With limited stage disease the median survival is less than 2 years and with extensive disease less than a year. Having said that there are 5 year survivors. ...Read more
Sure: I had a patient who had three different cancers at the same time. ...Read more
Yes: Exposure to asbestos, coal dust and severe air pollution can be associated with lung cancer as well. About 10% of cases of lung cancer occur in non-smokers. Some of these are related to second-hand smoke, some to industrial/occupational exposures, and others happen with no known precipitating causes. ...Read more
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
Stage III B: It's unpredictable and depends on your response to treatment. You may have a few good years ahead of you. Cherish whatever you get. ...Read more
Small cell at any stage beyond stage 1 = small, peripheral, has a bad prognosis.
Get the devils and discuss.
Less than 2 years is common. ...Read more
I smoked about 6 cigarettes once a weekend for a year. Now quit. Age 23. What's my risk of lung cancer compared to someone who never smoked?
Lung cancer: It is pretty close to someone who has never smoked, but make sure you don't smoke again. Also please note that about 20% of lung cancers occur in non smokers. ...Read more
28 yrs old smoked cigarettes for 12 yrs now quitting what are the chances of someone my age having lung cancer? Or has it been to long to repair damag
Glad you've quit: You will never recover the damage to the elasticity in your lungs, and this will take away some of your wind as you get older. Lung cancer's rare at your age even smoking. You will have a somewhat increased cancer risk for the next two decades but it is still low. The key is that you have overcome this godawful addiction. It is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself and those who love you. ...Read more
We don't know: Although smoking is by far the greatest risk factor for lung cancer, not every lung cancer patient has a smoking history. Some non-smokers have other risks like second hand smoke or asbestos exposure. But a growing number have no risk factors that we know of. Unfortunately the lack if cigarette exposure does not completely rule out the possibility of lung cancer. ...Read more
It varies: It would depend on where it has spread and what kind it is. Also, the patients nutrition would factor in also. Remember, it is not how far your are from the beginning; it is the distance from the end; and no one knows that. That is true for anyone in good health or with terminal lung cancer. Make the best of whatever time that is left. ...Read more
Biopsy: X-rays and ct scans may suggest, but ultimately histologically, microscopic confirmation is needed. ...Read more
There are still some alveolar cell and adenocarcinomas in non smokers
but less squamous.
Some nonsmokers did have second hand or other exposures. ...Read more
Yes: Especially if smoker of around smokers.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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