21 doctors weighed in:
Does COPD always lead to lung cancer?
21 doctors weighed in

Dr. Shabbir Hossain
Internal Medicine
12 doctors agree
In brief: No
COPD and lung cancer are two totally different things but both are certainly tied to smoking.
COPD doesn't lead to lung cancer, but quite often when someone is diagnosed with lung cancer, there is some degree of COPD found.

In brief: No
COPD and lung cancer are two totally different things but both are certainly tied to smoking.
COPD doesn't lead to lung cancer, but quite often when someone is diagnosed with lung cancer, there is some degree of COPD found.
Dr. Shabbir Hossain
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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology
3 doctors agree
In brief: No
COPD lumps the emphysema and chronic bronchitis as the destructive airway processes assocated with smoking.
Those that have COPD have a higher risk of developing lung cancer than those that do not, with smoking issues aside. However, not everyone thathas COPD develops lung cancer; and not every lung cancer patient has or had copd.

In brief: No
COPD lumps the emphysema and chronic bronchitis as the destructive airway processes assocated with smoking.
Those that have COPD have a higher risk of developing lung cancer than those that do not, with smoking issues aside. However, not everyone thathas COPD develops lung cancer; and not every lung cancer patient has or had copd.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
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Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
2 doctors agree
In brief: No
Many patients with COPD get lung cancer because most of them were smokers.
So, the common factor is smoking. Sometimes, people with lung cancer don't have copd, and most patients with COPD dont get lung cancer.

In brief: No
Many patients with COPD get lung cancer because most of them were smokers.
So, the common factor is smoking. Sometimes, people with lung cancer don't have copd, and most patients with COPD dont get lung cancer.
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
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Dr. David Cooke
Surgery - Thoracic
2 doctors agree
In brief: No
But it does increase the risk of lung cancer, both from the history of cigarette smoking, as well as the chronic inflammation from the copd.

In brief: No
But it does increase the risk of lung cancer, both from the history of cigarette smoking, as well as the chronic inflammation from the copd.
Dr. David Cooke
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Dr. David Cooke
Surgery - Thoracic
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Possibly
There is the concept of the scar carcinoma.
This is tumor, specifically adenocarcinoma that occurs in parts of the lung that is heavily scarred from copd. The thinking is that a) the same area that is exposed to cigarette smoke is risk factor for lung cancer, and b) the chornic inflammation in the COPD produces factors that predispose to lung cancer.

In brief: Possibly
There is the concept of the scar carcinoma.
This is tumor, specifically adenocarcinoma that occurs in parts of the lung that is heavily scarred from copd. The thinking is that a) the same area that is exposed to cigarette smoke is risk factor for lung cancer, and b) the chornic inflammation in the COPD produces factors that predispose to lung cancer.
Dr. David Cooke
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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
In brief: No...
COPD and lung cancer are 2 separate diseases but they have a common risk factor: smoking.
Smoking cessation will decrease your risk for these diseases and your doctor can help with quitting, if needed.

In brief: No...
COPD and lung cancer are 2 separate diseases but they have a common risk factor: smoking.
Smoking cessation will decrease your risk for these diseases and your doctor can help with quitting, if needed.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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