Lung cancer

What is Lung cancer?

Lung cancer is a disease characterized by uncontrolled cell growth in tissues of the lung. If left untreated, this growth can spread beyond the lung by process of metastasis into nearby tissue or other parts of the body.

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I have a friend who is battling stage 4 lung cancer. Now she says she has a detached retina from the lung cancer. How can this be? Another mutual friend says she knows someone who had lung cancer and went completely blind. How can lung cancer affect vision?

doctor1 MD

Hi

Your friend is suffering from stage 4 lung cancer.
If the tumour has spread to his brain and affected the area of his vision then he may become blind.
Treatment at this stage consist of palliative radiotherapy and chemotherapy to improve his quality of life.

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DR De

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do risks for lung cancer still stay high after years of smoking half a pack per day for 20 years....if you quit do always still have to worry about lung cancer even if you quit or can your lungs reheal themselves. very worried.............

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Your question is a very good one and I will work on providing you with some information regarding your concern.

First of all I would like to congratulate you on quitting smoking. This is a huge achievement and will benefit you over the rest of your...

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hello, i had to have a medical for new job and had some tests done, one was a chest xray, have been notified of a 1.5cm rounded opacity within the rite upper zone in lung, i have had ct scan and find out tomorrow the results, could it be lung cancer as i have been a heavy smoker since i was 16, i am female and 40,

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Hi Madam
This is Dr.Ram

There are many conditions to be ruled out for the kind of description you have give (round opacity right upper zone -lung )
It can range from a consolidation to a active tuberculosis lesion or a old healed granuloma .
I suggest you better wait for the CT report and get a...

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my name is bundu chohan i am suffring from lung cancer non small cell with pleural emblosim 4th stage please now 4 days i am having tablet terceva 100 mg is this better for me and having bad smelly green or black coloured stools what can i do and acute breathing distress please help me thanks

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The major side effects of tarceva are diarrhea and skin rash.
To control loose stool u can take t.imodium 4 mg stat then 2 mg 2 hrly till motion stops.
For breathing distress do a chest x ray.If there is fluid accumulated in lungs then do USG guided pleural tapping.
Otherwise u can take ipravent...

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My mother has lung cancer. She has it nearly 1 year. They only gave her 6 to 9 months, but she is still with us, thank god, but she is having heart palpitations, not when she's stressed, at night when she goes to bed, is usually when her heart races, she says its all over the place, and feels like its coming out of her chest, which then does make her stressed. I want to know if this is part of her condition with the lung cancer, does it happen with alot of lung cancer sufferers??

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Any form of cancer increases the need for oxygen , a healthy heart compensates by beating faster and stronger , this forceful beating of the heart gives rise to subjective feeling of palpitation.
Also secondary factors like decrease in hemoglobin ( anemia ) , infection and other extra cardiac...

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hi, ive been coughing up blood now for tha past few months and my right side behind my ribs have really been hurting...could that be lung cancer??? i dnt know wat to do and i have no insurance to go to a docter. im just trying to get an idea of wat it might be...

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Hi

Since you are coughing up blood i would advise you to do CT scan of chest.
If any space occupying lesion is found in the scan then to do biopsy from the lesion to rule out malignancy.

Regards
DR De

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my dad was diagnosed with lung cancer which has now spread to his bones, he was given 6 mths, he is now on a nebuliser and his speech is slurred etc and he repeats himself saying he is dying and he is goin soon, is this a sign he is come towards the end now.

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Hi welcome to the health care magic

Sorry to heard that your father having lung cancer

It has been spread to bones, hence i am sorry but lung cancer has been metastasized to outside lung and so prognosis is poor here....

In lung tumour surgical resection done but here tumour spread to bone Hence...

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hi i have a lump in my left breast but the pins and needles are in my nipple and all over the breast im scared cos my mum died of lung cancer can you please tell me its fine.i am 37years old.i have been going throw the change of life from i was 28 years old can u help

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welcome to Health care magic.
1.The lump in the breast need to be evaluated - you can't ignore.
2.Letus not think of needle and pins instead get an Ultrasound breast done and find out the nature of the lump ( ductal dilatation/cyst/solid/mixes/calcifications)
3.Once the nature of lump is found,...

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My brother recently had a 1 inch growth removed from his knuckle,took 5 hours to stop it bleeding when he banged it off a wall,wasn't worried as was agressisive looking &his dad has cancerous growths on hand that look nothing,am worried now cause I thought tt was nothing but freaked out at 1inch growth on hand.my mum died of lung cancer &even her two growths were only 55mm

doctor1 MD

Hi.Thanks for using health care magic. As per the history you tell, it can be a vascular lesion because of so much bleeding. Anyway I suggest you to consult an orthopaedic surgeon and take an X- Ray of the lesion. You can find the origin of the lesion whether it's from vessel, bone, joint or soft...

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I had R. nephrectomy left kidney for RCC, clear cell, 7 cm, pT3aNOMO in Aug.008. PET-CT in April 009 showed two sub-cm nodules in lungs. PET-CT in Sep. 009 showed two additional nodules in lungs in addition to a slight enlargement of the largest shb-cm. nodule. Started sutent since Oct. 009. Nodules stable in CT scans including the last one in July 010. Now, my question is what should I do at this stage of the disease? I would be glad to visit the RGCI in the first week of December for the assessment of the disease and plan for future strategy on the control of this disease. Thanks. Gautam Sakya, 70 years, male

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My father is 80 and has recently been diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis and a lung tumor. He is in relatively good health otherwise. He had a PET scan of the tumor and all of his other major organs. He also had a biopsy of the tumor. The biopsy showed that the 4 cm tumor is malignant (squamous). The tumor is located in the back lower part of his lung. The cancer is only in the lung tumor. He went to an Oncologist in Philadelphia (where he lives) today for a consultation. The Doctor said that a few things were not an option because of the IPF, including surgery and CyberKnife. The doctor said that CyberKnife was too risky because the lung moves at all times and the radiation could hit the fibrosis areas and cause damage. The Doctor recommended Chemo and has scheduled a 5 hour in-office treatment for next week. He said that if the tumor shrinks enough in a month, he would try to treat it with radiation. Otherwise, he would continue Chemo treatments for 6 months total. I don t like the idea of Chemo treatments for the next 6 months. I have a few questions: 1) Why is the doctor concerned about damaging the fibrosis areas of the lung with the CyberKnife radiation, but not with traditional radiation in a month? 2) Is chemo a good idea for an 80 year old man? 3) I read on-line that Georgetown University hospital has done a few thousand of the CyberKnife treatments on lung tumors, sometimes with other complications involved such as pluracy. Should we send his records to Georgetown U Hospital to get a second opinion and see if the doctors there think that the CyberKnife treatment can work? Thanks. - Dan

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Hi my name is Rene I'm helping my 74 yr old dad reverse his lung cancer which has also metastized in his liver.
His liver is fairly large causes him a lot of discomfort and bloating etc....
At the moment he's doing the bicarbsoda molasses protocol but wants to know if he can just take bicarbonate without mixing the molasses. His bones have started to ache since yesterday he's been on the protocol almost 2wks this Sunday. His ph level is 8.0 . He's having hemp seeds for protein and also wheatgrass and vital greens plus essiac vegi Capps. Today I also started him on beta 1, 3D Glucan. Am on the right track?
For pain management when he's desperate I give him 10 mg OxyContin otherwise try to control his pain with Panadol

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Hello
My mom has lung cancer and she is 46 years old.
Here's her medical history:
Left breast cancer (03.11.09); T1c(1-2cm) N0 (0/4nodes) Grade II IDC ER+/PR=HER2 (2+on IHC). She completed 6 cycles of adjuvant FAC chemotherapy followed by 60Gy/30fr adjuvant RT completed 05.0810. She was also started on Tamoxifen.
She developed rectal bleeding in February 2010. Colonoscopy in July 2010 showed a stenosing tumour extending from 10-18cm from the anal verge. Biopsy revealed a moderately differentiated adenocarcinoma and pelvic MRI suggested this to be a T3N2 lesion. She was started on Oxaliplatin, capecitabine , bevacizumab. She was admitted in the hospital due to complains of weakness, hypotension and bloody diarrhoea. After it was treated she underwent surgery and palliative colostomy without resection of the colonic primary because it was very adherent to the intra abdominal structures and the surgeon did not want to risk major exploration and dissection in the presence of peritonitis secondary to a colonic perforation. After post operative recovery she had been suffering from peripheral neuropathy and still is. However, she has found relief with TENS.
PET/CT scan showed bilateral pleural based metastatic lesions and a possible left lower lung parenchymal deposit also. the primary lesion did not show increased FDG uptake, possibly secondary to having its blood supply cut off by the surgeon. She was also diagnosed with multiple filling defects in the right lung on CTPA and received therapeutic low molecular weight heparin. She has a clot in her lung vessel for which she gets clexane injections everyday. She had pleural effusions aspirated three times since the start of May 2011, from the right and left side. She got a Groshong central venous catheter and started her chemotherapy (Ondansetron, dexamethasone, atropine, irinotecan). She completed 1 cycle of her chemotherapy. The chemotherapy was discontinued because of a severe infection due to the Groshong line. She was started on antibiotics but the catheter was ultimately removed. After the infection settled and she recovered a little of her strength, she was misdiagnosed with passive pneumonia and was given Tazocin. It was just recently diagnosed as loculated pleural effusion. She also has a collapsed lower right lobe. She had the effusions aspirated 3 times, one time every day.The lobe has shown improvement. She is now complaining of chest pain, pressure on the chest and extreme shortness of breath. She has been on oxygen for about a week now and finds it difficult and tiring to breath without the oxygen mask. The lung saturation however is within acceptable parameters so i dont understand why she finds it difficult to breath without the oxygen. It has gotten so bad that she's unable to talk properly and can hardly complete a sentence without taking breaks. Yesterday night her chest pain got so bad they had to give her morphine which took quite a lot of time to wear off and she felt extremely lethargic. She is complaining of palpitations and says her heart skips beats(for which she was given Metoprolol Tartrate) but no significant improvement is noted. But the doctor says her heart is doing fine, so im really confused. She also feels a tingling sensation around her lips, head and limbs quite frequently and keeps getting these tiny jolts every now and then. What do you suggest we do about that? Overall, she feels extremely weak and is drowsy and lethargic most of the times and im getting really worried because she is showing no signs of improvement. Should she start getting her chemotherapy even though she's really weak? and can you please tell me what to do about her breathing and lethargy?

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I have diverticulitis and usually take Bactrim but now I am on Keytruda for lung cancer . I have a prescribed bottle of Metronidazole and don't want any drug interaction with Keytruda and need to know if I can take the Metronidazole for the...

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My wife is 77 years old. In 2016, she had 1/2 of right lung removed due to lung cancer . She then had a-fib and later chemo for cancer. In march 2017, she had seizures in brain due to cancer metastasizing to brain. She then had radiation treatment...

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Hello I am 65 yr old medical history of osteo arthritis brain tumor removal non cancerous acoustic neuroma which left me deaf in my right ear; during the surgery several nerves were damaged during the surgery resulting a stroke: I have 4 nodules...

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