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.

Regards
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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Hello and thank you for sending your question.

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.

doctor1 MD

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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Please let me know if Hyperthermia(whole body/local) treatment with combination of Radio & Chemotherapy [Thermo-Radio-Chemo combination ] is applicable & effective at nanavati center.

Dear Sir
Please let me know if I am eligible for Hyperthermia(whole body/local) treatment with combination of Radio & Chemotherapy [Thermo-Radio-Chemo combination to overcome the cancer resistance against chemo alone or radio alone ]
Current Complaints

Metastatic adenocarcinoma in lung. Adenocarcinoma spread in both lung.
History : treated for endometrum cancer at Kidwai Memorial Institute Of Oncology Bangalore in Dec 2010. Surgery followed by radiotherapy was done for endometrium. Hot spot in lung in Dec 2010 PET scan was considered as Granuloma due to no uptakes shown in PET scan. Now CT scan & biopsy (through EBUS) technique confirmed that it's adenocarcinoma type of tissues. Origin has been confirmed: It's endometrium (Uterus). We met pulmonologist Dr Ravindra M Mehta (Appolo, Bangalore) and he suggested Stenting to ease the breating as there is 90% blockage of right lung airways. Oncologist at Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology , Bangalore have been suggested Chemeotherepy as next step. But before that they decided for stenting to cure 90% blockage (due to tumor) to improve the patient condition.
Stenting is done [Right Bronchus].

brief clinical history- history of endometrial adenocarcinoma.
specimen-EBUS- Transbronchial needle aspiration of mediastinal lymphnode

Gross Examjnation- received 10 H and E stained slides.
2 slides- Station 4R, 2 slides- Station 11L, 2 slides- Station 4L, 4 slides- Station 7

cytological features are suggestive of metastatic adenocarcinoma- Station 4R, 11L, 4L AND 7

Treatment for recurrent cancer (no reoccurrence at surgical site but spread in bilateral lung):

Has gone through 10 cycles of chemo (weekly) with below regimen (at Mzumder shaw cancer center under supervision of Dr Vineeta Binoy & Dr Bharat):

Carbo platin (kemocarb) : 130 mg
Abraxane (nano particle drug delivery for paclitexal): 200mg
Neopojen (Growth colony factor- GSF-300 mcg for two continuous day after every round of chemo)

Before the above regimen, she had gone through one round of below chemo:

Cisplatin
Adriamycine
Docitexal
GCF

As she could not tolerate the very first regimen (Cis platin based), she was put on 9 cycles of second regimen (as described above).

Results:

Plural effusion gone
Good response as tumor shrank (largest lession before chemo was 3.2 cm, now after chemo it's reduced to 1.5 cm).
Medistinal lymphnodes also reduced in size.

Please refer the latest PET scan report

Please let me know if I am eligible for Hyperthermia(whole body/local) treatment with combination of Radio & Chemotherapy [Thermo-Radio-Chemo combination to overcome the cancer resistance against chemo alone or radio alone ]
Thanks,
Premavati Shukla
52 Y (Female)

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My family friend is Mary, and she lives in San Jose, California. She is about 60 years old, Asian, over 5 9 , originally weighed 160+ pounds. At the beginning of this year, Mary experienced extreme dizziness, lack of appetite, and vomiting. She checked into Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. I am not sure of what tests were ran on her but they could find nothing wrong with her. Mary then tried acupuncture which temporarily relieved her pain. Then she collapsed and she was taken to the Stanford Hospital, where they did a scan on her chest and they said that her lung is of interest. However, they could not find what was causing her lack of appetite. She was again checked into Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. She has been diagnosed with lung cancer; however, the doctors believe that is not causing her lack of appetite and vomiting. At the beginning of the year, she was 160+ pounds. As of this week, she is 110 pounds. Sometime in this year, she had a seizure as well. She has gone through many doctors without any luck as to what is causing this major lack of appetite and vomiting of any food she puts down in her stomach. They brought in an infections specialist and he could not pin anything down. Their family member found on the Internet that tuberculosis was a close fit to her symptoms but they got a brain culture and they found it to be negative. From the looks of it, she has lung cancer and something else mysterious causing her to vomit and not eat. She has started some chemo sessions for lung cancer but at this pace, it s not the lung cancer that is killing her, it s this starvation. The doctors seemed to have focused a great deal on her brain and head, but I wanted to get your opinion on what it could be in her digestive system. They ve tried some various IV fluids but some reacted badly to her liver and even damaged her liver a bit. A nutritionist was brought in yesterday to discuss what she can have, but she just seems to be vomiting everything and even when she only has water in her stomach! I m sorry I don t have the exact details like family history for now but I can get them for you if necessary. If you don t think it involves the digestive system, could you tell me what part of the body you think it could be? Could it be the lung cancer or something really in her head?

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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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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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