Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is characterized by abnormal cell growth in the lungs commonly caused by smoking. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the world.

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Does lung cancer cause thick blood?

Not that I'm aware of, and I'm a lung cancer survivor of 1 year. :-D

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How does obesity affect lung cancer?

it can affect it in loads of different ways such as pain in body part

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Almost all lung cancer can be prevented by?

Not smoking!

But that's no longer necessarily true. "Almost all," possibly, but the statistics for people who have never smoked is going up steadily every year.

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What are the symptoms of lung cancer?

Symptoms of lung cancer include shortness of breath, coughing up blood, wheezing, chest pain, weight loss, and loss of appetite. The first step you take should be to see a doctor, as they are best equipped to handle diagnosis and treatment.

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What happens in the final stages of cancer?

Facing The Final Stage of Life Some people have cancer that is in an advanced stage or can no longer be treated successfully and they must face the fact that they will probably die. This is scary for the person who is sick and for those around them.. The person with cancer may be in pain, may be in bed or be able to walk only a few steps, or be confused. This process of decline is usually hard to watch if you are a friend or relative. No matter how hard it may be, it is still important to try to be there for the person. The person with cancer may feel lonely even if there are people around. That can be true because those people may not be really in tune with what is going on with the person. You can be the person who is in sync with your loved one every step of the way. Just by staying close and listening with a smile or gentle touch you show you are there for your friend or family member. It takes courage and extra energy to be in this situation. The person with cancer can tell what is a sincere effort and appreciate it. Sometimes the person with advanced cancer may pull away from people and seem to be withdrawing as he or she enters the dying process. This is usually a natural process and is one way of disconnecting from life. The best thing you can do if this happens is to take the person's cue, and simply stay in the background and be available. Try not to take this withdrawal personally or feel hurt when the person pulls away. It usually has nothing to do with you. Many people worry about what to say when a person talks about dying. This is something that commonly happens, although people may talk about different things in the dying process. Some, need to know how they will die. What will actually happen in the dying process? For answers to this question, you will need to find experts in hospice care or care of the terminally ill, who can guide you in helping to answer in a general way what possible situations might happen. If you don't know the specific answer, you can say, "I don't know, but we will call some people who can help us with those answers." Hospice staff is used to answering those questions every day, and they are skilled in answering those types of questions with good information in a supportive way. In many communities, hospice organizations provide expert and compassionate care for people with advanced disease. If you would like to read more about hospice care and end of life issues, please see other American Cancer Society publications, Nearing the End of Life and Hospice Care. Information on advanced cancer and caring for the cancer patient at home is also available by calling our toll free number or visiting our Web site (see "Additional resources" section below.) You may be asked, "Why is this happening to me?" It is very hard to hear this question because there is no answer, and it is heart wrenching to feel the pain that lies within such a question. This is a question where the simple answer "I don't know" and the holding of a hand and letting the person cry or talk about their sadness and regrets is the best you can do. Allowing a person to do this is a true help because so many people avoid the topic of dying and can't allow themselves to feel the pain with their loved one. Some people who know they are going to die may feel the need to get some things off their chests. They may want to talk about some of the things they did in their life that they are not proud of or regret. They may want to apologize about these deeds. They may want to give you instructions about what to do for them in the future. Respectfully listening and, of course, forgiveness and a loving attitude are all that is necessary. There are no magic words for the dying person, but often your presence is like magic and having an open heart is priceless.

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What causes lung cancer other than smoking?

  • Radon Gas
  • Asbestos
  • Viruses

mostly smoking though

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What is the meaning of inoperable lung cancer?

Lung cancer that cannot be removed by surgical means.

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How many people in the US die each year from lung cancer?

According to the American Cancer Society and the CDC, approximately 163,500 people are expected to die of lung cancer in the USA in 2005. They also estimate that 172,500 people were diagnosed with the disease in 2005 as well.

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How can you prevent cancer as a teenager to make sure you live a healthier life?

A wise person said "medicine can treat an illness but nutrition maintains your health". There is no "quick fix" to prevent cancer in modern society, as the food we eat, the air we breathe and our emotional state all contribute to stress on our bodies. There are however some steps you can take to reduce the chances of this occurring. 1) Eat well ;-) Eat as a lot of"whole grain" foods, as these have the greatest nutritional value. Reduce the amount of meat you eat. With todays modern emphasis on profit, there is a push for more product at the expense of quality. Its sad to say that industry will quite happily doom you to a shorter life if they can have another Porsche/million in the bank/superior feeling. Meat is full of antibiotics(which we eat, contributing to antibiotic resistant bugs) to keep the animals alive in horrible conditions, steriods to make em bigger, toxins which are released into the animals flesh when killed and insoluble toxins picked up during the organisms life. Read ingredients in foods, and become aware of what additives and colourants are present. Some of these are quite toxic and can build up inside you over time. Go to fag.org, they have an extensive food additives guide. Overall, just be aware of what you are taking into your body. Dont do something just because of the brand/others are doing it/what can it hurt?, knowledge is power. Moderation is a good rule of thumb, some junk food is okay every once in a while. Just remember that everything you eat goes towards building and maintaining your body. When put like this you can see why no-one could live on a diet of MacD's. 2) Live in a good environment :-) Reduce the things you know are bad for you. Everyone knows the difference between right and wrong, its that annoying little voice that tells you "I wouldn't do that if I was you". These things act as a distraction from what we know is really important and have a way of taking you over. If you do do something you is not good for (ie. smoking, drinking...) try to reduce the amount with the goal in mind of stopping altogether. Just remember that out there in the world someone is getting rich off of you(this fact always made me mad!). Try to avoid drugs as these have the greatest negative impact. 3)Be happy! Life is a struggle, it needs to be as this acts as a stimulus to grow. I believe that life is at its hardest when you are a teenager. This is the time when you are just forming your own identity and the world is putting pressure on you to preform. The one thing I was never taught at school was how to deal with stress! Meditation is good. Exercise is also helpful, even just walking is good. All contribute to keeping your mind clear and in focus. Just remember that life is a journey, an experience you move through and not a stone you have to carry. Hope this has been helpful ;-)

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What is lung cancer?

Smoking is just one thing that can cause destruction of the cells in the lungs at some people can get the disease Emphysema and you'll drown in your own mucus. People who work in mining, gases from wars, air pollution, etc., has been links to lung cancer and in some cases it's genetic. If caught early lung cancer can be cured.

Lung cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in one or both lungs. When a cell divides once, there should be twin cells with the same DNA. Unfortunately, sometimes the DNA in one cell mutates and continues to grow, at a much faster rate than normal cells. It can be caused by environmental factors (smoking, asbestos, etc.) or can be caused simply from the normal aging process.

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How often do you need to smoke to cause cancer?

1 cigarette could theoretically be enough considering that second hand smoke can cause cancer by itself.

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Is cancer hereditary?

A hereditary disease is a disease caused by an abnormality in an individual's DNA which is inherited genetically. Although cancer is not caused by single gene inheritance like cystic fibrosis or sickle cell anemia, some types of cancer do exhibit multifactorial inheritance, which is a type of inheritance that is caused by a combination of environmental factors and mutations in multiple genes. Therefore, YES, certain types of cancer are hereditary.

Current scientific opinion is that cancer is a disease caused by mutations in DNA or changes in the way certain genes are expressed, so by its very nature, cancer can be hereditary. However, you must also understand that these mutations can be in either somatic cells (cells in your body pretty much everywhere except your reproductive organs) or they can be in both somatic and germ cells (cells which make eggs and sperm). Should the genetic abnormality which is contributing to cancer development be in germ cells, this abnormality can be passed from parent to child upon conception and is considered hereditary. Realize that everyone has some chance of developing cancer and that most cancers occur sporadically or by chance in only somatic cells. However, because hereditary cancer exhibits multifactorial inheritance, a person who has inherited such a gene mutation as described above, will not necessarily develop cancer but will have an increased risk to develop cancer in their lifetime.

There is a diverse array of the hereditary components which increase your risk to developing cancers, but types of cancer with a strong hereditary component (called familial cancers), include breast and ovarian cancers caused by inherited mutations in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes, or colon cancer caused by familial adenomatous polyposis, which is an inherited mutation in the APC gene. Inheritance of mutations in the APC gene will lead to the development of colon cancer in more than 90% of patients by the time they are 40 and is the classic example of a hereditary cancer.

AnswerNo. Things like heart disease and diabetes are though. If cancer is in your history, you have a greater risk, but it is not hereditary. Answer

You can inherit a disposition to cancer, i.e. be at greater risk of developing a cancer due to genes passed down from a parent. However, the diseased state of cancer itself is not directly passed down through generations.

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What can a patient with terminal lung cancer expect when they have only a couple more months to live?

That is an issue that the patient should discuss with their oncologist and/or attending physician. One might wish to consider a hospice or other such care facilty. One might wish to meet with family to discuss what needs to be done in terms of a will or other legal matter, final arrangements and so forth. But the patient definitely needs to get factual answers from a qualified professional.

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What does it mean to have terminal lung cancer?

It means that it won't get better, it will only get worse. You either have to get a lung transplant, or die. NO! Lung transplant is NOT a treatment for lung cancer. "Terminal" means "causing, ending in, or approaching death" according to the American Heritage Dictionary. To have terminal lung cancer means that the cancer will not go into long-term remission - remission is when the cancer "goes to sleep." It will continue to grow and reside within the host's body until it eventually takes their life. It is extremely important, though, to keep hope alive within this person so that they don't succumb to their illness before they are absolutely required to pass. There are things that can be done to extend their life, but very unfortunately, terminal cancer of any kind means that it will end in death. I am so sorry. ...My mother died of this not too long ago, so you can always message me if you're going through it and need someone to talk to.

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Is terminal cancer hereditary?

I find it very important to address this question as well as the previous answer in order to keep this site as a reputable reference and I will be adding to it as I get time. Although cancer is not hereditary perse (in that if your father or mother has a type of cancer you will get it) there is a very large hereditary component to developing cancer given that the disease is caused by mutations in DNA or the way in which genes are expressed. Some types of cancers have a much larger hereditary component than others and some are caused mostly by environmental factors which damage DNA, such as free radical accumulation. There is a diverse array of the hereditary components to developing cancers, but types of cancer with a strong hereditary component are called familial cancers, which include breast cancers caused by inherited mutations in the BRACA1 or BRACA2 genes, or colon cancer caused by familial adenomatous polyposis, which is an inherited mutation in the APC gene. Inheritance of the APC gene will lead to the developement of colon cancer in more than 90% of patients. In response to the previous answerer, and off topic, genetics is not a new discipline and was developed by Gregor Mendel in the late 1800s. The genetics of cancer is complicated only in the fact that cancer is an extremely diverse disease. You can believe what you want about cancer as a disease, but I would rather take a drug which has undergone rigorous scientific scrutiny to statistically be proven to have a positive effect on a disease than to take something someone told me made their mother feel better every time they took it. To clarify, Dr. Mathias Rath has NEVER won a Nobel Prize and is not well respected by most of the scientific community. Dr. Rath lives off of the fame that he worked under the acclaimed chemist Linus Pauling who has won two Nobel Prizes. I am a medical/cancer researcher working for a non profit organization, I get no money from the sale of any drugs whether my work developed them or not and this is THE TRUTH for the vast amount of medical researchers out there who mostly work for the government, hospitals or academic level. If you want to think about it logically, of course pharmaceutical companies want to make a profit, everyone wants to make money, but these companies could not make a lot of money off a drug which didn't work. I wonder if the previous answerer thinks Dr. Rath does not make a hefty profit off the sale of his very expensive supplements. People pay for and take drugs because they work and are proven to work. If one company

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What are treatment options for small cell lung cancer?

TREATMENT OPTION OVERVIEW How small cell lung cancer is treated There are treatments for all patients with small cell lung cancer. Three kinds of treatment are used: surgery (taking out the cancer) radiation therapy (using high-dose x-rays or other high-energy rays to kill cancer cells) chemotherapy (using drugs to kill cancer cells) Additionally, clinical trials are testing the effect of new therapies on the treatment of small cell lung cancer. Surgery may be used if the cancer is found only in one lung and in nearby lymph nodes. Because this type of lung cancer is usually not found in only one lung, surgery alone is not often used. Occasionally, surgery may be used to help determine exactly which type of lung cancer the patient has. If a patient does have surgery, the doctor may take out the cancer in one of the following operations: Wedge resection removes only a small part of the lung. Lobectomy removes an entire section (lobe) of the lung. Pneumonectomy removes the entire lung. During surgery, the doctor will also take out lymph nodes to see if they contain cancer. Radiation therapy uses x-rays or other high-energy rays to kill cancer cells and shrink tumors. Radiation therapy for small cell lung cancer usually comes from a machine outside the body (external beam radiation therapy). It may be used to kill cancer cells in the lungs or in other parts of the body where the cancer has spread. Radiation therapy may also be used to prevent the cancer from growing in the brain. This is called prophylactic cranial irradiation (PCI). Because PCI may affect brain function, the doctor will help the patient decide whether to have this kind of radiation therapy. Radiation therapy can be used alone or in addition to surgery and/or chemotherapy. Chemotherapy is the most common treatment of all stages of small cell lung cancer. Chemotherapy may be taken by pill, or it may be put into the body by a needle in the vein or muscle. Chemotherapy is called a systemic treatment because the drug enters the bloodstream, travels through the body, and can kill cancer cells outside the lungs, including cancer cells that have spread to the brain. Treatment by stage Treatment of small cell lung cancer depends on the stage of the disease, and the patient's age and overall condition. Standard treatment may be considered because of its effectiveness in patients in past studies, or participation in a clinical trial may be considered. Most patients are not cured with standard therapy and some standard treatments may have more side effects than are desired. For these reasons, clinical trials are designed to find better ways to treat cancer patients and are based on the most up-to-date information. Clinical trials are ongoing in most parts of the country for most stages of small cell lung cancer. To learn more about clinical trials, call the Cancer Information Service at 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237); TTY at 1-800-332-8615. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- LIMITED STAGE SMALL CELL LUNG CANCER Treatment may be one of the following: 1. Chemotherapy and radiation therapy to the chest with or without radiation therapy to the brain to prevent spread of the cancer (prophylactic cranial irradiation). 2. Chemotherapy with or without prophylactic cranial irradiation. 3. Surgery followed by chemotherapy with or without prophylactic cranial irradiation. Clinical trials are testing new drugs and new ways of giving all of the above treatments. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- EXTENSIVE STAGE SMALL CELL LUNG CANCER Treatment may be one of the following: 1. Chemotherapy with or without radiation therapy to the brain to prevent spread of the cancer (prophylactic cranial irradiation). 2. Radiation therapy to places in the body where the cancer has spread, such as the brain, bone, or spine to relieve symptoms. Clinical trials are testing new drugs and new ways of giving all of the above treatments. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- RECURRENT SMALL CELL LUNG CANCER Treatment may be one of the following: 1. Radiation therapy to reduce discomfort. 2. Chemotherapy to reduce discomfort. 3. Laser therapy, radiation therapy, and/or surgical implantation of devices to keep the airways open to relieve discomfort. 4. A clinical trial testing new drugs. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- TO LEARN MORE Call For more information, U.S. residents may call the Cancer Information Service toll-free at 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237) Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Deaf and hard-of-hearing callers with TTY equipment may call 1-800-332-8615. The call is free and a trained Cancer Information Specialist is available to answer your questions. Publications The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has booklets and other materials for patients, health professionals, and the public. These publications discuss types of cancer, methods of cancer treatment, coping with cancer, and clinical trials. Some publications provide information on tests for cancer, cancer causes and prevention, cancer statistics, and NCI research activities. NCI materials on these and other topics may be ordered online or printed directly from the NCI Publications Locator. These materials can also be ordered by telephone from the Cancer Information Service toll-free at 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237), TTY at 1-800-332-8615. LiveHelp The NCI's LiveHelp (Http: //cancer.gov/livehelp/vp/vp_sq.html) service, a program available on several of the Institute's Web sites, provides Internet users with the ability to chat online with an Information Specialist. The service is available from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday. Information Specialists can help Internet users find information on NCI Web sites and answer questions about cancer. Organizations and Web sites There are many other places where people can get materials and information about cancer treatment and services. Local hospitals may have information on local and regional agencies that offer information about finances, getting to and from treatment, receiving care at home, and dealing with problems associated with cancer treatment. A list of organizations and Web sites that offer information and services for cancer patients and their families is available on cancer.gov (Http: //cancer.gov/support_resources.html). Write For more information from the NCI, please write to this address: National Cancer Institute Office of Communications 31 Center Drive, MSC 2580 Bethesda, MD 20892-2580

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What is lung congestion?

Long Congestion is when you have ahard time breathing and you may develop athsma or serious colds in the future

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How fast can you die from lung cancer if it is severe?

in as little as 7-8 days. if really bad maybe 1 or 2?

It depends on what "severe" is . . . what type of lung cancer it is makes a difference, as does what Stage. If you can post that information it would help narrow things down somewhat, but nothing is ever a "for sure."

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What are some other names for lung cancer?

cancer of the lungs

There are many types . . . non-small cell carcenoma, which includes squamous cell, adenocarcenoma, bronchioalveolar, and large-cell undifferentiated carcenoma. There is also small cell lung cancer.

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How long can you survive with lung cancer?

If diagnosed with lung cancer a person has a 95% chance of dying from either lung cancer or another cancer. Lung cancer spreads to other organs in the body, just as cancers in other organs spread to the lungs. Obviously the time it takes to die from cancer varies for each person.

And if all of we survivors of lung cancer believed the statistics, most of us would be dead by now! Survival rates have hugely improved, and it doesn't mean that your cancer is going to spread to anywhere else, though to be honest, that is a fear that every single survivor has.

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How does breast cancer affect or harm your body?

Effects of Breast CancerBreast cancer can rapidly spread to other parts of the body through the lymphatic system, and sometimes because of its proximity to the major body organs of the lung and heart. If left untreated, it will cause death, as it also may if not detected in the early stages before entering the lymphatic system. AnswerIf the breast cancer is not detected early enough it can spread into the bone areas.

Basically Cancer makes cells reproduce crazily and can jump to other parts of the body. If left untreated it can shut down a organ and kill you.

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How does lung cancer effect the organ system?

It kills you....

Not necessarily true at all! It's not so much the lung cancer, but the effects on the body from chemo and radiation. And if caught early and treated aggressively, it may rarely kill you!

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What is terminal cancer?

Terminal cancer is a type of cancer when one has a limited amount of time before passing away. Terminal can be defined as the end.

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What is the chemical makeup of a lung cancer cell?

Chemically speaking there's not much difference between a cancerous cell and a normal cell of the same type. Also, cells are gigantic on the molecular scale; it would require days just to type the names of all the chemicals found in a human cell.

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Could coughing up phlegm be a symptom of lung cancer?

Coughing up phlegm is so nonspecific and may result from many disease states involving the respiratory tract. If you just have a cough that's productive of phlegm, you likely have a respiratory infection of some sort that should clear in a week or so. Other diagnoses to consider should the cough continue are: TB, bronchitis, sarcoidosis, asthma, postnasal drip, allergies, GERD, and yes, even cancer. If your symptoms don't improve within a few weeks, see a doc so he/she can more fully work you up.

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