Patient discussion about lung

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Q. LUNG CANCER

how do you get it?
ALung cancer is one of the most common cancers in the world. It is a leading cause of cancer death in men and women in the United States.

Cigarette smoking causes most lung cancers. The more cigarettes you smoke per day and the earlier you started smoking, the greater your risk of lung cancer. High levels of pollution, radiation and asbestos exposure may also increase risk. Lately researchers connect this lung cancer with genetic factors.

for more information please check this link :
http://www.mayoclinic.com/print/lung-cancer/DS00038/METHOD=print&DSECTION=all

Q. How much do I have to smoke to get lung cancer?

If I only smoke 1 cigarette a day will I get cancer?
A1some people dont even have to smoke to get lung cancer,just being around someone who smokes can give you lung cancer.
A21 cigarette a day is also dangerous. It's best not to smoke at all. The more you smoke, the higher the risk is to develop cancer. It is an accumulative effect.
A3The longer you have been smoking and the more cigarettes per day smoked, the greater the risk. If you stop smoking before lung cancer develops, the lung tissue will slowly return to normal.

Q. Heart serious, Lungs swollen.

My brother Bennet, seventeen, and it is birthday tomorrow. But I guess he already got his seventeenth birthday present: lupus. He is recently diagnosed with lupus, yet some complications are still under-diagnosed. He have always had huge aspirations. Now, as my health deterioates at a weird rate, he can't walk around. His heart is in serious condition, his lungs are swollen, so are his joints. His voice is almost not there and he is, thinking about his eighteenth birthday. His face is swollen, as some gland in his neck has bloated and somehow he don't enjoy what he see in the mirror he says. He is very sensitive to sunlight and so he stay in for all day and when he decide to go out, it is after 8 or 9 p.m. He is despondent, yes. Because he see his dreams shattering, his family life is breaking apart and he feels as if he is getting more useless EVERY single day. How long will he continue? Maybe another thirty years...maybe not another day. Could anyone help him to SURV
A1Sorry to hear about your brother being so miserable with his symptoms, and the apparent distress it understandably is causing you.

With sunlight bothering him, that is called photophobia and is a symptom of certain types of lupus, or can be an effect from a medication he may be taking. The swelling on his neck may be due to hyperthyroidism, asthma, or an allergic reaction perhaps to prednisone, which is given to lupus patients.

You should get your bother to see a doctor soon, if you have not already. You don't want him to stop breathing or anything.

Dan
A2I cannot advise on Lupus, but we all need to know we are loved and appreciated. His appearance is altered by the disease, which can be troubling; let him know how much you love him for the person he is. Remind him of the good times you've had together and whatever good influense he's had on you and others. Spend time with him, encourage doable activities, board games, artwork, etc. Read together. These things can take his mind off the disease and bolster his self esteem...my best wishes to you and your family.
A3all i can do is give moral support...other then that the only treatment for Lupus is to suppress the immune system.

Q. what is "pulmonary edema" and what are the risks?

my Dr. told me I'm in a risk group for pulmonary edema, he tried to explain what it is but i didn't understand fully...if someone may give me a brief explanation- I'll appreciate it!
A1pulmonary edema occurs when, lets say, your heart left ventricle stops working properly and your right ventricle works fine. that means your lungs getting lets presume- 1 liter of blood -but your left ventricle can pump out of it only 990 ml. that means you have high blood pressure in your lungs and fluid comes out of blood vessels and fills your lungs, making it harder and harder breathing.
A2edema is a situation of fluids getting out of your cells or blood to your extra cellular matrix and organs. pulmonary edema is when your lungs fills with fluids originated from your blood. hence the main risk is actually drowning. this is a life threatening situation that requires a medical help A.S.A.P.

Q. My grandfather died of lung cancer because of smoking.

what is the probability that I'll get lung cancer as well? My Grandfather was a regular smoker, he died two year ago because of lung cancer. I also smoke and I want to know that if i have a hinge probability to have cancer like that.
A1Anybody who smokes has a higher risk for lung cancer, regardless of family history, but with your family history smoking will very much increase your risk. Smoking increases your risk for lung cancer by about 23 times. And now days with all the pollution around us- could be a lot faster then your grandfather,
I would quit smoking if you want to see your children grow up.
A2Stop smoking!!!
My grandparents died of lung cancer because of smoking most their lives. I wonder how long it'll take take people to understand how harmful and stupid it is.
A3Sorry for being blunt- yup, with a family history of lung cancer, your risks are four times greater. Suggest you quit smoking, unless of course you don't care about dying from lung cancer.
If you want to calculate the statistics:
http://seer.cancer.gov/csr/1975_2005/sections.html

Q. Is it possible to have lung cancer without smoking?

My 89 years-old grandfather was told by his doctor that he has lung cancer, after he had cough for almost two months. I thought that lung cancer happens because people smoke, but my grandfather never smoked or drank alcohol and is still in a very good shape (for his age, of course) – is it possible the doctor was wrong and he doesn’t have lung cancer?
A1There are other things that increase the risk of lung cancer-. He may not be a smoker himself, but maybe he was living with a smoker, maybe he worked in an asbestos building, or exposed to substances that cause lung cancer.
A2Unfortunately the answer is yes- it is possible to have lung cancer (as long as other diseases that are attributed to smoking) even if you never smoked one cigarette in your whole life. Refraining from smoking reduce the risk of lung carcinoma greatly, but it’s not a guarantee.
A3Anyone can get lung cancer, but it usually strikes smokers over age 50. And the risk goes up with age. 90% of lung cancers occur in people who smoke. Lung cancer is the second most common cancer among men and women in the US, and it's more common among older men and women. It's also the leading killer. About 160,000 Americans die of lung cancer each year. Your grandfather could just have a bad case of bronchitis, but it is a little unlikely that the doctor is wrong. If you feel, however, that the doctor could be wrong, it can's hurt to get a second opinion. Hope all is well with your grandfather. Hope this helps.

Q. how does an lungs cancer effects you in the immediate term? let say just have been told i have a lung cancer

what symptoms that i felt before can hint me about the coming future and discover ? what are the next steps after the acceptation and discovery of the decease ?
ALung cancer usually doesn't cause any symptoms (and that's the reason it usually is discovered so late that treatment is limited). However, the cancer may cause cough with sputum or blood (hemoptysis), difficult breath, chest pain and wheezing. The tumor may induce several phenomena including excess calcium in the blood (causing weakness), muscle weakness, bone problems and several other conditions.

After the diagnosis, the patient is usually referred to treatment, either surgical, chemo, radiation or combination of these modalities.

You may read more here:
www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/lungcancer.html
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