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Lung Cancer

Small cell lung cancer and non-small cell lung cancer are the two types of lung cancer. Non-small cell lung cancer includes adenocarcinoma, large cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma. Smoking is the primary risk factor; however, it may also be associated with people exposed to smoke, chemicals, or toxins. Treatment includes surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, targeted therapy, and palliative therapy.

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Can regular radon exposure put me at risk for lung cancer?

Query: Hello doctor, I work in community health as a public servant, and I am concerned about the consequences of random exposure to lung cancer. Given the fact that radon is a major cause of lung cancer, particularly in nonsmokers, what are the most recent medical screening and prevention guidelines for a...  Read Full »


Dr. Vandana Andrews

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and can understand your concern. As a public health professional, I recognize the need to tackle radon exposure and its influence on lung cancer. Radon is a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas produced by the natural decay of Uranium in soil, rock, ...  Read Full »

My father is suspected of having lung cancer. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I took my dad to the hospital because of intense pain in his legs. After a lot of tests, the doctors suspected that he has advanced cancer. But they were unable to do a biopsy because of his heart disease and other problems. I received reports from hospitals about my father's condition. ...  Read Full »


Dr. Rakesh Mittal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through the attachment (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Your father has advanced lung cancer, which has spread to his bones and other parts of the body. I do not know why someone has said it is a stage 1 cancer. It is a very aggressive stage...  Read Full »

Does white patches on right side of my lung x-ray suggest cancer?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 31-year-old male. I am a smoker for 12 years. I am having throat congestion, cold, and now having excess mucus production with no history of weight loss. I have taken a chest x-ray in which there is a white patch on the right side. I wanted to know if it is cancer? My father is...  Read Full »


Dr. Vivek Chail

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen your x-ray. (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The chest x-ray shows a prominent right hilar area most likely due to rotation. I mean you were rotated in position when the x-ray was taken and this might cause a false appearance of right hilar...  Read Full »

Is biopsy necessary for a lump in a fluid-filled lungs?

Query: Hello doctor, My uncle is suffering from breathing problems for ten days. Now the condition is that he cannot even inhale oxygen through the nose. He is inhaling through his mouth. And he is so weak that he cannot use the restroom by himself. Doctor adviced him to do echocardiography. The report sho...  Read Full »


Dr. Amol Kumar Wasudeorao Diwan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. As you said, your uncle is suffering from left pleural effusion with left lung cancer. According to your history, he is very symptomatic and needs draining of fluid frequently to relieve dyspnea. Also, your doctor has rightly said that we must do a biopsy of the lump,...  Read Full »

My friend has non-small cell lung cancer. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am 59 year old male Could you kindly tell me more about immunotherapy's effectiveness in the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer? I'm also curious about understanding how bronchoscopy is used to diagnose and treat this kind of malignancy. I want to be aware of all the solutions t...  Read Full »


Dr. Vandana Andrews

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. Immunotherapy has shown promising results in the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). It works by stimulating the body's immune system to recognize and attack cancer cells. Some common immunotherapy drugs used for NSCLC inclu...  Read Full »

Is it necessary to take a bronchoscopy to do a lung biopsy?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a family friend that recently was admitted to hospital for shortness of breath. She was advised that after several examinations that she has a form of cancer. The information that we were provided with was that they were unable to ascertain where or how severe the cancer was. S...  Read Full »


Dr. Srivastava, Sumit

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Confirmation of any form of cancer is by biopsy only when the malignant cells are visualized under a microscope and reported to be positive. Rest of the radiological test like HRCT and MRI are highly sensitive but not specific. I am assuming that the cancer was either d...  Read Full »

Does tree in bud nodules in CT scan mean cancer?

Query: Hi doctor, My CT scan says defined streaky opacity with associated loss volume and clustered tree in bud nodules have developed in the anterior segment of the upper left lobe. The associated central bronchi are impacted. Without an obvious mass, although a small central lesion is not excluded. The ...  Read Full »


Dr. Nookala Sunil Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Tree in bud appearance generally favors an infection. Can you upload your CT scan so that it may help? Do not bother about lung cancer. Revert with more information to a pulmonologist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/pulmonologist  Read Full »

What are the risk factors of lung cancer?

Query: Hello doctor, I fear that I might have a lung infection, and I want to know about lung cancer screening as part of my commitment to proactive health management. Lung health is a priority for me, and I have some questions regarding the screening process, its effectiveness, and related considerations...  Read Full »


Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your query and understand your concern. I suggest you get a CT (computed tomography) thorax for better screening. If the CT thorax is normal, then no need to worry about anything. Also, get a PFT (pulmonary function test). I hope this helps you. Thank yo...  Read Full »

I have pain in the right lungs with yellow phlegm. Kindly help.

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 19 year old male, and I weigh 140 lbs, and I am 5.7 feet tall. About three weeks ago, I went to the doctor for a fever, chills, and a headache. I was told that it was a minor case of flu. I developed blood in my mucus soon after, but I did not go to the doctor, as it went away aft...  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is a repeat lower respiratory tract infection, which is leading to both yellow phlegm and chest pain due to inflammation of pleura called as pleuritis.Chances of cancer are very less, provided your young age. Still, you should get one a chest x-ray done.I suggest yo...  Read Full »

Do I have a risk for lung cancer due to wheezing?

Query: Hello doctor, Given my family history, could I be at risk for lung cancer? My mother had tuberculosis and later died of lung cancer at 85. I am 36, married, and experiencing wheezing issues since age 23, initially as allergies. I get severe coughing and sneezing after marriage but have not taken any...  Read Full »


Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and understand your concern. When a person is infected with tuberculosis, they typically experience symptoms such as sweating, weight loss, and frequent cough with bleeding. These symptoms manifest after contracting tuberculosis. In your case, the chance...  Read Full »

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