SMALL CELL LUNG CANCER

oat cell cancerI just had a high school friend diagnosed with small cell carcinoma of the lung. This particular kind of cancer is also known as oat-cell carcinoma. He had no signs or warnings other than he developed a large nodule in the neck and went to an ENT specialist. The ENT physician aspirated some fluid and found it to be non-differentiated carcinoma. The next step brought him to an oncologist for a PET scan which luckily revealed it was not found elsewhere in the body. Apparently there was just a small spot in the lung that traveled to the lymph system. Cancer of the lung is really quite common and it is the number one cause of Continue reading

DO YOU RECOGNIZE THE 7 SIGNS OF PNEUMONIA?

Pneumonia is an infection of one or both lungs.  It occurs when either bacteria or viruses get stuck in the lungs – the germs multiply and form an infected area.  In order to understand it, things you should know include something about the lungs and what they do. When you breathe in, you pull oxygen into your lungs.  That oxygen travels through breathing tubes and eventually gets into your blood through the alveoli.  Alveoli are tiny air sacs covered in tiny blood vessels called Continue reading

CHRONIC COUGH CONFUSION

            

            In regards to a chronic cough, the main source of confusion is the common assumption among both patients any many health care providers that the cause ‘must come from the lungs.’  This assumption on the part of many physicians often leads to an erroneous diagnosis.  In fact, the most common causes of chronic cough are postnasal drip, asthma and acid reflux from Continue reading