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My dad is 72 and has been diagnosed with adenocarcinoma on

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My dad is 72 and has been diagnosed with adenocarcinoma on the outer lung and chest wall. He smoked a pack a day from the age of 16-48. He quit at 48 when he had a heart attack. I always thought that since he quit he would be safe but the doctor said he
thought it was from smoking. Do you think it would be from smoking since he quit so long ago? And is this hereditary? Should I be concerned as a non smoker that I could be at great risk? I am 48. Thanks!
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Oncology
Expert:  Dr. SH replied 1 year ago.

Thank you for your question.

Adenocarcinoma of the lungs is strongly associated with smoking.

He did smoke for more than 30 years which is what caused the damage and was one of the causes of a heart attack and also his lung cancer even if one has quit long ago like you mentioned.

The 30+ years of smoking did cause some damage to the lungs that eventually led to the cancer as far as I am concerned.

It is not hereditary.

You should not be concerned as a non-smoker.

Let me know if you have more questions.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
One last thing...we are going to our first oncology appointment.
We have no cancer in the family and we don't know what
to expect. They found the cancer due to fluid they thought
was infection. When they drained it they found cancer on the
outer lung and chest wall. They haven't given us much detail
yet. Does this sound like stage 3 or 4? Will the oncologist
give a prognosis at the first meeting? I am hoping that we
don't hear something like "you have 6 months to live" this
early as I don't think that would be beneficial in any way. Will
they even give that information at all if you don't ask for it?
Thanks!
Expert:  Dr. SH replied 1 year ago.

Yes it does sound like stage three or four unfortunately.

If the tests are done he may give you the prognosis in the first meeting but you will have to ask for it if he does not.

Let me know if you have more questions.

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Kind regards