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If i had lung cancer would i notice early symptoms?

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If i had lung cancer would i notice early symptoms?
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Oncology
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
if noticed early would it be treatable or curable?
Expert:  Anthony Bray, MD replied 4 months ago.
Hello!
Why are you worried about lung cancer?
Are you a smoker ?
Lifetime risk of lung cancer is about 10 percent in smokers ....
Close to only 1 percent lifetime in nonsmoker ...
More often it may present with cough as common symptom but we do see cases of incidental findings of mass in lung ...so not always symptomatic early
Yes it is treatable to degree and the success of treatment depends on the subtype ....treatment BUT NOT A CURE I'm afraid ....
Expert:  Anthony Bray, MD replied 4 months ago.
Let me know WHY you have concern ....
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Bc i decided to quit smoking
Expert:  Anthony Bray, MD replied 4 months ago.
quit smoking-- absolutely !! I'm average adds 10 years to your life expectancy ....
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
But if caught early and treated can i still live a normal life?
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Would i also notice early symptoms?
Expert:  Anthony Bray, MD replied 4 months ago.
If you don't have lung cancer now then you should not get it to quit smoking ....
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
ot wont develop at all if i quit now and dont have symptoms?
Expert:  Anthony Bray, MD replied 4 months ago.
You could have or watch for symptoms of persisting cough / blood with cough / chest-- back - thoracic pain with taking deep breath ....
Expert:  Anthony Bray, MD replied 4 months ago.
Right you quit and that protects you from getting cancer ...
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Ok at that stage is it treatable to where i can live a normal life
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
If i were to get symptoms
Expert:  Anthony Bray, MD replied 4 months ago.
If symptoms then get checked ....
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
But would it be treatable to where i live a normal life?
Expert:  Anthony Bray, MD replied 4 months ago.
You may have increase in cough to quit smoking ...a few months and that gets better ...your lungs kind of "wake up" and clear the bronchi better....
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Im just asking if inwere to get early stage of cancer, would it be treatable to where i can live normally?
Expert:  Anthony Bray, MD replied 4 months ago.
Very complicated question as there are different types and some respond better than others ... No benefit to worry so much about possible outcomes . .
Expert:  Anthony Bray, MD replied 4 months ago.
Honestly it is a mix of cancer stories and some endings are not good while others are ....
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Even at early stages?
Expert:  Anthony Bray, MD replied 4 months ago.
I've seen decline and death by 3 months after diagnosis to complete recovery .....Earlier detection would be much in your favor yes to that ....
Expert:  Anthony Bray, MD replied 4 months ago.
With your worry you could get a good physical exam and ask your doctor for a chest xray to screen you....
Expert:  Anthony Bray, MD replied 4 months ago.
I think that would help put your mind to rest ....
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
But ur telling me that ppl still die even if the cancer is caught at a earlier stage so it still makes me worry
Expert:  Anthony Bray, MD replied 4 months ago.
I did not phrase it that way ...the person that I know that died after 3 months did not have early cancer .....
Expert:  Anthony Bray, MD replied 4 months ago.
Your chances vs lung cancer are better if found early ....
Expert:  Anthony Bray, MD replied 4 months ago.
I saw a guy whom never saw doctor and had grapefruit size tumor at time of diagnosis ....
Expert:  Anthony Bray, MD replied 4 months ago.
He was very sick at the start and had ignored trouble ......
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
ur telling me as long as detect it early and go to the doctor then it would be treatable?
Expert:  Anthony Bray, MD replied 4 months ago.
it is treatable but to PREVENT cancer as your plan to quit smoking is best ...much better than chasing that problem after it starts ...
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
is it always treatable if caught early?
Expert:  Anthony Bray, MD replied 4 months ago.
No it is not "always treatable " it is most often treatable but the success of treatment varies. ..I can not give you such any open guarantee ...early detection very much favors this however ....
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Would u suggest i get screen every year then?
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
If i get screen every year and it shows up what are my chances of fighting it?
Expert:  Anthony Bray, MD replied 4 months ago.
No I think that is overkill but fine to get a baseline chest xray ...
It seems that you have a health anxiety as to worry about lung cancer .. It is not advised at this time to get annual chest xray exams however ...general physical fine every year -- yes to that ....
Expert:  Anthony Bray, MD replied 4 months ago.
Cancer is a very broad category ..it is not a singular disease ..even lung cancer has several main categories ...the chances of survival and response to treatment depend largely on the type and stage at time of diagnosis ....
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
But if i quit now and have no symptoms should i be fine?
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Im only 25 and smoked for 7 years
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Half a pack a day
Expert:  Anthony Bray, MD replied 4 months ago.
You are at practically zero risk then at age 25 ...relax !! Quit worrying so much about this ...you quit smoking and you should not get lung cancer ....
Best regards!
Anthony Bray MD