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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: 1 year ago.
Category: Oncology
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
if noticed early would it be treatable or curable?
Expert:  Anthony Bray, MD replied 1 year 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 1 year ago.
Let me know WHY you have concern ....
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Bc i decided to quit smoking
Expert:  Anthony Bray, MD replied 1 year ago.
quit smoking-- absolutely !! I'm average adds 10 years to your life expectancy ....
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
But if caught early and treated can i still live a normal life?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Would i also notice early symptoms?
Expert:  Anthony Bray, MD replied 1 year ago.
If you don't have lung cancer now then you should not get it to quit smoking ....
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
ot wont develop at all if i quit now and dont have symptoms?
Expert:  Anthony Bray, MD replied 1 year 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 1 year ago.
Right you quit and that protects you from getting cancer ...
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Ok at that stage is it treatable to where i can live a normal life
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
If i were to get symptoms
Expert:  Anthony Bray, MD replied 1 year ago.
If symptoms then get checked ....
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
But would it be treatable to where i live a normal life?
Expert:  Anthony Bray, MD replied 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year ago.
Honestly it is a mix of cancer stories and some endings are not good while others are ....
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Even at early stages?
Expert:  Anthony Bray, MD replied 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year ago.
I think that would help put your mind to rest ....
Customer: replied 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year ago.
Your chances vs lung cancer are better if found early ....
Expert:  Anthony Bray, MD replied 1 year ago.
I saw a guy whom never saw doctor and had grapefruit size tumor at time of diagnosis ....
Expert:  Anthony Bray, MD replied 1 year ago.
He was very sick at the start and had ignored trouble ......
Customer: replied 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year ago.
is it always treatable if caught early?
Expert:  Anthony Bray, MD replied 1 year 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 1 year ago.
Would u suggest i get screen every year then?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
If i get screen every year and it shows up what are my chances of fighting it?
Expert:  Anthony Bray, MD replied 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year ago.
But if i quit now and have no symptoms should i be fine?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Im only 25 and smoked for 7 years
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Half a pack a day
Expert:  Anthony Bray, MD replied 1 year 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