Lung Cancer Case Study Answers

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You are a physician and a patient presents with the following symptoms:
Stella is a previously healthy 47 year-old woman. She has been experiencing chest pain and a persistent cough. She thinks that she saw a bit of blood during the last coughing fit. She has tried Tylenol cold and flu and drinking cold water, because she suspected she had a cold.
She smokes ¾ of a pack of cigarettes a day. She says that she is trying to quit; cutting down from 1 pack/day to ½ pack but recently went back up to ¾ PPD, probably from stress.
Her father had a heart attack last year when he was 64, which is one of the reasons she wondered about the chest pain. He also smoked and has high blood pressure.
You suspect that your patient may have lung cancer (provide a minimum of 1 reference)? (5 marks)
1. Indicate the symptoms of lung cancer
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In this test, a sample of the patient’s mucus is observed in a lab to determine if there are cancer cells in the mucus.
MRI, PET, and bone scans are imaging tests that can tell if the cancer has spread to other parts of the body as well as providing additional information on the chest. Other types of tests can also be used to determine if a patient has lung cancer, such as thoracentesis, needle biopsy, and bronchoscopy.
The test results confirmed that your patient has lung cancer. You must discuss the results of the test with Stella. Explain to your patient the specifics of lung cancer by answering the following questions (you may use your textbook to assist you with this) (10 marks)
• Explain the anatomy of the respiratory systems
The respiratory system is made up of the nasal cavities, the pharynx, the trachea, the larynx, the bronchi, the bronchioles, and the alveoli. The bronchi, bronchioles, and alveoli are all located within the

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