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My guy is 57, he’s very physically fit and has beaten colon cancer twice and lung cancer once. He’s still smoking and was diagnosed with dry lung at his last check-up. Please…what is this?

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  • Dr. Chris October 27, 2010

    Your partner should see a pulmonologist (lung specialist). Its difficult to elaborate more on your partner’s case specifically because he has quite an extensive history. Given his history of cancer, especially lung cancer, he should not be smoking.

    The term “dry lung” is quite non-specific. The doctor is possibly referring to emphysema, which is the destruction of the terminal parts of the airway and lung as a result of smoking.

    However, dry airways may be found in certain other diseases as a result of an altered composition and viscosity of the mucus that usually moisturizes the airways. The dryness causes the airways to become hypersensitive to even the slightest irritant just like in asthma (bronchial hyper-reactivity). This can lead to chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases like emphysema (smoker’s lung).

    More information would be required to comment on your partner’s case specifically. The doctor handling the case would be in the best position to advise you. Ask your doctor to explain it in proper medical terms so you can read up more about it on the internet.


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