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Hi, One of my friend is suffering from "Shortness of Breath" and this generally occurs twice or thrice in a fortnight and this sysmptom is not dependent on carrying out any heavy physical activity. Although he smokes/drink occassionally.

So was just wiling to know is this "Shortness of Breath" is being caused as a part of development of any cancer tissue or if this is not then, will this issue can lead to developing cancer?

Although on carrying out few medical tests it was found that the issue may had occured because of anemia but if this is just becuase of anemia then I would like to bring one thing in one notice that then the severity of the "shortness of breath" should not have to be very accute. And yes, he is not having any allergic symptoms.

Please advice what is the likelihood of cancer in this case.

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This "shortness of breath" is unlikely to be due to cancer. Even though in later stages of cancer shortness of breath can occur, it very less likely for a cancer to present in this way. This is most likely to be a respiratory cause (as in asthma), anxiety , anemia or a cardiac problem. He/She will need evaluation in form of complete physical examination, +/- Chest xray and other tests depending upon the physical examination findings.

Now if some tests have brought out anemia, it could be very well due to anemia. In night there are many factors operating (like high sympathetic drive, pushed up diaphragm etc) which can actually precipitate an anemia related breathlessness (thus appearing as sudden). The cause of anemia needs to be found out. Anemia can be the presenting symptom of cancer in rare cases.

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Thank you

Patient replied :

Apart from this unusual shortness of breath, sometime my friend have chest pain also. So I was just wondering that this is not any symptom of any cancerous growth.

And is "Shortness of Breath" 100% curable and what should be included in proper diet.

This is more likely to be non cancerous. 100 percent confirmation can be done (and cancer to be ruled out) can only be done after further tests. Also only if a diagnosis is made as to know what causes the cancer, then only we can say whether it is curable or not. Also about the diet.

Thank you

Dr. Jaydeep Tripathy
Category: HIV- AIDS Specialist
MBBS from Sri Ramachandra University in December 2011
M.Med (Family Medicine) - TNMGR University, Chennai
MBA-MPH in Public Health in March 2016, SRM University
Finished AFIH in March 2016, SRM University
MRCP ( UK ), Internal Medicine, Royal College of Physicians, June 2016
Fellowship in Diabetology from Martin Luther University in January 2017

Currently Resident Physician, in MD Radiodiagnosis - Kamakshi Memorial Hospital, Chennai
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