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Sunday, July 25, 2010 marbgonzales, Community Member, asks

Q: Does emphysema turn into cancer?

Having been diagnosed with emphysema, copd, asthma among other illnesses. My concern is if at any point in time would myemphysema turn into cancer.

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7/28/10 4:33pm

Dear Marbgonzales,


Your emphysema cannot turn into cancer. They are two different processes. Yes, some people do have COPD and also lung cancer, but again, the two are very different, even though they can both be caused by cigarette smoking. 


I hope you have a good pulmonary doctor and if possible, you are considering pulmonary rehab. It can really help you feel better and the staff can answer a lot of questions for you.


All my best,




marbgonzales, Community Member
8/20/10 9:53pm

Thank you so much Ms. Martin. You don't know how much this means to me and a weight off my shoulder. Again THANK YOU!


Margarette B. Gonzales

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By marbgonzales, Community Member— Last Modified: 06/17/12, First Published: 07/25/10