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How effective is radiation in small cell lung

A 76-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Temporary relief: I am sorry to hear about your husband's illness. The treatment you described may provide some relief but is not expected to cure the cancer. Please se... Read More
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 31 years experience
Yes and no: Small cell lung cancer is very fast-growing and usually responds well to chemo and radiation, but also tends to recur. Go to uptodate.Com, they have a... Read More

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A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Herbert Duvivier
Hematology and Oncology 33 years experience
Radiation treatment: Radiation therapy is usually the method of choice for treatment of limited stage small cell lung cancer; if extensive stage present then chemotherapy ... Read More
Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
Complex: Looks like she has small and non small cell cancer (one on each lung). I would assume they want to radiate the sc first and operate the nsc later. Ag... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Noga
Medical Oncology 34 years experience
Depends: Your doctor looks at a lot of issues when considering how to treat you. They include your age, other medical problems and if they think you can underg... Read More
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Pulmonary Critical Care 31 years experience
Also...: Adding to dr. Noga's comments. If surgery is not an option, radiation therapy is standard treatment for (thoroughly staged) stage ii lung cancer. Che... Read More
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
Not usual: Stage ii is divided into iia and iib, a being tumors less than 7 cm without nodes, and b composed of n-1 nodes + and tumors invading a resectable stru... Read More
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
Impossible question: No one can answer that. You know as well as i that lung cancer is very serious. That said, there are some cures. Confined and no evidence of spread ar... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Karen Dantin
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Unusual: Rare cancer also rate in one do young. Survival will depend on response to treatment and stage of disease
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Creighton Wright
General Surgery 56 years experience
Yes: Without the therapy, prognosis is ominous. Oncology will adjust to other conditions and medications.
A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christiaan Maurer
Dr. Christiaan Maureranswered
Internal Medicine 23 years experience
Depends: Localized or extensive. Localized has a 5 year survival of around 30-40%. Extensive has much worse odds.
A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Ginsberg
Hematology and Oncology 37 years experience
Serious illness: Small cell lung cancer is a serious and fatal illness. The 2 brain metastasis episodes are also serious. You, your family and your oncologist need to ... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Chevlen
Medical Oncology 47 years experience
No diff: There is no evidence that the various types yield very different outcomes for most people. The choice may depend on factors such as your body habitus,... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Depietro
Pulmonary Critical Care 35 years experience
Its often therapy: Small cell lung cancer often recurs in the brain, radiation therapy before this occurs lowers the risk and improves survival.

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