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how fast does small cell lung cancer grow

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Dr. Hiroshi Takita
27 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Approximately 1 year: The speed of tumor growth can be measured by the "doubling time"= time needed to double the volume of tumor. For small cell it can be 2 months. If t ... Read More
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Dr. Raja Mudad
32 years experience Medical Oncology
Hard to tell: Small cell lung cancer is a rapid growing cancer, but the exact size change in a particular patient is often hard to predict. Several factors affect t ... Read More
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A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay
21 years experience Hospital-based practice
Depends on the grade: After a biopsy, when small cell carcinoma is diagnosed, it is often given a "grade" by the pathologist (e.g., low-grade or high-grade) based on the ap ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
57 years experience Family Medicine
It can spread withou: It can spread without any therapy, it is not cured and you have to continue treatment recommended by your oncologist.
Dr. Nathaniel Evans III
19 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Yes: Small cell lung cancer often responds very well to chemotherapy (shrinks) but it is unfortunately also common for the cancer to return after the comp ... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
49 years experience Pathology
Treatment of cancer: Reversal of cachexia depends on successful treatment of the cancer. The rate of progression, if the cancer is not curable, is not predictable. If the ... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Ginsberg
37 years experience Hematology and Oncology
There is not: Small cell lung cancer is divided into limited and extensive stage. The usual stage i-iv cancer staging system is not used. Limited stage means that a ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Majzun
14 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
You rarely do: Small cell lung cancer is one of two major categories of lung cancer. It is often associated with smoking and is unfortunately often diagnosed too la ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Sadow
17 years experience Pathology
Chemotherapy: Small cell lung cancer is a neuroendocrine carcinoma that shows some response to specialized chemotherapy, although this tumor type tends to follow a ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
47 years experience Radiation Oncology
Work Up: Includes: ct-chest thru liver and adrenals, head ct+/- contrast or mr, bone scan. While pet makes sense, it is not proven or authorized in us.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Woods
28 years experience Pathology
Paraneoplastic,etc..: Small cell lung cancer is like other lung cancers, but it also often presents with a paraneoplastic syndrome due to its neurosecretory granules which ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Creighton Wright
56 years experience General Surgery
Non surgical: Once cell type determined, surgery is not usual. Chemo/ radiation as to location etc.

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