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how long does it take for lung cancer to spread

A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kenneth Grossman
43 years experience Endodontics
Depends: There ars several different cancerous cell types. Some are fast growing and aggressive, while others are slow growing and less aggressive. There are w ... Read More
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Dr. Creighton Wright
55 years experience General Surgery
Variable: There are different cell types and growth rates( called doubling times)! the small cell, undifferentiated as an example is very fast and most folks d ... Read More
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A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
24 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
?: Children and teenagers can get lung cancer.
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
29 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Not quickly: This is a very variable situation depending on cancer type and can take many years for a small cancer spot to grow into a larger detectable mass.
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Dr. David Cooke
21 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Lag time: Only 15% of smokers get lung cancer. There is generally a 15-20 year lag time between smoking and lung cancer development. Some never smokers are ge ... Read More
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Dr. Hiroshi Takita
26 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
31 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 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Addagada Rao
55 years experience General Surgery
None: Early stage lung cancers do not have any symptoms there is no accepted mass screening test for eararly detection low yield do not justify mass screeni ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Cooke
21 years experience Thoracic Surgery
After surgery...: For lung resection done minimally invasively, we ask you not to lift anything greater than 20lbs for 1 month, if done with thoracotomy, then 2 months. ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bruce J. Stringer
46 years experience Radiology
Do You FeeL Lucky?: No set answer. Depends on how much you smoke, your sex (women seem to be more sensitive), genetic susceptibility, and other enviornmental factors like ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Creighton Wright
55 years experience General Surgery
Variable: Depends on cell type, location, and other risk factors. Small cell cancer is fast and less than a year. Some slow squamous may be years.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
24 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Ask your doctor: What you are asking about, specifically bio lung insertion, is not common medical practice. This must be part of an investigational research. Extensiv ... Read More
A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
24 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Why take a chance?: Cigarettes cause more than 90% of lung cancers, and more than 90% of many other cancers. Having said that, you can smoke all your life and never get c ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Creighton Wright
55 years experience General Surgery
Variable: Cell type metastasis other risk factors.

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