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How long does it take lung cancer to grow

A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kenneth Grossman
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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
Dr. Creighton Wright
General Surgery 56 years experience
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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Dr. Hiroshi Takita
Thoracic Surgery 27 years experience
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
Dr. Raja Mudad
Medical Oncology 32 years experience
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
A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 25 years experience
?: Children and teenagers can get lung cancer.
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 30 years experience
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.
Dr. David Cooke
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
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
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 56 years experience
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
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Cooke
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
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
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pasala Ravichandran
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Depends: It depends on the stage of the disease the survival for stage 4 limited.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bruce J. Stringer
Radiology 47 years experience
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
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Creighton Wright
General Surgery 56 years experience
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
Pulmonary Critical Care 25 years experience
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
Pulmonary Critical Care 25 years experience
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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