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Dr. Addagada Rao
55 years experience General Surgery
Verybad: Stage IV of what organ ? In general it is end stage terminal cancer , how ever some cancers like lymphomas , testicular tumors etc when detecte ... Read More

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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience Medical Oncology
Not necessarily: Stage 4 cancer is a late stage cancer which has spread inside the body. But the survival is quite varied and it depends on which type of cancer it is. ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Contreras
17 years experience Surgical Oncology
Quite variable: Stage IV cancer generally means that the cancer has spread from its organ of origin to other organs. How long you have to live depends on where the c ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Contreras
17 years experience Surgical Oncology
Yes: Yes, unfortunately it can.
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Myron Arlen
63 years experience Surgical Oncology
Metastatic tumor: The treatment of metastatic adenocarcinoma depends on the nature of the primary, the site of metastasis and the degree of metastatic tumor. Pancreati ... Read More
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Metastatic disease: Stage 4 for a cancer means that the tumor has spread to other organs and is rarely curable.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Uyeda
44 years experience General Surgery
Stage IV means: Distant metastases, usually to liver or lungs. Treatment will require surgery to remove the primary cancer and some form of treatment for the mets. ... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Just possibly: I'm going to assume that the cancer is one of the common types of adenocarcinoma and that the diagnosis is correct. Arch surg jan 2009 (source for the ... Read More
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A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Morton Levitt
48 years experience Pathology
Cancer Staging: Every variety of cancer has a unique ajcc staging system, known as the "tmn" system. The "t" part includes the size of the primary tumor. You did not ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tariq Niazi
42 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Depends on a lot of: Factors, like the bone involved, type of cancer, treatments so far received, and where has it spread, whether the treatments are working or not. Your ... Read More
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Dr. Addagada Rao
55 years experience General Surgery
Bad: Unfortunately stage IV gall bladder has very poor prognosis.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jon Spiers
30 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Not long: This is a grave prognosis. Hope this helps.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Woods
27 years experience Pathology
Low, less than 5%.: In stage IV lung cancer, the 5 year survival is <5%. This is where the lung cancer has metastasized to anywhere else in the body. Palliative care mi ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Myron Arlen
63 years experience Surgical Oncology
Depends on origin: Liver cancer in actuality represents a primary hepatoma of the liver. Such lesions are not staged but rather considered resectable or unresectable. ... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
45 years experience Medical Oncology
Hard to say: Typical staging of cirrhosis is by a, b, c and not numbers. There might be another scale that they are using. Liver cancer is associated with cirrhosi ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Diede
28 years experience Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
Depends on type: For pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors treated with surgery, the 5 year survival rate is ~15%. For exocrine pancreatic tumors, unfortunately, the 5 year ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sri Sundararaman
27 years experience Radiation Oncology
Depends : Diagnosis with early disease with then progression sometimes means hormone resistant disease needing chemo or targeted therapy. We shouldn't be diagno ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Cosme Manzarbeitia
38 years experience General Surgery
Synonyms: Cirrhosis of the liver is synonymous with the microscopic image classified as"stage 4". Cirrhosis per sevis largely asymptomatic. However, end-stage ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
Unanswerable: I am sorry to hear of your diagnosis and understand the depth of your question. But, here in cyber space and anonymous without being on the ground the ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Addagada Rao
55 years experience General Surgery
Poor prognosis: Unfortunately stage IV lung cancer has poor prognosis over all survival rate of less than 10% most of them survive less than 13 months.
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Creighton Wright
55 years experience General Surgery
Limited: Personal, risk factors and cancer stage. If stage 4 with distant metastasis, then with best care 2-5 years is possible.
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
See below: A person with stage 4 chronic kidney disease (ckd) has advanced kidney damage with a severe decrease in the glomerular filtration rate (GFR) to 15-30 ... Read More
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jimmy Bowen
33 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Pancreatic Cancer: Pancreatic cancer is very serious and stage 2 is very serious. Please discuss this with your oncologist for most up to date info information in natura ... Read More

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