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How serious is stage 4 cancer

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Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 56 years experience
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 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 50 years experience
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
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Dr. Carlo Contreras
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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
Dr. Mary Maluccio
Surgical Oncology 27 years experience
Depends: Depending on the cancer and the response to chemotherapy, survival can be weeks to months or months to years. In some cases, responsive stage IV cance... Read More
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Dr. Carlo Contreras
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Yes: Yes, unfortunately it can.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
Depends: Depends greatly on the type of cancer. A few stage IV cancer patients can be cured (lymphoma or testicular) some others can live for many years (er po... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hushang Haghighat
Specializes in Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
Yes: if they respond to treatment.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lauren Stegman
Radiation Oncology 27 years experience
Hard to Know: Many healthy people get cancer. Stage IV just means that the cancer has spread around the body away from where it started (metastases). Some cancers... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Crystal Twynham
General Surgery 33 years experience
Need more info: First of all, her doctor is a good source of information. The American Cancer Society has a great website with resources, help, and support. Without... Read More
A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
You need to contact Discovery for such questions. This is a public information site based in the USA as are most of its volunteer docs. We have no acc... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Kaplan
Hematology and Oncology 39 years experience
Not relevant: Stage 4 suggests that the cancer is metastatic or widespread. It is a clinical description to help determine prognosis and sometimes treatment options... Read More

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