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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Mott
28 years experience in Thoracic Surgery
Short: With limited stage disease the median survival is less than 2 years and with extensive disease less than a year. Having said that there are 5 year sur ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
39 years experience in Thoracic Surgery
Poor: While there are treatments available, the reality is that stage IV small cell lung cancer is rarely curable and only marginally treated. Life expectan ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
34 years experience in Medical Oncology
Not great, : ....I'm afraid. Without treatment it can be weeks to a few months at best. Treatment can extend it to 6+ months but seldom more than a year. T ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
Stage III B: It's unpredictable and depends on your response to treatment. You may have a few good years ahead of you. Cherish whatever you get.
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
Variable: There is considerable variability in survival rates among the different types of tumors and patients. See this site for more info. http://www.cancer. ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Creighton Wright
55 years experience in General Surgery
Bad situation: Small cell is a very bad cancer. Stage four is very advanced. Very poor prognosis at best-- usually months only.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Fietsam
34 years experience in Thoracic Surgery
In general, not good: Non small cell is usually not as aggressive as small cell, but chemotherapy is not as effective. A lot depends on the functional status of your dad, ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
38 years experience in Thoracic Surgery
Yes,depends stage: Stage 1 nsclc; surgical resection, appr70%5yrsurv stage2nsclc;surgery apprx. 30-35% 5 yr survival.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Woods
27 years experience in Pathology
Very low-5% 5 yr. : Stage IV non-small cell lung cancer is metastasis to any site other than lung, like brain. This has a very low 5 year survival of 5% or less. Very f ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Creighton Wright
55 years experience in General Surgery
Bad actor: Small cell at any stage beyond stage 1 = small, peripheral, has a bad prognosis. Get the devils and discuss. Less than 2 years is common.
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Ginsberg
36 years experience in 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 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Liawaty Ho
22 years experience in Hematology and Oncology
Very responsive: Small cell lung cancer in general is very responsive to chemotherapy as well as to radiation therapy. However, the problem is that the risk for recurr ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Mazen Abuawad
29 years experience in Radiology
Lung cancer: There are many factors involved, such as the stage of cancer, wether it is treatable with surgery or chemotherapy, the condition of the patient, age o ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
46 years experience in Radiation Oncology
The survival for: All lung cancer is about 14%. A useless figure. You need to know size, nodal involvement, resectability. The percentage rises as you select. But it st ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joshua Garren
23 years experience in Radiation Oncology
Sub type: Large cell lung cancer is actually a subset of non small cell lung cancer, which behaves much more like small cell cancer than like other forms of non ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jon Spiers
30 years experience in Thoracic Surgery
Not long: This is a grave prognosis. Hope this helps.
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Creighton Wright
55 years experience in General Surgery
Limited: Most with this diagnosis have less than 2 years of survival, unless found when small and peripheral so it can be removed!
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A 72-year-old female asked:
Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
26 years experience in Internal Medicine
Bad news: Prognosis is grim, but I would suggest in the interim good symptom control through a palliative care line or hospice care. A variety of factors play i ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
30 years experience in Pulmonary Critical Care
Not good: Stage 3b non-small-cell-lung cancer is a very heterogeneous group of patients and as such there is no unanimous hard data on survival, unlike the earl ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Flechner
45 years experience in Urology
Varies with time: The most recent data on patient survival after a heart-lung combined transplant is that about 80% at 1 year, 50% at 5 years, and 25% at 10 years are a ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Myron Arlen
63 years experience in Surgical Oncology
Yes: The two variants of lung cancer that are non small cell (neuroendocrine) in origin are squamous and adenoCa of the lung. In the last decade, the sq ... Read More
A 71-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
Average is 7 months: I'm glad you're considering saying "No" to treatment, at least for now. You're exercising your right to informed consent, and the truth is that with a ... Read More
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