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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Mott
29 years experience 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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Dr. Carlo Hatem
25 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Depends on stage: For limited stage, life expectancy is around 2 years. For extensive stage, a little less than a year. Treatment makes a difference. These are averages ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
40 years experience 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 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
35 years experience 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 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience 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 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Creighton Wright
56 years experience 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 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christian Schultheis
24 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Months to years: There are essentially two stages of small cell lung cancer, limited or extensive. However, you are describing mediastinal disease. So if this person ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stan Nabrinsky
37 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Zero: Deadly without therapy.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Woods
28 years experience 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 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bennett Werner
44 years experience Cardiology
Impossible question: No one can answer that. You know as well as i that lung cancer is very serious. That said, there are some cures. Confined and no evidence of spread ar ... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience Pathology
One question: Small cell lung cancer is almost always high-stage when it's discovered and the only question is whether she is a candidate for chemotherapy, which ca ... Read More

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