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A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Liawaty Ho
23 years experience Hematology and Oncology
For certain subtype: If you have a certain subtype -i.e. Certain molecular abnormality -alk-1 fusion abnormality- the response could be dramatic. There is no benefit of th ... Read More
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Dr. Nathaniel Evans III
19 years experience Thoracic Surgery
80% in some patients: In patients whose tumor has a specific mutation that makes it sensitive to the drug (alk translocation) the response rate is about 80%. That is, the ... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Mott
29 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Sadly not long: The average 5 year survival for stage 4 lung cancer is near zero. The average survival is 1 year.
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Dr. Chad Levitt
22 years experience Radiation Oncology
Curious. Not good.: Rarely tumor cells can mutate in a way that it is difficult to differentiate between types of cells. First i'd make sure they have done all possible s ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
25 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Weeks to months: There is no hard and fast rule. In studies that tried to detect lung cancer early using a chest x-ray, almost half of the cancers appeared within a ye ... Read More
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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
47 years experience Radiation Oncology
Appearance versus: Initiation time of small cell lung cancer. Many will assert that they can tell by "doubling time" the non-small cell types. I find this speculative ... Read More
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Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
39 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Unknown: The best screening test for high risk patients 50y/o or older is a low dose cat scan thorax. Traditional x-rays are likely to miss early lung cancers. ... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Ginsberg
37 years experience 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 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Majzun
14 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
You rarely do: Small cell lung cancer is one of two major categories of lung cancer. It is often associated with smoking and is unfortunately often diagnosed too la ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Sadow
17 years experience Pathology
Chemotherapy: Small cell lung cancer is a neuroendocrine carcinoma that shows some response to specialized chemotherapy, although this tumor type tends to follow a ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
47 years experience Radiation Oncology
Work Up: Includes: ct-chest thru liver and adrenals, head ct+/- contrast or mr, bone scan. While pet makes sense, it is not proven or authorized in us.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Woods
28 years experience Pathology
Paraneoplastic,etc..: Small cell lung cancer is like other lung cancers, but it also often presents with a paraneoplastic syndrome due to its neurosecretory granules which ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Creighton Wright
56 years experience General Surgery
Non surgical: Once cell type determined, surgery is not usual. Chemo/ radiation as to location etc.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience Pathology
Lung cancer: Small ("oat") cell lung cancer is distinguished by the fact that is has almost always spread beyond the lung when discovered and is therefore not surg ... Read More
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