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stage 4 non small cell lung cancer life expectancy

A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Woods
27 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 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Mott
28 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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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Fietsam
34 years experience Thoracic Surgery
A cancer center.: Stage 4 lung cancer normally requires chemotherapy and radiation treatment. Hopefully, your fathers case would be reviewed by a tumor conference, wit ... Read More
A 78-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience Medical Oncology
It is unpreidctable: Lung cancer is by no means a slow growing cancer in everyone. Most times patients can move from stage 3 to stage -4 within a matter of months averagi ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Fietsam
34 years experience 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 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
33 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Oncology referral: Stage IV lung cancer is noncurable but it is treatable in that your father's quality of life and the length of his life can be increased by medical ca ... Read More
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christian Schultheis
23 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Yes and no: If he is losing weight, we get concerned about two possibilities: progression or the chemo is causing too much side effects. So sometimes we give a t ... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 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
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
21 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Sadly, not good: I'm so very sorry, but stage IV lung cancer, especially ones that have spread as much as your mother's has spread, doesn't carry a very good survival. ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amy Levine
22 years experience Radiology
Smoking: It is frequently caused by smoking. There is too much to discuss in 400 words! try this: http://www.Cancer.Gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/non-sma ... Read More
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