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Best treatment plan for small cell cancer?

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Dr. Liawaty Ho
Hematology and Oncology 23 years experience
Discuss with your MD: The treatment would be a combination of chemotherapy in both small cell ca within or outside lung. The 1st of chemo usually is Cisplatin and etoposide. You have to complete the staging work-up prior to therapy. Radiation is sometime used in the localized small cell in the lung, for brain prevention or in selective cases- i.e. Bone fracture etc. Please discuss in detail with your oncologist.
Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology 28 years experience
Combo chemo.: Combination chemotherapy is the standard therapy, with response after 6-12 weeks predicting median and long term survival. Chest, and cranial radiotherapy are also done.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
Limited to chest-LD: Or with disease outside-ed? Cornerstone for all treatment is chemotherapy with a platin and Etoposide chemotherapy, and in LD chest xrt, as early as possible. In LD & ed, all responders get brain radiotherapy to prevent brain metastasis. Ed pts sometimes get chest rt then too.

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A 46-year-old member asked:

Can small cell cancer recur?

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Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
Yes: Short answer: yes. Small cell lung cancer is staged as either limited stage (fits within a radiation field for treatment) or extensive stage. It tends to respond well to treatment, but recur.
Dr. Liawaty Ho
Dr. Liawaty Ho commented
Hematology and Oncology 23 years experience
unfortunately yes. it is usually very responsive to therapy however it will recur
Feb 16, 2012

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