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A 54-year-old female asked about a 52-year-old female:

Friend diagnosis march 2013 w/ stage 4 inoperable lung cancer.spread to lymphs, neck, adrenals.chemo didn't work, nor radiation.dr says no more chemo.prognosis?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Craig MacArthur
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
Poor prognosis: What you describe is either stage 4 non-small cell carcinoma of the lung or extensive small cell carcinoma of the lung that is/was inoperable and has failed to respond to chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Nearly all of these situations result in the death of the patient from disease. Options for patients in this setting may include palliative care and possibly experimental clinical trials.
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 41 years experience
Poor: Stage 4 lung cancer is bad, but things are worse when no therapy is recommended. It is time to consider hospice or comfort care.

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