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What to do if my dad has late 4th stage emphizima and late 3rd early 4th stage adenocarcinoma (small cell lung cancer)?

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Dr. Lauren Stegman
Radiation Oncology 28 years experience
See Oncologist: Small cell lung cancer is generally divided into "limited-stage" in which the cancer is confined to one part of the chest treatable by radiation and "extensive-stage" disease in which it has spread to both lungs or other places in the body. Limited stage disease is usually treated with radiation and chemotherapy. Extensive stage with chemotherapy alone at first and possibly some brain radiation.
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 35 years experience
As of the last revision of the International lung cancer screening guidelines the 7th Edition of the TNM Classification of Lung Cancer, small cell lung cancer is staged the same as non-small cell lung cancer
Mar 31, 2014

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A 32-year-old member asked:

My dad has late 4th stage emphizima and late 3rd early 4th stage adenocarcinoma (small cell lung cancer). Prognosis?

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Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 41 years experience
Depends: Small cell carcinoma of the lung is treated with chemotherapy. Response to therapy dictates survival. Keep in mind that small cell carcinoma has the worst survival rates among lung cancers. Most therapy is palliative.
A 37-year-old member asked:

What do you suggest if my father has late 4th stage emphizima and late 3rd early 4th stage adenocarcinoma (small cell lung cancer)?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 45 years experience
Deepest condolences: It sounds like your father's time is short. Make it as good a quality time as possible. Talk to each other. Tell him that you love him. If he was a good father, tell him. Ask him to provide a life history for you - video tape it if possible. Consider Hospice care. Be sure you discuss and know his wishes for mechanical ventilation. Be sure he has a will.

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