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A 34-year-old member asked:

My grandfather has advanced stage lungs cancer. what does "advanced" mean?

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Dr. Le Wang
Dr. Le Wanganswered
Internal Medicine 37 years experience
Lung Cancer: Usually means stage IV (cancer already spread) or stage iii lung cancer that can not be operated.
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A 46-year-old member asked:

My grandfather has advanced stage lungs cancer. What should I do?

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Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
Medical Oncology 36 years experience
Respect...: ...His wishes regarding the choice between treatment vs. Supportive care and his wishes regarding a living will. Make sure he know his life was and still is significant to the family. If he chooses to get treatment, help him any way you can.
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A 48-year-old member asked:

What do you suggest if my grandfather has advanced stage lungs cancer ?

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Dr. Lara Bonner millar
Radiation Oncology 15 years experience
Many options: That depends on the stage and his overall medical condition. Patients with stage III disease and good health are generally candidates for combined chemo-radiation or sequential chemo followed by radiation. Patients with stage IV disease may receive chemotherapy or 'targeted' therapy depending on the genetic profile of the tumor. In stage IV, radiation is used as palliation.
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Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 24 years experience
And looking at the 'big picture' too is important. What does he want? Sometimes changing the focus of treating cancer, to treating symptoms is more important. I'm not saying it's time to 'give up' but would ask about hospice/palliative care to have ALL the treatment options available. We'll be thinking of you...
Jul 26, 2014
A 47-year-old member asked:

My grandfather has advanced stage lungs cancer. What can I do to help him?

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Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 31 years experience
Be there for him: I'm sorry to hear about your grandfather. I can't over emphasize importance of "Be there for him." Let him know that you care. Spend time w/him. Listen to him. Ask him what he wants. Any goals? Events to experience? Does he want more surgery? Radiation? Chemotherapy? Or would he rather focus on care rather than cure eg hospice. Help him complete advance care directives. http://goo.gl/XJUEGK
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