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A 44-year-old member asked:

What to expect in metastasis, lung and brain cancer?

3 doctor answers12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Liawaty Ho
Hematology and Oncology 25 years experience
Type of cancer?: It will depend on the type of cancer. Generally speaking, the prognosis will be worse/poor when the cancer has spread to distant organ- compared to if the cancer still localized. However, what to expect-depend on the type of the cancer and how good overall condition of the patient. In testicular ca-it can still be cured eventhough it is already spreading.In lung ca- median survival is 15 months.
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Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology 30 years experience
Nonspecific symptoms: If a cancer has metastases, they dictate what kind of symptoms seen next. For example, tumors with metastases to the spinal cord can compress it, causing back pain, and later, weakness. Brain cancers rarely, if ever have metastases, but lung cancers, like small cell, often have metastases to the brain, liver, and bone. Fever, anorexia, fatigue, and weight loss are generally seen with mets.
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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 49 years experience
The question is: A puzzle. Are you asking: what next, in someone with lung and brain disease? (usually starting in lung, then going to brain). Or the pattern of metastasis if either is primary: brain as primary almost never metastasizes outsie cns, whereas lung commonly foes to brain, as well as other lung, liver, bones, adrenals.
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What can you expect in the final stages of metastasis lung and brain cancer?

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Dr. Amir Faridi
Specializes in Hematology and Oncology
Prognosis: Obviosly prognosis is not good in this situation. Usual treatment is palliative to keep patient comfortable. Radiation therapy can help neurological symptoms. Disease widening with increase shortness of breath, respiratory failure, pneumonia, infection and pain related to cancer can happen. Palliative chemotherapy can help to improve symptoms.
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Last updated Sep 16, 2016

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