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stage 4 lung cancer how long can leave without threatment?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
You decide: No one can force you to be treated, or to accept anything beyond comfort measures which may include local radiation for pain. If you are a candidate for palliative chemotherapy, and you have something you want to do before beginning treatment, ask a physician that you trust. Especially if you have small cell carcinoma, you can expect at least several good months after initial treatment. Good luck.
Dr. Le Wang
Dr. Le Wang answered
Internal Medicine 36 years experience
Stage 4 lung Ca. : A few months, somewhere between 3 months or shorter to 8 months on average depending on the extent of disease and tumor aggressiveness. But i want to emphasize stage 4 lung cancer is not curable, but treatable. I encourage you to see local oncologist, fully review the case, and possibly start treatment as soon as possible.

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A 20-year-old male asked:

What are the possibilities for a 20 year old to get lung cancer ? I mean is it possible at such a young age ?

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Dr. Addagada Rao
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Not much: Cancer of lung at the age of 20 is very rare. If you are afraid of getting lung cancer don't smoke , don't get exposed to toxic chemicals including second hand smoke , have clean habits, then you will reduce the incidence in later years of your life. Who knows 30 yrs from now when you are 50 there may be even cure good luck in your life.

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