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A 39-year-old male asked about a 71-year-old male:

Does 3rd stage in lungs cancer curable or can we prolong patient's life by treatment ..?

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Dr. Richard Maffezzoli
Specializes in Internal Medicine
No: No but life can be prolonged with chemo and radiation. Each patient response to treatment will be different and also depend on the tumor type.
Dr. Jean Yared
Specializes in Medical Oncology
Sometimes: There are some long-term remissions with stage 3 lung cancer ranging from 10 to 20% depending on the extent of lymph nodes with cancer in the mediastinum. Concurrent chemotherapy and radiation +/- surgery can prolong substantially patient's life.

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Last updated Apr 3, 2016

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