U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
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?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
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.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership

Similar questions

A 41-year-old member asked:

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

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
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
Last updated Mar 12, 2020


Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.