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A 30-year-old member asked:

How long do you have to live in stage 4 cancer?

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Dr. Carlo Contreras
A Verified Doctoranswered
Surgical Oncology 19 years experience
Quite variable: Stage IV cancer generally means that the cancer has spread from its organ of origin to other organs. How long you have to live depends on where the cancer originated. For example, stage IV breast or colon cancer is much more easily treated than stage IV pancreatic or gallbladder cancer. So you need additional information to fully answer your question.
Dr. Mary Maluccio
28 years experience
Depends: Depending on the cancer and the response to chemotherapy, survival can be weeks to months or months to years. In some cases, responsive stage IV cancer is associated with long term survival.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

For what length of time can you live with stage 4 cancer?

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Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
Medical Oncology 36 years experience
Depends: Depends greatly on the type of cancer. A few stage IV cancer patients can be cured (lymphoma or testicular) some others can live for many years (er positive breast cancer) and yet others die very quickly. Also depends on the general health of the patient.
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How bad is stage 4 cancer?

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Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 57 years experience
Verybad: Stage IV of what organ ? In general it is end stage terminal cancer , how ever some cancers like lymphomas , testicular tumors etc when detected late will respond well to chemotherapy.

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