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is there any way to make the final stages of lung cancer pleasant?

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Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 46 years experience
Yes: There are a number of ways to keep a patient confortable. The hospice and palliative care teams are great at this. They also do so in a caring and compassionate way so that the patient and family suffer as little as is possible.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
I have little to add, but want to thank Dr. Biermann for his wisdom and kindness. I urge you to obey the local laws regarding medical marijuana -- this is a question often raised at these times. The last days can be a time for healing, remembering, forgiveness, and even spiritual discovery. You'll be in my thoughts.
Jul 19, 2012
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 31 years experience
Yes: Hospice or comfort care, lots of morphine which suppresses the feeling of breathlessness and lets the patient pass away without undue suffering and with dignity.

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How quickly does lung cancer spread?

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Dr. Ritesh Rathore
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Very variable: This varies with cancer type and route of spread among other factors. At the time of diagnosis, small cell lung cancer is more often already spread to other organs. Non-small cell cancer can stay as small lung nodules for a couple of years before picking up speed. Spreading via the blood vessels can be sometimes faster than spread through the lymph nodes.
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Can hearing be affected by lung cancer?

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Chemotherapy: Usually the lung cancer itself does not affect hearing. However, platinum based chemotherapy (ie cisplatinum) can cause hearing loss which can be temporary or even permanent.
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What is the correlation between smoking and dying of lung cancer?

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Dr. Edward Gold
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High: Smoking is clearly recognized as a risk factor for lung cancer. While not all smokers get lung cancer, smokers have a significantly higher risk of developing lung cancer.
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Could car fumes cause lung cancer?

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Not likely: The vast majority of lung cancer is caused by smoking - i.e. First hand cigarette smoke. Lung cancer is rare in people who have never smoked. If car exhaust were an important contributor we'd see far more cancer in people who had never smoked.
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A 24-year-old member asked:

What are the treatments for metastatic lung cancer?

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Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 30 years experience
Usually Chemotherapy: Chemotherapy is the mainstay for treatment and depending on factors such as age, cancer subtype, performance level, etc. The type of chemotherapy is decided by your oncologist. Cure is not possible but survival can be prolonged. Radiation is used for certain situations (pain, bleeding, cancer spread to brain, etc). Enrolling on clinical trials for patients is encouraged.

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