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A 32-year-old member asked:

How quickly does lung cancer spread?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
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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Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 32 years experience
Depends: Depends on the kind of cancer and the individual patient. In general, all lung cancers have better prognosis if diagnosed and treated earlier.
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Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 41 years experience
Depends: Depends on the type of lung cancer, the location, and the person's overall immune status.
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A 25-year-old male asked:

Can lung cancer spread in family?

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Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 29 years experience
Lung Cancer: Lung cancer is not contagious. But, the reasons people get lung cancer (smoking, chemical exposure, and genetics) can lead to other family members also developing cancer. If you smoke the best possible thing you can do is to stop smoking.
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Dr. Kamran Janjua
Radiology 23 years experience
Second hand smoke can cause cancer in others who are close associates (such as family members) over a period of time, so that risk factor can elevate others' risk profiles significantly
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A 31-year-old member asked:

What if lung cancer spread to spine?

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Dr. Jeffrey Buchsbaum
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
Stage IV treatment.: The treatment of a spine metastasis is variable based upon the big picture. Sometimes chemotherapy makes sense. Sometimes radiotherapeutic agents or even radiation therapy makes sense. If it is causing an acute spinal cord compression, emergent surgery then radiation is often used. One needs to be evaluated by a team of people used to treating spine metastases and to have correct imaging (ct/mr).
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A 42-year-old member asked:

Can lung cancer spread to stomach?

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Dr. David Jin
22 years experience
Thanks for asking!: Gastric metastasis from primary lung cancer is very rare with a reported incidence of 0.2%-0.5%.
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A 20-year-old male asked:

What Lymph Nodes Does Lung Cancer Spread To?

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Dr. Creighton Wright
surgery 57 years experience
Potential multiple: Depends on location of primary.but -- Intra lobar, mediastinal, para tracheal, Supraclavicular, cervical
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A 23-year-old member asked:

Why does lung cancer spread to the brain so often?

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Dr. Hon Lee
Dr. Hon Leeanswered
Thoracic Surgery 36 years experience
Lung cancer: The different cell types of lung cancer have the propensity to spread to different organs either due to blood stream patterns, adjacent anatomy or the affinity of these other organs to receive and grow these cancer strains. It turns out that the brain is one of those susceptible organs.
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