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does anyone know of alternative medicines for stage-four lung cancer?

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Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 56 years experience
No alternatives: Unfortunately stage IV lung cancer , with 10% 5 year survival rate , with life expectancy of 10 months, should be on proven methods, to be in that 5 % group to under go chemo radiation and not to depend on unknown unproven alternatives.
Dr. Donald Elton
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Clinical trials: There are plenty of people who are willing to sell "alternative" (i.e. Unproven and untested treatments) for many diseases including cancer. If standard therapy (i.e. The therapy with the best evidence for effectiveness) is ineffective it is best to try to get into a clinical trial where promising therapies are tried under supervision to help advance the state of care.

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A 32-year-old member asked:

How quickly does lung cancer spread?

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Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 30 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.
A 29-year-old member asked:

Can hearing be affected by lung cancer?

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
Pulmonology 27 years experience
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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A 25-year-old member asked:

What is the correlation between smoking and dying of lung cancer?

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Dr. Edward Gold
Internal Medicine 44 years experience
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.
A 37-year-old member asked:

Could car fumes cause lung cancer?

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Dr. Donald Elton
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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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