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A 39-year-old male asked:

Can lung cancer be cured?

9 doctor answers16 doctors weighed in
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Yes: It depends, though, on the type of cancer, its stage and other factors (presence of other diseases, immune system status, correctly prescribed therapy, etc.).
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
Depends: If the cancer is caught early, before it has spread to other organs, it may be cured by surgical resection.
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Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
Medical Oncology 36 years experience
Yes in theory : Oncologists are very uneasy about using the word cure, especially when talking about lung cancer. That said, certain kinds of lung cancer are in theory curable if detected early enough. Best is to prevent it by avoiding high risk lifestyle choices like smoking.
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Dr. Vamsidhar Velcheti
Internal Medicine - Oncology 9 years experience
See below: Yes. Patients with early stage lung cancer can be treated with a curative intent. The strategies for treatment in such situations may involve surgery/chemo and/or radiation depending on the clinical situation.
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Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 35 years experience
The mainstay of curative treatment for early stage lung cancer is Surgery. In Stage IA disease surgery alone is successful in more than 80% of patients. In certain Stage II and in stage III lung cancers adding chemotherapy and radiation therapy can increase the chance of cure by 5 to 10% in addition to the 30-60% cure afforded by surgery alone.
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Dr. Marco Paliotta
Thoracic Surgery 31 years experience
Multidisciplinary. : Several specialties are involved with treating a patient with lung cancer. A pulmonologist, oncologist, surgeon, radiation oncologist. Hence, lung cancer is treated and potentially cured by early detection, surgical removal of the tumor and appropriate treatment with chemotherapy and radiation. Not all cancers can be cured but they can be treated.
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Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 21 years experience
Concur: Concur with dr paliotta. Treatment and potential curative treatments will be individualized to each patient and delivered in a multidisciplinary manner. This link may provide further information on treatments. http://www.cancer.net/cancer-types/lung-cancer/treatment.
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Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 21 years experience
Yes: Early stage survival can range from 60% to as high as 90+%. Survival is individual. Depends on cancer type, treatment, and general health at time of diagnosis. Best outcomes are achieved with a multi-discipline thoracic oncology approach. These links may assist you with some general background information: http://goo.Gl/uwomy and http://goo.Gl/mo7uz and http://goo.Gl/ul4di.
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Dr. Creighton Wright
surgery 57 years experience
Can be high: Small size, peripheral, squamous cell can be cured. 70-90% at five years depends on cell type- small cell cancer is still a bad actor.
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Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 35 years experience
Absolutely: Stage IA lung cancer that is resected with a lobectomy and lymph node sampling has better than an 80% cure rate. Stage IB, IIA and IIB are also frequently curable. Unfortunately 75% of lung cancers are Stage II (difficult to cure) or IV (incurable) at the time they are diagnosed
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A 43-year-old member asked:

What is the likelihood for lung cancer to be cured?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 21 years experience
Stage and type: Stage 1 survival can range from 60% to as high as 90+%. Survival is individual. Depends on cancer type, treatment, and general health at time of diagnosis. Best outcomes are achieved with a multi-discipline thoracic oncology approach. These links may assist you with some general background information: http://goo.Gl/uwomy and http://goo.Gl/mo7uz and http://goo.Gl/ul4di.
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A 21-year-old male asked:

How can i cure a lung cancer and a throath cancer ?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
See below: You can not. It would take a team of doctors with special training in surgery, oncology and radiation oncology to address this issue. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex.
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A 44-year-old member asked:

Is there an herbal cure for lung cancer?

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Dr. David Cooke
Thoracic Surgery 23 years experience
No: Although herbal and homepathic medicine may help with some of the symptoms of the disease and the treatment, there is no evidence to support a herbal cure for lung cancer. The standard of care therapy for best chance of cure for stage i and II lung cancer is surgery, with a role for chemotherapy for stages ii-iv and radiation for stage III and possibly IV (as standard of care). See www.Cancer.Gov.
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A 34-year-old member asked:

What is a good way to cure lung cancer?

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Dr. Jekwon Yeh
Radiation Oncology 14 years experience
Depends: This depends on the stage and performance status of the patients. Most of the time surgery is recommended. However certain early forms of lung cancer and advanced forms of lung cancer can be treated without surgery (ie chemotherapy and/or radiation)
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A 24-year-old member asked:

Can radiation therapy cure lung cancer by itself?

4 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 21 years experience
Yes: Radiation needs to be in very high doses, which is called radiosurgery, or stereotactic body radiotherapy (sbrt). Cyberknife sbrt for primary lung cancer has been successful in treating early stage lung cancer.
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