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A 39-year-old male asked:

can lung cancer be cured?

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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine 23 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.).
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Depends: If the cancer is caught early, before it has spread to other organs, it may be cured by surgical resection.
Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
Medical Oncology 35 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.
Dr. Vamsidhar Velcheti
Medical Oncology 8 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.
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 34 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.
Mar 14, 2014
Dr. Marco Paliotta
Thoracic Surgery 30 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.
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 20 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.
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 20 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.
Dr. Creighton Wright
General Surgery 56 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.
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 34 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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Is it too late to cure lung cancer is it's in stage 3?

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WE CAN NOT ANSWER: We can not answer without knowing the type of cancer etc.Discuss with your oncologist.
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What can I do if my grandfather has stage 4 lung cancer is it possible to cure from it?

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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 48-year-old female asked:

Can lung cancer thats spread to chest be cured?

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Dr. Ryan Polselli
Radiology 15 years experience
Depends : The prognosis of primary lung cancer is determined by the staging which depends on the type of lung cancer (small versus non-small cell). Lung cancer staging has become very specific and can sometimes be pretty complicated. To answer your question (strictly speaking) there are forms of "spread to chest" that can be cured...But to be more accurate your oncologist/surgeon should answer that for you.
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What is a good way to cure lung cancer?

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Dr. Jekwon Yeh
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