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A 45-year-old female asked:

Lung cancer stage 4 with radiation treatment. does this work?

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Dr. Liawaty Ho
Hematology and Oncology 24 years experience
To relieve symptoms: Stage IV means that the cancer has spread to distant organ beyond the lung. Unfortunately, it is incurable disease, although it is treatable.The role of radiation in a stage IV disease is limited to relieve symptoms eg- to treat painful metastatic disease to the bone, or to shrink the tumor when the cancer encasing vital organ- like major blood vessels/main airway. Chemo is the mainstay therapy.
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Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 32 years experience
Depends: In stage 4 (metastatic), radiation is usually given to debulk the tumor together with radiation, or for local benefit such as pain, relief of obstruction etc.
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Can radiation therapy help stage 4 lung cancer?

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Yes: We often use radiation in this setting for palliation of symptoms, like palliation of pain from a bone metastesis or to open up an airway etc.. The mainstay of treatment for stage IV lung cancer is chemotherapy.
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A 45-year-old male asked:

Will my radiation treatments for stage 4 lung cancer increase survival rate ?

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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 38 years experience
Maybe: Radiation for stage 4 lung cancer is most commonly used to treat the symptoms of cancer (such as pain), rather than to increase survival. Though one may live longer, the goal of radiation is usually to live better.
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