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A 25-year-old female asked:

80 yrs old diagnosed with non small lung cancer (local), developed pneumonia after the first carboplatin gemcitabine treatment. is it treatable?

4 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Bonnie Bock
Infectious Disease 47 years experience
Yes: Antibiotics are usually very successful to treat many pneumonias. Patients with lung cancer may be more complex to treat or may require longer treatment especially if the cancer blocks the airways which are needed to clear the pneumonia.
Dr. Ed Kaplan
Hematology and Oncology 39 years experience
Yes: Being 80 doesn't mean no treatment: depends on the person. Pneumonia in lung cancer or during chemotherapy is not uncommon and is often successfully treated.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
The best agent: To treat obstructing lung cancer is radiotherapy. While age alone is not a determinate, age is assoicated with morbidity of treatment. Pneumonia may be caused by obstruction and facilitated by weak/ineffective cough and lowered blood counts. Bronchoscopy my view the degree of obstruction, assess need for laser or stent.
Dr. David Cooke
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
All lung CA treatble: Is it curable is another conversation. There are IV stages of lung cancer. Each stage has a treatment expectation. For stage i-iiia the expectation of any treatment is cure. Some people are cured, some are not, but that is the expectation. For stage iiib and IV the expectation is not cure, but extension of quality of life. For more info: http://bit.Ly/ygfoko.

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