A 47-year-old female asked:
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what is a persons life expectancy with small cell lung cancer undergoing chemo and radiation? the cancer is confined has not spread anywhere else

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Dr. Bennett Werner
43 years experience Cardiology
Impossible question: No one can answer that. You know as well as i that lung cancer is very serious. That said, there are some cures. Confined and no evidence of spread are very good observations. Good luck to you or the unfortunate one with the disease.
Answered on Nov 27, 2012
Dr. Aasim Sehbai
23 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Limited stage SCLC: Someone with limited stage sclc who undergoes chemo radiation and prophylactic brain radiation still has more than 50% chance itcsn come back in next 2 years. The 5 year survival is about 35-40% but one need to stop smoking as it increases chances of recurrence and it caused the cancer in first place anyways.
Answered on Dec 2, 2012
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Ask for several folks' estimates of the odds of a 5 year survival. There is talk of long-term survival in patients with small-cell caught very early.
Dec 2, 2012
Dr. Nitin Ohri
13 years experience Radiation Oncology
>25 %: In a large randomized study testing radiotherapy and chemotherapy for non-metastatic small cell lung cancer, ~ 25% of patients were alive after 5 years. Since then, advances in imaging, treatment techniques, and supportive care may have increased this rate slightly.
Answered on Dec 10, 2013
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