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A 44-year-old member asked:

if i decide not to get treatment for my stage 4 lung cancer, how long am i likely to live?

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Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 30 years experience
Average 4-6 months: The average survival for patients with stage 4 lung cancer is usually 4-6 months if only supportive therapy is used. Survival will depend on subtype of lung cancer; areas of cancer spread specially critical organs (brain, liver); and also overall patient health. Rarely, some patients can have longer survial of upto a year.
Dr. Paul Zhang
Medical Oncology 31 years experience
Integrated Care Matt: Most lung cancer patients live only 10 months if they were diagnosed stage 4, even with agrresive chemo plus avastin (bevacizumab). In an article published 3 years ago in jco, it was found that chemo plus chinese herbs resulted in 12 months median survivals, indicating the importance of integrative care. Also, there're case reports of complete cures with "unapproven therapy"(you can find them pubmed). Research!
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
You are very brave: To face this and to turn away from treatment, and i wish you well. Forecasting survival is not science. Much depends on where your disease moved, how much weight you have lost, how much daily activity can you do. Doctors usually give a "median survival" a point on a curve where 50 % are stll alive, but 50% die before then, and ineed, 50% die after.

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A 32-year-old member asked:

How quickly does lung cancer spread?

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Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 30 years experience
Very variable: This varies with cancer type and route of spread among other factors. At the time of diagnosis, small cell lung cancer is more often already spread to other organs. Non-small cell cancer can stay as small lung nodules for a couple of years before picking up speed. Spreading via the blood vessels can be sometimes faster than spread through the lymph nodes.
A 29-year-old member asked:

Can hearing be affected by lung cancer?

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
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Chemotherapy: Usually the lung cancer itself does not affect hearing. However, platinum based chemotherapy (ie cisplatinum) can cause hearing loss which can be temporary or even permanent.
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A 25-year-old member asked:

What is the correlation between smoking and dying of lung cancer?

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Dr. Edward Gold
Internal Medicine 44 years experience
High: Smoking is clearly recognized as a risk factor for lung cancer. While not all smokers get lung cancer, smokers have a significantly higher risk of developing lung cancer.
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A 24-year-old member asked:

What are the treatments for metastatic lung cancer?

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Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 30 years experience
Usually Chemotherapy: Chemotherapy is the mainstay for treatment and depending on factors such as age, cancer subtype, performance level, etc. The type of chemotherapy is decided by your oncologist. Cure is not possible but survival can be prolonged. Radiation is used for certain situations (pain, bleeding, cancer spread to brain, etc). Enrolling on clinical trials for patients is encouraged.
A 20-year-old male asked:

What are the possibilities for a 20 year old to get lung cancer ? I mean is it possible at such a young age ?

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Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 56 years experience
Not much: Cancer of lung at the age of 20 is very rare. If you are afraid of getting lung cancer don't smoke , don't get exposed to toxic chemicals including second hand smoke , have clean habits, then you will reduce the incidence in later years of your life. Who knows 30 yrs from now when you are 50 there may be even cure good luck in your life.

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