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What sort of recovery rates are there for lung surgery for stage iv lung cancer?

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Dr. Creighton Wright
surgery 57 years experience
Limited: Limited since this has gone beyond surgical removal and potential cure. While chemo/ radiation can stall the process, depending on cell type and locations, the long term is not very long. Impossible to predict for an individual due to other personal risk factors.
Dr. Mark Soberman
Surgery - Thoracic 39 years experience
Not good: Overall, the probability of 5 year survival is in the single digits. There are exceptions. Single metastases to the brain or adrenal gland, if the lymph nodes are uninvolved, can be treated sequentially and followed with chemotherapy. The survival is 35-30 or so percent. If the adrenal gland metastasis shows up later, rather than at initial diagnosis, surgery and chemo can yield 45% 5 yr. Survival.

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