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A 27-year-old female asked:

Stage four throat cancer spread to lymph nodes. smoker and heroin user. inoperable, no treatment at all. life expectancy?

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Dr. Marvin Den
Internal Medicine 46 years experience
No clear answer: Would seek out a palliative care doctor who could help making whatever time is available more comfortable and meaningful. Sorry that cannot be of more help.
Dr. Chad Levitt
Radiation Oncology 23 years experience
Why no treatment?: Head and neck cancers are different from many other cancers in that you can be diagnosed with stage four cancer and still have a fairly high cure rate without surgery. Chemotherapy and radiation can be curative. Once the lymph nodes of the neck r involved it is often a stage four and many patients are diagnosed at that point and are unresectable. If in lungs no cure. No tx.

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