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?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Marvin Den answered
44 years experience Internal Medicine
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.
Answered on Jan 12, 2015
Dr. Chad Levitt answered
21 years experience Radiation Oncology
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.
Answered on Aug 25, 2018
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