A 27-year-old female asked:
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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
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
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Dr. Chad Levitt
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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