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A 51-year-old female asked:

i have stage 4 lung cancer, is there any thoughts as being in remission or no cause i have it for life?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Steven Ginsberg
Hematology and Oncology 37 years experience
Lung cancer: Unfortunately, stage 4 lung cancer is almost always fatal. The average survival of people with stage 4 lung cancer who undergo chemotherapy is about a year. Some people live much longer than a year, but only rarely will someone live more than 3-5 years. Discuss your particular situation with your oncologist.
Dr. Joseph Accurso
Radiology 29 years experience
Remission should not: Be seriously considered. It is not curable, but it is treatable. Statistics state for stage 4 non small cell, 50% of patients die by 8 months, and only 10% are alive at 5 years. However, how an individual does is based on many factors - age, available treatment options, genetic factors. Please see an oncologist for a discussion of your particular situation, to allow your care to be optimized.

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