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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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From your experience How long could a person live with lung cancer that has spread into the airways? Also has lymphnode cancer.

From your experience How long could a person live with lung cancer that has spread into the airways? Also has lymphnode cancer.

It varies: Lung cancer does not spread to the airways, it begins there. The range of likely life span -- or the possibility of a cure -- depends on the specific type of lung cancer. There are at least a dozen common subtypes and genetic variants. Get the facts, and then be strong and discerning. ...Read more

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If you had lung cancer that has spread to other parts of your body would it probably be big enough to be seen on X-ray or your blood work be off?

If you had lung cancer that has spread to other parts of your body would it probably be big enough to be seen on X-ray or your blood work be off?

Yes and no: When Cancer starts to spread, it begins as clusters of cells that form tiny colonies in other body parts. These will grow in size over a few months to become visible on X-rays and various diagnostic imaging tests such as CT scan and or PET scan. Blood tests do not show cancer cells, so we rely on the above imaging tests and repeat them periodically (every 2-3 months) to monitor for the tumor growt ...Read more

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Is there a surgical cure for lung cancer that has spread to the hip?

Is there a surgical cure for lung cancer that has spread to the hip?

No: There is no cure for lung cancer that has spread to the hip. Once you have lung cancer outside of the chest, you have metastatic disease, stage iv, which is considered not curable. It is treatable. So the hip can be treated with surgery, radiation or chemotherapy that may improve your symptoms. But the likelihood of curing lung cancer at this stage is very small. ...Read more

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Smal cell lung cancer that has moved to the brain, how long before it is fatal?

Smal cell lung cancer that has moved to the brain, how long before it is fatal?

Depends: Metastatic small cell lung cancer is treated with chemotherapy and brain radiation. Survival is dependent on response to treatment. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy of six month lung cancer that has spread to the bone and brain?

What is the life expectancy of six month lung cancer that has spread to the bone and brain?

More: The median survival of non-small cell lung cancer in the us is 12-14 months. That means, 50% of patients live more than that and 50% live less than that. Most patient live at least a year. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment I have small cell lung cancer that has spread to the brain I have ten tumors what are my best options?

What is the best treatment I have small cell lung cancer that has spread to the brain I have ten tumors what are my best options?

Multidisciplinary: Small cell cancer is challenging even in early stage. All small cell cancer should be treated through a multidisciplinary thoracic oncology program with a targeted and individualized approach. Clinical trial enrollment when possible. The following link discusses general approach to treating nsclc and small cell, our best wishes are with you: http://goo. Gl/s6eme. ...Read more

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What is the prognosis for lung cancer that has metastases to the brain and pelvic area?

What is the prognosis for lung cancer that has metastases to the brain and pelvic area?

Fair: There are several factors that affect prognosis. First the type of lung cancer. Is it small cell or non-small cell.

Second, has there been a check on the molecular markers on the tumor (egfr, alk, ros 1?) there are targeted agents for those tyoe of tumors and patients do much better than the average.
Discuss with your oncologist treatment options prognosis. Avoid internet for prognosis. ...Read more

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My husband is terminally ill from stage IV lung cancer that has mestastised to his liver. Taking navelbine (vinorelbine). Will that cure him?

My husband is terminally ill from stage IV lung cancer that has mestastised to his liver. Taking navelbine (vinorelbine). Will that cure him?

No, but...: It has a fair chance of slowing the tumor. Some folks live for months or perhaps even longer comfortably even with liver metastases from lung cancer, especially if the response to chemotherapy has been good. I hope the two of you will have more quality time together. It will be his and your decision, with advice from the oncologist, when to stop treatment and choose comfort measures only. ...Read more

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My brother 51 years old has got lung cancer that has spread to bones spine, aggresive. No treatment worked but they don't no what cancer it is.

My brother 51 years old has got lung cancer that has spread to bones spine, aggresive. No treatment worked but they don't no what cancer it is.

Seek expert Help: We can help you if you send us his complete information. I suspect he has cancer of unknown primary site (?). It is called cup and it means the doctors are unable to find where it started and then spread into bones and lungs.
He could get a second opinion at a major cancer center where gene profiling can be done; that often indicates the primary site of origin of cup. This may further guide treatm. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my husband is terminally ill from stage IV lung cancer that has mestastised to his liver. Taking navelbine (vinorelbine)?

Quality of life: If his cancer is controlled with chemotherapy, and he is pleased with his quality of life, I would continue the treatment. The medical oncologist will know if other agents can be used if navelbine (vinorelbine) stops being effective. If quality of life is low with the chemotherapy, it is reasonable to stop treatment and pursue hospice. It is a very personal decision. ...Read more

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Can you survive with no treatment for small cell lung cancer that has moved to the brain my mom has 10 tumors?

Can you survive with no treatment for small cell lung cancer that has moved to the brain my mom has 10 tumors?

So sorry: The prognosis is not good, but your doctors can certainly treat her symptoms, control pain, nausea, general symptoms, and palliative treatment can improve her quality of life. Talk to your oncologist regarding lifespan issues, and get some advice. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy a patient with lung cancer that has spread to the bones and brain and is currently being treated with chemotherapy?

What is the life expectancy a patient with lung cancer that has spread to the bones and brain and is currently being treated with chemotherapy?

Not good: 6 months at the most. Give or take. Get affairs in order, hospice is a good option if available. Sorry and good luck! ...Read more

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My sister has Stage IV Lung Cancer that has spread to the bones, stomach lining, liver, aorta, stomach and elsewhere. How long will she last?

My sister has Stage IV Lung Cancer that has spread to the bones, stomach lining, liver, aorta, stomach and elsewhere. How long will she last?

Not too long: Sorry to say not too long but in my view life and death is not in our hand so we all should appreciate life and live as we are going to die tomorrow by enjoying everything in life and plan as if we are going to live for ever
as far your sister concern try to take advantage of the few time left and enjoy with her life as long as she still here with us ...Read more

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My father in law was just diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer that has spread to the t8 vertebrae and is in the lymph nodes. He only has one kidney due to kidney cancer, he had bladder cancer, has mds, had open heart surgery with 4 bipasses and a heart at

My father in law was just diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer that has spread to the t8 vertebrae and is in the lymph nodes. He only has one kidney due to kidney cancer, he had bladder cancer, has mds, had open heart surgery with 4 bipasses and a heart at

What is the question: We need more info. This request says 80 year old Female...is that you or the patient???
Tell us if you have shown this person to an oncologist for treatment consideration. Radiotherapy/ and chemotherapy may be useful but a good medical oncologist is what you need first. Please send us your question (say it clearly) about his lung Cancer (only) ...Read more

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What's the prognosis for stage 3b non small cell lung cancer?

What's the prognosis for stage 3b non small cell lung cancer?

Not good: Stage 3b non-small-cell-lung cancer is a very heterogeneous group of patients and as such there is no unanimous hard data on survival, unlike the earlier stages. Some may benefit from chemo- and radiation therapy to shrink the tumor and be resected. My advice is to go to the most renowned lung cancer specialist that is available to you and hope for the best. ...Read more

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What is the difference between stage 3a and stage 3b of lung cancer in terms of tnm?

What is the difference between stage 3a and stage 3b of lung cancer in terms of tnm?

3b is more advanced: Although both stages are serious, stage 3b tends to have more severe lymph node spread, usually meaning spread out side the affected side of the chest to the collar bone, neck or lymph nodes in the opposite chest. The 5 year survival with 3a is 20-25%, with 3b is 10%. ...Read more

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How much time is the life expectancy for someone with type 3b small cell lung cancer?

How much time is the life expectancy for someone with type 3b small cell lung cancer?

Stage III B: It's unpredictable and depends on your response to treatment. You may have a few good years ahead of you. Cherish whatever you get. ...Read more

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Syntoms of lung cancer?

Many: Early on, no symptoms. Later, cough, weight loss, poor appetite, loss of energy, chest pain, coughing blood, dizziness, headache, shortness of breath. ..Etc. ...Read more

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What causes lung cancer?

What causes lung cancer?

Several causes...: But the most common correlation with lung cancer is smoking. Smoking alone will increase your risk of lung cancer by about 20 times by smoking one pack per day for twenty years. Other sources can be genetic (alpha-1 antitrypsin disorder), related to environmental exposures that are inhaled, or other less common reasons. ...Read more

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Symptoms of lung cancer?

Symptoms of lung cancer?

Depends: Staging, location, degree of emphysema, co morbidities will determine symptoms on a particular individual. In general, most patients have no symptoms until late. Bloody sputum sometimes occurs. Some tumors may produce hormones. Weight loss may occur with advanced stage. Pneumonia, stridor, bloody pleural effusions, horner's syndrome, chest wall arm pains. Shortness of breath, recurrent pneumonias. ...Read more

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Can lung cancer be cured?

Yes: It depends, though, on the type of cancer, its stage and other factors (presence of other diseases, immune system status, correctly prescribed therapy, etc.). ...Read more

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How is lung cancer cured?

How is lung cancer cured?

Multidisciplinary.: Several specialties are involved with treating a patient with lung cancer. A pulmonologist, oncologist, surgeon, radiation oncologist. Hence, lung cancer is treated and potentially cured by early detection, surgical removal of the tumor and appropriate treatment with chemotherapy and radiation. Not all cancers can be cured but they can be treated. ...Read more

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Can lung cancer be cured?

Can lung cancer be cured?

Absolutely: Stage IA lung cancer that is resected with a lobectomy and lymph node sampling has better than an 80% cure rate. Stage IB, IIA and IIB are also frequently curable.
Unfortunately 75% of lung cancers are Stage II (difficult to cure) or IV (incurable) at the time they are diagnosed ...Read more

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Is lung cancer hereditary?

Is lung cancer hereditary?

Unclear: Non or never smokers can develop lung cancer if they have a genetic mutation to such genes as egfr or eml4/alk fusion translocation. For more info: http://bit. Ly/ygfoko. ...Read more

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Can lung cancer be hereditary?

Can lung cancer be hereditary?

Unclear: Non or never smokers can develop lung cancer if they have a genetic mutation to such genes as egfr or eml4/alk fusion translocation. For more info: http://bit. Ly/ygfoko. ...Read more

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What does lung cancer look like?

What does lung cancer look like?

See pic: Self explanatory. That yellowish mass is a squamous cell carcinoma of the right lung. This is an autopsy picture. ...Read more

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Can lung cancer spread in family?

Can lung cancer spread in family?

No: Individual entity. Not infection. Not communicable.

But with smoking, exposure, second hand smoke several family members can have cancer. ...Read more

Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


Dr. David Cooke
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Lung Cancer (Definition)

Cancer that forms in tissues of the lung, usually in the cells lining air passages. The two main types are small cell lung cancer and ...Read more