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Doctor insights on: Untreated Met To Liver Small Cell Lung Cancer Prognosis

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Have lung cancer but was in remission with lobectomy 4 yrs. Ago. Now new lesion on liver is this mets.?

Have lung cancer but was in remission with lobectomy 4 yrs. Ago. Now new lesion on liver is this mets.?

Work up required: There is a list of possible diagnoses for a new liver lesion, which includes recurrence and spread of your lung cancer, but also includes many other possibilities that are non-cancerous. A full-work up (a doctor's visit with interview, examination, and testing), possibly requiring biopsy, would be needed.

Dr. Barry Rosen
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The timescale for the rest of my live with lung cancer metastasis bone and liver cancer. I was diagnosed early 2014 and I am 58 years old female?

The timescale for the rest of my live with lung cancer metastasis bone and liver cancer. I was diagnosed early 2014 and I am 58 years old female?

Longevity: I am sorry to hear about your condition. The best person to ask is the oncologist (o) who is familiar with you and your case, as the o knows you best of all. There are different types of lung cancer and without knowing the type and the severity of the metastatic lesions, your answer will be best answered by your o or another o. Good luck.

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How long should a stage four lung cancer patient with metastasis to brain and liver expect to live?

How long should a stage four lung cancer patient with metastasis to brain and liver expect to live?

Less than 1 year: There are a number of variables here, including what kind of lung cancer, gender, whether there is a single or small number of metastasis in the brain that can be treated by surgery or stereotactic radiosurgery, general health status and age. The average survival overall is about 8 months for stage 4 disease.

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Multi-chemos/rads & study, now new liver mets on lung cancer diag. In Dec. & mets to lymph nodes, bone, stomach & liver in Feb., is much time left?

Multi-chemos/rads & study, now new liver mets on lung cancer diag. In Dec. & mets to lymph nodes, bone, stomach & liver in Feb., is much time left?

Time: No one but God can answer your question. You are putting up a courageous fight against a vicious enemy. Your time may be up today, tomorrow, or months from now. As with all of us, live each day to the fullest you can, spend as much time with the ones you love as you can, do as many of the things you wanted to do in your life. Leave with no regrets and embrace the adventure of the new life coming.

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Friend diagnosis last march stage 4 lung cancer, mets to adrenals, lymphs, neck, now liver. Hospice began today. No food 5 days. Sleeping all day. How long? Ideas?

Depends: People respond differently to metastatic cancer. If hospice has been started, the goal is to make them as comfortable as possible. Sleeping may be due to disease or medication. Continue with supportive care.

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76 year old female with stage 4 small cell Lung cancer, also in the liver. Presenting with hand shakes & skin peeling off her hands- what's happening?

76 year old female with stage 4 small cell Lung cancer, also in the liver. Presenting with hand shakes & skin peeling off her hands- what's happening?

This sounds like: A response to chemotherapy. Since we do not know her medical history or treatment history it would be best to contact her treating health care provider for more information regarding this current condition.

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What is small cell carcinoma lung cancer with liver cancer stage 4?

What is small cell carcinoma lung cancer with liver cancer stage 4?

Bad situation: Small cell is a very bad cancer. Stage four is very advanced. Very poor prognosis at best-- usually months only.

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Looking for a doctor who specializes in small cell metastatic liver cancer. Can you recommend some in chicago? A friend has just been diagnosed as having inoperable liver/lung cancer. Doctors gave her 7 - 10 months to live. We want to continue the figh

Looking for a doctor who specializes in small cell metastatic liver cancer. Can you recommend some in chicago? A friend has just been diagnosed as having inoperable liver/lung cancer. Doctors gave her 7 - 10 months to live. We want to continue the figh

Dr. Ravi Salgia: I personally know dr. Ravi salgia at the university of chicago. He specializes in lung cancers including small cell lung cancer. The university of chicago and northwestern are both superb institutions. Best wishes, ariel.

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Mom diagnosed wi/stage IV non small cell lung cancer its mets to bones, a lymph node, pancreas. What is her chances of survival?

Mom diagnosed wi/stage IV non small cell lung cancer its mets to bones, a lymph node, pancreas. What is her chances of survival?

Tough: Not curable but treatable. Survival depends on several factors, performance status-meaning how she is doing and how many side effects. Also depends on how well and if she responds to chemotherapy. Hope this helps.

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Metastasis noted in bone in pelvic region. Now person is noted as stage 4 lung cancer given about 3 months to live. How accurate is this prognosis?

Metastasis noted in bone in pelvic region. Now person is noted as stage 4 lung cancer given about 3 months to live. How accurate is this prognosis?

Possibly: Metastasis to bone from any tumor/malignancy is stage4= distant metastasis= spread beyond margins. Prognosis is guarded, depending on originating type. Some metastasis respond to removal or control of primary thyroid and renal come to mind.

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63 year old man, liver, lymfnodes and lung cancer. What are chances for survival?

63 year old man, liver, lymfnodes and lung cancer. What are chances for survival?

Can you clarify?: If lung cancer has spread to remote lymph nodes or to the liver, there won't be a cure, but the quality of life can be maintained for months or perhaps years. If these are separate cancers, arising independently, cure is unlikely but not out of the question.

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Can a diagnosis of lung cancer which already has spread to the liver, be mistaken for something else?

Can a diagnosis of lung cancer which already has spread to the liver, be mistaken for something else?

Infection: Clinical presentation of the patient and a confirmatory biopsy would be necessary if there was a question as to the diagnosis.

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Why would someone who has had lung cancer surgery need a liver biopsy?

Why would someone who has had lung cancer surgery need a liver biopsy?

Tumor spread: Cancers can spread to different areas in the body. It is not uncommon for lung cancer to spread beyond the lung to other areas such as the liver and bone. If you have a known lung cancer and an abnormality in the liver it may be spread of the lung cancer. Certain tests like an MRI may be helpful to see if it is an often seen benign lesion (hemangioma). If it can't you may need a biopsy.

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What is the Life expectancy of terminal lung cancer which has metastisized to liver and bone. Cancer originated in lungs.

What is the Life expectancy of terminal lung cancer which has metastisized to liver and bone. Cancer originated in lungs.

Difficult to say: Without the type of cancer and past or ongoing treatments but unfortunately if it has metastasized there is a very poor prognosis and would be thinking in terms of months. Best to ask this question of your doctor.

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Life expectancy terminal lung cancer with liver mestasis with chemotherapy stopped?

Life expectancy terminal lung cancer with liver mestasis with chemotherapy stopped?

Bad news: Prognosis is grim, but I would suggest in the interim good symptom control through a palliative care line or hospice care. A variety of factors play in determining life expectancy, that is usually in such cases less than 6 months.

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My dad was diagnosed and died at age 80 with metastatic liver/lung cancer. Will I get it too?

My dad was diagnosed and died at age 80 with metastatic liver/lung cancer. Will I get it too?

Not likely: Cancer occurring in late life is not likely to have a strong genetic basis. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex.

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Lung cancer / cirrhosis of the liver - what can I do for this?

Lung cancer / cirrhosis of the liver - what can I do for this?

Follow doctors advic: We can not advice you without knowing more details about your condition, so follow your doctors advice what is the course of treatment. But stop smoking if you still do and refrain from drinking alcohol.

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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.

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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)?

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.

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A friend of mine was just diagnosed with rectal cancer, liver cancer and lung cancer. What is his life expectancy?

A friend of mine was just diagnosed with rectal cancer, liver cancer and lung cancer. What is his life expectancy?

Grave Situation: Of course we cannot even begin to guess at this tragic situation. I would defer to the physicians providing him care. But, as you have surmised it may not be long for him.

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Dr. Darrin Cunningham
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Liver (Definition)

This organ plays a major role in metabolism and has a number of functions in the body, including glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells, plasma protein synthesis, hormone production, and detoxification. It lies below the diaphragm in the abdominal-pelvic region of the abdomen. It produces bile, an alkaline compound which aids in digestion via the emulsification of ...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