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Alternative Treatments For Metastatic Lung Cancer
Should I be concerned if my husband has stage four non-small cell lung cancer do you know any alternative treatments?
Be concerned: Stage 4 lung cancer has an overall poor prognosis. The therapy associated with any positive effects would be chemotherapy and/or radiation. While a cure can occur, it is a rare event with stage 4. Alternative therapies can be explored, but realize that most don't claim to cure. If you look at the advertizements closely, they will treat but never claim to cure. Standard therapy- 15% overall cure. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
No proven benefit: The big 3 are surgery, chemotherapy & radiation. Alternative options in trials include photodynamic therapy, cancer vaccines for example. Commonly used alternative treatments such as homeopathy, chinese or indian herbal medicines, mexican meds, shark cartilage, etc do not have any proven benefit. Sometimes, alternative drugs actually interfere with regular meds and can cause problems. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Personalized therapy: Nowadays, treatment for metastatic lung cancer is individualized based on the type and biology of the cancer. Some genetic profiling evaluation would probably need to be done on the cancer cells-to guide you doctor in selecting best treatment for you. For majority, treatment will be combination of regular chemotherapies plus minus biological therapy vs clinical trials. Discuss further with your md. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What are other alternative treatment for lung cancer with extreme shortness of breath if the oxygen treatment is not effective as it used to be?
Surgery +/- more: Assuming this is an early stage Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer, as treatment is different for small cell. If complete resection is possible, surgery is potentially curative in early stage NSCLC. With advancing stage in early stage NSCLC risk of recurrence increases and as such additional treatments are recommended including chemotherapy and in selected cases radiation. Clinical trials are valuable ...Read more
Depends: All limited! But if small cell, short. Others relate to cell type, location of metastases, other personal risk factors. 1-4 years, few at five. ...Read more
Different: Non small cell lung cancer mainstay of therapy is surgical resection for appropiate lesions. 5yr survival for stage I nsclc after surgical resection is about 70%, stage ii about 30%. Chronic lung disease is emphysema, bronchitis, asthma, obviously a totally different diagnosis. Patients may develop lung cancer with or without chronic lung disease but more common in smokers. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Wrong Forum: That answer, to give it justice, would require a forum much larger than this simple application. We only have 400 characters to answer your question. Can you be more specific with us with one concern? Or you may want to consider webmd. Com or the NIH website to start in learning about lung cancer. ...Read more
Wondering why should I take treatment if I was diagonsed with stage3non small cell squamous t2 lung cancer?
Better results: Lung cancer survival results decrease with increasing stages. Stage 3 is best treated with combination therapy, with chemotherapy and radiation either preceding surgery or following it. The combination of therapies, as well as the timing, are all the subject of multiple clinical trials. ...Read more
Received a diagnosis and treatment options for stage 2 non-aggressive, not metastasized lung cancer. What is the best way to get a second opinion?
Thoracic surgeon: Find and visit a local thoracic surgeon. Maybe you can find one who would review your films and pathology reports by phone. ...Read more
You bet!: There are 100k brain metastasis per year, and lung cancer patients compose about half of them. It is a very common first site of relapse, and can have serious consequences. Preventitive brain radiotherapy is indicated in all responders in small cell, but the trial in non-sclc showed reduction in frequency of brain metastases, but no survival benefit. Thus, many insurers will not pay for it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Variable: Depends on cell type, location, stage, time of origin, and metastatic activity from nothing noticed at all in early stage to the worst possible misery and pain and breathlessness! and headaches can be miserable. Weight loss, cachexia, cough, bleeding, drowning in sputum, are all possibles. With spread, bone pain anywhere and paralysis can occur. Do not smoke! ...Read more
Risky choice: The 'holistic healers' that tout this option do so without any science and with very small numbers of patients successfully treated, making predictability of results questionable. Would recommend sticking to allopathic treatment options (chemo / radiation) from an oncologist, but could add as adjuvant option. More info here: http://cowurine. Com/index. Html. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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