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Should i be concerned if my husband has stage four non-small cell lung cancer do you know any alternative treatments?

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 more

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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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Are there any alternative treatments for lung cancer?

Are there any alternative treatments for lung cancer?

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 more

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What are the treatments for metastatic lung cancer?

What are the treatments for metastatic lung cancer?

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 more

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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?

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?

MORPHINE: Ask your treating oncologist or palliative care specialist for morphine. This medication can help with the sensation of shortness of breath (dyspnea). There is a liquid formulary, easier to take, absord faster. I hope this information is helpful. ...Read more

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Complications that can occur during lung cancer treatments?

Complications that can occur during lung cancer treatments?

Many: Many including most notably immune suppression and various infections after chemotherapy; cardiac, renal and liver toxicities, radiation pneumonitis and many more. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens during lung cancer treatment?

Could you tell me what happens during lung cancer treatment?

Depends: Found early stage, diagnose and surgical removal. Found later, radiation, chemotherapy and possibly surgery depending on cell type, location, staging, etc. ...Read more

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Of the many types of lung cancer of the more serious types, what are the treatments?

Of the many types of lung cancer of the more serious types, what are the treatments?

Variable: Small lesion peripheral in lung cell type squamous can be very high survival! small cell, large central lesion, poor prognosis and every possible variation between.. Surgical resection has best possible outcomes, followed by radiation and chemotherapy. ...Read more

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What are the cures and treatments for early stage lung cancer?

What are the cures and treatments for early stage lung cancer?

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

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Treatment for pulmonary stage four lung cancer?

Chemo/radiation: Chemotherapy mostly, +/- radiation if the tumor is bulky and causing any local problems or a lot of pain. Prognosis is not good. Depending on the age, comorbidities and overall condition, palliative care is also a good option. ...Read more

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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)

From national cancer institute: "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 non-small cell lung cancer. These types are diagnosed based on how the cells ...Read more