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Does brain cancer ever spread to the lungs?

Does brain cancer ever spread to the lungs?

Almost never: Tumors that start in the brain (such as glioma- the most common primary tumor ) almost never metastasize outside the brain, to the extent that they are reportable as case reports. ...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 brain and lung cancer related?

Are brain and lung cancer related?

NO: These cancers are not related. But.... Many people are confused by the concept that lung cancers can spread to the brian as metastasis. This happens all to often and is in fact more common tha a primary brain tumor. ...Read more

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Why does lung cancer spread to the brain so often?

Why does lung cancer spread to the brain so often?

Lung cancer: The different cell types of lung cancer have the propensity to spread to different organs either due to blood stream patterns, adjacent anatomy or the affinity of these other organs to receive and grow these cancer strains. It turns out that the brain is one of those susceptible organs. ...Read more

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How long do you have to live once lung cancer goes to the brain?

How long do you have to live once lung cancer goes to the brain?

Months: Median survival for all patients with brain metastases is 6 months. There are certainly lots of outliers on either side, with other factors helping to predict like overall burden of disease and general condition of the patient him- or herself. But even with the variation, survival beyond a year or so is not likely. ...Read more

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Does small cell lung cancer go anywhere in the body or just the brain?

Does small cell lung cancer go anywhere in the body or just the brain?

Can go anywhere: Sclc is particularly notorious for spreading quickly and widely. The brain is one common place for sclc to spread, but it can spread almost anywhere in the body. The liver, bone, adrenal glands, and brain are the most common sites. ...Read more

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What to expect in metastasis, lung and brain cancer?

The question is: A puzzle. Are you asking: what next, in someone with lung and brain disease? (usually starting in lung, then going to brain). Or the pattern of metastasis if either is primary: brain as primary almost never metastasizes outsie cns, whereas lung commonly foes to brain, as well as other lung, liver, bones, adrenals. ...Read more

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How would lung cancer (tumor) spread to the brain?

Blood vessels : The cancer grows into small blood vessels and sheds cells that move through the blood stream to distant sites, lung, then rest of body. ...Read more

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How much time does a person with lung and brain cancer survive?

How much time does a person with lung and brain cancer survive?

Short time: Separate lung and brain cancer are rare. More common is finding lung cancer having metastasized to the brain. Sometimes radiation can minimize the brain symptoms but when chemo has failed, most survival is in terms of monthsbrain cancer ...Read more

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What is the prognosis for lung cancer with a lesion in the brain?

What is the prognosis for lung cancer with a lesion in the brain?

Likely poor/bad.: A lung cancer with a lesion in the brain is considered stage IV as this means that there is distant metastasis. This has a 5 year survival of < 5%, so you can see that the chances of successful therapy are very small. But take heart, for therapy has come a long way and depending on the type, like small cell cancer, chemotherapy can stop even extensive cases. So see your dr.B/c you never know. ...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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Stage 4 cancer that has spread to liver lungs and brain. What is live expectancy.?

Stage 4 cancer that has spread to liver lungs and brain. What is live expectancy.?

Stage IV lung cancer: Straight to the point...There is nothing that will change or delay the inevitalbe. Everyday is a blessing and is precious and you should treat it as such. The text books will say six months or less but it is usually a lot less. Some patients will last a few days and others will take a few weeks depending on their overall strength. They are only traveling the path we all will soon follow. ...Read more

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How likely is it for someone to survive brain cancer and tuberculosis in the lungs?

How likely is it for someone to survive brain cancer and tuberculosis in the lungs?

Tb chances are good: It is quite unlikely to have both conditions at the same time. This makes therapy more challenging but doable. Cure from tuberculosis should be expected. The main concern here is the brain cancer. For the most common adult brain cancer, survival is about a year, give or take a few months. ...Read more

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What does it mean when Cancer hits your bones starting from kidney then lungs then brain?

What does it mean when Cancer hits your bones starting from kidney then lungs then brain?

Hard to be sure: I assume from your description that you mean renal cell carcinoma (but there are many types of kidney cancer) with metastasis to the bone, lung and brain. When cancer moves to other areas outside of the place it started it is a more serious form of that type of cancer. Response to treatment is dependent on the type of cancer it is - where is started and the degree of spread. I hope this hel ...Read more

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Can lung cancer resist treatment and move to the brain?

Can lung cancer resist treatment and move to the brain?

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 more

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How can a lung cancer metastatic to brain patient feels?

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

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Can we confirm lung or brain cancer without biopsy on an old woman?

Can we confirm lung or brain cancer without biopsy  on an old woman?

Unlikely: ? Metastatic to brain from lung may show up in an easier to biopsy site- skin, superficial node etc. PET scan may localize a spot ...Read more

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Whats the time scale of someone thats got lung, brain and bone cancer ? 

Whats the time scale of someone thats got lung, brain and bone cancer ? 

There is always hope: The medical statistics for someone who has cancer spread to multiple parts of the body do vary by what kind of cancer it is. Even though the average five year survival rates are low, it turns out that sometimes people defy the odds and survive longer than the statistics suggest is likely. Don't give up hope while there are still treatment options available, sometimes the results are unexpected. ...Read more

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Why does lung cancer usually spread to the brain, thereby producing brain tumors?

Why does lung cancer usually spread to the brain, thereby producing brain tumors?

Brain Mets: (metastasis) as an entity comprise 100k per year. Lung cancer leads the league, but breast, melanoma, kidney are quite common. Prostate almost never. Only rhabdoid tumors in children commonly go to brain. This pattern stares at us, but baffles us as to why "organotropic" patterns of metastasis are so predictable. ...Read more

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What is the expected life span if endometrial cancer has metastasized to the lungs and brain?

What is the expected life span if endometrial cancer has metastasized to the lungs and brain?

Endometrial cancer : The average survival with brain mets from endometrial cancer is less than 6 months. Occasionally, patients can do better. ...Read more

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Father inlaw had 3 mths to live lung cancer is going into his brain how much longer will he live?

Father inlaw had 3 mths to live lung cancer is going into his brain how much longer will he live?

I do not know: Only God knows for sure. Some people live longer than expected with terminal illnesses, and others may pass on quickly. Hopefully, whatever is best for your father in law will occur. God Bless. ...Read more

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How could any non-user support a drug that destroys your brain, causes lung cancer and permanent addiction?

How could any non-user support a drug that destroys your brain, causes lung cancer and permanent addiction?

Tobacco?: Tobacco does all that, but I'm not sure what is your question. Is it rhetorical? I guess nobody should support its use but some will if there is money behind it. Did I answer your question? ...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