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Best Treatment For Stage 4 Lung Cancer
Rtx/Cis: Sorry about your dad. It's a terrible disease. Currently cis platinum based chemotherapy protocols and radiotherapy protocols are used. Rare cures reported. Mostly palliative. Remission is not cure, its like a truce between the tumor and the patient. Usually fast growing. Not a surgically treated disease in that stage.Surgery only for small nodulesdx. As small cell in bx. During surgery. ...Read more
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
Stage 4 lung Ca.: A few months, somewhere between 3 months or shorter to 8 months on average depending on the extent of disease and tumor aggressiveness. But I want to emphasize stage 4 lung cancer is not curable, but treatable. I encourage you to see local oncologist, fully review the case, and possibly start treatment as soon as possible. ...Read more
What can we expect from a stage 4 lung cancer patient with bone metastases- what can be done in case all treatments are ruled out?
Hospice: Palliative of pain and comfort care only. ...Read more
Where is the best place I can take my husband for stage 4 lung cancer treatment close to va east cosst?
Johns Hopkins: Johns hopkins is probably the best known academic medical center in your area. ...Read more
Talk to your doctor: Depends on your health and the stage of the disease. In early stages, surgery is the best way to go. In later stages, chemotherapy is appropriate. Here it becomes way too complicated. In brief, certain tumor markers are very helpful in determining the appropriate chemotherapy to use. ...Read more
Depends on stage: In the medically fit individually, the standard of care upfron therapy for stage I -iib nsclc is surgery. For stage iiia either chemotherapy +/- radiation followed by surgery or chemoradiation alone. For stage iiia - iv, therapy is chemotherapy +/- radiation. For early stage lung cancer, surgery can often be done minimally invasively. Http://bit. Ly/csjsqa. ...Read more
Lung cancer: Current literature revealed death from lung cancer in US is about 160, 000 a year, nearly haft are women. Two kinds of lung cancer: 1)non small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and 2) small cell lung cancer (SCLC). Treatment for for stage 1 &2 NSCLC is complete resection of tumor if possible, and chemo to follow if indicated. Stage 3 and 4 chemo and radiation. For SCLC chemotherapy is treatment of choice. ...Read more
See below: Treatment of small cell lung cancer depends on the stage. If it is limited stage the treatments involve chemotherapy along with radiation and if it is extensive stage then chemotherapy is the main stay of treatment (though in some situations palliative radiation can be considered). ...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
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
Miracles happen, but the more common is declining limited course with stage 4!
family and love are important. ...Read more
My mom has just been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. The doctor will do the chemotherapy in his office. Which is the best place for it, the doctor's office or a cancer hospital?
Gerson Therapy: You can check on Gerson therapy.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
Whatever the type of malignancy, late stage, i.e. Stage iv,
suggests the tumor has gone beyond local control and cannot be treated effectively except with chemotherapy, commonly platinum-based. However, this does not preclude surgery or radiorx which may limit "tumor-burden" and relieve some symptoms. Chemotherapy is ideal for small-cell carcinoma. ...Read more
Depends on the stage: For early cancers (stage 1) cyberknife or sbrt using a short course of high dose radiation has results similar to surgery. For stage 2-3 cancers the preferred way is to use imrt where side effects can be reduced by targeting less of normal lung areas. For advanced cancers, the idea is to improve symptoms such as pain and standard external radiation is used. ...Read more
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
Average 4-6 months: The average survival for patients with stage 4 lung cancer is usually 4-6 months if only supportive therapy is used. Survival will depend on subtype of lung cancer; areas of cancer spread specially critical organs (brain, liver); and also overall patient health. Rarely, some patients can have longer survial of upto a year. ...Read more
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
My great grandmother has stage 4 lung cancer and is on oxygen and won't be taking any treatment. How long can we expect her to live? Non small cell
Varies: But 1-2 years from time of diagnosis. Poorer prognosis the more advanced it is (larger, spread more places, having complications due to invovlement of the liver or brain). ...Read more
Not a good plan: With stage 4 lung cancer, using homeopathy alone is likely to be ineffective. I agree with my colleague that you need collaborative care for this illness. Done well, homeopathy can help strengthen you and deal with deep level disturbances that may ultimately express in cancer. Although serious, the cancer is only one branch of a tree with roots. Homeopathy deals with the roots. ...Read more
My mom has stage 4 lung cancer with no biopsy no chemotherapy or treatment what is her life expectancy?
Mum diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. Mass in upper right airway caused major blockage. Iressa (gefitinib) treatment opens up airway. Any chances of recovery?
Targeted therapy: Newer targeted therapy agents can be quite beneficial for some patients with lung cancer. This is especially true in female never smokers who may have selected mutations that can be easily targeted with these drugs. However, unfortunately stage IV lung cancer is not curable. ...Read more
Stage 4 lung cancer, in liver, on spine ate hole in hip bone. No treatment still smoke. How long do I have left. What to tell my kids. What's next.?
Discussion with Doc:
Discuss with your doc who has been treating as he/she would have answer to all your questions. Tell your kids the truth whatever your doc informs you about your condition.
It looks very grim with stage 4 lung cancer which has spread to multiple organs and bones.
Are you at home or at a hospital? ...Read more
My aunt has 2tumors left side lung which has spread to the lt hip bone. She just finished radiation to the hip and willbe starting chemo. Is this normal treatment? Why not start with treatment to the lung first? She is stage 4 lung cancer. Are the docto
To prevent fracture: Yes it is normal. Radiation was given to hip first to hip prevent fracture and for pain. Discuss with oncologist with your aunt permission will explain the plan of treatment and prognosis. ...Read more
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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