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Can lung cancer be cured?

Can lung cancer be cured?

Yes: It depends, though, on the type of cancer, its stage and other factors (presence of other diseases, immune system status, correctly prescribed therapy, etc.). ...Read more

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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Can lung cancer be cured?

Can lung cancer be cured?

Absolutely: Stage IA lung cancer that is resected with a lobectomy and lymph node sampling has better than an 80% cure rate. Stage IB, IIA and IIB are also frequently curable.
Unfortunately 75% of lung cancers are Stage II (difficult to cure) or IV (incurable) at the time they are diagnosed ...Read more

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If lung cancer is found early (still a small nodule,) can it be cured, or can it only be treated. Some sites say that lung cancer can not be cured.

If lung cancer is found early (still a small nodule,) can it be cured, or can it only be treated. Some sites say that lung cancer can not be cured.

It can be cured: New guidelines have urged yearly low level ct scans to be done in smokers and smokers that have quit within the last several years. This will hopefully pick up early cancers that can be surgically cured. ...Read more

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How is lung cancer cured?

How is lung cancer cured?

Multidisciplinary.: Several specialties are involved with treating a patient with lung cancer. A pulmonologist, oncologist, surgeon, radiation oncologist. Hence, lung cancer is treated and potentially cured by early detection, surgical removal of the tumor and appropriate treatment with chemotherapy and radiation. Not all cancers can be cured but they can be treated. ...Read more

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How do you cure small cell lung cancer?

Rarely is cured.: It depends on the stage and if the cancer has spread. Small cell lung carcinoma is usually treated with chemotherapy and radiation. It is one of the most aggressive subtypes of lung cancer. Definitely consult with an oncologist, but patients with small cell should weigh the benefits of participating in treatment offered in clinical trials at university centers. ...Read more

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What is a good way to cure lung cancer?

What is a good way to cure lung cancer?

Depends: This depends on the stage and performance status of the patients. Most of the time surgery is recommended. However certain early forms of lung cancer and advanced forms of lung cancer can be treated without surgery (ie chemotherapy and/or radiation) ...Read more

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Can lung cancer that's spread to chest be cured?

Can lung cancer that's spread to chest be cured?

Depends: Lung cancer can go from localized (stage 1) to wide- spread (stage iv). If it goes from involving one lobe only, to more than one lobe, the lymph nodes in the chest, the other lung, the chest wall, or the other structures in the chest, the chances of cure drop significantly. Lung cancer is best treated when it is found early, and the most successful treatment is surgery. ...Read more

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What is the likelihood for lung cancer to be cured?

What is the likelihood for lung cancer to be cured?

Can be high: Small size, peripheral, squamous cell can be cured. 70-90% at five years
depends on cell type- small cell cancer is still a bad actor. ...Read more

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Please help! What is the best way to cure lung cancer?

Surgery: All things considered, surgery gives the best results for cure. This is dependent on stage at the time of presentation, with earlier stage cancers more likely to be amenable to complete removal and potential cure. This may be in conjunction with chemotherapy and/or radiation, either before or after surgery. ...Read more

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What to do if I don't have lung cancer but I am asking in general. Do you think that it can be cured?

What to do if I don't have lung cancer but I am asking in general. Do you think that it can be cured?

Yes, depends: Small size, peripheral, squamous cell can be cured. 70-90% at five years
depends on cell type- small cell cancer is still a bad actor.
Rarely some other cell types are cured. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for small cell lung cancer?

Is there a cure for small cell lung cancer?

Rarely: Small, peripheral, found very early and removed.
Most are not like that however! ...Read more

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How can I cure a lung cancer and a throath cancer?

How can I cure a lung cancer and a throath cancer?

See below: You can not. It would take a team of doctors with special training in surgery, oncology and radiation oncology to address this issue.

For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. 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. ...Read more

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Is it too late to cure lung cancer is it's in stage 3?

WE CAN NOT ANSWER: We can not answer without knowing the type of cancer etc. Discuss with your oncologist. ...Read more

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What can I do if my grandfather has stage 4 lung cancer is it possible to cure from it?

What can I do if my grandfather has stage 4 lung cancer is it possible to cure from it?

Unlikely: Miracles happen, but the more common is declining limited course with stage 4!
family and love are important. ...Read more

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Friend of mine who is 48 was dx with non small cell lung cancer stage 2a what is the prognosis. Any chance of cure?

Friend of mine who is 48 was dx with non small cell lung cancer stage 2a what is the prognosis. Any chance of cure?

Guarded: I'm glad you're there for your friend. For stage 2a lung cancer, about 35-40% of people are alive in five years with treatment. I'm going to assume that the staging is complete. Best wishes to you both ...Read more

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Is there an herbal cure for lung cancer?

Not aware of one: Not that anyone is aware of! Even though one may one day be found, be very carefull about what anyone is pushing as a cure! Besides the financial risk there is also a health risk and interaction with other medications you may be on when you take any herbs of potions not reviewed or approved by the fda. At the very least notify your doctor when you are taking anything other than prescribed. ...Read more

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Is it possible to cure lung cancer without surgery or chemo?

Surgery Standard: Surgery is the standard of care for the treatment of stage I and ii lung cancer. ...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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Could there be a cure for lung cancer through alternative medicine?

Could there be a cure for lung cancer through alternative medicine?

No: Although herbal and homepathic medicine may help with some of the symptoms of the disease and the treatment, there is no evidence to support a herbal cure for lung cancer. The standard of care therapy for best chance of cure for stage I and ii lung cancer is surgery, with a role for chemotherapy for stages ii-iv and radiation for stage iii and possibly IV (as standard of care). See www. Cancer. Gov. ...Read more

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My uncle has been identified with non small cell lung cancer and it is metastases (4th stage). He is just 48 year old. Is there any cure?

My uncle has been identified with non small cell lung cancer and it is metastases (4th stage). He is just 48 year old. Is there any cure?

Most time no cure fo: I am so sorry to hear this bad news. I have several patients who were diagnosed stage 4 lung cancer in their 40s, althought most our patients are 60-80s. In aptients with lung cancer who are young or never smoked, the likelihood of having a particularly gene mutation is high, so it is critical to have the patient's gene checked. If certain gene mutation idenfied, a tailored tgerapy can be given. ...Read more

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Is there a surgical cure for lung cancer that has spread to the hip?

Is there a surgical cure for lung cancer that has spread to the hip?

No: There is no cure for lung cancer that has spread to the hip. Once you have lung cancer outside of the chest, you have metastatic disease, stage iv, which is considered not curable. It is treatable. So the hip can be treated with surgery, radiation or chemotherapy that may improve your symptoms. But the likelihood of curing lung cancer at this stage is very small. ...Read more

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Can you get a lung transplant to help cure lung cancer?

Can you get a lung transplant to help cure lung cancer?

Immunosuppression: The drugs that allow a human transplant, suppress the immune system. Even "compatible" organs from donors, usually sudden deaths in otherwise healthy folks, have antigens recognized by the recipient immune system, so asleep the immunity most go to tolerate the "foreign" organ. The immune system helps control and eliminate cancer cells. Those with transplants are susceptible to tumor development. ...Read more

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Can radiation therapy cure lung cancer by itself?

Can radiation therapy cure lung cancer by itself?

Yes: In small cancers with no spread standard radiation and radiosurgery can cure lung cancer....But the standard of care is surgery. In more advanced cancer radiation can cure but is more effective with chemotherapy. I am referring to nonsmall cell types of lung cancer. ...Read more

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If a person has lung cancer and lymph nodes, can it be cured by radiation and chemo?

If a person has lung cancer and lymph nodes, can it be cured by radiation and chemo?

Rarely: Lung cancer is a very bad actor.
When metastasis to local, intra lung nodes is present, there are occasional surgical cures.
If beyond to regional nodes, some surgical, and adjuvant therapy cures occur.
Unusual to have cure with only chemo radiation in my experience. ...Read more

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My dad is experiencing unexplained weight loss despite his cured lung cancer. Please suggest how to increase it. His appetite is fine?

My dad is experiencing unexplained weight loss despite his cured lung cancer. Please suggest how to increase it. His appetite is fine?

Cancer: You have listed lung cancer with bone metastasis. This is not curable. What treatments did he have? Why are you under the impression that he was "cured"? The unexplained or unintentional weight loss is due to cancer (consumption disease) until proven otherwise. Return to your oncologist for workup. ...Read more

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How true and actual it is that cow pee helps to cure lung cancer. It's referred to me by a cured lung cancer patient still alive. How true is it?

How true and actual it is that cow pee helps to cure lung cancer. It's referred to me by a cured lung cancer patient still alive. How true is it?

NO DATA TO SUPPORT: This has absolutely no support in the literature. You can always find a story where someone did x or took y and was healed. What they fail to recognize is they! . Did not have the disease anyway or 2. If they did, it was entirely something else that resulted in the cure. This is not as dramatic as exciting as attributing the cure to cow scat poultices - beware of these snake oil remedies, . ...Read more

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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?

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

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Hi doctor, m cured frm TB bt TB left scars. Can I get lung cancer/any other disease bcz of TB scars? 22 year old female. I don't smoke. Plz reply me.

Hi doctor, m cured frm TB bt TB left scars. Can I get lung cancer/any other disease bcz of TB scars? 22 year old female. I don't smoke. Plz reply me.

Don't worry: We've both been cured of TB and that's a good thing. The tiny statistical cancer risk that these old scars pose (and not everybody believe they even do) isn't something we can do anything about. You can't remove the scar, and nowadays it's not considered even worth getting radiation to look for it. Just be grateful that TB is now manageable. Best wishes. ...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


Dr. David Cooke
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Lung Cancer (Definition)

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 ...Read more