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Can Non Small Cell Cancer Of The Lung Spread
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
Yes: Small cell carcinomas may arise in many organs. They typically show evidence of differentiation toward certain glandular structures, called 'neuroendocrine' differentiation. Small cell cancers tend to be rapidly proliferating tumors, and thus may be treated initially with chemotherapy. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Lung cancer: Small ("oat") cell lung cancer is distinguished by the fact that is has almost always spread beyond the lung when discovered and is therefore not surgically curable, but responds very well to initial chemotherapy. Now that the other common types are coming to be more treatable as well, "non-small cell" is giving way to more elaborate diagnostic schemes. Good luck ; keep up hope. ...Read more
Different cell types: lsmall cell cancer of the ung is a neuroendocrine tumor responding to chemo such as the adriamycins (doxorubicin). Non small cell cancer represents the adenocarcinomas and squamous cell cancers requiring a different groujp of drugs that usually include the platinums and the newer monoclonal antibodies. ...Read more
The stage and others: Will depend on the stage and other prognostic factors. In general, the 5 year overall survival for stage 1 is 60-80%., stage 2 is 40-50%; stage 3 is 10-23%, and stage 4 is less than 10%. These however are the statistics obtained when using regular cytotoxic chemotherapy. With more personalized and more targetted therapy-we are hoping the number will improve. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Limited: Most with this diagnosis have less than 2 years of survival, unless found when small and peripheral so it can be removed! ...Read more
If nsclungcancer is a slow growing cancer.What is the time frame inbetween stage3 non small cell lung cancer and stage 4 non small cell lung cancer?
Which type of specialist can test me for small cell lung cancer (the types of lung malignancy that cannot be seen on xray)?
Pulmonary: If you have some cause or reason, symptoms that would in any way cause concern for a possible lung cancer, than a lung specialist (pulmonary dr.) would be able to diagnose a you accordingly, which may include a history and physical examination, possible testing including labs, x-rays, and possible diagnostic bronchoscopy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My husband has small cell lung cancer which has spread. Is the chemo and radiation effective in arresting this type of cancer?
Temporary relief: I am sorry to hear about your husband's illness. The treatment you described may provide some relief but is not expected to cure the cancer. Please see this site for more information on this topic.http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001180/. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not good: Stage 3b non-small-cell-lung cancer is a very heterogeneous group of patients and as such there is no unanimous hard data on survival, unlike the earlier stages. Some may benefit from chemo- and radiation therapy to shrink the tumor and be resected. My advice is to go to the most renowned lung cancer specialist that is available to you and hope for the best. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is life expectancy of small cell neuroendrocrine carcinoma that metastizied to the brain (35 tumors) and spinal fluid (3 tumors)?
Metastatic brain ca: Poor prognosis. 6-8 months or less especially if more than one. ...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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