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Can You Go From Stage 4 Lung Cancer To Stage 3 If You Improve A Bit
Stage confusion: Stage and staging tells you where the cancer is, what the prognosis is, and what the treatment might be with options. You do not change stage once treatment begins. The tumor either responds or doesn't. Complete repsonse (? Remission in leukenmia?) is the goal, shrinkage is ok. The idea is that as long as the cancer responds, you stay on that regimen...Maybe. ...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
Why would they have to keep a drainage tube in, for going on three weeks now?, she had a lung biopsy. She has stage 4 lung cancer, 79yrs. Old.
Tubes in the chest drain air or fluid.
The duration is usually determined by volume of fluid or persistent air leak. ...Read more
If so, not much: Albain et al tried to show that surgery improved survival in operable iiia, but there was no statistical benefit. The subset that got just a lobe removed possible benefited, but would need a larger study to prove. Those that had the entire lung removed actually faired worse. For most patients, it is not the thing that makes a difference, but response to chemo/rt signals benefit. ...Read more
Yes: Small cell carcinoma of the lung may be at stage 4 at the time of discovery of the lesion. ...Read more
Deep question: I am sorry to hear of your illness. This is a question best posed to the doctor who knows you and your entire case. S/he has been following you, and will be able to discuss the process with you. Even so, s/he will not be able to give you an exact time, and you may also rebound at least temporarily from what seems like worsening symptoms. Please know there is help at all stages of illness. ...Read more
Most do not live long.
If someone seems to be out living the situation, may need to reconsider the original, diagnosis! ...Read more
Miracles happen, but the more common is declining limited course with stage 4!
family and love are important. ...Read more
Yes: I see why not. If it's a family member or a relative, they should be regarded as a team player. I've been told stories about people who were about to die but because of a child's presence in the house, they were able to motivate themselves enough to have their life extended for a few more years. ...Read more
A friend of mine has stage 4 lung cancer and has spread to 2 other areas. The chemo has shrunk 2 of the 3 turmors, what should be done next?
Nutrition: Treatment of all ill health must include optimizing one's life style. Take. 1-2 TBS cod liver oil (flavored) daily. Organic butter 2 TBS daily. Try to eliminate all commercially processed foods. Drink 2 quarts water daily. Eat 5-7 fresh / frozen deeply pigmented fruits / vegetables daily. If pt is anorexic, juicing the fruits/veggies may work better in the short term. Wild fish i.e. Salmon, tuna. ...Read more
Greatly depends: That depends on many factors: the type of cancer, how much it has spread, whether it is responsive to treatment, whether you have received treatment, etc. Etc. It is very difficult to make a prognostication about "life expectancy." stage 4 cancer, of whatever type, can be very difficult. It is important you get all the information you need that is accurate and helpful. ...Read more
Survival: Only god knows how long we are going to live and when we are going to die. Having said that, at least based on studies we have on average - 15 months would be the average survival rate. It could be shorter or longer than that. With better understanding about the biology of the cancer and the use of newer biological agents in the appropriate case- survival would be longer hopefully. ...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
It varies: Ldh levels in various cancers can be elevated but not all the time. It is marker of cell proliferation;l so it is more often elevated in very advanced bulky tumors. But it is quite unpredictable so there is no set expected number that we can provide. But it is good to know the blood level as a normal ldh value is often a favorable feature in most types of cancer. ...Read more
Oncologist: Most oncology protocols are platinum based. Your oncologist can appropiately advise further. ...Read more
It depends.: It depends on the cancer type. In small-cell lung carcinoma, Cisplatin and Etoposide are used. In advanced non-small cell lung carcinoma, two drugs are used, with one is often platinum-based (either Cisplatin or carboplatin). Other commonly used drugs are gemcitabine, Paclitaxel and docetaxel. Vinorelbine and Cisplatin is more effective in aduvant chemo. Regardless, 5 year survival is <5%. ...Read more
Need to quiz your: Med onc about alk and egfr mutations. These molecular markers have specific drugs that can cause response and improve survival. That said, you should also query about third or fourth line drugs and potential benefit and toxicity. Ask about palliative care to deal with symptoms, you do not have to suffer awful sie effects in a futile effort. Acceptance is not giving up, it acknowledges limits. ...Read more
My friend was diagnosis ten months ago with stage 4 lung cancer with mets. Healthtap helped me through the process. Thank you! Debbie lost her battle today.: (?
Not typical: Once lung cancer has become stage four it means that it has entered into the blood stream and begun showing up around the body in places other than the lung. Typically these go to the brain, bones, adrenal glands, and liver. Chemotherapy goes into the blood to shrink down and try to kill these cells but currently with consider this disease as treatable while not curable. ...Read more
My mom has been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. She starts chemotherapy this week. Is this going to make her very sick? Could it make her worse?
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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