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Dr. Andrew Turrisi Dr. Turrisi
Radiation Oncology
43 years in practice
Georgetown University School of Medicine
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Can you go from stage 4 lung cancer to stage 3 if you improve a bit?

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.

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Dr. Creighton Wright Dr. Wright
Surgery
52 years in practice
Duke University School of Medicine
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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.

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.

Drainage: Tubes in the chest drain air or fluid. The duration is usually determined by volume of fluid or persistent air leak.

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Dr. Andrew Turrisi Dr. Turrisi
Radiation Oncology
43 years in practice
Georgetown University School of Medicine
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Does surgery improve life expectancy for patients with stage 3 lung cancer?

Does surgery improve life expectancy for patients with stage 3 lung cancer?

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.

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Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz Dr. Matos-Cruz
Surgery - Thoracic
35 years in practice
University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine
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Stage 4 lung cancer any advice?

Stage 4 lung cancer any advice?

Nutrition: Maintain nutrition and avoid exposure to people with cold symptoms or any contagious illness. Your oncologist may advise you further.

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Dr. Pamela Pappas Dr. Pappas
Psychiatry
38 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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Stage 4 lung cancer how long until death?

Stage 4 lung cancer how long until death?

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.

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Dr. Creighton Wright Dr. Wright
Surgery
52 years in practice
Duke University School of Medicine
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How long will you have with stage 4 lung cancer?

How long will you have with stage 4 lung cancer?

Limited: Depends on cell type, location, metastases to be a bit more accurate. Small cell generaly 12 months or so. Others longer depending on responses to therapy.

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Dr. Creighton Wright Dr. Wright
Surgery
52 years in practice
Duke University School of Medicine
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How quickly does stage 4 lung cancer take to progress?

How quickly does stage 4 lung cancer take to progress?

Quick: Depends on cell type and location of the metastasis to be accurate. Months not years usually.

Dr. Creighton Wright Dr. Wright
Surgery
52 years in practice
Duke University School of Medicine
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How long can someone survive with stage 4 lung cancer?

How long can someone survive with stage 4 lung cancer?

Limited: What type? Small cell briefly nsclc depends on location and metastasis! metastatic to lung from other organs may respond to removal responses to chemo&/ radiation are also variable stage 4 is not removable, so limited survival is the usual.

Dr. Creighton Wright Dr. Wright
Surgery
52 years in practice
Duke University School of Medicine
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What is the chance of survival with stage 4 lung cancer?

What is the chance of survival with stage 4 lung cancer?

Miracle: Most do not live long. If someone seems to be out living the situation, may need to reconsider the original, diagnosis!

Dr. Creighton Wright Dr. Wright
Surgery
52 years in practice
Duke University School of Medicine
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For what length of time can a person live with stage 4 lung cancer?

For what length of time can a person live with stage 4 lung cancer?

Limited: What type? Small cell briefly nsclc depends on location and metastasis! metastatic to lung from other organs may respond to removal responses to chemo&/ radiation are also variable stage 4 is not removable, so limited survival is the usual.

Dr. Creighton Wright Dr. Wright
Surgery
52 years in practice
Duke University School of Medicine
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What to do if I have stage 4 lung cancer why do I get fluid in my lungs?

What to do if I have stage 4 lung cancer why do I get fluid in my lungs?

From tumors: The cancer masses may bleed or exude fluid making a pleural effusion. Multiple lesions in the lungs may also congest the lungs or create obstructive pneumonia.

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Dr. Creighton Wright Dr. Wright
Surgery
52 years in practice
Duke University School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc Dr. Conovalciuc
Family Medicine
19 years in practice
State Medical University N Testemitanu of Republic of Moldova
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Can children be around a patient going through chemotherapy with stage 4 lung cancer?

Can children be around a patient going through chemotherapy with stage 4 lung cancer?

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.

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Dr. William Coutts ii Dr. Coutts ii
Family Medicine
22 years in practice
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/UAMS College of Medicine
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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?

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.

Dr. Creighton Wright Dr. Wright
Surgery
52 years in practice
Duke University School of Medicine
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Chemo not working in stage 4 lung cancer?

Chemo not working in stage 4 lung cancer?

Talk woncologist gis: Oncologist will have options most likely. Surgery is not helpful at this stage in general.

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Dr. Hesham Hassaballa Dr. Hassaballa
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
18 years in practice
Rush Medical College
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With stage 4 lung cancer, what is the life expectancy?

With stage 4 lung cancer, what is the life expectancy?

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.

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Dr. Liawaty Ho Dr. Ho
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
19 years in practice
Udayana University Faculty of Medicine
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What is the stage 4 lung cancer average survival rate?

What is the stage 4 lung cancer average survival rate?

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.

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Dr. Joshua Lawson Dr. Lawson
Radiation Oncology
years in practice
Emory University School of Medicine
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What is life expectancy of extensive stage 4 lung cancer?

What is life expectancy of extensive stage 4 lung cancer?

Weeks to months: Extensively metastatic lung cancer is a very serious condition with a very grave prognosis. The life expectancy would be weeks to months, not likely years.

Dr. Le Wang Dr. Wang
Internal Medicine - Oncology
32 years in practice
Nanjing Medical College
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Stage 4 lung cancer how long can leave without threatment?

Stage 4 lung cancer how long can leave without threatment?

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.

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Dr. Sewa Legha Dr. Legha
Internal Medicine - Oncology
46 years in practice
Punjab University, Christian Medical College
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What should be the ldh levels seen in stage 4 lung cancer?

What should be the ldh levels seen in stage 4 lung cancer?

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.

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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