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Doctor insights on: Causes Of Non Small Cell Lung Cancer

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Can non small cell cancer of the lung spread?

Can non small cell cancer of the lung spread?

Yes: Unfortunately non small cell lung cancer can spread; frequent sites of spread include the space between the lung and chest wall (pleural space), liver and adrenal glands. When the disease spreads to distant organs/locations this is called metastasis. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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There's small cell lung cancer, but are the small cell other cancers?

There's small cell lung cancer, but are the small cell other cancers?

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 more

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Which lung cancer is worse, small cell or non small cell?

Which lung cancer is worse, small cell or non small cell?

Apples vs oranges: With small cell, a good response to chemotherapy -- for a while -- followed by death is the predictable outcome, and it's fast when it comes. For the others -- less predictable, and slower. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How are non small and small cell lung cancer different?

How are non small and small cell lung cancer different?

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

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What is the survival percentage non small cell lung cancer?

What is the survival percentage non small cell lung cancer?

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 more

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What is the difference between small cell lung cancer and non-small cell lung cancer?

What is the difference between small cell lung cancer and non-small cell lung cancer?

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

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What's the prognosis for non small cell lung cancer ?

What's the prognosis for non small cell lung cancer ?

5yr suvival bystage : Ia = 49% ib = 45% iia = 30% iib = 31% iiia = 14% iiib = 5% iv = 1% http://www.Cancer.Org/cancer/lungcancer-non-smallcell/detailedguide/non-small-cell-lung-cancer-survival-rates. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of small cell lung cancer?

What are the symptoms of small cell lung cancer?

Shortness of breath: Shortness of breath and hemoptysis are common. Often they are asymptomatic or minimally symptomatic until you have extensive disease. Depending on the spread of disease, pain and neurologic issue can arise. ...Read more

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Is non-small cell lung cancer often a non-smokers cancer?

Is non-small cell lung cancer often a non-smokers cancer?

Yes: There are several types of non-small cell lung cancer. Typically squamous cell is associated with smoking. Adenocarcinoma isn't usually related to smoking. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms associated of non-small cell lung cancer?

What are the symptoms associated of non-small cell lung cancer?

Depends: That depends on where the tumor is: if it is spread to a vital organ, it will causes symptoms there, such as a headache if it is in the brain. If the tumor presses on the airway, it can block that part of the lung and cause pneumonia. If it blocks a blood vessel, it can cause problems with blood flow, etc. So, it depends on where it is. ...Read more

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Please describe the survival rates of small cell lung cancer?

Please describe the survival rates of small cell lung cancer?

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

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Can people survive non small cell lung cancer?

Can people survive non small cell lung cancer?

Yes,depends stage: Stage 1 nsclc; surgical resection, appr70%5yrsurv stage2nsclc;surgery apprx. 30-35% 5 yr survival. ...Read more

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How come non-small lung cancer not called large cell lung cancer?

How come non-small lung cancer not called large cell lung cancer?

Sub type: Large cell lung cancer is actually a subset of non small cell lung cancer, which behaves much more like small cell cancer than like other forms of non small cell cancer. I am sorry that the terminology is so confusing. , . ...Read more

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What is non-small cell lung cancer?

What is non-small cell lung cancer?

See below: Non-small cell lung cancer is a type of lung cancer that grows more slowly and can be operated on if diagnosed at an early stage. It generally has a better prognosis than small-cell lung cancer, but that is depending on the stage and comorbidities. ...Read more

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How can non small cell carcinoma lung cancer get created?

How can  non small cell carcinoma lung cancer get created?

Non small cell lung : If possible, surgical resection is the first choice. This depends on how widely spread, ir at all, the cancer is. Second choices in therapy include radiation, chemotherapy, or cyber knife. ...Read more

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What's the prognosis for stage 3b non small cell lung cancer?

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 more

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What is surgery like for non small cell lung cancer?

What is surgery like for non small cell lung cancer?

Often cures: Surgery is the standard of care for stage i and ii lung cancer in the physically fit patient, and should be considered as an option in many patients with stage iiia. Often can be done minimally invasively thorascopically or with a robot. Recovery varies with the level of invasiveness. Lung surgery has best outcomes by a board certified thoracic surgeon. ...Read more

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Is muscle loss an early symptom of small cell lung cancer?

Is muscle loss an early symptom of small cell lung cancer?

"Paraneoplastic: syndrome" may include muscle WEAKNESS but muscle loss is RARE ....and only occurs when cancer is advanced and nutritional difficulties occur! Hope this is helpful! Dr Z ...Read more

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What is small cell carcinoma lung cancer with liver cancer stage 4?

What is small cell carcinoma lung cancer with liver cancer stage 4?

Bad situation: Small cell is a very bad cancer. Stage four is very advanced. Very poor prognosis at best-- usually months only. ...Read more

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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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