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Chemo For Stage 4 Lung Cancer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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?
Mom was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in 6/12. They are unsure if it is small cell /non small cell. 1st chemo drug did nothing . Life expectancy?
Today my friend was told she will not go into remission.Dr.Will not do more chemo.Pain meds increased.Blood transfusion.Stage 4 lung cancer, mets.Hope?
Yes and No: Stage 4 lung cancer is an incurable type of cancer. Only about half of the patients respond to chemotherapy and that benefit lasts for no more than 6 to 12 months. That is about all one can do in the present state of cancer treatemnt. Once cancer has progressed despite chemotherapy it is good to seek palliative care/hospice care to help her to go through rest of her life with least bit of sufferin. ...Read more
Stage 4 lung cancer no chemo tumor grew & cancer spread, clinical trial only now, on oxygen for sob, blood clots in legs, what is life expectancy?
Hard to say/depends.: At this stage of lung cancer, the options are limited as is survival. If treatment is done , it's usually chemotherapy and radiation and/or surgery after adjuvant chemotherapy. There are certainly trials out there and i would recommend talking to your doctor before starting any, but the chance for success is likely limited, as the 5 year survival of stage IV is <5%, but it doesn't hurt to try. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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