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Does brain cancer ever spread to the lungs?

Does brain cancer ever spread to the lungs?

Almost never: Tumors that start in the brain (such as glioma- the most common primary tumor ) almost never metastasize outside the brain, to the extent that they are reportable as case reports. ...Read more

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Dr. Henry Friedman
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Brain Tumor (Definition)

Brain cancer refers to cancer located in the brain. It can occur from a metastasis from a tumor in another part of the body or can originate in the brain. Symptoms of brain cancer include headaches, weakness, dizziness, seizures, and blurry vision. It can sometimes be asymptomatic as, for example, in patients with small cell lung cancer. It is always best to use MRI with contrast to make an evaluation, since using a CT can cause you to miss ...Read more


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How much time does a person with lung and brain cancer survive?

How much time does a person with lung and brain cancer survive?

Short time: Separate lung and brain cancer are rare. More common is finding lung cancer having metastasized to the brain. Sometimes radiation can minimize the brain symptoms but when chemo has failed, most survival is in terms of monthsbrain cancer ...Read more

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How likely is it for someone to survive brain cancer and tuberculosis in the lungs?

How likely is it for someone to survive brain cancer and tuberculosis in the lungs?

Tb chances are good: It is quite unlikely to have both conditions at the same time. This makes therapy more challenging but doable. Cure from tuberculosis should be expected. The main concern here is the brain cancer. For the most common adult brain cancer, survival is about a year, give or take a few months. ...Read more

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What to expect in metastasis, lung and brain cancer?

What to expect in metastasis, lung and brain cancer?

The question is: A puzzle. Are you asking: what next, in someone with lung and brain disease? (usually starting in lung, then going to brain). Or the pattern of metastasis if either is primary: brain as primary almost never metastasizes outsie cns, whereas lung commonly foes to brain, as well as other lung, liver, bones, adrenals. ...Read more

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Can we confirm lung or brain cancer without biopsy on an old woman?

Unlikely: ? Metastatic to brain from lung may show up in an easier to biopsy site- skin, superficial node etc. PET scan may localize a spot ...Read more

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How long do you have if you have small cell liver lung and brain cancer?

How long do you have if you have  small cell liver lung and brain cancer?

Depends: It is not possible to predict the behavior of tumors other than providing averages. Has the tumor been treated? If it was treated and became wide spread while under treatment, the prognosis would be poor. ...Read more

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What can you expect in the final stages of metastasis lung and brain cancer?

What can you expect in the final stages of metastasis lung and brain cancer?

Prognosis: Obviosly prognosis is not good in this situation. Usual treatment is palliative to keep patient comfortable. Radiation therapy can help neurological symptoms. Disease widening with increase shortness of breath, respiratory failure, pneumonia, infection and pain related to cancer can happen. Palliative chemotherapy can help to improve symptoms. ...Read more

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What can I expect during the final stages of metastasis lung and brain cancer?

What can I expect during the final stages of metastasis lung and brain cancer?

Difficult: Very difficult to answer as each person is different. If the metastases in the brain themselves result in death, people usually develop anything from headaches, confusion, seizures, weakness, or numbness, ultimately developing difficulty breathing if swelling becomes severe enough. Brain swelling can be treated with steroids and the tumors with radiation, and sometimes surgery or chemo. ...Read more

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A family member has lung ,throat,brain cancer.how long does a person live for?

A family member has lung ,throat,brain cancer.how long does a person live for?

Variable: I'm sorry to hear about your family members health and wish that all goes as best as possible. But in terms of prognosis life span wise, this is impossible to predict without any specifics about the pathology of the cancer, the spread of the cancer, treatment failures/success, other ailments in addition to cancer, etc. Seek input from your family members oncologist. ...Read more

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Does brain cancer spread from the brain into the spine?

Yes: Some brain cancers spread that way. Examples: cerebral glioblastoma, anaplastic astrocytoma, ependymoma/myxopapillary ependymoma, posterior fossa medulloblastoma (pnet-mb), pineal tumours (eg. Germinoma, pineoblastoma), choroid plexus neoplasms. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

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


Lung (Definition)

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