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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. ...Read more

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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


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What is the average life expectancy for patients diagnosed with non small cell lung cancer stage 4?

What is the average life expectancy for patients diagnosed with non small cell lung cancer stage 4?

Not great : Less than 10% of patients survive past 5 years. Average life expectancy is about a year on average. ...Read more

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Can anyone tell me the life expectancy for someone with small cell lung cancer at the limited stage 3 level?

Can anyone tell me the life expectancy for someone with small cell lung cancer at the limited stage 3 level?

Small Cell : Limited disease is highly treatable and curable in 20 - 25% of patients. Limited means no cancer seen outside the chest after staging tests. Chemotherapy is the cornerstone, chest radiotherapy improves survival, as does preventive brain radiotherapy to all responders. Median survival about 22 months. 60% of sclc presents as stage iv, or ed, about 35% in stage iii. ...Read more

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What is life expectancy of lung cancer patient ?

What is life expectancy of lung cancer patient ?

Can be high: Small size, peripheral, squamous cell can be cured. 70-90% at five years depends on cell type- small cell cancer is still a bad actor. Many variables better to answer with cell type- biopsy and imaging= staging to look for any distant mets. ...Read more

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Is it unusual for elderly patients to completely lose their appetite after lung cancer surgery?

Is it unusual for elderly patients to completely lose their appetite after lung cancer surgery?

Appetite/Lung Ca: Particularly squamous lung cancer is an appetite thief. Many show up with major weight loss, a sign that points to worse outcome. It is not the treatment, but radiotherapy and chemotherapy can briefly cause diffiuclt swallowing. Successful treatment sometimes brings appetite back. Megace (megestrol) can stimulate appetite for some, but not all. ...Read more

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Is it unusual for a lung cancer patient to have surgery with no radiation?

Is it unusual for a lung cancer patient to have surgery with no radiation?

No: Ideally we woul like to do surgery on lung cancer which means the cancer was resectable. In these cases the disease will be early stage and not require further therapy. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Patient has stage three lung cancer. She is swelling in her feet and hands. Why is that? What should she take or do for that?

Patient has stage three lung cancer. She is swelling in her feet and hands. Why is that? What should she take or do for that?

Depends: This could be due to many factors. This be from the medications, from getting excess fluid, from impaired venous drainage or kidney function, or simply from another process. Go see your oncologist and they will help determine the cause. ...Read more

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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


Dr. David Cooke
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Lung Cancer (Definition)

From national cancer institute: "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 non-small cell lung cancer. These types are diagnosed based on how the cells ...Read more