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How long should a stage four lung cancer patient with metastasis to brain and liver expect to live?

How long should a stage four lung cancer patient with metastasis to brain and liver expect to live?

Less than 1 year: There are a number of variables here, including what kind of lung cancer, gender, whether there is a single or small number of metastasis in the brain that can be treated by surgery or stereotactic radiosurgery, general health status and age. The average survival overall is about 8 months for stage 4 disease. ...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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Patient with stage 4 lung cancer with brain metastasis is having very bloody urine. What does this mean?

Patient with stage 4 lung cancer with brain metastasis is having very bloody urine. What does this mean?

Many things: Stage IV lung cancer with bloody urine can mean many things. It could be due to the presence of a metastatic tumor in the bladder or the kidney. Please also note whether or not you are on a blood thinner. In uncommon case, it could also indicate the presence of a primary bladder tumor (though i doubt in this case). Bladder inflammation or infection could also be the cause. Check with your doctor. ...Read more

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Having melena since past four days.I have a history of lung cancer and brain metastasis.Presently I am on tab.Gefitinib.Had chemotherapy twice.Help me?

Having melena since past four days.I have a history of lung cancer and brain metastasis.Presently I am on tab.Gefitinib.Had chemotherapy twice.Help me?

Call your oncologist: Please call your oncologist! s/he needs to know about your melena as soon as possible. If you're feeling dizzy or faint, please go to an er where your doctor or the doctor on call can see you. ...Read more

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Explain the physical progression of stage 4 metastasis lung cancer in brains and pelvic with an 8 month diagnosis?

Explain the physical progression of stage 4 metastasis lung cancer  in brains and pelvic with an  8 month diagnosis?

Much: This is much too difficult to handle in an email. This should be discussed with your primary care physician/aprn and/or the oncologist. www.thepmc.org. ...Read more

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A close friend of the family has cancer , but can't speak anymore? Is that brain mets causing it?

A close friend of the family has cancer , but can't speak anymore? Is that brain mets causing it?

Not necessarily: A number of problems can cause a cessation of speech but your friend's oncologist needs to know about your friend's issue and then do an evaluatain. Brain mets certainly is one of the many possibilities that the oncologist can address--but there are others so i would not rush to judgement. ...Read more

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My mother is a CA breast with lungs and brain mets, she is under chemotherapy with capacitabine ,temozolomide & taxonab .Her recent brain MRI shows th?

My mother is a CA breast with lungs and brain mets, she is under chemotherapy with capacitabine ,temozolomide & taxonab .Her recent brain MRI shows th?

I am sorry: for your mother's problems but I do not see a question!! Ask again with more details. I can , from my research tell you that advanced chemotherapeutic combinations in metastatic Breast cancer CAN INDUCE REMISSIONS....I wish your Mother Good Luck! Dr Z ...Read more

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Have had a cold, yellow phlegm, slight cough. Normal to have pressure behind one ear with this? Had breast cancer and am afraid of brain mets?!

Have had a cold, yellow phlegm, slight cough. Normal to have pressure behind one ear with this? Had breast cancer and am afraid of brain mets?!

Sx's outside o brain: So, unrelated to brain. On the other hand, without an exam, I can only give general information, but phlegm and cough can be a sign of beginning pneumonia if they continue. Scary risky if someone's immune system is gone in context of serious chemotherapy/radiation. ...Read more

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Are brain and lung cancer related?

Are brain and lung cancer related?

NO: These cancers are not related. But.... Many people are confused by the concept that lung cancers can spread to the brian as metastasis. This happens all to often and is in fact more common tha a primary brain tumor. ...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


Metastasis (Definition)

A cancer begins in an organ (say the breast). If it gets into the blood stream or the lymphatic stream the cells can travel to other parts of the body where, in the right environment, they may settle and grow. This development of tumor growth far away from the original site ...Read more