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How long does it take for a small cell lung cancer to grow 5 cm?

How long does it take for a small cell lung cancer to grow 5 cm?

Hard to tell: Small cell lung cancer is a rapid growing cancer, but the exact size change in a particular patient is often hard to predict. Several factors affect the growth of tumors in a person, including immune factors and genetic factors. But in general, once small cell lung cancer is diagnosed, it is never just watched, so it is hard to see how fast it will grow. ...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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Would you have symptoms of small cell lung cancer for 18 months prior to diagnosis, or does small cell grow too rapidly for this to happen?

Would you have symptoms of small cell lung cancer for 18 months prior to diagnosis, or does small cell grow too rapidly for this to happen?

Depends on the grade: After a biopsy, when small cell carcinoma is diagnosed, it is often given a "grade" by the pathologist (e.g., low-grade or high-grade) based on the appearance under a microscope. There are small cell cancers that can grow slowly, & only be discovered on screening CT scans (not causing any symptoms). Others cause symptoms & spread quickly (high-grade). Not all small cell cancers behave alike. ...Read more

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My dad has small cell lung cancer, after chemotherapy the tumor was reduced 80%, can it still grow if left alone?

My dad has small cell lung cancer, after chemotherapy the tumor was reduced 80%, can it still grow if left alone?

Yes: Small cell lung cancer often responds very well to chemotherapy (shrinks) but it is unfortunately also common for the cancer to return after the completion of chemotherapy. Your medical and radiation oncologists can give you the best information for your father's particular case. ...Read more

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How fast does cachexia in someone with non small cell lung cancer advance to refractory stage and can it be reversed ?

How fast does cachexia in someone with non small cell lung cancer advance to refractory stage and can it be reversed ?

Treatment of cancer: Reversal of cachexia depends on successful treatment of the cancer. The rate of progression, if the cancer is not curable, is not predictable. If the cancer is not curable you may wish to seek palliative and/or hospice care for the patient. ...Read more

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How do you cure small cell lung cancer?

How do you cure small cell lung cancer?

Rarely is cured.: It depends on the stage and if the cancer has spread. Small cell lung carcinoma is usually treated with chemotherapy and radiation. It is one of the most aggressive subtypes of lung cancer. Definitely consult with an oncologist, but patients with small cell should weigh the benefits of participating in treatment offered in clinical trials at university centers. ...Read more

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What is stage 5 small cell lung cancer?

There is not: Small cell lung cancer is divided into limited and extensive stage. The usual stage i-iv cancer staging system is not used. Limited stage means that all sites of cancer can be focused in a radiation treatment field. If this is not the case, it is extensive stage. http://www.cancer.org/cancer/lungcancer-smallcell/detailedguide/small-cell-lung-cancer-staging. ...Read more

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What can be done for small cell lung cancer?

What can be done for small cell lung cancer?

Chemotherapy: Small cell lung cancer is a neuroendocrine carcinoma that shows some response to specialized chemotherapy, although this tumor type tends to follow a fairly aggressive clinical course. ...Read more

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What are the tests for small cell lung cancer?

What are the tests for small cell lung cancer?

Diagnostic test: First of all, a biopsy needs to be done to establish a diagnosis. Once is confirmed, then staging work-up needs to be done that include- ct scan; a bone scan and imaging for the head- MRI brain will be preferable than ct scan- if possible. Discuss further with your oncologist. ...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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What can you do to treat small cell lung cancer?

What can you do to treat small cell lung cancer?

Non surgical: Once cell type determined, surgery is not usual. Chemo/ radiation as to location etc. ...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


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