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How long can someone survive with stage 4 lung cancer?

How long can someone survive with stage 4 lung cancer?

Limited: What type?
Small cell briefly
nsclc depends on location and metastasis!

metastatic to lung from other organs may respond to removal
responses to chemo&/ radiation are also variable
stage 4 is not removable, so limited survival is the usual. ...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


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How long does someone survive with non-small cell lung cancer?

How long does someone survive with non-small cell lung cancer?

Depends on Stage: The answer to that question depends greatly on how advanced the cancer is when it is diagnosed. That, in turn, depends on how big the tumor is, where it is located, whether it has spread locally or all over the body. Generally, the earlier you catch the cancer, the longer the survival is. That is not a 100% "take it to the bank" rule, but it is a general pattern. A number of tests find out stage. ...Read more

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How long will someone with non small cell lung cancer with a plural effusion survive?

How long will someone with non small cell lung cancer with a plural effusion survive?

Poor prognosis: If it has not metastasized it is called a wet stage 3 b and in new classification it is stage 4 the prognosis is bad 9 months to a year with modern chemotherapy it is somewhat better but still very limited nber of patients survive beyond a year. ...Read more

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How long do lung cancer patients survive if left untreated?

How long do lung cancer patients survive if left untreated?

Depends: Depending on the stage and over all condition. It can range frim few weeks to many months. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how long to live or what's the survival rate of lung cancer?

Depends on a number: Of factors. Discuss with your team of docs (orthopod, oncologist, pcp & any other specialitist that you may need). Chemo/radiation are generally best options, with some surgical procedure to stabilize a broken or a bone that is weakened (but not yet broken). The idea is to improve the quality of life for as long as possible. Survival is dependent on cancer type and its response to the meds.. ...Read more

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What is the survival rate with lung cancer? How long can you live if you have lung cancer? What is the best case scenario?

What is the survival rate with lung cancer? How long can you live if you have lung cancer? What is the best case scenario?

Depends on stage: Survival for lung cancer is stage specific. Early stage has better survivalmthen late stage. However if you are being treated for lung cancer, the important thing is to stay positive and optimistic, regardless of the stage. ...Read more

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How long can someone with lung cancer survive? If it's spread from bone cancer?

How long can someone with lung cancer survive? If it's spread from bone cancer?

Lung cancer: Usually ther is no five year survivors. The actual time depends on the type of cancer and health status of the patient. ...Read more

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How long can a stage 4 lung cancer patient survive?

How long can a stage 4 lung cancer patient survive?

Poor prognosis: Unfortunately stage IV lung cancer has poor prognosis over all survival rate of less than 10% most of them survive less than 13 months. ...Read more

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How long can a stage 4 lung cancer patient survive?

Limited: Personal, risk factors and cancer stage.
If stage 4 with distant metastasis, then with best care 2-5 years is possible. ...Read more

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Lung cancer has spread not to the brain but the bones actually, how long to live or what's the survival rate if I go through chemo?

Lung cancer has spread not to the brain but the bones actually, how long to live or what's the survival rate if I go through chemo?

Depends on a number: Of factors. Discuss with your team of docs (orthopod, oncologist, pcp & any other specialitist that you may need). Chemo/radiation are generally best options, with some surgical procedure to stabilize a broken or a bone that is weakened (but not yet broken). The idea is to improve the quality of life for as long as possible. Survival is dependent on cancer type and its response to the meds.. ...Read more

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How long would someone with lung cancer typically live?

How long would someone with lung cancer typically live?

Depends: On response to treatment; survival statistics are good for population but may not be reflective of how a patient responds- can be more or less. ...Read more

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How long from the time symptoms occur does it become obvious someone has lung cancer?

How long from the time symptoms occur does it become obvious someone has lung cancer?

Very soon: With symptoms, history, physical, x-ray, ct scan and biopsy should follow quickly!

while other conditions can mimic, biopsy, sputum cytology, and histologically confirmation make the diagnosis. ...Read more

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What is the survival rate for someone with small cell lung cancer?

What is the survival rate for someone with small cell lung cancer?

Very rare: Of all the people diagnosed with small cell lung cancer, around 1 in 3 have limited disease at the time of diagnosis. With treatment about 25 out of every 100 people (25%) will live for at least 2 years. ...Read more

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28 yrs old smoked cigarettes for 12 yrs now quitting what are the chances of someone my age having lung cancer? Or has it been to long to repair damag

Glad you've quit: You will never recover the damage to the elasticity in your lungs, and this will take away some of your wind as you get older. Lung cancer's rare at your age even smoking. You will have a somewhat increased cancer risk for the next two decades but it is still low. The key is that you have overcome this godawful addiction. It is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself and those who love you. ...Read more

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How likely is survival from lung cancer?

How likely is survival from lung cancer?

Depends on stage: Lower stage non-small cell lung cancer (nsclc) has better survival based on stage appropriate therapy than later stage tumors. The standard of care therapy for stage I and ii nsclc is surgery. For stage iiia chemoradiation followed by surgery or chemoradiation alone and stage iiib and IV chemotherapy +/- radiation. ...Read more

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Can people survive lung cancer for years?

Can people survive lung cancer for years?

Yes: Yes with appropriate, multi-disciplinary cancer treatment and care there are 5 year survival rates for every stage of lung cancer: http://goo. Gl/2cdq9 and http://goo. Gl/jx197. ...Read more

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How long can a smoker live with lung cancer?

How long can a smoker live with lung cancer?

See a doctor: If you have lung cancer you should see a board certified thoracic surgeon and/or medical oncologist to discuss therapeutic options based on the clinical stage of the cancer. ...Read more

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How long does it take to develop lung cancer?

How long does it take to develop lung cancer?

Lag time: Only 15% of smokers get lung cancer. There is generally a 15-20 year lag time between smoking and lung cancer development. Some never smokers are genetically predispositioned to lung cancer, and may develop lung cancer at a early age. ...Read more

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How long have people known about lung cancer?

How long have people known about lung cancer?

Since before 1900: Before the 1900s lung cancer was known about but extremely rare. In the early 1900 as tobacco smoking became more common, so did lung cancer. It was only after world war I (where soldiers were given cigarettes) when the link between cigarette smoking and the growing epidemic of lung cancer was made. ...Read more

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43 year old woman lung cancer, how long do I have to live?

43 year old woman lung cancer, how long do I have to live?

Treatment options: Are getting better, sorry for the news. You have to be strong look for all the options fight it, depending on the stage, type of the tumors, you can be a winner. If you follow the recommendation of your oncologist, if needed take a second opinion. Good Luck ...Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for to die from lung cancer?

See below: Lots of factors influence survival; stage of the cancer and molecular characteristics. When caught early can be cured. ...Read more

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Please describe the survival rates of small cell lung cancer?

Limited: Most with this diagnosis have less than 2 years of survival, unless found when small and peripheral so it can be removed! ...Read more

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Once it starts, how long does it take for lung cancer to grow?

Once it starts, how long does it take for lung cancer to grow?

Depends: There ars several different cancerous cell types. Some are fast growing and aggressive, while others are slow growing and less aggressive. There are widespread facts on each type available, but a diagnosis from biopsy is needed to answer your question accurately! ...Read more

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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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How long is it supposed to it take a person to die from lung cancer?

Variable: There are different cell types and growth rates (called doubling times)!
the small cell, undifferentiated as an example is very fast and most folks die within a year (? Or 2).
Some of the squamous cancers are slower and may be quite large and asymptomatic
even when large.
Very variable depending on type, size, location, stage and response to treatments. ...Read more

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Why are survival rates for lung cancer so much lower than other forms of cAncer?

Why are survival rates for lung cancer so much lower than other forms of cAncer?

Lung cancer survival: Compared to other cancers in a head-to-head comparison, deaths from lung cancer actually trail cancers of the liver, pancreas, or certain rare aggressive sarcomas. However there is a greater percentage of the population who have lung cancer compared to any of the previously mentioned neoplasms. Survival is most often quoted at only 4% of those diagnosed at 5 years. ...Read more

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Hi I was wondering after how long u can get lung cancer lets say u snoke 15 smokes a day?

Hi I was wondering after how long u can get lung cancer lets say u snoke 15 smokes a day?

A half pack per day: Smoker is at high risk for developing many cancers and cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases. Many write on this forum about "how long" can I do tis, or "when" will it happen. It is expensive, dumb and risky to smoke, and a half pack is a lot. Stop now, if you can, and you may find it is already not in your control; it in fact controls you and you are a slave to nicotine. ...Read more

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We just got the new my brother has lung cancer, and he has had it for 8 mos. Now how long does he have?

We just got the new my brother has lung cancer, and he has had it for 8 mos. Now how long does he have?

Depends: This is a very broad question. Depends what kind of cancer he has - small-cell or non-small-cell, and what stage it is, mainly whether it has spread or not. Go to www. Uptodate. Com. Good luck! ...Read more

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What to do if I am experiencing some symptoms and want to know if this is possible lung cancer or is that a long shot?

See physician: If symptoms are worrisome you should consult physician for physical examination, history, and possibly blood and imaging testing. ...Read more

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I am just curious about what are the first symptoms of lung cancer, how long does it take a smoker to get it and what is the average age of diagnosis?

Often asymptomatic.: This is often asymptomatic with about 5-15% detected from symptoms. Pesistent cough is the usual presenting sign, with hemoptysis, wheeze, dyspnea or difficulty breathing, depending on its site. Hoarseness, and respiratory failure can mean spread beyond the lungs. This occurs most at 55-65 years and since smoking is the most common cause, it likely takes from its start so don't start smoking. ...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)

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 ...Read more