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How long could a person live with out treatment for lung cancer?

How long could a person live with out treatment for lung cancer?

That Depends: There are a lot of factors that determine survival without treatment for lung cancer: the cell type, how big the cancer is, whether it has spread anywhere, and the location of the cancer. If, for instance, the cancer is in the brain, not treating it would probably cause a lot of suffering. That said, for some people, no treatment of lung cancer is an option. But, you must know that it is fatal. ...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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Can you tell me how long can someone with terminal lung cancer live, after treatment is stopped?

Can you tell me how long can someone with terminal lung cancer live, after treatment is stopped?

Varies: Depends on the stage of the disease, the presence of metastases, and the overall condition of the patient. ...Read more

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How long can one live with small cell lung cancer with no treatment at all?

How long can one live with small cell lung cancer with no treatment at all?

12 months or less: Small cell lung cancer is an aggressive disease. It is highly sensitive to chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy but it tends to recur. If the disease is limited, cure can be achieved with proper treatment. If the disease is extensive, cure is not feasable but treament can improve or delay symptoms and can help patients live longer. Without treatment, survival is 6 to 12 months. ...Read more

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If I decide not to get treatment for my stage 4 lung cancer, how long am I likely to live?

If I decide not to get treatment for my stage 4 lung cancer, how long am I likely to live?

Average 4-6 months: The average survival for patients with stage 4 lung cancer is usually 4-6 months if only supportive therapy is used. Survival will depend on subtype of lung cancer; areas of cancer spread specially critical organs (brain, liver); and also overall patient health. Rarely, some patients can have longer survial of upto a year. ...Read more

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On average, how long will a lung cancer patient have to live without treatment?

Variable: Different cell types different risk factors different discovery different stages metastatic overall, about 40 % are surviving at five years with treatment--so less without! ...Read more

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My great grandmother has stage 4 lung cancer and is on oxygen and won't be taking any treatment. How long can we expect her to live? Non small cell

My great grandmother has stage 4 lung cancer and is on oxygen and won't be taking any treatment. How long can we expect her to live? Non small cell

Varies: But 1-2 years from time of diagnosis. Poorer prognosis the more advanced it is (larger, spread more places, having complications due to invovlement of the liver or brain). ...Read more

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Stage 4 lung cancer, in liver, on spine ate hole in hip bone. No treatment still smoke. How long do I have left. What to tell my kids. What's next.?

Stage 4 lung cancer, in liver, on spine ate hole in hip bone. No treatment still smoke. How long do I have left. What to tell my kids. What's next.?

Discussion with Doc: Discuss with your doc who has been treating as he/she would have answer to all your questions. Tell your kids the truth whatever your doc informs you about your condition. It looks very grim with stage 4 lung cancer which has spread to multiple organs and bones. Are you at home or at a hospital? ...Read more

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Stage 4 lung cancer how long can leave without threatment?

Stage 4 lung cancer how long can leave without threatment?

Stage 4 lung Ca.: A few months, somewhere between 3 months or shorter to 8 months on average depending on the extent of disease and tumor aggressiveness. But I want to emphasize stage 4 lung cancer is not curable, but treatable. I encourage you to see local oncologist, fully review the case, and possibly start treatment as soon as possible. ...Read more

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What is the average life span for stage 4 lung cancer without treatment?

What is the average life span for stage 4 lung cancer without treatment?

Depends: All limited! But if small cell, short. Others relate to cell type, location of metastases, other personal risk factors. 1-4 years, few at five. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for lung cancer?

What is the treatment for lung cancer?

Depends on stage: In the medically fit individually, the standard of care upfron therapy for stage I -iib nsclc is surgery. For stage iiia either chemotherapy +/- radiation followed by surgery or chemoradiation alone. For stage iiia - iv, therapy is chemotherapy +/- radiation. For early stage lung cancer, surgery can often be done minimally invasively. ...Read more

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Is there any treatment for lung cancer?

Is there any treatment for lung cancer?

Of Course: Treatment is stage specific for non-small cell lung cancer. There are 4 main stages of lung cancer with stage iii divided into iiia and iiib. For stage I and ii lung cancer there upfront therapy is surgery, with possible chemotherapy after surgery if lymph nodes are positive. For stage iiia either chemoradiation + surgery or high dose chemotherapy alone. Stage iv, chemo +/- radiation. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for lung cancer?

What is the best treatment for lung cancer?

Depends on stage: In the medically fit individually, the standard of care upfron therapy for stage I -iib nsclc is surgery. For stage iiia either chemotherapy +/- radiation followed by surgery or chemoradiation alone. For stage iiia - iv, therapy is chemotherapy +/- radiation. For early stage lung cancer, surgery can often be done minimally invasively. Http://bit. Ly/csjsqa. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for lung cancer?

What is the best treatment for lung cancer?

Lung cancer: Current literature revealed death from lung cancer in US is about 160, 000 a year, nearly haft are women. Two kinds of lung cancer: 1)non small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and 2) small cell lung cancer (SCLC). Treatment for for stage 1 &2 NSCLC is complete resection of tumor if possible, and chemo to follow if indicated. Stage 3 and 4 chemo and radiation. For SCLC chemotherapy is treatment of choice. ...Read more

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Can you tell me abute treatment lung cancer?

Depends: Lung cancer treatment is based on the stage at presentation. Treatments include surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, or supportive care only. The more advanced the stage, the more limited the treatments. ...Read more

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I would like advise for lung cancer treatment?

I would like advise for lung cancer treatment?

What is the status?: Any advice would best come from YOUR cancer doctor, who knows all of the the very important genetic, cellular, and organ details of your cancer. Treatment for cancer these days is very complex, and lots of information goes into recommendations. Without knowing the specifics of your cancer, it's impossible to give you advice. Write down your questions, be specific, and talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for small cell lung cancer?

What is the treatment for small cell lung cancer?

Small cell lung ca: In limited disease, tx would be combination chemo and radiation. In a very limited case, surgery can be done if size is very small, absolutely no spreading to any area/adjacent lymp glands etc. Prophylactic radiation to brain is recommended. In extensive disease, chemo will be the tx. Palliative radiation as needed. For chemo responder, prophylactic radiation to brain can increase survival. D/w md. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens during lung cancer treatment?

Could you tell me what happens during lung cancer treatment?

Depends: Found early stage, diagnose and surgical removal. Found later, radiation, chemotherapy and possibly surgery depending on cell type, location, staging, 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)

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