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

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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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. Hesham Hassaballa
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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. Craig Carter
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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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Dr. Ritesh Rathore
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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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Dr. Hung Khong
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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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Dr. Matt Wachsman
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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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Dr. Liawaty Ho
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My dad had lung cancer surgery last year and they got it all. He did not do treatment. Now it is in the brain. How long could he live?

My dad had lung cancer surgery last year and they got it all.  He did not do treatment.  Now it is in the brain.  How long could he live?

D/w his oncologist: Sorry for your dad's condition. Treatment, and prognosis would depend obviously on the stage, however, the type of lung cancer, whether he would do treatment now, what treatment, and how is the response to therapy would also affect the prognosis. In general, based on studies, people with stage 4 lung cancer -on average- with treatment could live for 12-15 months. It would be much less without tx. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
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Including surgery, chemo, and radiation, how long does the treatment for lung cancer usually last?

Including surgery, chemo, and radiation, how long does the treatment for lung cancer usually last?

Does last mean...: 1. Time to do; or 2. Durability? All 3 have been used, but the thoughtful people leading lung cancer treatment have not proven its value. If you have stage iiia at presentation (+ n2 node), surgery offers nothing if the n2 node persists or disease grows. If n2 goes, sme suggest lobectomy is better, but most agree that pneumonectomy confirs survival hazard. ...Read more

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Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
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How long does the nausea side effect from radiation treatment for lung cancer last?   how do you tell if nausea is caused by radiation or tarceva?

How long does the nausea side effect from radiation treatment for lung cancer last?   how do you tell if nausea is caused by radiation or tarceva?

Not from radiation: Most lung cancer treated with radiation does not cause nausea unless the fields are large and on the left bottom part of the lung overlaps the stomach. Chemo is systemic and more likely the cause of the nausea. Lung cancer can easily go to the brain and the presenting sign can be nausea so make sure a brain scan was negative. ...Read more

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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


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Cancer (Definition)

An uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion and metastases is what cancer is defined as. It produced abnormal growth of cells which acquire destructive properties causing serious threat to host's life, unless it can be removed or destroyed by ...Read more


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