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How Long Can You Live With Lung Cancer Without Treatment
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
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
Varies: Depends on the stage of the disease, the presence of metastases, and the overall condition of the patient. ...Read more
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
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
Different cell types
different risk factors
overall, about 40 % are surviving at five years with treatment--so less without! ...Read more
2 to 3 years: It depends on the general condition of the patient and t he treatment. ...Read more
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
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
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
My dad 86 had stage 4 lung cancer had radioation therapy a year ago he is in the hospital with pain in his lungs back shoulder how long dose he have?
Ask the oncologist: No way to tell over the internet or in real life. Enjoy every moment as if it was his last ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
See below: Treatment of small cell lung cancer depends on the stage. If it is limited stage the treatments involve chemotherapy along with radiation and if it is extensive stage then chemotherapy is the main stay of treatment (though in some situations palliative radiation can be considered). ...Read more
Overall poor, but: As physicians we track, or read from studies that have tracked, survival from large numbers of patients with each type of cancer. So we could tell you the average survival after a diagnosis of lung cancer, which isn't very good. However there are several types of lung cancer and they can be caught at different stages, which each affect outcome. Individual prediction requires a lot more data. ...Read more
God only knows: Depends on the kind of cancer, how aggressive it behaves, which organs it involves, how healthy (or sick) is the patient, and many other factors. The focus should be on establishing the best quality of life for whatever time they get, be it a day or a year. Hospice is perfectly suited for this situation. Sorry if it's about a loved one. ...Read more
You bet!: There are 100k brain metastasis per year, and lung cancer patients compose about half of them. It is a very common first site of relapse, and can have serious consequences. Preventitive brain radiotherapy is indicated in all responders in small cell, but the trial in non-sclc showed reduction in frequency of brain metastases, but no survival benefit. Thus, many insurers will not pay for it. ...Read more
Risky choice: The 'holistic healers' that tout this option do so without any science and with very small numbers of patients successfully treated, making predictability of results questionable. Would recommend sticking to allopathic treatment options (chemo / radiation) from an oncologist, but could add as adjuvant option. More info here: http://cowurine. Com/index. Html. ...Read more
Talk to your doctor: Depends on your health and the stage of the disease. In early stages, surgery is the best way to go. In later stages, chemotherapy is appropriate. Here it becomes way too complicated. In brief, certain tumor markers are very helpful in determining the appropriate chemotherapy to use. ...Read more
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
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