how long can you live with small cell lung cancer

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

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Dr. Hung Khong
Medical Oncology
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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.
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Small cell lung cancer. How long was it there when you can see it on x-ray?

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Dr. Carlo M. Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care
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Weeks to months


There is no hard and fast rule. In studies that tried to detect lung cancer early using a Chest X-ray, almost half of the cancers appeared within a year of a normal X-ray. Taking into account the rate of growth of a cancer cell, and the minimum size needed for detection on X-ray, a good estimate for small cell is a few weeks to a few months.
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How long does someone survive with non-small cell lung cancer?

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Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care
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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.
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Preventing Colorectal Cancer

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Smoking is a bad risk factor for colorectal cancer; not just for lung cancer.

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Dr. Gottumukkala Raju
Gastroenterology
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how long does it take for a small cell lung cancer to grow 5 cm?

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Dr. Raja A. Mudad
Medical Oncology
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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.
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How long will someone with non small cell lung cancer with a plural effusion survive?

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Dr. Farid Qazi
Hematology and Oncology
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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
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Dr. Donald R. Elton
Pulmonary Critical Care
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Less than a year


40% of lung cancer patients with inoperable cancer survive a year. A malignant effusion makes it inoperable.
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Quit smoking

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While not every one who smokes will get lung cancer, smoking one pack/day for 8 years can cause COPD.

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Typical time between responding to chemotherapy and reemergence of small cell lung cancer is how long?

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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology
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In extensive


disease, median about 10-12 months; in limited disease, 20 - 24 months. Cures in 20 - 25% in LD. LDtreated with Chemo RT; ED chemo 4-6 month, Whole brain RT to responders.
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Dr. Addagada C. Rao
General Surgery
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Few months


unfortunately , most of the time recurrence will occur in 12 to 14 months with over all 5 % survival rate .
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Can anyone tell me the life expectancy for someone with small cell lung cancer at the limited stage 3 level?

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Dr. Christian P. Schultheis
Hematology and Oncology

Months to years


There are essentially two stages of small cell lung cancer, limited or extensive. However, you are describing mediastinal disease. So if this person gets a good response with chemo and RT, then prophylactic cranial irradiation should be given. The survival if a complete or near complete response is measured in months to years. Rare to survive past 5 years but there have been cases.
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What is the life expectancy of someone with small cell lung cancer?

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Dr. Brian Mott
Thoracic Surgery
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Short


With limited stage disease the median survival is less than 2 years and with extensive disease less than a year. Having said that there are 5 year survivors.
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What is the life expectancy for someone with small cell lung cancer limited stage 3rd level?

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Dr. Creighton B. Wright
General Surgery
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Bad actor


Small cell at any stage beyond STAGE 1 = small, peripheral, has a bad prognosis. Get the devils and discuss. Less than 2 years is common.
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what is a persons life expectancy with small cell lung cancer undergoing chemo and radiation? The cancer is confined has not spread anywhere else

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Dr. Nitin Ohri
Radiation Oncology
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>25 %


In a large randomized study testing radiotherapy and chemotherapy for non-metastatic small cell lung cancer, ~ 25% of patients were alive after 5 years. Since then, advances in imaging, treatment techniques, and supportive care may have increased this rate slightly.
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