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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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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


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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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Small cell lung cancer. How long was it there when you can see it on x-ray?

Small cell lung cancer. How long was it there when you can see it on x-ray?

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. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...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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My mom has small cell lung cancer and hospice care has been called in its spread to both lungs already. She is in severe pain. How long does she have?

My mom has small cell lung cancer and hospice care has been called in its spread to both lungs already. She is in severe pain. How long does she have?

Hospice: Most hospices only take patients with 6 months to live or less. I would need more information to tell you more. ...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

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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What are the symptoms of small cell lung cancer?

What are the symptoms of small cell lung cancer?

Shortness of breath: Shortness of breath and hemoptysis are common. Often they are asymptomatic or minimally symptomatic until you have extensive disease. Depending on the spread of disease, pain and neurologic issue can arise. ...Read more

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How do you cure small cell lung cancer?

Rarely is cured.: It depends on the stage and if the cancer has spread. Small cell lung carcinoma is usually treated with chemotherapy and radiation. It is one of the most aggressive subtypes of lung cancer. Definitely consult with an oncologist, but patients with small cell should weigh the benefits of participating in treatment offered in clinical trials at university centers. ...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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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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