Top
40
Doctor insights on: How Long Can You Live With Stage 4 Cancer

Share
1

1
How long you can live with stage 4 liver cancer?

How long you can live with stage 4 liver cancer?

Depends: Most "liver cancers" are not from the liver but metastatic from other places. The prognosis will vary depending on the source and aggressiveness of the primary cancer. Also depends on the general health, the number of lesions, and how aggressive is the treatment given. A precious few patients can be potentially cured under the right circumstances and with the right therapy. Most, sadly, will not. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
4,344 Doctors shared insights

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


2

2
How long do you have to live in stage 4 cancer?

Quite variable: Stage IV cancer generally means that the cancer has spread from its organ of origin to other organs. How long you have to live depends on where the cancer originated. For example, stage IV breast or colon cancer is much more easily treated than stage IV pancreatic or gallbladder cancer. So you need additional information to fully answer your question. ...Read more

3

3
How long can it take for a healthy person to develop stage 4 cancer?

How long can it take for a healthy person to develop stage 4 cancer?

Hard to Know: Many healthy people get cancer. Stage IV just means that the cancer has spread around the body away from where it started (metastases). Some cancers spread around the body very early and the tumor where it started might be small and asymptomatic by the time that the metastases are detected. Fast growing cancers probably start 2-6 mo before diagnosis. Slow ones probably take a few years. ...Read more

4

4
Does happy life really able to make patient with stage 4 cancer lives longer after having chemotherapy?

Does happy life really able to make patient with stage 4 cancer lives longer after having chemotherapy?

Maybe: A positive attitude is just as important to treatment as is the treatment in my opinion. I think the body recovers faster if hope is not lost. ...Read more

5

5
My best friend. 51 yrs old was diagnosis today with stage 4 cancer. Lung. Inoperable. Spread to adrenals. Bloodstream and more. How long can she live?

My best friend. 51 yrs old was diagnosis today with stage 4 cancer. Lung. Inoperable. Spread to adrenals. Bloodstream and more. How long can she live?

Stage 4 lung cancer: I'm sorry to hear about your best friend. Stage 4 lung cancer non-small cell type nowadays with all the advances we have made in modern chemotherapy and targeted therapies, the average survival is about 12-15 months. The chances of making 2 years is about 20% and chances of making 5 years are less than 5 %. There are very few patients who survive long term. ...Read more

7

7
For what length of time can you live with stage 4 cancer?

For what length of time can you live with stage 4 cancer?

Depends: Depends greatly on the type of cancer. A few stage IV cancer patients can be cured (lymphoma or testicular) some others can live for many years (er positive breast cancer) and yet others die very quickly. Also depends on the general health of the patient. ...Read more

8

8
How bad is stage 4 cancer?

How bad is stage 4 cancer?

Verybad: Stage IV of what organ? In general it is end stage terminal cancer, how ever some cancers like lymphomas, testicular tumors etc when detected late will respond well to chemotherapy. ...Read more

9

9
Can stage 4 cancer mean u will die soon?

Can stage 4 cancer mean u will die soon?

Not necessarily: Stage 4 cancer is a late stage cancer which has spread inside the body. But the survival is quite varied and it depends on which type of cancer it is. For many cancers we have good treatments and patients can live for several months to several years. Cancers like colon, breast and kidney can be controlled for 2-5 years even in stage 4. Others can be fatal over a period of few months. ...Read more

12

12
What do you suggest if my wife has survived stage 4 cancer is there any organization that will do something for her?

What do you suggest if my wife has survived stage 4 cancer is there any organization that will do something for her?

Need more info: First of all, her doctor is a good source of information. The American Cancer Society has a great website with resources, help, and support. Without knowing more about what kind of cancer she had, how long ago, what kind of treatment she was given, and what her most recent exams and scans show, it's hard to know what advice to give you. I also am not sure what "something" you want done for her? ...Read more

13

13
Can you let me know how many mutations does a stage 4 cancer have?

Can you let me know how many mutations does a stage 4 cancer have?

Not relevant: Stage 4 suggests that the cancer is metastatic or widespread. It is a clinical description to help determine prognosis and sometimes treatment options. Mutations are what happens to dna of normal cells that turn them into cancer. There can be many mutations, even in early cancer, but all it takes is one mutation. ...Read more

14

14
What is the best way to get nutrition into someone (the best foods or types of foods) with stage 4 cancer with very little appetite?

What is the best way to get nutrition into someone (the best foods or types of foods) with stage 4 cancer with very little appetite?

Be wise: Ask guidance from your physician about the big picture. If there is a mechanical barrier to eating (esophageal or throat cancer, or bowel obstruction), feeding may not be possible. At the end of life, many people do not wish to eat. It's likely your loved one will be gone soon, and perhaps sharing time, warmth & love together is more important than "getting nutrition into" them. Best wishes. ...Read more

15

15
What do you suggest if my mom has stage 4 cancer?

What do you suggest if my mom has stage 4 cancer?

Cancer of....?: Treatment and prognosis of stage 4 cancers depend on the kind of cancer and the general health. She should see an oncologist. ...Read more

16

16
How dangerous is an infection to a person with stage 4 cancer?

How dangerous is an infection to a person with stage 4 cancer?

What kind?: Almost any infection in a person with stage 4 cancer is bad, just that some are worse than others. ...Read more

17

17
Why chemotherapy unable to cure stage 4 cancer even if the tumor is cleared?

Why chemotherapy unable to cure stage 4 cancer even if the tumor is cleared?

Many tumors are: Quite responsive to systemic therapy, and even disappear. Unfortunately, there are residual resistant cells that lurk beneath detection, and they re-emerge with time. Small cell lung cancer is the classic tumor that acts this way. So, the answer is resistant clones, not able to be eradicated with current therapy. ...Read more

19

19
Stage 4 cancer of the esophagus survival rate? Any hope?

Stage 4 cancer of the esophagus survival rate? Any hope?

Poor: Unfortunately, stage 4 cancer of the esophagus has a very poor prognosis. Most will not survive a year, even with chemotherapy and radiation. ...Read more

20

20
Stage 4 cancer that has spread to liver lungs and brain. What is live expectancy.?

Stage 4 cancer that has spread to liver lungs and brain. What is live expectancy.?

Stage IV lung cancer: Straight to the point...There is nothing that will change or delay the inevitalbe. Everyday is a blessing and is precious and you should treat it as such. The text books will say six months or less but it is usually a lot less. Some patients will last a few days and others will take a few weeks depending on their overall strength. They are only traveling the path we all will soon follow. ...Read more

21

21
Does apricot seeds help in controlling cancer? If yes, what kind of apricot seeds should be taken? Asking this to help my mom in stage 4 cancer.

Does apricot seeds help in controlling cancer? If yes, what kind of apricot seeds should be taken? Asking this to help my mom in stage 4 cancer.

No. I don't think so: I am sorry for your mom's condition. Unfortunately based on 200 references with 63 original articles and updates- the claims that laetrile or amygdalin have beneficial effects for cancer patients are not currently supported by sound clinical data. There is a considerable risk of serious adverse effects from cyanide poisoning after laetrile or amygdalin, especially after oral ingestion. ...Read more

22

22
Is it possible for organs just stop working with stage 4 cancer of bone and liver?

Yes: With widespread cancer that has spread to several parts of the body including liver and bones, one could have multi-organ failure leading to death. ...Read more

24

24
My mum 67 was diagnosed with metastatic caecal adenocarcinoma, aggressive stage 4 cancer. She's on folfox. Life expectancy??

My mum 67 was diagnosed with metastatic caecal adenocarcinoma, aggressive stage 4 cancer. She's on folfox. Life expectancy??

Varies from months/y: The overall survival of stage 4 colon cancer varies from 1 to 3 years. Most patients have at least 2 years if their tumor responds to chemo. If you tumors regresses after chemo, it may even be surgically removable in which case long term survival (even a cure) can be possible. Ask more questions to your treating oncologist. ...Read more

25

25
My Dad originally had oesaphageal cancer, he received chemo before surgery but it didn't work. He now has stage 4 cancer in the lungs & major organs..

My Dad originally had oesaphageal cancer, he received chemo before surgery but it didn't work. He now has stage 4 cancer in the lungs & major organs..

Sounds like: A serious problem. Esophageal cancers have poor prognosis in general, because they are difficult to detect early and spread easily to adjacent and distant organs. ...Read more

27

27
If someone had stage 4 cancer and it spread to lungs and chest. Etc. Wouldn't a chest X-ray show something?

Depends: It would be great if the answer was a definitive yes. And, though the way you describe it, it seems likely, but it depends on the type of cancer, the extent of involvement, and the size of metastases. Also, if there are obscuring findings, like a diffuse pneumonia, it might be difficult to pick up on x-ray. ...Read more

28

28
What are options for patient with stage 4 cancer and a collapsed lung?

What are options for patient with stage 4 cancer and a collapsed lung?

Chest tube: I would consult with a thoracic surgeon regarding the collapsed lung. A small procedure could be performed to assist in inflating the lung, either by draining fluid or placing a chest tube. ...Read more

29

29
What are some choices for patient with stage 4 cancer and a collapsed lung?

What are some choices for patient with stage 4 cancer and a collapsed lung?

Depends: If the lung is collapsed due a tumor in a bronchus (e.g. Breathing tube) it can sometimes be opened up with a short course of external radiation therapy or with internal radiation and removal of some of the tumor through a long thin scope put down through the nose into the lungs. If it is collapsed due to fluid around the lung, sometimes draining it can help. ...Read more

30

30
What is the prognosis of stage 4 cancer non hodgkins lymphoma b cell with walderstoms IgM protein 4000?

What is the prognosis of stage 4 cancer non hodgkins lymphoma b cell with walderstoms IgM protein 4000?

Fairly good: We have good treatments for nonhodgkins lymphoma such that a fairly large proportion of patients are cured and can live a normal life. At least we can keep them alive for many years with the use of chemotherapy along with a biologic agent/immunotherapy drug called rituximab. ...Read more

31

31
Mom has late stage 4 cancer. Lung camcer that went to bones. What symptoms can I look for to indicate when the end is drawing near? Does pain go away?

Depends: There may be a variety of symptoms, ranging from bone pain to fatigue to difficulty breathing. Consider seeing a palliative care specialist or enrolling in hospice. Aggressive symptom control (including pain control) will help her make the most of her symptoms, plus will help out with the support needed by you and your loved ones. ...Read more

32

32
Please help. Stage 4 cancer and 1st chemotherapy session delayed 2 weeks due to medical oncologist moving to a new nearby office location. Acceptable?

Depends on Ca: A number of different malignancies defined as stage IV when mets noted. Depending on the virulence of the cancer the initiation of treatment will be more or less effective in obtaining a response. Colon or breast cancer delay in treatment by 2 wks will play a minor role in response or survival. Metastatic pancreatic cancer or tumor metastatic to brain require a more intense and rapid initiation ...Read more

33

33
92 year old woman who had adenocarcinoma 20 years ago and top lobe of lung was removed has now been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer large mass in righ u?

Make her comfortable: Although age is no exception to treatment, physicians will ask the 92 patient (if mental status is altered will proceed as directed in the heath care proxy) in the end stage cancer, usually referred to hospice. ...Read more

36

36
My mom is 86 years old. We were just informed she has stage 4 cancer. 1 inch tumor on outside of liver and 1 inch Tumlr on inside of liver Lung meta?

What is your questio: Her oncologist can guide you about further treatment or guide you for palliative care. What did her doctor advice you to do??? Let us know and we can give you some more suggestions about how to manage this Cancer. What is the source/original Primary tumor in her case?? ...Read more

37

37
Stage 4 cancer that has mets to brain, lungs, adrenal gland and now liver, cause bowels to shut down? If so what are the signs that it is happening?

Stage 4 cancer that has mets to brain, lungs, adrenal gland and now liver, cause bowels to shut down? If so what are the signs that it is happening?

It depends on so man: Bowel obstruction can occur in any advanced abdominal cancer. If the bowels are compromised by tumor they can close/obstruct. It is not difficult to tell when that happens because no food will pass through them. As a result patients become constipated/obstipated and have increasing pain in the abdomen and are unable to eat and drink due to persistent nausea and vomiting. The belly swells up also. ...Read more

38

38
My brother in law has stage 4 cancer spread from nose to throat and neck, but not any futher has had chemo and radiotherpy (6 weeks), if cured what chances of coming back, at this is stage what percentage does cure it if any?

My brother in law has stage 4 cancer spread from nose to throat and neck, but not any futher has had chemo and radiotherpy (6 weeks), if cured what chances of coming back, at this is stage what percentage does cure it if any?

Need more info: Even with stage 4 head and neck cancers, some patient do survive. Survival depends in part on the site of origin. For nasopharynx cancers, the seer data (from the national cancer institute) show 37% of patients still alive 10 years after diagnosis. Other sites of origin are better, or worse, than that number. These data are for patients diagnosed between 1988 and 2001. 2012 data may be better. ...Read more

39

39
Birth control pills heighten the chances of liver cancer? A friend is in stage 4 cancer, the doctor blames bc pills. This worries me bc I am on bc

Birth control pills heighten the chances of liver cancer? A friend is in stage 4 cancer, the doctor blames bc pills. This worries me bc I am on bc

Possible low risk: Contraceptives are known to cause benign ' adenomas ' which may can cause liver bleeding. There may be slight increase of incidence of liver cancer for those who are on contraceptives for 5 or more yeas. Estrogens known to inhibit bilirubin and bile acid production which may be the cause. If you are concerned see your doctor for other alternative method of birth control. ...Read more

40

40
My mom has stage 4 metastatic cancer of lungs, but primary is unknown. Her gallbladder mass, ca is 19.9 which is high but her liver is alright. She got a CT scan done three months ago and her gallbladder seemed fine. Could it be gallbladder cancer?

My mom has stage 4 metastatic cancer of lungs, but primary is unknown. Her gallbladder mass, ca is 19.9 which is high but her liver is alright. She got a CT scan done three months ago and her gallbladder seemed fine. Could it be gallbladder cancer?

Gb unlikely: Your mother has stage IV cancer with mets to lung. I am sorry. If a ct showed the gallbladder normal 3 months ago then it is unlikely. Knowing if it is adenocarcinoma or squamous may help. But focusing on the forward progress and implementing a plan she wants is the most important thing. A supportive family and a clear goal. Hope this helps. ...Read more