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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?

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?

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. 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

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

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. Pamela Pappas
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Stage 4 lung cancer how long until death?

Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Stage 4 lung cancer how long until death?

Deep question: I am sorry to hear of your illness. This is a question best posed to the doctor who knows you and your entire case. S/he has been following you, and will be able to discuss the process with you. Even so, s/he will not be able to give you an exact time, and you may also rebound at least temporarily from what seems like worsening symptoms. Please know there is help at all stages of illness. ...Read more

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Dr. Creighton Wright
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How long will you have with stage 4 lung cancer?

Dr. Creighton Wright
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How long will you have with stage 4 lung cancer?

Limited: Depends on cell type, location, metastases to be a bit more accurate. Small cell generaly 12 months or so.. Others longer depending on responses to therapy. ...Read more

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Dr. Creighton Wright
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How long can someone survive with stage 4 lung cancer?

Dr. Creighton Wright
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How long can someone survive with stage 4 lung cancer?

Limited: What type? Small cell briefly nsclc depends on location and metastasis! metastatic to lung from other organs may respond to removal responses to chemo&/ radiation are also variable stage 4 is not removable, so limited survival is the usual. ...Read more

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Dr. Le Wang
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Stage 4 lung cancer how long can leave without threatment?

Dr. Le Wang
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Stage 4 lung cancer how long can leave without threatment?

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

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Dr. Addagada Rao
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How long can a stage 4 lung cancer patient survive?

Dr. Addagada Rao
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How long can a stage 4 lung cancer patient survive?

Poor prognosis: Unfortunately stage IV lung cancer has poor prognosis over all survival rate of less than 10% most of them survive less than 13 months. ...Read more

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Dr. Creighton Wright
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How long can a stage 4 lung cancer patient survive?

Dr. Creighton Wright
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How long can a stage 4 lung cancer patient survive?

Limited: Personal, risk factors and cancer stage. If stage 4 with distant metastasis, then with best care 2-5 years is possible. ...Read more

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Dr. Stephen Chinn
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Stage 4 lung cancer, given 12 months 18 months ago, lost heaps of weight, now large mass in kidneys, need to know how long left to take kids 4 l visit?

Dr. Stephen Chinn
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Stage 4 lung cancer, given 12 months 18 months ago, lost heaps of weight, now large mass in kidneys, need to know how long left to take kids 4 l visit?

Not much longer: It is always difficult (nearly impossible) to predict the inevitable: you should go now and spend as much time together as possible (for as long as possible). ...Read more

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Dr. Tariq Niazi
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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. ?

Dr. Tariq Niazi
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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

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Lung cancer is a medical condition caused by the over proliferation of certain types of abnormal cells found in the lung. Symptoms include shortness of breath, cough, sputum with blood, hoarse ...Read more


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