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How long do people with brain cancer survive?

How long do people with brain cancer survive?

Variable: Different types of brain cancers proceed at different rates. Some may last years, others may kill in months. ...Read more

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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


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How long do people usually live with untreated breast cancer?

How long do people usually live with untreated breast cancer?

Variable: This is highly dependent on the cancer type and stage of presentation. Some aggressive forms of cancer may take over vital organs within months; other breast cancers may rarely spread to other organs and may be indolent for years and years. What remains true is that there is no benefit of "watchful waiting" when it comes to breast cancer: all else being equal, early diagnosis can save lives. ...Read more

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How long do you usually live with heart cancer?

How long do you usually live with heart cancer?

Not long: True "heart cancer" is very rare. It is also called myocardial sarcoma. If it can be removed completely, it can be cured. However, it's often not possible to remove it, and in most cases it has already spread. It that's the case, it usually grows quickly. Chemotherapy is not helpful. Most people die within 6 months. I'm sorry to give you such bad news, but it's only fair for you to know. ...Read more

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How much time can someone with terminal lung cancer live?

How much time can someone with terminal lung cancer live?

It varies: It would depend on where it has spread and what kind it is. Also, the patients nutrition would factor in also. Remember, it is not how far your are from the beginning; it is the distance from the end; and no one knows that. That is true for anyone in good health or with terminal lung cancer. Make the best of whatever time that is left. ...Read more

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How long would someone with lung cancer typically live?

How long would someone with lung cancer typically live?

Depends : On response to treatment; survival statistics are good for population but may not be reflective of how a patient responds- can be more or less. ...Read more

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How long can someone live of they have liver cancer?

How long can someone live of they have liver cancer?

Depends on factors: There are a several factors which contribute to survival rate in all cancers, including liver cancer. Is it metastatic or primary? What is the general health of the patient? Does it involve regional blood vessels? What is the tumor type? So, seek the advice of a trained liver surgeon and an oncologist, and be your best advocate. Good luck. ...Read more

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How long can someone expect to live with emphysema lung disease without treatment?

How long can someone expect to live with emphysema lung disease without treatment?

Depends on how bad: That depends a lot on how severe the emphysema is, whether you are still smoking, whether you have symptoms of shortness of breath or coughing or wheezing, etc. Some people do just fine without treatment. Others, depending on the above factors, definitely need treatment. There are great treatments for emphysema, and they can help you feel better and breathe better. ...Read more

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On average, how long do people with pancreatic cancer live?

On average, how long do people with pancreatic cancer live?

Survival by Stage: Stage 5-year relative survival stage ia: 37% stage ib 21% stage iia 12% stage iib 6% stage iii 2% stage iv 1%. ...Read more

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How long do people usually live with breast cancer before they die?

How long do people usually live with breast cancer before they die?

Depends: This depends on the health of the patient before the diagnosis and also the stage of the disease. ...Read more

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How long could someone live with heart cancer?

How long could someone live with heart cancer?

Cardiac cancer: Carcinoma involving the heart is generally not survived for long. Malignant pericardial effusion or around the heart usually has survival under 6months. Cancers actually growing in the heart usually at least that short, it isn't a good situation. ...Read more

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How long can a smoker live with lung cancer?

How long can a smoker live with lung cancer?

See a doctor: If you have lung cancer you should see a board certified thoracic surgeon and/or medical oncologist to discuss therapeutic options based on the clinical stage of the cancer. ...Read more

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How long can I live with colon cancer?

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Depends on stage etc: Will depend on the stage, age, respond to therapy, other biomarkers /prognostic markers/ biology of the cancer, your overall condition etc. According to the seer- 5 year survival rate for localized (confined to primary site) is 89.9%; with regional (spread to regional lymph nodes) - is about 69.6% and with distant (cancer has metastasized) is about11.9%. Discuss in detail with oncologist. ...Read more

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How long can you live with untreated colon cancer? How do you die?

How long can you live with untreated colon cancer? How do you die?

Why?: The answer depends on the type of tumor, stage at which it is present and whether there are metastases. Why wait to see how long you will live? Go get yourself examined properly. If it is early and still left untreated one can live for years or if advanced may only have survival in terms of months. Early diagnosis and treatment is best! ...Read more

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How long do lung cancer patients survive if left untreated?

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Depends: Depending on the stage and over all condition. It can range frim few weeks to many months. ...Read more

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How long do people live after lung transplant surgery?

How long do people live after lung transplant surgery?

It varies: It is too variable to answer accurately; my patient with a combined heart lung transplant is over 14 years and he is still going strong. ...Read more

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How long can people with cervix cancer live?

How long can people with cervix cancer live?

Depends: A person can live a normal life with properly treated early cervical cancer. Beyond that it depends on the stage of the tumor when first diagnosed and the treatment given. ...Read more

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How long to people live with liver transplants?

How long to people live with liver transplants?

Unknown: The unfortunate but fundamental truth while dealing with this question is that there is no final and definitive answer. This unavailability of an answer can be attributed to a variety of factors. One of them being that the whole phenomenon of liver transplantation is too recent an endeavor in medical science and hence, research and studies are still being held to understand the possible life expec. ...Read more

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How long can you live with adrenal cancer?

How long can you live with adrenal cancer?

Tough disease: Adrenal cancer tends to be an aggressive type. Additionally, unlike breast & colon cancer, there aren't many effective drugs to treat it. Consequently, the survival for patients with adrenal cancer tends to be rather low. That being said, there are rare cases that can be completely removed with surgery and controlled for many years. ...Read more

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How long you live with stage4 cancer?

How long you live with stage4 cancer?

Stage 4 : Life expectancy depends mainly on the type of tumor, plus many other factors. Age, physical health, medications, other underlying medical conditions, performance status are just to name a few. There is no fixed number, just an estimate. Depending on the patient and all the factors summed up above, that number can vary from a few weeks to as long as 5 years. ...Read more

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How long have people known about lung cancer?

How long have people known about lung cancer?

Since before 1900: Before the 1900s lung cancer was known about but extremely rare. In the early 1900 as tobacco smoking became more common, so did lung cancer. It was only after world war i (where soldiers were given cigarettes) when the link between cigarette smoking and the growing epidemic of lung cancer was made. ...Read more

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How long can a smoker live with lung cancer?

See a doctor: If you have lung cancer you should see a board certified thoracic surgeon and/or medical oncologist to discuss therapeutic options based on the clinical stage of the cancer. ...Read more

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How long does it take to develop lung cancer?

How long does it take to develop lung cancer?

Lag time: Only 15% of smokers get lung cancer. There is generally a 15-20 year lag time between smoking and lung cancer development. Some never smokers are genetically predispositioned to lung cancer, and may develop lung cancer at a early age. ...Read more

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How long have people known about lung cancer?

Since before 1900: Before the 1900s lung cancer was known about but extremely rare. In the early 1900 as tobacco smoking became more common, so did lung cancer. It was only after world war i (where soldiers were given cigarettes) when the link between cigarette smoking and the growing epidemic of lung cancer was made. ...Read more

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How long would someone with lung cancer typically live?

Depends : On response to treatment; survival statistics are good for population but may not be reflective of how a patient responds- can be more or less. ...Read more

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43 year old woman lung cancer, how long do I have to live?

43 year old woman lung cancer, how long do I have to live?

Treatment options: are getting better , sorry for the news . You have to be strong look for all the options fight it , depending on the stage , type of the tumors , you can be a winner . If you follow the recommendation of your oncologist , if needed take a second opinion . Good Luck ...Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for to die from lung cancer?

Please tell me how long it takes for to die from lung cancer?

See below: Lots of factors influence survival; stage of the cancer and molecular characteristics. When caught early can be cured. ...Read more

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Once it starts, how long does it take for lung cancer to grow?

Once it starts, how long does it take for lung cancer to grow?

Depends: There ars several different cancerous cell types. Some are fast growing and aggressive, while others are slow growing and less aggressive. There are widespread facts on each type available, but a diagnosis from biopsy is needed to answer your question accurately! ...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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How long is it supposed to it take a person to die from lung cancer?

Variable: There are different cell types and growth rates( called doubling times)! the small cell, undifferentiated as an example is very fast and most folks die within a year(?Or 2). Some of the squamous cancers are slower and may be quite large and asymptomatic even when large. Very variable depending on type, size, location, stage and response to treatments. ...Read more

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How long from the time symptoms occur does it become obvious someone has lung cancer?

How long from the time symptoms occur does it become obvious someone has lung cancer?

Very soon: With symptoms, history, physical, x-ray, ct scan and biopsy should follow quickly! while other conditions can mimic, biopsy, sputum cytology, and histologically confirmation make the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Hi I was wondering after how long u can get lung cancer lets say u snoke 15 smokes a day?

Hi I was wondering after how long u can get lung cancer lets say u snoke 15 smokes a day?

A half pack per day: Smoker is at high risk for developing many cancers and cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases. Many write on this forum about "how long" can I do tis, or "when" will it happen. It is expensive, dumb and risky to smoke, and a half pack is a lot. Stop now, if you can, and you may find it is already not in your control; it in fact controls you and you are a slave to nicotine. ...Read more

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Approximately how long does each stage of lung cancer last, to the best of your knowledge?

Approximately how long does each stage of lung cancer last, to the best of your knowledge?

There's no answer: Little precancers can sit and smolder for years, or seem to arise from previously-healthy areas overnight. We essentially never see "stage 1 oat-cell carcinoma of the lung", so this stage of this cancer must not last very long. And some slow-growing cancers allow people to survive for years with known stage 4. Lung cancre itself is a few dozen different diseases, each with its own quirks. ...Read more

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We just got the new my brother has lung cancer , and he has had it for 8 mos.Now how long does he have?

Depends: This is a very broad question. Depends what kind of cancer he has - small-cell or non-small-cell, and what stage it is, mainly whether it has spread or not. Go to www.Uptodate.Com. Good luck! ...Read more

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What to do if I am experiencing some symptoms and want to know if this is possible lung cancer or is that a long shot?

See physician: If symptoms are worrisome you should consult physician for physical examination, history, and possibly blood and imaging testing. ...Read more

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I am just curious about what are the first symptoms of lung cancer, how long does it take a smoker to get it and what is the average age of diagnosis?

Often asymptomatic.: This is often asymptomatic with about 5-15% detected from symptoms. Pesistent cough is the usual presenting sign, with hemoptysis, wheeze, dyspnea or difficulty breathing, depending on its site. Hoarseness, and respiratory failure can mean spread beyond the lungs. This occurs most at 55-65 years and since smoking is the most common cause, it likely takes from its start so don't start smoking. ...Read more

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Is there an age at which lung cancer is no longer curable?

Is there an age at which lung cancer is no longer curable?

It's not age that is: The barrier, it is ability to endure treatment and willingnes to undergo the trials and tribulation it offers. Older folks need to neither be forced nor denied treatment based on age alone. ...Read more

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Lung cancer stage 4 + how long to live?

Lung cancer stage 4 + how long to live?

Lung cancer: Unfortunately, stage 4 lung cancer is almost always fatal. The average survival of people with stage 4 lung cancer who undergo chemotherapy is about a year. Some people live much longer than a year, but only rarely will someone live more than 3-5 years. Discuss your particular situation with your oncologist. ...Read more

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Stage 4 lung cancer how long until death?

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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How long would lung cancer take to kill you?

How long would lung cancer take to kill you?

Variable: There are different cell types and growth rates( called doubling times)! the small cell, undifferentiated as an example is very fast and most folks die within a year(?Or 2). Some of the squamous cancers are slower and may be quite large and asymptomatic even when large. ...Read more

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How long will you have with stage 4 lung cancer?

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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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


Dr. David Cooke
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Lung Cancer (Definition)

Cancer that forms in tissues of the lung, usually in the cells ...Read more