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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 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

Dr. Barry Rosen
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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 can it take for lung cancer to kill you without chemo?

How long can it take for lung cancer to kill you without chemo?

Depends: It depends on the stage of the disease the survival for stage 4 limited. ...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 an early age. ...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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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?

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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On average, how long does it take a patient to recover from lung cancer?

On average, how long does it take a patient to recover from lung cancer?

4-6 weeks: From lung cancer surgery 4-6 weeks. You may need more time if you need further treatment with chemotherapy and or radiation treatment. ...Read more

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How long does it take before cigarette smoking to give you lung cancer?

How long does it take before cigarette smoking to give you lung cancer?

Wish we knew: The medical community wishes we knew the answer to this question. It's not as simple as #of years smoking=risk of cancer. There are other factors related to contracting cancer — genetic disposition and other "triggers". If you're currently smoking, the sooner you quit — the better! That we know for sure. Good luck! ...Read more

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If untreated how long does it take stage 1 lung cancer togetbto stage 4?

If untreated how long does it take stage 1 lung cancer togetbto stage 4?

Variable: Depends on cell type, location, and other risk factors.
Small cell cancer is fast and less than a year.
Some slow squamous may be years. ...Read more

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How long does it take someone to recover from lung cancer surgery and bio-lung insertion?

How long does it take someone to recover from lung cancer surgery and bio-lung insertion?

Ask your doctor: What you are asking about, specifically bio lung insertion, is not common medical practice. This must be part of an investigational research. Extensive disclosure is common in these situations. If you are having difficulties communicating with your doctor, a research coordinator should be available to you. ...Read more

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Approximately how long does it take to develop lung cancer from smoking cigarrettes? Do electronic cigarrettes actually help a person quit smoking?

Approximately how long does it take to develop lung cancer from smoking cigarrettes? Do electronic cigarrettes actually help a person quit smoking?

Why take a chance?: Cigarettes cause more than 90% of lung cancers, and more than 90% of many other cancers. Having said that, you can smoke all your life and never get cancer; you can also get lung cancer if you have never smoked a cigarette in your life. Smoking is like playing russian roulette. Electronic cigarettes help you quit, only if you are serious about quitting. ...Read more

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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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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 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 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 squamous cancers are slower and may be quite large and asymptomatic
even when large. ...Read more

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How long oy a surgery to take a lung out with lung cancer?

How long oy a surgery to take a lung out with lung cancer?

Depends: The surgery would depend on several individual factors. Anatomy and tumor location can significantly alter the difficulty of the surgery. ...Read more

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About how long do lung cancer symptoms take to take effect?

About how long do lung cancer symptoms take to take effect?

Varieties: Small cell is worst or fastest.
Other cel types may be slow — out to years. ...Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for to get to stage IV lung cancer?

Please tell me how long it takes for to get to stage IV lung cancer?

Varies: Type of lung cancer:
squamous is slow
adeno can be variable
small cell is quick

May not be found until already stageiv since they are frequently asymptomatic until late. ...Read more

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From your experience How long could a person live with lung cancer that has spread into the airways? Also, has lymphnode cancer.

From your experience How long could a person live with lung cancer that has spread into the airways? Also, has lymphnode cancer.

It varies: Lung cancer does not spread to the airways, it begins there. The range of likely life span -- or the possibility of a cure -- depends on the specific type of lung cancer. There are at least a dozen common subtypes and genetic variants. Get the facts, and then be strong and discerning. ...Read more

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Is lung cancer common in teens either smoking or not? How long will it typically take for risk to drop sustantially after 2 years ocasional smoking

Is lung cancer common in teens either smoking or not? How long will it typically take for risk to drop sustantially after 2 years ocasional smoking

Not common: Lung cancer is not common at all in teens. Really pretty much no cancer is common in teens- cancer risk overall increases with age. There is no such thing as a safe amount of smoking, and tobacco use in general accounts for about 30% of all cancer deaths. Risk returns towards normal with cessation of smoking, but it's not a valid strategy to plan on quitting smoking later. Now is the time. ...Read more

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How long can someone with lung cancer survive? If it's spread from bone cancer?

How long can someone with lung cancer survive? If it's spread from bone cancer?

Lung cancer: Usually ther is no five-year survivors. The actual time depends on the type of cancer and health status of the patient. ...Read more

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Generally, how long would stage II lung cancer take to metastasize in a 70-year-old woman?

No telling: You are asking how long it will take metastases to appear if you were diagnosed with stage ii and treated with the hope of cure. I can tell you that if you are disease-free in 5 years, you probably have a cure. I am also assuming this is non-small-cell carcinoma. I hope that rather than calculate odds, you will cherish each day, and resolve to live fully whether you have much or little time. ...Read more

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How long will it take for my skin and hair to go back to normal after radiation and chemo for lung cancer?

How long will it take for my skin and hair to go back to normal after radiation and chemo for lung cancer?

Weeks to Months: If the skin had a sunburn effect it take a few weeks after radiation to get back to normal. Hair takes longer with chemotherapy. When I see patients at the first follow up check at about 4 months there is hair beginning to grow about a 1/4 to 1/2 inch. It can also come back in different texture curly or straight opposite of what it was. Radiation to the head along with chemo slows it even more. ...Read more

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My dad has stage 4 lung cancer spread from one lung to two, also spread to bones, prognosis poor. Aprox long does he have to live? Thanks.

My dad has stage 4 lung cancer spread from one lung to two, also spread to bones, prognosis poor. Aprox long does he have to live? Thanks.

Stage 4 lung cancer: If he is not on any treatment, not very long, measured in weeks to months. If he is already on treatment, how long depends on whether he had any response to a treatment. If the chemo gave him some relief for 6 months or more, then that is better than if he received chemo and relapsed in less than 2 months. ...Read more

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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?

Cancer prognosis: Sorry to hear about the grim diagnosis. It's impossible to tell exactly high much longer without knowing the functional status of the person. 6 months is generic survival span in most cases, but it can be more or less than that depending on the aggressiveness of the cancer, etc. ...Read more

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Lung cancer has spread not to the brain but the bones actually, how long to live or what's the survival rate if I go through chemo?

Lung cancer has spread not to the brain but the bones actually, how long to live or what's the survival rate if I go through chemo?

Depends on a number : Of factors. Discuss with your team of docs (orthopod, oncologist, pcp & any other specialitist that you may need). Chemo/radiation are generally best options, with some surgical procedure to stabilize a broken or a bone that is weakened (but not yet broken). The idea is to improve the quality of life for as long as possible. Survival is dependent on cancer type and its response to the meds. ...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 84 year old mother has lung cancer it has spread to brain, bones. How long should we expect her to live?

My 84 year old mother has lung cancer it has spread to brain, bones. How long should we expect her to live?

Few months: Depends on how extensive brain mets are. Rarely solitary metastasis patients survive longer, but generally brain mets portend poor prognosis measured in a few months. ...Read more

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My sister has Stage IV Lung Cancer that has spread to the bones, stomach lining, liver, aorta, stomach and elsewhere. How long will she last?

My sister has Stage IV Lung Cancer that has spread to the bones, stomach lining, liver, aorta, stomach and elsewhere. How long will she last?

Not too long: Sorry to say not too long but in my view life and death is not in our hand so we all should appreciate life and live as we are going to die tomorrow by enjoying everything in life and plan as if we are going to live for ever
as far your sister concern try to take advantage of the few time left and enjoy with her life as long as she still here with us ...Read more

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Can lung cancer spread in family?

Can lung cancer spread in family?

No: Individual entity. Not infection. Not communicable.

But with smoking, exposure, second hand smoke several family members can have cancer. ...Read more

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How quickly can lung cancer spread?

Depends: Depends on the type of lung cancer, the location, and the person's overall immune status. ...Read more

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 lining air passages. The two main types are small cell lung cancer and ...Read more