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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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?

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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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 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 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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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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What is the best way to take care of small cell carncinoma lung cancer?

What is the best way to take care of small cell carncinoma lung cancer?

Chemo: If you mean how to best treat small cell lung cancer, depends on the stage. Most patients will get either chemo with chest radiation (limited) or chemo only (advanced). Small cell responds well to chemo as a rule but almost invariably relapses. In rare cases, a patient will have a nodule that after surgery is found to be small cell. Those folks will probably do the best if treated aggressively. ...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?

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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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 on 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

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