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Doctor insights on: How Many People Are Affected By Lung Cancer A Year

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Father diagnosed w/ stage IV lung cancer a year ago has responded well to chemo until recently. Now his white blood count at 58, 000. What to expect?

Father diagnosed w/ stage IV lung cancer a year ago has responded well to chemo until recently.  Now his white blood count at 58, 000.  What to expect?

Discuss with oncolog: We can not answer this question as we do not have enough information to advice you.I suggest you discuss this with his oncologist why his white blood count is 58000. ...Read more

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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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Might it be that a a 20 or 25- year old get lung cancer?

Might it be that a a 20 or 25- year old get lung cancer?

Yes: "from 2006-2010, the median age at death for cancer of the lung and bronchus was 72 years of age. Approximately 0.0% died under age 20; 0.1% between 20 and 34; 1.1% between 35 and 44; 7.8% between 45 and 54; 19.6% between 55 and 64; 30.5% between 65 and 74; 30.1% between 75 and 84; and 10.8% 85+ years of age" http://goo.Gl/5mixx. ...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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Is it possible for a 16-year-old to have lung cancer?

I have seen one case: In 35 years of practice focused on lung cancer, so it is very rare. We call cancers from their source of origin because it helps us decide how to manage the problem and what the outlook is. A "lung cancer" in an adolescent would be so outside the norm, we would not have those answers. One must be sure it is not lymphoma, germ cell tumor, or metastasis from another place. ...Read more

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63 year old man, liver, lymfnodes and lung cancer. What are chances for survival?

63 year old man, liver, lymfnodes and lung cancer. What are chances for survival?

Can you clarify?: If lung cancer has spread to remote lymph nodes or to the liver, there won't be a cure, but the quality of life can be maintained for months or perhaps years. If these are separate cancers, arising independently, cure is unlikely but not out of the question. ...Read more

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With regards to lung cancer, what do they mean by a 5 year survival rate?

Alive after 5 years: Refers to the percentage of a population of patients with lung cancer that are still living five years from the time the statement is made. Therefore this is an average. Some patients live longer and some less. ...Read more

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What are the chances of a sixteen year old boy with lung cancer pulling through?

What are the chances of a sixteen year old boy with lung cancer pulling through?

It depends: If this is a primary lung cancer, meaning it started in the lung, it depends on the stage and type of cancer. Early (stage 1) lung cancers can be cured with surgery. At 16, a primary lung cancer would be extremely rare; a metastatic cancer (from a cancer that started somewhere else) is more likely. Some of these can be cured (testis cancer in particular), but i'm sorry to tell you most cannot. ...Read more

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Should i be concerned if my 83 year old granmother was just diagnosed with lung cancer.?

Should i be concerned if my 83 year old granmother was just diagnosed with lung cancer.?

Yes: I'm sure you've had her to her physician he's the one who can give you the answers you ask based on his findings 7 how extensive the disease is/. ...Read more

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My friend is getting weaker with lung cancer. Do most lung cancer patients die before a year?

My friend is getting weaker with lung cancer. Do most lung cancer patients die before a year?

Depends: The prognosis will depend on the stage and the type/ biology of the lung cancer. The type of treatments, the response to the treatments as well as patient's overall condition prior to the treatment started are also important factors. Depending to the above factors- patients with lung cancers can live from only a few /several months to several years or can be cured in the very early stage. ...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)

From national cancer institute: "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 non-small cell lung cancer. These types are diagnosed based on how the cells ...Read more