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How do you cure small cell lung cancer?

How do you cure small cell lung cancer?

Rarely is cured.: It depends on the stage and if the cancer has spread. Small cell lung carcinoma is usually treated with chemotherapy and radiation. It is one of the most aggressive subtypes of lung cancer. Definitely consult with an oncologist, but patients with small cell should weigh the benefits of participating in treatment offered in clinical trials at university centers. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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How can non small cell carcinoma lung cancer get created?

How can  non small cell carcinoma lung cancer get created?

Non small cell lung : If possible, surgical resection is the first choice. This depends on how widely spread, ir at all, the cancer is. Second choices in therapy include radiation, chemotherapy, or cyber knife. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about the difference in small cell lung cancer and non-small cell lung cancer?

Can you tell me about the difference in small cell lung cancer and non-small cell lung cancer?

Treated differently: Non small cell cancer refers to any lung cancer that is not small cell. Small cell lung cancer is a subset of all lung cancer that is typically very responsive to chemotherapy, so it is important to know the type of lung cancer to determine the best treatment. ...Read more

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What can you do to treat small cell lung cancer?

What can you do to treat small cell lung cancer?

Non surgical: Once cell type determined, surgery is not usual. Chemo/ radiation as to location etc. ...Read more

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How come non-small lung cancer not called large cell lung cancer?

How come non-small lung cancer not called large cell lung cancer?

Sub type: Large cell lung cancer is actually a subset of non small cell lung cancer, which behaves much more like small cell cancer than like other forms of non small cell cancer. I am sorry that the terminology is so confusing. , . ...Read more

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How does non small cell carcinoma lung cancer get treated?

Multiple ways: Non-small cell cancers are a heterogenous group, with the two common types being squamous cell and adeno carcinomas. These are usually treated, depending on the stage and type, with surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. ...Read more

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Can any doc tell me what's the difference in small cell lung cancer and non-small cell lung cancer?

Can any doc tell me what's the difference in small cell lung cancer and non-small cell lung cancer?

Cells and treatment.: The cell types and treatment is the biggest issues. Non small cell are adeno, large and squamous cell types. Each have an association with smoking but not always. Treatment is the same. First if possible resection +/- chemo/radiation. Cure can be resection. Small cell=smoking. Can be limitted or extensive. Responds well to chemo. Grows faster, mostly treatable not cureable. Need to talk to ur md! ...Read more

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How to avoid contracting lung cancer?

How to avoid contracting lung cancer?

Don't smoke!: Smoking is still primary cause of many lung cancers. Avoiding breathing in fumes from chemicals, cleaners, asbestos, and building materials is important as well. There are other hazardous exposures not in the work setting, such as radon, a colorless, odorless gas that comes out of the ground. Home test kits for radon are easily available. Lastly, don't ignore trouble - see a doctor if concern! ...Read more

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How is ecog ps2 related to small cell lung cancer?

How is ecog ps2 related to small cell lung cancer?

Not directly: Ecog ps (performance status) refers to the functional status of patients with cancer (any type, not just small cell). Ps 2 describes pts that " are ambulatory and capable of all selfcare but unable to carry out any work activities. Up and about more than 50% of waking hours" ps scores are used to decide how intense of treatment cancer patients should undergo. ...Read more

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What is the difference between small cell lung cancer and non-small cell lung cancer?

What is the difference between small cell lung cancer and non-small cell lung cancer?

Different cell types: lsmall cell cancer of the ung is a neuroendocrine tumor responding to chemo such as the adriamycins (doxorubicin). Non small cell cancer represents the adenocarcinomas and squamous cell cancers requiring a different groujp of drugs that usually include the platinums and the newer monoclonal antibodies. ...Read more

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What can be done for small cell lung cancer?

What can be done for small cell lung cancer?

Chemotherapy: Small cell lung cancer is a neuroendocrine carcinoma that shows some response to specialized chemotherapy, although this tumor type tends to follow a fairly aggressive clinical course. ...Read more

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Can a cyberknife be used to treat limited small cell lung cancer?

There is no: Cogent role for cyberknife in sclc and it would be a misuse of that expensive technology. Chemotherapy is the standard for limited or extensive disease, thoracic radiotherapy with linac is standard in disease confined to chest. All those warrant preventitive radiotherapy to the brain if the chest responds. ...Read more

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Has small cell lung cancer in left lung want to give radiation and remove it?

Complex: Looks like she has small and non small cell cancer (one on each lung). I would assume they want to radiate the sc first and operate the nsc later. Aggressive but if the patient is in good health and neither cancer has spread, can't see why not. I wonder if the oncologist has considered adding chemo to the radiation for the sc. I would guess he/she did and may have a good reason not to use it. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about the best small cell lung cancer treatment nowadays?

Can you tell me about the best small cell lung cancer treatment nowadays?

See below: Treatment of small cell lung cancer depends on the stage. If it is limited stage the treatments involve chemotherapy along with radiation and if it is extensive stage then chemotherapy is the main stay of treatment (though in some situations palliative radiation can be considered). ...Read more

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What is the survival rate for someone with small cell lung cancer?

Very rare : Of all the people diagnosed with small cell lung cancer, around 1 in 3 have limited disease at the time of diagnosis. With treatment about 25 out of every 100 people (25%) will live for at least 2 years. ...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 responsive to?Chemotherapy? Is small cell lung cancer?

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How responsive to?Chemotherapy? Is small cell lung cancer?

Very responsive: Small cell lung cancer in general is very responsive to chemotherapy as well as to radiation therapy. However, the problem is that the risk for recurrence is very high. ...Read more

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Can small cell cancer recur?

Yes: Short answer: yes. Small cell lung cancer is staged as either limited stage (fits within a radiation field for treatment) or extensive stage. It tends to respond well to treatment, but recur. ...Read more

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What's the prognosis for non small cell lung cancer ?

5yr suvival bystage : Ia = 49% ib = 45% iia = 30% iib = 31% iiia = 14% iiib = 5% iv = 1% http://www.Cancer.Org/cancer/lungcancer-non-smallcell/detailedguide/non-small-cell-lung-cancer-survival-rates. ...Read more

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Dr. David Cooke
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Lung Cancer (Definition)

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