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

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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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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How to treat lung cancer?

How to treat lung cancer?

Depends: Surgery if the best option if it can be removed. Chemotherapy and radiation are also commonly used. Best option is to be evaluated by an oncologist and thoracic surgeon/ pulmonologist to direct best treatment strategy. ...Read more

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If I develop non-small cell lung cancer, how will it be treated?

If I develop non-small cell lung cancer, how will it be treated?

Depends on the stage: Once diagnosed you will need to be staged to evaluate for resection. In general patients with early stage lung cancer ( i or ii ), who are healthy enough , should be treated with surgery to remove the cancer. In the more advanced stages (iii or iv) , surgery by itself is usually not curative, and other treatments like chemotherapy and radiation therapy are required. ...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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How fast does cachexia in someone with non small cell lung cancer advance to refractory stage and can it be reversed ?

How fast does cachexia in someone with non small cell lung cancer advance to refractory stage and can it be reversed ?

Treatment of cancer: Reversal of cachexia depends on successful treatment of the cancer. The rate of progression, if the cancer is not curable, is not predictable. If the cancer is not curable you may wish to seek palliative and/or hospice care for the patient. ...Read more

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How likely is it that small cell lung cancer will return?

How likely is it that small cell lung cancer will return?

Quite likely: Quite likely, unfortunately. Small cell lung cancer is considered spread at the time of diagnosis, that is why surgery is usually not an option. Some patients may have a complete remission with treatment, but in most cases it returns. ...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 to treat a slow-growing, malignant, pancreatic tumor?

How to treat a slow-growing, malignant, pancreatic tumor?

Depends: The type of cancer in the pancreas will dictate the types of treatments available and the outcomes. Cystic neoplasms of the pancreas and neuroendocrine tumors are considered slow growing. If all disease can be removed, surgery is the best option. ...Read more

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How quickly can lung cancer spread?

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

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How much time is the life expectancy for someone with type 3b small cell lung cancer?

Stage III B: It's unpredictable and depends on your response to treatment. You may have a few good years ahead of you. Cherish whatever you get. ...Read more

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Why dont lung cancer patients usually get lung transplants? Wouldnt this be better than chemo or radiation to get rid of the cancer lung?

Lung cancer spreads: Transplants are only useful if we can first eradicate the cancer, which is not possible in the case of Lung cancer. Further there is reduced immunity following transplants which encourages the cancer to grow faster and spread as the immune system is what keeps the Cancer under check for most of the time. ...Read more

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Can anyone give me some information and a prognosis about small cell lung cancer and how to treat it?

Can anyone give me some information and a prognosis about small cell lung cancer and how to treat it?

Limited: If lucky, small lesion, no metastasis, peripheral in lung, found early by accident! and removed thoroughly. If not prognosis is limited, usually 1-2 years max even with best care. ...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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How fast can squamous cell cancer of the bladder grow?

How fast can squamous cell cancer of the bladder grow?

Squamous bladder ca: It is a rare tumor about 5 % of all bladder tumors, majority are transitional cell type (tcc). It is associated with stones, diverticula in bladder and schistosomiasis a bladder infection seen in middle east and egypt. Primary treatment modality is surgery and sometimes radiation. Usually it is advanced stage or locally advanced when initially diagnosed. Growth rate is variable usually fast. ...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?

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

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