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My dad has stage 4 lung cancer with bone metastasis. Second line chemotherapy completed fully before 2 months. Now he has frequent cough and vomiting?

My dad has stage 4 lung cancer with bone metastasis. Second line chemotherapy completed fully before 2 months. Now he has frequent cough and vomiting?

Go to see onc: He needs to go to see his oncologist to see if his current symptom of progressive cough is related to progression of cancer- or it this is associated to something else. What type of lung cancer that your father has? If this is an adenocarcinoma of the lung maintenance therapy is something that should be considered following chemotherapy regimen. A ct scan is something he probably should get done. ...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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Is it normal to have chest pain, stomach pain, diarrhea, and vomiting while taking vibramycin (doxycycline)?

Is it normal to have chest pain, stomach pain, diarrhea, and vomiting while taking vibramycin (doxycycline)?

Yes : (: Sadly I think vibramycin (doxycycline) is particularly prone to this constellation of side-effects. I would stop taking them, see prescribing md and obtain alternative. ...Read more

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This is probably a common question but how do you know when the end is near when you have stage 4 non smoking lung cancer and Atrial fibrillation?

This is probably a common question but how do you know when the end is near when you have stage 4 non smoking lung cancer and Atrial fibrillation?

Be brave: There is no telling how long you have left. Death may come suddenly, or be preceded by increasing disability. What you must do is begin each day with gratitude for the wonderful gift of life. Be glad that there are people who love you, and that you can see something of the world's beauty. Even now, there's probably a lot of good in your life. Cherish every day. ...Read more

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I have stage IV lung cancer is it common to take chemo for 2 years?

I have stage IV lung cancer is it common to take chemo for 2 years?

Yes: Most patients with stage IV ling cancer, both small cell and non small cell, will be on chemotherapy for a long period of time. The regimens may change and be less intense with maintenance therapy. ...Read more

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When a person has lung cancer, are the symptoms before death vomiting blood?

When a person has lung cancer, are the symptoms before death vomiting blood?

No: Although coughing up blood (hemoptysis) can occur at any time with lung cancer it is usually not the leading symptom. Most people lose significant amounts of weight and may pass away from infection, sometimes they become increasingly short of breath or they may just fall asleep and not wake up. The way they pass is not important it is how they pass. It should be relatively pain and anxiety free. ...Read more

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My mom has been diagnosed with non small cell lung cancer. She has been vomiting everything she eats and cannot keep anything down. What is causing the vomiting?

My mom has been diagnosed with non small cell lung cancer. She has been vomiting everything she eats and cannot keep anything down. What is causing the vomiting?

Several reasons: Vomiting can occur due to several reasons
which may includes gastric outlet obstruction, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, viral infections, brain lesions etc.

Please talk your physician as this is a serious problem that needs to be addressed. ...Read more

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In second stage lung cancer is it important to first take medication for blood coughing and vomiting, before starting the actual therapy?

In second stage lung cancer is it important to first take medication for blood coughing and vomiting, before starting the actual therapy?

No 2 cases the same: In clinical stage ii non-small-cell cancer, the burning question may actually be "candidate for surgical cure". If you are vomiting at this stage, one burning question is possible brain metastases; if you have intractable bloody cough, we want to rule out a cancer-induced pneumonia. The decision to delay or proceed with chemotherapy is too tricky to be settled in 400 words. Good luck. ...Read more

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Family member has lung cancer vomitting green? What does that mean? At stage 3 possible 4?

Family member has lung cancer vomitting green? What does that mean? At stage 3 possible 4?

Can't say: One cannot determine the stage of cancer based on symptoms (such as vomiting). The scans (ct, mri) and biopsies help determine the stage ; grade of tumors. ...Read more

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With stage 4 lung cancer, what is the life expectancy?

With stage 4 lung cancer, what is the life expectancy?

Greatly depends: That depends on many factors: the type of cancer, how much it has spread, whether it is responsive to treatment, whether you have received treatment, etc. Etc. It is very difficult to make a prognostication about "life expectancy." stage 4 cancer, of whatever type, can be very difficult. It is important you get all the information you need that is accurate and helpful. ...Read more

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What is the stage 4 lung cancer average survival rate?

What is the stage 4 lung cancer average survival rate?

Survival: Only god knows how long we are going to live and when we are going to die. Having said that, at least based on studies we have on average - 15 months would be the average survival rate. It could be shorter or longer than that. With better understanding about the biology of the cancer and the use of newer biological agents in the appropriate case- survival would be longer hopefully. ...Read more

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What is life expectancy of extensive stage 4 lung cancer?

What is life expectancy of extensive stage 4 lung cancer?

Weeks to months: Extensively metastatic lung cancer is a very serious condition with a very grave prognosis. The life expectancy would be weeks to months, not likely years. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy of someone with stage 4 lung cancer?

What is the life expectancy of someone with stage 4 lung cancer?

Not good: Life expectancy with stage lung cancer is not good. The average is 5-6 months. With chemotherapy, the life expectancy is about a year. ...Read more

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What are some good suggestions for chemo with stage 4 lung cancer?

What are some good suggestions for chemo with stage 4 lung cancer?

It depends.: It depends on the cancer type. In small-cell lung carcinoma, Cisplatin and Etoposide are used. In advanced non-small cell lung carcinoma, two drugs are used, with one is often platinum-based (either Cisplatin or carboplatin). Other commonly used drugs are gemcitabine, Paclitaxel and docetaxel. Vinorelbine and Cisplatin is more effective in aduvant chemo. Regardless, 5 year survival is <5%. ...Read more

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Can you go from stage 4 lung cancer to stage 3 if you improve a bit?

Can you go from stage 4 lung cancer to stage 3 if you improve a bit?

Stage confusion: Stage and staging tells you where the cancer is, what the prognosis is, and what the treatment might be with options. You do not change stage once treatment begins. The tumor either responds or doesn't. Complete repsonse (? Remission in leukenmia?) is the goal, shrinkage is ok. The idea is that as long as the cancer responds, you stay on that regimen...Maybe. ...Read more

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Can a 4mm nodule go to stage 4 lung cancer in just 4 months maybe 5 months?

Can a 4mm nodule go to stage 4 lung cancer in just 4 months maybe 5 months?

Yes: Small cell carcinoma of the lung may be at stage 4 at the time of discovery of the lesion. ...Read more

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I have stage 4 lung cancer, is there any thoughts as being in remission or no cause I have it for life?

I have stage 4 lung cancer, is there any thoughts as being in remission or no cause I have it for life?

Lung cancer: Unfortunately, stage 4 lung cancer is almost always fatal. The average survival of people with stage 4 lung cancer who undergo chemotherapy is about a year. Some people live much longer than a year, but only rarely will someone live more than 3-5 years. Discuss your particular situation with your oncologist. ...Read more

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Are all pleural effusion from stage 4 lung cancer malignant?

Are all pleural effusion from stage 4 lung cancer malignant?

Confusing: Question. Pleural effusions from lung cancer are expected to have malignant cells but could be pneumonic from secondary infections. ...Read more

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Will my radiation treatments for stage 4 lung cancer increase survival rate?

Will my radiation treatments for stage 4 lung cancer increase survival rate?

Not really: While radiation is good for local control and some relief of symptoms, it is unlikely to affect survival in stage IV disease. It may improve your quality of life, but not the length. ...Read more

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Why would they have to keep a drainage tube in, for going on three weeks now?, she had a lung biopsy. She has stage 4 lung cancer, 79yrs. Old.

Why would they have to keep a drainage tube in, for going on three weeks now?, she had a lung biopsy. She has stage 4 lung cancer, 79yrs. Old.

Drainage: Tubes in the chest drain air or fluid.
The duration is usually determined by volume of fluid or persistent air leak. ...Read more

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Stage 4 lung cancer how long until death?

Stage 4 lung cancer how long until death?

Deep question: I am sorry to hear of your illness. This is a question best posed to the doctor who knows you and your entire case. S/he has been following you, and will be able to discuss the process with you. Even so, s/he will not be able to give you an exact time, and you may also rebound at least temporarily from what seems like worsening symptoms. Please know there is help at all stages of illness. ...Read more

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How long will you have with stage 4 lung cancer?

How long will you have with stage 4 lung cancer?

Limited: Depends on cell type, location, metastases to be a bit more accurate.
Small cell generaly 12 months or so.
Others longer depending on responses to therapy. ...Read more

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What is the chance of survival with stage 4 lung cancer?

What is the chance of survival with stage 4 lung cancer?

Miracle: Most do not live long.
If someone seems to be out living the situation, may need to reconsider the original, diagnosis! ...Read more

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What to do if I have stage 4 lung cancer why do I get fluid in my lungs?

What to do if I have stage 4 lung cancer why do I get fluid in my lungs?

From tumors: The cancer masses may bleed or exude fluid making a pleural effusion.
Multiple lesions in the lungs may also congest the lungs or create obstructive pneumonia. ...Read more

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Chemo not working in stage 4 lung cancer?

Talk woncologist gis: Oncologist will have options most likely.
Surgery is not helpful at this stage in general. ...Read more

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Stage 4 lung cancer how long can leave without threatment?

Stage 4 lung cancer how long can leave without threatment?

Stage 4 lung Ca.: A few months, somewhere between 3 months or shorter to 8 months on average depending on the extent of disease and tumor aggressiveness. But I want to emphasize stage 4 lung cancer is not curable, but treatable. I encourage you to see local oncologist, fully review the case, and possibly start treatment as soon as possible. ...Read more

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What should be the ldh levels seen in stage 4 lung cancer?

It varies: Ldh levels in various cancers can be elevated but not all the time. It is marker of cell proliferation;l so it is more often elevated in very advanced bulky tumors. But it is quite unpredictable so there is no set expected number that we can provide. But it is good to know the blood level as a normal ldh value is often a favorable feature in most types of cancer. ...Read more

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What are some good suggestions for chemo for stage 4 lung cancer?

Oncologist: Most oncology protocols are platinum based. Your oncologist can appropiately advise further. ...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. Oscar Novick
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Loose Stools (Definition)

Loose stools is a symptom in which a person's stool (poop) does not hold its shape after it goes into the toilet. Instead of remaining a shaped piece of poop, the poop spreads out in the toilet bowl water. Very loose stool is called diarrhea. Loose stool can be caused by infections, certain foods or drinks, ...Read more