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Is There An Age At Which Lung Cancer Is No Longer Curable
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
Yes: It's important to know what type: non-small cell or small cell. Based on the staging you mentioned, it seems likely non-small cell lung cancer (nsclc). Stage iiib nsclc is best managed with chemotherapy and radiation. Prognosis is based on performance status, weight loss, age, as well as stage. 5 year survival approx 25% with concurrent chemotherapy and radiation. Hope that helps. Best wishes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are the side effects of lung cancer? And what is the process of getting rid of it or is it curable? Can you live with one lung?
Multiple: Lung cancer effects can either be local, due to the location of the cancer, or distant, due to metastasis or spread. Once diagnosed, treatment is focused on removal or chemotherapy and /or radiation if not removable. Cure is generally based on the stage of the cancer at presentation. You can live with one lung quite well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why are some cancers(like testicular) highly curable even in full metastasis yet others(like lung cancer) are rarely curable even in early stages?
Not alike: All cancers are not alike and have different biology and genetic factors. Some are more sensitive to chemotherapies and others more resistant. Some tumors are inherently more aggressive. The patient's immune system defends some cancers more efficiently. No two cancers are alike. ...Read more
I am 58y i was diagnosed with lung cancer/adenocarcinoma at stage 4 (where it spread in both lungs). I am currently taking erlotinib. Is it curable?
How many chemotherapy circles are possible in small cell lung cancer stage 4? Is it curable if it is spread in bones too or if it is life prolongable?
28 yrs old smoked cigarettes for 12 yrs now quitting what are the chances of someone my age having lung cancer? Or has it been to long to repair damag
Glad you've quit: You will never recover the damage to the elasticity in your lungs, and this will take away some of your wind as you get older. Lung cancer's rare at your age even smoking. You will have a somewhat increased cancer risk for the next two decades but it is still low. The key is that you have overcome this godawful addiction. It is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself and those who love you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can you tell me how long you can live with lung cancer, chronic renal failure, lymph node metasteses, hernia. age 87. We need to make plans.
Cancer Prognosis: As you haven't specified the type of cancer I really couldn't even begin to give you a reasonable estimate of survival time. Even with it I would still need to know more about how significant the spread is. Adding in the ESRD (which I would also need to know what stage you are in) certainly impacts your likely longevity. With all these variables you really need to consult with your oncologist. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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