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Doctor insights on: Last Stage Lung Cancer Patient Near Death Symptoms

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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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Can a lung cancer patient still jog or run?

Can a lung cancer patient still jog or run?

Depends: The level of physical activity of any person depends on the functions of heart, lungs, muscles and nerves. As long as those are intact an early, small lung cancer by itself would not limit activity. ...Read more

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What is life expectancy of lung cancer patient?

What is life expectancy of lung cancer patient?

Can be high: Small size, peripheral, squamous cell can be cured. 70-90% at five years
depends on cell type- small cell cancer is still a bad actor.
Many variables
better to answer with cell type- biopsy and imaging= staging to look for any distant mets. ...Read more

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How long can a stage 4 lung cancer patient survive?

How long can a stage 4 lung cancer patient survive?

Poor prognosis: Unfortunately stage IV lung cancer has poor prognosis over all survival rate of less than 10% most of them survive less than 13 months. ...Read more

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How long can a stage 4 lung cancer patient survive?

How long can a stage 4 lung cancer patient survive?

Limited: Personal, risk factors and cancer stage.
If stage 4 with distant metastasis, then with best care 2-5 years is possible. ...Read more

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What does it mean if oxygen saturation level is low in a lung cancer patient?

What does it mean if oxygen saturation level is low in a lung cancer patient?

Several: Pneumonia and shunting.
Fluid in chest.
Air leak and pneumo.
Diffuse metastasis.

Frequently also superimposed on emphysema from smoking. ...Read more

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How long can a lung cancer patient live for?

How long can a lung cancer patient live for?

Briefly: Develop pneumonia, pain, cough, bleeding,
metastasis and serious problems.
Depends on cell type, stage at finding, treatment options. ...Read more

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Can you tell me which are the particles that a lung cancer patient emmit when he/she coughs or exhale?

Can you tell me which are the particles that a lung cancer patient emmit when he/she coughs or exhale?

Mucous and blood: You can have pieces of a lung cancer coughed up if it involves the airway, but usually it is mucous and blood. Even if tumor is present, you cannot pass cancer to someone else. ...Read more

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Can a lung cancer patient be active in a competitive sport?

Can a lung cancer patient be active in a competitive sport?

Depends: The level of physical activity will depend on the general health and pulmonary function. If the person is otherwise healthy, there is no reason to curtail activity. ...Read more

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Does any doctor recommend medical marijuana for terminally ill lung cancer patient?

Does any doctor recommend medical marijuana for terminally ill lung cancer patient?

Yes: In fact, I doubt there are many (or any) doctors who would be opposed to it. ...Read more

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How true and actual it is that cow pee helps to cure lung cancer. It's referred to me by a cured lung cancer patient still alive. How true is it?

How true and actual it is that cow pee helps to cure lung cancer. It's referred to me by a cured lung cancer patient still alive. How true is it?

NO DATA TO SUPPORT: This has absolutely no support in the literature. You can always find a story where someone did x or took y and was healed. What they fail to recognize is they! . Did not have the disease anyway or 2. If they did, it was entirely something else that resulted in the cure. This is not as dramatic as exciting as attributing the cure to cow scat poultices - beware of these snake oil remedies, . ...Read more

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How long should a stage four lung cancer patient with metastasis to brain and liver expect to live?

How long should a stage four lung cancer patient with metastasis to brain and liver expect to live?

Less than 1 year: There are a number of variables here, including what kind of lung cancer, gender, whether there is a single or small number of metastasis in the brain that can be treated by surgery or stereotactic radiosurgery, general health status and age. The average survival overall is about 8 months for stage 4 disease. ...Read more

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If a stage four lung cancer patient is spread to the bones, would having a bone marrow transplant increase the likelihood of survival?

If a stage four lung cancer patient is spread to the bones, would having a bone marrow transplant increase the likelihood of survival?

No: Bone marrow transplant would not treat the primary tumor and would be ineffective. A bone marrow transplant would introduce such high risks that it would most likely hasten the patient's demise. ...Read more

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Has any doc ever encountered autonomic neuropathy symptoms in a patient that led to a diagnosis of Small Cell Lung Cancer. Thank you?

Has any doc ever encountered autonomic neuropathy symptoms in a patient that led to a diagnosis of Small Cell Lung Cancer. Thank you?

I'll guess not: The symptoms alone would not be the basis for a cancer Dx. Your Dr must have had a number of specific tests run beyond asking you about symptoms. Please talk to the Dr to clarify this and to obtain good info on the Dx, the Tx plan and your options. Knowing what to expect can be very important. Bring someone w/ you if you have trouble w/ this topic. Get it in writing too. Best wishes! ...Read more

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On average, how long does it take a patient to recover from lung cancer?

On average, how long does it take a patient to recover from lung cancer?

4-6 weeks: From lung cancer surgery 4-6 weeks. You may need more time if you need further treatment with chemotherapy and or radiation treatment. ...Read more

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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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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?

Lung cancer: Most patients with lung cancer esp stage 4 or advanced lung cancer carry a poor prognosis and survival is 12-15 months average with modern era chemotherapy. It can lead to progressive generalized weakness, fatigue and failure to thrive. Your friends stage and health status will determine his outcome. The role of chemotherapy is palliative;tarceva/iressa can work in nonsmokers w egfr mutations. ...Read more

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Can children be around a patient going through chemotherapy with stage 4 lung cancer?

Can children be around a patient going through chemotherapy with stage 4 lung cancer?

Yes: I see why not. If it's a family member or a relative, they should be regarded as a team player. I've been told stories about people who were about to die but because of a child's presence in the house, they were able to motivate themselves enough to have their life extended for a few more years. ...Read more

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What is outcome for patient with end stage metastatic lung cancer & extreme pleural thickening (benign)? Has to have injections to liquefy & extract.

Metastatic lung Ca: ...Is fatal in nearly all circumstances but the time course varies on tumor type, treatment and what organs are involved in the spread. The fluid in the chest may or maynot have cancer cells, but is likely malignancy associated at least. Repeat drainage procedures are reasonable. A catheter that remains in place is an option if it recurs frequently. Pleurodesis is option, but look at risk/benefit. ...Read more

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Patient has stage three lung cancer. She is swelling in her feet and hands. Why is that? What should she take or do for that?

Patient has stage three lung cancer. She is swelling in her feet and hands. Why is that? What should she take or do for that?

Depends: This could be due to many factors. This be from the medications, from getting excess fluid, from impaired venous drainage or kidney function, or simply from another process. Go see your oncologist and they will help determine the cause. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy a patient with lung cancer that has spread to the bones and brain and is currently being treated with chemotherapy?

What is the life expectancy a patient with lung cancer that has spread to the bones and brain and is currently being treated with chemotherapy?

Not good: 6 months at the most. Give or take. Get affairs in order, hospice is a good option if available. Sorry and good luck! ...Read more

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I thought non aggressive meant " non aggressive " so why would I see an article of a dr. Telling his patient with non agg/lung cancer that he only had 6-18 months to live how is that non aggressive?

I thought non aggressive meant " non aggressive " so why would I see an article of a dr. Telling his patient with non agg/lung cancer that he only had 6-18 months to live how is that non aggressive?

I agree!: "aggressive" is a subjective, descriptive term almost arbitrarily used to define cancers; this term is never used by pathologists when codifying tumors. Many cancers have some features that would be considered aggressive and others that would not. Any cancer that could lead to someone's death in less than a year should not be described as "non-aggressive". ...Read more

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Lifespan for a lung cancer patients?

Lifespan for a lung cancer patients?

Depends on stage: In general, the most common forms of lung cancer when caught early are highly curable with surgery or stereotactic body radiation therapy.

Unfortuantely, most lung cancers are found at later stages when cure rates are very low.

Patients who are at high risk for lung cancer (i.e. tobacco smokers) should get screening chest CT scans to help find the cancer at early stages. ...Read more

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Can you guys tell me how bad of a cough do lung cancer patients have?

Can you guys tell me how bad of a cough do lung cancer patients have?

Varies: Ranging from none to chronic smokers cough to violent coughing and coughing up blood. ...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