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Doctor insights on: Leg Weakness In A Lung Cancer Patient

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78 yrd uncle has lung cancer bone mets now weakness in legs, blood transfusions 3 x pwk & referred to palliative team. How long left approx.?

78 yrd uncle has lung cancer bone mets now weakness in legs, blood transfusions 3 x pwk & referred to palliative team. How long left approx.?

Difficult to say: I'm sorry to hear about your uncle. We try to refrain from "predicting" when an individual may succumb to an illness because truly there are too many factors coming into play. That being said, usually palliative care referrals imply that the patient is not expected to survive more than 6-12 weeks more. We don't have crystal balls and frequently patients surprise us.

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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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, .

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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I have lung cancer but, my right leg is so so painful harder to move walk sleep pain meds are not helping?

I have lung cancer but, my right leg is so so painful harder to move walk sleep pain meds are not helping?

Seek Palliative care: A good pain specialist can control your pain. So you must seek medical advice from a palliative care specialist. Alternatively ask for help from a Pain specialist (they are available in every hospital whereas Pall. Care expertise is not always available in smaller hospitals.

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Is it possible to have lymphoma & lung cancer at the same time? Are diseases related? Would severe, painful swelling of foot, ankle, & leg be a symptom?

Is it possible to have lymphoma & lung cancer at the same time? Are diseases related? Would severe, painful swelling of foot, ankle, & leg be a symptom?

Yes: It is definitely possible, however it is more likely that if someone has lymphoma and a mass is found in the lung that it is a lesion from the lymphoma rather than a true " lung cancer". But both are possible. Biopsy would surely differentiate between the two.

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


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Leg Weakness (Definition)

Motor strength is usually graded from one to five with five being normal. Any motor grade of the lower extremity that is less than five would be classified ...Read more