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What is the life expectancy for someone with brain metastases from lung cancer?

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Depends but one can guesstimate that it would be months. Some patients do better and can survive longer. Hope this helps.
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Dr. Raja A. Mudad answered:

What is the life expectancy of six month lung cancer that has spread to the bone and brain?

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The median survival of non-small cell lung cancer in the US is 12-14 months. That means, 50% of patients live more than that and 50% live less than that. Most patient live at least a year.
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Dr. Rada Ivanov answered:

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?

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6 months at the most. Give or take. Get affairs in order, hospice is a good option if available. Sorry and good luck!
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Life expectancy for lung cancer gone to brain. PET scan shows no other cancer now, only 1 tumor on brain. Surgery and whole brsin radiation will be?

"oligometastatic"

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Patients with a single brain tumor as the only site of metastatic disease are called "oligometastatic." The chance of cure, though small, is real. Every cancer specialist has a few such patients. I would strongly recommend aggressive treatment, including either radiosurgery (Cyberknife, Gammaknife, etc.) to the brain or surgical resection, and again stereotactic or chemoradiation to the lung.
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Dr. Stan Nabrinsky answered:

Can cancer spread to the brain when someone is having chemo for lung cancer?

Yes

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unfortunately not that uncommon and indicates failure of that chemotherapy
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Dr. Raja A. Mudad answered:

What is the prognosis for lung cancer that has metastases to the brain and pelvic area?

Fair

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There are several factors that affect prognosis. First the type of lung cancer. Is it small cell or non-small cell. Second, has there been a check on the molecular markers on the tumor (EGFR, ALK, ROS 1?) there are targeted agents for those tyoe of tumors and patients do much better than the average. Discuss with your oncologist treatment options prognosis. Avoid Internet for prognosis
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Are brain and lung cancer related?

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these cancers are not related. But.... many people are confused by the concept that lung cancers can spread to the brian as metastasis. This happens all to often and is in fact more common tha a primary brain tumor.
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Dr. Hon Lee answered:

Why does lung cancer spread to the brain so often?

Lung cancer

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The different cell types of lung cancer have the propensity to spread to different organs either due to blood stream patterns, adjacent anatomy or the affinity of these other organs to receive and grow these cancer strains. It turns out that the brain is one of those susceptible organs.
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How would lung cancer (tumor) spread to the brain?

Blood vessels

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The cancer grows into small blood vessels and sheds cells that move through the blood stream to distant sites, lung, then rest of body.
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Dr. Andrew Turrisi answered:

Can lung cancer resist treatment and move to the brain?

You bet!

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There are 100K brain metastasis per year, and lung cancer patients compose about half of them. It is a very common first site of relapse, and can have serious consequences. Preventitive brain radiotherapy is indicated in all responders in small cell, but the trial in non-SCLC showed reduction in frequency of brain metastases, but no survival benefit. Thus, many insurers will not pay for it.
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