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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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What is the life expectancy of someone with small cell lung cancer?

What is the life expectancy of someone with small cell lung cancer?

Short: With limited stage disease the median survival is less than 2 years and with extensive disease less than a year. Having said that there are 5 year survivors. ...Read more

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Help please? What is the life expectancy of stage four small cell lung cancer?

Help please? What is the life expectancy of stage four small cell lung cancer?

Poor: While there are treatments available, the reality is that stage IV small cell lung cancer is rarely curable and only marginally treated. Life expectancy is measured in weeks to months. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what is the life expectancy of stage four small cell lung cancer?

Could you tell me what is the life expectancy of stage four small cell lung cancer?

Not great, : ....I'm afraid. Without treatment it can be weeks to a few months at best. Treatment can extend it to 6+ months but seldom more than a year. There are exceptions, of course, depends on the age and health of the patient and how much disease there is. If this is about you or a loved one, i wish you the best. Remember none of us can tell for sure how long we have, so live each day fully. ...Read more

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How much time is the life expectancy for someone with type 3b small cell lung cancer?

How much time is the life expectancy for someone with type 3b small cell lung cancer?

Stage III B: It's unpredictable and depends on your response to treatment. You may have a few good years ahead of you. Cherish whatever you get. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy for someone with small cell lung cancer limited stage 3rd level?

What is the life expectancy for someone with small cell lung cancer limited stage 3rd level?

Bad actor: Small cell at any stage beyond stage 1 = small, peripheral, has a bad prognosis. Get the devils and discuss. Less than 2 years is common. ...Read more

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Can anyone tell me the life expectancy for someone with small cell lung cancer at the limited stage 3 level?

Can anyone tell me the life expectancy for someone with small cell lung cancer at the limited stage 3 level?

Months to years: There are essentially two stages of small cell lung cancer, limited or extensive. However, you are describing mediastinal disease. So if this person gets a good response with chemo and rt, then prophylactic cranial irradiation should be given. The survival if a complete or near complete response is measured in months to years. Rare to survive past 5 years but there have been cases. ...Read more

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What is the average life expectancy for patients diagnosed with non small cell lung cancer stage 4?

What is the average life expectancy for patients diagnosed with non small cell lung cancer stage 4?

Not great : Less than 10% of patients survive past 5 years. Average life expectancy is about a year on average. ...Read more

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What is a persons life expectancy with small cell lung cancer undergoing chemo and radiation? The cancer is confined has not spread anywhere else

What is a persons life expectancy with small cell lung cancer undergoing chemo and radiation? The cancer is confined has not spread anywhere else

>25 %: In a large randomized study testing radiotherapy and chemotherapy for non-metastatic small cell lung cancer, ~ 25% of patients were alive after 5 years. Since then, advances in imaging, treatment techniques, and supportive care may have increased this rate slightly. ...Read more

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My mom has stage 4 small cell lung cancer in both lungs, in severe pain no biopsy no trtreatment what happens now ? Life expectancy?

My mom has stage 4 small cell lung cancer in  both lungs, in severe pain no biopsy no trtreatment what happens now ? Life expectancy?

One question: Small cell lung cancer is almost always high-stage when it's discovered and the only question is whether she is a candidate for chemotherapy, which can be expected to make the disease vanish for at least several good months. If this is not possible, it should at least be possible to manage her discomfort; ask a hospice physician. ...Read more

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How accurate is it that live, inhaled spiders will kill cancer cells in the lungs?

How accurate is it that live, inhaled spiders will kill cancer cells in the lungs?

Congrats: I think that is the weirdest question I have seen in health tap. I'm not an expert in arachnids but i'm pretty sure inhaling them will not only be creepy and disgusting but also useless and maybe dangerous. Looks like a question for doctor who. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have breast cancer cells in lung cancer?

Is it possible to have breast cancer cells in lung cancer?

Yes: It means the origin of the tumor is from the breast. It is a primary breast cancer that has spread or metastasized to the lung. ...Read more

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There is cancer cells in his left lung but pathology can't pen down the cause or where the cancer is?

There is cancer cells in his left lung but pathology can't pen down the cause or where the cancer is?

We can't help: Pathology is usually helpful in identifying a potential source for metastatic disease, but as you are finding out, sometimes not conclusive. Further testing including imaging may be done. Ultimately, the physicians on the case know much much more than we do and it is hard to offer any additional insight. Be persistent in opening lines of communication with the treatment team. ...Read more

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Are A549 cancer cell lines specific to the Adenocarcinoma sub-type of lung cancer, or does it mean something else?

Are A549 cancer cell lines specific to the Adenocarcinoma sub-type of lung cancer, or does it mean something else?

CA cell line: The A549 cell line originated from a male patients bronchoalveolar lung carcinoma. Cell lines often acquire additional mutations that facilitates their growth in culture. They may not retain all of the characteristics of the original tumor. ...Read more

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Are "A549" lung cancer cells a particular type or sub-type of lung cancer, or is this a generic code for lung cancer cells of all types?

Are "A549" lung cancer cells a particular type or sub-type of lung cancer, or is this a generic code for lung cancer cells of all types?

Research cell line: A549 cells are human lung adenocarcinoma cells.The A549 cell line was developed in 1972 through the culturing of cancerous lung tissue. They are responsible for the diffusion of substances, such as water and electrolytes, across the alveoli of lungs. In addition these cells are able to synthesize lecithin and contain high level of unsaturated fatty acids. The A549 cell line is widely used as an in vitro model for drug metabolism and as a transfection host. ...Read more

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Can cancer result from breathing in lung cancer cells?

Can cancer result from breathing in lung cancer cells?

No: Your body's immune system will handle foreign cells, so people do not transmit cancer person to person. You can get cancer from breathing in toxins, but that is not transferred from person to person either. ...Read more

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Does lung cancer surgery stimulate the remaining cancer cells to grow faster?

Does lung cancer surgery stimulate the remaining cancer cells to grow faster?

No.: The purpose of th surgery is to remove all the cancer. The myth that "the air causes it to grow" is false. The truth is cancer cells grow very well with or without surgery if they are hiding in nodes or far off places. This the proof that additional chemotherapy works in more advanced stage, and perhaps of some help in stage ii (+hilar nodes). ...Read more

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Are kidney cancer cells different from breast cancer cells and lung cancer cells?

Quite Different: These 3 different cancers are actually quite different. Under the microscope they look different, and the types of mutations they have are also different. As a result, the way the different cancers are treated are also different. Generally speaking for kidney cancer they would use targeted therapies or immunotherapies instead of chemotherapy or hormone therapy. ...Read more

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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