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63 year old man, liver, lymfnodes and lung cancer. What are chances for survival?

63 year old man, liver, lymfnodes and lung cancer. What are chances for survival?

Can you clarify?: If lung cancer has spread to remote lymph nodes or to the liver, there won't be a cure, but the quality of life can be maintained for months or perhaps years. If these are separate cancers, arising independently, cure is unlikely but not out of the question. ...Read more

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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My dad was diagnosed and died at age 80 with metastatic liver/lung cancer. Will I get it too?

My dad was diagnosed and died at age 80 with metastatic liver/lung cancer. Will I get it too?

Not likely: Cancer occurring in late life is not likely to have a strong genetic basis.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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A friend of mine was just diagnosed with rectal cancer, liver cancer and lung cancer. What is his life expectancy?

A friend of mine was just diagnosed with rectal cancer, liver cancer and lung cancer. What is his life expectancy?

Grave Situation: Of course we cannot even begin to guess at this tragic situation. I would defer to the physicians providing him care. But, as you have surmised it may not be long for him. ...Read more

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Looking for a doctor who specializes in small cell metastatic liver cancer. Can you recommend some in chicago? A friend has just been diagnosed as having inoperable liver/lung cancer. Doctors gave her 7 - 10 months to live. We want to continue the figh

Looking for a doctor who specializes in small cell metastatic liver cancer. Can you recommend some in chicago? A friend has just been diagnosed as having inoperable liver/lung cancer. Doctors gave her 7 - 10 months to live. We want to continue the figh

Dr. Ravi Salgia: I personally know dr. Ravi salgia at the university of chicago. He specializes in lung cancers including small cell lung cancer. The university of chicago and northwestern are both superb institutions.
Best wishes,
ariel. ...Read more

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Multi-chemos/rads & study, now new liver mets on lung cancer diag. In Dec. & mets to lymph nodes, bone, stomach & liver in Feb., is much time left?

Multi-chemos/rads & study, now new liver mets on lung cancer diag. In Dec. & mets to lymph nodes, bone, stomach & liver in Feb., is much time left?

Time: No one but God can answer your question. You are putting up a courageous fight against a vicious enemy. Your time may be up today, tomorrow, or months from now. As with all of us, live each day to the fullest you can, spend as much time with the ones you love as you can, do as many of the things you wanted to do in your life. Leave with no regrets and embrace the adventure of the new life coming. ...Read more

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Liver cancer stage 4, lung cancer and spleen cancer with cirrhosis and hep c can I take chemotherapy treatment to reduce tumor maker?

Liver cancer stage 4, lung cancer and spleen cancer with cirrhosis and hep c can I take chemotherapy treatment to reduce tumor maker?

Hmmmm: If you'd do have cancer in liver, lung, and spleen, my advice is to talk to your oncologist about how to improve your quality of life rather than improving tumor marker. As you know, chemo agents are not well tolerated in some people. ...Read more

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Is it possible that heart/liver/lung etc cancer be solved w/ a transplant?

Is it possible that heart/liver/lung etc cancer be solved w/ a transplant?

It's possible: It is possible that one of the vital organs you mention would need to be removed due to a cancer. If the cancer is localized to the organ, and not spread to other parts of the body, then a transplant may be feasible. A good example is hepatocellular carcinoma of the liver, often accompanied by chronic hepatitis. ...Read more

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How long do you have if you have small cell liver lung and brain cancer?

How long do you have if you have small cell liver lung and brain cancer?

Depends: It is not possible to predict the behavior of tumors other than providing averages. Has the tumor been treated? If it was treated and became wide spread while under treatment, the prognosis would be poor. ...Read more

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My aunt was suffering with liver, lungs and bone cancer. In addition to that suffering with jaundice 10th level. How jaundice will be cured?

My aunt was suffering with liver, lungs and bone cancer. In addition to that suffering with jaundice 10th level. How jaundice will be cured?

Sorry: To tell you but your aunt's jaundice if due to extensive liver lesions may not be reversible. The one EXCEPTION to this 'rule" is if the Jaundice is due to tumor OBSTRUCTING the bile system. In this case RADIATION treatment may be useful!

Hope this is helpful
Dr Z ...Read more

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Urgent, doctors :' (my mom has metastases liver cancer, lung and bone nearby left thigh found tumors. Just found out few days ago, is stage 4. How?

Urgent, doctors :' (my mom has metastases liver cancer, lung and bone nearby left thigh found tumors. Just found out few days ago, is stage 4. How?

This is too: Common. Some cancers are quiet until they infest other organs, and it is these organs working poorly or hurting that causes the cancer to be known. Some cancers can have life extended by treatment (prostate and breast), others can be treated to relieve symptoms. But for most, it means time to focus on comfort and symptom relief rather than rigorous treatment. ...Read more

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Can a diagnosis of lung cancer which already has spread to the liver, be mistaken for something else?

Can a diagnosis of lung cancer which already has spread to the liver, be mistaken for something else?

Infection: Clinical presentation of the patient and a confirmatory biopsy would be necessary if there was a question as to the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Is it normal for 4cm nodule to go to full blown lung cancer in and spread to liver in just 4 months?

Is it normal for 4cm nodule to go to full blown lung cancer in and spread to liver in just 4 months?

Commonplace: I am sorry about the situation. If anyone suggested that someone could ignore ANY lung nodule, let alone a 4 cm one, I am deeply disturbed. Oat cell is usually even faster. ...Read more

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Lung cancer / cirrhosis of the liver - what can I do for this?

Lung cancer / cirrhosis of the liver - what can I do for this?

Follow doctors advic: We can not advice you without knowing more details about your condition, so follow your doctors advice what is the course of treatment.
But stop smoking if you still do and refrain from drinking alcohol. ...Read more

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Life expectancy terminal lung cancer with liver mestasis with chemotherapy stopped?

Life expectancy terminal lung cancer with liver mestasis with chemotherapy stopped?

Bad news: Prognosis is grim, but I would suggest in the interim good symptom control through a palliative care line or hospice care. A variety of factors play in determining life expectancy, that is usually in such cases less than 6 months. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a 4 mm lung nodule to turn to lung cancer and spread to liver in just 4 months?

Possible: What you described is not normal, but quite possible. Small cell lung cancers can spread to other organs even before the primary lesion is detected. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a 4mm lung nodule to go from that to full blown lung cancer and spread to liver in just 4 months?

Is it normal for a 4mm lung nodule to go from that to full blown lung cancer and spread to liver in just 4 months?

Not uncommon: Metastatic lesions only with unknown primary (origin cannot be found) constitute a specific type of cancers. The point is that the size of the primary tumor is not predictive of the stage. Not to mention that in this type of scenario it is assumed that the lesions described are related, but that may need to be proven with biopsies. ...Read more

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Lung liver and bone cancer life expectancy?

Unclear question: Did you mean cancer with metastatic disease to lung, liver and bone? What is the primary cancer (from which organ the initial cancer cell originated)? Either way widely metastatic disease has poor dismal prognosis with short life expectancy - so its important to figure out what's the primary as different cancer usually respond to therapy differently. ...Read more

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What is small cell carcinoma lung cancer with liver cancer stage 4?

What is small cell carcinoma lung cancer with liver cancer stage 4?

Bad situation: Small cell is a very bad cancer.
Stage four is very advanced.
Very poor prognosis at best-- usually months only. ...Read more

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Why would someone who has had lung cancer surgery need a liver biopsy?

Why would someone who has had lung cancer surgery need a liver biopsy?

Tumor spread: Cancers can spread to different areas in the body. It is not uncommon for lung cancer to spread beyond the lung to other areas such as the liver and bone. If you have a known lung cancer and an abnormality in the liver it may be spread of the lung cancer. Certain tests like an MRI may be helpful to see if it is an often seen benign lesion (hemangioma). If it can't you may need a biopsy. ...Read more

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Have lung cancer but was in remission with lobectomy 4 yrs. Ago. Now new lesion on liver is this mets.?

Have lung cancer but was in remission with lobectomy 4 yrs. Ago. Now new lesion on liver is this mets.?

Work up required: There is a list of possible diagnoses for a new liver lesion, which includes recurrence and spread of your lung cancer, but also includes many other possibilities that are non-cancerous. A full-work up (a doctor's visit with interview, examination, and testing), possibly requiring biopsy, would be needed. ...Read more

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What is the Life expectancy of terminal lung cancer which has metastisized to liver and bone. Cancer originated in lungs.

What is the Life expectancy of terminal lung cancer which has metastisized to liver and bone. Cancer originated in lungs.

Difficult to say: Without the type of cancer and past or ongoing treatments but unfortunately if it has metastasized there is a very poor prognosis and would be thinking in terms of months. Best to ask this question of your doctor. ...Read more

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If a ill defined lesion on liver is seen on cat scan an have stage 3 lung cancer 3 yrs. Out with surgery is it cancer?

If a ill defined lesion on liver is seen on cat scan an have stage 3 lung cancer 3 yrs. Out with surgery is it cancer?

Hard to say: The answer really depends on how the CT was performed. In view of the history you provided, it is a possibility. If CT was performed without contrast, then one should be done with. MRI is also a good way to image the liver. In this situation, sit down with your doctors to clarify what is happening. Best wishes ...Read more

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My husband is terminally ill from stage IV lung cancer that has mestastised to his liver. Taking navelbine (vinorelbine). Will that cure him?

My husband is terminally ill from stage IV lung cancer that has mestastised to his liver. Taking navelbine (vinorelbine). Will that cure him?

No, but...: It has a fair chance of slowing the tumor. Some folks live for months or perhaps even longer comfortably even with liver metastases from lung cancer, especially if the response to chemotherapy has been good. I hope the two of you will have more quality time together. It will be his and your decision, with advice from the oncologist, when to stop treatment and choose comfort measures only. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my husband is terminally ill from stage IV lung cancer that has mestastised to his liver. Taking navelbine (vinorelbine)?

What do you suggest if my husband is terminally ill from stage IV lung cancer that has mestastised to his liver. Taking navelbine (vinorelbine)?

Quality of life: If his cancer is controlled with chemotherapy, and he is pleased with his quality of life, I would continue the treatment. The medical oncologist will know if other agents can be used if navelbine (vinorelbine) stops being effective. If quality of life is low with the chemotherapy, it is reasonable to stop treatment and pursue hospice. It is a very personal decision. ...Read more

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The timescale for the rest of my live with lung cancer metastasis bone and liver cancer. I was diagnosed early 2014 and I am 58 years old female?

The timescale for the rest of my live with lung cancer metastasis bone and liver cancer. I was diagnosed early 2014 and I am 58 years old female?

Longevity: I am sorry to hear about your condition. The best person to ask is the oncologist (o) who is familiar with you and your case, as the o knows you best of all. There are different types of lung cancer and without knowing the type and the severity of the metastatic lesions, your answer will be best answered by your o or another o. Good luck. ...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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My sister has Stage IV Lung Cancer that has spread to the bones, stomach lining, liver, aorta, stomach and elsewhere. How long will she last?

My sister has Stage IV Lung Cancer that has spread to the bones, stomach lining, liver, aorta, stomach and elsewhere. How long will she last?

Not too long: Sorry to say not too long but in my view life and death is not in our hand so we all should appreciate life and live as we are going to die tomorrow by enjoying everything in life and plan as if we are going to live for ever
as far your sister concern try to take advantage of the few time left and enjoy with her life as long as she still here with us ...Read more

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Can radiation therapy help treat lung cancer metastases to the liver and bones?

Can radiation therapy help treat lung cancer metastases to the liver and bones?

Yes: Radiation is often used to alleviate many symptoms from cancer that has spread to organs and that includes liver and bone. Not every spot involved has to be treated only those causing some sort of problem. If the patient only has one small liver metastasis for example more aggressive treatment with radiosurgery can be considered. ...Read more

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Stage 4 lung cancer, in liver, on spine ate hole in hip bone. No treatment still smoke. How long do I have left. What to tell my kids. What's next.?

Stage 4 lung cancer, in liver, on spine ate hole in hip bone. No treatment still smoke. How long do I have left. What to tell my kids. What's next.?

Discussion with Doc: Discuss with your doc who has been treating as he/she would have answer to all your questions. Tell your kids the truth whatever your doc informs you about your condition.
It looks very grim with stage 4 lung cancer which has spread to multiple organs and bones.
Are you at home or at a hospital? ...Read more

Dr. John Landi
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Liver (Definition)

This organ plays a major role in metabolism and has a number of functions in the body, including glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells, plasma protein synthesis, hormone production, and detoxification. It lies below the diaphragm in the abdominal-pelvic region of the abdomen. It produces bile, an alkaline compound which aids in digestion via the emulsification of ...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