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Is living with only one lung possible. Lady diagnosed with radiation fibrosis after cancer therapy. Is radiation fibrosis of lung progressive?

Is living with only one lung possible. Lady diagnosed with radiation fibrosis after cancer therapy. Is radiation fibrosis of lung progressive?

Sure: Some degree of radiation fibrosis is to be expected. Different people get less or more. It's usually little or no trouble. People actually have lungs removed for lung cancer, and do okay afterwards. I hope she got a good result from her cancer treatment, and that if she smokes now, she will stop. Best wishes. ...Read more

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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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My bone cancer cured 6 yrs ago with chemo and operation.And two yrs after lung metastasis operated.What is the chances of cancer in future?

My bone cancer cured 6 yrs ago with chemo and operation.And two yrs after lung metastasis operated.What is the chances of cancer in future?

Significant!: With bone cancer, spread to the lungs is not good but there is still a significant chance for cure. The interval of 4 years between the primary tumor and the lung metastases is a good sign as is the current 2 years of being cancer-free. Close followup with your physicians is vital as additional lung nodules should be resected if they occur as there can be cures even after multiple tumors. ...Read more

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My bone cancer cured 6 yrs ago with chemo and operation.And two yrs after lung metastasis operated...What is the chances of cancer in future?

My bone cancer cured 6 yrs ago with chemo and operation.And two yrs after lung metastasis operated...What is the chances of cancer in future?

High: I'm sorry to say that your chance of more cancer is high. I'm not sure if your first cancer was a bone sarcoma, or if that was metastasic from a first cancer. Either way, once you develop metastatic disease, cancer usually isn't curable. There are some exceptions, like testicular cancer. Ask your doctor for an honest prognosis. ...Read more

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My friend is getting weaker with lung cancer. Do most lung cancer patients die before a year?

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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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There is rare inherited mutation that gives you 1 in 3 lifetime chance of developing lung cancer even in non smokers. For someone with anxiety and lost mom to bac lung cancer should I test?

There is rare inherited mutation that gives you 1 in 3 lifetime chance of developing lung cancer even in non smokers. For someone with anxiety and lost mom to bac lung cancer should I test?

Which gene?: Egfr t790m's actual risk is unknown since nobody knows how many people without lung cancer carry the mutation. Even li fraumeni doesn't approach a 1/3 risk of lung cancer. And what would you do with this information if you had it? Hopefully you will always be a non-smoker. ...Read more

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I h osteoblastic sarcoma.Treated with chemo and operated.2 yrs after i got lung mets and removed by operation.What are the chances of future cancer?

I h osteoblastic sarcoma.Treated with chemo and operated.2 yrs after i got lung mets and removed by operation.What are the chances of future cancer?

U need talk 2....: .....Ur oncologist about this. It is an aggressive tumor, and only ur treating physician who is familiar with ur specific case can answer this 4 u. ...Read more

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How long can one live with small cell lung cancer with no treatment at all?

How long can one live with small cell lung cancer with no treatment at all?

12 months or less: Small cell lung cancer is an aggressive disease. It is highly sensitive to chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy but it tends to recur. If the disease is limited, cure can be achieved with proper treatment. If the disease is extensive, cure is not feasable but treament can improve or delay symptoms and can help patients live longer. Without treatment, survival is 6 to 12 months. ...Read more

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How long can someone live with stage four lung cancer and penile cancer?

How long can someone live with stage four lung cancer and penile cancer?

It varies: The prognosis for stage IV anything is poor, and this is especially true for both lung cancer and penile cancer, as by definition these diseases have spread to other distant parts of the body, which means that treatment may control but not cure the disease. Outcomes are variable, but there are occasional long term survivors. Overall ~10-15% of those with stage IV disease live more than 5 years. ...Read more

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Stage four lung and liver cancer, can I survive?

Stage four lung and liver cancer, can I survive?

Yes you can and: Measure your life in quality too. Thinking positively helps and everyone responds differently to treatments. I've seen two women in the last three months alive with stage IV lung cancer for over 2 yrs. Your oncologist may consider local treatments as well as whole body treatments. ...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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Life expectancy for stage 4 primary liver cancer for a 84 years old person with a spread in the lung?

Life expectancy for stage 4 primary liver cancer for a 84 years old person with a spread in the lung?

It is guess work: It is hard to give you reliable response without examining the patient and without knowing any history or results of her blood tests which can show the severity of liver disease. In general, most patients with stage 4 liver cancer have a short survival(2 to 6 months). You should ask this question to her treating doctor(s). ...Read more

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Chances of survival for a 24yo women with a 8.7cm papillary cancer of thyroid with metastic neck disease 13/15 lymph nodes were cancerous.

Chances of survival for a 24yo women with a 8.7cm papillary cancer of thyroid with metastic neck disease 13/15 lymph nodes were cancerous.

100% survival rate: In younger 45 , papillary carcinoma with only lymph node spread no distant metastasis , next step is to get all available treatments ...Read more

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What is the survival rate for a stage four tonsil cancel female 54 good health HPV positive non smoker or drinker on cisplatin,35 radiation, T2N2bM0?

What is the survival rate for a stage four tonsil cancel female 54 good health HPV positive non smoker or drinker on cisplatin,35 radiation, T2N2bM0?

Discuss with oncolog: The best person to answer this question is your oncologist since he is familiar with your case. Here is some information that I was able to find: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/oropharyngeal/HealthProfessional/page1 ...Read more

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What is the risk of smoking 6 years after beating stage two breast cancer?

What is the risk of smoking 6 years after beating stage two breast cancer?

Same as if...: ...You never had breast cancer. Having already fought cancer with success, i wonder why in god's creation you want to play with your life in that way and risk lung, throat, cervical, kidney, bladder, and other cancers much less curable. Please quit now. If you had the strength to best breast cancer, you have the strength to kick the habit. ...Read more

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Life expectancy for stage four colorectal cancer spread to liver, on hospice with no treatment for past five months?

Life expectancy for stage four colorectal cancer spread to liver, on hospice with no treatment for past five months?

Colorectal Cancer: That is a difficult question to answer. Since we do not have all the facts especially concerning the overall health otherwise of the patient or their current health it is impossible to say. The best person to talk to about this is the physician who is following the patient now. ...Read more

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What is the average survival rate for small cell lung cancer after chemo and radiation therapy?

What is the average survival rate for small cell lung cancer after chemo and radiation therapy?

Depends: Localized or extensive. Localized has a 5 year survival of around 30-40%. Extensive has much worse odds. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy for a 65 year old with metastic prostate cancer in the bones lungs and liver. The doctors have stopped all cancer treatmen?

What is the life expectancy for a 65 year old with metastic prostate cancer in the bones lungs and liver. The doctors have stopped all cancer treatmen?

Radical Remission: is the name of a book by Kelly Turner. She investigated the cases of people who had dire prognoses and yet lived long beyond them. It might be worth a read for the situation you mention. Peace and good health. ...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