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

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

Tough: Depends but one can guesstimate that it would be months. Some patients do better and can survive longer. Hope this helps. ...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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What is the prognosis for lung cancer that has metastases to the brain and pelvic area?

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

Fair: 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. ...Read more

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How can my husband know if he got brain cancer from his chemo on cancer brain metastases?

How can my husband know if he got brain cancer from his chemo on cancer brain metastases?

Chemo didn't do it: Sadly, metastatic lesions to the brain are not at all unusual. It is a frequent event with a cancer that was not localized on detection and had already spread to other areas. That is why chemo was started. Sorry for your husband's situation. ...Read more

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Are brain metastases common among breast cancer patients?

Are brain metastases common among breast cancer patients?

No.: The most common sites of metastases include the bone marrow, lungs, and liver. While uncommon, breast cancer can metastasize to the brain or the lining of the brain. ...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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Patient with stage 4 lung cancer with brain metastasis is having very bloody urine. What does this mean?

Patient with stage 4 lung cancer with brain metastasis is having very bloody urine. What does this mean?

Many things: Stage IV lung cancer with bloody urine can mean many things. It could be due to the presence of a metastatic tumor in the bladder or the kidney. Please also note whether or not you are on a blood thinner. In uncommon case, it could also indicate the presence of a primary bladder tumor (though i doubt in this case). Bladder inflammation or infection could also be the cause. Check with your doctor. ...Read more

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Having melena since past four days.I have a history of lung cancer and brain metastasis.Presently I am on tab.Gefitinib.Had chemotherapy twice.Help me?

Having melena since past four days.I have a history of lung cancer and brain metastasis.Presently I am on tab.Gefitinib.Had chemotherapy twice.Help me?

Call your oncologist: Please call your oncologist! s/he needs to know about your melena as soon as possible. If you're feeling dizzy or faint, please go to an er where your doctor or the doctor on call can see you. ...Read more

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Explain the physical progression of stage 4 metastasis lung cancer in brains and pelvic with an 8 month diagnosis?

Explain the physical progression of stage 4 metastasis lung cancer  in brains and pelvic with an  8 month diagnosis?

Much: This is much too difficult to handle in an email. This should be discussed with your primary care physician/aprn and/or the oncologist. www.thepmc.org. ...Read more

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What can we expect from a stage 4 lung cancer patient with bone metastases- what can be done in case all treatments are ruled out?

What can we expect from a stage 4 lung cancer patient with bone metastases- what can be done in case all treatments are ruled out?

Biomarkers in lungCA: For stage 4 non-small cell lung cancer -- specifically adenocarincoma -- i would check the biomarkers alk and egfr. The response rate with oral drugs for those targets is ~80% vs. 20% with chemo. Bone mets can be treated with bisphosphonate (zometa) or Denosumab (xgeva). Palliative care provided early has a survival benefit. Ref: temel et al. Nejm http://www.Nejm.Org/doi/pdf/10.1056/nejmoa1000678. ...Read more

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My uncle has been identified with non small cell lung cancer and it is metastases (4th stage). He is just 48 year old. Is there any cure?

My uncle has been identified with non small cell lung cancer and it is metastases (4th stage). He is just 48 year old. Is there any cure?

Most time no cure fo: I am so sorry to hear this bad news. I have several patients who were diagnosed stage 4 lung cancer in their 40s, althought most our patients are 60-80s. In aptients with lung cancer who are young or never smoked, the likelihood of having a particularly gene mutation is high, so it is critical to have the patient's gene checked. If certain gene mutation idenfied, a tailored tgerapy can be given. ...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


Metastasis (Definition)

A cancer begins in an organ (say the breast). If it gets into the blood stream or the lymphatic stream the cells can travel to other parts of the body where, in the right environment, they may settle and grow. This development of tumor growth far away from the original site ...Read more