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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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Dr. Hon Lee answered:

Why does lung cancer spread to the brain so often?

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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. Stan Nabrinsky answered:

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

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unfortunately not that uncommon and indicates failure of that chemotherapy
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Dr. David T. Cooke answered:

Can radiation therapy still help me when my lung cancer has spread to the brain?

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Radiation treatment can help treat some metastasis to the brain and assist in palliative therapy.
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Dr. Andrew Turrisi answered:

Why does lung cancer usually spread to the brain, thereby producing brain tumors?

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(metastasis) as an entity comprise 100k per year. Lung cancer leads the league, but breast, melanoma, kidney are quite common. Prostate almost never. Only Rhabdoid tumors in children commonly go to brain. This pattern stares at us, but baffles us as to why "organotropic" patterns of metastasis are so predictable.
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My 84 year old mother has lung cancer it has spread to brain, bones. How long should we expect her to live?

Few months

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Depends on how extensive brain mets are. Rarely solitary metastasis patients survive longer, but generally brain mets portend poor prognosis measured in a few months
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Dr. Loki Skylizard answered:

What is the best treatment I have small cell lung cancer that has spread to the brain I have ten tumors what are my best options?

Multidisciplinary

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Small cell cancer is challenging even in early stage. ALL small cell cancer should be treated through a multidisciplinary thoracic oncology program with a targeted and individualized approach. Clinical trial enrollment when possible. The following link discusses general approach to treating NSCLC and small cell, our best wishes are with you: http://goo.gl/s6eMe
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Dr. Tariq Niazi answered:

Lung cancer has spread not to the brain but the bones actually, how long to live or whats the survival rate if I go through chemo?

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of factors. Discuss with your team of Docs (orthopod, oncologist, PCP & any other specialitist that you may need). Chemo/radiation are generally best options, with some surgical procedure to stabilize a broken or a bone that is weakened (but not yet broken). The idea is to improve the quality of life for as long as possible. Survival is dependent on cancer type and its response to the meds..
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