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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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Dr. Barry Rosen
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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 mom is 50 years a old and has been recently diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. What is life expectancy?

My mom is 50 years a old and has been recently diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. What is life expectancy?

Can't be certain: There are many variables that affect survival. The lung cancer type and location. Younger people tend to live longer than older people with lung cancer. Women with lung cancer have a greater life expectancy than men with with lung cancer. Every case is different. That being said, the median stage 4 non-small cell lung cancer life expectancy is about 8 months. Five year survival is only 1%. ...Read more

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With stage 4 lung cancer, what is the life expectancy?

With stage 4 lung cancer, what is the life expectancy?

Greatly depends: That depends on many factors: the type of cancer, how much it has spread, whether it is responsive to treatment, whether you have received treatment, etc. Etc. It is very difficult to make a prognostication about "life expectancy." stage 4 cancer, of whatever type, can be very difficult. It is important you get all the information you need that is accurate and helpful. ...Read more

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What is life expectancy of extensive stage 4 lung cancer?

What is life expectancy of extensive stage 4 lung cancer?

Weeks to months: Extensively metastatic lung cancer is a very serious condition with a very grave prognosis. The life expectancy would be weeks to months, not likely years. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy of someone with stage 4 lung cancer?

What is the life expectancy of someone with stage 4 lung cancer?

Not good: Life expectancy with stage lung cancer is not good. The average is 5-6 months. With chemotherapy, the life expectancy is about a year. ...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?

Functional status: First, I am so sorry for you and your family. Lung cancer can spread very quickly. You mentioned hospice had been called. In general, that is an option when an individual has a life expectancy of less than 6months. But remember, that is just a prognosis (guess/estimate) not a hard set fact. The most important factors are her function, such as her ability to stand, walk, eat, etc. ...Read more

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My mom has been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in both her lungs, lymph nodes & around the lining of the heart what is life expectancy? She's 50

My mom has been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in both her lungs, lymph nodes & around the lining of the heart what is life expectancy? She's 50

Unfortunate: Stage 4 lung cancer survival steadily improving with new therapies but not quick enough. It also depends type of cell age, sex females do better and general health. Non small cell 50% survive 8 months, over all less than 18% 5 yr survival. Give all the support and help you can along with family, make her comfortable try traditional and new regimes. ...Read more

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Stage 4 lung cancer no chemo tumor grew & cancer spread, clinical trial only now, on oxygen for sob, blood clots in legs, what is life expectancy?

Stage 4 lung cancer no chemo tumor grew & cancer spread, clinical trial only now, on oxygen for sob, blood clots in legs, what is life expectancy?

Hard to say/depends.: At this stage of lung cancer, the options are limited as is survival. If treatment is done, it's usually chemotherapy and radiation and/or surgery after adjuvant chemotherapy. There are certainly trials out there and I would recommend talking to your doctor before starting any, but the chance for success is likely limited, as the 5 year survival of stage IV is <5%, but it doesn't hurt to try. ...Read more

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Life expectancy for someone with smallcell lung cancer taking gene therapy drugs?

Life expectancy for someone with smallcell lung cancer taking gene therapy drugs?

Gene therapy: It is still considered experimental for small cell. Life expectancy depends upon the stage of sclc whether limited or extensive. In most patients it is a fatal disease. ...Read more

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Stage 4 lung cancer how long can leave without threatment?

Stage 4 lung cancer how long can leave without threatment?

Stage 4 lung Ca.: A few months, somewhere between 3 months or shorter to 8 months on average depending on the extent of disease and tumor aggressiveness. But I want to emphasize stage 4 lung cancer is not curable, but treatable. I encourage you to see local oncologist, fully review the case, and possibly start treatment as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Will my radiation treatments for stage 4 lung cancer increase survival rate?

Will my radiation treatments for stage 4 lung cancer increase survival rate?

Not really: While radiation is good for local control and some relief of symptoms, it is unlikely to affect survival in stage IV disease. It may improve your quality of life, but not the length. ...Read more

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Help docs! My father has stage 4 small cell lung cancer. What are the best treatments?

Help docs! My father has stage 4 small cell lung cancer. What are the best treatments?

Rtx/Cis: Sorry about your dad. It's a terrible disease. Currently cis platinum based chemotherapy protocols and radiotherapy protocols are used. Rare cures reported. Mostly palliative. Remission is not cure, its like a truce between the tumor and the patient. Usually fast growing. Not a surgically treated disease in that stage.Surgery only for small nodulesdx. As small cell in bx. During surgery. ...Read more

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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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Treatment for pulmonary stage four lung cancer?

Treatment for pulmonary stage four lung cancer?

Chemo/radiation: Chemotherapy mostly, +/- radiation if the tumor is bulky and causing any local problems or a lot of pain. Prognosis is not good. Depending on the age, comorbidities and overall condition, palliative care is also a good option. ...Read more

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My dad has stage four lung cancer. What are his treatment options?

My dad has stage four lung cancer. What are his treatment options?

Depends: Stage IV can be because of another lesion in the opposite lung, or a malignant pleural or pericardial effusion, or distant disease. Treatment options would be surgical (rarely), chemoradiation (usually palliative), or comfort care, which is a reasonable option in some cases. ...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


Dr. David Cooke
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Lung Cancer (Definition)

Cancer that forms in tissues of the lung, usually in the cells lining air passages. The two main types are small cell lung cancer and ...Read more