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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

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

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What can I do if my grandfather has stage 4 lung cancer is it possible to cure from it?

What can I do if my grandfather has stage 4 lung cancer is it possible to cure from it?

Unlikely: Miracles happen, but the more common is declining limited course with stage 4!
family and love are important. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned if my husband has stage four non-small cell lung cancer do you know any alternative treatments?

Be concerned: Stage 4 lung cancer has an overall poor prognosis. The therapy associated with any positive effects would be chemotherapy and/or radiation. While a cure can occur, it is a rare event with stage 4. Alternative therapies can be explored, but realize that most don't claim to cure. If you look at the advertizements closely, they will treat but never claim to cure. Standard therapy- 15% overall cure. ...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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Non small cell lung cancer stage 111a. Had lobectomy but cancer remains in chest wall and lymph node. What is life expectancy without treatment?

Non small cell lung cancer stage 111a. Had lobectomy but cancer remains in chest wall and lymph node. What is life expectancy without treatment?

Variable outcomes: It is not entirely clear whether your cancer is truly stage-3A (it means completely resected, no residual cancer left behind). If there is indeed some tumor left behind in the chest wall, then there is high risk of recurrence which will likely cause you problems within 6 to 12 months. This can be controlled with radiotherapy combined with chemotherapy. So you should reconsider your decision. ...Read more

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My mom has stage 4 lung cancer with no biopsy no chemotherapy or treatment what is her life expectancy?

My mom has stage 4 lung cancer with no biopsy no chemotherapy or treatment what is her life expectancy?

Its Very Bad cancer: The life expectancy is limited but it depends on where her cancer has spread to. Most patients die due to distant metastases into vital organs. Once cancer has gone outside the lungs, the survival is 6 to 12 months, but can be over one year with rare exceptions. ...Read more

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What is the average life span for stage 4 lung cancer without treatment?

Depends: All limited!
but if small cell, short.
Others relate to cell type, location of metastases, other personal risk factors.
1-4 years, few at five. ...Read more

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What would the life expectancy for stage III lung cancer with no chemo be?

What would the life expectancy for stage III lung cancer with no chemo be?

It depends: It depends on the staging. There is a stage iiia and b. With treatment the median is 16 and 13 months respectively. Survival with treatment is 23% and 10 % respectively. Survival without depends on age, other illnesses and symptoms. ...Read more

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Does surgery improve life expectancy for patients with stage 3 lung cancer?

Does surgery improve life expectancy for patients with stage 3 lung cancer?

If so, not much: Albain et al tried to show that surgery improved survival in operable iiia, but there was no statistical benefit. The subset that got just a lobe removed possible benefited, but would need a larger study to prove. Those that had the entire lung removed actually faired worse. For most patients, it is not the thing that makes a difference, but response to chemo/rt signals benefit. ...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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What is the life expectancy of six month lung cancer that has spread to the bone and brain?

What is the life expectancy of six month lung cancer that has spread to the bone and brain?

More: 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. ...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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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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What is the life expectancy of someone with stage 3A lung cancer?

What is the life expectancy of someone with stage 3A lung cancer?

It varies: It is unpredictable. There is a 14% chance of being alive in five years. Death could come in weeks. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy of someone with small cell lung cancer?

Short: With limited stage disease the median survival is less than 2 years and with extensive disease less than a year. Having said that there are 5 year survivors. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy of lung cancer victim who keeps smoking?

What is the life expectancy of lung cancer victim who keeps smoking?

Likely short: About half the patients with lung cancer are gone within a year of diagnosis. Keeping up smoking will add to the lung damage, cause heart disease and other pathologies, and reduce the life span even if the person beats the cancer. ...Read more

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What is life expectancy of lung cancer patient?

What is life expectancy of lung cancer patient?

Can be high: Small size, peripheral, squamous cell can be cured. 70-90% at five years
depends on cell type- small cell cancer is still a bad actor.
Many variables
better to answer with cell type- biopsy and imaging= staging to look for any distant mets. ...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