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My Dad originally had oesaphageal cancer, he received chemo before surgery but it didn't work. He now has stage 4 cancer in the lungs & major organs..

My Dad originally had oesaphageal cancer, he received chemo before surgery but it didn't work. He now has stage 4 cancer in the lungs & major organs..

Sounds like: A serious problem. Esophageal cancers have poor prognosis in general, because they are difficult to detect early and spread easily to adjacent and distant organs. ...Read more

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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Stage 4 cancer that has spread to liver lungs and brain. What is live expectancy.?

Stage 4 cancer that has spread to liver lungs and brain. What is live expectancy.?

Stage IV lung cancer: Straight to the point...There is nothing that will change or delay the inevitalbe. Everyday is a blessing and is precious and you should treat it as such. The text books will say six months or less but it is usually a lot less. Some patients will last a few days and others will take a few weeks depending on their overall strength. They are only traveling the path we all will soon follow. ...Read more

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If someone had stage 4 cancer and it spread to lungs and chest. Etc. Wouldn't a chest X-ray show something?

If someone had stage 4 cancer and it spread to lungs and chest. Etc. Wouldn't a chest X-ray show something?

Depends: It would be great if the answer was a definitive yes. And, though the way you describe it, it seems likely, but it depends on the type of cancer, the extent of involvement, and the size of metastases. Also, if there are obscuring findings, like a diffuse pneumonia, it might be difficult to pick up on x-ray. ...Read more

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My best friend. 51 yrs old was diagnosis today with stage 4 cancer. Lung. Inoperable. Spread to adrenals. Bloodstream and more. How long can she live?

My best friend. 51 yrs old was diagnosis today with stage 4 cancer. Lung. Inoperable. Spread to adrenals. Bloodstream and more. How long can she live?

Stage 4 lung cancer: I'm sorry to hear about your best friend. Stage 4 lung cancer non-small cell type nowadays with all the advances we have made in modern chemotherapy and targeted therapies, the average survival is about 12-15 months. The chances of making 2 years is about 20% and chances of making 5 years are less than 5 %. There are very few patients who survive long term. ...Read more

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What are options for patient with stage 4 cancer and a collapsed lung?

What are options for patient with stage 4 cancer and a collapsed lung?

Chest tube: I would consult with a thoracic surgeon regarding the collapsed lung. A small procedure could be performed to assist in inflating the lung, either by draining fluid or placing a chest tube. ...Read more

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What are some choices for patient with stage 4 cancer and a collapsed lung?

What are some choices for patient with stage 4 cancer and a collapsed lung?

Depends: If the lung is collapsed due a tumor in a bronchus (e.g. Breathing tube) it can sometimes be opened up with a short course of external radiation therapy or with internal radiation and removal of some of the tumor through a long thin scope put down through the nose into the lungs. If it is collapsed due to fluid around the lung, sometimes draining it can help. ...Read more

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Mom has late stage 4 cancer. Lung camcer that went to bones. What symptoms can I look for to indicate when the end is drawing near? Does pain go away?

Mom has late stage 4 cancer. Lung camcer that went to bones. What symptoms can I look for to indicate when the end is drawing near? Does pain go away?

Depends: There may be a variety of symptoms, ranging from bone pain to fatigue to difficulty breathing. Consider seeing a palliative care specialist or enrolling in hospice. Aggressive symptom control (including pain control) will help her make the most of her symptoms, plus will help out with the support needed by you and your loved ones. ...Read more

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92 year old woman who had adenocarcinoma 20 years ago and top lobe of lung was removed has now been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer large mass in righ u?

92 year old woman who had adenocarcinoma 20 years ago and top lobe of lung was removed has now been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer large mass in righ u?

Make her comfortable: Although age is no exception to treatment, physicians will ask the 92 patient (if mental status is altered will proceed as directed in the heath care proxy) in the end stage cancer, usually referred to hospice. ...Read more

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My mom is 86 years old. We were just informed she has stage 4 cancer. 1 inch tumor on outside of liver and 1 inch Tumlr on inside of liver Lung meta?

My mom is 86 years old. We were just informed she has stage 4 cancer. 1 inch tumor on outside of liver and 1 inch Tumlr on inside of liver Lung meta?

What is your questio: Her oncologist can guide you about further treatment or guide you for palliative care. What did her doctor advice you to do??? Let us know and we can give you some more suggestions about how to manage this Cancer. What is the source/original Primary tumor in her case?? ...Read more

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Stage 4 cancer that has mets to brain, lungs, adrenal gland and now liver, cause bowels to shut down? If so what are the signs that it is happening?

Stage 4 cancer that has mets to brain, lungs, adrenal gland and now liver, cause bowels to shut down? If so what are the signs that it is happening?

It depends on so man: Bowel obstruction can occur in any advanced abdominal cancer. If the bowels are compromised by tumor they can close/obstruct. It is not difficult to tell when that happens because no food will pass through them. As a result patients become constipated/obstipated and have increasing pain in the abdomen and are unable to eat and drink due to persistent nausea and vomiting. The belly swells up also. ...Read more

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My mom has stage 4 metastatic cancer of lungs, but primary is unknown. Her gallbladder mass, ca is 19.9 which is high but her liver is alright. She got a CT scan done three months ago and her gallbladder seemed fine. Could it be gallbladder cancer?

My mom has stage 4 metastatic cancer of lungs, but primary is unknown. Her gallbladder mass, ca is 19.9 which is high but her liver is alright. She got a CT scan done three months ago and her gallbladder seemed fine. Could it be gallbladder cancer?

Gb unlikely: Your mother has stage IV cancer with mets to lung. I am sorry. If a ct showed the gallbladder normal 3 months ago then it is unlikely. Knowing if it is adenocarcinoma or squamous may help. But focusing on the forward progress and implementing a plan she wants is the most important thing. A supportive family and a clear goal. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I recently found out my mom has stage 4 non-small aderno (spreading) lung cancer is there any chance of remission? It's in her lungs-tailbone-neck

I recently found out my mom has stage 4 non-small aderno (spreading) lung cancer is there any chance of remission? It's in her lungs-tailbone-neck

Not curable but...: There are some chemotherapy protocols that may give her a some good time. Make the most of whatever she has left. I'm sorry about your mom and hope that you will still find things to enjoy and to give meaning to this difficult time. ...Read more

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Metastatic cancer of the lungs: what are the signs?

Location: It depends to location if is bone it cause bone pain if is brain it cause headache dizziness, abdominal nodes and bowel cause pain. ...Read more

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Metastatic cancer of the lungs - what are the signs?

Metastatic cancer of the lungs - what are the signs?

SOB, hemoptysis: Lung mets may be asymptomatic (no symptoms). Other common symptoms are shortness of breath, hemoptysis (coughing up blood), pain. ...Read more

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Are tumors in the lung usually a result of metastatic cancer?

Often: They are either metastatic lesions that spread from other parts of the body, or they are "primary" lung cancers that originated in the lung tissue. Most often if multiple tumors, they would be metastatic lesions, but if there was a single spot seen in a smoker, it may be a primary tumor. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy once metastatic cancer is found in the bones and lungs?

What is the life expectancy once metastatic cancer is found in the bones and lungs?

Depends: Depends on the primary cancer diagnosis and other issues.
Bone mets can be treated with bisphosphonate (zometa) or Denosumab (xgeva) as well as radiation or systemic (eg chemo) therapy. ...Read more

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I wanna know how long the patiend of advanced colon metastatic cancer (which spread to the liver and lungs) will live?

I wanna know how long the patiend of advanced colon metastatic cancer (which spread to the liver and lungs) will live?

See below: Metastatic colon cancer is sensitive to chemotherapy, but life expectancy is related to the patients other medical co-morbid conditions and ability to tolerate multiple cycles of chemotherapy; average survival is around 2 years. ...Read more

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How bad is stage 4 cancer?

How bad is stage 4 cancer?

Verybad: Stage IV of what organ? In general it is end stage terminal cancer, how ever some cancers like lymphomas, testicular tumors etc when detected late will respond well to chemotherapy. ...Read more

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Is it possible for organs just stop working with stage 4 cancer of bone and liver?

Yes: With widespread cancer that has spread to several parts of the body including liver and bones, one could have multi-organ failure leading to death. ...Read more

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My mum 67 was diagnosed with metastatic caecal adenocarcinoma, aggressive stage 4 cancer. She's on folfox. Life expectancy??

Varies from months/y: The overall survival of stage 4 colon cancer varies from 1 to 3 years. Most patients have at least 2 years if their tumor responds to chemo. If you tumors regresses after chemo, it may even be surgically removable in which case long term survival (even a cure) can be possible. Ask more questions to your treating oncologist. ...Read more

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Stage 4 cancer of the esophagus survival rate? Any hope?

Stage 4 cancer of the esophagus survival rate? Any hope?

Poor: Unfortunately, stage 4 cancer of the esophagus has a very poor prognosis. Most will not survive a year, even with chemotherapy and radiation. ...Read more

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Does apricot seeds help in controlling cancer? If yes, what kind of apricot seeds should be taken? Asking this to help my mom in stage 4 cancer.

Does apricot seeds help in controlling cancer? If yes, what kind of apricot seeds should be taken? Asking this to help my mom in stage 4 cancer.

No. I don't think so: I am sorry for your mom's condition. Unfortunately based on 200 references with 63 original articles and updates- the claims that laetrile or amygdalin have beneficial effects for cancer patients are not currently supported by sound clinical data. There is a considerable risk of serious adverse effects from cyanide poisoning after laetrile or amygdalin, especially after oral ingestion. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my mom has stage 4 cancer?

What do you suggest if my mom has stage 4 cancer?

Cancer of....?: Treatment and prognosis of stage 4 cancers depend on the kind of cancer and the general health. She should see an oncologist. ...Read more

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How dangerous is an infection to a person with stage 4 cancer?

How dangerous is an infection to a person with stage 4 cancer?

What kind?: Almost any infection in a person with stage 4 cancer is bad, just that some are worse than others. ...Read more

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Can stage 4 cancer mean u will die soon?

Not necessarily: Stage 4 cancer is a late stage cancer which has spread inside the body. But the survival is quite varied and it depends on which type of cancer it is. For many cancers we have good treatments and patients can live for several months to several years. Cancers like colon, breast and kidney can be controlled for 2-5 years even in stage 4. Others can be fatal over a period of few months. ...Read more

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How long do you have to live in stage 4 cancer?

Quite variable: Stage IV cancer generally means that the cancer has spread from its organ of origin to other organs. How long you have to live depends on where the cancer originated. For example, stage IV breast or colon cancer is much more easily treated than stage IV pancreatic or gallbladder cancer. So you need additional information to fully answer your question. ...Read more

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Can you let me know how many mutations does a stage 4 cancer have?

Can you let me know how many mutations does a stage 4 cancer have?

Not relevant: Stage 4 suggests that the cancer is metastatic or widespread. It is a clinical description to help determine prognosis and sometimes treatment options. Mutations are what happens to dna of normal cells that turn them into cancer. There can be many mutations, even in early cancer, but all it takes is one mutation. ...Read more

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Why chemotherapy unable to cure stage 4 cancer even if the tumor is cleared?

Why chemotherapy unable to cure stage 4 cancer even if the tumor is cleared?

Many tumors are: Quite responsive to systemic therapy, and even disappear. Unfortunately, there are residual resistant cells that lurk beneath detection, and they re-emerge with time. Small cell lung cancer is the classic tumor that acts this way. So, the answer is resistant clones, not able to be eradicated with current therapy. ...Read more

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Does happy life really able to make patient with stage 4 cancer lives longer after having chemotherapy?

Does happy life really able to make patient with stage 4 cancer lives longer after having chemotherapy?

Maybe: A positive attitude is just as important to treatment as is the treatment in my opinion. I think the body recovers faster if hope is not lost. ...Read more

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For what length of time can you live with stage 4 cancer?

Depends: Depends greatly on the type of cancer. A few stage IV cancer patients can be cured (lymphoma or testicular) some others can live for many years (er positive breast cancer) and yet others die very quickly. Also depends on the general health of the patient. ...Read more

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How long can it take for a healthy person to develop stage 4 cancer?

Hard to Know: Many healthy people get cancer. Stage IV just means that the cancer has spread around the body away from where it started (metastases). Some cancers spread around the body very early and the tumor where it started might be small and asymptomatic by the time that the metastases are detected. Fast growing cancers probably start 2-6 mo before diagnosis. Slow ones probably take a few years. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my wife has survived stage 4 cancer is there any organization that will do something for her?

What do you suggest if my wife has survived stage 4 cancer is there any organization that will do something for her?

Need more info: First of all, her doctor is a good source of information. The American Cancer Society has a great website with resources, help, and support. Without knowing more about what kind of cancer she had, how long ago, what kind of treatment she was given, and what her most recent exams and scans show, it's hard to know what advice to give you. I also am not sure what "something" you want done for her? ...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. Jeffrey Roh
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Coccyx (Definition)

Coccyx is the triangular piece of bone at the end of the spine. It is commonly ...Read more