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Does it make sense for my 87-year-old father to have cataract surgery when he has stage 3 small cell lung cancer?

Does it make sense for my 87-year-old father to have cataract surgery when he has stage 3 small cell lung cancer?

Yes, it does.: To be able to see things clearly is part of quality of life. If he has a poor vision due to his cataract and cataract surgery can fix it- absolutely it is a good thing to do, if that can be done safely. The surgery itself is minor and with very minimal side effects. The fear of falling will increase significantly when we are older and it'd be very helpful if at least we can see things clearly. ...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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Could my 87 year old father have cataract surgery when he has stage 3 small cell lung cancer?

Could  my 87 year old father have cataract surgery when he has stage 3 small cell lung cancer?

Yes: This decision hinges on balancing the potential benefit of the surgery and your father's quality of life. If cataracts are mild, and he is not significantly hampered, i'd likely advise deferring surgery. If vision changes are severe and quality of life is significantly affected, it is not unreasonable. The decision should be made in concert with your father's oncologist to help clarify. ...Read more

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My father has stage 4 non small cell lung cancer. Prognosis?

My father has stage 4 non small cell lung cancer. Prognosis?

In general, not good: Non small cell is usually not as aggressive as small cell, but chemotherapy is not as effective. A lot depends on the functional status of your dad, and where the cancer has spread. Stage 4 implies it has spread somewhere. 5 year survival rates are usually less than 5%. Sorry. ...Read more

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Is there a law that helps me because I have to take time off work to help my father who has stage 4 terminal lung cancer?

Is there a law that helps me because I have to take time off work to help my father who has stage 4 terminal lung cancer?

Ask social worker: Sorry about your mom. There are both federal and state laws that may apply. Ask your employer or your mom's social worker (if on hospice or palliative care they can also provide or refer to one) about information and how to apply for fmla (the family medical leave act) and also about any state laws/regulations that may apply. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my father has late 4th stage emphizima and late 3rd early 4th stage adenocarcinoma (small cell lung cancer)?

What do you suggest if my father has late 4th stage emphizima and late 3rd early 4th stage adenocarcinoma (small cell lung cancer)?

Deepest condolences: It sounds like your father's time is short. Make it as good a quality time as possible. Talk to each other. Tell him that you love him. If he was a good father, tell him. Ask him to provide a life history for you - video tape it if possible. Consider Hospice care. Be sure you discuss and know his wishes for mechanical ventilation. Be sure he has a will. ...Read more

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My father have fluid in his lungs but he has stop taking medication. What are the side effects of not taking medication. Can it lead to lung cancer?

My father have fluid in his lungs but he has stop taking medication.
What are the side effects of not taking medication.
Can it lead to lung cancer?

Lung fluid worsening: Your father needs to go see his doctor to discuss why he stopped the medication- was he having side effects, too costly? Whatever the case, his doctor may be able to offer him an alternative so the fluid in his lungs does not get worse to the point where he has difficulty breathing. If the cause of the fluid has not yet been determined, he should also discuss diagnostic tests with his doctor. ...Read more

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My father has lung cancer stadium 4, now he has problem with his stomach. His stomach feels hard, but on usg they didn't find anything on his stomach?

My father has lung cancer stadium 4, now he has problem with his stomach. His stomach feels hard, but on usg they didn't find anything on his stomach?

CT scan, EGD: Ct scan will be much better than sonogram to evaluate what is wrong here in this case. Having said that, ultimately, an upper endoscopy may be needed to directly visualize the upper GI tract to evaluate if there is stomach ulcer etc. Discuss with your doctor in detail. ...Read more

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My father has lung cancer and has been on chemo but doesn't change much. Now he is really skinny due to his appetite. Could u advice what other safe treatment?

My father has lung cancer and has been on chemo but doesn't change much. Now he is really skinny due to his appetite. Could u advice what other safe treatment?

Stage 3-4: Chemotherapy +/- radiation, is the main therapy for stage iii, IV lung cancers and small cell(oat cell) carcinomas. However staging indicates that the disease process is systemic. Therefore, in advanced stage lung cancers, the patients are usually weak from malnutrition with low pre albumins, and maybe also post obstructive pneumonia. Try to help his nutrition withpulmocarechilleddrinks.Oncologist. ...Read more

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Why is my father getting radiation to his brain when he has lung cancer?

Why is my father getting radiation to his brain when he has lung cancer?

Spread to the brain : Lung cancer often spreads to the brain. So either it has already been seen on scans of the brain and is being treated or in small cell lung cancer we use it prophylactically. That is trying to prevent it from showing up, but that is only the case in small cell lung cancer. ...Read more

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What can I do about my father having lung cancer?

What can I do about my father having lung cancer?

With love: But get good advice and care! if small, local then surgery can cure. If large, bad cell type then combination care can continue some quality time. Family and friends are important! ...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


Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Cataracts (Definition)

A cataract is a clouding (or change in protein composition) of the normally clear lens (which is located behind the pupil and iris) inside the eye. Cataracts are most commonly due to aging, but can be congenital (born with it), due to trauma or uveitis (eye inflammation). The condition can worsen by long-term topical steroid ...Read more