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Doctor insights on: Non Small Cell Stage 4 Lung Cancer

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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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What do you suggest if my dad has stage 4 non small cell lung cancer.?

What do you suggest if my dad has stage 4 non small cell lung cancer.?

A cancer center.: Stage 4 lung cancer normally requires chemotherapy and radiation treatment. Hopefully, your fathers case would be reviewed by a tumor conference, with recommendations from specialist in both oncology and radiation. Five year survival rates are usually not over 30%. ...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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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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Could use your help docs! my father has stage 4 non small cell lung cancer. Any insights?

Could use your help docs! my father has stage 4 non small cell lung cancer. Any insights?

Oncology referral: Stage IV lung cancer is noncurable but it is treatable in that your father's quality of life and the length of his life can be increased by medical care. He needs to see an concologist to get personalized recommendations for his medical care. ...Read more

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My husband is undergoing chemo/avastin for stage 4 non small cell lung cancer. Dr stopped chemo after 6 cycles cause weight loss. Is this risky?

My husband is undergoing chemo/avastin for stage 4 non small cell lung cancer. Dr stopped chemo after 6 cycles cause weight loss. Is this risky?

Depends : Weight loss may be due to side effect from chemo or tumor progression despite the chemo. Either way, stopping the chemo is reasonable. ...Read more

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Mom diagnosed wi/stage IV non small cell lung cancer its mets to bones, a lymph node, pancreas. What is her chances of survival?

Mom diagnosed wi/stage IV non small cell lung cancer its mets to bones, a lymph node, pancreas. What is her chances of survival?

Tough: Not curable but treatable. Survival depends on several factors, performance status-meaning how she is doing and how many side effects. Also depends on how well and if she responds to chemotherapy. Hope this helps. ...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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She was diagnosed with non small cell lung cancer stg. 4 and died 29 days later. Before she was diagnosed she seemed fine. How could this happen?

She was diagnosed with non small cell lung cancer stg. 4 and died 29 days later. Before she was diagnosed she seemed fine. How could this happen?

Small cell cancer: Most cancers have a volume doubling time of about 3 months, except small cell cancer. Problem with small cell cancer is that it goes fast, may have no symptoms initially and can go be in multiple organs the time it is diagnosed, and can include the lining of the heart and can cause fluid and compression of the heart. ...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. David Cooke
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Lung Cancer (Definition)

From national cancer institute: "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 non-small cell lung cancer. These types are diagnosed based on how the cells ...Read more