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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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Can anyone tell me the life expectancy for someone with small cell lung cancer at the limited stage 3 level?

Can anyone tell me the life expectancy for someone with small cell lung cancer at the limited stage 3 level?

Months to years: There are essentially two stages of small cell lung cancer, limited or extensive. However, you are describing mediastinal disease. So if this person gets a good response with chemo and rt, then prophylactic cranial irradiation should be given. The survival if a complete or near complete response is measured in months to years. Rare to survive past 5 years but there have been cases. ...Read more

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Is it too late to cure lung cancer is it's in stage 3?

Is it too late to cure lung cancer is it's in stage 3?

WE CAN NOT ANSWER: We can not answer without knowing the type of cancer etc.Discuss with your oncologist. ...Read more

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Is the chance of surviving stage 3 lung cancer usually slim?

Is the chance of surviving stage 3 lung cancer usually slim?

It depends: The overall 5-year survival rate with stage 3a lung cancer is 23%, but it can vary widely. The 5-year survival rate with stage 3b lung cancer is sadly only about 10%. ...Read more

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Can you go from stage 4 lung cancer to stage 3 if you improve a bit?

Can you go from stage 4 lung cancer to stage 3 if you improve a bit?

Stage confusion: Stage and staging tells you where the cancer is, what the prognosis is, and what the treatment might be with options. You do not change stage once treatment begins. The tumor either responds or doesn't. Complete repsonse (?Remission in leukenmia?) is the goal, shrinkage is ok. The idea is that as long as the cancer responds, you stay on that regimen...Maybe. ...Read more

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How much pain is involved with stage 3 lung cancer?

How much pain is involved with stage 3 lung cancer?

Sometimes painful: If the tumor has spread to the chest wall or diaphragm it can be painful but pain is not usual ...Read more

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Stage 3 lung cancer treated. now lesion on liveis it poss. lesion is not cancer or yes it is cancer ?

Stage 3 lung cancer treated. now lesion on liveis it poss. lesion is not cancer or yes it is cancer ?

We can't tell you: Your physician will need to determine whether the liver lesion is cancer. If it is really there, and it is new in this setting, then it is probably cancer. ...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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When is it appropriate to put my grandmother in hospice if she has stage 3 lung cancer?

When she is ready: Hospice is an individual choice; people with serious illness that is life threatening, with less than 6 months left to live are eligible. If she does not want treatment and/or is ready to be made comfortable, she is ready to talk about hospice. ...Read more

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3 years of non specific symptoms then diagnosis of small cell lung cancer. What is likelihood of 3 year of symptoms relating to sclc? Thank you.

3 years of non specific symptoms then diagnosis of small cell lung cancer. What is likelihood of  3 year of symptoms relating to sclc? Thank you.

Zero: I'm sorry about your cancer. Small-cell grows very fast, usually from nothing, and folks typically remember symptoms beginning days or a few weeks before diagnosis. The cough, weight loss, and malaise that may herald this illness are also those of emphysema from the smoking that usually causes small-cell. I hope you get effective treatment and with today's Rx perhaps great luck. ...Read more

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What are the tests for non-small cell lung cancer?

What are the tests for non-small cell lung cancer?

Nsclc: First of all, a biopsy will need to be done to the lung mass/nodule not only to establish diagnosis but also to find the histology and genetic profile of the cancer. Then, complete staging work-up with pet/ ct scan need to be done to stage the cancer. The treatment will depend on the histology/molecular-genetic mutation status, stage, as well as overall condition and preference of a patient. ...Read more

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What's the prognosis for non small cell lung cancer ?

5yr suvival bystage : Ia = 49% ib = 45% iia = 30% iib = 31% iiia = 14% iiib = 5% iv = 1% http://www.Cancer.Org/cancer/lungcancer-non-smallcell/detailedguide/non-small-cell-lung-cancer-survival-rates. ...Read more

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Could you explain what is non small cell lung cancer?

Could you explain what is non small cell lung cancer?

One type of lung: Cancer. It is not easy to explain. There are multiple subtypes within in this type. These are due to smoking and tend to spread locally as compared to early spread through blood for small cell cancer. See this site for more info. http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/non-small-cell-lung/patient/page1. ...Read more

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Which lung cancer is worse, small cell or non small cell?

Which lung cancer is worse, small cell or non small cell?

Apples vs oranges: With small cell, a good response to chemotherapy -- for a while -- followed by death is the predictable outcome, and it's fast when it comes. For the others -- less predictable, and slower. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What is the survival percentage non small cell lung cancer?

What is the survival percentage non small cell lung cancer?

The stage and others: Will depend on the stage and other prognostic factors. In general, the 5 year overall survival for stage 1 is 60-80%., stage 2 is 40-50%; stage 3 is 10-23%, and stage 4 is less than 10%. These however are the statistics obtained when using regular cytotoxic chemotherapy. With more personalized and more targetted therapy-we are hoping the number will improve. ...Read more

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What is surgery like for non small cell lung cancer?

Often cures: Surgery is the standard of care for stage i and ii lung cancer in the physically fit patient, and should be considered as an option in many patients with stage iiia. Often can be done minimally invasively thorascopically or with a robot. Recovery varies with the level of invasiveness. Lung surgery has best outcomes by a board certified thoracic surgeon. ...Read more

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What should I know about nsclc (non small cell lung cancer)?

What should I know about nsclc (non small cell lung cancer)?

Smoking: It is frequently caused by smoking. There is too much to discuss in 400 words! try this: http://www.Cancer.Gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/non-small-cell-lung/patient/page1. ...Read more

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What are the surgical options for non-small cell lung cancer?

What are the surgical options for non-small cell lung cancer?

Robot or VATS: Optimal lung cancer surgery, in appropriate candidates, is anatomic lobectomy (part of lung) or pneumonectomy (whole lung). Complete lymph node sample or dissection is integral part of case. Traditional centers use thoracotomy as primary approach. Modern minimally invasive approaches include vats and robotic techniques. Optimal lung cancer treatment is by comprehensive multidisciplinary approach. ...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)

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