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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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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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My grandfather 94yrs old having prostate cancer and also has metastasis in pancrease (pancrelipase) and bones. Treatment options?

My grandfather 94yrs old having prostate cancer and also has metastasis in pancrease (pancrelipase) and bones. Treatment options?

No treatment: In spite of your grandfathers clinical condition, the pattern of behavior of prostate cancer after 80 , for the most part typified by an indolent form of metastasis. One uses drugs like Lupron (leuprolide) to reduce hormones but at his age there are probably little or no hormones secreted. Chemo such as Taxol not utilized. Therefore he should live normal expected time for a 90yo without further intervention ...Read more

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Metastasis noted in bone in pelvic region. Now person is noted as stage 4 lung cancer given about 3 months to live. How accurate is this prognosis?

Metastasis noted in bone in pelvic region. Now person is noted as stage 4 lung cancer given about 3 months to live. How accurate is this prognosis?

Possibly: Metastasis to bone from any tumor/malignancy is stage4= distant metastasis= spread beyond margins. Prognosis is guarded, depending on originating type. Some metastasis respond to removal or control of primary thyroid and renal come to mind. ...Read more

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My husband has breast cancer and now it's in spleen lung bones and heart muscle. What would be his prognosis ? He is 50 years old

My husband has breast cancer and now it's in spleen lung  bones and heart muscle. What would be his prognosis ? He is 50 years old

In addition to: conventional treatment, your husband can consider a book by Simonton called "Getting well again" and the books and work of Patrick Quillan about nutrition. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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How long can you live with gastric cancer in 4th stage, if it has spread to liver, lungs, and pancreas?

How long can you live with gastric cancer in 4th stage, if it has spread to liver, lungs, and pancreas?

Not long: The prognosis is very poor, however life expectancy is ver hard for docs to predict. Life span will depend on responsiveness to treatment and performance status of the patient, but with disease like you describe, i would e pect 6 months or less. ...Read more

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My boyfriend has cancer in his lungs, pancreas, and groin. How can I find out about what the symptoms are?

My boyfriend has cancer in his lungs, pancreas, and groin. How can I find out about what the symptoms are?

Just ask: Sorry to hear about your friend - sounds like he has a hard row to hoe. Symptoms are what the patient experiences, so you can ask. What he says he feels are his symptoms. Please, be supportive, and good luck. ...Read more

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Stage4 cancer mestastasize lungs, bone, liver. Any treatment is hopeless?

Stage4 cancer mestastasize lungs, bone, liver. Any treatment is hopeless?

It varies: Cancer at stage IV varies...Some can be cured (hodgkins, germ cell of the testis) others are very difficult to cure even at earlier stages. Chemotherapy and radiation can extend life significantly in some cases and if used well, can keep people in a state of high quality life. So, it is not hopeless always. ...Read more

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How long can someone with lung cancer survive? If it's spread from bone cancer?

How long can someone with lung cancer survive? If it's spread from bone cancer?

Lung cancer: Usually ther is no five year survivors. The actual time depends on the type of cancer and health status of the patient. ...Read more

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Bone scan revealed small lesions on lungs/ribcage. Could they be anything other than cancer?

Bone scan revealed small lesions on lungs/ribcage. Could they be anything other than cancer?

Correlation: Bone scan is very sensitive and not specific. Correlative imaging ususally ct of chest would be needed. Lesions of ribs can also be fractures, benign tumors, and congenital anomalies. Lung uptake can also occcur in metabolic conditions, sometimes infection, scars, etc. ...Read more

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How does bone cancer affect your lungs?

How does bone cancer affect your lungs?

Spread: Cancer which starts in the bones can spread to the lungs (metastasize). These deposits in the lungs can cause cough, shortness of breath or coughing up blood. ...Read more

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How bad is it when a person's bone cancer spreads to the lungs?

How bad is it when a person's bone cancer spreads to the lungs?

Cancer type?: Many cancers spread (metastasize) to the lungs. Bone cancer is uncommon in adults. Primary cancers from one area (eg, lungs, breast, prostate) may spread to the bones and lungs, which is a more common scenario. ...Read more

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What is secondary cancer of bones and lungs?

What is secondary cancer of bones and lungs?

Metastatic Disease: What makes any cancer "evil" is its ability to break away from its organ of origin and travel thru the body taking up residence in other organs; this secondary organ involvement is referred to as metastases. Rx hinges upon chemotherapy to kill as many cancer cells as possible, supplemented by radiation therapy to control its growth (and symptoms). Rarely, surgical removal of a "met" may help. ...Read more

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How can I control cancer spread to bones,lungs & liver?

How can I control cancer spread to bones,lungs & liver?

Control primary: Few primary lesions that are not long standing will spread to multiple organs. Melanoma once past the local site will grow in all organs. Most others go to one site such as liver and can only grow at that site. Even chemo is not that effective at multiple sites. If not too advanced, metastatic foci are removed ...Read more

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6 months to live with secondary bone cancer from lung, what should I do?

6 months to live with secondary bone cancer from lung, what should I do?

Clinical trials: This is not bone cancer. It is lung cancer that has metastasized (travelled) to the bones. This is stage 4. There are different types of lungs cancer (nonsmall cell, small cell...). Some has certain mutations (abnormal genes) that can be targeted with new drugs (crizotinib for alk+ lung cancer, tarceva (erlotinib) or egfr + lung cancer...). You should also discuss with your doctor about clinical trials. ...Read more

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How long does it take a human body to die form secondary cancer of the bones or lungs?

How long does it take a human body to die form secondary cancer of the bones or lungs?

It depends: It's hard to say. It depends on how much metastasis there is. It could take a few days to a few months. ...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. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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Pancreas (Definition)

Abdominal organ. It is digestive organ: it secretes enzymes into the small bowel which break down food and help its absorption. It is also an endocrine organ: it produces hormones involved in sugar control and control of digestion. Insulin is one of these hormones. Diabetics either lack Insulin (type 1 diabetes) or have inadequate ...Read more