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What is the prognosis for lung cancer with a lesion in the brain?

What is the prognosis for lung cancer with a lesion in the brain?

Likely poor/bad.: A lung cancer with a lesion in the brain is considered stage IV as this means that there is distant metastasis. This has a 5 year survival of < 5%, so you can see that the chances of successful therapy are very small. But take heart, for therapy has come a long way and depending on the type, like small cell cancer, chemotherapy can stop even extensive cases. So see your dr. B/c you never know. ...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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What is the prognosis for lung cancer that has metastases to the brain and pelvic area?

What is the prognosis for lung cancer that has metastases to the brain and pelvic area?

Fair: There are several factors that affect prognosis. First the type of lung cancer. Is it small cell or non-small cell.

Second, has there been a check on the molecular markers on the tumor (egfr, alk, ros 1?) there are targeted agents for those tyoe of tumors and patients do much better than the average.
Discuss with your oncologist treatment options prognosis. Avoid internet for prognosis. ...Read more

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Why does lung cancer spread to the brain so often?

Why does lung cancer spread to the brain so often?

Lung cancer: The different cell types of lung cancer have the propensity to spread to different organs either due to blood stream patterns, adjacent anatomy or the affinity of these other organs to receive and grow these cancer strains. It turns out that the brain is one of those susceptible organs. ...Read more

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How would lung cancer (tumor) spread to the brain?

How would lung cancer (tumor) spread to the brain?

Blood vessels: The cancer grows into small blood vessels and sheds cells that move through the blood stream to distant sites, lung, then rest of body. ...Read more

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Why does lung cancer usually spread to the brain, thereby producing brain tumors?

Why does lung cancer usually spread to the brain, thereby producing brain tumors?

Brain Mets: (metastasis) as an entity comprise 100k per year. Lung cancer leads the league, but breast, melanoma, kidney are quite common. Prostate almost never. Only rhabdoid tumors in children commonly go to brain. This pattern stares at us, but baffles us as to why "organotropic" patterns of metastasis are so predictable. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy of six month lung cancer that has spread to the bone and brain?

What is the life expectancy of six month lung cancer that has spread to the bone and brain?

More: The median survival of non-small cell lung cancer in the us is 12-14 months. That means, 50% of patients live more than that and 50% live less than that. Most patient live at least a year. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment I have small cell lung cancer that has spread to the brain I have ten tumors what are my best options?

What is the best treatment I have small cell lung cancer that has spread to the brain I have ten tumors what are my best options?

Multidisciplinary: Small cell cancer is challenging even in early stage. All small cell cancer should be treated through a multidisciplinary thoracic oncology program with a targeted and individualized approach. Clinical trial enrollment when possible. The following link discusses general approach to treating nsclc and small cell, our best wishes are with you: http://goo. Gl/s6eme. ...Read more

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Can radiation therapy still help me when my lung cancer has spread to the brain?

Can radiation therapy still help me when my lung cancer has spread to the brain?

Yes: Radiation treatment can help treat some metastasis to the brain and assist in palliative therapy. ...Read more

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Lung cancer has spread not to the brain but the bones actually, how long to live or what's the survival rate if I go through chemo?

Lung cancer has spread not to the brain but the bones actually, how long to live or what's the survival rate if I go through chemo?

Depends on a number: Of factors. Discuss with your team of docs (orthopod, oncologist, pcp & any other specialitist that you may need). Chemo/radiation are generally best options, with some surgical procedure to stabilize a broken or a bone that is weakened (but not yet broken). The idea is to improve the quality of life for as long as possible. Survival is dependent on cancer type and its response to the meds.. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of lung cancer that spread to the brain? I have nerve damage from lung lobectomy and still have cancer. Do not want chemo.

What are the symptoms of lung cancer that spread to the brain? I have nerve damage from lung lobectomy and still have cancer. Do not want chemo.

Varied Brain sympto: Brain metastases often cause headaches which are persistent and progressive such that you will need medication to relieve it. Other symptoms are nausea and or vomiting, vision changes and sometimes seizures. Paralysis of arms or legs can occur but only rarely. If there is any such concern a Brain MRI is a good test to check your brain. Radiotherapy and steroids are a good treatment (instead of Chemo ...Read more

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My mom has lung cancer that spread to the brain the cancer is stable and very small but her appetite is poor she's very weak and losing weight, ideas?

My mom has lung cancer that spread to the brain the cancer is stable and very small but her appetite is poor she's very weak and losing weight, ideas?

Good food: Giver her her favorite foods.

Also, Megace (megestrol) and Marinol can be helpful.

Remember that force-feeding has never been shown to be of benefit in cancer patients. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy a patient with lung cancer that has spread to the bones and brain and is currently being treated with chemotherapy?

What is the life expectancy a patient with lung cancer that has spread to the bones and brain and is currently being treated with chemotherapy?

Not good: 6 months at the most. Give or take. Get affairs in order, hospice is a good option if available. Sorry and good luck! ...Read more

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My 84 year old mother has lung cancer it has spread to brain, bones. How long should we expect her to live?

Few months: Depends on how extensive brain mets are. Rarely solitary metastasis patients survive longer, but generally brain mets portend poor prognosis measured in a few months. ...Read more

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Are brain and lung cancer related?

NO: These cancers are not related. But.... Many people are confused by the concept that lung cancers can spread to the brian as metastasis. This happens all to often and is in fact more common tha a primary brain tumor. ...Read more

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How long do you have to live once lung cancer goes to the brain?

How long do you have to live once lung cancer goes to the brain?

Months: Median survival for all patients with brain metastases is 6 months. There are certainly lots of outliers on either side, with other factors helping to predict like overall burden of disease and general condition of the patient him- or herself. But even with the variation, survival beyond a year or so is not likely. ...Read more

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Does small cell lung cancer go anywhere in the body or just the brain?

Does small cell lung cancer go anywhere in the body or just the brain?

Can go anywhere: Sclc is particularly notorious for spreading quickly and widely. The brain is one common place for sclc to spread, but it can spread almost anywhere in the body. The liver, bone, adrenal glands, and brain are the most common sites. ...Read more

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Smal cell lung cancer that has moved to the brain, how long before it is fatal?

Depends: Metastatic small cell lung cancer is treated with chemotherapy and brain radiation. Survival is dependent on response to treatment. ...Read more

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Can lung cancer resist treatment and move to the brain?

Can lung cancer resist treatment and move to the brain?

You bet!: There are 100k brain metastasis per year, and lung cancer patients compose about half of them. It is a very common first site of relapse, and can have serious consequences. Preventitive brain radiotherapy is indicated in all responders in small cell, but the trial in non-sclc showed reduction in frequency of brain metastases, but no survival benefit. Thus, many insurers will not pay for it. ...Read more

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How can a lung cancer metastatic to brain patient feels?

Variable: Depends on cell type, location, stage, time of origin, and metastatic activity

from nothing noticed at all in early stage to the worst possible misery and pain and breathlessness! And headaches can be miserable.
Weight loss, cachexia, cough, bleeding, drowning in sputum, are all possibles.
With spread, bone pain anywhere and paralysis can occur.
Do not smoke! ...Read more

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Can you advise me on going on vacation with lung cancer/brain tumors?

Can you advise me on going on vacation with lung cancer/brain tumors?

Live for Today: I am going to make some assumptions here so please know where I am coming from. If you have brain cancer from your lung cancer then you are unlikely to live much longer. If a vacation does not involve a foreign country where care is minimal. .. go for it. ...Read more

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Father inlaw had 3 mths to live lung cancer is going into his brain how much longer will he live?

Father inlaw had 3 mths to live lung cancer is going into his brain how much longer will he live?

I do not know: Only God knows for sure. Some people live longer than expected with terminal illnesses, and others may pass on quickly. Hopefully, whatever is best for your father in law will occur. God Bless. ...Read more

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How could any non-user support a drug that destroys your brain, causes lung cancer and permanent addiction?

How could any non-user support a drug that destroys your brain, causes lung cancer and permanent addiction?

Tobacco?: Tobacco does all that, but I'm not sure what is your question. Is it rhetorical? I guess nobody should support its use but some will if there is money behind it. Did I answer your question? ...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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My husband was diagnosed with lung cancer with metastatic to the brain, now there's a bleed on the brain what is his life expectancy?

My husband was diagnosed with lung cancer with metastatic to the brain, now there's a bleed on the brain what is his life expectancy?

Bad disease: Metastatic lung Cancer is a very bad cancer. An average patient can be expected to live between 4-12 months depending on how many sites of spread (besides the brain) he has and how mnay tumor nodules show up in his Brain scans. Patients with multiple brain metastases do poorly and may have even a shorter survival, sometimes just a few weeks unless his tumors shrink with the treatments offered to ...Read more

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Does lung cancer brain metastised tumors treated with the gamma knife extend survival if the tumors shrink and show no signs after a three month perio?

A good sign: The use of gamma knife to treat brain tumor suggests the brain lesion was a small? Was it only one lesion? Siezure, headache? Decadron (dexamethasone)? It is hard to tell about overall survival. It is encouraging to know that the tumor shrank after 3 months of treatment how much shrinking? I presume that you are talking about the lung lesions. Enjoy today, count your blessings, let tomorrow worry about itself. ...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


Prognosis (Definition)

The prognosis is the predicted outcome or "forecast" for a disease or process. It is only an estimate but is likely based on past experience or data taking into account the individual's overall health status. It may suggest progression of disease ...Read more