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What is the life expectancy of someone with small cell lung cancer?

What is the life expectancy of someone with small cell lung cancer?

Short: With limited stage disease the median survival is less than 2 years and with extensive disease less than a year. Having said that there are 5 year survivors. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Help please? What is the life expectancy of stage four small cell lung cancer?

Help please? What is the life expectancy of stage four small cell lung cancer?

Poor: While there are treatments available, the reality is that stage IV small cell lung cancer is rarely curable and only marginally treated. Life expectancy is measured in weeks to months. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what is the life expectancy of stage four small cell lung cancer?

Could you tell me what is the life expectancy of stage four small cell lung cancer?

Not great,: ....I'm afraid. Without treatment it can be weeks to a few months at best. Treatment can extend it to 6+ months but seldom more than a year. There are exceptions, of course, depends on the age and health of the patient and how much disease there is. If this is about you or a loved one, I wish you the best. Remember none of us can tell for sure how long we have, so live each day fully. ...Read more

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How much time is the life expectancy for someone with type 3b small cell lung cancer?

How much time is the life expectancy for someone with type 3b small cell lung cancer?

Stage III B: It's unpredictable and depends on your response to treatment. You may have a few good years ahead of you. Cherish whatever you get. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy for someone with small cell lung cancer limited stage 3rd level?

What is the life expectancy for someone with small cell lung cancer limited stage 3rd level?

Bad actor: Small cell at any stage beyond stage 1 = small, peripheral, has a bad prognosis. Get the devils and discuss. Less than 2 years is common. ...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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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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What is a persons life expectancy with small cell lung cancer undergoing chemo and radiation? The cancer is confined has not spread anywhere else

What is a persons life expectancy with small cell lung cancer undergoing chemo and radiation? The cancer is confined has not spread anywhere else

>25 %: In a large randomized study testing radiotherapy and chemotherapy for non-metastatic small cell lung cancer, ~ 25% of patients were alive after 5 years. Since then, advances in imaging, treatment techniques, and supportive care may have increased this rate slightly. ...Read more

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My mom has stage 4 small cell lung cancer in both lungs, in severe pain no biopsy no trtreatment what happens now? Life expectancy?

My mom has stage 4 small cell lung cancer in both lungs, in severe pain no biopsy no trtreatment what happens now? Life expectancy?

One question: Small cell lung cancer is almost always high-stage when it's discovered and the only question is whether she is a candidate for chemotherapy, which can be expected to make the disease vanish for at least several good months. If this is not possible, it should at least be possible to manage her discomfort; ask a hospice physician. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy of lung cancer?

What is the life expectancy of lung cancer?

Depends on the stage: Depends on the stage of cancer, the biology, overall health condition of patients. Nowadays treatment of lung cancer is personalized based on the stage and biology of cancer. Patients can survive only for several months, a few /several years or could be cured in a very early stage. In a study, overall survival in stage IV non small cell lung cancer- is approximately 15 months. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy of someone with stage 3A lung cancer?

What is the life expectancy of someone with stage 3A lung cancer?

It varies: It is unpredictable. There is a 14% chance of being alive in five years. Death could come in weeks. ...Read more

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What is life expectancy of lung cancer patient?

What is life expectancy of lung cancer patient?

Can be high: Small size, peripheral, squamous cell can be cured. 70-90% at five years depends on cell type- small cell cancer is still a bad actor. Many variables better to answer with cell type- biopsy and imaging= staging to look for any distant mets. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy of someone with lung cancer and metastasis?

What is the life expectancy of someone with lung cancer and metastasis?

Lung Cancer Spread: The life expectancy of a patient with lung cancer metastasis depends on a number of factors. Most important is the location of the metastasis. Lymph node disease can sometimes be cured. Those patients with isolated metastasis to the brain or to the adrenal gland have a much more favorable prognosis than patients with widespread disease. Average survival for stage IV disease is about 8 months. ...Read more

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With stage 4 lung cancer, what is the life expectancy?

Greatly depends: That depends on many factors: the type of cancer, how much it has spread, whether it is responsive to treatment, whether you have received treatment, etc. Etc. It is very difficult to make a prognostication about "life expectancy." stage 4 cancer, of whatever type, can be very difficult. It is important you get all the information you need that is accurate and helpful. ...Read more

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What is life expectancy of extensive stage 4 lung cancer?

What is life expectancy of extensive stage 4 lung cancer?

Weeks to months: Extensively metastatic lung cancer is a very serious condition with a very grave prognosis. The life expectancy would be weeks to months, not likely years. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy of someone with stage 4 lung cancer?

What is the life expectancy of someone with stage 4 lung cancer?

Not good: Life expectancy with stage lung cancer is not good. The average is 5-6 months. With chemotherapy, the life expectancy is about a year. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy of lung cancer victim who keeps smoking?

What is the life expectancy of lung cancer victim who keeps smoking?

Likely short: About half the patients with lung cancer are gone within a year of diagnosis. Keeping up smoking will add to the lung damage, cause heart disease and other pathologies, and reduce the life span even if the person beats the cancer. ...Read more

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What would the life expectancy for stage III lung cancer with no chemo be?

It depends: It depends on the staging. There is a stage iiia and b. With treatment the median is 16 and 13 months respectively. Survival with treatment is 23% and 10 % respectively. Survival without depends on age, other illnesses and symptoms. ...Read more

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Dr. David Cooke
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