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My mother started chemo, for small cell lung cancer stage limited, she is going to have radio as well, should I prepare my self for her death ?

My mother started chemo, for small cell lung cancer stage limited, she is going to have radio as well, should I prepare my self for her death ?

Yes: However, even "oat cell" isn't certain death nowadays. Usually a person gets quite a few good months and several years is by no means unusual. Suppose you do as for any other relationship -- cherish the time you have, heal anything that needs it, and be ready whatever happens. Mom must be very special for you to have written. ...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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Typical time between responding to chemotherapy and reemergence of small cell lung cancer is how long?

Typical time between responding to chemotherapy and reemergence of small cell lung cancer is how long?

In extensive: Disease, median about 10-12 months; in limited disease, 20 - 24 months. Cures in 20 - 25% in ld. Ldtreated with chemo rt; ed chemo 4-6 month, whole brain rt to responders. ...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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My brother will have 8 hrs. Of chemo tomorrow for small cell lung cancer. What can I expect after that?

My brother will have 8 hrs. Of chemo tomorrow for small cell lung cancer. What can I expect after that?

Chemo side effects: You will be given instructions after the chemo and meds to stop nausea and vomoting etc.Just follow the oncologists advice. Nausea and vomiting, loss of appetite, weakness, fatigue later on anemia low blood count infections etc the side effects depend on the type of chemo used so folllow the oncologists instructions. ...Read more

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How responsive to?Chemotherapy? Is small cell lung cancer?

How responsive to?Chemotherapy? Is small cell lung cancer?

Very responsive: Small cell lung cancer in general is very responsive to chemotherapy as well as to radiation therapy. However, the problem is that the risk for recurrence is very high. ...Read more

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My husband has small cell lung cancer which has spread. Is the chemo and radiation effective in arresting this type of cancer?

My husband has small cell lung cancer which has spread.  Is the chemo and radiation effective in arresting this type of cancer?

Temporary relief: I am sorry to hear about your husband's illness. The treatment you described may provide some relief but is not expected to cure the cancer. Please see this site for more information on this topic.http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001180/. ...Read more

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Is it normal to get only radiation and no chemo for stage 2 non-small cell lung cancer?

Is it normal to get only radiation and no chemo for stage 2 non-small cell lung cancer?

Also...: Adding to dr. Noga's comments. If surgery is not an option, radiation therapy is standard treatment for (thoroughly staged) stage ii lung cancer. Chemo after surgery (if done) is also standard, but we know nothing of whether adding chemo to radiation if it is only the primary treatment. This question should be addressed by a team of lung cancer experts who know your situation well. ...Read more

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My dad has small cell lung cancer, after chemotherapy the tumor was reduced 80%, can it still grow if left alone?

My dad has small cell lung cancer, after chemotherapy the tumor was reduced 80%, can it still grow if left alone?

Yes: Small cell lung cancer often responds very well to chemotherapy (shrinks) but it is unfortunately also common for the cancer to return after the completion of chemotherapy. Your medical and radiation oncologists can give you the best information for your father's particular case. ...Read more

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My husband was diagnosed with stage 2b non small cell lung cancer , had 2 lobes remov ed from right lung almost 2 months ago. Chemotherapy starts ?

Depends: The need for further therapy is dictated by many factors. And it may be that your doctors feel no further chemotherapy is needed now. So it is best to ask the doctors what the next plan or stage of action is and go from there ...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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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