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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 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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Stage 4 lung cancer any advice?

Stage 4 lung cancer any advice?

Nutrition: Maintain nutrition and avoid exposure to people with cold symptoms or any contagious illness. Your oncologist may advise you further. ...Read more

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Stage 4 lung cancer how long until death?

Stage 4 lung cancer how long until death?

Deep question: I am sorry to hear of your illness. This is a question best posed to the doctor who knows you and your entire case. S/he has been following you, and will be able to discuss the process with you. Even so, s/he will not be able to give you an exact time, and you may also rebound at least temporarily from what seems like worsening symptoms. Please know there is help at all stages of illness. ...Read more

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How long will you have with stage 4 lung cancer?

How long will you have with stage 4 lung cancer?

Limited: Depends on cell type, location, metastases to be a bit more accurate.
Small cell generaly 12 months or so.
Others longer depending on responses to therapy. ...Read more

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How quickly does stage 4 lung cancer take to progress?

How quickly does stage 4 lung cancer take to progress?

Quick: Depends on cell type and location of the metastasis to be accurate.
Months not years usually. ...Read more

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How long can someone survive with stage 4 lung cancer?

How long can someone survive with stage 4 lung cancer?

Limited: What type?
Small cell briefly
nsclc depends on location and metastasis!

metastatic to lung from other organs may respond to removal
responses to chemo&/ radiation are also variable
stage 4 is not removable, so limited survival is the usual. ...Read more

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What is the chance of survival with stage 4 lung cancer?

What is the chance of survival with stage 4 lung cancer?

Miracle: Most do not live long.
If someone seems to be out living the situation, may need to reconsider the original, diagnosis! ...Read more

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For what length of time can a person live with stage 4 lung cancer?

For what length of time can a person live with stage 4 lung cancer?

Limited: What type?
Small cell briefly
nsclc depends on location and metastasis!

metastatic to lung from other organs may respond to removal
responses to chemo&/ radiation are also variable
stage 4 is not removable, so limited survival is the usual. ...Read more

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What to do if I have stage 4 lung cancer why do I get fluid in my lungs?

What to do if I have stage 4 lung cancer why do I get fluid in my lungs?

From tumors: The cancer masses may bleed or exude fluid making a pleural effusion.
Multiple lesions in the lungs may also congest the lungs or create obstructive pneumonia. ...Read more

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What can I do if my grandfather has stage 4 lung cancer is it possible to cure from it?

What can I do if my grandfather has stage 4 lung cancer is it possible to cure from it?

Unlikely: Miracles happen, but the more common is declining limited course with stage 4!
family and love are important. ...Read more

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Chemo not working in stage 4 lung cancer?

Chemo not working in stage 4 lung cancer?

Talk woncologist gis: Oncologist will have options most likely.
Surgery is not helpful at this stage in general. ...Read more

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What should be the ldh levels seen in stage 4 lung cancer?

What should be the ldh levels seen in stage 4 lung cancer?

It varies: Ldh levels in various cancers can be elevated but not all the time. It is marker of cell proliferation;l so it is more often elevated in very advanced bulky tumors. But it is quite unpredictable so there is no set expected number that we can provide. But it is good to know the blood level as a normal ldh value is often a favorable feature in most types of cancer. ...Read more

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What are some good suggestions for chemo for stage 4 lung cancer?

Oncologist: Most oncology protocols are platinum based. Your oncologist can appropiately advise further. ...Read more

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Stage 4 lung cancer - chemo is not helping - tried all drugs- please help?

Need to quiz your: Med onc about alk and egfr mutations. These molecular markers have specific drugs that can cause response and improve survival. That said, you should also query about third or fourth line drugs and potential benefit and toxicity. Ask about palliative care to deal with symptoms, you do not have to suffer awful sie effects in a futile effort. Acceptance is not giving up, it acknowledges limits. ...Read more

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Can a stage 4 lung cancer in remission?

Can a stage 4 lung cancer in remission?

Not typical: Once lung cancer has become stage four it means that it has entered into the blood stream and begun showing up around the body in places other than the lung. Typically these go to the brain, bones, adrenal glands, and liver. Chemotherapy goes into the blood to shrink down and try to kill these cells but currently with consider this disease as treatable while not curable. ...Read more

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

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 the stage 4 lung cancer average survival rate?

What is the stage 4 lung cancer average survival rate?

Survival: Only god knows how long we are going to live and when we are going to die. Having said that, at least based on studies we have on average - 15 months would be the average survival rate. It could be shorter or longer than that. With better understanding about the biology of the cancer and the use of newer biological agents in the appropriate case- survival would be longer hopefully. ...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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Stage 4 lung cancer how long can leave without threatment?

Stage 4 lung cancer how long can leave without threatment?

Stage 4 lung Ca.: A few months, somewhere between 3 months or shorter to 8 months on average depending on the extent of disease and tumor aggressiveness. But I want to emphasize stage 4 lung cancer is not curable, but treatable. I encourage you to see local oncologist, fully review the case, and possibly start treatment as soon as possible. ...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 are some good suggestions for chemo with stage 4 lung cancer?

What are some good suggestions for chemo with stage 4 lung cancer?

It depends.: It depends on the cancer type. In small-cell lung carcinoma, Cisplatin and Etoposide are used. In advanced non-small cell lung carcinoma, two drugs are used, with one is often platinum-based (either Cisplatin or carboplatin). Other commonly used drugs are gemcitabine, Paclitaxel and docetaxel. Vinorelbine and Cisplatin is more effective in aduvant chemo. Regardless, 5 year survival is <5%. ...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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Can a 4mm nodule go to stage 4 lung cancer in just 4 months maybe 5 months?

Can a 4mm nodule go to stage 4 lung cancer in just 4 months maybe 5 months?

Yes: Small cell carcinoma of the lung may be at stage 4 at the time of discovery of the lesion. ...Read more

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I have stage 4 lung cancer, is there any thoughts as being in remission or no cause I have it for life?

I have stage 4 lung cancer, is there any thoughts as being in remission or no cause I have it for life?

Lung cancer: Unfortunately, stage 4 lung cancer is almost always fatal. The average survival of people with stage 4 lung cancer who undergo chemotherapy is about a year. Some people live much longer than a year, but only rarely will someone live more than 3-5 years. Discuss your particular situation with your oncologist. ...Read more

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How long can a stage 4 lung cancer patient survive?

How long can a stage 4 lung cancer patient survive?

Poor prognosis: Unfortunately stage IV lung cancer has poor prognosis over all survival rate of less than 10% most of them survive less than 13 months. ...Read more

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How long can a stage 4 lung cancer patient survive?

How long can a stage 4 lung cancer patient survive?

Limited: Personal, risk factors and cancer stage.
If stage 4 with distant metastasis, then with best care 2-5 years is possible. ...Read more

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Can children be around a patient going through chemotherapy with stage 4 lung cancer?

Can children be around a patient going through chemotherapy with stage 4 lung cancer?

Yes: I see why not. If it's a family member or a relative, they should be regarded as a team player. I've been told stories about people who were about to die but because of a child's presence in the house, they were able to motivate themselves enough to have their life extended for a few more years. ...Read more

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My father was recently diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. How can I cope emotionally?

With difficulty: But love, time, support and prayers go a long way.
Think of and do fun things together when you can! ...Read more

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A friend of mine has stage 4 lung cancer and has spread to 2 other areas. The chemo has shrunk 2 of the 3 turmors, what should be done next?

A friend of mine has stage 4 lung cancer and has spread to 2 other areas. The chemo has shrunk 2 of the 3 turmors, what should be done next?

Nutrition: Treatment of all ill health must include optimizing one's life style. Take. 1-2 TBS cod liver oil (flavored) daily. Organic butter 2 TBS daily. Try to eliminate all commercially processed foods. Drink 2 quarts water daily. Eat 5-7 fresh / frozen deeply pigmented fruits / vegetables daily. If pt is anorexic, juicing the fruits/veggies may work better in the short term. Wild fish i.e. Salmon, tuna. ...Read more

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Mother stage 4 lung cancer, absolute nuetraphils are high. 9250 does this mean spreading?

No: When neutrophils are high it can mean that there is an infection, but it is hard to say what is causing the elevation in the neutrophil count without more information. Chances are that if your mother has stage IV lung cancer it is spreading at some rate unless she is getting treatment then the spread can be slowed or stopped. ...Read more

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Are all pleural effusion from stage 4 lung cancer malignant?

Confusing: Question. Pleural effusions from lung cancer are expected to have malignant cells but could be pneumonic from secondary infections. ...Read more

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Stage 4 lung cancer with bloody stool?

Stage 4 lung cancer with bloody stool?

See your doctor.: Usually for stage IV lung ca, you will get chemotherapy. This can lower resistance to infection, including in the colon which could result in rectal bleeding. Rarely, lung cancer can spread to the bowel causing bleeding. See you m doctor/medical oncologist right away! ...Read more

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My mom is 50 years a old and has been recently diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. What is life expectancy?

My mom is 50 years a old and has been recently diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. What is life expectancy?

Can't be certain: There are many variables that affect survival. The lung cancer type and location. Younger people tend to live longer than older people with lung cancer. Women with lung cancer have a greater life expectancy than men with with lung cancer. Every case is different. That being said, the median stage 4 non-small cell lung cancer life expectancy is about 8 months. Five year survival is only 1%. ...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


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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