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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.

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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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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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.

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Today my friend was told she will not go into remission. Dr.Will not do more chemo. Pain meds increased. Blood transfusion. Stage 4 lung cancer, mets. Hope?

Today my friend was told she will not go into remission. Dr.Will not do more chemo. Pain meds increased. Blood transfusion. Stage 4 lung cancer, mets. Hope?

Yes and No: Stage 4 lung cancer is an incurable type of cancer. Only about half of the patients respond to chemotherapy and that benefit lasts for no more than 6 to 12 months. That is about all one can do in the present state of cancer treatemnt. Once cancer has progressed despite chemotherapy it is good to seek palliative care/hospice care to help her to go through rest of her life with least bit of sufferin.

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I recently found out my mom has stage 4 non-small aderno (spreading) lung cancer is there any chance of remission? It's in her lungs-tailbone-neck

I recently found out my mom has stage 4 non-small aderno (spreading) lung cancer is there any chance of remission? It's in her lungs-tailbone-neck

Not curable but...: There are some chemotherapy protocols that may give her a some good time. Make the most of whatever she has left. I'm sorry about your mom and hope that you will still find things to enjoy and to give meaning to this difficult time.

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If a blood test is done and there is no detection of cancer, is it concluded that cancer is in remission? The type of cancer is lung cancer

If a blood test is done and there is no detection of cancer, is it concluded that cancer is in remission? The type of cancer is lung cancer

Discuss...: Your question is not exactly clear. "remission" is a term used to describe cancer that was diagnosed and after treatment or in unusual cases "spontaneously" is no longer clinically present. The "blood tests" currently marketed are used to "find" (screen) cancer. Tests like "early cdt" are generally inaccurate if you have already had a cancer. Not used to diagnose "remission".

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Have lung cancer but was in remission with lobectomy 4 yrs. Ago. Now new lesion on liver is this mets.?

Have lung cancer but was in remission with lobectomy 4 yrs. Ago. Now new lesion on liver is this mets.?

Work up required: There is a list of possible diagnoses for a new liver lesion, which includes recurrence and spread of your lung cancer, but also includes many other possibilities that are non-cancerous. A full-work up (a doctor's visit with interview, examination, and testing), possibly requiring biopsy, would be needed.

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I have swelling in the upper inside right cheek. It's not painful, unless I press on it. I have small cell lung cancer, was in remission for 6 mo.?

I have swelling in the upper inside right cheek. It's not painful, unless I press on it. I have small cell lung cancer, was in remission for 6 mo.?

Needs to be checked: With your history of small cell cancer in remission, there are several possibilities, which may or may not be related to your cancer.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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


Remission (Definition)

This is related to act of remitting. A condition or period n which something is remitted. It is not a cure. Complete remission means that there is no sign or symptoms of the condition like cancer or another condition partial remission means some ...Read more