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Dr. Brian Mott answered:

What is the average life expectancy for patients diagnosed with non small cell lung cancer stage 4?

Not great

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Less than 10% of patients survive past 5 years. Average life expectancy is about a year on average.
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Dr. Chad Levitt answered:

Mom was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer in 6/12. They are unsure if it is small cell /non small cell. 1st chemo drug did nothing . Life expectancy?

Curious. Not good.

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Rarely tumor cells can mutate in a way that it is difficult to differentiate between types of cells. First I'd make sure they have done all possible studies on the tumor cells to define its type. If first line chemotherapy did nothing then it's possible that trying ctx aimed at other type of lung cancer could identify its type and help moreso. Survival more than a 6-1mos is unlikely if no ctx.
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What is the difference in treatment between chronic lung disease and lung cancer?

Different

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Non small cell lung cancer mainstay of therapy is surgical resection for appropiate lesions. 5yr survival for stage I NSCLC after surgical resection is about 70%, Stage II about 30%. Chronic lung disease is emphysema,bronchitis,asthma, obviously a totally different diagnosis. Patients may develop lung cancer with or without chronic lung disease but more common in smokers.
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Dr. Andrew Turrisi answered:

Can you get a lung transplant to help cure lung cancer?

Immunosuppression

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The drugs that allow a human transplant, suppress the immune system. Even "compatible" organs from donors, usually sudden deaths in otherwise healthy folks, have antigens recognized by the recipient immune system, so asleep the immunity most go to tolerate the "foreign" organ. The immune system helps control and eliminate cancer cells. Those with transplants are susceptible to tumor development
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What is difference between lung disease and lung cancer ?

Several

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Pneumonia COPD Emphysema Other infections Pneumothorax are all lung disease. Cancer is malignant growth of some cell type Squamous Adeno Small cell Etc
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Help please? What is the life expectancy of stage four small cell lung cancer?

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

Not great,

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

Short

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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.
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Dr. Stan Nabrinsky answered:

What would the life expectancy for small cell lung cancer with out treatments be?

Zero

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deadly without therapy
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Dr. Nitin Ohri answered:

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 %

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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.
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