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Dr. Michael Shapiro
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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?

Dr. Michael Shapiro
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Functional status: First, I am so sorry for you and your family. Lung cancer can spread very quickly. You mentioned hospice had been called. In general, that is an option when an individual has a life expectancy of less than 6months. But remember, that is just a prognosis (guess/estimate) not a hard set fact. The most important factors are her function, such as her ability to stand, walk, eat, etc. ...Read more

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

Dr. Brian Mott
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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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Dr. Steven Seres
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Dr. Brian Mott
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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?

Dr. Brian Mott
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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?

Sadly not long: The average 5 year survival for stage 4 lung cancer is near zero. The average survival is 1 year. ...Read more

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Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
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With stage 4 lung cancer, what is the life expectancy?

Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Board Certified, Pulmonary Critical Care
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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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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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What is the life expectancy of someone with stage 4 lung cancer?

Dr. Steven Ginsberg
Board Certified, Hematology and Oncology
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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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Dr. Jon Spiers
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What is life expectancy of extensive stage 4 lung cancer?

Dr. Jon Spiers
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What is life expectancy of extensive stage 4 lung cancer?

Not long: This is a grave prognosis. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Dr. Paul Pyles
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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?

Dr. Paul Pyles
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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?

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

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Dr. Creighton Wright
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What would the life expectancy of a stage 4 lung cancer patient be?

Dr. Creighton Wright
Board Certified, General Surgery
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What would the life expectancy of a stage 4 lung cancer patient be?

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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Dr. Sewa Legha
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My mom has stage 4 lung cancer with no biopsy no chemotherapy or treatment what is her life expectancy?

Dr. Sewa Legha
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My mom has stage 4 lung cancer with no biopsy no chemotherapy or treatment what is her life expectancy?

Its Very Bad cancer: The life expectancy is limited but it depends on where her cancer has spread to. Most patients die due to distant metastases into vital organs. Once cancer has gone outside the lungs, the survival is 6 to 12 months, but can be over one year with rare exceptions. ...Read more

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Dr. Addagada Rao
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My mom has been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in both her lungs, lymph nodes & around the lining of the heart what is life expectancy ? She's 50

Dr. Addagada Rao
Board Certified, General Surgery
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Unfortunate: Stage 4 lung cancer survival steadily improving with new therapies but not quick enough. It also depends type of cell age , sex females do better and general health . Non small cell 50% survive 8 months , over all less than 18% 5 yr survival. Give all the support and help you can along with family,make her comfortable try traditional and new regimes . ...Read more

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