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What can I expect the outcome to be with stage 4 non small cell cancer and pneumonia? Prognosis?

What can I expect the outcome to be with stage 4 non small cell cancer and pneumonia? Prognosis?

I'm very sorry: I'm very sorry because likely either you or an individual you care about is affected by this cancer. No physician has a crystal ball, but tumor type, size, and patient's health condition all play a role. Some non-small cell lung cancers may have genetic mutations (EGFR, Alk, Ros) that may be sensitive to "targeted therapies" which may prolong, but are unlikely to cure the disease. Good luck! ...Read more

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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 mother has stage IV colon cancer that has mestitized to the liver. She has 15 tumors in liver with spots in her lungs and lymph nodes. Prognosis?

My mother has stage IV colon cancer that has mestitized to the liver. She has 15 tumors in liver with spots in her lungs and lymph nodes. Prognosis?

Stage IV colon cance: Your mohter's cancer is stage iv. Please refer to the table on this page for survival data: http://www.Cancer.Org/cancer/colonandrectumcancer/detailedguide/colorectal-cancer-survival-rates i am so sorry to hear that you are going through this terrible time. ...Read more

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Is being diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer and being a diagnosed with stage 2 but having a recurrence later the same in terms if prognosis ?

Is being diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer and being a diagnosed with stage 2 but having a recurrence later the same in terms if prognosis ?

Prognosis is stage: It is stage-dependent. Once the Cancer has relapsed the prognosis is bad as the disease is typically fatal. As long as it remains stage-2, there is hope for a better prognosis as long as the disease is not visibly present. In one individual the prognosis and outcome is ultimately same although numerically speaking survival is longer as long as the Cancer has not shown up in the tests. ...Read more

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If he has metastasis cancer possibly from colon would that be stage 4 and if so what is a prognosis with no treatment?

If he has metastasis cancer possibly from colon would that be stage 4 and if so what is a prognosis with no treatment?

Very poor: Metastatic cancer to bone portends a fatal outcome unless it is one of those uncommon cancers that is curable with chemotherapy. However, the time frame is famously unpredictable. Local radiation to the bone lesions may help. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with stage 4 stomach cancer. What is my life prognosis, an where else will it spread to? The doctors say it can;t be treated .

I have been diagnosed with stage 4 stomach cancer. What is my life prognosis, an where else will it spread to? The doctors say it can;t be treated .

Am Cancer Society: First of all, I am sorry to hear of your diagnosis. You can find survival statistics at the american cancer society website for a variety if cancers. Remember however that you are not a statistic. That doesn't mean you should ignore stats, just remember there is always hope. Also remember that quality is usually better than quantity in terms of life expectancy. God bless you and good luck. ...Read more

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My father has stage 4 non small cell lung cancer. Prognosis?

My father has stage 4 non small cell lung cancer. Prognosis?

In general, not good: Non small cell is usually not as aggressive as small cell, but chemotherapy is not as effective. A lot depends on the functional status of your dad, and where the cancer has spread. Stage 4 implies it has spread somewhere. 5 year survival rates are usually less than 5%. Sorry. ...Read more

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My friend diagnosed stage 4 inoperablel lung cancer.6 rounds of chemo shrunk tumor but tumors in adrenals grew.She was diagnosed in march.Prognosis?

Cosider localtherapy: I think the lung cancer can metastasize to the adrenal gland either by the lymphatic or the hematogenous route. In case of metastasis by the lymphatic route, it can be a solitary metastasis, and the prognosis can be relatively better. If the patient is young and in good performance status, aggressive treatment(stereotactic radiotherapy or even removal) can be considered in very selected case. ...Read more

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Stage 4 gullet cancer. Mets to liver , lungs. I have 6 courses of eox chemo treatments What is my realistic prognosis truely please?

See below. Also ask: Your oncologist is the person you should ask this question. In fact it was something to have brought up as you began and went through your chemotherapy. Since you do not seem to have had a satisfactory answer, i can shed some light although at the risk of upsetting someone or the other. Stage 4 cancers can be treated, sometimes very successfully yet they carry a heavy risk of coming back again. ...Read more

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What is the prognosis of stage 4 cancer non hodgkins lymphoma b cell with walderstoms IgM protein 4000?

What is the prognosis of stage 4 cancer non hodgkins lymphoma b cell with walderstoms IgM protein 4000?

Fairly good: We have good treatments for nonhodgkins lymphoma such that a fairly large proportion of patients are cured and can live a normal life. At least we can keep them alive for many years with the use of chemotherapy along with a biologic agent/immunotherapy drug called rituximab. ...Read more

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My friend was diagnosed in march with stage 4 inoperable lung cancer.6 tounds of aggressive chemo shrunk lung tumor but now in both adrenals.Prognosis?

My friend was diagnosed in march with stage 4 inoperable lung cancer.6 tounds of aggressive chemo shrunk lung tumor but now in both adrenals.Prognosis?

Hard to say: Lung cancer often spreads to the adrenal glands, but adrenal tumors are often benign. The best predictor of how well your friend will do is how quickly the tumor is growing. If he truly had nothing there in march and now, despite chemotherapy, has large adrenal tumors growing that is not a good sign. If, however, your frined has had adrenal tumors all along, then the prognosis is much better. ...Read more

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Friend diagnosed stage 4 inoperable lung cancer and adrenals in march.Did 6 rounds aggresive chemo.Lung mass shrank but in 3 months back.Lymph, prognosis?

Friend diagnosed stage 4 inoperable lung cancer and adrenals in march.Did 6 rounds aggresive chemo.Lung mass shrank but in 3 months back.Lymph, prognosis?

Stage IV lung CA: We really have no treatment that will get rid of lung ca that has spread beyond the lung..Stage iv. Treatment can sometimes slow things down but often doesn't even do that. Ca that has become visible on x-rays after only 3 months is very fast growing...You should spend as much time with your friend as you can, now. ...Read more

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Metastasis noted in bone in pelvic region. Now person is noted as stage 4 lung cancer given about 3 months to live. How accurate is this prognosis?

Possibly: Metastasis to bone from any tumor/malignancy is stage4= distant metastasis= spread beyond margins. Prognosis is guarded, depending on originating type. Some metastasis respond to removal or control of primary thyroid and renal come to mind. ...Read more

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What is the prognosis of liver cirrhosis with stage 4 liver cancer? Why people with liver cirrhosis/liver cancer have low hemoglobin, red blood cells?

What is the prognosis of liver cirrhosis with stage 4 liver cancer? Why people with liver cirrhosis/liver cancer have low hemoglobin, red blood cells?

Need to ask your ono: Your oncologist can help. Anemia can be caused by blood loss(which is common in patients with cirrhosis(GI blood loss due to varices). Poor blood formation is also common(Anemia of chronic disease). Blood transfusion can help the pateint. Keep Hemoglobin near 10 Grams. There is some treatment for Liver cancer that could be tried(the medicine is called Nexavar(Sorafenib) ...Read more

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My dad is 56. Diagnosed 12/7/16 with Stage 4 colorectal cancer, liver metastases and perforated colon. What's his prognosis if he starts chemo 1/11/17?

My dad is 56. Diagnosed 12/7/16 with Stage 4 colorectal cancer, liver metastases and perforated colon. What's his prognosis if he starts chemo 1/11/17?

Fair: Metastatic colon Ca treatable if primary lesion resected. What is in liver remains in liver to be treated by microwave ablation or chemoembolization. Question about perforation which releases cells into peritoneal cavity that can be treated by hyperthermic perfusion and systemic chemo. Immunotherapy with mAb targeting mutated MUC5ac coming into play. ...Read more

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Need prognosis for woman 75, stage 4 breast cancer, mets to (hip/knee bone): otherwise VERY healthful. Refuses treatment. Planning long RV trip soon!

Need prognosis for woman 75, stage 4 breast cancer, mets to (hip/knee bone): otherwise VERY healthful. Refuses treatment. Planning long RV trip soon!

Can't preduct: She should go on her trip and enjoy herself. There are lots of different kinds of breast cancer and even tumors of the same kind and at the same stage can kill in a short time or stay quiescent for years. Cherish every day you have together. ...Read more

Prognosis (Definition)

The prognosis is the predicted outcome or "forecast" for a disease or process. It is only an estimate but is likely based on past experience or data taking into account the individual's overall health status. It may suggest progression of disease ...Read more