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Is there any treatment for stage 4 lung cancer?

Is there any treatment for stage 4 lung cancer?

Yes indeed: Today's chemotherapy may produce an excellent or good remission. There is talk of survival for years. Radiation may help bone pain. ...Read more

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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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Is biological homeopathic medicines can also be the treatment of stage 4 lung cancer?

Is biological homeopathic medicines can also be the treatment of stage 4 lung cancer?

Not a good plan: With stage 4 lung cancer, using homeopathy alone is likely to be ineffective. I agree with my colleague that you need collaborative care for this illness. Done well, homeopathy can help strengthen you and deal with deep level disturbances that may ultimately express in cancer. Although serious, the cancer is only one branch of a tree with roots. Homeopathy deals with the roots. ...Read more

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Treatment for pulmonary stage four lung cancer?

Treatment for pulmonary stage four lung cancer?

Chemo/radiation: Chemotherapy mostly, +/- radiation if the tumor is bulky and causing any local problems or a lot of pain. Prognosis is not good. Depending on the age, comorbidities and overall condition, palliative care is also a good option. ...Read more

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If I decide not to get treatment for my stage 4 lung cancer, how long am I likely to live?

If I decide not to get treatment for my stage 4 lung cancer, how long am I likely to live?

Average 4-6 months: The average survival for patients with stage 4 lung cancer is usually 4-6 months if only supportive therapy is used. Survival will depend on subtype of lung cancer; areas of cancer spread specially critical organs (brain, liver); and also overall patient health. Rarely, some patients can have longer survial of upto a year. ...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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Will my radiation treatments for stage 4 lung cancer increase survival rate ?

Will my radiation treatments for stage 4 lung cancer increase survival rate ?

Not really: While radiation is good for local control and some relief of symptoms, it is unlikely to affect survival in stage IV disease. It may improve your quality of life, but not the length. ...Read more

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Help docs! my father has stage 4 small cell lung cancer. What are the best treatments?

Help docs! my father has stage 4 small cell lung cancer. What are the best treatments?

Rtx/Cis: Sorry about your dad. It's a terrible disease. Currently cis platinum based chemotherapy protocols and radiotherapy protocols are used. Rare cures reported. Mostly palliative. Remission is not cure, its like a truce between the tumor and the patient. Usually fast growing. Not a surgically treated disease in that stage.Surgery only for small nodulesdx. As small cell in bx. During surgery. ...Read more

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My dad has stage four lung cancer. What are his treatment options?

My dad has stage four lung cancer. What are his treatment options?

Depends: Stage IV can be because of another lesion in the opposite lung, or a malignant pleural or pericardial effusion, or distant disease. Treatment options would be surgical (rarely), chemoradiation (usually palliative), or comfort care, which is a reasonable option in some cases. ...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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Should i be concerned if my husband has stage four non-small cell lung cancer do you know any alternative treatments?

Should i be concerned if my husband has stage four non-small cell lung cancer do you know any alternative treatments?

Be concerned: Stage 4 lung cancer has an overall poor prognosis. The therapy associated with any positive effects would be chemotherapy and/or radiation. While a cure can occur, it is a rare event with stage 4. Alternative therapies can be explored, but realize that most don't claim to cure. If you look at the advertizements closely, they will treat but never claim to cure. Standard therapy- 15% overall cure. ...Read more

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My husband is terminally ill from stage IV lung cancer that has mestastised to his liver. taking navelbine (vinorelbine). Will that cure him?

My husband is terminally ill from stage IV lung cancer that has mestastised to his liver. taking navelbine (vinorelbine). Will that cure him?

No, but...: It has a fair chance of slowing the tumor. Some folks live for months or perhaps even longer comfortably even with liver metastases from lung cancer, especially if the response to chemotherapy has been good. I hope the two of you will have more quality time together. It will be his and your decision, with advice from the oncologist, when to stop treatment and choose comfort measures only. ...Read more

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What is the average life span for stage 4 lung cancer without treatment?

What is the average life span for stage 4 lung cancer without treatment?

Depends: All limited! but if small cell, short. Others relate to cell type, location of metastases , other personal risk factors. 1-4 years, few at five. ...Read more

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My great grandmother has stage 4 lung cancer and is on oxygen and won't be taking any treatment. How long can we expect her to live? Non small cell

My great grandmother has stage 4 lung cancer and is on oxygen and won't be taking any treatment. How long can we expect her to live? Non small cell

Varies: but 1-2 years from time of diagnosis. Poorer prognosis the more advanced it is (larger, spread more places, having complications due to invovlement of the liver or brain). ...Read more

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

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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Mum diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. Mass in upper right airway caused major blockage. Iressa (gefitinib) treatment opens up airway. Any chances of recovery?

Mum diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. Mass in upper right airway caused major blockage. Iressa (gefitinib) treatment opens up airway. Any chances of recovery?

Targeted therapy: Newer targeted therapy agents can be quite beneficial for some patients with lung cancer. This is especially true in female never smokers who may have selected mutations that can be easily targeted with these drugs. However, unfortunately stage IV lung cancer is not curable. ...Read more

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Stage 4 lung cancer, in liver, on spine ate hole in hip bone. No treatment still smoke. How long do I have left. What to tell my kids. What's next. ?

Stage 4 lung cancer, in liver, on spine ate hole in hip bone. No treatment still smoke. How long do I have left. What to tell my kids. What's next. ?

Discussion with Doc: Discuss with your doc who has been treating as he/she would have answer to all your questions. Tell your kids the truth whatever your doc informs you about your condition. It looks very grim with stage 4 lung cancer which has spread to multiple organs and bones. Are you at home or at a hospital? ...Read more

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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


Dr. David Cooke
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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