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Doctor insights on: What Is End Stage Small Cell Lung Cancer

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My husband is undergoing chemo/avastin for stage 4 non small cell lung cancer. Dr stopped chemo after 6 cycles cause weight loss. Is this risky?

My husband is undergoing chemo/avastin for stage 4 non small cell lung cancer. Dr stopped chemo after 6 cycles cause weight loss. Is this risky?

Depends : Weight loss may be due to side effect from chemo or tumor progression despite the chemo. Either way, stopping the chemo is reasonable. ...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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Weight of 37kg a drop from 7 stone within 4 months 5 foot 5 tall has non small cell lung cancer age 68 is this signs of terminal cachexia ?

Weight of 37kg a drop from 7 stone within 4 months 5 foot 5 tall has non small cell lung cancer age 68 is this signs of terminal cachexia ?

Likely: Most likely as the body enters a catabolic state in advanced malignancies. Concomitant conditions, related or not to cancer may coexist and contribute further to the weight loss. ...Read more

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Does early stage small cell lung cancer cause muscle loss and malabsorption or are these later symptoms?

Does early stage small cell lung cancer cause muscle loss and malabsorption or are these later symptoms?

Lung cancer cachexia: Muscle wasting and weight loss ("cancer cachexia") are usually late stage occurrences; malabsorption is usually not the cause of these signs, but rather "hormones" released from the tumor cause a hyper metabolic state and also contribute to poor appetite. If you are already experiencing these problems, however, it is possible that the tumor - although localized (stage 1) is unusually active. ...Read more

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Could an early stage small cell lung cancer cause vitamin deficiencies? Thinking around B12, D, K, E.

Could an early stage small cell lung cancer cause vitamin deficiencies?  Thinking around B12, D, K, E.

You are way out!: You have a load of anxiety without any good reason. Just relax and forget that you have cancer. If you had the cancer, it will not remain hidden. But you will go insane thinking about it and worrying about it. I suggest that you adopt a good hobby like a long morning walk daily and get your mind off the subject of Cancer. ...Read more

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Does early stage small cell lung cancer cause vitamin deficiencies through malabsorption? Would it be seen on CT at this point?

Does early stage small cell lung cancer cause vitamin deficiencies through malabsorption? Would it be seen on CT at this point?

Two issues: Early stage small cell lung cancer does not cause malabsorption. Detection with CT would depend on the size and location of the lesion. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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How do you cure small cell lung cancer?

Rarely is cured.: It depends on the stage and if the cancer has spread. Small cell lung carcinoma is usually treated with chemotherapy and radiation. It is one of the most aggressive subtypes of lung cancer. Definitely consult with an oncologist, but patients with small cell should weigh the benefits of participating in treatment offered in clinical trials at university centers. ...Read more

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What is stage 5 small cell lung cancer?

There is not: Small cell lung cancer is divided into limited and extensive stage. The usual stage i-iv cancer staging system is not used. Limited stage means that all sites of cancer can be focused in a radiation treatment field. If this is not the case, it is extensive stage. http://www.cancer.org/cancer/lungcancer-smallcell/detailedguide/small-cell-lung-cancer-staging. ...Read more

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What can be done for small cell lung cancer?

What can be done for small cell lung cancer?

Chemotherapy: Small cell lung cancer is a neuroendocrine carcinoma that shows some response to specialized chemotherapy, although this tumor type tends to follow a fairly aggressive clinical course. ...Read more

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What are the tests for small cell lung cancer?

What are the tests for small cell lung cancer?

Diagnostic test: First of all, a biopsy needs to be done to establish a diagnosis. Once is confirmed, then staging work-up needs to be done that include- ct scan; a bone scan and imaging for the head- MRI brain will be preferable than ct scan- if possible. Discuss further with your oncologist. ...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)

From national cancer institute: "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 non-small cell lung cancer. These types are diagnosed based on how the cells ...Read more