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What is the average lifespan after diagnosis with pancreatic cancer?

What is the average lifespan after diagnosis with pancreatic cancer?

Less than 6 months: Unfortunately, pancreatic cancer is diagnosed late in most people - when it has already spread within the abdomen or to the liver. The average life span for that is less than 6 months, maybe a little better (but not much) with chemo. If the tumor can be removed surgically, the average life span then is over a year, but a small percent can be cured with a combination of surgery , chemo, radiation. ...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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What is the average life span after diagnosis of metastatic ovarian cancer that is poorly differentiated?

What is the average life span after diagnosis of metastatic ovarian cancer that is poorly differentiated?

Varies: Nobody can really give you a specific time period. We usually look at 5 year survival rates. If you know the stage of cancer, you can easily find the corresponding 5 year survival rate on the internet. This tells you what percentage of patients with that stage of cancer will live beyond 5 years. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What is the average life expectancy after diagnosis with alzheimers?

What is the average life expectancy after diagnosis with alzheimers?

Up to >14 years.: The answer to this question differs with the affected individual, as no two cases are alike. However, it has been determined that the mean life expectancy after diagnosis is 7 years, with few cases (3%) living more than 14 years. It is still hard to be clear on this since individuals may have had alzheimer's for some time before diagnosis. ...Read more

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What is the average life expectancy for a person with pancreatic cancer and who had the whipple procedure?

What is the average life expectancy for a person with pancreatic cancer and who had the whipple procedure?

Lymph nodes: The most important variable for survival for patients after the whipple procedure (provided they survive the surgery itself, and presuming that the cancer has been completely removed) has generally been lymph node involvement. This is generally the best indication that the pancreatic cancer has or has not spread beyond the initial site. ...Read more

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What is the average prognosis for pancreatic cancer?

What is the average prognosis for pancreatic cancer?

Depends: For the 85% or so of patients who present with disease that cannot be resectable, survival is usually 6 months or less without treatment and around a year with aggressive chemo +/- radiation. Surgery with negative lymph nodes has about a 25% 5-year survival rate with chemo and radiation. Surgery with positive nodes - about 14 months average with chemo and radiation. ...Read more

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How long is the timeline for a person with stage IV small intestine cancer?

How long is the timeline for a person with stage IV small intestine cancer?

No such timeline: No scientific physician has ever given a person x-number of months / years to survive. The patient may have the inferior vena cava undergo thrombosis or a mass become infected and die tomorrow. Five percent of these people are alive in five years. http://www.cancer.org/cancer/smallintestinecancer/detailedguide/small-intestine-cancer-survival-rates. ...Read more

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For what length of time can you live with colon cancer stage four and luekemia ?

For what length of time can you live with colon cancer stage four and luekemia ?

Everyone is unique: Most survival data is based on populations - 10s or 100s of patients with a similar disease who are tracked over time. That give percentages/probabilities/averages. However, every patient is unique, as medical professionals are finding out using genetics and personalized medical treatment. The listed diseases are very serious - be active in care decisions and do what is best for the patient. ...Read more

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If diagnosed w renal cancer.... After removal is cancer... What is the standard follow up... Chemo?

If diagnosed w renal cancer.... After removal is cancer... What is the standard follow up... Chemo?

Depend on stage: Depending on the stage. For early stage - following a surgery to remove the kidney cancer- options are- observational vs. Clinical trial. In metastatic disease- following surgery to remove kidney cancer /cytoreductive nephrectomy or nephrectomy + metastatectomy- systemic therapy then will be the way to go (options include- sunitinib, pazopanib, sorafenib, afinitor, (everolimus) temsirolimus, bev/ifn). D/w your doc. ...Read more

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If you have ben diagnosed with adenocarcinoma colon cancer stage IV what is the outlook? Is there a cure? How will this affect the quality of ones l

If you have ben diagnosed with adenocarcinoma colon cancer stage IV what is the outlook?  Is there a cure?  How will this affect the quality of ones l

Outlook can be good: Eventhough stage iv, meenng metastatic disease, is not curable; the outlook can be good since there are good chemotherapy for this disease as well as other local aggressive treatments that are effective against this disease. The mainstay of treatment for stage IV remains chemo and local aggressive treatments like surgery, radiosurgery, rfa etc can be used when appropriate. ...Read more

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What is the survival rate of a person diagnosed with stage 4 kidney cancer?

What is the survival rate of a person diagnosed with stage 4 kidney cancer?

D/w your oncologist: In general, the median overall survival of stage 4 kidney cancer will be around 16 to 20 months- with a 5 year overall survival of less than 10%. If eligible for il-2, in selected cases, ( will depend on the location of metastases, the type of cancer cells, how much metastases, other prognostic factors- overall condition etc) - il-2, can give dramatic and durable responses. D/w your md. ...Read more

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Friend of mine who is 48 was dx with non small cell lung cancer stage 2a what is the prognosis. Any chance of cure?

Friend of mine who is 48 was dx with non small cell lung cancer stage 2a what is the prognosis. Any chance of cure?

Guarded: I'm glad you're there for your friend. For stage 2a lung cancer, about 35-40% of people are alive in five years with treatment. I'm going to assume that the staging is complete. Best wishes to you both ...Read more

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My husband is diagnosed with poorly differentiated adenocarcinoma of the right lung with alk & egfr mutations; stage 3b what is the prognosis and life?

My husband is diagnosed with poorly differentiated adenocarcinoma of the right lung with alk & egfr mutations; stage 3b what is the prognosis and life?

Fair: It is extremely unusual to have both mutations. They are mutually exclusive. Patients that do carry one of these mutations are eligible for various medications that target these mutations. Crizonitib for alk and tarceva (erlotinib) for egfr and new agent recently to the market. These new finding have improved the prognosis. Other factors do enter in. Age, ps, smoking history if any, wt. Loss, etc. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy for a 78 year old man with stage 3 colon cancer which has not spread ?

What is the life expectancy for a 78 year old man with stage 3 colon cancer which has not spread ?

Variable: There is >50% chance that your colon cancer is cured with surgery already, in which case your life expectancy should be like a normal healthy person. You may benefit from treatment using adjuvant chemotherapy, if your tumor had spread/involved the lymph nodes in the abdomen. Check with your doctor and let us know how many nodes were involved with your tumor? ...Read more

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What is the lifespan with stage IV stomach cancer?

What is the lifespan with stage IV stomach cancer?

Short: Unfortunately stage IV stomach cancer does not have good prognosis. It is not feasible to give a time line or the amount of time a patient may have, as there are wide variations in the biology of tumors. ...Read more

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Friends mom was juts diagnosed with stage 3 aggressive multiple myloma at 58. What is the average lifespan after diagnosis of this?

Friends mom was juts diagnosed with stage 3 aggressive multiple myloma at 58. What is the average lifespan after diagnosis of this?

Expect long survival: The modern treatment for multiple myeloma has a great deal to offer and definitely has improved (doubled)survival during the last 10 years. An average patient can live well beyond 5 years, many living upto 10+ years.. ...Read more

Dr. Bernard Seif
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Pancreas (Definition)

Abdominal organ. It is digestive organ: it secretes enzymes into the small bowel which break down food and help its absorption. It is also an endocrine organ: it produces hormones involved in sugar control and control of digestion. Insulin is one of these hormones. Diabetics either lack Insulin (type 1 diabetes) or have inadequate ...Read more


Dr. Debashish Bose
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Pancreatic Cancer (Definition)

Fast growing abnormal cells that are difficult to diagnose at an early stage & only sometimes can be removed with surgery. Endocrine cancers tend to be slower growing ...Read more