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Doctor insights on: What To Expect Final Stages Metastatic Lung Cancer To Brain

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How can a lung cancer metastatic to brain patient feels?

Variable: Depends on cell type, location, stage, time of origin, and metastatic activity

from nothing noticed at all in early stage to the worst possible misery and pain and breathlessness! and headaches can be miserable.
Weight loss , cachexia, cough, bleeding, drowning in sputum, are all possibles.
With spread, bone pain anywhere and paralysis can occur.
Do not smoke! ...Read more

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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My husband was diagnosed with lung cancer with metastatic to the brain, now there's a bleed on the brain what is his life expectancy?

My husband was diagnosed with lung cancer with metastatic to the brain, now there's a bleed on the brain what is his life expectancy?

Bad disease: Metastatic lung Cancer is a very bad cancer. An average patient can be expected to live between 4-12 months depending on how many sites of spread(besides the brain) he has and how mnay tumor nodules show up in his Brain scans. Patients with multiple brain metastases do poorly and may have even a shorter survival , sometimes just a few weeks unless his tumors shrink with the treatments offered to ...Read more

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My Dad has metastic NSC Lung cancer. What does "increased T2 prolongation involving the right midbrain" mean on his MRI?

My Dad has metastic NSC Lung cancer.  What does "increased T2 prolongation involving the right midbrain" mean on his MRI?

Need whole picture: It is difficult to answer your question with this isolated finding. Would have to know the patients entire history and have all data that is available. The information you have could suggest a lesion/ mass in that area of the brain. Please review the total MRI findings with the physician who ordered the study or the doc who knows your father's case best. ...Read more

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Why does lung cancer spread to the brain so often?

Why does lung cancer spread to the brain so often?

Lung cancer: The different cell types of lung cancer have the propensity to spread to different organs either due to blood stream patterns, adjacent anatomy or the affinity of these other organs to receive and grow these cancer strains. It turns out that the brain is one of those susceptible organs. ...Read more

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How would lung cancer (tumor) spread to the brain?

How would lung cancer (tumor) spread to the brain?

Blood vessels : The cancer grows into small blood vessels and sheds cells that move through the blood stream to distant sites, lung, then rest of body. ...Read more

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What is the prognosis for lung cancer with a lesion in the brain?

What is the prognosis for lung cancer with a lesion in the brain?

Likely poor/bad.: A lung cancer with a lesion in the brain is considered stage IV as this means that there is distant metastasis. This has a 5 year survival of < 5%, so you can see that the chances of successful therapy are very small. But take heart, for therapy has come a long way and depending on the type, like small cell cancer, chemotherapy can stop even extensive cases. So see your dr.B/c you never know. ...Read more

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Smal cell lung cancer that has moved to the brain, how long before it is fatal?

Smal cell lung cancer that has moved to the brain, how long before it is fatal?

Depends: Metastatic small cell lung cancer is treated with chemotherapy and brain radiation. Survival is dependent on response to treatment. ...Read more

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Can lung cancer resist treatment and move to the brain?

Can lung cancer resist treatment and move to the brain?

You bet!: There are 100k brain metastasis per year, and lung cancer patients compose about half of them. It is a very common first site of relapse, and can have serious consequences. Preventitive brain radiotherapy is indicated in all responders in small cell, but the trial in non-sclc showed reduction in frequency of brain metastases, but no survival benefit. Thus, many insurers will not pay for it. ...Read more

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Can you advise me on going on vacation with lung cancer/brain tumors?

Can you advise me on going on vacation with lung cancer/brain tumors?

Live for Today: I am going to make some assumptions here so please know where I am coming from. If you have brain cancer from your lung cancer then you are unlikely to live much longer. If a vacation does not involve a foreign country where care is minimal ... go for it. ...Read more

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Are brain and lung cancer related?

Are brain and lung cancer related?

NO: These cancers are not related. But.... Many people are confused by the concept that lung cancers can spread to the brian as metastasis. This happens all to often and is in fact more common tha a primary brain tumor. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for metastatic lung cancer?

What are the treatments for metastatic lung cancer?

Personalized therapy: Nowadays, treatment for metastatic lung cancer is individualized based on the type and biology of the cancer. Some genetic profiling evaluation would probably need to be done on the cancer cells-to guide you doctor in selecting best treatment for you. For majority , treatment will be combination of regular chemotherapies plus minus biological therapy vs clinical trials. Discuss further with your md. ...Read more

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How long do you have to live once lung cancer goes to the brain?

How long do you have to live once lung cancer goes to the brain?

Months: Median survival for all patients with brain metastases is 6 months. There are certainly lots of outliers on either side, with other factors helping to predict like overall burden of disease and general condition of the patient him- or herself. But even with the variation, survival beyond a year or so is not likely. ...Read more

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Does small cell lung cancer go anywhere in the body or just the brain?

Does small cell lung cancer go anywhere in the body or just the brain?

Can go anywhere: Sclc is particularly notorious for spreading quickly and widely. The brain is one common place for sclc to spread, but it can spread almost anywhere in the body. The liver, bone, adrenal glands, and brain are the most common sites. ...Read more

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What is outcome for patient with end stage metastatic lung cancer & extreme pleural thickening (benign)? Has to have injections to liquefy & extract.

What is outcome for patient with end stage metastatic lung cancer & extreme pleural thickening (benign)? Has to have injections to liquefy & extract.

Metastatic lung Ca: ...Is fatal in nearly all circumstances but the time course varies on tumor type, treatment and what organs are involved in the spread. The fluid in the chest may or maynot have cancer cells, but is likely malignancy associated at least. Repeat drainage procedures are reasonable. A catheter that remains in place is an option if it recurs frequently. Pleurodesis is option, but look at risk/benefit. ...Read more

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Why does lung cancer usually spread to the brain, thereby producing brain tumors?

Why does lung cancer usually spread to the brain, thereby producing brain tumors?

Brain Mets: (metastasis) as an entity comprise 100k per year. Lung cancer leads the league, but breast, melanoma, kidney are quite common. Prostate almost never. Only rhabdoid tumors in children commonly go to brain. This pattern stares at us, but baffles us as to why "organotropic" patterns of metastasis are so predictable. ...Read more

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My dad was diagnosed and died at age 80 with metastatic liver/lung cancer. Will I get it too?

My dad was diagnosed and died at age 80 with metastatic liver/lung cancer. Will I get it too?

Not likely: Cancer occurring in late life is not likely to have a strong genetic basis.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. 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, if you have sex. ...Read more

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Father inlaw had 3 mths to live lung cancer is going into his brain how much longer will he live?

Father inlaw had 3 mths to live lung cancer is going into his brain how much longer will he live?

I do not know: Only God knows for sure. Some people live longer than expected with terminal illnesses, and others may pass on quickly. Hopefully, whatever is best for your father in law will occur. God Bless. ...Read more

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How could any non-user support a drug that destroys your brain, causes lung cancer and permanent addiction?

How could any non-user support a drug that destroys your brain, causes lung cancer and permanent addiction?

Tobacco?: Tobacco does all that, but I'm not sure what is your question. Is it rhetorical? I guess nobody should support its use but some will if there is money behind it. Did I answer your question? ...Read more

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My father wants to quit chemo after his 1st dose. He has metastatic lung cancer. He is taking herbal meds which has given him relief. How risky to qui?

My father wants to quit chemo after his 1st dose. He has metastatic lung cancer. He is taking herbal meds which has given him relief. How risky to qui?

It is up to him: I would suggest him to discuss with his oncologist. Yes, chemo can give side effects most commonly fatigue etc- but it will be able to increase survival and able to relief the symptoms like pain etc. On average survival for stage IV lung cancer is 15 months- on chemo. Without chemo- it will be only several weeks, few months. Please discuss with his oncologist- re treatment options. ...Read more

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Why is my father getting radiation to his brain when he has lung cancer?

Why is my father getting radiation to his brain when he has lung cancer?

Spread to the brain : Lung cancer often spreads to the brain. So either it has already been seen on scans of the brain and is being treated or in small cell lung cancer we use it prophylactically. That is trying to prevent it from showing up, but that is only the case in small cell lung cancer. ...Read more

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What is the prognosis for lung cancer that has metastases to the brain and pelvic area?

What is the prognosis for lung cancer that has metastases  to the brain and pelvic area?

Fair: There are several factors that affect prognosis. First the type of lung cancer. Is it small cell or non-small cell.

Second, has there been a check on the molecular markers on the tumor (egfr, alk, ros 1?) there are targeted agents for those tyoe of tumors and patients do much better than the average.
Discuss with your oncologist treatment options prognosis. Avoid internet for prognosis. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy of six month lung cancer that has spread to the bone and brain?

What is the life expectancy of  six month lung cancer  that has  spread to the bone and brain?

More: The median survival of non-small cell lung cancer in the us is 12-14 months. That means, 50% of patients live more than that and 50% live less than that. Most patient live at least a year. ...Read more

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Father in law with metastatic lung cancer. Has fallen 3 times and now on walker. Any estimate on time left.

Father in law with metastatic lung cancer. Has fallen 3 times and now on walker. Any estimate on  time left.

I can't estimate it.: Which type of lung cancer does he have? What grade is it? Here are some stats for small cell lung cancer and non-small cell lung cancer: See: https://www.cancer.org/cancer/non-small-cell-lung-cancer/detection-diagnosis-staging/survival-rates.html **** https://www.cancer.org/cancer/small-cell-lung-cancer/detection-diagnosis-staging/survival-rates.html. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment I have small cell lung cancer that has spread to the brain I have ten tumors what are my best options?

Multidisciplinary: Small cell cancer is challenging even in early stage. All small cell cancer should be treated through a multidisciplinary thoracic oncology program with a targeted and individualized approach. Clinical trial enrollment when possible. The following link discusses general approach to treating nsclc and small cell, our best wishes are with you: http://goo.Gl/s6eme. ...Read more

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Does lung cancer brain metastised tumors treated with the gamma knife extend survival if the tumors shrink and show no signs after a three month perio?

Does lung cancer brain metastised tumors treated with the gamma knife extend survival if the tumors shrink and show no signs after a three month perio?

A good sign: The use of gamma knife to treat brain tumor suggests the brain lesion was a small? Was it only one lesion? Siezure, headache? Decadron (dexamethasone)? It is hard to tell about overall survival. It is encouraging to know that the tumor shrank after 3 months of treatment how much shrinking?I presume that you are talking about the lung lesions. Enjoy today, count your blessings, let tomorrow worry about itself. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy for someone with brain metastases from lung cancer?

What is the life expectancy for someone with brain metastases from lung cancer?

Tough: Depends but one can guesstimate that it would be months. Some patients do better and can survive longer. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Can chemo or radiation for lung cancer cause brain damage?

Can chemo or radiation for lung cancer cause brain damage?

Chemo brain: Chemo brain has been studied fairly well and in fact at this past years national conference a seminal study was presented that notes that chemo brain can begin even before a patient has received any chemotherapy. Thus the cognitive impairment begins from the traumatic stress caused by the diagnosis and hearing the words chemotherapy and cancer. This is a form of ptsd. Some ctx makes it worse. ...Read more

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