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How long is it supposed to it take a person to die from lung cancer?

Variable: There are different cell types and growth rates (called doubling times)!
the small cell, undifferentiated as an example is very fast and most folks die within a year (? Or 2).
Some of the squamous cancers are slower and may be quite large and asymptomatic
even when large.
Very variable depending on type, size, location, stage and response to treatments. ...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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When a person has lung cancer, are the symptoms before death vomiting blood?

When a person has lung cancer, are the symptoms before death vomiting blood?

No: Although coughing up blood (hemoptysis) can occur at any time with lung cancer it is usually not the leading symptom. Most people lose significant amounts of weight and may pass away from infection, sometimes they become increasingly short of breath or they may just fall asleep and not wake up. The way they pass is not important it is how they pass. It should be relatively pain and anxiety free. ...Read more

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What signs / symptoms will indicate when a person is close to death, so we know. My mother has a stage 4 lung cancer that metastasized to the bones.

What signs / symptoms will indicate when a person is close to death, so we know. My mother has a stage 4 lung cancer that metastasized to the bones.

Palliative care: I am sorry to learn of your mothers illness. Lung cancer remains one of the highest cancer deaths. Palliative care doctors can help your mothers end with comfort. Talk to your mother as to what she wants and her doctors will help you to honor her wishes. They can help you assess the signs and symptoms of end of life and what to look for. ...Read more

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How can a smoker die from "lung cancer"?

How can a smoker die from "lung cancer"?

Breathless: Frequently pulmonary obstructive symptoms, just cannot breathe,
or pneumonia, and fever and sepsis, or metastatic disease in a critical area- brain for example, or the chest fills with fluid,
one can break alone- hip and fall due to metastasis. ...Read more

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Interested to know how does a smoker die from "lung cancer"?

Interested to know how does a smoker die from "lung cancer"?

Very sad.: Usually an overwhelming pneumonia. The person becomes very short of breath. Usually bed ridden, pneumonia and respiratory failure. Other patients may have a brain metastasis that bleeds or grows too much, other times it spreads to the spine, the liver. If the liver metastasis grow liver failure may occur. Sometimes tumor grows to esophagus obstructs and aspiration. Pulmonary emboli, heart attack. ...Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for to die from lung cancer?

See below: Lots of factors influence survival; stage of the cancer and molecular characteristics. When caught early can be cured. ...Read more

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Please explain to me how do you die from lung cancer if never a smoker?

Please explain to me how do you die from lung cancer if never a smoker?

Lung cancer: Cancer of any location can happen to any person. Because cigarette smoke is rich with cancer-causing agents, people who smoke are much more susceptible to getting cancer at sites affected by smoke (mouth, throat, lungs). As less people smoke, at least in the us, we're seeing more cancers in non-smokers and at a younger age. In some lung cancers, they are people with a gene mutation called egfr. ...Read more

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What happens if no chemo. What is it like for someone to die from lung cancer?

What happens if no chemo. What is it like for someone to die from lung cancer?

Comfort care time: If someone has advanced lung cancer and treatment is not an option, then the focus should be on making sure any symptoms they have or may develop will be controlled. Hospice may be an option.

End stage lung cancer patients may experience shortness of breath or pain (in the chest or other sites where the cancer has spread). There may be constipation from pain medications/lack of appetite. ...Read more

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My friend is getting weaker with lung cancer. Do most lung cancer patients die before a year?

My friend is getting weaker with lung cancer. Do most lung cancer patients die before a year?

Depends: The prognosis will depend on the stage and the type/ biology of the lung cancer. The type of treatments, the response to the treatments as well as patient's overall condition prior to the treatment started are also important factors. Depending to the above factors- patients with lung cancers can live from only a few /several months to several years or can be cured in the very early stage. ...Read more

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My friend is getting weaker with lung cancer. Do most lung cancer patients die before a year?

My friend is getting weaker with lung cancer. Do most lung cancer patients die before a year?

Lung cancer: Most patients with lung cancer esp stage 4 or advanced lung cancer carry a poor prognosis and survival is 12-15 months average with modern era chemotherapy. It can lead to progressive generalized weakness, fatigue and failure to thrive. Your friends stage and health status will determine his outcome. The role of chemotherapy is palliative;tarceva/iressa can work in nonsmokers w egfr mutations. ...Read more

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How can lung cancer usually lead to death?

How can lung cancer usually lead to death?

Varies: Most patients who die of lung cancer develop metastatic disease, or cancer in organs other than the lung. Common sites include the bones, brain, and liver. As the tumor grows, the functioning of these organs is compromised. This can lead to death. Patients also have a general decline, with cachexia frequently due to substances called cytokines released by the cancer. ...Read more

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How would somebody die from lung cancer caused by secondhand smoking?

How would somebody die from lung cancer caused by secondhand smoking?

Same: Once the cancer is established they die just like those with no smoking history, with primary smoking history, or second hand.

Second hand smoke is still very irritating to many if not all persons lung tissue and the lung cells transform and become malignant and grow and spread causing death from suffocation, brain or other metastasis! ...Read more

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Stage 4 lung cancer how long until death?

Stage 4 lung cancer how long until death?

Deep question: I am sorry to hear of your illness. This is a question best posed to the doctor who knows you and your entire case. S/he has been following you, and will be able to discuss the process with you. Even so, s/he will not be able to give you an exact time, and you may also rebound at least temporarily from what seems like worsening symptoms. Please know there is help at all stages of illness. ...Read more

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How much time after lung cancer spreads to the lymph nodes is death expecter?

How much time after lung cancer spreads to the lymph nodes is death expecter?

It varies: Occasionally there are still cures with disease in the nodes. With today's treatments, survival is often measured in years. Cherish each day, and be aware of the eventual outcome in your life planning, but don't expect anyone to tell you 'How long'. It's simply not predictable. ...Read more

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I have stage 111 lung cancer with COPD but can't eat much anymore. Don't want chemo. How fast do you die from losing weight?

I have stage 111 lung cancer with COPD but can't eat much anymore. Don't want chemo. How fast do you die from losing weight?

Eat: Eat smaller meals throughout the day and try to drink boost or ensure "milkshakes" three times a day. There are medicines to help you as well talk to your oncologist. Http://www. Lungcanceralliance. Org/what-if-i-am-diagnosed/side-effect-management/loss-of-appetite. Html ...Read more

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Do smokers get death by heart attacks more often than by lung cancer?

Do smokers get death by heart attacks more often than by lung cancer?

Yes: Heart disease is still the leading cause of death, and smoking is a large risk factor for it. So if you are in the US and smoke you are more likely to die from CAD than lung cancer. ...Read more

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Stage 111 non small cell lung cancer. Had lobectomy, cancer in lymph node an chest wall. What are the symptoms when you get closer to death.?

Stage 111 non small cell lung cancer. Had lobectomy, cancer in lymph node an chest wall. What are the symptoms when you get closer to death.?

Wait to Worry: You should not be thinking about death unless your Cancer is growing or spreading (called Metastasis). Most people with growing cancer develop symptoms which will signal that you need to see your doctor for examination. A periodic check up by your doctor can reveal signs of tumor recurrence if there is one. So as long as you get checked periodically or when you have new symptoms, you are doing fine ...Read more

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My mother started chemo, for small cell lung cancer stage limited, she is going to have radio as well, should I prepare my self for her death?

My mother started chemo, for small cell lung cancer stage limited, she is going to have radio as well, should I prepare my self for her death?

Yes: However, even "oat cell" isn't certain death nowadays. Usually a person gets quite a few good months and several years is by no means unusual. Suppose you do as for any other relationship -- cherish the time you have, heal anything that needs it, and be ready whatever happens. Mom must be very special for you to have written. ...Read more

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Every person I know who developed lung cancer didn't get it until soon after they quit. This makes me nervous to quit?

That makes no sense: Quitting smoking does not cause cancer. If anything, your friends didn't quit soon enough. And we see this all the time. People continue to smoke until the health effects are severe and there is no turning back. You are young, if you quit NOW the damage can be minimized and it will be like you never smoked at all. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how is it possible for a person who has never smoked and has been around little to no smoke get lung cancer?

Can you tell me how is it possible for a person who has never smoked and has been around little to no smoke get lung cancer?

Yes: Where smoking is definitely linked to lung cancer there are several different types of lung cancer. Most are dire tly smoking related yet unfortunately some form despite the fact the person never smoked. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a person to be born with lung cancer?

Is it possible for a person to be born with lung cancer?

Highly unusual...: ...But not unheard of. There are a select few reports of fetuses who developed exceedingly rare lung tumors during gestation.

Practically speaking, the overwhelming majority of lung cancers occur in adults and have genetic, environmental, and other causes, many of which only present themselves much later in life. ...Read more

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Which organizations can help a person suffering fron lung cancer?

Which organizations can help a person suffering fron lung cancer?

Multiple: There are several and each has links to potential support groups/services: cancer net: http://goo. Gl/rb9cz nccn: http://goo. Gl/hkdtm american cancer society: http://goo. Gl/citi7
american lung association:
http://goo. Gl/ekkqb. ...Read more

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For what length of time can a person live with stage 4 lung cancer?

Limited: What type?
Small cell briefly
nsclc depends on location and metastasis!

metastatic to lung from other organs may respond to removal
responses to chemo&/ radiation are also variable
stage 4 is not removable, so limited survival is the usual. ...Read more

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From your experience How long could a person live with lung cancer that has spread into the airways? Also has lymphnode cancer.

From your experience How long could a person live with lung cancer that has spread into the airways? Also has lymphnode cancer.

It varies: Lung cancer does not spread to the airways, it begins there. The range of likely life span -- or the possibility of a cure -- depends on the specific type of lung cancer. There are at least a dozen common subtypes and genetic variants. Get the facts, and then be strong and discerning. ...Read more

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How long could a person live with out treatment for lung cancer?

That Depends: There are a lot of factors that determine survival without treatment for lung cancer: the cell type, how big the cancer is, whether it has spread anywhere, and the location of the cancer. If, for instance, the cancer is in the brain, not treating it would probably cause a lot of suffering.

That said, for some people, no treatment of lung cancer is an option. But, you must know that it is fatal. ...Read more

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Help please? How long will a person have lung pain after lung cancer surgery?

Help please? How long will a person have lung pain after lung cancer surgery?

Not at all: Pain is due to incisions, not the lung, which really has no feeling. In some patients, some degree of incisional pain can persist for months. ...Read more

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Can the average person breath enough air pollution to give them lung cancer in their lifetime?

Can the average person breath enough air pollution to give them lung cancer in their lifetime?

Possible: Depending on genetic predisposition, it is possible for a person to get lung cancer from breathing polluted air. The risk is even higher if the pollution has radioactivity, such as radon gas. About 10% of the lung cancers occur in non-smokers. ...Read more

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Can a person with Small cell lung Cancer take calcium channel blockers?

Can a person with Small cell lung Cancer take calcium channel blockers?

Yes: If you have Eaton Lambert as a complication, it might be well to use caution ...Read more

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If a person had lung cancer, they couldn't feel the tumor when they take deep breaths, could they?

If a person had lung cancer, they couldn't feel the tumor when they take deep breaths, could they?

Usually not: Most lung cancers start in the interior tissue of the lung where there are no pain nerves. If the tumor, or its metastases, involve the outer lining of the lung (where there are pain nerves), one can then feel pain on breathing. Other medical problems (like pleurisy) can also cause pain on breathing ...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