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.
Maybe. Radiation for stage 4 lung cancer is most commonly used to treat the symptoms of cancer (such as pain), rather than to increase survival. Though one may live longer, the goal of radiation is usually to live better.

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Is it true that lung cancer only has a 5% survival rate, even with radiation and chemo?

Depends on stage. Survival for lung cancer is stage specific. Early stage has better survivalmthen late stage. However if you are being treated for lung cancer, the important thing is to stay positive and optimistic, regardless of the stage. Read more...
That would be low. Vanderbilt has a 35% 2 year survival for unresectable lung cancers, and survivals for adenoca and small cell are improving with new drugs and regimens. But survivals depend on both stage and defined survival period, 1 min survivals are almost 100% and hundred year survivals are 0%. Read more...
Bibliotherapy! Sometimes reading can cause more problems than it solves. Statistics like this demonstrate the poor outcomes that have been seen in the past, but does not tell you how you will do today with the treatment you receive. Wise doctors select treatment likely to be beneficial for you, rather than focusing on the negative. Advanced cancer has poor outlook for most, but some profit from treatment. Read more...

My mother has been diagnosed with stage 3a limited small cell lung cancer. She is starting her chemotherapy next week along with radiation after her 2nd round of chemo. She's 71 and has COPD also. What do you think her 2-5 yr survival rate is....?

20-40% at 2 years. There is pretty extensive data on patients with small cell lung cancer (sclc). The vast majority will respond to treatment, and also will recur. Data from the literature quote 20-40 % of limited sclc survive to 2 years and 10-13% to 5 years. Good luck, i hope she is one of those! i assume you are referring to limited stage sclc; stage 3a is used in non-sclc and the numbers are different. Read more...
Guarded. Long term prognosis , unfortunately, not good over all 5 % survival, but the response is getting better each day with advances in chemotherapy and follow the advice of oncologist. Read more...

What is the average survival rate for small cell lung cancer after chemo and radiation therapy?

Depends. Localized or extensive. Localized has a 5 year survival of around 30-40%. Extensive has much worse odds. Read more...
Depends on stage . Treated limited stage has a median survival over a year and have about 5% survivors at 5 years extensive stage has about 9 months of median survival. Read more...
>25 % In a large randomized study testing radiotherapy and chemotherapy for non-metastatic small cell lung cancer, ~ 25% of patients were alive after 5 years. Since then, advances in imaging, treatment techniques, and supportive care may have increased this rate slightly. Read more...

What is the photodynamic therapy survival rate lung cancer?

Surgery or radiation. Lung cancer is not treated with photodynamic therapy. Depending on the stage, pathology, and health status any combination of surgery, radiation therapy or chemotherapy (or biologic therapy) might be recommended. http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/lung. Read more...
Not straight-forward. Survival rate for lung cancer is dependent on the stage of lung cancer (is the cancer localized or has it spread?), associated medical conditions, and how the cancer responds to therapy. Pdt is a local treatment typically used in lung cancer to help open up airways when tumors have spread into the same. Read more...
Beware. "photodynamic therapy" is a group of scientifically-dubious procedures based on the idea that some photosensitizing molecules are selectively taken up by cancers. It's popular in russia and china but i cannot recommend it as something to spend money on, however desperate you may be. If it actually worked, the research piranhas at the nih would already be all over it. Please forgive my candor. Read more...

What would be the approximate survival rate of the stage IV lung cancer?

Poor. Statistical survival rates are poor. However, survival is individual and depend on the quality of personalized care and access to a multidiscipline thoracic oncology program. These links may help: http://goo.Gl/2cdq9 and http://goo.Gl/jx197. Read more...

Loved one in family is in stage 4 lung cancer, diagnosed 4 months ago. Oncologist has put him on tarceva (erlotinib) 100mg chemotherapy. Is radiation possible?

Possible . But prob ably only for a specific painful lesion at this stage. Read more...
See below. Radiation can only help patients who have symptoms directly relating to the tumor like for example causing compression of the spine or airways. If he has a egfr mutation then tarceva (erlotinib) would be most helpful. Read more...

My aunt has 2tumors left side lung which has spread to the lt hip bone. She just finished radiation to the hip and willbe starting chemo. Is this normal treatment? Why not start with treatment to the lung first? She is stage 4 lung cancer. Are the docto

To prevent fracture. Yes it is normal. Radiation was given to hip first to hip prevent fracture and for pain. Discuss with oncologist with your aunt permission will explain the plan of treatment and prognosis. Read more...
Once NSCLC. Spreads, there is no cure. The goal is to treat symptomatic areas to provide comfort. We are encouraged to incorporate palliative care (experts in symptom control) and even get a hospice assessment -- focus on home services, help, equipment, support. A good idea to maximize comfort when cure is not possible. Read more...
XRT can be first. I assume your aunt has non-small cell lung cancer which usually does not respond quickly to chemo. If the lesions in the bone are causing pain or are at risk for fracture, we will often give radiation first (usually 10 days) to deal with the acute problem first. Then we give chemo to address the rest. Best wishes. Read more...