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Why is lung cancer spread through the mediastinum dangerous?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Usually incurable

Once lung cancer spreads to the mediastinum, usually to the lymph nodes, but also other organs, it is generally incurable by surgical resection or other treatments.

In brief: Usually incurable

Once lung cancer spreads to the mediastinum, usually to the lymph nodes, but also other organs, it is generally incurable by surgical resection or other treatments.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Dr. Eric Toloza
direct invasion into a mediastinal structure (trachea, esophagus, major blood vessles, spine, heart) are usually incurable, although depends on the structure and how much invasion, there have been some cures. in terms of lymph nodes, this can be curable with surgery + chemotherapy + radiation ...
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Surgery - Thoracic
2 doctors agree

In brief: Advanced

The staging of lung cancer assigns a higher stage for mediastinal structure involvement and mediastinal lymph node involvement.
Stage iii or iv. Mediastinal involvement means that the process has spread beyond the lungs and is considered to be a systemic illness. 5 year survival for stage iii and IV lower than for stage i and ii.

In brief: Advanced

The staging of lung cancer assigns a higher stage for mediastinal structure involvement and mediastinal lymph node involvement.
Stage iii or iv. Mediastinal involvement means that the process has spread beyond the lungs and is considered to be a systemic illness. 5 year survival for stage iii and IV lower than for stage i and ii.
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
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Dr. Thomas a Schwann
Surgery - Thoracic
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In brief: Metastatic Disease

Once the tumor has extended beyond the confines of the lung, there is a good chance that the process has disseminated throughout the body and consequently the chances for a cure decline substantially.
The only type of lung cancer that is successfully cured is early lung cancer - less than 3 centimeters in diameter without evidence of lymph node spread. Once symptoms appear, it process is incurabl.

In brief: Metastatic Disease

Once the tumor has extended beyond the confines of the lung, there is a good chance that the process has disseminated throughout the body and consequently the chances for a cure decline substantially.
The only type of lung cancer that is successfully cured is early lung cancer - less than 3 centimeters in diameter without evidence of lymph node spread. Once symptoms appear, it process is incurabl.
Dr. Thomas a Schwann
Dr. Thomas a Schwann
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Dr. Eric Toloza
Although some stage II and stage III lung cancers are cured, and an occasional stage IV lung cancer can also be cured.
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