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What to expect in metastasis, lung and brain cancer?

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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology
9 doctors agree

In brief: The question is

A puzzle. Are you asking: what next, in someone with lung and brain disease? (usually starting in lung, then going to brain).
Or the pattern of metastasis if either is primary: brain as primary almost never metastasizes outsie cns, whereas lung commonly foes to brain, as well as other lung, liver, bones, adrenals.

In brief: The question is

A puzzle. Are you asking: what next, in someone with lung and brain disease? (usually starting in lung, then going to brain).
Or the pattern of metastasis if either is primary: brain as primary almost never metastasizes outsie cns, whereas lung commonly foes to brain, as well as other lung, liver, bones, adrenals.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
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Dr. Liawaty Ho
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
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In brief: Type of cancer?

It will depend on the type of cancer.
Generally speaking, the prognosis will be worse/poor when the cancer has spread to distant organ- compared to if the cancer still localized. However, what to expect-depend on the type of the cancer and how good overall condition of the patient. In testicular ca-it can still be cured eventhough it is already spreading.In lung ca- median survival is 15 months.

In brief: Type of cancer?

It will depend on the type of cancer.
Generally speaking, the prognosis will be worse/poor when the cancer has spread to distant organ- compared to if the cancer still localized. However, what to expect-depend on the type of the cancer and how good overall condition of the patient. In testicular ca-it can still be cured eventhough it is already spreading.In lung ca- median survival is 15 months.
Dr. Liawaty Ho
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Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology

In brief: Nonspecific symptoms

If a cancer has metastases, they dictate what kind of symptoms seen next.
For example, tumors with metastases to the spinal cord can compress it, causing back pain, and later, weakness. Brain cancers rarely, if ever have metastases, but lung cancers, like small cell, often have metastases to the brain, liver, and bone. Fever, anorexia, fatigue, and weight loss are generally seen with mets.

In brief: Nonspecific symptoms

If a cancer has metastases, they dictate what kind of symptoms seen next.
For example, tumors with metastases to the spinal cord can compress it, causing back pain, and later, weakness. Brain cancers rarely, if ever have metastases, but lung cancers, like small cell, often have metastases to the brain, liver, and bone. Fever, anorexia, fatigue, and weight loss are generally seen with mets.
Dr. Joseph Woods
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