My brother-in-law has lung cancer that has spread to his brain, vertebrae, colon, and many lymph nodes chest. How much time does he have?

Uncertain. It's not possible to give you the time frame but it appears advance disease.
Limited. The ability to control metastatic lung cancer to one location such as a solitary lesion in liver or adrenal or bowel can be managed. When the lesion spreads to bone control over a long period of time with chemo is difficult. When the lesion is present in brain chemo offers little and the use of RT when helpful is usually limited to months.

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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...

Would my doctor be able to see whether my lung cancer has spread to my lymph nodes on a CT scan?

Not definitely. Clinical stage refers to our best guess based on imaging studies, such as chest ct, pet/ct and brain mri, and minor procedures, such as mediastinoscopy, lung biopsy and something called endobronchial ultrasound needle biopsy, or ebus. Ct scan alone is not very sensitive for detecting cancer in lymph nodes. Read more...
Yes, but with just a. Little more accuracy than a coin-flip based on size. Ct's miss small things, and falsely label benign things cancer. Proving nodal positivity is helped with pet scans, endoscopic ultrasonography with esophagoscopy or bronchoscopy, and sometimes surgery. Why the fuss? If nodes are +, the role of surgery is limited, and surgery is no picnic, and despite trying to prove its benefit, we're not sure. Read more...
Not really. Agree with dr cooke and others. A ct scan can tell you if the nodes appear to be abnormal. Ct scan does not diagnose cancer and can not tell you if there is cancer in the lymph nodes. If you have cancer, abnormal nodes may or may not be because of the cancer. You would need tissue/node biopsies to determine if there is cancer in the nodes. Read more...
Not with certainty. If there were enlarged lymph nodes on ct, that would be very suspicious for lymph node metastasis. Unfortunately, a normal sized lymph node can still have cancer cells in it, so ct is not specific. Pet/ct is somewhat better, since it looks for increased metabolism as well, but it also can miss tumors that are very small (<5 mm if very hyper metabolic, <1 cm if less hyper metabolic). Read more...

What Lymph Nodes Does Lung Cancer Spread To?

Potential multiple. Depends on location of primary.but -- Intra lobar, mediastinal, para tracheal, Supraclavicular, cervical . Read more...