Is non-small lung cancer fatal?

Depends on stage. The long term prognosis of lung cancer depends on the stage of the cancer. The stage (1-4) depends on the size of the tumor and whether it has spread outside of the lung to lymph nodes, the lining of the chest wall (pleura) or other organs (liver, brain, etc). Some of this information may be determined by x ray test (ct scan, pet scan) and some may require biopsies to determine.
Depends on stage. The long term prognosis of lung cancer depends on the stage of the cancer. The stage (1-4) depends on the size of the tumor and whether it has spread outside of the lung to lymph nodes, the lining of the chest wall (pleura) or other organs (liver, brain, etc). Some of this information may be determined by x ray test (ct scan, pet scan) and some may require biopsies to determine.
Potentially. Key to good cancer care is a comprehensive multidisciplinary approach. There is potential for cure/survival. If indicated, surgical resection should be performed by a thoracic surgeon. I hope these assist you: http://goo.Gl/2cdq9.
Not necessarily . There are treatments for all stages. For stage i to iiia the goal for any treatment is an attempt for cure. For stage iiib to IV the goals of therapy are prolongation of life and quality of life or control of symptoms.

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Smal cell lung cancer that has moved to the brain, how long before it is fatal?

9 months average. Median survival with chemo and radiation therapy was 9 months. Half lived longer, half lived a shorter time. Sorry to be the bearer of such poor information. Read more...
Depends. Metastatic small cell lung cancer is treated with chemotherapy and brain radiation. Survival is dependent on response to treatment. Read more...

How come non-small lung cancer not called large cell lung cancer?

Sub type. Large cell lung cancer is actually a subset of non small cell lung cancer, which behaves much more like small cell cancer than like other forms of non small cell cancer. I am sorry that the terminology is so confusing. , . Read more...
Small cell's unique. Most lung cancers are quite similar -- slow-growers, a fair chance of a cure with surgery if early, poor response to traditional chemotherapy. There are about a dozen common types. "Small-cell" is a unique type that grows very fast, melts initially on chemotherapy, and is thought to be never curable with surgery. All the others are still often lumped together. Read more...

What is non-small cell lung cancer?

One type . There are two broad categories of primary lung cancer called small cell and non small cell. Simply put, small cell is more aggressive, harder to treat and less common. Non small cell acts differently, can be treated with surgery and is the common smokers lung cancer. Read more...
See below. Non-small cell lung cancer is a type of lung cancer that grows more slowly and can be operated on if diagnosed at an early stage. It generally has a better prognosis than small-cell lung cancer, but that is depending on the stage and comorbidities. Read more...
Formerly, NSCLC . (sq & adeno) were treated with surgery, no chemo. Small cell was almost never treated with surgery and always chemotherapy. Now, chemotherapy is used in both. Once mediastinal nodes are +, chemo+rt is the standard, but many try to use surgery, especially if a lobectomy can be done. All are linked to smoking/tobacco. Read more...

Can people survive non small cell lung cancer?

Yes,depends stage. Stage 1 nsclc; surgical resection, appr70%5yrsurv stage2nsclc;surgery apprx. 30-35% 5 yr survival. Read more...

Can you tell me about non-small cell lung cancer?

Not enough space. Let's see: most common category of lung cancer, often but not always tobacco related, treated with surgery if possible but radiation and chemo are often used as well. I suggest you visit the national cancer institute website. It's has good info regarding all kinds of cancers. Read more...

What are the tests for non-small cell lung cancer?

Work Up. Includes: ct-chest thru liver and adrenals, head ct+/- contrast or mr, bone scan. Pet scan depends on ct findings, proximity of primary to medistinum. Read more...
Nsclc. First of all, a biopsy will need to be done to the lung mass/nodule not only to establish diagnosis but also to find the histology and genetic profile of the cancer. Then, complete staging work-up with pet/ ct scan need to be done to stage the cancer. The treatment will depend on the histology/molecular-genetic mutation status, stage, as well as overall condition and preference of a patient. Read more...
A few. Ct scan and pet scan are sensitive radiographic test. Percutaneous biopsy can provide a diagnosis. In some high risk patients with suspicious radiographs going straight to surgical resection is reasonable. Read more...