How responsive to? Chemotherapy? Is small cell lung cancer?

Very responsive. Small cell lung cancer in general is very responsive to chemotherapy as well as to radiation therapy. However, the problem is that the risk for recurrence is very high.
Very responsive. Although small cell is eextremely responsive, it does tend to metastasize and recur rapidly.

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Typical time between responding to chemotherapy and reemergence of small cell lung cancer is how long?

In extensive. Disease, median about 10-12 months; in limited disease, 20 - 24 months. Cures in 20 - 25% in ld. Ldtreated with chemo rt; ed chemo 4-6 month, whole brain rt to responders. Read more...
Few months. Unfortunately , most of the time recurrence will occur in 12 to 14 months with over all 5 % survival rate . Read more...

My dad has small cell lung cancer, after chemotherapy the tumor was reduced 80%, can it still grow if left alone?

It can spread withou. It can spread without any therapy, it is not cured and you have to continue treatment recommended by your oncologist. Read more...
Yes. Small cell lung cancer often responds very well to chemotherapy (shrinks) but it is unfortunately also common for the cancer to return after the completion of chemotherapy. Your medical and radiation oncologists can give you the best information for your father's particular case. Read more...

My husband was diagnosed with stage 2b non small cell lung cancer, had 2 lobes remov ed from right lung almost 2 months ago. Chemotherapy starts?

Depends. The need for further therapy is dictated by many factors. And it may be that your doctors feel no further chemotherapy is needed now. So it is best to ask the doctors what the next plan or stage of action is and go from there. Read more...

How many chemotherapy circles are possible in small cell lung cancer stage 4? Is it curable if it is spread in bones too or if it is life prolongable?

4-6 cycles 1st line. Usually 4-6 cycles of plantin/vp16 as 1st line. Small cell lung cancer (stage iv) is not curable with current treatment regimen, but current therapy can prolong the survival even for stage IV small cell lung cancer. 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...

Most effective chemotherapy agent for non small cell type 1 lung cancer?

Depends. Depends on the stage of the cancer-how far it has spread and on the patient's comorbidities-what other diseases are present. The oncologist can give you the best answer. If unhappy with it, get a 2nd opinion. Read more...
Vague question. Cancers are treated according to type and staging. Also consideration is given to the person's general health. I guess you have seen an oncologist who will advise you. There is no such thing as " most effective chemotherapy", your doctor and you will decide as a team which is the best for you. Read more...
Molecular map reqd. We know now that about 50% of non small cell lung cancers have a detectable mutation that has a targeted drug to that mutation. This means that the most effective drugs can be used efficiently and targetted to the specific tumor cell type. Mind you although 50% do not have drugs that are capable of targetting a specific mutation we still do know the mutations. There are molecular tests to use. Read more...

Why does my husband have to have chemotherapy for nonsmall cell lung cancer in which he had two right lobes removed 2 months ago?

Adjunct ChemoRx. I'm glad your husbands tumor was operable. The decision about giving adjunct chemotherapy is based on how big the tumor is, what subtype (there are dozens just for lung), and how far it was found to have gotten at surgery. Some protocols give improved survival (time, overall) if some chemotherapy is given. He does not HAVE to take it but needs to be given the facts himself. Best wishes. Read more...

What are the side effects of chemotherapy for lung cancer?

Some: Side effects are dependent upon the type of chemotherapy but may include nausea, vomiting, hair loss, dry skin, lowered white blood cells, lowered hemoglobin and lowered platelet counts; sometimes diarrhea. Also decreased appetite and tiredness. Read more...
Talk to your doctor. There are specific side effects for each medication. Different regimens are used, your doctor can talk to you in detail about the planned treatment and the potential side effects. Read more...