How can I make a patient with lung cancer more comfortable?

Depends... If they are in the end stages of lung cancer, they may be oxygen hungry and having oxygen at home may help. Making sure their pain is controlled is important too. At this stage, having a discussion with hospice services would be beneficial. For earlier stages, they may still be able to be cured and being supportive in their efforts is important.
Hospice and support. You clearly need help. Your caring and presence is helpful. If they are terminal talk to the doc and palliative care group. If not immediately terminal a palliative care team might give you some ideas. The key is to be upbeat when things are positive and supportive when they are not. There is a lot of support out there.

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How long do lung cancer patients survive if left untreated?

Briefly. Develop pneumonia, pain, cough, bleeding, metastasis and serious problems . Depends on cell type, stage at finding, treatment options. Read more...
Depends. Depending on the stage and over all condition. It can range frim few weeks to many months. Read more...

Why does the united states have so many lung cancer patients?

Smoking. Many people live in the us and many of them smoke or have smoked. As a percentage, the us is not worse than many other countries, including europeans. It is all a matter of smoking and pollution. Read more...
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How many patients under 18 have had smoke related lung cancer?

I have never. (past 40 years) heard of a case......which does NOT mean that smoking is VERY dangerous at 18 as well as any age!

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Why is it that small-cell lung cancer patients are 99% smokers?

Small cell Lung ca. Smoking tobacco significantly increases the risk of small cell carcinoma. Some hypothesize the impact of carcinogenic smoke on the central airways may be the primary mechanism of injury. The earlier in life a person starts smoking, the more often a person smokes, and the more years a person smokes, the greater the risk of lung cancer. Read more...

On average, how long does it take a patient to recover from lung cancer?

After surgery... For lung resection done minimally invasively, we ask you not to lift anything greater than 20lbs for 1 month, if done with thoracotomy, then 2 months. Don't drive if still taking narcotics. Be active, don't be a couch potato. Read more...
4-6 weeks. From lung cancer surgery 4-6 weeks. You may need more time if you need further treatment with chemotherapy and or radiation treatment. Read more...

My friend is getting weaker with lung cancer. Do most lung cancer patients die before a year?

Depends. The prognosis will depend on the stage and the type/ biology of the lung cancer. The type of treatments, the response to the treatments as well as patient's overall condition prior to the treatment started are also important factors. Depending to the above factors- patients with lung cancers can live from only a few /several months to several years or can be cured in the very early stage. Read more...
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My friend is getting weaker with lung cancer. Do most lung cancer patients die before a year?

Lung cancer. Most patients with lung cancer esp stage 4 or advanced lung cancer carry a poor prognosis and survival is 12-15 months average with modern era chemotherapy. It can lead to progressive generalized weakness, fatigue and failure to thrive. Your friends stage and health status will determine his outcome. The role of chemotherapy is palliative;tarceva/iressa can work in nonsmokers w egfr mutations. Read more...
Depends . Cell type size location metastasis not uncommon with small cell. Read more...