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My 84 year old mother has lung cancer it has spread to brain, bones. How long should we expect her to live?

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Dr. Upendra Parvathaneni
Radiation Oncology
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In brief: Few months

Depends on how extensive brain mets are.
Rarely solitary metastasis patients survive longer, but generally brain mets portend poor prognosis measured in a few months.

In brief: Few months

Depends on how extensive brain mets are.
Rarely solitary metastasis patients survive longer, but generally brain mets portend poor prognosis measured in a few months.
Dr. Upendra Parvathaneni
Dr. Upendra Parvathaneni
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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Sorry to hear about

Your mom and your family's plight.
She has widespread disease, but her age should not be a barrier, but her stamina is measured by ability to care for herself, be out of bed, and ask her what she wants. She cannot be cured, small cell type could be palliated well with chemo, and painful things with quick radiotherapy. Likely survival < 6 mos.

In brief: Sorry to hear about

Your mom and your family's plight.
She has widespread disease, but her age should not be a barrier, but her stamina is measured by ability to care for herself, be out of bed, and ask her what she wants. She cannot be cured, small cell type could be palliated well with chemo, and painful things with quick radiotherapy. Likely survival < 6 mos.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
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Dr. Donald Elton
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
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In brief: Lung cancer

There are several types of lung cancer but only 40% of patients survive a year if they cannot have surgery for cure and fewer than 10% are alive at 5 years.
Most patients with stage 4 disease do not survive more than a few months.

In brief: Lung cancer

There are several types of lung cancer but only 40% of patients survive a year if they cannot have surgery for cure and fewer than 10% are alive at 5 years.
Most patients with stage 4 disease do not survive more than a few months.
Dr. Donald Elton
Dr. Donald Elton
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