How likely is it that I will survive lung cancer with just radiation and chemotherapy?

For stage I and II. For stage i and ii lung cancer, the standard of care is anatomic surgical resection. This potentiall can be done minimally invasively.
Need a lot more info. To properly address your question, we need to first distinguish whether one is diagnosed with non-small cell lung cancer versus small cell lung cancer. The next question is what is the stage of the disease. Stage IV non-small cell and extensive stage small cell lung cancer are not considered curable lung cancers. The goal of treatment in these cases is to shrink the tumors and control symptoms.
It is possible. Depends on the type of lung cancer. There are four types. It also depends on the stage of cancer. As the stage gets higher it is less likely or even impossible. Stage i for example is about 70 percent. Stage iiib is about 20 percent. Stage IV is not likely at all, though some long term reponders do exist.

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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...

Besides chemotherapy and radiation, are there any other ways to treat stage 3 lung cancer?

Yes. Some patient's tumors are sensitive to drugs that effect growth factors. Your doctor can check for the molecular markers for this sensitivity. Read more...
Combination treatmen. Yes. If the type of cancer is non small cell lung cancer, in some case, chemoradiation can shrink the cancer and make it operable whereas it may not be possible without the presurgical chemoradiation. In inoperable patients who do not respond to standard chemoradiation, there are a good number of newer drugs for 'target therapy"i.e. They will target cancer cell with certain molecular structures. Read more...
Depends. Depending on the characteristic of the lymph nodes in the mediastinum (middle of the chest near the windpipe), trimodality therapy which is neoadjuvant (before surgery) chemoradiation followed by sugery can be curative. Read more...

Is it safe for organ transplant patients to be around lung cancer chemotherapy patients who are also periodically receiving radiation?

Yes, with caution. Both patient's described are immune compromised. Extra care needs to be taken around the immune compromised patient. Washing has periodically, wearing a mask, if there is anybody sneezing, or in a big public place is a good start. Consult, your physician to have periodic blood draw to check if patients are immune compromised. Read more...
Yes. You cannot be harmed from a cancer patient receiving treatment with chemo or radiation. A transplant patient should not have any problems, unless the patient on chemotherapy has an active infection. Read more...

Loved one in family is in stage 4 lung cancer, diagnosed 4 months ago. Oncologist has put him on tarceva (erlotinib) 100mg chemotherapy. Is radiation possible?

Possible . But prob ably only for a specific painful lesion at this stage. Read more...
See below. Radiation can only help patients who have symptoms directly relating to the tumor like for example causing compression of the spine or airways. If he has a egfr mutation then tarceva (erlotinib) would be most helpful. Read more...

How can I tell if it is the lung cancer or & the chemotherapy that is making me look old?

All of the above. You are aging as we all ate! but the disease and treatments are debilitating and accompanied by anemia, weakness, tissue damage and more. Keep up the good effort and attitude of youth! 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...