How long will it take for my skin and hair to go back to normal after radiation and chemo for lung cancer?

Weeks to Months. If the skin had a sunburn effect it take a few weeks after radiation to get back to normal. Hair takes longer with chemotherapy. When i see patients at the first follow up check at about 4 months there is hair beginning to grow about a 1/4 to 1/2 inch. It can also come back in different texture curly or straight opposite of what it was. Radiation to the head along with chemo slows it even more.
Months. From chemotherapy it usually takes 6 months from the time of completing chemotherapy to have a very short haircut. If the radiation was done to the lung that wouldn't effect the hair. If it was done to head for brain mets than it may take longer than 6 months.

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Is it normal to get only radiation and no chemo for stage 2 non-small cell lung cancer?

Depends. Your doctor looks at a lot of issues when considering how to treat you. They include your age, other medical problems and if they think you can undergo standard chemotherapy or radiation treatments. That said, if you are skeptical, you should always seek a 2nd opinion. Read more...
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Including surgery, chemo, and radiation, how long does the treatment for lung cancer usually last?

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When is it normal to have surgery for lung cancer followed y radiation but no chemo?

Positive margins. Positive surgical margins, meaning some disease is left behind. Radiation can be used to sterilize the field. Sometimes radiation is given to treat the regional lymph nodes as well. Read more...
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S+RT but no C. Not at all common. The case i can imagine is a person unable to tolerate the chemotherapy. The most common clear indicaton for radiotherapy in lung cancer is after chemotherapy if med. Nodes +. Positive bronchial margins or chest wall invasion are other plausible scenarios. Read more...
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My aunt has 2tumors left side lung which has spread to the lt hip bone. She just finished radiation to the hip and willbe starting chemo. Is this normal treatment? Why not start with treatment to the lung first? She is stage 4 lung cancer. Are the docto

To prevent fracture. Yes it is normal. Radiation was given to hip first to hip prevent fracture and for pain. Discuss with oncologist with your aunt permission will explain the plan of treatment and prognosis. Read more...
Once NSCLC. Spreads, there is no cure. The goal is to treat symptomatic areas to provide comfort. We are encouraged to incorporate palliative care (experts in symptom control) and even get a hospice assessment -- focus on home services, help, equipment, support. A good idea to maximize comfort when cure is not possible. Read more...
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If a person has lung cancer and lymph nodes, can it be cured by radiation and chemo?

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