How fast does cachexia in someone with non small cell lung cancer advance to refractory stage and can it be reversed?

Treatment of cancer. Reversal of cachexia depends on successful treatment of the cancer. The rate of progression, if the cancer is not curable, is not predictable. If the cancer is not curable you may wish to seek palliative and/or hospice care for the patient.

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Mum has lung cancer tumor no change in size and her weight as gone down to 6 stone from 8 stone in 3 mth is this refactory cachexia?

Probably. Unintended weight loss of the magnitude your described is not a good sign. Please consult this site for more information on this topic. Wish you and your mom, good health. Read more...

What food will help in combating cachexia caused by lung cancer? What else should be done?

High caloric fluid. The cachexia associated with cancer is due to the elaboration of tumor necrosis factor, As such a high caloric liquid diet including Ensure should be employed. When patients are seen who are receiving radiation or chemo, it is advisable to increase the caloric intake with hyperalimentation where a pic line is inserted in the arm and the patient is given approximately 2L of fluid each evening. Read more...

How long will someone with non small cell lung cancer with a plural effusion survive?

Poor prognosis. If it has not metastasized it is called a wet stage 3 b and in new classification it is stage 4 the prognosis is bad 9 months to a year with modern chemotherapy it is somewhat better but still very limited nber of patients survive beyond a year. Read more...
Less than a year . 40% of lung cancer patients with inoperable cancer survive a year. A malignant effusion makes it inoperable. Read more...

How long does someone survive with non-small cell lung cancer?

Depends on stage. The long term prognosis of lung cancer depends on the stage of the cancer. The stage (1-4) depends on the size of the tumor and whether it has spread outside of the lung to lymph nodes, the lining of the chest wall (pleura) or other organs (liver, brain, etc). Some of this information may be determined by x ray test (ct scan, pet scan) and some may require biopsies to determine. Read more...
Depends on Stage. The answer to that question depends greatly on how advanced the cancer is when it is diagnosed. That, in turn, depends on how big the tumor is, where it is located, whether it has spread locally or all over the body. Generally, the earlier you catch the cancer, the longer the survival is. That is not a 100% "take it to the bank" rule, but it is a general pattern. A number of tests find out stage. Read more...

Can you tell me about non-small cell lung cancer can be non-smokers often?

Not often but happen. Many of the cases of lung cancer in non-smokers, whether small cell or other - squamous cell and adenocarcinoma - are in people exposed to high levels of second-hand smoke, as well as other pollutants, including toxic industrial exposures. Asbestos exposure is a cause of another kind of lung cancer- mesothelioma - which can happen with industrial or home exposure (old insulation). Read more...

How likely is survival of non small cell lung cancer when diagnosed at stage 3 b?

About 30% at 5yrs. Stage 3b is a complicated stage of lung ca with patients having a variety of sizes of tumors and involvement of the chest outside the lungs. Treatment is usually chemotherapy +/- radiation therapy. About 30-35% of patients will survive past 5 yrs. Read more...