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I have small cell lung cancerand cannot use chemotherapy? Please give any other suggestions.
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Dr. Liawaty Ho
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Small cell & chemo
Why you can't use chemo? Small cell lung cancer is very responsive to chemo, which is the mainstay treatment in small cell lung cancer. So, you really need to know why chemo can't be used.
It is also sensitive to radiation, but the role of radiation is limited only for limited disease combined with chemo and only for palliative use (relieving pain) in advanced stage. D/w your oncologist in detail.

In brief: Small cell & chemo
Why you can't use chemo? Small cell lung cancer is very responsive to chemo, which is the mainstay treatment in small cell lung cancer. So, you really need to know why chemo can't be used.
It is also sensitive to radiation, but the role of radiation is limited only for limited disease combined with chemo and only for palliative use (relieving pain) in advanced stage. D/w your oncologist in detail.
Dr. Liawaty Ho
Dr. Liawaty Ho
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Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Radiation
It is unclear what your cancer stage and reasons for not getting chemotherapy are.
If your cancer is limited to the lung then chest radiation alone can be used to help with symptoms such as pain, breathing difficulty, bleeding, etc. If your cancer has spread then radiation can be effective in controlling pain, etc. In some cases surgery can be used for example to prevent bone fractures.

In brief: Radiation
It is unclear what your cancer stage and reasons for not getting chemotherapy are.
If your cancer is limited to the lung then chest radiation alone can be used to help with symptoms such as pain, breathing difficulty, bleeding, etc. If your cancer has spread then radiation can be effective in controlling pain, etc. In some cases surgery can be used for example to prevent bone fractures.
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology
In brief: Chemotherapy is
The cornerstone, and ther are many different kinds.
..From single agent to 2 drugs. Radiation alone is inferior. Small cell is curable with chemotherapy, radiotherapy rarely is, but always can help symptoms. Is it cannot or will not?

In brief: Chemotherapy is
The cornerstone, and ther are many different kinds.
..From single agent to 2 drugs. Radiation alone is inferior. Small cell is curable with chemotherapy, radiotherapy rarely is, but always can help symptoms. Is it cannot or will not?
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
Small cell lung cancer is curable with chemotherapy in only a few percent of people with the disease. However, it is very sensitive to chemotherapy, and life can be prolonged dramatically with the use of chemotherapy.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
And if limited disease that might be 25% with XRT, and it is close to zero without chemo in any stage.
Dr. Eric Toloza
Surgery - Thoracic
In brief: Depends
Why cannot use chemo? .
.. How about radiation? ... Or biologic (targeted) therapy drugs? ...

In brief: Depends
Why cannot use chemo? .
.. How about radiation? ... Or biologic (targeted) therapy drugs? ...
Dr. Eric Toloza
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