• prognosis??

    Asked by brimek on Friday, May 17, 2013


    prognosis on stage 4 small cell lung ca w/o treatment? Two spots on the liver as well. age 67 male. oncologist said a couple of months. Any thoughts?

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    • carm's Avatar

      Small cell normally is in the center of the lung and lesions on liver not in liver are always easily cleared with right chemo. However, without knowing co-morbidities, one can only speculate. I would think a chemo like gemcitabine or pemetrexed would be indicated but I'm sure the oncologist will use what the patient has responded to, Good luck, Carm RN.

      over 5 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar

      Prognosis is based upon the individual and there are survivors of every stage of Lung Cancer. You should be at a top notch Lung Cancer treatment center. They may consider radiation or surgery in addition to chemo to get rid of the mets to the liver.
      But you are way too young not to take treatment. I know its scary but everyday there are new clinical trials with remarkable progress.

      God bless.

      over 5 years ago
    • EllasDaddy's Avatar

      Why suffer for two months when if he starts treatment he could see improvement and be on theroad to remission. He is only 67 and has many good years ahead. Wish you the best and prayers that he changes his mind

      over 5 years ago
    • CherylS@StF's Avatar

      There are times when the prognosis for certain types of lung cancer may only be a couple of months without any treatment but ususally even when there is metastatic disease. Stage IV lung cancers while not considered to be curable are considered to be treatable. Treament should not just be seen as an avenue to cure but it opens up the door to possible remission for who knows how long. It allows the patient to possibly receive more time in this life to be with family, to create some more memories and often to decrease the pain that the spread of the cancer can cause if not treated. It often allows a better quality of life to however long the end of life may last. Getting treament is not for everyone, but one should get all the information both pros and cons as to which avenue will be best for them. Some want to make it long enough for a grauation, the birth of a grandchild, their daughters wedding, an anniversery, on and on the list can go, often treatment can assist in meeting that goal. On the other hand it is okay to say that you have fought the good fight and that you are ready to enter eternity, because really it should be your choice and yours alone. Those who love will come to understand and be supportive if now, in time. It is hard to let go of someone so special in our lives and to try and imagine this life without them, sometimes the patient has to have patience with those around them. Praying for you to be at peace with whatever decision you make.

      over 5 years ago

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