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    Life expectancy of Stage IV NSCLC

    My dad (62 years old) passed away one month after being diagnosed with Stage IV NSCLC. I keep seeing people asking about this stage and not getting concrete answers from doctors.

    If you've had a loved one pass away after being diagnosed with this stage would you please reply with the length of their palliative care. I think this might be helpful to others not getting answers from doctors.

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    My wife lived one year after onset of symptoms (pain in fibula) and 10 months after the official diagnosis. She died as a result of treatment complications.

    If I knew then what I know now, things would have been better and at the very least, she would have been more comfortable.

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    Mom still living after three years.

    My mom was diagnosed with Stage 3B/4 NSCLC (depending on the opinion of the doctor) and we also did not get a straight answer about life expectancy at that time. The best we could get was a remark indicating 6 mos survival not responding to chemo and possibly one year should she respond. That was January 2003. My mom responded to various types of chemo, underwent general radiation, cyber knife and gamma knife treatments for tumors in her brain and spine area. She is beating the odds. However, currently her body is starting to reject blood transfusions and she requires her lung to be drained every other week or so (pleural effusion). It's a sad thing for her to undergo and her mental spirits are beginning to wane. Anyway, she has lived for almost three years since the diagnosis.

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    My Dad is going nuts,
    (We all are) But Im scared he is going to die of a heart attack, he already has WAY too high blood pressure, after his doctor goave him some harsh news this week.
    The lymph node test came back negative (He has already been diagnosed) but they saw some definate spots on the bonescan on his ribs, and all they told him is the doctor is going out of town on vacation for 2 weeks, and he can see him and discuss this after he gets back.
    I already refered them to another Dr. but we have no Idea of life expectancy if it continues, his PSA has doubled in the last two weeks from 10 to 19.
    I am just wanting to give good advice, and I can't.
    REALISTICALLY, and honestly, I need to know if my time is very limited with him, and I want to go e with him.
    Can anyone give ma an honest opinion?
    Yrs, months, etc? to expect?
    Any news would be helpful, as we have no outlet, even the websites are a little "padded around the edges" and give no hard facts.
    THank you very much!
    Courtnay

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    By the way it is prostate cancer, he is 64. Healthy man, with constant bone pain for years.

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    hi,

    my mum was diagnosed in May with stage 4 lung cancer. i thought we had more time but she lasted until the 9th of September, it was much more aggressive than we first thought.

    good luck to you all

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    Courtney,
    I'm so sorry, if I were you I would find the most capable nurse on the oncology staff and ask who they would recommend as the best oncologist. I would press for a time frame...

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    STAGE 4 TIME FRAME

    My Mum was diagnosed with stage 3 non small cell cancer in August 2005. Mums chest cavity kept filling with fluid, which pushed on her lung and made it collapse. She had it drained but the fluid returned a few days later. She had it redone and this time they inserted talcum powder to make the lining of the lung stick to chest cavity... unsuccessful.. more fluid ... so they decided to operate... do the same procedure as above only via a microscope's guidance.

    Outcome.. unsuccessful.. she died 3 days later .

    All in all from the day the doctor got her xrayed and diagnosed lung cancer to the day she died... 3 weeks and 6 days.

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    My Dad was diagnosed with stage 4 NSCLC July 04. The doctor just told us at the last visit that my Dad is doing a lot better than he expected. My son's Bar Mitzvah is 4/1/06, and this was our biggest question. In the beginning he wouldn't give a solid answer, but now says he'll be here for his grandson's special day.

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    My mother-in-law was diagnosed on August 15, 2005 with stage 3B or stage 4 NSCLC (never really got a clear answer from the doctor). She died October 27, 2005. From time of diagnosis to death only 9 weeks and 3 days.
    It was much more aggressive than they led us to believe.

 
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