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Stage 3 B Lung Cancer?

PostPosted: Sat Oct 07, 2017 10:02 pm
by Rafaello
My grandpa was diagnosed with lung cancer and today the Dr finally told him he is stage 3 b and it is inoperable.
He is to weak for surgery, he would die.
So they are doing 4 weeks chemo/radiation followed by a 4 week break then back to another 4 weeks of chemo/radiation to try to beat this.
They told him there is a 40% chance he can beat this and live but there are always risks with the treatment and he will get very sick.
I do know how sick he will get as my step-mom is stage 4 treatments failed, my aunt is stage 4 and treatments failed.
So my question is what is the survival rate for people with stage 3 B.
He is 78 years old with other health issues including high blood pressure, liver problems (although the dr said it isn't cancer in the liver just liver aging), to much protein in his blood and diabetes so what is the chance he will beat this and live or at least live with it for awhile? My grandparents have been married over 50 years and my grandma said she thinks she will die first but it just seems like there is only a short time with both of them.

Stage 3 B Lung Cancer?

PostPosted: Sat Oct 07, 2017 10:15 pm
by Jory
To be honest, and I hate to tell you this, but 40% sounds a little optomistic for stage 3b lung cancer. I think stastically its more like 20-25%.

I think with treatments though, your Grandpa does have a good chance of living quite a few more years. As long as he responds to treatment, and the cancer does not advance.

Stage 3 B Lung Cancer?

PostPosted: Sat Oct 07, 2017 10:20 pm
by Earie
I think you have some misconceptions about cancer.

Stage 4 cancers are not curable. Treatment is slow down the cancer to prolong life and decrease symptoms. Treatment fails when it does neither. Patients are advised of this going in and it is their choice to do so or not.

Without surgery the chance of surviving lung cancer is zero. Chemo and radiation may shrink it and keep at bay for awhile, but it is not a cure. How well he does and how long it is kept at bay depends on how his cancer responds to treatment and that is no known until treatment starts. I?m sorry.l