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Oncology (General Cancer)/my wife has stage 3 non small cell adenocarinoma of the lungs


the right lung has this in all sector and some in the left lung according to the doctor it is in the limpnods and some leagions on the spine but is not in the brain.I am looking for some answer and the doctor only will say it is bad.Their is a temor in the bottom node of the right lung and she is on a ventilator and has phumonia and is a medical induced coma.she has had several brockascope proceder in the last two days. please forgive the spelling!I would like to know if their is a chance of survival and if their is any real treatment.would it be better to remove the lung and try to treat the cancer in the other lung ?

It would not help to do surgery, and you couldn't find a legitimate surgeon to do something like that to a person who is on a ventilator.  If she has cancer in both lungs and lymph nodes, her only hope is chemotherapy, which could buy time.  But that could only be given if she can get to the point where she is breathing on her own and able to eat.  I don't know how old she is, but I would agree with your doctors that this sounds very bad.  

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Donald Higby, M.D.


I can answer almost all questions related to the treatment and natural course of most kinds of cancer, especially cancers of prostate, colon, lung and breast.


I have been a practicing medical oncologist for 36 years, and have been chief of service at a major medical center for 25 years. I've also done research in cancer treatments.

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