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Roughly speaking, it appears that about 30-40% of patients in stage IV will survive for 5 years or more depending on where the cancer originated. This reference provides details.


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Not sure why I didn't think of this earlier, but back pain that is worse at night due to metastatic cancer to the spine is caused by tumor compressing spinal cord when lying on your back. Anything that worsens the compression, such as "when you cough, sneeze or go to the toilet", will also worsen the pain. Source: https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/...


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It is not likely that at the first visit, a doctor will even know if there is a cancer or not. One likely scenario is: During the first visit, a doctor (a primary doctor or lung specialist) usually only asks about symptoms (chest pain, cough, coughing blood...) and checks for abnormal lung sounds, among other. At this visit, a doctor can order an X-ray, CT ...


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It is very important that you and your dad see his doctor for an explanation of these results ASAP. Reading CT results out of clinical context can lead to misunderstandings. The doctor can analyze the CT results in the setting of your dad's clinical picture. Only he/she can explain the significance of the results, and what that means for your dad. I ...


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There is a large difference in survival depending on whether the cancer was caused by HPV or ( probably) tobacco/alcohol. The HPV cancers have significantly higher survival rates. I am surprised the ACS information does not point out this difference. I was diagnosed with oral cancer about 9 years ago ( age 74), I had likely had it for a couple years before ...


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