How slow does NSCLC (broncho-alveolar) really grow? 
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 How slow does NSCLC (broncho-alveolar) really grow?

My father has stage IV broncho-alveolar carcinoma (NSCLC).  It took
three different pulmonologists six months to diagnose the condition.
When it was finally diagnosed, his oncologist, a world famous guy,
said that the six month delay likely didn't make much difference in
the outcome, that it could have been growing anywhere from three years
or more.  Was he just being nice, or has anyone else ever heard
this--NSCLC taking years to reach a symptomatic level?


Sat, 25 Dec 2004 08:41:17 GMT
 How slow does NSCLC (broncho-alveolar) really grow?


Quote:
> My father has stage IV broncho-alveolar carcinoma (NSCLC).  It took
> three different pulmonologists six months to diagnose the condition.
> When it was finally diagnosed, his oncologist, a world famous guy,
> said that the six month delay likely didn't make much difference in
> the outcome, that it could have been growing anywhere from three years
> or more.  Was he just being nice, or has anyone else ever heard
> this--NSCLC taking years to reach a symptomatic level?

Broncho-alveolar is a fairly rare and unusual lung cancer, not really very
similar to other NSCLC.
It is commonly very difficult to diagnose, as the symptoms and xray/CT
changes are very non specific.
It may well have been present for some years.

Having said that, a review of old xrays of patients with other NSCLC often
shows evidence of the disease many months or some years before the diagnosis
is finally made. Any attempt to understand the biology and cell kinetics of
cancer makes this not very surprising, as a 1 cm tumour (really about the
limit of detection) is already about 2/3 rd to 3/4 through its "lifespan"



Sat, 25 Dec 2004 14:12:16 GMT
 How slow does NSCLC (broncho-alveolar) really grow?


Quote:
> My father has stage IV broncho-alveolar carcinoma (NSCLC).  It took
> three different pulmonologists six months to diagnose the condition.
> When it was finally diagnosed, his oncologist, a world famous guy,
> said that the six month delay likely didn't make much difference in
> the outcome, that it could have been growing anywhere from three years
> or more.  Was he just being nice, or has anyone else ever heard
> this--NSCLC taking years to reach a symptomatic level?

No, it is an adnocacinoma or squamous cell cancer they both grow slowly.
Unfortuntely neither squamous cell carcinom or adenocarcinoma are very
responsive to chemotherapy. spot


Mon, 03 Jan 2005 05:04:03 GMT
 How slow does NSCLC (broncho-alveolar) really grow?
How can you say chemo is not responsive to adenocarcinoma? I have had many
chemo treatments, and it has worked every time. I have NSCLC adenocarcinoma.


Thu, 06 Jan 2005 08:25:02 GMT
 How slow does NSCLC (broncho-alveolar) really grow?

says...
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> How can you say chemo is not responsive to adenocarcinoma? I have had many
> chemo treatments, and it has worked every time. I have NSCLC adenocarcinoma.

you lucky you!
--
I tried sniffing Coke once, but the ice cubes got stuck in my nose.
Rian


Fri, 07 Jan 2005 00:16:31 GMT
 
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