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Diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. Scanning done. Life expectancy?

My mom is diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer . I have the scan result what was done 3 weeks ago and would like to know on average how much time does she has. She lives in Singapore and I in US. If you can let me know an estimate I can plan and be with her for a while. Thank you. Lower lobe of the left lung (SUVmax 15.6, size 7.2x6.2) Adjacent consolidation is seen. There is interval of a small left pleural effusion Foci of increased uptake are seen in the left pleural postero-inferiorly (SUVmax 3.9). Size of the multiple mediastinal (subcarinal,prevascular,bilateral paratracheal, aortopulmonary window), bilateral supraclavicular and left hilar lymphadenopathies. Representative nodes: right paratracheal SUVmax 8.7, size 3.8x2.8; subcarinal SUV max 12.9. Right adrenal mass(SUVmax 25.3, size 8.3 x 6.8 cm)
Asked On : Sun, 24 Feb 2013
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Sorry to learn about your mom's condition.
As far as life expectancy is concerned, stage 4 lung cancer life expectancy can vary considerably among different people.   
 Stage 4 lung cancer encompasses several lung cancer types, and includes cancers that have spread to only one distant region or those that have spread extensively. Since the metastasis had occurs to various  distant regions,the outlook looks still more bleak,as there are many other associated co morbities also. 

If docs are providing treatment ,then they at least have hope of extending life, quality life, for the person we are talking about it here. I would advise that since that time cannot be precisely measured even in the worst case scenario, that it be lived as if every day were the last, spent enjoying life, friends, family, spent loving and laughing.  
Keep giving her  good treatment and good psychological support and care and forget about the timing of death,which nobody can tell.  
Answered: Mon, 25 Feb 2013
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