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Diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer metastasized to iliac bone, on chemo, have swollen feet. What is the prognosis?

My husband was diagnosed stage iv lung cancer metastesized to iliac bone on 4th round chemo . Dr only checks ankles for edema . Tonight feet are swollen. Dr seems to be a little nervous--maybe because I work for nephrologists he knows. Sometimes his answers don t make sense and he definitely is not wanting to talk about prognosis . How do I get better answers?
Asked On : Wed, 12 Sep 2012
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Very sorry to learn about your husband's condition.
Lung cancer bone metastases are all too common with lung cancer, affecting 30 to 40% of people with advanced lung cancer. In addition to causing considerable pain and discomfort, bone metastases can result in fractures that interfere with daily activities and lessen your quality of life.

The median survival –- that is, the amount of time after which 50% of people are alive and 50% have passed away -- is sadly less than 6 months. Survival is somewhat higher for women, those with adenocarcinoma, people with only one bone metastasis, and individuals who do not have any fractures. That said, some people have survived and done well for many years following a diagnosis of lung cancer with bone metastases.
Best of luck
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