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Lung cancer. Large mass behind the heart ect. 30 radiation, chemotherapy. Chances to live more?

My sister has stage 3b almost 4 lung cancer the last week or so she a rattle when sleeping and her stomach is extended. What is happening
It is a very large mass behind the heart ect, she has gone threw 30 radiation &now doing chemotherapy. Is true that this might extended her life but we most likely willn't get much more time with her

She has also developed. Blood clots
Asked On : Tue, 23 Apr 2013
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Apr 2013
Hi and welcome to HCM.
Well, this is obviously termial malignant disease. This mass can be tumour or lymph nodes enlargemnets. Whatever it is it isnt good sign. It is always hard to predict life expectancy. Statistics say 3-6 months,but it depends form case to case and her general shape. The mots importnat is her lung and heart function. Chemo is considered to prolong life for 6months-1year but it is always doubtful can patient bear it and will it have effect. In temrinal stages when life expecatncy is less than 2 months it is not advisable to go through chemotherapy. Wish you good health.
Answered: Tue, 23 Apr 2013
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