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Hi, Nine months ago my father started losing his balance.

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Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar

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Posted on Sat, 29 Dec 2018 in Lung and Chest disorders
Question: Hi,

Nine months ago my father started losing his balance. The doctors found that he had tumors in his head, and that they were metastasis from his lung. The diagnosis was that he had lung cancer. (my dad's 70, been smoking cigarettes for 50 years and opiate for 40). They started radiotherapy on his head, and again found a tumor in his pelvis and did radiotherapy for that as well. After, they started chemotherapy that lasted a while really (if I'm correct, six sessions of it). After the chemotherapy, they found this time tumor in his lung, so he did radiotherapy for that.

What is the prognostics, please, as we are not clear about by his doctor's explanations which are not clear to us?

Thank you!
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Answered by Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar 2 hours later
Brief Answer:
Prognosis is not good in his case.

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for your question on Ask a doctor forum.
I can understand your concern.
By your history and description, possibility of squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is more likely in your father's case.
SCC of lung is known to spread in brain and bones.
Lung SCC with bone and brain metastases carries poor prognosis.
So prognosis is not good in his case.
Life expectancy is less than 2 years.
Palliative chemoradiothetapy is the only treatment option.
Hope I have solved your query. I will be happy to help you further. Wishing good health to your father. Thanks.
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Follow up: Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar 1 hour later
Dear Dr. Bhavsar,

Thank you for your prompt reply, and thank you very much, too, for answering my query!

Best regard,

Mohsen
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Answered by Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar 0 minute later
Brief Answer:
Thanks for your kind words.

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for your follow up question on Ask a doctor forum.
Thanks for your kind words.
I am glad that my advice is helping you.
It's good to hear positive feedback from patients.
Hope I have solved your query.
If you are not having further queries, then please close the conversation and rate my answer.
You can ask me directly on bit.ly/askdrkaushalbhavsar.
Wishing good health to your father. Thanks.
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