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My boyfriend Blackie was just diagnosed with Stage 3 Adenocarcinoma. He was taken into the hospital for a subdural hematoma initially but in doing further tests an xray revealed a 3cm left lung density which turned out to be adenocarcinoma. Surgery we were told was not an option at this time but the chemo/radiation would be his recommended treatment. We are still waiting to hear from the radialogy oncologist to schedule his first treatment which will most likely be right after the holidays. He is in good spirits and is ready to fight this deadly disease. My questions to you are what are we in for? How much time does he possibly have left? Is it going to get worse before it gets better? Can I get some insight as to the progression starting at Stage 3? Thank you so much, Janette Hultgren


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replied December 23rd, 2008
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Diagnosis that has been suggested: pet scan showed a 2.7 cm left lung mass which was intensely hypermetabolic. There were multiple intensely hypermetabolic mediastinal lymph nodes in the bilateral paratracheal region, aorticopulmonary window, left subcarina & extensive involvement of the left hilum, with a large hypermetabolic hilar mass. The percutaneous lung biopsy revealed a large cell carcinoma of the lung, adenocarcinoma, likely the lung primary



Stage 3 lung adenocarcinoma is a malignant tumor that has already spread to the surrounding tissue and the mediastinal lymph nodes. The only complete treatment is surgical removal. This treatment is effective in smaller cancers, in earlier stages. If no operation can be performed, than chemotherapy and radiotherapy is recommended. Sometimes its use is only palliative, to delay the worsening of the symptoms. When the organism will definitely lose the fight with the cancer, the body will start rapidly loosing weight. The breathing will be difficult, due to damaged functional lung tissue and pressure of the tumor to the surrounding air ways. In the end, as in every other cancer, a strong pain will be present. Strong medications to relieve the pain would be recommended.


Generally, the lung adenocarcinoma has a poor prognosis. Usually it ends with death. According to various sources, only about 17% of the people with adenocarcinoma survive more than 5 years after diagnosis.


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