Question by Addicted to Yahoo! Answers: What are cancer treatment options when the patient also has Parkinson’s Disease?
A dear friend of mine has Stage 3A lung cancer, but also has Parkinson’s Disease, and there appear to be limited treatment options. Can anyone provide some guidance on this issue?
Answer by peqli
the only definitive cure for lung cancer is through surgery, however it is not done on everyone, as not everyone is a suitable candidate
i would presume your friend is in the 60-70 age group, which is not a really the best age to have radical surgery (as it is a major surgery and may involve removing the whole affected lung) and taking additional chemotherapies or radiotherapies to increase the effectiveness of the surgery would make the experience much worse. and with the cancer already at an advanced stage, makes the doctor to tend to steer away from the surgical option.
even so, sometimes with radiotherapy or chemotherapy the tumor may shrink and downstage the tumor that the surgeons might consider surgery as an option later along the course
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