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I'm sorry to hear about your mother's diagnosis of lung cancer.In order to help you, I do have a few more questions:Do you know what type of lung cancer and/or what stage of lung cancer?How long ago was she diagnosed with lung cancer?
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There seem to be confusion on what type of cancer she has, either the lymphoma or a lung cancer.Lymphoma is a cancer that affects the lymph nodes. Lymph nodes are found throughout the body (including around the lungs)Lung cancer refers to a group of cancers that are found within the lung tissue and are different from lymphoma.Both lymphoma and lung cancer can be treated with chemotherapy, however in lung cancer, doctors also often recommend surgery to remove the part of the lung with the cancer.
Most of the time, the diagnosis of lymphoma or lung cancer also requires a biopsy of some of the abnormal tissue and looking at it under a microscope to identify the actual type of cancer.
My recommendation would be to discuss her diagnosis again with her kidney specialist AND oncologist to understand if its lymphoma or lung cancer.Chemotherapy can help extend her life, but it doesn't cure all cancers, and there are side effects with most chemotherapy treatments including nausea, vomiting, weight loss, fatigue, etc. so some people with other significant medical problems (such as dialysis) may opt out of chemotherapy since the patient feels that whatever additional months they gain from the chemo doesn't outweigh the side effects of the chemo.
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Ok, it is hard to give a specific length of time for an individual since other factors such as current health status, genetics, etc all play a role.
It also depends on what stage or how wide spread the lymphoma is as well and that is done with biopsy and CT scans.Additionally, most patients and family also are concerned about quality of life as well too, which is also difficult to predict.But for general guidelines, I've included a link to the American Cancer Society website page about Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, which may be the type of lymphoma your mother has.It has a list of 5 and 10 year survivabilitly , but often those numbers are with treatment.
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