‘Alaskan Bush People’ Ami Brown stage 4 lung cancer symptoms?

News that Alaskan Bush People star Ami Brown, 53, might have stage 4 lung cancer has touched us deeply. The true story behind Alaskan Bush People brought our students closer to Ami Brown, Billy Brown, and their seven children.

Until the Alaskan Bush People family or Discovery Channel confirms Ami Brown’s stage 4 lung cancer diagnosis, we all remain hopeful. Is there a chance that Ami’s mass on her lungs and her nodes are signs of a lung infection instead of cancer?

Read the latest update (July 21) here: We are reporting the latest updates on Ami Brown’s illness as they reach us.


The mere possibility that Alaskan Bush People matriarch Ami Brown might have stage 4 lung cancer has prompted our students to wanting to know more about the disease. Whether or not the Brown family will reveal Ami’s diagnosis during Wednesday’s night’s episode of Alaskan Bush People, there are so many questions.

What exactly is stage 4 lung cancer?

During the preview for episode 2 of Alaskan Bush People, Matt says that his mom is in so much pain. In patients with stage 4 lung cancer, the tumor has spread to other parts of the body including the liver, bones, or brain.

Generally, physicians distinguish between small cell lung cancer and non-small cell lung cancer.

Small cell lung cancer involves less than 20 percent of lung cancer patients and is typically caused by smoking. In its limited stage, the cancer is found in one lung and maybe nearby lymph nodes. In its extensive stage, the cancer is found in both lungs and possibly other parts of the body.

Non-small cell lung cancer is divided into several stages.  In the occult stage, cancer cells are found in sputum but no tumor is noticeable. In stage 0, the tumor is very small and has not spread into the deeper lung tissues. In stage 1, the cancer can be found in underlying lung tissues but not the lymph nodes. In stage 2, the cancer might have spread to nearby lymph nodes or the chest wall. In stage 3, the cancer has spread from the lungs to the lymph nodes, the heart, trachea, or esophagus. In stage 4, the cancer has spread throughout the body and might be affecting the liver, bones, or the brain.

What are the symptoms of stage 4 lung cancer?

One of the questions our students had about Alaskan Bush People star Ami Brown was whether there would have been warning signs that she has lung cancer. Being a television star, wouldn’t someone have noticed that there is something wrong with her?

Unfortunately, about 10 percent of lung cancer patients do not show any specific symptoms at the time of their diagnosis. Early signs that one might experience include unusual coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, or chest pain.

As the cancer spreads to other body parts, patients might experience loss of appetite, unexplained weight loss, fatigue, headaches, bone or joint pain, muscle wasting, neck or facial swelling, and an unsteady gait or memory loss.

What causes lung cancer?

What stunned our students was the fact that the Alaskan Bush People family apparently lived in the most natural and healthy environment possible – allegedly away from smokers, air pollution, asbestos, or other toxic gases – all potential causes for lung cancer.

Read more: Did Ami Brown smoke? — A shock to all fans … 

Our students’ research into Ami Brown’s family did not indicate that there was any lung cancer present in her family. About 8 percent of lung cancer is caused by genetically inherited factors.

Stage 4 lung cancer treatment options

If Alaskan Bush People mom Ami Brown has indeed stage 4 lung cancer, what would be her treatment options? According to Cancer Treatment Centers of America, the recommended treatment would be chemotherapy and immunotherapy as a secondary approach.

What is the survival rate?

The survival rate for stage 4 lung cancer (which one Alaskan Bush People Facebook page claims that Ami Brown definitely has) is stated as 8 months. Physicians call it “median survival time” since it is the amount of time at which 50 percent of people will have died while others have lived longer.

The general 5-year survival rate of patients with stage 4 lung cancer is sadly only 1 percent to 2 percent. However, that percentage depends on a person’s gender, genetics, overall health condition, and what parts of the body have been affected.

Since the filming of Alaskan Bush People (which might have been weeks or months ago), the Brown family has been seen in California, Arizona, and Colorado. Whether or not Ami Brown is being treated for stage 4 lung cancer in any of these states has not been shared by Discovery Channel.

Until Alaskan Bush People (which airs on Wednesday nights at 9 p.m. on Discovery Channel) reveals more information about Ami Brown’s illness, our students – like millions of fans – remain hopeful.

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