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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Overview)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing repair of DNA damage.


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Is metastatic colon cancer curable?

Is metastatic colon cancer curable?

Possible: But less than 20% survive 5 years. Depends on where the metastases are and how numerous and size. Solitary liver mets without evidence elsewhere in the body can be cured with a liver resection. Diffuse mets to numerous body parts rarelyare curable. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
4,342 doctors shared insights

Cancer (Overview)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing repair of DNA damage.


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Colon cancer chemo necessary?

Colon cancer chemo necessary?

Depends on stage: Chemotherapy is never used for stage 1 cancers (early). It is sometimes used in stage 2 cancers (early but more advanced than stage 1). Chemotherapy is definitely beneficial in stage 3 cancers (locally advanced) and in stage 4 cancers (distant spread). ...Read more

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Dr. Andrea Brand Dr. Brand
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Living with Skin Cancer (Checklist)

Avoid sun exposure between 10 am and 2 pm
daily
Apply sunscreen
2x day
Wear a hat outdoors on sunny days
daily
See dermatologist for check ups
2x year
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What is cancer?

What is cancer?

Uncontrolled growth: Cancer or malignancy, refers to uncontrolled growth of cells, invasion and destruction of normal tissues by these cells and spread to distant organs with damage to those organs. ...Read more

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Breast cancer prevention?

Breast cancer prevention?

5 steps: 1. Maintain a healthy weight. Obesity increases your risk of breast cancer 2. Have babies and breast feed. These decrease your risk 3. Limit hormone therapy after menopause. 4. Decrease alcohol intake 5. Exercise - women who have regular physical exercise have a decreased risk of breast cancer. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Kent Dr. Kent
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Managing Pain from Cancer (Checklist)

Ask oncologist to refer you to cancer pain specialist
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Ask pain specialist about both interventional and medication options
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If pancreatic cancer, ask about a celiac plexus block
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If neuropathy, request trial of ketamine-based topical creams
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Esophegeal cancer markers?

Esophegeal cancer markers?

Not for early CA: Unfortunately , non to detect very early stages ca 125 , ca 19.9 , cea will be elevated at later stages, used to monitor the disease. Ca 72.4 cyfra 21.1 being tested .Scca (also for ca of cervix other squamous ca ). ...Read more

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Does breast cancer increase colon cancer risk?

Does breast cancer increase colon cancer risk?

Rarely.: Some hereditary mutations may increase the risk of both breast and colon cancer. Nevertheless, the majority of all breast and colon cancers are not hereditary. ...Read more

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How does cancer spread?

How does cancer spread?

In many ways: Cancers can spread in many ways- it spreads to distant organs through the blood vessels or through lymph nodes or along nerves. It can also spread locally by directly growing into surrounding organs. ...Read more

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Colorectal cancer causes?

Colorectal cancer causes?

Heredity & diet: The cause is not known in most cases. In a small number the cause is clearly heredity, e.g., apc and hnpcc. In the garden variety colon cancer, a diet low in fiber and rich in fats may increase the risk of cancer. ...Read more

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Cervical cancer screening?

Cervical cancer screening?

Pap smear: Have your pap smear done starting at age 21 and is the best thing you can do to prevent it. ...Read more

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Prostate cancer treatment?

Prostate cancer treatment?

First question: Is whether treatment is necessary, depends on gleason score and psa. Treatment may not add value to you. Watchful waiting follows your psa #, rate of rise. If your gl >/= 7, psa > 10ng/ml, best option is radiotherapy, +/- anti-hormone. Get a few opinions. Do not act in haste. ...Read more

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Is colon cancer curable?

Yes: Yes. Many people are cured with colon cancer. If found early surgery alone may be curable. If more advanced (eg, lymph node involvement or metastatic = spread to areas outside of colon), then chemotherapy may be needed. While less likely, even a few % of people with metastatic colon ca may be cured. ...Read more

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Please share your experience with immunotherapy for cancer treatment?

Please share your experience with immunotherapy for cancer treatment?

Newer with RT: Immunotherapy has had a resurgence in the past few years primarily in the treatment of melanoma. This is branching into other cancers. As a radiation oncologist, we are still exploring how best to integrate radiation treatments with immunotherapy. There is some promosing information that radiation or thermal ablation may help to potentiate the immunoresponse that immunotherapy causes. ...Read more

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Breast cancer prevention?

5 steps: 1. Maintain a healthy weight. Obesity increases your risk of breast cancer 2. Have babies and breast feed. These decrease your risk 3. Limit hormone therapy after menopause. 4. Decrease alcohol intake 5. Exercise - women who have regular physical exercise have a decreased risk of breast cancer. ...Read more

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What are some of the more common cancers that affect children?

What are some of the more common cancers that affect children?

Leukemia is the most: Common; followed by central nervous neoplasms. The others are less common: lymphoma (hd and non-hd), wilm's of kidney, retinoblastom of the eye, neuroblastoma, rhabdomyosarcoma, osteosarcoma, ewings sarcoma, hepatoblastoma, dysgerminomas...There may be more, but they are less common than these! ...Read more

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Are breast cancer and colon cancer linked?

Are breast cancer and colon cancer linked?

Not directly usually: There is debate about how closely these 2 cancers are related. Both have hereditary natures and are more common generally in obese patients. Both often begin with more benign precursor lesions like dcis for breast cancer and benign polyps for colon cancer. Both are very common but there is little evidence that having either predisposes to having the other. ...Read more

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Is pancreatic cancer curable?

Is pancreatic cancer curable?

Sometimes: Typical pancreatic cancer (adenocarcinoma) is sometimes, but only rarely, curable. It is usually diagnosed in an advanced state making cure with surgery less likely. If relatively localized, chemotherapy and radiation therapy can improve survival time. ...Read more

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Is pancreatic cancer curable?

Is pancreatic cancer curable?

Yes/no: It's one of the worst cancers and the cure rates are low. It also depends on the stage and location of the tumor. Some early detected cancers with a tumor location away from the duodenum and biliary pathways carry better prognosis than other types. Also, the longer the tumor doesn't give out metastasis, the higher the chance of cure. ...Read more

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Is melanoma cancer curable/reversible?

Is melanoma cancer curable/reversible?

Very curable: In its early stages. Once it has spread from the primary site to other organs, the prognosis is much worse. Early treatment is key to a good outcome. ...Read more