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Dr. Stephen Noga

Medical Oncology
Baltimore, MD
35 years experience

Locations

Office

Baltimore, MD

Address

Weinberg Cancer Institute at Franklin Hospital Center, 9103 Franklin Square Drive, Suite 2200, Baltimore, MD
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Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Medical Oncology

Languages spoken

English

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208 Answers
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Noga
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
Yes it could: But sometimes other imaging studies are needed as well.
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Noga
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
Wait another day: If you are going into the 3rd day or if you notice blood anywhere..Go back to the doctor to be reevaluated.
A member asked:
Dr. Stephen Noga
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
Hard to say: I think you must be guided by what his doctors discuss with you. They know the specific type of tumor and its location and will be better to advise yo... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Noga
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
Chemotherapy related: Pretty typical. Nausea, vomiting low blood counts, infection risk.
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Noga
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
Go to emergency dept: You must have this looked at. It could be an infection or something else that is serious. If you don't have a doctor or clinic you can go to, then go ... Read More
A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Noga
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
Unlikely: But there are a lot of reasons for blood in the stool. Certainly colonoscopy is not 100% as well. I am sure your doctor is working through the possibl... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Noga
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
Go to dentist: Dentists are trained in this area and can help differentiate the two.
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Noga
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
Pediatric cancer ctr: If your child has acute leukemia, the must be treated at a center which 1) has a major focus on pediatrics 2) which extends to pediatric oncology 3) a... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Noga
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
Blood cell cancer: Leukemia is cancer of one of the bone marrow cells. The cells start growing quickly and either enter the blood stream where they are first detected or... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Noga
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
Low doses of chemo: Doctors want to capture the anti-tumor effect of the donor's immune cells and they do not need to totally kill all the patient's cancer cells at the t... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Noga
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
No one knows: Only in rare circumstances do we actually know the cause. Those times would be if the child was previously treated with chemotherapy or radiation ther... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Noga
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
Means of treatment: In some cases, the best way to treat the disease, especially if it has come back after initial treatment is to use doses of chemotherapy or radiation ... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Noga
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
Fatique, : Hopefully this was reviewed with you, but fatigue is common, low blood counts that can lead to infection, nausea, vomiting, numbness or pain in hands ... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Noga
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
An infection: Many times hair follicles in places like this get infected and they would be painful, especially with movement. Have a health care professional..You d... Read More
A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Noga
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
Needs a look: A lot of people have non-productive coughs this time of year but adding in the other symptoms makes it worthwhile to see you doctor for a look. If you... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Noga
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
Close followup: Both the surgeon, medical oncologist and radiation oncologist must be involved in your followup care. Depending on the stage, you may involve all 3 of... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Noga
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
Anyone but rarely: Leukemia, although frightening, is a rare disease. Outside of children, many adults do die from the acute disease although this is not the case with t... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Noga
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
Type and stage: The exact type of lymphoma and where it is found in your body (stage) are the most important aspects in determining what treatment and prognosis you w... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Noga
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
Yes: But they are expensive and really should be done in conjunction with a genetic counselor since results can be misleading.
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Noga
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
Supportive care Rx: I assume you mean to deal with the side effects. There are many developed over the years. The most successful have been those to combat nausea and vom... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Noga
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
Labs, xrays: There are a series of blood and urine tests that will give the doctor a good idea if you have the disease. These are usually followed by x-rays lookin... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Noga
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
Source of stem cells: Originally, scientists thought that only the stem cells from the bone marrow compartment could be used to make new bone marrow. After we learned that ... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Noga
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
They are very small: These tumors secrete very powerful hormones that have far reaching affects on the body but many times the tumors are so small and also protected in th... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Noga
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
White cell cancer: The bone marrow cells that produce granulocytes (needed to fight infections) grow out of control and are present in large numbers in the blood and oth... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Noga
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
Disease type: The 2 diseases are closely linked. The hodgkin lymphoma was described by the doctor bearing its name and usually has a specific cell associated with i... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Noga
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
Pain most important: Even after shingles (or zoster) heals, the pain can be debilitating for months or years. This is why the vaccine for those over 60 is so important. Th... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Noga
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
Can be curative: There are a small percentage of hodgkin lymphoma patients who do not respond to standard therapy or relapse after it. For those, stem cell transplant ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Noga
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
Possibly: There are a lot of reasons for leukopenia. Usually isolated low white cells is not a sign of leukemia if the red blood cells and the platelets also fo... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Noga
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
Can be genetiic: Can run in the family but there is an increased incidence with age. That is why a colonoscopy is advocated over the age of 50.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Noga
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
No: There is no relationship between any form of thalasemia and leukemia.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Noga
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
It is usually not: Usually myeloma doesn't attack the liver but many of the drugs we use to treat it do have effects on the liver. Also, a related type of cancer called ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Noga
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
Imaging and biopsy: Usually the doctor suspects a major illness based on clinical symptoms: fever, weight loss, night sweats, fatigue...Eventually ct scans are done and t... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Noga
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
Broad question: Only your health care team can tell you the risks and benefits for your specifically. This information is derived by reviewing your history, examining... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Noga
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
It depends...: An international team has put together guidelines on when patients with myeloma should be treated. Your cancer doctor should be aware of them. There a... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Noga
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
Depends: Can be cure in the right cases, used along with chemotherapy for cure or palliation and can be used for palliation by itself.
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Noga
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
Pain, loose weight: Anything that has to do with the esophagus..Pain, food not going down or feeling uncomfortable, loosing weight for no reason, indigestion that is real... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Noga
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
Special IV line: This catheter is routinely used in leukemia treatment. It is a long sterile tube that surgeons place under the skin in a "tunnel" and then it enters a... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Noga
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
No data: Your doctor should have reviewed this with you and if not...Require that he/she does.
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Noga
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
Internet or patients: Sometimes local chapters of the leukemia and lymphoma society or the international myeloma foundation are great resources..Not only for doctors specia... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Noga
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
Depends on type: An aggressive lymphoma can actually be cured in many cases but the more slow growing indolent lymphomas have high remission rates but are currently in... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Noga
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
Which cancer?: Some certainly are but most currently do not have a hereditary component. Please ask you doctor about the specific type.
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Noga
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
It is possible: Some forms of myeloma secrete a protein called a light chain that can invade organs like the heard or liver and cause it to function poorly. Most of t... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Noga
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
Reduce cancer risk: Skin cancers like melanoma are totally curable when they are caught early enough. Changes in moles signal a possible start of skin cancer. If the doct... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Noga
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
A radiology term: The normal spleen looks quite smooth on ct scans. If it is involved with disease such as with hodgkin or non-hodgkin lymphoma, it's appearance looks ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Noga
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
Disease in the lungs: Although lymphoma is usually found in the lymph nodes, both low grade and high grade lymphoma can be found in other organs including the lungs. High g... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Noga
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
I don't know: It is possible that you have 2 very different cancers lumped together. Melanoma is one form of cancer and lymphoma another. They are quite different. ... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Noga
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
No: No link at this point.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Noga
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
Depends: Your doctor looks at a lot of issues when considering how to treat you. They include your age, other medical problems and if they think you can underg... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Noga
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
Yes: The only difference between men and women here is what is ahead of it in incidence. Breast cancer throws the most commonly occurring cancers off by 1... Read More
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Noga
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
Many things: Certainly infection of the oral cavity or ears is hight on the list but of course one has to rule out lymphoma, head and neck cancer, as well as some ... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Noga is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Noga is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Noga is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower8
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! It will help keep my costs down and save me precious time, as i can now suggest this test instead of an MRI . Thank you
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You asked why? It hurts during sex if the skin pulls back, and it wont hold an erection with am condom on. Also its affecting his selfesteem.
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Thanks for your quick reply! It's already the 3rd days and there's no blood doc.. just my stomach still feel uncomfortable

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, MD
Graduated 1987MD

Residency

JOHNS HOPKINS HOSPITAL, THE

Awards

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Affiliations

Franklin Square Hospital, Baltimore, MD
Professor, Medicine University of Maryland, Baltimore MD
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