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Dr. Thomas Chen

Internal Medicine
Campbell, CA
26 years experience male

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Campbell, CA

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50 E Hamilton Ave, Suite 200, Campbell, CA
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Internal Medicine

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English

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49 Answers
34 Agrees
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Chen
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
Probably safe: You need to discuss with your doctor. Is your aa in remission? Are you requiring transfusions? What about any other health problems? Lots of unknowns.... Read More
A 64-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Chen
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
Lots of things: I've had one patient with enlarged nodes from a bad kidney infection. Sarcoidosis, tuberculosis, lupus, etc. Can cause abnormal nodes. However, most o... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Chen
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
Can't tell: Only way to establish lymphoma is a biopsy. Physical exam can be very misleading. In that area, could be lots of benign things as well. I assume yo... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Chen
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
Unclear: Some forms of rheumatism (i.e. Rheumatoid arthritis) are disorders of the immune system but others may not be (osteoarthritis). Similarly, lymphomas a... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Chen
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
Depends: Prior mammograms for comparison are critical. Also depends on whether this is a screening versus diagnostic mammogram. Likely you will need additional... Read More
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Chen
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
Not much: There is generally a minor degree of inherited risk in most cancers. The vast majority of cancers have little or no inherited component. I am not awar... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Chen
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
Unlikely: Congratulations on your fight. It would be very unlikely for your leukemia to come back, although secondary leukemias from the chemotherapy are still ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Chen
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
Sometimes: The curability of any cancer depends on stage and treatment options.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Chen
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
Yes: There are many types of leukemia. Some are so-called chronic leukemias that can persist for long periods of time before they need to be treated.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Chen
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
Yes: Colorectal cancer occurs in both men and women. Screening tests are appropriate for both.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Chen
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
From diagnosis: Usually people talk about overall survival which is from the time of diagnosis of the cancer. However, there are many other survival statistics used b... Read More
A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Chen
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
Ask your oncologist: We don't know the optimum duration of endocrine therapy for the individual patient. I generally try to balance the beneficial effects (prevention of c... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Chen
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
It depends: It depends on the type of cancer and stage. Oncologists can help monitor for recurrence and side-effects from treatment. I usually work with my referr... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Chen
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
Maybe: Any smoker that coughs up blood deserves an evaluation. It may not be serious, but smoking greatly increases the chance of many cancers. Please strong... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Chen
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
Probably not: Studies of nutritional supplements have provided inconsistent results in cancer prevention. Some studies have actually shown increased risk of cancer ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Chen
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
Complicated: Complementary/alternative medicine (cam) in my mind has less "proof" and more "anecdote" behind it. However, it's generally less likely to harm you di... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Chen
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
Yes: Stage 3b usually means lymph nodes are involved, so i think your information might not be entirely accurate. However, even stage 3b colon cancer can b... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Chen
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
YMMV: Some reports of anti-nausea properties. When i tried it, i puked more. The science on it is mixed. http://nccam.nih.gov/health/ginger#science.
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Chen
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
Depends: I'm not sure what a "t count" is. If you mean a t-cell count, a low level of 59 can sometimes indicate an immune system disorder but can sometimes be ... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Chen
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
See a doctor: Most lumps in young women are benign. But it is difficult to know what it is without looking! i might suggest starting with your family doctor (pcp... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Chen
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
Definitely: There are lots of different subtypes of breast cancer. All have different prognoses and different recommended treatments.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Chen
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
It depends: Like any other cancer, it depends on location and other factors. A brain tumor in a vital structure will cause symptoms very quickly, but if it is loc... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Chen
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
Not much: Medical oncologists are trained through to diagnose and treat cancer using internal medicine (i.e. With medications, or chemotherapy). Many medical on... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Chen
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
Probably not: In general, if you shouldn't be doing something when you don't have cancer, you shouldn't do something when you do have cancer. I don't know of any b... Read More
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Chen
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
Probably not: Each patient is different. We don't typically think of stage 4 lung cancer as "curable". Long-term survival has been anecdotally reported but i've not... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Chen
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
Yes: Most chemotherapy does cause hair loss but there are a significant number of medicines which do not.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Chen
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
Probably not: I don't know of any definitive conclusions regarding this. Some studies suggest a reduced risk of bladder cancer in coffee drinkers, others suggest hi... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Chen
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
Maybe: Most treatments for prostate cancer have a high chance of causing impotence, so both the desire and ability to undergo sexual activity is compromised.... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Chen
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
Not much: Modern chemotherapy and radiation are so successful at curing hodgkin's disease i feel that other treatments should be complementary and should not su... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Chen
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
Common sense: A lot depends on your individual situation. If your mother was young or there are other cancers in the family, you may have an inherited cancer syndro... Read More
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Chen
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
Consultation: Low grade tumors are generally removed surgically, but the head/neck area is very tricky. Generally a multi-specialty conference between surgeons, rad... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Chen
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
Depends: The type of leukemia (acute vs chronic, myeloid vs lymphoid), the type of bone marrow transplant (allogeneic vs autologous), the status of the leukemi... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Chen
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
Change in lipids: The liver is responsible for general metabolism in the body, and the plasma membrane has a complex collection of lipids that are responsible for its "... Read More
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Chen
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
Need more info: The labs you mention are normal. The significance is that your fatigue is not explained by b12, d, iron, or folate (folic acid) deficiencies.
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Chen
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
See below: Lymphoproliferative disorders (lpd) are characterized by abnormal growth or accumulation of lymphocytes. Most require an oncologist for evaluation. ... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Chen
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
Need to see a doctor: I assume this means a nodule was seen on your chest x-ray that looks like it may be dangerous. It usually requires comparison with prior x-rays and ev... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Chen
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
Unclear: 3 cm is pretty big for a jugulogastric node (?) - i assume this is a jugulodigastric lymph node. Risk of serious disease depends on underlying medi... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Chen
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
X: The most common form of color blindness is red-green color blindness. The gene is on the x chromosome, so that is why it is most common to see males ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Chen
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
Maybe: Behavioral changes can be one sign of brain tumors but generally it is not the only symptom. Schizophrenia is much more common than brain tumors.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Chen
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
Need more info: Prognosis in all is still very good in young adults when treated with aggressive chemotherapy (and possibly radiation). One of the most powerful progn... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Chen
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
Just about anything: Rubbing alcohol is a lousy germ killer. You're better off using soap and water.
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Chen
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
See below: Horner's syndrome is a constellation of findings including eyelid drooping (ptosis), constriction of the pupils (miosis), and decreased sweat (anhidro... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Chen
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
Absolutely: Kidney cancer typically needs several specialists: 1) urologists are involved in the surgery needed to remove kidney cancers 2) medical oncologists t... Read More
A 57-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Chen
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
No: There's lots of smoke but no fire. Every study has been done in cell culture, and nothing is proven in humans. I did a quick search and the top hits a... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Chen
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
Unclear: Like many other epidemiological links, this one depends on your perspective. My personal view is that the link between cell phone use and brain cancer... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Chen
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
It depends: Survival rates for any cancer are very dependent on a number of variables. With astrocytomas, patient age, tumor location, pathological features (anap... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Chen
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
Probably not: It depends on the type of pancreatic cancer. The most common type (not the one steve jobs had) has a weak genetic link. A person with a first degree r... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Chen
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
Blood disorders: This is a subspecialty of internal medicine that deals with blood disorders. Some common issues include anemia (low red cells), bleeding disorders, th... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Chen
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
Bone marrow disease: Myeloma is a malignant disorder characterized by excessive growth of plasma cells. It can several complications: excess levels of calcium in the blood... Read More

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Dr. Chen is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Dr. Chen is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thanks alot! that really helped I will talk to my hematologist.
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Medical/Graduate school

Stanford University School of Medicine, CA
Graduated 1996MD
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