Dr. Herbert Duvivier

Hematology and Oncology
Glendale, CA
35 years experience male

About

Bio

I am a Los Angeles native. I went to USC as an undergraduate and graduated from Tufts University Medical School. I enjoy reading and hiking trails with my dogs- three Labs (yellow, brown and black).

Specialties
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Hematology and Oncology

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

277 Answers
118 Agrees
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Herbert Duvivier
Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
Very few initially.: Ovarian cancer is hard to diagnose early due to the lack of symptoms initially and the non-specific symptoms which develop as the disease progresses. ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Herbert Duvivier
Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
You cannot: The best recommendation is to see your physician for an evaluation and referral to a dermatologist for further work-up if indicated.
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Herbert Duvivier
Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
Short answer: The test measures indirectly measures glucose control over the preceding 6-8 weeks. It does not measure sugar directly; therefore i would believe it n... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Herbert Duvivier
Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
Can but not helpful: Because you are lactating the breast tissue will be substantially denser and the effectiveness of the mammogram will be reduced. In addition, it may b... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Herbert Duvivier
Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
Yes: Chemotherapy can cause lowering of the white blood cell count and place an individual at an increased risk of getting an infection. If that happens th... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Herbert Duvivier
Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
No: Although blood work can tell us much about the human body it cannot tell us if you have cancer and where it is located.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Herbert Duvivier
Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
Board Certification: Radiation oncologists have specialized training in the use of radiation therapy techniques to treat cancers and to minimize the risks associated with ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Herbert Duvivier
Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
Sometimes.: Although xanax (alprazolam) is not thought of as a pain medication or muscle relaxant it is an anti-anxiety drug. As such it may relax an individual a... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Herbert Duvivier
Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
No: Although both are breast cancers they are different in the significance attached to them. Lobular carcinoma is more likely to be larger, lymph node p... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Herbert Duvivier
Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
Depends: Location, nodal involvement and adequacy of resection will help to determine if he requires any additional treatment such as radiation therapy.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Herbert Duvivier
Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
Where it started.: Malaria across the central belt of the africa acted as a form of selective pressure, influencing the genetic development of resistance to the disease... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Herbert Duvivier
Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
Well: 5fu (fluorouracil) and Cisplatin are older chemotherapy agents but have significant roles in the treatment of a wide variety of tumor types even to th... Read More
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A 78-year-old member asked:
Dr. Herbert Duvivier
Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
Maybe not.: Although having disease in the lymph nodes increases the risk the disease is floating in the blood (which is why chemotherapy is effective in improvin... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Herbert Duvivier
Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
Most likely: Assuming the statement was from the surgeon he/she most likely meant that they successfully removed the majority, if not all the cancer they could see... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Herbert Duvivier
Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
Unlikely.: Osteoblastoma is a rare bone tumor which is considered benign although it can in certain circumstances grow. The primary treatment for osteoblastoma i... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Herbert Duvivier
Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
Depends on stage.: Stage 1 and nonbulky stage 2: radiation therapy appears preferable. Single agent Carboplatin is being looked at. Bulky stage 3 and stage 3: 4 cycle... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Herbert Duvivier
Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
Blood: Anemia is tested for by taking blood and performing a complete blood count (cbc). Work up of anemia is accomplished by taking blood and checking for i... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Herbert Duvivier
Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
May slow it down.: Chemotherapy generally slows down the healing process. I don't believe it will stop the bone from healing but it will most likely slow the process dow... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Herbert Duvivier
Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
Consider: Community fund raising. Alternatively, seek out information from the american cancer society or the community cancer support groups located in cancer ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Herbert Duvivier
Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
Rare type skin tumor: Merkel cell carcinoma (mcc) is an unusual and highly aggressive skin cancer and often appears in the elderly population. More than one half of all mcc... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Herbert Duvivier
Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
Faily effective.: Most patients (30-40%) treated with Rituxan (rituximab) weekly x4 will develop normalization of their platelet counts.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Herbert Duvivier
Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
Depends.: All cancers are considered serious. However, the stage of the cancer is very important in determining the treatment and prognosis of a cancer. The mor... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Herbert Duvivier
Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
Depends.: Life expectancy after diagnosis is dependent upon stage of disease among other things. The earlier the stage the better the prognosis and the longer w... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Herbert Duvivier
Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
No: Although coughing up blood (hemoptysis) can occur at any time with lung cancer it is usually not the leading symptom. Most people lose significant amo... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Herbert Duvivier
Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
Varied: Enlarged lymph nodes in the neck can be from varied reasons including metastatic head and neck cancer, lung cancer, dental cavities, gum disease, lymp... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Herbert Duvivier
Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
Non-cancer condition: I will assume you are speaking of thermography of the breast. The thermogram locates areas of increased heat. This is felt to be due to increased bloo... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Herbert Duvivier
Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
Easiest way.: Upper endoscopy is most likely the easiest way to obtain a biopsy. However, going to surgery would be another way to obtain a biopsy of the stomach an... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Herbert Duvivier
Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
Probably not.: "...Other types of cancer are acceptable if the cancer has been treated successfully and it has been more than 12 months since treatment was completed... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Herbert Duvivier
Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
Several weeks: If your stage of disease requires chemotherapy it usually will begin approximately 3-4 weeks after surgery. This gives the wound time to significantly... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Herbert Duvivier
Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
Depends.: If the surgery is prostatectomy then the whole gland is removed and there would be further growth of the gland. If the surgery is a TURP (trans-urethr... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Herbert Duvivier
Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
Similar: Plavix (clopidogrel) and clazol both inhibit platelet aggregation. Plavix (clopidogrel) is associated with a slighly higher risk of lowering the plate... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Herbert Duvivier
Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
Sometimes.: It depends upon the chemotherapy regimen. Most chemotherapy, if taken long enough, will make people tired and fatigued. Think of running a marathon ev... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Herbert Duvivier
Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
Possibly.: Benign tumors do not spread to distant sites. However they can grow and cause local issues. If the growth begins to cause pain it may be causing local... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Herbert Duvivier
Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
Depends: Brain dysfunction will be determined by the amount of pressure placed on the area. This will depend upon the growth rate of the underlying brain tumor... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Herbert Duvivier
Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
Yes: A low mean corpuscular hemoglobin (MCH) and mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration (mchc), even in the absence of a low mean corpuscular volume (MC... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Herbert Duvivier
Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
Depends: It can be a primary problem treated with removal of blood (thereby reducing iron) or it may be due to extrinsic factors (high altitude, smoking, carbo... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Herbert Duvivier
Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
Depends: If the surgery was laprascopically performed the recover will be less than if it was performed via laparotomy (much larger incision). Smaller incision... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Herbert Duvivier
Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
Be supportive.: Having cancer is scary. One of the issues most people have is being afraid of facing the disease and treatment alone. Let your grandfather know you ar... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Herbert Duvivier
Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
Can be either.: Loss of balance can occur due to inner ear problems or due to specific lesions in the brain (the cerebellum). These problems can arise from viral infe... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Herbert Duvivier
Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
Probably not.: As a physician and father i would suggest any physical done on a high school age young lady should be performed by a qualified physician with a female... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Herbert Duvivier
Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
Yes: Any type of cancer, skin or solid tumor, can cause an inflammatory response. Ferritin is sometimes called an acute phase reactant. It can be elevated ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Herbert Duvivier
Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
1-2months: Donating blood entails removal of 250ml to 350ml of red blood cells. The amount of iron removed may take up to 6-8 weeks to replenish unless you are s... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Herbert Duvivier
Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
Significant: Most md's will not transfuse unless the HGB is less than 10gm/dl and more recently this cutoff has been lowered to less than 9gm/dl. The average range... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Herbert Duvivier
Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
Consider tumor.: Weight loss and anemia can contribute to both fatigue and dizzyness. The question is is the anemia related to the pelvic pain. Hypothetically the ans... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Herbert Duvivier
Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
Several places: Usually the procedure is performed by a interventional radiologist either at the hospital or at a free standing ct center.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Herbert Duvivier
Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
Depends: Side effects of radiation will depend upon what area is radiated. As an example- radiation of the head and neck can lead to decreased saliva productio... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Herbert Duvivier
Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
Possible: Although pain in the ear may represent a tumor it is more likely to be something non-cancerous as the cause. I would recommend that you speak with you... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Herbert Duvivier
Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
Always possible: There are no tests which correlate 100% with the presence/absence of cancer. A normal blood test, while good, cannot be taken as a guarantee that no c... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Herbert Duvivier
Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
Thrombocytopenia: Platelet count less than the normal range of 150, 000 to 400, 000. Penia = low thrombocytes = platelets thrombocytopenia = low platelets.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Herbert Duvivier
Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
Lung cancer: Adenocarcinoma is a type of non-small cell lung carcinoma; apex is the top portion of the lung. The description states that there is a non-small cel... Read More
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Duvivier is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Duvivier is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! Thank you. Same pain & chronic flare if IBS-d no relief. GI Dr running tests. & colonoscopy. Hurt when abdomen pressed on 2specific spots.
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you Doctor, I never thought of the follow up for those reasons
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! The crawling feeling doesn't happen all the time. But in left leg.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Tufts University School of Medicine, MA
Graduated 1988MD

Awards

Top Oncologist and Hematologist , Second Place, National - Summer
2013
HealthTap Founding Doctor

Affiliations

Premiere Hematology-Oncology Institute
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