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Dr. Andrew Turrisi

Radiation Oncology
Grosse Pointe Park, MI
48 years experience male

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Bio

Dr. Turrisi is board certified in internal medicine, medical oncology and radiation oncolgy. Presently practices radiation oncology full time in Flint, Michigan. While a recognized international expert in the diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer, particularly small cell lung cancer, he is heavily engaged in treating prostate, breast and colorectal cancer in an inner city and rural environment. He is also known for movie reviews.

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Radiation Oncology

Languages spoken

English

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A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 48 years experience
A numb: Leg indicates nerve problem, and that can be sensory only or also inability to move (motor). Request a neurologist to see her, she may need imaging o... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 48 years experience
They grow...: And they subside. Sometimes with no treatment. Relatively benign teatment now encourages some to offer retuxan based therapy. Focal radiotherapy has ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 48 years experience
It seems to be quite: Infective, meaning if you kiss or have sex with a carrier, you are likely to become infected/a carrier yourself. This field is rapidly emerging. The... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 48 years experience
A CBC may: Give answers about red cells (size, volume HGB concentration) that no one wants to know, but the total hemoglobin and % (hematocrit), whilte cell coun... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 48 years experience
No...you: Showed up with "laryngo" and now manifest the "tracheobronchitis" associated with viruses. Fluids, Aspirin or tylenol, (acetaminophen) expectorants. ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 48 years experience
Not sure the : Answer is clear. Hpv infection is easily transmitted by simple kissing and sexual means, and "infection" is common. Abstinence sometimes leads to cl... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 48 years experience
Usually: The anti-cd 20 antibody is used with cytotoxics. Commonly a pet-ct is done at the start to identify areas involved. If a lump is not responding, mig... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 48 years experience
The best image of: The brain for tumor is mri. Ct scan without contrast is very insenstive for small lesions, but will see something large. Ct's amd mri's are expensiv... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 48 years experience
Colon cancer: That is confined to the colon would not do this. If spread to bones or nerves or nerve roots, it could. It would be very unlikely as a presenting symp... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 48 years experience
Some question: Xrt for dcis (van nuys. Silverstein). I question partial breast for dcis - the rest of the breast is at risk, not just the cavity. In us, imrt cost 5-... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 48 years experience
Anemia means: Low hemoglobin, low oxygen carrrying capacity. So, higher fio2 or exercise could increase dissolved o2, without increasing adequate delivery to your ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 48 years experience
Erlotinib is its : Generic name. It is a tyrosine kinase inhibitor. It works on tumors that have a driving force caused by epidermal growth factor receptor. If the tum... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 48 years experience
Both cause: Cough, sputum, even occasonal blood, and are related to smoking, but bronchitis is another warning to quit, and lung cancer means you have acquired so... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 48 years experience
Yes: Stress and duration in utero prepare the lungs to stay open using surfactant. Respiration not needed in utero, mom and placenta do the work. The amnio... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 48 years experience
The consistency: And description of mucus does not tell its cause. Tightening of your throat may have serious consequences, including laryngospasm. You should get exa... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 48 years experience
You probably: Need a professional to examine what you are reporting. There can be normal bony findings, but are symmetric right to left, and many innocuous lumps. ... Read More
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A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 48 years experience
Yes: And many would simply resect it to find out. A pet scan could help you temporize or fuel the effort for resection. You did not ention whether you sm... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 48 years experience
Second hand: Smoke exposure is a risk for lung cancer, but when you calculate how much time you and parents were in home and car together, you may have slight incr... Read More
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A 66-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 48 years experience
Essential: Thrombocytosis is a seemingly benign over-production of platelets but has a tendency to lead to clots and strokes, and may be a true myeloproliferativ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 48 years experience
Any liquid: Accidentally inhaled usually generates a vigorpus cough response. Aspiration of an irritant can cause a chemical "pneumonia". Gator-ade is a near phy... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 48 years experience
Colon is the: Final few yards of your intestine, between the terminal ileum (small bowell) and rectum. It squeezes water and solidifies waste to stool. It is subjec... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 48 years experience
Sed Rate and: C-reactive protein come to mind. Non-specific, commonly indicate body reaction to infection, and sometimes tiumors especially lymphoma. These measure ... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 48 years experience
And why would a man: Test his urine for pregnancy? While it is true that beta-hcg can be positive in germ cell tumors, or testis or elsewhere, usually the serum is tested... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 48 years experience
An excess of: A gamma globulin called a "spike" may be associated with a plasma cell disorder, such as myeloma or macroglobulinemia. Wait to see the hematologist, ... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 48 years experience
The target dose may: Be more precise. The total body dose (aka integral dose) is actually higher, albeit quite low doses. But these very low doses may be quite dangerous.... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 48 years experience
Many: "sanitizers" are alcohol based, so read the label. If there is alcohol, it will burn quite badly. Phisoderm or soapy lukewarm water is sufficient.
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 48 years experience
Urinary split: Stream is commonly caused by mucus, and is a sign of no pathology, and certainly no relation to colon cancer. Get a urine analysis and complete physci... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 48 years experience
CA 125: Is not approved as screening test. It can be elvated mildly in many benign conditions, as well as ovarian cancer. It may be useful if you have a di... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 48 years experience
A sad story: But a lot depends on how many months pregnant and what "cancer". Then the option fall to the mother, her doctor and the prognosis for the cancer and ... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 48 years experience
It doubled: In one year, and while it is small, it is more likely to be cancer in a smoker than anything else. Next step is a pet scan, which can look at its met... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 48 years experience
Your question has: Lingered because no one wants to offendhomeopathic folks and physicians who hold to the vitamin theory of illness, but if there is contribution, it is... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 48 years experience
Testes are organs: Of procreation, and you can live without either. Two main functions of testis: 1. Produce sperm to father children; 2. Produce testosterone enhancing ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 48 years experience
More likely: Your cycle has ceased, but that can be checked with exam and blood tests.
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A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 48 years experience
Despite the: Tobacco industry diverting attemtion from their products, only smoked tobacco is sufficiently studied to prove causation of lung cancer, and the eleme... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 48 years experience
Need to: Determine if localized, and operable, metastatic to the liver or peritonea lcavity (or other), or touching portal vein, mesenteric vessels or aorta. O... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 48 years experience
While it is possible: To have testis cancer, it is easy to find out. Go to the doctor, tell him your worry, have examine you and teach you to eamine yourself. Testis cancer... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 48 years experience
Best advice is to: Form a plan with a doctor and dietician: diet, exercise, and medication. Not a do-it-yourself project.
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 48 years experience
A PET scan: May define the source, but does not change the outlook. No tumor that has infiltrated all lobes of the liver from another source has a good outlook. ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 48 years experience
There is no relation: Between prostate cancer and sex (too much or too little) or sexually transmitted diseases.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 48 years experience
If you mean a that: Stomach tumor announces itself by an ovarian mass, the answer is yes, even has a name called kruckenberg tumor, but that applies to any tumor travelli... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 48 years experience
Tumors can: Go to the lung substance, or to the lining of the chest cavity. As the tumor expands or fluid accumulates, it crowds out the abilty of the lung to do ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 48 years experience
Teenage boys do: Not commonly get cancers: hodgkin's disease and leukemia; sarcoma of long bones, either osteo- or ewings. Of epithelial malignancies, brain tumors and... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 48 years experience
May be cherry: Angioma. Of no medical consequence, see a dermatologist or oculoplastic surgeon for more details and help.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 48 years experience
I've always thought : Odd that people could volunteer to serve in the military, but were "too immature" to handle alcohol.
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 48 years experience
Bone only: Breast cancer can cause pain, can respond to hormonal, chemo- and radio-therapy. No one knows what's next, how long, or how well survival is from thi... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 48 years experience
Prunes and: Dried apricots are great aids in constipation due, to narcotics. The "stool softener" attempt works rarely. Its dried apricots that keep your bowels... Read More
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A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 48 years experience
Stroke is: A common term for the phenomenon caused by occluding an artery feeding the brain. The symptoms are caused by lack of blood supply to a region of the b... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 48 years experience
They grow...: And they subside. Sometimes with no treatment. Relatively benign teatment now encourages some to offer retuxan based therapy. Focal radiotherapy has ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 48 years experience
Likely: Especially if you did not awake during the night to urinate. Also, as we walk and stand during the day, some fluid sinks to our lower extremities as w... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 48 years experience
My dad had a GBM: And we mark his death 30 years ago on tuesday 3/26. No family history before or after in this anecdote. More importantly, there is no scientific link.... Read More
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Jan 2, 2014
Dr. Turrisi is a world leader in the field of radiation oncology, and has invented the standard of care in the treatment of many disease, most famously small cell lung cancer. One of my greatest profe...Read More
Mar 3, 2013
A renaissance man and physician. Loquacious with content and humor. And a scholar of lung cancer and medicine in general.
Dec 28, 2012
Detroit is lucky to have such a good doc!
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This made me feel good. Thanks! I had the finding of bibasilar atelectasis and hyperaeration on preop CXR. I am 66 y.o. retired physician with normal pulmonary function tests performed in 2014 and 201...Read More
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! Thanks doctor I shall follow the advise I had 4 nodes positive type of cancer was 3rd stage. The surgery was performed in aug 2003 .regards
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I have chf but no damage to aerteries or heart. Jeart was at 10% now up to 40%. I just perspire profusely like menopause hot flashes. maybe

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Georgetown University School of Medicine, DC
Graduated 1974MD

Residency

Georgetown University Hospital, 1974-77

Residency

Hospital University of Pennsylvania 1980-82

Residency

NCI/VA/Medical Oncology Branch

Awards

Connolly's Best Doctor's in America, 1992 -2013
Top Doctor, Third Place, Michigan - Winter
2013
Most Influential, Third Place, Michigan - Winter
2013

Affiliations

Assistant Professor, Radiation Oncology, University of Pennsylvania 1982-1989
Associate Professor, Assoc. Chair, Residency Director, Univ.Mich Rad Onc, 1989-1994
Prof/Chair, Rad Onc, Medical University of SC, 1994-2003
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