Dr. Jocelyn Tan

Medical Oncology
Pittsburgh
33 years experience female

Locations

VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System

Pittsburgh

Address

University Drive - C Hematology Oncology, Pittsburgh
Directions

My office hours

Thursday: 9:00am - 2:00pm
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Fax

4123606915

Insurances accepted

Medicare

VA healthcare

About

Bio

US Board certified Hematologist Oncologist at Pittsburgh VA , Gastrointestinal Cancer Director, Clinical Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Principal investigator , Ketogenic Diet in Advanced Cancer Trial

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

Licenses

United States: California, Pennsylvania

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

97 Answers
15 Agrees
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A 56-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jocelyn Tan
33 years experience
Rectal bleeding : Men aged 50 and over should get checked with a colonoscopy . See a doctor if you haven't yet had one. If you see blood don't assume it is from hemorrh... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
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Splenic mass: Masses can be malignant as well as benign. Biopsy helps especially if it grows in size in a month or two.
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A 37-year-old female asked:
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Pain in breast: If it is bothersome for more than a month as you say, it’s best to see a doctor who will decide whether you need further tests like a mammogram or bio... Read More
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A 38-year-old male asked:
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Diagnosing cancer: No one test is 100% perfect but a normal looking CT scan of the pancreas can be reassuring . Very very early stages of any cancer sometimes can be not... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
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Liposarcoma relapse: Surgeons say they removed everything but what they mean is they removed everything that the naked eye can see. Microscopic cancer cells can still be p... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
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Cancer pain: Pain is a characteristic of cancer but some cancers can be pain free.
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A 20-year-old female asked:
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Unusual bleeding: Blood clots can be a sign of heavy bleeding. Missed period can be a sign of possible pregnancy. To be sure get yourself checked by a doctor.
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A 24-year-old female asked:
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Pregnant and pain: If the pain is new or more than your usual, i suggest you seek medical advice and get examined.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
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Stomach cancer test: Sometimes it can but it can also miss it. Best is to do an upper endoscopy with biopsy .
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A 34-year-old female asked:
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Pregnant and clamped: Very , very rare, but yes, I have seen it happen.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
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Metabolic fasting : There is a Ketogenic diet which is used by neurologists for treatment of refractory seizures. It is low in carbohydrates. Is this what you are referr... Read More
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A 59-year-old female asked:
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Retaining water: Where are you retaining water? What body part? Treatment depends on the area and on the cause. Doctor should be able to narrow dpwn the many possibili... Read More
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A female asked:
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Anemia and vitamin D: There is a link between anemia and vitamin d, but the actual relationship is not exactly known. Low vitamin d increases the likelihood of anemia, pe... Read More
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A 63-year-old female asked:
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Xrays constipated.: Radiologists might see lots of stool on an xray. Cannot tell much information about polyps or tumors by using only an xray. Consult md for possible re... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
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Marrow transplant: Chemotherapy is given first, to try to wipeout as much leukemia as possible from your marrow, then as it is recovering from the chemo, the marrow is ... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
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Diagnosing rectal ca: Some symptoms may be due to benign conditions and are not necessarily cancer. Pelvic ct scans are routinely used to detect rectal cancers, but small ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
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Starving cancer: The data in animals is extensive, but human data is sparse. Trials are ongoing and some safety trials have already completed. Ketogenic diets may sho... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
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Ignore: Never ignore blood in the stool. Always see a doctor.
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A 38-year-old female asked:
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Low platelets : Underlying liver disease is a common cause of low platelets. Treatment will be directed to the underlying liver problem. Since the platelets will not... Read More
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Lymphoma treatment: I am assuming by treatment you are referring to chemotherapy. Usually we would like one to be relatively healthy other than the tumor itself, before a... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
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Suspicious lump: Any new suspicious lump that does not go away after a week should be evaluated by a physician . Absence of pain does not guarantee that it is benign.
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A 19-year-old male asked:
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Referred pain: Pain in one spot that has its source from another spot is what we call referred pain. Yes this is possible.
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A female asked:
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Nodes and melanoma: Small usually means too small to confirm by biopsy. Keep watching for any suspicious increase in size.
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A 20-year-old male asked:
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IL6 : IL6 is a blood marker of inflammation . It can be seen elevated in some cases of lymphoma or be elevated in other medical conditions not necessarily... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
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Melanoma features: Melanoma can occur at any age and is suspected when there is a change in appearance or size of a skin lesion. Seek evaluation from a dermatologist. A ... Read More
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A 46-year-old male asked:
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One sided headaches that keep happening should probably be checked out by a doctor .
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A 26-year-old female asked:
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Blood in stool: Blood in the stool is not normal and should be checked out.
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A 20-year-old male asked:
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Stable mass: It is possible that is could be a slow growing tumor which later can "transform" into something aggressive and start growing. No growth in 4 years is ... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
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Abnormal PET scan: It would help if we have the results of a node or marrow biopsy. Not all adenopathy is malignant.
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A 46-year-old female asked:
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Cyst in kidney: Right now the 1 cm cyst looks pretty small and benign. However it could turn into something solid or can get larger. 6 months is a good time to repeat... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Jocelyn Tan
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Final diagnosis: Sonography can give clues but the ultimate diagnosis of cancer of the thyroid depends on the results of a biopsy.
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A 24-year-old female asked:
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Liver cancer: Not enough information . Imaging tests are needed also plus other liver directed tests to screen for liver cancer. Good luck.
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A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jocelyn Tan
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Smudge cells are usually remnants of white blood cells called lymphocytes. Smudge cells can also be artifacts of slide making. CLL cases can have smud... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
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This rise in AFP is considered insignificant. Although high, an AFP rising by less than 1.0 over two months is minuscule; I would consider this as st... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jocelyn Tan
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MRI of the brain: MRI is usually pretty good at identifying brain cancer. If symptoms worsen over time, reconsult your doctor .
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jocelyn Tan
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High platelet count: Inflammation can be one cause for high platelets. Strep is a form of inflammation, so yes, it can.
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jocelyn Tan
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Hodgkin's disease: It is rare but it is still possible. I personally have seen a case of Hodgkin's localized only to the axilla.
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A 25-year-old female asked:
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Myth: Meat isn't prohibited in cancer patients.
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A 18-year-old female asked:
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Crusty nipple: Crusty nipple could be psoriasis, eczema, or other topical infection. Cancer cannot be ruled out without biopsy. If symptoms persist, get seen by md.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
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Benign tumor?: Although benign tumors can be observed and do not normally metastasize, the best way to confirm is to have a biopsy.
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jocelyn Tan
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Stool color: Stool that appears dark can be caused by a number of possibilities. Blood, drug intake, iron, certain food types, food coloring, are only a few of the... Read More
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A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jocelyn Tan
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When blood clots: It is not possible to accurately predict when a clot will happen. Decision is best done after you weigh the risks and benefits of staying on medicatio... Read More
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A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jocelyn Tan
33 years experience
Chest pain: Pain in your chest area can indeed be due to a lung problem , but cannot exclude heart , skeletal, clot, or muscle problem or even acid reflux. If the... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jocelyn Tan
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Lip color: Other than applying lipstick, if you have normal blood counts and good blood circulation your lips should be nice and pink. Pale lips can be a sign of... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jocelyn Tan
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Fertility and chemo: Most children who received chemotherapy for leukemia, grow up to have children of their own. It really depends on the type of drug and dose received.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jocelyn Tan
33 years experience
Cancer growth: Slow growing cancers can do little damage over short periods even without treatment but eventually can kill if given enough time . Aggressive cancers... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jocelyn Tan
33 years experience
Cancer detection: With proper screening , most cases of cancer are diagnosed . However there is not a single test that is 100% perfect . Occasionally some cases , espe... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jocelyn Tan
33 years experience
Ovarian cancer: Yes it can, but in early cases symptoms such as bloating or pain may be also absent. Body imaging such as ultrasound or CT scans may help detect it. E... Read More
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A 76-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jocelyn Tan
33 years experience
Atypical cells: Not impressed but the atypical lymphs are reason enough to to want to repeat the entire test in a month or two .
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jocelyn Tan
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Symptomatic anemia: Both are reasonable options. Since you are symptomatic, treatment instead of observation might help improve symptoms.
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Testimonials
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Tan is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Tan is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Preeminent medical oncologists highly suggest zofran, for instance, combined with 1 and even with 2 other Rx's for CIVN. One example, dexamethasone. Your reply is eith...Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you Dr. Tan, not merely for answering all of my questions, but also for being so thorough in helping me.
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This was very helpful. Thanks! I appreciate your expertise and for giving your time. Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving. Nancy

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of the East, Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center, Philippines
MD

Residency

Montefiore Medical Center

Residency

Nassau University Medical Center

Residency

University of Nebraska

Awards

Outstanding Service award. UNMC housestaff.
Chief of Staff Clinical Excellence Award VAMC
STAR Award, Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh Healthcare System

Affiliations

American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)
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