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Dr. Jocelyn Tan

Medical Oncology
Pittsburgh
32 years experience female

Locations

VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System

Pittsburgh

Address

University Drive - C Hematology Oncology, Pittsburgh
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: Closed
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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

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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jocelyn Tan
32 years experience
First nosebleed: Nosebleeds can happen if the atmosphere is very dry, causing the nasal vessels to stretch and bleed.Usually bleeding stops after about 2-3 minutes. If... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jocelyn Tan
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Abnormal liver enzymes can be a sign of an abnormality. If a repeat test is still abnormal you should seek a medical evaluation which may include a mo... Read More
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Lung cancer symptoms: Stage IV lung cancer usually means the tumor travelled to other organs or beyond the lymph nodes. Symptoms vary depending on the structures it invades... Read More
A 51-year-old female asked:
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Lymph nodes enlarged: You need to be evaluated by a doctor. Symptoms sound worrisome.
A 62-year-old male asked:
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Anti nausea : Even though one isn't on chemotherapy, one can still try Zofran , also known as Ondansetron. Or try Compazine (prochlorperazine) or Granisetron.
A 37-year-old male asked:
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Liver mass: Hyperechogenic can be either benign or malignant. Absence of vascularity is comforting however ultrasound images are not clear enough to make a good d... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
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Borderline values: Borderline numbers that are otherwise normal. In this scenario we can't rely on a blood test alone. The diagnosis can be helped by examining the clini... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
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Brain cancer test: Doctors can suspect a brain tumor by getting the information from your history or by performing a neurological exam. CT scan of the brain with contras... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
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Pancreatic cancer: Pancreatic cancer, especially the adenocarcinoma variety has very poor response to traditional chemo. New drugs and combinations are being developed ... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
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Stage 4 : Life expectancy depends mainly on the type of tumor, plus many other factors. Age, physical health, medications, other underlying medical conditions, ... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
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Stage 4 lung cancer: If he is not on any treatment, not very long, measured in weeks to months. If he is already on treatment, how long depends on whether he had any respo... Read More
A female asked:
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Naproxen hives : Yes Naproxen can cause hives . However the distribution of your hive which is only in a band is unusual. Did you happen to have a constricting piece o... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
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Inflammation markers: Cancer can bring these numbers up but infection , stress or non infectious causes of inflammation can also do the same. Not necessarily always due to ... Read More
A male asked:
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Rituxan response : Varies depending on type of NHL, extent of disease , number of previous treatments. In general the aggressive varieties tend to respond quickly if the... Read More
A 60-year-old female asked:
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Chronic discomfort: You should see a doctor and have this examined. Might need endoscopy where docs look down your throat and airway for signs of internal construction or... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
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Abnormal CT scan: Thickening of the esophageal wall does not necessarily mean cancer but should be ideally checked out by a gastroenterologist who can perform an Endosc... Read More
A 63-year-old female asked:
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Cancer speed : Cancer can worsen by time but it depends on the type of cancer, stage and grade. Slow growing ones can remain stable even for months without treatment... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
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Suspicious node: Middle aged adults with a new mass especially if it does not go away and more so if it gets bigger should be examined by a doctor .
A 49-year-old male asked:
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Lung nodule: If you happen to have older X-rays or scans and the nodule was already there several months ago/ previously you can compare nodules and if it has not ... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
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Shoulder pain: Shoulder blade pain may be due to conditions related to nearby structures i.e. Chest, heart or musculoskeletal. Timing, location and aggravating or pr... Read More
A female asked:
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Rectal cancer stage: Your doctor will need to order either a CT scan or MRI. Endoscopic rectal ultrasound is also another tool for staging . This will usually give them a ... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
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Leukemia?: Might be leukemia, myelodysplasia, or temporary drug side effect. A good evaluation done by a qualified physician should be helpful.
A 30-year-old female asked:
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Stable scan: Stable findings on an MRI scan does not rule out cancer but stability is very reassuring. Fatigue can can be from many causes, does not have to be ca... Read More
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
A 37-year-old male asked:
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Ignore: Never ignore blood in the stool. Always see a doctor.
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 .
A 34-year-old female asked:
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Pregnant and clamped: Very , very rare, but yes, I have seen it happen.
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
A 56-year-old male asked:
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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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
A 57-year-old female 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
A 59-year-old female asked:
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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
A 28-year-old male asked:
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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.
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.
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
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
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
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
A 20-year-old male asked:
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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.
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
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 .
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jocelyn Tan
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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
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jocelyn Tan
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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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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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