A 43-year-old member asked:
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is an angiosarcoma a terminal cancer?

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Dr. Ben Ferguson
10 years experience General Surgery
Prognosis is poor.: Angiosarcomas are very rare and aggressive cancers that spread early. 70% of patients die within 5 years of diagnosis. The tumors are made out of newly-formed blood vessels and stimulated to grow by vegf. New biologic therapies, called monoclonal antibodies, are being developed to target these cancerous blood vessels. Not much is know about these tumors due to their rarity.
Answered on Dec 5, 2017
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Dr. David Wensel
18 years experience Palliative Care
Terminal: It can be, it depends on stage. Recommend having a very clear discussion with oncologist about this especially before treatments are started.
Answered on Nov 27, 2017

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