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My mother has been diagnosed with a squamous cell rectal carcinoma with metastatic liver and lung tumors how long with treatment should we elect to?

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Dr. Stephen Noga
Medical Oncology 34 years experience
Mother/doctor decisi: This is a hard one. Only frank discussions between your mother, your family and the doctor can determine this. Many times, it depends on how well a person is responding to therapy and also if they are maintaining a good quality of life.
Dr. Christian Schultheis
Hematology and Oncology 24 years experience
Probably anal cancer: Likely anal and not rectal given the pathology. If squamous cell, needs specific chemotherapy. However, not curable but treatable. Treatment should be continued based on response, however, the drugs used for this cancer have a cumulative toxicity. Hope this helps.

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Last updated Jun 10, 2015

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