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testicular cancer: what is a non seminomous germ cell tumor?

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Dr. Herbert Hoover
General Practice 51 years experience
Potentially serious: A nonseminomatous germ cell tumor is a malignancy that has multiple origins within the testicle. It is less common, but potentially more serious, than seminomas of the testicle. Early and aggressive treatment is necessay and can lead to cure in many patients that present with limited disease. Systemic chemotherapy is now available for patients that present with advanced tumors.

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What is the difference in the various stages of colon cancer?

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A 81-year-old member asked:

Is provenge (sipuleucel-t) the leading treatment of prostate cancer?

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It's only for some: Provenge (sipuleucel-t) is used in a very specific clinical situation with prostate cancer--definitely not indicated for everyone. The best treatment depends on the stage and grade of the cancer.
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I am taking 60 mg phenobarbital daily after my skull tumor operation in 1995. What precautions should I take for my daily routine?

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Dr. Mark Fisher
Neurology 34 years experience
Ask yourself why: Was it a skull tumor or brain tumor? Why was the drug started in the 1st place? For seizure prevention? Have you ever had a seizure? Do you still need it? If you still need a seizure med, why phenobarbital? That's a bad drug for adults: bad for your bones, not great for your liver either. Go see a neurologist and ask him/her to reassess everything.

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