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How Many Radiation Therapy Sessions Does Prostate Cancer Usually Take
One or up to 45: External image guided radiation is the most costly at 40-45 sessions. Radiosurgery is 5 sessions, no long term results published costs 1/2 as much. One session of inserting radioactive seeds is literally just one time and costs 1/5. They all have the same effectiveness. It would be worth it to fly to a specialist who does seeds get a one session seed procedure versus taking 45 sessions. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more
Including surgery, chemo, and radiation, how long does the treatment for lung cancer usually last?
Does last mean...: 1. Time to do; or 2. Durability? All 3 have been used, but the thoughtful people leading lung cancer treatment have not proven its value. If you have stage iiia at presentation (+ n2 node), surgery offers nothing if the n2 node persists or disease grows. If n2 goes, sme suggest lobectomy is better, but most agree that pneumonectomy confirs survival hazard. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Which treatment is better for Prostate cancer - Stage 1? Surgery for prostate removal or Radiation therapy with some medication?
How does breast cancer treatment affect work? How long will i be off of work for breast cancer treatment?
Highly variable: I agree with dr. Wilson. There are many treatments for breast cancer ranging from minor surgery and hormone pills, to more extensive surgery with chemotherapy and radiation therapy. You would need to discuss your specific situation with your oncologist who would have much more information for you. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Here are some...: Known to us, vasectomy is the surgical means to interrupt sperm transportation for sterilization. I my 46-yr study and practice in urology, I could have remembered any occasion talking about "radical" vasectomy. Besides, are you worrying about radiation and chemo to your partner while her man being treated with both for testicular cancer? So, please detail the specifics and relevance of the Q? ...Read more
Infrequant: It is possible to develop cancers ( sarcomas , leukemia s etc) years after radiation therapy in very few. This should not be an objection for refusing radiation, the benefits out weight the future complications.The current advanced techniques are minimizing this untoward effect every day. ...Read more
0-7 weeks.: The most common method for treating breast cancer is external beam rt ("outside-in") given over 7 weeks; this can be accelerated over 4 weeks in some settings. Brachytherapy is an option for some patients, where the rt is given from the "inside-out" over 5 days. A handful of centers are now offering intraoperative rt, popularized in europe, where the rt is given over minutes during lumpectomy. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Very effective.: Radiation therapy (rt) is never a primary treatment for breast cancer, but rather a supplement to surgery for the local treatment of breast cancer. Rt is mandatory following breast conserving surgery: local recurrence rates are decreased from >25% to <5% with rt. Rt is also used after mastectomy for patients that are at high risk for local recurrence. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
~5-6wks for Rads: If you need pelvic rt it's usually 15-30min per day, m-f for about 5wks-6wks. ...Read more
Does biliary tract/tree cancer (stage4) generally respond to chemo? Is the pain & suffering from treatment worth it? How much time can we really gain?
BAD: It it is one of the worest malignancies , especially in advanced stage. ...Read more
A lot: This stage is not resectable. If a patient has a good performance status chemo and radiation is use in hopes of curing the disease. Even if the cancer is not cured and progresses the idea is to slow it down. The patient may also have pain, bleeding or cough and these symptoms will improve because of treatment. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
How long does it take for a bladder to heal is biopsy if performed where there has been external beam radiation damage? ( treated for prostate cancer)
It Depends: The rate and extent of healing depend on the amount of radiation received, the time since radiation, the size of the wound, other medical problems a person may have and other factors. Generally, i would expect that a bladder biopsy after prostate cancer radiation would heal in a a week or two, but there is a small possibility of getting a long-lasting wound. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
How effective is proton therapy for localised stage 3A tumours in non-small cell lung cancer? When is it better than traditional radiotherapy?
My dad (age 61) has aggressive stage 4 prostate cancer after radical prostatectomy, and will not get any treatment. How long is he likely to live?
Here are some ...: Sorry to hear the sad news of your dad. Who decided not to get any Rx? Your dad or Doc or both? If Doc or both, he would be in the real terminal stage & hard to live longer than 4-6 months; if by himself & still fighting to live on, he may still have some existing strength to live > 6 months. So, ask Doc along the course of his last days of life so he may cope with such to preserve quality dignity ...Read more
The prostate is a gland that lies at the base of the bladder and surrounding a segment of urethra. It secretes a milky fluid that is discharged by excretory ducts into the urethra during the emission of semen. It is clinically important because enlargement of the prostate with age, and prostate cancer are two common ...Read more
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