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Is it unusual for colon cancer to spread to the lungs?

Is it unusual for colon cancer to spread to the lungs?

No: After the liver, the lungs are the most common distant site of colorectal metastases. In selected patients, removal of such lesions may be indicated and lead to increased survival. ...Read more

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Cancer (Definition)

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


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Is it possible for the cancer to spread beyond kidneys?

Is it possible for the cancer to spread beyond kidneys?

Kidney Cancer : If you are referring to primary kidney cancer, depending on the size of the tumor and whether it has penetrated a blood vessel, or lymph node, it is possible to spread to adjacent tissues or more distant sites, such as the liver and lungs. Even if it does, as a stage iii or IV tumor, in addition to your surgery, there are chemotherapy, radiation, biological and targeted therapies available. ...Read more

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How common is it for bladder cancer to spread to the brain?

How common is it for bladder cancer to spread to the brain?

Not common: Bladder cancer typically spreads to regional lymph nodes around bladder first. At advance stages, it may progress and spread to other abdominal organs (liver, prostate, vagina, uterus, urethra, etc.) but typically not brain. ...Read more

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How likely is it for breast cancer to spread to the ovaries?

How likely is it for breast cancer to spread to the ovaries?

In late stages: It is likely to spread when there is abdominal metastasis ( peritoneal ) but not common way of metastasis to ovary with out involving other organs like liver lung etc. ...Read more

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Is it possible for breast cancer to spread to bones even if it didn't reach the blood system or any lymph nodes?

Is it possible for breast cancer to spread to bones even if it didn't reach the blood system or any lymph nodes?

Possible: Hi ASandler, Typically, cancer spreads through the bloodstream (hematogenous spread) or the lymphatics as you stated. However, direct invasion is also possible. ...Read more

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How likely is it for someone to survive brain cancer and tuberculosis in the lungs?

How likely is it for someone to survive brain cancer and tuberculosis in the lungs?

Tb chances are good: It is quite unlikely to have both conditions at the same time. This makes therapy more challenging but doable. Cure from tuberculosis should be expected. The main concern here is the brain cancer. For the most common adult brain cancer, survival is about a year, give or take a few months. ...Read more

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Why is secondary liver cancer from the colon cancer so hard to treat?

Why is secondary liver cancer from the colon cancer so hard to treat?

Depends: It very much depends on the cell type of the cancer, the size of the liver tumors, the number of liver tumors, and where the tumors are located in the liver. Sometimes surgery can be used if the tumors are not too big or too numerous, and not located in a vital area of the liver. Tumors that spread may have more aggressive cells and not respond to chemotherapy as well too. ...Read more

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Once cancer has developed to stage 4, when it spread to different organs and chemo is given, does this remove cancer or is the organ itself cancerous?

Once cancer has developed to stage 4, when it spread to different organs and chemo is given, does this remove cancer or is the organ itself cancerous?

The organ is Ok: Cancer involved different organs as isolated scattered tumor nodules. With a good/effective chemo, the tumor nodules shrink and can sometimes disappear completely. The remaining organ is healthy and functions normally once cancer has been killed by the chemo. ...Read more

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How common is it for a malignant tumor to metastasize from the lung to the brain through the bloodstream?

How common is it for a malignant tumor to metastasize from the lung to the brain through the bloodstream?

Very: About 60, 000 americans each year have a primary lung cancer that's spread to the brain by the time it kills them. Radiaton may help, but the prospect of death by squeezing the brain out of the base of the skull is only one of the many horrors of lung cancer. ...Read more

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How harmful for your health is it when prostate cancer spreads to the abdomen?

How harmful for your health is it when prostate cancer spreads to the abdomen?

Suggest treatment: Hello Maria, I hope I can be of help. Cancer spread is always serious, but in the case of prostate cancer treatments are available and should be discussed with the patients doctor or a Urologist or Oncologist. Best wishes, Dr. Long ...Read more

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Is it possible to survive bowel cancer with metastasis to pelvis?

Is it possible to survive bowel cancer with metastasis to pelvis?

Metastatic disease: While i always say that anything is possible- however, unforunately, when a cancer has spread beyond the primary organ- stage IV disease- it is an incurable disease , although in many cases is still treatable. Realistically, a 5 year survival rate for stage IV colon cancer is around 5%. The median overall survival would be around 2-3 years. ...Read more

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Why does lung cancer spread to the brain so often?

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Why does lung cancer spread to the brain so often?

Lung cancer: The different cell types of lung cancer have the propensity to spread to different organs either due to blood stream patterns, adjacent anatomy or the affinity of these other organs to receive and grow these cancer strains. It turns out that the brain is one of those susceptible organs. ...Read more

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Is it possible to recover from metastatic colon cancer?

Is it possible to recover from metastatic colon cancer?

Possible: If a met is localized to one or two areas in the liver, or other organ, and can be removed, there can be a cure. Chemotherapy is used after surgery in that case. In general we have advanced in our ability to control mets from colon cancer with chemotherapy and immunotherapy. It all depends on the details and the response to treatment. ...Read more

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What happens if recurrent bile duct cancer has spread to the bone it is difficult to treat?

What happens if recurrent bile duct cancer has spread to the bone it is difficult to treat?

Very difficult: Bile duct cancers behave in a similar fashion to pancreatic cancer. When localized to the common duct and resected, the patient has a chance, especially post RT with gemcitabine. When the tumor spreads to bone Im not sure that combo chemo with any of the available monoclonal can demonstrate any effect on survival. ...Read more

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Is throat cancer curable if it has spread to the liver?

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Is throat cancer curable if it has spread to the liver?

I wish I could say..: I wish i could say yes. But, unfortunately the answer is no. When the throat cancer has spred to the liver that is a stage IV disease and is an incurable disease. It is stil a treatable disease. Please discuss detail treatment plan with your oncologist. ...Read more

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Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


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Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more