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Dr. Barry Rosen
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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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What is the hemoglobin and white blood cell count for lung cancer?

What is the hemoglobin and white blood cell count for lung cancer?

Varies: If you are getting active chemotherapy- your hemoglobin and white blood cells would be affected by the therapy and may go down low-requiring either treatment, transfusion or a short break from treatment. If your cancer has spread to the bone marrow- your blood counts may be affected. Otherwise, yiur hemoglobin/wbc would vary- from normal, low or high depending on your other medical problems. ...Read more

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I have had bronchitis 2 months ago and now pneumonia.High red blood cell count and high protein in the blood. Should I be screened for lung cancer?

Perhaps: This combination of problems points more to a systemic disease, such as multiple myeloma or a blood cell disorder. You are not in the right age group for lung cancer but one never knows. By all means, get yourself checked. ...Read more

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Low sodium&fatigue&muscle loss 1year.CT scan was clear in feb16.testosterone low cortisol high. Could this be small cell lung cancer missed by CT?

Low sodium&fatigue&muscle loss 1year.CT scan was clear in feb16.testosterone low cortisol high. Could this be small cell lung cancer missed by CT?

Lo Na, testosterone: CT scan is fairly accurate.Testosterone can be low with age . Liver issues can cause low sodium low testosterone muscle wasting and fatigue. The fatigue can be from the low sodium. Cortisol may appear high due to low protein binding. Kidney disease can also affect sodium balance., as can thyroid disease. Drinking too much pure water is also a cause as is dehydration-Would f/u/ w/ endocrinology ...Read more

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Is a high white cell count indicative of colon cancer?

Is a high white cell count indicative of colon cancer?

No: An elevated blood white cell count can be an indication of active inflammation somewhere in your body, like infection. There are many other reasons for elevated wbc, but it is not indicative of colon cancer. ...Read more

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I have a high CRP range (30.0) and a high white cell count. I have been having sharp aching pains through my chest what can this be?

I have a high CRP range (30.0) and a high white cell count. I have been having sharp aching pains through my chest what can this be?

Can be anything: From muscle spasm to pneumonia, pleurisy, angina, and may be not related to the high CRP and white cell count which denote an infection somewhere. You need a comprehensive medical evaluation, the sketchy picture you provided doesn't help, please see your doctor for full history and physical examination, good luck ...Read more

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Can people survive non small cell lung cancer?

Can people survive non small cell lung cancer?

Yes,depends stage: Stage 1 nsclc; surgical resection, appr70%5yrsurv stage2nsclc;surgery apprx. 30-35% 5 yr survival. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about non-small cell lung cancer?

Can you tell me about non-small cell lung cancer?

Not enough space: Let's see: most common category of lung cancer, often but not always tobacco related, treated with surgery if possible but radiation and chemo are often used as well. I suggest you visit the national cancer institute website. It's has good info regarding all kinds of cancers. ...Read more

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What's the prognosis for stage 3b non small cell lung cancer?

What's the prognosis for stage 3b non small cell lung cancer?

Not good: Stage 3b non-small-cell-lung cancer is a very heterogeneous group of patients and as such there is no unanimous hard data on survival, unlike the earlier stages. Some may benefit from chemo- and radiation therapy to shrink the tumor and be resected. My advice is to go to the most renowned lung cancer specialist that is available to you and hope for the best. ...Read more

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Can a cyberknife be used to treat limited small cell lung cancer?

Can a cyberknife be used to treat limited small cell lung cancer?

There is no: Cogent role for cyberknife in sclc and it would be a misuse of that expensive technology. Chemotherapy is the standard for limited or extensive disease, thoracic radiotherapy with linac is standard in disease confined to chest. All those warrant preventitive radiotherapy to the brain if the chest responds. ...Read more

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What's the most relevent test to diagnose non small cell lung cancer?

What's the most relevent test to diagnose non small cell lung cancer?

Bipsy and imaging: The key to diadnosis is the biopsy. This can help determine the subtype which will help guide the course of treatment. Beyond that, the imaging with ct, ct/pet, and MRI will help determine the stage of the cancer. The combination of the stage and the subtype of the cancer will help with treatment decisions as well as prognosis. ...Read more

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What's the difference between small cell and non-small cell lung cancer?

What's the difference between small cell and non-small cell lung cancer?

Everything: Small cell lung cancer is almost completely different than non small cell- the only thing the same is that it is located on the lung and may give the same symptoms. They are different in molecular biology level, they look and behave differently. Small cell behaves more agressive- like systemic disease even from the first presentation; have different treatment and prognosis .D/w your oncologist. ...Read more

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What's the difference between non-small cell lung cancer and small-cell?

Entirely different: Different types of cancer. Small cell multiplies fast and is considered spread at the time of diagnosis. Because of that, it may also respond better to chemotherapy. Non-small-cell grows more slowly and if found in an early stage, may be curative by surgery. ...Read more

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What is the difference between small cell lung cancer and non-small cell lung cancer?

What is the difference between small cell lung cancer and non-small cell lung cancer?

Different cell types: lsmall cell cancer of the ung is a neuroendocrine tumor responding to chemo such as the adriamycins (doxorubicin). Non small cell cancer represents the adenocarcinomas and squamous cell cancers requiring a different groujp of drugs that usually include the platinums and the newer monoclonal antibodies. ...Read more

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Mediastinal syndrome after small cell lung cancer. What are the odds of overcoming this?

Mediastinal syndrome after small cell lung cancer. What are the odds of overcoming this?

.svc syndrome: I presume you mean mediastinal metastasis and congestion. Generally this is ominous. Small cell is a bad actor survival is in months, not years with few exceptions. ...Read more

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Are p63 and ttf1 used to distinguish small cell lung cancer from non small cell lung cancer? Or are they used for more specific distinctions?

Are p63 and ttf1 used to distinguish small cell lung cancer from non small cell lung cancer? Or are they used for more specific distinctions?

Yes: P63 is positive in lung squamous cell cancers usually while ttf1 (thyroid transcription factor) is positive frequently in lung adenocarcinomas. Both should be negative in small cell lung cancers usually. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for small cell lung cancer?

What is the treatment for small cell lung cancer?

Small cell lung ca: In limited disease, tx would be combination chemo and radiation . In a very limited case, surgery can be done if size is very small, absolutely no spreading to any area/adjacent lymp glands etc. Prophylactic radiation to brain is recommended. In extensive disease, chemo will be the tx.Palliative radiation as needed. For chemo responder, prophylactic radiation to brain can increase survival. D/w md. ...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


Dr. Matt Wachsman
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White Cell Count (Definition)

This is the number of white blood cells per microlitre. It includes neutrophils, lymphocytes, monocytes, and other rarer types such ...Read more