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Are there any alternatives to chemotherapy treatment for metastic colon cancer?

Are there any alternatives to chemotherapy treatment for metastic colon cancer?

Yes: While chemo like FOLFOX is transiently effective, more immunotherapeutic agents are showing good responses. Avastin (bevacizumab) a vascular endothelial growth factor inhibitor and Erbitux effecting epidermal growth factor 1 are working well as is the newer Neo-102 against the immunogenic protein. Chemo in conjuction with the biologics (immunochemo) is the best combo. ...Read more

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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If a colon needs to be removed because of colon cancer are their alternatives to a external bag?

If a colon needs to be removed because of colon cancer are their alternatives to a external bag?

Bag is rarely needed: Colostomy( external bag ) is rarely needed for elective cancer surgery. It is more frequently used if the cancer is located very close to the anus, Also, a temporary colostomy may be used for emergency surgery when cancer is obstructing colon completely and the bowel cannot be cleaned prior to the surgery. ...Read more

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How effective is chemotherapy for treating colon cancer?

How effective is chemotherapy for treating colon cancer?

Improves survival: Chemo may help improve survival but does not result in cure. It is used pre operatively as neo adjuivant chemo to help improve resection or as adjuvant after surgery to help prolong survival. It is best employed in combination chemo such as FOLFOX to optimize response. ...Read more

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Anyone using oxaliplatin and 5-FU for colon cancer?

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Anyone using oxaliplatin and 5-FU for colon cancer?

Yes, absolutely: 5fu (fluorouracil) based chemotherapy is the standard chemotherapy in colon cancer. Combination of 5-FU and oxaliplatin is widely used and a standard regiment of chemotherapy in colorectal cancer. A big randoomized clinical trial in colon cancer ( mosaic study) has demonstrated the overall survival benefit of using combination of 5fu (fluorouracil)/oxaliplatin in stage iii colon cancer and limited case of stage ii disease. ...Read more

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Can there be any alternative medicine for ovarian cancer rather than chemotherapy?

Can there be any alternative medicine for ovarian cancer rather than chemotherapy?

No, not really: Alternative medicines, if suggested by someone are not likely to be useful. Chemotherapy is the only choice for controlling advanced ovarian cancer. If there are concerns about side effects, they can be controlled and managed by your oncologist. So do not hesitate taking chemotherapy. It would do some and often much good for the patient. ...Read more

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What are common proven alternatives to chemotherapy for breast cancer treatment?

What are common proven alternatives to chemotherapy for breast cancer treatment?

Alternative to what?: Chemotherapy is the administration of a drug that circulates throughout the body and kills cancer cells. Our goal is to choose the most effective drug tailored to one's specific cancer subtype. If by "alternative" you mean alternative to proven, standard therapy...No. However, many of our "standard" drugs are well-tolerated w/o traditional side-effects like hair loss, nausea, etc. ...Read more

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Are there any traditional indian alternatives to radiation therapy for breast cancer?

Are there any traditional indian alternatives to radiation therapy for breast cancer?

Careful: Most but not all breast cancers need radiation therapy. Please be careful of claims made by alternative treatments for cancer and ask for independent well controlled studies that demonstrate benefit. At this time alternative treatments are of a supportive role to more conventional therapies. I personally know of women whose cancer got worse while they tried alternative methods. ...Read more

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How effective is capecitabine (Xeloda) for treating colon cancer?

How effective is capecitabine (Xeloda) for treating colon cancer?

Good: Xeloda by itself is similar to 5 FU regimen. However these days we tend to add other medications such as oxalipatin and sometimes avastin (bevacizumab) depending on the stage. ...Read more

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How effective are Irinotecan injections for treating colon cancer?

How effective are Irinotecan injections for treating colon cancer?

Pretty good: Usually they're part of a protocol. If I were offered this as adjuvant Rx and it was affordable from my end, I'd probably go ahead if it was offered by an ethical oncologist. I'd quit if it was clearly not helping. ...Read more

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How effective are Cetuximab injections for treating colon cancer?

How effective are Cetuximab injections for treating colon cancer?

Some response: Erbitux was one of the first monoclonals develoed. It targets epidermal growth Factor 1 and is used in metastatic colon Ca that has the wild mutated KRAS. The best response is like Herceptin (trastuzumab) where this epidermal growth factor 2 mAb requires added chemo. As such when Colon Ca is treated with Erbitux + chemo there is an improvement in response for a number of months. No cures have been seen. ...Read more

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How effective is the FOLFIRI chemotherapy regimen for treating colon cancer?

How effective is the FOLFIRI chemotherapy regimen for treating colon cancer?

Some effect: Single drug chemotherapy has failed to produce significant improvement in colorectal Ca. Combination chemo as in FOLFIRI with irinotecan has added about 5 month prolongation in survival and with immunotherapy using Avastin (bevacizumab) or Erbitux an additional 2-3 months can be observed. Chemo-Immuno with a mAb targeting the immunogenic protein appears to be giving further enhancement. ...Read more

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How effective is regorafenib for colon cancer mets?

Depends: One study showed a response rate of 40%. "Response" in this context, means the tumor shrunk. It is rare for tumors to disappear on regorafenib. Clinical benefit depends to a great extent on the overall fitness of the patient (performance status), extent of disease, and number of prior therapies. Courage and faith, Marilyn994, and my best wishes for you. ...Read more

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Does anyone know of alternative medicines for stage-four lung cancer?

Does anyone know of alternative medicines for stage-four lung cancer?

Clinical trials: There are plenty of people who are willing to sell "alternative" (i.e. Unproven and untested treatments) for many diseases including cancer. If standard therapy (i.e. The therapy with the best evidence for effectiveness) is ineffective it is best to try to get into a clinical trial where promising therapies are tried under supervision to help advance the state of care. ...Read more

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What alternative treatments exist for patients with gallbladder cancer?

What alternative treatments exist for patients with gallbladder cancer?

None: Surgery is the only method of achieving cure for gallbladder cancer. When not discovered incidentally during routine gallbladder surgery, gallbladder cancer usually presents in advanced stages. Therefore even with surgery, chances of total cure are low. Chemotherapy and radiation therapy, though used, have not proven to be very successful in treating this disease. ...Read more

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How effective is the FOLFIRI-Bevacizumab chemotherapy regimen for treating colon cancer?

Moderately useful: FOLFIRI-Bev is the standard, commonly used first line chemotherapy for metastatic Colon cancer. It can add about 12 to 18 months extra to your life such that an average patient can live for 2 to 3 years(some live upto 5-6 years... depending on sites of metastases and their response to chemotherapy. You need tell us more about your history such as dates of diagnosis and treatments/results so far?? ...Read more

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Is there an effective alternative medicine for bladder cancer?

Is there an effective alternative medicine for bladder cancer?

No: Treatment for bladder cancer depends on the grade and stage of disease. Low grade, low stage disease is best treated with endoscopic resection of the tumor and close follow up to look for recurrence. There are medicines that can be placed in the bladder to prevent recurrence. In general, a diet rich in antioxidants, fresh fruit and vegetables is all a good way to remain healthy. ...Read more

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How effective is neoadjuvant therapy for treating colon cancer?

How effective is neoadjuvant therapy for treating colon cancer?

Partially: Chemotherapy in all of its forms is only partially helpful in improving the survival of colon cancer. When there is an effective neoadjuvant response the remaining lesion can be successfully resected. complete surgical extirpation is the needed result. As immunochemo becomes more effective then the combination with surgery will even produce better results. ...Read more

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Ihow effective are uft chemotherapy pills for metastic colon cancer ?

Ihow effective are uft chemotherapy pills for metastic colon cancer ?

Modestly effective: Fluoropyrimidines (5-FU, Capecitabine and UFT) as a class have modest activity and one of these 3 needs to be combined with Oxaliplatin and or Irinotecan to achieve best results ,as combination chemo is far superior in efficacy than any single chemo drug ...Read more

Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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Colon (Definition)

The colon is another term for the large intestine. This is the final portion of the digestive system, responsible for absorbing water and storing stool before evacuation. It is divided into sections described as cecum; ascending, transverse, descending and ...Read more


Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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Colonic (Definition)

This is a combining term referring to some condition, treatment or disease of the colon. Such as colonic enema, colonic ...Read more