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Stage 3 peritoneal cancer life expectancy without any treatment?

Stage 3 peritoneal cancer life expectancy without any treatment?

Not good: Without treatment the cancer will continue to spread. There is no way to predict course or anticipate miracles. The survival rate at 3 years WITH treatment is about 60%.

Dr. Barry Rosen
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What are the survival prospects for a person just diagnosed with peritoneal cancer?

What are the survival prospects for a person just diagnosed with peritoneal cancer?

Rare: Primary peritonial cancers are rare usually females, most of the time diagnosed in late stage., and unfortunately prognosis is not good. To predict survival rate have to know the stage, of disease.

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Is there such a thing as peritoneal cancer?

Is there such a thing as peritoneal cancer?

YES: It is known as ~ primary peritoneal carcinoma. Now there are other cancers that can start in the peritoneum like mesothelioma and others that can spread to the peritoneum like gastric, colon and ovarian to name a few. When this happens its described as peritoneal carcinomatosis.

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Mother had stage 3 peritoneal cancer. B4 surgery only complaint was fluid but after she was noticably sick did surgery cause significant health declin?

Mother had stage 3 peritoneal cancer. B4 surgery only complaint was fluid but after she was noticably sick did surgery cause significant health declin?

NO: Peritoneal cancer that was advanced did not just up and get worse because of surgery. Would have you understand this is quite advanced. The fluid you describe is called ascites and is one of the signs of advanced cancer. Once this is present hard to control the cancer. My condolences to your family.

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What is the prognosis when I have stage 3c primary peritoneal cancer, have went through the 6 rounds of chemo and my CT scan shows residual disease?

What is the prognosis when I have stage 3c primary peritoneal cancer, have went through the 6 rounds of chemo and my CT scan shows residual disease?

Prognosis: You should have had a primary debulking surgery before chemotherapy by a gyn oncologist. At this point, with what is known as platinum resistant disease you should be offered a research protocol for care. This is a very unfortunate situation.

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My mom has peritoneal cancer. I'm 35 and was wondering if this cancer is genetic and is there any screening tests I should have.

My mom has peritoneal cancer. I'm 35 and was wondering if this cancer is genetic and is there any screening tests I should have.

Possibly: I suspect that you are talking about primary peritoneal carcinoma which is an uncommon variation of ovarian cancer. This can be seen in patients who have the brca gene mutation and have their ovaries removed. It behaves like ovarian cancer. The best source of advice for a genetic role would be your mother's oncologist. She might be the one to test rather than you.

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Stomach cancer also in abdomin cavity. Is that the same as peritoneal cancer? What treatment is available and what's prognosis?

Stomach cancer also in abdomin cavity. Is that the same as peritoneal cancer? What treatment is available and what's prognosis?

Stomach cancer: Too many questions to answer in one entry. The stomach is in the abdominal cavity. There peritoneal cavity and the abdominal cavity are not the same. Treatment depends on type of cancer, stage of cancer, overall health etc.

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If I had a blood clot in my lung after peritoneal cancer surgery, does it mean that something went wrong during my surgery?

If I had a blood clot in my lung after peritoneal cancer surgery, does it mean that something went wrong during my surgery?

No, probably not: You do however, at least, 2 significant risk factors to have blood clot- i.e.- cancer and surgery. Patient with cancer who undergoes major surgery like yours- have a really high risk for development of blood clot- that can go up as high as 40%. Other risk factors also include age, ascites, surgery for > 2 hours, low Albumin level, smoker, cancer burden/presence of metastatic disease etc.

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How likely is peritoneal cancer in 32 year old with URQ pain- normal CBC, nml CMP nml upper endososopy and nml abdominal u/s??? What are symptoms?

How likely is peritoneal cancer in 32 year old with URQ pain- normal CBC, nml CMP nml upper endososopy and nml abdominal u/s??? What are symptoms?

Rare: Peritoneal cancer rare. Usually secondary to two forms of malignancy. In appendiceal cancer seeding of peritoneal cavity can occur. Also seen with metastatic ovarian cancer where after omental seeding, spread to peritoneal surface follows. Primary peritoneal Ca similar in origin to the ovarian tumor which arises from epithelial surface of ovary. URQ pain usually GB. PET/CAT needed.

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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.

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Are there any alternative treatments for lung cancer?

Are there any alternative treatments for lung cancer?

No proven benefit: The big 3 are surgery, chemotherapy & radiation. Alternative options in trials include photodynamic therapy, cancer vaccines for example. Commonly used alternative treatments such as homeopathy, chinese or indian herbal medicines, mexican meds, shark cartilage, etc do not have any proven benefit. Sometimes, alternative drugs actually interfere with regular meds and can cause problems.

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Are there any alternative treatments for brain cancer?

Are there any alternative treatments for brain cancer?

Not really: Surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy are the mainstays of treatment for brain cancer. These have the longest track record of success. There are clinical trials that are investigating the role of vaccines for brain cancers. There are also many trials investigating more targeted agents than "standard" chemotherapy. I am unaware of any nontraditional treatments that are as effective.

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Can you tell me if there are alternative treatments for skin cancer?

Can you tell me if there are alternative treatments for skin cancer?

Skin Cancer: The primary treatment for most types of skin cancer is surgical removal by wide local excision. Moh's micrographic surgery may be used in certain circumstances for basal cell and squamous cell skin cancer. Melanoma may require very aggressive surgery. Non-surgical treatment of skin cancer has lower cure rates and is reserved for patients too elderly or unhealthy to undergo surgery.

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Are there any alternative treatments for breast cancer instead of radiation?

Are there any alternative treatments for breast cancer instead of radiation?

Yes: In cases where a lumpectomy was done the alternative is to have a mastectomy. But if many nodes or a large tumor is found even with mastectomy the chestwall will needs radiation. Also women older than 70 with good features and positive receptors can have lumpectomy and hormones and can omit radiation.

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Are there any alternative treatments for sarcoma cancer (in the lung) other than chemo therapy?

Are there any alternative treatments for sarcoma cancer (in the lung) other than chemo therapy?

Localized treatment: Sarcoma in the lungs can often be surgically resected, or treated locally with radiofrequency ablation or cyberknife radiation.

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Should I be concerned if my husband has stage four non-small cell lung cancer do you know any alternative treatments?

Should I be concerned if my husband has stage four non-small cell lung cancer do you know any alternative treatments?

Be concerned: Stage 4 lung cancer has an overall poor prognosis. The therapy associated with any positive effects would be chemotherapy and/or radiation. While a cure can occur, it is a rare event with stage 4. Alternative therapies can be explored, but realize that most don't claim to cure. If you look at the advertizements closely, they will treat but never claim to cure. Standard therapy- 15% overall cure.

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Liver and peritoneal mets from colon cancer. Chemo not working well. We are uk Based, can Germany be considered for TACE treatment and for peritineal procedure?

Liver and peritoneal mets from colon cancer. Chemo not working well. We are uk Based, can Germany be considered for TACE treatment and for peritineal procedure?

Yes: Germany can offer TACE (transarterial chemo-emboliation. While relatively effective one may also use radiolabelled microspheres to replace the chemo portion of the treatment. One has to consider hyperthermic chemo perfusion of the peritoneal cavity since TACE will not effect peritoneal mets. If all fail, protocol available in US for Neo-102 mAb to treat recurrent colon failing other procedur

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