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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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What is the new chemo drug used specifically for metastatic breast cancer?

What is the new chemo drug used specifically for metastatic breast cancer?

Not sure: There are many breast cancer drugs available for metastatic disease. Several drugs have been recently approved for use. These include lapatinib, pertuzumab, ixabepilone, abraxane. Here is a list of approved breast cancer drugs; http://www.Cancer.Gov/cancertopics/druginfo/breastcancer. ...Read more

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Is there a less toxic alternative to chemotherapy for breast cancer treatment?

Is there a less toxic alternative to chemotherapy for breast cancer treatment?

Yes: In some cases hormonal treatment can be as effective as chemotherapy. However if there is benefit from chemotherapy then it would be in addition to hormonal therapy. You should ask what percent benefit chemotherapy would give your circumstance and then decide if it's worth it to you to not accept that benefit. ...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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When is tamoxifen for breast cancer treatment?

When is tamoxifen for breast cancer treatment?

Chemotherapy: Tamoxifen is a very effective drug for the treatment of hormone-sensitive (estrogen receptor +) breast cancers. It may be used alone or in combination with traditional IV chemotherapy, depending on the cancer stage. Furthermore, tamoxifen has been shown to be effective reducing the chance of developing breast cancer in high-risk women ("chemoprevention"). ...Read more

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How effective is Xeloda (capecitabine) for metastatic breast cancer?

How effective is  Xeloda (capecitabine) for metastatic breast cancer?

It depends: As the first treatment for metastatic breast cancer, Xeloda (capecitabine) works in 40-60% of people treated. If it is the second, third or later treatment after failure of other agents, the effectiveness is much less. ...Read more

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Is it possible to be prescribed Xeloda (capecitabine) for metastatic breast cancer?

Is it possible to be prescribed Xeloda (capecitabine) for metastatic breast cancer?

Yes: xeloda is the oral form of 5FU. Depending on the nature of the tumor and whether metastatic cancer is being treated, combinations of chemotherapy are being used such as CMF or Taxol with Herceptin (trastuzumab). Its up to the treating physician as to whether a single agent is to utilized. ...Read more

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What are the treatment options for metastatic breast cancer?

What are the treatment options for metastatic breast cancer?

It Depends: It depends on the "personality" of the cancer, ie whether it has the estrogen receptor, Progesterone receptor, or her2. It also depends on where the cancer is. Er+ cancer that has spread only to bone can often be treated with anti-estrogen pills alone, while cancer in the liver, lungs or brain often requires chemotherapy. Women can live for years with metastatic breast cancer. ...Read more

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What are some treatments for breast cancer stage iv?

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What are some treatments for breast cancer stage iv?

Systemic therapy: Mainstay therapy for stage IV cancer would be systemic therapy - in the form of chemotherapy or antiestrogen therapy for er+ breast cancer- in the right setting. Palliative radiation or surgical procedure can be given in the right setting i.e. Painful bony metastases, spinal cord compression- to relieve symptoms. Palliative care will be always part of the treatment througout the course of cancer. ...Read more

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How effectice is Xeloda (capecitabine) for metastatic breast cancer?

Quite effective: Xeloda (capecitabine) is quite an effective drug and has been used in metastatic breast cancer. The response will be higher when it is combined with other chemotherapy agent- with additional possible side effects. Discuss further with you oncologist in detail. ...Read more

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Is radiation effective for breast cancer?

Is radiation effective for breast cancer?

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 more

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What is the success rate of a patient taking gemzar (gemcitabine) for metastatic breast cancer?

What is the success rate of a patient taking gemzar (gemcitabine) for metastatic breast cancer?

It depends: The success of gemcitabine (or other chemotherapy) depends on several factors. Where the cancer is, what prior treatments have been administered, and if anything in addition to gemcitabine is being administered. Gemcitabine is effective in about 1/3 of patients treated if it is the first drug administered for metastatic breast cancer. These chances decline if it is the 2nd, 3rd or later treatment. ...Read more

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What are other options other than chemotherapy for stage 2 breast cancer?

What are other options other than chemotherapy for stage 2 breast cancer?

Depends: This depends on the type of breast cancer you have. Treatment is now individualized to the type of cancer, lymph node involvement and hormone status of the cancer cells. A special test called a oncotype DX can help determine if chemotherapy is beneficial or not but the cells have to have hormone receptors. I recommend speaking with your oncologist. Don't be afraid to get a 2nd opinion. ...Read more

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Are there alternatives to mammogram for breast cancer screening?

Are there alternatives to mammogram for breast cancer screening?

None as good: Mammograms are the best test for detecting breast cancer. It is not clear that breast exams by a health care provider add benefit (tho they may), and breast self exams have not been shown to be beneficial. Certainly, if you notice a bump, a change in skin, a nipple discharge or any abnormality that you are concerned about, you should get it checked out. ...Read more

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Is there an alternative to pet for staging lung cancer?

Is there an alternative to pet for staging lung cancer?

Several Options: Several tests can help stage lung cancer. A contrast enhanced (injected into a vein) CT is the usual first test. The advantage of a PET/CT (not just a PET) is the ability to look for disease in unexpected places (brain for example) or in areas which appear normal on CT, like small lymph nodes. PET shows areas which are using sugar for energy, as some cancers, including lung, do. ...Read more

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Are uft chemo pills used for metastatic colon cancer with a met to liver and 1 aortocaval node?

Are uft chemo pills used for metastatic colon cancer with a met to liver and 1 aortocaval node?

Yes, it can be an op: This pill is often used in Japan. So it is not popular in the US. Moreover, it is better to be treated with a combination of 2 or 3 medicines that are proven useful in the treatment of metastatic colon Cancer. I would advise you to seek a second opinion so that you can make sure that your treatment is not substandard. ...Read more

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Treatments for prostate cancer with bone metastasis?

Treatments for prostate cancer with bone metastasis?

Many: The first line of treatment for this is androgen deprivation. In addition, there are medicines which reduce the risk of fractures with Denosumab showing the most efficacy compared to zoledronic acid, however with some risk of significant side effects. For more extensive disease, a newer IV radium therapy has shown improved survival. Localized radiation can be effective for painful foci. ...Read more

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What are the survival statistics for breast cancer invasive ductal carcinoma?

It depends on many f: Most women with localized breast cancer do very well and there is high cure rate. Overall 75%-80% of breast cancers are curable. But you need to know what stage of cancer it is? You should also know what subtype(there are 3 different types) of breast cancer it is. Further there is the matter of what type of adjuvant therapy(post surgery treatment) was used. I'am sure your oncologist can answeryr. ...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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Dr. Travis Kidner
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Breast Carcinoma (Definition)

Most breast cancers are carcinomas. This is a type of breast cancer. These cancers start in the cells that line organs and tissues. In fact, breast cancers are often a type of carcinoma called adenocarcinoma, which starts in cells that make glands (glandular tissue). Breast adenocarcinomas start in the ducts (the milk ducts) or ...Read more


Dr. Devon Webster
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Metastatic Breast Cancer (Definition)

Cancer that has spread from its origin (breast) to any other location (lymph nodes, bones, organs, etc.) outside ...Read more