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How bad is bone cancer osteogenic sarcoma?

How bad is bone cancer osteogenic sarcoma?

Treatable: Not too long ago osteogenic sarcoma used to be almost uniformly fatal. But with chemotherapy regimens now available, the majority of patients can be cured. Surgery is also required and in most cases the tumor can be removed while keeping the limb. While it is a very serious cancer, we now have very good treatment options available. ...Read more

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Dr. Lynne Weixel
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Sarcoma (Definition)

By definition, it is malignant (i.e., being locally invasive and at least theoreticlally capable of metastasizing), and arises from / mimics muscle or connective tissue elements that are not marrow or immune / white cells. The sarcomas are a tremendously varied and troublesome family of tumors, though thankfully less common than carcinomas and the leukemia / ...Read more


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Osteogenic sarcoma and osteosarcoma are the same tumors?

Osteogenic sarcoma and osteosarcoma are the same tumors?

Yes.: The two are synonyms. By definition, it is a sarcoma that produces malignant osteoid (immature bone) that is seen under the microsope. Osteogenic means "producing bone." other bone sarcomas, like ewing's, do not produce osteoid. Most arise in bone, but there are rare soft tissue osteosarcomas (or osteogenic sarcomas, depending on which term you prefer). ...Read more

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Ewing's sarcoma is a type of bone cancer, right?

Ewing's sarcoma is a type of bone cancer, right?

Yes: It usually occurs in or around bones. The most common bone is the femur. It can rarely occur outside the bone, in the abdomen, chest, neck or head. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Can malignant mesothelioma cause a bone tumor?

Can malignant mesothelioma cause a bone tumor?

Direct invasion: Or blood borne metastasis from a pleural, chest wall tumor to an adjacent rib or distant site. We'd call this bony metastasis, a bone tumor infers that it started out in a bone, not innocently affected from another king of cancerinvading it. ...Read more

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Is fibromatosis a soft tissue sarcoma?

Yes: Fibromatosis, while it doesn't have "sarcoma"in the name is actually a low-grade sarcoma. However, this only applies to cases occurring in the abdomen. Less commonly, these tumors can occur on the extremity. Cases of Palmar and Plantar fibromatosis are not aggressive and generally behave in a benign fashion. Have your sarcoma pathology checked by an expert david.stockman@orthopath.com ...Read more

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Mesothelioma biopsy says 'portions of fibrous tissue infiltrated by malignant cells forming nests. tumor cells +'ve for CK7 and calretinin. prognosis?

Mesothelioma biopsy says 'portions of fibrous tissue infiltrated by malignant cells forming nests. tumor cells +'ve for CK7 and calretinin. prognosis?

Marker not prognosis: CK7 and calretinin are used to verify that the tumor is mesothelial in origin (versus adenocarcinoma of the lung). It does not provide information about prognosis. Factors associated with pleural mesothelioma prognosis include: functional status, blood counts, histology (epithelial best vs fibrosarcomatous poorest), and tumor size (degree of involvement of pleural cavity). Several new trials. ...Read more

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Is ewings sarcoma fatal?

Often is: Untreated, or treated only by a charlatan, it is 100% fatal. Generally it requires chemotherapy. The odds in early disease are quite good, and even with metastatic disease cures sometimes happen. ...Read more

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Is fibrosarcoma a type of bone cancer?

Is fibrosarcoma a type of bone cancer?

It depends: Fibrosarcoma is a type of cancer. That diagnosis is given based on how it looks under the microscope when the pathologist examines it. It can occur either in bone or in soft tissues, so it can be a bone cancer. If it occurs in bone, the treatment is chemotherapy and surgical removal of the tumor. If it occurs in the soft tissues, then surgical removal is done, but chemotherapy is controversial. ...Read more

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Will a bone marrow transplant cure bone marrow cancer?

Will a bone marrow transplant cure bone marrow cancer?

Yes: However it depends on the type of cancer, if it is in remission or not ,age of the patient and the type of donor. It also depends on the type of transplant, from self or another donor ...Read more

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Stage4 cancer mestastasize lungs, bone, liver. Any treatment is hopeless?

Stage4 cancer mestastasize lungs, bone, liver. Any treatment is hopeless?

It varies: Cancer at stage IV varies...Some can be cured (hodgkins, germ cell of the testis) others are very difficult to cure even at earlier stages. Chemotherapy and radiation can extend life significantly in some cases and if used well, can keep people in a state of high quality life. So, it is not hopeless always. ...Read more

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What is pleomorphic rhabdo sarcoma?

What is pleomorphic rhabdo sarcoma?

Cancer, usually kids: Pleomorphic rhabdomyosarcoma is a rare cancer that occurs primarily in kids and rarely in adults. Chemotherapy is given to all patients followed by surgery and/or radiation, depending on the specific case. If caught before it spreads, it can often be cured. ...Read more

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3 yrs lytic bone lesions through axial skeleton -skull. Extramedullary hematopoiesis. New MRI spots on brain-bone marrow expansion. Can this be fatal?

3 yrs lytic bone lesions through axial skeleton -skull. Extramedullary hematopoiesis. New MRI spots on brain-bone marrow expansion. Can this be fatal?

Depends: Bone marrow expansion throughout the skeleton typically signals either that the marrow is i appropriately expanding into these compartment such as in a myeloproliferative disorder or the present regions of marrow production are insufficient to keep up with current body needs. Regardless of the cause this is best answered by hands on evaluation, testing and management by an hematologist. ...Read more

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Invasive non keratinizing squamous cell carcinoma tongue showing nests of malignant squamous cells grade 3 prognosis?

Invasive non keratinizing squamous cell carcinoma tongue showing nests of malignant squamous cells grade 3 prognosis?

Can be cured: If no nodes palpable and lesion localized, RT chemo can reduce size and position site for curative resection. Partial glossectomy after initial therapy. If larger and not responsive to chemo, Ive used hight dose MTX with citrovorum factor over 12 hrs. Most effective in presence of nodal disease Basic chemo is Platinum/Taxol + RT ...Read more

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How can you differentiate primary malignant bone tumor from metastatic bone disease in x-ray?

How can you differentiate primary malignant bone tumor from metastatic bone disease in x-ray?

Several ways: A primary bone tumor might have certain radiographic characterisitics that are different than metastatic bone disease. Multiple bone tumors strongly suggests metastases. The presence of a prior cancer also strongly suggests that a bone tumor is metastastic. ...Read more

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Stage non small cell lung cancer in left lung hilum region and lymph node involvement.

Stage non small cell lung cancer in left lung hilum region and lymph node involvement.

Depends: In order to give exact stage need size of tumor also other wise answer is presumptive lacks accuracy. ...Read more

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Can stage 1a endometrial cancer (removed) spread to mediastinal, bilateral hilar and virchow's node w/o infiltrating another organ?

Can stage 1a endometrial cancer (removed) spread to mediastinal, bilateral hilar and virchow's node w/o infiltrating another organ?

Yes but: It could possibly spread to local lymph node but the chances are very low. The lymph nodes that are in thoracic cavity are even less likely to contain metastatic tumor from a stage 1a endometrial cancer, especially if it's a garden variety low grade lesion. In fact, long term survival is very good, like 95%. The other 5% may represent very high grade tumors. ...Read more

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Bone cysts versus bone spurs?

Inside bone/tendons.: Bone cysts r contained inside the bone, any where from simple benign @ malignant and need watching. Spurs r at the edges of the bone as in arthritis, or in response 2 tendinitis where a tendon attaches. As patellar tendinitis or where ligaments attach as in heel spurs ( planter fasciitis). Treatments r different 4 each & multiple 4 each. B followed & rx'd by an orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more