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Doctor insights on: Barney Clark Heart Transplant

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Dr. Milroy Samuel
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Transplant (Definition)

In medicine: a transfer from one body or body part to another of an organ (liver, heart, lung, kidney, pancreas bowel) or tissue (hand, face, hair). The immune system fights foreign invaders (like infections) so it will reject transplants from other people (allotransplants) because they look like infections. So transplants usually require drugs to ...Read more


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Life expectancy for heart lung transplant?

Life expectancy for heart  lung transplant?

Varies with time: The most recent data on patient survival after a heart-lung combined transplant is that about 80% at 1 year, 50% at 5 years, and 25% at 10 years are alive after the transplants. ...Read more

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Psych? Colon cancer 1/09 stage III surg. & chemo. Tiny liver met 2/12 stage iva liver resection. Horrible anxiety & h a. Pet scan in 2 wks. prescription .5mg clonezapam 2x's day. Fear ca's return. How to cope?

Psych? Colon cancer 1/09 stage III surg. & chemo. Tiny liver met 2/12 stage iva liver resection. Horrible anxiety & h a. Pet scan in 2 wks. prescription .5mg clonezapam 2x's day. Fear ca's return. How to cope?

Colon cancer: Confronting ones own mortality and living with a cancer that can and often recurs causes tremendous anxiety and depression. You are not alone. Unfortunately, many wonderful, talented, and smart people are confronting the same fate. Look into support groups and treatment with a psychiatrist to help you cope with this detour in life. ...Read more

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30% heart function after heart attack 10/15/16; age 69 white male in USA. Prognosis?

30% heart function after heart attack 10/15/16; age 69 white male in USA.  Prognosis?

Need more info but..: Your heart is functioning poorly but it could improve over time. The degree of coronary artery disease is also relevant. Physical therapy/cardiac rehab is crucial. Lose weight if needed. Many supplements may help including CoQ10, D-Ribose, Magnesium Taurate and additional Taurine, L-carnitine. Seek integrative practitioner to guide treatment/improve prognosis and read http://tinyurl.com/lu9rgdb ...Read more

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Does donor family pay for a heart transplant or a liver transplant?

Does donor family pay for a heart transplant or a liver transplant?

No: The organ recipient needs proper medical insurance coverage for a transplant to take place. In certain cases such as a mother giving part of her liver to her child, she may carry the pertinent insurance. No deceased donors are required to pay for the recipient medical procedures. Conceivably, a wealthy donor family could volunteer to contribute, but that would be most unusual. ...Read more

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Disseminated adehocarcinoma this along with immunosuppressed + renal transplant is on my fathers death certificate?

Disseminated adehocarcinoma  this along with immunosuppressed + renal transplant is on my fathers death certificate?

Was this a surprise?: I am going to assume this was completed by his physician and that this physician was reasonably competent. If some or all of this was news to you, then probably dad had health issues that he concealed from you, probably because he cared and wanted you to go on with your life untroubled. Now that he is gone, set up a conference with his physician. I wish you comfort. ...Read more

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Interested in information on stem cell treatment for congestive heart failure?

Interested in information on stem cell treatment for congestive heart failure?

Be careful: This is an experimental treatment that is showing a lot of future promise. The overall efficacy and side effects are still being evaluated That being said there are a LOT of quacks out there selling this as a treatment to hopeless patients for a huge amount of money. Don't blow your life savings on one of these overseas clinics, it will be a waste of time/money and dangerous. ...Read more

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What is life expectancy for stage 4 non-hodgkin's lymphoma that has spread to spine, liver & spleen?

What is life expectancy for stage 4 non-hodgkin's lymphoma  that has spread to spine, liver  & spleen?

Depends: Many types of non-hodgkins lymphoma and prognosis varies. Even with stage iv, some are very curable. Need more details. Good luck! ...Read more

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Whats life expectancy for heart and lung transplant?

Whats life expectancy for heart and lung transplant?

It varies: It is too variable to answer: my patient is 14 years status post at lung transplant and is still going strong. ...Read more

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Stem cell transplant for ovarian cancer--will it prolong survival rate?

Stem cell transplant for ovarian cancer--will it prolong survival rate?

Yes possible: With out knowing stage and cell type of ovarian cancer , in general high dose chemotherapy with autologous ( patients own ) stem cell transplantation is promising to prolong the life, cure is not near yet, as most of the tumors are drug resistant ( or right drug is not there ) and have residual tumor in the body. ...Read more

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My husband, 78, has aortic aneurysm measuring 4.8. Some mds insist on surgery at 5.0; others wait til 5.4. You? Also, bovine vs cadaver valve: prefs?

My husband, 78, has aortic aneurysm measuring 4.8. Some mds insist on surgery at 5.0; others wait til 5.4. You? Also, bovine vs cadaver valve: prefs?

5 is standard: To my knowledge aneurysms are intervened when they reach 5.0 cm. Though there are different factors that might affect a given clinical situation, that is the standard. I am not aware of the exact location but some of these aneurysms are treatable with synthetic material stents. I am not aware of an advantage of bovine vs cadaver valves other than that the cadaver is the same species. ...Read more

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Husband 55 4 heart attacks severe hf he has pacemaker defibibulator has been advised to consider lvad and transplant what is his survival rate?

Husband  55  4 heart attacks  severe hf he has pacemaker defibibulator has been advised to consider lvad and transplant what is his survival rate?

Good : With a successful lvad and subsequent heart transplant his chances of survival for 5 or more years is over 70%. His chances are probably even better since he is relatively young. Hope things go well for him. ...Read more

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Survival rate of using chemoembolization 4 advançed metastatic liver? We took chemo for 2.5 yrs..Spread 2 whole liver & 2 spots in lungs?65 yrs old

Survival rate of using chemoembolization 4 advançed metastatic liver? We took chemo for 2.5 yrs..Spread 2 whole liver & 2 spots in lungs?65 yrs old

Survival: I guess it really depends on whether the lung nodules are metastases. If so, they would be considered extra hepatic metastases, and survival even with chemoembolization decreases considerably. In liver only disease, survival rates are about 2/3 at 1 year, 1/3 at 2 years, wih median survival of around 14 months (median survival with extra hepatic mets is around 3 months). ...Read more

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Dad has heart, lung, liver and renal failure (renal function under 10%). Drs have now found primary liver cancer. How long left? Days/weeks/months?

Dad has heart, lung, liver and renal failure (renal function under 10%). Drs have now found primary liver cancer. How long left? Days/weeks/months?

Soon: I'm sorry you are going through this. It doesn't sound like there is much time left, probably 'weeks" timeframe depending on how aggressive supportive care is regarding IV fluids, dialysis, medications, and respiratory support with oxygen or a breathing machine. There is of course no way to predict for sure, and his doctor will be ae to give a better answer. Hang in there. ...Read more

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Is dr ted eisenberg of philadelphia, pa a good breast surgeon?

Is dr ted eisenberg of philadelphia, pa a good breast surgeon?

Not the right place: If you want to find the right breast surgeon, for your family member's care, you have to make some personal enquireies about any surgeon like the following. 1) some one you know treated by that surgeon, is the best reference. 2) your family physician whom you trust, will advise you. 3) qualifications like board certified , had teaching experence etc 4) finally should consult , and decide ...Read more

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My father aged 59 was found to have 3 heart blocks...Now he underwent bypass surgery with 2 bypasses..What is his life expectancy?

My father aged 59 was found to have 3 heart blocks...Now he underwent bypass surgery with 2 bypasses..What is his life expectancy?

It depends: His surgeon would be a better resource. Life expectancy depends on several things. How well does his heart squeeze? Were all the blockages bypassed? How healthy are the rest of his arteries? Does he have lung disease, diabetes, other health issues? Is he smoking? Will he change his risk factors? Assuming no other issues and normal heart function then he should do very well. ...Read more

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How long do u live with cirrhoisis stage 1 -2 & heptic encelapathy. Transplant isn't an option man is 67?

Variable: But encephalopathy is an indicator that the liver is starting to fail. If aggressive medical therapy is not able to control this, then the patient may have only weeks to months. ...Read more

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Dr. Amy Friedman
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Transplantation (Definition)

Transplantation is the process of transplanting organs from a donor to a recipient and includes surgery ...Read more


Dr. Stuart Flechner
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Heart Transplant (Definition)

Getting a heart from a donor who passed away from ...Read more