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Brachytherapy And Throat Cancer
Proven vs unproven: By definition, "alternative" is different than modern western medicine. Generally any drug, herb, treatment, or procedure that stands up to rigorous scientific scrutiny is included in modern medicine. The problem is that many alternative practices, herbs etc do not stand up to scientific scrutiny and cannot be shown to work. They therefore remain "alternative". Soup may comfort but not cure. ...Read more
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
It depends ... : Dysphagia is a common side effect with many chemo therapeutic regimens. Some treatments can decrease a patient's ability to fight off fungal and bacterial overgrowth in the mouth and digestive systems. The diagnosis of this isn't usually difficult and can in many cases be treated with medications. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No.: Having done 1300 cases I am really qualified for this question. The patient has the seeds placed under anesthesia...Its the needles that would have been painful. Once the seeds are placed the needles are removed and the patient is awakened. The seeds that remain are not felt. The catheter can be removed also but most leave it for 24 to 72 hours and that can have minor discomfort. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
No,: Throat cancers generally arise in the larynx or voice box but can also involve other areas of the "throat" such as the tonsils or pyriform sinus. Esophageal cancer involves the esophagus or swallowing tube. High esophageal cancers are uncommon, but can occur in the neck. The most common presentation today for esophageal cancer is in the junction with the stomach. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
It depends: For larger primary tumors and disease that spreads to the neck you might need dual modality treatment. This means surgery + radiation or radiation + chemotherapy. You will need to have a detailed discussion with your ENT and your oncologist in order to reach an informed decision. There are pros and cons to each treatment option, and they will help you w/ your decision. ...Read more
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In select patients: Chemotherapy is recommended for patients whose lymph nodes are involved with cancer, and is also advisable in select patients who are node-negative, but have other concerning features, including T4 tumors. In these situations, chemotherapy is likely to reduce the risk of recurrence. Radiation is not typically used in the treatment of colon cancer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have breast cancer spread only to lymph nodes after surgery chemotherapy and radiation ,can came back and spread to bone or other organs?
Hopefully not: It depends on the stage and type of Breast Cancer. What kind of surgery- Mastectomy or Lumpectomy?Are post menopausal? Was it ER/PR positive? HER 2 positive? This is the best case scenerio. Your Oncologist will be able to give you the proper information. Keep Positive attitude, Love your life, Exercise regularly when you can, Eat more greens- Lots of Vegetables which has Antioxidents. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
Colon and Prostate C: No, each originates from a different place. Colon cancer originates from the inner surface of the colon, the mucosa and prostate cancer originates from the glands of the prostate. The colon is a part of the gastrointestinal system while the prostate is part of the genitourinary tract. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can male breast cancer reoccur in the thyroid after 8 years of mastectomy, radiotherapy and chemotherapy?
Less likely: The thyroid would be an unusual spot for breast cancer to spread. More common sites would be bone, liver, lung and brain. But with cancer, anything is possible. If there is a nodule on the thyroid the best thing to do would be an ultrasound guided biopsy if it looks concerning. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Varies widely.: Cancer can initially have no symptoms, or generalized symptoms such as weight loss or fatigue. Prostate cancer can present with difficulty urination, blood in the urine, or pelvic or bone pain. Colon cancer can present with blood in the stool, pain with defecation, change in the caliber of stools, and abdominal pain. ...Read more
My prostate cancer is being treated with radioactive seeds (brachytherapy). What precautions should I take during and after prostate cancer brachytherapy?
You may need to take some precautions, but it depends on the type of prostate cancer brachytherapy you receive: Prostate cancer brachytherapy is designed to treat prostate cancer by delivering radiation treatment to only the prostate. This is done by implanting radioactive "seeds" containing your treatment inside your prostate gland. Prostate cancer brachytherapy can be done with different types of radioactive seeds. The amount of radiation released by the seeds and the duration of treatment depend on the type of seeds used. The lifetime radiation exposure to family members of men receiving prostate cancer brachytherapy is very low and doesn't exceed the annual limit set by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Although the seeds remain in the prostate for the rest of your life, the amount of radiation released by them decreases with time and eventually becomes negligible. Your radiation oncologist can provide detailed information about the specific treatment used. Recommendations for the first two months after seed implantation may include: Avoiding sexual intercourse for the first two weeks, After the first two weeks, using a condom during sexual intercourse in case a seed is passed during ejaculation, Limiting close contact with children and pregnant women, Not allowing children to sit on your lap for extended periods of time. If you travel to foreign countries, you may encounter radiation detectors at some border security checkpoints. Consider carrying a card from your radiation oncologist indicating that you have had a prostate seed implant. ...Read more
Friend diagnosis stage 4 inoperable lung and adrenal cancer in march..Chemo shrank it some.Came back in lymphs, throat.Seizure.2 chemos.Ct no better.Ideas?
My brother has liver cancer, cirrhosis, and the cancer has spread to stomach and lungs and in lymph nodes. Not operable. Began chemo pills today.
Could male breast cancer reoccur in the thyroid after eight years of mastectomy, radiotherapy and chemotherapy?
Possibly: Radiation is painless during the treatments. If the esophagus is in the treatment fields it can cause a painful condition called esophagitis about 3 weeks into the treatment. This is worse when a patient also takes chemotherapy. There are medicines that help this discomfort and when treatment is done it should resolve. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Mom has adenocarcinoma, stage4but not sure of the primary cancer.Has cancer in neck, spine, jaw, liver, lungs, lymph nodes&hips.1round chemo.How long2live?
PPI and cancer: We believe that chronic irritation of the lower part of the esophagus just before it empties into the stomach (gastric reflux) may play a big role in the development of esophageal cancer. PPI's decrease the amt of acid in the stomach and thus the irritation and thus may lower the risk of stomach cancer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
In stage 3 stomach cancer with 3 lymph nodes infected margin clear what is the survival rate with treatments of both chemo and radiation?
'Brachy' literally means "arm's length" which represents the short distance that the radiation travels, This is typically achieved with radioactive or electronic sources that are either permanently placed into the tumor region (i.,e prostate) and give radiation slowly (low-dose rate) or temporarily placed within catheters in tumor regions (i.e breast ) and ...Read more
Sources are placed into an internal organ, wither permanently or temporarily. Cervix cancer commonly has "endocavitary" brachytherapy implants as part of curative management. Certain prostate cancers can be treated with radioactive isotopes of iodine or palladium. The idea is surrounding healthy tissue ...Read more
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