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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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My dad has pancreatic cancer that spread to his liver. Chemo did not help. The cancer has spread more. How long can he live without further treatment?

My dad has pancreatic cancer that spread to his liver. Chemo did not help. The cancer has spread more. How long can he live without further treatment?

Few months at best: Most pateints with metastatic pancreatic cnacer die within 6 months to 12 months. So given that he has liver metastases and already failed chemo, he may not live more than 1, 2 or 3 months. But it is not possible to predict it exactly. ...Read more

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Lung cancer has spread not to the brain but the bones actually, how long to live or what's the survival rate if i go through chemo?

Lung cancer has spread not to the brain but the bones actually, how long to live or what's the survival rate if i go through chemo?

Depends on a number : Of factors. Discuss with your team of docs (orthopod, oncologist, pcp & any other specialitist that you may need). Chemo/radiation are generally best options, with some surgical procedure to stabilize a broken or a bone that is weakened (but not yet broken). The idea is to improve the quality of life for as long as possible. Survival is dependent on cancer type and its response to the meds.. ...Read more

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My sister has her third brain tumor. Sarcoma! will the cancer wafer work for her as an aggressive form of chemo? She can't have anymore radiation. What more can we do? This cancer baffles her doctors because it has not been seen on the brain before.

My sister has her third brain tumor. Sarcoma! will the cancer wafer work for her as an aggressive form of chemo? She can't have anymore radiation. What more can we do? This cancer baffles her doctors because it has not been seen on the brain before.

Clinical trials: This is a very difficult situation. It sounds like she has a recurrence of gliosarcoma. The Gliadel wafer (carmustine) is an option, but there are certainly risks with surgery to implant the wafers. There are new clinical trials for recurrent tumors with vaccines, electric field therapy (novocure), additional chemotherapeutic agents. A lot depends on what has been done so far. Check with your neurooncologist. ...Read more

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Can you survive with no treatment for small cell lung cancer that has moved to the brain my mom has 10 tumors?

Can you survive with no treatment for small cell lung cancer that has moved to the brain my mom has 10 tumors?

So sorry: The prognosis is not good, but your doctors can certainly treat her symptoms, control pain, nausea, general symptoms, and palliative treatment can improve her quality of life. Talk to your oncologist regarding lifespan issues, and get some advice. ...Read more

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My dad will having radiation and chemo treatments In 2 wks how true is it that recieveing radiation treatments will spread or cause new masses?

My dad will having radiation and chemo treatments In 2 wks how true is it that recieveing radiation treatments will spread or cause new masses?

Completely untrue.: Radiation therapy usually reduces the tumor at which it is aimed, and sometimes cures cancer. It does not increase the spread of cancer or cause new growths. Why should you believe me? I am a cancer doctor and a cancer patient. Been there; done that. ...Read more

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Dad has metastize lung cancer in his brain. Had radiation but now there is nothing they can do. What will his symptoms be as the cancer takes over?

Dad has metastize lung cancer in his brain. Had radiation but now there is nothing they can do. What will his symptoms be as the cancer takes over?

Depends: It really depends on which part of the brain is involved. He could become paralyzed or blind or possibly unable to speak. Speak with a neurologist about which symptoms would be most likely. Best of luck and sorry to hear about your father's disease. ...Read more

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If my breast ca shows vascular invasion, how likely that the ca has metastasized to an organ? What abt micrometastases to an organ? Will my chemo help

If my breast ca shows vascular invasion, how likely that the ca has metastasized to an organ? What abt micrometastases to an organ? Will my chemo help

Totality of data...: In breast cancer there are various pathologic (eg vascular invasion) and molecular (her2 status, oncotype DX or mammaprint recurrence scores) that determine risk. Initial staging determines staging. The risks and benefits of chemotherapy are individualized based on the host (you) and tumor characteristics. That decision can be aided by tools such as adjuvant online! but needs careful consideration. ...Read more

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Person has stage 4 cancer with mets to the brain, and now has bilateral pneumonia, how bad is this? Is this the cancer trying to spread? What's next?

Person has stage 4 cancer with mets to the brain, and now has bilateral pneumonia, how bad is this? Is this the cancer trying to spread? What's next?

Very bad: The cancer does not have to try to spread, it already has. Discuss this with the person's doctor and get an estimate of how long they are expected to survive and whether it is time to call in hospice. You also need to ask what further therapy is likely to make a meaningful difference in survival and whether that survival is functional or just further misery. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me how metastasized brain cancer and cancer that started in the brain differ?

Can you please tell me how metastasized brain cancer and cancer that started in the brain differ?

Different processes: Any type of cancer can spread or metastasize to the brain. Primary brain cancer starts in the cells of the brain itself. There are different types of primary brain malignancies, each with its own prognosis. ...Read more

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My grandpa has thyroid cancer and i wanna ask if the cancer spreads, can radiation cure it?

My grandpa has thyroid cancer and i wanna ask if the cancer spreads, can radiation cure it?

Thyroid cancer: The most common types of thyroid cancer are treated with surgery and a dose of radio-iodine after the surgery (depending on certain features of the cancer). Radiation can be used in certain instances, but is not curative. Your grandfather's thyroid surgeon can help you with this question. ...Read more

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Could I develop burns from the radiation being used to kill my cancer?

Could I develop burns from the radiation being used to kill my cancer?

Yes: Depending in where and how the radiation is done, skin reactions that are like a sunburn can happen. We have creams and lotions to treat these change and most are mild or moderate and heal quickly. Even terrible burns that are less likely will not need wound care or skin grafts as these are not 3rd degree burns. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my mom has stage 4 colon cancer it spread to most of her intestines can she get radiation treatment?

What do you suggest if my mom has stage 4 colon cancer it spread to most of her intestines can she get radiation treatment?

No RT: Colon Cancer is best handled by resection of the primary. If therre is no remaining primary, local sites of mets can be handled but disseminated disease is treated only by chemotherapy. FOLFOX is used followed by the mAbs Erbitux and Avastin (bevacizumab). If that fails there are othr monolonals in FDA trials targeting immunogenic proteins expressed in colon cancer that have failed other tretments. ...Read more

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My boyfriend has testicular cancer that has spread to eye and brain What other treatment other than chemo and radiotherapy can be used ?

My boyfriend has testicular cancer that has spread to eye and brain What other treatment other than chemo and radiotherapy can be used ?

Forgive my frankness: Chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy are by far his best choices. They will probably cure him. If he chooses to reject these in favor of some beautiful, phony "natural" cure, he will pay for the mistake with his life. Complementary treatments to keep him fit and comfortable are available and should be chosen based on guidance from an evidence-based holist. Best wishes to you both. ...Read more

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My mom has stage 4 colon cancer that spread to most of her intestines. Will radiation treatment help her?

My mom has stage 4 colon cancer that spread to most of her intestines. Will radiation treatment help her?

No RT: Radiation therapy is not employed in metastatic colon cancer. Its most frequently employed in large rectal or rectosigmoid tumors with chemo to shrink the tumor in preparation for surgery. Metastatic stage 4 colon cancer is treated by combination chemo with immunotherapy i.e. FOLFIERI + ZALTRAP ( an epidermal growth factor inhibitor) New monoclonals are also in FDA trials for stage 4 colon Ca. ...Read more

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Dad refused to do radiation for lung cancer, 2 and 1/2 months now and the tumor's bigger. Is there still time to do radiation?

Probably: What size? Where? Any spread? Symptoms? Weight loss? Etc depending on these items and other personal risk factors, surgical removal has the best prognosis. ...Read more

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Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


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Radiation Therapy (Definition)

Radiation therapy is a common cancer treatment with the potential to have harmful side effects on a ...Read more