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If I have colon or rectal cancer that has spread to the liver, should I have chemotherapy first?

If I have colon or rectal cancer that has spread to the liver, should I have chemotherapy first?

Find a good team: Colorectal cancer with spread to the liver is a hotly debated and controversial topic. Multiple variables include - the location of the tumor, the symptoms it is producing, the location of the liver mets and their potentail for surgical removal. You need an experienced team that deals with this commonly (surgical and medical oncologists, maybe rad onc, as well). Good ct/pet is vital. ...Read more

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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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Stage 4 rectal cancer two spots in lung and one on ovary doc wants to do chemo why when I read survival rate is very low for stage 4 that has spread.

Quality of life: If what you are describing is the case, then you cannot expect a cure, but chemo may give you an extra year or two of reasonably good health. Is there something you want to do? If not, I'd be surprised and frankly disappointed. A frank discussion is in order with your physicians and those who love you. Then whatever decision you make will be the right one. ...Read more

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What is grade 1 rectal cancer?

What is grade 1 rectal cancer?

Grading: Grading depends on microscopic picture of cancer. Lower the grade like grade 1 better the prognosis. But grading is not the only thing determine prognosis. ...Read more

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How do you diagnose rectal cancer?

How do you diagnose rectal cancer?

Colonoscopy: An endoscopic procedure such as proctoscopy, sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy is usually necessary to make the diagnosis. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: rectal cancer?

What is the definition or description of: rectal cancer?

Unregulated growth: Cancer by definition is the growth in size and number in an unregulated manner of a cell line that has developed a mutation. The mutation is passed through the offspring which accumulate more and more mutations. The defining factor is that the cells act immortal as compared to normal cells that have a programmed lifespan. In the rectum this can occur in the cells that line the mucosal surface. ...Read more

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What are the chances of survival for a person who is suffering rectal cancer?

Depends upon stage: The cure rate for early stage rectal cancers is over 90% with surgery alone, but the survival rate for advanced rectal cancers is much, much lower. ...Read more

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How do you prevent rectal cancer?

How do you prevent rectal cancer?

Surveilance: The only proven effective method of reducing the incidence of colorectal cancer is surveillance colonoscopy with the removal of suspiciousmpolyps. ...Read more

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What kind of doctors treats rectal cancer?

What kind of doctors treats rectal cancer?

Several: Rectal cancer treatment generally includes radiation therapy, chemotherapy and surgery. This is achieved through a coordinated approach by a radiation oncologist, medical oncologist, and rectal surgeon. ...Read more

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What are the early signs of rectal cancer?

Bleeding is hallmark: Symptom of rectal cancer. But by the time there is bleeding, it is usually advanced. This is why you should have your doctor examine your rectum, test stool for occult blood, and even do endoscopy if there is any suspicion of rectal cancer. ...Read more

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How treatable/curable is rectal cancer?

Very: It depends upon the stage at refine of diagnosis, but most rectal cancers can be successfully treated. Some can be treated with surgery alone, but some require radiation and chemotherapy as well. The anys can be preserved (colostomy avoided) in most cases. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Rectal Cancer (Definition)

Cancer by definition is the growth in size and number in an unregulated manner of a cell line that has developed a mutation. The mutation is passed through the offspring which accumulate more and more mutations. The defining factor is that the cells act immortal as compared to normal cells that have a programmed lifespan. In the rectum this can occur in the cells that ...Read more


Cerebrum (Definition)

Cerebrum essentially refers to the majority of the brain. Embryologically, it develops from the telencephalon, and together with the diencephalon, ...Read more