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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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How to determine the number of radiation treatments a cancer patient gets?

How to determine the number of radiation treatments a cancer patient gets?

Several factors: Type of cancer, location, and intent of treatment are all things that we take into account. Often, if the treatment is palliative in nature then a short course of treatment is used to give symptom relief quickly. If a patient is being treated for cure, the course of therapy might easily be 35-40 treatments depending on the type of cancer being treated. ...Read more

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How to know when a cancer patient's body is shutting down?

How to know when a cancer patient's body is shutting down?

Many ways: Very commonly organ failure will be a big clue - marrow failure, liver failure, respiratory failure, etcetera. Prior to any of these things setting in, it is very important to have end of life discussions and understand a person's wishes with regard to resuscitation, living will, healthcare surrogate, spiritual wishes, etc. ...Read more

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How to determine when a cancer patient's body is shutting down?

How to determine when a cancer patient's body is shutting down?

Global decline: Unfortunately nothing specific but notable decline in activity. Sometimes increase sleeping, unable to care for self. Increasing pain like symptoms. Extreme fatigue and weakness. Less communicative. Of course laboratory assessment can be very telling with abnormalities noted in liver function and kidney function. ...Read more

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I'm just wondering, if you can slow down the movement of mitosis in a cancer patient, will that cure cancer?

I'm just wondering, if you can slow down the movement of mitosis in a cancer patient, will that cure cancer?

Many drugs: Mechanistically work this way: the vinca alkaloids, vincristine, vinblastine, and taxanes each interrupt the mitotic spindle. These may work in some cancers, but alone do not cause all cells to arrest in mitoses, or cure cancer. ...Read more

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What is the life expectency of prostrate cancer patient with metastasis. Orchiechtomy is done and in last 3 months the psa went down from <100 to 21?

What is the life expectency of prostrate cancer patient with metastasis. Orchiechtomy is done and in last 3 months the psa went down from <100 to 21?

Possibly years.: The lower the psa gets, the better. Ultimately, orchiectomy will fail. There are multiple new agents available to treat metyastatic prostate cancer which may help the patient for a long time. ...Read more

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How to slow down the growth of cancer cells? (for last stage cancer patient, cancer cells at liver, lung and pelvis. Most critical is liver.)

How to slow down the growth of cancer cells? (for last stage cancer patient, cancer cells at liver, lung and pelvis. Most critical is liver.)

Your Oncologist can: This is a broad question. There are many anticancer drugs that are used to slow cancer cell growth. But they vary in their effectiveness depending on which organ is the source of cancer. Not knowing the details of the history i can not be any more specific. Please pose this question to the treating oncologist. ...Read more

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What are "markers" and what does it mean to a breast cancer patient with stage 4, metastatic cancer, when her markers go from 4, 700 down to 53?

What are "markers" and what does it mean to a breast cancer patient with stage 4, metastatic cancer, when her markers go from 4, 700 down to 53?

Tumor marker: You must be referring to a particular tumor marker! tumor markers are used to track the progress of certain cancers. If your number has gone down to that level it means the modality of treating your brest cancer has been very effective! it does not necessarily mean you are in remission, all it means is that your breast cancer has responded very well to the treatment you have received! ...Read more

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Gamma Rays (Definition)

This is light of extremely short wavelengths typically produced either among the stars / in cosmic rays or by radioactive element decay. Gamma rays form the background of normal radiation in which we all live; it is substantially greater than the exposure we get from imaging scans or should get from ...Read more


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Implant (Definition)

An implant is a medical device manufactured to replace a missing biological structure, support a damaged biological structure, or enhance an existing biological structure. Medical implants are man-made devices, in contrast to a transplant, which is ...Read more