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Can You Go From Stage 4 Lung Cancer To Stage 3 If You Improve A Bit
Stage confusion: Stage and staging tells you where the cancer is, what the prognosis is, and what the treatment might be with options. You do not change stage once treatment begins. The tumor either responds or doesn't. Complete repsonse (?Remission in leukenmia?) is the goal, shrinkage is ok. The idea is that as long as the cancer responds, you stay on that regimen...Maybe. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
If someone were to go from stage 1 cancer to stage 2 then 3 then 4, how long does each stage last?
Yes, and no: Medically, the answer is yes. People often go from advanced stages of HIV disease to early, healthy stages with treatment. However, from the point of view of your state health department and the cdc, the answer is no. Your official HIV stage is always the lowest stage you've ever had, no matter how well you're doing now. But this is for reporting purposes only and has no medical significance. ...Read more
My grandfather was diagnosed stage 4 lung cancer, spread to stomach and adrenal glands. I'd like to know a bit more about what we will be dealing with?
Slow decline: Given your grandfather is in his 80's and given his stage 4 lung cancer, i would strongly recommend that you consider hospice; use of chemotherapy in this situation to extend life by approximately 6 months v the side-effects is not in his best interest. Hospice will give you support as he develops symptoms and slowly declines. Spend quality time with him- it is what you will remember. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What signs / symptoms will indicate when a person is close to death, so we know. My mother has a stage 4 lung cancer that metastasized to the bones.
Palliative care: I am sorry to learn of your mothers illness. Lung cancer remains one of the highest cancer deaths. Palliative care doctors can help your mothers end with comfort. Talk to your mother as to what she wants and her doctors will help you to honor her wishes. They can help you assess the signs and symptoms of end of life and what to look for. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
How long can you live with gastric cancer in 4th stage, if it has spread to liver, lungs, and pancreas?
Can you explain if it's possible that someone is expected to live for 3 months with prostate cancer with bone marrow metastasis?
Several weeks: At times melanoma has been known to go into spontaneous remission. However the chemotherapeutic agents attempted to be used for control have not been too effective. Recently drugs like the antiCTLA's ( anti cytotoxic lymphocyte antigen) and the PD-1's have produced a rapid regression in metastasis that have lasted long periods of time. Newer tyrosine kinase inhibitors are adding to the results ...Read more
How long does colon cancer take to develop from stage to stage? How long have you had it by the time you can see it?
A long time: Colon cancer is unusual in that it follows the "polyp-to-cancer" sequence. Colon cancer does NOT develop with a single genetic mistake from normal to full blown cancer like many others (breast, prostate). The process usually takes an average of 12 years. From stage to stage is probably a couple of years, The recent hullaballoo at the VA demonstrated that even a one year wait may not matter! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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the diagnosis is stage 4 rectal ca w/mult lesions of the liver-is postponing chemo 1-2 weeks to go on a trip going to cause less chance of survival? 62yo w female in good health otherwise
Ask your oncologist : The answer to this depends on many factors, most particularly how aggressive the tumor is and how well the oncologist expects it to respond to the planned therapy. I think a frank discussion with your oncologist would be your best bet before deciding whether to delay treatment or not. Good luck. ...Read more
When preparing for a liver transplant surgery due to stage 3 liver cancer, when do you start to take medications for the surgery?
Can you tell me if someone is gets a biopsy and diagnosed with stage 3 metastatic skin cancer, what happens next (treatment..)?
Depends on cancer: The treatment options depend on what kind of metastatic skin cancer it is. It may also depend on preferences of the oncologist or surgeon, and/or enrollment in clinical trials. Check this site...it may have some answers for you. http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/skin/Patient/page1 ...Read more
Many tumors are: Quite responsive to systemic therapy, and even disappear. Unfortunately, there are residual resistant cells that lurk beneath detection, and they re-emerge with time. Small cell lung cancer is the classic tumor that acts this way. So, the answer is resistant clones, not able to be eradicated with current therapy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
GOLD system : Classify COPD patients based on airflow limitation. Pulmonary function test use the capacity of a pat to exhale all inspired air in one second. Fev1 and fvc/fev1 measurements decrease with increasing severity of lung obstruction. Stage 3 severe COPD fev1 30-45% of normal and stage 4 very severe COPD with fevi less than 30% if normal. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cancer specialist: Can a person with stage 2 or 3 cancer ever become cancer free? If yes, does it depend upon the type of cancer?
Yes , many do!: The modern treatments can cure more than half of stage 2 pateints and some of the stage 3 pateints also. But it is dependent on the type of Cancer. For example breast Cancer and melanoma have high cure rates after surgery has removed such tumors. Lung Cancers have lower cure rate. I hope this answers your question..Let us know if more info is needed. ...Read more
If someone you know is diagnosed with stage 4 undiffirentiated carcinoma, is it time to start final planning?
Possibly: If depends on what treatments have been tried and how the cancer responded. If also depends on the type of cancer, where it's located, and how healthy the person is overall. In the long run, stage 4 cancers aren't curable. However, I have patients alive more than 10 years with stage 4 cancer. If the cancer is in the liver, lungs, or brain, and is not responding to treatment, it is time. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Screening for uterine cancer? Are there any tests that can find uterine cancer early, before symptoms show up? My aunt died from uterine cancer that wasn’t diagnosed until stage 4. ’m afraid i’ll get it, too and i want to find it as early as possible.
Can a person live up to 5 years does it make a difference if you were diagnosed stage IV colon cancer than if were stage III but now hav a liver met?
No diff: The prognosis of someone diagnosed today with a liver metastasis of a colon cancer diagnosed a few years ago is not different from that of someone presenting today with newly diagnosed liver mets and primary colon cancer. Five year survival is not the rule, unfortunately, but I have seen many patients whose life exceeded five years after such a diagnosis. Treatment is improving rapidly. ...Read more
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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