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Can you tell me the life expectancy of someone with metastatic cancer?

Can you tell me the life expectancy of someone with metastatic cancer?

No: It varies widely depending on the type of cancer. This is something to ask your oncologist, and ask him or her to be very honest with you. Although we never know exact time frames, we can usually give you some idea (weeks vs a few months vs six months vs a year or more.). ...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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Can you tell me about life expectancy once metastatic cancer is detected in liver with cirrhosis and melena happened yesterd?

Can you tell me about life expectancy once metastatic cancer is detected in liver with cirrhosis and melena happened yesterd?

It depends on type: Some metastatic cancers, like breast cancer, can be treated over 5+ years. Others, like lung, are more rapid. From what you describe, this is metastatic cancer involving the liver and causing GI bleeding. If this is colon cancer, and if the person has not received any treatment with chemotherapy yet, it could be 1- 2 years. There are many variables, so this is a question for your doctor. ...Read more

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What is someone's life expectancy once metastatic cancer is detected in liver with cirrhosis?

What is someone's life expectancy once metastatic cancer is detected in liver with cirrhosis?

Fair: If a known primary has been detected along with liver mets and has been removed the results of treating the liver lesion are fair. If the met is solitary it can be resected. If multiple then microwave ablation has been employed. Following this systemic chemotherapy followed by chemoembolization has been employed. This all depends on degree of cirrhosis. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy once metastatic cancer is found in the bones and lungs?

What is the life expectancy once metastatic cancer is found in the bones and lungs?

Depends: Depends on the primary cancer diagnosis and other issues. Bone mets can be treated with bisphosphonate (zometa) or Denosumab (xgeva) as well as radiation or systemic (eg chemo) therapy. ...Read more

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What's spinal metastatic cancer?

Ca not from bone: Cancer from another source that settles or is metastatic to the spine . Prostate cancer breast cancer and lung cancer are a few examples of cancers that can metastasize to the spine. Most metastatic disease to distant sites occurs via the blood stream. ...Read more

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What are some metastatic cancer symptoms?

What are some metastatic cancer symptoms?

It depends: The symptoms depend on the location of metastasis and the organ involved. General symptoms include fatigue, loss of appetite and weight loss. Often times metastasis can be silent (asymptomatic). ...Read more

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Is surgery ever appropriate for metastatic cancer?

Yes: Yes. In general surgery is not useful for metastatic (spread) cancer. However in oligo (few) metastatic cancer -- especially for breast, colon, melanoma cancers patients may be rendered stage 4 ned (no evidence of disease). This may improve local control and symptoms, survival, and in a few cases even lead to cure. Removing the primary tumor (kidney) in renal cell carcinoma is helpful in met rcc. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my dad has got metastatic cancer and spreading very fast..?

What do you suggest if my dad has got metastatic cancer and spreading very fast..?

Discuss with oncolog: If his disease is widespread, then treatment with chemo may buy him some time but will not cure him. Hospice may be a good alternative to improve quality of life. ...Read more