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Cancer And Clinical Oncology
You bet!: Our tax dollars support the rtog which is a goup devoted to studying radiotherapy questions. Other us "cooperative groups" also have components and sometimes specific radiotherapy questions. Punch in 1800-4cancer on the phone to see what's out there. They may even have a website now for the general public! ...Read moreSee 6 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
NIH or ACS website: The nih/nci website can give you a lot of information of surgical oncology, clinical trials available for certain cancers. The american cancer society website has information on all types of cancers including the surgical and nonsurgical treatments available. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Different drugs. : Chemotherapy for a hematologic cancer such as AML differs in the drugs & regimens from an epithelial cancer like prostatic carcinoma. AML typically uses Cytarabine and an anthracycline on a specific schedule. In prostate cancer, docetaxel and cabazitaxel are frequently used drugs. Of note, chemotherapy is not as common a treatment for prostate cancer, where hormonal therapy is often used. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Does palliative care, when a person has pancreatic cancer, mean that chemo, radiation and clinical trials stop? No further treatment?
Your oncologist will: It is best to ask your doctor(Oncologist) about the treatment plan. Palliative care means use of symptom control measures. It does not mean stopping anticancer treatment. You are confusing this with Hospice Care . Hospice care means no more Cancer specific treatment, simply using comfort measures like we use in Palliative care. So there is clear cut difference between the meaning of these 2 terms. ...Read more
Patients with advanced breast cancer,Has received chemotherapy,Is there any need for radiotherapy?
What are the benefits of a clinical trial for breast cancer? Are clinical trials for breast cancer drugs a viable way to seek treatment?
May help: Enertering into a clinical trial you may be able to use a newer treatment, you will receive regular testing & evaluation as directed by the research protocol, and you can help further research and possibly help others in the future. See this susan g komen site: http://ww5.Komen.Org/breastcancer/clinicaltrials.Html. ...Read more
Need expert opinions about skin cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer, etc. Why does cancer attack a specific part of someone's body?
Biological process: The dna of any cell may mutate and continue to replicate with no end to it. The ability of cells to multiply and differentiate is expressed in the growth of a baby in 9months from a fertilized ovarian cell. From 1cell to a 9-10pound baby in 9months. That ability is in every cell of the body. If the off switch for cell division is lost, cells of any type may replicate indefinitely. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Treatment of localy advanced breast cancer .Large ulcerative mass of left breast.Metastatic work up are free?
Combined therapy : It depends on the receptor status of the tumor. Is it estrogen receptor positive. Is it her 2 positive. ? Chemotherapy may help to shrink it to make surgery more effective. Usually a course of radiation would be necessary. If the ulcerating mass has an odor Flagyl cream/ointment can help reduce the odor ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Explain the physical progression of stage 4 metastasis lung cancer in brains and pelvic with an 8 month diagnosis?
No.: Brachytherapy is used in the treatment of localized prostate cancer, or cancer that has not spread outside of the prostate gland. If a patient has metastatic disease, treatments need to be systemic, with the aim of halting the growth & spread of the cancer throughout the body. These treatments include hormonal therapy, chemotherapy, and immunotherapy. Urologists & medical oncologists can help. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
It depends: Imrt(intensity modulated radiation therapy) treats a cancer from multiple angles and with differt shaped fields and different amounts of radiation from each field so that the shape of the radfiation field is the same as the cancer. It's also used to spare structures like the salivary glands, eye or brain. Proton radiation is also used but where its best is still being debated. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
D/w your oncologist : Stage 1 in general is treated with surgery and radation therapy if lumpectomy is chosen. In addition, anti hormonal therapy is recommended for er+ cancer. Chemo +/- biological therapy i.e. Anti her2neu inhibitor - is given for some cases of stage i breast cancer- depending on the size, prognostic factors, oncotype dx, her2neu receptor status, age, preference, ps, etc. D/w oncologist in detail. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Can clinical trials be of any benefit for a person with pancreatic cancer and extensive mets to the liver?
Pancreatic cancer: "Benefit" in such situation depends on patient / family's expectation from treatment that is being offered. Seems like you know that it is not a definitive treatment. ...Read more
Review of tonsillar lymphoma in pediatric patients from the pediatric oncology group: what can be learned about some indications for microscopic examination?
Data says don't: There have been a number of studies (2005 pog study and more recently in 2011 and 2012) to suggest that always doing microscopic examination on routine tonsillectomies is not cost effective. If someone has a index of suspicion (clinical or asymmetric enlargement), then it is warranted. It has been estimated that not doing this automatically could save ~$35 million per year. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Translocational rcc, Has undergone extensive chemo but latest test show cancer spread to liver and sternum. going to start with Sunitinib. Prognosis?
It is a good drug: Sunitinib is a good drug which is very powerful. So you should start it soon and hope that it works(it works in less than half of the patients(40-50%). Another new treatment approved recently is immunotherapy with Nivolumab(Opdivo). This is a powerful drug to keep in mind and use it either before Sunitinib or as next therapy in case Sunitinib failed to benefit you. ...Read more
It depends ... : Dysphagia is a common side effect with many chemo therapeutic regimens. Some treatments can decrease a patient's ability to fight off fungal and bacterial overgrowth in the mouth and digestive systems. The diagnosis of this isn't usually difficult and can in many cases be treated with medications. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer