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What if lung cancer spread to spine?

What if lung cancer spread to spine?

Depends: When cancer spreads to the spine it can weaken the vertebral bodies resulting in compression fractures. Severe fracture may cause impingement of the spinal cord requiring surgery to decompress and sometime stabilize the segment. ...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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What happens when cancer spreads to the spine?

Spine Metastasis: Usually nothing happens, actually. If patients with breast cancer, as many as 80% will have mets at autopsy. So, it depends upon tumor type. Lytic tumors do weaken the bone and could cause fracture (myeloma, lung, renal cell, thyroid). While blastic tumors are not at higher risk of fracture. Worst case is aggressive tumors that cause spinal cord pressure and possible paralysis. Pain precedes these. ...Read more

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What happens if your prostate cancer spreads to your spine?

What happens if your prostate cancer spreads to your spine?

Metastasis.: Prostate cancer, when it spreads, can often metastasize to the bones of the spine. If this happens, there may be no symptoms at all, but may eventually cause bony pain, fractures, or compression of the spinal cord. Fortunately, there are many hormonal, immunologic, and chemotherapy options for patients with metastatic disease. ...Read more

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Advanced prostrate cancer spread to brain, spine and liver/what is life expectancy time?

Advanced prostrate cancer spread to brain, spine and liver/what is life expectancy time?

Not long...: ...I'm afraid, particularly if it's spread to the brain. It may vary depending on whether he gets treatment and how well it works but in general his prognosis is very poor. I would focus on helping him feel as good as possible for whatever time he is given rather than guessing how long he actually has. ...Read more

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Can cancer spread from brain to spine?

Can cancer spread from brain to spine?

There are some: Pediatric tumors, medulloblastoma, the descend via spinal fluid. And some adult tumor that spread to the brain, lung cancer, and then spinal fluid spread (small cell), but brain primary tumors rarely spread anywhere, and spine usually means bones not fluid. ...Read more

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Could brain cancer spread from brain to spine?

Depending on what: Type of brain cancer and where the original lesion is, it is possible for metastasis. ...Read more

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Diagnosis of breast cancer - spread to ribs and spine -biopsy pending. Mam on 11/12 neg. I feel fine. Is it still possible that this is stage 3 not 4?

Diagnosis of breast cancer - spread to ribs and spine -biopsy pending. Mam on 11/12 neg. I feel fine. Is it still possible that this is stage 3 not 4?

Wait 4 biopsy result: What imaging did you have to evaluate the bone? To disprove that those lesions are not metastatic disease- it requires biopsy to all those lesions and to demonstrate that all biopsies taken from those lesions are negative. My suggestion is for you to wait for the biopsy result- i assume the biopsy was done to one of those bony lesions, correct? I hope they got enough tissue from the right location. ...Read more

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