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What are the chances that breast cancer that has spread to the lymn nodes has not spread to other organ..

What are the chances that breast cancer that has spread to the lymn nodes has not spread to other organ..

Lymph Nodes are a...: ...Window into the rest of the body, meaning, when breast cancer is found in the axillary nodes we assume it is elsewhere. Removing cancerous lymph nodes does not short-circuit the spread of cancer--it tells us what tools are needed. However, this does not make it incurable. It simply means that a combination of chemotherapy & your own body's immune defense will have to kill these "foreigners". ...Read more

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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If stomach cancer has invaded the fibroadipose tissue under the pancreas, can it be cured? Presuming that the cancer hasn't spread to distant organs.

If stomach cancer has invaded the fibroadipose tissue under the pancreas, can it be cured? Presuming that the cancer hasn't spread to distant organs.

Potentially curable: Aggressive locally advance stomach (gastric) cancers that erode into nearby organs can potentially be cured with aggressive surgery and chemoradiation therapy. The staging workup with PET-CT scan must be performed along with high-definition scans of abdomen with CT or MRI. The procedure may end up being like a Whipple surgery. The surgical oncologist is the doctor that will make the decision. ...Read more

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Is it possible to cure esophagus cancer that has spread to liver by receiving a liver transplant?

Is it possible to cure esophagus cancer that has spread to liver by receiving a liver transplant?

Absolutely not!: No legitimate studies support the idea, and the immunosuppressive drugs block the immune systems aid in cancer control. Controlling the local disease is poor regardless of local therapy, and there are other sites of potential metastasis. I would not think of it for me if i had this. ...Read more

Dr. Liawaty Ho Dr. Ho
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Is throat cancer curable if it has spread to the liver?

Dr. Liawaty Ho Dr. Ho
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Is throat cancer curable if it has spread to the liver?

I wish I could say..: I wish i could say yes. But, unfortunately the answer is no. When the throat cancer has spred to the liver that is a stage IV disease and is an incurable disease. It is stil a treatable disease. Please discuss detail treatment plan with your oncologist. ...Read more

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My son has pancreatic cancer and it has matastized to the liver. That tumor is small and the cancer is no where else. Why not remove the liver tumor?

Dr. David Jin Dr. Jin
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My son has pancreatic cancer and it has matastized to the liver. That tumor is small and the cancer is no where else. Why not remove the liver tumor?

Thanks for asking!: Patients with stage 4 cancer(metastatic disease) are usually not considered as candidates for surgery (unless it's for alleviation of symptoms). Consult medical oncologist for systemic chemotherapy or targeted therapy. ...Read more

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Once cancer has developed to stage 4, when it spread to different organs and chemo is given, does this remove cancer or is the organ itself cancerous?

Once cancer has developed to stage 4, when it spread to different organs and chemo is given, does this remove cancer or is the organ itself cancerous?

The organ is Ok: Cancer involved different organs as isolated scattered tumor nodules. With a good/effective chemo, the tumor nodules shrink and can sometimes disappear completely. The remaining organ is healthy and functions normally once cancer has been killed by the chemo. ...Read more

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Is it possible to cure stage IV colon cancer that has limited number of mets to lung and liver?

Is it possible to cure stage IV colon cancer that has limited number of mets to lung and liver?

Hmmmm: You know, the terms "stage iv" and "cure" are not usually put in the same sentence by oncologists because in theory, most stage IV cancers are incurable. That said, I have seen a handful of patients who had a limited number of metastases to the liver or lung and are in remission years later after aggressive surgery and chemo. Don't lose hope. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Is there a risk that the liver biopsy might cause the cancer to spread?

Is there a risk that the liver biopsy might cause the cancer to spread?

Yes: Any type of biopsy has the potential to increase the spread of cancer. The risk appears to be small, but is a consideration to take into account. ...Read more

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What are the chances of surviving colon cancer that has spread to liver, kidney and lungs?

What are the chances of surviving colon cancer that has spread to liver, kidney and lungs?

Poor: When one finds metastasis to multiple sites from a primary colon cancer the lesion was probably detected late in its development. If the patient is in good condition the primary if not resected should be removed. Chemo with FOLFOX and possibly avastin (bevacizumab) should be attempted. Kidney lesions are extremely rare but can respond to chemo and if causing complication should be resected. ...Read more

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Is breast cancer that has spread to the lymph nodes cureable?

Is breast cancer that has spread to the lymph nodes cureable?

Absolutely!: Lymph node (ln) involvement implies the presence of cancer cells "elsewhere" in the body. Therefore, the chance for cure is dependent on one's ability to kill these cancer cells thru a combination of chemotherapy & one's immune system. Fortunately, we have many effective drugs to rx breast ca, leading to improved cure rates as compared to even a decade ago. Ln involvement is not a death sentence. ...Read more

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What is the prognosis for lung cancer that has metastases to the brain and pelvic area?

What is the prognosis for lung cancer that has metastases  to the brain and pelvic area?

Fair: There are several factors that affect prognosis. First the type of lung cancer. Is it small cell or non-small cell. Second, has there been a check on the molecular markers on the tumor (egfr, alk, ros 1?) there are targeted agents for those tyoe of tumors and patients do much better than the average. Discuss with your oncologist treatment options prognosis. Avoid internet for prognosis. ...Read more

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Is there any hope when kidney cancer has spread into the lungs and bone?

Stage 4 kidney ca: 5 year survival rate for kidney cancer spread to other organs ( st 4) is 0-20%. This has somewhat improved a little with approval of at least 7 new treatments over last few years. Certain characteristics of the patient & the cancer help to categorize patients into low, intermediate & high risk groups for poor survival. ...Read more

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What would the life expectancy with prostate cancer that has metastise to the bones be?

What would the life expectancy with prostate cancer that has metastise to the bones be?

Advanced Cancer: Once prostate cancer has spread to the bones, the prognosis becomes poorer. Treatment revolves around suppressing growth by decreasing testosterone. This hormone deprivation, however, only helps for a little while. Eventually the disease will progress. Other treatments are possible, but all in all only 1/3 men in this situation survive 5 years. ...Read more

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Stage 4 cancer that has spread to liver lungs and brain. What is live expectancy.?

Dr. Kris Gast Dr. Gast
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Stage 4 cancer that has spread to liver lungs and brain. What is live expectancy.?

Stage IV lung cancer: Straight to the point...There is nothing that will change or delay the inevitalbe. Everyday is a blessing and is precious and you should treat it as such. The text books will say six months or less but it is usually a lot less. Some patients will last a few days and others will take a few weeks depending on their overall strength. They are only traveling the path we all will soon follow. ...Read more

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My son has pancreatic cancer which is also in the liver. The liver tumor is small. They found no other places with cancer. Why not remove liver tumor?

My son has pancreatic cancer which is also in the liver. The liver tumor is small. They found no other places with cancer. Why not remove liver tumor?

Depends: It really depends on type of cancer. Adenocarcinoma is not resectable once outside the pancreas because there are other areas that u can't see yet. If it is neuroendocrine tumor then surgery is an option. Also liver lesion needs to be biopsied or pet positive to reliably say that there is cancer there. Get another opinion. ...Read more

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How much time for incurable breast cancer that has spread to the bones, the spine and lymph nodes which have caused edema in the arm?

How much time for incurable breast cancer that has spread to the bones, the spine and lymph nodes which have caused edema in the arm?

Possibly long time: One of the sites of metastatic breast cancer that responds to newer chemo drugs is osseous involvement. All depend of course on hormone status of the tumor and whether it is triple negative or responds to herceptin/taxol. I now believe that what is in the nodes such as axilla stay in axilla and if not removed may cause the swelling of the arm. Age here is also a factor. ...Read more

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What is survival rate/prognosis for ovarian cancer that has spread to liver?

What is survival rate/prognosis for ovarian cancer that has spread to liver?

Sadly, not good: If ovarian cancer has spread to the liver, the long-term medical prognosis is not good at all. Make sure you or your loved one has some good personal support in place. Mu heart goes out to you. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy of six month lung cancer that has spread to the bone and brain?

What is the life expectancy of  six month lung cancer  that has  spread to the bone and brain?

More: The median survival of non-small cell lung cancer in the us is 12-14 months. That means, 50% of patients live more than that and 50% live less than that. Most patient live at least a year. ...Read more

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What is liver metasis stage 4? Is it cancer? Considering the person diagnosed to also have tumor in the pancreas

What is liver metasis stage 4? Is it cancer? Considering the person diagnosed to also have tumor in the pancreas

Yes: Yes. It is cancer that has spread to the liver. The tumor in the pancreas may be the primary tumor. You may want to go to http://www.cancercompass.com to learn more about cancer ...Read more

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What would be the symptoms of ovarian cancer that has metastasized to the bladder?

What would be the symptoms of ovarian cancer that has metastasized to the bladder?

Several: There should be several symptoms. The principal ones could be pain in the pelvic area, feeling of fullness, and the major one would be blood in the urine. Please consult with your urologist or OB/GYN. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Liver (Definition)

This organ plays a major role in metabolism and has a number of functions in the body, including glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells, plasma protein synthesis, hormone production, and detoxification. It lies below the diaphragm in the abdominal-pelvic region of the abdomen. It produces bile, an alkaline compound which aids in digestion via the emulsification of ...Read more