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What can this cea pattern mean on chemotherapy for colon cancer mets
65 before chemo, 80 after round 1, 55 after round 2?
It's improving!: All it really means is the CEA is going in the right direction ... falling after chemotherapy. You can not reliably speculate on what the number changes might say about the magnitude of improvement. There is too much individual variability and unpredictability for that. I would be pleased that these changes have occurred. Best wishes as you continue your treatment:) ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Dad has advanced prostate cancer with bone metastasis. After orchirectomy, psa down from 270 to 10. Shall he start zometa or xgeva (denosumab)? Which is better?
Toddler w/ rapid, complete (bald) scalp hair loss 10 weeks post heart surgery been 2 months with no regrowth. Telogen effluvium? When expect regrowth?
Could be: It also could be alopecia areata. Please see your dermatologist for evaluation and to discuss treatment options. ...Read more
Vietvet pt on 3rd chemo tx for n-hl (agent orange).Also advanced hip bone damage. Replacement planned aft yr. Fears it may cause n-hl relapse. Can it?
Nhl grade 3a stage 1, 6 cycles of rchop-21 and igrt 30 gy taken. Is rituximab maintenace therapy required further?
Maintenance therapy: ...with rituximab is commonly given for follicular lymphoma, but not so much for other types of NHL (non-Hodgkins Lymphoma). Rituximab maintenance forestalls the the recurrence of the disease, but does not necessarily make patients live longer; because they could also wait and get rituximab a 2nd time when there disease relapses. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
When is bone marrow transplant indicated for follicular nhl....grade 3 .....stage 4. Otherwise "perfectly healthy" 57 yo w/o 6 rounds of R-CHOP. ?
Second opinion: Allogeneic BMT with its graft vs. lymphoma effect seems to be favored over autologous and is currently being evaluated in this mostly slow, indolent, relapsing disorder. Where it fits in the pantheon of different treatment modalities should be discussed with your oncologist or get a second opinion at a center like City of Hope or Sloan Kettering ...Read more
Kras ?Adenocarcinoma? Mutation? New trial drugs with Ins. & Tissue Eval. What is the doctor really saying to 70 year NSCLC pat.9 month ..meets w/new cell grow
Describing the Tumor: So it sounds like the oncologist has really just given you a lot of descriptors to help describe the tumor. The idea is that if we know this information we can select therapies that are more likely to work. For example, whether a patient has a k-ras mutation helps predict whether a tumor may be resistant to a certain drug. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Can Stem Cells therapy Cure Hair Loss(male pattern baldness)? Is it approved by FDA? I am 28 yrs male, losing hairs from temple and crown.
No: Please do not waste your money on unapproved stem cell treatment. It may be causing you concern but baldness is a benign condition and you may try to live with it or get a hair piece. The so called stem cell treatment will not only cost a lot, will not help and may expose you to dangers of unapproved treatments. ...Read more
What mite b best procedure 4 woman w SEVERELY thinning hair,not genetic,all bloodwrk fine,BAD reaction 2 rogaine (minoxidil).Agoraphobic now!Hair transplant? Or?
Get checked: A complete history and physical with lab work to rule out hormonal, nutritional , autoimmune causes for hair thinning would be appropriate ! After that it will be easier for your doctor to proceed with recommendations ...Read more
73 year old male with PSA 20, Gleason 7, prostate adenocarcinoma
Choice of surgery or radiation with hormone therapy
Which do I choose?
Prostate: Ask your doctor for the names of several patients who have done these procedures and speak w/them. They will give you personal responses to each procedure which can help you w/decision making. Peace and good health. ...Read more
Multiple myeloma patient relapsed after Velcade , Revlimid (lenalidomide) and Carfilzomib. Any hope. Patient is 80 yrs old?
Day 3, 1st round folfox regimen for stage iib colon ca. Severe chest pain with eating. Ekg normal, awaiting lab results. Could the chemo cause this?
Yes!: The medications in folfox (5-fu, leucovorin and oxaliplatin) can cause gastric reflux. If you are not taking an acid-blocking drug (like Pepcid (famotidine) or prilosec), you might want to ask your doctor if this will help. Another side effect called mucositis causes sores throughout your mouth and throat. Sometimes the mucositis can occur in the esophagus, causing chest pain with eating. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I read that hair texture and male pattern baldness are on different chromosomes, therefore, texture doesn't determine balding patterns?
Look around: You will easily find balding men & women with kinky, wavey, or straight hair. ...Read more
38 aa female. Confirmed for hla b27 and anksoling spondyl.. Unveitis since age 20, cataract at 24, ocular prosthetic at 36. Humira (adalimumab) & mtx, what's next?
Uveitis!: Uveitis is one of the leading causes of blindness in the working age people. Having said that it is probably a statistic from 10+ years ago, when there were no biological infusions or intravitreal injections. The leaps and bound in the rheumatology and uveitis treatment have been eneromous. See an up to date rheumatologist and an ophthalmologist that will aggressively treat this! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Having thr w/post approach.With noted non-tear inflam issues to glut min & med attachments, dr plans on using autologous prp upon closure. Thoughts?
Will probably help: with speeding the healing process.Get a more detailed answer ›
Mum has inflamm arthritis had knee MRI "loss of cartilage, subarticular stress pattern + large joint effusion"
Is this long term change? Pls explain?
Can laser therapy help female-pattern alopecia? (crown, sides, and overall thinning) anything besides rogaine (minoxidil)? (child-bearing years)
Female hairloss: See a dermatologist for a clear diagnosis as many conditions can mimic female pattern hair loss. You may need additional tests. Unfortunately oral meds are out for women. Topically the most cost effective is rogaine (minoxidil). Latisse might work as well but is cost prohibitive. New topicals are coming. Led lights and laser are not proven to be effective. ...Read more
69 yo woman 8 months post lumpectomy, chemo, radiation. Affected breast markedly swollen, hot, tender, reddened. Opinion?
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