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Prostate cancer treatment?

Prostate cancer treatment?

First question: Is whether treatment is necessary, depends on gleason score and psa. Treatment may not add value to you. Watchful waiting follows your psa #, rate of rise. If your gl >/= 7, psa > 10ng/ml, best option is radiotherapy, +/- anti-hormone. Get a few opinions. Do not act in haste. ...Read more

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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 radiation treatment and chemotherapy cure esophageal cancer?

Can radiation treatment and chemotherapy cure esophageal cancer?

Sometimes: The two main types of esophageal cancer are adenocarcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. Cure with chemotherapy and radiation alone is much more likely with squamous cell carcinoma. The exact cure rate is dependent on the stage of the cancer, but cure with just chemotherapy and radiation is rare. ...Read more

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Colon cancer chemo necessary?

Colon cancer chemo necessary?

Depends on stage: Chemotherapy is never used for stage 1 cancers (early). It is sometimes used in stage 2 cancers (early but more advanced than stage 1). Chemotherapy is definitely beneficial in stage 3 cancers (locally advanced) and in stage 4 cancers (distant spread). ...Read more

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Is ovarian cancer treatable?

Is ovarian cancer treatable?

It depends: It is treatable although the treatment and prognosis depends on the stage of the cancer. The smaller and more localized the cancer, the better the prognosis. ...Read more

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How is ovarian cancer different from metastatic ovarian cancer?

How is ovarian cancer different from metastatic ovarian cancer?

Related to spread: Metastatic refers to a cancer that has spread from the original site that it originated from to a more distant site in the body. For example, if a woman had ovarian cancer and it spread to the lungs then this would be consider metastatic disease. ...Read more

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What is prognosis With chemotherapy for metastic colon Cancer ?

What is prognosis With chemotherapy for metastic colon
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So many variables: Too many variables to give you a pertinent answer. Consult your oncologist to help you with clinical decisions ...Read more

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Treatments for prostate cancer with bone metastasis?

Treatments for prostate cancer with bone metastasis?

Many: The first line of treatment for this is androgen deprivation. In addition, there are medicines which reduce the risk of fractures with Denosumab showing the most efficacy compared to zoledronic acid, however with some risk of significant side effects. For more extensive disease, a newer IV radium therapy has shown improved survival. Localized radiation can be effective for painful foci. ...Read more

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What is radiation therapy treatment for colon cancer?

What is radiation therapy treatment for colon cancer?

Energy beams: For certain types of colorectal cancer, energy beams are focused in the cancerous area. These beams are designed to kill cancer cells and decrease the chance of the tumor growing back. Depending on the situation, radiation can be used either before an operation or after an operation. ...Read more

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Treatment for prostate cancer by stage.

Treatment for prostate cancer by stage.

Disease continuum: There is a disease continuum from localized disease through advanced metastatic castration resistant disease. Generally localized disease is treated with local therapies such as surgery or radiation and disease that either recurs or is more advanced is treated initially with hormonal therapy. Immune therapy and chemotherapy may be used after. ...Read more

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Chemotherapy for ovarian cancer with a liver transplant patient?

Chemotherapy for ovarian cancer with a liver transplant patient?

If needed yes: Liver transplant patients need chemotherapy will be given with close monitoring , working as team . Interesting observation, in liver transplant patients the incidence of ovarian cancer is less than the normal population. ...Read more

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Thyroid cancer treatments?

Thyroid cancer treatments?

Surgery: Surgery is needed, followed by thyroid hormone replacement. Depending on how big, what type and whether or not it had spread (lymph nodes involvement), you might also need 1 dose of radioactive iodine. Good luck. Make sure you have a good surgeon and an endocrinologist on your team. ...Read more

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Could cancer treatments cure cancer?

Could cancer treatments cure cancer?

Heck yea!: Otherwise i'd be out of a job... Many cancers are curable if detected early (thus the importance of screening). Others, like testicular cancer or lymphoma can be cured even in advanced stages. Of course, it is best to reduce the risk of ever getting it by living a healthy lifestyle. Look at the american cancer society and see their statistics of survival, you will be surprised. ...Read more

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Stomach cancer treatment?

Stomach cancer treatment?

Surgery & Chemo: Early stage cancer may be treatable with surgery. Usually treatment is a combination of surgery and chemotherapy. ...Read more

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Which chemo therapy is most effective for KRAS mutant metastic colon cancer ?

Same drugs as other: Same chemotherapy drugs are used for treating both types of colon cancer. The only difference is lack of benefit from EGFR inhibitors(Cetuximab and Panitumumab). Avastin (bevacizumab) also works in both types. I trust that you know there are 3 chemo drugs that are widely used(5FU or Capecitabine, Irinotecan and Oxaliplatin) ...Read more

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Is metastatic colon cancer curable?

Is metastatic colon cancer curable?

Possible: But less than 20% survive 5 years. Depends on where the metastases are and how numerous and size. Solitary liver mets without evidence elsewhere in the body can be cured with a liver resection. Diffuse mets to numerous body parts rarelyare curable. ...Read more

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Prognosis for hormone refractory metastatic prostate cancer with pathological fracture?

Prostate cancer: This is an advanced stage of prostate cancer; the good news is there are many new drugs and treatments for men in this stage that have been shown to extend life; in this stage survival is extremely variable from months to years isn't impossible. ...Read more

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Hepatocellular carcinoma.All spleen and partial liver resection.Later,secondary systemic cancer metastasis.any targeted therapy or immunotherapy?

Yes, for both: Hepatocellular Carcinoma is commonly treated with Sorafenib which is a type of targeted therapy. This is a good choice of treatment in case you have not yet received this drug. Immunotherapy using PD-1 inhibitors has also shown some modest evidence of benefit although it is not yet FDA approved for this indication. Ask your oncologist to guide your treatment further. ...Read more

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Is stage 3c breast cancer curable?

Is stage 3c breast cancer curable?

Yes: ...In theory, with aggressive multi modality therapy (surgery plus chemo plus radiation +/- hormones +/- herceptin). The risk of relapse is high but you do all you can and hope for the best. If this is about you, fight well and best wishes. ...Read more

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Dysphagia and chemotherapy for colon cancer?

Dysphagia and chemotherapy for colon cancer?

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 more

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Stage 2B IDC breast cancer, her2+/ER/PR+Neoadjuvant taxol, (paclitaxel)A/C,lumpectomy,rads, lymphovascular invasion. What does this mean for prognosis & follow up?

Stage 2B IDC breast cancer, her2+/ER/PR+Neoadjuvant taxol, (paclitaxel)A/C,lumpectomy,rads, lymphovascular invasion. What does this mean for prognosis & follow up?

Prognosis fair: Stage IIb breast cancer is usually palpable at 2-5 cm. and at time of procedure to remove lesion, sentinel nodes are + suggesting axillary dissection and reason for neoadjuvant therapy. Lymphovascular invasion increases chance for recurrence. With Her2+ Herceptin (trastuzumab) with chemo should be used and PET/CAT needed to assure met foci not missed in distal organs. Carful follow up needed. ...Read more

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Doctor's. Like to know with ovarian cancer stage 3. If doctor tells you after treatment you are good will they give you chemotherapy for precaution ?

Surgery/chemotherapy: The standard of care for stage 3 ovarian cancer is both surgery and chemotherapy. Surgery is often performed first to debulk the cancer. Since it is difficult to remove all cancer by surgery alone, patients often undergo chemotherapy after surgery. ...Read more

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Can there be any alternative medicine for ovarian cancer rather than chemotherapy?

Can there be any alternative medicine for ovarian cancer rather than chemotherapy?

No, not really: Alternative medicines, if suggested by someone are not likely to be useful. Chemotherapy is the only choice for controlling advanced ovarian cancer. If there are concerns about side effects, they can be controlled and managed by your oncologist. So do not hesitate taking chemotherapy. It would do some and often much good for the patient. ...Read more

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I completed chemotherapy for ovarian cancer. No cancer was detected in followup tests. Am i still at risk for cancer? #nqlu my chemotherapy started last sept. And ended in early jan. Last nov., i had surgery (hysterectomy). I have since had clean reading

I completed chemotherapy for ovarian cancer. No cancer was detected in followup tests. Am i still at risk for cancer?  #nqlu my chemotherapy started last sept. And ended in early jan. Last nov., i had surgery (hysterectomy). I have since had clean reading

Yes, you are.: You are always at a risk of your cancer returning. The higher your stage, the higher the risk. The goal of chemotherapy is to kill any cells that were not removed by surgery. Hopefully that worked and got every last cancer cell, but ovarian cancer has a nasty tendency to come back. Go here for the statistics: http://seer.cancer.gov/statfacts/html/ovary.html ...Read more

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Ovarian cancer at early stage?.... is chemotherapy is the only way?...

Ovarian cancer at early stage?.... is chemotherapy is the only way?...

Not necessarily : Today there are multiple options. It really depends on the type of ovarian cancer, i.e. what kind of markers are present. I would recommend discussing this with your GYN and oncologist. They will be able to give you the best advice. ...Read more

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Is it possible to develop benign ovarian cysts after the last round of chemotherapy for ovarian cancer?

Is it possible to develop benign ovarian cysts after the last round of chemotherapy for ovarian cancer?

Yes: But your oncologis will always asume they are malignant until proven otherwise. Usually after ovarian cancer they remove everything so i'm not certain why I am getting this question. ...Read more

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When do I stop chemotherapy for ovarian cancer?

When do I stop chemotherapy for ovarian cancer?

It depends: For stage 3 or 4 ovarian cancer, 6 "cycles" of chemotherapy with taxol (paclitaxel) and Carboplatin are usually given. One treatment is given every 3 weeks, so the total time of chemotherapy is 18 weeks. For recurrrent ovarian cancer, the same treatment is sometimes used again. Other chemo regimens take different amounts of time. Ask your doctor. ...Read more

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It's more than 12 weeks post-surgery for stage 3 ovarian cancer. Is it too late to benefit from chemotherapy?

Unknown: Most oncologists prefer to treat patients with a malignancy like ovarian cancer within 12 weeks from their diagnosis. At 12 weeks post surgery you are right on the edge. However, i think most oncologists would want to treat you because of the nature of ovarian cancer. You should have restaging studies with a ct scan as well. Definitely ask your oncologist, as there are many variable here. ...Read more

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Chemotherapy for ovarian cancer with a liver transplant patient?

If needed yes: Liver transplant patients need chemotherapy will be given with close monitoring , working as team . Interesting observation, in liver transplant patients the incidence of ovarian cancer is less than the normal population. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for ovarian cancer? What are the best treatment centers for ovarian cancer?

Depend on stage?: In general- if surgery can be done- surgical resection will be the most important therapy plus minus chemotherapy. A meticulous and detail oriented/optimal surgery done by an experienced a gynecologist-oncologist to remove all cancer cells from the pelvic/abdominal cavity as much as possible-( to possible residual implants less than 1 cm) - should be done.Chemotherapy in advanced case is crucial. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for hereditary ovarian cancer?

Prevention.: Most hereditary ovarian cancer is caused by BRCA genes. The key is prevention. US, blood work and a physical exam every six moths. Oral contraceptives can decrease risk of ovarian cancer. If BRCA positive then removal of tubes and ovaries at about 35 or after childbearing. Need to make a cancer prevention plan with doctor. Also need close relatives to be aware of risk. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What does aggressive mean in ovarian cancer without chemo treatment ?

What does aggressive mean in ovarian cancer without chemo treatment ?

More dangerous: There are several dozen distinct types of ovarian cancer, and even within the types, there are subgroups that are more or less like to spread rapidly, invade surrounding structures more quickly, and/or spread to remote sites. The types will guide treatment, and some of the more aggressive tumors also respond especially well. Good luck -- i'll be thinking of you. ...Read more

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I have stage 4 ovarian cancer. I"ve gone off treatment. How long will I live?

I have stage 4 ovarian cancer.  I"ve gone off treatment.  How long will I live?

Not long: There is no specific amount of days or weeks for survival, however Stage 4 indicates that the Ovarian Cancer has metastasized (spread) to distant parts of your body .I wish you Godspeed as going off treatment is a very difficult decision to make for anyone in this condition. ...Read more

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Are there any new, non invasive treatment options for ovarian cancer at stage 3c?

Not really: Surgery still remains the most important treatment modality. Chemotherapy is still utilized but it does not replace the need for surgery. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for ovarian cancer?

Treatment of Ovarian: Curative surgical resection of the ovaries by proceeding with usually hysterectomy and bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy. For patients who have stage 2 or 3 will receive usually postoperative chemotherapy, often with Carboplatin and paclitaxel. Intraperitoneal chemotherapy with Cisplatin plus Paclitaxel results in longer survival than IV chemotherapy but may have a higher complication rate. ...Read more

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What to do about ovarian cancer - 5th and 6th line treatment options?

What to do about ovarian cancer - 5th and 6th line treatment options?

Clinical Trial: You should ask your treating physician about any open clinical trials that you could be apart of. ...Read more

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After treatment for ovarian cancer, how often do I need to be checked?

Frequently at first: Often, there is very close follow up after ovarian cancer treatment - every 3-4 months generally. Once the cancer is in remission for over a year or so, this may extend to every 6 months. The exact follow-up schedule will depend on the type of ovarian cancer, stage of the cancer, and type of treatment. ...Read more

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If I have ovarian cancer, what are the 5th and 6th line treatment options?

If I have ovarian cancer, what are the 5th and 6th line treatment options?

Hmmmmm: I guess it depends on several factors, like what treatments were used before, your general condition, and how advanced the cancer is. In general, though, it is not a great situation. Please consider going to an academic institution with availability of clinical trials. I wish you the best. ...Read more

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What foods will help my mom who is starting treatment for advanced ovarian cancer?

Balanced diet/vitami: A well balanced diet rich in protein and fruits&vegetables, lean cut meats and suuplement with vitamins. ...Read more

Dr. Devon Webster
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Chemotherapy (Definition)

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Ovarian Cancer (Definition)

A cancer that begins in the female organs ...Read more