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What chemotherapy treatments exists for patients with esophageal cancer?

What chemotherapy treatments exists for patients with esophageal cancer?

Many: It depends on the type of esophageal cancer and the stage. Cisplatin plus 5-fu is a common regimen, and it is sometimes given with radiation. Other types of chemo being studied include taxol, gemciteabine, irinotecan, and xeloda (capecitabine). A good website for cancer information is www.Cancer.Gov, the national cancer institute website. Good luck! ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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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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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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Do people with stage IV metastatic breast cancer often undergo chemo?

Do people with stage IV metastatic breast cancer often undergo chemo?

Yes.: Under certain circumstances hormone therapy might be the initial treatment, but most stage 4 patients eventually undergo chemotherapy treatment. This will depend on age, tolerence for treatment, hormone responsiveness and other tumor characteristics. ...Read more

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Does radiation therapy for lung cancer improve survival rates?

Yes: It improves survival significantly in stage 1-3 lung cancers. Cyberknife provides survival similar to surgery in stage 1 patients. For stage 2-3 patients, both chemo and radiation may be used to improve survival. In certain patients with stage 4 cancer (such as with spread to the brain) radiation may help improve survival. ...Read more

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

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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Chemo drugs for lung cancer ?

Chemo drugs for lung cancer
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Yes: Depending on the stage, how advanced the disease is and what type of lung cancer it is, chemotherapy can play a major role in treatment of lung cancer. ...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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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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Which forms of cancer can targeted cancer therapies treat?

Which forms of cancer can targeted cancer therapies treat?

A lot: The FDA has approved a large number of targeted therapies. These therapies target specific proteins on the surface of cancer so each therapy can be applicable to multiple types of cancers. So far, cancer amenable to targeted therapy include: adenocarcinoma, basal cell, brain tumors, cervical, colorectal, head/neck, gastrostromal, kidney, leukemia/lymphoma, lung .... The list goes on. ...Read more

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What are metastatic melanoma patients chance sof survival through chemotherapy?

What are metastatic melanoma patients chance sof survival through chemotherapy?

Variable: Depends on how much spread, were e it spread to, and if you are a candidate for chemotherapy. Can be either monthscor multiple years! ...Read more

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

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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Does radiation therapy cause depression among breast cancer survivors?

Does radiation therapy cause depression among breast cancer survivors?

No: Radiation does not cause this. But the whole process of having cancer and coping with it can lead to depression. Depression should be taken seriously and treated no matter what causes it. ...Read more

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Any advancements for stage 4 colon cancer treatment?

Any advancements for stage 4 colon cancer treatment?

Immunochemotherapy: When FOLFOX therapy (chemotherapy) has failed Immune reactive agents i.e. Avastin for blood vessel growth and Erbitux for epidermal growth factor have been applied as well as agents affecting tyrosine kinase. The Immunogenic protein that acts as a vaccine isolated, a is a byproduct of oncofetal protein MUC5ac in its post translational form. In stage IV used to produce mAbs for strong ADCC. ...Read more

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Can radiation therapy cure oral cancer?

Can radiation therapy cure oral cancer?

Yes: There are defined areas such as floor of the mouth, tongue, gums, retromolar trigone, palate, etc. Combinations of radiation, surgery and chemotherapy are used. Earlier stages have high probability of cure, more extensive stages (even those to lymph nodes) can be cured with combinations of radiation and chemotherapy but to a lesser percentage of probability. ...Read more

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Gallbladder cancer with severe lung metastasis 4th stage, does chemotherapy work?

Gallbladder cancer with severe lung metastasis 4th stage, does chemotherapy work?

GB cancer is: Uncommon, so few studies done prospectively. Looking at results in people treated empirically, perhaps one person in 10 will respond. That needs to be balanced against side effects that tend to occur in most. Frank discussion about symptom rrelief focus rather than "shrink tumor" at all cost. ...Read more

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Ihow effective are uft chemotherapy pills for metastic colon cancer ?

Modestly effective: Fluoropyrimidines (5-FU, Capecitabine and UFT) as a class have modest activity and one of these 3 needs to be combined with Oxaliplatin and or Irinotecan to achieve best results ,as combination chemo is far superior in efficacy than any single chemo drug ...Read more

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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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Can radiation therapy help stage 4 lung cancer?

Can radiation therapy help stage 4 lung cancer?

Help means that: It can relieve a symptom, and restore better function...Brain and spinal cord are key, but any bone, or mass causing pain or obstruction can be "palliated" with short courses. However, it is not necessary to use the beam on every bone scan abnormality if it is not causing a symptom. ...Read more

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Patients with advanced breast cancer,Has received chemotherapy,Is there any need for radiotherapy?

Patients with advanced breast cancer,Has received chemotherapy,Is there any need for radiotherapy?

Breast Cancer: As you see on TV cancer Dx and Rx is very individualized. Some need radiation and some may not. So discuss this with your Dr. ...Read more

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What chemotherapy treatments exists for patients with esophageal cancer?

Many: It depends on the type of esophageal cancer and the stage. Cisplatin plus 5-fu is a common regimen, and it is sometimes given with radiation. Other types of chemo being studied include taxol, gemciteabine, irinotecan, and xeloda (capecitabine). A good website for cancer information is www.Cancer.Gov, the national cancer institute website. Good luck! ...Read more

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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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If I get radiation and chemotherapy for my esophageal cancer and have clean CT and pet scans, will I still need surgery?

If I get radiation and chemotherapy for my esophageal cancer and have clean CT and pet scans, will I still need surgery?

Maybe: Therapy for esophageal cancer is dependent on the stage. There are IV relative stages. In the physically fit patient, the upfront therapy for stage i and iia is surgery. For stages iib and iii, the therapy of choice is chemoradiation followed by surgery. For stage iv, chemotherapy +/- radiation and no surgery. That being said 15-20% have complete eradication of tumor after chemoradiation. ...Read more

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Contracted gallbladder she esophagus cancer 6 chemotherapy over but know scans show contracted gallbladder what treatment next give to patient ?

Contracted gallbladder  
she esophagus cancer 6  chemotherapy over  but know scans show  contracted gallbladder  what treatment next give to patient ?

Diseased gall bladde: Normal gall bladder will contracts after fatty meal and re expands fills with bile, a diseased gall bladder due to recurrent inflammations remain contracted . Next step is giving any symptoms or not, if it is not giving any pain or complications observation & to leave it alone , due to more serious cancer of esophagus ...Read more

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What should be expected after treatment of esophageal cancer ?

What should be expected after treatment of esophageal cancer ?

After surgery: After an esophagectomy, or removal of the esophagus for cancer, your ability to eat large meals will be diminished. You will need to eat 6 small meals a day intead of 3 large meals. You might lose your appetitie, so it is important to do scheduled eating to maintain your weight. Also you will need to avoid certain foods. http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/surgery/specialties/cardio/esophagus.html. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for esophageal cancer?

Depends on stage: There are 4 stages of esophageal cancer (with a and b subtypes for some). For stage i and iia, the upfront therapy is surgery or esophagectomy. For stage iib or iii, treatment is chemoradiation followed by surgery, or definitive chemoradiation. For stage iv, the treatment is chemotherapy, + /- radiation. ...Read more

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What's the best treatment to get rid of esophageal cancer?

What's the best treatment to get rid of esophageal cancer?

Surgery: Surgery for early esophageal cancer can be curative...Modern surgical oncologists have better results in terms of less complications and some patients may need additional radiation or chemothearpy. For advanced cancers the treatment is chemotherapy +/- radiation. ...Read more

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What are possible complications from different treatment methods for esophageal cancer?

Multiple: When deciding a treatment plan one aways must weigh the risks of (rate of occurance) and the impact of an complication vs the potential benefits of the treatment. Surgical complications are many. A partial list includes: anastomotic leak, vocal cord nerve injury, pneumonia, lymphatic leak, blood clots (DVT) and even death to name a few. But is surgery is possible it provide the best chance of cure. ...Read more

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What are the stages of advanced esophageal cancer a patient will have to go through?

What are the stages of advanced esophageal cancer a patient will have to go through?

Not nice: Local growth may prevent swallowing even one's own saliva. The idea of gastric tube feeding seems a solution, but prolongs a life of suffering. Esophca can also metastasize. Weight loss, energy loss, weakness, dehydration. Palliative care and hospice help minimize suffering and focus on symptom relief. ...Read more

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My mom 79 has esophageal cancer with mets to liver. So far no symptoms, discomforts, normal life. How long she may have with or w/o treatment? Thanks.

Not long.: This is advanced stage because there are mets to the liver. It is therefore not resectable, so it would likely have to be treated with combination chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery. At any rate, 5 year survival in resectable disease is only about 20%, so this is likely less than that, and overall 5 year survival is about <5% due to advanced state of many cases. Try to make her comfortable. ...Read more

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Why do esophageal cancer patients have a feeding tube inserted into the duodenum instead of the stomach?

Why do esophageal cancer patients have a feeding tube inserted into the duodenum instead of the stomach?

To avoid stomach: When your esophagus is removed due to cancer (esophagectomy) in order to eat again, your stomach may be used to replace your esophagus (stomach conduit). Therefore you want to avoid any surgery that may compromise the use of the stomach as a conduit. Therefore a feeding tube would be placed in the small bowel or jejunum. This is called a "j" tube. ...Read more

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Please help, if a cancer patient detoxes can they take a chemo therapy again?

Some expected: Toxicity recovers and full doses can be used next cycle. Other toxicity, particularly kidney, lung or liver problems may make re-administration after recovery hazardous. Need to discuss with your oncologist; too many variables to cover in short answer. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for esophogeal cancer?

Multi-pronged: Treatments for localised esophageal cancer typically invovle surgery; often patients wil get chemotherapy and radiotherapy before surgery to shrink the cancers or after surgery to prevent the cancer from recurring. For cancer that has spread, typically chemotherapy is the mainstay and radaition, surgery, and stenting are used in special situations. ...Read more

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If a patient is a very likely candidate for cancer what could he gain from speculative chemo therapy before an actual cancer is detectable?

Nothing: Each cancer is treated individually depending on the characteristics of the cancer. Not all of even the same cancer is treated alike. We do not do prophylactic chemotherapy. ...Read more

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Why is there a chemotherapy shortage and a waiting list for cancer patients?

Variable: There has been some difficulty in getting hold of some of the older Generic drugs. Many companies have stopped making them because of the smaller profit margin. FDA has responsibility in working on this issue but it may take government intervention. In the meantime, your oncologist can often substitute another drug in place of the unavailable drug in most cases. Canada is another source to import ...Read more

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Are there any alternatives to chemotherapy treatment for metastic colon cancer?

Yes: While chemo like FOLFOX is transiently effective, more immunotherapeutic agents are showing good responses. Avastin (bevacizumab) a vascular endothelial growth factor inhibitor and Erbitux effecting epidermal growth factor 1 are working well as is the newer Neo-102 against the immunogenic protein. Chemo in conjuction with the biologics (immunochemo) is the best combo. ...Read more

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Can anti oxidant n resveratrol increased the effects of chemotherapy for cancer patient?

Can anti oxidant n resveratrol increased the effects of chemotherapy for  cancer patient?

Dr. Rao is correct: The fact that the principal article on resveratrol was a complete fake should tell you something. Generally, anti-oxidants have been the greatest disappointment in medicine throughout my lifetime. To my knowledge, none of the physicians I work with take any. ...Read more

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Dr. David Cooke
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Esophageal Cancer (Definition)

Lesions arising in the esophagus that are considered potentially malignant until biopsied. As they grow they cause swallowing problems and bleed. Treated ...Read more


Esophagus (Definition)

This is the muscular structure built like a tube that connects your throat to the stomach though which food ...Read more