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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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What is calypso prostate radiation?

What is calypso prostate radiation?

Form of IMRT: Calypso is a way the radiation machine can track your prostate. Three markers send out signals to make the radiation very accurate. www.peedoc.com @thepeedoc. ...Read more

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Is radiation therapy used to cure liver cancer?

Is radiation therapy used to cure liver cancer?

Yes: High dose targeted radiation known as stereotactic body radiotherapy (sbrt) has shown to be successful in treating liver cancer. ...Read more

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How beneficial is radiotherapy compared to conventional radiotherapy for brain tumors?

How beneficial is radiotherapy compared to conventional radiotherapy for brain tumors?

Very: I'm assuming you are talking about stereotactic radiotherapy. Think of each area of your brain being exposed to only one beam of radiation but the tumor getting the focused beam of radiation. It's very effective and tolerated well. ...Read more

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Are there ever radiation oncology clinical trials for lung cancer?

Are there ever radiation oncology clinical trials for lung cancer?

You bet!: Our tax dollars support the rtog which is a goup devoted to studying radiotherapy questions. Other us "cooperative groups" also have components and sometimes specific radiotherapy questions. Punch in 1800-4cancer on the phone to see what's out there. They may even have a website now for the general public! ...Read more

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Is radiation therapy for lung cancer painful?

Is radiation therapy for lung cancer painful?

Possibly: Radiation is painless during the treatments. If the esophagus is in the treatment fields it can cause a painful condition called esophagitis about 3 weeks into the treatment. This is worse when a patient also takes chemotherapy. There are medicines that help this discomfort and when treatment is done it should resolve. ...Read more

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What is the best form of radiotherapy for use in concurrent chemo-radiation for stage 3A localised non-small cell lung cancer? Stereotactic / IMRT / Image guided?

What is the best form of radiotherapy for use in concurrent chemo-radiation for stage 3A localised non-small cell lung cancer?  Stereotactic / IMRT / Image guided?

No diff: There is no evidence that the various types yield very different outcomes for most people. The choice may depend on factors such as your body habitus, exact location of the tumor, concurrent illnesses , etc. ...Read more

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How can ionizing radiation from nuclear explosions cause cancer?

How can ionizing radiation from nuclear explosions cause cancer?

Damaging genes: Inhaling or ingesting the radioactive particles that come from the explosing is also risky -- in fact, after chernobyl, most of the problems are thyroid concerns from the iodine. People in hiroshima and nagasaki had a significant rise especially in rates of leukemia, civilians exposed to tests had less cancers long-term than many had feared. ...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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Besides IRE, cyberknife, chemotherapy, diet, radiotherapy and clinical trials, what else may be an upcoming procedure for pancreatic cancer patients?

The future is coming: Nanoparticle therapy, biologic therapies, and vaccine trials are coming up in the next few years for pancreatic cancer. A lot of work still to be done! ...Read more

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Besides the overexpression of cox-2, what other enzymes/proteins/molecules can create radiotherapy failure (radioresistance) in hnscc stage 1 tumors?

Besides the overexpression of cox-2, what other enzymes/proteins/molecules can create radiotherapy failure (radioresistance) in hnscc stage 1 tumors?

No simple answers: If you are seeking scientific answers to your question, you will need to go to library and spend a few hours reading and learning. We do not have enough space in this column to address such complex issues. ...Read more

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Can radiation therapy cure lung cancer by itself?

Can radiation therapy cure lung cancer by itself?

Yes: In small cancers with no spread standard radiation and radiosurgery can cure lung cancer....But the standard of care is surgery. In more advanced cancer radiation can cure but is more effective with chemotherapy. I am referring to nonsmall cell types of lung cancer. ...Read more

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Colon surgery:tumor size=2cm.Pathologic staging(pt3, n1b, mx).2/17 lymph nodes show metastatic.Margins of resection free of carcinoma.Need chemotherapy?

Colon surgery:tumor size=2cm.Pathologic staging(pt3, n1b, mx).2/17 lymph nodes show metastatic.Margins of resection free of carcinoma.Need chemotherapy?

Yes: Chemotherapy regimens based on the drug Fluorouracil (5-fu) have been part of the treatment for high-risk stage ii or stage iii colon cancer. Many clinical trials have shown that these regimens improve overall survival primarily by reducing the high risk of recurrence within the first two years after surgery. ...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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How effective is radiation therapy in treating pituitary tumors?

How effective is radiation therapy in treating pituitary tumors?

85-90%: Depending on size, type and proximity to optic nerves a combination of surgery and radiation is used to treat this condition. Radiation can be given as radiosurgery in 1-5 fractions or as fractionated. Control rate is very good. ...Read more

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Which radioisotope is now used in cancer radiation treatment?

Which radioisotope is now used in cancer radiation treatment?

There are many: Isotopes in use for cancer and benign disease treatment - the list goes from the original radium being re-tooled for prostate treatment to iodine isotopes, 131 for thyroid conditions and 125 as a sealed source for prostate brachytherapy. Narrow your question and i can be very specific. ...Read more

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Can radiation therapy treat bone cancer?

Can radiation therapy treat bone cancer?

Yes: Some people confuse bone cancer with when another type of cancer spreads to the bone (metastasis). Radiation can help the bone or the pain. As dr. Noga stated true bone cancer such as myeloma or plasmacytoma can also be treated with radiation. Other bone cancers, osteosarcoma or bone tumors may also have a role from radiation but surgery is usually the best for that type of bone cancers. ...Read more

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