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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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Could cancer metastase to distant regional lymph nodes before it metastase to the nearby lymph nodes?

Could cancer metastase to distant regional lymph nodes before it metastase to the nearby lymph nodes?

No: tumors metastasize to regional nodes before distant nodes, but what goes to nodal disease only stays nodal. When breast spreads to nodes, one pos. axillary node is said to have better prognosis that 10 nodes. This is not due to # nodes but more nodes means primary has been spreading over a longer period of time. If axilla speads it is only to supraclavicular nodes and no other site. ...Read more

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To which lymph nodes can esophageal cancer spread?

To which lymph nodes can esophageal cancer spread?

Local and distant: The most common spread is to local nodes around the esophagus. But the spread, or metastasis can be more distant such as to nodes around the celiac plexus, the region where the blood supply to the stomach arises below the diaphragm. But distant metastasis can be to nodes in the neck, particularly associated with the lymphatic chain that drains into the subclavian vein on left behind clavicle ...Read more

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Does colon cancer spread to neck if lymph nodes are negative?

Very unlikely: Colon cancer that does not involve lymph nodes should not have neck lymph node involvement. If you recently had surgery you probably had a central catheter placed in your neck for IV administration. This may be the lump you are feeling. Make sure you talk to your doctor at the next visit to have a look. You could also have swelling from the endotrachral tube. ...Read more

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What Lymph Nodes Does Lung Cancer Spread To?

What Lymph Nodes Does Lung Cancer Spread To?

Potential multiple: Depends on location of primary.but -- Intra lobar, mediastinal, para tracheal, Supraclavicular, cervical ...Read more

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How quickly colon cancer is spreading from lymph nodes to other organs?

How quickly colon cancer is spreading from lymph nodes to other organs?

Highly variable: Each person is different and there is no set time or schedule where colon cancer may or may not spread to lymph nodes or to other organs. Some small colon cancers will spread early and other cancers will grow large and not spread. ...Read more

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Breast cancer spread only to lymph nodes is also called metastasis?

Breast cancer spread only to lymph nodes is also called metastasis?

Metastatic disease: Any spread from the tissue of origin, including lymph nodes is metastatic disease. ...Read more

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Is cancer in lymph nodes curable?

Is cancer in lymph nodes curable?

Depends upon type.: There are many types of malignancies / cancers that can be effectively treated when they involve lymph nodes. It is important to know what type of cancer and the overall stage of the disease. Don't give up! ...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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Can prostate cancer spreading into the lymph nodes area still safe?

Can prostate cancer spreading into the lymph nodes area still safe?

No: Prostate cancer does not tend to spread to lymph nodes until it is quite advanced. These aggressive tumors have a much higher risk of leading to demise from prostate cancer. ...Read more

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Do breast tumors often metastasize to local lymph nodes?

Do breast tumors often metastasize to local lymph nodes?

Yes: App. 1 in 3 women diagnosed with breast cancer will have evidence of cancer spread to the lymph nodes in the armpit on the affected side. This indicates the high probability of cancer cells "elsewhere" in the body but does not mean that the cancer is incurable. This usually warrants the recommendation for chemotherapy to kill these "elsewheres"; thankfully, this is often successful. ...Read more

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How fast does squamous cell cancer spread to lymph nodes?

Depends: There are several different types of squamos cell carcinomas, scc. For instance scc of the skin is not aggressive and very rarely spreads rapidly to lymph nodes. Scc of the lung is very aggressive and spreads rapidly. ...Read more

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How fast can colon cancer be spreading from lymph nodes to other organs?

How fast can colon cancer be spreading from lymph nodes to other organs?

It is relative.: This depends upon the stage of cancer at diagnosis. Colon cancer is staged by the dukes' system. Stages a and b have no lymph mode involvement and so no spread is likely. Stage c patients do better if <5 nodes are involved so those are likely to be slower than those with >5 nodes. Stage d means distant metastasis (organs involved). It is hard to say since people come in at diferent stages. ...Read more

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Is cancer in lymph nodes treatable?

Is cancer in lymph nodes treatable?

Lymph node cancers: Cancers can start in lymph nodes like lymphoma, or they can spread to them from somewhere else. If it spread to them, they can be treated but the cure rate is lower. Lymphomas can usually be effectively treated as well. ...Read more

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Can oral or oropharyngeal cancer spread to supraclavicular nodes without spreading to other cervical nodes first?

Can oral or oropharyngeal cancer spread to supraclavicular nodes  without spreading to other cervical nodes first?

Unusual but possible: As we are taught in fellowship, "tumors don't read text books." supraclavicular nodal metastasis is a distant site, technically stage iv. Usually the pattern is regional spread followed by more distant spread, but sometimes there are "skip" situations. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Metastatic breast cancer spreading to lymph nodes? Is that usually pretty bad?

Metastatic breast cancer spreading to lymph nodes?  Is that usually pretty bad?

Not necessarily: Lymph nodes are one aspect of evaluation for stage and treatment of breast cancer. It depends on size of breast cancer itself, number of lymph nodes involved, hormone status of the tumor, and dna testing can also help identify breast cancer risks. If the lymph node involvement is small, then there is little additioanl risk to the patient. There are many factors involved in assessing breast cancer. ...Read more

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Can esophageal cancer spread to supraclavicular lymph nodes without causing any symptoms?

Can  esophageal cancer spread to supraclavicular lymph nodes without causing any symptoms?

Sadly yes: Esophagus is a muscular tube that can stretch, so often no symptoms until it can't . Also has no outer membrane surrounding it so easier to spread outside the organ itself. ...Read more

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Breast cancer with lymph node involvement prognosis?

Breast cancer with lymph node involvement prognosis?

Depends: Lymph nodes are one aspect of evaluation for stage and treatment of breast cancer. It depends on size of breast cancer itself, number of lymph nodes involved, hormone status of the tumor, and dna testing can also help identify breast cancer risks. If the lymph node involvement is small, then there is little additioanl risk to the patient. There are many factors involved in assessing breast cancer. ...Read more

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How quickly colon cancer is spreading from lymph nodes to other organs?

Highly variable: Each person is different and there is no set time or schedule where colon cancer may or may not spread to lymph nodes or to other organs. Some small colon cancers will spread early and other cancers will grow large and not spread. ...Read more

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How fast can colon cancer be spreading from lymph nodes to other organs?

It is relative.: This depends upon the stage of cancer at diagnosis. Colon cancer is staged by the dukes' system. Stages a and b have no lymph mode involvement and so no spread is likely. Stage c patients do better if <5 nodes are involved so those are likely to be slower than those with >5 nodes. Stage d means distant metastasis (organs involved). It is hard to say since people come in at diferent stages. ...Read more

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Does colon cancer spread to neck if lymph nodes are negative?

Very unlikely: Colon cancer that does not involve lymph nodes should not have neck lymph node involvement. If you recently had surgery you probably had a central catheter placed in your neck for IV administration. This may be the lump you are feeling. Make sure you talk to your doctor at the next visit to have a look. You could also have swelling from the endotrachral tube. ...Read more

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I think I might have colon cancer. Is it possible for colon cancer to spread to the lymph nodes in my neck? If so how likely? I'm 18 years old. Female

I think I might have colon cancer. Is it possible for colon cancer to spread to the lymph nodes in my neck? If so how likely? I'm 18 years old. Female

Not Very Likely: Given your age it is highly unlikely you have colon cancer. Major factors that increase the risk of colon cancer include family history, age, and inflammatory bowel disease. Most common cause of swollen lymph nodes in neck are a recent viral or bacterial infection. See your doctor if you are concerned or have concerning gastrointestinal complaints. ...Read more

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What type and stage could be predicted of a colon cancer that is around 8 CM and not spread to lymph nodes?

Stage 1 or 2: A colon cancer that is confined to the bowel wall, irrespective of size is stage 1 or formerly duke's a. If it grows through the bowel wall, it is stage 2 or the old duke's b. If lymph nodes are involved, it is stage 3 or the old duke's c. Stage 4 or the old duke's d has spread to distant sites. Your described case could be stage 1 or 2. ...Read more

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In stage III colon cancer what is the significance of spread to 2 of 17 lymph nodes? What are lymph nodes?

Significant: Cancers spread by either blood vessels or lymphatic pathways. Lymph nodes are collections of tissue along the lymphatic pathways, and are common places for tumor particles to start to grow. Your oncologist can discuss it in detail as to other measures you need to take, such as chemotherapy, radiation, more surgery, or some combination of all of the above. ...Read more

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Is colon cancer stage 3b pt4a pn1c, no lymph nodes involvement curable?

Yes: Stage 3b usually means lymph nodes are involved, so i think your information might not be entirely accurate. However, even stage 3b colon cancer can be treated with surgery and chemotherapy and the chances of cure are good. ...Read more

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Colon cancer: pathology report says pt4a pn1c. And it also says no lymph nodes involved, how could that be?

Colon cancer: pathology report says pt4a  pn1c. And it also says no lymph nodes involved, how could that be?

Not in lymph nodes: In general, the 'N' of a tumor staging report refers to involvement of lymph nodes, and anything that isn't 'N-0 (zero)' usually means there are lymph nodes involved by tumor. However, 'N' staging is different for every organ site . In the colon, the N1c stage specifically refers to there being tumor deposits in the fat outside of the colon wall, but not in the lymph nodes themselves. ...Read more

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What does n1c means in colon cancer? What does it mean depostits of tumor but without lymph nodes involvement

What does n1c means in colon cancer?  What does it mean depostits of tumor but without lymph nodes involvement

Characteristics: These are all characteristics we use to determine the aggressiveness of a cancer. These dictate to us, if and which chemotherapy should be used and other treatments and follow ups accordingly. The features you describe should all warrant a consultation with an oncologist. ...Read more

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My husband had a colon tumor removed they got it all but has stage 3 colon cancer 6 of 20 lymph nodes what does this mean?

My husband had a colon tumor removed they got it all but has stage 3 colon cancer 6 of 20 lymph nodes what does this mean?

An excellent website: I am sorry to hear your news. You obviously have been going through a lot. The nih has an excellent, patient friendly website with info about this. See: http://www.Cancer.Gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/colon/patient/page2 the site goes on to discuss treatment. He is most likely looking at chemotherapy. Your oncologist should be able to help with the details. Good luck to you both. ...Read more

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Why are tumor deposits in colon cancer considered as lymph nodes when there are no lymphovascular invasion, because of td it's becoming a stage 3?

Why are tumor deposits in colon cancer considered as lymph nodes when there are no lymphovascular invasion, because of td it's becoming a stage 3?

Local spread: If the tumor deposits are located away from the main primary, then most authorities consider them to be equivalent to a positive lymph node(s). Most likely these deposits got there via lymphovascular invasion even if the pathologist could not see that histologically on the slides. The ajcc also considers discontinous tumor deposits as n1c in the pathological staging system. ...Read more

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I have stage III colon cancer with 2 lymph nodes involved. I was too weak to go through chemo, but now after 6 months, am I sure to get it again?

I have stage III colon cancer with 2 lymph nodes involved. I was too weak to go through chemo, but now  after 6 months, am I sure to get it again?

Maybe not.: Although having disease in the lymph nodes increases the risk the disease is floating in the blood (which is why chemotherapy is effective in improving survival as it kills disease everywhere-including the blood) the relapse rate for stage 3 disease untreated is not 100%. You may still beat it. I would suggest speaking with an oncologist to see if treatment now would be of benefit. ...Read more

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My mother has stage IV colon cancer that has mestitized to the liver. She has 15 tumors in liver with spots in her lungs and lymph nodes. Prognosis?

Stage IV colon cance: Your mohter's cancer is stage iv. Please refer to the table on this page for survival data: http://www.Cancer.Org/cancer/colonandrectumcancer/detailedguide/colorectal-cancer-survival-rates i am so sorry to hear that you are going through this terrible time. ...Read more

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After resection of colon cancer with few lymph node involvement, what next?

Chemotherapy: So stage 3 disease or lymph node involvement needs adjuvant chemotherapy. I also like to get a baseline ct scan of the abdomen and pelvis. The standard chemotherapy would be a regimen called folfox which is folinic acid, 5-fu, and oxaliplatin. The treatment is given every 2 weeks for 12 treatments or 6 months. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Can you successfully treat a recurrent colon cancer? This is my mothers third time.Had all lymph nodes removed after first surgery i

Colon cancer: It appears your mother's colon cancer has been recurrent over a period of years, meaning it is not likely to cure her microscopic disease. That said, her disease can be managed for as long as individual foci can be targetted and more widespread disease cannot be controlled. There is no exact timeline on that, but regular follow up with her doctors should monitor her status/control/progression. ...Read more

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What are typical colon cancer symptoms that most patients have? Do all cancer patients have swollen, painful lymph nodes?

What are typical colon cancer symptoms that most patients have? Do all cancer patients have swollen, painful lymph nodes?

Here are some ...: Does this question pertain to you? If yes, it is much less likely happening to one at 20. The common symptoms related with colon cancer are changed habit of BM without traceable foods indigestion, bloody in or on stool, but most patients would not have any symptoms at all in its early stage. Besides, it related LN enlargement presents in mesentery, not outside. More? Ask doctors timely. ...Read more

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If chemotherapy fails what options lfd metastic colon cancer? Mets to liver , peritoneal , lymph node ?

Experimental therapy: Some cancer centers do research on patients with aggressive cancers or cancers who do not respond to usual treatment. Although after chemotherapy, there are not very many options and people would like to keep patients as comfortable as possible. Hope it is helpful. ...Read more

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Colon (Definition)

The colon is another term for the large intestine. This is the final portion of the digestive system, responsible for absorbing water and storing stool before evacuation. It is divided into sections described as cecum; ascending, transverse, descending and ...Read more


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Colonic (Definition)

This is a combining term referring to some condition, treatment or disease of the colon. Such as colonic enema, colonic ...Read more