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Colon Cancer That Has Spread To Omentum
If stomach cancer has invaded the fibroadipose tissue under the pancreas, can it be cured? Presuming that the cancer hasn't spread to distant organs.
Potentially curable: Aggressive locally advance stomach (gastric) cancers that erode into nearby organs can potentially be cured with aggressive surgery and chemoradiation therapy. The staging workup with PET-CT scan must be performed along with high-definition scans of abdomen with CT or MRI. The procedure may end up being like a Whipple surgery. The surgical oncologist is the doctor that will make the decision. ...Read more
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
Mum has large mass (colorectal cancer mestasis to lung) in her lung that is pushing up against her esophagus. No more Chemo. Life expectancy?
Approx 1 yr.: An assumption that primary has been resected. As such what is in lung will stay in lung. With esophageal compression, tube feedings may be used for nourishment. Then if FOLFIERI not used should be employed followed by drugs like Erbitux, Avastin, (bevacizumab) Zaltrap and when these fail may be candidate for monoclonal Neo102 followed by Neo 201. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
My mom has stage 4 colon cancer that spread to most of her intestines. Will radiation treatment help her?
No RT: Radiation therapy is not employed in metastatic colon cancer. Its most frequently employed in large rectal or rectosigmoid tumors with chemo to shrink the tumor in preparation for surgery. Metastatic stage 4 colon cancer is treated by combination chemo with immunotherapy i.e. FOLFIERI + ZALTRAP ( an epidermal growth factor inhibitor) New monoclonals are also in FDA trials for stage 4 colon Ca. ...Read more
Hmmmm: You know, the terms "stage iv" and "cure" are not usually put in the same sentence by oncologists because in theory, most stage IV cancers are incurable. That said, I have seen a handful of patients who had a limited number of metastases to the liver or lung and are in remission years later after aggressive surgery and chemo. Don't lose hope. Best wishes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are the chances that breast cancer that has spread to the lymn nodes has not spread to other organ..
Lymph Nodes are a...: ...Window into the rest of the body, meaning, when breast cancer is found in the axillary nodes we assume it is elsewhere. Removing cancerous lymph nodes does not short-circuit the spread of cancer--it tells us what tools are needed. However, this does not make it incurable. It simply means that a combination of chemotherapy & your own body's immune defense will have to kill these "foreigners". ...Read more
Possibly.: Once cancer has spread outside the place it started, it is much harder to cure. If the cancer can be surgically removed from her stomach, or if it disappears with chemotherapy, it's possible she could be cured. But it's more likely the cancer will only be kept in check by treatment and not cured. I'm sorry to give you this news. ...Read more
Once cancer has developed to stage 4, when it spread to different organs and chemo is given, does this remove cancer or is the organ itself cancerous?
Early: Unfortunately, it appears that pancreatic cancer spreads to other organs very early in its development before the cancer is even detectable. We believe that the cancer cells become migratory and get into the local lymphatic and vascular channels, as well as moving along nerve fibers. The cancer cells then have to "set up shop" in a new place, the most common being lymph nodes, liver, lung, etc. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I wish I could say..: I wish i could say yes. But, unfortunately the answer is no. When the throat cancer has spred to the liver that is a stage IV disease and is an incurable disease. It is stil a treatable disease. Please discuss detail treatment plan with your oncologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Stage IV lung cancer: Straight to the point...There is nothing that will change or delay the inevitalbe. Everyday is a blessing and is precious and you should treat it as such. The text books will say six months or less but it is usually a lot less. Some patients will last a few days and others will take a few weeks depending on their overall strength. They are only traveling the path we all will soon follow. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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