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Is it dangerous to have anal sex after having radiation therapy for prostate cancer?

Is it dangerous to have anal sex after having radiation therapy for prostate cancer?

No: The rectum is somewhat irritated during and shortly after radiation, so use of lubrication and common sense is recommended. If it hearts and is too irritated avoid till symptoms resolve. ...Read more

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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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How effective r chemotherapy uft pills in metastic colon cancer?

How effective r chemotherapy uft pills in metastic colon cancer?

Some response: meds like Xeloda have some tempoary benefit suppressing DNA function as an oral 5FU (fluorouracil). Long term responses are not seen requiring combination therapy to give an optimjum response. Eventually if cancer does show a good response, malignant stem cells will repopulate the site of the original metastasis. ...Read more

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Side effects to chemo. He's being treated for colon cancer stage 4.?

Side effects to chemo. He's being treated for colon cancer stage 4.?

Depends on chemo: The side effects of chemotherapy depend on the chemos involved. In general bone marrow suppression (bms) causing lower red blood cells (rbcs) with anemia, lowered wbcs with increased risk of infection, and lowerd platelets with increased risk of bleeding. Oxalipaltin ("o" in folfox) can cause numbness or cold induced nerve pain. Irinotecan ("i" in folfiri) causes diarrhea. Etc... ...Read more

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Ihow effective are uft chemotherapy pills for metastic colon cancer ?

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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Can breast cancer recur after radiation therapy?

Can breast cancer recur after radiation therapy?

Yes: No matter what treatment, cancer of the breast does not have 100 % results. So with lumpectomy and radiation cancer can still recurr. This is why patients need to follow with all their doctors for exams and x-rays. If there is a recurrence other options exist such as mastectomy. ...Read more

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Anyone using oxaliplatin and 5-FU for colon cancer?

Anyone using oxaliplatin and 5-FU for colon cancer?

Yes, absolutely: 5fu (fluorouracil) based chemotherapy is the standard chemotherapy in colon cancer. Combination of 5-FU and oxaliplatin is widely used and a standard regiment of chemotherapy in colorectal cancer. A big randoomized clinical trial in colon cancer ( mosaic study) has demonstrated the overall survival benefit of using combination of 5fu (fluorouracil)/oxaliplatin in stage iii colon cancer and limited case of stage ii disease. ...Read more

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Can Radiotherapy be used for metastic colon cancer if chemotherapy is resistant ?

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Radiotherapy be used for metastic colon cancer if chemotherapy is resistant ?

Not often: Radiotherapy can be useful in certain select cases where the Cancer is localized to one or two spots only. This means 1 patient in 5 may be suitable candidate. But you need to seek consultation with a radiation oncologist before you can get a clear cut answer for your circumstances. ...Read more

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My prostate cancer is being treated with radioactive seeds (brachytherapy). What precautions should I take during and after prostate cancer brachytherapy?

My prostate cancer is being treated with radioactive seeds (brachytherapy). What precautions should I take during and after prostate cancer brachytherapy?

You may need to take some precautions, but it depends on the type of prostate cancer brachytherapy you receive: Prostate cancer brachytherapy is designed to treat prostate cancer by delivering radiation treatment to only the prostate. This is done by implanting radioactive "seeds" containing your treatment inside your prostate gland. Prostate cancer brachytherapy can be done with different types of radioactive seeds. The amount of radiation released by the seeds and the duration of treatment depend on the type of seeds used. The lifetime radiation exposure to family members of men receiving prostate cancer brachytherapy is very low and doesn't exceed the annual limit set by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Although the seeds remain in the prostate for the rest of your life, the amount of radiation released by them decreases with time and eventually becomes negligible. Your radiation oncologist can provide detailed information about the specific treatment used. Recommendations for the first two months after seed implantation may include: Avoiding sexual intercourse for the first two weeks, After the first two weeks, using a condom during sexual intercourse in case a seed is passed during ejaculation, Limiting close contact with children and pregnant women, Not allowing children to sit on your lap for extended periods of time. If you travel to foreign countries, you may encounter radiation detectors at some border security checkpoints. Consider carrying a card from your radiation oncologist indicating that you have had a prostate seed implant. ...Read more

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Will having radiation seeds implanted for prostate cancer affect my sexual performance?

Will having radiation seeds implanted for prostate cancer affect my sexual performance?

Possibly: The nerves around and in the capsule of the prostate will get radiated and there is a 20 percent chance this will effect your sexual function. As far as treatments available the seed treatment has the least probability of effecting sex function. ...Read more

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Ciii ovarian cancer in 06, 1212, surgery and chemo paxitaxtel/carboplatin. In remission. Recurrence treated with tamoxifen, carboplatin alone, abraxan, then topotacan to no avail. Which chemo next?

Ciii  ovarian cancer in 06, 1212, surgery and chemo paxitaxtel/carboplatin.  In remission. Recurrence treated with tamoxifen, carboplatin alone, abraxan, then topotacan to no avail. Which chemo next?

Many options: Choosing chemo depends on many factors, so only your doctor can decide what might work for you. Drugs you haven't mentioned include altretamine, capecitabine, cytoxan, (cyclophosphamide) vinorelbine, ifosfamide, etoposide, and irinotecan. There are also several hormonal agents. And a clinical trial might be an option. Check out www.Cancer.Gov for more info. And good luck. ...Read more

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Will avastin (bevacizumab) increase survival significantly for metastic colon cancer with liver mets ? Is it a risky drug

Slight benefit: Bevacizumab (Avastin (bevacizumab)) is one of those drugs that is extremely expensive and often has limited benefit. Patients with metastatic colon cancer who received Avastin (bevacizumab) plus chemotherapy lived 1-2 months longer on average than those receiving chemo only. Because it has marginal benefit but costs ~$30,000 the U.K. Health Service won't pay for it. It can cause skin rash, bleeding or wound healing problems. ...Read more

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Which treatment is better for Prostate cancer - Stage 1? Surgery for prostate removal or Radiation therapy with some medication?

Which treatment is better for Prostate cancer - Stage 1? Surgery for prostate removal or Radiation therapy with some medication?

It is debatable: This is a common dilema as both treatment types(surgery and Radiotherapy) give equally good results. The chocie between the two is based on your Age and personal preference. I would advise you to meet with both specialists ,and go for surgery if your age is ...Read more

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Can pancreatic cancer be treated with radiation therapy?

Can pancreatic cancer be treated with radiation therapy?

Yes: Those that have resection still likely need radiation and chemotherapy. Those that are not resectable can also benefit. The outcome may not cause a cure as this cancer is aggressive. Radiation has a major role on treating pancreas cancer non the less. ...Read more

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How effective is irinotecan alone for metastic colon cancer ?

How effective is irinotecan alone for metastic colon cancer ?

Work w/ your Dr: This is worth discussing w/ your Dr or getting a 2nd opinion. They spent years building a knowledge base and also have examined you! Some research finds it less beneficial alone than in combo: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24560487 But talk about your case w/ your team. ...Read more

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Can elderly breast cancer patients still get radiation therapy?

Yes: Breast cancer is treated by stage but consideration is made to performance status not just age. So if the disease requires radiation even the elderly can usually tolerate the treatment. Stage 1 patients who have positive receptors may be able to omit the radiation if they are over 70 if they take hormone pills. ...Read more

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Are uft chemo pills used for metastatic colon cancer with a met to liver and 1 aortocaval node?

Yes, it can be an op: This pill is often used in Japan. So it is not popular in the US. Moreover, it is better to be treated with a combination of 2 or 3 medicines that are proven useful in the treatment of metastatic colon Cancer. I would advise you to seek a second opinion so that you can make sure that your treatment is not substandard. ...Read more

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How effective is y90 radiation for treating stage 4 colon cancer in combination with chemo?

How effective is y90 radiation for treating stage 4 colon cancer in combination with chemo?

Very good palliation: Y90 microspheres are very good at relieving pain or progression of liver metastasis from colon primaries. While this may improve survival chemotherapy addresses the disease in other parts of the body. Y90 is infused specifically into the liver and associated with good efficacy whith few side effects. ...Read more

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How effective is radiation therapy for treating colon cancer?

How effective is radiation therapy for treating colon cancer?

Partially effective: The best approach for colon cancer is resection. If lesion is large such as one in the rectosigmoid, then RT plus chemo can be employed to reduce the lesion for resection. While the end effect minimizes local recurrence, it does not alter overall survival. ...Read more

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Pancreatic cancer, ampullary tumor. Whipple procedure. Spread to liver, not respectable. Chemo for 6 months and continuing. Prognosis?

Pancreatic cancer, ampullary tumor. Whipple procedure.  Spread to liver, not respectable. Chemo for 6 months and continuing. Prognosis?

Poor: While Whipple is the best approach for a primary pancreatic or ampullary lesion, the recurrence rate at 1-2 yrs is 90%. Chemo either of the FOLFIERI or Genciabine /Abraxane combo have limited effects on liver mets which in pancreas are not considered amenable to resection. There is an FDA protocol using specific monoclonals targeting pancreas that might be available but only after chemo failure ...Read more

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If I have colon cancer and get radiation therapy, can I safely have sex with my husband?

If I have colon cancer and get radiation therapy, can I safely have sex with my husband?

Yes: Once you leave the radiation room there is no radiation left in you to effect your husband. As long as you do not have discomfort in the abdomen, pelvis or genitals there is no reason you can not have sex. ...Read more

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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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How effective is neoadjuvant therapy for treating colon cancer?

How effective is neoadjuvant therapy for treating colon cancer?

Partially: Chemotherapy in all of its forms is only partially helpful in improving the survival of colon cancer. When there is an effective neoadjuvant response the remaining lesion can be successfully resected. complete surgical extirpation is the needed result. As immunochemo becomes more effective then the combination with surgery will even produce better results. ...Read more

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How effective is radiation therapy for treating colon cancer?

Partially effective: The best approach for colon cancer is resection. If lesion is large such as one in the rectosigmoid, then RT plus chemo can be employed to reduce the lesion for resection. While the end effect minimizes local recurrence, it does not alter overall survival. ...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 it possible to get radiation therapy for colon cancer?

Is it possible to get radiation therapy for colon cancer?

Yes: Radiation is standard treatment for rectal cancers which have not spread and is used in combination with chemotherapy. For pure colon cancers, radiation is used sometimes in special situations (e.g. Cancer involving nearby critical organ or causing pain/ bleeding). The main therapies for colon cancer though are surgery and chemotherapy. ...Read more

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Can any targeted therapies or other drugs help with metastic colon cancer when Xeloda (capecitabine) n irinotecan has failed ?

Can any targeted therapies or other drugs help with metastic colon cancer when Xeloda (capecitabine) n irinotecan has failed ?

Yes: Target agents that have activity either as single agent or as combination for recurrent or refractory metastatic colon cancer as a second line include: Avastin (bevacizumab) or Cetuximab/Panitumumab (if k-ras, n-ras, b-raf are wide type) or Regorafenib (inhibitor of angiogenic receptor) or aflibercept. FOLFOX may be effective too after irinotecan has failed. Clinical trials are aslo available. ...Read more

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3 cycles of chemotherapy so far for metastic colon cancer shows therapy working , if 2 cycles are missed due to ill health , will cancer start growing agsin ?

No: If 3 cycles of chemo given and well tolerated, evaluation might show stability or regression if drugs working. If missing 2 cycles, this will not allow further regression while off medication, but if resumed a further response may be defined. Most combo drugs for colon cancer may show a termporary response but not cure. The newer combinations with Immunochemotherapy more effective. ...Read more

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Can radiation therapy be delivered to a colon cancer from a device inside a patient?

Can radiation therapy be delivered to a colon cancer from a device inside a patient?

Yes: In some universities and major institutions there are dedicated machines for intraoperative radiation given to an area of concern that the surgeon could not resect and this device is aimed inside the abdomen to give the radiation. This is not common or widely available and outside machines are more readily available. ...Read more

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Can radiation therapy help to treat colon cancer that's spread to the liver or kidneys?

Can radiation therapy help to treat colon cancer that's spread to the liver or kidneys?

Yes: If the disease is limited and original colon cancer addressed focal intense radiation called radiosurgery can be very effective. If there is significant disease then standard radiation can be used to help symptoms. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for colon cancer?

Surgery+/-ChemoRx: The cornerstone of therapy is surgical resection of the part of the colon. The stage of the cancer is dependent upon the surgical findings (depth of cancer, lymph node evaluation), which will guide the decision regarding chemotherapy. Very rarely, radiation therapy will be recommended for more advanced colon cancers. ...Read more

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What kinds of treatment are available for colon cancer?

What kinds of treatment are available for colon cancer?

Many: Colon cancer is so common that many medical trials have been performed which help doctors know better how to treat this disease. Depending upon the patient and stage of cancer, surgery, radiation, and various chemotherapies may be of benefit. You oncology team who know your specific situation can give more specific recommendations. ...Read more

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What kind of pills or treatment can somebody get for colon cancer?

What kind of pills or treatment can somebody get for colon cancer?

Many options: Colon cancer is best treated in a multidisciplinary fashion according to location and stage at diagnosis. Most treatments are iv, but several oral agents are used as part of treatment regimens including Capecitabine (xeloda), and some targeted agents in trials. Treatment in early stages or selected patients with stage IV disease also involves surgery and may involve radiation. ...Read more

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What are the treatment options for colon cancer.Is it fully treated.Thanks?

What are the treatment options for colon cancer.Is it fully treated.Thanks?

Depends: This depends on so many things, where it is, how invasive, what type of cancer, metastasis, patient health, etc. I do not mean to make light of it any way and I hope you are not dealing with it. While some may have successful treatments, it is very hard to say on any prognostic factors without a lot of detail in this specific circumstance. I know this does not clarify much, but hope it helps. ...Read more

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Why do people become upset when i say if i get colon cancer im most likely going to refuse treatment?

Why do people become upset when i say if i get colon cancer im most likely going to refuse treatment?

See below: Probably because more than likely if you get colon cancer it'd be curable with treatment. So you'd be choosing not to treat a curable condition, in effect making a curable disease terminal. ...Read more

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If have stage 3b colon cancer and refuse to do port treatment and will only do pills how does it affect your chances?

If have stage 3b colon cancer and refuse to do port treatment and will only do pills how does it affect your chances?

Please reconsider: A central IV port is no big deal. Regardless of the stats, why toss out this option (a mainstay of Rx) even before giving it a try? Please remember this can be a really nasty disease and I'd like to see you fight it with all you've got. I would hate to have you regret tying one hand behind your back years from now.
I personally have been fighting cancer for 20 years and I like the challenge. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for stage 3 colon cancer ?

Surgery and ? chemo: The first step is to remove the tumor and lymph nodes to see if tumor has spread to these. Since you know it is stage iii this must have already be done. We know in patients with the disease spread to nodes around the tumor, it is more likely to recurr. The addition of chemotx reduces this risk. Talk to an oncologist about the risks and benefits of the chemo. Most patients should recieve it. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for hereditary colon cancer?

What is the treatment for hereditary colon cancer?

Depends: There are a number of inherited defects that may lead to colon cancer. In some cases, e.g. Apc, a prophylactic colectomy is advisable. In most cases the treatment is the same as for sporadic cancer. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Fiala
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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