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Which professionals help with lung cancer and stroke?

Which professionals help with lung cancer and stroke?

Lung CA Specialists: Specialists who diagnose and treat lung cancer are Pulmonologists, Thoracic Surgeons, Medical oncologists, and Radiation Oncologists. Stroke specialists are Neurologists. ...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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Who is someone with a brain tumor or with brain cancer?

Who is someone with a brain tumor or with brain cancer?

Yes: As a brain surgeon with a specialty in brain tumors, i frequently treat patients with brain tumors/cancers. However, i emphacize that the treatment is multispecialty and involves coordinated care with oncologists and radiation oncologists. This depends on the type of the tumor. Tumors may be benign, low grade or frankly malignant (cancer). Treatment and prognosis depends on tumor type. ...Read more

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Are brain and lung cancer related?

Are brain and lung cancer related?

NO: These cancers are not related. But.... Many people are confused by the concept that lung cancers can spread to the brian as metastasis. This happens all to often and is in fact more common tha a primary brain tumor. ...Read more

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Does radiation help with stage 4 breast cancer that has mets to the brain?

Does radiation help with stage 4 breast cancer that has mets to the brain?

Yes: Radiation is very important to control symptoms like headaches or seizures. In rare cases, surgery or gamma knife are used but only if there are only a few mets and the rest of the disease is under control. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy for someone with brain metastases from lung cancer?

What is the life expectancy for someone with brain metastases from lung cancer?

Tough: Depends but one can guesstimate that it would be months. Some patients do better and can survive longer. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Tragic. How to cope with friend with metastatic melanoma?

Tragic. How to cope with friend with metastatic melanoma?

With great caring: There are exciting new treatments for this disease, but they still are not cures. I would support them during treatment. Listen carefully and with caring. ...Read more

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Are wilm's tumor associated with brain tumors later in life?

Are wilm's tumor associated with brain tumors later in life?

Occasionally: Secondary cancer. Wilms tumor survivors have a small risk of developing another type of cancer within 15 years after wilms tumor was first diagnosed. The most important risk factors are whether treatment included radiation therapy and doxorubicin. Wilms tumor in children can also spread or metastasis thru the bloodstream to the brain, lungs or lymph nodes occasionally in children. ...Read more

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58 Years old diagnosed with Stage IV colorectal cancer and spread to liver with 7+cm tumor and lesions in the lung. What kind of life expectancy?

58 Years old diagnosed with Stage IV colorectal cancer and spread to liver with 7+cm tumor and lesions in the lung. What kind of life expectancy?

It Depends: Recent progress in genetic typing of individual Colon Ca tumors and genetic specific tumor drugs is leading to better understanding of likelihood of treatment success. See: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Arun_Azad/publication/246837094_Predicting_the_response_to_targeted_therapy_in_metastatic_colorectal_cancer/links/5419c4180cf2218008bf9f8a.pdf I recommend getting into a clinical trial. ...Read more

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Is having Alzheimer's similar to living with cancer?

Is having Alzheimer's similar to living with cancer?

No: Alzheimer's disease is a progressive loss of cognitive abilities and function while with most cancers, the person can function well until shortly before death. ...Read more

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Explain the physical progression of stage 4 metastasis lung cancer in brains and pelvic with an 8 month diagnosis?

Explain the physical progression of stage 4 metastasis lung cancer  in brains and pelvic with an  8 month diagnosis?

Much: This is much too difficult to handle in an email. This should be discussed with your primary care physician/aprn and/or the oncologist. www.thepmc.org. ...Read more

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What is the prognosis of life expectancy of someone diagnosed with NSCLC WITH mets to, liver, multiple bones, multiple lymph nodes and brain?

What is the prognosis of life expectancy of someone diagnosed with NSCLC WITH mets to, liver, multiple bones, multiple lymph nodes and brain?

NSCLC: Unfortunately, the prognosis isn't good. One year survival is about 30%. 5 year survival with distant mets is less than 4%. Just remember that statistics are valid for groups. Who knows what grace God might bestow on any individual? ...Read more

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Can brain cancer worsen a mood disorder?

Can brain cancer worsen a mood disorder?

Sure: Although the causes of mood disorders can be complex, a tumor within the brain can also affect mood depending on the location of the mass and its effect on surrounding brain tissue/function, and release of chemicals. Sometimes the treatments for the brain tumor (steroids, chemotherapy medications, and anti-seizure medications) can also cause changes to a person's mood (worsen or improve). ...Read more

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Are the survival rates with stage 4 metastatic melanoma with mets to the brain, liver and skin really poor?

Unfortunately: Metastatic melanoma is a very difficult to treat disease. Luckily this last year there have been 4 new drugs that are active, perhaps you should consider a clinical trial that utilizes these medications. ...Read more

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Advanced prostrate cancer spread to brain, spine and liver/what is life expectancy time?

Not long...: ...I'm afraid, particularly if it's spread to the brain. It may vary depending on whether he gets treatment and how well it works but in general his prognosis is very poor. I would focus on helping him feel as good as possible for whatever time he is given rather than guessing how long he actually has. ...Read more

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How can angiogenesis and invasion influence tumor growth and metastasis in a patient with breast cancer?

The general concept: The general concept behind angiogenesis promoting cancer metastasis growth is that cancer cells / tumors use more nutrients and therefore need more blood flow than usual to grow to a large size, and that if we can inhibit this new vessel growth stimulated by tumors, we can limit the growth of the tumor. ...Read more

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Can the frontal lobe of the ADHD brain catch up with a non-adhd brain?

Can the frontal lobe of the ADHD brain catch up with a non-adhd brain?

Frontal lobe functio: The smaller size of the frontal lobe catches up, but it"s function does improve with the aid of medicines ...Read more

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As a cancer survivor, what support system help my family cope?

As a cancer survivor, what support system help my family cope?

Local groups: Many communities have support agencies available. You should seek resources nearby. ...Read more

Dr. Henry Friedman
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Brain Tumor (Definition)

Can cause headaches, weakness, dizziness, seizures, and blurry vision. Also ...Read more