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Diagnosed with cancer?

Diagnosed with cancer?

One Day At A Time: I don't think there is any more devastating news than hearing the word cancer. A few generalizations: 1-throw away any preconceived notions--everyone's cancer is different 2-knowledge is power: the more (accurate)info you get, the better. Good websites include the american cancer society and the national cancer inst. 3-choose a dr. Who you can communicate with 4-take it 1 day at a time. Good luck. ...Read more

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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Symptoms of someone diagnosed with ovarian cancer?

Symptoms of someone diagnosed with ovarian cancer?

Ovarian cancer: The four most common symptoms of early ovarian cancer are pain, bloating, feeling full when trying to eat (satiety), and urinary changes. ...Read more

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My sister has been diagnosed with cholangio carcinoma cancer ?

My sister has been diagnosed with cholangio carcinoma cancer
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Biliary cancer.: While uncommon as far as GI malignancies, cholangiocarcinoma typically carries a poor prognosis. Your sister needs to discuss options with her Oncologist. ...Read more

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A friend of mine was just diagnosed with rectal cancer, liver cancer and lung cancer. What is his life expectancy?

A friend of mine was just diagnosed with rectal cancer, liver cancer and lung cancer. What is his life expectancy?

Grave Situation: Of course we cannot even begin to guess at this tragic situation. I would defer to the physicians providing him care. But, as you have surmised it may not be long for him. ...Read more

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My mother has been diagnosed with a squamous cell rectal carcinoma with metastatic liver and lung tumors how long with treatment should we elect to?

My mother has been diagnosed with a squamous cell rectal carcinoma with metastatic liver and lung tumors how long with treatment should we elect to?

Probably anal cancer: Likely anal and not rectal given the pathology. If squamous cell, needs specific chemotherapy. However, not curable but treatable. Treatment should be continued based on response, however, the drugs used for this cancer have a cumulative toxicity. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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How is someone diagnosed with lymphoma?

How is someone diagnosed with lymphoma?

Combination modes: Masses, enlargement of lymph nodes along the chains in neck,, axilla,, inguinal etc are the common signs but rare ones include masses outside nodes like stomach or skin. Imaging can detect enlarged nodes internally. If your doctor suspects, definitive diagnosis requires biopsy, plus ancillary tests that includes flow cytometry molec genetics immunostains to classify which type among the 60 kinds ...Read more

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I work with a woman who has been diagnosed with colon cancer, how to help?

I work with a woman who has been diagnosed with colon cancer, how to help?

Ask her: This is not a medical answer but in my experience, everyone deals with cancer differently and will accept or appreciate different levels of help. Be ready to stand by what you offer, though. Best to both. ...Read more

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My mom was diagnosed with colorectal sarcoma. What is her prognosis?

My mom was diagnosed with colorectal sarcoma. What is her prognosis?

More info needed: This is a very unusual tumor. Are you sure it was a sarcoma and not a colorectal carcinoma (cancer)? The prognosis depends upon whether the tumor was able to be resected, and what other areas of the body it involved (stage). ...Read more

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A friend of mine has been diagnosed with intestinal cancer recently. Is it treatable with much success?

A friend of mine has been diagnosed with intestinal cancer recently.  Is it treatable with much success?

Depends on stage: And type of cancer. Colon is the commonest site of intestinal cancers and early colon cancer has an excellent survival rate. The rates decline with advancing stage. Five year survival rates by stage are: 1 ~ 93%, ; 2 ~ 80%, 3~60%, 4 ~ 5%. ...Read more

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Mom's been diagnosed with a cholangicarcinoma?

Mom's been diagnosed with a cholangicarcinoma?

Cholangiocarcinoma: Sorry to hear about your mother. The role of chemotherapy is evolving in patients with advanced cholangiocarcinoma. No single chemotherapy agent or combination regimen consistently leads to objective tumor shrinkage, forestalls recurrent obstruction following palliative intervention, or extends survival beyond 8 to 15 months. Try Clinicaltrials.gov for active trials available. ...Read more

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My father was recently diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. How can I cope emotionally?

My father was recently diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. How can I cope emotionally?

With difficulty: But love, time, support and prayers go a long way. Think of and do fun things together when you can! ...Read more

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Diagnosed with cancer. Stop estrogen?

Diagnosed with cancer. Stop estrogen?

Type?: Depends entirely on the type. Some physicians discontinue estrogen supplements in the presence of present or past breast cancer. Some cancers caught and treated early are mere speedbumps. A more serious cancer should prompt a discussion with your physician similar to the one that preceded your decision to supplement in the first place. Good luck. ...Read more

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How can I best support a friend whose mother is diagnosed with brain cancer?

How can I best support a friend whose mother is diagnosed with brain cancer?

If your friend is: Actually caring for her mother, she will need physical help as well as emotional help. But being a friend sometimes means simply being there. You do not know what she is goiong through, her feelings, or even the lationship she had with her mom. Listen. Your job is not to offer medical advice. Ask what you can do to help. Show up with tray of freshly bake cookies. ...Read more

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My mother has been diagnosed with metastatic adenocarcinoma with mucinous features. Can you explain what this means?

My mother has been diagnosed with metastatic adenocarcinoma with mucinous features. Can you explain what this means?

Glandular activity: Primary tumors with mucinous features are those that are derived from organs producing mucin to allow the organ to function. The most common organ whose tumor,an adenocarcinoma, has mucinous features is that from colon. As such the metastatic tumors would have segmental areas within the spreading lesion that demonstrates the presence of fields of mucin on histologic exam. ...Read more

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Father diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma of buccal mucosa. Mod differentiated. Can this be handled with radiation, given his age 90 yr and angina?

Father diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma of buccal mucosa. Mod differentiated. Can this be handled with radiation, given his age 90 yr and angina?

Options?: He should be given treatment options. Given life expectancy, conservative management would seem preferable in order to optimize his quality of life. ...Read more

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Have you diagnosed someone young with intraductal papilloma, carcinoma in situ or breast cancer?

Have you diagnosed someone young with intraductal papilloma, carcinoma in situ or breast cancer?

Yes: While these diagnoses are less common in young women, they do occur. If you have concerns, you should consider getting an ultrasound or a mammogram. ...Read more

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My mom was recently diagnosed with tubular carcinoma. Why?

My mom was recently diagnosed with tubular carcinoma. Why?

Breast Cancer: Tubular carcinoma is a rare form of breast cancer where the microscopic appearance of the tumor cells resemble tubes. These account for only about 2% of breast cancers and usually carry a good prognosis with low risk of lymph node metastasis. Treatment is usually conservative surgery followed by radiation +/- adjuvant systemic therapy depending on other factors. ...Read more

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Someone i know was recently diagnosed with hodgkin's lymphoma, how fatal is this cancer?

HD even: In advanced stages with b symptoms can be curable...The early stages are almost always cured with proper therapy. ...Read more