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How can I get help for a rare gist (gastrointestinal stromal tumor) case?

How can I get help for a rare gist (gastrointestinal stromal tumor) case?

Oncologist: This is an uncommon tumor, but because of advances in understanding its biology, most ocologists, medical and surgical are very interested in these tumors. The drug Gleevec (imatinib) has improved outcomes for these tumors. When there is an interesting tumor and exciting treatment options, more physicians are available. ...Read more

Neoplasms (Definition)

"tumor" literally translates as "mass", so even a fresh bruise could be called a "tumor". Doctors use the term "neoplasm" (tranlates literally as new growth) to describe tumors that are abnormal growths of cells. These may be benign or malignant; "malignant" = cancer. In everyday usage, we use "tumor" ...Read more


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Friend just diagnosed with mixed glioblastoma... Stage 2. Surgery removed 90% tumor. What could his prognosis be like?

Friend just diagnosed with mixed glioblastoma... Stage 2. Surgery removed 90% tumor. What could his prognosis be like?

Not clear: Not certain if you mean glioma-grade 2. By definition, if you say glioblastoma (gbm), that is grade 4. There is a big difference in prognosis. Gbm have a mean survival of 14 months with maximum surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, although there are many surviving 3-4 years with newer treatments. With grade 2, the average survival is on the order of 10-12 years depending on molecular markers. ...Read more

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4wks to live prognosis. Biliary obstruction due to tumor bilirubin level 112 which reduced to 33 after 24hr drip. Pse explain how bilirubin reduced?

4wks to live prognosis. Biliary obstruction due to tumor bilirubin level 112 which reduced to 33 after 24hr drip. Pse explain how bilirubin reduced?

Bilirubin level: The only way i know to reduce your bilirubin is to relieve the obstruction of your bile duct so i don't understand how any drug could have reduced your bilirubin level. I hope someone else will chime in. ...Read more

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What is the prognosis for a neurocytoma brain tumor?

What is the prognosis for a neurocytoma brain tumor?

Good news!!!: This uncommon tumor was discovered in 1982 and is much less aggressive than most brain tumors. Get two neuropathologists' opinions if you can. A pathologist can spot microscopic features and may do a proliferation index to estimate your changes, but most of these do not recur after excision. Talk with your surgeon, and good luck. ...Read more

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My dad did radiation in 2010 to remove a tumor in the throat. Prognosis?

My dad did radiation in 2010 to remove a tumor in the throat. Prognosis?

Good: Most tumors of the head and neck and in particular throat are squamous cancers. These lesions if not requiring surgery and chemotherapy along with neck dissection for control can probably be considered localized. Under such circumstances radiation therapy is the treatment needed and if the tumor did not recur in the 1-2 year period would have a high degree of curablility at the 4 year interval. ...Read more

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What is the prognosis if a breast ultrasound reports tumor with "fuzzy" borders?

What is the prognosis if a breast ultrasound reports tumor with "fuzzy" borders?

Ill-defined borders: I cannot say that i've ever seen the term "fuzzy" in a breast ultrasound report. In an effort to improve communication of radiology reports, a system is in place to objectively categorize all mammographic and sonographic abnormalities, called birads. If this was considered a birads 4 or 5 abnormality, the radiologist was suspicious enough of a cancer to recommend biopsy. ...Read more

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Prognosis for 3 pancreatic ampullary cancer tumors. 1 removed with whipple. Chemo 7months helped 1 shrink & 1 disappear. Liver lesions shrank. ?

It depends: Prognosis for Pancreatic Cancer is typically quite poor. But in some patients(5-10%) the tumor can be completely controlled but 90+ percent do tend to get into trouble in one to two years after Surgery. Are you currently free of any visible Cancer in your abdomen? Tell us the details of your recent test results...do they show any tumors or have these been completely controlled??? ...Read more

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Mesothelioma biopsy says 'portions of fibrous tissue infiltrated by malignant cells forming nests. tumor cells +'ve for CK7 and calretinin. prognosis?

Marker not prognosis: CK7 and calretinin are used to verify that the tumor is mesothelial in origin (versus adenocarcinoma of the lung). It does not provide information about prognosis. Factors associated with pleural mesothelioma prognosis include: functional status, blood counts, histology (epithelial best vs fibrosarcomatous poorest), and tumor size (degree of involvement of pleural cavity). Several new trials. ...Read more

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My friend diagnosed stage 4 inoperablel lung cancer.6 rounds of chemo shrunk tumor but tumors in adrenals grew.She was diagnosed in march.Prognosis?

Cosider localtherapy: I think the lung cancer can metastasize to the adrenal gland either by the lymphatic or the hematogenous route. In case of metastasis by the lymphatic route, it can be a solitary metastasis, and the prognosis can be relatively better. If the patient is young and in good performance status, aggressive treatment(stereotactic radiotherapy or even removal) can be considered in very selected case. ...Read more

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Prognosis (Definition)

The prognosis is the predicted outcome or "forecast" for a disease or process. It is only an estimate but is likely based on past experience or data taking into account the individual's overall health status. It may suggest progression of disease ...Read more


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