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Urgent, doctors :'( my mom has metastases liver cancer, lung and bone nearby left thigh found tumors. Just found out few days ago, is stage 4. How?

Urgent, doctors :'( my mom has metastases liver cancer, lung and bone nearby left thigh found tumors. Just found out few days ago,  is stage 4. How?

This is too: Common. Some cancers are quiet until they infest other organs, and it is these organs working poorly or hurting that causes the cancer to be known. Some cancers can have life extended by treatment (prostate and breast), others can be treated to relieve symptoms. But for most, it means time to focus on comfort and symptom relief rather than rigorous treatment. ...Read more

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Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


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I have testicular cancer, which now is just germ cell tumor contained to my lungs. How damaging is smoking to the germ cell tumor? The tumor is 2.5cm then there are 15 tiny ones spread throughout.

I have testicular cancer, which now is just germ cell tumor contained to my lungs. How damaging is smoking to the germ cell tumor? The tumor is 2.5cm then there are 15 tiny ones spread throughout.

Hmmmm...: Smoking is unlikely to damage the tumor cells and is probably not going to help you recover from testicular cancer. Furthermore, it will worsen your lung function. This is especially important because one of the drugs used in your chemotherapy also affect the lungs. ...Read more

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Relation of Paget disease of bone and giant cell tumor is what?

Relation of Paget disease of bone and giant cell tumor is what?

Giant: Cell tumor is a rare complication of paget's disease of bone. ...Read more

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What's the diffrence in pain and symptoms between a giant cell tumor, malignant, and a benign one?

What's the diffrence in pain and symptoms between a giant cell tumor, malignant, and a benign one?

None: I'm going to assume you are referring to the familiar bone tumor. They can only be distinguished under the microscope, and even this is difficult. Luckily, the malignant giant cell of bone isn't very aggressive, and usually local recurrences can be managed with the likelihood of a good outcome. ...Read more

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Good day! I was diagnosed having giant cell tumor of the tendon sheaths. Can you please tell something about this. Thank you so much.?

Good day! I was diagnosed having giant cell tumor of the tendon sheaths. Can you please tell something about this. Thank you so much.?

Congratulations: We pathologists love these little things -- "fingeroma" or located somewhere else, they are a glorious shade of yellow, totally non-lifestyle-related (a pleasant change from so much of what we see), and utterly benign. If it regrows, no worries, just go back to your surgeon. Don't confuse this with the somewhat more troublesome giant-cell tumor of bone. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy for a 42 yr old man with stage 4 signer ring cell with metastasis of the lung and how and with what would you treat him?

What is the life expectancy for a 42 yr old man with stage 4 signer ring cell with metastasis of the lung and how and with what would you treat him?

Check EGFR and ALK: Very important to check for egfr mutations and alk re-arrangements, since there are medications that are very effective to treat cancers that are positive for these mutations. As far as prognosis, a 42 year old tends to have a better prognosis than the average patient and in patients with egfr mutations or alk it goes up to 24 to 30 months or more. Please discuss this with your med onc. Best, arie. ...Read more

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My uncle has been identified with non small cell lung cancer and it is metastases (4th stage). He is just 48 year old. Is there any cure?

My uncle has been identified with non small cell lung cancer and it is metastases (4th stage). He is just 48 year old. Is there any cure?

Most time no cure fo: I am so sorry to hear this bad news. I have several patients who were diagnosed stage 4 lung cancer in their 40s, althought most our patients are 60-80s. In aptients with lung cancer who are young or never smoked, the likelihood of having a particularly gene mutation is high, so it is critical to have the patient's gene checked. If certain gene mutation idenfied, a tailored tgerapy can be given. ...Read more

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How to differentiate primary tumor cells from cells of metastases?

Close exam: primary tumor cells are well defined, arising in the organ that initiates the lesion. A cancer of the breast when biopsied shows adenoca cells of breast origin. When metastatic to liver or lung, biopsy will show the same cells as the primary . If the lesion arises in the liver it is not metastatic in terms of cells seen but liver tumor cells or hepatoma. ...Read more

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Confussed . Colon tumor . All scans clear so no metastases . Operation march . Sept scan reveals a liver met . Does this mean escaped cells?

Confussed . Colon tumor . All scans clear so no metastases . Operation march . Sept scan reveals a liver met . Does this mean escaped cells?

Most likely : This depends on many factors. This is true for type of tumor and where located on or in the colon. If your doctors believe it is a metastasis then "escaped " cells is a way to explain it. It is also important to be sure it is the only visible metastasis for planning therapy. ...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


Metastasis (Definition)

A cancer begins in an organ (say the breast). If it gets into the blood stream or the lymphatic stream the cells can travel to other parts of the body where, in the right environment, they may settle and grow. This development of tumor growth far away from the original site ...Read more