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Life expectancy of previously never sick, active healthy 67 year old after colon cancer surgery +12 rounds chemo, 6 months later spread to liver&lung?

Life expectancy of previously never sick, active healthy 67 year old after colon cancer surgery +12 rounds chemo, 6 months later spread to liver&lung?

Your best bet: Is to review a question like this with your medical oncologist. There are many different factors that contribute to survival statistics and you want to make sure you're being provided with accurate information. This requires a more complete understanding of your medical/oncologic history. ...Read more

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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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Second bout of cancer. Several years ago in gall bladder and now thyroid. It was removed and he's (58 years old) is now radiation pill. Survival rate?

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Second bout of cancer. Several years ago in gall bladder and now thyroid. It was removed and he's (58 years old) is now radiation pill. Survival rate?

D/w your oncologist: Survival for cancer will depend on diffferent things like the stage, type of cancer ( biology of cancer), your overall health condition, treatment received, response of treatment etc.Now, i doubt that the cancer in the gallbladder is directly connected to the thyroid- thus these are two separate occurences. Prognosis of follicular/papillary is good if surgically resected w/negative margin.D/w md. ...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?

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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My father had hodgkins chemo killed original cancer but whilst having chemo non hodgkin's grew chemo didnt work now spread brain lung how much time?

My father had hodgkins chemo killed original cancer but whilst having chemo non hodgkin's grew chemo didnt work now spread brain lung how much time?

Be prepared: Advancing lymphoma that is not responsive to treatment usually means a relatively short life span remains, so it is best to prepare and enjoy the present with your loved one. Occasionally, clinical trials of newer drugs may be available for people who have failed conventional treatments, but these are "last ditch" attempts and may not increase survival much, but do help us to learn for future pts. ...Read more

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My friend was diagnosed in march with stage 4 inoperable lung cancer.6 tounds of aggressive chemo shrunk lung tumor but now in both adrenals.Prognosis?

My friend was diagnosed in march with stage 4 inoperable lung cancer.6 tounds of aggressive chemo shrunk lung tumor but now in both adrenals.Prognosis?

Hard to say: Lung cancer often spreads to the adrenal glands, but adrenal tumors are often benign. The best predictor of how well your friend will do is how quickly the tumor is growing. If he truly had nothing there in march and now, despite chemotherapy, has large adrenal tumors growing that is not a good sign. If, however, your frined has had adrenal tumors all along, then the prognosis is much better. ...Read more

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Friend diagnosed stage 4 inoperable lung cancer and adrenals in march.Did 6 rounds aggresive chemo.Lung mass shrank but in 3 months back.Lymph, prognosis?

Friend diagnosed stage 4 inoperable lung cancer and adrenals in march.Did 6 rounds aggresive chemo.Lung mass shrank but in 3 months back.Lymph, prognosis?

Stage IV lung CA: We really have no treatment that will get rid of lung ca that has spread beyond the lung..Stage iv. Treatment can sometimes slow things down but often doesn't even do that. Ca that has become visible on x-rays after only 3 months is very fast growing...You should spend as much time with your friend as you can, now. ...Read more

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Have lung cancer but was in remission with lobectomy 4 yrs. ago. now new lesion on liver is this mets.?

Have lung cancer but was in remission with lobectomy 4 yrs. ago.  now new lesion on liver is this mets.?

Work up required: There is a list of possible diagnoses for a new liver lesion, which includes recurrence and spread of your lung cancer, but also includes many other possibilities that are non-cancerous. A full-work up (a doctor's visit with interview, examination, and testing), possibly requiring biopsy, would be needed. ...Read more

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Dx 8 mos ago stg4 lung cancer what is life expectancy from here dr stopped chemo not working, cancer grew spread. Clinical trial now. On o2 sob cough?

Dx 8 mos ago stg4 lung cancer what is life expectancy from here dr stopped chemo not working, cancer grew spread. Clinical trial now. On o2 sob cough?

Ask your doctor: Lung cancer usually shortens the life of the patient. If as you say the cancer is spreading and you've moved to an unproven clinical trial regimen, it depends on the effectiveness of the drugs and your health. Response is variable. I hope you are able to speak with your close friends and family members about your wishes for those times when you cannot speak. Sob on oxygen, that may be soon. ...Read more

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My pancreatic cancer was treated with chemo. My vocal cords were bothered by the chemo-I was raspy after each chemo. 2 years out, I still have troubl

My pancreatic cancer was treated with chemo. My vocal cords were bothered by the chemo-I was raspy after each chemo.  2 years out, I still have troubl

Vocal cords: It would be a good idea for your primary doctor or cancer specialist to refer you to an Ear, Nose, and Throat doctor. Hope all goes well - please let me know how things are going. ...Read more

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My mom had colon cancer nearly 12 years ago.Has been cancer free since surgery and chemo. CEA is now 3.7., highest it's been since then.Is this bad?

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My mom had colon cancer nearly 12 years ago.Has been cancer free since surgery and chemo. CEA is now 3.7., highest it's been since then.Is this bad?

Not necessarily: when the colon cancer comes back , it usually comes back within the first 5 years from the diagnosis. it is unlikely that the colon cancer comes back after 12 years. in addition, CEA is not very sensitive nor specific for colon cancer. other things like cigarette smoking, other liver problems etc can increase CEA.if she smokes, makes sure to encourage her to quit. she need to follow up with her MD ...Read more

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Mom=cancer mets in lungs and liver. Prim tumor squamous cell in sm bowel. Chemo july to dec. Starting chemo again this week- can tocotrienals help?

Mom=cancer mets in lungs and liver. Prim tumor squamous cell in sm bowel.  Chemo july to dec. Starting chemo again this week- can tocotrienals help?

Tocotrienols and CA: Tocotrienols are vitamin-e related chemicals called tocopherols and, as such, are powerful antioxidants which are known to have a wide variety of salubrious effects on blood vessel and skin integrity, and have been shown in many studies to have some positive effects on some cancers, although i cannot find any literature related to colon cancer. Check with her md about taking these with her meds. ...Read more

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Had tt a year and 3 months ago for metastatic papillary thyroid cancer. I haven't had rai. On the average did the cancer spread to other organs?

Had tt a year and 3 months ago for metastatic papillary thyroid cancer. I haven't had rai. On the average did the cancer spread to other organs?

Thyroid: Papillary metastasizes outside the neck only about 10-15% of patients while local lymph nodes nay occur in up to 50% of patients. You should get rai if you are otherwise healthy. ...Read more

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I hadbreast cancer, thinking removing my ovaries-cancer was hormone responsive.B4 chemo had ivf&embryos frozen.Can i still carry baby without ovaries?

I hadbreast cancer, thinking removing my ovaries-cancer was hormone responsive.B4 chemo had ivf&embryos frozen.Can i still carry baby without ovaries?

Yes: It would be a frozen embryo transfer. You would require a limited amounts of hormones prior to pregnancy but as long as your uterus is present that is fine. But i would speak to your fertility specialist about your frozen embryos before proceeding. ...Read more

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73/m surgery (last month) for stage 4 lung cancer successful This week coughing, took to the doc, cavitary lesion present, did cancer came back?

73/m surgery (last month) for stage 4 lung cancer successful
This week coughing, took to the doc, cavitary lesion present, did cancer came back?

Possible : It is certainly likely this is a recurrence. Especially if you had stage 4. If could also be an infection. You should make sure this is followed up on immediately. ...Read more

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My Dad originally had oesaphageal cancer , he received chemo before surgery but it didnt work..he now has stage 4 cancer in the lungs & major organs..

My Dad originally had oesaphageal cancer , he received chemo before surgery but it didnt work..he now has stage 4 cancer in the lungs & major organs..

Sounds like: a serious problem. Esophageal cancers have poor prognosis in general, because they are difficult to detect early and spread easily to adjacent and distant organs. ...Read more

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Dx 18 mos ago w/ kidney cancer w/2 nodules in lungs. Asymptomatic since. Coughing in the morning now.Could this be the cancer showing itself?

Dx 18 mos ago w/ kidney cancer w/2 nodules in lungs. Asymptomatic since. Coughing in the morning now.Could this be the cancer showing itself?

Need evaluation/Test: The lung nodules may be related to kidney cancer. The best way to find out is to see if they have increased in size over the last 18 months. This can be done with a repeat Chest X-ray or CT scan(same test which showed the nodules first time should be repeated and compared to the original Test). This will provide you an answer. ...Read more

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Diagnosis is leiomayosarcoma- uterine radical hysterical performed. cts 3mos later growths on lung and kidney obstruction am i metastic?

Diagnosis is leiomayosarcoma- uterine radical hysterical performed. cts 3mos later growths on lung and kidney obstruction am i metastic?

Yes it seems like yo: Spread of cancer away from its origin is called metastatic. So if there is tumor recurrence /growths in the lungs...that means metastatic. ...Read more

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My mum, 67 , was diagnosed with colon cancer with liver metastases, lesions in lungs and kidneys. Starting folfox tomorrow?? Life expectancy?

My mum, 67 , was diagnosed with colon cancer with liver metastases, lesions in lungs and kidneys. Starting folfox tomorrow?? Life expectancy?

Not enough: Need to assess for Kras and Nras mutation IF she is wild type she should receive FOLFIRI and Erbitux If she has mutation the treatment of choice FOLFOX and Avastin Life expex 22 - 26 months... If responsive disease can be extended with other agents and survival can extend several years. New agents add to OS sequencing of therapy is important to extend Overal survival ...Read more

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Cf would be evident if it existed in my 14 mo old right? He's had periods of vomiting w/out illness, constant resp infect, coughing. All since birth.

Cf would be evident if it existed in my 14 mo old right? He's had periods of vomiting w/out illness, constant resp infect, coughing. All since birth.

Workup/M.D. visit: CF is one possible cause of frequent respiratory infections and a sweat chloride test is used to help diagnose CF in addition, there are many forms of immunodeficiency which can cause frequent infections. I also would suggest a chest xray to view the thorax. Reflux and possible aspiration into the lungs is another possibility. Records can be reviewed by prmg/pediatr resp @8582599689. ...Read more

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My dad's mom had cervical cancer/he had stage 3 nasal pharynax cancer/ i had a borderline malignant mucinous ovarian tumor(10lbs)/am i @ risk 4 cancer?

My dad's mom had cervical cancer/he had stage 3 nasal pharynax cancer/ i had a borderline malignant mucinous ovarian tumor(10lbs)/am i @ risk 4 cancer?

Do yourself a favor: I appreciate what a confusing time this must be. It appears that you have asked several questions all of which should have been addressed by your physician. You had cancer and you were probably cured. You need to keep up close surveillance for cancer like everyone else, be glad for your life being saved, and get on with productive living. Your physician can be your guide here. ...Read more

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Thymus Cancer (Definition)

Cancer arising in thymus, a lymphoid gland located in the anterior chest(mediastinum). The most common variant ...Read more