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How Long Do You Live If You Have Brain Metastis With Lymphoma
Tough question: There are over 40 different types of nhl. Some are curable and some are not. There are certain types of nhl that only need treatment if they cause trouble. They are typically not curable and you treat when needed. But people can live a long life and may not require therapy. ...Read more
That depends.: There are many different kinds of leukemia. Some are curable, some can be controlled so well the patient has a normal lifespan, others are slow growing with survival over a decade. The acute leukemias are the dangerous ones, with rapid onset, high risk of death if not successfully controlled with chemotherapy and/or stem cell transplant. Even then, some of these patients can be cured. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No way to say: It depends entirely on the type of cancer. Stage 4 means the cancer has spread through the body. If it's pancreas, you're talking a few weeks. Other cancers that have spread widely can be cured or controlled with radiation and chemotherapy. Cancer is many different diseases. ...Read more
It varies : This is often a very difficult, if not impossible, question to answer for patients. Knowing someone's cancer type and stage and overall health, we can look at statistics of comparable patients and provide estimates of response to therapy, but this is, at best, an educated guess. Statistics are for populations, not for individuals--what does someone look like who has "70% survived" a cancer? ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: There are different factors calculated -most importantly the stage of the cancer, the biology/molecular of the cancer, the treatment, response to therapy etc. Other things like age, overall health conditions, your decision are also important and affect on your prognosis and how long you are going to survive. It varies from just a few months to being cured. It is all individualized. D/w your md. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not long: True "heart cancer" is very rare. It is also called myocardial sarcoma. If it can be removed completely, it can be cured. However, it's often not possible to remove it, and in most cases it has already spread. It that's the case, it usually grows quickly. Chemotherapy is not helpful. Most people die within 6 months. I'm sorry to give you such bad news, but it's only fair for you to know. ...Read more
How long can you live a brain tumor and not know about it? Can you live 12 yrs with it and not know it?
Sometimes: Brain tumors come in different types, some benign and slow-growing, some malignant and often fast-growing. Clearly some patients go many years, even more than 12, without knowing they have a tumor, which can be shown to have been present if they happened to have had a head ct or MRI after, for example, an accident. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I'm just wondering, if you have lupus and sarcoidosis and you refuse treatment. How long could you live for?
It depends: It depends on the organ involvement. Talk to your rheumatologist who knows your case best and he or she could give you a better estimate. ...Read more
How do you know if somebody has osteochondroma or osteosarcoma? Do you have to wait for biopsy results?
Almost never: Osteochondroma and osteosarcoma look very different on x-ray, ct and mri. Osteochondroma can be confidently diagnosed with imaging alone. There is <1% chance of an osteochondroma turning into a chondrosarcoma. In that rare event, it's usually a low grade one that almost never spreads. For osteosarcoma, there is usually strong suspicion based on imaging, but a biopsy is needed to confirm. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why?: The answer depends on the type of tumor, stage at which it is present and whether there are metastases. Why wait to see how long you will live? Go get yourself examined properly. If it is early and still left untreated one can live for years or if advanced may only have survival in terms of months. Early diagnosis and treatment is best! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I heard that mono can increase your risk for lymphoma. Does the mono just relapse as lymphoma and if so how do you know if it does?
Very unlikely: Epstein Barr virus (EBV), the cause of infectious mononucleosis (mono), also can rarely cause lymphoma. The risk of future lymphoma is somewhat higher in people who have had mono, but still very low. The initial symptom of lymphoma usually is the appearance of one or more painless enlarged lymph nodes. Discuss w/ your doctor, but don't lose sleep over this! It is truly a rare problem. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Lung transplant: You don't necessarily need to be on a vent if you need a lung transplant. Patients typically placed on a transplant list have severe emphysema and are 65 or younger. They cannot be smoking and other medical problems need to be minimal. Patients on prolonged mechanical ventilation are quite advanced and may not be considered candidates for transplants if the primary pulmonary issue is emphysema. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If cancer newly diagnosed, how do you know what stage are you in, and how do you deal with your fatigue?
One prsents with : Someting that is defined as a cancer. Staging evaluates if it is confined to the organ, invades adjacent structures and commonly is of a size. These are t factors, then nodes are assessed, and scans to seek predilection for distant sites (lungs, bones, brain). These comprise tn&m. Ask your doctor. Fatigue can be disease or treatment. ...Read more
Months: Median survival for all patients with brain metastases is 6 months. There are certainly lots of outliers on either side, with other factors helping to predict like overall burden of disease and general condition of the patient him- or herself. But even with the variation, survival beyond a year or so is not likely. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cannot predict: This depends on the autoimmune illness to which you are referring, to the treatment received, and a variety of other factors. Many live to normal life expectancies. ...Read more
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