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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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What can you do to treat small cell lung cancer?

What can you do to treat small cell lung cancer?

Non surgical: Once cell type determined, surgery is not usual. Chemo/ radiation as to location etc. ...Read more

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If your small cell lung cancer comes back, how do you treat it a second time?

If your small cell lung cancer comes back, how do you treat it a second time?

Depends: This depends on if the cancer came back locally or if it comes back distantly. I would recommend a PET/CT scan to see how much disease is in the body. A Brain MRI is also crucial to make sure there are no brain metastasis. ...Read more

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What is the best way to treat non small cell lung cancer?

What is the best way to treat non small cell lung cancer?

Stage is key: The stage or amount of cancer present helps determine if surgery, or other treatments are the best first step. The early stages are best treated with surgery. Sometimes chemotherapy and radiation are used. There is no single way to say what is the best treatment. ...Read more

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If I develop non-small cell lung cancer, how will it be treated?

If I develop non-small cell lung cancer, how will it be treated?

Depends on the stage: Once diagnosed you will need to be staged to evaluate for resection. In general patients with early stage lung cancer ( i or ii ), who are healthy enough , should be treated with surgery to remove the cancer. In the more advanced stages (iii or iv) , surgery by itself is usually not curative, and other treatments like chemotherapy and radiation therapy are required. ...Read more

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Can a cyberknife be used to treat limited small cell lung cancer?

Can a cyberknife be used to treat limited small cell lung cancer?

There is no: Cogent role for cyberknife in sclc and it would be a misuse of that expensive technology. Chemotherapy is the standard for limited or extensive disease, thoracic radiotherapy with linac is standard in disease confined to chest. All those warrant preventitive radiotherapy to the brain if the chest responds. ...Read more

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Can anyone give me some information and a prognosis about small cell lung cancer and how to treat it?

Can anyone give me some information and a prognosis about small cell lung cancer and how to treat it?

Limited: If lucky, small lesion, no metastasis, peripheral in lung, found early by accident! and removed thoroughly. If not prognosis is limited, usually 1-2 years max even with best care. ...Read more

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With inoperable non-small cell lung cancer, if there's a targetable genetic mutation (EGFR etc) can it be treated at stage 3A? Alongside chemo/radio?

You have a fe Choice: Stage 3A lung cancer is often operable but does need systemic chemotherapy before or after surgery(preferably in the beginning). Please ask your oncologist if they could run a test for EGFR....it may be useful information to have in your treatment which should be as intensive and complete(use all possible) yet use the standard guidelines(no simultaneous use of targeted agent along with chemotherap ...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


Dr. David Cooke
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Lung Cancer (Definition)

From national cancer institute: "cancer that forms in tissues of the lung, usually in the cells lining air passages. The two main types are small cell lung cancer and non-small cell lung cancer. These types are diagnosed based on how the cells ...Read more