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Is Bcg Better Than Chemotherapy For Bladder Cancer
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
No: Bcg is a topical therapy that is essentially a type of immune based therapy applied only to bladder cells. Traditional chemotherapy is given intravenously and thus all body cells are exposed. Some chemotherapy drugs can be given topically like BCG and probably exert their effect via typical cancer cell-killing compared to immune stimulating effects of BCG similarly administered. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How effective is proton therapy for localised stage 3A tumours in non-small cell lung cancer? When is it better than traditional radiotherapy?
Yes: In some cases hormonal treatment can be as effective as chemotherapy. However if there is benefit from chemotherapy then it would be in addition to hormonal therapy. You should ask what percent benefit chemotherapy would give your circumstance and then decide if it's worth it to you to not accept that benefit. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
"Brachy" is a: Greek root, meaning "short". The range of XRT is short, when the isotope is implanted, or applied through an opening. Cervix cancer is the prime use, but a subset of radiation oncologists are deeply interested, conceptually and technically, in delivering very high dose where the tumor is, and very little to adjacent tissues due to the short range. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
Yes: There are literally thousands of different types of cancer and even when the type's the same, how far it's gotten determines what's best. If it's spread, removing part of it won't be curative. If it's local and can be removed, go for it -- still the best option most of the time. Don't forget radiation. ...Read more
Which treatment is better for Prostate cancer - Stage 1? Surgery for prostate removal or Radiation therapy with some medication?
No.: Brachytherapy is used in the treatment of localized prostate cancer, or cancer that has not spread outside of the prostate gland. If a patient has metastatic disease, treatments need to be systemic, with the aim of halting the growth & spread of the cancer throughout the body. These treatments include hormonal therapy, chemotherapy, and immunotherapy. Urologists & medical oncologists can help. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
3 modalities: There are 3 modalities to treat cancer- surgery ( if localized and if possible to be done) . A radiation therapy and chemotherapy. Treatment of cancer can use only one modality or could require combination of 2 or all of the above- depending on the type of cancer, the stage, the goal of therapy and overall condition of the patient. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not entirely clear.: Chromophobe tumors arise from a specific type of kidney cell (cortical collecting duct) and exhibit a pattern of genetic changes that can differ from other renal cancers. Most studies of chromophobe tumors suggest a better prognosis for localized tumors and delayed appearance of metastatses, but a subset of patients with high-grade features can have poor outcome. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Radiation is very successful and can have the same survival as other options. It has risks of bladder, rectum, erection issues. But it's considered safe as risk of life threatening effects are very low. Options are prostate seeds or external beam radiation. ...Read moreSee 7 more doctor answers
Many ways: Radiation is a highly effective treatment option for prostate cancer. There are many options which include: external beam radiation therapy with either photons or protons, brachytherapy with either low dose rate seeds or high dose rate brachytherapy, or stereotactic body radiation. You should see a radiation oncologist in consultation to have a discussion about these different options. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not often: Radiotherapy can be useful in certain select cases where the Cancer is localized to one or two spots only. This means 1 patient in 5 may be suitable candidate. But you need to seek consultation with a radiation oncologist before you can get a clear cut answer for your circumstances. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
3B squamous nsclc. Radiation shrunk tumor by more than half. Begin Abraxane/Carboplatin on 3/3/ Is this effective? Is it the preferred course?
Discuss w oncologist: Always best to first discuss with both your urologist & your oncologist.. Carboplatin is far less toxic than Cisplatin & side effects (se) of nausea & vomiting are much less. An alternative might be fractionated dose chemotherapy, where same dose is split up over a few successive days. This usually reslts in fewer se. Always consider 2nd opinion but please don't refuse treatment. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The bladder is a muscular organ in the pelvis that accepts urine from the kidneys, stores the urine at low pressure, & expels the urine during voluntary voiding. Though seemingly a simple reservoir, the bladder is a complex organ intricately connected with the brain and spinal cord with sensory, motor, and autonomic circuits. The muscular layer that contracts during voids ...Read more
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