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Is BCG better than chemotherapy for bladder cancer?

Is BCG better than chemotherapy for bladder cancer?

Yes: Yes b c g is better tolerated by patients than intravenous chemotherapy. But if you thinking of intravesical chemotherapy than there is no difference in the tolarability or the effectiveness. ...Read more

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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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Is BCG treatment for bladder cancer the same as chemotherapy?

Is BCG treatment for bladder cancer the same as chemotherapy?

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 more

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How effective is proton therapy for localised stage 3A tumours in non-small cell lung cancer? When is it better than traditional radiotherapy?

How effective is proton therapy for localised stage 3A tumours in non-small cell lung cancer?  When is it better than traditional radiotherapy?

Controversial therap: Proton therapy is not commonly used to treat cancer, especially not Lung Cancer. It is still considered experimental therapy and is certainly not proven to be better than standard radiotherapy except in certain limited areas of the body such as spinal tumors etc. ...Read more

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Is prostrate surgery more helpful than chemo?

Is prostrate surgery more helpful than chemo?

Yes: Early prostate cancer is best treated with surgery or radiation. For prostate cancer that has spread hormonal manipulations are next. Chemotherapy is down the line. ...Read more

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Is there a less toxic alternative to chemotherapy for breast cancer treatment?

Is there a less toxic alternative to chemotherapy for breast cancer treatment?

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 more

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Does brachytherapy prove effective for any kind of cancer other than prostate cancer?

Does brachytherapy prove effective for any kind of cancer other than prostate cancer?

"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 more

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Is BCG bladder cancer treatment effective or not?

Is BCG bladder cancer treatment effective or not?

Yes: In fact after removal of superficial bladder cancer (not invasive), the standard of care is BCG injections in the bladder for 6 weeks. It is very effective in reducing recurrence. ...Read more

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Is surgery or chemotherapy more effective for treating cancer?

Is surgery or chemotherapy more effective for treating cancer?

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

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Which treatment is better for Prostate cancer - Stage 1? Surgery for prostate removal or Radiation therapy with some medication?

Which treatment is better for Prostate cancer - Stage 1? Surgery for prostate removal or Radiation therapy with some medication?

It is debatable: This is a common dilema as both treatment types(surgery and Radiotherapy) give equally good results. The chocie between the two is based on your Age and personal preference. I would advise you to meet with both specialists ,and go for surgery if your age is ...Read more

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Is brachytherapy helpful for a prostate cancer patient who has metastasized cancer cells?

Is brachytherapy helpful for a prostate cancer patient who has metastasized cancer cells?

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 more

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Is folfiri alone effective for metastic colon cancer than irinotecan alone ?

Is folfiri alone effective for metastic colon cancer than irinotecan alone ?

Two drugs vs one dru: Folfiri contains two drugs in the combination: 5-FY(Folinic acid) and Irinotecan. This combination is more effective than using irinotecan alone. It is often combined with Avastin (bevacizumab) in case it is being used to treat colon cancer. ...Read more

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What is a treatment for cancer other than chemo?

What is a treatment for cancer other than chemo?

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 more

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What is a less toxic more natural alternative to chemo therapy for breast cancer treatment ?

What is a less toxic more natural alternative to chemo therapy for breast cancer treatment ?

Consult Oncologist!: For estrogen or Progesterone positive receptor cancer of breast: hormone manipulation: estrogen receptor inhibitors-tamoxifen or aromatase inhibitors-arimidex, aromasin, (exemestane) letrosole etc ! ...Read more

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What makes the prognosis for chromophobe renal cancer better than other renal cancers?

What makes the prognosis for chromophobe renal cancer better than other renal cancers?

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 more

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Is radiation a safe treatment for prostrate cancer?

Is radiation a safe treatment for prostrate cancer?

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 more

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How is radiotherapy used for prostate cancer? 

How is radiotherapy used for prostate cancer? 

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 more

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Is brachytherapy with iodine-125 an effective treatment for bladder cancer?

Is brachytherapy with iodine-125 an effective treatment for bladder cancer?

No: Brachytherapy is not a standard form of therapy for bladder cancer. The treatment options for bladder include radical surgery or chemotherapy with radiation. Brachytherapy is a very good option for select patients with prostate cancer. ...Read more

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Can Radiotherapy be used for metastic colon cancer if chemotherapy is resistant ?

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 more

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Are there less toxic chemotherapeutic agents than carboplatin for treating bladder cancer?

Are there less toxic chemotherapeutic agents than carboplatin for treating bladder cancer?

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 more

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Bladder (Definition)

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


Dr. Terence Chapman
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Bladder Cancer (Definition)

The bladder is the organ which holds urine. As any other organ, it can develop cancer. There are two types: superficial bladder cancer and muscle invasive bladder cancer. The differences are important as they ...Read more