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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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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 is the name of the chemo pill used for bladder cancer?

What is the name of the chemo pill used for bladder cancer?

I don't know!: There is no oral chemotherapy used for bladder cancer as far as I know. All the regimens are IV. There is a type of drug that is instilled directly into the bladder, but no chemo pill. Are you sure it's for bladder cancer? There are chemo pills for other types of cancer, like colon, but not bladder. ...Read more

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For a stage iii-c colon cancer, can the chemotherapy considered curable? And is the chemo given for 6 months regional or systemic?

For a stage iii-c colon cancer, can the chemotherapy considered curable? And is the chemo given for 6 months regional or systemic?

Yes: Stage iii-c colon cancer has a high chance of coming back due to the number of lymph nodes involved. That being said, there is a fighting chance of preventing recurrence with chemo so yes, it is still potentially curable. Chemo is usually systemic, a combo such as folfox (5fu, leucovorin, and oxaliplatin). Best to you. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for class 4 colon cancer spread to liver? Is chemotherapy an only option?

What is the treatment for class 4 colon cancer spread to liver? Is chemotherapy an only option?

No: If there are only a few cancer areas (nodules) surgery may be an option. Depends on the number and location of the cancerous nodules, a surgeon should review a CAT scan of the liver. ...Read more

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What is the most effective treatment for bladder cancer in men?

What is the most effective treatment for bladder cancer in men?

Removal of cancer: Resection of tumor followed by intravesicle (in the bladder) medication is standard if care. If its in the muscle removing the bladder or chemo/radiation to try for cure. For more: www.Peedoc.Com @thepeedoc. ...Read more

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How is surgery used in the treatment of prostate cancer? 

How is surgery used in the treatment of prostate cancer? 

Prostate removal : There are 3 kinds of surgery for prostate cancer: radical prostatectomy nerve sparing prostatectomy & robotic prostatectomy all 3 procedures remove the prostate gland and have special refinements in the process. Surgery is used for cancer that can be surgically removed. ...Read more

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How effective is radiotherapy and chemotherapy for treating cancer, the rate of survival?

How effective is radiotherapy and chemotherapy for treating cancer, the rate of survival?

Depends: Depends on the cancer. For some cancers, the treatment of chemotherapy and radiotherapy will prolong survival and quality of life with possible remissions and cures. ...Read more

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I failed interferon treatment and BCG treatment for bladder cancer. Is surgery the only option left?

I failed interferon treatment and BCG treatment for bladder cancer. Is surgery the only option left?

Probably best option: If you have failed tretament with BCG and interferon, some patients may reposnd to treatment with valstar (valrubicin). However, depending on the specifics of your bladder cancer, cystectomy and urinary diversion may be your best option. You should discuss this with your urologist. ...Read more

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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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Is the chemotherapy protocol at a major medical university cancer center usually the same for liver cancer as it is for pancreatic (no mets) cancer?

Is the chemotherapy protocol at a major medical university cancer center usually the same for liver cancer as it is for pancreatic (no mets) cancer?

Yes and no: The choice of treatment for liver Cancer is Sorafenib which is not a chemotherapy but it is called a Targeted agent. Chemo is often used for Cholangiocarcinoma, a type of Cancer arising from bile ducts of the liver. This latter type of Cancer is treated with chemo drugs which are more or less similar but not exactly same as those used forpancreas cancer(Gemcitabine +Cisplatin or oxaliplatin) ...Read more

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Is the chemo for ectopic the same as for mole?

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Is the chemo for ectopic the same as for mole?

Ectopic &mole pregna: Are you referring to chemo for ectopic pregnancy and malignant gestational trophoblastic disorder ( eg.Persistent hydatidiform mole)? Yes, Methotrexate +/- leucovorin have been used in both conditions. Other chemotherapies, however, also have been used in malignant gtd- such as dactinomycin, etoposide, 5-fluorouracil. And in refractory malignant gtd- combination of chemo like ema/co have been used. ...Read more

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What is the most effective treatment for prostate cancer patients?

What is the most effective treatment for prostate cancer patients?

Stage for Stage in : Disease confined to prostate, "cure" is similar; side effects very different: surgery v. Radiotherapy. Subtypes of each and claims of superiority more likely due to cherry picking. Get honest facts for sexual function, continence, bladder and rectal injury. ...Read more

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How effective is the IFL-Bevacizumab chemotherapy regimen for treating colon cancer?

How effective is the IFL-Bevacizumab chemotherapy regimen for treating colon cancer?

Better than chemo: Combining bevacizumab (BV)—a recombinant, humanized mAb targeting VEGF with irinotecan, fluorouracil (FU), and leucovorin (LV; IFL) has increased survival of patients with metastatic colorectal Ca compared with IFL It appears necessary to use combination therapy in treatment and has supported the concept that the use of immunochemotherapy improves results over chemo alone. ...Read more

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How effective is the FOLFIRI-Bevacizumab chemotherapy regimen for treating colon cancer?

How effective is the FOLFIRI-Bevacizumab chemotherapy regimen for treating colon cancer?

Moderately useful: FOLFIRI-Bev is the standard, commonly used first line chemotherapy for metastatic Colon cancer. It can add about 12 to 18 months extra to your life such that an average patient can live for 2 to 3 years(some live upto 5-6 years... depending on sites of metastases and their response to chemotherapy. You need tell us more about your history such as dates of diagnosis and treatments/results so far?? ...Read more

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How effective is the XELOX chemotherapy regimen for treating colon cancer?

How effective is the XELOX chemotherapy regimen for treating colon cancer?

Relatively good: According to the Journal of Clinical Oncology XELOX is a highly effective first-line treatment for metastatic colon cancer. To be more accurate (55%) of patients achieve a response, and 30% experience disease stabilization for more than 3 months following treatment. Always consult with your oncologist. ...Read more

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Etoposide IV was given to my partner with carboplatin as a curative treatment for non-small cell lung cancer. Was this a standard treatment for this?

Etoposide IV was given to my partner with carboplatin as a curative treatment for non-small cell lung cancer. Was this a standard treatment for this?

Setting?: When you say "curative", you mean after surgery or concurrently with radiation? The choice of chemo depends on the situation, the doctor, and institutional or national standards. To answer your question, i normally would use carbo (or cisplatin)/etoposide in small cell lung cancer patients but can't say is a bad choice for nslc patients, especially with radiation. I've used it in that setting. ...Read more

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How effective is the FOLFIRI chemotherapy regimen for treating colon cancer?

How effective is the FOLFIRI chemotherapy regimen for treating colon cancer?

Some effect: Single drug chemotherapy has failed to produce significant improvement in colorectal Ca. Combination chemo as in FOLFIRI with irinotecan has added about 5 month prolongation in survival and with immunotherapy using Avastin (bevacizumab) or Erbitux an additional 2-3 months can be observed. Chemo-Immuno with a mAb targeting the immunogenic protein appears to be giving further enhancement. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for prostate cancer?

What is the treatment for prostate cancer?

Good question: You should choose based on the side effects of treatment and how these would impact ur lifestyle. Observation is used for stable psa, older pts with other health issues. Surgery or XRT are both good options with very different side effects. Cryo (freezing), hormones also used. It’s a big decision and you need to be informed. For more: www.Peedoc.Com @thepeedoc. ...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


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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