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Is it possible to get radiation therapy for colon cancer?

Is it possible to get radiation therapy for colon cancer?

Yes: Radiation is standard treatment for rectal cancers which have not spread and is used in combination with chemotherapy. For pure colon cancers, radiation is used sometimes in special situations (e.g. Cancer involving nearby critical organ or causing pain/ bleeding). The main therapies for colon cancer though are surgery and chemotherapy. ...Read more

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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 it possible for anal cancer to recur even after radiation therapy?

Is it possible for anal cancer to recur even after radiation therapy?

Yes: Anal cancer is treated with radiation and combined chemotherapy for stage 1 to3. Even the best stage cure is 90 percent not 100 percent. So patients are watched and if they recur locally they are salvaged by surgery. ...Read more

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Is it possible for the radiation therapy for one cancer to give me another form of cancer?

Is it possible for the radiation therapy for one cancer to give me another form of cancer?

Yes: It is possible but statistically low. The benefits for the cancer you are treating will far outweigh this risk. However any unnecessary risk should not be taken if for example radiation has no known benefit for the condition being treated. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get prostate cancer because of the radiation?

Is it possible to get prostate cancer because of the radiation?

Pros Ca: Does no seem to be associated with radiation exposure. All cells can be damaged genetically by radiation, and mis-repair of the damage, or inability to repair can lead to tumorogenic mutations. These events are quite rare. Long terem survivors do have higher thaexpected incidences of new tumors, perhaps due to treatment, including xrt. ...Read more

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Why would radon be a treatment for cancer when it causes cancer?

Why would radon be a treatment for cancer when it causes cancer?

Sole Availability: Radon was used as implantable needles made of gold to treat cancers in the past. The gold layer keeps the radon within, and filters out the Alpha and beta radiations, allowing the gamma rays to kill the cancer. This has now been replaced with newer artificial safer isotopes. ...Read more

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Is it reasonable to have a mastectomy for early-stage breast cancer and not have chemo or radiation?

Is it reasonable to have a mastectomy for early-stage breast cancer and not have chemo or radiation?

It Depends: A mastectomy does not guarantee you won't need chemo or radiation. The tumor's "personality" determines that. After a mastectomy, you might need chemo if the tumor is aggressive. Chemo treats your whole body to kill cancer that may have traveled. You might need radiation if you have positive lymph nodes, or if cancer was near the incision site. Ask your oncologist. It's complicated! ...Read more

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Would it be a problem to refuse chemotherapy for testicular cancer?

Would it be a problem to refuse chemotherapy for testicular cancer?

Personal choice: A competent adult is free to choose or refuse any treatment. Given that the chance of cure for testicular cancer is high, it would not be a rational decision in the eyes of medical professionals. ...Read more

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Is it possible for teenagers to get esophageal cancer?

Is it possible for teenagers to get esophageal cancer?

Yes but rare: Barrett's metaplasia is a risk factor for esophageal cancer. Anyone with barrett's should be in a endoscopic surveillance program. Other risks factors that might effect young people: achalasia, chaga's disease, scleroderma, history of caustic ingestion, lymphoma. ...Read more

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Is it okay for an oncologist to do breast cancer treatment without tamoxifen?

Is it okay for an oncologist to do breast cancer treatment without tamoxifen?

Yes: Tamoxifen is a very effective drug for the treatment of hormone-sensitive (estrogen receptor +) breast cancers. It may be used alone or in combination with traditional IV chemotherapy, depending on the cancer stage. It has no role in rx of estrogen (-) breast ca. Furthermore, aromatase inhibitors are an effective alternative to tamoxifen for estrogen (+) breast cancer after menopause. ...Read more

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After a mastectomy, is it possible to get lung cancer?

After a mastectomy, is it possible to get lung cancer?

Yes: There is nothing about a mastectomy that would prevent someone from developing an (unrelated) primary lung cancer. Breast cancer can spread (metastasize) to the lung; the chances are the same whether a women is treated by mastectomy or lumpectomy (plus radiation therapy). ...Read more

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Is it possible to have radiation for metastatic brain tumors?

Is it possible to have radiation for metastatic brain tumors?

Yes: Radiation is very important in cancer that has spread to the brain and is very effective in helping to treat this problem either in the form of whole brain radiation, radiosurgery or both. ...Read more

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Is it unusual for the radiation therapy for lung cancer to make someone lose his voice?

Is it unusual for the radiation therapy for lung cancer to make someone lose his voice?

Yes: Loosing voice can be due to direct invasion of the larynx (far from lung) or laryngeal nerve compression or damage ( recurrent laryngeal nerve in the chest). Advanced cancer can be pressing on this nerve and cause voice loss. If there is no voice loss to start with, it is unusual for radiation to damage the nerve in typical dose fractionation. ...Read more

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Is it possible for stage three colorectal cancer to grow and spread during radiation and chemo treatments?

Is it possible for stage three colorectal cancer to grow and spread during radiation and chemo treatments?

Yes it can do so: Cancer can and sometimes does grow/progress right through the given treatment. it happens when the Cancer cells are resistant to the chemotherapy which is the case in about half of colorectal cancer patients treated with chemotherapy. A change of treatment is then required as the new treatment(different drugs) may still have a chance to work on the cancer. Your oncologist can explain this better. ...Read more

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Is radiation be used to treat uterine cancer? After a hysterectomy, will i still need radiation treatments for uterine cancer? .

Is radiation be used to treat uterine cancer? After a hysterectomy, will i still need radiation treatments for uterine cancer?

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Possible: You should discuss with your oncologist and gynecologist but what steps are required after hysterectomy depend on how advanced the cancer is when it is discovered. If it is confined to the uterus often a hysterectomy is all that is needed. If it is spread outside the uterus other treatments may be needed. ...Read more

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Is it possible for men to get breast cancer?

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Is it possible for men to get breast cancer?

Yes, it is possible: Male breast cancer is rare in contrast to female breast cancer. In the United States, approximately 2140 new cases of mbc are diagnosed annually, and 450 deaths occur.The median age of onset of male breast cancer is 65 to 67, approximately 5 to 10 years older than in women. ...Read more

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How probable is it to get cancer from radiotherapy?

How probable is it to get cancer from radiotherapy?

Depends...: Radiotherapy does come with an increased risk of cancer. Children are particularly sensitive to radiation. Radiation to the head/neck region is a risk factor for thyroid cancer. The amount, frequency, and type of radiation that you receive are all factors in the development of cancer. ...Read more

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How likely is it for breast cancer to spread to the ovaries?

How likely is it for breast cancer to spread to the ovaries?

In late stages: It is likely to spread when there is abdominal metastasis ( peritoneal ) but not common way of metastasis to ovary with out involving other organs like liver lung etc. ...Read more

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Is it possible to take care of cancer using just radiation?

Is it possible to take care of cancer using just radiation?

Yes it is: Early cancers can be successfully treated with either Radiation or with Surgical excision. Often both forms of treatment are used in combination as they are complementary. Tell us the name of your cancer and its stage? That is what determines the choice of treatment and the outcome. ...Read more

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Is it possible for males to get breast cancer?

Is it possible for males to get breast cancer?

Yes: But rarely. Only 2, 000 new cases occur every year in the u. S. Males who are brca carriers have a higher risk, maybe 4-8% chance during their lifetime. Men should examine their breasts, be aware of any lump or other breast symptoms, and promptly seek medical advise. ...Read more

Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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Colon (Definition)

The colon is another term for the large intestine. This is the final portion of the digestive system, responsible for absorbing water and storing stool before evacuation. It is divided into sections described as cecum; ascending, transverse, descending and ...Read more


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Colonic (Definition)

This is a combining term referring to some condition, treatment or disease of the colon. Such as colonic enema, colonic ...Read more