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Is ovarian cancer only detectable by pelvic exam after it has advanced?

Is ovarian cancer only detectable by pelvic exam after it has advanced?

Imaging/tissue too: Physical exam and imaging such as ultrasound or ct are helpful in confirming the presence of a mass. Generally the diagnosis requires a surgical procedure to obtain tissue samples to confirm cancer. ...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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Does a blood test show if all cancer from a malignant tumor has been removed or is it usually done by mri/ct?

Does a blood test show if all cancer from a malignant tumor has been removed or is it usually done by mri/ct?

No it does not: You need to see your oncologist and he needs to decide what test to do. There is no security in this life, only good opportunity to do the right thing. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is it possible for testicular cancer to have spread after early detection and removal? One month has passed since the tumor was removed.

Is it possible for testicular cancer to have spread after early detection and removal? One month has passed since the tumor was removed.

Yes: Testicular cancers are more often detected late than early, known to spread early even after surgery, but the great news , thanks to our oncologists, is virtually they can be cured even with spread , by availability of excellent chemotherapy, best example is cyclist l aramstrong. ...Read more

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Single malignant cancer cells are really not detectable until there is a PC tumor about 1 CM in length that is then detectable by CT scan?

Single malignant cancer cells are really not detectable until there is a PC tumor about 1 CM in length that is then detectable by CT scan?

Type of cancer: It depends to type of cancer,if is leukemia by looking at blood cells you can diagnose the disease but if is tumor it should be large enough to be detected by CT and have biopsy. ...Read more

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I had a total hysterectomy 3 weeks ago for early stage endometrial cancer, the surgeon also found an ovarian cyst. Is this likely to be cancerous?

I had a total hysterectomy 3 weeks ago for early stage endometrial cancer, the surgeon also found an ovarian cyst. Is this likely to be cancerous?

Possible: It's certainly possible that your cyst is malignant but not likely. The vast majority of ovarian cysts are benign. If you had the cyst removed, a pathology report would have been generated and will have the information you seek. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Is hCG diet safe for me?I'm a case if ovarian cancer stage 3, had total hysterectomy and chemo in 2007.I've read that it can trigger another cancer.

Is hCG diet safe for me?I'm a case if ovarian cancer stage 3, had total hysterectomy and chemo in 2007.I've read that it can trigger another cancer.

Don't worry: This is an extreme calorie restricted diet -- which is the only reason it works -- and you also spend a chuck of money for a placebo "hcg". I am glad you seems to have had a favorable outcome with your tumor and hope you will improve the quality of your survival by taking an interest in real physical fitness, not fad diets. You deserve the best -- give yourself this gift. ...Read more

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Anyone who has had cancer surgery will still have cancer. Single cancer cells cannot be detected until a tumor/mass forms. So no cure or cancer free?

Anyone who has had cancer surgery will still have cancer. Single cancer cells cannot be detected until a tumor/mass forms. So no cure or cancer free?

Not true: Certainly there are cancers that have been able to be surgically removed and patients have remained cancer free and lived a healthy life afterwards. A "fatalist" may say there could be cancer cells undetected and only if they turn into a large enough tumor will they be detected, but that thought process holds true for the general population. Be hopeful your surgery was curative and be positive. ...Read more

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Locally advanced prostate cancer! does it have to be confirmed by a biopsy?

Locally advanced prostate cancer! does it have to be confirmed by a biopsy?

Yes- generally : With along imaging studies and increased psa, biopsy is typically recommended to confirm diagnosis. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a cancer patient receiving chemo/ rad to develop cancer in an unrelated area? My 64 yr old father has esophageal cancer. In preparing for surgery he had a CT scan done and a 'spot' on his lung has been detected. Biopsy is scheduled, but

Is it possible for a cancer patient receiving chemo/ rad to develop cancer in an unrelated area? My 64 yr old father has esophageal cancer. In preparing for surgery he had a CT scan done and a 'spot' on his lung has been detected. Biopsy is scheduled, but

I : I hope your father is recovering well from his treatment and that the lung spot is nothing as many of us will have spots on ct scans. Unfortunately, however, esophageal cancer often travels (e.g. Metastasizes) to the lung. Sometimes we can help determine the need for a biopsy with a pet/ct scan which is usually part of the standard pre-surgery or pre-chemo/radiation work up for patients with esophagus cancer. The way you describe things, it sounds like the spot in the lung was found before surgery and that his doctors decided to do chemotherapy and radiation either instead of surgery or before it to try to shrink the tumor before they do an operation. If the esophagus cancer has spread to the lung, chemotherapy by itself is the best treatment. Surgery to remove the esophagus cancer is not helpful and radiation to the esophageal tumor should probably only be done if the tumor is causing symptoms that the chemotherapy is unlikely to make better on its own. In this case a short course of radiation over about 2-3 weeks would be given to try to shrink the tumor and relieve the symptoms it is causing. This is because the cancer has spread and trying to remove it from the esophagus or kill every last cell in the esophagus tumor with high-dose radiation will probably not help the patient live longer nor help him/her have a better quality of life. Therefore, if a suspicious 'spot' is found in the lung before surgery or chemotherapy and radiation, we usually biopsy it before starting treatment to make sure we don't give someone too aggressive a treatment that is unlikely to help them much. Very, very rarely, an otherwise healthy patient with esophageal cancer might have what we call "oligometastatic" disease. This means that the cancer has spread to only a few (usually 1-3) other organs or spots in the body. In this rare case, it might be reasonable to give a full course of chemotherapy and radiation to the esophagus tumor as long as the lung spot could be treated with a full dose of radiation at the same time. I've also seen patients who have unfortunately had a tumor that started in the lung (lung cancer) and one that started in the esophagus (esophageal cancer) diagnosed at the same time. In this rare case, if neither of the tumors have spread to other parts of the body, it might be reasonable to treat them both with the goal of a cure. ...Read more

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Hi can an abdominal ultrasound check for colon cancer spread? And if its normal dies that mean ca is confined to colon?

Hi can an abdominal ultrasound check for colon cancer spread? And if its normal dies that mean ca is confined to colon?

No: Cancer surveillance is usually done with a CT scan. Ultrasound is unable visualize most of the abdomen effectively. A normal ultrasound would not exclude spread of the cancer. ...Read more

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Can colon/colorectal cancers only symptom be back pain? How likely is this cancer in a 35 yr old woman? No immediate family history.

Can colon/colorectal cancers only symptom be back pain?  How likely is this cancer in a 35 yr old woman?  No immediate family history.

Unlikely: that 1. Colon/rectal cancer "present" as Back Paim 2. occurs in a 35 YO with OR without Family History the real question should be WHY are YOU so worrtied about this???????????????????????????????????????????? Suggest strongly that you deal with that.. Hope this is helpful... BE WELL Dr Z ...Read more

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Is the pain caused by testicular cancer constant? Will testicular cancer always present with a lump?

Is the pain caused by testicular cancer constant? Will testicular cancer always present with a lump?

No ; NO: Testicular cancers will present in most of the time as pain less mass with loss of teticular sensation , in rare occasions abdominal metastasis with no palpable mass , awareness and regular physical examination results an early diagnosis that will achieve the best results , including cure. ...Read more

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A woman was diagnosed as breast cancer that metastasized to the peritoneum she's takin chemotherapy will it be effective she's over 70 no mastectomy.

A woman was diagnosed as breast cancer that metastasized to the peritoneum she's takin chemotherapy will it be effective  she's over 70 no mastectomy.

It depends,,: This depends on the type of breast cancer, how extensive it is, and how effective the chemotherapy agent is for that cancer. For example, tamoxifen is a chemotherapy drug that's used on breast cancers that are positive for estrogen receptors and is very effective for them. This tumor has penetrated the chest wall, so it's high stage (iiib or more), but if no metastasis, has a decent (44%) chance. ...Read more

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Would it be pretty rare for breast cancer to be discovered only after first finding a small tumour on the ovary?

Would it be pretty rare for breast cancer to be discovered only after first finding a small  tumour on the ovary?

No: Breast cancer is common and can be found in any woman at any time. If there is any question of breast cancer, the only concern is to get a pathology diagnosis. Good luck and best wishes. ...Read more

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When prostat cancer is spread around prostate is it always metasses? Hasn't spread nowhereCan it be cleared with srgery and radiation and hormonal.

Not metastatic: Prostate cancer develops in the gland when a particular virus enters the glandular tissue and excites the Wnt-1gene. This is occurs throughout the gland. Metastasis occurs when the capsule is penetrated and spread to pelvic nodes begins. Further spread is seen in bone and in some cases soft tissues and liver. Localized tumor handled with Robotic surgery, and possibly RT and hormones. ...Read more

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Bf has testicular cancer. Nervous its choriocarcinoma. But is it possible to have choriocarcinoma tc for 2 years without knowing? Grows fast right?

Bf has testicular cancer. Nervous its choriocarcinoma. But is it possible to have choriocarcinoma tc for 2 years without knowing? Grows fast right?

Why do you ask?: It would be surprising for a testicular cancer with choriocarcinoma as a component not to have made clear that it's choriocarcinoma in two years. I take it that he has had the mass for two years and has just now gotten diagnosed. In a short time, the local pathologist will let you know what components were present. Most hcg-producing testicular cancers are the tamer seminoma variety. ...Read more

Dr. Srbislav Brasovan
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Pelvic Exam (Definition)

Physical exam involving examination of the outside of the female genitalia (vulva), the inside (vagina) , as well as an examination of the cervix, uterus, tubes, ovaries, and tissue around the uterus (parametria). A bimanual exam then involves 2 fingers in the vagina with the other hand on the abdomen. A rectovaginal exam is one finger inthe vagina, one finger in the rectum with ...Read more


Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Ovarian Cancer (Definition)

A cancer that begins in the female organs ...Read more