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Is stage 3 breast cancer usually fixable with an operation?

Is stage 3 breast cancer usually fixable with an operation?

Yes: Stage 3 breast cancer is curable, but in addition to an operation most women will need chemotherapy and radiation therapy for the best chance of cure. Surgery removes the cancer from your breast/lymph nodes, but chemotherapy & radiation kills cancer cells that have escaped into your body. These escaped cells can return as incurable stage 4 cancer, so treating them is very important. ...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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If a ill defined lesion on liver is seen on cat scan an have stage 3 lung cancer 3 yrs. out with surgery is it cancer ?

If a ill defined lesion on liver is seen on cat scan   an have stage 3 lung cancer  3 yrs. out with surgery  is it cancer ?

Hard to say: The answer really depends on how the CT was performed. In view of the history you provided, it is a possibility. If CT was performed without contrast, then one should be done with. MRI is also a good way to image the liver. In this situation, sit down with your doctors to clarify what is happening. Best wishes ...Read more

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Why is stage 3 ovarian cancer often considered incurable (though treated with intent to cure)? In this case, with secondary tumour in bowel

Why is stage 3 ovarian cancer often considered incurable (though treated with intent to cure)? 
In this case, with secondary tumour in bowel

Cure still possible: Stage 3 ovarian cancer has a high risk of mortality but cure is still a possibility in about 30% of the patients treated be a competent onciologist. Did she have surgical removal of her tumors in the belly and those in the intestine? Surgical debulking is an important component of treatment and is complementary to chemotherapy killing off small tumors. ...Read more

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Just diagnosed with 2 malignant masses in my left breast. One is 1.4 by 1.7 and the other is .5. Is Mastectomy recommended treatment verses lumpectomies. ?

Just diagnosed with 2 malignant masses in my left breast.   One is 1.4 by 1.7 and the other is .5.    Is Mastectomy recommended treatment verses lumpectomies.  ?

Need more info: Like type of tumor , infiltration , location are the two are side by to each other , or at a different part of breast. family history genetic component etc You have to talk to your doctor(s) With new chemo therapeutic drugs , early intervention out look is getting better , less and less radical surgeries being done If you are not satisfied take a second opinion , but do not delay treatment ...Read more

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Is stage 2 breast cancer treatable with radiation and chemo, or will I need surgery?

Is stage 2 breast cancer treatable with radiation and chemo, or will I need surgery?

You will need all: Breast cancer in stage 2 still needs a lumpectomy and nodal evaluation which is surgery. Afterward chemo and radiation is often recommended. ...Read more

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If diagnosed w renal cancer.... After removal is cancer... What is the standard follow up... Chemo?

If diagnosed w renal cancer.... After removal is cancer... What is the standard follow up... Chemo?

Depend on stage: Depending on the stage. For early stage - following a surgery to remove the kidney cancer- options are- observational vs. Clinical trial. In metastatic disease- following surgery to remove kidney cancer /cytoreductive nephrectomy or nephrectomy + metastatectomy- systemic therapy then will be the way to go (options include- sunitinib, pazopanib, sorafenib, afinitor, (everolimus) temsirolimus, bev/ifn). D/w your doc. ...Read more

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Advanced lobular breast cancer. What is the success rate when a mastectomy, 3rd generation chemotherapy and radiation is done?

Advanced lobular breast cancer. What is the success rate when a mastectomy, 3rd generation chemotherapy and radiation is done?

Depends: May be good, but need much more detailed information on tumor size, stage, lymph nodes, hormone receptors, etc.Your own oncologist would be in a much better position to help answer this question for you. ...Read more

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How much pain is involved with stage 3 lung cancer?

How much pain is involved with stage 3 lung cancer?

Sometimes painful: If the tumor has spread to the chest wall or diaphragm it can be painful but pain is not usual ...Read more

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My aunt is diagnosed with breast cancer stage 3 which is slightly spreaded to lymph node. Is it curable?

My aunt is diagnosed with breast cancer stage 3 which is slightly spreaded to lymph node. Is it curable?

Yes: There are cure rates for stage iii breast cancer. Here is a good resource to read more: http://www.Cancer.Net/cancer-types/breast-cancer. ...Read more

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What is the most effective chemotherapy for stage 3 colon cancer ?

What is the most effective chemotherapy for stage 3 colon cancer ?

See an oncologist : Colon chance chemotherapy has a lot options now, and a thoughtful short and potential long term plan is what i necessary. Some oncologist believe that one day soon metastatic colon cancer may even be able to be treated as a chronic disease. I have certainly seen patients live for a decade with stage 4 disease. I wish you all the best. ...Read more

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Is being diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer and being a diagnosed with stage 2 but having a recurrence later the same in terms if prognosis ?

Is being diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer and being a diagnosed with stage 2 but having a recurrence later the same in terms if prognosis ?

Prognosis is stage: It is stage-dependent. Once the Cancer has relapsed the prognosis is bad as the disease is typically fatal. As long as it remains stage-2, there is hope for a better prognosis as long as the disease is not visibly present. In one individual the prognosis and outcome is ultimately same although numerically speaking survival is longer as long as the Cancer has not shown up in the tests. ...Read more

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What is the survival rate for a 46 yr old pt with stage 2B invasive lobular breast cancer w/node involvement?

What is the survival rate for a 46 yr old pt with stage 2B invasive lobular breast cancer w/node involvement?

Better than 85%: Invasive lobular carcinoma begins in the milk-producing glands (lobules) of the breast the cells having broken out of the lobule where they began and in Stage IIB have spread to regional lymph nodes. It typically doesn't form a lump, but often causes a fullness in one part of the breast.. They tend to have more hormone-receptor–positive tumors , lower nuclear grade and survival better than 85% ...Read more

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What is the survival rate for a 46 yr old pt with stage 2B invasive lobular breast cancer w/node involvement?

What is the survival rate for a 46 yr old pt with stage 2B invasive lobular breast cancer w/node involvement?

Approximately 80%: The exact answer to this question depends on a number of factors: actual tumor size, level of estrogen expression, number of nodes involved, medications given and individual response to medications. Lifestyle factors are also key. 80% 5-year survival comes from pooled data from a variety of patients. It's best to ask you medical oncologist to calculate your survival based upon your personal data ...Read more

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What is the treatment for stage 3 colon cancer ?

What is the treatment for stage 3 colon cancer
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Surgery and ? chemo: The first step is to remove the tumor and lymph nodes to see if tumor has spread to these. Since you know it is stage iii this must have already be done. We know in patients with the disease spread to nodes around the tumor, it is more likely to recurr. The addition of chemotx reduces this risk. Talk to an oncologist about the risks and benefits of the chemo. Most patients should recieve it. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy for a 78 year old man with stage 3 colon cancer which has not spread ?

What is the life expectancy for a 78 year old man with stage 3 colon cancer which has not spread ?

Variable: There is >50% chance that your colon cancer is cured with surgery already, in which case your life expectancy should be like a normal healthy person. You may benefit from treatment using adjuvant chemotherapy, if your tumor had spread/involved the lymph nodes in the abdomen. Check with your doctor and let us know how many nodes were involved with your tumor? ...Read more

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In stage 3 stomach cancer with 3 lymph nodes infected margin clear what is the survival rate with treatments of both chemo and radiation?

In stage 3 stomach cancer with 3 lymph nodes infected margin clear what is the survival rate with treatments of both chemo and radiation?

Yes.: Radiation therapy has been shown to improve survival in combination with chemotherapy after surgery for stomach cancer. Your local board-certified radiation and medical oncologists can provide more detailed explanations. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Breast Cancer (Definition)

Occurs when glandular cells lining the milk ducts and lobules of the human breast begin to grow in an unregulated manner. Often curable if found early and treated effectively with surgery, hormonal therapy, chemotherapy and targeted therapy, or a combination thereof. Early detection before the malignancy becomes large enough to be felt depends on mammography/sonography and MRI imaging of the breast ...Read more


Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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Breast Carcinoma (Definition)

Most breast cancers are carcinomas. This is a type of breast cancer. These cancers start in the cells that line organs and tissues. In fact, breast cancers are often a type of carcinoma called adenocarcinoma, which starts in cells that make glands (glandular tissue). Breast adenocarcinomas start in the ducts (the milk ducts) or ...Read more