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How serious is stage 3 prostate cancer in a 61yr old male and is Chemo effective? What does stage three mean? Survival? Spreading? Please advise.

How serious is stage 3 prostate cancer in a 61yr old male and is Chemo effective? What does stage three mean? Survival? Spreading? Please advise.

Prostate CA staging: Stage III means the cancer has spread out of the capsule or into the seminal vesicles, the glands that sit right on top of the prostate. Treatment would consist of anti androgen therapy, a shot, and radiation. There is always the chance the cancer could spread so a bone scan and CT is done to check and to also use as a baseline for the future. ...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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If I have cancer in both breasts my sternum and my 10th rib and was told it is at least stage 3 does that make it terminal?

If I have cancer in both breasts my sternum and my 10th rib and was told it is at least stage 3 does that make it terminal?

Metastatic = stage 4: If the cancer is spread to those areas it is stage 4. Treatment options and prognosis need more information and discussion with an oncologist and likely others including a radiation oncologist. If age is 23, then likely also a genetic counselor. ...Read more

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How bad is stage 3 ovian cancer?

How bad is stage 3 ovian cancer?

Variable prognosis: Stage-3 Ovarian cancer is an advanced stage of disease. It requires extensive surgery followed by chemotherapy. When used together these two treatments can cure 20%-30% of patients but a majority of patients relapse after the initial response. Once there is relapse, the treatment has limited efficacy, the disease then is largely incurable. But I would look at the positive side of things and be hop ...Read more

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How are stage 3 and 4 cancer distinguished from each other?

How are stage 3 and 4 cancer distinguished from each other?

Depends: As a rule, stage 4 are "advanced" but it varies depending on the cancer. Stage 4 breast cancer vs. Lung cancer vs. Head and neck cancer have somewhat different definitions based on the current staging criteria. ...Read more

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My dad is stage 3 eschogeal cancer what are his chanches?

My dad is stage 3 eschogeal cancer what are his chanches?

Individualize: Esophageal cancer has very poor prognosis. However, it is important to approach this with an experienced multi-disciplinary cancer program/team. Your father is not just "a stage". There are cancer survivors within each of the stages. That is why his care should be individualized. His cancer team can provide more details based on his individual specifics. ...Read more

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What is stage 3 rectal cancer recovery?

Lymph node disease: Stage 3 rectal cancer describes cancer that has spread to lymph nodes. Stage 3 rectal cancer is treated with surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotehrpay. The order of these treatments mary vary somewhat. Recovery from surgery generally takes about 4 weeks. The course of chemotherapy and radiation is usually 6 months. ...Read more

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What's stage 3 rhabdomyosarcoma cancer?

Worrisome: Every type of cancer has its own system of staging to tell how far it has gotten. Talk with your physician; a stage 3 rhabdomyosarcoma might be more than 5 cm and/or be in a regional lymph node but not clearly spread farther. "rhabdos" tend to be aggressive and I wish you luck. ...Read more

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How long does ovarian cancer take to develop into stage 3/4?

How long does ovarian cancer take to develop into stage 3/4?

Hard to know: Most ovarian cancers are already stage 3 or 4 when they are diagnosed so we really don't know how long it took them to get there. In retrospect, many women have had symptoms for many months before their diagnosis. There may also be an asymptomatic stage that could last for months or even years before the symptoms begin. ...Read more

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How does surgery affect people who have stage 3 rectal cancer?

How does surgery affect people who have stage 3 rectal cancer?

Depends: On where in the rectum the tumor is and what specific surgery is performed, I need more information to adequately answer this question. ...Read more

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What is stage 3 ovarian cancer, how do you stage ovarian cancer?

Stages I - IV.: Stage I ovarian cancer means the cancer is only located in the ovaries. Stage ii is when the cancer has spread to other organs in the pelvis, such as the uterus. Stage iii occurs when the cancer spreads beyond the pelvis to other abdominal organs and lymph nodes. Stage iv, the most advanced stage, means the cancer has spread (metastasized) to distant organs like the lungs or liver. ...Read more

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What is the cure rate for stage 3 chariocarcinoma testicular cancer?

What is the cure rate for stage 3 chariocarcinoma testicular cancer?

Not good: Unfortunately pure testis choriocarcinoma prognosis is poor, in stage iii lymph nodes of both sides of diaphragm are involveed with out organ involvement, with recent advances in chemotherapy other forms, seminoma and some germ cell tumors has much better prognosis. ...Read more

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Does stage 3 rectal cancer cause serious longterm effects on continence?

Depends: On how low in the rectum the cancer is and what modes of treatment are proposed or undertaken. If it is low it may indeed affect continence and a permanent colostomy may be indicated. ...Read more

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I had a hyst. Oct. Of 2010. Dr left my ovaries in, he said they were fine. 10 months later, I had stage 3 ov. Cancer. Did I have cancer oct. 2010?

I had a hyst. Oct. Of 2010. Dr left my ovaries in, he said they were fine. 10 months later, I had stage 3 ov. Cancer. Did I have cancer oct. 2010?

Unknown: Early cancers are evident only on a microscopic level. Therefore, even if your cancer was present 10 months earlier, your ovaries could look entirely normal. ...Read more

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Stage 3 breast cancer?

Stage 3 breast cancer?

Yes: Stage 3 breast cancer indicates spread to more than 3 lymph nodes for a breast cancer of any size. Will likely need surgery, chemotherapy & radiation therapy. See an oncologist for more details. ...Read more

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What is stage 3 breast cancer?

What is stage 3 breast cancer?

It is locally advanc: When the tumor in the breast is quite advanced, often more than 5 cm (>2 inches) in size and starting to cause local skin invasion and also spreading into multiple lymph nodes in the arm pit. ...Read more

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Stage 3 grade 1 colon cancer, will I be ok?

Stage 3 grade 1 colon cancer, will I be ok?

Check out website: Please check out www. Michaelsmission. Org it is a very informative website about colorectal cancer. ...Read more

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What is the prognosis for stage 3 liver cancer?

What is the prognosis for stage 3 liver cancer?

It is a bad cancer: Liver cancer is a very serious type of cancer and carries a high mortality. If it is surgically removable (stage 1/2), then there is a chance for cure. For stage 3 it will take a lot of effort between multiple specialists involved to try controlling it but the chances for success are small. You should seek treatment by a specialist at a cancer center. ...Read more

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What does it mean for liver cancer to be stage 3?

Liver cancer stage: Assuming that this liver cancer is hepatocellular carcinoma, ajcc (american joint committee on cancer) stage III refers to one of the following scenarios: multiple large tumors or tumor involving the portal/hepatic vein (s)/major branch thereof or direct invasion of adjacent organs (other than gallbladder) or tumor perforation of the liver capsule. ...Read more

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If stage 3 liver cancer how many months can she live?

If stage 3 liver cancer how many months can she live?

It depends: No one can know how long patients live with cancer. I've treated patients who were told they had months to live and NT on the live good quality lives for years. I strongly urge patients not to focus on months or years and instead look at quality of life. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy with untreated stage 3 -b ovarian cancer?

What is the life expectancy with untreated stage 3 -b ovarian cancer?

It depends: In my 50 years off active practice I predicted patient with stage 3 ovarian cancer life expectancy of 6 monts, she survived 15 years.
I predicted in stage 1 ovarian cancerpatientexcellent prognosis, she did not make 1 year.
Nevertheless stage 3b is a serious prognosis. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for stage 3 rectal cancer that doesn't affect continence?

Is there a cure for stage 3 rectal cancer that doesn't affect continence?

Location dependent: The closer rectal cancer is to the anus, the more likely it can affect muscle control of continence. Most surgeons will offer chemotherapy and radiation before surgery for stage 3 rectal cancer. After the tumor shrinks, surgery can be easier in terms of location from the anal sphincter muscles. Incontinence is not an expected result in most cases. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what it mean when you are diagnosed with colon cancer stage 3?

Can you tell me what it mean when you are diagnosed with colon cancer stage 3?

Like getting a C: Cancers are graded like tests or exams. Grade 1 is an a, grade 2 is a b, grade 3 is a c and grade 4 is a d. With a c or a d, you need tutoring to get a better grade and it is always better to have an a or a b. Chemotherapy is tutoring and gives you the opportunity to raise your grade to a higher score. This is a simple explanation of a complex, confusing staging system of colon cancer. ...Read more

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Why would you get a hole in your femur she has stage 3 kidney, got tested for cancer none?

Why would you get a hole in your femur she has stage 3 kidney, got tested for cancer none?

Seek Oncology advice: When you say hole in the femur, that can be due to cancer. So make sure an oncologist is involved in solving this problem.Kidney cancer can often go to the bones. The best way to further investigate is to obtain a bone scan or a PET scan. These will give you further clues as to the cause/nature of the hole in the Femur ...Read more

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I just found out I most probably have stage 3 peritoneal primary cancer with a slim possiblity of it being lymphoma. Where should I go for the best?

I just found out I most probably have stage 3 peritoneal primary cancer with a slim possiblity of it being lymphoma. Where should I go for the best?

Best is relative: The best is relative. What the best for a person does not have to be the best for you. Having a diagnosis of cancer, you would need to get some good support from friends and family to go through treatment etc. Also when economy is tough sometimes travelling to another states is not possible. My suggestion is to start with cancer ctr close by. Later, d/w your md re- 2nd opinion at tertiary center. ...Read more

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Laringis cancer stage 3. ..1 year remission... Hope?

Laringis cancer stage 3. ..1 year remission... Hope?

Pretty good: If you are treated for laryngeal cancer you did not mention most likely treated by chemo radiation, you have pretty good prognosis provided, you go for follow up by your oncologists if you do not early treatable recurrences will be missed. ...Read more

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Prognosis stage 3 breast cancer?

Prognosis stage 3 breast cancer?

Curable!: Stage 3 means the tumor is large and/or the cancer has spread to many lymph nodes. It can still be cured with a combination of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. The risk of cancer returning depends on many factors-- age, # of involved lymph nodes, and whether the cancer has hormone receptors or her2. About 50% of stage 3 breast cancer patients are cured. Have hope! ...Read more

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How fatal is stage 3 breast cancer?

How fatal is stage 3 breast cancer?

40-70% 5-yr survival: The most recent statistics from the national cancer database quote the above numbers for stage 3 breast cancer, which varies quite a bit between 3a v. 3b or 3c. Keep in mind that this is based on people diagnosed as long as a decade ago, so it may not reflect the most up-to-date treatments. ...Read more