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Is Stage 3 Cancer Terminal
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
How can I find doctors w the most experience treating stage 3 vulvar cancer in a 34 year old who does not fit the profile?
Tertiary care center: The most experience with this will be concentrated at major medical centers in metropolitan areas. ...Read more
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
NO: But with proper treatment you can forestall death ...Read more
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
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
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