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My father had hodgkins chemo killed original cancer but whilst having chemo non hodgkin's grew chemo didnt work now spread brain lung how much time?

My father had hodgkins chemo killed original cancer but whilst having chemo non hodgkin's grew chemo didnt work now spread brain lung how much time?

Be prepared: Advancing lymphoma that is not responsive to treatment usually means a relatively short life span remains, so it is best to prepare and enjoy the present with your loved one. Occasionally, clinical trials of newer drugs may be available for people who have failed conventional treatments, but these are "last ditch" attempts and may not increase survival much, but do help us to learn for future pts. ...Read more

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Will cancer patient's hair grow back after chemo?

Will cancer patient's hair grow back after chemo?

Yes: Hair loss is usually a transient side effect of chemotherapy. Some people may notice some difference in their hair color or texture when it grows back. ...Read more

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How come your hair grows back curly after chemo therapy?

How come your hair grows back curly after chemo therapy?

Hair growth change: After chemotherapy the hair root is injured and growth stops. The alteration in growth pattern after recovery is thought to be responsible for the change in appearance of the growth of the hair. It can have color and texture change as well. The scientific details are still not totally clear. ...Read more

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Brother died of mediastinal germ cell cancer. How can I be sure we did everything? Had chemo, radiation, stem cell transplant, and surgeries.

Brother died of mediastinal germ cell cancer. How can I be sure we did everything? Had chemo, radiation, stem cell transplant, and surgeries.

Forgive my frankness: I'm sorry about your brother. We cure around 90% of these nowadays and the treatments you've listed are the right ones. Sadly, cancer quackery is protected by free speech. Whenever a young person dies, you will be approached by charlatans or their dupes and told, 'if only you had done thus-and-so.' it's hard to respond and simply adds to your pain. You didn't miss an easy 'natural' cure. Peace. ...Read more

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Oligodendroglioma, stage 3, 2 surgeries later growing, already tried radiation, now chemo. Are there alternatives?

Oligodendroglioma, stage 3, 2 surgeries later growing, already tried radiation, now chemo. Are there alternatives?

No disrespect to: Anybody, but are you being treated by folks with expertise in CNS cancers? I'm not implying you have been poorly managed, i'm sure your docs are good competent guys, but at this point i would visit an academic cancer center with a neuro-oncology team and availability of clinical trials. Best to you. ...Read more

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Did your hair grow back after receiving high dose radiation treatment?

Did your hair grow back after receiving high dose radiation treatment?

Depends...: ...On the length and severity of the treatment. Radiation does effect rapidly-growing groups of cells (such as hair follicles) as a side effect, but the hair loss is not necessarily permanent. Your dermatologist can help you with this. ...Read more

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Will my beard grow back after radiation therapy?

Will my beard grow back after radiation therapy?

Possibly not: There can be some thining of the hair in the treatment field of radiation. Thining of facial hair after head and neck radiation is a possibility same with hair loss of the scalp after whole brain radiation. ...Read more

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Ciii ovarian cancer in 06, 1212, surgery and chemo paxitaxtel/carboplatin. In remission. Recurrence treated with tamoxifen, carboplatin alone, abraxan, then topotacan to no avail. Which chemo next?

Ciii  ovarian cancer in 06, 1212, surgery and chemo paxitaxtel/carboplatin.  In remission. Recurrence treated with tamoxifen, carboplatin alone, abraxan, then topotacan to no avail. Which chemo next?

Many options: Choosing chemo depends on many factors, so only your doctor can decide what might work for you. Drugs you haven't mentioned include altretamine, capecitabine, cytoxan, (cyclophosphamide) vinorelbine, ifosfamide, etoposide, and irinotecan. There are also several hormonal agents. And a clinical trial might be an option. Check out www.Cancer.Gov for more info. And good luck. ...Read more

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Mom was at stage 4 breast cancer, done w chemo and double mastectomy, healing for radiation. Natural supplements that will fight or stop/slow spread?

Mom was at stage 4 breast cancer, done w chemo and double mastectomy, healing for radiation. Natural supplements that will fight or stop/slow spread?

Unknown: Good question, but answer is not clear as far as i know. Consider a multivitamin and/or calcium + vitamin d supplement with a healthy diet. Would avoid any types of hormonal supplements and strongly recommend she discontinue smoking. During radiotherapy, avoid high dose/potency antioxidants. ...Read more

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Psych? Colon cancer 1/09 stage III surg. & chemo. Tiny liver met 2/12 stage iva liver resection. Horrible anxiety & h a. Pet scan in 2 wks. prescription .5mg clonezapam 2x's day. Fear ca's return. How to cope?

Psych? Colon cancer 1/09 stage III surg. & chemo. Tiny liver met 2/12 stage iva liver resection. Horrible anxiety & h a. Pet scan in 2 wks. prescription .5mg clonezapam 2x's day. Fear ca's return. How to cope?

Colon cancer: Confronting ones own mortality and living with a cancer that can and often recurs causes tremendous anxiety and depression. You are not alone. Unfortunately, many wonderful, talented, and smart people are confronting the same fate. Look into support groups and treatment with a psychiatrist to help you cope with this detour in life. ...Read more

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If Right Frontal Lobe - Grade4 Glioma plus Thin Layer of Cell after remove with Frameless Stereotactic Craniotomy, would prevent spread and recur? TQ

If Right Frontal Lobe - Grade4 Glioma plus Thin Layer of Cell after remove with Frameless Stereotactic Craniotomy, would prevent spread and recur? TQ

Incomplete info: I read that you are concerned with a high grade glioma, but the information you have given is fragmentary. Yes, treatment should prevent spread and possibly remove some of the tumor. You should definitely be working with a trained specialist in brain oncology. ...Read more

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Doesn't radiation therapy increase cancer cell growth?

Doesn't radiation therapy increase cancer cell growth?

Not really: When given appropiately, radiation helps with local control. Keeping the tumor from recurring where it started). But yes exposure to radiation can be a cause for second cancers-( tho rare) most commonly sarcomas in the area of the radiated tissue). ...Read more

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Can microwave radiation from cell phone tower cause cancer ?

Can microwave radiation from cell phone tower cause cancer ?

Not that we know: The radiation energy from a cell tower is very low unless you are on the tower at the antenna. The current controversy is whether cell phone itself can cause brain malignancy since they are held close to your head while they are being used. The jury is still out on the question but prudence suggests you use your cell phone on speaker or use a blue tooth ear piece which generates lower radio ener. ...Read more

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Dx stage 2B NSCLC 6 months ago, lobectomy. Too late to do adjuvant chemo?

Dx stage 2B NSCLC 6 months ago, lobectomy. Too late to do adjuvant chemo?

Yes: If a 2b lesion has been completely resected with a lobectomy and there is no problem 6 months post surgery the best approach is for careful follow up. Adjuvant radiation for this stage of disease has shown no survival benefit and adjuvant chemo if initiated following surgery has only shown a 5% improvement in survival. ...Read more

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Missing myelin. Right ring & pinky sluggish. Myelin won't grow back, but, taking piano lessons. Will diligent practice improve function, i.E. Pt ?

Depends: Depends on the reason for the loss of myelin. Myelin can "grow" back but it depends on many factors that are disease specific. Practice usually helps especially if you have some strength left. ...Read more

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Does MRI Radiation can be danger as Cell phone radiation since both work on electromagnetic?

Does MRI Radiation can be danger as Cell phone radiation since both work on electromagnetic?

Frequency is a key: issue because energy per photon correlates with the frequency of EMR. Study: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electromagnetic_radiation. Additionally, issue is not just EMR energy transmitted but absorbed (versus just passing through without apparent effect) combined with biologic responses, thus no one 100% understands. MRI (actually NMRI) uses intense magnetic fields & RF EMR, not ionizing like CT. ...Read more