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Why do lymph nodes have to be removed during some cancer treatments?

Why do lymph nodes have to be removed during some cancer treatments?

Staging / treatment: Lymph node removal might be part of surgical management, for instance in head/neck cancers. But examination of lymph nodes is also important for staging purposes, to see if the tumor has spread to the lymph nodes. The stage of a cancer indicates whether a tumor is early or advanced, and oncologists use this information to determine what the appropriate therapy should be. ...Read more

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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What is cure rate for testicular mixed (ec + yolk) cancer stage iiia (few enlarged retroperit. Lymph nodes max 2.5 CM and two small lung nodes <6mm)?

What is cure rate for testicular mixed (ec + yolk) cancer stage iiia (few enlarged retroperit. Lymph nodes max 2.5 CM and two small lung nodes <6mm)?

Improving: Over all prognosis is pretty good due recent advances in chemotherapy used to be decimal couple of decades ago., approaching 90% . You have to speak to the oncologist , as the statistics constantly changing to better .Good luck. ...Read more

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67y.o. Otherwise healthy male with oral cancer in jaw bone, gums, and lymph nodes. Generally speaking, what is the five year "cure" rate for that?

67y.o. Otherwise healthy male with oral cancer in jaw bone, gums, and lymph nodes. Generally speaking, what is the five year "cure" rate for that?

Cancer statistics: The outcome for oral cancer in general depends on how advanced your cancer is (stage, grade) gender and location. For your particular situation, you should talk to your own specialist. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Just had a total thyroidectomy and 10 days after rai treatment for papillary cancer body scan revealed that the lymph nodes are affected on left side.?

Just had a total thyroidectomy and 10 days after rai treatment for papillary cancer body scan revealed that the lymph nodes are affected on left side.?

It's ok: If it lights up on post treatment wbs, that means it's getting kill. Give it time. Follow your doc advise. The followup lab and wbs will determine if the rai worked. Good luck. ...Read more

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I found another lump on left side of neck, how likely is cancer still roaming my body after thyroidectomy w/rt lymph node removal and i121 treatment?

 I found another lump on left side of neck, how likely is cancer still roaming my body after thyroidectomy w/rt lymph node removal and i121 treatment?

Lump: A new lump in your neck with your history of lymph nodes and thyroidectomy needs you to go back to your doctor and/or surgeon as quickly as possible. It is not always possible to get a swift appointment to busy doctors but don't be shy! ...Read more

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What other treatment that folfox for 6 months do you reccomend for someone with a stage 3b colon cancer T4 , n1c without lymph nodes involvement? Any o

What other treatment that folfox for 6 months do you reccomend for someone with a stage 3b colon cancer T4 , n1c without lymph nodes involvement? Any o

Tough one: Well if it is n1, than lymph nodes are positive. If n0 that means lymph nodes are clear or negative. I think folfox 6 months is usually given for stage 3 (lymph node +) disease. Ilook at age, family history, grade of tumor, lvi, oncotype recurrence score if MMR +, perforation or not and if pt really high risk, than 2 years of Xeloda (capecitabine) as risk of relapse is high in first 2 yrs. It is not standard. ...Read more

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Can you have adeno and squamous lung cancer at the same time? What is the significance for treatment? 2 biopsies --- one from main lung mass showing squamous, one from lymph node showing adeno.

Can you have adeno and squamous lung cancer at the same time?  What is the significance for treatment? 2 biopsies --- one from main lung mass showing squamous, one from lymph node showing adeno.

Yes...: It is possible that there are two different cancers. It may also be that the primary tumor is a combination of the two (adenosquamous) and the biopsy only sampled one part. Adenosquamous tumors contain adenocarcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. And either or both types of cancer may spread to lymph nodes. ...Read more

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July 2010 our sweet precious33 yr daughter was diagnosed with cervical cancer that has metastasized to her lymph nodes & brain. Our daughter lives in another city now getting treatment & was in another state when she got her 1st treatment and has been thr

July 2010 our sweet precious33 yr daughter was diagnosed with cervical cancer that has metastasized to her lymph nodes & brain. Our daughter lives in another city now getting treatment & was in another state when she got her 1st treatment and has been thr

I : I am sorry that your daughter's disease has progressed and that she is still in pain. I suggest she see a good pain medicine doctor, preferably one who was trained as an anesthesiologist. There is something called an intrathecal pain pump. It is implanted under the skin of the stomach and a catheter is tunneled under the skin directly into the fluid around the spinal cord. It slowly puts pain medicine directly around the spinal cord similar to how women get an epidural for pain during child birth. This can sometimes control pain that is difficult to control with oral, intravenous, or skin-patch narcotics and a randomized trial comparing intrathecal pain pumps to these other medicines also suggested that people with the pumps live a bit longer, probably due to less side effects from the pain medicine. Patients can walk and do their normal activity with the pump, but there can be side effects and an experienced doctor is needed to place and manage the pump. There is also a possibility that some of her pain could be controlled with radiation to the back if the pain is from tumor in the spine and that a short course of radiation could help shrink or slow down growth of her neck tumor. I wish you the best. ...Read more

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Non small cell lung cancer stage 111a. Had lobectomy but cancer remains in chest wall and lymph node. What is life expectancy without treatment?

Non small cell lung cancer stage 111a. Had lobectomy but cancer remains in chest wall and lymph node. What is life expectancy without treatment?

Variable outcomes: It is not entirely clear whether your cancer is truly stage-3A ( it means completely resected, no residual cancer left behind). If there is indeed some tumor left behind in the chest wall, then there is high risk of recurrence which will likely cause you problems within 6 to 12 months. This can be controlled with radiotherapy combined with chemotherapy. So you should reconsider your decision . ...Read more

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Survival rate for triple neg receptors for early stage breast cancer after chemo treatment? No lymph nodes involve, stage 1b, grade 2, mastec done

Survival rate for triple neg receptors for early stage breast cancer after chemo treatment?  No lymph nodes involve, stage 1b, grade 2, mastec done

Excellent: According to adjuvant online (www.Adjuvantonline.Com), you have about an 82% 10 yr survival rate based on your specific information provided. This is only an estimate since there are details I do not have such as type of chemotherapy being used. For triple negative breast cancer, these survival rates are quite excellent. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Thompson
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Cancer Treatment (Definition)

Cancer is a very broad term for all types of solid and blood malignancies. The treatments vary by biology , research and phase of ...Read more