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My brother was offered an intrathecal pain pump for germ cell cancer with mets in his pelvis, back, spine, lung, and liver. What are pros and cons?

My brother was offered an intrathecal pain pump for germ cell cancer with mets in his pelvis, back, spine, lung, and liver.  What are pros and cons?

Pain relief: Sorry to hear you brother is so sick. The pump is a good alternative as it will provide constant and measured pain relief. Risks are mostly associated with the actual process of implantation (any surgical procedure has risks like infection, pain, etc.). Discuss with his physicians your concerns. ...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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Colon cancer with cancer in liver, lungs sacrum and spine?

Colon cancer with cancer in liver, lungs sacrum and spine?

Stage of cancer: This sounds very serious. Cancer is staged to help understand the treatments and expectations for success with treatment, part of the risk/benefit analysis. Stage 4 is cancer that has spread or progressed significantly outside the organ where it started. Stage 1, 2, 3 and 4 have diminishing expectations for treatment success. Take a friend with you to next appointment. You have choices. Be well. ...Read more

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Mom has stage 4adenocarcinoma, not sure of the primary cancer.Has cancer in neck, spine, jaw, liver, lungs, lymph nodes&hips. How long does she have to live?

Mom has stage 4adenocarcinoma, not sure of the primary cancer.Has cancer in neck, spine, jaw, liver, lungs, lymph nodes&hips. How long does she have to live?

A very hard ?...: ....2 answer, stage 4 of anything is bad. Only her oncologist is able 2 answer this ; a lot depends on prior treatment or her response 2 proposed treatment, ; how widespread the metastasis r ; how advanced they r. Then a definite answer is an educated guess/ prognosis with a wide range of possible time. ...Read more

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Stage 4 lung cancer, in liver, on spine ate hole in hip bone. No treatment still smoke. How long do I have left. What to tell my kids. What's next. ?

Stage 4 lung cancer, in liver, on spine ate hole in hip bone. No treatment still smoke. How long do I have left. What to tell my kids. What's next. ?

Discussion with Doc: Discuss with your doc who has been treating as he/she would have answer to all your questions. Tell your kids the truth whatever your doc informs you about your condition. It looks very grim with stage 4 lung cancer which has spread to multiple organs and bones. Are you at home or at a hospital? ...Read more

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Mom has adenocarcinoma, stage4but not sure of the primary cancer.Has cancer in neck, spine, jaw, liver, lungs, lymph nodes&hips.1round chemo.How long2live?

Mom has adenocarcinoma, stage4but not sure of the primary cancer.Has cancer in neck, spine, jaw, liver, lungs, lymph nodes&hips.1round chemo.How long2live?

Discuss this issue: With her oncologist who knows best.God bless ur mom! http://m.Cancer.Org/treatment/treatmentsandsideeffects/complementaryandalternativemedicine/herbsvitaminsandminerals/index?Sitearea=eto. ...Read more

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Would you recommend an intrathecal pain pump for my brother with germ cell cancer with mets to spine, pelvis, hip, back, lung, and liver? Pain's bad.

Would you recommend an intrathecal pain pump for my brother with germ cell cancer with mets to spine, pelvis, hip, back, lung, and liver? Pain's bad.

Yes.: Intrathecal pain pumps are ideal for treating severe cancer pain due to metastasis. There is significantly fewer side effects when narcotics are given this way compared to oral or IV meds which typically results in much better pain control and quality of life. ...Read more

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Stage 4 gullet cancer. Mets to liver , lungs. I have 6 courses of eox chemo treatments What is my realistic prognosis truely please?

Stage 4 gullet cancer. Mets to liver , lungs. I have 6 courses of eox chemo  treatments  What is my realistic prognosis truely please?

See below. Also ask: Your oncologist is the person you should ask this question. In fact it was something to have brought up as you began and went through your chemotherapy. Since you do not seem to have had a satisfactory answer, i can shed some light although at the risk of upsetting someone or the other. Stage 4 cancers can be treated, sometimes very successfully yet they carry a heavy risk of coming back again. ...Read more

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My father has been diagnosed with bowel cancer that has spread to the lungs and liver. Surgery is not being offered only chemotherapy. Prognosis pls?

My father has been diagnosed with bowel cancer that has spread to the lungs and liver. Surgery is not being offered only chemotherapy. Prognosis pls?

Ask the oncologist: The oncologist treating your father is the best person to ask this question, and will have all of the necessary data to offer an estimated prognosis. In addition, the oncologist will be able to assess the response to chemotherapy. ...Read more

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Dr. Marvin Ott
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Liver (Definition)

This organ plays a major role in metabolism and has a number of functions in the body, including glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells, plasma protein synthesis, hormone production, and detoxification. It lies below the diaphragm in the abdominal-pelvic region of the abdomen. It produces bile, an alkaline compound which aids in digestion via the emulsification of ...Read more


Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more