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Medicine For Invasive Carcinoma
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
Tissue: Has organized surfaces with cells resting on a basement membrane. Invasive cancers disrupt that membrane and gain access to blood vessels, subcutaneous tissues, and lymphatics. ...Read more
Blood in urine: The earlist symptom of carcinoma of the bladder is blood in urine. It may be obvious to the naked eye or require microscopic examination of urine. Later symptoms may include pain, weakness, dysuria, urinary infection and symptoms from metastases, depending on the site of metastases. ...Read more
Bladder problems: Usually patients may notice bloody urine, frequency of urination, burning sensation and obstructive symptoms such as weak stream and double voiding. Pain in the bladder is a possibility. If one has symptoms of bladder infection and yet not improved with multiple antibiotics, cystoscopy should be considered to rule out bladder tumors. ...Read more
I do not believe so: Invasive cancer are best treated with surgery when they are localized. Radiotherapy can also help in local control. Some tumors require chemotherapy in addition to surgery. There are no natural simple treatments which have proven track record of controlling cancer. So be careful and avoid being mislead. ...Read more
Had a type one, non invasive carcinoma removed. The next step is 6 chemical treatments. My question is what chemicals are commonly used?
Get second opinion: What you described does not seem to add up. Please get a second opinion from a dermatologist if the lesion was on the skin. ...Read more
See below: Invasive carcinoma means the cancer has grown to the extent that it starts invading into surrounding tissue such as fat, fibrous tissue, lymphatics etc. Sarcoma is one type of cancer that arises from soft or connective tissue such as mucle, bone, blood vessels etc. It behaves differently from carcinoma which comes from lining of skin, ducts or internal organs. Surgery is primary treatment. ...Read more
Extremely: Her chances for cure depend on how early it was found. ...Read more
Very good: I am sorry to hear about your diagnosis. The most recent us data reports a 5-yr survival rate of 81% for stage iia and 74% for stage iib breast ca. However, keep in mind these #s do not take into account the age and/or health of the patient, the specific tumor markers, nor the most current rx options. I am certain that your oncologist can give you much more information about your specific cancer. ...Read more
Contained: No evidence of invasive carcinoma on the pathology report for colon cancer means that the cancer appears to be contained and has not spread, such as into the muscle layer of the colon and beyond. This should imply a higher likelihood for cure if one follows the recommendations of one's oncologist. ...Read more
I was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma 11 years ago, but I prefer to follow a naturopathic doctor, may I know your opinion about naturophatic medicine?
No: People should stick with our regular allopathic medicine. There are as many ways to practice regular allopathic medicine as there are doctors. Each doctor is a little different in personality and practice style. After all, we're all human. I don't recommend any other types of "doctors". ...Read more
The drug is taxotere (docetaxel) and cyclophosphamide used in chemo due to early stage of invasive lobular carcinoma does side effect cause insomia, depression?
Chemo and cancer: Dealing with cancer and its treatment is not something easy to do in many cases. Not only it is affecting your physical condition, emotionally, you can also develop anxiety, depressed mood, depression etc through out the battle. The chemo themselves do not give you insomnia. However, steroids are given prior to chemo, and this can cause insomnia. Depression/anxiety cause insomnia too. ...Read more
Good: Lobular breast cancer is more frequently multifocal and bilateral than ductal carcinoma. However, with mastectomy (lumpectomy may not be sufficient) and sentinel lymph node biopsy, with follow-up hormone therapy and/or radiation should yield a good outcome, depending on the grade and stage of the cancer. Stage is most important, along with hormone receptor status. ...Read more
I was diagnosed with minimally invasive follicular carcinoma two years ago. After treatment was told I am cured, but what is my long term prognosis?
It depends: Tumors that are grade 3, or that have a high "proliferation rate", may spread more quickly than grade 1 or 2. Tumors that are er- (estrogen receptor negative) or her2+ spread more quickly than other types. Inflammatory breast cancer of any type can spread in days; the other types of invasive ductal carcinoma generally take months. ...Read more
Biopsy: The only way to make a diagnosis of ilc is by biopsy (usually needle biopsy). The problem with ilc is that it often does not show up on a mammogram or sonogram until it is large or a lump can be felt. That is why the diagnosis of ilc is often made later than other types of breast cancer. ...Read more
Depends: Not all breast cancers are the same and many other factors help to predict better or poorer outcomes such as tumor grade, # of positive lymph nodes, estrogen receptor status, her2neu status, etc. A score called oncotype DX based on genetic profiling of the cancer helps define prognosis also and tailor decisions as to the best and most beneficial treatment to use. ...Read more
Yes: Depending on the stage, untreated it will definitely spread, if caught early and treated, then less likely, but monitoring for a long time (5-10 years) is necessary. ...Read more
Who said that???: That is the most common category of breast cancer, so I'm not sure why anybody would say such an absurd thing. It is curable if found early but it kills thousands of women every year. Ask the husband who lost a wife or the child who lost a mother if they think it's no big deal. ...Read more
High: Published 5-yr survival rates are 81% for iia and 84% for iib breast ca. Keep in mind this includes mortality from other causes and reflects patients treated almost a decade ago. For more info...http://www. Cancer. Org/cancer/breastcancer/detailedguide/breast-cancer-survival-by-stage. ...Read more
I have stage 1, grade 2 invasive ductal carcinoma. How long do I have before this goes to stage 2?
Doesn't work that way:
It is common, but not right, to think of cancer stages (1, 2, 3, 4) as a progression 1->2->3->4. However, the more we learn about cancer the more we learn that some cancers may begin as stage III or IV - they can spread from the very beginning.
In your case, stage 1 breast cancer, if completely removed, may never come back. There is no set time period in which we expect it to become stage 2. ...Read more
37 yr old. Personal hx of invasive ducal carcinoma stage 1. L ovary 6.8 cm hemorrhagic cyst, R ovary-2 cm complex cyst. Should I be concerned?
BRCA?: Ovarian cancer is associated with breast cancer, so having the US exam is prudent screening. The nature of the cysts is the best guide, but not perfect. Best here to follow the recommendations of your doctor and the person interpreting the full images. Knowing your BRCA status might also help with the decision about early removal. ...Read more
My husband has been diagnosed with hepatocellular carcinoma and he is taking nexavar; I would like to know if you have experience with this drug resu?
Yes: Nexavar, also called sorafenib, is an oral drug that was approved in 2007 for treating hepatocellular carcinoma that cannot be surgically removed. It delays the growth of the tumor, but it does not cure it. Diarrhea, hair loss, and hand/foot syndrome (redness and peeling of hands and feet) are the main side effects. Good luck to you both! ...Read more
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