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What's a primary carcinoma?

What's a primary carcinoma?

See below: Primary cancer means the cancer arises from the organ or tissue primarily but not a spread from elsewhere. Example, primary brain cancer means the brain cells go abnormal and become cancerous whereas secondary brain cancer means cancer cells from elsewhere spread to the brain eg lung cancer spreading to brain. ...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 the definition or description of: Primary carcinoma?

What is the definition or description of: Primary carcinoma?

Arises in organ: Primary carcinomas arise within the organ that they are detected in. They arise from primary mucosal tissues in which they grow. When examined at a molecular level all arise in a field effect with one site growing and suppressing other sites. They can be detected when the oncofetal protein is expressed and the cell still looks normal. When MMTV virus enters breast duct mucosa, it enters WNT-1 ...Read more

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Mom has just been told she has primary carcinoma thyroid cancer. Surgery?

Mom has just been told she has primary carcinoma thyroid cancer. Surgery?

Yes: The treatment is to remove the thyroid cancer by removing the thyroid gland and to evaluate and resect the lymph nodes adjacent to the thyroid by a head and neck surgeon specialized in head and neck cancer. Sometimes, other treatment will be needed following the surgery. That will depend on the pathology and the stage of the cancer. Discuss in detail with your doctor. ...Read more

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Hi this nagarjun this is wrt my dear friend anupam who is fighting with renal cell carcinoma in advanced stage. No medicine is working. Please help.

Hi this nagarjun this is wrt my dear friend anupam who is fighting with renal cell carcinoma in advanced stage. No medicine is working. Please help.

I'm so sorry: The best drugs for metastatic renal cell carcinoma are pazopanib, axitinib, sorafenib, and sunitinib. If these aren't working, then a clinical trial might be an option. But it sounds like your friend might die, and may already know that deep down. You can help by comforting, listening, and facing this together. It is a profound gift to be with someone at death, just like at birth. Be at peace. ...Read more

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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?

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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Where is the primary tumor if somebody has metastatic carcinoma in the lung?

Where is the primary tumor if somebody has metastatic carcinoma in the lung?

Anywhere in the body: Carcinomas from anywhere in the body such as breast, liver, colon, and prostate can travel to the lung. Identification of the primary would require a biopsy and pathology report. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Hi! I'm vem from ph. My mom was diagnosed with double primary ca. Adenocarcinoma of the lungs, squamous cells carcinoma of skin. Wil u help me?

Hi! I'm vem from ph. My mom was diagnosed with double primary ca. Adenocarcinoma of the lungs, squamous cells carcinoma of skin. Wil u help me?

What do you need?: The adenocarcinoma of the lung is extremely serious. The squamous carcinoma of the skin will almost certainly be cured by simple excision. Educate yourself about adenocarcinoma of the lung generally, and the markers and stage of her tumor and what is likely to be done for it. I'm glad you are there for her at this time. ...Read more

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I've had a papillary carcinoma, or a type of thyroid cancer does anyone know any diet or alternative medicine for this?

I've had a papillary carcinoma, or a type of thyroid cancer does anyone know any diet or alternative medicine for this?

Don't play around: You have thyroid cancer. Please use treatment techniques that have been proven and clinically tested (surgery, radioactive iodine remnant ablation, thyroid hormone replacement). There is no alternative medicine to treat thyroid cancer. ...Read more

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Is mitomycin-n, an injectible medicine, a possible alternative to radiation therapy for cheek carcinoma?

Is mitomycin-n, an injectible medicine, a possible alternative to radiation therapy for cheek carcinoma?

No: Chemotherapy alone is not generally used for treating cancers of the head & neck. Surgery may be an alternative to radiation therapy for cheek cancers. Depending on the extent of the cancer, surgery could be significantly more morbid than radiation therapy. You might consider a consultation at a multi-disciplinary program with head & neck surgeons, radiation oncologists & medical oncologists. ...Read more

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What are the odds of having adenocarcinoma of the left lung and adenosquamous carcinoma of the right. Each is considered a primary cancer?

Not Common: The incidence of having 2 different primary lung cancers diagnosed at the same time is quoted between 2-16% (synchronous multiple primary lung cancers). If they are microscopically different tumors, they likely represent two different primary lung cancers rather than metastatic spread of one or the other. One or both could also be metastatic cancer coming from a different site in the body. ...Read more

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My dad will be given cisplatin for squamos carcinoma cell of a mass removed from neck.is this medicine strong on him? Pet scan clear of mestatsis.

My dad will be given cisplatin for squamos carcinoma cell of a mass removed from neck.is this medicine strong on him? Pet scan clear of mestatsis.

Dose is tailored: Platinum-based medication in treatment of squamous cell cancers after surgery, and often in addition to radiation is the drug of choice. Depending on your dad's kidney function, and overall status, dose of the medication can be adjusted. Sister drug to cisplatin is carboplatin and sometimes used. Erbitux is a new alternative, different side effects, not as effective. ...Read more

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Does a new diagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma add points to the meld score of a cirrhosis patient? Patient is going to be evaluate for transplant. Hepatologist has not started testing to see if hcc is primary or a metastasis? Shouldn't they be doing

Usually: A diagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma often adds "tumor exception points" to the meld score. Unlike most cancers, hepatocellular cancer can be diagnosed based on imaging and laboratory findings without a biopsy. A tumor usually has to reach 2 centimeters in size before it affects the meld score. ...Read more

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The drug is taxotere (docetaxel) and cyclophosphamide used in chemo due to early stage of invasive lobular carcinoma does side effect cause insomia, depression?

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 throughout 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

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Squamous cell carcinoma, no skincancer. Normal x-ray/ct Scan of lungs/abdomen/breasts/Colon. Metastasis in lymphnodes under armpits/collarbone. Cough, weightloss, SOB. Ex smoker, Nicorette addict. No primary tumour found. What type of cancer?

Squamous cell carcinoma, no skincancer. Normal x-ray/ct Scan of lungs/abdomen/breasts/Colon. Metastasis in lymphnodes under armpits/collarbone. Cough, weightloss, SOB. Ex smoker, Nicorette addict. No primary tumour found. What type of cancer?

Squamous: Disseminated squamous cell carcinomas with no obvious primary often are ultimately found to have arisen in the nasal sinuses. There are even protocols for treating "squamous cell carcinoma of unknown primary". We may still have something to offer that's worthwhile. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What drugs are most commonly used to treat cancer?

What drugs are most commonly used to treat cancer?

Why this question?: If you have cancer that needs to be treated, go see an oncologist. There are more than 100 different drugs that we can use to treat various cancers. Too long a list to outline here! ...Read more

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What is the drug dabrafenib? Does it treat cancer?

What is the drug dabrafenib? Does it treat cancer?

Dabrafenib: Dabrafenib is used to treat cancer. It is " approved for use with trametinib for unresectable or metastatic melanoma with BRAF V600E or BRAF V600K mutations" See: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/treatment/drugs/fda-dabrafenib ...Read more

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What are the latest cancer drugs? How effective are they?

What are the latest cancer drugs? How effective are they?

Many new drugs!: That's not a question I can answer. There are literally hundreds of new cancer drugs. Can you narrow it down by type of cancer? Then I might be able to help! ...Read more

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What's primary vs secondary cancer?

What's primary vs secondary cancer?

Origin and spread: Primary cancer of an organ is one that originated in that organ, e. G, lung cancer in smokers. Seconday cancer is one that spread from one organ to another, e.g., lung cancer spreading to liver, brain, bone etc would be secondary cancer for liver, brain, bone etc. ...Read more

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How can oriental medicine help cancer?

How can oriental medicine help cancer?

Unlikely: I am not aware of controlled trials of oriental medicine for the treatment of cancer, therefore can not answer your question. I trust you mean to ask if oriental medicine helps patients with cancer. ...Read more

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Can cancer be treated using herbal medicines?

Can cancer be treated using herbal medicines?

Not yet: Specific drugs would be required to treat different types of cancer. Results are variable but herbal treatment are unlikely to be of benefit. ...Read more

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How can oriental medicine claim to cure cancer?

TCM for cancer: What you refer as oriental medicine is traditional chinese medicine correct? Tcm has a thousand years history to support its effectiveness and efficacy. A lot of "western" chemotherapy are originally found and made from natural source-i.e. Such as sea cucumber, periwinkle plant. Etc. The problem is that it is really hard to prove/explain the mechanism/ efficacy of tcm using the western standard. ...Read more

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Is there any alternative medicines to cure cancer?

Is there any alternative medicines to cure cancer?

None proven to work: There are no alternative medicines shown to cure cancer. ...Read more

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Are the drugs used for cancer chemotherapy the same?

Are the drugs used for cancer chemotherapy the same?

No: Different drugs and drug combinations are used for different cancers. ...Read more

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Could anti-cancer drugs be derived from sea-sponges?

Could anti-cancer drugs be derived from sea-sponges?

Yes: Eribulin is a drug that works by interfering with proteins that form structures known as microtubules, vital for cell division and function. It is derived from sea sponges and it's currently used for patients with breast cancer. ...Read more

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Can you please lay out the primary symptoms of cancer?

Can you please lay out the primary symptoms of cancer?

Depends on type...: Symptoms of cancer depend on the type. Breast cancer may present with a mass / lump in the breast, nipple retraction, and inflamed skin. A colon cancer might present with bowel changes, blood in the stool and abdominal discomfort. Many people with cancers feel fatigued and experience unexplained weight loss. If you are concerned by a specific type of cancer, ask a more directed question. ...Read more

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How could a drug inhibitor be useful in treating cancer?

Need more clarity: Please be more specific...which drug and what inhibitor are you asking about???? Tell us what exactly is in your mind. Right now it is not clear to me! ...Read more

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Can you tell me, how are drugs used to treat cancer cells?

Chemotherapy: Drugs that are used to treat cancer come in different types, but most fall under the category of chemotherapy. These drugs interfere with the cancer cells' ability to reproduce. There are other drugs called targeted therapies or immunotherapies. The treatment type is different for each cancer. ...Read more

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What is the reason for holding back cancer drugs from the public?

The FDA is charged: With assuring 1. Safety (the side effects must be known, first in culture, then in animals, then in people in phase i studies); 2. Effectiveness: phsse ii studies look at the promising schedules from phase i, and test in a panel of human specific cancers to demonstrate response rate and survival is the ultmate test over agents alreasy in hand. ...Read more

Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
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Primary Carcinoma (Definition)

Primary carcinomas arise within the organ that they are detected in. They arise from primary mucosal tissues in which they grow. When examined at a molecular level all arise in a field effect with one site growing and suppressing other sites. They can be detected when the oncofetal protein is expressed and the cell still looks normal. When MMTV virus enters breast duct ...Read more