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Doctor insights on: Melanoma On The Foot And Kidney Cancer

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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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All the types of kidney cancer requires total nephrectomy??? Or it's depending on the aggressiveness and grade and size of the cancer ??

All the types of kidney cancer requires total nephrectomy??? Or it's depending on the aggressiveness and grade and size of the cancer ??

Here are some...: How much kidney tissue needs to be remove, totally or partially, chiefly depends on the size and location of the tumor, which contribute to if the mass could be successfully removed with renal tissue preservation. Of course, professional experience and proficiency with updated thought and skill are important for the care. So, ask the surgeon to see how and what he/she may thing. ...Read more

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What are the chances of surviving colon cancer that has spread to liver, kidney and lungs?

What are the chances of surviving colon cancer that has spread to liver, kidney and lungs?

Poor: When one finds metastasis to multiple sites from a primary colon cancer the lesion was probably detected late in its development. If the patient is in good condition the primary if not resected should be removed. Chemo with FOLFOX and possibly avastin (bevacizumab) should be attempted. Kidney lesions are extremely rare but can respond to chemo and if causing complication should be resected. ...Read more

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Hi I'm on azathioprine for colitis....recently noticed 8 new flat freckles on the sole of my left foot.....what the chances of it being plantar melano?

Hi I'm on azathioprine for colitis....recently noticed 8 new flat freckles on the sole of my left foot.....what the chances of it being plantar melano?

Need more info: It's difficult to make a dermatological diagnosis without visualizing it. Please see your family physician very soon to get an exam and get to the bottom, no pun intended, of the diagnosis. ...Read more

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What is the prognosis of lung cancer? My father has a 3.5 inch mass on passage way of lung by aorta of heart but cancer hasn't spread yet.

What is the prognosis of lung cancer? My father has a 3.5 inch mass on passage way of lung by aorta of heart but cancer hasn't spread yet.

Extremely serious: Even in your brief description, you mention 2 worrisome features: size and proximity to the aorta. It's beyond the scope of this forum to speculate on his prognosis, but i think you're aware that your father is in trouble. Talk with his oncologist. There are several types of lung cancer and some are more sensitive to chemotherapy or radiation. Best of luck. ...Read more

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How to slow down the growth of cancer cells? (for last stage cancer patient, cancer cells at liver, lung and pelvis. Most critical is liver.)

How to slow down the growth of cancer cells? (for last stage cancer patient, cancer cells at liver, lung and pelvis. Most critical is liver.)

Your Oncologist can: This is a broad question. There are many anticancer drugs that are used to slow cancer cell growth. But they vary in their effectiveness depending on which organ is the source of cancer. Not knowing the details of the history i can not be any more specific. Please pose this question to the treating oncologist. ...Read more

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I have stage 4 breast cancer. Its at the bones and on my lungs. Is a bone Marrow transplant possible?

I have stage 4 breast cancer. Its at the bones and on my lungs. Is a bone Marrow transplant possible?

No: high dose chemotherapy associated with a bone marrow transplant is no longer recommended for metastatic breast cancer. Trials have shown this approach to be ineffective. Newer immunochemotherapy trials are now in play and should be investigated/ ...Read more

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Can a CT scan be wrong in metaststic breast cancer to the lung if the pt is on on chemotherapy and breast cancer was stage 2 grade 3 at diagnosis?

Can a CT  scan be wrong in metaststic breast cancer to the lung if the pt is on on chemotherapy and breast cancer was stage 2 grade 3 at diagnosis?

Read below: Breast cancer can progress or recur in case chemotherapy is not working well against cancer. Ct scan is the best way to look for cancer in the lungs and liver. But it can only show shadows which often require further tests...Either a biopsy or a pet scan if there is any uncertainty about the cause of the shadows. Sometimes radiotherapy can cause shadows on the lungs...So not all shadows are mets. ...Read more

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What is the prognosis for lung cancer that has metastases to the brain and pelvic area?

What is the prognosis for lung cancer that has metastases  to the brain and pelvic area?

Fair: There are several factors that affect prognosis. First the type of lung cancer. Is it small cell or non-small cell. Second, has there been a check on the molecular markers on the tumor (egfr, alk, ros 1?) there are targeted agents for those tyoe of tumors and patients do much better than the average. Discuss with your oncologist treatment options prognosis. Avoid internet for prognosis. ...Read more

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Can a local tumor in the lung spread to develop bone metases without affecting the rest of the lungs on xr?

Can a local tumor in the lung spread to develop bone metases without affecting the rest of the lungs on xr?

Yes: Small/oat cell carcinoma of the lung can disseminate widely in the body while the primary lesion may be too small to be detectable. ...Read more

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Can a 23yo female get primary bone cancer on the side of her foot no history of cancer in family?

Can a 23yo female get primary bone cancer on the side of her foot no history of cancer in family?

Rare occurrence: Any one can get bone cancer.Foot tumors are generally rare no matter what age of patient and family history. Primary bone cancer is not caused by a faulty gene that can be passed down through families. But people who have particular rare genetic syndromes have higher risk of some types of bone cancer than other people.Tumor type usually depends on age of patient. There are always exceptions. ...Read more

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Macular amyloidosis confirmed by skin biopsy from the pigmented patch on lower thigh. What is the line of treatment and prognosis .? Can it spread ?

Macular amyloidosis confirmed by skin biopsy from the pigmented patch on lower thigh. What is the line of treatment and prognosis .? Can it spread ?

Good prognosis: Macular amyloidosis is a local proliferation on the skin usually on the trunk as you have. It never spreads too much or into the blood. The treatment may be as simple as temovate (clobetasol) ointment twice daily to local cortisone injections, local liquid nitrogen, dermabrasion or laser treatment. ...Read more

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Is liver cancer on the rise?

Is liver cancer on the rise?

Yes: It is on the rise because more patients with hepatitis c are getting older. So the incidence of cirrhosis and liver cancer are increasing. ...Read more

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I had 28 treatments of radiation on the brain for a benign tumor. Can it cause cancer else where in the body down the road ?

I had 28 treatments of radiation on the brain for a benign tumor. Can it cause cancer else where in the body down the road ?

Narrowing of the: field of exposure with radiation treatment is done to minimize the risk of side effects of treatment. Yes there is increased risk of thyroid tumors, other brain tumors and brain infarcts (stroke). You should review your situation with the doctors ( radiation oncologist especially) Each situation requires weighing the potential risks vs benefits. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy of six month lung cancer that has spread to the bone and brain?

What is the life expectancy of  six month lung cancer  that has  spread to the bone and brain?

More: The median survival of non-small cell lung cancer in the us is 12-14 months. That means, 50% of patients live more than that and 50% live less than that. Most patient live at least a year. ...Read more

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What is the prognosis of ampullary cancer that has spread to the liver? Been on chemo for 6 months now and no new cancer with slight shrinkage of mets

What is the prognosis of ampullary cancer that has spread to the liver? Been on chemo for 6 months now and no new cancer with slight shrinkage of mets

No data: There are no large studies on folks with metastatic ampullary carcinoma in the liver. I would not expect a cure, but I'm glad you've gotten good results. Live month to month, week to week, enjoying as much as you are able. By analogy with other cancers, I wouldn't be at all surprised if you have 1-2 more good years. These tend to be slow-growers. I admire your courage. ...Read more

Dr. Mike Bowman
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Skin Cancer (Definition)

A condition in which some element of your skin--which is one of the most complex organs in the body--degenerates into cancer. The three most common types of skin cancer are: basal cell, squamous cell, and melanoma which occur in that order and degree of aggressiveness. Although heredity plays a major role, sun exposure and tobacco use and ...Read more


Dr. Sean Williamson
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Hypernephroma (Definition)

Hypernephroma has become an outdated term for cancerous change of filtrating tubules of kidneys and has bee replaced by renal cell carcinoma; literally, it denotes "overgrowth of kidney cells". Its risk factors are tobacco smoking, long-term OTC pain killer use, etc. In few cases, genetic factor is blamed. More? Contact www.healthtap.com/dr-Lin ...Read more