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Metastatic breast cancer spreading to lymph nodes? Is that usually pretty bad?

Metastatic breast cancer spreading to lymph nodes?  Is that usually pretty bad?

Not necessarily: Lymph nodes are one aspect of evaluation for stage and treatment of breast cancer. It depends on size of breast cancer itself, number of lymph nodes involved, hormone status of the tumor, and dna testing can also help identify breast cancer risks. If the lymph node involvement is small, then there is little additioanl risk to the patient. There are many factors involved in assessing breast cancer. ...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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Hello, Please let me know what is the reason for occur metastatic lymph node cancer??? 2nd Question : Is Adenocarcinoma is called tumor??? What happen

Hello, Please let me know what is the reason for occur metastatic lymph node cancer??? 2nd Question : Is Adenocarcinoma is called tumor??? What happen

Yes it is a cancer: Adenocarcinoma is one type of common Cancer which can arise from any gland forming organ such as Breast, Colon and lung. If left untreated for a long time, cancer cells spread and can involve regional lymph nodes and later spread to the internal organs. I hope you are under the care of a cancer specialist(Oncologist) who can guide you further and offer the required treatments. ...Read more

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Is surgery ever appropriate for metastatic cancer?

Is surgery ever appropriate for metastatic cancer?

Yes: Yes. In general surgery is not useful for metastatic (spread) cancer. However in oligo (few) metastatic cancer -- especially for breast, colon, melanoma cancers patients may be rendered stage 4 ned (no evidence of disease). This may improve local control and symptoms, survival, and in a few cases even lead to cure. Removing the primary tumor (kidney) in renal cell carcinoma is helpful in met rcc. ...Read more

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Is stage IV metastatic cancer treatable?

Is stage IV metastatic cancer treatable?

Depends: Some cancers are curable with today's chemotherapy even if they have spread extensively. Others (for example, the common lung cancers) may someday be curable when they have reached stage iv, but not today. I've just seen reports of possible cures of stage IV colon and stomach cancers; i'm hopeful. ...Read more

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Metastatic cancer of the lungs: what are the signs?

Metastatic cancer of the lungs: what are the signs?

Location: It depends to location if is bone it cause bone pain if is brain it cause headache dizziness ,abdominal nodes and bowel cause pain. ...Read more

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Metastatic cancer of the lungs - what are the signs?

Metastatic cancer of the lungs - what are the signs?

SOB, hemoptysis: Lung mets may be asymptomatic (no symptoms). Other common symptoms are shortness of breath, hemoptysis (coughing up blood), pain. ...Read more

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Clear pet scan with metastatic cancer, what does it mean?

Clear pet scan with metastatic cancer, what does it mean?

PET scan: Pet scans are often used to look for metastatic disease and a clear scan means no obvious disease noted, a good sign but does not always guarantee one is disease free. ...Read more

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Can metastatic cancer be easily missed in a physical exam?

Can metastatic cancer be easily missed in a physical exam?

Yes: yes but it depend what was the original cancer and where the potential metastases if we are talking about superficial lymph nodes those are easy to find by physical examination if we are talking about deep lymph nodes or liver,lungs,brain or any other organs then only CT scan or PET scan can discover it again depend on the original cancer and where it is expected to spread ...Read more

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Do you have to stay in hospital if I have metastatic cancer?

Do you have to stay in hospital if I have metastatic cancer?

No: No. Cancer can be treated in a medical oncologist's clinic. Hospitalization may be required if there are complications of cancer or of treatment. ...Read more

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Is stage IV metastatic cancer treatable, and is it ever survivable?

Treatable noy surviv: Treatment can be given in stage IV in most cancers it might prolong lifespan by a few weeks, but not significant. ...Read more

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What's the difference in treatment between primary and metastatic cancer?

What's the difference in treatment between primary and metastatic cancer?

Site of origin: Primary cancer is the tumor that arises in the organ in question, whereas secondary cancer is one that arose somewhere else and spread to the organ in question. As an example, bronchogenic carcinoma is a primary cancer of the lung; breast cancer when it spreads to the lung is secondary cancer of the lung. ...Read more

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My father has got metastatic cancer and spreading very fast. What can be done?

My father has got metastatic cancer and spreading very fast. What can be done?

Depends on the Ca: Most malignancies have the capability of spreading. The release of matrixmetalloproteinase causes e-cadherin holding cells to become small e-cadherin allowing spread. If the lesion is to multiple areas it is harder to treat then to a single organ and if the tumor is pancreas cancer prognaosis is poor. For lung lesions can be bad and for bowel lesions more favorable with the right chemotherapy. ...Read more

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Do you have to stay in a hospice with metastatic cancer?

Do you have to stay in a hospice with metastatic cancer?

Functional or not...: Being functional or not doesn't determine whether you're appropriate for hospice care. Anyone with metastatic cancer who has decided to forgo further treatment and wants to focus on comfort care may benefit from hospice care. Some people initially decide to have hospice involved but may change their mind to pursue further treatment. ...Read more

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Are tumors in the lung usually a result of metastatic cancer?

Are tumors in the lung usually a result of metastatic cancer?

Often: They are either metastatic lesions that spread from other parts of the body, or they are "primary" lung cancers that originated in the lung tissue. Most often if multiple tumors, they would be metastatic lesions, but if there was a single spot seen in a smoker, it may be a primary tumor. ...Read more

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Why is metastatic cancer difficult to treat?

Why is metastatic cancer difficult to treat?

Bad biology: Some metastatic cancer does respond well (eg, testicular cancer), but in general when a cancer has spread beyond the confines of its organ (eg, breast, liver) of origin it is demonstrating bad biologic behavior. That is, it appears to be able to spread distantly and "live" away from it's local primary/original tumor environment. ...Read more

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Do you have any uplifting stories about metastatic cancer being somehow cured?

Be present now: It may sound cliched but living in the moment is a hugely helpful technique for thriving with and without cancer! I have learned some of my most important life lessons from my dear friend and nurse practitioner, dale, who took great care of herself with weekly massage, acupuncture, laughter and love during her year of breast cancer surgery, chemo and radiation- she's i doing great 3 years later! ...Read more

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What's spinal metastatic cancer?

Ca not from bone: Cancer from another source that settles or is metastatic to the spine . Prostate cancer breast cancer and lung cancer are a few examples of cancers that can metastasize to the spine. Most metastatic disease to distant sites occurs via the blood stream. ...Read more

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What are some metastatic cancer symptoms?

What are some metastatic cancer symptoms?

It depends: The symptoms depend on the location of metastasis and the organ involved. General symptoms include fatigue, loss of appetite and weight loss. Often times metastasis can be silent (asymptomatic). ...Read more