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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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What are the possibilities of bone cancer or metastases form throat cancer that had a primary in the left tonsil. Stage 4in tonsil and 3 lymph nodes/ ?

What are the possibilities of bone cancer or metastases form throat cancer that had a primary in the left tonsil. Stage 4in tonsil and 3 lymph nodes/ ?

Throat cancer: Can present, or have metachronous metastasis to bones. . . It and lung cancer are the common metastatic sites. Usually this occurs within 2-3 years after successful loco-regional treatment. May be less with chemoradiotherapy. ...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?

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