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Need to ask question about cancer treatment. Had hysterectomy 9-26-11 pathology found cancer in the uterus muscle. Oncologist stated treatment would include chemo and radiation although no further cancer was found after the CT scan. What kinds of questi
I : I hope you have recovered from your surgery well. There are two main groups of uterine cancer that can involve the muscle. The more common type starts in the lining of the uterus and may grow into the muscle. This is called an endometrial carcinoma. The appropriate treatment for this after surgery will depend on how aggressive the cells look under the microscope, which is called the grade of the tumor as well as if there was any evidence of cancer outside the uterus. If this is what you have, you will most likely benefit from some sort of radiation which may include about 5-6 weeks of daily external radiation to the pelvic area and/or a few days of outpatient internal radiation to the vagina. Chemotherapy might be recommended as well if the cancer has spread outside the uterus or if the cells are high-grade. The other group of uterine cancers are tumors that actually started in the muscular wall of the uterus. These are called uterine sarcomas. There are multiple types of these tumors too and the appropriate post-operative treatment depends on the type of tumor and how far it has spread. This may consist of no further treatment, hormonal therapies, radiation or chemotherapy alone, or both in combination. You need to ask: 1) what kind of tumor you had. 2) what is the stage and what does this mean in terms of where the cancer was in your body. 3) what is the grade. 4) what treatment guidelines and data are being used to make the treatment recommendations. 5) what exactly the treatment will entail. 6) what are the expected short and long term side effects. 7) what benefit do are the treatments expected to give in terms of improving the cure rate. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Yes and no: Both are adenocarcinomas of the 'large intestine' broadly speaking. However, due to several anatomic differences, colon and rectal cancer behave differently. For that reason the preoperative staging is different and the treatment can be different (surgery +/-chemotherapy for colon cancer, surgery +/- chemoradiation therapy for rectal cancer). The functional outcomes are different as well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
For a 30 year female patient diagnosed with stage iii-b colon cancer, what are the expected specific rather than general side effects of folfox?
Depends on person: Folfox is a combination of chemo drugs, including oxaliplatin and Fluorouracil (5fu), and leucovorin and varies a bit by how and when they are given. The side effect profile includes suppression of bone marrow function, neuropathy (numbness or tingling), GI symptoms, fatigue, hair loss, mouth sores, , rash, and others. Individuals will experience varying degrees and types of side effects. ...Read more
Brother diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer mestastic to the liver- report reads "tumors on liver too numerable to count", he's on chemo, his chances?
Wife complete debulking for stge 4 ovarian cancer. No l-nodes involved.
All cancer removed. Ca125 44 at diagnosis. Ca125 is 3 after 6 rds of chemo. What questions should I ask onc re: prognosis?
High Risk: It sounds like she has had a good respons but she is high risk. You need to continue to have her monitored no matter what the numbers show. Her risk of recurrence is high just based on the staging. Her oncologist is the expert in this field. Support gourps may help as well. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Heredity: This is the major factor that everyone agrees increases risk, but many colon cancer patients have no family history. Diet and especially meat eating have given contradictory results when studied. Ulcerative colitis and some other illnesses greatly increase risk. Screening is key to surviving colon cancer. ...Read more
Life expectancy, diagnosed 7/15/11 stage IV colon cancer, cancer has spread to the vagina. The tumor recently grew 20%. What treatments available?
Hi. Cancer in bowel, ovaries and peritoneal. Krukenberg tumour. What are the best chemo drugs? Need to clear spread from small bowel before surgery
Yes, it can be an op: This pill is often used in Japan. So it is not popular in the US. Moreover, it is better to be treated with a combination of 2 or 3 medicines that are proven useful in the treatment of metastatic colon Cancer. I would advise you to seek a second opinion so that you can make sure that your treatment is not substandard. ...Read more
Depends on chemo: The side effects of chemotherapy depend on the chemos involved. In general bone marrow suppression (bms) causing lower red blood cells (rbcs) with anemia, lowered wbcs with increased risk of infection, and lowerd platelets with increased risk of bleeding. Oxalipaltin ("o" in folfox) can cause numbness or cold induced nerve pain. Irinotecan ("i" in folfiri) causes diarrhea. Etc... ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Somewhat: Colon cancer and rectal caner are usually an adenocarcinoma. They are both located in the large intestine. The difference is that they are treated differently. Sometimes rectal cancer is first treated with radiation and chemotherapy before surgery. Colon cancer often does not use radiation therapy. Both cancers use surgery to remove the cancer. ...Read more
Chemotherapy: Whatever the type of malignancy, late stage, i.e. Stage iv, suggests the tumor has gone beyond local control and cannot be treated effectively except with chemotherapy, commonly platinum-based. However, this does not preclude surgery or radiorx which may limit "tumor-burden" and relieve some symptoms. Chemotherapy is ideal for small-cell carcinoma. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Colon and Prostate C: No, each originates from a different place. Colon cancer originates from the inner surface of the colon, the mucosa and prostate cancer originates from the glands of the prostate. The colon is a part of the gastrointestinal system while the prostate is part of the genitourinary tract. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Multiple pimple different sizes 1-3 CM together on the infra scapula reg. Of patient has metastatic breast cancer , could be related to cancer ?
Breast cancer, 2 tumors, one 1.4x1.7, the other .5. Biopsy states IDC, ER+, PR- and HER2 neg.
Ki67 score 50
Treatment mastectomy, chemo and tamoxifen.
What are your thoughs on treatment??? Patient is 32 years old
Curative: At 32, you have a long life ahead of you. By removing the breast with multiple tumors, you are saving yourself a lot of aggravation. There is nothing to keep a cancer from reoccurring in that breast! You did the right thing. Do not look back. You need to move forward! You are getting good treatment from your Provider! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What is the life expectancy for stage 4 colon cancer with small liver/lung mets , partial sbo, and plueral effusion -no more treatments and on hospice?
Male 55 healthy/active prostate cancer, scheduled for rp, psa 6.5 biopsies 6of8 pos 2aggessive, gleason 7. Are there other options to consider other than surg. Ct and bone scan clear. ?
Yes but: Alternatives are external beam radiation and radiation seeds (brachytherapy). At your age, conservative (watching) isn't advised. All of the therapies can cause urinary incontinence and e.D. - with surgery, they get better over time for most. With radiation, they get worse over time. Surgery is the time honored best of a bad situation. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Outside of being screened often for colon cancer (colonoscopies), what can I do to lower my colon cancer risk as an ulcerative colitis patient?
Most important: is polyp removal through recommended colonoscopy screenings. The longer you have had UC/inflammatory bowel disease, and if more than 1/3 to 1/2 of your colon is involved, the greater your risk of developing colorectal cancer. Controlling bowel inflammation by complying with your medication regimen is likely to be preventive. Avoid alcohol, tobacco, obesity. Low fat/high fiber diet, NSAIDs +/- ...Read more
My mother just died at age 65 of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma (multiple lesions, large one in brain). What are my risks for NHL or other cancers? I'm 36.
Not much increased: The malignant lymphomas by and large don't run in families. A few genes are known but they are of small effect. Stop worrying and live as richly and wisely as you can. I also see you report erectile dysfunction; I hope this is getting worked up and especially that prolactinoma and hemochromatosis have been ruled out. Best wishes. ...Read more
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