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Doctor insights on: My Friends Tumer Cell Level Is 22 What Does This Mean

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Could the CEA level show if there are still microscopic cells left behind after the tumor is out?

Could the CEA level show if there are still microscopic cells left behind after the tumor is out?

Yes: Cea, a protein released into the blood, may be produced by certain cancers, but not all and even not all of a specific type, e.g. Not all colon cancers will produce abnormally elevated cea in the serum, but some do. If measured before surgery, and elevated, then the cea may a useful lab test to follow going forward, as a sustained elevation may indicate subtle cancer persistence or recurrence. ...Read more

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What is meant in the pathology report that the stained tumor cells tended to "palisade around the periphery"?

What is meant in the pathology report that the stained tumor cells tended to "palisade around the periphery"?

Description: Of the tumor under the microscope is part of pathology, but light microscopy patterns are being replaced by markers that define the tumor source, and help provide prognostic information. The art of description is fading, for the boring brown of immunohistochemistry. Clear spaces used to be pas+ for glycogen, or mucicarmine+ for fat. Some moderns mix this up. ...Read more

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Tumor cells do not show significant nuclear pleomorphism, Does this mean malignancy or benign?

Tumor cells do not show significant nuclear pleomorphism, Does this mean malignancy or benign?

Low grade: Pleomorphism is a term used in histology and cytopathology to describe variability in the size, shape and staining of cells and/or their nuclei. It is a characteristic of malignant neoplasms, and metaplasia. Certain benign cellS tmay have pleomorphism, e.g. neuroendocrine cells, Newer techniques with mAbs targeting tumor protein can identify transformation even before nuclear pleomorphism seen. ...Read more

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The tumor is composed of glands lined by malignant epithelial cells.The tumor is overlain by ulcerated , acanthotic epid . Please what does this means?

The tumor is composed of glands lined by malignant epithelial cells.The tumor is overlain by ulcerated , acanthotic epid . Please what does this means?

Duscuss with doctor: You have to have a personal discussion with your doctor concerning these findings. If you don't understand, ask questons until you do. If you want a second opinion, request it. ...Read more

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What exactly does grade 1, 2, 3, 4 of the tumor mean in clear cell renal cell carcinoma?

What exactly does grade 1, 2, 3, 4 of the tumor mean in clear cell renal cell carcinoma?

How cells look: Grading refers to how closely the cancer cells resemble normal kidney cells. Cells that are more abnormal (ie higher grade) are associated with a worse prognosis. ...Read more

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Oncology: Since no blood tests or scans can identify a single malignant cell it means that people wait til a mass, tumor or lesion form?

Oncology: Since no blood tests or scans can identify a single malignant cell it means that people wait til a mass, tumor or lesion form?

Yes: In the future star trek generation, we may have a blood test to identify a single malignant cell or identify a gene marker that will tell us that a cancer ca develop but the ethical question is do you start treating things before they become a problem ...Read more

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Does small cell LC present with hard to find tumor with extesive adenopathy. If so does that mean we need to wait for spred to lymphs to detect on ct?

Does small cell LC present with hard to find tumor with extesive adenopathy. If so does that mean we need to wait for spred to lymphs to detect on ct?

What?: Your question was not clear to me. Small cell cancer is diagnosed with biopsy. If one has this Dx , it is already detected. If you are worried about it than that is health related Anxiety. one should stop smoking and get examined and proper testing will be done by your Physician ...Read more

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Had LP & it stated 1 gamma band found consistent with b-cell brain tumor. Not enough for ms. I have pituitary macroadenoma. What does this mean?

Had LP & it stated 1 gamma band found consistent with b-cell brain tumor. Not enough for ms. I have pituitary macroadenoma. What does this mean?

Ask the LP-doctor: The doctor who did the LP had a question in his/her mind, so you need to ask what this means. It does not mean much to me. As long as your brain has been checked with a ct or mri, then this gamma band has no definite meaning that i know of. ...Read more

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Moderately diff. sq. cell tongue carcinoma surgically removed + Left level I-IV Lymph nodes also(tumor free in path. report)Radiotherapy Needed stil?

Moderately diff. sq. cell tongue carcinoma surgically removed + Left level I-IV Lymph nodes also(tumor free in path. report)Radiotherapy Needed stil?

Multidisciplinary : Make sure tour case is being discussed at a multidisciplinary meeting that includes the surgeon, along with medical and radiation oncologists, and radiologists. This is something usually referred to as a tumor board, and is present at many hospitals. Also look on the American Cancer Society website for more information about stage related treatment options. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Confussed . Colon tumor . All scans clear so no metastases . Operation march . Sept scan reveals a liver met . Does this mean escaped cells?

Confussed . Colon tumor . All scans clear so no metastases . Operation march . Sept scan reveals a liver met . Does this mean escaped cells?

Most likely : This depends on many factors. This is true for type of tumor and where located on or in the colon. If your doctors believe it is a metastasis then "escaped " cells is a way to explain it. It is also important to be sure it is the only visible metastasis for planning therapy. ...Read more

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Is it true that the primary tumor in small cell lung cancer is often occult? Does this mean even a CT scan can't see it? Do we only detect on spread

At some point: in its development, every cancer is "occult" because it originates on a microscopic level. CT has a high sensitivity for detecting lung cancer, approximately 95%, so CT will detect the vast majority of lung cancers. ...Read more

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I have an ans disorder and a pit tumor. Im 49. Just found out I have a very low dhea level (19). What does this mean? Pls see my extensive med hx...

I have an ans disorder and a pit tumor. Im 49. Just found out I have a very low dhea level (19). What does this mean? Pls see my extensive med hx...

DHEA: Concentrations of dhea are measured, along with other hormones such as fsh, lh, prolactin, estrogen, and testosterone, to help diagnose polycystic ovarian syndrome (pcos) and to help rule out other causes of infertility, amenorrhea, hirsutism, and forms of adrenal dysfunction. Have no idea without further data and exam as to what your levels mean. ...Read more

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I have very high serotonin levels. Does this automatically mean carcinoid tumor?

I have very high serotonin levels. Does this automatically mean carcinoid tumor?

No: There is a list of foods and medications that can cause this test to be falsely elevated. The list includes: bananas walnuts plantains hickory nuts pineapple pecans kiwi fruit avocados plums tomatoes eggplant talk to your doctor to discuss the results, and bring a comprehensive list of all your recent medications. ...Read more

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My sis has high level of prolactin controlled by Dostinex, (cabergoline)dose that mean she has pituitary gland tumor? is that related to her Peutz-Jeghers syndrome?

My sis has high level of prolactin controlled by Dostinex, (cabergoline)dose that mean she has pituitary gland tumor? is that related to her Peutz-Jeghers syndrome?

Carney complex: Peutz-Jaeghers (P-J) syndrome is not classically associated with pituitary tumors; there is a syndrome called Carney complex that shares features / is similar to P-J syndrome and without genetic testing, they could be confused. Carney complex is associated with pituitary tumors. 80-95% of patients with P-J syndrome have mutation in STK11 (LKB1) . ...Read more

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My FSH and LH levels were both super low at 0.1. But my estradiol was normal. Could this mean a pituitary tumor?

My FSH and LH levels were both super low at 0.1. But my estradiol was normal. Could this mean a pituitary tumor?

Not enough info: Can't answer your question from that information. LH/FSH varies during the cycle. Those values are a bit low even for the luteal phase. But what else is going on? Why was it done? Are you having normal cycles? Are you menstruating at all? Is your prolactin elevated? I assume you are not taking estrogens. Tiny pituitary tumors are common, and may not be significant. See your doctor. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean when breast cancer (level 1 tumor) has already gone into the bones?

What exactly does it mean when breast cancer (level 1 tumor) has already gone into the bones?

Not good: That would indicate metastasis of the tumor (spreading to the distant, unrelated organs). It is a very bad sign, indicating an advanced, possibly more aggressive tumor, and usually makes treatment more difficult and has a lower 5 year survival rate. ...Read more