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Nasopharynx cancer (npc)! My father has npc second stage. Is there a cure? What are his odds of survival?
Good: Nasopharynx cancer is easily treated. In second stage therei are cervical lymph nodes but when high in neck it is easy to encompass a field where the pharyngeal lesion is hit by cross RT beams and the neck also treated with RT. Chemo is then given which in most instances is successful. Surgery most of the time is not indicated. ...Read more
What to do about nasopharynx cancer(npc)! my father has npc second stage.whats the survival rate for this cancer and is it curable?
About 60% survival: Nasopharynx Ca probably caused by the EBV virus arises in the posterior throat area just behind the nose. When localized it is easily treated by radiation therapy. When it spreads to the cervical nodes chemo such as the platinums are added. Here survival dropos to the 40% level. With newer drugs the survival however is improving. ...Read more
Two small soft tissue masses found in my nasopharynx. what is the chance they are cancer given that my brother has been diagnosed for NPC recently?
Unlikely: But possible. Brother with NPC does not really raise your risk unless of course you share the same risk factors. Your doc should have been able to look at these on CT scan or on nasopharyngoscope and give you a better read. A good look is better than any risk factor analysis.... ...Read more
Was diagnosed with NPC Stage 2 (nose cancer) in Jun. Completed radio + chemo in end Sep. Face is swollen after spicy food intake. How to reduce swell?
It will take longer: Some degree of swelling(lymphedema) is common after radiotherapy as it blocks the skin lymphatics. With longer follow up, over the next one or two years it will likely reduce and ultimately go away. Make adjustments in your food/spice as the mucosa becomes ultrasensitive /oversensitive after radiotherapy. You have to be patient and reduce the salt in your food, that too will help. ...Read more
I believe cancer can usually be easily cured by good nutrition and lifestyle choices. What do you think?
Unfortunately not: If this were so, then every oncologist in america would gladly endorse the proper diets and supplements. These are terrible diseases that we would love to cure. Don't believe the conspiracy-mongers who suggest that someone is supressing some miracle cure. We'd all gladly shout it from the rooftops if it were so. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
QUIT & chance drops!: Here's some stats (from nci) quitting at age 30: smokers who quit at about age 30 reduce their chance of dying prematurely from smoking-related diseases by more than 90 percent. People who quit at about age 50 reduce their risk of dying prematurely by 50 percent compared with those who continue to smoke. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Cancer spread: There are 4 stages of cancer. Stage 4 means the cancer has spread from the starting organ into another organ. Examples: breast cancer into bone, colon cancer into liver. Stage 4 cancers are usually not cured surgically and often require chemotherapy. The goal of treating stage 4 cancer is to prolong life and ease suffering. Rarely some stage 4 cancers are cured...Think lance armstrong! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Think sea anemonae: Those underwater creatures that have lots of fronds or feathers. Papillary just describes the anatomic shape of the cancer. Papillary tumors can ariuse in lots of places, from thyroid to ovary to rectum, even the skin. They can be benign or malignant. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Ask her: This is one of the most difficult parts of a cancer diagnosis-- telling others. Ask your wife what she would like you to share. Work together to come up with a statement. Consider a website to keep others informed and give more details. One site is www.Caringbridge.Com. This website might help you as well: http://www.Cancer.Org/treatment/understandingyourdiagnosis/talkingaboutcancer/. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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