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How come non-small lung cancer not called large cell lung cancer?

How come non-small lung cancer not called large cell lung cancer?

Sub type: Large cell lung cancer is actually a subset of non small cell lung cancer, which behaves much more like small cell cancer than like other forms of non small cell cancer. I am sorry that the terminology is so confusing. , . ...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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Are kidney cancer cells different from breast cancer cells and lung cancer cells?

Are kidney cancer cells different from breast cancer cells and lung cancer cells?

Quite Different: These 3 different cancers are actually quite different. Under the microscope they look different, and the types of mutations they have are also different. As a result, the way the different cancers are treated are also different. Generally speaking for kidney cancer they would use targeted therapies or immunotherapies instead of chemotherapy or hormone therapy. ...Read more

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What is oats cell cancer (small cell cancer)?

What is oats cell cancer (small cell cancer)?

Lung cancer: Small cell/oat cell carcinoma is one type of lung cancer. It tends to spread early and widely, often when the primary lesion itself may be small and barely detectable. It is usualy treated with chemotherapy. ...Read more

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What is small cell carcinoma lung cancer with liver cancer stage 4?

What is small cell carcinoma lung cancer with liver cancer stage 4?

Bad situation: Small cell is a very bad cancer. Stage four is very advanced. Very poor prognosis at best-- usually months only. ...Read more

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There's small cell lung cancer, but are the small cell other cancers?

There's small cell lung cancer, but are the small cell other cancers?

Yes: Small cell carcinomas may arise in many organs. They typically show evidence of differentiation toward certain glandular structures, called 'neuroendocrine' differentiation. Small cell cancers tend to be rapidly proliferating tumors, and thus may be treated initially with chemotherapy. ...Read more

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Do radiation therapy increase cancer cell growth of other undetected types of cancer?

Do radiation therapy increase cancer cell growth of other undetected types of cancer?

Low doses of: Diagnostic radiation (like mammograms, chest x-rays) may be exceedingly rare causes. We know that XRT for hodgkin's in young woemn led to excessive risk of breast and lung cancer, and we now use it more sparingly and to lower volume and doses if at all. Even low doses for children to prevent brain relapse in leukemia has been linked to excess brain tumors. But second tumors do not occur in all. ...Read more

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Is skin cancer as deadly as lung cancer and so many other types of cancers?

Is skin cancer as deadly as lung cancer and so many other types of cancers?

It can be: Melanoma can be. Squamous cell carcinoma can be locally destructive. Basal cell carcinoma typically not unless genetic. Another rare skin cancer, merkle cell carcinoma can be very aggressive. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What are advanced testicular cancer and another advance cancer such as advanced lung cancer?

What are advanced testicular cancer and another advance cancer such as advanced lung cancer?

Variable: Obviously different cells and location of origin. Other adjectives are differentiation - wild growth histology. Once advanced stage includes spread-metastasis and locations. Testicular can go through local and systemic spread. Similarly lung can grow and invade locally and spread broadly. ...Read more

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Does higher level of c reactive protein increase the risk of getting diseases like cardiovascular disease, colon cancer, and lung cancer?

Does higher level of c reactive protein increase the risk of getting diseases like cardiovascular disease, colon cancer, and lung cancer?

Limited usefulness: C-reactive protein is very useful in making the diagnosis of a couple of uncommon illnesses, such as temporal arteritis, in which it is much elevated. It is neither sensitive nor specific for anything else, and especially, as a pathologist i'm unimpressed with it as a screen for any health risk -- it's neither sensitive nor specific, and generates useless worry. Live healthy ; forget it. ...Read more

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Are "A549" lung cancer cells a particular type or sub-type of lung cancer, or is this a generic code for lung cancer cells of all types?

Research cell line: A549 cells are human lung adenocarcinoma cells.The A549 cell line was developed in 1972 through the culturing of cancerous lung tissue. They are responsible for the diffusion of substances, such as water and electrolytes, across the alveoli of lungs. In addition these cells are able to synthesize lecithin and contain high level of unsaturated fatty acids. The A549 cell line is widely used as an in vitro model for drug metabolism and as a transfection host. ...Read more

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What is the difference between small cell lung cancer and non-small cell lung cancer?

What is the difference between small cell lung cancer and non-small cell lung cancer?

Different cell types: lsmall cell cancer of the ung is a neuroendocrine tumor responding to chemo such as the adriamycins (doxorubicin). Non small cell cancer represents the adenocarcinomas and squamous cell cancers requiring a different groujp of drugs that usually include the platinums and the newer monoclonal antibodies. ...Read more

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Liver cancer stage 4, cirrhosis from hepatitis C and developed lung and spleen cancer, age is 70 can chemotherapy be useful ?

Liver cancer stage 4, cirrhosis from hepatitis C and developed lung and spleen cancer, age is 70 can chemotherapy be useful
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Doubtful: But it never hurts to discuss this with an experienced oncologist (cancer doctor). Make sure, however, that you know the chances of response as well as the changes induced by the toxicity of the drugs, which may make you more miserable than the disease without changing your life-expectancy. ...Read more

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Father 90, diagnosed squamous cell carcinoma, moderately differentiated, keratinizing. Can this be cured/contained by radiation only. Heart patient?

Father 90, diagnosed squamous cell carcinoma, moderately differentiated, keratinizing.  Can this be cured/contained by radiation only. Heart patient?

Most likely yes: Squamous cell carcinoma is one of the most common skin cancers, depending on stage of diagnosis and location it could be treated with surgery or radiation. Usually is very susceptible to radiotherapy. Talk to your doctor for more details regarding your specific case. ...Read more

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How is ecog ps2 related to small cell lung cancer?

How is ecog ps2 related to small cell lung cancer?

Not directly: Ecog ps (performance status) refers to the functional status of patients with cancer (any type, not just small cell). Ps 2 describes pts that " are ambulatory and capable of all selfcare but unable to carry out any work activities. Up and about more than 50% of waking hours" ps scores are used to decide how intense of treatment cancer patients should undergo. ...Read more

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Dr. Beatrice Taylor
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Asbestos (Definition)

Asbestos is a silicate mineral that was used extensively in construction as insulation for buildings. It was later found to cause lung disease in humans, and is no longer used in construction. However, the demolition of old building continues to put some people at risk of ...Read more