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Doctor insights on: Radioactive Implants Prostate Cancer Cause Complications Fistula

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How often do radioactive implants prostate cancer cause complications fistula?

How often do radioactive implants prostate cancer cause complications fistula?

0.2%-8.8% in 1 study: The absolute answer of the chance of a fistula is, it depends. Having additional therapy such as external beam radiotherapy increases the risk as well as if the brachytherapy was used as a "salvage" treatment for residual cancer. Refer to the article below from the university of virginia: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/11066049 other complications: strictures, ed, proctitis, cystitis. ...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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Can radioactive seed implants for prostate cancer cause complications like a vesiculorectal fistula?

Can radioactive seed implants for prostate cancer cause complications like a vesiculorectal fistula?

RECTOURETHRAL: This is one of the most feared, and thankfully rare complications of radiation therapy, external or with seeds. It can occur also in response to treatments for radiation proctitis, when attempts are made to cautering bleeding vessels in the rectum near the prostate. This condition is to be distinguished from a fistula from colon to urinary bladder which is much easier to fix., . ...Read more

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Is it possbl to refuse chemo &RT in case of surgically treated endometrial cancer stage IIIc1 (20% lining ) only1 pelvic node involved.No para-aortic.

Is it possbl to refuse chemo &RT in case of surgically treated endometrial cancer stage IIIc1 (20% lining ) only1 pelvic node involved.No para-aortic.

Therapy : You need to have a detailed discussion with your oncologist and get your options made very clear to you. It is always possible to refuse a form of therapy but necessarily the best decision to make. You need to understand your options to make the best decisions. ...Read more

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I'm concerned about prostate cancer metastasis. Where can prostate cancer spread?

I'm concerned about prostate cancer metastasis. Where can prostate cancer spread?

In theory, prostate cancer cells can spread anywhere in the body: In practice, though, most cases of prostate cancer metastasis occur in the lymph nodes and the bones. Prostate cancer metastasis occurs when cells break away from the tumor in the prostate. The cancer cells can travel through the lymphatic system or the bloodstream to other areas of the body. More commonly prostate cancer metastasis can occur in the: Bones, Lymph nodes, Lungs, Liver, Brain. Rare locations of prostate cancer metastasis include: Adrenal glands, Breasts, Eyes, Kidneys, Muscles, Pancreas, Salivary glands, Spleen. If you've been diagnosed with prostate cancer and you're concerned about prostate cancer metastasis, talk with your doctor about your risk of prostate cancer metastasis and your treatment options. ...Read more

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Can the hormone drugs taken after breast cancer surgery cause other cancers?

Can the hormone drugs taken after breast cancer surgery cause other cancers?

Hormonal blockade: Depending upon your age and menstrual status your oncologist will help choose a medication to block the receptors for estrogen and Progesterone or one that will block the production of those hormones. These drugs minimize the ability of these hormones to stimulate the growth of breast and breast cancer cells. Some of them are associated with a risk of endometrial cancer but it is minimal. ...Read more

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Can breast cancer radiation treatment cause GI issues?

Can breast cancer radiation treatment cause GI issues?

Not usually: Breast radiation doesn't usually have many side effects outside of the breast, chest wall, and occasionally the lung. But fatigue is common and sometimes depression as well (not really related to the radiation per se). So it is not uncommon for iriitable bowel type symptoms to flare up if you are a person that has GI issues when stressed. ...Read more

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Will treatment with BCG for bladder cancer cause possible complications to a recent aortic tissue valve replacement?

Will treatment with BCG for bladder cancer cause possible complications to a recent aortic tissue valve replacement?

Not likely: This is a reasonable concern, but this would be an unusual complication. A 2010 study in journal of urology found that this complication is no more likely in patients with valves and other prostheses than in the general population, and that having a valve should not prevent you from receiving this treatment. ...Read more

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Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide) related t1 g3 bladder cancer. Not candidate for cystectomy, or chemo due to previous chemo, any studies that radx is worthwhile alone.

Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide) related t1 g3 bladder cancer.  Not candidate for cystectomy, or chemo due to previous chemo, any studies that radx is worthwhile alone.

See below: Please clarify a few things for me - you said t1, high grade disease? Chemo is not needed. The standard of care is still intravesical immunotherapy with bcg. Intravesical Mitomycin c, bcg with interferon, or gemcitabine are also used. Cystectomy for t1 disease is typically reserved for bcg-refractory cases. Most radiation data is from europe and involves >t2 tumors. ...Read more

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What are the odds of having stage 2B invasive ductal carcinoma her2 positive breast cancer and papillary thyroid cancer at age 40?

What are the odds of having stage 2B invasive ductal carcinoma her2 positive breast cancer and papillary thyroid cancer at age 40?

Odds are low.: But it is still possible to have both. Risk of having papillary thyroid before forty is about 13/100,000. Risk of having breast Ca is about 11/100,000. The overlap of the two independent events is slightly less than 1 in a million. ...Read more

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Diagonised with rectal cancer, after ileostomy reversal, frequent bm's, abcess withleakage at the surgery site. alternatives tocolostomy ?bowel trnspl

Diagonised with rectal cancer, after ileostomy reversal, frequent bm's, abcess withleakage at the surgery site. alternatives tocolostomy ?bowel trnspl

Insert drain: Ileostomy after rectal cancer is used to protect the rectal resuturing to establish continuity in the bowel. II there is some kind of abscess and leakage it can occur where the ileostomy has been reversed or at the site of the rectal suture line which may not have been ready for closure. Interventional radiology can place a suction drain to the site and left there until everything has healed. ...Read more

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Is there cardiac failure risk involved in breast cancer chemotherapy?

Is there cardiac failure risk involved in breast cancer chemotherapy?

Yes: Chemotherapy may affect heart function, for that reason a nuclear study of the heart is done before starting some type of chemotherapy for breast cancer. ...Read more

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Could radiation for prostate cancer cause rectal bleeding?

Could radiation for prostate cancer cause rectal bleeding?

Yes: One of the potential side effects for radiation therapy to treat prostate cancer is rectal bleeding. This can occur after brachytherapy or external beam therapy. This is called proctitis and is generally mild and self-limiting. It usually does not require any treatment other than conservative management such as maintaining soft bowel movements, hydration, and monitoring of blood work. ...Read more

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Can breast cancer radiation treatment cause stomach issues?

Can breast cancer radiation treatment cause stomach issues?

Usually not: Gi symptoms during breast cancer radiotherapy are uncommon but not unheard of, especially for right-sided cancers where some of the liver may be in the lower part of the field. Ask your radiation doctor to see how much liver is being irradiated and if it can be minimized. More often this problem is related to chemo or hormonal treatment or a diet supplement. ...Read more

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Which suppliments can be taken for stage 3 prostate cancer bladder incontinence?

Which suppliments can be taken for stage 3 prostate cancer bladder incontinence?

None proven: Unfortunately, there are no proven supplements that can help reduce incontinence. Please discuss this with your urologist, as there are medications that may help. ...Read more

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Prognosis for hormone refractory metastatic prostate cancer with pathological fracture?

Prognosis for hormone refractory metastatic prostate cancer with pathological fracture?

Prostate cancer: This is an advanced stage of prostate cancer; the good news is there are many new drugs and treatments for men in this stage that have been shown to extend life; in this stage survival is extremely variable from months to years isn't impossible. ...Read more

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How would recurrent psoriasis affect breast cancer reconstruction?

How would recurrent psoriasis affect breast cancer reconstruction?

Depends: Where is the psoriasis? Is it located where breast surgery would be performed? Active skin lesions located at the site of surgery would increase infection & poor healing risks. If the psoriasis is located somewhere else, then likely no effect on the surgery. Ask a plastic surgeon & have them examine you. ...Read more

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Pancreatic cancer t2n0 ?Stage 1b; unresectable due to age (78), surgical history. Is there any benefit to radiation and chemo beyond added time?

Pancreatic cancer t2n0  ?Stage 1b;  unresectable due to age (78),  surgical history.  Is there any benefit to radiation and chemo beyond added time?

Personal choice: Unfortunately no , then it is choosing the quality of life vs life.Should be left to patient , if chooses to leave it alone , should provide all love and comforts till the end ...Read more

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Does surgery cause ovarian cancer to spread?

Does surgery cause ovarian cancer to spread?

Not usually: The majority of ovarian cancers are diagnosed after it has already spread widely through the body. Surgery does not usually make this worse, but helps the treatment by decreasing the bulk of the cancer. ...Read more

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Radioactive (Definition)

Radioactivity refers to the particles which are emitted from nuclei as a result of nuclear instability. Because the nucleus experiences the intense conflict between the two strongest forces in nature, it should not be surprising that there are many nuclear isotopes which are unstable and emit some kind of radiation. The most common types of radiation are called alpha, ...Read more


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Prostate (Definition)

The prostate is a gland that lies at the base of the bladder and surrounding a segment of urethra. It secretes a milky fluid that is discharged by excretory ducts into the urethra during the emission of semen. It is clinically important because enlargement of the prostate with age, and prostate cancer are two common ...Read more