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Renova Cancer Agent
Several companies: There are several manufacturers of Cisplatin in the United States and abroad. ...Read more
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
Age Spot Treatment: Renova, (tretinoin) in my opinion, has no place in treating any skin condition. Retin-a replenishes collagen & reduces wrinkles. To treat spots requires hydroquinone. This can be used alone, but is best combined with retin-a, an Alpha hydroxy to remove abnormal cells, a pH restorer and a sun block. The obagi nu-derm system is the best way to do this. See a plastic surgeon specializing in skin rejuvenation. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Nothing: There is no really good oral med for melanoma. Once the tumor has spread systemic interferon is often used. There are new drugs being developed. Melanama traditionally has been resistent to most types of medications. The mainstay of treatment for melanoma remains surgery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not proven: It has been used and studied but it is not fda approved for that indication nor is it considered first-line therapy. It can be considered in patients who cannot have surgery or radiation. Mohs surgery is the gold standard for treatment of skin cancer and has the highest cure rate (99%). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Only in lab cells: Alpha lipoic acid is a potent antioxidant that has typically been used for diabetic neuropathy. Current "in vitro" studies suggest that colon cancer cells grown in the lab, self-destruct (apoptosis) in the presence of alpha-lipoic acid. At least one patient claimed to be cancer-free after using ALA. ALA is non-toxic but difficult to find in a pure form.Choose foods instead-spinach, broccoli ! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How sensitive is pet scan in detecting metastatic clear cell renal cancer, irrespective of screening guidelines (uiss/nccn) , side effects, cost?
Also called by its: Generic name, vinorelbine, it is a mitotic spindle inhibitor, and the new "v" drug added in the 1990's. It enjoys a prominent role in nsclc lung cancer treatment in canada and some european countires (france, italy), but not used commonly in us. Now Pemetrexed dominant in most adenocarcinoma, free-for all in squamous. Data using nav in post op (anita trial) reliable. Paclitaxel dominant usa. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Molecular map reqd: We know now that about 50% of non small cell lung cancers have a detectable mutation that has a targeted drug to that mutation. This means that the most effective drugs can be used efficiently and targetted to the specific tumor cell type. Mind you although 50% do not have drugs that are capable of targetting a specific mutation we still do know the mutations. There are molecular tests to use. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Zytiga (abiraterone acetate) or xtandi for pre-chemo castration resistant prostate cancer? Thoughts?
Better than chemo: Combining bevacizumab (BV)—a recombinant, humanized mAb targeting VEGF with irinotecan, fluorouracil (FU), and leucovorin (LV; IFL) has increased survival of patients with metastatic colorectal Ca compared with IFL It appears necessary to use combination therapy in treatment and has supported the concept that the use of immunochemotherapy improves results over chemo alone. ...Read more
Possibly: Recent studies seem promising, but still a new modality. New studies are in the works ...Read more
Same drugs as other: Same chemotherapy drugs are used for treating both types of colon cancer. The only difference is lack of benefit from EGFR inhibitors(Cetuximab and Panitumumab). Avastin (bevacizumab) also works in both types. I trust that you know there are 3 chemo drugs that are widely used(5FU or Capecitabine, Irinotecan and Oxaliplatin) ...Read more
No: Unfortunately, there are no good "screening" tests for ovarian cancer. When an ovarian cyst or mass is present and appears suspicious, your doctor may draw a ca-125 or ova-1 test. These tests can help predict the likelihood that it may or may not be concerning for cancer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Moderately useful: FOLFIRI-Bev is the standard, commonly used first line chemotherapy for metastatic Colon cancer. It can add about 12 to 18 months extra to your life such that an average patient can live for 2 to 3 years(some live upto 5-6 years... depending on sites of metastases and their response to chemotherapy. You need tell us more about your history such as dates of diagnosis and treatments/results so far?? ...Read more
Is avastin (bevacizumab) a good treatment for metastic colon cancer ? Are the side effects harsh ?
GOOD MEDICINE: avastin (bevacizumab) indicated for first line and second line treatment for metastatic colorectal carcinoma in combination with 5-Fluorouracil based chemotherapy side effect is long like weakness,hypertension,vomiting you can google the medicine and you can get the long list follow with your oncologist good luck ...Read more
Depends on type: Treatment for bladder cancer depends on type and stage. Some cancers can be treated by removal alone or removal and placement of "chemotherapy" directly into bladder which tends to have the least toxic effect on the whole body. Other, more aggressive bladder cancers require traditional chemotherapy which is typically more toxic. Decision for treatment can only be made by a urologist/oncologist. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers