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Doctor insights on: Robotic Surgery For Kidney Cancer

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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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I'm scheduled for robotic total hysterectomy with pelvic lymph node dissection for uterine cancer. What;s the recovery time?

I'm scheduled for robotic total hysterectomy with pelvic lymph node dissection for uterine cancer.  What;s the recovery time?

Quick : Robotic surgery allows rapid recovery. You will need to confirm the plan with your surgeon. Most likely you will stay overnight in the hospital. People usually take 2-6 weeks before returning to work ...Read more

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Chemotherapy for ovarian cancer with a liver transplant patient?

Chemotherapy for ovarian cancer with a liver transplant patient?

If needed yes: Liver transplant patients need chemotherapy will be given with close monitoring , working as team . Interesting observation, in liver transplant patients the incidence of ovarian cancer is less than the normal population. ...Read more

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How effective is a laparoscopic surgery for treating colon cancer?

How effective is a laparoscopic surgery for treating colon cancer?

Depends: Laparoscopic surgery is highly effective for removing all or portions of the colon. Treatment of the cancer is dependent on how early/advanced the disease process is. It is a good idea to be in a location where a multidisciplinary approach to the cancer can be done - experienced laparoscopic surgeons, oncologists, radiation oncologists, and diagnostic radiologists can all help. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Pancreatic cancer, ampullary tumor. Whipple procedure. Spread to liver, not respectable. Chemo for 6 months and continuing. Prognosis?

Pancreatic cancer, ampullary tumor. Whipple procedure.  Spread to liver, not respectable. Chemo for 6 months and continuing. Prognosis?

Poor: While Whipple is the best approach for a primary pancreatic or ampullary lesion, the recurrence rate at 1-2 yrs is 90%. Chemo either of the FOLFIERI or Genciabine /Abraxane combo have limited effects on liver mets which in pancreas are not considered amenable to resection. There is an FDA protocol using specific monoclonals targeting pancreas that might be available but only after chemo failure ...Read more

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How effective is video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery for treating lung cancer?

How effective is video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery for treating lung cancer?

Experienced: In an experienced surgeons hands with an appropriate lesion thoracoscopic surgery can be very successful in treating lung cancer. Need to seek out person with extensive experience and proven judgement regarding lung cancer treatment with this modality. Good luck! ...Read more

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Pain after stint removal for kidney stone surgery?

Pain after stint removal for kidney stone surgery?

Can be normal: After removing a stent following ureteroscopy, it may feel like a "stone" is still there. This usually resolves within 48 hours and is a result of swelling in the "kidney tube". Use pain relievers as prescribed and it should improve with time. If it doesn't, you are having fevers above 101 f or have nonstop nausea/vomiting, then seek medical attention. ...Read more

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Is surgery ever appropriate for metastatic cancer?

Is surgery ever appropriate for metastatic cancer?

Yes: Yes. In general surgery is not useful for metastatic (spread) cancer. However in oligo (few) metastatic cancer -- especially for breast, colon, melanoma cancers patients may be rendered stage 4 ned (no evidence of disease). This may improve local control and symptoms, survival, and in a few cases even lead to cure. Removing the primary tumor (kidney) in renal cell carcinoma is helpful in met rcc. ...Read more

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Renal cell carcinoma (kidney cancer) at 83years. Would u recommend surgery?

Renal cell carcinoma (kidney cancer) at 83years. Would u recommend surgery?

More info needed: Yes but just because 83 yr old you don't write of people in cancer treatment , could be very healthy 83 , stage of the disease, health status , patient's own desire etc are all the factors to consider, for aggressive treatment, of course end stage, disease palliation and hospice care , make as comfortable as possible is the option at any age. ...Read more

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Why is colon resection still done for colon cancer in cases with liver metastasis?

Why is colon resection still done for colon cancer in cases with liver metastasis?

Depends: Believe it or not, it can sometimes still be cured. It depends on the disease burden in the liver. After resection, they can do adjuvant therapy and follow up with hepatic resections if it is limited. Also for palliative reasons - if it is causing an obstruction, then the obstruction needs to be relieved to allow for simple gut function. ...Read more

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Is brain cancer surgery a routine operation for neurosurgeons?

Is brain cancer surgery a routine operation for neurosurgeons?

No: Some neurosurgeons are very experienced in the surgery of a brain tumor and some are not. You as the patient need to know this in advance of having that surgeon work on you for treatment of a brain tumor. ...Read more

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Is bypass surgery a safe option for a pancreatic cancer patient?

Is bypass surgery a safe option for a pancreatic cancer patient?

Hard to know: You may mean cardiac bypass or gastric bypass. The question you should ask is "what are the risks and the benefits of this surgery? What would happen if you didn't do surgery?" it may be that a gastric bypass surgery is necessary in order to relieve symptoms or remove the pancreatic cancer. But ask the doctor to explain until you're satisfied you understand the answer! ...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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I have prostate cancer, stage 6 on the gleason grading system. Which doctors in milwaukee will perform robotic prostate sugery?

I have prostate cancer, stage 6 on the gleason grading system. Which doctors in milwaukee will perform robotic prostate sugery?

Many urologists.: Many urologists in the milwaukee area commonly perform this procedure. Look at his/her physician profile before making an appointment. Be sure you fully discuss all the risks & benefits of treatment, & get multiple opinions. Many patients with gleason 6 disease will opt for active surveillance, depending on other factors; avoiding treatment all together. Be fully informed before making a decision. ...Read more

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Which treatment is better for Prostate cancer - Stage 1? Surgery for prostate removal or Radiation therapy with some medication?

Which treatment is better for Prostate cancer - Stage 1? Surgery for prostate removal or Radiation therapy with some medication?

It is debatable: This is a common dilema as both treatment types(surgery and Radiotherapy) give equally good results. The chocie between the two is based on your Age and personal preference. I would advise you to meet with both specialists ,and go for surgery if your age is ...Read more

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What sort of recovery rates are there for lung surgery for stage IV lung cancer?

What sort of recovery rates are there for lung surgery for stage IV lung cancer?

Not good: Overall, the probability of 5 year survival is in the single digits. There are exceptions. Single metastases to the brain or adrenal gland, if the lymph nodes are uninvolved, can be treated sequentially and followed with chemotherapy. The survival is 35-30 or so percent. If the adrenal gland metastasis shows up later, rather than at initial diagnosis, surgery and chemo can yield 45% 5 yr. Survival. ...Read more

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Is prostate surgery the best decision for prostate cancer?

Is prostate surgery the best decision for prostate cancer?

It depends: There are several approaches for the treatment of localized prostate. You have choice. Radiation and surgical removal of the prostate ae the standards of care. You have choice. A discussion with a radiation oncologist and a urologist would be appropriate. ...Read more

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Ihow effective are uft chemotherapy pills for metastic colon cancer ?

Ihow effective are uft chemotherapy pills for metastic colon cancer ?

Modestly effective: Fluoropyrimidines (5-FU, Capecitabine and UFT) as a class have modest activity and one of these 3 needs to be combined with Oxaliplatin and or Irinotecan to achieve best results ,as combination chemo is far superior in efficacy than any single chemo drug ...Read more

Dr. Sean Williamson
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Hypernephroma (Definition)

Hypernephroma has become an outdated term for cancerous change of filtrating tubules of kidneys and has bee replaced by renal cell carcinoma; literally, it denotes "overgrowth of kidney cells". Its risk factors are tobacco smoking, long-term OTC pain killer use, etc. In few cases, genetic factor is blamed. More? Contact www.healthtap.com/dr-Lin ...Read more


Kidney (Definition)

The kidneys are paired organs that lie on either side of the vertebral column. Part of their critical functions include the excretion of urine and removal of nitrogenous wastes products from the blood. They regulate acid-base, electrolyte, fluid balance and blood pressure. Through hormonal signals, the kidneys control the ...Read more