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Patient with stage 4 lung cancer with brain metastasis is having very bloody urine. What does this mean?

Patient with stage 4 lung cancer with brain metastasis is having very bloody urine. What does this mean?

Many things: Stage IV lung cancer with bloody urine can mean many things. It could be due to the presence of a metastatic tumor in the bladder or the kidney. Please also note whether or not you are on a blood thinner. In uncommon case, it could also indicate the presence of a primary bladder tumor (though i doubt in this case). Bladder inflammation or infection could also be the cause. Check with your doctor. ...Read more

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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How long should a stage four lung cancer patient with metastasis to brain and liver expect to live?

How long should a stage four lung cancer patient with metastasis to brain and liver expect to live?

Less than 1 year: There are a number of variables here, including what kind of lung cancer, gender, whether there is a single or small number of metastasis in the brain that can be treated by surgery or stereotactic radiosurgery, general health status and age. The average survival overall is about 8 months for stage 4 disease. ...Read more

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Having melena since past four days.I have a history of lung cancer and brain metastasis.Presently I am on tab.Gefitinib.Had chemotherapy twice.Help me?

Having melena since past four days.I have a history of lung cancer and brain metastasis.Presently I am on tab.Gefitinib.Had chemotherapy twice.Help me?

Call your oncologist: Please call your oncologist! s/he needs to know about your melena as soon as possible. If you're feeling dizzy or faint, please go to an er where your doctor or the doctor on call can see you. ...Read more

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Explain the physical progression of stage 4 metastasis lung cancer in brains and pelvic with an 8 month diagnosis?

Explain the physical progression of stage 4 metastasis lung cancer  in brains and pelvic with an  8 month diagnosis?

Much: This is much too difficult to handle in an email. This should be discussed with your primary care physician/aprn and/or the oncologist. www.thepmc.org. ...Read more

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Does lung cancer brain metastised tumors treated with the gamma knife extend survival if the tumors shrink and show no signs after a three month perio?

Does lung cancer brain metastised tumors treated with the gamma knife extend survival if the tumors shrink and show no signs after a three month perio?

A good sign: The use of gamma knife to treat brain tumor suggests the brain lesion was a small? Was it only one lesion? Siezure, headache? Decadron (dexamethasone)? It is hard to tell about overall survival. It is encouraging to know that the tumor shrank after 3 months of treatment how much shrinking?I presume that you are talking about the lung lesions. Enjoy today, count your blessings, let tomorrow worry about itself. ...Read more

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Is headache an back stiffness an balance trouble sweating be a sign or lung cancer mets. ?

Is headache an back stiffness an balance trouble  sweating be a sign or lung cancer mets. ?

Possibly: Lung cancer metastasis can appear months to years after the resection of the primary tumor. Headache and back stiffness are more common for other reasons but can be caused by mets to the spine or CNS. Night sweats can occur with some cancers. Balance problems can be due to muscular weakness, anemia, sensory deficits or neurological issues. This should be evaluated promptly. ...Read more

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A close friend of the family has cancer , but can't speak anymore? Is that brain mets causing it?

A close friend of the family has cancer , but can't speak anymore? Is that brain mets causing it?

Not necessarily: A number of problems can cause a cessation of speech but your friend's oncologist needs to know about your friend's issue and then do an evaluatain. Brain mets certainly is one of the many possibilities that the oncologist can address--but there are others so i would not rush to judgement. ...Read more

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My mother is a CA breast with lungs and brain mets, she is under chemotherapy with capacitabine ,temozolomide & taxonab .Her recent brain MRI shows th?

I am sorry: for your mother's problems but I do not see a question!! Ask again with more details. I can , from my research tell you that advanced chemotherapeutic combinations in metastatic Breast cancer CAN INDUCE REMISSIONS....I wish your Mother Good Luck! Dr Z ...Read more

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Have had a cold, yellow phlegm, slight cough. Normal to have pressure behind one ear with this? Had breast cancer and am afraid of brain mets?!

Have had a cold, yellow phlegm, slight cough. Normal to have pressure behind one ear with this? Had breast cancer and am afraid of brain mets?!

Sx's outside o brain: So, unrelated to brain. On the other hand, without an exam, I can only give general information, but phlegm and cough can be a sign of beginning pneumonia if they continue. Scary risky if someone's immune system is gone in context of serious chemotherapy/radiation. ...Read more

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Are brain and lung cancer related?

Are brain and lung cancer related?

NO: These cancers are not related. But.... Many people are confused by the concept that lung cancers can spread to the brian as metastasis. This happens all to often and is in fact more common tha a primary brain tumor. ...Read more

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Can lung cancer resist treatment and move to the brain?

Can lung cancer resist treatment and move to the brain?

You bet!: There are 100k brain metastasis per year, and lung cancer patients compose about half of them. It is a very common first site of relapse, and can have serious consequences. Preventitive brain radiotherapy is indicated in all responders in small cell, but the trial in non-sclc showed reduction in frequency of brain metastases, but no survival benefit. Thus, many insurers will not pay for it. ...Read more

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How can a lung cancer metastatic to brain patient feels?

Variable: Depends on cell type, location, stage, time of origin, and metastatic activity from nothing noticed at all in early stage to the worst possible misery and pain and breathlessness! and headaches can be miserable. Weight loss , cachexia, cough, bleeding, drowning in sputum, are all possibles. With spread, bone pain anywhere and paralysis can occur. Do not smoke! ...Read more

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Why does lung cancer usually spread to the brain, thereby producing brain tumors?

Why does lung cancer usually spread to the brain, thereby producing brain tumors?

Brain Mets: (metastasis) as an entity comprise 100k per year. Lung cancer leads the league, but breast, melanoma, kidney are quite common. Prostate almost never. Only rhabdoid tumors in children commonly go to brain. This pattern stares at us, but baffles us as to why "organotropic" patterns of metastasis are so predictable. ...Read more

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Father inlaw had 3 mths to live lung cancer is going into his brain how much longer will he live?

Father inlaw had 3 mths to live lung cancer is going into his brain how much longer will he live?

I do not know: Only God knows for sure. Some people live longer than expected with terminal illnesses, and others may pass on quickly. Hopefully, whatever is best for your father in law will occur. God Bless. ...Read more

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How could any non-user support a drug that destroys your brain, causes lung cancer and permanent addiction?

How could any non-user support a drug that destroys your brain, causes lung cancer and permanent addiction?

Tobacco?: Tobacco does all that, but I'm not sure what is your question. Is it rhetorical? I guess nobody should support its use but some will if there is money behind it. Did I answer your question? ...Read more

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How would lung cancer (tumor) spread to the brain?

How would lung cancer (tumor) spread to the brain?

Blood vessels : The cancer grows into small blood vessels and sheds cells that move through the blood stream to distant sites, lung, then rest of body. ...Read more

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Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


Metastasis (Definition)

A cancer begins in an organ (say the breast). If it gets into the blood stream or the lymphatic stream the cells can travel to other parts of the body where, in the right environment, they may settle and grow. This development of tumor growth far away from the original site ...Read more