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Chances of metastasis to lung of stage II colon cancer?

Chances of metastasis to lung of stage II colon cancer?

Low but not zero: Stage ii colon cancer means no lymph node involvement by definition, but inadequate lymph node sampling (surgical resection) may "understage" the cancer, so make sure enough ln were taken -minimum of 12! even with appropriate surgery, mets may still occur, although very unusual, so discuss with your treating docs. A pet/ct may give some reassurance so ask if this can be done. ...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


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Mom had breast cancer in 2006 & in 2009 metastasis to lung, brain&eye happened. On 2012 tumor spread to bones and liver.Now she can't move easily&tired?

Mom had breast cancer in 2006 & in 2009 metastasis to lung, brain&eye happened. On 2012 tumor spread to bones and liver.Now she can't move easily&tired?

Fatigue: I would suggest getting in touch with a palliative care specialist. Your mom may benefit from optimizing her medications and improving her symptom and pain control. They can also help give advice for your social situation in helping taking care of her. She may benefit from inpatient or outpatient hospice. ...Read more

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What exactly is soft tissue sarcoma?

What exactly is soft tissue sarcoma?

Soft tissue cancer: Sarcomas are cancers that affect the cells that are part of the support structure of our bodies. The more common type of cancer, adenocarcinomas, start in glands of the body, like breast, colon, lung, etc. But sarcomas start in bone, fat, muscles, ligaments and some parts of the skin, . ...Read more

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What are the tests for soft tissue sarcoma?

What are the tests for soft tissue sarcoma?

Biopsy, scans: Typical tests include a biopsy for establishing the diagnosis and blood work. Scans such as ct scans or MRI scans are also performed. ...Read more

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How does a soft tissue sarcoma appear on an x-ray?

Rarely.: If you are talking about a plain, standard, old-fashioned x-ray, soft tissue sarcoma rarely appears because these types of x-rays are really designed to evaluate bones. Soft tissue sarcomas are usually fleshy and better evaluated with ct scans (a different kind of x-ray), or mri. Sarcoma that has spread to the lungs can be see on a plain chest x-ray thought. ...Read more

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Why is there no lymphatic spread in soft tissue sarcoma, but blood spread is present?

Why is there no lymphatic spread in soft tissue sarcoma, but blood spread is present?

Nature of tumor: That's just the way sarcomas behave. It is not known why. Most soft tissue sarcomas spread through the blood stream. Most metastases, if present, are found in the lungs. Bone and other soft tissues are less frequent sites. Some soft tissue sarcomas go though lymphatics (synovial sarcoma, clear cell sarcoma and angiosarcoma). And sometimes cancer doesn't follow rules and spreads as it wishes. ...Read more

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Hi i'm a 46 year old woman who was diagnosed with soft tissue sarcoma in left foot amputated below knee. What does the swollen lympnode left side neck?

Not related: Soft tissue sarcoma do not metastasis via lymphatics except in very rare situations. Thus these lymphatics are not related to the sarcoma you have. I advise you have them checked by your pcp. Good luck. ...Read more

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What are the common symptoms of soft tissue sarcoma?

What are the common symptoms of soft tissue sarcoma?

Painless mass: Most soft tissue sarcomas are painless masses. Usually, they will grow in size. Some subtypes, like synovial sarcoma, can be painful. Other reason for pain is compression or invasion of nerves and blood vessels. Most painless masses will turn out to be lipomas, which are benign, but a sarcoma has to be ruled out. To sum it up, a painless mass is a sarcoma until proven otherwise. ...Read more

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What are the signs of soft tissue sarcoma?

Painless mass: Most soft tissue sarcomas, with few exceptions like synovial sarcoma, are painless. Patients and even some doctors are falsely reassured by the absence of pain. Sarcomas may grow quickly or very slowly, but any painless mass has to be evaluated appropriately. While a painless mass can turn out to be a benign lipoma, a sarcoma has to be ruled out. An MRI can readily diagnose a lipoma. ...Read more

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What should I do now if i was diagnosed with soft tissue sarcoma under year ago?

See a specialist: Surgery is the mainstay of treatment. There are only a few hundred surgeons in the us trained to treat sarcomas. Initial appropriate treatment by a specialist is crucial as incorrect resection may lead to severe morbidity and even amputation. Radiation and possibly chemotherapy are often also needed. After that, frequent follow up is needed to detect if tumor returns or spread. ...Read more

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Sarcoma (Definition)

By definition, it is malignant (i.e., being locally invasive and at least theoreticlally capable of metastasizing), and arises from / mimics muscle or connective tissue elements that are not marrow or immune / white cells. The sarcomas are a tremendously varied and troublesome family of tumors, though thankfully less common than carcinomas and the leukemia / ...Read more


Tissue (Definition)

The body is composed of tissue that are classically described as beiing derived from three basic embyonic layers known as the endoderm, mesoderm and ectoderm that then differentiate into the structures that compose the body such as skin, soft tissues, bone, muscle, organs, etc. Stem cells are not differentiated and have the potential to ...Read more