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What is the life expectancy of a 54yr woman with Stage 4 Breast cancer, metastasized to bones, brain and spinal fluid? BRCA2 positive

What is the life expectancy of a 54yr woman with Stage 4 Breast cancer, metastasized to bones, brain and spinal fluid? BRCA2 positive

Mets of Breast cance: It depends on treatment so far...This is not a good prognosis. It is all about managing quality of life and options. No one knows of course, life expectancy but in my opinion quality of life is MOST important ...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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What does it mean when you have 1093 cancer cells found in your spinal fluid?

What does it mean when you have 1093 cancer cells found in your spinal fluid?

Correlate: There's nothing magic about a particular number. Some people with cancer involving the brain and spinal cord surface do not shed the cancer cells into the CSF. Your pathologist can determine where the cells probably came from and guide the clinician in treatment. Depending on the type of cancer, it may still be curable or manageable for at least some more good time. ...Read more

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My mam has cancer in her spinal fluid, I just want to know what the chances of her surviving it is?

My mam has cancer in her spinal fluid, I just want to know what the chances of her surviving it is?

Depends on type: Cancer if the spinal fluid is usually metastatic, but it can be from hollow organs, bone marrow or from the brain. Usually cancer or lymphoma can be found in csf, but brain tumors can also be seen there. Without known the type of underlying cancer your mom has, it is hard to predict outcome. Maybe you would like to reply and describe the specific cancer type. ...Read more

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What to expect with brain cancer that has 35+ tumors and 3 in the spinal fluid.

What to expect with brain cancer that has 35+ tumors and 3 in the spinal fluid.

Very poor prognosis: This sounds likely widely metastasized brain tumor. It sounds as though it is end stage. There is no surgery for this. Whole brain and whole spinal radiation with or without chemotherapy is what is recommended. ...Read more

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Elevated lymphocytes and decreased monocytes in spinal fluid, MS ruled out, what else can cause this? Can it be a type of Cancer?

Elevated lymphocytes and decreased monocytes in spinal fluid, MS ruled out, what else can cause this? Can it be a type of Cancer?

CSF cell count: Many conditions cause changes in white blood cell count in the CSF. Normally, these are infections, especially viral infections. There are some conditions that are related to the immune system and certain cancers can cause this. Cancer normally causes a very high cell count number, however. If your cell count is low, it is not likely this is cancer. ...Read more

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What would be the cerebral spinal fluid test result for brain metastatic cancer. What value indicates its brain cancer in CSF test?

What would be the cerebral spinal fluid test result for brain metastatic cancer. What value indicates its brain cancer in CSF test?

Not the best test: CSF examination may contain malignant cells in the presence of metastatic cancer, but normal CSF does not rule out metastases to the brain. Imaging studies are more likely to be helpful. ...Read more

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34yr niece w/ breast cancer met. To brain & now cells in spinal fluid. Is treatment viable and if so where/who is best place to contact/talk to/go. Dr say w/out treatment 2 mnth.?

34yr niece w/ breast cancer met. To brain & now cells in spinal fluid. Is treatment viable and if so where/who is best place to contact/talk to/go. Dr say w/out treatment 2 mnth.?

Poor outcome: Metastatic breast cancer is a tough diagnosis to deliver. Affects young women and more aggressive (fatal) the younger the woman. There are trials available to attempt treatment but long term survival is remote. Ask your oncologist if they are aware of any treatment trials available. Usually treatment results in a few more months but rarely years. ...Read more

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What is the average life expectancy of someone with Stage III or IV spinal cancer?

What is the average life expectancy of someone with Stage III or IV spinal cancer?

More info needed.: Most likely it's not "spinal cancer", which would be a cancer that started in the spine, but a cancer from somewhere else that has spread (metastasized) TO the spine. If so, it's still the cancer of where it started (bone or breast or prostate, etc.).

Also, stage III vs. Stage IV have different enough treatment and prognosis that they should be considered separately; worth learning this detail). ...Read more

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I wanted to know is cerebral spinal fluid life threatening?

Not sure what? Is: CSF (cerebrospinal fluid) is made continuously by brain. CSF is made on top of the brain and drains down to spinal canal. Hydrocephalus occurs if there is a blockage with the ventricles (fluid filled spaces) in brain becoming larger. Often surgery is needed to treat this condition which occurs in premies who have bleed into their brains or in elderly with NPH (Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus). ...Read more

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What's the cost of spinal fluid analysis?

Check with the lab: Spinal fluid analysis has two costs. First is the procedure to draw it (ie spinal tap). The second is the lab cost. You will need to ask the practitioner obtaining the spinal fluid and the lab for costs, as they vary widely from lab to lab. ...Read more

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What can I do so mycoplasma enters the spinal fluid?

Mycoplasma: Once mycoplasma invades the body it will spread by blood stream to the central nervous system. ...Read more

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What does it mean if there is protein in my spinal fluid?

CSF protein: The adult range of cerebrospinal (CSF) protein is 18 to 58 mg per dl (0.18 to 0.58 g per l). Elevated levels can indicate multiple possibilities: infections, intracranial hemorrhages, multiple sclerosis, guillain barré syndrome, malignancies, some endocrine abnormalities, certain medication use, and a variety of inflammatory conditions. Please ask your doctor about results in your own case. ...Read more

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What would cause the protein to be a little high in spinal fluid?

What would cause the protein to be a little high in spinal fluid?

CSF protein: The adult range of cerebrospinal (CSF) protein is 18 to 58 mg per dl (0.18 to 0.58 g per l). Elevated levels can indicate multiple possibilities: infections, intracranial hemorrhages, multiple sclerosis, guillain barré syndrome, malignancies, some endocrine abnormalities, certain medication use, and a variety of inflammatory conditions. Please ask your doctor about results in your own case. ...Read more

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Why do I hear my spinal fluid in my neck?

Why do I hear my spinal fluid in my neck?

Gift hearing or?: You may be hearing the creaks and noises of shifting bones and cartilage or maybe the blood pulsing through your carotids. Or maybe your nervous system is so attuned that you can hear your spinal fluid. You would be the first patient I have heard that can hear their spinal fluid. ...Read more

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Does an MRI of the spine show spinal fluid problems?

Does an MRI of the spine show spinal fluid problems?

Need a spinal tap: For evaluating spinal fluid a spinal tap is necessary. This is the only way to evaluate the fluid for any problems. An MRI would only be able to evaluate if there is a leak in the sac containing the nerves. ...Read more

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Do you know about too much spinal fluid on the brain?

Do you know about too much spinal fluid on the brain?

Hydrocephalus: This is the scientific term. I would urge you to read as much as you can about this if it affects you or someone you love. There are many subtypes and causes. ...Read more

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What does high bands in blood tests and spinal fluid mean?

What does high bands in blood tests and spinal fluid mean?

Possible infection: Bands are immature forms of neutrophils and are produced by bone marrow in higher numbers most frequently as a response to infection. Remember this is just one isolated point of information and needs to be correlated with the overall clinical scenario. ...Read more

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Your blood that's used for the blood patch go away after your spinal fluid regenerates itself? Is there long time risks? (Clots)...ect?

Your blood that's used for the blood patch go away after your spinal fluid regenerates itself? Is there long time risks? (Clots)...ect?

Blood patch 2.0: After a blood patch is placed, the blood patch resolves. There is no risk of a blood clot with this procedure. There are no long time risks. The blood patch resolves after the dura heals. This normally takes days or weeks. The CSF replaces itself in a few hours. ...Read more

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Can ears drain spinal fluid?

Can ears drain spinal fluid?

Yes: A base-of-the-skull fracture can infamously cause a runny ear. That it is spinal fluid can be confirmed by any clever physician who thinks to test it for glucose. ...Read more

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Could a person really leak brain and/or spinal fluid?

Yes: Leaks from the nose or ear are fairly common after head trauma or surgical mishaps. They are often missed until a clever physician tests the fluid for glucose using a reagent test strip. Spinal fluid leaks after a lumbar puncture are troublesome. ...Read more

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Might it be that a person really leak brain and/or spinal fluid?

Might it be that a person really leak brain and/or spinal fluid?

Yes: Most commonly happens after spinal tap. Usually resolves by itself. ...Read more

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What should I do if my spinal fluid is black?

Can you explain: Who told you that your spinal fluid is black? Perhaps there is a misunderstanding. Can you clarify? Black cartilage around the spine warns of alkaptonuria, and various pigments can darken the fluid but it'll never truly be black. ...Read more

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Can too much or too little spinal fluid cause headaches?

Yes...: Most people have a constant volume of spinal fluid (about 150 ml in adults). People make enough spinal fluid every day to replace the volume about 4 times. The "old" fluid is absorbed as "new" is made. If the relative volume of spinal fluid increases (which would cause an increase in intracranial pressure), then the patient might have a headache. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Can you please discuss the possible causes for blood in spinal fluid?

Can you please discuss the possible causes for blood in spinal fluid?

Blood in CSF: Sources include brain subarachnoid hemorrhage, rupture of an arterial venous malformation, intracranial and in the spinal cord, rupture of an aneurysm, intraventricular hemorrhage, trauma to the spinal cord (transection, laceration). ...Read more

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Is it possible that a person die from having spinal fluid in their bloodstream?

No.: CSF is 98% water and contains nothing caustic or dangerous. CSF mixes into the bloodstream in surgery all the time. In fact, CSF circulates and is reabsorbed into the venous system in the normal situation. In addition, one treatment of hydrocephalus is to divert CSF into the heart, where it mixes with the blood.
There is no problem with the situation you describe. ...Read more

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What are the causes for leaking spinal fluid?

See below: Spinal fluid may leak following a spinal tap, surgery or trauma to the head and sometimes without known cause. See this site for more info.
http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001068.htm. ...Read more

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I have spinal fluid leaking, what can happen to me?

Where is the leak?: Spinal fluid leak can cause severe headaches and infection can reach the brain through the site of leakage, what makes you think that you have spinal fluid leak? ...Read more

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Please explain what it means if the spinal tap I had was unable to get enough CSF fluid?

Please explain what it means if the spinal tap I had was unable to get enough CSF fluid?

A couple things...: This could mean that you were significantly dehydrated at the time or possibly the person doing the LP may not have had a good angle to provide good CSF flow from the needle. ...Read more

Csf (Definition)

Cerebrospinal fluid is the clear colorless fluid produced in the choroid plexus in the brain, and acts as a cushion or a buffer for the ...Read more