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Is stage two breast cancer curable?

Is stage two breast cancer curable?

Survival Rates: According to the american cancer society the 5 year relative survival rate for stage 1 is 100%, stage ii- 93%, stage iii is 72% and stage IV is 22%. ...Read more

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Skin Cancer (Definition)

A condition in which some element of your skin--which is one of the most complex organs in the body--degenerates into cancer. The three most common types of skin cancer are: basal cell, squamous cell, and melanoma which occur in that order and degree of aggressiveness. Although heredity plays a major role, sun exposure and tobacco use and ...Read more


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What is stage four cancer?

What is stage four cancer?

Cancer spread: There are 4 stages of cancer. Stage 4 means the cancer has spread from the starting organ into another organ. Examples: breast cancer into bone, colon cancer into liver. Stage 4 cancers are usually not cured surgically and often require chemotherapy. The goal of treating stage 4 cancer is to prolong life and ease suffering. Rarely some stage 4 cancers are cured...Think lance armstrong! ...Read more

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Is stage II ovarian cancer still considered early stage?

Is stage II ovarian cancer still considered early stage?

Sort of: Stage i cancer is early stage; stage IV cancer is late stage, with metastasis. Stage two is in the middle, with better prognosis due to limited spread - average 5 year survival is 66%. ...Read more

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How is stage IV breast cancer different from stage III breast cancer?

How is stage IV breast cancer different from stage III breast cancer?

Location: In stage iii, the cancer still hasn't spread far beyond the breast and nearby lymph nodes. However, in this stage there typically are many lymph nodes involved or the tumor is so large it extends to the chest wall or involves the skin of the breast. stage IV breast cancer has spread to distant sites of the body. ...Read more

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Survival rate in blood cancer at early stage?

Survival rate in blood cancer at early stage?

Cannot say: This answer depends on many factors that include answers to specific tests run. Cannot give estimate without that information. Best to ask directly the treating oncologist. ...Read more

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My mum 67 was diagnosed with metastatic caecal adenocarcinoma, aggressive stage 4 cancer.She's on folfox. Life expectancy??

My mum 67 was diagnosed with metastatic caecal adenocarcinoma, aggressive stage 4 cancer.She's on folfox. Life expectancy??

Varies from months/y: The overall survival of stage 4 colon cancer varies from 1 to 3 years. Most patients have at least 2 years if their tumor responds to chemo. If you tumors regresses after chemo, it may even be surgically removable in which case long term survival(even a cure) can be possible. Ask more questions to your treating oncologist. ...Read more

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My dad has late 4th stage emphizima and late 3rd early 4th stage adenocarcinoma (small cell lung cancer). Prognosis?

My dad has late 4th stage emphizima and late 3rd early 4th stage adenocarcinoma (small cell lung cancer). Prognosis?

Depends: Small cell carcinoma of the lung is treated with chemotherapy. Response to therapy dictates survival. Keep in mind that small cell carcinoma has the worst survival rates among lung cancers. Most therapy is palliative. ...Read more

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Can stage four cancer develop in three months?

Yes: Certainly, for the brain this can develop. If a person has a lower stage cancer, for example of the lung or breast, once it has gone to the brain, it by definition is stage 4. This can evolve very rapidly and certainly within 3 months. ...Read more

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Stage four lung and liver cancer, can I survive?

Stage four lung and liver cancer, can I survive?

Yes you can and: Measure your life in quality too. Thinking positively helps and everyone responds differently to treatments. I've seen two women in the last three months alive with stage IV lung cancer for over 2 yrs. Your oncologist may consider local treatments as well as whole body treatments. ...Read more

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Is stage 3c breast cancer curable?

Is stage 3c breast cancer curable?

Yes: ...In theory, with aggressive multi modality therapy (surgery plus chemo plus radiation +/- hormones +/- herceptin). The risk of relapse is high but you do all you can and hope for the best. If this is about you, fight well and best wishes. ...Read more

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Treatment for pulmonary stage four lung cancer?

Treatment for pulmonary stage four lung cancer?

Chemo/radiation: Chemotherapy mostly, +/- radiation if the tumor is bulky and causing any local problems or a lot of pain. Prognosis is not good. Depending on the age, comorbidities and overall condition, palliative care is also a good option. ...Read more

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Metastatis breast cancer stage IV. What are the chances of survival. already gone six sittings of chemo..

Metastatis breast cancer stage IV. What are the chances of survival. already gone six sittings of chemo..

Breast ca stage IV: need more information. where the metastases are. only bone metastases do better than soft tissue metastases. what is the ER an PR , what is the Her2 status..there are many treatments available now. keep fighting, and you will win. ...Read more

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What are metastatic melanoma patients chance sof survival through chemotherapy?

What are metastatic melanoma patients chance sof survival through chemotherapy?

Variable: Depends on how much spread, were e it spread to, and if you are a candidate for chemotherapy. Can be either monthscor multiple years! ...Read more

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Did sarcoidosis appear in stages?Like cancer have stage 1, stage 2, stage 3, stage 4..And if do what appear in stage 1?

Did sarcoidosis appear in stages?Like cancer have stage 1, stage 2, stage 3, stage 4..And if do what appear in stage 1?

Lung sarcoidosis: Lung sarcoidosis can be classified into 5 different staging on chest radiograph. (st 0-4). On the stage i : you would see hilar or mediastinal lymph nodes enlargement. ...Read more

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What is the survival rate for stage II low grade ovarian cancer?

What is the survival rate for stage II low grade ovarian cancer?

Ovarian cancer: The survival rate for completely staged, completely cytoreduced, treated with chemotherapy after surgery stage ii disease is >80% at 5 years. Without all of those qualifications, it is about 65% at five years. This means if 3 women have the disease, one will die before five years and 2 will be living at 5 years. ...Read more

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Life expectancy for stage four colorectal cancer spread to liver, on hospice with no treatment for past five months?

Life expectancy for stage four colorectal cancer spread to liver, on hospice with no treatment for past five months?

Colorectal Cancer: That is a difficult question to answer. Since we do not have all the facts especially concerning the overall health otherwise of the patient or their current health it is impossible to say. The best person to talk to about this is the physician who is following the patient now. ...Read more

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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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Survival rate for triple neg receptors for early stage breast cancer after chemo treatment? No lymph nodes involve, stage 1b, grade 2, mastec done

Survival rate for triple neg receptors for early stage breast cancer after chemo treatment?  No lymph nodes involve, stage 1b, grade 2, mastec done

Excellent: According to adjuvant online (www.Adjuvantonline.Com), you have about an 82% 10 yr survival rate based on your specific information provided. This is only an estimate since there are details I do not have such as type of chemotherapy being used. For triple negative breast cancer, these survival rates are quite excellent. ...Read more

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Is stage IV metastatic cancer treatable?

Is stage IV metastatic cancer treatable?

Depends: Some cancers are curable with today's chemotherapy even if they have spread extensively. Others (for example, the common lung cancers) may someday be curable when they have reached stage iv, but not today. I've just seen reports of possible cures of stage IV colon and stomach cancers; i'm hopeful. ...Read more

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Is liver cancer the final stage of life?

Is liver cancer the final stage of life?

Not necessarily: Liver cancer is a pretty bad diagnosis, depends whether it is primary or metastatic. There is treatment though including transplant if you are young and in good shape, and there are many other novel treatments as well. You need close follow up with your doctors at this point and to evaluate all the options. Good luck! ...Read more

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Dr. Travis Kidner
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Melanoma (Definition)

Cancer of the melanocyte cells. Melanocyte cells determine the color of your skin. Although these cells are primarily found in your skin, they can also be found in the bowel ...Read more