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Stage Melanoma Treated
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
Another option: This year was amazing for finally having some options to treat mm, including ipilimumab and also vemurafenib. Early diagnosis by getting screened by a board-certified dermatologist is essential to having the highest cure rate. Check yourself and your partner monthly and get to the derm if you notice any new or changing spot! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes and No: Certain genetic conditions may predispose someone to malignant melanoma. But there are certainly things that can be done to boost one's immune system to fight cancers. And those with irregular moles should be seen at least yearly by their doctor or dermatologist to remove suspicious moles. Therefore, preventing a metastatic process. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Not typically: This technique of heating tumor has been used in melanoma in a very limited way. One way, in the past was to isolate the vessels of a leg and pump heated chemotherapy through it. It had limited success. The recent exciting treatment through targeted therapy and control of the immune system have made oncothermia less interesting in melanoma in the us. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My mum 67 was diagnosed with metastatic caecal adenocarcinoma, aggressive, stage 4. She started folfox. Can it be cured? Life expectancy?
Serious diagnosis: Stage 4 colon cancer has a very poor prognosis. No one can give you a life expectancy that is exact. It depends upon her response to the treatment. Some people respond very well. Of all people that have this diagnosis only about 8% of them are still alive at 5 years. But still she could be one of that 8%. I hope she responds well to the treatments. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Majority will be No: When the cancer has spread to other organ beyond the primary organ-metastatic disease- or stage 4- , majority , it is an incurable disease. In a very selected case, when the metastatic disease is very limited - 1 or 2- only in the liver or only in the lung- and no other disease anywhere else and if surgery can be done to remove completely, attemp to cure the cancer can be done with chemo & surgery. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Treatable noy surviv: Treatment can be given in stage IV in most cancers it might prolong lifespan by a few weeks, but not significant. ...Read more
Very good: I am sorry to hear about your diagnosis. The most recent us data reports a 5-yr survival rate of 81% for stage iia and 74% for stage iib breast ca. However, keep in mind these #s do not take into account the age and/or health of the patient, the specific tumor markers, nor the most current rx options. I am certain that your oncologist can give you much more information about your specific cancer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No evidence: Standard of care is surgical resection for early stages. For unresectable stage 3 or metastatic stage 4, treatments can be chemotherapy (dacarbzine or temodar), or immunotherapy such as interleukin-2, or ipilimumab. Targeted drugs for braf-positive melanoma are zelboraf, tafinlar, or mekinist. Enroll in a clinical trial is highly recommended. No evidence that oncothermia by itself is effective. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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