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Stages Of Cancer And What They Mean
In stage 4 ovarian cancer, what does it mean if after several chemo treatments, if your ca-125 stays same?
Hard to say: If your ca-125 was very elevated to start with, and it's staying the same, that means the ovarian cancer cells aren't growing, which is good! of course you'd feel better if your ca-125 was going down, but that can take some time. If your ca-125 was in the normal range to start with, or only mildly elevated, it might not be an accurate marker for your cancer. How you feel is very important! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See below: The level of cells carrying oxygen in the blood is low. In stage 4. Carcinoma there can be several causes. If she is taking chemotherapy to treat the cancer, it can be a side effect of the drugs. If the bone cancer is extensive, the cancer can replace the bone marrow which normally produces blood cells. In which case there is decreased production of blood cells due to cancer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
In stage 4 ovarian cancer, what does it usually mean if your ca-125 goes from 600 to 222 then back up to 350?
Standardized: There are several staging protocols, but the american joint commission on cancer staging (ajcc) is the biggest one in the United States. By standardizing exactly how a tumor is "staged" is based on the tumor location, size and extent of invasion, whether or not lymph nodes are affected, and if there is distant metastatic disease. These are put together to give a stage: used for treatment decisions. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Regional spread: IIIC: Cancer is present in one or both of the ovaries, and cancer cells are also present in tumors larger than 2 cm in the abdominal lining or in the nearby lymph nodes.This stage is best handled by total hyst bilat salpingo oophorectomy , omentectomy and tumor nodular reduction to decrease any residual lesion to >1cm followed by cheno. ...Read more
More nodes positive: Breast - more than 10 pos axillary ln or pos. Ln at level iii or axillary and inter mammary ln pos. Or supraclavicular ln pos .Melanoma more than 4 regional ln or matted ln colon tumor invasion through wall , maybe involving adjacent organs with 4 or more regional pos. Ln. ...Read more
Not necessarily: Stage 4 cancer is a late stage cancer which has spread inside the body. But the survival is quite varied and it depends on which type of cancer it is. For many cancers we have good treatments and patients can live for several months to several years. Cancers like colon, breast and kidney can be controlled for 2-5 years even in stage 4. Others can be fatal over a period of few months. ...Read more
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