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Tagamet And Cancer
Sort Of: We define cancers by their organ of origin. Therefore, by strict definition, bone cancer originates from bone cells; Anastrozole won't help these rare cancers. More commonly, cancers can spread to bones--we call this bone metastasis. Breast cancer can spread to bones; anastrazole can prevent the spread of certain breast cancers. Hope this helps. ...Read more
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
If one has slow-growing metastatic breast cancer will the anti-cancer drugs make the cancer more aggressive?
Treatment: Does not alter biologic behavior. Mets are never good. Some argue to re-biopsy to recheck re-ceptors (er, pr her-2-neu): the cells that metastasize may be different from those at outset. Best gauge is time from DX to relapse for "slow". Bony only and er+ usually fit this pattern. Cytotoxic chemo does not change growth or met potential, but cancers themselves can mutate to more aggressive type. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It depends ... : Dysphagia is a common side effect with many chemo therapeutic regimens. Some treatments can decrease a patient's ability to fight off fungal and bacterial overgrowth in the mouth and digestive systems. The diagnosis of this isn't usually difficult and can in many cases be treated with medications. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
70 years male with stomach cancer metastasized to liver and bone, is this a good chemo drug combination (capecitabine+oxaliplatin+zoledronic acid)?
Chemo : If you can tolerate capecitabine, the regiment will be good for the type of cancer. Also, consider to check her2-neu receptor status of the cancer - as if her2-neu receptor is positive, Herceptin (trastuzumab) which is an inhibitor to the her2-neu receptor should be considered as one of treatment options. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
PPI and cancer: We believe that chronic irritation of the lower part of the esophagus just before it empties into the stomach (gastric reflux) may play a big role in the development of esophageal cancer. PPI's decrease the amt of acid in the stomach and thus the irritation and thus may lower the risk of stomach cancer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes, absolutely: 5fu (fluorouracil) based chemotherapy is the standard chemotherapy in colon cancer. Combination of 5-FU and oxaliplatin is widely used and a standard regiment of chemotherapy in colorectal cancer. A big randoomized clinical trial in colon cancer ( mosaic study) has demonstrated the overall survival benefit of using combination of 5fu (fluorouracil)/oxaliplatin in stage iii colon cancer and limited case of stage ii disease. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can a slightly elevated ca15-3 indicate some other cancer besides breast? Nothing on two mammos. Have digestive problems and epi. Pancreatic cancer?
Nonspecific: Reference range is set so that many healthy people will fall somewhat above. It is intended to monitor the progress of a known or strongly suspected cancer, not as a prompt for a -- forgive me -- fishing expedition. With your epigastric pain, it would not be out of the question to have the area of your pancreas ultrasounded, regardless of the lab value. Best wishes. ...Read more
70 yo female w/osteoporosis and family hx of BRCA breast cancer. Ok to Denosumab and Reloxifene therapy together??
Yes it is OK: You can take these medicines together. There is no significant interaction or harm. So relax and take them as advised by your doctor. ...Read more
Liver cancer stage 4 , lung cancer and spleen cancer with cirrhosis and hep c can I take chemotherapy treatment to reduce tumor maker?
Yes: Tamoxifen has been shown to increase the risk of uterine cancer, not unlike estrogen replacement therapy, with an incidence of ~1:500. However, this is almost-always caught at its earliest stage, with very high cure rates. If you compare the benefit of tamoxifen for either treating or preventing breast cancer compared to this risk, the benefit far outweighs the risk. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How effective if any is Xeloda (capecitabine) for bone cancer (metastasized from stomach cancer) ?
Depends: What do you mean, "effective" ? In terms of survival, stage IV (metastatic) gastric cancer has a 5 year survival rate of only about 5%. Xeloda (capecitabine) is unlikely to significantly change this but ease of administration is a significant benefit. Overall, it is a promising agent although metastatic gastric cancer is a serious disease with high mortality rates. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Prevents breast ca: Hello, anastrozole is excellent in helping to keep breast cancer from coming back. When breast cancer returns it is usually to either the bones (most commonly), the liver, or the lungs (and other organs). Anastrozole is effective at preventing breast cancer from recurring in all of these places (and others). Bone cancer (like osteosarcoma) is very rare and not related to breast cancer good luck. ...Read more
My grandfather 94yrs old having prostate cancer and also has metastasis in pancrease (pancrelipase) and bones. Treatment options?
No treatment: In spite of your grandfathers clinical condition, the pattern of behavior of prostate cancer after 80 , for the most part typified by an indolent form of metastasis. One uses drugs like Lupron (leuprolide) to reduce hormones but at his age there are probably little or no hormones secreted. Chemo such as Taxol not utilized. Therefore he should live normal expected time for a 90yo without further intervention ...Read more
Hormonal blockade: Depending upon your age and menstrual status your oncologist will help choose a medication to block the receptors for estrogen and Progesterone or one that will block the production of those hormones. These drugs minimize the ability of these hormones to stimulate the growth of breast and breast cancer cells. Some of them are associated with a risk of endometrial cancer but it is minimal. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: If you have Eaton Lambert as a complication, it might be well to use caution ...Read more
Only in lab cells: Alpha lipoic acid is a potent antioxidant that has typically been used for diabetic neuropathy. Current "in vitro" studies suggest that colon cancer cells grown in the lab, self-destruct (apoptosis) in the presence of alpha-lipoic acid. At least one patient claimed to be cancer-free after using ALA. ALA is non-toxic but difficult to find in a pure form.Choose foods instead-spinach, broccoli ! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer