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Doctor insights on: Taxol Is Shrinking Tumors

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How effective is Xeloda (capecitabine) on cancer tumors?

How effective is Xeloda (capecitabine) on cancer tumors?

Depends: This drug is used in several diseases in the adjuvant and treatment setting. It can be used in colon cancer, breast cancer, rectal and other diseases. The benefit of this drug depends on the situation. ...Read more

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What is anaplastic bladder tumor.?

What is anaplastic bladder tumor.?

Small cell type.: This is a rare form of bladder cancer which tends to spread to other parts of the body. This is composed of small/oat cells, and has a poor prognosis. ...Read more

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What is the frequency of benign colon tumors compared to cancerous tumors?

What is the frequency of benign colon tumors compared to cancerous tumors?

Small and about 5%: Other than for congenital polyposis the majority of lesions arise in a field effect initiated by the polyoma virus. Contrary to the belief that adenomatous polyps convert to malignant polyps and then Ca this occurs in about 5 % of pts. 95% arise from premalignant cells in the viral or carcinogen field. ...Read more

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Pancreatic cancer: Can concurrent chemotherapy and radiation totally destroy a tumor that is not yet resectable?

Pancreatic cancer: Can concurrent chemotherapy and radiation totally destroy a tumor that is not yet resectable?

No...: Cancer is genetic altered cell and immune system disease.......it is only focally destroyed, systemically suppressed. ...Read more

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Supposing cellphones cause cancer, why is it that radiation treatments shrink the tumor ?

Supposing cellphones cause cancer, why is it that radiation treatments shrink the tumor ?

Radiationis anti DNA: Radiation in the proper doses can destroy the dna of a tumor cell which is more sensitive than that of normal cells. The frequency of cell phone radiation is not in the same range as gamma radiation. ...Read more

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Wilms tumor cancer----what are the treatments?

Wilms tumor cancer----what are the treatments?

Depends.: The major factors that effect treatment of wilms include stage (how much has the tumor spread) and histology (pathology report of the appearance of the tumor). Treatments typically include surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. ...Read more

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How responsive to?Chemotherapy? Is small cell lung cancer?

How responsive to?Chemotherapy? Is small cell lung cancer?

Very responsive: Small cell lung cancer in general is very responsive to chemotherapy as well as to radiation therapy. However, the problem is that the risk for recurrence is very high. ...Read more

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I read that certain benign bone tumors use chemotherapy.Which benign bone tumors use chemotherapy as a treatment?

I read that certain benign bone tumors use chemotherapy.Which benign bone tumors use chemotherapy as a treatment?

Benign bone tumors: I'm familiar with using curettage, bone grafting and excision for benign bone tumors, sometimes even radiation, but i haven't heard of chemotherapy being used. I would definitely welcome (and defer to) our oncology colleagues' input on this great question! ...Read more

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What are some triple negative breast cancer tumors slow growing tumors?

What are some triple negative breast cancer tumors slow growing tumors?

More aggressive: Since triple negative breast cancer cells have no hormone receptors on them, the cancer treatments that attack the cancer through those receptors do not work. Triple negative breast cancer tends to more aggressive, higher grade and with a lower 5 year survival. See this link: http://www.Breastcancer.Org/symptoms/diagnosis/trip_neg/behavior. ...Read more

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The drug is taxotere (docetaxel) and cyclophosphamide used in chemo due to early stage of invasive lobular carcinoma does side effect cause insomia , depression?

Chemo and cancer: Dealing with cancer and its treatment is not something easy to do in many cases. Not only it is affecting your physical condition, emotionally, you can also develop anxiety, depressed mood, depression etc through out the battle. The chemo themselves do not give you insomnia. However, steroids are given prior to chemo, and this can cause insomnia. Depression/anxiety cause insomnia too. ...Read more

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Is tamoxifen essential in invasive ductal carcinoma (HR+/ER+)? Does additional chemotherapy is neccesary in stage 1 cancer?

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Is tamoxifen essential in invasive ductal carcinoma (HR+/ER+)?
Does additional chemotherapy is neccesary in stage 1 cancer?

Yes, depends: Yes, anti-estrogen therapy is essential for ER+/PR+ invasive ductal carcinoma. While tamoxifen is used in premenopausal women, femara (letrozole) or arimidex used in postmenopausal women. Some stage I breast cancers (ER+/PR+) do not require further chemotherapy, others do. The need for additional chemotherapy can be assessed by tumor size, recurrence score from a special molecular testing, and etc. ...Read more

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What is the survival rate for nonresectable klatskin tumor?

What is the survival rate for nonresectable klatskin tumor?

Variable: When tumors are deemed "unresectable"make sure a surgical oncologist skilled in hepatic resections made this evaluation. Unresectable differs from untreatable. Survival will depend on the tumor, its extent and coordination of different treatment modalities. A second opinion my be both informative and helpful- including options for transplantation.. ...Read more

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Ov cancer spread to lymph nodes. Paclitaxel, avastin, (bevacizumab) doxil, gemzar, topotecan have failed. Is it all down hill from here? Is this the end?

Ov cancer spread to lymph nodes. Paclitaxel, avastin, (bevacizumab) doxil, gemzar, topotecan have failed. Is it all down hill from here? Is this the end?

Not yet: Ovarian cancer can best be managed by minimal tumor burden an then intraperitoneal chemotherapy. If there is a well defined chain of nodes such as the iliac nodes, I do a pelvic node dissection. L if the tumor burden represents additional multiple nodules along the surface of the bowel, they must be reduced to smaller than 1cm. In diameter. In addition it is essential that the omentum is out.Ea. ...Read more

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What is mucin-producing metastatic colonic adenocarcinoma?

What is mucin-producing metastatic colonic adenocarcinoma?

Subtype of colon Ca: Mucin producing metastatic adenoca of the colon is derived from a primary adenoCa of colon producing large amounts of extracelluar mucin with greater than a 50% mucinous component.. The proximal colon and appendix represents 10-20% of these colorectal neoplasms . The rt. colon is the usual source for most of these lesions presenting with more advanced forms of disease than other colonic sites. ...Read more

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Starting temodar (temozolomide) prescription for treatment of anaplastic astrocytoma brain tumor. What are strange side effects?

Starting temodar (temozolomide) prescription for treatment of anaplastic astrocytoma brain tumor. What are strange side effects?

Not strange: Temodar, (temozolomide) like other chemotherapy agents, may cause nausea and vomiting, may cause a general sense of "malaise", and will have a risk of lowering your white blood cell counts and making you more susceptible to certain infections. It is generally well-tolerated however, more so than most other agents used for astrocytomas. There are no "strange" side-effects that i know of. Talk to your doctors. ...Read more

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What is the role of Taxol (paclitaxel) in chemotherapy?

What is the role of Taxol (paclitaxel) in chemotherapy?

Kills cancer cells!: Taxol (paclitaxel) works by preventing cancer cells from reproducing themselves. In the picture you can see green "microtubules" that are pulling a cancer cell apart into two daughter cells. Taxol blocks microtubules, preventing them from being able to pull the cancer cell into two daughter cells. The cancer cell gets stuck trying to divide, and it dies. Taxol works for many cancer types. ...Read more

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What is the incidence for extragonadal germ cell tumors?

What is the incidence for extragonadal germ cell tumors?

Very low: Compared to the gonadal germ cell tumors. The most common locations are the mediastinum, the pineal gland in the brain and the abdomen. ...Read more