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Skin is the largest and one of the most complex organs in the body composed of hundreds of different structures. Nearly any of these elements can degenerate into cancer. However the three most common 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 & ...Read more
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
Pancoast tumor: Occurs at the top of the lung and invades out and up to involve muscles, nerves, and thereby causing pain and horner's syndrome. Metastasis usually means going to another organ. If confined to chest and outward extension (?Metastasis), outlook is more optimistic. If it metastasized to brain, lung, liver or distant bones, the outlook is bleak, seek symptom management, there is no cure. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Genetic component?: There could be genetic component to a squamous cell cancer, although the exact implications on treatment aren't known. Obviously if there is a strong family history of cancers, or if it strikes someone who is young and/or a non smoker/drinker i would suspect a strong genetic contribution. Without more details, it is hard to say with any certainty. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Stage 2B IDC breast cancer, her2+/ER/PR+Neoadjuvant taxol, (paclitaxel)A/C,lumpectomy,rads, lymphovascular invasion. What does this mean for prognosis & follow up?
Prognosis fair: Stage IIb breast cancer is usually palpable at 2-5 cm. and at time of procedure to remove lesion, sentinel nodes are + suggesting axillary dissection and reason for neoadjuvant therapy. Lymphovascular invasion increases chance for recurrence. With Her2+ Herceptin (trastuzumab) with chemo should be used and PET/CAT needed to assure met foci not missed in distal organs. Carful follow up needed. ...Read more
32 yo, breast cancer stage 1b, double mastectomy, micrometastasis in one lymph node. TCH treatment, followed by radiation. Prognosis thoughts????
Prognosis is good!: I would need more information to be definitive but with a small primary tumor (stage 1) and only micrometastasis in one node, your prognosis should be relatively good. Since you received TCH, it is obvious that you had her2 positive breast cancer so your prognosis is less favorable than had her2 not been positive. However, 5 year survival in excess of 85% is shown in recent studies with TCH. ...Read more
A little bit: Yes, but not a great deal. The good news is that surveillance for any skin cancer is the same. Examine your own skin regularly, and keep your scheduled appointments with your doctor or dermatologist. Notify them if you see any lesions which are concerning for skin cancer. Best wishes! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Xeloda (capecitabine) for breast ca: Xeloda (capecitabine) also known as Capecitabine is a very effective oral chemotherapy drug used for metastatic or stage 4 breast cancer. It can be used by itself (mono therapy) or as part of combination chemotherapy. Major side effects include diarrhea, hand foot syndrome, nausea and small chance of coronary spasm. It is well tolerated. Patients on Xeloda (capecitabine) need to be followed closely by medical oncologists. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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