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Doctor insights on: Terminal Brain Cancer That Is A Small Cell Neuroendocrin Carcinoma Metastatic

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If you are looking for recurrence of brain cancer metastatic from breast, should contrast be used and if so why?

If you are looking for recurrence of brain cancer metastatic from breast, should contrast be used and if so why?

Yes: An MRI brain with and without contrast is the ideal study. Basically the tumors will be detailed better when contrast is used. If there is a contraindication to contrast (e.g. Kidney disease), then I would forego using contrast. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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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


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Could you give me sone details about metastatic brain cancer and life expectancy?

Could you give me sone details about metastatic brain cancer and life expectancy?

Sure: Metastatic disease is tumor spread from another site (ie lung, breast, colon). This is an incurable setting and most patients die from this within 6 months to a year, even with radiation, surgery and chemotherapy. Without treatment, survival is weeks to a few months. ...Read more

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With metastatic brain cancer, how do you predict one's remaining life expectancy?

With metastatic brain cancer, how do you predict one's remaining life expectancy?

See below: Both irradiation and an operation to take out single metastasis will prologn the life for mohts to a year not only that the life will be better. ...Read more

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What are the remission rates for metastatic brain cancer?

What are the remission rates for metastatic brain cancer?

Other mets: Once a tumor has metastasized to the brain, the same tumor usually has spread to other organs as well. A few tumors, e.g., choriocarcinoma may still be treatable, but in general brain mets signal an incurable tumor. ...Read more

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What would be the cerebral spinal fluid test result for brain metastatic cancer.what value indicates its brain cancer in CSF test?

What would be the cerebral spinal fluid test result for brain metastatic cancer.what value indicates its brain cancer in CSF test?

Not the best test: CSF examination may contain malignant cells in the presence of metastatic cancer, but normal CSF does not rule out metastases to the brain. Imaging studies are more likely to be helpful. ...Read more

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How long do you have if you have small cell liver lung and brain cancer?

How long do you have if you have  small cell liver lung and brain cancer?

Depends: It is not possible to predict the behavior of tumors other than providing averages. Has the tumor been treated? If it was treated and became wide spread while under treatment, the prognosis would be poor. ...Read more

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Could a cell phone give you brain cancer?

Could a cell phone give you brain cancer?

I say no: Anyone who's scientifically literate will recognize that this ongoing business is fueled by politicians and fearmongers. The statistics seem nothing more than the usual junk that's generated by retrospective studies (people's beliefs color their memories), the radiation isn't the kind that damages genes, and in the big study more cancers were on the opposite side. ...Read more

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Are cell phones linked to brain cancer/tumor?

Are cell phones linked to brain cancer/tumor?

I say "No": This stuff has been thrown around for almost 30 years without any mechanism that makes sense (the radiation from a phone isn't the wavelength that damages genes). Epidemiology by survey, especially retrospective studies, generates many false-positive alleged links; in one huge study, there were more cancers on the opposite side. Enjoy technology and stop worrying. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if cell phones cause brain cancer/tumors?

Can you tell me if cell phones cause brain cancer/tumors?

No: Somebody may tell you this is "still under study", but this pathologist thinks the idea is just wrong. No theoretical mechanism. You can find that anything causes anything if you do a bad study or ask the wrong questions, especially retrospectively. In one big study, the tumors were more common on the side opposite the cell phone. Stop worrying and enjoy the benefits of today's technology. ...Read more

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Do cell phones really cause brain cancer, or is that a myth?

Do cell phones really cause brain cancer, or is that a myth?

No: The pop claim that they do is based on scientific illiteracy -- the radiation they produce isn't the ionizing kind that causes cancer, it's the low-energy stuff that's also emitted by a pet kitten. Unfortunately, when politics and fearmongering start, it's easy to do a bad epidemiologic study & scare people -- one had more of the cancers on the opposite side from the phone. It's dumb. ...Read more

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Can kids can get brain cancer if they use cell phones so, from what age is it safe for kids to use them?

Can kids can get brain cancer if they use cell phones so, from what age is it safe for kids to use them?

Any age: The claim about brain cancer makes no sense biologically, the studies are retrospective with weak links (i.e., junk) and the only true-believers are a couple of militants, some lawyers and international-health types wanting to cover themselves. In one of the big studies, people using cell phones got more tumors on the side opposite to the one where they held the phone. Don't trouble yourself. ...Read more

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Can frequent cell phone usage cause brain cancer?

Can frequent cell phone usage cause brain cancer?

No: Ear phone use has not effect on cellular dna and so cannot cause any kind of tumor, including brain tumors. ...Read more

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Brain cancer and cell phone use, are they related?

Brain cancer and cell phone use, are they related?

I say no: Anyone who's scientifically literate will recognize that this ongoing business is fueled by politicians and fearmongers. The statistics seem nothing more than the usual junk that's generated by retrospective studies (people's beliefs color their memories), the radiation isn't the kind that damages genes, and in the big study more cancers were on the opposite side. ...Read more

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Can there be a link between cell phone use and brain cancer?

Can there be a link between cell phone use and brain cancer?

Good question: Depends on what you read. In the 80's cigarette smoking was not considered harmful. One never knows, what the future research will show. If you have a blue tooth device, would use it. ...Read more

Dr. Liawaty Ho Dr. Ho
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Can the use of cell phones greatly increase my risk of getting brain cancer?

Dr. Liawaty Ho Dr. Ho
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Can the use of cell phones greatly increase my risk of getting brain cancer?

Unclear : It is a still controversial topic. We don't know for sure if there is any clear increase associated with the use of cell phone. ...Read more

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Is it true that cell phones cause brain cancer and other brain-related injures or diseases?

Dr. Thomas Chen Dr. Chen
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Unclear: Like many other epidemiological links, this one depends on your perspective. My personal view is that the link between cell phone use and brain cancers is extremely weak, but i can't believe cell phone use is good for you. ...Read more

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What happens if neuron cells can not divide or(do division of cell) so why brain cancer happen?

What happens if neuron cells can not divide or(do division of cell) so why brain cancer happen?

Not neurons: Most brain cancers are from the cells surrounding neurons rather than he neurons themselves. Within the brain there are neurons, glial cells (supporting cells), and cells that make up the walls of vessels. These latter two cell types can divide and make up most of the primary brain cancers. ...Read more

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Can facial squamous cell cancer lead to brain cancer even if the initial surgery was successful?

Not usually.: If a skin cancer is deeply invasive through the skull, it can sometime grow into the brain. Sometimes a tumor can crawl along the nerves back into the brain, but this is more common with tumors like adenoid cystic carcinoma. Lastly, a tumor may spread into the blood and eventually land in the brain. All of these are uncommon, but depend on the stage and grade of the tumor. ...Read more

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Dr. Henry Friedman
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Brain Tumor (Definition)

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