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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
80 yrs old diagnosed with non small lung cancer (local), developed pneumonia after the first carboplatin gemcitabine treatment. Is it treatable?
Yes: Radiation is often used to alleviate many symptoms from cancer that has spread to organs and that includes liver and bone. Not every spot involved has to be treated only those causing some sort of problem. If the patient only has one small liver metastasis for example more aggressive treatment with radiosurgery can be considered. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Risky choice: The 'holistic healers' that tout this option do so without any science and with very small numbers of patients successfully treated, making predictability of results questionable. Would recommend sticking to allopathic treatment options (chemo / radiation) from an oncologist, but could add as adjuvant option. More info here: http://cowurine.Com/index.Html. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No one knows: While it depends in the type of tumor, the fact remains that nobody can predict the future. Odds and percentages are accurate for the group of people with the same disease that came before you, but cannot predict what will happen to an individual. The statistics however can be used to help make decisions, but in the end are just that - statistics. You are an individual. ...Read more
Possibly: Radiation is painless during the treatments. If the esophagus is in the treatment fields it can cause a painful condition called esophagitis about 3 weeks into the treatment. This is worse when a patient also takes chemotherapy. There are medicines that help this discomfort and when treatment is done it should resolve. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends on the stage: For early cancers (stage 1) cyberknife or sbrt using a short course of high dose radiation has results similar to surgery. For stage 2-3 cancers the preferred way is to use imrt where side effects can be reduced by targeting less of normal lung areas. For advanced cancers, the idea is to improve symptoms such as pain and standard external radiation is used. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more
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