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Pt with metastic colon cancer with liver and peritoneal Mets . Can this cause vomitting and fever ?

Pt with metastic colon cancer with liver and peritoneal
Mets . Can this cause vomitting and fever ?

Possible: It depends on many factors, but those are both possible. Best to see the oncologist for more specifics details regarding your case. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Cancer (Definition)

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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58 Years old diagnosed with Stage IV colorectal cancer and spread to liver with 7+cm tumor and lesions in the lung. What kind of life expectancy?

58 Years old diagnosed with Stage IV colorectal cancer and spread to liver with 7+cm tumor and lesions in the lung. What kind of life expectancy?

It Depends: Recent progress in genetic typing of individual Colon Ca tumors and genetic specific tumor drugs is leading to better understanding of likelihood of treatment success. See: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Arun_Azad/publication/246837094_Predicting_the_response_to_targeted_therapy_in_metastatic_colorectal_cancer/links/5419c4180cf2218008bf9f8a.pdf I recommend getting into a clinical trial. ...Read more

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Why is stage 3 ovarian cancer often considered incurable (though treated with intent to cure)? In this case, with secondary tumour in bowel

Why is stage 3 ovarian cancer often considered incurable (though treated with intent to cure)? 
In this case, with secondary tumour in bowel

Cure still possible: Stage 3 ovarian cancer has a high risk of mortality but cure is still a possibility in about 30% of the patients treated be a competent onciologist. Did she have surgical removal of her tumors in the belly and those in the intestine? Surgical debulking is an important component of treatment and is complementary to chemotherapy killing off small tumors. ...Read more

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My mother has been diagnosed with a squamous cell rectal carcinoma with metastatic liver and lung tumors how long with treatment should we elect to?

My mother has been diagnosed with a squamous cell rectal carcinoma with metastatic liver and lung tumors how long with treatment should we elect to?

Probably anal cancer: Likely anal and not rectal given the pathology. If squamous cell, needs specific chemotherapy. However, not curable but treatable. Treatment should be continued based on response, however, the drugs used for this cancer have a cumulative toxicity. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Gallbladder cancer with severe lung metastasis 4th stage, does chemotherapy work?

Gallbladder cancer with severe lung metastasis 4th stage, does chemotherapy work?

GB cancer is: Uncommon, so few studies done prospectively. Looking at results in people treated empirically, perhaps one person in 10 will respond. That needs to be balanced against side effects that tend to occur in most. Frank discussion about symptom rrelief focus rather than "shrink tumor" at all cost. ...Read more

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What are the chances of metastatic renal cell cancer in a nephrectomised patient with clear cell carcinoma (fuhrman grade 2)?

What are the chances of metastatic renal cell cancer in a nephrectomised patient with clear cell carcinoma (fuhrman grade 2)?

Need more info: Stage and grade are needed to estimate this risk. One can check nomograms dot org where a number of such risk calculators can be accessed. ...Read more

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Explain the physical progression of stage 4 metastasis lung cancer in brains and pelvic with an 8 month diagnosis?

Much: This is much too difficult to handle in an email. This should be discussed with your primary care physician/aprn and/or the oncologist. www.thepmc.org. ...Read more

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How long does this person have with stage 4 metastatic melanoma w/ several mets in small bowel and brain? Treatments?

How long does this person have with stage 4 metastatic melanoma w/ several mets in small bowel and brain? Treatments?

Depends: Traditionally, this would be associated with a short survival. But over the last 3 years, a number of new chemotherapy drugs are available which may significantly extend the quality and duration of patients with metastatic melanoma. Ask your doctor if your melanoma is "BRAF mutant". If so, you are a candidate for a class of drugs. But don't delay, brain mets can be dangerous if not treated. ...Read more

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Patient with stage 4 lung cancer with brain metastasis is having very bloody urine. What does this mean?

Patient with stage 4 lung cancer with brain metastasis is having very bloody urine. What does this mean?

Many things: Stage IV lung cancer with bloody urine can mean many things. It could be due to the presence of a metastatic tumor in the bladder or the kidney. Please also note whether or not you are on a blood thinner. In uncommon case, it could also indicate the presence of a primary bladder tumor (though i doubt in this case). Bladder inflammation or infection could also be the cause. Check with your doctor. ...Read more

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Are uft chemo pills used for metastatic colon cancer with a met to liver and 1 aortocaval node?

Are uft chemo pills used for metastatic colon cancer with a met to liver and 1 aortocaval node?

Yes, it can be an op: This pill is often used in Japan. So it is not popular in the US. Moreover, it is better to be treated with a combination of 2 or 3 medicines that are proven useful in the treatment of metastatic colon Cancer. I would advise you to seek a second opinion so that you can make sure that your treatment is not substandard. ...Read more

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What type of bowel movements should be expected with a stent put in for colon cancer ?

What type of bowel movements should be expected with a stent put in for colon cancer ?

Depends on location: If the obstruction being treated if up in the colon and successfully opens up the blockage, the bowel movements may be normal. If the stent is in the rectum, close to the anus, the stools will likely be more thin than normal. ...Read more

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Is golytely (polyethylene glycol) fatal to pts with partial obstruction with colon perforation? (Stage 4 CRC with mets to lung)

Is golytely (polyethylene glycol) fatal to pts with partial obstruction with colon perforation?  (Stage 4 CRC with mets to lung)

No: Golytely (polyethylene glycol) is a bowel diuretic drawing fluid into the colon. If there is a patient with partial obstruction and with possible colonic performation, why would a bowel diuretic be employed that could cause a greater leak of GI fluid into the periotoneal cavaity, especially in the face of lung mets.? Laparoscopic evaluation of a possible leak may be necessary if not proven by radiologic evaluation ...Read more

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Would bleeding associated with bowel cancer or small cancer get worse over time?

Would bleeding associated with bowel cancer or small cancer get worse over time?

Sometimes: Sometimes bowel cancers bleed, but not always, and they may or may not get worse. If you are concerned please see your oncologist or gastroenterologist to discuss. ...Read more

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My mum, 67 , was diagnosed with colon cancer with liver metastases, lesions in lungs and kidneys. Starting folfox tomorrow?? Life expectancy?

My mum, 67 , was diagnosed with colon cancer with liver metastases, lesions in lungs and kidneys. Starting folfox tomorrow?? Life expectancy?

Not enough: Need to assess for Kras and Nras mutation IF she is wild type she should receive FOLFIRI and Erbitux If she has mutation the treatment of choice FOLFOX and Avastin Life expex 22 - 26 months... If responsive disease can be extended with other agents and survival can extend several years. New agents add to OS sequencing of therapy is important to extend Overal survival ...Read more

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Does gleevec (imatinib) help patients with stage 4 gist tumour in the abdominal lining and in a lymph node?

Does gleevec (imatinib) help patients with stage 4 gist tumour in the abdominal lining and in a lymph node?

Maybe: Gist is variable responsive to chemotherapy, but it seems like its worth a try, particularly if the drug is well tolerated. I have seen dramatic positive results from this medication for gist. See an oncologist with experience and expertise terrain gist for a consultation. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Lung (Definition)

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


Intestine (Definition)

The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more