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Treatment For Lung Cancer That Has Metastasized To Lymph Nodes
Absolutely!: Lymph node (ln) involvement implies the presence of cancer cells "elsewhere" in the body. Therefore, the chance for cure is dependent on one's ability to kill these cancer cells thru a combination of chemotherapy & one's immune system. Fortunately, we have many effective drugs to rx breast ca, leading to improved cure rates as compared to even a decade ago. Ln involvement is not a death sentence. ...Read more
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
Rarely: Lung cancer is a very bad actor. When metastasis to local, intra lung nodes is present, there are occasional surgical cures. If beyond to regional nodes, some surgical, and adjuvant therapy cures occur. Unusual to have cure with only chemo radiation in my experience. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not necessarily: Lymph nodes are one aspect of evaluation for stage and treatment of breast cancer. It depends on size of breast cancer itself, number of lymph nodes involved, hormone status of the tumor, and dna testing can also help identify breast cancer risks. If the lymph node involvement is small, then there is little additioanl risk to the patient. There are many factors involved in assessing breast cancer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Mom has adenocarcinoma, stage4but not sure of the primary cancer.Has cancer in neck, spine, jaw, liver, lungs, lymph nodes&hips.1round chemo.How long2live?
Need More Info: There are lots of variables that help estimate survival, including tumor size, type, number of lymph nodes involved, and additional factors such as comorbidities (diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, etc). Here's a good reference: http://sgoti.Ws/upp2y2 good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A 77 yr old man lung , brain and hip bone cancer, responded to chemo&radiation...Now has lymph node cancer next to heart..Survivable?
What are you asking?: I am going to assume that the history is of a primary lung cancer metastatic to the brain and hip, with a good result from radiation and chemotherapy. This is not uncommon and i would not be surprised if it buys 5 or more good years, though ultimate it will be fatal. A lymphoma appearing in the mediastinum would need to be managed by an oncologist and may also respond well. Patient must decide. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it true that stage 1 breast cancer patients with no lymph node involvement recommended to take chemo?
It Depends: Typically it depends on the receptor status (estrogen/progesterone/her2) and the size of the tumor. Tumors greater than a centimeter are generally prescribed chemotherapy, although er/pr+ patients may just get hormonal therapy. The oncotype assay is sometimes used to decide on equivocal cases on when to give chemo. You might want to ask your doctors if this is right for you. ...Read more
Non small cell lung cancer stage 111a. Had lobectomy but cancer remains in chest wall and lymph node. What is life expectancy without treatment?
Variable outcomes: It is not entirely clear whether your cancer is truly stage-3A ( it means completely resected, no residual cancer left behind). If there is indeed some tumor left behind in the chest wall, then there is high risk of recurrence which will likely cause you problems within 6 to 12 months. This can be controlled with radiotherapy combined with chemotherapy. So you should reconsider your decision . ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Mom has stage 4adenocarcinoma, not sure of the primary cancer.Has cancer in neck, spine, jaw, liver, lungs, lymph nodes&hips. How long does she have to live?
A very hard ?...: ....2 answer, stage 4 of anything is bad. Only her oncologist is able 2 answer this ; a lot depends on prior treatment or her response 2 proposed treatment, ; how widespread the metastasis r ; how advanced they r. Then a definite answer is an educated guess/ prognosis with a wide range of possible time. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Friend has a 4cm kidney tumor believed to be cancer. Also swollen lymph nodes. What are the odds the lymph nodes have cancer and how could be treated?
Maybe: If the lymph nodes that are enlarged are near the kidney and were identified by ct scan, then it is likely that they are affected by cancer. If enlarged nodes are far away from the kidney, then it is less likely but still possible to be affected by cancer. Treatment for any cancer is dependent on histology (cell type), clinical stage, and other clinical factors-your friend needs an oncologist. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Would small cell lung cancer in a mediastinal lymph node be classed as cancer of unknown primary if lung was clear on imaging.
SCLC arises next: to the bronchi and may not be visible on CT imaging in spite of the fact that it has already spread to a lymph node. Very rarely this same type of tumor arises in the prostate, cervix or gastrointestinal tract. Perhaps a sophisticated imaging technique such as PET scanning could detect the primary tumor in the lung, though knowing the type of tumor already can guide their treatment effectively. ...Read more
Hi, tell me a way to cure a malignant melanoma that has metastesised in two axillary lymph nodes? Chemo, radiation and surgery is not an option.
Limited options: Ask yourself why these are not options, and discuss with a surgical oncologist. Patients do very well after an axillary dissection and return to normal activities with the arm. You may be relying on incorrect information in making that decision. The most feared side effect, lymphedema, will likely occur anyway secondary to the cancer under the arm. Surgery alone may be curative. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
On the contrary: The decision to recommend chemotherapy is based on the stage of the cancer, the pt's age, as well as the molecular features, including the estrogen-, progesterone-, & her2/neu receptor status +/-oncotype-dx recurrence score. Stage i-, ln(-) pts may have no chemo-, hormonal rx, or chemotherapy recommended based on the above factors. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Would an intestinal cancer that has spread to the lymph system show in a blood evaluation for lymphoma and leukemia?
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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