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Any advancements for stage 4 colon cancer treatment?

Any advancements for stage 4 colon cancer treatment?

Immunochemotherapy: When FOLFOX therapy (chemotherapy) has failed Immune reactive agents i.e. Avastin for blood vessel growth and Erbitux for epidermal growth factor have been applied as well as agents affecting tyrosine kinase. The Immunogenic protein that acts as a vaccine isolated, a is a byproduct of oncofetal protein MUC5ac in its post translational form. In stage IV used to produce mAbs for strong ADCC. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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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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Is there any treatment for stage 4 lung cancer?

Is there any treatment for stage 4 lung cancer?

Yes indeed: Today's chemotherapy may produce an excellent or good remission. There is talk of survival for years. Radiation may help bone pain. ...Read more

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Lung cancer stage 4 with radiation treatment. Does this work?

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Lung cancer stage 4 with radiation treatment.  Does this work?

To relieve symptoms: Stage IV means that the cancer has spread to distant organ beyond the lung. Unfortunately, it is incurable disease, although it is treatable.The role of radiation in a stage IV disease is limited to relieve symptoms eg- to treat painful metastatic disease to the bone, or to shrink the tumor when the cancer encasing vital organ- like major blood vessels/main airway. Chemo is the mainstay therapy. ...Read more

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Can radiation therapy help stage 4 lung cancer?

Can radiation therapy help stage 4 lung cancer?

Help means that: It can relieve a symptom, and restore better function...Brain and spinal cord are key, but any bone, or mass causing pain or obstruction can be "palliated" with short courses. However, it is not necessary to use the beam on every bone scan abnormality if it is not causing a symptom. ...Read more

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Antibiotics for stage 4 lubg cancer?

Antibiotics for stage 4 lubg cancer?

Abx if needed: Antiobiotics are not routinely given for all stage 4 (metastatic) lung cancer patients. If someone has an infection they receive antiobiotics (as would anyone with bacterial pneunomia). In some cases after chemotherapy resulting in low absolute neutrophil count (anc) prophylactic (preventive) antibiotics may be given. ...Read more

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What is life expectancy of extensive stage 4 lung cancer?

What is life expectancy of extensive stage 4 lung cancer?

Weeks to months: Extensively metastatic lung cancer is a very serious condition with a very grave prognosis. The life expectancy would be weeks to months, not likely years. ...Read more

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Stage 4 lung cancer any advice?

Stage 4 lung cancer any advice?

Nutrition: Maintain nutrition and avoid exposure to people with cold symptoms or any contagious illness. Your oncologist may advise you further. ...Read more

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Is stage 4 colorectal cancer curable?

Is stage 4 colorectal cancer curable?

Majority will be No: When the cancer has spread to other organ beyond the primary organ-metastatic disease- or stage 4- , majority , it is an incurable disease. In a very selected case, when the metastatic disease is very limited - 1 or 2- only in the liver or only in the lung- and no other disease anywhere else and if surgery can be done to remove completely, attemp to cure the cancer can be done with chemo & surgery. ...Read more

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Treatment for pulmonary stage four lung cancer?

Treatment for pulmonary stage four lung cancer?

Chemo/radiation: Chemotherapy mostly, +/- radiation if the tumor is bulky and causing any local problems or a lot of pain. Prognosis is not good. Depending on the age, comorbidities and overall condition, palliative care is also a good option. ...Read more

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Can a stage 4 lung cancer in remission?

Can a stage 4 lung cancer in remission?

Not typical: Once lung cancer has become stage four it means that it has entered into the blood stream and begun showing up around the body in places other than the lung. Typically these go to the brain, bones, adrenal glands, and liver. Chemotherapy goes into the blood to shrink down and try to kill these cells but currently with consider this disease as treatable while not curable. ...Read more

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What are the survivor rates for stage 4 colon cancer?

Relatively low: If resectable, survival is about 25% at 5 years. Even if unresectable, I have many patients who are alive years after diagnosis with the use of chemo and avastin (bevacizumab). ...Read more

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With stage 4 lung cancer, what is the life expectancy?

With stage 4 lung cancer, what is the life expectancy?

Greatly depends: That depends on many factors: the type of cancer, how much it has spread, whether it is responsive to treatment, whether you have received treatment, etc. Etc. It is very difficult to make a prognostication about "life expectancy." stage 4 cancer, of whatever type, can be very difficult. It is important you get all the information you need that is accurate and helpful. ...Read more

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Chemo not working in stage 4 lung cancer?

Chemo not working in stage 4 lung cancer?

Talk woncologist gis: Oncologist will have options most likely. Surgery is not helpful at this stage in general. ...Read more

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What are stage 4 cancer treatment options?

Depends: Depends on type, but most often some sort of chemotherapy is used. Today there are many new "targeted therapies" that turn off specific things in the cancer cells that make them grow that might be used instead of chemo. Some stage IV cancers are treated with immunotherapy. Surgery or radiation may be used to focus on problem spots that are resistant to the other treatments. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for stage 4 cancer?

What is the treatment for stage 4 cancer?

Varied: A number of different approaches used depending on the nature of the tumor and the extent of spread. The main goal for solid tumors is reducing tumor mass preferably by surgery. Radiation is next employed especially if the mass is lymphoid Then chemo is utilized. The smaller the mass is at the time of systemic therapy the better the response. Some metastatic lesions respond to immunochemo. ...Read more

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Will my radiation treatments for stage 4 lung cancer increase survival rate ?

Will my radiation treatments for stage 4 lung cancer increase survival rate ?

Not really: While radiation is good for local control and some relief of symptoms, it is unlikely to affect survival in stage IV disease. It may improve your quality of life, but not the length. ...Read more

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What is the average life span for stage 4 lung cancer without treatment?

What is the average life span for stage 4 lung cancer without treatment?

Depends: All limited! but if small cell, short. Others relate to cell type, location of metastases , other personal risk factors. 1-4 years, few at five. ...Read more

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What are some good suggestions for chemo for stage 4 lung cancer?

What are some good suggestions for chemo for stage 4 lung cancer?

Oncologist: Most oncology protocols are platinum based. Your oncologist can appropiately advise further. ...Read more

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Cancer of unknown primary in the liver stage 4. Inoperable. Treatment for such? Life expectancy?

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Cancer of unknown primary in the liver stage 4. Inoperable. Treatment for such? Life expectancy?

ACUP: Adenocarcinoma of unknown primary in the liver- could be originally from lung, colon, from the bile duct , prostate etc. It would be nice to be able to find the primary cancer.There are algorithm we use to try to find the primary." cancertype-id" can be done also to help finding the primary. It will tell you probablity of the primary cancer. If primary can'e be found- chemo-carbo/taxol can be used. ...Read more

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Can b17 cure cancer? Asked for someone with stage 4 colon cancer.

Can b17 cure cancer? Asked for someone with stage 4 colon cancer.

I : I wish there were a reliable cure for stage IV colon cancer, but unfortunately there is not, and vitamin b17 is most definitely not one. Vitamin b17 is another name for laetrile. This named was coined in the 50's in an attempt to overcome drug regulations and increase sales based on the popularity of vitamins. Laetrile, or amygdalin as it is also called, is not a vitamin by any definition of the biochemical term. There is no scientific evidence that laetrile or vitamin b17 has any anti-cancer benefits. I share many patients with naturopathic oncologists who prescribe nutritional and herbal therapies, but i've yet to see any of them consider laetrile effective. In the very special circumstance when a stage IV colon cancer patient has only a small number of metastasis in the liver only, there is a possibility of being cured by a combination of surgery and other therapies. Most of the time in stage IV disease, the cancer has spread widely in the body and it is impossible for the body or doctors to get rid of every last bad cell. There are however, many new and effective treatments that have significantly lengthened the amount of time patients with this disease can live and with a good quality of life. Some of these treatments are chemotherapy. Many people forget that one of the most effective chemotherapy drugs for colon cancer, irinotecan (camptosar), is a slightly modified form of a compound originally found in the bark of the "happy tree" (camptotheca) which grows in southern china. Other effective treatments are special purified antibodies (which are part of our immune system). One class of these antibodies attack specific changes in the cancer cells that distinguish them from normal cells and can stop the cancer cells from growing so fast. Another class of these antibodies help stop the cancer cells from hijacking the normal body to build new blood vessels to feed the cancer. More information can be found via the links below. I wish you or your loved on the best in their struggle with colon cancer. ...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


Dr. David Cooke
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Lung Cancer (Definition)

Cancer that forms in tissues of the lung, usually in the cells ...Read more