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What alternative treatments exist for patients with gallbladder cancer?

What alternative treatments exist for patients with gallbladder cancer?

None: Surgery is the only method of achieving cure for gallbladder cancer. When not discovered incidentally during routine gallbladder surgery, gallbladder cancer usually presents in advanced stages. Therefore even with surgery, chances of total cure are low. Chemotherapy and radiation therapy, though used, have not proven to be very successful in treating this disease. ...Read more

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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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What alternative treatments exist for patients with gastrinoma?

What alternative treatments exist for patients with gastrinoma?

Chemotherapy: Other than surgery medication including chemotherapy can be used, depending on the histology and aggressiveness of the tumor. ...Read more

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What chemotherapy treatments exists for patients with esophageal cancer?

What chemotherapy treatments exists for patients with esophageal cancer?

Many: It depends on the type of esophageal cancer and the stage. Cisplatin plus 5-fu is a common regimen, and it is sometimes given with radiation. Other types of chemo being studied include taxol, gemciteabine, irinotecan, and xeloda (capecitabine). A good website for cancer information is www.Cancer.Gov, the national cancer institute website. Good luck! ...Read more

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What alternatives to surgery exist for breast cancer treatment?

What alternatives to surgery exist for breast cancer treatment?

Rdiation and Chemo: Surgery is usually the first step in treating breast cancer because it removes the bulk of the tumor and examining the tumor allows for planning the safest and most effective therapy to control or eliminate any tumor left behind. Alternative therapies using prayer, herbs, diet, etc. May work on rare occasions but are unlikely to be effective for most people. ...Read more

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What are alternative treatment for gallbladder polyp?

What are alternative treatment for gallbladder polyp?

None: If the polyp is 1 cm or larger, the gall bladder should be removed. If it is smaller than 1 cm and you do not have symptoms suggestive of gb disease, then it can be followed with us studies. If you have typical symptoms of biliary colic, then removal of the gb is the only effective treatment. ...Read more

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What are some emerging therapies for treating pancreatic cancer?

What are some emerging therapies for treating pancreatic cancer?

Multiple: Currently several molecular targeting agents are under investigation, including inhibitors of a signal transduction pathway ("hedgehog"), vaccine therapies (johns hopkins), interferon-based treatment (virginia mason regimen). Cyberknife radiation treatments are under investigation as well. Most patients with pancreatic cancer should be treated in the setting of a clinical trial if available. ...Read more

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Are there any treatment options for ?Advanced stage uterine cancer patients?

Are there any treatment options for ?Advanced stage uterine cancer patients?

Radiation, surgery : And chemotherapy: even non-curable cancer may be kept under control with current treatments. If the cancer is too far advanced for control there still are treatments to keep the patient comfortable through palliative and hospice care. ...Read more

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What are alternative or complementary treatments of pancreatic cancer?

What are alternative or complementary treatments of pancreatic cancer?

Many possibilities: Unfortunately, conventional therapy has poor success. Alternative therapies are controversial but are worth considering- see www.Cancertutor.Com for an overview. For pancreatic cancer specifically, oncologist nicholas gonzales offers a promising if controversial approach: www.Dr-gonzalez.Com a recent study on homeopathic psorinum had incredible results: www.Hindawi.Com/journals/ecam/2011/724743. ...Read more

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What are some suggestions for dealing with cancer treatments?

What are some suggestions for dealing with cancer treatments?

Get a second opinion: Go to major cancer center to confirm that you are getting the best treatment. ...Read more

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Which postoperative treatments do you recommend for people with colon cancer?

Which postoperative treatments do you recommend for people with colon cancer?

Stage dependent: Postoperative therapy is stage dependent. For stage 1 cancer usually just follow-up is enough; for high-risk stage 2 cases chemotherapy or clinical trials are considered; for all stage 3 and 4 cases chemotherapy is recommended; radiation is usually not required unless tumor was attached to other structures or couldn't be entirely removed for example. ...Read more

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Are there other options for someone with prostate cancer?

Are there other options for someone with prostate cancer?

Various options: There are many options to consider in the treatment of localized prostate cancer. These options include observation, prostate removal (open surgery, laparoscopy, or robotically), radiaition therapy (external beam or radioactive seeds), cryosurgery (freezing of the prostate), hormonal therapy, and experimental therapy. Your urologist will advise as to which option(s) may be best for you. ...Read more

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What are the most useful herbs for slckle cell anemia patients besides medical treatment?

What are the most useful herbs for slckle cell anemia patients besides medical treatment?

No proven help: There is no medical evidence to recommend herbal medicines to help treat sickle cell anemia. ...Read more

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What are common proven alternatives to chemotherapy for breast cancer treatment?

What are common proven alternatives to chemotherapy for breast cancer treatment?

Alternative to what?: Chemotherapy is the administration of a drug that circulates throughout the body and kills cancer cells. Our goal is to choose the most effective drug tailored to one's specific cancer subtype. If by "alternative" you mean alternative to proven, standard therapy...No. However, many of our "standard" drugs are well-tolerated w/o traditional side-effects like hair loss, nausea, etc. ...Read more

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What are some innovative treatments or procedures for spleen cancer?

Very unusual: A primary spleen cancer is very unusual. The spleen can be a site of metastases(spread of a cancer that started somewhere else). The spleen can be removed surgically. The artery that feeds the spleen could have clot put in it to starve the tumor(hurts afterward). Radiation could be given to shrink spleen. Chemotherapy could be tried if the primary tumor site was known. ...Read more

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Are there any alternatives to chemotherapy treatment for metastic colon cancer?

Are there any alternatives to chemotherapy treatment for metastic colon cancer?

Yes: While chemo like FOLFOX is transiently effective, more immunotherapeutic agents are showing good responses. Avastin (bevacizumab) a vascular endothelial growth factor inhibitor and Erbitux effecting epidermal growth factor 1 are working well as is the newer Neo-102 against the immunogenic protein. Chemo in conjuction with the biologics (immunochemo) is the best combo. ...Read more

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What are some alternative methods for treating cancer related radiation burns?

What are some alternative methods for treating cancer related radiation burns?

Conservative: Radiation for cancer, especially before selective therapy to the tumor minimizing injury was introduced, produced severe side effects at times. Gamma knife and Cyberknife have reduced the complications of radiation burns and radiation dermatitis These are treated with topical steroids and emollient creams. Skin washing with a mild, unscented soap can also be employed. ...Read more

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What are some treatment options for restricted lung disease?

What are some treatment options for restricted lung disease?

Depends on the cause: I'm assuming you are referring to interstitial lung disease as opposed to restrictive lung disease due to chest wall dysfunction or obesity. The bottom line is to treat the cause if known. If inflammatory, treat inflammation. If infectious treat that. ...Read more

Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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Gallbladder (Definition)

The gallbladder is a sac-like structure located under the right lobe of the liver. It is attached to the common bile duct via the cystic duct. The gallbladder can store bile when the bile is not needed, and can squeeze bile into the bile duct and intestine for digestion when a person eats larger ...Read more


Dr. Suzanne Galli
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Gall Bladder (Definition)

Sac like organ that serves to store bile, a digestive detergent which is made in the liver. Typically contracts after eating and sends the stored bile down ducts to ...Read more