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What are indications that glioblastoma cancer is in the final stages?

What are indications that glioblastoma cancer is in the final stages?

Losing performance: Gbm causes different signs depending on location, and growth on MRI signal progression. But decreasing ability to do daily activity, get out of bed, dress, walk, control bowel and bladder function are signs that time is short. Salvage treatment is used in able patients, and those willing to volunteer, but assess what benefit your patient gets and at what price. ...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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Glioblastoma multiforme brain cancer what is this?

Glioblastoma multiforme brain cancer what is this?

GBM: Gbm is the most agressive type of primary brain tumor. It is of glial cell in origin. They can arise de novo, or can be from progression of a lower grade tumor. Survival beyond 2 years is extremely poor. ...Read more

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A family friend had brain cancer (glioblastoma multiforme) at 14. Was cured and is now 35 and perfectly healthy. Is this rare? Is he extremely lucky?

A family friend had brain cancer (glioblastoma multiforme) at 14. Was cured and is now 35 and perfectly healthy. Is this rare? Is he extremely lucky?

Extremely: Overall, it is extremely rare to survive greater than 5 years with a confirmed diagnosis of glioblastoma multiforme. It raises the question of whether the original pathology was correct. ...Read more

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What is the indication of cancer?

What is the indication of cancer?

There are many: Cancer includes many separate disease processes. Cancers of different organs result in different signs and symptoms. Even cancers of the same area can lead to different signs and symptoms in different people. In general, if you have unexplained weight loss, severe fatigue, or significant changes to your body that aren't explained by other conditions, cancer is one many causes. ...Read more

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I have 1 cyst in each ovary, 5cm and 7cm. I'm worried because its on both and not 1. Is this an indication on cancer. Having a lap done?

I have 1 cyst in each ovary, 5cm and 7cm. I'm worried because its on both and not 1. Is this an indication on cancer. Having a lap done?

Not likely: The risk of ovarian cancer is very low in a person of your age. You are right in getting investigated to ascertain the nature of the lesion. ...Read more

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What does an increase in Ana titer indicate. Two weeks ago was 1:40 and yesterday was homogenous 1:320. Everything else normal. Indication of cancer?

What does an increase in Ana titer indicate. Two weeks ago was 1:40 and yesterday was homogenous 1:320. Everything else normal. Indication of cancer?

NOT CANCER: But may be indicative of a rheumatological (arthritis) disorder. Discuss with the Medical Professional who ordered your testing! There are a wide range of disorders which may result in an increase of these antibodies!
Hope this is helpful
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Psa level in 2012 is 8.6; psa in 2013 is 5.8; psa in 2014 is 10.7. He is 75 years old. Is that a high indication of cancer? Dr appt not until friday

Psa level in 2012 is 8.6; psa in 2013 is 5.8; psa in 2014 is 10.7. He is 75 years old. Is that a high indication of cancer? Dr appt not until friday

PSAs: It is very unlikely this is cancer. But, getting it checked out is the next best thing to do. It is good to see such a recent psa history so that you can feel reassured. ...Read more

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What size nodules of the lung are a cause of urgent concern? Ie; giving indication of cancer

What size nodules of the lung are a cause of urgent concern? Ie; giving indication of cancer

Presence: The presence of any nodule is of concern specially if not calcified specially in a smoker or someone that quit smoking within the last 10 years, a nodule that grows within 3 months. 5year survival for stage1non small cell lung cancer surgical resection is about 70%, for stage2nsclc about 30-35%. Stage 2 mass greater than 3cm or less than 3cm with metastasis to regional lymph node. Lowdosect. ...Read more

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Would blood tests give any indication that you have cancer in the body? Bowel cancer especially?

Would blood tests give any indication that you have cancer in the body? Bowel cancer especially?

Colon Cancer: CEA is blood test associated w/colon Ca. However, not a good screening test - significant false +, can be high with benign conditions & in early Colon Ca CEA may not be elevated. Current gold standard for Colon Ca screening is colonoscopy. 2 other alternatives- virtual colonoscopy (CT) & a new stool DNA test just recently approved by FDA. Screen age 50, 40 if + family history Colon Ca or polyps ...Read more

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Can early satiety stem from the wellbutrin (bupropion) im taking? Or is it a indication of gastric cancer

Can early satiety stem from the wellbutrin (bupropion) im taking? Or is it a indication of gastric cancer

Wellbutrin (bupropion): Wellbutrin (bupropion) antidepressant can have slight effect on appetite, although doubt possibility of cancer if no other symptoms exist to suggest tumor in stomach for your age. ...Read more

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I've been having a lot of firey pain in my left breast. I read on a cancer page. That it can be an indication of breat cancer, can it really?

I've been having a lot of firey pain in my left breast. I read on a cancer page. That it can be an indication of breat cancer, can it really?

No: Sharp pain in breast is usually a sign of problems related to fibrocystic disease. Cancer is defined as an abnormal growth in the breast and is rarely associated with pain. One should definitely have a mammogram or MRI of the left breast to rule out any underlying pathology ...Read more

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Could pain during intercourse indicate cervical cancer? If I have pain during intercourse, could this be an indication of cervical cancer? .

Could pain during intercourse indicate cervical cancer? If I have pain during intercourse, could this be an indication of cervical cancer? .

Possible but. ...: Anything that causes inflammation or irritation in the vaginal canal or cervix can cause discomfort during intercourse. Infections, benign findings likes cysts or fibroids, as well as metabolic changes that lead to dryness or hormonal changes that can lead to bleeding all can cause discomfort. Cervical cancer is often diagnosed early with no symptoms, but once advanced it can cause pain or blood. ...Read more

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Could pain during intercourse indicate cervical cancer? If I have pain during intercourse, could this be an indication of cervical cancer? .

Could pain during intercourse indicate cervical cancer? If I have pain during intercourse, could this be an indication of cervical cancer? .

Probably not: Cervical cancer rarely causes pain until it is very advanced. A common symptom is bleeding after intercourse but otherwise it has few symptoms which is why women should get their pap smears routinely. When the cancer is early or in its precancerous state, it has no symptoms. ...Read more

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Should hysterectomy be done without any indication of cancer but just to get rid of heavy menstruation.?

Should hysterectomy be done without any indication of cancer but just to get rid of heavy menstruation.?

Yes: Hysterectomy is done not for just cancer only, but has other indications, like heavy bleeding when medical treatment fails, benign symptomatic fibroids etc, although done less often than few decades ago. ...Read more

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I am having pains in the lymph node that was biopsied and found to have non-hodgkin's lymphoma the aggressive fast-growing you think that is an indication that it has come back after being free from cancer for a year and?

Hard to tell: Pain is not a specific symptom of cancer recurrence. Although, you are at a definitely high risk for cancer recurrence, it doesn't mean the pain is 100% cancer related one. I would get a consult from your oncologist on that. ...Read more

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Can pet scan always diagnose /confirm presence of lung cancer or can only give indication and later biopsy is vital to confirm cancer if a nodule seen?

Can pet scan always diagnose /confirm presence of lung cancer or can only give indication and later biopsy is vital to confirm cancer if a nodule seen?

Bx definitive: A positron emission tomography (pet) scan is an imaging test that uses a radioactive substance called a tracer to look for disease in the body. It is often used to determine the treatment of cancer, if it is spreading, or improving, etc. Used in combination with tests such as ct or mri, it can provide a very high index of suspicion for cancer, but a bx is always definitive and used for tx. ...Read more

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Can stool test show occult blood in the bowel. Will the stool test show any indication that there is something wrong in the colon like cancer. Curious!

Can stool test show occult blood in the bowel. Will the stool test show any indication that there is something wrong in the colon like cancer. Curious!

Nope: The test will just indicate whether there is blood present in the stool. A positive test needs to be followed up with your doctor to perform additional tests to rule out cancer. ...Read more

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I ve lung consolidation in recent CT and several calcified granulomas, can this be indication of cancer eleswhere? If so how long would I ve left

I ve lung consolidation in recent CT and several calcified granulomas, can this be indication of cancer eleswhere? If so how long would I ve left

No: Calcified granulomas are from prior infection - one you may not even know you had. These are totally benign and nothing to worry about. ...Read more

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Are normal cbc, billuprin, amylase and lipase levels, CT scan and qualitative fecal fat test a good indication against pancreatic cancer?

Are normal cbc, billuprin, amylase and lipase levels, CT scan and qualitative fecal fat test a good indication against pancreatic cancer?

Yes: Pancreatic cancer is most uncommon at your age to begin with (it is not a common cancer in general). Normal blood tests and ct scan should reassure you that pancreatic cancer is not there. ...Read more

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How can I give someone who is in the final stages of cancer courage?

How can I give someone who is in the final stages of cancer courage?

Use your heart: Just asking this question means you have a loving heart, and that will give great comfort and courage. We all face our own death. Think about what you would like at that point. Listen to your friend. What has (s)he brought to your life? To the world? Say it. Remind your friend that you are there. Just your presence is a gift. Don't be afraid. Let your heart guide you. ...Read more

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What to expect in the final stages of lung cancer?

What to expect in the final stages of lung cancer?

Several: Worsening breathing
fluid retention
weight loss - cachexia
no appetite
pallor
fatigue
confusion
and more!
best wishes.
Love your family. ...Read more

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What should I expect in the final stages of lung cancer?

What should I expect in the final stages of lung cancer?

Several: Worsening breathing
fluid retention
weight loss - cachexia
no appetite
pallor
fatigue
confusion
and more!
best wishes.
Love your family. ...Read more

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I'm wondering how long does someone in the final stages of terminal primary liver cancer have left?

I'm wondering how long does someone in the final stages of terminal primary liver cancer have left?

Difficult to: Predict. It is not feasible to provide an estimate of the time as tumors often behave in unexpected ways. Late stage primary liver cancer is general has a poor prognosis. See this site for more info.
http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000280.htm. ...Read more

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What to expect in the final stages of metastasis for somebody with lung cancer?

What to expect in the final stages of metastasis for somebody with lung cancer?

End of life: Towards the last days in any cancer patients life it really is about the same. They are kept comfortable with pain meds, they quit eating, growing weaker, sleep more. When they are awake they usually have pain so more meds are given and hence they sleep more and more. At the very end their breathing becomes irregular and noisy...And then eventually stops. Hopefully they have passed peacefully. ...Read more

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Is it true that small cell lung cancer is considered a sleeper cell where it only presents itself aggressively in the final stages? Making sense of dx

Is it true that small cell lung cancer is considered a sleeper cell where it only presents itself aggressively in the final stages? Making sense of dx

Interesting term: All cancers can display a wide range of behavior, from very slow, to very fast growing. This is true even of small cell cancer, which has a well-earned reputation of growing rapidly and spreading early, often before it's detected. I've never heard the term "sleeper cell" used in this field, but if it applies anywhere, this might be a reasonable description of all lung cancer, esp small cell. ...Read more

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What can you expect in the final stages of metastasis lung and brain cancer?

What can you expect in the final stages of metastasis lung and brain cancer?

Prognosis: Obviosly prognosis is not good in this situation. Usual treatment is palliative to keep patient comfortable. Radiation therapy can help neurological symptoms. Disease widening with increase shortness of breath, respiratory failure, pneumonia, infection and pain related to cancer can happen. Palliative chemotherapy can help to improve symptoms. ...Read more

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What are the final stages of cancer (in general)?

What are the final stages of cancer (in general)?

Complicated issue: Different types of cancers and cancers of different organs vary in the clinical manifestations. Common features are weight loss, loss of appetite, pain, masses/lumps, ulcers, bleeding etc. See this site for more information.
http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/coping/advancedcancer/page1. ...Read more

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Describe the final stages of cancer?

Describe the final stages of cancer?

See the site listed: Below:
http://www.Cancer.Org/treatment/understandingyourdiagnosis/advancedcancer/index
the question is too vague to answer in 400 characters. ...Read more

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A cyst on my anus for about 5 years. I finally got health insurance; I'm just terrified it might be cancer. It has never hurt or changed. Need encoura?

Cyst: This is most likely a cyst or a hemorrhoid. It would be very odd for a cancer to remain unchanged for 5 years. It would be a good idea to have it looked at by your doc, though. It may be able to be removed to help improve your quality of life. I hope this helps! ...Read more

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What are signs of final stages of liver cancer?

What are signs of final stages of liver cancer?

Liver failure: Advanced liver cancer can lead to Jaundice (yellowness of eyes), weight loss, poor appetite and ascites. Rising bilirubin leads to liver failure, mental confusion and ultimately coma. Serious Infections can ensue as a terminal event. ...Read more

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What is the final stage of breast cancer?

What is the final stage of breast cancer?

Stage IV: Stage 4 breast cancer is defined as cancer that has spread from the breast to other organs. This is also known as metastatic disease. While not curable by traditional definitions, if the cancer is sensitive to chemotherapy, people may live years with treatment. ...Read more

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Is liver cancer the final stage of life?

Not necessarily: Liver cancer is a pretty bad diagnosis, depends whether it is primary or metastatic. There is treatment though including transplant if you are young and in good shape, and there are many other novel treatments as well. You need close follow up with your doctors at this point and to evaluate all the options. Good luck! ...Read more

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What are the final stages of life like with esophageal cancer?

Not nice: Local growth may prevent swallowing even one's own saliva. The idea of gastric tube feeding seems a solution, but prolongs a life of suffering. Esophca can also metastasize. Weight loss, energy loss, weakness, dehydration. Palliative care and hospice help minimize suffering and focus on symptom relief. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me final stages of life with esophageal cancer?

Can you please tell me final stages of life with esophageal cancer?

Cachexia: Cannot eat
weight loss
cachexia
saliva overflow
aspiration
weakness
pain
miserable I am sorry to say. ...Read more

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What happens in the 4th stage of ovarian cancer, how long is life expectancy in this final stage?

What happens in the 4th stage of ovarian cancer, how long is life expectancy in this final stage?

Unpredictable: There are many different types of ovarian cancer. Stage IV means it is in the liver or outside the peritoneal cavity. Two types can still be cured most of the time no matter how advanced. Around 15% of women with other stage IV ovarian cancers are alive 5 years later. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is there any way to make the final stages of lung cancer pleasant?

Is there any way to make the final stages of lung cancer pleasant?

Yes: There are a number of ways to keep a patient confortable. The hospice and palliative care teams are great at this. They also do so in a caring and compassionate way so that the patient and family suffer as little as is possible. ...Read more

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My mom has blood cancer and she is in the final stage. What to expect next?

My mom has blood cancer and she is in the final stage. What to expect next?

Speak to her doctor: Every patient and their condition is different. We can't answer questions vaguely without knowing all the parameters of her condition, previous work-up, treatment, etc. Best source of information of her condition and prognosis is her oncologist. ...Read more

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My 9 mo old has a lump near temple since birth dr finally agreed to order u/s; dr thinks it is a dermoid cyst. Should MRI or CT be done to rule out tumor and cancer?

My 9 mo old has a lump near temple since birth dr finally agreed to order u/s; dr thinks it is a dermoid cyst. Should MRI or CT be done to rule out tumor and cancer?

Follow your heart: A knot present since birth is not going to be a cancer and a dermoid is considered a benign tumor. A MRI or ct are not going to give you more data than you have already. You would get more info from having a piece of the cyst removed and studied. This can sometimes be approached from behind a hairline or through the brow. Your doc can suggest a good cosmetic surgeon. ...Read more

Dr. Jefferson Chen
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Glioblastoma (Definition)

The unnatural, uninhibited overgrowth of certain supportive cells in the brain (not ...Read more