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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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First early signs that cancer has metastasized to the brain?

First early signs that cancer has metastasized to the brain?

You can have it and: Know nothing; but head ache, seizure, weakness on one side or the other, personality change, sleepiness are some common symptoms. An brain MRI is more sensitive than a ct, either with contrast, a non contrast scan may pick up mets that have hemorrhaged or a large enough to compress ventricles or shift the midline. ...Read more

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What is the expected life span if endometrial cancer has metastasized to the lungs and brain?

What is the expected life span if endometrial cancer has metastasized to the lungs and brain?

Endometrial cancer : The average survival with brain mets from endometrial cancer is less than 6 months. Occasionally, patients can do better. ...Read more

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What should I expect for small cell lung cancer metastasized to the brain twice. I have been treated with gamma knife as well as whole brain radiation?

What should I expect for small cell lung cancer metastasized to the brain twice. I have been treated with gamma knife as well as whole brain radiation?

Watch out: The chance of further brain metastases is very high. You should have an MRI of the brain at least every other month, if not every month. Better to catch these tumors small when they can be treated with radiosurgery instead of more whole brain. Good luck, . ...Read more

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What is the difference between metastasized brain cancer and cancer that started inside the brain?

What is the difference between metastasized brain cancer and cancer that started inside the brain?

Type of cancer cell: Cancer that metastasizes to the brain, originally started in a different part of the body. Common sites where these metastatic cancer cells originate include the lung, breast, kidney, skin (melanoma), and the colon. A primary brain cancer is one in which the cancer cell arises from within the brain. This is less common than metastatic cancer. ...Read more

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What is the difference between metastasized brain cancer and cancer that began in the brain?

What is the difference between metastasized brain cancer and cancer that began in the brain?

Prognosis/tx differs: Cancers that begin in the brain and cancers that metastasize to the brain from another primary site (e.g., lung, breast, colon, melanoma) have different prognoses and different treatments. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me how metastasized brain cancer and cancer that started in the brain differ?

Can you please tell me how metastasized brain cancer and cancer that started in the brain differ?

Different processes: Any type of cancer can spread or metastasize to the brain. Primary brain cancer starts in the cells of the brain itself. There are different types of primary brain malignancies, each with its own prognosis. ...Read more

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July 2010 our sweet precious33 yr daughter was diagnosed with cervical cancer that has metastasized to her lymph nodes & brain. Our daughter lives in another city now getting treatment & was in another state when she got her 1st treatment and has been thr

July 2010 our sweet precious33 yr daughter was diagnosed with cervical cancer that has metastasized to her lymph nodes & brain. Our daughter lives in another city now getting treatment & was in another state when she got her 1st treatment and has been thr

I : I am sorry that your daughter's disease has progressed and that she is still in pain. I suggest she see a good pain medicine doctor, preferably one who was trained as an anesthesiologist. There is something called an intrathecal pain pump. It is implanted under the skin of the stomach and a catheter is tunneled under the skin directly into the fluid around the spinal cord. It slowly puts pain medicine directly around the spinal cord similar to how women get an epidural for pain during child birth. This can sometimes control pain that is difficult to control with oral, intravenous, or skin-patch narcotics and a randomized trial comparing intrathecal pain pumps to these other medicines also suggested that people with the pumps live a bit longer, probably due to less side effects from the pain medicine. Patients can walk and do their normal activity with the pump, but there can be side effects and an experienced doctor is needed to place and manage the pump. There is also a possibility that some of her pain could be controlled with radiation to the back if the pain is from tumor in the spine and that a short course of radiation could help shrink or slow down growth of her neck tumor. I wish you the best. ...Read more

Cerebrum (Definition)

Cerebrum essentially refers to the majority of the brain. Embryologically, it develops from the telencephalon, and together with the diencephalon, ...Read more


Metastasize (Definition)

Cancer has spread beyond the ...Read more