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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

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What is the life expectancy of a 54yr woman with Stage 4 Breast cancer, metastasized to bones, brain and spinal fluid? BRCA2 positive

What is the life expectancy of a 54yr woman with Stage 4 Breast cancer, metastasized to bones, brain and spinal fluid? BRCA2 positive

Mets of Breast cance: It depends on treatment so far...This is not a good prognosis..it is all about managing quality of life and options. No one knows of course, life expectancy but in my opinion quality of life is MOST important ...Read more

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What to expect in metastasis, lung and brain cancer?

What to expect in metastasis, lung and brain cancer?

The question is: A puzzle. Are you asking: what next, in someone with lung and brain disease? (usually starting in lung, then going to brain). Or the pattern of metastasis if either is primary: brain as primary almost never metastasizes outsie cns, whereas lung commonly foes to brain, as well as other lung, liver, bones, adrenals. ...Read more

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What can be done for someone with stage 4 her2 cancer with brain metastasis?

What can be done for someone with stage 4 her2 cancer with brain metastasis?

There is Treatment: For HER2 positive breast Cancer, there are some good treatments available. Ask your medical Oncologist and let us know what treatments have been offered or done already. Radiotherapy to brain is one good solution to controlling the brain metastases, in addition to chemotherapy and Herceptin (trastuzumab) which is a good drug. Give us some more details. ...Read more

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How can a radiologist tell whether lesions on the brain are from a demyelinating process (ex. MS) or brain metastasis from an unknown cancer??

How can a radiologist tell whether lesions on the brain are from a demyelinating process (ex. MS) or brain metastasis from an unknown cancer??

Usually evident: Radiologists are trained to interpret various lesion patterns on films, and each disorder has characteristic features. The classical MS lesion is periventricular, and perpendicular to the ventricle (Dawson's fingers). The typical metastasis is isolated toward the grey-white junction & likely surrounded by edema. A tough call is tumefactive MS which can be confusing. ...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 can I expect during the final stages of metastasis lung and brain cancer?

What can I expect during the final stages of metastasis lung and brain cancer?

Difficult: Very difficult to answer as each person is different. If the metastases in the brain themselves result in death, people usually develop anything from headaches, confusion, seizures, weakness, or numbness, ultimately developing difficulty breathing if swelling becomes severe enough. Brain swelling can be treated with steroids and the tumors with radiation, and sometimes surgery or chemo. ...Read more

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"mri:ncmr and cemr brain evaluation reveals hyperintense lesion in the lateral ventricle with solitary metastasis to the brain" is this cancer?Thanks.

"mri:ncmr and cemr brain evaluation reveals hyperintense lesion in the lateral ventricle with solitary metastasis to the brain" is this cancer?Thanks.

Maybe: If you have a history the the illness then maybe. If not then this would need to be evaluated. I suggest this be discussed with your doctor. ...Read more

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How long should a stage four lung cancer patient with metastasis to brain and liver expect to live?

Less than 1 year: There are a number of variables here, including what kind of lung cancer, gender, whether there is a single or small number of metastasis in the brain that can be treated by surgery or stereotactic radiosurgery, general health status and age. The average survival overall is about 8 months for stage 4 disease. ...Read more

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Patient with stage 4 lung cancer with brain metastasis is having very bloody urine. What does this mean?

Patient with stage 4 lung cancer with brain metastasis is having very bloody urine. What does this mean?

Many things: Stage IV lung cancer with bloody urine can mean many things. It could be due to the presence of a metastatic tumor in the bladder or the kidney. Please also note whether or not you are on a blood thinner. In uncommon case, it could also indicate the presence of a primary bladder tumor (though i doubt in this case). Bladder inflammation or infection could also be the cause. Check with your doctor. ...Read more

Metastasize (Definition)

Cancer has spread beyond the ...Read more