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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 are the chances that breast cancer that has spread to the lymn nodes has not spread to other organ..

What are the chances that breast cancer that has spread to the lymn nodes has not spread to other organ..

Lymph Nodes are a...: ...Window into the rest of the body, meaning, when breast cancer is found in the axillary nodes we assume it is elsewhere. Removing cancerous lymph nodes does not short-circuit the spread of cancer--it tells us what tools are needed. However, this does not make it incurable. It simply means that a combination of chemotherapy & your own body's immune defense will have to kill these "foreigners". ...Read more

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Please explain what are the signs when ones cancer has gone to the brain?

Please explain what are the signs when ones cancer has gone to the brain?

Where in the brain?: General symptoms include headache, nausea and vomiting. Vomiting without preceding nausea is particularly worrisome. Headache that wakes you from sleep is concerning. Headache that starts first thing in the morning. Depending on where in the brain the tumor is, though, even very small tumors can cause almost any kids of brain symptoms (weakness, numbness, confusion, speech, balance, vision. ...Read more

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What is the prognosis for lung cancer that has metastases to the brain and pelvic area?

What is the prognosis for lung cancer that has metastases  to the brain and pelvic area?

Fair: There are several factors that affect prognosis. First the type of lung cancer. Is it small cell or non-small cell. Second, has there been a check on the molecular markers on the tumor (egfr, alk, ros 1?) there are targeted agents for those tyoe of tumors and patients do much better than the average. Discuss with your oncologist treatment options prognosis. Avoid internet for prognosis. ...Read more

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What would be the symptoms of ovarian cancer that has metastasized to the bladder?

What would be the symptoms of ovarian cancer that has metastasized to the bladder?

Several: There should be several symptoms. The principal ones could be pain in the pelvic area, feeling of fullness, and the major one would be blood in the urine. Please consult with your urologist or OB/GYN. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Stage 4 cancer that has mets to brain, lungs, adrenal gland and now liver, cause bowels to shut down? If so what are the signs that it is happening?

Stage 4 cancer that has mets to brain, lungs, adrenal gland and now liver, cause bowels to shut down? If so what are the signs that it is happening?

It depends on so man: Bowel obstruction can occur in any advanced abdominal cancer. If the bowels are compromised by tumor they can close/obstruct. It is not difficult to tell when that happens because no food will pass through them. As a result patients become constipated/obstipated and have increasing pain in the abdomen and are unable to eat and drink due to persistent nausea and vomiting. The belly swells up also. ...Read more

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What would be the symptoms of ovarian cancer that has metastasized to the bowel?

What would be the symptoms of ovarian cancer that has metastasized to the bowel?

All the ax of ovaria: n plus possible signs of bowel obstruction as the cancer as it wraps itself around the bowel. Also, possibly malabsorption syndromes secondary to the lack of functionality of the bowel. Also, vomiting, secondary to obstruction. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of liver cancer that is metastatic?

What are the symptoms of liver cancer that is metastatic?

Site of mets: People with liver cancer often have underlying diseases, e.g., cirrhosis, chronic hepatitis, hemochromatosis etc. Development of liver cancer causes worsening of existing condition, plus , enlarged liver, weakness, fluid in abdomen, weight loss, jaundice etc. Aduitional symptoms will depend on the site of metastases, which usually are in the lung, therefore cough, blood in sputum etc. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of lung cancer that spread to the brain? I have nerve damage from lung lobectomy and still have cancer. Do not want chemo.

What are the symptoms of lung cancer that spread to the brain? I have nerve damage from lung lobectomy and still have cancer. Do not want chemo.

Varied Brain sympto: Brain metastases often cause headaches which are persistent and progressive such that you will need medication to relieve it. other symptoms are nausea and or vomiting, vision changes and sometimes seizures. Paralysis of arms or legs can occur but only rarely. If there is any such concern a Brain MRI is a good test to check your brain.Radiotherapy and steroids are a good treatment(instead of Chemo ...Read more

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What are symptoms of stage 4 breast cancer that is not hormonal and has mets to the brain and now the the liver is yellow coloring in eyes

What are symptoms of stage 4 breast cancer that is not hormonal and has mets  to the brain and now the the liver  is yellow coloring in eyes

Jaundice is liver: I am not exactly sure what you are asking, since stage 4 disease is defined by many different parameters: metastasis to the lung is stage 4, but you would not have symptoms; metastasis to the liver, may result in jaundice (yellowing of the whites of the eyes: sclera), but other than the color and some itching, you may not have symptoms either. Often it is fatigue, malaise, energy decrease. ...Read more

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Doctors, what are the symptoms that thyroid cancer has spread to lungs or kidneys?

Doctors, what are the symptoms that thyroid cancer has spread to lungs or kidneys?

Usually none: Thyroid cancers can spread to lymph nodes in the neck, lungs, or bones. It can spread to other areas but it's rare for it to spread to the kidneys. When it spreads to the lungs, it does not usually cause symptoms until late in the course of the disease. If you have concerns, please talk to your thyroid surgeon or endocrinologist. ...Read more

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Would they order radiation on the brain if there was no cancer cells present in the brain?

Would they order  radiation on the brain if there was no cancer cells present in the brain?

Sometimes: Low-dose preventative brain radiation is used for some cancers, such as small cell lung cancer and some kinds of leukemia which often spread to the brain. The "blood-brain barrier" filters out chemo so it is a place where the cancer cells can "hide" from it. Radiation can kill the microscopic cells in the brain ; minimize the chance of them becoming tumors. It is proven to extend life in some. ...Read more

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What are the signs someone has cancer in the nose?

What are the signs someone has cancer in the nose?

Symptoms are:: Such things as nasal obstruction, nasal discharge, nose bleeds, headache, facial pain. If more advanced there can be facial swelling or invasion of nerves resulting in neuropathy with numbness or weakness in the face or muscles of the face. Some of these symptoms occur with sinusitis however and patients may go back and forth on antibiotics till doctors determine there is a mass inside. ...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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Can you tell me about the incidence of liver tumor cancer cells and some cells traveling thru the bloodstream when there is early stage cancer?

Can you tell me about the incidence of liver tumor cancer cells and some cells traveling thru the bloodstream when there is early stage cancer?

Unclear Question!: Please give background of why you ahve this question and then ask a simple questions so that we can explain and simplify your query ...Read more

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What are the final symptoms or stages for someone with stage 4 breast cancer that has mets to brain?

What are the final symptoms or stages for someone with stage 4 breast cancer that has mets to brain?

Stage 4: Well, unfortunately stage 4 is the highest stage and indicates disease (in this case breast cancer) that has spread distantly. However, depending on certain aspects of the specific tumor involved, some patients can have excellent, long lasting responses to chemotherapy or hormonal therapy. The oncologist should be able to provide you with more specifics for the case you describe. ...Read more

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What are some symptoms of brain cancer in kids?

What are some symptoms of brain cancer in kids?

Brain tumors in: Children are most common in the posterior fossa (cerebellum), and cause pressure leding to vomiting and head ache. Kids can also become clummsy, and sometimes bang their heads in pain. If old enough to walk, may stop walking, stagger, limp, nd change handedness, or neglect one side. Fortunately, children brain tumors are more curable than adults. ...Read more

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Cancer: If it is in remission can that mean that cancer may not return at all? What tests shows there are no cancer cells?

Cancer: If it is in remission can that mean that cancer may not return at all? What tests shows there are no cancer cells?

Yes that is possible: Cancer can be cured with modern therapies. If it is in complete remission then it means no visible Cancer cells. Some such patients will be cured and live a normal life. But some patients do relapse with time, so you have to remain under surveillance and be checked regularly. We have many tests that can show a tumor but all such tests have some false nehgative results which means they are not 100% ...Read more

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Can you tell me about angiogenesis promoting both the growth of cancers and the metastasis of cancer cells to other sites in the body?

Can you tell me about angiogenesis promoting both the growth of cancers and the metastasis of cancer cells to other sites in the body?

Poor response: Tumors grow in general in an anaerobic media and require hyperbaric oxygen to destroy. Folkman developed drug angiostatin which failed to prevent cancer spread. Avastin (bevacizumab) which is an anti vegf drug doesn't destroy blood supply. It appears to help by opening microvasculature to tumors to let chemo enter more effectively. Blood vessels in tumors are the conduit for vessel invasion by tumor cells. ...Read more

Metastasize (Definition)

Cancer has spread beyond the ...Read more