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What Do The Stages Of Cancer Mean
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
The extent of cancer: ...is typically categorized into various stages. A complete diagnostic evaluation is needed to determine a cancer's stage. Criteria are the size of the primary tumor, the involvement of regional lymph nodes, invasion into tissue outside the breast, or more distant metastasis. Staging systems are usually numbered I-IV with various subdivisions. See http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/breast/Patient/page2 ...Read more
VIN: Vulvar intraepithelial neoplasia (vin) is dysplasia of the vulva. The grades, assigned by the pathologist when microscopically examining vulvar biopsy specimens, are vin 1 (mild squamous dysplasia), vin 2 (moderate squamous dysplasia), and vin 3 (severe squamous dysplasia). Vin 2 and 3 have the highest risk of progression to invasive squamous cell carcinoma if left untreated. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Usually - yes.: Gleevac is used for the treatment of various cancers, including Philadelphia chromosome positive chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML), some cases of Ph+ acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST), or rare cancers like mastocytosis. Other 'pre-cancer' diseases (some myelodysplastic syndromes) and non-cancerous hyper eosinophilia syndrome can be treated with Gleevac. ...Read more
Clinical trials for: Many cancers use the 5 yr survival for a benchmark. As with most statistics from trials, they report on a group rather than individuals. 5 yr is no t a good endpoint for prostate: it needs 10 & 15 year data, but 5 yrs is often used with lung, breat and colorectal. These cancers comprise 80% of cancer. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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