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What do the stages of breast cancer mean?

What do the stages of breast cancer mean?

Size/location: Stages depend on the size of the tumor and whether or not the cancer cells have traveled outside of the breast. You can find more detailed information here http://www.Cancer.Gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/breast/patient/page2. ...Read more

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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 do the different stages of breast cancer mean?

What do the different stages of breast cancer mean?

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

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Does a knot on your body have to mean cancer?

Does a knot on your body have to mean cancer?

No: There are plenty of benign bumps as well. Your physician can examine and perhaps biposy it. ...Read more

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Please tell me what does a triple cancer mean?

Please tell me what does a triple cancer mean?

Triple negative?: I'm betting that this is a report on a breast cancer that lacks each of three markers for treatability by particular interventions. If this is not correct, please write back and direct your question to our oncologists. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean when you get cancer pains?

What exactly does it mean when you get cancer pains?

Mets invade nerves: For the most part primary malignancies do not cause pain. A tumor in the breast even when fairly large, or a primary colon lesion that has not caused obstruction does not cause pain. When mets to the liver expand the liver capsule, metastatic lung or breast to bone expanding the periosteurm of bone or lesions of retroperitoneal tumors invade nerves of lumbar plexus, severe pain can be felt. ...Read more

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What does the term vin mean when referring to cancer?

What does the term vin mean when referring to cancer?

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 more

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If a lesion turn out to be malignancy does this mean cancer?

Yes: By definition. Remember that there are hundreds of relatively common kinds of cancer, and that some are much more aggressive than others. ...Read more

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If someone is prescribed glivec, does this mean they have cancer?

If someone is prescribed glivec, does this mean they have cancer?

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

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What do cancer survival rates mean if youre told 5 years, for example?

What do cancer survival rates mean if youre told 5 years, for example?

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 more

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My smear said borderline changes what does this mean? Will i get cancer

My smear said borderline changes what does this mean? Will i get cancer

Nonspecific: Borderline can mean not enough tissue to evaluate, abnormal cells. Will most likely need a repeat exam sooner than a yearly exam. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What cancers are silent killers? Does that mean they don't have symptoms?

What cancers are silent killers? Does that mean they don't have symptoms?

CA silent killers: There are a few cancers that present late in the course of the disease because they have very vague or even common symptoms. Some examples are ovarian, pancreatic, prostate, glioblastoma multiforma, lung , and stomach. Some cancers are very fast growing...esophageal and Burkit's lymphoma. ...Read more

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An abnormal band is seen in the gamma region? Does this mean it's cancer related?

An abnormal band is seen in the gamma region? Does this mean it's cancer related?

Possibly: It sounds like you had a test called a serum electrophoresis. This looks at the proteins in the serum and when they speak about the "gamma band", this refers to to one of the immunoglobulin protein components.This region has an increased band in tumors that secrete excess immunoglobulin.This is seen with multiple myeloma, one of the cancers of the blood cells. These cells normally make antibodies. ...Read more

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If fdp(dr-70) is 3.1in onkosure test... Does it mean that there is cent percent chances of cancer or it is still suspicious?

If fdp(dr-70) is 3.1in onkosure test... Does it mean that there is cent percent chances of cancer or it is still suspicious?

Caution: From my reading, this test for fibrin degradation products is being promoted in parts of the world for purposes that are inappropriate. I would not trust this to tell you whether you do or do not have cancer, though it is of some value in looking to see whether a known cancer is back and progressing. Please talk with your physician. ...Read more

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My monocyte is 0%. Does it mean cancer?

No: It does not mean cancer. It, by itself, does not even suggest any illness. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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Could fluid on the kidneys mean you have cancer ?

Could fluid on the kidneys mean you have cancer ?

No: Fluid in the kidney or hydronephrosis mostly is due to an obstruction in the urine pathway from pelvis, ureter to bladder even urethra. It could be a stone which is most common at your age or a stenosis in the pathway. Although a solid lesion can cause obstruction too. An ultrasound is a good starting test. ...Read more

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What happens if u have a high protein that means u have cancer?

What happens if u have a high protein that means u have cancer?

No: If you feel well, it probably means nothing. Reference ranges are set so that several percent of folks fall outside on either end. ...Read more

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Dies the TSH of 3998 mean that I have Cancer?

Dies the TSH of 3998 mean that I have Cancer?

I do not understand: that TSH level What is NORMAL for the lab??? At any rate an elevated TSH is indicative of thyroid in sufficiency and indicates that thyroid supplementation is necessary! It has NOTHING TO DO WITH CANCER! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more