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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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Why platelets are high and hgb low on a patient with prostate cancer and bone mets? Do you recommend a g-tube on this patient.

Why platelets are high and hgb low on a patient with prostate cancer and bone mets? 
Do you recommend a g-tube on this patient.

Talk to oncologist: High platelets could be a sign of inflammation and low hemoglobin a sign of being chronically ill, but your oncologist can do further testing to see if something reversible is causing both of these. A g-tube typically is helpful for obstruction or non-functioning GI tract, if tract working then with terminal cancer cachexia force feeding if not hungry typically doesn't work and adds side effects. ...Read more

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How does prostate cancer kill a patient?

How does prostate cancer kill a patient?

What is Cancer?: Cancer is the uncontrolled growth of a part of the body, with the potential for spread locally or to distant locations, causing dysfunction or organ failure and, ultimately, death. Any cancer increases the risk for blood clots, which can flow to the lungs and kill a patient (pulmonary embolism). Cancers tend to deprive a patient of nutrients, damaging the immune system, increasing infection risk. ...Read more

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What does chemotherapy do for prostate cancer patients?

What does chemotherapy do for prostate cancer patients?

Has role later: In patients with prostate cancer once the disease spreads initial treatment is with hormone therapy, in addition to this or after this stops working chemotherapy can slow progression of disease. ...Read more

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How much time can a patient live with stage 4 prostate cancer and how much discomfort will the person experience wh?

How much time can a patient live with stage 4 prostate cancer and how much discomfort will the person experience wh?

Here are some...: Roughly, the life expectancy for stage-4 prostate cancer is about 3-5 yrs with wide variation resulting from age, lifestyle, support, and using "newer" treatments, which may give additional 4-6 months. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy for patients with prostate cancer that has metastised to the bones?

Prostate cancer: Prostate cancer with bone metastasis with current therapies available most patients can survive 2 to 3 years on an average. Some of them can go on to 5 years (20%) chance. It is not a curative situation so treatments are considered palliative. ...Read more

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Is brachytherapy helpful for a prostate cancer patient who has metastasized cancer cells?

Is brachytherapy helpful for a prostate cancer patient who has metastasized cancer cells?

No.: Brachytherapy is used in the treatment of localized prostate cancer, or cancer that has not spread outside of the prostate gland. If a patient has metastatic disease, treatments need to be systemic, with the aim of halting the growth & spread of the cancer throughout the body. These treatments include hormonal therapy, chemotherapy, and immunotherapy. Urologists & medical oncologists can help. ...Read more

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My father-in-law who is 90 years old is a prostate cancer patient. Lately he has swelling in his legs. What could be the reason?

My father-in-law who is 90 years old is a prostate cancer patient. Lately he has swelling in his legs. What could be the reason?

Some ideas: Very likely the prostate cancer is in the lymph nodes around his inferior vena cava and is compressing them. In my experience this often gets missed. He might instead have congestive heart failure, deep vein thrombi in the legs or vena cava, or any of several other things. A physical exam & perhaps imaging might show a treatable cause. Glad you are here for him. ...Read more

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What is the most effective treatment for prostate cancer patients?

What is the most effective treatment for prostate cancer patients?

Stage for Stage in : Disease confined to prostate, "cure" is similar; side effects very different: surgery v. Radiotherapy. Subtypes of each and claims of superiority more likely due to cherry picking. Get honest facts for sexual function, continence, bladder and rectal injury. ...Read more

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Dr. Moez Khorsandi
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Prostate Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a new growth of any tissue with an ability to spread - metastasize - along blood vessels and lymphatic channels to near or far sites of the body with never-ending aggressiveness until the host succumbs to death by it or other related problems. Prostate cancer is one of them ranked as #2 cancer (after skin cancer) and & #2 cancer death (after lung cancer). 1 in 6-7 men in ...Read more


Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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Prostate (Definition)

The prostate is a gland that lies at the base of the bladder and surrounding a segment of urethra. It secretes a milky fluid that is discharged by excretory ducts into the urethra during the emission of semen. It is clinically important because enlargement of the prostate with age, and prostate cancer are two common ...Read more