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What happens if no chemo .. what is it like for someone to die from lung cancer?

What happens if no chemo .. what is it like for someone to die from lung cancer?

Comfort care time: If someone has advanced lung cancer and treatment is not an option, then the focus should be on making sure any symptoms they have or may develop will be controlled. Hospice may be an option. End stage lung cancer patients may experience shortness of breath or pain (in the chest or other sites where the cancer has spread). There may be constipation from pain medications/lack of appetite. ...Read more

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 is the death rate for young people with bowel cancer?

What is the death rate for young people with bowel cancer?

Difficult to say: Bowel cancer prognosis (Large or small bowel) depends on the stage at the time of diagnosis, regardless of the age of the patient. The younger the patient the more aggressive the cancer is. ...Read more

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What are the chances of survival for a person who is suffering rectal cancer?

What are the chances of survival for a person who is suffering rectal cancer?

Depends upon stage: The cure rate for early stage rectal cancers is over 90% with surgery alone, but the survival rate for advanced rectal cancers is much, much lower. ...Read more

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Please help! what is the survival rate of someone with bladder cancer?

Please help! what is the survival rate of someone with bladder cancer?

Depends: As with most other cancers, depends on the stage and the general condition of the patient amongst other things. Please be a bit more specific. ...Read more

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What kind of experience is it to live with pancreatic cancer?

What kind of experience is it to live with pancreatic cancer?

Often unpleasant: Pancreatic cancer is an aggressive and almost always fatal malignancy. Patients who have it may experience abdominal pain, jaundice with malaise and fatigue, nausea and vomiting, and pain elsewhere if the tumor spreads. Surgery for the disease can also be painful afterwards, and chemotherapy may also be debilitating and unpleasant. Plus, a patient with this diagnosis lives knowing about the end. ...Read more

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Outside of being screened often for colon cancer (colonoscopies), what can I do to lower my colon cancer risk as an ulcerative colitis patient?

Outside of being screened often for colon cancer (colonoscopies), what can I do to lower my colon cancer risk as an ulcerative colitis patient?

Most important: is polyp removal through recommended colonoscopy screenings. The longer you have had UC/inflammatory bowel disease, and if more than 1/3 to 1/2 of your colon is involved, the greater your risk of developing colorectal cancer. Controlling bowel inflammation by complying with your medication regimen is likely to be preventive. Avoid alcohol, tobacco, obesity. Low fat/high fiber diet, NSAIDs +/- ...Read more

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What are the recommended foods for someone with colon cancer?

What are the recommended foods for someone with colon cancer?

Healthy: Eating healthy higher fiber foods, fruits & vegetables, low fat foods is best for all people. Colon cancer itsellf is treated with surgery and sometimes chemotherapy. After the cancer treatments, eat healthy. ...Read more

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What is the daily life like of a person with colon cancer?

What is the daily life like of a person with colon cancer?

Like anyone else...: I have colon cancer. It has been successfully operated and removed. I didn't need chemo. Half of my colon is gone and I use the bathroom a bit more often than before. I otherwise eat and drink what i wish to have. I perform all my usual daily activities, surgery, on call, office hours etc. Function will be mostly determined by tumor burden and any spread. More advanced cases may be more limited. ...Read more

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Is blood of a cancer patient contagious? Can that blood give someone else cancer?

Is blood of a cancer patient contagious? Can that blood give someone else cancer?

Sort of: Some blood cancers, lymphomas, oral cancers are associated with the virus that causes infectious mononucleosis, ebv. It can be transmitted from person to person as well as through blood transfusion. For vast majority of the cases, cancer is not contagious. ...Read more

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What is the prognosis for someone with both breast and liver cancer?

What is the prognosis for someone with both breast and liver cancer?

It depends: Breast cancer can spread to the liver...Yet it is still called breast cancer(gone into the liver). If this is the case there are several chemotherapy drugs that are useful in treating breast cancer. Check with your oncologist, get a clear picture of what type of cancer exactly you have and ask for your options of treatment and prognosis of your cancer(s). ...Read more

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What is your risk of colon cancer when your father has it? Also mother with uterine brother with prostate cancers

What is your risk of colon cancer when your father has it? Also mother with uterine brother with prostate cancers

Lynch Syndrome?: There are now multiple distinct biologic pathways that lead to colon cancer. Depending upon the age of the cancers you described (dad-gi; mom-gyne, brother-urologic) in your first generation relatives, you may be at risk for lynch syndrome ; should see a genetic counselor in your area to best characterize your risk ; that of other family members. If you have not had a colonoscopy yet go get one! ...Read more

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A friend of mine was just diagnosed with rectal cancer, liver cancer and lung cancer. What is his life expectancy?

A friend of mine was just diagnosed with rectal cancer, liver cancer and lung cancer. What is his life expectancy?

Grave Situation: Of course we cannot even begin to guess at this tragic situation. I would defer to the physicians providing him care. But, as you have surmised it may not be long for him. ...Read more

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What is the appropriate diet for someone with stomach cancer?

What is the appropriate diet for someone with stomach cancer?

A healthy one: A post treatment diet for stomach cancer has to factor in the fact that patients have often undergone a partial or total stomach removal. The diet should be of small portions with more fruits, veggies and grain but less red meats or fats. Processed or smoked foods need to be avoided as should be alcohol. Supplementation with vitamins and iron is often necessary. ...Read more

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My mother just passed away from a breast cancer called her 2. It is evidently a rare type of cancer. What else can you tell me about this cancer?

My mother just passed away from a breast cancer called her 2.  It is evidently a rare type of cancer. What else can you tell me about this cancer?

Not so rare.: First of all, I am sorry for your loss. Her 2 stands for human epidermal growth factor receptor. This is a protein that is present on approximately 20% of all breast cancers. These cancers tend to be more aggressive; however, there are targeted therapies with drugs such as Herceptin (trastuzumab) that can be very effective. ...Read more

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What would the life expectancy for someone with multiple cancers be?

What would the life expectancy for someone with multiple cancers be?

Depends: ...On the kind and the stage. A person may have basal cell skin cancer, dcis of the breast, and early cervical cancer and will likely do much better than someone with lung cancer only. ...Read more

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What are the survival prospects for a person just diagnosed with peritoneal cancer?

What are the survival prospects for a person just diagnosed with peritoneal cancer?

Rare : Primary peritonial cancers are rare usually females, most of the time diagnosed in late stage., and unfortunately prognosis is not good. To predict survival rate have to know the stage, of disease. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Griggs
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Colon (Definition)

The colon is another term for the large intestine. This is the final portion of the digestive system, responsible for absorbing water and storing stool before evacuation. It is divided into sections described as cecum; ascending, transverse, descending and ...Read more


Dr. William Singer
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Colonic (Definition)

This is a combining term referring to some condition, treatment or disease of the colon. Such as colonic enema, colonic ...Read more