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What happens when cancer spreads to the spine?

Spine Metastasis: Usually nothing happens, actually. If patients with breast cancer, as many as 80% will have mets at autopsy. So, it depends upon tumor type. Lytic tumors do weaken the bone and could cause fracture (myeloma, lung, renal cell, thyroid). While blastic tumors are not at higher risk of fracture. Worst case is aggressive tumors that cause spinal cord pressure and possible paralysis. Pain precedes these. ...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 happens if cancer metastasis to the lungs?

What happens if cancer metastasis to the lungs?

Tumors can: Go to the lung substance, or to the lining of the chest cavity. As the tumor expands or fluid accumulates, it crowds out the abilty of the lung to do its job, and shortness of breath, oxygen starvation occurs. Removing fluid, and treating with systemic therapy can slow progresson. ...Read more

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Why does lung cancer spread to the brain so often?

Why does lung cancer spread to the brain so often?

Lung cancer: The different cell types of lung cancer have the propensity to spread to different organs either due to blood stream patterns, adjacent anatomy or the affinity of these other organs to receive and grow these cancer strains. It turns out that the brain is one of those susceptible organs. ...Read more

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What happens when osteosarcoma spreads to a lung? Is the tumor treated in the lungs?

What happens when osteosarcoma spreads to a lung? Is the tumor treated in the lungs?

Depends on extent: Osteosarcoma is found in the lungs as metastatic disease during initial diagnosis or at relapse/ progression of disease. Lung mets that are isolated or limited in number might be able to be removed surgically. Additional chemotherapy would then be needed afterwards in an attempt to prevent further recurrence. However, lung involvement is an ominous finding. ...Read more

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Colon cancer spread to small intestine, what are the most aggressive options when this happens?

Colon cancer spread to small intestine, what are the most aggressive options when this happens?

Discuss with onc: you should discuss with your oncologist. additional information is needed- i.e. presence of lymph nodes and other distance organ/s involvement. where is the location of the colon cancer and what part of the small intestine involved? important to get the right staging and check the biology of the cancer to guide treatment. if able to get surgery- most aggressive would be surgery then chemo/ ...Read more

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What will happen when cancer goes to the bones?

What will happen when cancer goes to the bones?

Pain, risk of fract.: Cancer which has spread to the bones can cause pain, and lead to fracture of the bone. Depending on the type of cancer and many other factors, it may be treated with hormonal therapy, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or injection of a radioactive element to radiate the tumor from the inside (example:radium 232). ...Read more

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What will happen when cancer goes to the bones?

What will happen when cancer goes to the bones?

Usually incurable: With a few exceptions, when a cancer goes into the bones it is incurable. A person may still live many years with proper treatment. ...Read more

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Does brain cancer ever spread to the lungs?

Does brain cancer ever spread to the lungs?

Almost never: Tumors that start in the brain (such as glioma- the most common primary tumor ) almost never metastasize outside the brain, to the extent that they are reportable as case reports. ...Read more

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What happens when you leave colon cancer untreated and it begins to bleed?

What happens when you leave colon cancer untreated and it begins to bleed?

Complications: The natural course of untreated colon cancer includes local and systemic effects. Local effects may include bleeding, perforation, intestinal obstruction, and growth into adjacent organs. Systemic effects include spread to other organs such as the liver and lungs. Of course, the best time to treat a cancer is as soon as it is diagnosed. ...Read more

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What causes belching when you have colon cancer spread to the liver?

What causes belching when you have colon cancer spread to the liver?

Not specific: Belching relayed to swallowing air, or some gastric irritation, or outflow obstruction with relief of stomach gas by belching instead if forward peristalsis. ...Read more

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What is the term for when cancer spreads to the brain?

What is the term for when cancer spreads to the brain?

Metastasis: This is called brain metastasis (singular) or metastases (plural). Sometimes the slang term "brain met" is used. ...Read more

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Is cancer that goes to the brain deadly?

Is cancer that goes to the brain deadly?

Mostly: Usually metastases to the brain herald a poor prognosis but they should be treated nonetheless to avoid seizures and headaches. There are a few cases in which a single or a couple of mets in the brain can be operated and radiated and the patient may do well long term if the cancer is under control elsewhere. Can't say it happens often, though. Best to you. ...Read more

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Is it unusual for colon cancer to spread to the lungs?

Is it unusual for colon cancer to spread to the lungs?

No: After the liver, the lungs are the most common distant site of colorectal metastases. In selected patients, removal of such lesions may be indicated and lead to increased survival. ...Read more

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Once cancer has developed to stage 4, when it spread to different organs and chemo is given, does this remove cancer or is the organ itself cancerous?

Once cancer has developed to stage 4, when it spread to different organs and chemo is given, does this remove cancer or is the organ itself cancerous?

The organ is Ok: Cancer involved different organs as isolated scattered tumor nodules. With a good/effective chemo, the tumor nodules shrink and can sometimes disappear completely. The remaining organ is healthy and functions normally once cancer has been killed by the chemo. ...Read more

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Lung cancer has spread not to the brain but the bones actually, how long to live or what's the survival rate if i go through chemo?

Lung cancer has spread not to the brain but the bones actually, how long to live or what's the survival rate if i go through chemo?

Depends on a number : Of factors. Discuss with your team of docs (orthopod, oncologist, pcp & any other specialitist that you may need). Chemo/radiation are generally best options, with some surgical procedure to stabilize a broken or a bone that is weakened (but not yet broken). The idea is to improve the quality of life for as long as possible. Survival is dependent on cancer type and its response to the meds.. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what occurs when one has colon cancer and it metastasizes?

Can you tell me what occurs when one has colon cancer and it metastasizes?

Long story and great: Deal of information. A very brief explanation-you have damage to a cell line in your colon that leads to cancerous cells, which then over grow and are non-functional cells. These cells damage and destroys surrounding tissue, and if they get into the blood stream or lymph system, and goes somewhere else (called metastasis), then those cells damage those other organs and tissues as well. ...Read more

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What happens to a person that's close to the end when they have pancreatic cancer?

What happens to a person that's close to the end when they have pancreatic cancer?

Depend on the person: Some people are ready and more acceptable to the fact that death is actually another cycle of life- so is birth. They would feel more comfortable and peaceful with their last journey. They would get prepared and finish whatever they would like to finish. It does not mean they give up. Some other people are still on denial and refuse to accept the fact. They feel sad, anger, depressed. So it depends. ...Read more

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What happens to the immune system if cancer develops in the stomach?

What happens to the immune system if cancer develops in the stomach?

Depends: In general, a stomach cancer without metastasis would not affect your immune system provided that you have not become malnourished from it. Be sure to get checked for h pylori infection which is considered a cause for stomach cancer and can often be successfully treated with multiple antibiotics and effective acid suppression. H pylori can also cause stomach ulcers. ...Read more

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What happens when osteosarcoma spreads to a lung? Is the end near?

What happens when osteosarcoma spreads to a lung? Is the end near?

Not necessarily: If the number of lung nodules is small and they can be removed surgically, long term survival is possible, about 20-30 percent chance. But nobody can predict if any individual patient will die or when he or she will die. Doctors know statistics, but cannot predict individual outcome. Best thing to do is to follow the doctor's recommendations to maximize chances of survival and hope for the best. ...Read more

Dr. Marvin Ott
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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. Corey Clay
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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