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What is the reason that pancreatic cancer is incurable?

What is the reason that pancreatic cancer is  incurable?

It is not incurable: Sometimes it is curable. It depends on what type of cancer it is (some have a better cure rate than others) also it depends on the location of the cancer and how it was diagnosed. Pancreas cancer is notorious for being discovered late because of a lack of symptoms. If it has invaded blood vessels, other organs or distant lymphnodes the chance of cure is very poor. Also most patients would... ...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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Is it true that breast cancer is the only type of cancer that is hereditary?

Is it true that breast cancer is the only type of cancer that is hereditary?

No: Breast cancer, ovarian cancer , familial colon adenomatosis polyposis , hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer , multiple endocrine neoplasia ii, multiple endocrine neoplasia i, von hippel-lindau, ; li-fraumeni syndrome can be genetically linked. ...Read more

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What kind of cancer is mucinous adenocarcinoma? Is it treatable?

What kind of cancer is mucinous adenocarcinoma? Is it treatable?

Adenocarcinoma: A mucinous adenocarcinoma is a type of cancer that arises from mucin producing epithelium. This type of cancer can occur in different organs. The treatment and prognosis will depend on the specific site / organ involved. Your oncologist will be the best person to advise you on your specific type. ...Read more

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If a blood test is done and there is no detection of cancer, is it concluded that cancer is in remission? The type of cancer is lung cancer

If a blood test is done and there is no detection of cancer, is it concluded that cancer is in remission? The type of cancer is lung cancer

Discuss...: Your question is not exactly clear. "remission" is a term used to describe cancer that was diagnosed and after treatment or in unusual cases "spontaneously" is no longer clinically present. The "blood tests" currently marketed are used to "find" (screen) cancer. Tests like "early cdt" are generally inaccurate if you have already had a cancer. Not used to diagnose "remission". ...Read more

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Is it true that bladder cancer isn't curable without the surgery?

Is it true that bladder cancer isn't curable without the surgery?

Sort of: Small bladder cancers can be removed with the expectation of a cure through a cystoscope. They're prone to recur over the urothelial field. Instillation of bcg is another way to deal with some kinds of early cancer. ...Read more

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Adenocarcinoma in right lungs What is treatment Is this dangerous Its is curable or not ?

See doctor: Adenocarcinoma is one of the most common forms of lung cancer and should be taken very seriously. Treatment many times involves surgery, but speak with your doctor about this. Only when knowing the size, stage, location, etc. of the tumor can one give you a reliable recommendation on treatment options. ...Read more

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What is the main reason of Ascites?? Is it deadly? or lead to cancer?

What is the main reason of Ascites?? Is it deadly? or lead to cancer?

Belly fluid: Ascites is a term used to describe fluid collecting in the abdomen. it can happen for many different reasons. How "deadly" or bad ascites can be really depends on the reason behind it and whether the fluid in the belly ever gets infected. A common reason fluid builds up is liver disease. This happens because the liver is responsible for making things that keep fluid from leaking. Good luck! ...Read more

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What is the likelihood for lung cancer to be cured?

What is the likelihood for lung cancer to be cured?

Can be high: Small size, peripheral, squamous cell can be cured. 70-90% at five years depends on cell type- small cell cancer is still a bad actor. ...Read more

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Cancer: Is is really important for a fully independent patient to know the stage of cancer one is in?

Cancer: Is is really important for a fully independent patient to know the stage of cancer one is in?

Yes,so you plan yr L: Stage determines your prognosis, so if you want to plan your future better, then you would want to know what your odds of survival from your Cancer will be like. This may give you more hope and lessen your anxiety. yet it is up to you to ask for more info or less info from your oncologist. ...Read more

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What is liver metasis stage 4? Is it cancer? Considering the person diagnosed to also have tumor in the pancreas

Yes: Yes. It is cancer that has spread to the liver. The tumor in the pancreas may be the primary tumor. You may want to go to http://www.cancercompass.com to learn more about cancer ...Read more

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What is best study for advanced stage ovarian cancer that is metistatic?

Study for what?: Are you trying to decide if you have advanced ovarian cancer or want to monitor it? There are no good screening tests but if you are suspicious of a problem, or at high risk, a transvaginal pelvic ultrasound and ca-125 blood test are used for screening. A cat scan can be helpful if there are strong suspicions (abdom bloating, palpable mass, elevated ca-125). Send more info. ...Read more

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What happens if so what is the percentage that the tumor is cancerous?

What happens if so what is the percentage that the tumor is cancerous?

100%: If interpareted ocrrectly a lesion is malignant even if 1% o the tumor mass is malignant and the remaining portion is benign. In many cancers, especially high grade malignancies every cell is essentailly a malignant cell. In some tumors such as liposarcoma, 10% of the tumor can be malignant and 90% lipoma. Regardless, any % no matter how small makes the tumor malignant. ...Read more

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What is multifocal malignancy? Is that spread or is that just multiple individual cancers?

What is multifocal malignancy?  Is that spread or is that just multiple individual cancers?

Depends: This is a great question and really depends on the circumstances. Sometimes this is very difficult to tell, and prompts doctors to look for other signs. In breast and liver cancer, multifocal usually means that these are multiple individual cancers that arise due to a "field defect". Your medical oncologist can help you understand your particular case better. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for non-hodgkin disease that is stage 2?

What is the treatment for non-hodgkin disease that is stage 2?

It depends on type: There are several types of non-hodgkins lymphoma. Some have very long survivals but few cures. Others can be cured. Your doctor can tell you more based upon the pathologists report. ...Read more

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What is it that makes pancreatic cancer so different from other cancers?

Hard to diagnose: Pancreatic cancer is often difficult to treat because it can develop without obvious symptoms. When it is discovered, it is often far advanced, making it very difficult to treat. ...Read more

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What is invasive cancer of the breast means?

What is invasive cancer of the breast means?

Invading the tissues: This means that the breast cancer has gone past any containing membrane(s) and/or capsules and into the surrounding soft tissue. It usually travels to the lymph nodes, from which it can metastasize to other organs in the body, like the lung, bones, and liver. This is usually treated with combination therapy (surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy). ...Read more

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Why is it wrong to say that cancer is a genetic disease and is therefore always inherited?

Why is it wrong to say that cancer is a genetic disease and is therefore always inherited?

Not same thing: Genetic means break in gene sequencing which can be from chronic irritation, tobacco, alcohol, radiation, debilitation. And yes, you can inherit predisposition toward a particular type of cancer, but not every type of cancer. Cancer is a very broad umbrella term encompassing many disparate entities. ...Read more

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What is malignant neoplasm in rectum? Is that still called colon cancer?

What is malignant neoplasm in rectum?  Is that still called colon cancer?

Yes: Rectum is part of the colon and thus it is considered a colon cancer. Rectal cancer is a bit more specific and at times treatment is a bit different. Anal cancer on the other hand is not considered a colon cancer as that arises from squamous tissue. ...Read more

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What is the cancer process?

What is the cancer process?

Malignant: I am not sure what you mean by cancer process. Cancer is the transformation of normal cells into malignant ones. Usually it involves the genetic material of a cell. The hallmark of a malignant cell is its uncontrolled proliferation. When it comes to function, it doesn't function as a normal cell would. Uncontrolled proliferation leads to invasion and then spread locally and distantly. ...Read more

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Dr. Patricia Foster
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Pancreas (Definition)

Abdominal organ. It is digestive organ: it secretes enzymes into the small bowel which break down food and help its absorption. It is also an endocrine organ: it produces hormones involved in sugar control and control of digestion. Insulin is one of these hormones. Diabetics either lack Insulin (type 1 diabetes) or have inadequate ...Read more


Dr. Debashish Bose
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Pancreatic Cancer (Definition)

Cancer that begins in the organ lying behind the lower part of ...Read more