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What is stage 3 ovarian cancer, how do you stage ovarian cancer?

What is stage 3 ovarian cancer, how do you stage ovarian cancer?

Stages I - IV.: Stage i ovarian cancer means the cancer is only located in the ovaries. Stage ii is when the cancer has spread to other organs in the pelvis, such as the uterus. Stage iii occurs when the cancer spreads beyond the pelvis to other abdominal organs and lymph nodes. Stage iv, the most advanced stage, means the cancer has spread (metastasized) to distant organs like the lungs or liver. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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What to expect in the final stages of metastasis for somebody with lung cancer?

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What to expect in the final stages of metastasis for somebody with lung cancer?

End of life: Towards the last days in any cancer patients life it really is about the same.They are kept comfortable with pain meds, they quit eating, growing weaker, sleep more.When they are awake they usually have pain so more meds are given and hence they sleep more and more. At the very end their breathing becomes irregular and noisy...And then eventually stops.Hopefully they have passed peacefully. ...Read more

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What are the final symptoms or stages for someone with stage 4 breast cancer that has mets to brain?

What are the final symptoms or stages for someone with stage 4 breast cancer that has mets to brain?

Stage 4: Well, unfortunately stage 4 is the highest stage and indicates disease (in this case breast cancer) that has spread distantly. However, depending on certain aspects of the specific tumor involved, some patients can have excellent, long lasting responses to chemotherapy or hormonal therapy. The oncologist should be able to provide you with more specifics for the case you describe. ...Read more

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What to expect after a colon cancer surgery stage 1?

Prognosis is good: Generally, after proper cancer surgery for stage i colon cancer, the prognosis is good and no adjuvant therapies are needed. ...Read more

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Does a doctor need to know the stage of cancer to start chemo?

Does a doctor need to know the stage of cancer to start chemo?

Yes: The type and stage of cancer needs to be known as specifically as possible to choose the appropriate treatment ( surgery, chemo or radiation or combination of these). ...Read more

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What should I expect regarding stage 4 breast cancer that has spread to the liver?

What should I expect regarding stage 4 breast cancer that has spread to the liver?

Still treatable: There are many chemo options available. If it is stage 4 by virtue of minimal liver involvement-there is good medical data to talk with a liver surgeon to discuss removal of that portion of the liver. If there are other spots of tumor spread in the body, then chemotherapy and hormone suppression therapy are the mainstays of treatment. Focal radiation can help bone pain. ...Read more

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How long could colon cancer take to develop from stage to stage?

How long could colon cancer take to develop from stage to stage?

Years....we think.: Every individual tumor is different. The "teaching" is it takes 5 years for a polyp to undergo malignant change (turn into cancer) from there, it depends on location, age and many other factors we don't yet understand. Colon cancer can be indolent (slow growing) or aggressive. It depends on the individual cancer, and everyone is different. ...Read more

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If someone you know is diagnosed with stage 4 undiffirentiated carcinoma, is it time to start final planning?

If someone you know is diagnosed with stage 4 undiffirentiated carcinoma, is it time to start final planning?

Possibly: If depends on what treatments have been tried and how the cancer responded. If also depends on the type of cancer, where it's located, and how healthy the person is overall. In the long run, stage 4 cancers aren't curable. However, I have patients alive more than 10 years with stage 4 cancer. If the cancer is in the liver, lungs, or brain, and is not responding to treatment, it is time. ...Read more

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How many chemotherapy cycles before we can tell whether it is working or not? (fec protocol, stage III breast cancer)

How many chemotherapy cycles before we can tell whether it is working or not? (fec protocol, stage III breast cancer)

Pre or post?: If you get it before surgery to shrink the tumor, you can usually see a change after 2 or 3, sometimes even with just one. If you are getting it after the surgery (adjuvant) to keep it from coming back, then there is no way you can tell short term if it did the job. Only time will tell if the tumor relapses or not. Good luck either way and best regards. ...Read more

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Can you go from stage 4 lung cancer to stage 3 if you improve a bit?

Can you go from stage 4 lung cancer to stage 3 if you improve a bit?

Stage confusion: Stage and staging tells you where the cancer is, what the prognosis is, and what the treatment might be with options. You do not change stage once treatment begins. The tumor either responds or doesn't. Complete repsonse (?Remission in leukenmia?) is the goal, shrinkage is ok. The idea is that as long as the cancer responds, you stay on that regimen...Maybe. ...Read more

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What can I expect during the final stages of metastasis lung and brain cancer?

What can I expect during the final stages of metastasis lung and brain cancer?

Difficult: Very difficult to answer as each person is different. If the metastases in the brain themselves result in death, people usually develop anything from headaches, confusion, seizures, weakness, or numbness, ultimately developing difficulty breathing if swelling becomes severe enough. Brain swelling can be treated with steroids and the tumors with radiation, and sometimes surgery or chemo. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me final stages of life with esophageal cancer?

Can you please tell me final stages of life with esophageal cancer?

Cachexia: Cannot eat weight loss cachexia saliva overflow aspiration weakness pain miserable I am sorry to say. ...Read more

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Can you let me know how many phases does the progress of colorectal cancer have?

Growth: Colon cancer, like others, are graded according to stages. Stage 1 superficial caner. Stage 2 invasive cancer partially through the colon wall. Stage 3 invasive cancer through colon wall and spread to lymph nodes. Stage 4 is colon cancer spread to other organs (liver, lung, etc). ...Read more

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What treatment to expect with adenocarcinoma colon cancer?

What treatment to expect with adenocarcinoma colon cancer?

Surgery, chemo: Depending on the stage, an operation is usually necessary to remove the diseased portion of the colon along with its nearby lymph nodes. Then, depending on if the cancer has spread to those lymph nodes impacts whether you will also need chemotherapy. If the cancer has already spread beyond the colon, sometimes you start with chemo. ...Read more

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Can you let me know how many months after treatment would breast cancer metastasize to other parts of the body?

Can you let me know how many months after treatment would breast cancer metastasize to other parts of the body?

Highly variable: Risks depend on the stage at diagnosis of the breast cancer, cell type, etc. Metastasis can occur at any time, or be even seen at the time of diagnosis in advsnced stage breast cancer. Hopefully the diagnosis was an early stage with low risk of metastasis. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what is the life expectancy of metastatic breast cancer?

Can you tell me what is the life expectancy of metastatic breast cancer?

It depends: There are many types of metastatic breast cancer. Life expectancy depends on the type and the location. Er+ breast cancer that has spread only to bones has a life expectancy of years, even 5-10 years. Er- breast cancer has a much shorter life expectancy. In general, breast cancer in organs (lung, liver, brain) causes death sooner than breast cancer in bones only. Ask your oncologist. ...Read more

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Ovarian Cancer (Definition)

A cancer that begins in the female organs ...Read more