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What To Expect If Final Stages 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can you let me know how many months after treatment would breast cancer metastasize to other parts of the body?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Screening for uterine cancer? Are there any tests that can find uterine cancer early, before symptoms show up? My aunt died from uterine cancer that wasn’t diagnosed until stage 4. ’m afraid i’ll get it, too and i want to find it as early as possible.
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