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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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Where does gallbladder cancer metastasize?

Where does gallbladder cancer metastasize?

Liver first: The most common sites are liver, lung, and brain. Other sites reported include the eye, heart, port sites, and bones. ...Read more

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Where does colorectal cancer affect before metastasis?

Where does colorectal cancer affect before metastasis?

Mesenteric nodes: As colon cancer grows from premalignant cells in the mucosa of bowel it invades the muscularis reaching serosal outer surface (Dukes B). It then invades nodes of the mesentery C1 expanding to 4 or more nodes C2 and then along the mesenteric lymphatics to liver. Subpopulations in the primary however can eventually spread directly to lung or bone depending on their surface antigens. ...Read more

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How does metastasis spread from the pancreas if somebody has pancreatic cancer?

How does metastasis spread from the pancreas if somebody has pancreatic cancer?

Early: Unfortunately, it appears that pancreatic cancer spreads to other organs very early in its development before the cancer is even detectable. We believe that the cancer cells become migratory and get into the local lymphatic and vascular channels, as well as moving along nerve fibers. The cancer cells then have to "set up shop" in a new place, the most common being lymph nodes, liver, lung, etc. ...Read more

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Does colon cancer metastasize to the breasts?

Does colon cancer metastasize to the breasts?

Anything: Is possible, but this is very unlikely. Colon cancer usually metastasize to liver, lungs, or sometimes brain. ...Read more

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Where does ovarian cancer commonly metastasize to?

Where does ovarian cancer commonly metastasize to?

Different sites: One of the most common sites for ovarian cancer to spread is to the lining of the abdominal cavity (peritoneum) or to the fatty covering over the abdomen (omentum). Other sites may be the diaphragm or less likely to the lungs. ...Read more

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Why/how does pancreatic cancer cause early satiety?

Why/how does pancreatic cancer cause early satiety?

Symptom of abdominal: Many different Cancers in the abdomen can cause early satiety. It is a presenting symptom for stomach, Ovarian cancer as well as pancreatic cancer(sometimes). If it persists or you are losing weight, you should consult your doctor without a delay of more than 1 or 2 weeks. ...Read more

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How and where does breast cancer spread?

How and where does breast cancer spread?

Lymphatics and blood: Breast cancer can advance locally in the breast, to the skin and to the chest wall. It can spread regionally through the lymphatic channels to the lymph glands in the axilla (armpit), below and avove the collar bone and to the side of the neck. It can spread through the blood stream to distant organs such as bones, liver, lung, brain and othe organs. This is called distant metastasis. ...Read more

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How fast does invasive ductal carcinoma of the breast begin to metastasis?

How fast does invasive ductal carcinoma of the breast begin to metastasis?

Depends: Invasive breast cancer has the ability to spread but not all invasive cancers do spread, especially if caught early. Cancer grows at different rates in people depending on age, hormone status of the tumor and genetic make up of the person. It is important to understand all of your options regarding treatment. ...Read more

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When endometrial cancer metastasizes, where does it go?

When endometrial cancer metastasizes, where does it go?

Link: Here's a link to more information, but the gist of it is that it mostly spreads to lymph nodes. Distant spread is to lungs, liver, bone, and brain. http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/endometrial/healthprofessional/page1. ...Read more

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How does colon cancer differ from intestinal cancer?

How does colon cancer differ from intestinal cancer?

Colon more specific: The intestinal tract is composed of the small intestine, large intestine or colon, and rectum. Virtually all cancers of this system arise in the colon and rectum, with cancers of the small intestine exceedingly rare. Therefore, intestinal cancer generally refers to colon or rectal cancer, which is more anatomically specific. Adenocarcinoma is the most common type of cancer that occurs. ...Read more

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How does colon cancer begin?

How does colon cancer begin?

Polyps.: Polyps (adenomas) are small, benign masses that can form within the colon. The life cycle of the mucus membranes of the colon becomes disrupted, either from genetic or environmental reasons, causing growth of polyps. If polyp growth continues abnormally, they have the potential to develop into an invasive lesion and become cancerous. ...Read more

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How does colon cancer generally develop?

How does colon cancer generally develop?

From polyps usually: Almost all colon cancers start off as a polyp, hence the push for colonoscopy screening looking for polyps. Only 20% of colon cancers are hereditary, meaning the rest are environmentally related to foods we eat and chemicals we are exposed too. If you are over 50 or have risl factors get regular colonoscopies. ...Read more

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Where does thyroid cancer typically come back?

Anaplastic Cancer: Anaplastic thyroid cancer is the least common form, but also the most aggressive. It is usually fatal, and spreads by direct extension, so that the cancer cells push outside of the thyroid and grow into nearby neck structures, including muscle, the trachea (windpipe), and blood vessels, including the carotid artery and the jugular vein. ...Read more

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Does pancreatic/biliary duct, stomach, colon cancer or leukemia skip a generation? Please, need some answers?

Does pancreatic/biliary duct, stomach, colon cancer or leukemia skip a generation? Please, need some answers?

Unrelated: These tumors are independent and unrelated to a genetic passing down of a familial situation such as with the BRACA gene in breast cancer. Genetic association occurs in about 5% of cases and 95% of cancers are due to contact with carcinogens or viruses. It has now been shown that intrinsic gene factors can be passed down and skip a generation such as with the partial sequence of the MMTV virus. ...Read more

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How long does one typically have with stage 4 liver cancer that has spread from colon cancer?

How long does one typically have with stage 4 liver cancer that has spread from colon cancer?

It varies a lot: There is good treatment for stage 4 colon Cancer. Most people live for 2-3 years when they take chemotherapy. If the liver tumor is small it can even be removed with surgery. Tell us about the dates of your diagnosis and what type of chemotherapy you have used and for how long? Then we can give you a better estimate of expected survival. ...Read more

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Can pancreatic/biliary duct, stomach, colon cancer or leukemia skip a generation?

Can pancreatic/biliary duct, stomach, colon cancer or leukemia skip a generation?

Variable: Family incidence doesn't mean you will have the disease only that you MAY get it and should be more vigilant. For example colon cancer. Start colonoscopy at age 30 rather than 50, etc.. ...Read more

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Does a dukes bowel cancer progress to dukes 2?

Does a dukes bowel cancer progress to dukes 2?

yes: Duke's classification of colon cancer is relation of tumor to bowel wall , lymph node involvement ( and metastasis ) yes if untreated will progress to next stage ...Read more

Dr. James Chapman
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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)

Fast growing abnormal cells that are difficult to diagnose at an early stage & only sometimes can be removed with surgery. Endocrine cancers tend to be slower growing ...Read more