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Doctor insights on: Why Cancer Is Still Not Curable At A Later Stage

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Why cancer is still not curable at a later stage?

Why cancer is still not curable at a later stage?

Complicated answer: My best attempt to cover in 400 characters is this.Once cancer has spread through the whole body as it does in a late stage, the horse is out of the barn. There are too many microscopic cells to completely remove each one, and the cancer isn't in just one place to cut out. There are many excellent therapies which can dramatically reduce or delay recurrence in later stage cancers even if not cured. ...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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Why does stage 1 lung cancer still have a poor prognosis? Why doesn't it have a high 5 year rate even at a early stage?

Why does stage 1 lung cancer still have a poor prognosis? Why doesn't it have a high 5 year rate even at a early stage?

Lung cancer : If stage one lung cancer is respected (removed ) the cure rate is about half as about half the time the cancer has already spread before surgery removed the main Tumor. ...Read more

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Is non hodgkin lymphoma early stage is curable? Or will it always come back later?

Is non hodgkin lymphoma early stage is curable? Or will it always come back later?

Decreased risk.: The earlier the stage the more likely the disease will be put into remission. Despite best efforts however nothing is 100%. However, the earlier the stage the better the chances. Not everyone with nhl will relapse and early stages (1, 2a) carry the best chances of long term remission. ...Read more

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What are survival odds for early stage stomach cancer? It’s stage 1, so is it likely it can be cured? Will I have to worry about it coming back?

What are survival odds for early stage stomach cancer? It’s stage 1, so is it likely it can be cured? Will I have to worry about it coming back?

Depends: Would need more information on tumor size, location, cell type, and surgical margins but stage 1 would have the best results & best survival statistics. May likely need repeat endoscopy & biopsies in the future to watch. ...Read more

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Is throat cancer curable? What are early signs when you still have a window of a chance?

Is throat cancer curable? What are early signs when you still have a window of a chance?

If caught early: Throat cancer is curable if caught early enough. Unfortunately many patients present at an advanced stage. Symptoms involve the sinuses, ears, throat,and voice box: PERSISTENT: sore throat, laryngitis, earache,sinus congestion, difficulty swallowing,bleeding in mouth, painless ulcers or sores in mouth or numbness. Alcohol in excess and tobacco are major causes. Others: include HPV 16 virus. ...Read more

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Is hodgin totally treatable if discovered at its early stages?

Yes: If caught early and the type of histology is favorable it is totally treated with very high success rate. ...Read more

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When is breast MRI recommended for breast cancer screening? Is it for the earlier stage or later stage

When is breast MRI recommended for breast cancer screening? Is it for the earlier stage or later stage

For high risk women: Yearlly breast MRI in addition to mammography is recommended for women with a 20-25% risk of breast cancer as determined by a lifetime risk calculator, for women who have the breast cancer gene, who had radiation to the chest for hodgekins disease between 10 & 30 years, sometimes for women who have been treated for breast cancer, and for women with a few rare syndromes. To detect cancer early. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get kidney cancer one year after kidney transplant? At stage 3 is it curable?

Is it possible to get kidney cancer one year after kidney transplant? At stage 3 is it curable?

Yes: Very low liklihood , but possible! possible to cure also with combination surgery, chemo radiation as appropriate from pathology. ...Read more

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I have testicular cancer, and am schedule for surgery later this week. Is it a mild cancer?

I have testicular cancer, and am schedule for surgery later this week.  Is it a mild cancer?

Mild is a term: Used by weathermen and tobacco sales ads frmthe 50's. It is a curable cancer. Sometimes with surgery alone, others require chemotherapy or a chemotehrpay option instead of surveillance imaging for protracted times. It is perhaps a "dumb" cancer, in that it can be completely cured with chemotherapy even with far-advanced disease. I'm sorry you have to have it, & you worry, but cure likely! ...Read more

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Is it possible for late stage colon cancer be cured?

Is it possible for late stage colon cancer be cured?

Stage 4?: If by late you mean stage 4 (metastatic), the answer is: possible but unlikely. If the number of metastases is limited and the patient is in good shape, he/she could be treated aggressively with surgery and chemo (maybe even radiotherapy) and some of those, God willing, can be cured. I have seen a few of such patients and I'm sure my colleagues here have too. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Is there a cure yet for secondary lymphadema after breast cancer. I am stage 2 now.

Is there a cure yet for secondary lymphadema after breast cancer.  I am stage 2 now.

Can improve: Lymphedema can be seen after both node dissection and sentinel node biopsy and having a mastectomy or lumpectomy doesn't make a difference. Ways to improve this includes (1) compression sleeves, (2) arm exercises / physical therapy, and (3) weight reduction if overweight or obese. Would recommend going to a lymphedema clinic if there is one in your area. ...Read more

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Is it ever that a CT scan causes brain cancer years late if it done at young age?

Is it ever that a CT scan causes brain cancer years late if it done at young age?

No, there: is no scientific evidence to support the notion that the amount of radiation from one CT would cause a cancer. ...Read more

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What are odds for surviving bladder cancer? The doctor says the bladder cancer is in early stages. Does this mean it can be cured?

What are odds for surviving bladder cancer? The doctor says the bladder cancer is in early stages. Does this mean it can be cured?

Bladder cancer: Early stage bladder cancer can nearly always be successfully treated without major surgery. It is important to follow the surveillance cysto protocol after initial cystoscopic treatment (resection) due to the tendency for superficial recurrences. Cure is a relative term when dealing with some cancers. ...Read more

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Ok.my mum has found carcinoma rectum. Can I know which is the stage it at cancer?

Ok.my mum has found carcinoma rectum. Can I know which is the stage it at cancer?

Rectal cancer stage: Your doctor will need to order either a CT scan or MRI. Endoscopic rectal ultrasound is also another tool for staging . This will usually give them a pretty good idea of the stage. ...Read more

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Where are we at for finding a cure for late stage rabies. Is their a better survival rate or have we improved in late stage treatment at all?

Where are we at for finding a cure for late stage rabies. Is their a better survival rate or have we improved in late stage treatment at all?

Rabies treatment : We still have a long way to go in order to get any successful treatments for rabies. The mainstay of rabies management therefore is still prevention. The Milwaukee protocol offered hope, but u don't want to be in a desperate position like that. Part of the problem is lack of funding to come up with a cure. ...Read more

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