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Why Does Lung Cancer Spread To The Brain So Often
Lung cancer: The different cell types of lung cancer have the propensity to spread to different organs either due to blood stream patterns, adjacent anatomy or the affinity of these other organs to receive and grow these cancer strains. It turns out that the brain is one of those susceptible organs. ...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
Brain Mets: (metastasis) as an entity comprise 100k per year. Lung cancer leads the league, but breast, melanoma, kidney are quite common. Prostate almost never. Only rhabdoid tumors in children commonly go to brain. This pattern stares at us, but baffles us as to why "organotropic" patterns of metastasis are so predictable. ...Read more
Lung cancer has spread not to the brain but the bones actually, how long to live or what's the survival rate if i go through chemo?
Depends on a number : Of factors. Discuss with your team of docs (orthopod, oncologist, pcp & any other specialitist that you may need). Chemo/radiation are generally best options, with some surgical procedure to stabilize a broken or a bone that is weakened (but not yet broken). The idea is to improve the quality of life for as long as possible. Survival is dependent on cancer type and its response to the meds.. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Tb chances are good: It is quite unlikely to have both conditions at the same time. This makes therapy more challenging but doable. Cure from tuberculosis should be expected. The main concern here is the brain cancer. For the most common adult brain cancer, survival is about a year, give or take a few months. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Once cancer has developed to stage 4, when it spread to different organs and chemo is given, does this remove cancer or is the organ itself cancerous?
How long does it take for testicular cancer to spred to the abdomen and brain? Is spreading to the brain common?
Depends on the type: Testicular cancer is usually confined to the testicle, but spread to other organs, metastases, do occur. The type of primary testicular tumor and it's pathologic features determine both the chances of metastasis and if so, where. In particular, choriocarcinoma, a very rare type of testicular cancer, has been associated with brain metastases. Thankfully, brain mets are very rare. ...Read more
Why dont lung cancer patients usually get lung transplants? Wouldnt this be better than chemo or radiation to get rid of the cancer lung?
Lung cancer spreads: Transplants are only useful if we can first eradicate the cancer, which is not possible in the case of Lung cancer. Further there is reduced immunity following transplants which encourages the cancer to grow faster and spread as the immune system is what keeps the Cancer under check for most of the time. ...Read more
Stage 4 cancer that has mets to brain, lungs, adrenal gland and now liver, cause bowels to shut down? If so what are the signs that it is happening?
It depends on so man: Bowel obstruction can occur in any advanced abdominal cancer. If the bowels are compromised by tumor they can close/obstruct. It is not difficult to tell when that happens because no food will pass through them. As a result patients become constipated/obstipated and have increasing pain in the abdomen and are unable to eat and drink due to persistent nausea and vomiting. The belly swells up also. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Colon ca mets: To live is hard to treat because many times the metastasis is on multiple lobe of the liver and cannot be surgically removed. Surgeon only do surgery with the intention of cure if they can remove the metastasis completely. If surgery is not possible you should still consider chemotherapy. The quality of life is still pretty good even if not cured. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How common is it for a malignant tumor to metastasize from the lung to the brain through the bloodstream?
The Nature of Cancer: What makes a tumor malignant is the potential to break away from its organ of origin and take up residence in another one. Some cancer cells are better than others at travelling; others have more of a tendency to travel the longer they have been untreated. If we really understood the "why" part, we would be that much closer to curing all cancer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can you please tell me how metastasized brain cancer and cancer that started in the brain differ?
Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more
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