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Doctor insights on: Will Surgery Be Able To Remove All Of The Cancer Do I Need Additional Surgery

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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 might there be a risk of cancer recurring, even when surgery removed the malignant tumour?

Why might there be a risk of cancer recurring, even when surgery removed the malignant tumour?

Left-over cells: The operation removes all the tumor that can be seen and felt. Cancer cells are microscopic in size and often get into the blood stream at an early stage. Consequently, these bloodborne cancer cells can regrow after the main tumor has been surgically removed. ...Read more

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What types of skin cancer does mohs micrographic surgery remove?

What types of skin cancer does mohs micrographic surgery remove?

BCC & SCCA: Basal cells (bcc) and squamous cell (scca) are the two most common skin cancers treated with moh's. As these are the most common types of skin cancer, that works out very well. Moh's surgery is helpful to minimize the size of the defect (yet still effect a cure) in areas where tissue conservation is important, like the face. It is more expensive, however. ...Read more

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How long does surgery take to remove Cervical Cancer?

How long does surgery take to remove Cervical Cancer?

Minor surgery: This is a minor surgery. Will not take long to complete tjis procedure. Probably under one hour. Best regards. ...Read more

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Why might there be a risk of cancer recurring even when surgery doesn't totally remove a malignant tumor?

Why might there be a risk of cancer recurring even when surgery doesn't totally remove a malignant tumor?

Surgery...: Goal in cancer surgery is to remove all of the cancer if it is safe & possible without harming the patient. Leaving cancer behind may require chemotherapy & radiation treatments depending on the type of cancer. Leaving cancer cells can allow them to grow further or spread further. Unfortunately not all cancers can be removed surgically. ...Read more

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Why might there be a risk of cancer recurring even when surgery is performed to remove a malignant tumour?

Why might there be a risk of cancer recurring even when surgery is performed to remove a malignant tumour?

Microscopic residual: Depending on what type/stage of tumor (possibly some other predicting features as well) some tumors may leave behind microscopic cells which are undetectable by current medical testing (bloodwork or imaging). Even just one of these cells may grow back into a tumor and therefore additional treatment (chemotherapy/radiation)after surgery may be needed to help 'clean up' residual microscopic cells. ...Read more

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What's the prognosis for someone who had head and neck cancer that could not all be removed at surgery?

Not as good: Unresectable or partially resected head/neck cancer can be effectively treated with combined chemotherapy & radiotherapy in most cases; however, the results are not as good as desired. Generally, it is harder to get a complete response to treatment and often the cancer recurrs locally or spreads elsewhere. Close follow-up is required and long-term survivors in 20-40% cases are present. ...Read more

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Half thyroid needs to be removed.Docs say 40% chance of cancer. If so than all of it. What is chance of survival & is surgery high risk? Thx

Half thyroid needs to be removed.Docs say 40% chance of cancer. If so than all of it. What is chance of survival & is surgery high risk? Thx

Prognosis is good: Thyroid cancer is a very non aggressive type of cancer. It is rare for people to die of thyroid cancer (unless anaplastic- a very rare form of thyroid cancer). If done by an experienced surgeon, thyroid surgery has a very low risk. You should follow through with what has been recommended. ...Read more