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Oncology (General Cancer): oral / tongue cancer, chemo treatments, peg tube
Oncology (General Cancer): oral / tongue cancer, chemo treatments, peg tube, tongue cancer

Oncology (General Cancer): Renal Pole Kidney Cyst, cancer, bechets
Oncology (General Cancer): Renal Pole Kidney Cyst, cancer, bechets, behcets

Oncology (General Cancer): High CEA level, pancreatic tumors, lung tumors
pancreatic tumors, lung tumors, liver cirrhosis: If it is measured in the usual way her value is indeed outside the normal range. However there are several other possible reasons for an elevated CEA level not only colorectal cancer for example lung tumors, liver cirrhosis, ulcerative colitis, pancreatic...

Oncology (General Cancer): IPMN in pancreas, fine needle biopsy, pancreas cancer
fine needle biopsy, pancreas cancer, whipple procedure: Get that second opinion. UCLA is as good as any place. I ve seen patients with pancreatic cancer where the disease has spread in the abdomen, growing on the surfaces, and you can t see it with a regular CT scan. A CT Pet might be a good idea. Also, sometimes...

Oncology (General Cancer): inoperable cervical cancer relapse, tumor metastasis, inoperable tumor
tumor metastasis, inoperable tumor, kemotherapy: Du får gärna fråga på svenska. Om den är inoperabel är det nog svårt att göra något radikalt. Radioterapi kanske är en möjlighet men om området redan utsatts för strålbehandling är nog möjligheterna mycket begränsade eller obefintliga. I så fall återstår i...

Oncology (General Cancer): kidney cancers mets to lungs, kidney cancer, lung nodules
kidney cancer, lung nodules: If this is kidney cancer metastasized to the lung, a renal cancer specialist. Where does she live? At the NCI in MD they are specialists in kidney cancer. A small group of patients respond to IL2 therapy, so that s likely the first thing they will try....

Oncology (General Cancer): Lots of nodes all over.... lymphoma?, high platelets, swollen glands
high platelets, swollen glands, left cheek: I would get another doctor if I were you. It may BE just a reaction to surgery or other stresses/illnesses you may have, but the number of them, and the rash and other symptoms is a bit worrisome. I am surprised a biopsy has not been done as a safeguard if...

Oncology (General Cancer): Lymph nodes, cancer lymph nodes, cancerous lump
cancer lymph nodes, cancerous lump, 1cmm: James, It is always possible for noncancerous nodes to become cancerous. My concern is the fact that you stated the lumps were hard and immobile. This, as you no doubt found out in your research, is usually a sign of a cancerous lump. The size is not a good...

Oncology (General Cancer): low cholesterol/potassium, cancer specialist, low cholesterol
cancer specialist, low cholesterol, narrow frame: I m here ONLY as a cancer specialist. This question is outside that narrow frame. So outside my area of expertise here. I therefore suggest that you direct it to either an expert of gastroenterology or to an expert of internal medicine. Good luck! You...

Oncology (General Cancer): lump in neck; ball, neck lump
neck lump: Hi Steph, It is most likely a swollen lymph node due to an infection, but any lump should be checked out. Did the doctor see this when you went for your stomach? If what they gave you for your stomach did not help, I would go back to the doctor. ...

Oncology (General Cancer): lung cancer, apricot seed, lung lobe
apricot seed, lung lobe, breathing treatments: Hi, Please get surgery done to save his life. The right lung has three lobes and the largest is upper lobe. so there will not be much problem in breathing. After surgery, patients are typically paired with a respiratory therapist who monitors the breathing...

Oncology (General Cancer): lymphoma cancer, lymphoma cancer, pet scan
lymphoma cancer, pet scan, disregard: I believe you are referring to a PET scan, which is used to detect and measure the bodies cell activity. It is just a better way to diagnose a patients condition and does not necessarily mean it IS cancer, rather it means the doctor wants to look to see if...

Oncology (General Cancer): Melanoma, mri of the spine, needle biopsy
mri of the spine, needle biopsy, arthritas: I d needle the lump in the armpit. I suspect it is melanoma, but one thing that concerns me is that you are saying the known melanoma, the one in the lung, has stayed the same, while the other spots have grown. I think confirmation of whether at least one...

Oncology (General Cancer): Melanoma Detection, sentinel lymph node, cancer cells
sentinel lymph node, cancer cells, preferred mechanism: What a pet scan shows is that a lymph node (or other tissue) is taking up more sugar than it should. Inflammation and trauma can cause that as well, and very often, the reaction to a tumor in the lymph nodes will cause increased uptake of sugar, even though...

Oncology (General Cancer): melanoma, straight forward answers, brain tumors
straight forward answers, brain tumors, onocologist: If the only place they can find the disease is in the pelvis, than your best bet is to have it removed. That probably won t cure, but nothing else will. After it is operated upon, you might benefit from local irradiation. If I were taking care of you, I...

Oncology (General Cancer): moles, ingrown hairs, thumb tack
ingrown hairs, thumb tack, furuncle: You should be concerned, but it sounds like a furuncle, and they can be very troublesome. If I had one, I d want to have it taken care of. Sometimes it just needs to be lanced and drained, and sometimes it needs to be opened up. But get something done about...

Oncology (General Cancer): oral / tongue cancer, squamous cell carcinoma, nci website
squamous cell carcinoma, nci website, tongue cancer: Chances of cure are low, about 20 %. However, I would definitely consider radiation with chemotherapy or with cetuximab, which is also pretty impressive (an antibody) I would also do it very soon, because his window of opportunity is narrow. The wait reduces...

Oncology (General Cancer): ouestion, cell phone, cancer
cell phone, cancer: Hi, Here is the latest information: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/cellphones There is no evidence that cell phones cause cancer, but it may not be good for young people to have them next to their head for a very long time. ...

Oncology (General Cancer): Possible cancer??, salivary gland tumor, enlarged glands
salivary gland tumor, enlarged glands, bruxism: It is possible that this is related to bruxism, or it could be an enlarged infected gland, or a blocked salivary gland. I would get it checked out. There is a very small possibility at your age that it might be a salivary gland tumor (many are benign) or...

Oncology (General Cancer): prostate cancer, prostate cancer patient, radiation oncologist
prostate cancer patient, radiation oncologist, medical oncologist: When I am dealing with a very old, frail man with prostate cancer, I give taxotere in small doses once a week. If the patient is healthier, then I would give it in a larger dose once every three weeks. The oldest patient I ve treated (successfully) was 93....

Oncology (General Cancer): prostate cancer, red blood cells, many chemotherapy drugs
red blood cells, many chemotherapy drugs, steroid prednisone: Tramadol isn t very good for bone pain. I d suggest a narcotic if he can tolerate that. I think oxycodone with acetomenophen is very good. Of course there are many other available narcotics. Unfortunately there are a lot of misperceptions about narcotics,...

Oncology (General Cancer): question, kinds of cancer, fitness advice
kinds of cancer, fitness advice, gustaf: As you can see from my previous reply none at all as far as we know at present. You can also reach me on: http://www.lifestylerescue.com/expert/health-fitness-advice/dr-claes-gustaf/128 There is no restriction to the number of questions there. ...

Oncology (General Cancer): Renal Pole Kidney Cyst, Behcet disease, kidney cyst
Behcet disease, kidney cyst: Hi Yvonne, I understand your concern. I have 3 kids as well. I would not be too worried. I don t see that kidney or any other cancer is associated with Behcet. But yes a kidney cyst causing pain should be investigated. The MRI would be a logical next...

Oncology (General Cancer): Research project, hodgkin s disease, cancer cells
hodgkin s disease, cancer cells, hair roots: At this time we can cure some cancers. Cure in most cases means that we can operate and take the cancer out of the body. If it has already spread or if it is in an organ that you can t do without, we can t do surgery. There are some cancers that can be...

Oncology (General Cancer): Rib lump, giant cell tumor, fatty lipoma
giant cell tumor, fatty lipoma, discolouration of the skin: Lipomas are painless and quite soft. They don t grow very quickly and that is a very unusual place for a lipoma to be. At your age, I would seek another opinion, and I would have a biopsy done. If this is really a lump there are many things that it could...

Oncology (General Cancer): stage 4 breast cancer, stage 4 breast cancer, breast cancer
stage 4 breast cancer, breast cancer, deepest sympathies: If breast cancer gets into the liver, that is really bad, and those patients don t live for very long. If your aunt has made it to a year, she is already doing better than most. I think from your description and what I know of breast cancer, she is in her...

Oncology (General Cancer): swollen throat, esophageal cancer
esophageal cancer: Hi, Oral cancer can show up as a sore, but your GP probably would have seen that and this sounds more like an infection. The tests they suggest sound reasonable. Did you or do you smoke? Have you had chronic gastric reflux? Those are also major risk factors....

Oncology (General Cancer): Tumour, fitness advice, biological tissue
fitness advice, biological tissue, pool table: This was a TALL order! This is something you have encyclopedias for. A tumor is a growth of biological tissue(s) outside their normal boundaries. Tumors can be divided into benign (non cancerous) where the tumor does not invade (infiltrate) neighboring tissues...

Oncology (General Cancer): tamoxifen issues, breast cancer survivor, estrogen cream
breast cancer survivor, estrogen cream, breast cancer: I don t think there is any reason not to use an estrogen cream. I know it is contraindicated but we also know that local application does not get very absorbed, and as long as you are on tamoxifen, even what is absorbed should not be able to get into an...

Oncology (General Cancer): throat dsyplasia, severe displasia, lymphomia
severe displasia, lymphomia, antibotics: To be able to answer your question properly I do need to read ALL your pathology reports (including those of your throat). You can copy them here. You can also reach me on: http://www.lifestylerescue.com/expert/health-fitness-advice/dr-claes-gustaf/128...

Oncology (General Cancer): Ultrasounds, careful eye, testicular cancer
careful eye, testicular cancer, grain of sand: If it isn t changing size I wouldn t worry about it. The testes is filled with tubes which manufacture sperm. Sometimes one of these tubes can get blocked and ultimately get calcified. This can be felt as a small hard non-tender nodule. You might also...

Oncology (General Cancer): White bump on tonsil, white blood cells, lymphatic tissue
white blood cells, lymphatic tissue, grain of rice: The tonsils are basically lymphatic tissue surrounding crypts which are little tunnels that run through the area. Sometimes when these get stopped up by a cold, they will fill up with white blood cells (pus) and that might be what you are looking at. I...

Oncology (General Cancer): Bone cancer, fine needle aspirate, fine needle biopsy
fine needle aspirate, fine needle biopsy, open biopsy: From the description it could very well be a primary bone tumor, in which the best treatment is to do what your doctors recommended. However, I am saying that if your father can t go through anesthesia, then he can t go through curative therapy, and in...

Oncology (General Cancer): colon cancer prognosis, colon cancer prognosis, pathology report
colon cancer prognosis, pathology report, colon cancer: Is this polyp in his rectum or not. If IN his rectum I do suggest presurgical radiation therapy before his surgery in order to increase his chances of a cure. If it is not in his rectum surgery should go ahead as planned. Any eventual further action should...

Oncology (General Cancer): elderly diabetic facing chemo & radiation, brittle diabetic, mri brain
brittle diabetic, mri brain, benign tumor: To be able to answer I do need some more detailed information. For example: How big is his skin cancer? What kind of leukemia does he have and what does his MRI brain scan show? The more detailed your information is the bigger are my chances of being able...

Oncology (General Cancer): Father recently diagnosed with extensive small cell lung cancer, cell lung cancer, stage 4 small cell lung cancer
cell lung cancer, stage 4 small cell lung cancer, small cell lung cancer: Yes his prognosis is very bad with a lung cancer that has spread to other organs. Without chemotherapy his remaining life time will be very short. With chemotherapy (and perhaps surgery & radiation therapy) he may survive up to around one year. Chemotherapy...

Oncology (General Cancer): left frontal mass (cerebral abscess), cerebral abscess, medical oncologist
cerebral abscess, medical oncologist, brain tumors: Since this concerns brain SURGERY and I m not a neurosurgeon but a medical oncologist & radiation therapist with experience of treating brain tumors this question should not be directed to me but to either a neurosurgeon or a neurologis. So I strongly suggest...

Oncology (General Cancer): irm pelvies, laparascopy, fitness advice
laparascopy, fitness advice, dear doctor: The report does not permit a sure diagnosis of what it is. It may be benign or malignant. In order to know what it is a laparascopy should be done (via her navel/belly button or her vagina) in order to inspect her lesion and to make a biopsy (or several)....

Oncology (General Cancer): Lump, fitness advice, gustaf
fitness advice, gustaf, claes: This sounds like a local infection/inflammation NOT a tumor. But you SHOULD let a doctor check it regardless of insurance (ER?)! Good luck! You can also reach me on: http://www.lifestylerescue.com/expert/health-fitness-advice/dr-claes-gustaf/128...

Oncology (General Cancer): Lung Cancer, pleurex catheter, superior vena cava syndrome
pleurex catheter, superior vena cava syndrome, dose chemotherapy: It doesn t sound like her quality of life is worth much, and certainly she is not going to have more life, whatever the quality. I d ask the physician about whether she could just have a pleurex catheter placed in her chest so that the fluid could be controlled,...

Oncology (General Cancer): looking for ur help, fitness advice, radiation therapy
fitness advice, radiation therapy, testicular cancer: Not necessarily but it MUST be investigated!!!! So you should contact your doctor soonest! In my opinion you should have undergone chemotherapy or radiation therapy (depending on what kind of cancer you had) too. I do hope not doing so will not have bad consequences...

Oncology (General Cancer): lump, lump in throat
lump in throat: Dear Mary, We can t give specific medical advice. If it is not growing, it is unlikely to be cancer. Did they say what it was? You certainly would be justified in getting a second opinion, if you don t have a satisfactory answer from your doctor. ...

Oncology (General Cancer): Melanoma, Stage IV, skin ulcerations, remarkable benefit
skin ulcerations, remarkable benefit, minimal improvement: With the new vaccine therapies, things are unpredictable, and there are a few patients who seem to get remarkable benefit. And from what you are saying, it sounds like he is responding to treatment, and therefore, will live longer than he would otherwise....

Oncology (General Cancer): Melanoma Stages and Treatment Options | Melanoma Research Foundation - Sent using Google Toolbar, test test test, lump in chest
test test test, lump in chest, history of heart disease: If you have a lot of pain due to the melanoma (in the back?) radiation can help the pain. I don t know whether the temodar caused your pain; I doubt that it did. Temodar works 25% of the time and sometimes very well, but mostly just buys time, if any. You...

Oncology (General Cancer): Multiple lymph node swelling, swollen lymph node, swollen lymph nodes
swollen lymph node, swollen lymph nodes, enlarged lymph nodes: To make sure what they are I suggest fine/thin needle aspiration biopsies of these nodes (if available where you are). That way we will KNOW what they are - and what they are NOT! Good luck! You can also reach me on: http://www.lifestylerescue.com/expert/health-fitness-advice/dr-claes-gustaf/128...

Oncology (General Cancer): New mole on foot, new mole, melanomas
new mole, melanomas, skin type: Ask your doctor to check that one as well. I guess if it isn t changing I wouldn t be afraid of waiting till June, but measure it every week, and if you think it s growing, see him sooner. My suspicion is that it s probably just a regular mole, especially...

Oncology (General Cancer): NSCLC - 71 year old female, liver mets, centrilobular emphysema
liver mets, centrilobular emphysema, sulcus tumors: From the CT scan report, she has cancer involving lungs, lymph nodes, bone, liver, and adrenal glands. There has been a good response to therapy in the course of two months. There are several things I don t know, namely, what kind of cancer this is (lung?...

Oncology (General Cancer): need info, testicular cancer, hypertension
testicular cancer, hypertension: Hi, I know of no connection between testicular cancer or removal of a testes and hypertension. What does your doctor say? It is likely unrelated as hypertension in the young is not that rare: http://highbloodpressure.about.com/od/highbloodpressure101/a/high-bp-teens.htm...

Oncology (General Cancer): ovarian cancer problems, prognosis of ovarian cancer, fitness advice
prognosis of ovarian cancer, fitness advice, ovarian cancer: I m sorry to read about her - and your - problems! Unfortunately the prognosis of ovarian cancer is very bad. So even if she accepted more treatment that would most probably not change the outcome. Finally only she can make this decision and only she can...

Oncology (General Cancer): PET scan results, invasive breast cancer, left upper quadrant
invasive breast cancer, left upper quadrant, splenic flexure: From the PET scan results that you are reporting, they do not indicate recurrent cancer. You need to keep in mind that a PET will only show areas of tissue that are metabolizing at a greater rate than the surrounding areas. If you had cancer (like the lung...

Oncology (General Cancer): Pea size lumps 17+ years in the making, ball bearings, two lumps
ball bearings, two lumps, pea size: I seriously doubt that this is cancer. It is taking WAY too long to develop into anything. That said, if it is bothering you, it can t hurt to see another urologist. You should make a point of asking, if it is not cancer, what is it and why has it been here...

Oncology (General Cancer): PRIMARY LING CANCER, hilar lymph nodes, lung nodules
hilar lymph nodes, lung nodules, cancer question: Then he is lucky! And I assume so are you! Sarcoidosis has NOTHING to do with cancer! It is also a rather rare disorder so it is not something you anticipate even though an ordinary lung cancer in a 30 year old male is also quite rare - even if he smokes....

Oncology (General Cancer): PSA Test and Cancer, psa test, ultrasound test
psa test, ultrasound test, robotic surgery: Be concerned, but don t panic. You need to see a good urologist, and probably should have a trans rectal ultrasound test, and if a nodule is detected, a biopsy. Prostate cancer in its early stages is highly treatable, especially for a 62 year old. If they...

Oncology (General Cancer): painful lumps in arm pits, sebaceous glands, arm pits
sebaceous glands, arm pits, sweat glands: Painful lumps in the armpits are usually due to inflammations in either sweat glands or sebaceous glands - or both - there. That is the case regardless of shaving or the amount of sweating there. And if that is the case they have nothing to do with cancer....

Oncology (General Cancer): periampullary carcinoma, radiation dose, stage iib
radiation dose, stage iib, test ca: You never know to what extent is a treatemnt going to benefit in cancer. A CT scan will make things more clear so get it done. Markers are not always reliable. Also you can opt for dendritic cell therapy. It is very good to prevent spread of cancer without...

Oncology (General Cancer): Rare Vaginal Cancer, rare vaginal cancer, pap smear
rare vaginal cancer, pap smear, pelvic exenteration: I don t know the kind of cancer you are speaking about, but I would guess that she has a clear cell cancer. These are aggressive but sometimes curable. If she is to be cured, extensive surgery (called pelvic exenteration would be required. Afterwards,...

Oncology (General Cancer): RE: Subpleural Density, pleural plaque, fatty tumors
pleural plaque, fatty tumors, left breast: If this is a new subpleural density, and wasn t there on a previous scan or chest xray, it is almost certainly breast cancer that has spread. Breast cancer does go into the space between the lung and the chest wall, and often causes accumulation of fluid...

Oncology (General Cancer): Recurrance of throat cancer, throat cancer, radiation therapy
throat cancer, radiation therapy, fitness advice: His doctor s opinion is unfortunately correct. His previous radiation therapy makes surgery and new radiation therapy there impossible. Chemotherapy is a possibility but it is very unlikely that any cure can be accomplished that way unfortunately. Both patients...

Oncology (General Cancer): Rhabdomyosarcoma, types of chemotherapy, herbal therapy
types of chemotherapy, herbal therapy, rapid response: I have seen several cases like your sister s treated successfully by dendritic cell therapy which is available in India too. Also you can opt for antiangiogenic herbal therapy. both give rapid response and I am sure we have high probability to save your sister....

Oncology (General Cancer): radiation excess, malt lymphoma, intestinal blockage
malt lymphoma, intestinal blockage, b cell: You haven t had all that much radiation, but you are right to be concerned. We are not6 yet seeing a huge risk to people who get frequent imaging for lymphomas or other cancers, even over a long period of time. I personally don t worry too much about it,...

Oncology (General Cancer): reccurance of cancer, upper left quadrant, peritoneal cavity
upper left quadrant, peritoneal cavity, peritoneal cancer: It may be seeding in the peritoneal cavity itself. It may be lymph nodes and of course it may be bones. There may be other possibilities too. Well if she was my mother and her general condition allows it I would at least want to try some more chemotherapy...

Oncology (General Cancer): reteroperitoneal sarcoma, excision of mass, radical nephrectomy
excision of mass, radical nephrectomy, right upper quadrant: Your surgeon has done everything that needs to be done. We don t have evidence that radiation to where the tumor was will be helpful, and it would probably be toxic. There aren t any good chemotherapy agents for this either, although in advanced disease,...

Oncology (General Cancer): Small lump on testicle, lump on testicle, benign lumps
lump on testicle, benign lumps, water balloon: Hey Allan, I am very relived that you are going to have it checked out. It is had to tell from the firmness, bt if it is fluid filled it may be due to an infection or a hernia (a blood vessel ballooning). Tumors are not painful, but can cause fluid to fill...

Oncology (General Cancer): Stage IV Melanoma, gastrointestinal system, fitness advice
gastrointestinal system, fitness advice, gustaf: Her gastrointestinal system (maybe including her liver and biliary tract) is probably getting involved (unless it already is). If she refuses more treatments etc. not much can probably be done about it. With this diagnosis it is quite possible that that would...

Oncology (General Cancer): sacoma or sarcoma cancer, sarcoma
sarcoma: Dear Jennifer, I am sorry to hear about your father. How old is he? Did he have surgery to remove it? The outcome would depend on how large the tumor was, and if it spread before they caught it. If you know the stage of the tumor that would help. If...

Oncology (General Cancer): stomach cancer, stomach cancer, stomach ulcers
stomach cancer, stomach ulcers, cancer question: Yes stomach cancer is very rare in that age group, and there are no known genetic conditions causing gastric cancer. What pill did they give you? Are they helping? If the problem is acid, you should see relief very soon. If that does not help, a GI workup...

Oncology (General Cancer): 5-FU dosing, squamous cell carcinoma, infusion pump
squamous cell carcinoma, infusion pump, meter square: I think things are all right. If this is being administered by an infusion pump, the solution put in the pump is not completely pumped in to the patient. the dose the patient should receive is 6208 mg. if there are 4 ml left in the pump, which is about...

Oncology (General Cancer): Benign Spindel Cell Tumor, spindle cell tumor, biopsy
spindle cell tumor, biopsy, crest: It s very difficult to tell whether a spindle cell tumor is benign or malignant. When I have a patient with one of these, I make sure that the pathology has been reviewed by a sarcoma expert. Even if it s benign, it can come back in the same place, and often...

Oncology (General Cancer): Brain cancer, stage 4 breast cancer, brain cancer
stage 4 breast cancer, brain cancer, breast cancer: I m sorry to have to bring you very bad news. Since her cancer has spread to her brain she has now a stage 4 breast cancer. Such a cancer is at present incurable. Since it has spread to her brain it is also most probably eventually fatal even with treatment...

Oncology (General Cancer): brain cancer or mrsa?, cortizone shots, metastasized cancer
cortizone shots, metastasized cancer, brain tumor: The diagnosis says that the cancer has been confrmed by biopsy - 7cent mass on lt thigh treatment-biopsy positive cancer so I am quite sure it is cancer. MRSA does not show such a rapid deterioration. now you should look for other signs of cancer like rapid...

Oncology (General Cancer): Cancer vs. mrsa, cortizone shots, metastasized cancer
cortizone shots, metastasized cancer, septic arthritis: Yes I did notice that the previous replies were not mine. However in general I do agree with them. It seems your mother has a primary tumor somewhere (maybe in her lung) and that has spread to those other sites (brain, bone, lungs?, armpit etc.). She also...

Oncology (General Cancer): Chemotherapy & IPL Treatments, ipl treatments, hair roots
ipl treatments, hair roots, fitness advice: Depends probably on the wave length of the light used (I suppose that with IPL treatment you mean some sort of light treatment to destroy the hair roots). For it to be really dangerous together with the chemotherapy the light needs to be ionizing. That means...

Oncology (General Cancer): cancers, vocal cord cancer, cancer of the oesophagus
vocal cord cancer, cancer of the oesophagus, lung cancer risk: Quite a few! So many in fact that my list here probably will not be complete. First of all lung cancer (squamous cell cancer as well as other types with the probable exception of adrenal cell cancer), larynx cancer including vocal cord cancer, throat cancer,...

Oncology (General Cancer): clear cell renal cell carcinoma, renal cell carcinoma, kidney tumor
renal cell carcinoma, kidney tumor, partial nephrectomy: The things that happened to you before you had the surgery for the kidney are unrelated to the kidney cancer, if it is stage I. I still think your prognosis is excellent and for the most part my previous reply stands, except that I can t obviously say that...

Oncology (General Cancer): cyst, allday, varicocele
allday, varicocele, gos: While I do not think that you have cancer (none of these symptoms sound like cancer), I do think that you need to see a doctor. I am not sure what is going on, but you should not be having pain or burning like this. You could have an infection or something...

Oncology (General Cancer): D Dimer, ct scan with contrast, pulmonary embolus
ct scan with contrast, pulmonary embolus, echo stress: If the D-dimer is negative, it doesn t pay to do other tests to find clots (DVT, pulmonary embolus). If it is slightly positive, it usually doesn t mean anything either, since stress can raise the number a little bit all by itself, and a mitral valve could...

Oncology (General Cancer): ENLARGED LYMPH NODE!, enlarged lymph nodes, bouncy ball
enlarged lymph nodes, bouncy ball, jaw line: As I said, ask a LOT of questions. You have the right to know everything you want to know. I would still not be overly worried at this point, although having nodes for six months is a bit of a concern. Please keep me informed. Thanks for the kind comments....

Oncology (General Cancer): Lung Cancer with brain lesions, deterioration, dad
Oncology (General Cancer): Lung Cancer with brain lesions, deterioration, dad, memory

Oncology (General Cancer): Help needed, moles
moles: I would have them checked by a dermatologist at your convenience and monitor them. If any are growing, changing shape, or color or bleeding they need to be looked at for sure. Most moles stay the same your whole life. But certainly sme can turn into melanoma,...

Oncology (General Cancer): Help needed, hello doctor, fitness advice
hello doctor, fitness advice, safe side: Well since it seems you have not noticed them before they may be new or there may be a change. So I do suggest that you let a dermatologist check you to be on the safe side! Good luck! You can also reach me on: http://www.lifestylerescue.com/expert/health-fitness-advice/dr-claes-gustaf/128...

Oncology (General Cancer): hey answer anything you can thanks a lot, omega 3 6 9, diet change
omega 3 6 9, diet change, weight train: Dear Roshan, I m here ONLY as a cancer doctor! So your question is definitely outside my area of expertise here (cancer). I strongly suggest that you instead should direct it to an expert of internal medicine here! Good luck! You can also reach...

Oncology (General Cancer): high white cell and neutrophyils, mood swings, satisfactory explanation
mood swings, satisfactory explanation, rdw: I am not a doctor so the tests results do not mean a lot to me but you can google the results to compare them to normal. With your symptoms I would be concerned at the least. I would let your doctor know of all your symptoms and get a thorough checkup. If...

Oncology (General Cancer): Life Expectancy, breast cancer, metastasis
breast cancer, metastasis: Dear Sheila, I am sorry to hear about your aunt. You are right that metastatic breast cancer is very rarely cured. But big strides have been made in extending lifespan. It all rests on whether the tumor is still dependent on estrogen, or has HER2 expression....

Oncology (General Cancer): Lung Cancer with brain lesions, brain lesions, chemotherapy drugs
brain lesions, chemotherapy drugs, radiation treatment: Unfortunately this is very serious. When lung cancer returns to the brain after the brain has been treated with radiation, you can t really give much more radiation. And surgery never seems to help. There is a little hope that some chemotherapy drugs might...

Oncology (General Cancer): lump under jaw, ear nose and throat, throat surgeon
ear nose and throat, throat surgeon, mouth cancer: This does NOT sound like a case of cancer! Let an ear-nose-and-throat surgeon check you thoroughly to be on the safe side. And STOP smoking - especially as you are afraid of cancer (yes it is not easy I know but it is still the best way to go!). Good luck!...

Oncology (General Cancer): lung cancer with brain mets, brain mets, severe mood swings
brain mets, severe mood swings, mri of the brain: I don t know how long ago he finished the radiation. If it was very recently, he might be suffering from radiation induced brain injury, and might respond to steroids. If it was a while ago, the tumors in the brain may be growing again, in which case things...

Oncology (General Cancer): Metastatic Malignant Melanonma Stage 4 Using AJCC, conventional radiation therapy, national cancer institute
conventional radiation therapy, national cancer institute, malignant melanomas: Yes I ve heard of it. It sounds very much alike some of the things that are tried for melanomas too. But we have unfortunately yet to see the final results! You can also reach me on: http://www.lifestylerescue.com/expert/health-fitness-advice/dr-claes-gustaf/128...

Oncology (General Cancer): metastatic melanoma, soft tissue tumor, groin lymph node
soft tissue tumor, groin lymph node, metastatic melanoma: I don t know what chemotherapy he is receiving, but one of the problems we often get into is trying to figure out what is from the chemotherapy and what is from the tumor. If the tumor is actively growing despite chemotherapy, then the chemotherapy should...

Oncology (General Cancer): mrsa vs cancer, cortizone shots, metastasized cancer
cortizone shots, metastasized cancer, cancer question: IT sounds like things are getting worse. There must still be swelling in the brain if she gets worse when decadron is taken away. There may be further growth of tumor, or it may be that the brain itself is infected. Finally, sometimes in situations like...

Oncology (General Cancer): Skin Cancer, squamous cell cancer, internal cancer
squamous cell cancer, internal cancer, malignant melanoma: What kind(s) of skin cancer were you treated for? There are vast differences from being treated for for example an advanced malignant melanoma and from being treated for a small squamous cell cancer not to mention a basalioma. Personally I do not like when...

Oncology (General Cancer): Stage 4 adenocarcinoma nsclc, Pleural effusion & edema in legs, causes of edema, chest tube drainage
causes of edema, chest tube drainage, foley catheter: There are many possible causes of edema; heart failure, liver failure, clots in the legs or abdomen, malnutrition, etc. Even pleural effusions, if large enough, can cause edema, and if the tumor is blocking the blood vessels carrying blood to the heart (vena...

Oncology (General Cancer): splenic cyst and ca 19-9, laila tov, ultrasound guidance
laila tov, ultrasound guidance, unilateral gynecomastia: Erev Tov/Laila Tov! You do not need to take out the whole spleen. It MAY be possible to do one or several fine/thin needle aspiration biopsies of it to try to find out what those findings are. This can be done with ultrasound guidance. Good luck/Mazel Tov!...

Oncology (General Cancer): stage 4 lung cancer, stage 4 lung cancer, cancer question
stage 4 lung cancer, cancer question, lung tumors: Hi, Don t worry about my time, I am glad to help. I am not an MD, though, so keep that in mind. Unfortunately squamous tumors metastasized to the brain are not the best to treat. But your mom s early age and good health are positive factors. I think...

Oncology (General Cancer): Worried about tumor possibility, flank area, odd sensations
flank area, odd sensations, flat on my back: you need to: 1. sit on an ergonomic chair. ask a shop to get a chair which is designed to be ergonomic. 2. do light exercise daily 1 hour. at least brisk walk 3. take lots of fruits 4. consult an internal medicine specialist. you dont seem to have...

Oncology (General Cancer): Adenocarcenoma, cancer cells, abraxane
cancer cells, abraxane, breast cancer: The doctors should be able to tell whether the cancer cells in the chest fluid are from the breast cancer or some other cancer (like lung cancer). The fact that they are giving abraxane means that they think this is breast cancer, which is a pretty good guess....

Oncology (General Cancer): Advanced stage Prostate cancer and Fever, mean corpuscular hemoglobin, mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration
mean corpuscular hemoglobin, mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration, lactate dehydrogenase: I would recommend that he be treated with Taxotere, and if his physician thinks he is too frail for the standard course (every three weeks) he could receive a dose every week for three weeks out of four. Taxotere is the best agent we have right now for someone...

Oncology (General Cancer): Armpit Lump, follicle cyst, armpit lump
follicle cyst, armpit lump, pathologic diagnosis: Odds are that your doctor is right; or possibly this is the tip of a follicle cyst. The usual approach is to treat it with antibiotics and topical heat sometimes, and they often come to a head and the contents evacuate. If there is no change after a couple...

Oncology (General Cancer): Bone cancer, lung cancer, surgery
lung cancer, surgery, metastases: Dear Barbara, I am very sorry to hear about your daughter. That is certainly too young and losing a child must be devastating. The big problem with cancers in internal organs is that they can grow for a long time before any symptoms present. And then...

Oncology (General Cancer): Brainstem glioma, brainstem glioma, nerve pathways
brainstem glioma, nerve pathways, hi doc: The standard treatment for this problem is what he is receiving, radiation and temozolamide. Unfortunately the location of this tumor (in the brainstem) is such that even treatment which is successful might damage some more of his nervous system; that is...

Oncology (General Cancer): bone marrow aspiration cytology report, bone marrow aspiration, external stimuli
bone marrow aspiration, external stimuli, reactive bone: Here is the medical definition: reactive marrow Reactive bone marrow A descriptor for a polyclonal BM response to a local or systemic insult , often inflammatory, which may be confined to one cell line, as in reactive granulocytosis, reactive mast cell...

Oncology (General Cancer): Is this something brewing?, internal medicine specialist, swollen lymph nodes
internal medicine specialist, swollen lymph nodes, foot fungus: hi, dont worry. we will solve this together. no disorder is impossible to catch hold of. you can communicate with me further on khalid22777@rediffmail.com if lymph nodes are swollen, it is probably due to your fungal infection (tinea vesicolor). properly...

Oncology (General Cancer): Cushing's Syndrome and Amphiphysin., cushing s syndrome, hormone treatments
cushing s syndrome, hormone treatments, breast cancer: Hi, I would think they are unrelated. Did they find a cause of the Cushings? That would help to know if this was due to hormone treatments, or if they have identified a tumor on your pituitary (typically curable). Sorry to not be too much more help....

Oncology (General Cancer): cancer?, birth mark, vaginal area
birth mark, vaginal area, freckle: Odds are that it s not cancer; but the only way to be sure is to have your doctor look at it. During our lives many freckles appear and grow a little bit, then stop. If it isn t raised, and does not feel rough it s probably just that. But if it keeps...

Oncology (General Cancer): carcinoma?, pancreatic carcinoma, fluid in the abdomen
pancreatic carcinoma, fluid in the abdomen, liver failure: The radiology report says that the ducts leading from the liver to the intestine, and the pancreas to the intestine, are blocked, and they are blocked by a tumor which is growing in the pancreas. The tumor has probably been there for a while, since the pancreas...

Oncology (General Cancer): carcinoma?, pancreatic carcinoma, bile duct
pancreatic carcinoma, bile duct, malignant entity: Carcinoma is the technical term used for a cancer derived from certain body tissues. The remaining malignant tumors derived from the other remaining tissues are usually called sarcomas. Here we are dealing with a malignant tumor that has started in the pancreas...

Oncology (General Cancer): cervical cancer, biopsy results, bleeding between periods
biopsy results, bleeding between periods, gynacologist: Very strange! That she could not say that much when you were there is one thing - we have to wait for your smear & biopsy results - but I m very surprised, astonished and even made angry - by the fact that you did not get a new appointment to get the results...

Oncology (General Cancer): colon cancer, sebacious cyst, medical oncologist
sebacious cyst, medical oncologist, invasive tumor: It is unusual for colon cancer to go to the skin or the tissues under the skin, but not impossible. The more likely diagnosis would be a sebacious cyst or possibly a fibroma. In any event, I would have someone look at it just to be sure. If he got folfox,...

Oncology (General Cancer): concern, ct scan of the abdomen, varicocoele
ct scan of the abdomen, varicocoele, dull pain: I think you can be pretty sure you don t have a tumor (at least one large enough to cause a varicocoele, that would have shown up with the ultrasound.) I would have probably done a CT scan of the abdomen and pelvis with contrast, since I think these show...

Oncology (General Cancer): concern, fitness advice, dull pain
fitness advice, dull pain, varicocele: Well, any and every tumor needs a certain size to be found by available methods. The methods in your case are those that are available and regarded as adequate for cases like yours. But none of them are 100% perfect. On the other hand a tumor needs a certain...

Oncology (General Cancer): should i be concerned?, renal cell carcinoma, testicle self
renal cell carcinoma, testicle self, vericocele: The most common symptom of a kidney cancer is blood in the urine. If none is there the risk is small. X-ray & ultrasound scan examinations of your testicles and your kidneys can make it even more clear. Good luck! You can also reach me on: http://www.lifestylerescue.com/expert/health-fitness-advice/dr-claes-gustaf/128...

Oncology (General Cancer): Ex-Smoker : CT Scan Report, smoking cigarettes, decent shape
smoking cigarettes, decent shape, pulmonary symptoms: Hi Andy, Yes they are referring to a slight anomaly in a lobe of your lung. CT scans often reveal irregularities that are of no consequence, so this is probably nothing and the typical course would be to follow it every year or 2 just to make sure it is...

Oncology (General Cancer): Genetic testing for kidney cancer, renal cell carcinoma, kidney cancers
renal cell carcinoma, kidney cancers, cancer question: Anything - almost - is possible. To be sure what this is I do suggest a needle biopsy of this new lesion. It may be possible to do it with ultrasound guidance now when it is precisely known where it is. Good luck! You can also reach me at: http://www.liveperson.com/professional/expert-profile.aspx?gsBMQvSJ0S4K1haAm6AtH...

Oncology (General Cancer): Low Platelets, low platelets, colon cancer
low platelets, colon cancer, splenectomy: Although this is not something I have a lot of experience with, I did a search and found out that there are not really any drugs that can raise platelets, but there ARE drugs (heparin, quinidine, quinine, sulfa-containing antibiotics, anticonvulsants) that...

Oncology (General Cancer): Low WBC, low white blood cell, blood cell count
low white blood cell, blood cell count, white blood cell: A low white blood cell count can make a person more likely to become infected. There is a medicine, neulasta which can prevent the white count from getting too low. Neulasta is not without problems, and I would agree with your doctor and consider reducing...

Oncology (General Cancer): Lung lesion, real diagnosis, surgical material
real diagnosis, surgical material, fitness advice: I see no real reason to wait either ! Surgery is however NECESSARY also to get surgical material for a pathology examination of it in order to get a real diagnosis. What more to be done can only be decided after such a diagnosis! Please do keep me posted!...

Oncology (General Cancer): light stool and other issues, renal cell carcinoma, gall bladder cancer
renal cell carcinoma, gall bladder cancer, ct scan of the abdomen: When you say you have a varicocele, I don t know what makes you think that. If you are feeling something unusual in your scrotum, it could be several things, including a small hernia, a calcification in the spermatic cord, etc. Your urine and blood tests...

Oncology (General Cancer): Melanoma, curing cancer, arm pit
curing cancer, arm pit, pain medicine: If you choose not to have more treatment, I d strongly suggest you look in to hospice. It isn t what you seem to think. It is a system of care in which the goal is your comfort. If you are up and about, they don t bother you much. If you are down and out,...

Oncology (General Cancer): Mole on penis - malignant?, fitness advice, skin tag
fitness advice, skin tag, skin tags: Without being able to examine you yourself it is impossible to give you a sure answer on this. Any doctor is probably not the best solution here either. You should let a dermatologist (skin doctor) check you! I know that in Britain it is not easy to go to...

Oncology (General Cancer): melanoma, melanoma center, chemotherapy drug
melanoma center, chemotherapy drug, specialized center: If you have melanoma involving the lung, your chances are really poor in terms of beating the disease. YOu might want to ask your doctor to send you to a specialized center (in New England it would be Brigham and Women s, which has a melanoma center) where...

Oncology (General Cancer): PANCREATIC CANCER, cancer question, digestive enzymes
cancer question, digestive enzymes, dilaudid: If she s not jaundiced, I think this is the morphine. Some people get very itchy on narcotics. I would try different narcotics and hope that she has less of a problem with one of the other drugs like dilaudid or fentanyl, or methadone. Hope this helps....

Oncology (General Cancer): Pancreatic Cancer, ct scan of the abdomen, cutting edge technology
ct scan of the abdomen, cutting edge technology, kidney cancer: If your father has prostate cancer metastatic to bone and/or soft tissues his life expectancy is limited; on the average, such patients live about two years. So that has to be kept in mind (as well as his age) when you decide what to do about the pancreatic...

Oncology (General Cancer): pain in right testicle, pain in right testicle, scrotal ultrasound
pain in right testicle, scrotal ultrasound, renal ultrasound: No, they are not life threatening. The varicocele can cause pain and even infertility. They are quite common and not all that easy to treat, but if the problem continues, ask about that vs cancer. Perversely, cancer is actually much less likely to cause pain...

Oncology (General Cancer): Radiation Therapy, needle aspiration biopsy, radiation therapy
needle aspiration biopsy, radiation therapy, chemo drugs: I find it VERY strange that such potent and to some extent risky treatments as radiation therapy and chemotherapy (especially in combination) are given without any kind of diagnosis, not even a suggested one based on clinical signs and his CT & MRI scans....

Oncology (General Cancer): radiation oncology, pathology report, surgan
pathology report, surgan, cranioplasty: Before answering I would like to know why your neurologist & your plastic surgeon think that it would do more harm than good? And why has nothing happened for 3 months after surgery? I m rather curious with regards to these matters and wonder why! ...

Oncology (General Cancer): can you read a radiology cd?, confidentiality reasons, cancer specialist
confidentiality reasons, cancer specialist, confidentiality issues: I can t read these things officially because I m not a radiologist. I m sorry. There might be another physician in the ask answers group who is a radiologist or a general physician. They might have an answer. I wouldn t want you to upload a cd because...

Oncology (General Cancer): can you read a radiology cd?, medical oncologist, confidentiality reasons
medical oncologist, confidentiality reasons, radiation therapist: I m not a diagnostic radiologist. I m a medical oncologist & radiation therapist. So I strongly suggest that you direct this question to an expert of diagnostic radiology here. Good luck! You can also reach me on: http://www.lifestylerescue.com/expert/health-fitness-advice/dr-claes-gustaf/128...

Oncology (General Cancer): results, glucose metabolism, cervical lymphadenopathy
glucose metabolism, cervical lymphadenopathy, enlarged lymph nodes: Here s how I put it together. The MRI, if intended to examine your shoulder, was not calibrated for looking at lymph nodes. Your radiologist, nevertheless, commented that there were enlarged nodes. The idea that they were reactive means that the MRI did...

Oncology (General Cancer): Skin itching and liver lesion, t cell lymphoma, liver lesion
t cell lymphoma, liver lesion, blood sugar levels: A very common cause of severe itching in an elderly person is numular excema, which is a disease of the glands of the skin. It s hard to treat. Atarax can help, but that dose may make her sleepy. Doxepin cream can work, but is expensive and messy. I would...

Oncology (General Cancer): Small hard lump on epididirmys, testicular cancer, testicle
testicular cancer, testicle, cyst: Testicular cancer NEVER forms outside of the testicle, so this is not testicular cancer. It is probably some sort of epididymal cyst, but these are not usually troublesome. I think you will be fine, but it is good that you are letting the doctor look and decide...

Oncology (General Cancer): Stage 4 Breast Cancer, stage 4 breast cancer, chest x ray
stage 4 breast cancer, chest x ray, cancer breast: Your mother has the right to try to cope with her cancer in her own way. However, when you tell me that the area where her breast was is black with seeping tumors, I am concerned that the cancer has worked its way through the chest wall and may be causing...

Oncology (General Cancer): spinal fluid cancer cells, stage 4 cancer, pancreas cancer
stage 4 cancer, pancreas cancer, cancer cells: It confirms that it indeed is a stage 4 cancer he has since these cells are found in another organ than where they probably originated. It also complicates his treatment and prognosis. Probably it will make radiation therapy of his brain and spine necessary....

Oncology (General Cancer): squamous cell in mouth spread to lungs, palliative care programs, neck cancers
palliative care programs, neck cancers, radiation treatments: I would suggest she take one round of the chemotherapy offered, and if there isn t any improvement I d suggest hospice. She has an incurable condition, and the worst thing about head and neck cancers that recur are that they are very malignant, and they cause...

Oncology (General Cancer): stomach lining cancer and removal of stomach, stomach lining cancer, stage 4 cancer
stomach lining cancer, stage 4 cancer, stomach cancer: I m not quite sure that I fully understand your question. Has it spread to her liver? If so there is no use of just removing her stomach since her cancer is so to speak already out of the bag . If not there is no need to replace her stomach with a bag. She...

Oncology (General Cancer): what does this test mean?, renal cell carcinoma, 6 cells
renal cell carcinoma, 6 cells, cancer cells: Tetraploidy means four sets of chromosomes; (that would be 92; a regular cell is diploid and has two sets (46) Q/G and QFQ are methods for staining the chormosomes. Basically they were able to study 30 cells which were in metaphase when the chromosomes...

Oncology (General Cancer): tumour/swelling??, appetite loss, chemo drugs
appetite loss, chemo drugs, radiation therapy: The doctor is giving therapy on the assumption that he has cancer. Now cncaer has some unique signs- fist the rate of apparance of symptoms is fast. that means his problems must have appeared suddenly if it was cancer. second, it usually accompanies, weight...

Oncology (General Cancer): Ultrasound confirmed lesion inside testicle, ultrasound report, incidental findings
ultrasound report, incidental findings, mild pain: Chad, It is difficult for me to comment without more information. Basically, I need to know what the ultrasound report said - exactly what it said. I also need to know your age and what blood tests they did as well as the results. You should be able to...

Oncology (General Cancer): architectural distortion, architectural distortion, mammagram
architectural distortion, mammagram, soft lump: Architectural distortion implies that the pattern is not normal. It doesn t mean there is cancer. Many women who are going through their monthly cycles will have changes in breast tissue related to the hormone changes. Sometimes these are extreme, causing...

Oncology (General Cancer): Breast Cancer Patient on ixempra, breast cancer patient, stage 4 breast cancer
breast cancer patient, stage 4 breast cancer, stage 4 cancer: Your aunt s disease has been a stage 4 breast cancer at least since September 2007 when it was discovered that it had spread to other organs. A stage 4 cancer is at present incurable but it may be controlled (by surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy or...

Oncology (General Cancer): Brown spot under foot since 1 week, could it be cancer? (pic included), lentiginous melanoma, city sidewalks
lentiginous melanoma, city sidewalks, caucasian female: Well if you check your feet regularly - most females I have known in my life (I m now 65) have done so - you should have noticed it if it had been there earlier. So probably it has not been there much longer than a week. If so it is not probable that is a...

Oncology (General Cancer): CANCER, small cell cancer, cancer chemotherapy
small cell cancer, cancer chemotherapy, thyroid cancer: If the small cell cancer has moved to areas outside the chest, then the disease is terminal, most likely. Despite this, we know that radiation and chemotherapy work very well in this disease, and buy time. Most people with metastatic small cell cancer live...

Oncology (General Cancer): Cancer, thyroid cancer, morning headaches
thyroid cancer, morning headaches, carcinom: hi, regarding the treatment options, cancer treatment has seen drastic changes in the past 10 years nand most of the oncologists are not trained in the new therapies hence they dont use them. you can see the modern treatment options here: www.cancer.org ...

Oncology (General Cancer): Cancer, diagnosis tool, diagnostic studies
diagnosis tool, diagnostic studies, ct scans: Obviously you d like to know why there is this huge abnormality. Does she have chronic pancreatitis? Cirrhosis? If she s had CT scans that can usually pick up pancreatic cancer. This is not a false positive; it is indicative that something is going on....

Oncology (General Cancer): Classes, karolinska institute, university medical school
karolinska institute, university medical school, chemistry and biology: Oh, that was a hard one! I m a Swede living in Sweden and was educated and trained here. So the systems are very different! Besides the system here has changed too. The system I grew up with was much more like the French and German systems than the US one!...

Oncology (General Cancer): colon cancer, pathology report, cancer doctor
pathology report, cancer doctor, colon cancer: The end of September seems a little late. I wouldn t have a problem for the end of August or the beginning of September. Only after the surgery and the pathology report can we have a good idea of her prognosis and whether any other therapy should be given....

Oncology (General Cancer): architectural distortion, staff relationships, guessing games
Oncology (General Cancer): architectural distortion, staff relationships, guessing games, psychological damage

Oncology (General Cancer): re:inhaling burnt rubber and teflon fumes by 2 years old child, drink alcohol, fiber intake
Oncology (General Cancer): re:inhaling burnt rubber and teflon fumes by 2 years old child, drink alcohol, fiber intake, lot of water

Oncology (General Cancer): about hodgkin lymphoma, hodgkin lymphoma, fitness advice
hodgkin lymphoma, fitness advice, survival rate: No there are NO so called natural alternatives - also chemotherapy is natural it is part of reality governed by the natural laws of biology and chemistry. Is he still in remission? Good luck! You can also reach me on: http://www.lifestylerescue.com/expert/health-fitness-advice/dr-claes-gustaf/128...

Oncology (General Cancer): Knot on back., surgical incision, lipoma
surgical incision, lipoma, knot: IF it s been there four years and hasn t changed, it s probably not cancer. I suspect it is a lipoma. These can be easily removed through a small surgical incision. So why don t you see a surgeon and have it removed? That will be the best way to see what...

Oncology (General Cancer): leukemia, fitness advice, gustaf
fitness advice, gustaf, claes: No one can guarantee that any leukemia is curable. It is always a matter of probabilities. The older the person is the less chance of a cure it usually is too. What chances he actually has are impossible to evaluate from here. I know far too little about him...

Oncology (General Cancer): lump in armpit, needle aspiration biopsy, lump in armpit
needle aspiration biopsy, lump in armpit, surgical biopsy: It is possible though probably not probable since it seems to itch. But a fine/tin needle aspiration biopsy of the lesion - or if that is not available a a surgical biopsy - can secure a diagnosis quickly. Good luck! You can also reach me on: http://www.lifestylerescue.com/expert/health-fitness-advice/dr-claes-gustaf/128...

Oncology (General Cancer): lung cancer, stage 4 lung cancer, brain under control
stage 4 lung cancer, brain under control, brain tumors: A person who has lung cancer metastatic to the brain, who is growing tumor back after radiation and surgery, probably has about three months at the most. I don t know of anything that will make a big difference. My own approach to patients with brain tumors...

Oncology (General Cancer): Mother's bone and liver cancer, liver cancer, fitness advice
liver cancer, fitness advice, chemo treatment: Where did her cancer start? Breast, colon etc.? Since I do not even know where her cancer started this is an educated guess. But my estimate is that it probably at most can be measured in months. I m sorry I have nothing better to tell you! You...

Oncology (General Cancer): nodule on left lung, needle biopsy, lung specialist
needle biopsy, lung specialist, fitness advice: CT scans of the lungs often show nodules and most of these have nothing to do with cancer. I think it is safe to say that the absence of change (whatever you were told) was not the main reason why it was judged not to be cancerous but it was how it looked...

Oncology (General Cancer): Pheochromocytoma?, adrenal tumor, adrenal hormones
adrenal tumor, adrenal hormones, anxiety and panic attacks: It is rather easy to secure a diagnosis if there is such a tumor or not by measuring certain adrenal hormones. So that should be done quickly. At your age the risk of a cancerous variant of such a tumor is also small. Furthermore if such a tumor has indeed...

Oncology (General Cancer): Prostate Cancer, partin tables, distant disease
partin tables, distant disease, prostate removal: In a sense, if your father is destined to have metastatic disease, he probably already has it. I don t think anything is lost be a fifteen day or even thirty day wait for the surgery. Prostate cancer tends to progress relatively slowly. There is a pretty...

Oncology (General Cancer): could it be pancreatic cancer?, serum amylase, internal medicine specialist
serum amylase, internal medicine specialist, lipase levels: this can be a normal finding in many people - C-19 is raised in some normal persons. Also the the levels depend upon the rate of production from different tissues and the rate of clearance. As an example, serum amylase and lipase levels may be elevated...

Oncology (General Cancer): possible leukemia, hairy cell leukemia, bone marrow biopsy
hairy cell leukemia, bone marrow biopsy, spleen enlargement: hairy cell leukemia is one of those diseases for which there are many treatments. Usually a patient can go into remission for a very long time. In my practice, I have several patients who are several years in remission. Some of the drugs which might be used...

Oncology (General Cancer): Re: Breast retraction, mamogram, hello doctor
mamogram, hello doctor, fitness advice: Without being able to examine you myself there is not much I can tell you. However so far there is nothing in your description that causes me to fear any bad outcome. We have to wait for your mammography! Please do keep me posted! You can also...

Oncology (General Cancer): Re: Extra skin on Breast, extra skin, ann little
extra skin, ann little, hello doctor: little skin tags can form on the nipple. Sometimes as they grow, they sort of blend in with the surrounding tissue, and then when they get large enough they hang loose, and you notice them for the first time. this would be a very unusual place for breast...

Oncology (General Cancer): Is this a rare cancer, large cell carcinoma, desmoplastic reaction
large cell carcinoma, desmoplastic reaction, spindle cells: After the lobectomy, assuming there is no other detectable disease, I would recommend chemotherapy, which has the potential to reduce the risk of recurrence a bit (not 100%). I would also suggest that the tumor tissue be tested for the EGFR mutation, given...

Oncology (General Cancer): re:inhaling burnt rubber and teflon fumes by 2 years old child, teflon fumes, rubber belt
teflon fumes, rubber belt, hot rubber: I doubt your daughter got enough of those fumes to do any damage. However, if damage was done, it will take years to show up. I don t know of any ways to prevent something from happening, but would encourage a diet high in antioxidants, as well as regular...

Oncology (General Cancer): Sarcoma, disfigurement, likelihood
disfigurement, likelihood, radiation: If sarcoma is to be cured, it must be removed surgically. Afterwords, radiation can sometimes increase the likelihood of cure. There are no drugs that cure sarcoma. If the surgery has to be done on a limb, then there is often disability and disfigurement....

Oncology (General Cancer): Skin Cancer, anti oxidants, basel cell
anti oxidants, basel cell, skin cancer: Sorry, I don t know of anything like that. And furthermore, if your skin is prone to develop cancer spots, the ones that will show up in a few years won t show up now, even if we had a treatment. I d suggest you increase your intake of anti-oxidants and...

Oncology (General Cancer): Stage III Lung Cancer Post LLLobectome/Chemo & Radiation, pericardial effusion, lung consolidation
pericardial effusion, lung consolidation, cancer growth: That MAY mean a return of cancer growth there (upper lobe of left lung). It also states that he has fluid in his heart sac - may also indicate the return of his cancer. His heart is also enlarged which may - like the fluid in his heart sac - contribute to...

Oncology (General Cancer): spleen problems after cancer, spleen problems, fitness advice
spleen problems, fitness advice, horrible pain: There are so many possibilities that all I could provide would be a long list and that would not help you. The important thing is not what it can be but what it is! Without an examination that can not be determined! So contact your doctor (oncologist) IMMEDIATELY!...

Oncology (General Cancer): Testicular Cancer?, groin pain, spermatocele
groin pain, spermatocele, sized lump: If it s been there five years, and hasn t changed, I wouldn t be too worried. However, I would get a second opinion from a urologist. Even if it s not cancer, the fact that it s painful means that something isn t quite right. You ll feel better with a second...

Oncology (General Cancer): Tired of being confused..., bone marrow biopsy, iron deficiency anemia
bone marrow biopsy, iron deficiency anemia, bone marrow cancer: you may be having other problems. Tumour markers like B2M (Beta-2 microglobulin) used for Multiple myeloma and lymphomas. It may be present in many other conditions, including Crohn s disease and hepatitis. Also often used to determine cause of renal failure....

Oncology (General Cancer): thyroid cancer, isotope scan, follicular neoplasm
isotope scan, follicular neoplasm, thyroid cancer: I do not know why an isotope scan was not done in your case. Perhaps an ultrasound scan was regarded as enough in your case. Personally I would probably have ordered both. Fine/thin needle aspiration biopsies should ALWAYS be done AFTER both ultrasound & isotope...

Oncology (General Cancer): thyroid cancer possibility, follicular neoplasm, thyroid cancer
follicular neoplasm, thyroid cancer, thyroid tissue: If the biopsy is benign, then I would suggest just watching the rest of the thyroid instead of removing it entirely. If the biopsy is malignant, there is a real possibility that the remaining thyroid tissue is malignant. I don t think you need a second opinion....

Oncology (General Cancer): Vibration in Groin, nerve injury, recurrent cancer
nerve injury, recurrent cancer, scar tissue: The sense of vibration in the groin may be from nerve pressure or nerve injury in the sacral part of the spine. Such injury may have taken place during the chemotherapy (but this would be unusual) or from scar tissue that formed since surgery, or even recurrent...

Oncology (General Cancer): Weight Loss/High White Blood Cell Count., left abdomen pain, lower left abdomen pain
left abdomen pain, lower left abdomen pain, high white cell blood count: I high white count can mean some sort of chronic inflammation. If you ve gone through all those tests and still have symptoms, and Cipro seems to help, then I wonder if you have a diverticulitis? You might also have epididymitis, (inflammation of the structure...

Oncology (General Cancer): Abnormal CEA, cea test, pelvic inflammatory disease
cea test, pelvic inflammatory disease, minor variations: I don t know what is going on, but I guess I would just get tested once in a while. So far nothing has been found. YOu have an abnormal CEA. Your doctors seem to have done everything possible. I d try to live a normal life and as long as you don t have...

Oncology (General Cancer): Abnormal masses on Spleen, golf ball size, tumor specialists
golf ball size, tumor specialists, signs of cancer: first of all, the course of events suggest that it would have been considerably old problem so as to suggest that this is not cancer. but there is nothing except a biopsy which can definitly rule out or establish the diagnosis of cancer. anyway, it would be...

Oncology (General Cancer): Adenocarcinoma, lung cancers, expert profile
lung cancers, expert profile, type of cancer: It seems to be considered a primary lung cancer (a cancer that has started in the lung). Contrary to most other lung cancers adenocarcinomas of the lung are not associated with smoking. The b after 2 (2b) is a technicality that in this situation is not of...

Oncology (General Cancer): adenoid cancer, true cancer, adenoids
true cancer, adenoids, good answer: There is a disorder called large granular lymphoma which is actually quite treatable. If this is part of a leukemic process and your nephew is a kid, that disease has a pretty good cure rate as well. If this is a true cancer as implied by the word carcinoma...

Oncology (General Cancer): bone marrow needed, national cancer institute, kashmir india
national cancer institute, kashmir india, volunteer donations: Dear Irfan, That is amazing that you are trying to take care of this child. We do take some international patients here at the the National Cancer Institute. If they qualify for a study the treatment and room and board is free. If you can send me the details...

Oncology (General Cancer): bone marrow needed, kashmir india, volunteer donations
kashmir india, volunteer donations, medical oncologist: I have been retired now for almost 8 years so I have lost contact with people involved in bone marrow transplantations unfortunately. I do suggest that you should contact transplantation surgeons since they may be more familiar with the matter at present....

Oncology (General Cancer): Colon Cancer or Hemroids?, lower abdomen pain, dull ache
lower abdomen pain, dull ache, hemmorroid: What you are describing could be a hemmorroid, rectal cancer, an anal fissure, a tear in the rectal tissues, an infection -- but the only way anyone could tell would be to examine the area. I don t know how old you are. If you are under 35, it s probably...

Oncology (General Cancer): Very Concerned, lower back pain, thanks art
lower back pain, thanks art, epididymis: Art, BUmps that are on the tops of the testicle are typically not actually on the testicle at all. The top of the testicle is hidden below the epididymis, which wraps around the top, back and bottom of the testicle. The epididymis is a lot of tubes, and...

Oncology (General Cancer): cancer?, granulocytosis
granulocytosis: Hi Phyllis, On this site we are not allowed to give specific medical advice. You have an elevated white count. The most likely cause is an infection. It is unlikely that you have leukemia, but it is a good idea to see the hematologist. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Granulocytosis...

Oncology (General Cancer): cancer, skin cancer
skin cancer: Dear Sowmya, It all depends on the type of cancer. The most likely is skin cancer. The two most common types are Basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma both completely curable. The lesion would need to be surgically removed. More info here:...

Oncology (General Cancer): colonoscopy, barium enema with air, gastric bypass surgery
barium enema with air, gastric bypass surgery, virtual colonoscopy: If you haven t got the willpower to lose weight, you should probably look into gastric banding or gastric bypass surgery. Your weight is dangerous. Furthermore, if a gastroenterologist found a colon cancer, you probably couldn t find a surgeon who would...

Oncology (General Cancer): elevated wbc, hematologist, augmentin
hematologist, augmentin, extractions: With a white count this high and very little in the way of symptoms, I doubt that this is reactive although it s possible. I don t know how old you are. You might have some form of leukemia (and there are many which are very treatable, so don t panic.)...

Oncology (General Cancer): enlarged lymph nodes, enlarged lymph node, enlarged lymph nodes
enlarged lymph node, enlarged lymph nodes, pediatricians: this may be a hrmless growth. if a child is ncomfortable, he becomes restless and cries etc. if these signs are not there, dont worry. lymph nodes are enlarged if there is infection and infection will always have fever. if he has fever off and on, he needs...

Oncology (General Cancer): Help, symptoms of ovarian cancer, back ache
symptoms of ovarian cancer, back ache, urge incontinence: Ovarian cancer is very hard to detect in early stages. I don t think the simple cyst means anything, nor is it likely to cause symptoms, although if this was an ovarian cyst, sometimes they will break and release a bit of blood which can cause some local...

Oncology (General Cancer): Hypoechoic nodules treatment, bilateral mastectomy, needle biopsy
bilateral mastectomy, needle biopsy, prostetics: I don t know if you should be worried, but if you ve had prosthetics and they have been removed, you might just be dealing with a seroma or hematoma. That s a pretty big nodule. If there is any question about what it is, then a needle biopsy should be done....

Oncology (General Cancer): ITP to Hodgkins lymphoma, needle aspiration biopsy, hodgkin s lymphoma
needle aspiration biopsy, hodgkin s lymphoma, rh blood: Most things are possible. But at the moment there is no reason to suspect that you have developed Hodgkin s lymphoma. However your lump SHOULD be investigated. Easiest with a fine/thin needle aspiration biopsy - FNA - (since your lump even can be seen -...

Oncology (General Cancer): Very important question, white blood count, excessive mucus
white blood count, excessive mucus, upper respiratory infection: There are many possible explanations for your symptoms. Even if you are young (and you didn t tell me your age) you should have a chest xray or better yet, a CT scan of the chest, to see if you have pleuresy or fluid in the chest. As for the diarrhea, I...

Oncology (General Cancer): Kidney Cancer, renal cell carcinoma, kidney cancer
renal cell carcinoma, kidney cancer, cancer question: If it is really an adrenal cyst and most radiologists can tell, I wouldn t worry that this is part of the cancer. If you are followed by a urologist, your internist or family doctor, or an oncologist, I suggest a CT scan every six months for two years, then...

Oncology (General Cancer): Lung cancer, lung cancer metastasis, stage 4 lung cancer
lung cancer metastasis, stage 4 lung cancer, chemotherapy drugs: I don t know what chemotherapy drugs are being used. In general, if it is lung cancer and has gotten into the bones, it isn t curable. Chemotherapy can prolong life and the quality of life. In my patients I generally try two different combinations of chemotherapy....

Oncology (General Cancer): Lymph nodes, low grade fever, enlarged lymph nodes
low grade fever, enlarged lymph nodes, base of my skull: If you have enlarged lymph nodes, low grade fever, itchy skin, and fatigue and weakness. your doctor really should look into the symptoms. YOu may need a needle biopsy of one of the lumps, and you certainly should have a blood test, looking for abnormalities...

Oncology (General Cancer): lump on back of head, bony prominences, lump on back of head
bony prominences, lump on back of head, lump on back: Without examining you I can t make a definite diagnosis, but if it is tender to touch, it s probably a cyst or abscess. If it is not tender and also firm, it might be something else. It would be a very unusual place for cancer, and it isn t a wisdom tooth....

Oncology (General Cancer): lymph node, needle aspiration biopsy, swollen lymph node
needle aspiration biopsy, swollen lymph node, surgical biopsy: It may be the result of previous infection(s). To make sure that is not dangerous - which is the probable outcome - you can demand a fine/thin needle aspiration biopsy of it - or if that is not available where you are of course a surgical biopsy instead. Good...

Oncology (General Cancer): Melanoma-Heart Disease, interferon alfa 2b, peg interferon
interferon alfa 2b, peg interferon, recruitment center: You are very welcome. I find 4 trials in Nebraska for stage IV melanoma (that is I think what you have) 1. A Study of Tasisulam Versus Paclitaxel as Treatment for Metastatic Melanoma Phase: Phase III Type: Treatment Status: Active Age: 18 and over...

Oncology (General Cancer): Metastatic Adenocarcinoma in Omentum, bone density test, peritoneal carcinomatosis
bone density test, peritoneal carcinomatosis, acute diverticulitis: IF your CT scan doesn t show a primary in the liver or pancreas, and your upper and lower endoscopy were negative, and the adnexia look involved, I d still be worried about a malignancy arising from the ovary or uterus. The drugs you are getting would probably...

Oncology (General Cancer): Metastatic Liver Cancer, small cell cancer, liver cancer
small cell cancer, liver cancer, liver tissue: If this is small cell cancer, it didn t start in the liver, even though that is where it is now. I ve seen a few patients like that. Small cell cancer can arise in many tissues, usually the lung. Sometimes it grows so fast in the place it starts (the lung)...

Oncology (General Cancer): melanoma, malignant melanomas, sentinel node
malignant melanomas, sentinel node, rough estimates: I m a simple person. I speak my mind and my opinion without any cosmetic touches and that is what I have to do here. Especially as a straight question deserves a straight answer. You have a MALIGNANT melanoma stage 3A. Malignant melanomas are potentially deadly...

Oncology (General Cancer): melanoma in your bone marrow, lymph node cancer, white blood cells
lymph node cancer, white blood cells, malignant melanoma: A malignant melanoma that has spread to one or several lymph nodes is not necessarily a death sentence even though the risk is big. But if indeed it has spread to the bone marrow (or to the liver or the lungs) it is definitely a stage 4 malignancy (cancer)...

Oncology (General Cancer): melanoma cancer in the bone marrow, national cancer institute, national institutes of health
national cancer institute, national institutes of health, bethesda maryland: You can always come here (or to my other site below) or you can ask the National Cancer Institute (part of the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda Maryland) and any search engine like Google, Yahoo or MSN will find it for you. You can also reach...

Oncology (General Cancer): metastatic melanoma, malignant melanoma, clinical trials
malignant melanoma, clinical trials: Dear Tracy, I am very sorry to hear this. My uncle died of melanoma, so this is personal to me too. I am a little confused. If the tumor on the back is the primary tumor and they removed it then and they find no other tumors, then he does not have metastatic...

Oncology (General Cancer): Oral Cancer, mouth biting, oral cancer
mouth biting, oral cancer, HPV: In general no. Unless it leads to a chronic infection. The major causes of mouth and throat cancer are smoking and other tobacco products and HPV infections. If you can get the HPV vaccine, it is recommended, also protects against cervical cancer. I...

Oncology (General Cancer): Pancreatic Cancer, elevated liver enzymes, coeliac plexus
elevated liver enzymes, coeliac plexus, adnocarcinoma: I m so sorry to hear about your situation. Obviously the most important thing you can do is make sure the pain is controlled, don t worry too much about what she s eating or drinking. As for the time factor, from your description I doubt she will be with...

Oncology (General Cancer): Prostate cancer, external beam radiation, gleason score
external beam radiation, gleason score, external radiation: External beam radiation and anti-androgen therapy (for a period of two years) cures people, and is just as good as surgery, and may be preferable in a patient his age. It is true that most urologists won t do prostatectomies on patients his age. This is because...

Oncology (General Cancer): Prostate cancer, cancer in lymph nodes, careful supervision
cancer in lymph nodes, careful supervision, robotic surgery: There are two ways to cure prostate cancer; one is to use androgen blockade and radiation; the other to use surgery. Both work equally well, and have different downsides . Robotic surgery is much easier to undergo and recover from than regular surgery,...

Oncology (General Cancer): pancreatic cancer - how long to develope?, ct scan of the abdomen, time of death
ct scan of the abdomen, time of death, timeframes: The problem is that pancreatic cancer is silent for a long time before causing symptoms. From the time of symptoms to the time of death is generally 4 months to a year, unless the disease can be surgically removed (about 10% of cases). So we just don t...

Oncology (General Cancer): pet/ct scans, radiation effects, generous time
radiation effects, generous time, risk reward: Dear Ed, There is a lot of controls on these scans and efforts to reduce exposure as much as possible. The amount of radiation is small, so in general if your oncologist recommends a scan you should get it. Typically only pregnant women are prevented from...

Oncology (General Cancer): pilocytic astrocytoma., pilocytic astrocytoma, herbal extracts
pilocytic astrocytoma, herbal extracts, life span: Hi Ameera, This condition is not a threat to life if it is kept under control. Any disease is a threat to life if not controlled. I have treated patients having serious conditions using herbal extracts which have been scientifically proved to stop the growth...

Oncology (General Cancer): pilocytic astrocytoma., malignant brain tumours, pilocytic astrocytoma
malignant brain tumours, pilocytic astrocytoma, expert profile: All malignant brain tumours - like this one - are at least potentially lethal. Right, but apart from surgery there is not much else to offer. Has more surgery been suggested? You can also reach me at: http://www.liveperson.com/professional/expert-profile.aspx?gsBMQvSJ0S4K1haAm6AtH...

Oncology (General Cancer): Spinal Cord Cancer Question, spinal cord cancer, cancer question
spinal cord cancer, cancer question, pathology report: Without knowing what this really is, I can t comment on his physician s treatment. However, it might be good to get a second opinion. That would at least be reassuring. The low neutrophil count may be from the radiation, or perhaps he is being given some...

Oncology (General Cancer): Stage 1 A lung cancer, lung lobectomy, cancer question
lung lobectomy, cancer question, stage 1a: If the pet scan is negative, I wouldn t do anything else. If it is positive, it needs further investigation. Although I m puzzled as to why your doctors didn t proceed in the usual manner, it may be that they had information I m not aware of. To do a lobectomy...

Oncology (General Cancer): Stage 4B uterine cancer, carbo taxol, fitness advice
carbo taxol, fitness advice, taxol: Unfortunately in this situation there are too many and too big individual variations (both with and without treatment) for any really useful estimates to be possible. All stage 4 cancers are at present incurable but some may be controlled by chemotherapy....

Oncology (General Cancer): Testicular Cancer?, inclusion cyst, testicular cancers
inclusion cyst, testicular cancers, testicular cancer: If its been there for a few months and hasn t changed, it probably isn t cancer. But I d certainly see an doctor if it does change, or if it is painful. It sounds like a little inclusion cyst that might be developing in the tissues between the testicle and...

Oncology (General Cancer): thyroid nodule, nodule on thyroid, foamy macrophages
nodule on thyroid, foamy macrophages, hurthle cells: Nodules form in the thyroid for various reasons. Most of the time, they are benign. Sometimes they turn into cysts (anything that has a duct that can be blocked off becomes a cyst. If the FNA showed no sign of malignancy, then follow up is reasonable, generally...

Oncology (General Cancer): Worried about cancer, cramps and diarrhea, hunger pangs
cramps and diarrhea, hunger pangs, intestinal cramps: It sounds like you have two things going on; that funny sensation you get when lying flat, which seems to me to be musculoskeletal, and may be associated with your back; and the gastrointestinal symptoms. If you ve had GERD for several years, and the symptoms...

Oncology (General Cancer): Worried Sick!, clear mucus, tiny pellets
clear mucus, tiny pellets, right abdomen: Yes, there is a tendency for colitis to run in families. As for colon cancer in your age range, it s not unheard of, but it s pretty rare. Colitis can usually be treated successfully if it isn t too severe. The abdominal discomfort you are having and the...

Oncology (General Cancer): 1 year old with abnormal lab values, swollen lymph nodes, and cyclic fevers, needle aspiration biopsy, normal wbc count
needle aspiration biopsy, normal wbc count, swollen lymph nodes: I m here ONLY as a cancer doctor. So everything else is outside my area of expertise here. So far there are no significant signs indicating that this is some kind of cancer (malignancy) condition. A fine/thin needle aspiration biopsy of one or several of her...

Oncology (General Cancer): Benign Tumors and Cancer, benign tumors
benign tumors: Good question! The short answer is that we really don t know. In the case of the colon, most polyps are benign, but sometimes a cell in the polyp becomes malignant and a tumor starts. So in some cases, a benign tumor is a risk for malignancy and it is...

Oncology (General Cancer): Breast Cancer-Paternal History, breast cancer history, hereditary syndromes
breast cancer history, hereditary syndromes, paternal grandmother: The heredity is different, but a daughter can inherit her grandmother s propensity through her father. Men, by the way, who come from families with high levels of breast cancer, have an increased incidence of prostate cancer. There are a few hereditary syndromes...

Oncology (General Cancer): Breast lump, fibrocystic disease, cystic breasts
fibrocystic disease, cystic breasts, cystic changes: You are probably right, but unfortunately you can t be certain. Fibrocystic disease is difficult, for precisely that reason. You might look into some dietary changes or in severe cases, even a course of tamoxifen, to reduce the cystic changes. While you...

Oncology (General Cancer): Breast Mass, spindle cell neoplasm, prophylactic oophorectomy
spindle cell neoplasm, prophylactic oophorectomy, chest xray: T^his is almost certainly a reaction to previous surgery. It is not obviously malignant, nor is it related to your breast cancer. I agree with your surgeon. Should you develop other lumps, of course see him again, but the appropriate treatment for one of...

Oncology (General Cancer): Breast Pain/Swelling, paternal grandmother, breast pain
paternal grandmother, breast pain, birth control pill: Hi Erin, Better get a mammo gram done to scan for cancer. Also get it done every 6 months, since you have a strong family history of cancer. You better take naturopathic preventive treatment which will not cost much. for prevention of cancer, I can send...

Oncology (General Cancer): breast cancer, diagnostic mammography, hypoechoic mass
diagnostic mammography, hypoechoic mass, septations: You sound like you have cystic breast disease. Alternatively, you might have a couple of ductal abscesses, which are a nuisance, but not cancer. The septations suggest it isn t cancer, and the pus like material that comes with aspiration. If they come back,...

Oncology (General Cancer): Chin Cancer?, cancer of the mouth, mouth tongue
cancer of the mouth, mouth tongue, facial deformity: First, it could be normal, depending on his weight. More likely it represents some sort of blockage of the lymphatics. Patients with cancer of the mouth tongue or larynx who receive radiation can often go through a period when they have temporary blocking...

Oncology (General Cancer): Cognitive Decline, brain mets, golf ball size
brain mets, golf ball size, cognitive decline: Hello Again Monique: My thoughts and prayers are with you on the anniversay of your father s death. If the neurotoxicity is the only cause of your mother s symptoms, then you want to provide all of the nutritional support possible to clear the radiation...

Oncology (General Cancer): Concerned, testicular cancer, grain of rice
testicular cancer, grain of rice, self exam: If you have had this lump for 10 years AND had it examined by a doctor and ultrasound and it never seemed suspicious to anyone, then you can be pretty darn sure it is not cancer. The ultrasound is very good at finding testicular cancer. I would trust the results....

Oncology (General Cancer): Core Biopsey, needle biopsy, mammogram film
needle biopsy, mammogram film, local anesthesia: A biopsy is necessary in order to KNOW! A diagnosis can not be based on guesses! Are you prepared to risk your life just because you dislike the thought of a needle biopsy - with local anesthesia! Mammography & MRI can not replace a biopsy! You...

Oncology (General Cancer): CT scan results/lung cancer, sacral ala, lytic lesion
sacral ala, lytic lesion, lytic lesions: A bone scan shows where bone is being destroyed and remodeled. It isn t very sensitive, but if you have lytic lesions on an xray or a cat scan and the bone scan is positive, that is a sign that something is going on. The uptake in the T and L areas might...

Oncology (General Cancer): cancer clustering, cancer, family history
cancer, family history, genetic testing: Dear Maja, Clustering in families usually means more than one case. It can be cancer in multiple generations or within the same generation. Cancer is a complex disease caused by things in our environment, our genetic history and chance. Some families...

Oncology (General Cancer): carcinoma ventricular, carcinoma ventriculi, stomach cancer
carcinoma ventriculi, stomach cancer: Dear Barbara, I am very sorry to hear about your daughter. Unfortunately lung cancer is the leading cause of death from cancer in women. How old was she? The most common causes of lung cancer are smoking, exposure to asbestos, and radon, a radioactive...

Oncology (General Cancer): Decline, brain mets, golf ball size
brain mets, golf ball size, cognitive decline: Dear Monique, you have asked me a question and it is my duty and obligation to answer that question to the best of my ability AND to tell you the truth as far as it is possible to do so. In this case you have told me 1. That your mother has a lung cancer -...

Oncology (General Cancer): Dense thickining at 9 'oclock position rt breast, breast cancers, history of breast cancer
breast cancers, history of breast cancer, biopsey: Yes most breast cancers do not hurt. It is good that an MRI will be done BUT I DO RECOMMEND that also the core needl biopsy is done as soon as possible because with that we will have a far greater chance to KNOW what this is! So please do that! Good luck!...

Oncology (General Cancer): dermatofibroma, topical steroids, left breast
topical steroids, left breast, steroid injections: Topical steroids and local steroid injections can help prevent recurrence, but not consistently, so there are different opinions about how well this works. While you may be able to sense regrowth I hope that s not the case, and that you are just experiencing...

Oncology (General Cancer): Enlarged Inguinal Node, inguinal lymph nodes, risky sexual behavior
inguinal lymph nodes, risky sexual behavior, inguinal nodes: Small hard inguinal nodes in the groin are very common in younger people. If it hasn t changed, I wouldn t worry about it, especially if it s not painful. If you have a lymphoma, and this is a very remote possibility, if it growing this slowly it won t kill...

Oncology (General Cancer): Left Flank Pain, helical ct scan, left flank pain
helical ct scan, left flank pain, upper left quadrant: This is outside my field, but I would suggest you see a neurophysiologist to determine whether there is some sort of musculoskeletal problem going on. I think it sounds like you may have a disc problem in your back, which can cause nerve irritation and muscle...

Oncology (General Cancer): Followup-tubular adenoma 1/18, medicine facts, crime novels
medicine facts, crime novels, army days: Frankly I do not miss contacts with the public that very much. But I do need something to do besides reading crime novels, science fiction and science & medicine facts! So I write here, on LivePerson.com, on Brainmass.com and on my blog (in Swedish and politically...

Oncology (General Cancer): carcinoma ventricular, disese, death certificate
Oncology (General Cancer): carcinoma ventricular, disese, death certificate

Oncology (General Cancer): recurrent IPMN post Whipple, radical lymphadenectomy, pancreaticoduodenectomy
Oncology (General Cancer): recurrent IPMN post Whipple, radical lymphadenectomy, pancreaticoduodenectomy, pylorus

Oncology (General Cancer): Stage IV Andenocarcinoma?, lickety split, courage
Oncology (General Cancer): Stage IV Andenocarcinoma?, lickety split, courage, reply

Oncology (General Cancer): survival rate for stage 3 melanoma, groin lymph node, interferon treatment
Oncology (General Cancer): survival rate for stage 3 melanoma, groin lymph node, interferon treatment, stage 3

Oncology (General Cancer): what is that i feel it in this area, male perineum, hemmorhoid
male perineum, hemmorhoid, penis extension: I can t tell what it is from your picture. If it is right in the middle, it is probably the base of the penis. It could also be a hemmorhoid, but those are kind of sensitive to touch. I ve never heard of rectal or anal cancer occurring in a person of your...

Oncology (General Cancer): What is that that i feel it in this area, male perineum, penis extension
male perineum, penis extension, imagehost: I am sorry, but I have no idea what this might be. It certainly is the perineum, but I don t know why you have a lump there. I am not a doctor, and even if I was, I think it would be better to have someone examine this in person. I kind of doubt it is...

Oncology (General Cancer): Gastric Cancer, gastric cancer, expert profile
gastric cancer, expert profile, stage 4: A stage 4 gastric cancer is at present incurable and treatment options are very limited - if any at all. Its prognosis is also very bad regardless of treatment. So unfortunately I have to agree with her doctor. Of course you can always consult with any doctor...

Oncology (General Cancer): GBM after Avastin, avastin, expert profile
avastin, expert profile, radiation therapy: Unfortunately the prognosis of a GBM is always bad regardless of treatment. In fact your wife has survived much longer than normally expected (what GRADE did her tumor have?). Unfortunately there is no obvious drug available to replace Avastin - not yet anyway...

Oncology (General Cancer): Genes and Gastric Cancer, gastric cancer, expert profile
gastric cancer, expert profile, colonoscopy: Unfortunately at this point in time the ONLY reliable all covering test that I can recommend in your case is gastroscopy done regularly! My wife is in exactly the same situation as you. She has it done once per year. Good luck! You can also reach...

Oncology (General Cancer): Headaches, medical oncologist, malignant neoplasm
medical oncologist, malignant neoplasm, chemo treatments: headaches associated with vomiting in a patient who has cancer should make someone think of disease involving the brain. (He needs a CT or MRI of the head). In addition, you need to think of hypertension. That kind of intense radiation can cause irritation...

Oncology (General Cancer): Hives/C1Q, systemic mastocytosis, mast cells
systemic mastocytosis, mast cells, emotional upsets: There are people who get hives because they have underlying auto-immune problems. There is a disease called systemic mastocytosis that can give you hives. The thyroid and C1Q are probably not related. Are you on any other meds? There are people who get...

Oncology (General Cancer): Hope????, brain metastases, rapid demise
brain metastases, rapid demise, glucose uptake: I don t know how old your Mom is or what her general state of health is. In general, if someone has brain metastases, the only reason to take chemotherapy is if disease in other parts of the body is acting up. It sounds like it isn t in her case. If the...

Oncology (General Cancer): Kidney cancer rechecks, renal cell carcinoma, last stages of cancer
renal cell carcinoma, last stages of cancer, kidney cancer: Cancer needs to be assessed for spread and extent every 6 months. Also you need to take medicines to help your body fight and finish cancer from your body. At least it strengthens your body s immune system to keep the cancer in control. Oncologists are...

Oncology (General Cancer): Living six years now with bone cancer, bone cancer, natural herbs
bone cancer, natural herbs, last test: It could be very real Ginger. Cancer can be an accumulation of toxins that the body can not rid itself of. Taking care of yourself without adding more toxins that could be a part of traditional methods helps the body to maintain homeostasis. Keep up the...

Oncology (General Cancer): Lung Nodule possible breast cancer metastasis?, stage 4 breast cancer, double mastectomy
stage 4 breast cancer, double mastectomy, pulmonary nodule: If there is an increase in the size of the lesion, I d probably start treatment with herceptin and high dose faslodex or Aromisin. These would be second line therapies. There is some information on using herceptin and another oral agent, Tykerb (lapatinib)...

Oncology (General Cancer): later stage prostate cancer, lymph node involvement, chemotherapy drugs
lymph node involvement, chemotherapy drugs, cancer question: Pain can come and go, even with cancer. Sometimes the cancer goes through growth spurts and the pain increases. Sometimes the reason for the decrease in pain has more to do with changes in the mental status of the patient. Sometimes pain decreases towards...

Oncology (General Cancer): liver cancer, liver cancer
liver cancer: Hi Chris, I am sorry to here about your mother. Most of liver cancers in the world are caused by hepatitis viruses and alcoholism, and aflatoxins. The hepatitis B vaccine has been a huge benefit in reducing liver cancer and avoiding heavy drinking. ...

Oncology (General Cancer): Masses in neck, ent surgeon, expert profile
ent surgeon, expert profile, endocrinologist: Depends on where the cysts are. If in your thyroid you should see an endocrinologist. If elsewhere probably an ENT surgeon. Good luck! You can also reach me at: http://www.liveperson.com/professional/expert-profile.aspx?gsBMQvSJ0S4K1haAm6AtH There...

Oncology (General Cancer): metastatic breast cancer to the bone, drug regimen, expert profile
drug regimen, expert profile, breast cancer: As long as it only remains in her bones her risk of death is rather small. However if her bone marrow involvement becomes extensive that may change. Also if it spreads to other organs (lungs, liver, brain etc.) her situation may change - sometimes even dramatically....

Oncology (General Cancer): microscopic blood in urine no whiye blood cells, microscopic blood in urine, bladder polyp
microscopic blood in urine, bladder polyp, white blood cells: Blood in the urine without white cells would be more likely related to a bladder polyp, a kidney stone, hypertension, trauma to the urinary tract, even bladder or kidney cancer. Usually any sort of inflammation will generate white cells, sometimes contaminated...

Oncology (General Cancer): Night sweats, low testosterone level, causes of night sweats
low testosterone level, causes of night sweats, cancer answer: In addition to my previous thoughts, another possibility is that you might have a low testosterone level. Hypogonadism can cause night sweats without much in the way of other symptoms. In general, however, most people with mild night sweats never get diagnosed...

Oncology (General Cancer): Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma?, non hodgkins lymphoma
non hodgkins lymphoma: Dear Cynthia, I am sorry to hear about your health problems and the history of cancer in your family. We are not permitted on this site to give specific medical advice. Mycobacterial infections can be hard to control, but given the length of time I think...

Oncology (General Cancer): outlook for stage 4A lip cancer, stage 4 cancer, pathology reports
stage 4 cancer, pathology reports, lympnodes: If it truly is a stage 4 cancer the prognosis is usually not good. But if it has ONLY spread to lymph nodes of his throat it may be somewhat better (but I can not offer any promises). Furthermore, without any access to his pathology reports (if possible you...

Oncology (General Cancer): PET/SCAN REVEALED A MASS AND I WANT TO KNOW WHAT TYPES OF CANCER THIS CAN BE, skull base, appex
skull base, appex, lung nodule: The result does not permit definite certainty of the nature of the lesions seen at present. However there is a lesion in her upper throat (epiglottis) that may be a primary cancer there. There are also signs that this cancer (if that is what it is) has spread...

Oncology (General Cancer): Possible Breast Cancer Metastasis?, breast cancer metastasis, stage 4 breast cancer
breast cancer metastasis, stage 4 breast cancer, pulmonary nodule: Hi Craig: All 3 questions are out of my line of expertise which is in nutritional oncology and integrative therapies. Integrative therapies refer to complementary therapies of lifestyle, diet, supplements and mind/body work as they pertain to medical treatment...

Oncology (General Cancer): Prostate Cancer, prostate cancer, sex
prostate cancer, sex, prevention: Hi James, That is not exactly true. There is some evidence that frequent orgasm through sex or masturbation decreases the risk of prostate cancer, but this has not been confirmed. The strongest risk factor is a family history and the best prevention is regular...

Oncology (General Cancer): Prostate cancer, gleason score, robotic prostatectomy
gleason score, robotic prostatectomy, cancer question: The first question is impossible to answer. Probably they were there even before the PSA started going up. As for the second question, I suspect that the cancer was there before, just not big enough to be felt by the urologist. as for the third question,...

Oncology (General Cancer): Query!, biopsy report, surgical biopsy
biopsy report, surgical biopsy, spindle cell: As you can see I unfortunately did not receive the report except the very first words. Please try to send again! You can also reach me at: http://www.liveperson.com/professional/expert-profile.aspx?gsBMQvSJ0S4K1haAm6AtH There is no limit to the number...

Oncology (General Cancer): Radiation, cobalt source, thyroid cancer
cobalt source, thyroid cancer, radiation treatment: Unless you get an injection of radioactive material you don t have to worry. And if you do get such an injection (for thyroid cancer, for example) you will be warned about how long to avoid contact with other people. Ordinary radiation delivered by a linear...

Oncology (General Cancer): radioembolization, stage 4 cancer, lung mets
stage 4 cancer, lung mets, afternoon fatigue: I have heard of it. Given his situation I have certainly no objections though of course there are no guarantees of any success. But with a stage 4 cancer that has spread to - at least - lungs and liver (that we know of) there are not many options available...

Oncology (General Cancer): recurrent IPMN post Whipple, whipple procedure, acute pancreatitis
whipple procedure, acute pancreatitis, university of minn: There is no very best . There are several places that have excellent teams. I would still feel that U of Cincinnati is top notch, as are the other places you ve mentioned. Pick the one that s most convenient to where you live, so that if you need further...

Oncology (General Cancer): Stage 4 Squamous cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, stage 4 squamous cell carcinoma
squamous cell carcinoma, stage 4 squamous cell carcinoma, stage 4 cancer: Right now I remember the case and my recommendations then. Well we will have to wait for her biopsy results. That will determine my evaluation of the case. You can also reach me at: http://www.liveperson.com/professional/expert-profile.aspx?gsBMQvSJ0S4K1haAm6AtH...

Oncology (General Cancer): Stage IV Andenocarcinoma?, low blood sugar, left temporal lobe
low blood sugar, left temporal lobe, broncoscopy: I don t think it s good medicine to treat someone for cancer without a biopsy diagnosis. If you had part of your lung removed, they must have recovered tumor tissue. If they did not make a tissue diagnosis, then they have no proof that you had cancer, and...

Oncology (General Cancer): No safe dose of radiation exposure exist., CT scan, radiation exposure
CT scan, radiation exposure: Dear Yelena, No this is in interesting question. Yes it is true that we do not know if there is a safe dose of radiation and so the current standard is ALARA (as low as reasonably achievable). We of course know that we are all exposed to background radiation....

Oncology (General Cancer): spindle cell neoplasm brain tumor, spindle cell sarcoma, spindle cell neoplasm
spindle cell sarcoma, spindle cell neoplasm, 5th cranial nerve: There are artificial tears that are indeed a nuisance; they have to be applied three or four times a day. But the alternative is that the disease would come back and take her life, or at least lead to disfiguring surgery. I don t know of any medical intervention...

Oncology (General Cancer): squishy mass left testicle, varicose vein, testicle
varicose vein, testicle, scrotum: I don t know for sure what this is, but is almost surely is not cancer. Judging from your description, it probably IS a vein - probably a varicose vein in the scrotum. They call this a varicocele. A common description is that it feels like a bag of worms...

Oncology (General Cancer): stomach cancer?, constipation, stomach cancer
constipation, stomach cancer: Dear Layla, The odds of this being stomach cancer are almost zero. It is virtually never found in someone that young. It sounds like your doctor is on top of it. I would imagine the cramps are due to the gas. Had you been on antibiotics before this? Started...

Oncology (General Cancer): survival rate for stage 3 melanoma, melanoma skin cancer, lymph node
melanoma skin cancer, lymph node, survival rate: Depending on where the tumor arose and the number of nodes involved, stage III melanoma has a cure rate of between 30 and 70 percent. I know that s pretty broad. However, I d put you towards the higher end, because you only had one lymph node and you are...

Oncology (General Cancer): Testical cancer, cancer question, testicals
cancer question, testicals, spermatic cord: Not necessarily. If you had a lump on the side of the testicle (meaning cancer), it could potentially cause the testicle to grow. More likely, though, is that the testicle would be replaced on the inside by cancer without you knowing (it would get harder and...

Oncology (General Cancer): thyroid cancer/lung cancer, papillary thyroid cancer, cancer metastasis
papillary thyroid cancer, cancer metastasis, cancer question: If you have one process in the right upper lobe and another in the left lower lobe, they both need to be watched. The right upper lobe process seems stable, and may be a granuloma. The left lower lobe process could be that or something else. So it doesn...

Oncology (General Cancer): tomo therapy for bladder/vaginal cancer patients, tomotherapy, bladder cancer
tomotherapy, bladder cancer: Dear s, The exact therapy for a given tumor would have to be determined by the oncologist and depend on the tumor, the stage and previous therapies. Where radiation therapy is indicated, tomotherapy is an option. The therapy involves CT-based imaging to...

Oncology (General Cancer): vertigo malignant melanoma, diet nutrition surgical
diet nutrition surgical: Good Afternoon Lucy: Helping your grandmother to decide whether she can withstand the implications of surgery can only be made by a qualified physician(s) who has your grandmothers health history in his/her hands. You may want to have your grandmother...

Oncology (General Cancer): X-ray, chest x ray, nerve block
chest x ray, nerve block, chest infection: eggshell calcifications generally signal a benign process, since rapidly growing tissues don t take up calcium that well. She may have had an infection in the past and this is the result. I would ask your doctor to look at the xray from 6 months ago and...

Oncology (General Cancer): 15 month girl cbc ?leukemia, atypical lymphocyte, alk phos
atypical lymphocyte, alk phos, oral antibiotics: No, I do not think of leukemia when I see these tests. So I think a specialist of infectious diseases is the right specialist to go to. Good luck! You can also reach me at: http://www.liveperson.com/professional/expert-profile.aspx?gsBMQvSJ0S4K1haAm6AtH...

Oncology (General Cancer): Advice needed on Spindle cell sarcoma, spindle cell sarcoma, sutent
spindle cell sarcoma, sutent, adequate doses: Unfortunately, unless these are removed when they are small, they aren t cureable. If it is as large as you say,I doubt that adequate doses of radiation could do much either,since you would be damaging normal lung. There are some things I d try. Chemotherapy...

Oncology (General Cancer): Dad with metastasized melanoma, metastasized melanoma, pathology report
metastasized melanoma, pathology report, less than three months: Thank you! I ll answer as well as I can though there are some uncertainties in this case that make it hard to give you sure answers. 1. Depends on how easy or difficult in each case it was to get a representative tissue (or cell) sample for the biopsy....

Oncology (General Cancer): Differentiated Invasive Squamous Cell Carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, invasive squamous cell carcinoma
squamous cell carcinoma, invasive squamous cell carcinoma, grand mal seizures: Well, where EXACTLY is it? The distance to her anus is not enough as a location description. That fits a circular area outside her anus as well as a part of her rectum - though that is probably less likely due to the diagnosis. Without knowing exactly where...

Oncology (General Cancer): Mole on Bottom of Foot, biopsy results, dermatologist
Oncology (General Cancer): Mole on Bottom of Foot, biopsy results, dermatologist, doubt

Oncology (General Cancer): Gastric Cancer, history of colon cancer, dietary solutions
history of colon cancer, dietary solutions, gastric cancer: Gastric cancer in general has a bad prognosis but if he wants any chance of survival at all (no guarantees possible) he will have to accept this surgery where at least most of his stomach and some other structures are removed (exactly how much of his stomach...

Oncology (General Cancer): Herbal Treatment for Cancer, expert profile, herbal treatment
expert profile, herbal treatment, self deception: In my humble opinion NO! I regard that at best as self deception and at worst as fraud! Enough said I think! DO NOT LISTEN TO IT! You can also reach me at: http://www.liveperson.com/professional/expert-profile.aspx?gsBMQvSJ0S4K1haAm6AtH There is...

Oncology (General Cancer): Heterogeneous liver and arimidex, cirhossis, atrophic kidney
cirhossis, atrophic kidney, expert profile: Herterogenous is NOT necessarily related to cancer. If there is any suspicion of cancer that should be written in the report. At present I see no reason why you can not continue with Arimidex. Good luck! You can also reach me at: http://www.liveperson.com/professional/expert-profile.aspx?gsBMQvSJ0S4K1haAm6AtH...

Oncology (General Cancer): liposarcoma, venae cavae, cancer surgeon
venae cavae, cancer surgeon, type of cancer: Dr. Morton at UCLA is a world-renowed cancer surgeon. He or his department should be excellent resources. I am much more familiar with resources on the east coast, but I wouldn t hesitate to suggest the UCLA sarcoma team. Unfortunately there may not be...

Oncology (General Cancer): Lump in forearm, left forearm, lump in forearm
left forearm, lump in forearm, ball bearings: I agree, this must be taken seriously! It seems your insurance company consists of a bunch of ignorant fools and you are free to tell them my opinion! You need the help of an oncological orthopedic surgeon SOONEST! At least a biopsy is NECESSARY to find out...

Oncology (General Cancer): Lung Nodules, lung nodules, lung cancers
lung nodules, lung cancers, expert profile: I can not guarantee that it is not a cancer but many nodules found are not cancer. If she is not a smoker her risk is small since around 90% of all lung cancers are due to smoking. But that also means that 10% are NOT due to smoking. So even if she has never...

Oncology (General Cancer): lymph node above left collarbone, enlarged lymph nodes, night sweats
enlarged lymph nodes, night sweats, lymph node: Have you had any fevers or night sweats? Is the nodule tender? How old are you? You may be feeling an enlarged node, a cyst, or something else. I would get it checked out, though. The important thing to note is whether it changes size over time. But...

Oncology (General Cancer): lymph nodes, fine needle aspiration, fine needle aspiration biopsies
fine needle aspiration, fine needle aspiration biopsies, enlarged lymph nodes: Yes that is at least theoretically possible. There may not be any effects at all. If the enlargement was an unspecified result of an infection/inflammation there will probably be no ill effects at all. If you want to know the cause of these enlaargements I...

Oncology (General Cancer): Malignant melanoma, malignant melanoma, melanoma
malignant melanoma, melanoma, abdomen: I don t know how old he is. Generally we do offer radiation to the brain if that is the only place he has cancer. However, it sounds like he has disease in his abdomen as well, since ascites usually means there is cancer in the abdomen. In any event, even...

Oncology (General Cancer): Mole on Bottom of Foot, irregular edges, medium pressure
irregular edges, medium pressure, melanoma: I don t think it s a melanoma, but I m not sure. if it were me, I d see a dermatologist and if there is any suspicion, I;d have it removed. Melanomas in general are slightly raised, have irregular edges, and sometimes bleed. They don t often occur on the...

Oncology (General Cancer): Necrosis, tumor necrosis factor, malignant tumours
tumor necrosis factor, malignant tumours, expert profile: Most malignant tumours are partly necrotic (especially in their centres) - even without radiation therapy. That is due to the fact that such tumours outgrow their blood supply. Also radiation can cause necrosis. Unfortunately this does not change the prognosis...

Oncology (General Cancer): i need an advice, vitamin c powder, everyday bike
vitamin c powder, everyday bike, prostatis: If your testicles feel normal, and if this all started when you ran around in tight clothing, you may have some urethritis or inflammation of the ducts going to the testicles. This may not be helped by all the acid you are taking in(vitamin C, lemon, acai,...

Oncology (General Cancer): is this normal or not?, chest ct scan, thoracic vertebral bodies
chest ct scan, thoracic vertebral bodies, cervical lymphadenopathy: I would be concerned that something is going on. If your son has no symptoms, (back pain) it might be reasonable to repeat the study in three months to see if there is any change. However, the fact that there actually has been change (since the prior CT)...

Oncology (General Cancer): pancreatic CA, medical hx, whipple procedure
medical hx, whipple procedure, pancreatic ca: Yes the prognosis of this type of cancer is bad regardless of treatment. It is never wrong to ask for a second opinion. In the end the decision to go ahead with this treatment or not must be made by the patient herself (if competent - if not by her legal guardian,...

Oncology (General Cancer): Pancreatic Cancer, liver metastasis, pathology report
liver metastasis, pathology report, tumor in the liver: Pain is not necessarily a prominent symptom even in very advanced cancer cases. Pain varies quite a lot from case to case. Just be grateful it is not worse. No, chemotherapy can not cure her but it may decrease her symptoms and extend her survival time. The...

Oncology (General Cancer): pelvic ultrasound, pelvic ultrasound, pap smear
pelvic ultrasound, pap smear, hypoechoic: I don t know how old you are, but the findings are certainly compatible with benign endometrial myomas. I suspect these kinds of changes are found in a large fraction of women as time goes on. Nevertheless, you are right in seeing your doctor and getting...

Oncology (General Cancer): prostate cancer, stage 4 cancer, psa level
stage 4 cancer, psa level, radio therapy: Since his prostate cancer has spread it is now a stage 4 cancer. Such cancers can not be cured at present. But it may be possible to keep them under control with hormonal therapy, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. At least for some time. How long that time...

Oncology (General Cancer): psa after brachytherapy, psa level, prostrate cancer
psa level, prostrate cancer, expert profile: I suppose this is not the only PSA level you have. What was your PSA level before treatment? How many times have you been tested after treatment and what was your level on each occasion? You can also reach me at: http://www.liveperson.com/professional/expert-profile.aspx?gsBMQvSJ0S4K1haAm6AtH...

Oncology (General Cancer): Question about follow-up guidelines, pathology report, check ups
pathology report, check ups, chest ct: Your oncologist is following reasonable guidelines. After three years, your chances of having curable metastases approaches that of the general population. It s more important to check the colon since recurrences and new lesions are the most common problems....

Oncology (General Cancer): support, ear nose and throat specialist, ear nose and throat
ear nose and throat specialist, ear nose and throat, mean spirit: Tiffany, Different people react to the news of any major illness in different ways. In my wife s case it was depression followed by some withdrawal. This all eventually passed but it is understandable how someone might become angry and take it out on those...

Oncology (General Cancer): Testicular Cancer, ultrasound report, color doppler
ultrasound report, color doppler, cancer question: In my opinion, you should seek the advice of an expert. You (or preferably your urologist) should try calling the urology department at Indiana University and ask to review the situation with Dr Richard Foster. http://urology.iupui.edu/foster.html He...

Oncology (General Cancer): Benign Spindel Tumor, spindle cell tumor, spindle cell tumors
spindle cell tumor, spindle cell tumors, malpractice cases: It s very hard for a pathologist to predict whether a spindle cell tumor will be benign or malignant. It s a common reason for malpractice cases. However, the bottom line is that if it is malignant, there isn t anything more you can do to improve the odds...

Oncology (General Cancer): what are the chances this is lynch syndrome in my family?, cervical dyplasia, high meat diet
cervical dyplasia, high meat diet, inoperable lung cancer: Lynch syndrome occurs in families who have colon cancer. It is also called hereditary non-polyposis colon cancer . People with lynch syndrome are susceptible to other kinds of cancer, notably cancers of the endometrium, and small bowel cancers as well....

Oncology (General Cancer): Chances of it being Lynch syndrome in. my family?, cervical dyplasia, high meat diet
cervical dyplasia, high meat diet, inoperable lung cancer: You are welcome! You father s grandmother s case may or may not be related, impossible to tell, regardless of if this is a Lynch case or not. All genetic factors with regards to colon cancer are hardly known at present. How big is the tumor in his pancreas?...

Oncology (General Cancer): CT Scan, chronic lung problems, mediastinal lymph nodes
chronic lung problems, mediastinal lymph nodes, crest syndrome: bronchiectasis refers to areas of the lung where the normal tissue has been destroyed, and where chronic infection exists. Prominent mediastinal nodes means that they are probably more dense and slightly enlarged. CREST syndrome is a type of autoimmune disease...

Oncology (General Cancer): digestive, mid abdomen, gastro enterologist
mid abdomen, gastro enterologist, pancreatic enzymes: Since I for obvious geographical reasons can not examine you (I m in Stockholm, Sweden and you are in the U.S.A., besides I m retired) I can not fully investigate your case. And I m here ONLY as a cancer doctor so your case is very probably outside my area...

Oncology (General Cancer): EBV and leukemia/lymphoma, epstein barr virus, non hodgkin s lymphoma
epstein barr virus, non hodgkin s lymphoma, hodgkin s lymphoma: Mononucleosis is an extremely common infection - most people get it at some point in life. It is caused by the Epstein-Barr virus. The same virus is associated with the so called Burkitt lymphoma which is not uncommon in Africa but rather uncommon outside...

Oncology (General Cancer): Eosinophil rising, chronic cough, intestinal parasites
chronic cough, intestinal parasites, skin allergy: There are NO significant changes in your blood tests, so your doctors are correct. You have allergies and you have asthma in your family (related to allergies). Increased eosinophils are ofte seen in patients with allergic problems. This is NOTHING to worry...

Oncology (General Cancer): Firm lump on buttock, fatty tumors, cancer hope
fatty tumors, cancer hope, finger and thumb: I don t think it s cancer. If it is cancer, then the most likely would be anal cancer. Much less likely, but possible, would be melanoma, skin cancer, or a metastasis from somewhere else. The only way to tell is to have someone professional look at it and...

Oncology (General Cancer): Iron deficiency, iron deficiency anemia, chronic fatigue syndrome
iron deficiency anemia, chronic fatigue syndrome, iron infusion: Well that is a matter of opinion but since your diagnosis is somewhat unclear I can not understand why such a biopsy was not done! You can also reach me at: http://www.liveperson.com/professional/expert-profile.aspx?gsBMQvSJ0S4K1haAm6AtH There...

Oncology (General Cancer): iron deficient, iron deficiency anemia, chronic fatigue syndrome
iron deficiency anemia, chronic fatigue syndrome, iron infusion: Hi, I can see your condition. The good approach would be to visit an Internal medicine department of a medical school hospital. That department will be the main coordinator. Then they will probably refer you to a endocrinology consultation and then plan a...

Oncology (General Cancer): lymph nodes / stress / injury, enlarged lymph nodes, extreme fatigue
enlarged lymph nodes, extreme fatigue, stress injury: There are no blood tests that can answer that question. Stress by itself cannot make lymph nodes enlarge. Extreme fatigue can be a sign of a lymphoma. If the nodes are not tender and you don [t have an infection, I doubt that you can blame infection or...

Oncology (General Cancer): Meningioma?, brain mri, advanced breast cancer
brain mri, advanced breast cancer, nervous person: If it were breast cancer, I d steer away from surgery and consider stereotactic radiation. I know of no evidence that surgical removal of a breast cancer metastasis from the brain improves the odds of survival. If it is a primary brain tumor, (meningioma...

Oncology (General Cancer): MRI and ultrasound, ultrasound exams, radio waves
ultrasound exams, radio waves, ionizing radiation: As far as it is known at present that statement is true. No, they do not use any ionizing radiation (like x-rays) at all! Ultrasound only uses short sound waves and in the case of MRI there is some use of short radio waves but as far as we know they too are...

Oncology (General Cancer): night sweats, expert profile, consecutive nights
expert profile, consecutive nights, back of my neck: Without being able to examine you in any way it is rather impossible to comment on just one symptom like this. It can have many different causes. My only possible answer is that you should let a doctor check you again based on this symptom. Good luck! ...

Oncology (General Cancer): Omentom Cancer/treatment, lesions on the liver, fatty tumors
lesions on the liver, fatty tumors, omentom: I assume that he has recurrence in the omentum, but not obviously in the liver. If that is the case, there are some centers doing an experimental procedure which involves surgery to remove all the disease that can be seen, followed by perfusion of the abdominal...

Oncology (General Cancer): ovarian cancer, lumbosacral spine, maximum wall thickness
lumbosacral spine, maximum wall thickness, nodular lesions: The inflammatory process seen in her sigmoid colon is probably what has been called diverticulitis (and may be that). What kind of endoscopy it is you mean that was OK? In this situation her ovaries, fallopian tubes (including the seen lesion), uterus and...

Oncology (General Cancer): Pancreatic Cancer, white blood cells, inoperable tumor
white blood cells, inoperable tumor, cancer cells: If there are cancer cells which have gotten into the blood stream and are somewhere else, it is unlikely that chemotherapy could kill all of them; that s just the way pancreatic cancer is. I prefer radiation after surgery, since it makes the surgery easier,...

Oncology (General Cancer): Partial WBC count, bone marrow biopsy, doctor patient relationship
bone marrow biopsy, doctor patient relationship, internal medicine doctor: If your WBC is within standard range it can hardly be called leukopenia! Also if you do an investigation of a leukopenia case you can hardly avoid doing a bone marrow biopsy since that is standard procedure! And THAT is what you tell the patient (= that it...

Oncology (General Cancer): Questions on MmmT cancers, primary brain tumors, stage 4 cancer
primary brain tumors, stage 4 cancer, cancer of the ovary: A malignant mixed mullerian tumor starts in the ovaries. Everything I said about ovarian cancer holds. I don t know how you could get one of these in the brain without beginning in the ovaries. It arises from the mullerian tissue (which does not exist in...

Oncology (General Cancer): Wife has small lump on back of neck, small lump on back, inclusion cyst
small lump on back, inclusion cyst, lump on back of neck: If it s been there as long as she can remember and hasn t changed in size, and is firm and moveable, it is probably an inclusion cyst. I am 99.99% sure it isn t cancer; the size, the location, the firm feeling, the fact that it hasn t changed -- those all...

Oncology (General Cancer): Anaemia, bone marrow aspiration, accurate diagnosis
bone marrow aspiration, accurate diagnosis, homeopathic physician: Hi, If you want a accurate diagnosis , meet a Internal medicne consultant in a medical school hospital, She may have a bleeding or clotting disorder , such as hemophilia , von Willebrand s disease , thrombocytopenia , or a rare clotting disorder. If...

Oncology (General Cancer): Blood in mucus in morning, left nostril, pollen allergies
left nostril, pollen allergies, blood in mucus: Even in China you are rather young for a cancer there. Your questions can not be answered without an examination! Let a doctor (ear-nose-and-throat surgeon) check you! You can also reach me at: http://www.liveperson.com/professional/expert-profile.aspx?gsBMQvSJ0S4K1haAm6AtH...

Oncology (General Cancer): blood tests, serum iron levels, serum ferritin
serum iron levels, serum ferritin, expert profile: If by body mass you mean BMI you are somewhat on the thin side. Wile your Hb is OK the others are not. What is your TIBC? Blood tests do not tell everything too. So let your doctor check you! You can also reach me at: http://www.liveperson.com/professional/expert-profile.aspx?gsBMQvSJ0S4K1haAm6AtH...

Oncology (General Cancer): cancer?, bladder cancer, bladder infections
bladder cancer, bladder infections, proplem: People with bladder cancer can develop bladder infections that cause this, and when the infection is treated, it can get better. People with prostate cancer can have these symptoms as well. I would definitely see a urologist and make sure it isn t something...

Oncology (General Cancer): Catheter Embolization, internal carotid artery, external carotid artery
internal carotid artery, external carotid artery, medical oncologist: Well, this is a surgical procedure and therefore outside my area of expertise (I m not a surgeon but a medical oncologist & radiation therapist). But it is rather basic so I ll try to answer it anyway. 1. It will not even come really close to your heart so...

Oncology (General Cancer): Chest x ray and lung cancer, chest x ray, chest xray
chest x ray, chest xray, pulmonary issues: If the chest x-ray is negative, and you aren t and haven t been a smoker, I would suspect the problem is related to some nerve pressure in your upper spine. However, to be sure it s not cancer related, you should have a CT scan. Sometimes chiropractic can...

Oncology (General Cancer): colon cancer stage 3b - please help us, colon cancer, cancer stage
colon cancer, cancer stage, embarrased: With surgery alone the cure rate for this kind of cancer is about 50% depending on which study you look at. If you also use chemotherapy afterwards (and it should start within about 50 days of the operation) the cure rate is improved to about 70%. The combination...

Oncology (General Cancer): colon cancer stage 3b - please help us, colon cancer, cancer stage
colon cancer, cancer stage, cancer patient: Dear Katerina, thanks for your mail! I fully understand your situation (I have lost both my parents and my mother in law - who I loved - to cancer and am myself a cancer patient too - radiation treated prostate cancer). I fully agree with the suggestions of...

Oncology (General Cancer): General Concerns, northern ontario canada, bad coughs
northern ontario canada, bad coughs, second hand smoke: You are welcome! Good! No, I meant your second alternative. Well since the biological half life of cannabis is rather high cannabis users are at least to some extent intoxicated all the time. So they are more stupid. In the long run brain cells are also killed....

Oncology (General Cancer): MRI and CT results., thyroid nodules, lung nodule
thyroid nodules, lung nodule, metastatic cancers: I don t think what is going on is related to the thyroid nodules, and if the current CT scan is negative for the chest, I don t think that would be a concern. But I would be concerned about the L2 and L3 vertebral bodies. Unfortunately about all you can...

Oncology (General Cancer): Natural Treatment Product - Maca, breast cancer cells, early stages of menopause
breast cancer cells, early stages of menopause, aromisin: In theory, anything with estrogen-like properties could conceivably trigger any breast cancer cells that remain in her body. However, no one has shown that this is the case, but of course no one has set up any sort of rigorous study. There are a lot of substances...

Oncology (General Cancer): Operating Room Report, lymph node dissection, inferior vena cava
lymph node dissection, inferior vena cava, superior mesenteric artery: Well, first of all, pancreas cancer operations are Always very difficult as this one too seems to have been. But secondly I m not a surgeon but a medical oncologist & radiation therapist. So I think this question should be directed to a surgeon with great...

Oncology (General Cancer): Operating Room Report, lymph node dissection, inferior vena cava
lymph node dissection, inferior vena cava, superior mesenteric artery: First, I don t do surgery, and many of the terms used in the report I couldn t be certain of tghe meaning. Second, it sounds like this was an operation for pancreatic cancer, and since they had to do a lot of difficult dissection and perform an ablation in...

Oncology (General Cancer): oral mass, life threatning, noonan syndrome
life threatning, noonan syndrome, spindle cell: The lesion seems to be benign , but there are sarcomas which are hard to tell benign from malignant. Given that it bleeds easily, I would have it treated. Radiation is not that bad; they would not use a dose designed to cure a cancer, and lower doses are...

Oncology (General Cancer): ovary, follicle cyst, dermoid cyst
follicle cyst, dermoid cyst, regular periods: If you do an ultrasound at the right time of the month you will see cysts. they form, they reabsorb, and sometimes, they don t quite disappear. A desmoid cyst is kind of a scarred down follicle cyst. Both are harmless. If I were your doctor and if I was...

Oncology (General Cancer): Can i have a piercing?, bone marrow transplant, cancer patient
bone marrow transplant, cancer patient, immune systems: If you are in remission, you could probably go ahead. Most patients recover their immune systems sufficiently. If you had hodgkins disease or went through a bone marrow transplant, then I d be more careful since both can be associated with long-term damage...

Oncology (General Cancer): please help me fast, 3 msv, brain tumor
3 msv, brain tumor, brain tumors: First of all, a CT scan of the brain from everything we know, will not cause a brain tumor. Even several CT scans are unlikely to cause a brain tumor. The radiation from a diagnostic study is very small. In order to cause a tumor, you have to change the...

Oncology (General Cancer): primary peritonial carsonoma, intraperitoneal chemotherapy, menstrual cramps
intraperitoneal chemotherapy, menstrual cramps, ca 125: The change in Ca 125 could indeed be due to an infection; that number goes up whenever there is irritation of the peritoneum. And it isn t that high. He is probably more concerned about the nodule. If I were you and had been in remission since 2009, and...

Oncology (General Cancer): prostate, tissue density, heterogenity
tissue density, heterogenity, expert profile: It means that the tissue density there is not quite even. More I can not say without reading the full report. The thing about your aorta means that you have calcifications in your blood vessel wall there. How serious that is depends on how extensive these...

Oncology (General Cancer): PSA levels, bone density test, psa levels
bone density test, psa levels, social drinker: A rising PSA in a patient who has had a prostatectomy means that there is prostate cancer somewhere. I would be very concerned about the back pain, and a bone density test won t help; you need a bone scan or an MRI. There are people who have a PSA-only...

Oncology (General Cancer): one more question, ovarian cyst, major surgery
ovarian cyst, major surgery, pathologist: yes. but it also means that it is impossible to sample with a fine needle, and you would have to have major surgery for a pathologist to know for certain. I would put it out of my mind for three months and then get another ultrasound. if there is no change,...

Oncology (General Cancer): spleen, ultrasound scan, breast area
ultrasound scan, breast area, enlarged spleen: Dear Tiffany, It may or may not have anything to do with your spleen. Without an examination it is impossible to come any further. So unfortunately you have to wait until the 10th. Ask the doctor for an ultrasound scan of your spleen so we can have a fast...

Oncology (General Cancer): submandible node, sweel, salivary gland
sweel, salivary gland, bottom lip: From your description you might be feeling a blocked salivary gland, rather than a node. Also, you might simply have a node that s been infected. I would give it four weeks or so, and see what happens. I don t think it s cancer, but even if it s a lymphoma...

Oncology (General Cancer): throat cancer, apollo hospital in chennai india, apollo hospital in chennai
apollo hospital in chennai india, apollo hospital in chennai, throat cancer: The modern treatments have three methods of approach: 1. Radiotherapy, 2.Chemotherapy, 3.Antiangiogenesis therapy, 4.Immunomodulator therapy. You can go to Life line hospital dubai for the first two treatments. For the other two you can come to India. I worked...

Oncology (General Cancer): Bone Lesion, bone lesion, hip arthrogram
bone lesion, hip arthrogram, groin pain: Based only on your information that is impossible to answer with any certainty. According to your question it looks more benign than malignant BUT radiology examinations are NOT pathology reports and only such a report can tell us with certainty what it is....

Oncology (General Cancer): Breast Cancer, recurrent breast cancer, cancer question
recurrent breast cancer, cancer question, lympnodes: First of all, stage is what is measured at the initial diagnosis of cancer. A patient with stage I breast cancer who is adequately treated (and it seems that your wife was not) still has a chance that later on the cancer will spread. As for telling whether...

Oncology (General Cancer): On-going bone pain, healthy balanced diet, diabetes type 2
healthy balanced diet, diabetes type 2, wheat intollerance: Sorry Rachel, I m here ONLY as a cancer doctor and nothing in your description makes me start thinking of cancer. So your case seems unfortunately(? - or fortunately) to be far outside my field of expertise here! You can also reach me at: http://www.liveperson.com/professional/expert-profile.aspx?gsBMQvSJ0S4K1haAm6AtH...

Oncology (General Cancer): Left breast lesion, breast lesion, needle biopsy
breast lesion, needle biopsy, smooth margin: If a needle biopsy - as mentioned - is possible and the lesion is benign probably no surgery is necessary! You can also reach me at: http://www.liveperson.com/professional/expert-profile.aspx?gsBMQvSJ0S4K1haAm6AtH There is no limit to the number of...

Oncology (General Cancer): buritis and lumps, fine needle aspirate, groin pain
fine needle aspirate, groin pain, faint chance: If the lumps are tender and have popped up that quickly, they may be abscesses or granulomas, although there is a faint chance that they are cancer. The reason I don t think they are cancer is because it sounds like everything is occurring in a specific area...

Oncology (General Cancer): "enlarged" spleen, pelvic ct scan, ct scan with contrast
pelvic ct scan, ct scan with contrast, swollen spleen: Brittney I am glad to see you did not believe the ER people and went to an internist instead. I think that you can pretty much rule out lymphoma as your cause on the spleen here for now. I would, however have to rule out everything else before coming back...

Oncology (General Cancer): hard Testicle, testicle cancer, hepatitis test
testicle cancer, hepatitis test, spoge: If neither doctor felt that the testicle was hard, then they are probably correct and you do not have cancer. If you have a varicocele, it means you have varicose (enlarged) veins in the scrotum. Definitely not cancer, but potentially painful. It is extremely...

Oncology (General Cancer): head ct scan and cancer please help, cause brain cancer, brain tumors in children
cause brain cancer, brain tumors in children, brain tumor: There is no evidence, repeat, no evidence, that CT scans cause brain cancer. IN fact, even very high doses of radiation used to treat brain tumors in children don t cause brain cancer very often at all. So stop worrying. The best way to reduce the risk...

Oncology (General Cancer): high platelet count, bone marrow biopsy, expert profile
bone marrow biopsy, expert profile, production of blood: Well a bone marrow biopsy is important to get in order to study the production of blood cells including the platelets. But so far no cancer is certain yet and based on just this it is not possible to give you any exact numbers. Your risk is somewhat elevated...

Oncology (General Cancer): high platelet count, iron deficiency anemia, high platelet counts
iron deficiency anemia, high platelet counts, high platelet count: High platelet counts fall into two categories; those that are reactive and those that are due to unstimulated increased production. Many people with infections, chronic arthritis, liver disease, lupus, etc. have reactive elevations in platelet counts. ...

Oncology (General Cancer): husband and son's risk level related to family hx of ca, family hx, cancer survivor
family hx, cancer survivor, maternal grandmother: It may be that your husband carries a BRCA gene, in which case his risk of colon and prostate cancer would be elevated (as well as breast cancer). That can be tested. If he is positive, your son should probably be tested as well. If he is negative, your...

Oncology (General Cancer): Lung nodule, lung nodule, leimyosarcoma
lung nodule, leimyosarcoma, needle biopsy: Probably BOTH a CT scan AND a PET scan. Well to evaluate if it can be checked by bronchoscopy I do need a far more precise description of the location of her lesion. The size of her nodule is also not sure in your question. 12 mm (almost 1/2 inch) or 1.2 mm?...

Oncology (General Cancer): lesions on brain vs MS, brain lesion, brain lesions
brain lesion, brain lesions, lung fibrosis: I am not familiar with the CSF complications possible in sarcoidosis, but it can effect nearly all parts of the body, and fatigue is a common complaint. Where do you live? My good friend Michael Iannuzzi is one of the worlds experts, he is in NY City. ...

Oncology (General Cancer): lymphoma, tonsil stones, tonsil stone
tonsil stones, tonsil stone, sweaty head: I think your ent doctor is right. It would be very unusual for someone to have lymphoma that only involved a tonsil, and that for several months without spreading. That being said, if the feeling persists or if you notice it getting larger, it probably should...

Oncology (General Cancer): Mammogram before MRI, tram flap, expert profile
tram flap, expert profile, mammogram: Well they need it for comparison so my advice is that you accept it. Also the extra radiation load is rather minimal so I see no real reason to say no in this situation. The risk of such an effect is likely to be very small so again my advice is that you should...

Oncology (General Cancer): mass in hemerroid, abnormal blood vessels, hemerroid
abnormal blood vessels, hemerroid, pathology report: Dear Carolyn, hemorrhoids are abnormal blood vessels and any mass related to a hemorrhoid is likely to be non-malignant. The pathology report should clear this up. Has it come back yet? I would say it is very unlikely to be cancer. If your husband is...

Oncology (General Cancer): Other symptoms, lymph nodes in the neck, hi doug
lymph nodes in the neck, hi doug, testicular cancer: As I said, I do not think you have cancer. Of course, I am not a doctor and we are only exchanging email over the internet. Despite how long these things have been there, you seem to be a little more concerned than normal. That s fine, but I think it means...

Oncology (General Cancer): Ovarian Cancer Screenings, colon cancer screening, lung cancer screening
colon cancer screening, lung cancer screening, cancer screenings: First of all, we haven t proven that ovarian cancer screening helps save lives. You can have a lot of ovarian cancer in your body without knowing it, and the blood test isn t proof that you have it, and if it is normal, it doesn t mean you don t have it....

Oncology (General Cancer): Pancreatic Cancer, whipple procedure, cancer background
whipple procedure, cancer background, bladder infections: Neither ultrasound scans nor CT scans - nor for that matter MRI scans or PET scans - are patholgy microscopy biopsy specimens (which is the only rather sure diagnostic method of malignancy or of any detailed and sure diagnosis). Radiology can give you signs...

Oncology (General Cancer): Pancreatic Cancer, whipple procedure, cancer background
whipple procedure, cancer background, bladder infections: Firstly biopsy is essential to diagnose correctly. 6 weeks is surely a long duration if she has cancer. your doctor is taking a safe side for tretment and so giving this reply for whipple s procedure. If she has cancer, pancreectomy has to be done and Immunomodulators...

Oncology (General Cancer): Pancreatic Cancer, whipple procedure, cancer background
whipple procedure, cancer background, bladder infections: A lump in the pancreas is usually a bad sign. However, we can t tell what it is without a biopsy. I would not want to wait six weeks. I would want the answer as soon as possible so treatment planning could take place. It could be something besides a malignancy;...

Oncology (General Cancer): Possibility of Bone/Joint Cancer, lower back and hip pain, cancer question
lower back and hip pain, cancer question, frequent headaches: If the muscles in one leg are weaker than in the other, and if you are having headaches, and if you are having problems with balance, you need a thorough neurologic work up. I wouldn t worry about doing lab tests until you ve had images done of your brain...

Oncology (General Cancer): Prostate cancer, prostate cancer patients, bone metastases
prostate cancer patients, bone metastases, cancer question: There was a study done in which patients like you were randomly assigned to either receive chemotherapy or simply continue hormonal therapy after getting a PSA back to normal levels with hormonal therapy. In the study, the early addition of chemotherapy made...

Oncology (General Cancer): please sir do i have Testicular cancer, fluid accumulation, cancerous lump
fluid accumulation, cancerous lump, rised: It does not matter if one testicle is higher than another. In fact, one must be higher than the other. Is that what you are asking about? Alternately, are you saying there is a lump on one testicle that is visible? A lump on the testicle might mean cancer,...

Oncology (General Cancer): Radiation exposure and cancer risk, cancer, CT scans
cancer, CT scans: Dear George, Sorry to take so long to get to this. CT scans are extremely useful diagnostic tests, but yes like all medical Xrays, they do expose us to small amounts of radiation and this can increase the risk of certain cancers. The risks are estimated...

Oncology (General Cancer): Renal Cell Carcinoma, renal cell carcinoma, renal cell cancer
renal cell carcinoma, renal cell cancer, renal carcinoma: No, that alone is not a sure sign of cancer but most cancers do have their own blood supply. There are probably other signs too that indicate that it probably is a kidney (renal cell) cancer (carcinoma) in the MRI scan pictures. But absolutely sure we can...

Oncology (General Cancer): Squamish Cell, squamous cell carcinoma, squamous cancers
squamous cell carcinoma, squamous cancers, exact percentages: A large squamous cell carcinoma of the skin has a small chance of metastasis, and a larger chance of local recurrence. Generally if it metastasizes to the lungs or liver, or some other spot, the cancer cells got there before the tumor was removed. We don...

Oncology (General Cancer): Swollen inguinal lymph gland, enlarged liver and spleen, high mch
enlarged liver and spleen, high mch, hodgkin s disease: He needs the biopsy. He may have hodgkin s disease or something like that. If he does, it s probably curable. I can think of other problems, like leukemia, testicular cancer, etc. but at this point only a biopsy will show what he has and then a treatment...

Oncology (General Cancer): suspect case of pancreatico-biliary cancer-follow up, spiral ct scan, biliary cancer
spiral ct scan, biliary cancer, loss of appetite: Well - happy to have been of help - I think it is time to KNOW if this situation has been caused by a malignancy or not! So I do suggest a gastroscopy to go down into his duodenum and inspct it (optically and with ultrasound) via the gastroscope and by taking...

Oncology (General Cancer): suspect case of pancreatico-biliary cancer, fatty infiltration of liver, spiral ct scan
fatty infiltration of liver, spiral ct scan, acute pulmonary embolism: I do agree with you that the cancer possibility still is not proved in any way (but still may be true). I do suggest a gastroscopy down to her duodenum and there inspection and biopsies of her Papilla Vateri (where her bile duct and her pancreatic duct empty...

Oncology (General Cancer): suspected pancreatic cancer, fatty infiltration of liver, spiral ct scan
fatty infiltration of liver, spiral ct scan, acute pulmonary embolism: From your information, I don t think cancer has been proven, but an obstruction of the pancreatic duct is always a bad sign. If there is not other evidence of disesase, I d certainly seek another opinion, and if a biopsy can t prove what is going on, this...

Oncology (General Cancer): Testical lumps continued, testical lumps, hi doug
testical lumps, hi doug, testicular cancer: Well, if they were cancer, the cancer would have spread and made you very sick. How would they have made you sick? That is hard to predict exactly, and I don t want to put any ideas into your head. As I said, the chance that these are testicular cancer is...

Oncology (General Cancer): Testical lumps, cancer lumps, testical lumps
cancer lumps, testical lumps, benign cyst: These are almost certainly not testicular cancer. For one thing, it has been 3+ years since you found them. Testicular cancer is not likely to sit around patiently waiting for you to find it before causing a problem. Secondly, you found lumps on both sides....

Oncology (General Cancer): Transitional cell carcinoma, transitional cell carcinoma, soft tissue mass
transitional cell carcinoma, soft tissue mass, renal pelvis: He should see a UROLOGIST!. Main treatment here is surgery. Yes I agree with his doctor that the suggested treatment is the best. At present no other treatment with any proved results is available. I can NOT in any way recommend homeopathic treatment in any...

Oncology (General Cancer): White Count ?, weaning off prednisone, expert profile
weaning off prednisone, expert profile, imuran: To answer you correctly I need to know your diagnosis and to read all your lab results over a period of at least a number of months back to be able to follow all the developments. You can also reach me at: http://www.liveperson.com/professional/expert-profile.aspx?gsBMQvSJ0S4K1haAm6AtH...

Oncology (General Cancer): wondering about my lungs, chest ct scan, internal medicine specialist
chest ct scan, internal medicine specialist, rapid weight loss: Hi, cancer is identified clearly by the tendency to spread rapidly. Also there is rapid weight loss. you can check other signs too at www.medlifeasia.com The investigation of the spleeen noduled will surely bring out the diagnosis clearly. A biopsy of...

Oncology (General Cancer): 4th stage colon cancer, tumor spread to omentum, new chemo drugs, oxyplatin
new chemo drugs, oxyplatin, colon cancer: I ve treated many patients with colon cancer progressing to the omentum. I ve also taken care of patients who have undergone surgery to remove omental disease followed by chemotherapy. A few seem to be cured. It sounds like your husband has a pretty good...

Oncology (General Cancer): adenocarcinoma in situ, birth control pills, cellular atypia
birth control pills, cellular atypia, mucosal epithelium: IF you ve had several pap s in a row which were normal or at least non-malignant, I would just continue to get annual paps. I agree that the initial abnormalities were probably due to birth control pills. YOu might talk to your gyn about whether you have...

Oncology (General Cancer): Brain Tumors and Buddy Rich, brain tumor, brain tumors
brain tumor, brain tumors, heart failure: The word incapacitated is not precise. If you have your arm broken, you are incapacitated. If you are rendered comatose, you are incapacitated. So a brain tumor can cause different degrees of incapacitation, including being bed ridden and not being able...

Oncology (General Cancer): Brain Tumors and Buddy Rich, brain tumor, symptoms
brain tumor, symptoms: Hi Julie, All good questions. One of the big problems with brain tumors is that by invading, or placing pressure, or cutting off blood supply they can affect any part of the brain, and so may cause seizures, paralysis, neurological problems, and yes even...

Oncology (General Cancer): Bronchoalveolar adenocarcinoma, bronchoalveolar adenocarcinoma, radiation oncologist
bronchoalveolar adenocarcinoma, radiation oncologist, brain radiation: Unfortunately in this situation there are no other available treatment options with documented positive results. With a number of lesions present the gammaknife treatment is less likely to work, more so the more lesions there are. I m sorry I have nothing...

Oncology (General Cancer): Bump by jaw curve, mri with contrast, jawbone
mri with contrast, jawbone, lymph node: I think you are feeling the muscle that runs right behind the mandible (jawbone). With a negative MRI, four doctors saying they don t think much of it, and no real pain, I think this is not a tumor or a large lymph node. I would leave it alone and not worry....

Oncology (General Cancer): bladder cancer, bladder cancer, bladders
bladder cancer, bladders, chemo: I don t know your age, or how long ago all this happened. If you got chemo and radiation you ve probably had all the treatment you can for the bladder cancer, and cure is a possibility. Only time will tell. I would say that if you still don t have any cancer...

Oncology (General Cancer): blood disorder or cancer?, bone marrow transplant, platelet transfusion
bone marrow transplant, platelet transfusion, cancer question: I don t disagree with the pathologist about the diagnosis. The estimate of two years is exactly that, an estimate, and some will do better, some worse. A lot depends on how the disease progresses. Given the chromosome abnormalities, I d certainly look...

Oncology (General Cancer): CEA and CA 19-9, carcinoma pancreas, upper endoscopy
carcinoma pancreas, upper endoscopy, upper abdomen: I don t now how healthy your grandmother is, but if she has no jaundice and her liver functions are all right, I would recommend that she be treated with gemcitabine and tarceva. It is fairly gentle. There is another combination called folfirinox which has...

Oncology (General Cancer): Colon Cancer, liver biopsy, elevated sgpt
liver biopsy, elevated sgpt, cancer question: If the CEA was low to begin with, it may not be a very good marker. But in a person with colon cancer, any movement in the CEA, even if low, is suspicious. I would suggest a repeat SGOT and LDH (and an Alk PHos as well) and if they are still elevated I d...

Oncology (General Cancer): Colon Cancer Blood Tests, liver enzyme levels, liver biopsies
liver enzyme levels, liver biopsies, colon cancer: Elevated liver enzyme levels may be associated with his chemotherapy. But they may also be associated with his cancer disorder - that his cancer may be spreading to his liver perhaps, at least it is a possibility. I therefore do suggest that his liver should...

Oncology (General Cancer): no cancer but not producing blood, red blood cells, bone marrow transplant
red blood cells, bone marrow transplant, cancer cells: There are many causes for an aplastic anemia, toxic chemicals, radiation etc. But in many cases the cause is unknown. Since she does not produce enough red blood cells she has a decreased capacity for transporting oxygen from her lungs to the rest of her body...

Oncology (General Cancer): colon cancer, colon cancer surgery, life style changes
colon cancer surgery, life style changes, eating habit: Would talk to your doctor about more frequent surveillance -- unless your whole colon has been removed, which it sounds like. Do you have relatives with colon cancer, or do you have ulcerative colitis? You might have a genetic problem. If you do, then your...

Oncology (General Cancer): colon cancer w/mets to lungs, liver, abdomen - life expectancy, fluid in lungs, billirubin
fluid in lungs, billirubin, colon cancer: IF she is jaundiced, has fluid in her lungs, cannot get around very well, and is that weak, I would think that no further chemotherapy is warranted. You aren t going to save her life, and it sounds like she is ECOG 4 (a measure of her general health) and...

Oncology (General Cancer): Fevers?, acth stimulation test, low grade fevers
acth stimulation test, low grade fevers, cell leukemia: In my 35 year career, I ve seen several patients who have B-cell lymphoma which doesn t seem to be doing anything ( doesn t need treatment ) but there are symptoms. If you were my patient, I would want to offer you treatment, and that would be the simplest...

Oncology (General Cancer): fear of lymphoma, needle aspiration biopsy, lymph node
needle aspiration biopsy, lymph node, expert profile: It is normal for reacting lymph nodes to become bigger. If they later fade away everything is normal. So wait and see a bit! If you have a remaining one it can be checked with a fine/thin needle aspiration biopsy. Good luck! You can also reach me at:...

Oncology (General Cancer): Gall Bladder Cancer- Sage 4, gall bladder cancer, enlarged lymphnodes
gall bladder cancer, enlarged lymphnodes, gb wall: I don t know what chemotherapy your doctor gave her, nor do I know her current physical condition. From the CT scan reports, there has been progression of disease, which is not good. Depending on what she had before, I could make suggestions about other...

Oncology (General Cancer): high blood platlet count, hematology lab, low hemoglobin
hematology lab, low hemoglobin, expert profile: To answer you as well as possible I need to see her full hematology lab. results! You can copy them here. You can also reach me at: http://www.liveperson.com/professional/expert-profile.aspx?gsBMQvSJ0S4K1haAm6AtH There is no limit to the number of...

Oncology (General Cancer): high platelets, high platelets, cardiac catherization
high platelets, cardiac catherization, bundle branch block: Elevated platelet counts can be related to secondary effects like inflammation -- which wouldn t be surprising, since you just went through an invasive procedure, and since your white cell count is a little high as well. Elevated platelets can also be due...

Oncology (General Cancer): high WBC count, chronic myelogenous leukemia, high wbc count
chronic myelogenous leukemia, high wbc count, essential thrombocythemia: Causes of a high white blood cell count include: Infection - Severe physical or emotional stress - Use of certain medications, such as corticosteroids, antibiotics or anti-seizure drugs - Chronic bone marrow diseases such as a myeloproliferative disorder (...

Oncology (General Cancer): Low white blood cell count, blood cell count, white blood cell
blood cell count, white blood cell, low white blood cell: normal range: 4000 to 12000 cells per cubic millimeter; Normally a white blood cell count varies depending on many factors including time of day. If you get a daily blood count on a woman who is still having menstrual periods, you would find that the white...

Oncology (General Cancer): Lymphoma, tonsil stone, panendoscopy
tonsil stone, panendoscopy, ent doctor: I doubt you have a lymphoma. From your description, you might have a low grade inflammation of a tonsil, which comes and goes. Tonsils have channels (crypts) which can get blocked by mucus, or even form little stones. When that happens they can swell up...

Oncology (General Cancer): Lymphoma?, tonsil stone, expert profile
tonsil stone, expert profile, aspects of life: Without any examination I can not tell you what this is and your symptoms can be due to so many things that it is useless to just list them. I therefore strongly suggest that you let your doctor check you! Good luck! You can also reach me at: http://www.liveperson.com/professional/expert-profile.aspx?gsBMQvSJ0S4K1haAm6AtH...

Oncology (General Cancer): Lymphoma after splenectomy., mantle cell lymphoma, chemo treatments
mantle cell lymphoma, chemo treatments, cell mediated immunity: CHOP-R does not involve bortezomib. Here is an article on splenectomy. I can t find anything that specifically deals with treatment complications in patients without spleens. Other than the increased risk of infections, I don t believe there are any others....

Oncology (General Cancer): little brother has lump on his neck, white blood cells, ultrasound scan
white blood cells, ultrasound scan, average kid: An ultrasound scan should be enough to make sure if it is a cyst or not. If a cyst it is most probably not dangerous. If not a cyst a fine/thin needle aspiration biopsy can tell what it is! Based on your description it is probable that it is a cyst. You...

Oncology (General Cancer): lymph node, follicle cysts, fat necrosis
follicle cysts, fat necrosis, lymph node: It s really hard for me to say since I can t feel them myself. However, if the MRI is normal and they are that small, I wouldn t worry unless they change in size. They might be follicle cysts, or possibly subcutaneous fat necrosis. I doubt they are cancer....

Oncology (General Cancer): Medical, white blood cells, fatty tumor
white blood cells, fatty tumor, swelling in neck: I would certainly consider a biopsy of the fatty tumor. Sometimes the radiologist can tell if it is benign. However, if there is any chance you have lymphoma or hodgin s disease, both could be associated with decreased ability to fight infections. I would...

Oncology (General Cancer): mri results, renal cell carcinoma, low mcv and mch
renal cell carcinoma, low mcv and mch, kidney cancers: If there is a lesion within the spinal cord, and you don t have any symptoms, I agree with your doctor. I d want to make sure this lesion was changing before I would try to biopsy it or remove it, because that is a very dangerous place to do surgery, or treat...

Oncology (General Cancer): Night Sweats, upper gi tract, hiatal hernia
upper gi tract, hiatal hernia, spicy meal: These are definitely not night sweats like some cancer patients have. Those sweats are drenching, and require that you get up and change your clothes. Generally when you have light sweating around the face and neck, it means that there is some kind of disturbance...

Oncology (General Cancer): Night Sweats, low blood count, routine chemistry
low blood count, routine chemistry, white blood cells: Alex, Do you keep up with your checkups? This sort of thing is best dealt with by making an appointment with your primary care doctor or family practitioner. In general, sweating is virtually never the only sign of cancer. When sweating is caused by...

Oncology (General Cancer): neck cancer, thyroid cancer, cancer doctor
thyroid cancer, cancer doctor, kinds of cancer: Titanium shouldn t interfere with an MRI. As for neck cancer there are many kinds of cancer that can occur in the neck,the most common being cancers that arise in the mouth,tongue, or voice box; or lymphomas; or thyroid cancer. In general they all start...

Oncology (General Cancer): need to know signs and symptoms of possible internal cancer., internal cancer, colon cancer
internal cancer, colon cancer, expert profile: The only sure way to find out is by having a colonoscopy done and then to have it repeated regularly maybe once per year. With your family history that should be done. Have it done soonest! Good luck! You can also reach me at: http://www.liveperson.com/professional/expert-profile.aspx?gsBMQvSJ0S4K1haAm6AtH...

Oncology (General Cancer): node biopsy, interventional radiologist, lung lesions
interventional radiologist, lung lesions, vats procedure: If the pet and ct are negative, some thoracic surgeons would go ahead and do the VATS without a biopsy, and others woudn t. There is still controversy and the definitive study has not been done. A mediastinoscopy in your situation would sample several nodes,...

Oncology (General Cancer): Parotid Gland, mri with contrast, benign tumor
mri with contrast, benign tumor, careful record: There are lymph nodes in that area. If it is soft and difficult to feel, I d expect it would be benign. When a patient of mine points out something vague and difficult to feel I generally ask that they return in two or three months and let me feel it again....

Oncology (General Cancer): pain in thigh bone, worried it could be cancer, muscle cramp, pain in thigh
muscle cramp, pain in thigh, dull ache: Without an examination I can not tell you what it is. But your symptoms do not make me think of cancer as a first choice anyway. But let your doctor check you! You can also reach me at: http://www.liveperson.com/professional/expert-profile.aspx?gsBMQvSJ0S4K1haAm6AtH...

Oncology (General Cancer): possible repeat of colon cancer - what's the next best step to take?, breast cancer survivor, antigen tests
breast cancer survivor, antigen tests, antigen test: Well, I suggest that you do both. That way you can be as safe as it is possible to be if nothing serious is found. Good luck! You can also reach me at: http://www.liveperson.com/professional/expert-profile.aspx?gsBMQvSJ0S4K1haAm6AtH There is no limit...

Oncology (General Cancer): postrate, liver cancer, female cancer
liver cancer, female cancer, nerve endings: If the cancer got out of the prostate gland and invaded structures next door (like the anus) then it is stage III. It is not secondary cancer, if by that you mean metastatic cancer. It sounds more like direct invasion. as for whether there are cancer cells...

Oncology (General Cancer): prostate cancer, cancer question, blue cross blue shield
cancer question, blue cross blue shield, biospy: darbopoetin alpha is given to people in renal failure to improve red blood cell production. Kionex is given to people with renal failure to control potassium. Someone with prostate cancer can go into renal failure because of obstruction of the kidneys. ...

Oncology (General Cancer): Stage IV Melanoma, flank pain, left kidney
flank pain, left kidney, pathology report: If I were you, I d want to go through another work-up to find out whether this is the only spot in your body. If it is, I d suggest surgical removal, since this is the only thing that has any shot of curing you. Given the time frame, your disease doesn t...

Oncology (General Cancer): Subpleural Streaky Density's, lymph node enlargement, aluminium sulphate
lymph node enlargement, aluminium sulphate, toxic gases: If your lung function has decreased, you are in trouble, and might want to get another opinion. You might be headed for a lung transplant. Scarring is not always predictive of cancer, but we know that people with scarred lungs have a higher chance of getting...

Oncology (General Cancer): stage 4 squamous cell cancer, squamous cell cancer, stage 4 cancer
squamous cell cancer, stage 4 cancer, peg tube: If this is a stage 4 cancer it is at present incurable. Some such cancers can still be put under control for a longer or shorter time by radiation therapy and/or chemotherapy. Based on your description it is most doubtful that that is the case here. So probably...

Oncology (General Cancer): Thyroid cancer, thyroid hormone replacement, hormone replacement medication
thyroid hormone replacement, hormone replacement medication, thyroid cancer: A PET scan is not a biopsy! So before anything else is done your doctor has to check this indicated area - also with biopsies - in order to find out if anything really is there! First when we have these results can it be determined what to do - if anything!...

Oncology (General Cancer): Uterine cancer in elderly woman, auto accident injuries, difficult diabetes
auto accident injuries, difficult diabetes, radiation therapist: As far as I can understand the ONLY real medical issue here that can influence how suitable surgery is in her case is her diabetes. And that may not be a problem at all. That depends on how severe her diabetes is. Her age may not be much of a problem at all....

Oncology (General Cancer): Worried sick about asbestos exposure, asbestos related diseases, asbestos exposure
asbestos related diseases, asbestos exposure, occupational exposures: Chrysotile is not as dangerous as amphibole asbestos. Repeated exposures increase risk. We know that repeated exposure increases risk, as does smoking. The real issue is whether the asbestos causes lung scarring and inflammation. Amphibole fibers stay...

Oncology (General Cancer): years of occasional thigh bone pain at night...worried it could be cancer, nerve entrapment syndrome, aseptic necrosis
nerve entrapment syndrome, aseptic necrosis, muscle cramp: It sounds to me like you might have a nerve entrapment syndrome. If it s been going on ten years, it s not cancer. There is another problem you might have called aseptic necrosis of the femoral head which is a bit more serious, and sometimes ends up with...

Oncology (General Cancer): Blood Clots in organs with Uknown cancer, blood clot in his lung, upper gi scope
blood clot in his lung, upper gi scope, stage 4 cancer: None of this sounds at all good. The dependent purple color and swelling may be related to decreased protein in his body, from not eating well, or from liver damage, so that he isn t getting enough protein in his blood. I don t think it s from the drugs....

Oncology (General Cancer): blood tests for cancer, thyroid cancer, signs of cancer
thyroid cancer, signs of cancer, cancer doctor: No to all your questions. We can t screen for cancer with a blood test. There are blood tests that can tell us whether a cancer is growing or not, provided we know what the cancer is -- for example, there is a test called CA 27-29 that is associated with...

Oncology (General Cancer): CA 19.9, tumor marker, expert profile
tumor marker, expert profile, diagnostic tool: I can not call it alarming but to be on the safe side I do suggest an appropriate tumour investigation. In my view though this is not the proper way to use this kind of tumour marker. Instead of using it as a diagnostic tool it should mainly be used as a...

Oncology (General Cancer): Cancer Risk, brain cancer risk, causes of brain tumors
brain cancer risk, causes of brain tumors, mccune albright: Yes especially CT scans provide high radiation doses. All radiation effects are 1. dose related - the higher the dose the higher the effect and 2. time related, the shorter the time is in which a certain amount of radiation has been given the higher is the...

Oncology (General Cancer): Chances of Cancer, cancer oesophagus, cancer genes
cancer oesophagus, cancer genes, maternal grandmother: Oesophagus cancers have probably both hereditary and other (partly environmental) predisposing factors. Without any examination it is not possible to predict if you are at risk. Genes do not skip generations, they are either there or they are not but they...

Oncology (General Cancer): Colon cancer - CEA, bilateral mastectomy, cancer recurrence
bilateral mastectomy, cancer recurrence, total hysterectomy: I have a patient in my practice who has had recurrence of cancer four times in an eleven year period. I ve got several who have minor elevations in CEA for no apparent reason, but obviously it is a cause for worry. Some people with mild liver dysfunction...

Oncology (General Cancer): CTCL Advanced stage, immunomodulator, severe pain
immunomodulator, severe pain, chemo: Hi, CTCL is difficult to control. However, we can have good results from Antiangiogenesis therapy and Immunomodulator therapy. But these medicines are in Liquid form. If your father can take them, you can contact me for further information at medlifeasia@gmail.co...

Oncology (General Cancer): cancer, gall bladder cancer, enlarged lymphnodes
gall bladder cancer, enlarged lymphnodes, intrahepatic bile ducts: She is a stage IV (any metastatic disease makes you a stage IV automatically). And her survival would be on the average about four to six months, unless she has a very good response to chemotherapy, in which case she might make a year or so. Hope things...

Oncology (General Cancer): cancer, gall bladder cancer, enlarged lymphnodes
gall bladder cancer, enlarged lymphnodes, intrahepatic bile ducts: Hi, She has got cancer spread in many locations. I recommend Immunomodulator and Antiangiogenic treatment which are in the form of liquids before giving her chemotheray which has heavy side effects. I can send you documents on those therapies if you mail...

Oncology (General Cancer): colon cancer, liver function test, colon cancer
liver function test, colon cancer, liver damage: CEA test is a highly inaccurate test. It only gives a indication of the presence of cancer but often fails to predict the extent. I is just an enzyme and is not at all dangerous to life even in high levels. If you want a good assessemnt of the possible recurrance,...

Oncology (General Cancer): What Direction to go Now?, hairy cell leukemia, enlarged spleen
hairy cell leukemia, enlarged spleen, stomach problem: Well, there is a lot here, and I ll try to help. First of all, you should really see an oncologist or a hematologist. Second, you should definitely have an MRI of the pancreas. I also think that someone should compare the two CT scans to make sure that...

Oncology (General Cancer): dental x-rays and thyroid cancer, thyroid cancer, dental x rays
thyroid cancer, dental x rays, malignancy: We ve not shown that they are a significant risk. All x-rays in theory are capable of disturbing DNA. If there is injury to DNA, it is usually repaired. Once in a while an injury leads to a mutation. Most of the time the mutation is not malignant. Once...

Oncology (General Cancer): High Grade Gliomas, cafe au lait spots, cns tumors
cafe au lait spots, cns tumors, adult cns: From my reading, you are at risk for low grade and high grade brain tumors. The risk for high grade ones is five times the risk for the ordinary population, which isn t that great. Low grade ones are more common. That the high grade ones develop from low...

Oncology (General Cancer): Hypoechoic Lesion - Pancreatic Head, papillary thyroid carcinoma, pituitary macroadenoma
papillary thyroid carcinoma, pituitary macroadenoma, routine blood test: The risk of a pancreatic cancer is, based on these signs, probably low. Since it can be seen by ultrasound a needle biopsy via the abdominal wall or via an endoscope and guided by ultrasound could be tried to get a sure diagnosis. Otherwise just ask her doctor...

Oncology (General Cancer): hilar lymphadanopathy, lymph node biopsies, enzyme test
lymph node biopsies, enzyme test, lymphnodes: Not necessarily but lymph node biopsies may become necessary (can in your case probably be done by mediastinoscopy). It may turn out that such biopsies may be necessary to obtain a sure diagnosis. You can also reach me at: http://www.liveperson.com/professional/expert-profile.aspx?gsBMQvSJ0S4K1haAm6AtH...

Oncology (General Cancer): Increased WBC's Decreased RBC's ???, small intestine cancer, bone marrow tests
small intestine cancer, bone marrow tests, bone marrow test: First of all, the lumps. I f you ve had them for thirty years, they aren t cancer. You might have lipomas, which are not serious, but can be painful; or you might have myositis, which can be a problem but is treatable. You might have fibromyalgia, as well....

Oncology (General Cancer): LEUKEMIA SCARE, left nostril, occasional headaches
left nostril, occasional headaches, billirubin: I see no real reason to suspect leukemia with these symptoms and anyway blood and bone marrow studies should quickly be able to exclude or confirm such suspicions. So have a good lab. check up and we will know for sure either way. Good luck! You can...

Oncology (General Cancer): Lump, spermatocele, prostate cancer
spermatocele, prostate cancer, testicle: I do not know if this is a spermatocele or some other kind of cyst, but if you are in pain, you should go to a urologist and seek treatment. I doubt that it is cancer based on the location and age of the lump, but that doesn t mean that you should have to...

Oncology (General Cancer): Lupus, auto immune diseases, pinguecula
auto immune diseases, pinguecula, serositis: I m not a lupus doctor, but it sounds to me like you have some sort of autoimmune problem, but I don t think it s lupus. There is a rare disorder called autoimmune serositis which sounds like what you have. As for the pnguecula, that may be part of the...

Oncology (General Cancer): Lymphoma Question, differential diagnosis, arm pits
differential diagnosis, arm pits, hair roots: If they come and go, and if they are cystic, I d think they are more likely associated with infection rather than lymphoma. Whether they are related to the surgery or not, I d favor not related. They might be staph follicle cysts, which form where there...

Oncology (General Cancer): Mohs Surgery, thick edge, dominant style
thick edge, dominant style, sharpie pen: I might ask the question -- why did you remove more skin than you said you would? But a lot depends on whether he removed skin down to the dermis, or just the top layer. If the top layer, it will grow back. I know Moh s surgeons tend to remove the first...

Oncology (General Cancer): Mohs Surgery, medical oncologist, radiation therapist
medical oncologist, radiation therapist, cancer doctor: Basal cell carcinomas are usually - if treated correctly and as soon as possible - not dangerous. But correct treatment here means that you MUST make sure that ALL of the tumor is removed. If it succeeds to grow into for example the cartilage of your nose...

Oncology (General Cancer): metastatic brain tumors, metastatic brain tumors, brain tumors
metastatic brain tumors, brain tumors, mri report: If indeed his tumor has spread to his brain his prognosis is probably bad. To evaluate that however I would need to read his MRI report. What is his lung situation today? If his CT reports are available I would need to read them too. Reports can be copied...

Oncology (General Cancer): mr expert, malignant melanoma, expert profile
malignant melanoma, expert profile, erskine: Unfortunately if a malignant melanoma has spread to the brain there are hardly any real treatment options. I wish it was different but that is the situation here & now. You can also reach me at: http://www.liveperson.com/professional/expert-profile.aspx?gsBMQvSJ0S4K1haAm6AtH...

Oncology (General Cancer): mri results, internal jugular, parotid glands
internal jugular, parotid glands, mass lesion: This report sounds normal. From the description, I can t see any reason your parotid gland feels swollen. Given the normal MRI, I d assume things are ok. If you ve lost weight recently, sometimes the parotid gland feels more prominent. but the MRI is saying...

Oncology (General Cancer): Nail problems- relating to something serious?, cuticles, person ages
cuticles, person ages, real health: I don t know the answer to your question, except to point out that chronic smoking slows down the formation of rapidly growing tissues, like the nail cuticles. Even a few cigarettes produce very significant and long lasting changes in the small blood vessels....

Oncology (General Cancer): nusband has stage 4 rectum cancer and is blrrding, radiation dose, expert profile
radiation dose, expert profile, radiation therapy: It may be due to a bleeding in his tumor. That in turn may be connected with his chemotherapy - which even so probably is very important in his treatment. A stage 4 tumor is at present not curable but MAY (no promises) be possible to control. To be able to...

Oncology (General Cancer): Pain in my right testicle!?, testicular cancer, awkwardness
testicular cancer, awkwardness, testicle: I dont thin you should hide this from your parents. I would think that they would want to know if you had pain or were worried about something serious. Anyway, it could be cancer, so please do see the doctor. It could be other things as well, including...

Oncology (General Cancer): Prostate cancer, hip joints, cancer question
hip joints, cancer question, psa tests: Androgen ablation means that something is done to stop the hormone testosterone from being made (testosterone = androgen). In the olden days, men with prostate cancer would have their testicles removed. Now a shot can be given that does the same thing, but...

Oncology (General Cancer): pancreas, cancer of the pancreas, pancreas
cancer of the pancreas, pancreas, blood stream: It is fatal because almost always, even if it looks like the disease is confined to the pancreas, several months later (after the pancreas is removed) it pops up in the liver, which means that it had already sent cells there before the surgery. About 75%...

Oncology (General Cancer): radiation treatment after operation., pituitary adenoma, body radiation
pituitary adenoma, body radiation, silent versions: I think you mean whole brain radiation treatments. Generally they aren t too bad while getting them. Hair loss is common; loss of appetite, mild headache are also common but vomiting is rare. Over time you can get sleepy, even up to a few months later,...

Oncology (General Cancer): Spinal cancer, cancer of the spine, spinal cancer
cancer of the spine, spinal cancer, cancer of the lung: I am sorry to hear about your cousin and will keep you in my prayers as I always do when I hear of someone else having to go through this. In answer your question, I wish I had better news but from my research, the recovery rate of cancer of the lung that...

Oncology (General Cancer): shortness of breath, lung diseases, pack a day
lung diseases, pack a day, shortness of breath: The extra pounds may very well be a problem to you, as well as being sedentary. But if you are still smoking and experiencing shortness of breath, that s probably the biggest problem right there. Maybe you do have cancer (unlikely at your age) and probably...

Oncology (General Cancer): silent corticotroph pituitary post-op radiation, pituitary adenoma, brain radiation
pituitary adenoma, brain radiation, body radiation: Well I think it is unfortunate that her treatment has had to wait this long. So I m NOT inclined to suggest any further delay. Her senses of smell & taste may return or they may not. It is impossible to predict that at present. If I was her son I would have...

Oncology (General Cancer): small lump on left side of neck, cat scratch fever, hodgkin s disease
cat scratch fever, hodgkin s disease, lump on left side of neck: Yes you should be concerned!!! Not because it is anything in particular, but because it COULD be something serious. Here are some of the things that the swollen lymph node could be from: * common cold * infection * hyperactive thyroid...

Oncology (General Cancer): spinal lesions and abcess, having trouble urinating, groin area
having trouble urinating, groin area, signs of cancer: It could very well be prostate cancer given your description, but the multiple lesions suggest either metastatic disease or a severe infection. He needs a biopsy of the involved area, and it sounds like all that is happening. Let me know what they find....

Oncology (General Cancer): stage IV lung cancer spread to aorta, tumor tissue, lymph system
tumor tissue, lymph system, aorta: I don t disagree with using radiation to control pain and tumor tissue that is likely to cause problems. But really, unless there is a strong reason not to, the only thing that will prolong life in someone with metastatic lung cancer is chemotherapy. If...

Oncology (General Cancer): still have cancer, thyroid values, thyroid cancer
thyroid values, thyroid cancer, thyroid hormone: Medullary thyroid cancer isn t a good thing, and can come back. But your labs aren t that bad. The AST is frequently slightly elevated for any number of reasons -- and much more often in women then men. Most of the time we don t know why, especially when...

Oncology (General Cancer): Tonsil Enlargement, enlarged tonsil, night sweat
enlarged tonsil, night sweat, night sweats: It is highly likely that your problem is not a lymphoma. Sometimes a tonsilar duct gets blocked and there is inflammation, and, yes, it can be just on one side. I don t think the sweating you describe is a true night sweat where the sheets need to be changed....

Oncology (General Cancer): Tonsil Issue, enlarged tonsil, night sweats
enlarged tonsil, night sweats, expert profile: Yes it can be caused by lymphoma but that is a rather rare cause. It is far more likely that is has been caused by previous infections. Anyway to know the cause it is best to have it removed and studied by a pathologist. So I think you should follow the advice...

Oncology (General Cancer): thyroid cancer, swollen thyroids, mri reading
swollen thyroids, mri reading, thyroid cancer: If the mass is near the thyroid, it probably isn t from the thyroid; rather, it might be a lymph node or an enlarged normal structure. Swollen thyroids are generally not cancerous; the most common cause of a swollen thyroid is a lack of iodine in the diet....

Oncology (General Cancer): thyroid cancer, thyroid cancer, dentation
thyroid cancer, dentation, radiation environment: There is no known measurable connection of that kind. The contribution of dental x-rays to our radiation environment is rather small though of course somewhat bigger with panoramic pictures of the whole dentation at one time. Irradiated food is NOT made...

Oncology (General Cancer): uterus, pelvic discomfort, heterogenous
pelvic discomfort, heterogenous, cyst on: homogenous echogenic pattern refers to the uterus being normal. If there were fibroids, or if there was a tumor, then you would have a heterogenous echogenic pattern. So that s good. A cyst on an ovary is a common finding in women during their fertile years....

Oncology (General Cancer): worried about leukemia, leukemia, bruises
leukemia, bruises, blood test: It is possible, but highly unlikely. Women tend to bruise easier than men, and your tender neck might be due to coming down with a cold, or sleeping the wrong way, or something like that. As for being tired, if your CBC was normal, it isn t from anemia....

Oncology (General Cancer): Anticipation, genetic anticipation, clinical geneticists
genetic anticipation, clinical geneticists, cancer lymphoma: OK, you should discuss this with local oncologists & clinical geneticists! It is not possible to evaluate your situation from afar. Good luck! You can also reach me at: http://www.liveperson.com/professional/expert-profile.aspx?gsBMQvSJ0S4K1haAm6AtH ...

Oncology (General Cancer): armpit lymph node, quitting drinking alcohol, symptoms of lymphoma
quitting drinking alcohol, symptoms of lymphoma, expert profile: No without an infection/inflammation there is usually no pain from lymph nodes but there may be from surrounding structures and it may be hard to differentiate. You can also reach me at: http://www.liveperson.com/professional/expert-profile.aspx?gsBMQvSJ0S4K1haAm6AtH...

Oncology (General Cancer): Bone Cancer stage 4, breast cancer diagnosis, pathology report
breast cancer diagnosis, pathology report, cancer stage: First of all, if you have a breast cancer diagnosis it IS indeed malignant! With the treatment she received however the risk that her cancer should spread is very low - but it is NOT 0! If it is possible for you to do I would like to read her pathology report...

Oncology (General Cancer): Breast Cancer Metastasis?, hilar lymph nodes, stage 4 breast cancer
hilar lymph nodes, stage 4 breast cancer, breast cancer metastasis: Tykerb has not been proven to be effective as adjuvant therapy. In your wife s case, however, it is not clear that she is still responsive to herceptin, given that as I read your note she progressed on herceptin. There is solid data that stage III breast...

Oncology (General Cancer): breast tumor marker, liver ultrasound, drug induced hepatitis
liver ultrasound, drug induced hepatitis, elevated enzymes: I agree with your oncologist in that I see no cause for worry at present. Good luck! You can also reach me at: http://www.liveperson.com/professional/expert-profile.aspx?gsBMQvSJ0S4K1haAm6AtH There is no limit to the number of questions there. Please...

Oncology (General Cancer): Corectal Cancer information., radiation treatment, cancer information
radiation treatment, cancer information, chemotherapy: hi, you should get dendritic cell therapy if you can afford, it costs Rs 50000 per 1month dose in india. Or you can get immunomodulator therapy which costs Rs20000 per 1 month dose. These have very little side effects and should be given before chemotherapy....

Oncology (General Cancer): colon cancer and CEA, colon resection, colon cancer
colon resection, colon cancer, cancer stage: I don t know when you last had a colonoscopy, but you are probably due for one. If you ve had colon cancer once, there is an increased risk that another could happen. That being said, I don t think you have colon cancer. If you ve been a smoker or still...

Oncology (General Cancer): elevated B12, bone marrow biopsy, diseases of the bone
bone marrow biopsy, diseases of the bone, multiple myeloma: Your doctor may be right, but elevated b12 is seen in diseases of the bone marrow and diseases involving the liver. Your symptoms sound very severe for menopause, especially the loss of weight. I would consider other studies, including studies of liver function...

Oncology (General Cancer): Follow up lung nodule, mediastinal lymph nodes, asthma history
mediastinal lymph nodes, asthma history, lung nodule: If I happened to be in your shoes I would probably insist on that a biopsy of the subpleural mass in the left lung in order to KNOW what it is as soon as possible. But of course the choice is yours! You can also reach me at: http://www.liveperson.com/professional/expert-profile.aspx?gsBMQvSJ0S4K1haAm6AtH...

Oncology (General Cancer): Thyroid Cancer, recurrent laryngeal nerve, thyroid pathology
Oncology (General Cancer): Thyroid Cancer, recurrent laryngeal nerve, thyroid pathology, parathyroid glands

Oncology (General Cancer): Increasing CA19.9, distal pancreatectomy, ca19 9
distal pancreatectomy, ca19 9, liver tumors: You are welcome! Yes I think you should have a colonoscopy! Good luck! You can also reach me at: http://www.liveperson.com/professional/expert-profile.aspx?gsBMQvSJ0S4K1haAm6AtH There is no limit to the number of questions there. Please note: NEW SITE!...

Oncology (General Cancer): leukemia and sexual life, acute lymphoblastic leukemia, cause impotence
acute lymphoblastic leukemia, cause impotence, fetal malformations: Of course you and your boyfriend can get married, and have a normal sexual life. Once a couple of months have passed from the last time he had chemotherapy, his sperm should be normal in quality. However, the chemotherapy he had can do two things: he can...

Oncology (General Cancer): Mantle Cell Lymphoma Spinal Mets, mantle cell lymphoma, c spine
mantle cell lymphoma, c spine, tubiligation: With respect to your dad, everything you are talking about could be due to the lymphoma. I m surprised you haven t mentioned velcade. Did your doctor ever talk about using that drug? And assuming that your dad does not go into a response I would expect...

Oncology (General Cancer): Mantle Cell Lymphoma Stage 4, mantle cell lymphoma, c spine
mantle cell lymphoma, c spine, brain mets: In cases like this radiation therapy is NECESSARY of any brain or spinal mass since chemotherapy is not a good solution for lesions there (due to the blood-brain barrier). Chemotherapy is often necessary at the same time to treat the rest of the body (you...

Oncology (General Cancer): Melanoma-radiation, radiation treatment, dose chemo
radiation treatment, dose chemo, pain pills: Yes a CT scan was also a possibility though less able than MRI. Melanomas are usually not very sensitive to radiation therapy or chemotherapy but your tumor seems to have responded to radiation therapy before. So I do suggest local radiation therapy of your...

Oncology (General Cancer): My mum's pathology, hormone receptors, expert profile
hormone receptors, expert profile, her2: Thanks! My previous answer still stands BUT her cancer was of grade 3 which means that it probably was very malignant AND there was no tests done for HER2 or for hormone receptors. That has severely limited the possibilities of judging how dangerous her cancer...

Oncology (General Cancer): Nasopharyngeal cancer, scar tissue, time hope
scar tissue, time hope, chemotherapy: Only time will tell. Nasopharyngeal cancers are hard to beat, and they tend to come back, even with maximum treatment. On the other hand, if it has shrunk, it may only be left over scar tissue. If it wouldn t be disfiguring, I d think about cutting it out...

Oncology (General Cancer): petechiae and leukemia, normal blood count, cause of petechiae
normal blood count, cause of petechiae, low platelet counts: Sweating excessively is usually not a symptom of illness, unless you also have a fever. Night sweats, on the other hand, can be. As for petechiae on the neck and shoulders, if they really are petechiae, you might have something going on in your chest. Petechiae...

Oncology (General Cancer): prostate cancer, gleason score, psa level
gleason score, psa level, signs of cancer: He shouldn t need the prostate medicines after the surgery. He should take the nifedipine. The PSA should still be done periodically, because if the cancer comes back in the bones or lymph nodes, sometimes the PSA is the early warning sign. On the other...

Oncology (General Cancer): re-excision of staple lines., margin distances, visceral pleura
margin distances, visceral pleura, staple lines: If I interpret your second report correctly tumor growth of an invasive cancer was seen at the previous margin. But it seems - if I interpret it correctly - that your whole primary tumor has been removed. But that is in my opinion not enough. Has anyone discussed...

Oncology (General Cancer): Skin Cancer, vitamin D, and UVB, uvb lamps, low bone density
uvb lamps, low bone density, uvb lamp: We are finding that low levels of vitamin D are associated with increased risks of many disorders and you are right in trying to raise yours. There is a prescription preparation (50,000 units of a potent vitamin D) which you take once a week for twelve weeks....

Oncology (General Cancer): swollen ankle with stage 4 lung cancer, right heart failure, stage 4 lung cancer
right heart failure, stage 4 lung cancer, swollen ankles: Yes, it could. But it could also mean you have some heart failure going on, (Lung cancer can cause right heart failure) or that you aren t making protein or that one of the treatments you are taking is causing your kidneys to leak protein. Lung cancer can...

Oncology (General Cancer): Thyroid Cancer, thyroid tissue, enlarged thyroid
thyroid tissue, enlarged thyroid, thyroid replacement: I would probably not worry. These cancers grow slowly, seldom metastasize, and even when they have gotten outside of the thyroid can be cured. Odds are that you don t have any left in the thyroid remnant. You d be better off with some functioning thyroid...

Oncology (General Cancer): testicular ultrasound results, color doppler imaging, increased vascularity
color doppler imaging, increased vascularity, beta hcg: I don t really know what they could be other than cancer. The fact of the matter is that more than a few testicular cancers have been found due to a sports injury or trauma. The description in the ultrasound sounds, as the radiologist reported, suspicious...

Oncology (General Cancer): Do you think this could be something bad?, expert profile, stressful job
expert profile, stressful job, dear doctor: Unfortunately, without any examination whatsoever that is impossible to answer. So I suggest that you let a doctor - best a gastroenterologist - check you! Good luck! You can also reach me at: http://www.liveperson.com/professional/expert-profile.aspx?gsBMQvSJ0S4K1haAm6AtH...

Oncology (General Cancer): Should I undergo radioactive iodine treatment or not? (i had total thyroidectomy for thyroid cancer)‏, radioactive iodine treatment, capsular invasion
radioactive iodine treatment, capsular invasion, total thyroidectomy: No there is no such method with a 100% certainty! The risks are probably quite small but they are also unnecessary! Why wait if you can do it soon?! So go ahead and do it! Good luck! You can also reach me at: http://www.liveperson.com/professional/expert-profile.aspx?gsBMQvSJ0S4K1haAm6AtH...

Oncology (General Cancer): Brown Freckle on sole of foot melanoma?, thumbtack, freckle
thumbtack, freckle, melanoma: I don t think it is melanoma. If it hasn t changed, and if it blanches when you squeeze it, and if it is flat, it probably is just a little pigmented scar. I would be concerned if it bleeds or if it grows. As we get older we get a lot of changes in the...