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Oncology (General Cancer): Gynecological, worst case scenario, cancer answer
worst case scenario, cancer answer, pap tests: Carol, To me, that term doesn t have any specific meaning other than there appears to be soft tissue. If it had looked suspicious, most doctors point that out in their description. Worrisome descriptors might be: irregular, necrotic (dead tissue), or...

Oncology (General Cancer): green tea and cancer, anti oxidants, treatment of cancer
anti oxidants, treatment of cancer, green tea: Green tea is just a very nice thing to drink a few cups of a day. It does contain anti-oxidants that might well be good for you in general, but it is certainly NOT a treatment for a cancer you might already have. As far as prevention of cancer, I doubt it...

Oncology (General Cancer): Hairy Cell Leukemia, hairy cell leukemia, secondary cancer
hairy cell leukemia, secondary cancer, phisiology: Dear Randy Martin, Your story is very typical of HCL. Did you get only one course of pentostatin? You ask about transferring it to your children. It is not a disease that one transfers to children but if you plan on having children and slated to get more...

Oncology (General Cancer): Intestine tumor - high leve of CEA (Poland), marker cea, intestine tumor
marker cea, intestine tumor, stomach ulcers: Kate, The CEA is a little higher now than before - but it is still quite low. It has not risen enough to warrant further action, in my opinion; I agree with her oncologist. If it continues to rise, it may have to be investigated. Unfortunately, there...

Oncology (General Cancer): Lung cancer risk, lung cancer news, lung cancer risk
lung cancer news, lung cancer risk, vegetables and fruits: Dear Lynn, That is great that you quit. It is the best thing you can do for your health. I am sorry to hear about your mother. My parents are both ex-smokers, too. actually your risk is very low. Probably less than 1. I used this tool, and for a 50 year...

Oncology (General Cancer): Lymphocytic Leukemia, hematologist oncologist, common bile duct
hematologist oncologist, common bile duct, low platelets: Dear Kendra, Steroids may keep your counts at the lower end. I cannot answer you about the skin lesions. You may want to seek an opinion from a skin doctor (dermatologist). Should you have any further questions, please don t hesitate to contact me. Sincerely,...

Oncology (General Cancer): Lymphoma and ESRD in frail elderly, leaky heart valve, kidney disorder
leaky heart valve, kidney disorder, clinical variables: Well, your confidence in me is flattering, BUT I m only an expert on malignancies here! And this lady has multiple severe medical problems! Yes her lymphoma is in this situation incurable, but that is only a part of her problems and perhaps not even her greatest...

Oncology (General Cancer): leukemia?, routine blood test, symptoms of leukemia
routine blood test, symptoms of leukemia, white blood cells: Dear Suzi, High white blood cell count can result from infection or a process in the bone marrow (where the white blood cells are produced) like leukemia. Your friend should seek medical attention. Should you have any further questions, please don t hesitate...

Oncology (General Cancer): low platelet count and extremely large tonsil, bone marrow biopsy, enlarged tonsil
bone marrow biopsy, enlarged tonsil, tonsil cancer: No not normally unless you have some general lymphoma with bone marrow involvement but the description you have given me does not sound like that. Has any bone marrow biopsy been done to investigate your low platelet condition? A biopsy of your tonsill is...

Oncology (General Cancer): Malignant Melanoma, gamma knife surgery, ucla medical center
gamma knife surgery, ucla medical center, melanoma cells: I m sorry to read about her & your situation! First of all, in most cancer cases it IS important to find the primary site. However when the tumor has spread this far this becomes more academic. Her primary may be in an eye or in a bowel. So it does not have...

Oncology (General Cancer): my mother has metatastic breast cancer, brain radiation, brain tumor
brain radiation, brain tumor, radiation treatment: Jennifer, I am not sure what your question is. I can t tell you whether the brain tumor is malignant or not; I don t have access to the imaging studies or her old records. Sometimes a biopsy (sample of the tissue is taken with a needle) is necessary to...

Oncology (General Cancer): multiple cancers, different kinds of cancer, cancer breast
different kinds of cancer, cancer breast, kinds of cancer: Dear Colleen, I am sorry to hear about the multiple cancers that your mother has had. Believe it or not it is not that uncommon, especially since people are living longer and treatment for many cancers is better. 25 of these multiple cancer cases are...

Oncology (General Cancer): Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma...chemo, non hodgkins lymphoma, bone marrow transplant
non hodgkins lymphoma, bone marrow transplant, chemo drug: To enhance his immunity may be difficult even if certain possibilities may exist. But your mother should contact his drs. and describe the situation to them. They do not need to tell her anything only listen to her. Then they will have to make the decision...

Oncology (General Cancer): nasopharangyeal carcinoma, secondary cancer, check ups
secondary cancer, check ups, type of cancer: Mary, The prognosis is very good. Cancer of the nasopharynx is a type of cancer where a lot of progress has been made over the past ten years. The combination of chemotherapy and radiation therapy, given simultaneously, has improved the prognosis greatly....

Oncology (General Cancer): normal bloodwork, something on ct scan, lower abdomen, blood lab
lower abdomen, blood lab, ct scan: Arthritis - if that is what they think you have - is NOT cancer in any way. So I do not think you have any cancer in your bones there. The other question was if you can have cance but in spite of that your blood lab. tests are normal. Yes that is possible,...

Oncology (General Cancer): oncology, clinical research findings, chemo treatment
clinical research findings, chemo treatment, specific cancer: Dear Cheryl, I am sorry I don t know about this group. It is very unlikely that any such group would actually have treatments that are better than accepted therapy. There is a huge market in cancer therapies, and very extensive competition. It is true...

Oncology (General Cancer): ovarian cancer, ca 125 blood test, transvaginal sonogram
ca 125 blood test, transvaginal sonogram, enlarged ovary: You are welcome! I m a Swede living in Sweden, so I m not familiar with your local conditions. So this is to some extent educated guesses. 1. I see no reason why your own gynecologist can not do this if the resources exist there. 2. Not necessarily, depends...

Oncology (General Cancer): Positive CEA Test Value 4.5 (<2.5 normal for non-smoker), dynacirc cr, restless legs syndrome
dynacirc cr, restless legs syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome: I would call CEA a malignant tumor MARKER - and I DO NOT like to use it as a primary diagnostic tool as has been done here - too uncertain! Well I think you could still try PET! It MAY work well! We honestly do not know if you have any cancer now for sure!...

Oncology (General Cancer): pancreatic cancer, www cancer, dear don
www cancer, dear don, cat scan: Dear Don, I am sorry to hear about you problem. I would wait for the results of that CAT scan. That should be definitive. If there is a tumor they will want to take a biopsy to see if it is malignant and what type it is. They will also determine if they...

Oncology (General Cancer): pancreatic cancer, cancer of the pancreas, radiation therapy
cancer of the pancreas, radiation therapy, seigle: Don, First things first. You must get the CT scan and see if it shows a mass in the pancreas. If it does, it must be biopsied (a doctor will remove a piece of it). A specialist called a pathologist examines the tissue under the microscope and determines...

Oncology (General Cancer): recurrent ovca & colonic stent, ovca, stool softener
ovca, stool softener, pain medication: Well food can be processed to be like baby food and mashes. In that form it should not be a problem for her. The hospital that took care of her must have a dietician who can help her with this. The hard fact is that SHE must take her situation into consideration...

Oncology (General Cancer): Small Cell Lung Cancer, cell lung cancer, small cell lung cancer
cell lung cancer, small cell lung cancer, radio therapy: Yes you are correct! No curative therapy is possible so all therapy here aims at 1. trying to relieve symptoms as much as and for as long a time period as possible and 2. to prolong survival time as much as possible. That is unfortunately all! To predict survival...

Oncology (General Cancer): Stage 4 B NHL final stages?, nurse practioner, non hodgkins lymphoma
nurse practioner, non hodgkins lymphoma, loss of appetite: Basically, the final stages of this disease is that the patient simply get sicker. I know that sounds simple, and it is just that simple. More specifically however, the patient may have more weight loss, the lumps in the nodes may become more noticable and...

Oncology (General Cancer): secondry breast cancer, cancer marker, bone lesions
cancer marker, bone lesions, cancer markers: I suppose radiation therapy was used against painful bone lesions. Cancer markers are proteins in her blood produced by her cancer. By checking them and their levels you get some idea of how much cancer there is in her and can thereby monitor any success or...

Oncology (General Cancer): a small ball attached to my right testicle via a string/tube, testicular cancer, feeling something
testicular cancer, feeling something, testicle: Alex, I cannot tell you what this is, but I doubt that it is testicular cancer. TC is always inside of the actual testicle, not attached to it via a tube or string. There are many normal structures that are attached like that, so you are probably feeling...

Oncology (General Cancer): Thyroid Nodule, hormone blood levels, thyroid scans
hormone blood levels, thyroid scans, thyroid nodule: The best procedure is to find out what this really is! To do that I suggest the following! Let an endocrinologist or an experienced endocrinological surgeon take care of her. Investigations should at least include ultrasound, isotope & PET thyroid scans and...

Oncology (General Cancer): thyroid, thyroid hormone replacement, chief justice rehnquist
thyroid hormone replacement, chief justice rehnquist, thyroid cancers: The only indications to the nature and behaviour of your thyroid cancer that we have are from the pathology study made from the surgical specimen after your operation, i.e. by what it looked like. Then you should be followed clinically regularly for at least...

Oncology (General Cancer): 14yr old with lump on knee, lump on knee, soft tissues
lump on knee, soft tissues, dime size: Without an examination I can not say what it is. I do understand your concern though! To KNOW what this is both an MRI (and maybe a CT) and a biopsy are needed! If the thing consists of soft tissues it will NOT show up on an ordinary x-ray. That however...

Oncology (General Cancer): autistic son, asmatic, autistic son
asmatic, autistic son, god son: It is sufficient if you explain your worries to the dr. and especially that you are worried about cancer and that the basic problem is that your son s weight is going down. The dr. should be able to direct the investigation from there based on that information....

Oncology (General Cancer): autistic son, cancer history, asmatic
cancer history, asmatic, autistic son: Terri, It is worrisome that your son has lost so much weight. This definitely needs to be looked into. You, as Mom, should not have to go to any doctor already knowing what tests he should have. It is any good doctor s responsibility to know what types...

Oncology (General Cancer): Bladder Cancer Treatment, flax seed oil, bladder cancer treatment
flax seed oil, bladder cancer treatment, stage 4 cancer: First of all, unfortunately you have to forget everything about raw broccoli, flax seeds etc.! If it was that simple we would not have any cancer patients to treat! Well, based on your description she is now a stage 4 cancer case which means that at present...

Oncology (General Cancer): BONE CANCER SECONDARY TO PROSTATE, male hormone testosterone, bone cancer
male hormone testosterone, bone cancer, radiation therapy: Angie, The reason many people are reluctant to make such predictions is that life expectancy in a patient with prostate cancer varies a lot from person to person. Some people have very slowly progressive disease and live many years. My own grandfather,...

Oncology (General Cancer): bone cancer ... life expectancy, stage 4 lung cancer, lung sacs
stage 4 lung cancer, lung sacs, cancer case: So she has a lung cancer that has spread to her pleurae (lung sacs) and to some of her bones making her case a stage 4 lung cancer case. She will need both radiation therapy and chemo therapy, mainly in order to make her life less miserable. So there is actually...

Oncology (General Cancer): breast cancer mets in supraclavicular nodes, stage 4 breast cancer, chemotherapy regimen
stage 4 breast cancer, chemotherapy regimen, regional lymph nodes: Dawn, The problem is that in stage IV breast cancer, cancer cells have been released into the blood stream and/or lymphatic system. Radiation therapy is strictly a local treatment and will not address any tumor cells which have migrated outside the breast/supraclavicular...

Oncology (General Cancer): Cancer?, burning sensations, scholiosis
burning sensations, scholiosis, melissa ann: Melissa Ann, The symptoms you describe do not sound like cancer. It is much more likely that your symptoms are being caused by something else. There are many other studies that can be done in addition to the ones you have had to try and pinpoint the problem....

Oncology (General Cancer): chemo related neuropathy, medical oncologists, medical oncologist
medical oncologists, medical oncologist, nueropathy: Patti, Xeloda causes hand-foot syndrome in a majority of patients who take it for three cycles or more. Hand-foot syndrome includes numbness and tingling of the hands and feet, usually more pronounced on the soles and palms. There are different degrees...

Oncology (General Cancer): clarification of, invasive breast cancer, type of cancer
invasive breast cancer, type of cancer, breast cancer: Kim, It depends enormously on the type of cancer. For a certain type of cancer of the testicle in a male, for example, if you are cured after two years there rarely is a relapse/recurrence. On the other hand, women with invasive breast cancer can have...

Oncology (General Cancer): cough, chest x ray, lung function test
chest x ray, lung function test, sternum: Hi Alex, As you are a non-smoker, and if you have not had exposure to asbestos, your risk of lung cancer is slight. I doubt that the cough is related to the injury. I am not an MD, so I can t give much advice in this regard. But you could consider going...

Oncology (General Cancer): Can Fibroadipose tumors be dangerous?, rhuematologist, muscle cells
rhuematologist, muscle cells, thigh muscle: Well, that is a hard question. If the tumor IS benign (non cancerous) then it should not come back. But there is always a grey zone between benign and malignant (non cancerous and cancerous) and such tumors may come back even if not frankly cancerous or the...

Oncology (General Cancer): Fould smell due to lung and kidney cancer, kidney cancer, chemotherapy treatments
kidney cancer, chemotherapy treatments, foul smell: It is quite possible that this has to do with his cancer, especially if he is in a bad general condition - as in many other serious illnesses. I can not guarantee that not anything else also is going on, but his cancer is a very probable explanation. ...

Oncology (General Cancer): bone cancer ... life expectancy, bone cancer, stomach
Oncology (General Cancer): bone cancer ... life expectancy, bone cancer, stomach, radio

Oncology (General Cancer): HDR vaginal brachytherapy, mayo clinic, horses
Oncology (General Cancer): HDR vaginal brachytherapy, mayo clinic, horses

Oncology (General Cancer): headache, white blood cell, white blood cell counts
Oncology (General Cancer): headache, white blood cell, white blood cell counts, seigle

Oncology (General Cancer): Post radiation side effects, sciatica, scoliosis
Oncology (General Cancer): Post radiation side effects, sciatica, scoliosis, osteoporosis

Oncology (General Cancer): followup on surgery, chronic inflamation, olaf palme
chronic inflamation, olaf palme, gall bladder: Well you do remember some Swedish! Though it is close to 40 years ago! It is quite obvious that your gall bladder was not functioning so you are well rid of it! Not really, too little to go on I m afraid. Also non cancer questions are really outside my field...

Oncology (General Cancer): HDR vaginal brachytherapy, radiation oncologist, colo rectal
radiation oncologist, colo rectal, rectal surgeon: Krista, What did the clinic that did the radiation think was causing the bleeding? Did they offer another explanation? I suggest you get another opinion from a radiation oncologist from an institution that does lots of gyn brachytherapy. You need an...

Oncology (General Cancer): headache, peripheral blood smear, lightheadness
peripheral blood smear, lightheadness, sludging: Brandi, I hope you are allowed to ask for help with this! A hematocrit (hct) of 58% if way too high! The numbers of leukocytes and platelets are elevated as well. It appears that the marrow is overproducing blood cells. When blood cells are abnormal,...

Oncology (General Cancer): hypoechoic thyroid nodules, low thyroid function, hypoechoic nodule
low thyroid function, hypoechoic nodule, thyroid nodules: Since they can be seen on ultrasound an ultrasound guided needle biopsy of each can be done. Ultrasound guided needle biopsies can be done on lesions even only a few mm i size (a small fraction of an inch). Personally I think biopsies should be done to be...

Oncology (General Cancer): Lung Cancer, pleural effusion, cancer cells
pleural effusion, cancer cells, smoking cessation: Mike, Your description of finding fluid with blood and spread to the sac suggests that there may be fluid within the pleural space (which is a two-layered lining around the lungs). This is called a pleural effusion. If there are cancer cells in fluid...

Oncology (General Cancer): Lung cancer, carotid artery surgery, stroke neurologist
carotid artery surgery, stroke neurologist, hemorragic stroke: I m sorry to hear his story and I do find the hospital treatment of him dreadful! Without an MRI scan or at least a CT scan of his brain it is impossible to stage his cancer accurately (by the way have you ever got the biopsy result so that his diagnosis is...

Oncology (General Cancer): Lung cancer, medical oncologist, surgical expert
medical oncologist, surgical expert, abdominal tissue: I m sorry! This is a question for a cardio-vascular-pulmonary (thoracic) surgeon. I m not a surgeon. I m a medical oncologist & radiation therapist. The only thing I can say is that his strong radiation therapy MAY be one of the reasons behind this situation....

Oncology (General Cancer): lab results for blood work!, cancer survivor, blood work
cancer survivor, blood work, teaching school: Without knowing what the actual results are it is hard for me to discuss this. I do not want to speculate though obviously he considers it important or he would not have called. If he can not make you understand the results when available I will gladly discuss...

Oncology (General Cancer): lung cancer,nodules, left lung, modern medicine
left lung, modern medicine, nodule: Probably to make you aware of that it is there. Well if not active that is good, but I can not guarantee that it will remain inactive unfortunately. The fact that it is inactive MAY indicate that it is not cancerous. But again no guarantees. I m sorry it is...

Oncology (General Cancer): lymphoma, needle aspiration biopsy, cytologist
needle aspiration biopsy, cytologist, thin needle: The easiest & simplest & quickest way of checking that out is by thin needle aspiration biopsy. Since you can feel this node it should be very easy to do too. It is done in a few minutes, no surgery needed. The result should be available from the pathologist/cytologist...

Oncology (General Cancer): metastic lung cancer, carbo taxol, brain metastases
carbo taxol, brain metastases, metastic lung cancer: Spread is possible but not certain. To be certain MRI scans & X-rays and/or PET scans and other isotope scans of your skeleton should be made.Yes I think you should discuss radiation therapy with your drs. It would probably give you some pain relief for some...

Oncology (General Cancer): mono vs. leukemia, symptoms of leukemia, what are the symptoms of leukemia
symptoms of leukemia, what are the symptoms of leukemia, meir: Dear Fran, The symptoms for leukemia are not specific and therefore I would not put this at the top of my differential diagnoses. Mono is hard to get rid of. Should you have any specific questions, please don t hesitate to contact me. Sincerely, Meir...

Oncology (General Cancer): neurological late effects of radiation, simulation films, lumbosacral plexopathy
simulation films, lumbosacral plexopathy, radiation oncologist: Gen, I definitely think you should see a radiation oncologist! If you do, bring all of your radiation treatment records, including simulation films, dosimetry plans, and your entire medical record. I think that it is wise to get an independent opinion...

Oncology (General Cancer): oral cancer, mucosal changes, mouth cancer
mucosal changes, mouth cancer, oral cancer: Mouth cancer can show many different symptoms like a chronic ulcer or different mucosal changes. Let a dr. check it! A mouth cancer can be very serous. But the symptoms you describe are not necessarily those of a cancer. So again, let a dr. check it! ...

Oncology (General Cancer): Pain after radiation, symptoms of a kidney stone, thyroid cancers
symptoms of a kidney stone, thyroid cancers, thyroid cancer: Darrel, When a person has a kidney stone, the pain is generally located in the flank, which is where the kidney is. Chest pain should not be caused by a kidney stone (you said you had chest pain the first time). I really, really doubt that the tumor passed...

Oncology (General Cancer): Papellary Ca thyroid, radioactive iodine, iodine uptake
radioactive iodine, iodine uptake, hospital staff: I suppose she had to take some radioactive iodine before some time after surgery? If so that probably showed some iodine uptake that should not be there - a sign that not all of her cancer had been removed. By giving a large dose of radioactive iodine - which...

Oncology (General Cancer): Pappillary Ca Thyroid, papillary carcinoma thyroid, full body scan
papillary carcinoma thyroid, full body scan, solitary lesion: This radioactive isotope (iodine 131) clearly shows that not all of her cancer has been removed. There are still remnants of it in the area where her thyroid was as well as in the lymph nodes of her neck on her left side. A rather common situation. She will...

Oncology (General Cancer): Pepallary Ca Thyroid, papillary carcinoma thyroid, full body scan
papillary carcinoma thyroid, full body scan, solitary lesion: Unfortunately different laboratories can have different standards for such tests so I need the normal result range for each test for this laboratory (those are normally included together with the lab. results).I can not evaluate anything until I have those...

Oncology (General Cancer): Post radiation side effects, radiation oncologist, pelvis pain
radiation oncologist, pelvis pain, radiation side effects: Patricia, I agree with your husband s orthopedist. In my opinion, degenerative/arthritic changes are most likely responsible for your husband s pain. While radiation can cause long-term side effects in the area which was treated (in your husband s case,...

Oncology (General Cancer): pheochromocytoma., heart rhythm, stress echo
heart rhythm, stress echo, anxiety attacks: Greg, Your symptoms are concerning. As you probably know, pheochromocytoma is quite rare and, because it is so uncommon, is not likely (but is possible) to be the cause of your symptoms. Yes, 24 hour urine test does mean 24 hours, not 15 1/2 hours. ...

Oncology (General Cancer): possible kidney cancer?, signs of kidney cancer, flank pain
signs of kidney cancer, flank pain, renal cortex: Mary, If there is clearly a mass in the kidney, you may need a biopsy. This is a relatively simple procedure in which a piece of tissue is removed (usually with a needle under CT guidance) and examined under the microscope. This gives the best information...

Oncology (General Cancer): Radiation treatment: renal risk afer stage 1 seminoma, effects of radiation exposure, testicular cancers
effects of radiation exposure, testicular cancers, inguinal orchiectomy: Shannon, seminoma is usually at present not a deadly disease provided treatment schedules based on hard won experience are followed. If not followed anything can happen. The time for treatment is now! If we wait and your cancer reappears your chances of a...

Oncology (General Cancer): Radiation treatment for testicular cancer, inguinal orchiectomy, horseshoe kidney
inguinal orchiectomy, horseshoe kidney, radiation dose: Dear Shannon, How many kidneys do you have? Some people have a single centrally located kidney, often called a horseshoe kidney depending on its shape; is this so in your case? Or do you have two separate kidneys with one more centrally located than is...

Oncology (General Cancer): Red Blood Count, red blood cells, blood transfusion
red blood cells, blood transfusion, mchc: Dear Sharon, Hematocrit (Hct) of 29 is low, so are MCV of 70, MCH of 20 and MCHC of 29. This usually means that you have too few red blood cells, they are small and don t have a lot of the material that makes them red (hemoglobin) in them. Many causes have...

Oncology (General Cancer): Stage 4 cancer, occult blood test, stage 4 cancer
occult blood test, stage 4 cancer, cancer of the spine: Dear Shelli, I am very sorry to hear about your friend. Unfortunately many cancers of internal organs do not give symptoms and evade early detection. I can t tell from your information what the original (primary) tumor was that your friend had. For...

Oncology (General Cancer): Stage IV Lung Cancer, radiation therapy, survival time
radiation therapy, survival time, anderson center: Well, ufortunately the treatment results are the same all over the world and they are not very good. All what therapy including surgery, radiation therapy and chemo therapy can do is to prolong survival time somewhat. My advice is that you let her finish her...

Oncology (General Cancer): Testicular cancer, effects of radiation exposure, horseshoe kidney
effects of radiation exposure, horseshoe kidney, inguinal orchiectomy: Shannon, I generally always lean towards surveillance, so the fact that a horseshoe kidney would be in the radiation port pushes me even further towards recommending surveillance. I have seen this before, but I have had no luck searching archives for...

Oncology (General Cancer): Tightness in rectum, infectious disease specialist, adolescent medicine
infectious disease specialist, adolescent medicine, seigle: Hi - What you describe does NOT sound like cancer. It may, in fact, be related to the infection you had. In my opinion, the best action for you at this point in time would be to return to the place you were treated for the STD. Find out which STD you...

Oncology (General Cancer): testicular lump, testicular lump, testicle
testicular lump, testicle, subject check: Sean, If you d like to email back and forth on this question, please email me directly at dougbank@alum.mit.edu. If you would like to see generally reliable info on the subject, check out my website - http://tcrc.acor.org. I can only respond via this site...

Oncology (General Cancer): worried about my illness, brain tumor treatment, medical oncologist
brain tumor treatment, medical oncologist, brain diseases: I m sorry. That is outside my field of expertise here. I m a medical oncologist & radiation therapist with experience of brain tumor treatment. I m not a neurologist and this is not a brain tumor illness. You should direct this question to an expert of neurology....

Oncology (General Cancer): acute myelocytic leukemia (M7), acute myeloid leukemia, acute myelocytic leukemia
acute myeloid leukemia, acute myelocytic leukemia, chemotherpy: Dear Panagiotis, The traditional treatment for this type of leukemia is 7+3 which consists of 7 days of cytarabine and 3 days of an anthracycline like daunorubicin. This involves approximately 4-week hospitalization and about 30% chance of clearing the disease,...

Oncology (General Cancer): Basic Information, national cancer institute, dean ph
national cancer institute, dean ph, michael dean: Dear Mike, That is great that you are passionate about this. I would recommend trying to volunteer at a hospital or become an EMT to get some idea of the work. If there is a local cancer center or medical school you could try to volunteer or see about a...

Oncology (General Cancer): bone cancer, small cell carcinoma, neck vertabrae
small cell carcinoma, neck vertabrae, greater trochanter: Well normally you get quite enough of vitamin D through your food. I was not aware of this effect - but not within my area of expertise either. Based on what you have written I can not exclude the possibility, but this IS outside my field of expertise. You...

Oncology (General Cancer): bowel cancer, antibody therapies, lung lesions
antibody therapies, lung lesions, colon cancer: Dear Lilian, I am sorry to hear about your father in law. I am not an oncologist, so I can t give any specific recommendations. There are now a lot of treatment options for metastatic colon cancer. You can search here for clinical studies in your area...

Oncology (General Cancer): bowel cancer, lung tumor, cancer cells
lung tumor, cancer cells, cancer cancer: Lilian, Once the cancer has spread from the area it started (bowel to lung),as it has in your father-in-law, it is no longer curable. An operation would be helpful only if the bowel tumor is causing a specific problem, for example, blockage of the intestine....

Oncology (General Cancer): CA Breast, Secondary Bone Cancer, secondary bone cancer, red blood cells
secondary bone cancer, red blood cells, cancer question: Usually the bone marrow starts working again after some time. More blood transfusions may be necessary but that is not certain. The rest of your question about blood is impossible to answer without following the patient day by day. Since her cancer has spread...

Oncology (General Cancer): CA breast , Bone & lung, breast bone, radio therapy
breast bone, radio therapy, patient thanks: Prognosis is of course not good in the long run unfortunately. But if your cancer was hormone receptor positive it may be able to control it for a considerable time. Even more so with additional chemo therapy. Also oncology is progressing all the time. So...

Oncology (General Cancer): Cancer& Metabolism, drug target, anaerobic metabolism
drug target, anaerobic metabolism, dean ph: Dear Brooke, I am sorry to hear about your grandfather. I have has 4 family members die of the disease. Yes it is true that cancer cells typically produce energy by glycolysis followed in the cytoplasm rather than in mitochondria like most normal cells....

Oncology (General Cancer): Cancer Terms, cancer terms, x ray
cancer terms, x ray, pregnant woman: A mass is an unspecified something that you may feel when you examine a patient or which is seen in an x-ray picture etc. It may be a tumor but other possibilities also exist. A fetus in a pregnant woman could be called a mass until it has been determined...

Oncology (General Cancer): Cancer on the Uterus, radiation treatments, radiation treatment
radiation treatments, radiation treatment, michael dean: Dear Jill, That is great that you are so concerned with your friend. It is very common to use radiation and/or chemo before surgery to shrink the tumor. You are right this is not likely to cure it, but it can make surgery easier and more effective. ...

Oncology (General Cancer): Colon Cancer, colon cancer, secum
colon cancer, secum, oncologist: Dear Michele, I am very sorry to hear about your mother. I understand you wanting to help her make the best decision. However, I am not an oncologist, and so cannot give you advice any better than the two opinions that you already have. For many cancers,...

Oncology (General Cancer): Colorectal cancer, low blood count, cloathing
low blood count, cloathing, cetuximab: I m very sorry to read about her case. Her CEA values are unfortunately very high. The normal values depend to some extent on which technique that is used, so you have to ask her laboratory what their normal range with & without dilution is. Unfortunately...

Oncology (General Cancer): cancer, core needle biopsy, needle aspiration biopsy
core needle biopsy, needle aspiration biopsy, non hodgkins lymphoma: Whatever it is it MUST be checked out soonest! To make it quickly I suggest that your dr. arranges for x-ray mammography AND since this lump can be felt also for a thin needle aspiration biopsy - or a wide core needle biopsy - of the lump. This should be possible...

Oncology (General Cancer): cancer recurrence, gynecologic oncologist, cancer recurrence
gynecologic oncologist, cancer recurrence, tumor in the liver: Jennifer, When cancer has spread to a separate site like the liver, it is usually not curable. However, if there is a very small amount of tumor in the liver, it can be aggressively treated and result in many years with a good quality of life. On the...

Oncology (General Cancer): cancer remission, cancer remission, hormone estrogen
cancer remission, hormone estrogen, prostate cancers: With remission is usually meant a period of time when it at least appears that the cancer has gone away. That is as I wrote in my previous reply not the case here. His cancer is still there. It may be under control but I have too little information to know...

Oncology (General Cancer): chemotherapy & itching, fifteen months, remission
fifteen months, remission, exertion: Itching is a very common symptom and very non specific. In your case it seems to be associated with warmness or sweating. While I can not rule out that it somehow is related to your illness or its treatment there are also many other possibilities. So I strongly...

Oncology (General Cancer): chemotherapy & itching, chemotherapy
Oncology (General Cancer): chemotherapy & itching, chemotherapy

Oncology (General Cancer): Kidney Cancer, chest x rays, kidney area
chest x rays, kidney area, kidney cancer: First of all, you are 21 years old. Kidney cancer at that age is EXTREMELY rare - almost unheard of! So why do you suspect it at all? Second. You tell me that your urine tests are normal. One of the commonest kidney cancer symptoms is blood in the urine. In...

Oncology (General Cancer): Kidney Cancer.., chest x rays, kidney area
chest x rays, kidney area, kidney cancer: Dear Don, Even though I m a physician, that is, have MD after my name, it does not mean that I can help with your diagnosis from a distance. Your physician is taking the correct approach of trying to figure out what is going on and I would trust him/her....

Oncology (General Cancer): Lump?, skull bones, natural bone
skull bones, natural bone, seigle: RainieB, Yes, this can be completely normal and simply something you didn t notice before. We all have dips and bumps in our skull bones. It should by symmetric - that is, present in the middle or pretty similar on both sides - and should not be getting...

Oncology (General Cancer): Lump on neck.. possible lymphoma??, lymphoma cancer, lump on neck
lymphoma cancer, lump on neck, indemnity insurance: Thought I answered this already. Was a bit surprized to see it in my email. Anyway, I will answer it (again?) now... This lump COULD be lymphoma. It is more likely related to a past injury or illness I would think. It is however very important that you do...

Oncology (General Cancer): Lung cancer, type of lung cancer, nearby lymph nodes
type of lung cancer, nearby lymph nodes, cancer question: Ok thanks! To be able to give you a good answer I would need to read the full pathology report. Can you write it here? I really do not know if I would. But I ll try to give you a reply to that if you can arrange the matter with the pathology report. I do need...

Oncology (General Cancer): Lymphoma and Myeloma, leukemia and lymphoma society, leukemia and lymphoma
leukemia and lymphoma society, leukemia and lymphoma, poor prognosis: Hi Mike, Lymphoma and melanoma are different types of cancer. Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer. If not treated before it spreads, it is highly fatal. http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/melanoma Lymphomas are cancers of blood...

Oncology (General Cancer): large cell lung cancer, cell lung cancer, chest x ray
cell lung cancer, chest x ray, large cell lung cancer: Hi Tracy, A benign lung lesion would not be fatal, and typically could only cause problems if it obstructs the lung, or if your mom develops any other lung problems. A am not a radiologist, or oncologist, but a lung lesion can be classified as benign...

Oncology (General Cancer): lung cancer, cancer question, radiation therapy
cancer question, radiation therapy, survival time: Since he has cancer in BOTH of his lungs it MUST be considered as widely spread. So it is not a small or early cancer. Yes my time estimate is based on that he receives chemo therapy (and maybe radiation therapy too). Without such therapy his survival time...

Oncology (General Cancer): lung cancer, type of lung cancer, seigle
type of lung cancer, seigle, lung cancer: Lilian, I don t have enough details to really advise you about this except in very general terms. One would have to know what type of lung cancer your father in law has, see the scans, look at all the tests and actually examine him to determine his suitability...

Oncology (General Cancer): lung cancer, radio frequency ablation, dear lillian
radio frequency ablation, dear lillian, pathology report: Dear Lillian, I am sorry to hear about your father in law. Did they do a biopsy and provide a pathology report? Where is he being treated? There are a lot of clinical studies for lung cancer. You can search here, or I can help with the additional information....

Oncology (General Cancer): Ovarian Cancer, thrombo embolism, pulmonary emboli
thrombo embolism, pulmonary emboli, tumor masses: It will kill her. And the process will be very unpleasant. Her abdomen will be filled up with fluid and more tumor masses. Her cancer may also spread to other locations. Without any treatment at all her survival time can probably be measured in months to around...

Oncology (General Cancer): Post Cancer health, head and neck cancer, cancer expert
head and neck cancer, cancer expert, breast examinations: Hi - as you already know, a lot depends on the kind of cancer she had. Some are curable - that is, the chance of the cancer coming back are no higher than that of the general population. Others tend to come back repeatedly. Some are inbetween in their behavior....

Oncology (General Cancer): Prostate Cancer, gleason score 6, informative sight
gleason score 6, informative sight, effects of radiation: Well the negative effects of radiation are mainly related to that it may cause inflammation - like an internal sun burn - in the rectum with diarrhea as a symptom. In the same way a certain irritation in the urinary tract can be caused. Otherwise there are...

Oncology (General Cancer): Prostate Cancer, radiation oncologist, hollow needles
radiation oncologist, hollow needles, radioactive seeds: Kathy, This is a complex question, and you need a consultation with a radiation oncologist for detailed information. In brief, placement of radioactive seeds is a relatively simple procedure which takes about one to two hours. It is done in the operating...

Oncology (General Cancer): Prostate Cancer, term impotence, medical oncologist
term impotence, medical oncologist, radiation therapist: I m a Swede, living in Sweden and I m not a surgeon but a medical oncologist & radiation therapist. What you are asking about are surgical procedures that to some extent are different in different parts of the world. Also English is not my first language and...

Oncology (General Cancer): Query and Advice Please, menstruating women, hospital appointment
menstruating women, hospital appointment, ovarian cyst: If your gynecologist is not worried by your ovarian cyst - and that seems to be the case or more drastic measures would have been recommended - you most probably do not need to worry either. If this cyst is the only one and has not changed much over time I...

Oncology (General Cancer): Radiation therapy post chemotherapy for stage 4 NSCLC, squamous cell carcinoma, vena cava
squamous cell carcinoma, vena cava, specialist journals: Catherine, This is a complicated question. I am assuming the radiation offered is going to be given to the chest/lung rather than a site of metastatic disease. Palliative usually means there is a symptom or problem (such as shortness of breath) that...

Oncology (General Cancer): Stage IV - lung cancer, stage 4 lung cancer, home oxygen
stage 4 lung cancer, home oxygen, chest cavity: Kris, It seems to me that, if he is having a lot of trouble breathing, is very congested, and is on home oxygen, he probably has less than 6-9 months left (but it is impossible to accurately predict these things!). Yes, he will get worse. He will need...

Oncology (General Cancer): secondary bone cancer, low blood platelets, secondary bone cancer
low blood platelets, secondary bone cancer, low platelets: If her breast cancer has spread to her bones and to her liver (so she does NOT have bone cancer, she has breast cancer that has spread to her bones) she is in principle a stage 4 (IV) breast cancer case which at present is incurable. Even though incurable...

Oncology (General Cancer): my sister, cancer hair loss, enlarged lymph nodes
cancer hair loss, enlarged lymph nodes, cancer lymphoma: Bon, Enlarged lymph nodes containing cancer (lymphoma is a type of cancer of the lymph system) generally are not painful. The sequence of events you describe are far more typical of infection than cancer. Hair loss in cancer comes from treatment with...

Oncology (General Cancer): Testical round mass, testicular cancer, testicle
testicular cancer, testicle, marble: While I m pretty sure this isn t cancer, the only way to know for sure would be to have a doctor take a look (so to speak). Testicular cancer almost never shows up this way - it would not start this way. It would start as a lump inside the testicle. Very...

Oncology (General Cancer): Testicluar Area worries..., proper diagnosis, best bet
proper diagnosis, best bet, varicose vein: David, I thought I answered this question, but I still see it in the list. Sorry if I messed something up... Anyway, the thing on the back of the testicle is probably something called a varicocele. This is a varicose vein of the scrotum. It in not uncommon,...

Oncology (General Cancer): Thyroid, thyroid cancer answers, thyroid cancers
thyroid cancer answers, thyroid cancers, biopsey: Dear Heather, I understand your concern. I am not an oncologist, but from what I have read the majority of these masses with cystic components are benign. Even if it is cancerous, there is a very high cure rate for most common thyroid cancers, if they are...

Oncology (General Cancer): Uterine mass, harmless cysts, outpatient surgery
harmless cysts, outpatient surgery, type 2 diabetic: Dear John, I am sorry to hear about you mothers problem. It is hard to say much without more information on the size, exact location and appearance. But there is a high chance that this is nothing serious. Fibroids are very common and are relatively...

Oncology (General Cancer): 86 year old mother with stage 4 colon cancer, stage 4 colon cancer, lympth nodes
stage 4 colon cancer, lympth nodes, colon cancer: I would have to agree with you on this. Your mothers quality of life with the chemo would not be much of an improvement over what she must be going through. At her advanced age and the decreased level of the ability to fight off infections and such, the chemo...

Oncology (General Cancer): Alternative Cancer Therapies, cancer treatment centers, hospital cancer center
cancer treatment centers, hospital cancer center, alternative cancer treatment: There is NO useful alternative treatment for a stage 3 seminoma anywhere! You have a potentially deadly disease but which may be cured with a combination of radiation therapy and chemo therapy - and some surgery! So I strongly suggest that you urgently contact...

Oncology (General Cancer): Bone cancer, bone tumor, hereditary factor
bone tumor, hereditary factor, bone cancer: Without knowing exactly what kind of bone tumor he had it is difficult to comment on if there is any hereditary factor involved that may affect his daughter but probably the risk - if any at all - is small. The disease itself is NOT hereditary! What MAY be...

Oncology (General Cancer): bladder cancer, bladder cancer, stomach lining
bladder cancer, stomach lining, chemo: Well, I do not know exactly what kind of chemo therapy your brother received or what is intended for your friend. So I do not know if they are identical or not. However if his bladder has spread outside the bladder chemo therapy is most probably necessary...

Oncology (General Cancer): Cervical cancer, needle biopsy, cancer stage
needle biopsy, cancer stage, cervical cancer: Well an x-ray shadow in her lung is something. If it is cancer and connected to her cervical cancer we do not know at present. The best way - if possible - of finding out is by doing a biopsy. In her case probably easiest as a needle biopsy. Please do keep...

Oncology (General Cancer): cell renewal, renegade cell, skin exfoliation
renegade cell, skin exfoliation, robert weinberg: I do agree with the notion that a multitude of mutations (due to different causes) cause cancer. But I do NOT agree with the notion that renewal of cells is involved as some sort of cause too! Then how to explain muscle cell sarcomas when we know that there...

Oncology (General Cancer): chemo with 86 year old women, lympth nodes, colon cancer
lympth nodes, colon cancer, moderate dose: Well, only the patient can decide if there is going to be any treatment! If she does not want any, nothing can be given. How long she will live with chemo is uncertain but she can NOT be cured. How long without treatment is also uncertain but most probably...

Oncology (General Cancer): chemotherapy@, chemo therapy drugs, secondary bone cancer
chemo therapy drugs, secondary bone cancer, sudden heart attack: Her drugs definitely do NOT stay in her body from March to September. We are talking of an elimination within a few days to a week or so depending on which drugs that were used. There are certain chemo therapy drugs (like Adriamycin) that may be harmful to...

Oncology (General Cancer): MELANOMA STAGE III CANCER, basil cell, meningioma
Oncology (General Cancer): MELANOMA STAGE III CANCER, basil cell, meningioma

Oncology (General Cancer): stage 4a cancer
Oncology (General Cancer): stage 4a cancer

Oncology (General Cancer): My friend Anne, breast cancer metastases, cancer marker
breast cancer metastases, cancer marker, cancer cells: Breast cancer metastases to the lungs have nothing to do with smoking. With regards to her cancer cells in her cerebrospinal fluid I think that radiation therapy of her brain and spine should at least be considered. No in the long run - at least at present...

Oncology (General Cancer): Hgh CEA, liver function blood tests, upper quadrant pain
liver function blood tests, upper quadrant pain, stage 4 colon cancer: Your description makes it most probable that her cancer has spread to her liver (may have happened even before surgery even though microscopic then). Certainty will be reached when her biopsy is done. If so she would now be a stage 4 colon cancer case which...

Oncology (General Cancer): High Platelet High white cells, high platelets, white blood cell
high platelets, white blood cell, white cells: Dear Steve, As you can understand, I got only a partial picture of your disease as there is no description of the test results, only statements that those were conducted. Elevated white blood cell and platelet counts can be caused by infectious and malignant...

Oncology (General Cancer): HRCT ground glass opacities, ground glass opacity, needle biopsies
ground glass opacity, needle biopsies, ground glass opacities: Well it is never wrong to ask for a second opinion. I honestly do not understand why no biopsies have been done instead of just waiting and watching. Especially that tracheal lymph node should be possible to check with a biopsy for example via a mediastinoscopy....

Oncology (General Cancer): Hypo-echoic nodules and complex echo nodule on thyroid, nodule on thyroid, thyroid nodules
nodule on thyroid, thyroid nodules, thyroid ultrasound: Ultrasound works like radar - except that it uses sound waves instead of radio waves - so it sends in sound signals and register the echoes when they come back using them to create a picture of the interior of the organ under examination. Hypoechoic just means...

Oncology (General Cancer): high CA 19-9 scores, nausea and fatigue, wheat free diet
nausea and fatigue, wheat free diet, ultrasound of the liver: Well it looks to me as if you have gone through the whole catalogue without any cancer found at all. You also seem to feel better. I can only conclude that no cancer has been found and that any cancer now seems rather unlikely. I m not suggesting any new tests....

Oncology (General Cancer): Liver Cancer, stage 4 cancer, liver cancer
stage 4 cancer, liver cancer, living in sweden: I m sorry to read about his - and your - problems. I m a Swede, living in Sweden so unfortunately I have no idea what clinical trials that are available or even going on where you are. Your friend at the NIH is probably a better source for such information....

Oncology (General Cancer): Love bites and cancer, cause cancer, type of cancer
cause cancer, type of cancer, inflamation: Love bites absolutely can NOT cause any type of cancer. It is possible that your saliva may have caused some type of immune response, or perhaps some bacteria in your saliva could cause some inflamation. If the lump doesn t go away or grows larger with time,...

Oncology (General Cancer): Lung nodule, papillary cancer, living in sweden
papillary cancer, living in sweden, lung nodule: I m a Swede living in Sweden and English is not my first language. This terminology is unknown to me - BUT this part of your question is most probably better answered by an expert of diagnostic radiology, so it is outside my area of expertise. I do suggest...

Oncology (General Cancer): Lymphoma, lymph glands in the groin, groin area
lymph glands in the groin, groin area, swelling of the leg: Why was radiation therapy given? for what? Are you sure you mean lymphoma? is it not lymphedema you mean. Lymphedema just means that lymph fluid has difficulties in returning to the rest of the body from for example a leg. That leads to swelling of the leg....

Oncology (General Cancer): lung cancer treatment in 1967, chemo therapy drugs, lung cancer patients
chemo therapy drugs, lung cancer patients, cross country trip: The biological behaviour of a lung cancer was the same in 1967 as it is today. The difference was what was available with regards to treatment - much less then. I studied medicine in 1967. In fact in May of 1967 I was studying pathology so I have a good general...

Oncology (General Cancer): MELANOMA STAGE III CANCER, basal cell cancer, squamous cell skin cancer
basal cell cancer, squamous cell skin cancer, hysteromy: Your melanoma & meningiomas are not connected in any way! You have been diagnosed with a. malignant melanoma of your skin, b. a basal cell cancer of the skin and c. a squamous cell skin cancer. All these are related to sun/UV light exposure. So maybe you are...

Oncology (General Cancer): Metastic lung cancer with Cancer of unknown primary, soft tissue density, vena cava filter
soft tissue density, vena cava filter, thyroglobulin test: Thanks! Well this information still points in the direction of a primary lung cancer and not a thyroid cancer. But I still think that a fine/thin needle aspiration biopsy of the nodule should be done in order to be on the safe side. Unfortunately I have to...

Oncology (General Cancer): My man's swollen lymph node, lymph node biopsy, painful lymph nodes
lymph node biopsy, painful lymph nodes, needle biopsy: Dear Takesha, It does not sound like cancer. Swollen painful lymph nodes are almost always associated with an infection. A biopsy of the lymph node is standard care for recurrent infections. Here is more info on the procedure here: http://www.webmd.com/cancer/lymph-node-biopsy...

Oncology (General Cancer): nhl - what to expect, non hodgkins lymphoma, thoracic cavity
non hodgkins lymphoma, thoracic cavity, living in sweden: Well it seems that this mass is close to engage his esophagus. So we can expect problems in swallowing and eating. Since his airways are close to his esophagus there is also an obvious risk that his airways may become disturbed. If I happened to be in his...

Oncology (General Cancer): nodules on a chest xray, cancerous lesions, needle biopsy
cancerous lesions, needle biopsy, chest xray: Most nodules seen - at least on CT, in ordinary x-rays it is more uncertain - are non cancerous and of no concern but there are also cancerous lesions. Only a biopsy (for example a needle biopsy - if possible) can tell us what a lesion really is. But a CT...

Oncology (General Cancer): Pawpaw, malignant cancer cells, target cells
malignant cancer cells, target cells, prevention method: While it is true that most cancer cells consume a lot of sugar (by fermentation) I have to tell you that a lot of similar stories circulate on the internet and elsewhere without any foundation of real facts. So until this has been confirmed scientifically...

Oncology (General Cancer): Please read this. mestastized cancer, stage 4 breast cancer, breast cancer
stage 4 breast cancer, breast cancer, hormone receptor: Unfortunately with a stage 4 breast cancer any cure is at present impossible. Hormonal and chemo therapy MAY offer some possiblity of control though. But if that is possible in this case I have much too little information to evaluate. Was her cancer hormone...

Oncology (General Cancer): PROSTATE CANCER, family doc, prostate cancer
family doc, prostate cancer, pet scan: If his prostate and prostate cancer were totally removed there should not be any PSA at all after a while. If some is still there it MAY indicate that some of the cancer also is still there. I would suggest a PET scan to see if there is any tumor like cell...

Oncology (General Cancer): Prognosis??, squamous cell carcinoma, stage 4 cancer
squamous cell carcinoma, stage 4 cancer, spots on liver: Unfortunately your father has a stage 4 cancer. Such a cancer is at present incurable. It will also probably eventually kill him (unless he passes away for some other cause before that). How long that will take is however impossible to predict, especially...

Oncology (General Cancer): pancreatic tumour, medical oncologist, pancreatic tumor
medical oncologist, pancreatic tumor, radiation therapist: There are many possible reasons. Besides I m not a surgeon but a medical oncologist and a radiation therapist so I may even overlook or miss some reasons. This question should be directed to an expert of surgery - or even better to the surgeon in question...

Oncology (General Cancer): Not Really Sure, bladder carcinoma, gall bladder
bladder carcinoma, gall bladder, rdw: Dear Marc, This forum prevents us from giving specific medical advice. Your doctor should be explaining this for you. Here are some sites that give information on many of these tests: http://www.thebody.com/content/art14473.html http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003468.htm...

Oncology (General Cancer): Results, hi doug, self exams
hi doug, self exams, testicular cancer: That sounds good. It would be better to know what the lump is, though. Do your parents remember? If not, call the doc back and ask for the name again. Also, keep doing self exams and go back to the doctor if something changes. While I do not doubt their assessment...

Oncology (General Cancer): Shadow in the top right lung, wegener granulomatosis, hydatid cyst
wegener granulomatosis, hydatid cyst, inflammatory lesions: Dear Teresa, These shadows can be caused by many conditions and so you should try not to worry until you get the results of the biopsy. Here is some more information on nodules (not exactly what you have, but useful). Here are some of the possibilities:...

Oncology (General Cancer): Small Nodules - Follow Up in One Year??, lung cancer cases, chest x ray
lung cancer cases, chest x ray, malignant tumour: About 90% of all lung cancers are associated with smoking - which of course also means that about 10% are not. Yes lung cancers are very aggressive and most of them are in reality at present incurable, which in turn means that most lung cancer cases are killed...

Oncology (General Cancer): Stage IV Lung Cancer, brain cancers, lung tumors
brain cancers, lung tumors, radiation treatments: Dear JoAnn, I am very sorry to hear about your husband s cancer. While it is impossible to predict the prognosis of any individual patient, I am afraid it is very unlikely that he will go into remission. I am not an oncologist, so I can only be of partial...

Oncology (General Cancer): sacoma cancer, www cancer, tissue sarcoma
www cancer, tissue sarcoma, pdq: Dear Laura, I am sorry to hear about this. How old are you? I ask because there are adult and childhood forms. There is more information here: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/adult-soft-tissue-sarcoma/patient Write back if you don...

Oncology (General Cancer): stage 4a cancer, oral cavity cancer, american cancer society
oral cavity cancer, american cancer society, cancer stage iv: I am afraid that the side effects of the radiation are likely to be fairly severe. They need to give as high a dose as possible. Here is a link with some info and this site has a lot of other information. http://www.oralcancerfoundation.org/facts/radiation_side_effects.htm...

Oncology (General Cancer): TB, infectious disease mortality, immune suppression
infectious disease mortality, immune suppression, antibiotic treatments: Actually TB is the 4th leading killer among infectious diseases, after respiratory disease, HIV, and diarrheal disease. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infectious_disease#Mortality_from_infectious_diseases But among adults it is very serious, especially in...

Oncology (General Cancer): Testicular Cancer, cancer question, painful lump
cancer question, painful lump, testicular cancer: It s hard to say. I would be basing everything on your description, and that introduces a lot of possibility for error. If the lump is a solid mass growing out of the testicle, then it is very likely to be cancer. If it is a vein on the surface of the testicle,...

Oncology (General Cancer): Testicular Cancer, testicular cancer, proper test
testicular cancer, proper test, asian male: An ultrasound is the proper test to detect cancer. Just get the test done and you will know for sure. There is no need to go to the emergency room unless you are in a great deal of pain. If you have testicles, you can get testicular cancer. You may be at...

Oncology (General Cancer): Treatment for melanoma 3.5 mm thickness mid upper arm, lateral margins, biopsy results
lateral margins, biopsy results, malignant melanoma: Thanks! Yes I did notice your full name there. I myself have no control over such matters. The only thing I can do is to ask those in technical charge of this site to try to remove your last name. If that is possible I do not know, I can but try. With regards...

Oncology (General Cancer): testicular cancer, testicular cancer, surveillance
testicular cancer, surveillance: Your pathology report suggests that you have a stage I nonseminoma. This means that the cancer does not appear to have spread outside of the testicle. The CT scan also shows no obvious spreading of the cancer. Based on the composition of your tumor, I think...

Oncology (General Cancer): left testicular tumor, germ cell tumor, yolk sac tumor
germ cell tumor, yolk sac tumor, testicular tumor: That will depend on which chemo therapy scheme your dr. will decide on. Only the dr. in charge of your treatment can do that. That decision also decides side effects. All tests are possible regardless of therapy. You have to discuss your treatment with your...

Oncology (General Cancer): unknown pain, tail bone, pelvic area
tail bone, pelvic area, ovarian cancer: 1. Often but certainly NOT always. 2. Not often. Pain is certainly not an early symptom and at late stages there are usually other obvious signs & symptoms. 3. Yes certainly! Since this worries you you should underg a THOROUGH examination/investigation. Good...

Oncology (General Cancer): 20 Year son with Stage IV NSCLC, blood oxygen level, hilar lymphadenopathy
blood oxygen level, hilar lymphadenopathy, pulmonary emboli: Do you mean that the provided link does not work? It did when I tested it here. But it may not work just by clicking on it (due to AllExperts). But if you copy it to the address line of your browser it should work. Try that! Any help would be welcome! Here...

Oncology (General Cancer): Bone Cancer?, blood test result, blood test results
blood test result, blood test results, cancer question: The risk is not big since such tumors are rare but in order to be more sure at least an X-ray examination should be done, maybe also those other things mentioned. An X-ray examination & an MRI scan would probably cover most of the possibilities. Good luck!...

Oncology (General Cancer): Cancerous Rectum?, ulcerative colitis, pain in the butt
ulcerative colitis, pain in the butt, rectum: If you had your whole colon removed (due to ulcerative colitis?) and you have this much problem from your rectal stump, why not have it removed too? Yes if you did have ulcerative colitis eventually a cancer may develop in your remaining rectum but most probably...

Oncology (General Cancer): cancer in the knee, radiation therapy, good answer
radiation therapy, good answer, bone marrow: T be able to give a good answer to this I would need to know EXACTLY what kind of tumor she has. In general terms though a combination of surgery, radiation therapy and chemo therapy is often used. Cure may be possible but I can not promise it. With more information...

Oncology (General Cancer): cancer treatment, stage 4 cancer, sevredol
stage 4 cancer, sevredol, tumor control: Unfortunately his case has now become one of a stage 4 cancer which at present in principle is incurable. Some sort of tumor control for some time may be gained with more local radiation therapy - if possible - and with chemo therapy. But his prognosis is...

Oncology (General Cancer): Which country? Your informal advice please., nodular basal cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma
nodular basal cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma, medical oncologist: You have really given me a tough question! I doubt that ANYONE can answer all parts of it without extensive research. I m doing this free of charge in my (not unlimited) spare time as do all experts here. So there is a limit to how much time and effort I can...

Oncology (General Cancer): Should I see a doctor?..., acute myeloid leukemia, acute myelogenous leukemia
acute myeloid leukemia, acute myelogenous leukemia, second hand smoke: Dear Chanice, Your risk to develop leukemia is not increased significantly because your father had acute myeloid leukemia but it is increased somewhat because of the second-hand smoking. Since I don t know what your symptoms are, I cannot answer your second...

Oncology (General Cancer): Elevated CA-125, elevated bilirubin, elevated ca 125
elevated bilirubin, elevated ca 125, demand checks: Yes this test IS unreliable but since you have been checked with it and these findings have been found and you are worried this inactive state of your medical check up can not continue. Call your gynecological oncologist and DEMAND checks of your ovaries with...

Oncology (General Cancer): enquiries on prostrate cancer, cancer question, caucasian men
cancer question, caucasian men, prostrate cancer: It seems so, so yes probably it will give you a smaller risk. As far as I know with a REASONABLE diet there are no harmful effects. However LARGE doses of estrogen - even in medical treatments - do have bad effects (gynecomastia, impotence, cardiovascular...

Oncology (General Cancer): Food additives that cause cancer, chocolate cereal, eating a balanced diet
chocolate cereal, eating a balanced diet, hodgkin s lymphoma: It is extremely rare for someone to die from any type of cancer before the age of 40 or so. Far more people die from some type of accident at that age. It was an unfortunate fluke and you shouldn t worry about yourself and your children. I always say (half...

Oncology (General Cancer): Gall Bladder Cancer- Treatment options., gall bladder cancer, bladder cancer treatment
gall bladder cancer, bladder cancer treatment, cancer treatment options: Yes for some reason both my parents died from this, but in their cases it was rather advanced and caused jaundice. In my mother s case she was very afraid of surgery, but she was close to 91 when she got it. My father was 10 years younger when he got it (also...

Oncology (General Cancer): Heterotopic ossification, heterotopic ossification, radiation treatment
heterotopic ossification, radiation treatment, hip revision: In spite of the possibility of radiation treatment (any growing tissue even if not malignant can be treated with radiation in order to try to make it stop growing, up to around 40 years ago it was not uncommon to treat even mechanical inflammations (like tendinitis)...

Oncology (General Cancer): Hypoechoic Solid Thyroid Nodule, fine needle aspiration, thyroid hormone levels
fine needle aspiration, thyroid hormone levels, thyroid nodules: Scintigraphy works by recording and visualizing the isotope uptake in the thyroid. Malignant lesions are usually less able to take up the isotope and thereby be seen. Personally I do recommend that thin /fine needle aspiration biopsies are done on your thyroid...

Oncology (General Cancer): high grade astrocytoma brain, gamma knife surgery, traditional chemotherapy
gamma knife surgery, traditional chemotherapy, traditional radiation: No they will not. Too much time has passed and these new tumor tissues may not be sensitive. I see no harm in trying the gamma knife. Her present tumor is not too big for it. But unfortunately I can not promise success. On the other hand I have nothing else...

Oncology (General Cancer): Length of side effects following spot radiation treatments, nausea and vomiting, radiation side effects
nausea and vomiting, radiation side effects, radiation treatments: I too doubt that it has anything to do with his radiation. His symptoms do seem consistent with a progressing tumor disease. Yes the prognosis seems probable too. I m sorry to bother you with an appeal for help. I know that it is exactly the opposite of...

Oncology (General Cancer): Lymph nodes, sedimentation rate, groin area
sedimentation rate, groin area, productive cough: Blood tests do not show everything! And we know that your EBV was negative so it is NOT mononucleosis (glandular fever)! Thin needle aspiration biopsies of one or several of your lymph nodes can tell us precisely what is going on! Go to an oncologist or a...

Oncology (General Cancer): liver cancer, liver cancer, exact description
liver cancer, exact description, kind of man: These were HARD questions! I still have far too little information of her case to be able to form any opinion on those matters! If you can give me more details of the pathology of her tumors, a more exact description of all tumor locations and a more detailed...

Oncology (General Cancer): loss of appetite, loss of appetite, anorexia
loss of appetite, anorexia, THC: Hi, The best site I know on this topic is from the American Cancer Society: http://www.cancer.org/docroot/MBC/MBC_6.asp There is lots of information on nutrition for patients under treatment. He should talk to his doctor, as there may be medications...

Oncology (General Cancer): lump on testicals, testical size, best bet
testical size, best bet, testicular cancer: I am sorry, but I don t think I can adequately answer the question. You do not say how old your son is, but even if he was old enough to get testicular cancer (14 or over), it rarely presents on both sides at once. I think your best bet is to get him checked...

Oncology (General Cancer): lung cancer, borderline diabetes, lung cancers
borderline diabetes, lung cancers, vital organs: Well surgery, radiation therapy and chemo therapy may be possible but can probably only prolong his survival time since most lung cancers have a very bad prognosis. So the choice must be his. There are unfortunately NO other drugs that can be of any help!...

Oncology (General Cancer): lung tumor necrosis, tumor necrosis, lung tumor
tumor necrosis, lung tumor, blood supply: This is a rather common phenomenon in all sorts of cancer. The tumor by growing partly outgrows its own blood supply. So parts of THE TUMOR die! It is of no significance to his prognosis as other parts of his cancer (for example in his brain) can continue...

Oncology (General Cancer): lymph nodes, fine needle aspiration, groin lymph nodes
fine needle aspiration, groin lymph nodes, enlarged lymph node: There is actually not much difference except in size. But also normal lymph nodes may be enlarged due to an infection/inflammation. The easiest, simplest & quickest way to ensure a diagnosis is through thin/fine needle aspiration biopsies of the lymph nodes...

Oncology (General Cancer): Multiple Myeloma, multiple myeloma, protein metabolism
multiple myeloma, protein metabolism, antibody treatment: 1. Velcade is NOT an ordinary chemo therapy agent. It interferes with the protein metabolism in the tumor cells pushing them towards so called apoptosis (= cell suicide ). 2. Your mother obviously has an advanced case of multiple myeloma (otherwise this therapy...

Oncology (General Cancer): marble sized lump, needle biopsy, lump under the skin
needle biopsy, lump under the skin, sized lump: If it has not chnged much over a time of 18 months or so it is probably not a cancer but I can not guarantee that! So I strongly suggest that you let a dr. check it soonest! A needle biopsy should be able to tell us quickly what it is! Please do not wait...

Oncology (General Cancer): mesothelima, cancer, nutrition
cancer, nutrition: Dear Debbie, I am sorry to hear about your mother. Being a caregiver can be extremely difficult. I hope that you can get some help. It sounds like she should be on an IV to get more fluids and more nutrition. I am afraid if she can t eat anything else,...

Oncology (General Cancer): How Risky is Fasting Before Chemo?, stage 2 breast cancer, breast tumors
stage 2 breast cancer, breast tumors, david answer: David, You are definitely doing the right thing by being supportive and getting all the information that you can. Second opinions are always a good idea. As I am sure you have seen there are many options, lots of trials of new protocols and no one right...

Oncology (General Cancer): Skin Cancer.. odd shaped freckle..., skin lesions, abcds
skin lesions, abcds, skin cancer: If it has been there all your life and you are not aware of any change it is probably not dangerous. But of course I can not guarantee that. That it also has an even color makes it more probable that it is not dangerous. Asymmetry and uneven borders are a...

Oncology (General Cancer): Thymic cyst, e mail address, needle biopsy
e mail address, needle biopsy, cancer doc: Impossible to be sure. Most nodules found are not dangerous in any way but some are! However - if possible - a needle biopsy of the nodule MAY quickly resolve the problem. I m sorry to bother you with an appeal for help. I know that it is exactly the opposite...

Oncology (General Cancer): Thyroid tumor, thyroid tumor, thyroid tumors
thyroid tumor, thyroid tumors, aunts and uncles: Before we start discussing thyroid cancer I think it is best first to make sure what her thyroid lesion is. When we KNOW what it is we are in a much better position to discuss what should be done about it! The easiest, simplest and fastest way to make the...

Oncology (General Cancer): Tumors on fallopian tube and ovary, total hysterectomy, bladder problems
total hysterectomy, bladder problems, transvaginal ultrasound: It may be but I can not give you any sure diagnosis at present nor any odds! An abdominal endoscopy (laparascopy) with biopsies done quicker could give us her diagnosis faster - if available where you are! Her bladder problems could be connected with this...

Oncology (General Cancer): 83 0ld father, healthcare discipline, harmful drugs
healthcare discipline, harmful drugs, ballas road: Susan, Blood in the urine and extreme abdominal pain is not in his head. The fact that he is 83 should have nothing to do with it, he is a living breathing human being, and more than that he is your father. We have seen many people in their eighties and...

Oncology (General Cancer): Abdominal pain, SLE. lymphoma?, exploratory laparoscopy, supraclavicular lymph nodes
exploratory laparoscopy, supraclavicular lymph nodes, needle biopsies: Since it is your lymph nodes that worries you the easiest, simplest and quickest examination would be thin/fine needle biopsies of those nodes. Then you would know what they are. However I do not know if such biopsies are available where you are. Of course...

Oncology (General Cancer): Adrenal tumor question, brain mets, adrenal tumor
brain mets, adrenal tumor, brain tumors: No we do not know that. But it has grown considerably which may mean that is is alive and kicking. The only way to really check that before surgery would be through a needle biopsy, which can be done stereotactically based on x-ray pictures or through ultrasound...

Oncology (General Cancer): Appendix Cancer Chemical Markers, systemic chemotherapy, chemical markers
systemic chemotherapy, chemical markers, ct pet: There are uncertainties with all tumor markers. If no more tumor activity can be seen with CT (& PET?) maybe the CEA is more reliable. But I can not be sure of that. So at present i can not with any certainty determine which one of these 2 tests that is the...

Oncology (General Cancer): armpit swelling and arm/shoulder pain, lump, biopsy
lump, biopsy, shoulder pain: Dear Amanda, I don t think you should be scared. Cancer rarely is accompanied by pain. That being said, any lump should be investigated. They may do a biopsy. What you have sounds more like carpal tunnel syndrome. Are you left handed? Do you use that...

Oncology (General Cancer): artificial hydration at end of life, water losses, prostate cancer
water losses, prostate cancer, little water: That depends on his body temperature (any fever?), environmental temperature and humidity, amount of urine and amount and condition of his stools (water losses). But in general terms we can live for weeks without food but normally only days without water....

Oncology (General Cancer): Ball on top of testicle, spermocele, testicular cancer
spermocele, testicular cancer, spermatic cord: I think he is correct. Testicular cancer rarely would show up on the top of the testicle and never, as far as I know, as a lump on the spermatic cord. If insurance will cover the ultrasound and give you peace of mind, go ahead. If you are going to have to...

Oncology (General Cancer): Blood Counts, bone marrow biopsy, bone marrow biopsy results
bone marrow biopsy, bone marrow biopsy results, red blood cells: Ok, thanks. He has an anemia (lack of red cells) which also can be seen since his marrow seems to produce more red cells. There is also a lack of blood platelets. I have no serious negative comments with regards to his white cells. However the IMPORTANT results...

Oncology (General Cancer): bladder cancer, millimeters to centimeters, cancer question
millimeters to centimeters, cancer question, cancer diagnosis: Well they had to be big enough for study by the naked eye anyway. Millimeters to centimeters. Impossible to say more. I m sorry to bother you with an appeal for help. I know that it is exactly the opposite of what you expect from a volunteer at AllExperts....

Oncology (General Cancer): Cancer of the spine, cancer of the spine, tumors of the spine
cancer of the spine, tumors of the spine, malignant tumors: Malignant tumors of the spine usually have a very bad prognosis. But without knowing precisely what kind of cancer he has got I can not be more specific with regards to the rest of your question. However I doubt very much that there is anything you or anyone...

Oncology (General Cancer): Chest X-ray positive, chest xray, chest x ray
chest xray, chest x ray, acute bronchitis: I am not a doctor, so I do not have much experience interpreting chest xrays. Nevertheless, it seems that it is a lot harder to detect bronchitis via chest xray than, say, pneumonia or tumors. That is not to say that bronchitis could not cause something that...

Oncology (General Cancer): Complex ovarian cyst, stomach bloating, cyst on left ovary
stomach bloating, cyst on left ovary, bowel habits: While I doubt that you have had an ovarian cancer all this time and far from certain even now I m still shocked that such a clear case of a gynecological speciality question has been dealt by your primary care clinic! Hopefully it will turn out not to be dangerous...

Oncology (General Cancer): cancer, ministry education, type of cancer
ministry education, type of cancer, genetic factor: I see. Well, let us see if I have understood your question correctly? You represent the Syrian Ministry of Education and you want to know to what extent genetics plays a role in the incidence of cancer. Is that correct? What types of cancer do you mean or...

Oncology (General Cancer): cancer prostate, secondary bone cancer, blood vessel problems
secondary bone cancer, blood vessel problems, bone lesions: Well, both cancers and patients are individuals not identical copies/clones! So there are differences in the responses to treatment both with regards to the cancers and with regards to the patients. That explains the uncertainties in the evaluation done by...

Oncology (General Cancer): chemo for third stage colon cancer, cancer marker, back seat driver
cancer marker, back seat driver, colon cancer: Since I too was self employed for a long time after I left the Swedish Army, I do understand your situation (I m now retired after a stroke). However deciding on chemo therapy schedules is such an important and sensitive matter which requires very good total...

Oncology (General Cancer): armpit swelling and arm/shoulder pain, chiropractic treatment, chiropractor
Oncology (General Cancer): armpit swelling and arm/shoulder pain, chiropractic treatment, chiropractor, nerves

Oncology (General Cancer): Ball on top of testicle, testicle, marble
Oncology (General Cancer): Ball on top of testicle, testicle, marble, diagnosis

Oncology (General Cancer): Glioma (left frontal lobe)..., inpulse, brainstem
Oncology (General Cancer): Glioma (left frontal lobe)..., inpulse, brainstem, cerebellum

Oncology (General Cancer): Tesicular Lump (post vasectomy), epididymis, cyst
Oncology (General Cancer): Tesicular Lump (post vasectomy), epididymis, cyst, testicle

Oncology (General Cancer): Gastric cancer survival rate, gastric cancer
gastric cancer: Dear Manil, I am sorry to hear about your brother. That is very young to get this disease. I am not a nutrition expert, but here is a good site to consult: http://www.cancer.org/docroot/MH/MH_0.asp?sitearea= Here are some idea on foods for this...

Oncology (General Cancer): Glioma (left frontal lobe)..., medical oncologist, brain tumors
medical oncologist, brain tumors, radiation therapist: Sorry Carla, this is a question for a very experienced neurologist! I m a humble medical oncologist and radiation therapist with experience of treating brain tumors so I m not a neurologist. I therefore recommend that you direct this question to an expert...

Oncology (General Cancer): hey :), undescended testicle, testicular cancer
undescended testicle, testicular cancer, old wives: Only if you really have to go and all the stalls are occupied. ABSOLUTELY NOTHING we know of will increase your risk of getting testicular cancer above and beyond what it already is now. White men, who had an undescended testicle as a baby and are living...

Oncology (General Cancer): Lump in neck, neck lump
neck lump: Dear Brian, I think it is very unlikely to be cancer. A cyst is the most likely cause. But you should get it checked out. Where do you live? Maybe we can find a free clinic or get the American Cancer Society to refer you to someone to check it out free...

Oncology (General Cancer): Lung Cancer, lung sacs, cancer cells
lung sacs, cancer cells, cancerous cells: Well, all investigative methods (x-rays, CT-scans, MRI-scans, ultrasound-scans & laboratory methods) have a lower limit of sensitivity under which they can not detect changes. In this case, though his MRI has not been able to detect any change - since it probably...

Oncology (General Cancer): Lymph Nodes and Thyroid, needle aspiration biopsy, surgical biopsy
needle aspiration biopsy, surgical biopsy, needle biopsy: Well that is possible, but at present without any results it is impossible to be sure of anything! However if a fine/thin needle aspiration biopsy is inconclusive THEN a surgical biopsy SHOULD be done! That has obviously not happened in this case! From that...

Oncology (General Cancer): lung cancer, needle biopsy, chronic inflammation
needle biopsy, chronic inflammation, mediastinoscopy: Ask your dr. if it can be reached with a needle biopsy, either via the chest wall or via a mediastinoscopy? That is what I can think of at the moment. Without a sure pathology diagnosis it is hard to give you any advice. The alternative would be to surgically...

Oncology (General Cancer): Melanoma, malignant melanoma, old grandmother
malignant melanoma, old grandmother, radiation therapy: 1. It is unfortunately impossible to predict with any certainty. At her age some tumors sometimes grow very slowly. But that is not anything I can promise in her case. 2. That is unfortunately possible - but not sure. 3. Unfortunately not. Malignant melanoma...

Oncology (General Cancer): Metastron/faslodex, karolinska university hospital, megase
karolinska university hospital, megase, medication works: That is a (anti)hormonal therapy drug but with less side effects than some others. It may work here but since she has been on hormonal therapy that no longer works it is far from certain. The other medication works on a completely different principle. It is...

Oncology (General Cancer): Ovarian Cancer, lesion on liver, bulky uterus
lesion on liver, bulky uterus, history of ovarian cancer: 1.Under the circumstances a gyn.onc. would probably be good. 2.It is possible, even probable but not sure. You should be investigated with ultrasound, laparascopy & biopsies from ovaries and of any suspect lesions seen in your abdominal cavity and in your...

Oncology (General Cancer): onogology field, medical oncologist, onocologist
medical oncologist, onocologist, radiation therapist: I m a medical oncologist and radiation therapist! In those fields they play a very important role! However all medicine including surgical oncology is indeed based on science! It is the very foundation of modern medicine! Without science modern medicine becomes...

Oncology (General Cancer): ovarian cancer, cancer doc, allexperts
cancer doc, allexperts, ovarian cancer: Unfortunately I have to agree with her dr. At present there is no other treatment available for this kind of tumour. It still has a very bad prognosis. I m very sorry Tina that I m unable to help you and her! But that is unfortunately the truth! I m sorry...

Oncology (General Cancer): PET Scan one year post chemo, b cell lymphoma, sloane kettering
b cell lymphoma, sloane kettering, sloan kettering: You are most welcome! Unfortunately not for many years to come. After 5 years you can relax mostly (but probably never 100%). So 2 years is not a period of time I can promise a cure in. There are many types of B-cell lymphomas. Some are relatively well behaved...

Oncology (General Cancer): Period of feeling better while dying?, rapid weight loss, radiation side effects
rapid weight loss, radiation side effects, radiation treatments: It can also be a sign that his radiation therapy had a better (though unfortunately probably temporary) effect than expected so that his symptoms right now are much less severe. That however unfortunately does not change his long time prognosis. Actually it...

Oncology (General Cancer): Peritoneal cancer, wake forest nc, stomach cavity
wake forest nc, stomach cavity, normal body temperature: Ok, I m familiar with the theory behind it and the practice of it but not with the acronym. I also personally dislike the use of all these acronyms. If a method is important enough to be used it is also important enough to be spelled out! Less risk of misunderstandings...

Oncology (General Cancer): Philadelphia Chromosome et al, bone marrow biopsy, non hodgkins lymphoma
bone marrow biopsy, non hodgkins lymphoma, high platelet count: You did?! Though Finnish grammar is so hard! VERY GOOD! And absolutely NOT related to English at all! Which Swedish actually is and quite closely too! It is somewhere in between English and German sometimes closer to English and sometimes closer to German....

Oncology (General Cancer): Potassium Limits, sodium potassium, potassium imbalance
sodium potassium, potassium imbalance, heart contraction: Mike, There are different types of nutrition tests that you could take to look for low nutrient counts in the blood for instance. And then a person may take a certain amount of that nutrient through a pill or a powder of some sort. I will have you know...

Oncology (General Cancer): RENAL CELL CANCER, renal cell cancer, left kidney
renal cell cancer, left kidney, radiation treatments: It is doubtful if this is curable. Renal cancer is often not very sensitive to radiation therapy or to chemo therapy. It is also a case where the cancer has spread which always makes it more difficult to treat. Since you seem to tolerate the medication perhaps...

Oncology (General Cancer): rate of survival Non-small Cell lung Cancer iv, cell lung cancer, stage iv non small cell lung cancer
cell lung cancer, stage iv non small cell lung cancer, small cell lung cancer: I m very sorry to read about his and your problems! Since he has never smoked I suppose his lung cancer is an adenocarcinoma. That is usually the case when dealing with non smoking related lung cancer (about 10% of all lung cancer, the remaining 90 % are smoking...

Oncology (General Cancer): SORE IN ESOPHAGUS, stomach acid production, hiatus hernia
stomach acid production, hiatus hernia, aloe vera: This is due to his hiatus hernia. Stomach acid leaks up into his esophagus and causes this. It also seems to irritate his duodenum. The important thing here is his Nexium medication. If he takes that as prescribed his stomach acid production will be drastically...

Oncology (General Cancer): Sore red bump under left armpit, e mail address, cancer doc
e mail address, cancer doc, allexperts: Probably a local infection/inflammation, but go to your dr.! I m sorry to bother you with an appeal for help. I know that it is exactly the opposite of what you expect from a volunteer at AllExperts. But I really have nowhere else to turn, except to the...

Oncology (General Cancer): Stockholm Dermatologist, malignant melanoma, skin specialist
malignant melanoma, skin specialist, skin clinic: I have now been retired - after a stroke - for almost 6 years. I m not aware of if the mole map technology is in use here (I m not a dermatologist). That it is in countries like Australia is another matter. It really should be here too since malignant melanoma...

Oncology (General Cancer): spindle tumor, needle aspiration biopsy, right iliac fossa
needle aspiration biopsy, right iliac fossa, cellular atypia: Yes I understand that, but to get a diagnosis when the aspiration biopsy was inconclusive we have only a surgical biopsy left as a diagnostic metod of the lesion in your abdominal wall where neither the aspiration biopsy nor the CT scan and nor the ultrasound...

Oncology (General Cancer): stage iv colon cancer, limp nodes, colon resection
limp nodes, colon resection, colon cancer: Any such prediction is HARD to do. Without any chemo therapy I would say a few months or even weeks. However, the problem here is that I do not know how well he will respond to the chemo therapy. That can be quite different from one patient to another which...

Oncology (General Cancer): stage lllB adenocarcinoma(lung cancer), chemo therapy side effects, skin rashes
chemo therapy side effects, skin rashes, loose stools: Tarceva is unfortunately not a cure in this situation BUT it will probably prolong your mother s survival time to some extent and decrease her symptoms. It does not have the same side effects as normal chemo therapy. Side effects include loose stools, tiredness...

Oncology (General Cancer): strange growth that is not a tumor, malignant melanoma, pathology report
malignant melanoma, pathology report, strange growth: To be sure I would need to read the biopsy result - the pathology report of it. You can copy it here if possible. But based on what you have written it seems that his dr. suspects that the lesion is a malignant melanoma. If that is correct it must be a lymph...

Oncology (General Cancer): swollen lymph node and respiratory problem, swollen lymph node, respiratory problem
swollen lymph node, respiratory problem, respiratory problems: Your description of his problems do not allow any specific diagnosis. This can be many things from infections/inflammations to tumors. The infections are more probable but nothing is sure. Any specific thing with such limited information would be pure guess...

Oncology (General Cancer): Tesicular Lump (post vasectomy), sperm granuloma, post vasectomy
sperm granuloma, post vasectomy, cancer cancer: I think you are doing the right thing to have the doctor check it out, but I do not think it is cancer. Cancer would not move. I wouldn t specifically ask about cancer. I would ask about the whole incision and tenderness. You can point out the lump, but don...

Oncology (General Cancer): Treatments for cancer, treatment possibilities, radiation therapy
treatment possibilities, radiation therapy, chemo treatments: The ONLY generally available treatment methods for cancer are surgery, radiation therapy and chemo therapy. For certain tumors radiation therapy and chemo therapy are extremely important and can offer cures. By not accepting these 2 treatment methods the treatment...

Oncology (General Cancer): Type III Clear Cell Carcinoma, renal cell carcinoma, clear cell carcinoma
renal cell carcinoma, clear cell carcinoma, regional lymph nodes: The important things in this report are: She has a cancer in her right ovary. That cancer has spread into some close by tissues making it a stage III (3) cancer. However it has ALSO been shown to have spread into her abdominal cavity and to around her rectum....

Oncology (General Cancer): throat cancer, low blood platelets, low white blood cells
low blood platelets, low white blood cells, lymph nodes in the neck: Well this is serious! Treatment will be tough, the outcome uncertain and I have to remind you that this is a potentially deadly disease with also other serious complications, for example the loss of his voice. This WILL require a combination of radiation therapy...

Oncology (General Cancer): Whats the difference chemo and radiopherapy, aggressive treatment, chemo
aggressive treatment, chemo, cancers: They are just different methods. Which one to use is based on experience from previous treatments of similar cases and how well that worked. In many cases they are even combined since that seems in these cases to give the best effects! However you are right...

Oncology (General Cancer): Acute Luekemia, bone marrow biopsy, congestive heart failure
bone marrow biopsy, congestive heart failure, mt carmel east hospital in columbus ohio: Dear Ron, As I mentioned earlier, the Leukemia physicians at the James can suggest treatment options administered as out-patient. I would highly recommend you discuss those options with them if you feel that you/your dad is not up to stay in the hospital...

Oncology (General Cancer): acute luekemia, congestive heart failure, marrow biopsy
congestive heart failure, marrow biopsy, heart medication: Ron, All of his cells are under direct control of his nervous system and mainly his Brainstem. His blood cells (red, white, platelets, and plasma), and his bone cells, including the marrow, are controlled and coordinated by his Brainstem. If he has an...

Oncology (General Cancer): Biopsy result:Invasive Moderately differentiated Squamous CA,Oesophagus, squamous ca, dose chemotherapy
squamous ca, dose chemotherapy, survival time: Well that does reduce her chances unfortunately. It is impossible to predict survival time with any precision but we are unfortunately not discussing a survival time of many years. Unfortunately the later parts of her survival time will probably be troublesome....

Oncology (General Cancer): Breast Cancer Chemo Question, breast cancer patients, breast cancer chemo
breast cancer patients, breast cancer chemo, cardiac toxicity: Dear Janine there are so many factors involved in choosing the right chemo therapy for patients that I - with usually a very limited knowledge of these factors with regards to the cases here - have adopted the policy of refusing to discuss chemo therapy in...

Oncology (General Cancer): Breast cancer & chemotherapy after operation, invasive duct carcinoma, breast cancer chemotherapy
invasive duct carcinoma, breast cancer chemotherapy, gall bladder disease: She is welcome to contact me directly if she so wishes. But I do not understand Arabic so we have to communicate in English. Based on the information you have sent me I think that BOTH post surgical radiation therapy AND post surgical chemo therapy should...

Oncology (General Cancer): bladder cancer, biopsy report, bladder cancer
biopsy report, bladder cancer, cancer question: 1. Cystoscopy is the BEST!, yes NMP22 & cytology do exist, but as you see even in combination they are only 91% as sure as cystoscopy, so do NOT avoid that. However those tests can be combined with cystoscopy too for even higher certainty. 2. & 3. That is...

Oncology (General Cancer): blader cancer, bladder cancer, abdominal cat scan
bladder cancer, abdominal cat scan, cystoscopy: Vince, There is only one reason that you have bladder cancer and it is not because of a lack of chemotherapy, or radiation, or surgery. Did you ever learn about the work of BJ Palmer? Did you ever read about the cases of people who were dying after attempting...

Oncology (General Cancer): health, BMI, overweight
BMI, overweight, ovarian cancer: Dear Leanne, At 24 you are at very low risk for ovarian cancer, unless there is a very big history of this and/or breast cancer in your family. I calculate your BMI at 31 which is at the high end of Overweight. This extra weight is certainly contributing...

Oncology (General Cancer): CA 19-9, CA19-9 test, pancreatic cancer
CA19-9 test, pancreatic cancer: I am sorry to hear about your fathers condition. The CA 19-9 test measures a protein found on some tumor cells. The highest levels are found in pancreatic cancer. It is often used to follow the progress of pancreatic cancer patients to see if the tumor...

Oncology (General Cancer): CEA, positive predictive value, tumor marker
positive predictive value, tumor marker, benign condition: Though CEA should not normally be used as a screening or diagnostic tool such a high level probably indicates a (widespread) malignancy. After I have said that I have to add that CEA can normally only be used in a predictive manner AFTER diagnosis has been...

Oncology (General Cancer): Colon cancer screenings, colon cancer screenings, colon cancer
colon cancer screenings, colon cancer, doctors office: They should but I can not be sure. You can quote FDR in that what he mostly SHOULD fear is fear itself since that fear may rob him of a cure if there really is a problem by waiting too long! That symptom is so vague that it is not of much help. But try to...

Oncology (General Cancer): Colorectal Cancer, eloxatin, capecitabine
eloxatin, capecitabine, metastases: Well, chemotherapy MAY slow down the process even considerably so but I certainly can not guarantee that. At present no cure is possible with this method or any other anyway. However her response may be quite less favourable and there may be difficult side...

Oncology (General Cancer): cancer risk and mirena, thyroid cancer, birth control pill
thyroid cancer, birth control pill, living in sweden: I m a Swede living in Sweden. Mirena is obviously a commercial name without connection to the chemical name of the drug. Commercial names for the same drug may be different in different countries. As far as I know no drug by the name Mirena is sold here so...

Oncology (General Cancer): bladder cancer, bladder cancer, signs of cancer
Oncology (General Cancer): bladder cancer, bladder cancer, signs of cancer, cysto

Oncology (General Cancer): bloating and feeling full after meals do you know why?, yeast cakes, banana lovers
Oncology (General Cancer): bloating and feeling full after meals do you know why?, yeast cakes, banana lovers, video recipes

Oncology (General Cancer): Gallbaldder & Liver Cancer, gallbladder cancer, faith in god
Oncology (General Cancer): Gallbaldder & Liver Cancer, gallbladder cancer, faith in god, gemzar

Oncology (General Cancer): Slightly elevated WBC, family doc, scary time
Oncology (General Cancer): Slightly elevated WBC, family doc, scary time, life thanks

Oncology (General Cancer): Gallbaldder & Liver Cancer, liver cancer, liver transplant
liver cancer, liver transplant, cancer surgery: Unfortunately: 1. A liver transplant is usually not easily arranged on short notice as should be necessary here! 2. Furthermore a liver transplant should necessitate immunosuppressive therapy and her cancer surgery would necessitate chemo therapy. A little...

Oncology (General Cancer): Leydig Tumor, leydig cell tumors, leydig cell tumor
leydig cell tumors, leydig cell tumor, radiation therapy: No, not so that it matters. With such a small tumor and seemingly benign your risks are most probably very small. Different tumors have different growth rates so there is no general answer to your question! Probably it was caught so early that regardless of...

Oncology (General Cancer): Lump in Neck, lump in neck, lymph node
lump in neck, lymph node: Dear Rebecca, Any unexplained lump in the neck should be examined so you are doing the right thing. Most lymph nodes are 1-2 cm in size, so yours may be swollen. The most likely cause being an underlying infection. Your tiny lump is unlikely to be cancer,...

Oncology (General Cancer): Lung Cancer with Brain Mets, brain lesions, nausea and vomiting
brain lesions, nausea and vomiting, whole brain: That is of course possible (also local radiation therapy is possible there, even a combination is possible), but hardly realistic. Personally I doubt that it will be possible under the circumstances. Stroke like symptoms and even epileptic fits are possible...

Oncology (General Cancer): Lung cancer, diagnosis of lung cancer, lower abdomen
diagnosis of lung cancer, lower abdomen, autopsies: Without having seen these lesions myself I can not offer you any probable diagnosis. I have never seen anything like it - based on your description - either (I have also worked as a pathologist with half of every work day filled up with autopsies). Since this...

Oncology (General Cancer): Lung and Lymph node cancer, lymph node cancer, tumor cells
lymph node cancer, tumor cells, lung cancers: It will probably help in the short run - as would probably chemo therapy too - but hardly - in both cases - in the long run, since almost all lung cancers (almost regardless of stage) at present are incurable and fatal. Chemo therapy is a medication. Cytotoxic...

Oncology (General Cancer): lower abd pain and endometrial thickening, nabothian cysts, breast biopsy
nabothian cysts, breast biopsy, transvaginal ultrasound: The endometrial lining inside your uterus is thickened. A cancer there can not be excluded and further investigations of that matter should be conducted. There is also seen a lesion close to the left ovary that also must be investigated further. The rest is...

Oncology (General Cancer): lung and bone cancer, stage 4 lung cancer, lung cancers
stage 4 lung cancer, lung cancers, green vibrance: Unfortunately the prognosis of a stage 4 lung cancer is very bad regardless of what is done or not done with regards to treatment. His hallucinations may indicate that his cancer indeed has spread to his brain - as lung cancers often do - even though not yet...

Oncology (General Cancer): lung and bone cancer, stage 4 lung cancer, cervical subluxation
stage 4 lung cancer, cervical subluxation, green vibrance: Gala, The problem is that your father has a reason that his body is allowing cancer to proliferate throughout his body. It is not the lack of drugs or radiation that is causing this problem. More than likely it is his Nervous System that is functioning...

Oncology (General Cancer): lymph nodes keep popping up, core needle biopsy, reactive lymph node
core needle biopsy, reactive lymph node, lymph nodes in the neck: Your needle biopsy showed a reactive lymph node. That means a lymph node that reacts to an infection for example a virus infection. That is what they are there for - to defend you from infections. They do grow bigger when they do that. This growth does not...

Oncology (General Cancer): lymphoma, broncoscopy, pulmonologist
broncoscopy, pulmonologist, coughing up blood: It is certainly not ideal. A biopsy BEFORE radiation was much to be preferred! But what can we do? We need a biopsy and it can only be taken from what is available. If early radiation was necessary that can not be helped. It may very well turn out to be a...

Oncology (General Cancer): my lymphs are high?, elevated lymphocyte count
elevated lymphocyte count: Dear Christina, The lymphocyte measure counts the number of T-cells, B-cells, and natural killer (NK) cells in your blood and the normal range is 1000 - 3500 How high is yours? How old are you? Was this a routine test, or did you go to the doctor for...

Oncology (General Cancer): MDS, secondary cancer, living in sweden
secondary cancer, living in sweden, dear kelly: Dear Kelly, I m a Swede living in Sweden and English is not my first language! Why are Americans so addicted to acronyms/abbreviations?! PLEASE, in order to avoid misunderstandings and mistakes write everything out FULLY! If you do I ll be happy and eager...

Oncology (General Cancer): Meningiomas metastisized to lungs, meningioma, metastasis
meningioma, metastasis, clinical trials: Dear Carol, I am sorry to hear about your husband. Vanderbilt is certainly an excellent hospital and I am sure he has received excellent care. As you know brain tumors are very hard to treat, especially one they have spread to the lungs and elsewhere....

Oncology (General Cancer): multiple cancers, medical case files, stage 4 cancer
medical case files, stage 4 cancer, breast cancers: Unfortunately it is probable that it is one of her breast cancers that has spread to her lung and to her bones. So she is not cured of that cancer and that cancer must now be regarded as a stage 4 cancer. It may be controlled, but how well and for how long...

Oncology (General Cancer): Need some guidance on my mom's cancer situation, breast cancer survivor, liver lesion
breast cancer survivor, liver lesion, primary liver cancer: I can not completely rule out that her liver lesion is her new primary tumor, but it is not a common tumor there! Again, a needle biopsy should be done from that lesion otherwise we are only guessing here! There is NO radiological or other investigative method...

Oncology (General Cancer): Non Hodgkins blood cancer, large diffused B cell, stage 2, dear friend john, non hodgkin lymphoma
dear friend john, non hodgkin lymphoma, hodgkin s lymphoma: He seems to have a B cell non Hodgkin lymphoma. That can be treated with radiation therapy, chemo therapy and sometimes surgery. Often in combination. However treatment results are not as good as with Hodgkin s lymphoma. In his case treatment has been going...

Oncology (General Cancer): natural killer cells, non hodgekins lymphoma, natural killer cells
non hodgekins lymphoma, natural killer cells, natural killer cell: I m honestly not sure if this is of any practical consequence in your case. A lack of these cells would be of course but though anything out of balance is out of balance I m not sure if a higher number than normal of them in this situation would be bad for...

Oncology (General Cancer): previuos cancer???, cancer doc, having babies
cancer doc, having babies, blood markers: Mat, You ve got to see the doctor as soon as possible. Yes, the cancer could be back without coming from the testicle, but that wouldn t necessarily be a good thing. It could also be a benign teratoma that is growing and causing trouble. Either way, you...

Oncology (General Cancer): prostate radiation side effects, low thyroid function, radiation treatment for prostate cancer
low thyroid function, radiation treatment for prostate cancer, falling down the stairs: So in some ways we are in the same position! I m starting radiation treatment for prostate cancer too! Well, I find it rather unlikely that this has anything to do with your radiation therapy. I think you should let a dr. check you for this! ASAP! THANKS!...

Oncology (General Cancer): I had rare mesothelial cells found, mesothelial cells, malignant cells
mesothelial cells, malignant cells, asbestos exposure: Asbestos exposure does increase your risk of mesothelioma (and of lung cancer - MUCH MORE so if you also smoke). If no malignant cells were found there is yet no sign of a clear mesothelioma but your pleural fluid with mesothelial cells must be regarded as...

Oncology (General Cancer): Scared of throat cancer, throat cancers, cervical dysplasia
throat cancers, cervical dysplasia, soft palate: Hi Alana, you are right! With oral sex more common today this has indeed become a reality (anal infections are also possible due to anal sex). Previously throat cancer were usually seen in older people and usually in heavy smokers and in people with a high...

Oncology (General Cancer): Shadow on the Lung Man age 77, cuckoo spit, chest x ray
cuckoo spit, chest x ray, chest xray: I do admire your care for your parents - though I doubt that the Radi Tech & Magnetech will be of any practical use! It is at present impossible to say if this is a cancer or not. It is possible, even probable but NOT sure! We have to wait for the result of...

Oncology (General Cancer): Slightly elevated WBC, low lymphs, wbc count
low lymphs, wbc count, gum infections: Dear Tara, CML presents usually with a left shift, that is, more immature cells in the peripheral blood than neutrophils. However, I am not saying that you don t have CML. A work up may be indicated and I m sure that your primary physician will be able to...

Oncology (General Cancer): stage 4 colon cancer-hospice, stage 4 colon cancer, cancer hospice
stage 4 colon cancer, cancer hospice, colon cancer: Mary, If you want your sister to get well then you need to send her to a doctor that can correct the cause of her problem. Right now she is merely treating the effects of her problem, and no one ever gets well that way. Her brain runs her body, and if there...

Oncology (General Cancer): Transvaginal ultrasound following breast biopsy last month, fundal fibroid, breast biopsy
fundal fibroid, breast biopsy, benign cyst: The important things here are 1.your thickened endometrium in your uterus, 2. your right sided ovarian findings and the left sided paraovarian nodule. These are important because it can not be determined with ultrasound what they are. Therefore MRI scans...

Oncology (General Cancer): abdomen pain in the lower right side with frequent urination, abdomen pain, fortune teller
abdomen pain, fortune teller, blessed day: I m actually most unwilling to use this service for any kind of diagnostics at all due to the great uncertainties in doing so! I m not some kind of fortune teller and without any examination the possibilities are so many that any kind of suggestion here more...

Oncology (General Cancer): Bands/ABS value, schizoid affective disorder, short term memory loss
schizoid affective disorder, short term memory loss, short term memory: I do not deny that depleted uranium is radioactive, that is clearly stated in my reply. So naturally it would signal its presence almost anywhere since it would be more active than the background radiation in most places. The activity is still too low to be...

Oncology (General Cancer): Bloodwork, breast cancer, CA27.29
breast cancer, CA27.29, metastatic: Dear Michele, I am sorry to hear about your sister, and it is very hard to be far away and not know what is going on. The test was probably for CA 27.29, a protein marker that CAN indicate breast cancer spread. It is in reality not that specific. More...

Oncology (General Cancer): Breast Cancer Endocrine Therapy, estrogen receptors, tamoxifen side effects
estrogen receptors, tamoxifen side effects, estrogen production: Arimidex - as far as I understand it - will more or less block any estrogen production within you completely. Tamoxifen instead block estrogen receptors but has a certain receptor stimulating (estrogen like) effect. Arimidex has a better cancer blocking effect...

Oncology (General Cancer): Breast Cancer Progression-Prognosis, grim predictions, cancer progression
grim predictions, cancer progression, breast cancer: If it has spread to somewhere it usually also spreads to elsewhere unfortunately - even if not detected or even detectable yet. So also here even after this new development. So even with both brain surgery and radiation the future looks grim. Predictions are...

Oncology (General Cancer): Breast cancer, non cancerous tumors, malignant tumors
non cancerous tumors, malignant tumors, malignant tumor: They do not mean much at all. Some types of calcifications are seen in malignant tumors and thereby help in the diagnosis. Other types of calcifications are sometimes seen in benign (non cancerous) tumors. These calcifications only aid in the diagnosis. We...

Oncology (General Cancer): Breast cancer, breast cancer patients, malignant tumor
breast cancer patients, malignant tumor, breast cancer: Dear Robyn, There are a number of types of calcifications. The kind that are tiny and grouped together (clustered microcalcifications) are most suspicious for cancer. Larger, rounder calicifications distributed in various locations in the breasts usually...

Oncology (General Cancer): brain tumor (little brain), brain tumor, radio therapy
brain tumor, radio therapy, death situation: Stephen, I apologize for not getting back to you sooner as we have recently had twins. Has anything progressed in this case? How serious are you about helping him to get well? Are you able to come to the states for care? This is a Life and Death situation...

Oncology (General Cancer): Children's cancer - bone tumour, educated guesswork, pathology report
educated guesswork, pathology report, bone tumour: Dear Kit, I do understand your concern but in order to be able to answer I do need much more information. If possible I would like to read the reports of his x-ray examinations, CT scans, MRI scans and PET scans AND VERY important the pathology report of his...

Oncology (General Cancer): CT guided FNB of the adrenal gland(s), adrenal glands, local anesthesia
adrenal glands, local anesthesia, adrenal gland: This one will be less risky and troublesome than the one of his lung. The needle will probably go in through his back towards one of his adrenal glands where it seems there must be a tumor suspect lesion (his lung cancer has presumably spread to that location...

Oncology (General Cancer): ca19-9, ca19 9, gemzar
ca19 9, gemzar, arnone: Lynn, First of all, I apologize for taking so long to respond to your question. We recently had twins and I have been helping my wife and managing the clinic as well as taking care of our other two children at the same time, so I am sorry. That test is...

Oncology (General Cancer): cancer and genetics, cancer genetics
cancer genetics: Dear Sam: Here is an NCI site with info: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/prevention-genetics-causes/genetics These are the two best medical genetics texts: Medical Genetics Updated Edition for 2006 - 2007: With Student Consult Online Access (Medical...

Oncology (General Cancer): cancer question, cancer question, type of cancer
cancer question, type of cancer, seigle: Rosemary, It is very hard to believe that they would not tell her the type of cancer she has - this is unethical and, probably, illegal. It is likely, in my opinion, that there is some kind of miscommunication along the way; every patient has the right...

Oncology (General Cancer): chronic anemia, iron deficiency anemia, bone marrow biopsy
iron deficiency anemia, bone marrow biopsy, chronic anemia: First of all I m a Swede living in Sweden and English is not my first language. Americans are very fond of acronyms/abbreviations that drive the rest of us crazy! Please, abstain from using them in questions here since they make it harder to understand the...

Oncology (General Cancer): dads tumor, tumor recurrence, brain tumor
tumor recurrence, brain tumor, definite diagnosis: Marie, It sounds like there was not enough tissue for a definite diagnosis. This means you cannot go by the Ki-67 or other features of the biopsy. In some places, a second biopsy would have been tried to establish the diagnosis for sure. For glioblastoma,...

Oncology (General Cancer): dying from lung cancer, hospice center, lung cancers
hospice center, lung cancers, thaughts: It is difficult to be sure with so little facts about his tumor. However lung cancers that have spread to the brain ALL have a very bad prognosis! NO ONE survives that and the survival time is usually a few months AT MOST but often a few weeks or less. The...

Oncology (General Cancer): Neck pain associated with alcohol consumption, laundry list, drinking alcohol
Oncology (General Cancer): Neck pain associated with alcohol consumption, laundry list, drinking alcohol, good luck

Oncology (General Cancer): Neck pain associated with alcohol consumption, laundry list, drinking alcohol
Oncology (General Cancer): Neck pain associated with alcohol consumption, laundry list, drinking alcohol, good luck

Oncology (General Cancer): Possible lymphoma or is this normal findings?, hilum, biopsies
Oncology (General Cancer): Possible lymphoma or is this normal findings?, hilum, biopsies, ct scan

Oncology (General Cancer): thyroid/lung problem, radioactive iodine treatment, thyroid tumor
Oncology (General Cancer): thyroid/lung problem, radioactive iodine treatment, thyroid tumor, symptoms of hypothyroidism

Oncology (General Cancer): hypoechoic lesion of the pancreas, kidney stones, harmful drugs
kidney stones, harmful drugs, st louis missouri: Sherry, I wish him the best although I do not agree with what you are doing as it is a third rate attempt at solving his problem snd it will not get him well. this will certainly cause more problems for him in the future and once this drastic procedure is...

Oncology (General Cancer): imrt side effects, radiation treatment, hiccups
radiation treatment, hiccups, anesthesiologist: An anesthesiologist MAY be able to help him with his hiccups. Side effects are unfortunately common with this treatment. And unfortunately in spite of the treatment his prognosis remains most doubtful. These tumors have proved themselves to be extremely hard...

Oncology (General Cancer): Kidney cancer, kidney cancer, pain
kidney cancer, pain: Dear Anne, I am very sorry to hear about your father. I am not an expert on pain, but it is a common symptom with cancer especially cancers that have spread. It is possible that a tumor is pressing on a nerve in the spine, or in the groin. They have done...

Oncology (General Cancer): Leydig cell tumor, fsh and lh levels, fsh and lh
fsh and lh levels, fsh and lh, topical testosterone: So you have high FSH & LH levels. What was your testosterone level at the time of diagnosis and what is it now? Your estrogen level? Has any CT or (even better) MRI scan of your brain including your pituitary been done? Without knowing these facts I can hardly...

Oncology (General Cancer): Lump in center of penis, penis shaft, painful erection
penis shaft, painful erection, needle biopsy: You should primarily see a urologist! But - also due to your worries - it should be done ASAP! Peyronie’s disease is definitely a possibility (in an early stage) - a condition related to Dupuytren s contracture in the palms of hands (similar conditions also...

Oncology (General Cancer): Lung Cancer Treatment Has Become Painful, lung cancer, pain
lung cancer, pain: Dear Tina, I am sorry to hear about your father s disease. Do you know what kind of lung cancer he has? What stage? Did they do surgery at any point? Where is he being treated? The pain can come from the tumor itself, or from the damage caused by...

Oncology (General Cancer): could I have Lymphoma?, low grade fever, hodgkin s lymphoma
low grade fever, hodgkin s lymphoma, temperature fluctuations: I personally don t believe you have Lymphoma, but it is good that you have decided to get it checked. I personally believe that something else is going on just from your symptoms. Seems to me it might be some viral infection or you sustained some sort of injury...

Oncology (General Cancer): lymphoma, medicine worth, medical oncology
medicine worth, medical oncology, alternative medicine: Sorry, your friend did the RIGHT thing! No, alternative medicine is NOT worth anything in the treatment of malignancies! That is just a proven fact! Medical oncology on the other hand , while still not GOOD in my opinion, is getting better and better and...

Oncology (General Cancer): lymphoma, lymphoma research foundation, american cancer society
lymphoma research foundation, american cancer society, dignosis: If the cancer is in various places, the sooner you start treatment, the better for you. Small town or not, there is medical treatment SOMEWHERE in your area and I suggest you change doctors and get to somewhere that will begin your treatment. Here is the...

Oncology (General Cancer): Malignant Melanoma (metastasis occuring), melanoma
melanoma: I am sorry to hear this. My uncle died of melanoma. Here is a link to trials for melanoma: http://www.cancer.gov/clinicaltrials/melanoma-cancer-updates Dr. Rosenberg at our institute is the world s expert on melanoma: http://ccr.cancer.gov/staff/staff.asp?profileid=5757...

Oncology (General Cancer): Melanoma, metasis, st louis missouri
metasis, st louis missouri, arnone: Kathy, First of all, I apologize for taking so long to respond to your question. We recently had twins and I have been helping my wife and managing the clinic as well as taking care of our other two children at the same time, so I am sorry. Now, we need...

Oncology (General Cancer): malignant melanoma, malignant melanomas, inferon
malignant melanomas, inferon, euorpe: I m sorry to read about his troubles! Malignant melanomas are usually not very sensitive to radiation therapy or to chemotherapy. Experiments that are very interesting and seem promising in immuno therapy are going on but they are still very experimental!...

Oncology (General Cancer): Neck pain associated with alcohol consumption, hodgkin s disease, alcohol consumption
hodgkin s disease, alcohol consumption, pubmedcentral: By telling you to go to an oncologist for a check up to be on the safe side it should be obvious that I do not expect a Hodgkin s disease to disappear just by stopping to drink alcohol. My advice of avoiding alcohol was just based on the fact that it creates...

Oncology (General Cancer): - ovarian cancer worry, rare ovarian cancer, check ups
rare ovarian cancer, check ups, vaginal ultrasound: Ovarian cancer is not exactly rare, but it is difficult to pick up early (not much - if any - symptoms) and once there it has - as you already know - a bad prognosis. The only reasonably sure way of finding it early is by regular ultrasound check ups with...

Oncology (General Cancer): Pain and Mass in Neck Post-Thyroidectomy, radioactive iodine treatment, post thyroidectomy
radioactive iodine treatment, post thyroidectomy, thyroid cancers: Jennifer, While I cannot determine what the lump is likely to be without examining you, I do think, given your history, that you should move your appointment up. Most thyroid cancers are very slow growing, but nonetheless, one would not want to delay so...

Oncology (General Cancer): Pancreatic Cancer, whipple surgery, whipple procedure
whipple surgery, whipple procedure, signs of jaundice: Well, this was a hard question almost philosophical! It is indeed doubtful if any surgical procedure (except maybe the introduction of a stent in her pancreatic duct, maybe in combination with radiation & chemo therapy) is of any major use in her case. But...

Oncology (General Cancer): Possible lymphoma or is this normal findings?, carotid body tumor paraganglioma, enlarged lymph node
carotid body tumor paraganglioma, enlarged lymph node, carotid body tumor: I think that this should be examined further! Easiest, simplest, quickest and probably cheapest by thin/fine needle aspiration biopsies of these lymph nodes seen! I see NO reason to wait! The biopsies can in your case probably be done very easily by ultrasound...

Oncology (General Cancer): Possible lymphoma in toddler, fine needle aspiration, fine needle aspiration biopsies
fine needle aspiration, fine needle aspiration biopsies, needle biopsies: Dear Stephanie, THANKS! I m very flattered by your words! However that is unfortunately not possible and not only for geographical reasons (I m in Stockholm, Sweden) but also for reasons of health. Due to medical disability I m completely retired after a stroke...

Oncology (General Cancer): pancreatic cancer, gastritis, smoking
gastritis, smoking, pancreatic cancer: Smoking is actually a major risk factor for pancreatic cancer, and can cause gastritis as well. The gastritis can obviously be treated. If she is H. pylori + they may give antibiotics to treat it. I doubt that the gastritis is the cause of the elevated CA...

Oncology (General Cancer): primary brain tumor, primary brain tumor, frontal lobe brain tumor
primary brain tumor, frontal lobe brain tumor, frontal lobe brain: If you look back at my previous replies here you will find a number of questions that are almost word for word identical with your question (including butterfly glioma of the frontal lobes, suggested GBM IV based on how it looked on MRI, only necrosis found...

Oncology (General Cancer): Is this problem oncology related?, poor posture, neck muscles
poor posture, neck muscles, numbness in the arm: A lung cancer in a non smoker at your age is EXTREMELY rare! Furthermore if it was advanced enough to cause nerve pinching it would most probably cause a lot of other symptoms and it probably would be detected on X-ray pictures. The same is probably also true...

Oncology (General Cancer): pulmonary cysts, gyn onc, uterine cancer
gyn onc, uterine cancer, left lung: Well, anyway they MOST probably have NOTHING to do with your uterine cancer. Since that cancer was 7 years ago you have now a very good chance of being cured of it. Pulmonary cysts may develop over time so it is not that surprising that they were not seen...

Oncology (General Cancer): Recurrence of Small Cell Lung Cancer, cell lung cancer, small cell lung cancer
cell lung cancer, small cell lung cancer, radiation oncologist: Dina, Once small cell lung cancer is spread throughout the body (which is what usually happens early on in the disease), the chances of curing it, no matter what treatments are given, are very slim. However, chemo and/or radiation can hold it at bay for...

Oncology (General Cancer): Risk for Cancer, cancer of the ovaries, history of breast cancer
cancer of the ovaries, history of breast cancer, cancer medicine: Marie, This is a complex issue. In general, if there is a family history of breast cancer (which you do have in your aunt), one s own risk is increased above that of someone without any relatives with breast cancer. How much is the increased risk? There...

Oncology (General Cancer): Swollen lymph nodes (3 months running), fine needle aspiration, swollen lymph nodes
fine needle aspiration, swollen lymph nodes, supraclavicular lymph nodes: It is possible for testicular cancer to spread to the supraclavicular lymph nodes right above the collar bone. However, it does not spread to the side of the neck and it would not cause the sorts of symptoms you are describing. It would NEVER spread to the...

Oncology (General Cancer): sarcomatoid renal cell carcinoma with synchroneous multiple pulmonary metastases, renal cell carcinoma, transitional cell carcinoma
renal cell carcinoma, transitional cell carcinoma, systemic lupus eryth: That depends on how fast her tumor grows and where to it may spread (more sites). Of that no information is available but based on the apparent speed so far I make an educated guess that her probable survival time will be about one year. It may be shorter...

Oncology (General Cancer): Testicular cancer +bilateral orchiectomy and suspicious spot on lung, bilateral orchiectomy, orchiectomy surgery
bilateral orchiectomy, orchiectomy surgery, walking pneumonia: I would have to agree with you to hold off on any surgery until they discover if, and what kind of cancer this spot may be. As in the case of my wife, she had lymphoma and was told not to have surgery as it would spread the cancer that much faster. Well, long...

Oncology (General Cancer): thyroid/lung problem, causes of hoarseness, thyroid cancers
causes of hoarseness, thyroid cancers, thyroid tumors: Almost anything is possible but personally I find such an explanation - unless there is much more information that I m unaware of - rather strange. What was tried but failed was obviously a bronchoscopy. There may be other possible - even for him - ways of...

Oncology (General Cancer): xr stomach air w/sm bol, diagnostic radiologist, spot films
diagnostic radiologist, spot films, stomach duodenum: First of all this question should have been directed to a DIAGNOSTIC RADIOLOGIST which I am not. So it is really outside my area of expertise here. Even more so since it may have nothing to do with cancer, but that is still unclear. But since any dr. should...

Oncology (General Cancer): 3MM lung nodule found on CT scan, lung nodule, smoking
lung nodule, smoking: Dear Suzanne, I understand your anxiety but the vast majority of lung nodules are benign. I am not an oncologist or radiologist, but it is very common to find single nodules in CT scans. It is likely that they will want to scan it again in a year, to make...

Oncology (General Cancer): 3MM lung nodule found on CT scan, chest xrays, lung nodules
chest xrays, lung nodules, chest xray: 90% of all lung cancers are associated with smoking, 10% are not. So even life long non smokers can get lung cancer but at a risk of 1/10 of the smokers ! Also the risk of smokers goes up with how much they have smoked and how long they have smoked. if a smoker...

Oncology (General Cancer): Acute Mylogenic Leukemia, stem cell transplant, protective environment
stem cell transplant, protective environment, chemo: Dear JL, Patients usually get hospitalized for the chemo unless it is a reduced intensity regimen. If the TBI follows the chemo, it will depend whether the patient is hospitalized for the chemo or not. Usually one would not discharge a patient (if got admitted...

Oncology (General Cancer): Advanced Pancreatic Cancer, chemo drug, lack of appetite
chemo drug, lack of appetite, initial diagnosis: Dear Julie, you ask for a lot of work. I m doing this free of any charge (and any income) in my not too abundant spare time (and also answering other questions) while being treated for prostate cancer myself. So there is a limit to how much time I can spend...

Oncology (General Cancer): Atelectasis and metastatic cancer, nodular density, chemotherapy regimen
nodular density, chemotherapy regimen, chest tumor: It is possible that this effusion and the atelectasis do indicate cancer growth but the information at hand is not enough for any conclusions. The same can be said with regards to the opacity. I think BOTH a CT scan AND a PET scan should be done earlier, say...

Oncology (General Cancer): Blood test results, absolute neutrophils, high lymphocytes
absolute neutrophils, high lymphocytes, blood test results: No not really. Actually ALL blood test levels are based on statistics from great numbers of apparently healthy individuals. That means that it is NOT improbable to have some deviations in your lab. results and still be quite healthy. In this case these deviations...

Oncology (General Cancer): Bony lesions in pelvis and sacrum and nodes in mesentery, bone biopsy, increased metabolism
bone biopsy, increased metabolism, swollen nodes: The scan did not show anything in those lesions so there was no increased metabolism there which there would have been if they were tumor related. So there is probably no tumor there. These things may be things you were born with. Let them take new pictures...

Oncology (General Cancer): Bumb on my left testicle., testicular cancer, testicle
testicular cancer, testicle, testee: Testicular cancer often presents as a lump on the surface of the testicle about the size of a BB / Ball Bearing / half a pea. Testicular cancer is not on the scrotum, not attached to the testicle via a cord, and is not movable on the surface of the testicle....

Oncology (General Cancer): Cancer Recurrence?, cancer recurrence, colon cancer
cancer recurrence, colon cancer, colonoscopy: Recurrece of cancer is a tendancy in the body and it can be treated in the best way by Immunotherapy (a treatment without any side effects) . Chemotherapy will also be given but the main role will be of the other method. Immunotherapy is better that Chemotherapy....

Oncology (General Cancer): Confusing Findings on Ulnar Bone Lump, bone tumor, perameters
bone tumor, perameters, bone formation: Well even if there was fluid there in the beginning it is unlikely to be any there now after bone formation. So nothing of that would be seen on present MRI & ultrasound scans. Not certain that anything would show up on those previous x-ray pictures either....

Oncology (General Cancer): CT scan revealed hypodense nodule on pancreas tail, chest ct scan, chest xray
chest ct scan, chest xray, needle biopsy: It only means less dense than its surroundings . Ask for that new CT and if possible an MRI scan of the sama area soonest. If your lesion is confirmed an MRI guided needle biopsy should be done for a sure diagnosis so that it will be known what it is. ...

Oncology (General Cancer): cancer pain, pencil eraser, cancer cells
pencil eraser, cancer cells, cancer vaccine: not to panic. you can take immunotherapy by dendtricic cell based cancer vaccine. It will search and kill all cancer cells in your body wihtout any side effects. It is recognized by ASC (www.cancer.org) Also you may communicate with me on medlifeasia@gmail.co...

Oncology (General Cancer): cancer and sleeping disorder, diagnosis of lung cancer, lymph glands
diagnosis of lung cancer, lymph glands, secondary tumors: It is not uncommon with habit changes for advanced cancer patients. There are big physiological & psychological impacts due to the illness. So that is hardly surprising. According to your question his esophageal cancer has spread to lymph glands & to his liver....

Oncology (General Cancer): cancer stage 3b, bone cancer, metastasis
bone cancer, metastasis: Dear Melissa, I am sorry to hear about these cases. It is actually fairly common for cancer of a number of types, usually solid tumors, to spread to the bones. The center of bone contains the bone marrow and in there are many lymphoid cells that are...

Oncology (General Cancer): child leukemia, child leukemia, leukemia patients
child leukemia, leukemia patients, rv trip: Dear Shane, This requires more than a short answer. The main question is obviously ethical: can a parent make a decision not to treat his/her child at all. Second, when quoted three months to live, does that mean with or without treatment? Finally, patients...

Oncology (General Cancer): First time going to Oncology for abnormality in blood test, abnormal hair growth, poly cystic ovarian syndrome
abnormal hair growth, poly cystic ovarian syndrome, taking your time: Without knowing what abnormalities that were seen it is unfortunately impossible to tell you what will happen, what other tests that should be done and what possibilities there may be in your case. If you can provide me with the information I lack I can probably...

Oncology (General Cancer): Gastric Cancer, healthcare disciplines, royal marsden
healthcare disciplines, royal marsden, secondary cancer: Shon, The only way something goes away is when whats causing it goes away. Therefore, we would have to look at the fundamental underlying cause and this is where things can get tricky, because there are many different healthcare disciplines who have different...

Oncology (General Cancer): Gynecologic Oncology, papillary adenocarcinoma, early satiety
papillary adenocarcinoma, early satiety, lung nodules: No, not really. I have now been retired 6 years and am at present undergoing prostate cancer treatment myself. So I m probably not completely up to date on that. Besides I honestly know too little of the patient. You should ask someone who is still active...

Oncology (General Cancer): Hi grade superficial bladder tumor, bladder tumor, chronic anemia
bladder tumor, chronic anemia, cancer vaccine: Dear Jodi, Your father can get one of two treatments: 1. Immunotherapy by cancer vaccine 2. Immunoadjuvant therapy both have no side effects and dont need hospital stay. For more information, drop a mail to me at medlifeasia@gmail.com and I will send...

Oncology (General Cancer): hypoechoic lesion at headof pancreas, focal lesion, mass lesion
focal lesion, mass lesion, pleural effusion: As far as I know no ultrasound scan has been made of this lesion - you have anyway not informed me of any such scan. So as far as I know it is hypodense NOT hypoechoic (which can only be observed with ultrasound scans). What has been done here is a CT scan....

Oncology (General Cancer): Intensive Chemo Senseful?, intensive chemo, intensive chemotherapy
intensive chemo, intensive chemotherapy, chemo therapy: Dear Cheryl, There are several algorithms to decide which patient fits intensive chemotherapy and which one does not. However, the physician should have a good judgement of your mother-in-law and this usually is more sensitive than any algorithm that does...

Oncology (General Cancer): Julie from Everett WA, unexplained weight loss
unexplained weight loss: Dear Susanne, I am sorry to hear about Barry s weight loss. I never heard back from Julie, so I don t know anything further about her fiancee. I can ask for a follow up. A few other possibilities I found are: Whipple disease- a bacterial infection most...

Oncology (General Cancer): Leukemia and Chemo, leukemia aml, puncture test
leukemia aml, puncture test, lung infection: Dear Cheryl, Sometime patients with AML have no infection fighting cells and therefore without treating the leukemia, the infection will not completely clear. I hope this answers your questions. Should you have any further questions, please don t hesitate...

Oncology (General Cancer): Lumps on neck, needle aspiration biopsy, lumps in armpits
needle aspiration biopsy, lumps in armpits, lumps on neck: The only way to be sure of what this is is to do a biopsy (or several biopsies) of these lymph nodes. The easiest, quickest, simplest & cheapest way of doing that is by doing a fine/thin needle aspiration biopsy (or several of them). However if that is not...

Oncology (General Cancer): LYMPHOMA, anxiety medications, anxiety problem
anxiety medications, anxiety problem, anxiety problems: If you don t get this anxiety/hypochondria or whatever it is taken care of first, you will not have as long a life as you could, and it certainly wont be a happy one if you consume yourself with worry over every little thing, especially with so many doctors...

Oncology (General Cancer): Lymphoma, rosecea treatment, lymph node
rosecea treatment, lymph node, adams apple: Skin problems including rashes and itching are very common at all ages and most have nothing to do with lymphomas. They can also appear at most ages. If I understand you correctly you had only found 1 (one) lymph node on your neck and your dr. dismissed that...

Oncology (General Cancer): lung cancer, lung cancers, allergic asthma
lung cancers, allergic asthma, stages of cancer: At your age even if you have smoked from the age of 14 a lung cancer is not - yet - very likely. However if you continue smoking your risks will increase! About 90% of all lung cancers are due to smoking. So do not just try to stop smoking - DO IT!!! Your...

Oncology (General Cancer): MDS, bone marrow transplant, distant cousins
bone marrow transplant, distant cousins, active woman: Dear Craig, MDS is not cured with viadaza. It does prolong life. Therefore, the ultimate question is what are your mother s wishes and her medical condition. If her brother is not a suitable donor, you and your sibling will not be appropriate donors unless...

Oncology (General Cancer): Melanoma, radiation treatment for prostate cancer, radiation therapy
radiation treatment for prostate cancer, radiation therapy, temodar: It depends sometimes it spreads fast at other times it comes back after 30 years - or never. Melanoma is sneaky! Unfortunately I have no good news for you since melanomas are not usually very sensitive to radiation therapy or chemotherapy. On the other hand...

Oncology (General Cancer): Melanoma, cancer questions, cancer guide
cancer questions, cancer guide, webmd: I couldn t narrow it down to one page and I wasn t sure if you just wanted questions on melanoma or cancer in general so I have provided you a few pages I thought might help get you started. Good luck to you. http://www.melanoma.com/questions.html http://www.scienceblog.com/community/older/2001/D/200114404.html...

Oncology (General Cancer): Melanoma in Lung., malignant melanomas, ct scan of lungs
malignant melanomas, ct scan of lungs, lung surgery: Dear Charles, unfortunately malignant melanomas are not very sensitive to chemotherapy or to radiation therapy. But they are often given anyway as a kind of last resort. And surgery is hardly an option here now. There are interesting and promising experiments...

Oncology (General Cancer): Metastatic malignant melanoma stage IV, malignant melanomas, malignant melanoma
malignant melanomas, malignant melanoma, step dad: Since malignant melanomas usually are not very sensitive to radiation therapy or chemotherapy and surgery hardly is a solution in this situation his prognosis is unfortunately indeed bad. Both tumors and patients are individuals not identical copies/clones...

Oncology (General Cancer): mastastic cancer, cervical subluxation, ballas road
cervical subluxation, ballas road, brainstem: Brandy, No, the doctor is not right, there is something BIG that can be done. she needs to get tested for Nervous System Interference, mainly in her Brainstem. Since the Brainstem controls and coordinates ALL cellular function in the body, it is highly...

Oncology (General Cancer): Oblong lump under jaw, needle aspiration biopsy, fine needle aspiration
needle aspiration biopsy, fine needle aspiration, fine needle aspiration biopsy: It seems from your description that it has grown. I therefore do suggest that you let a dr. check it again including with ultrasound! A thin/fine needle aspiration biopsy can tell what it is. The needle can be guided by touch or by ultrasound! Good luck! ...

Oncology (General Cancer): PLSss, My wife has a cavernous sinus meningioma, middle cranial fossa, breats cancer
middle cranial fossa, breats cancer, cavernous sinus: If I understand you correctly its size is small enough so that radiological non surgical treatment with the so called GammaKnife definitely is an option/a possibility. It will NOT shrink by itself! So something should be done either by surgery or by the GammaKnife....

Oncology (General Cancer): Prostate, european pollen, adrenergic receptor
european pollen, adrenergic receptor, excess estrogen: dear daniel, I am a strong supporter of herbal medicine. i have treated patinets with variety of problems thru herbal medicine. I give only those herbs which rally benefit to my patients i.e those whose effects are research proven. for example soy is proven...

Oncology (General Cancer): pancreatic metastasis and metahepatis diagnosis, ca125 levels, liver parenchyma
ca125 levels, liver parenchyma, elevated liver enzymes: First of all without any pathology evaluation of any biopsy of any of those radiological lesions there is NO sure diagnosis. So before any therapy starts up a (needle) biopsy of any of her lesions should be done. There should also be an MRI scan of her liver...

Oncology (General Cancer): pancreatis metastaticum, cancer diagnosis, exact statistics
cancer diagnosis, exact statistics, blood circulation: Cancer can spread by 3 ways. 1. Continuous growth. 2. Spreading via the lymphatics (including lymph nodes). And 3. Via the blood stream in the blood circulation. These 3 ways are at least partly independent of each other. So it is INDEED possible and not even...

Oncology (General Cancer): permanent bone pain, danish citizen, healthy bones
danish citizen, healthy bones, new email: Yes if he is a Danish citizen he can seek help in Denmark and in any other part of the European Union/EES (EU & Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and Lichtenstein). Ok so we will have to wait for his return. However I have to mention that I m here only as a cancer/tumor...

Oncology (General Cancer): Size of bump when first noticed, best guess, testicular cancer
best guess, testicular cancer, tcrc: It was exactly as you described. I was 26 and it was the size of a bb. It was on the side of the testicle. Where is your lump? If it is on the front or side of the testicle, I d make an appointment to see a urologist in the very near future. Let me...

Oncology (General Cancer): Slow growing lymphoma?, swollen lymph nodes, groin area
swollen lymph nodes, groin area, tendon injury: Dear Jon, It appears to me that, based on your description, that your lymph nodes are behaving like normal ones. Please note that it is normal to feel lymph nodes in a slender person. These usually are most evident in the neck, armpits, and groins. A...

Oncology (General Cancer): signet cell carcinoma, glandular cancer, signet ring
glandular cancer, signet ring, pathology report: If correct this sounds very bad indeed. But this description is a bit strange. So I do need more clinical information to be able to answer you. Where exactly is this tumor located? Exactly what did the pathology report say? Without knowing this I can not answer...

Oncology (General Cancer): small cell cancer, stage 4 lung cancer, small cell cancer
stage 4 lung cancer, small cell cancer, lung cancers: It is unfortunately quite common for lung cancers to spread to the brain. And once it has spread to that location it is a very bad case of stage 4 lung cancer (the worst). Whatever they were called they are indeed tumors (technically daughter tumors to her...

Oncology (General Cancer): squamish cell cancer, squamish cell cancer, cancer in my body
squamish cell cancer, cancer in my body, cancer question: Cheryl, The problem is that the tests that they use can find cancer but by that point it has been in the body for 5-7 years in the making. For many people that is too late and they are unable to survive, many times they do not even see it at all until the...

Oncology (General Cancer): TESTICULAR CANCER, cancer question, testicular cancer
cancer question, testicular cancer, lance armstrong: Lance had a very bad case of testicular cancer. The way cancer works is that get first get a tumor in one place - in this case the testicle. After a while, parts of it break off and spread elsewhere in the body. Where those pieces land are where the other...

Oncology (General Cancer): testi, symptoms of testicular cancer, followup questions
symptoms of testicular cancer, followup questions, testicular cancer: You can get checked out by your regular family physician or you can the the kind of doctor that specializes in this cancer - a urologist. It is probably easier and faster to see a regular doctor. You can find a description of the symptoms of testicular...

Oncology (General Cancer): Ulnar Bone Lump Surgery Confusion, scar tissue, biospy
scar tissue, biospy, living in sweden: Hi, welcome back! I can not a priori exclude the possibility of scar tissue BUT what it is should be settled by sending it to a pathologist! Post surgical radiological studies are also in order. Not to send it to a pathologist (since that really was the reason...

Oncology (General Cancer): What is going on with me?, depression medication, body chemistry
depression medication, body chemistry, chemical balances: Kathleen, The Depression Medication is certainly a possible indicator here, are you taking any other drugs also? Usually Menopause is later, like in the 50 s but there have been cases of earlier onset and some even sped up by various medications. It all...

Oncology (General Cancer): 6 yr old son with swollen lymph node for almost 2 years, swollen lymph node, needle aspiration biopsy
swollen lymph node, needle aspiration biopsy, chronic sinus infection: I agree with his drs. This is probably just a reactive lymph node enlargement. If you want to be even more sure you can insist on a fine/thin needle aspiration biopsy of the node. That is no more difficult than a local injection there and can be done either...

Oncology (General Cancer): Adnexal Mass - Ovarian Malignancy?, adnexal mass, ovarian malignancy
adnexal mass, ovarian malignancy, perforated uterus: Well laparascopy is supposed to be more cautious than a laparatomy. However your gynecologist could do the laparascopy first in order to inspect your ovary and take a biopsy and then decide what to do next. If indeed this is malignant it has to go as soon...

Oncology (General Cancer): Advanced Metastatic Prostate Cancer with PSA over 1557, metastatic prostate cancer, history of prostate cancer
metastatic prostate cancer, history of prostate cancer, ritlan: Dear Jay, I am very sorry to hear about your husband. he is way too young for this to be happening, and the family history is very unusual. Palliative care means that they feel that the cancer is incurable at this point, and they are trying their best...

Oncology (General Cancer): Amphiphysin Antibody, exact percentage, jerome k jerome
exact percentage, jerome k jerome, malignancy: None of your symptoms fit any of the syndromes I mentioned. This is probably something that has to do with your endocrinology since that is the area where we have at least found something. Hashimoto s thyroiditis can go with both over- and underproduction...

Oncology (General Cancer): Amphiphysin Antibody, itool, mri imaging
itool, mri imaging, pubmed: Dear Chrysta, I will admit this is confusing. To be honest I am not familiar with this test and this is not my area. The one paper does give a 1%-5% risk of some cancers. If you are concerned you should consult an oncologist. Why was the test done and...

Oncology (General Cancer): adenocarcinoma - desease after the operation, private hospitals in london, md anderson cancer center
private hospitals in london, md anderson cancer center, stage 4 cancer: I m sorry to read about your father! It is probable that it is his cancer that has come back. Cytology from his chest fluid or bone biopsies may confirm that. He should have had chemotherapy after his surgery! I do find it incredible that that was not done...

Oncology (General Cancer): Bone Lesion, bone lesion, bone lesions
bone lesion, bone lesions, bone scan: It may be a tumor but not necessarily so. A bone scan will give them more information but a biopsy may still be necessary. If you could let me read the full report of your CT scan I would be able to evaluate your situation better. You may copy the report here....

Oncology (General Cancer): Breast Cancer, tegafur uracil, internet pharmacies
tegafur uracil, internet pharmacies, spain portugal: Yes it is sold in Europe. But I can not engage myself in any drug export business (I can not do so legally here). But if your doctor contacts a well renowned pharmacy in Italy, Spain, Portugal or Greece - maybe also in France and Germany or even Britain and...

Oncology (General Cancer): breast cancer linked to melanoma, melanoma, breast cancer
melanoma, breast cancer: Dear Denise, I know of no connection between breast cancer in mothers and melanoma in children. There is no passage of cells from the mother to the child, other than the egg. Most relevant is any history of melanoma in your family, skin color and sun...

Oncology (General Cancer): breast mri, biopsy tomorrow, breast parenchyma, fibrocystic breasts
breast parenchyma, fibrocystic breasts, palpable abnormality: Not much anyway. Cancer in situ is more or less microscopical and MRI scans use microwaves like in your microwave oven (millimeter size, 1 inch = 25.4 mm) so they can not see microscopical things. But if several cancer in situ sites are close together they...

Oncology (General Cancer): Cancer screening, www cancer, cancer screening
www cancer, cancer screening, adult children: I do not have a lot of knowledge in the genetic area of cancer but I found a site that should be able to answer any questions you might have about the types and methods of testing as well as any other question you might have. Here is the link: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/prevention-genetics-causes/genetics...

Oncology (General Cancer): Cervical Cancer, ovarian cancer, staging
ovarian cancer, staging: Dear Nadine, Sorry for the delay. I have been traveling. I am sorry about our mother. Did they say stage II a, b, or c? Here is info on the staging. http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/ovarianepithelial/HealthProfessional/page4 ...

Oncology (General Cancer): CT Scan of Lun, non hodgkins lymphoma, nodular lesion
non hodgkins lymphoma, nodular lesion, upper lobe: Well the ONLY sure way to find out what it is is to do this suggested biopsy. I can understand why that is far from agreeable but unfortunately it is the only available sure and quick way. And I think for your peace of mind that it is important that you should...

Oncology (General Cancer): cancer, female sex hormones, stomach cancer
female sex hormones, stomach cancer, lining of the uterus: No it is not. Endometriosis - though it in some ways behaves as a tumor - is a benign disease basically of the inner lining of the uterus (the womb). Cells from the inner lining spills out through the tubes of the uterus (the egg canals) and colonize parts...

Oncology (General Cancer): cancer questions, chemotherapy, cancer causes
chemotherapy, cancer causes: Dear Cortney, Good questions. No, chemotherapy medicines typically do not hurt, and most people would not feel anything from the administration. Some chemotherapy drugs can make you feel sick, cause fevers, or make your hair fall out. These are strong...

Oncology (General Cancer): Damage to spine following radiat. treatm., radiation doses, breast bone
radiation doses, breast bone, sternum: Yes it is possible but hardly in this case. For that to happen very high radiation doses are necessary. You have told me that her tumor was located on her sternum (breast bone). Her neurologist told her she had damage to the lower part of her spine. If her...

Oncology (General Cancer): Dying from radiation damage?, barium meal, radiation damage
barium meal, radiation damage, radiation treatments: You are welcome! I m quite sure that her surgery was much more important in forming these adhesions than her radiation therapy. Probably she was given radiation from all sides around her, from front, back, left & right and perhaps also in between, all in order...

Oncology (General Cancer): Estrogen cream and cancer, breast cancer increases, estrogen cream
breast cancer increases, estrogen cream, breast cancer: Well there is a big difference between an estrogen creme with mainly a local effect and real estrogen medication (with general effects) given to postmenopausal women. With a general medication the risk of (among other) breast cancer increases. With normal...

Oncology (General Cancer): enlarge lympnode in groin, swollen lymph glands, swollen lymph nodes
swollen lymph glands, swollen lymph nodes, swollen gland: I don t like your doctors answer. If this has been present for a month, it needs to get checked. I would either tell the doctor to do some tests or a biopsy to see what it IS, or get another doctor who will. I have found several pages on this subject with...

Oncology (General Cancer): enlarge lympnodein groin, needle aspiration biopsy, lympnode
needle aspiration biopsy, lympnode, thin needle: I have answered your question 2 times before. But you have only read my second answer where I referred to my first answer. So read my FIRST reply and you will get all the information I can give. Good luck! Here is my first reply: If it is sore, tender &...

Oncology (General Cancer): enlarge swollen gland in groin, needle aspiration biopsy, swollen gland
needle aspiration biopsy, swollen gland, thin needle: If it is sore, tender & painful it is probable that it is due to an infection/inflammation. Maybe your medication is not the correct one. An infection should be cured after 3 weeks of treatment so you have to discuss with your dr. if you should change antibiotic...

Oncology (General Cancer): enlarged ovaries, enlarged ovaries, endometrial biopsy
enlarged ovaries, endometrial biopsy, endometrial stripe: Well at least you may have an increased risk since you have this family history. There is however no direct connection between uterine cancer and ovarian cancer. As in most biological things there are variations in normal ovarian sizes. So I can not say...

Oncology (General Cancer): MY FRIEND'S CANCER TREATMENT, experimental immunotherapy, medical hx
experimental immunotherapy, medical hx, malignant melanomas: Well first of all has any pathology examinations been done on that hip growth ? Were any of her skin cancers a malignant melanoma? If so, more pathology details please! If indeed she has had a malignant melanoma what has been found is very bad. Malignant...

Oncology (General Cancer): Gastric Cancer, gastric cancer, hospice
gastric cancer, hospice, H. pylori: Dear Roger, I am very sorry about your mother. Gastric cancer took the life of my mother-in-law, a very wonderful woman and the world s greatest grandma. We cannot advice on individual cases and I am not an oncologist. However I can share with you shat...

Oncology (General Cancer): hiccups???, karolinska university hospital, radiation therapy
karolinska university hospital, radiation therapy, presnt: You are welcome! Thanks! Good to hear that he got some relief! Well I m not sure any such therapy is possible in his case. Only his dr. can decide that. Your questions are always welcome! Winter is approaching here and that is not funny at all! I do hope the...

Oncology (General Cancer): kidney cancer, renal cell cancer, kidney tumors
renal cell cancer, kidney tumors, kidney cancer: Dear Edwin, This sounds like a lot of problems! I need some more information. How old are you? Have you been told you have a genetic cancer syndrome (they can sometimes cause tumors in multiple organ sites)? Where are you being treated? Do you know the...

Oncology (General Cancer): Lung Cancer??, lung cancers, chest infection
lung cancers, chest infection, body scan: It is possible but not certain. Has she smoked? About 90% of all lung cancers are associated with smoking (mainly cigarettes) but that also means that around 10% are not (mainly adenocarcinoma cancers). So if she is not and has not been a smoker her risk is...

Oncology (General Cancer): lung ca cea levels, hilar lymph nodes, carboplatin taxol
hilar lymph nodes, carboplatin taxol, stable cat: CEA is normally - if positive - correlated to the TOTAL tumor mass/volume. That includes lesions so small that they are not visible on X-ray examinations including CT-scans or on PET-scans. It is therefore possible that there has been a progress of growth...

Oncology (General Cancer): lung nodules, lung nodules, cancer
lung nodules, cancer: Dear Gordon, A lot of pople with no other symptoms or risk factors have lung nodules. Most of these turn out to be benign: http://www.urmc.rochester.edu/encyclopedia/content.cfm?pageid=P93016 What did your doctor recommend? Did he/she mention the...

Oncology (General Cancer): MDS Options, acute leukemia, risk category
acute leukemia, risk category, treatment option: Dear Lorena, The main question is your father s age. The younger the patient is, the more aggressive we tend to be. The questions to ask the physician are what are your father s chances to live 3-5 years and what are the risks of his disease to progress to...

Oncology (General Cancer): Metastatic Lung Cancer spread to the brain - Symptoms - Time - Options, spine area, stomach surgery
spine area, stomach surgery, cardiac issues: Unfortunately there are NO alternatives (medications, therapies etc) that work! Though there are many that claim that their methods do work. But there is no such evidence. In the case of your father radiation therapy may relieve some symptoms (but also cause...

Oncology (General Cancer): Metastatic Melanoma, brain lesions, lung lesions
brain lesions, lung lesions, time span: If it indeed has spread to his brain then those symptoms will probably dominate and determine his life span. Otherwise his lung lesions probably will. They will eventually cause breathing difficulties. But that will take much more time than with any brain...

Oncology (General Cancer): Metastic Malignant Melanoma stage 1111, malignant melanomas, aggressive cancer
malignant melanomas, aggressive cancer, malignant melanoma: If it is a stage 4 (IV) malignant melanoma which it seems to be from your description it has a very bad prognosis unfortunately. All stage 4 malignant melanomas are incurable and eventually fatal at present. Malignant melanomas are usually not very sensitive...

Oncology (General Cancer): Mets Breast Cancer Chemotheray, spontaneous mutations, cancer cells
spontaneous mutations, cancer cells, chemo drug: Well in her case all options seems to have expired. There is in fact some (rather small) hope that less sensitivity to previous drugs shall have reversed (by new mutations) when those drugs were not used and therefore the less sensitivity is of no use for...

Oncology (General Cancer): Mono., white blood cells, stomache
white blood cells, stomache, havnt: Dear Laura, As you state, mono takes a while to shake. I trust that your physician looked at the counts and felt comfortable that indeed what you have is mono and not something else. Get well soon and please do not hesitate to contact me should you have...

Oncology (General Cancer): Ovarian Cancer, ovarian cancer
ovarian cancer: Dear Leanne, I agree that this must be hard to be patient about. Did they say whether the tumor was epithelial, germ cell, or low malignant potential? Did they remove one or both ovaries? Epithelial is the most common type, and for stage 1A removal...

Oncology (General Cancer): oral cancer, oral cancer, smoking
oral cancer, smoking, HPV infection: Dear Zdenka, All good questions. If he only smokes and drinks occasionally, his risk is low. Obviously it would be best for his health in many areas, if he could stop smoking. The best screening for oral examination is an exam of the mouth, throat and...

Oncology (General Cancer): Prostate cancer at 18?, groin area, psa test
groin area, psa test, radiation therapist: I will not say that a prostate cancer is impossible at your age, but it is most unlikely. Since I myself have had a prostate cancer and am on top of it an oncologist & radiation therapist I can assure you that your described symptoms do not make me think of...

Oncology (General Cancer): please let me know the treatment for bone cancer, liver cancer, medicine prices
liver cancer, medicine prices, stockholm sweden: I m not sure any cheap treatment for that exists anywhere. In most cases what is done is chemotherapy. I m not sure with regards to what is available in India (I live in Stockholm, Sweden). And I certainly do not know ANYTHING with regards to medicine prices...

Oncology (General Cancer): prostate cancer hormonal treatment, castrated man, adrenal glands
castrated man, adrenal glands, chemical castration: No. If the man is castrated (not producing any testosterone anyway) nothing can be achieved by giving this drug (which gives the patient a chemical castration). There may however be reasons to also give the patient a testosterone BLOCKING drug since some testosterone...

Oncology (General Cancer): Query regarding suspected pancreatic cancer, ptbd, radio therapy
ptbd, radio therapy, scan results: Such a high value of CA 19.9 MAY indicate a pancreatic cancer. However CT should at least have shown something in that case under these circumstances. I do suggest an MRI scan of her pancreas & liver before any other decisions are made in order to find out...

Oncology (General Cancer): Stage 4 lung cancer with spread to bone and one fracture., metastatic lung cancer, stage 4 lung cancer
metastatic lung cancer, stage 4 lung cancer, stage 4 cancer: Is her lung cancer a primary lung cancer (starting there) or has it spread to there from somewhere else? That is not clear from your question. Regardless of that her cancer is - since there are now also bone lesions - certainly a stage 4 cancer and therefore...

Oncology (General Cancer): Stomach and intestinal symptoms, stomach cancer, percentage risk
stomach cancer, percentage risk, native sweden: Well that is easier said than done. It depends on in which country you live, where in that country you live, your age, your ethnic group, your social-economic group, your diet, family history etc. For example Japanese people - in Japan - have a much higher...

Oncology (General Cancer): Swelling after Routine bloodwork, fitness advice, air bubble
fitness advice, air bubble, golfball: What I think you had there was a bleeding, a hematoma. So no air! That is now getting organized into fibrous tissue, like scar tissue. That is also why there was no bruise. I doubt that this is dangerous in any way. But should you get any problem there you...

Oncology (General Cancer): small painfull lump, dull ache, tight jeans
dull ache, tight jeans, small chest: Steve, I don t think this going to turn out to be cancer, but you do need to see a doctor to make sure. More importantly, you need to see the doctor and let the doctor be in charge. Don t start talking about cancer right away. You need to mention the lump...

Oncology (General Cancer): squamous cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, short term memory
squamous cell carcinoma, short term memory, carcinoma: If it indeed has spread to his brain he may develop stroke like symptoms and even epileptic fits. Eventually he will become more and more confused and sleep more and more. When he sleeps all the time his end will be near. He will then drift into a coma and...

Oncology (General Cancer): stomach cancer, barium swallow test, stomach cancer
barium swallow test, stomach cancer, stomach pain: Yes it is possible but probably not very probable. Well usually (but not always) the medicines work. Demand a gastroscopy and we will KNOW the condition of your stomach! Gastroscopy is VASTLY superior to any x-ray technique! And KNOWING (whatever it may be)...

Oncology (General Cancer): swollen lympnode in groin, lympnode, swollen gland
lympnode, swollen gland, groin: Hi Rachel, Yes this makes sense. If it is shrinking, or at least not growing, it is highly unlikely to be anything serious. It could be an infection, like a virus that the antibiotic did not attack. Keep an eye on it and go back if it gets worse. ...

Oncology (General Cancer): TESTICULAR CANCER, dull ache, testicular cancer
dull ache, testicular cancer, testicle: It might be. It might not. However, there are enough symptoms consistent with cancer that I think he should make an appointment to see his doctor as soon as possible. The goal is to get the doctor to order an ultrasound / sonogram of the testicles. If the...

Oncology (General Cancer): Throat Cancer, chemotherapy drugs, cancer cells
chemotherapy drugs, cancer cells, radiation treatments: Radiation not long afterwards (only cells already hurt (enough) continue to be killed). With chemotherapy it is more or less the same though the killing effect also continues as long as there is a high enough concentration of the chemotherapy drugs in the...

Oncology (General Cancer): Thyroid CA, fine needle biopsy, thyroid ca
fine needle biopsy, thyroid ca, radio active iodine: It is possible. More can not be said at present. We will have to wait for your biopsy results. What were your marker results? Surgery is possible . Maybe also more radioactive iodine. Higher thyroid hormone doses may also be possible. Thyroid cancer of this...

Oncology (General Cancer): Transvaginal Ultrasound, medical oncologist, endometrial stripe
medical oncologist, endometrial stripe, gynecological oncology: I see nothing alarming in your report. Also if the pathologist did not see anything remarkable in your endometrial/uterine scraping material then you most probably can forget about any uterine/endometrial cancer at present. The other things you ask should...

Oncology (General Cancer): Tumor?, genital warts, testicular cancer
genital warts, testicular cancer, circumcision: This is definitely not testicular cancer, and almost surely is not any other kind of cancer. If you are sexually active, then it is theoretically possible that this is a sexually transmitted disease like genital warts, but in all likelihood it is completely...

Oncology (General Cancer): Ultrasound of Thyroid - report, hypoechoic nodule, ultrasound of thyroid
hypoechoic nodule, ultrasound of thyroid, needle biopsies: Most probably what you have is a nodular thyroid which causes this heterogenous picture. Most nodules are the result of hormonal effects but based on just this I can not rule out any thyroid cancer. However that can be done (or have it confirmed) by ultrasound...

Oncology (General Cancer): uterine cancer, lymph node dissection, radical hysterectomy
lymph node dissection, radical hysterectomy, cancer case: You can NEVER be sure that ALL has been removed! So your dr. is quite correct and I fully agree with her. If it does come back you will most probably be a stage IV (4) cancer case which at present is incurable and most probably eventually fatal. However it...

Oncology (General Cancer): X-rays, radiation doses, radiation therapy
radiation doses, radiation therapy, pet ct: Well, yes all these examinations will give you radiation doses, especially the CT scans. BUT your immediate and greatest problem right now is your cancer! Your cancer is - like almost all cancers - your greatest threat to your survival! All the rest will pale...

Oncology (General Cancer): Angiosarcoma, right atrium, fitness advice
right atrium, fitness advice, survival time: Probably only by showing that she is not forgotten or neglected! She can pass away at any moment actually if there is any complication with this location. And she can also pass away in a great number of ways. Which one it will be is at present not possible...

Oncology (General Cancer): asbestos/mesothelioma, asbestos minerals, asbestos chrysotile
asbestos minerals, asbestos chrysotile, minor exposure: There probably is no completely safe dose of asbestos, but the risk of cancer is definitely tied to the dose. Most people that get cancer have a much, much higher dose than you. I worked in a brake shoe factory one summer as a kid, and am pretty horrified...

Oncology (General Cancer): CA19-9 Reading, whinch, ca19 9
whinch, ca19 9, fitness advice: It is NOT sure but it SHOULD be investigated soonest with among other things CT and MRI scans of her liver & pancreas. Good luck! I have some computer problems so unfortunately my reply is delayed. You can also reach me on: http://www.lifestylerescue.com/expert/health-fitness-advice/dr-claes-gustaf/128...

Oncology (General Cancer): Cancer ?!, iron deficiency anemia, cancer question
iron deficiency anemia, cancer question, bleeding ulcer: SURE! Please let me have ALL the results of your blood tests so that we can see what kind of anemia you may have. To evaluate an anemia you need A LOT of lab. results. Not just your Hb and ferritin! You need Hb (hemoglobine), hematocrite, red blood cells,...

Oncology (General Cancer): Cancer from exposure to asbestos, danger risk, fitness advice
danger risk, fitness advice, textured ceiling: Even if the risk is low - and it IS - I think that you should let an experienced (and certified/licensed) contractor do this job. Then you do not need to worry too! I have some computer problems so unfortunately my reply is delayed. You can also reach...

Oncology (General Cancer): Cervical cancer, hysterectomy surgery, cervical cancer
hysterectomy surgery, cervical cancer, mths: I would imagine the doctor was referring to life expectancy when he said 15 months. If your doctor or the medical staff in general is skirting the answer, then you as the patient should tell them you want a direct answer to your questions. That is your right....

Oncology (General Cancer): Convinced its testicular cancer, symptoms of testicular cancer, undescended testicle
symptoms of testicular cancer, undescended testicle, cancer question: There s no chance you could have late stage TC and still have normal tumor markers. And those still aren t really symptoms of late stage cancer. The ultrasound is excellent at differentiating between masses inside the testicle and outside it and between...

Oncology (General Cancer): cancer drugs, vinca alkaloids, cancer drugs
vinca alkaloids, cancer drugs, cancer cells: Different drugs often act in different ways. These drugs also do affect normal cells. That is the cause of many of the side effects. Cancer cells however often divide in a more uncontrolled and also often more frequently than normal cells. Since these drugs...

Oncology (General Cancer): colon polyps, tubular adenoma polyp, hyperplastic polyps
tubular adenoma polyp, hyperplastic polyps, colon polyps: Well look at it this way, your polyp had the POTENTIAL of becoming malignant BUT WAS NOT malignant. And now it has been removed and can NOT do anything anymore! Of course you may develop more polyps, that is why you should have regular future colonoscopies!...

Oncology (General Cancer): Endometrial biopsy?, cervix uteri, endometrial biopsy
cervix uteri, endometrial biopsy, life is full of surprises: Life is full of surprises and things do change over time. Your cancer risk is probably not high but it is not 0. If there is one there it is probably not an advanced one, so rather early. I suppose he/she has also checked your cervix uteri with pap smears...

Oncology (General Cancer): Endometrial Cancer?, cancer question, sonohysterogram
cancer question, sonohysterogram, abdominal ultrasound: A tumor can be very small - even microscopic. So cells can be found from such a tumor. If it is small it is usually in its early stages. In the case of an EARLY small endometrial cancer it is usually still located in the endometrium. Good luck! THANKS!...

Oncology (General Cancer): Fine Needle Lymph Node Biopsy
Well there may still some uncertainties there. However if there were any such uncertainties in your case the cytologist should have recommended a surgical biopsy to make sure what it is. You can always insist on a surgical biopsy to put your mind at rest....

Oncology (General Cancer): Followup for carcinosarcoma of the uterus, chest x ray, pap smears
chest x ray, pap smears, carcinosarcoma: Well, if I happened to be in your shoes I would probably insist on scanning too. But if I liked this doctor and he would not cooperate I would continue to go there but also see another doctor who could help me with that. Well, weight reduction would probably...

Oncology (General Cancer): Tumors, head thanks
Oncology (General Cancer): Tumors, head thanks

Oncology (General Cancer): High lymphocyte count,low neutrophil count, high lymphocytes, renal calculi
high lymphocytes, renal calculi, th sep: In the information you have given me there are no signs or indications that in any way indicate a cancer. However that does not mean that I can guarantee that there is no cancer only that at present there are no signs of any cancer. You seem so far to have...

Oncology (General Cancer): Hysterectomy due to Adenomyosis, hysterectomy surgery, medical oncologist
hysterectomy surgery, medical oncologist, cancer question: I m here ONLY as a cancer doctor and this is not a cancer question. Besides I m a medical oncologist & radiation therapist NOT a gynecologicalm surgeon. So I do suggest that you direct this question to an expert of gynecology as it is outside my area of expertise...

Oncology (General Cancer): my husband's illness, lung cancer, chest pain
lung cancer, chest pain: Dear Margaret, Something seems to be missing here. I don t see why he is going to an oncologist unless there was something seem on xrays or other imaging. A high platelet count can be caused by cancer: http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/cancer/thrombocytosis.htm...

Oncology (General Cancer): Innumerable hypodense nodularities throughout the liver, fatty infiltration of liver, needle biopsies
fatty infiltration of liver, needle biopsies, lung base: 1. If done correctly that risk is very small. 2. MRI can indeed provide more information but not as much as a biopsy. 3. As far as we know now yes. 4. CT uses x-rays. Sometimes only using normal natural radiation absorbtion differences in the body, sometimes...

Oncology (General Cancer): itchy moles, deadly skin cancer, cancer threat
deadly skin cancer, cancer threat, malignant melanoma: Dear Tanny, why on Earth are you tanning like this?! Do you wish to develop one or several skin cancer(s)? Here in my native Sweden the potentially deadly skin cancer malignant melanoma is now 50(!) times more common than it was when I was a boy in the early...

Oncology (General Cancer): Knot behind ear, nurse hotline, ear nose and throat
nurse hotline, ear nose and throat, throat surgeon: It can be many things. Let an ear-nose-and-throat surgeon check him to see if this is anything serious. Good luck! I have some computer problems so unfortunately my reply is delayed. You can also reach me on: http://www.lifestylerescue.com/expert/health-fitness-advice/dr-claes-gustaf/128...

Oncology (General Cancer): Lump in finger and pain in wrist, doctor insurance, hand surgeon
doctor insurance, hand surgeon, wrist pain: Based on this information there is very little evidence - if any - that your wrist pain in any way is connected to that lump of yours and even less that it in any way has to do with cancer. Without an examination we can not get any further. So I do suggest...

Oncology (General Cancer): lump in upper left arm, left arm, biopsy
left arm, biopsy, long time: Dear Jonna, I am sorry for the delay, I have been traveling. In the absence of symptoms, you should be fine, especially if it is not growing. A doctor should look at it it, and perhaps biopsy or image it if it has not gone away. I hope that this...

Oncology (General Cancer): lung cancer, cell lung cancer, small cell lung cancer
cell lung cancer, small cell lung cancer, non small cell lung cancer: This first site is one of many that talks about the staging of Lymphoma specifically: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann_Arbor_staging This second site is one that covers stages as well as prognosis at various levels and other questions you might have....

Oncology (General Cancer): lung cancer, cell lung cancer, small cell lung cancer
cell lung cancer, small cell lung cancer, non small cell lung cancer: Usually around some months to a year. Survival time is usually not much longer. I have some computer problems so unfortunately my reply is delayed. You can also reach me on: http://www.lifestylerescue.com/expert/health-fitness-advice/dr-claes-gustaf/128...

Oncology (General Cancer): lyphoma?, reed sternberg cells, hodgkin s lymphoma
reed sternberg cells, hodgkin s lymphoma, biopsy results: Sometimes pathology evaluations ARE difficult. What they seem to suspect here is a Hodgkin s lymphoma. If they are seeing what appears to be Hodgkin (Reed-Sternberg) cells then it is quite correct to suspect such a lymphoma. In difficult diagnostic situations...

Oncology (General Cancer): Metastatic Pancreatic Cancer, stent procedure, yellow jaundice
stent procedure, yellow jaundice, pancreatic cancers: It may have extended his life somewhat and eased his symptoms for some time but probably not by much and the end result would most probably have been more or less the same unfortunately. Easy cancer deaths are rare and far between! Pancreatic cancers have...

Oncology (General Cancer): Mother-in-law traveling, kidney cancer, wedding in mexico
kidney cancer, wedding in mexico, fitness advice: Dear Stacy, since this is going to happen around 1.5 years into the future it is rather impossible to give you a certain answer unless I happened to be a prophet which unfortunately I m not. However in principle if all goes well I see no obvious medical reason...

Oncology (General Cancer): merkel cell cancer, merkel cell cancer
merkel cell cancer: Dear Michele, I m sorry about your mother-in law. This is certainly difficult news. Here is a link for more information: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Sites-Types/merkel-cell Here is a link for clinical trials. There are some experimental...

Oncology (General Cancer): Non small cell lung cancer in non smoking female, cell lung cancer, stage 4 cancer
cell lung cancer, stage 4 cancer, non small cell lung cancer: I see. No I do not think it is a mon ey maker. The combined therapy most probably increases her survival time BUT it will NOT change the end result unfortunately. Just fluid removal works for such a short time that it can NOT be recommended alone. Please...

Oncology (General Cancer): ovarian issues, butt pain, ovarian cancer
butt pain, ovarian cancer, bowel movement: Without an examination it is IMPOSSIBLE to tell you what this may be! I therefore strongly suggest that you let your gynecologist check you! The best way to check your ovaries is by ultrasound scanning, so that too should be done! Can be done transvaginally...

Oncology (General Cancer): pine bark and anti oxidants, tomato ketchup, anti oxidants
tomato ketchup, anti oxidants, causes of cancer: I do not know anything about any marine pine bark . It may or may not be true. I simply do not know. This is the first time I hear of it. Vitamin A, C & E are all antioxidants. Well, oranges, limes, lemons, grapefruits, tomatoes, carrots even tomato ketchup...

Oncology (General Cancer): Radiation sickness from cyberknife treatment, hydrogen bomb test, radiation therapy side effects
hydrogen bomb test, radiation therapy side effects, acute radiation sickness: Well, in scientific litterature acute radiation sickness is reserved for WHOLE BODY radiation cases which is not the case here. Furthermore such whole body radiation exposure must be a FAST (seconds or shorter up to a few minutes) exposure and above 100 cGy/rads...

Oncology (General Cancer): Renal cancer mets, kidney cancer, lung nodules
kidney cancer, lung nodules: Dear Mike, I am sorry to hear about your mother. There should be little risk from the biopsy. If they are not growing we can hope they are not tumors. Many people have benign nodules in their lung. The benefit would be to ensure that this is not kidney...

Oncology (General Cancer): radiation or chemo for suspected recurrent pancreatic cancer, ca19 9, hue and cry
ca19 9, hue and cry, haemotology: There are risks, but honestly I do not see much of a choice, though surgical preparations may be necessary - if possible - to try to avoid bad results. I think CyberKnife followed by chemotherapy would be best as it is the only alternative with a possible...

Oncology (General Cancer): Small bump on neck, core needle biopsy, needle aspiration biopsy
core needle biopsy, needle aspiration biopsy, bump on neck: Without an examination it is not possible to tell you what it is. So you should let a doctor check it soonest. A fine/thin needle aspiration biopsy or a wide core needle biopsy or a surgical biopsy can be used to make sure what it is. Good luck! You can...

Oncology (General Cancer): Squamous cell lung cancer
It could at least be considered. I normally do not comment on details of chemotherapy here for the simple reason that I m retired and the progress of chemotherapy is so swift that it is hopeless to try to keep up with its details unless you are yourself busy...

Oncology (General Cancer): Stage 4 cancer, stage 4 cancer, spleen and stomach
stage 4 cancer, spleen and stomach, stomach cancer: I m very sorry to read about her - and your - problems! Since her cancer has spread to all these sites it is indeed a stage 4 cancer and as such at present unfortunately incurable. You are right. Advanced stomach cancer has indeed a very bad prognosis unfortunately....

Oncology (General Cancer): Stage IV Metastatic Melanoma Help, rapid heart rate, red blood cell
rapid heart rate, red blood cell, red blood cell count: Unfortunately I have to agree with his doctors. I would prefer to have been wrong but I fear to be right. I doubt there is any use now in trying to push the truth on to him. In his more clear moments he may understand, but probably not all the time. I have...

Oncology (General Cancer): No Symptoms, liver cancer, cirrhosis
liver cancer, cirrhosis: Dear Diane, I am sorry to hear about his condition. I just lost a friend to liver cancer. Unfortunately most liver cancers are fatal, but this depends on the pathology. Did they do a biopsy? Do you know the results? How old is he? It is true that transplant...

Oncology (General Cancer): swollen lymph node, needle aspiration biopsy, swollen lymph nodes
needle aspiration biopsy, swollen lymph nodes, wisdom tooth: Well if a lymph node goes down in size it is a good sign. I think that instead of continued speculation with regards to this node, make sure that you have a biopsy done. If no lymphoma is found you can forget that idea completely. I think it is best that a...

Oncology (General Cancer): TC concern, acoustic enhancement, abdomen pain
acoustic enhancement, abdomen pain, daughters diaper: Does your (scrotal) pain go away if you lay down? If so, then it is possible that it is a vericocele causing the problem. Your back pain is not really where I would expect testicular cancer pain to be, but it is where I would expect to see regular muscular...

Oncology (General Cancer): Test Results can it be cancer?, brain fog, low granulocytes
brain fog, low granulocytes, rh factor: Based on the information you have given me there is NO reason to assume that there is any cancer involved here. All other possibilities are outside my area of expertise here (only cancer). So I will not go into that. You can also reach me on: http://www.lifestylerescue.com/expert/health-fitness-advice/dr-claes-gustaf/128...

Oncology (General Cancer): Thyroid Cancer, thyroid cancer, grape seed extract
thyroid cancer, grape seed extract: Dear Wendy, I am sorry about your mother in law. However it sounds as if her prognosis is good, and theyroid cancer caught at this stage is highly curable. Here is an article on grape seed extract: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grape_seed_extract ...

Oncology (General Cancer): Thyroid sono, papillary thyroid carcinoma, thyroid bed
papillary thyroid carcinoma, thyroid bed, needle biopsies: I presume that you were given a high dose of radioactive iodine in May in order to wipe out any remaining cancer and that you are now on a rather high dose of thyroid hormone. Correct? One way to find out is to use ultrasound guided needle biopsies of the...

Oncology (General Cancer): Tumors, vena cava, h pylori
vena cava, h pylori, bad acne: It is quite difficult to evaluate a case like this from afar. However nothing in what you have written is pushing any alarm button in my head. While I can not guarantee that we are not dealing with a malignancy here I find no reason to suspect that we indeed...

Oncology (General Cancer): tc, testicular cancer, epididymis
testicular cancer, epididymis, testicle: Testicular cancer would be found on the front or side of the testicle. The back of the testicle is not actually testicle - it is epididymis - and testicular cancer does not show up there. It is almost surely a cyst, and as long as it does not hurt, it is not...

Oncology (General Cancer): The telomerase in diffuse B cell lymphoma, diffuse b cell lymphoma, b cell lymphoma
diffuse b cell lymphoma, b cell lymphoma, adsabs: I am sending you some links. read those documents and also email the concerned authors and researchers of those documents. http://www.education.umd.edu/EDMS/fac/Dayton/Cancer2000.pdf http://www4.utsouthwestern.edu/cellbio/shay-wright/publications/Drug%20Discovery%20Today%202007.pdf...

Oncology (General Cancer): tyroid ultrasound report, thyroid nodule
thyroid nodule: Dear Jennifer, How old are you? Why did you have the thyroid imagining? They have found a growth in your thyroid. This may be benign. They will probably suggest a biopsy to be sure. Even in the worst case, thyroid cancer is highly treatable. Let...

Oncology (General Cancer): X RAY REPORT, permanent resident visa, chest x ray
permanent resident visa, chest x ray, diagnostic radiologist: Dear Mary, I m a medical oncologist & radiation therapist (a cancer doctor) NOT a diagnostic radiologist - who should be the expert this question should be directed to. So it is outside my field of expertise here. Furthermore your x-ray pictures do not indicate...

Oncology (General Cancer): 1/3 pea sized bump on Left Testicle, calcium buildup, testicular exam
calcium buildup, testicular exam, yearly physicals: The back of the testicle is linked to the testicle in such a way that what you are feeling back there IS the epididymis. I prefer this picture http://tcrc.acor.org/testicle.html. I really dont think you can feel the rete testis. It is mostly covered by...

Oncology (General Cancer): Acid Reflux, GERD, gastric cancer
GERD, gastric cancer: Dear Vinod, GERD can be a risk factor for gastric cancer. Have you been tested for H. pylori infection? This is a common bacteria that can cause ulcers and gastritis. With regular exams, your cancer risk is low and the chance that they will detect it...

Oncology (General Cancer): Adenomyosis, fitness advice, irregular cycles
fitness advice, irregular cycles, heavy bleeding: THANKS! Since adenomyosis is not a cancer this question is unfortunately outside my area of expertise here. I must therefore strongly suggest that you direct this question to an expert of gynecology. I have some computer problems so unfortunately my reply...

Oncology (General Cancer): Armpit/Breast Transient Lump, follicle cyst, lumpy breasts
follicle cyst, lumpy breasts, lump in my armpit: I don t think this is breast cancer. Two things come to mind, one being a follicle cyst, which is swelling caused by a hair follicle being blocked, (and that can come and go with cycles) and the other is the possibility that you have lumpy breasts and some...

Oncology (General Cancer): Asbestos, ventilation systems, living in sweden
ventilation systems, living in sweden, fitness advice: Impossible to answer without having much more information available. Obviously something that includes asbestos has been found. More can not be said. If you want a responsible opinion of your situation you should contact the federal authority in charge of...

Oncology (General Cancer): Blood loss from donation compared to menstrual blood loss, wishing you a happy holiday, hemorhage
wishing you a happy holiday, hemorhage, fitness advice: Menstruation is a daily loss of blood for a week or more every month. Other blood losses are usually only occasional. And you do not donate blood every month. I have some computer problems so unfortunately my reply is delayed. You can also reach me...

Oncology (General Cancer): Breast cancer mets to bone??, bone biopsy, back ache
bone biopsy, back ache, fitness advice: Unfortunately we will have to accept what is possible. Please do keep me posted! I have some computer problems so unfortunately my reply is delayed. You can also reach me on: http://www.lifestylerescue.com/expert/health-fitness-advice/dr-claes-gustaf/128...

Oncology (General Cancer): Is my baby at risk?, acute myeloid leukemia, fitness advice
acute myeloid leukemia, fitness advice, high risk: There may be a somewhat increased risk of that but probably not a high risk. I have some computer problems so unfortunately my reply is delayed. You can also reach me on: http://www.lifestylerescue.com/expert/health-fitness-advice/dr-claes-gustaf/128...

Oncology (General Cancer): Cancer from exposure to asbestos, danger risk, fitness advice
danger risk, fitness advice, textured ceiling: Even if the risk is low - and it IS - I think that you should let an experienced (and certified/licensed) contractor do this job. Then you do not need to worry too! I have some computer problems so unfortunately my reply is delayed. You can also reach...

Oncology (General Cancer): Cancer like symptoms for almost two years, upper abdomen, lower abdomen
upper abdomen, lower abdomen, stomach area: Jeff, Aching in the abs is NOT a sign of testicular cancer. Aching in the upper or lower abdomen is not a sign of testicular cancer. Pain in the flanks is not a sign of testicular cancer. Even aching in the epididymis is not a sign of testicular cancer....

Oncology (General Cancer): To Continue Radiation Therapy for Pancreatic Cancer?, pancreatic cancer, radiation
pancreatic cancer, radiation, chemotherapy: Your doctors made the right recommendation. Even after removing all the tumor that can be seen, about 85% of the time the cancer will recur. We know that radiation and chemotherapy can improve survival somewhat, but can t guarantee cure. As for the diarrhea,...

Oncology (General Cancer): chest xray shadow, spot on lung
spot on lung: If you had an electrode on during the chest X-ray, that could very well be artifact. if the artifact was post thoracic that would mean to me outside the chest, not in the lung tissue. I think there isn t anything to worry about, but if your doctor tells...

Oncology (General Cancer): cutting a mole, bleeding mole, melanoma
bleeding mole, melanoma: Hi Alice, Any mole that bleeds should be looked at by a dermatologist, just in case. How old are you? Do you have many moles? Here is more info on melanoma. Michael Michael Dean, Ph.D. Author Empty Cribs-The Impact of Smoking on Child Health...

Oncology (General Cancer): Follow up question, lower abdomen pain, flank pain
lower abdomen pain, flank pain, spermatocele: Very achy stuff behind the abs would be better handled by an internist or a gastroenterologist than a urologist. Any cyst on the upper part of the testicle is not actually on the testicle. It is on the epididymis. It is not cancer. It is tough asking about...