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any info about Small-Cell lung Carcinoma?? i need its iteology,histology,prognosis,radiation therapy & sequale


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searching for transplant center that will perform second bilateral lung transplant?


My husband received a bilateral lung transplant 11 years ago. Due to rejections and infection he is now in need of a second transplant. After passing all required medical tests he was put back on the waiting list. Three days ago it was discovered that he has squamous cell carcinoma of the skin. This has disqualified him from being on the transplant waiting list. Is this a nation wide rule or could he be placed back on the waiting list by going through a different medical center?
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Have an out-patient surgery to remove the lesion. They can do "frozen-sections" immediately, while the surgeon operates to determine that all margins are clear. It is known nation-wide that a patient with cancer is disqualified. Get this done and get your husband back on the waiting list! Much luck to you and hubby!!!  (+ info)

What's life expec having renal cell carcinoma stage 3-1 yr after having kidney removed & shoulder replaced?


My 54yo dad has renal cell carcinoma. He's had his kidney removed (cancerous mass over 50% in 5/06 at stage 3) and his right shoulder replaced in 11/06 (from where cancer spread & broke bone) still has very minimal use of arm. Now the cancer has spread in his lung, around his liver & spleen and either effecting his pancreas or gall bladder. What quality of life will he have (he manages a goodyear store) and what is the typical life expectancy (only good know-but there is an average out there). Please only serious answers or similar experiences. Any referral sites out there would be appreciated.
Thanks!
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First I want to express how truly sorry I am to hear about your dad. I am even more sorry that I don't have better news sto share with you, so I am going to preface it with an emphasis that you enjoy your time with your dad and understand that it does not happen over night. You will see a decline in his health so you will be able to prepare a little as the time comes.

You might want to check out these associations:
www.kidneycancerassociation.org
www.kidneycancer.org

Many hospitals also have support groups for cancer patients and their families. I encourage you to get involved with one just so you can know more of what to expect and how to cope as things progress.

OK, he is really in stage 4 now because it has spread to distant organs. The 5 year survival rate for sttage 4 renal cell carcinoma is about 14%. Those aren't good odds, but at the same time, someone has to be in that 14% in order for it to exist.

Traditional chemo & radiation don't work on rcc because the kidney's job is to filter out toxins - which is what those treatments are: toxic. There is immuno-therapy such as interferon and interleukin-2, but they are usually used when the metastasis isn't so far spread. Clinical trials are another option he could discuss with his doctor. Unfortunately, there really are no cut and dry treatments for rcc.

My mom was diagnosed with stage 4 renal cell carcinoma in January 1997 and fought it until July 1999 when she was 53, so you see she was a typical case. Her kidney was the size of a football when it wass removed and she had a spot the size of a quarter on her lungs.

What to expect:
As it progresses, their body becomes weaker and they can feel the tumors growing in their body. My mom would have pillows all around her to counteract the pressure from the tumors. It's sno uncommon for calcium levels to increase, which shows itself in confusion and becoming unsteady or losing balance. It's important to watch for this. It's easily managed through a process similar to donaitng blood, although it's not being donated. Watch for this.

With my mom, her head was too heavy in the last 6 months, so she shaved her head and would frequently put it down on the table or wherever she was to rest. She became unsteady in the last couple months. In the last couple weeks, she became dehydrated and constipated, which were uncomfortable. She knew the time was coming and she called my brothers and me home two days before she passed away.

I'm not trying to paint a grim picture, but rather help you realistically know what path you have ahead. It's a gradual decline usually over 6 months, once they become more weakened or in pain. There are some things that can be done to help with comfort, but it is usually not entirely taken care of.

I don't know if you are a teen or young adult, but it is important either way to have support from others and that your fmily knows what is coming. He should have a durable power of attorney and a will and he should talk to his doctor about hospice care. Does he want to die at home or in the hospital? This is a hard question, for you, I'm sure, but it's an important one.

I'm sure he is trying to keep his life as ordinary and normal as he can. If there are things you want to say and do with him, now is the time. Don't wait until he isn't up to it.

I am so sorry that you are going through this. I wish no one had to go through it.  (+ info)

How can my lady Pat live through her new diagnosis of Lung Cancer?


She has been diagnosed with Non small cell Broncioalveolar carcinoma in right lung of about 3cm, no lymph node envolvement, probably no matasties in the other lung but cannot be possitive of this.
She is a long distance swimmer in the cold ocean so is quite fit and has stopped smoking, which she did only several a day until several months ago. She has been a medical assistant to a good oncologist for many years so her treatment will be good medically. I am only hoping that there are other approaches to hopefullness as the medical ones are not very promissing.
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I am so sorry that your lady has had to suffer such a diagnosis. It is a very sad, difficult thing to hear that someone you care about has to fight for her life. From my experience of having child with a very serious lung disease, I can tell you that the best thing you can do is educate yourself on the matter in whatever ways you can. Find out all you can about treatment options, learn who the best doctors are, and just try to stay positive. You need to face the facts of the matter, of course, but keep in mind that improvement is possible, and don't lose sight of that. Help your lady to always live life to the fullest, which in the end will give her a reason to continue to fight. Hang in there, and I wish you and your lady the best of luck.  (+ info)

How long can a person live with renal cell carcinoma (matastatic)?


My husband is currently in the Beth Israel Deaconess Med Ctr in Boston having his 2nd week of Interleukin 2. His right kidney was removed 6/5 after having hematuria on 5/15 and being diagnosed the same day. He had no other symptoms. He just turned 50. There are small tumors in the lungs and a very small one in the muscle bed of the removed kidney (which they either didn't catch or see, or subsequently popped up, we don't know which). We have a 7 year old son and I need to know all I can for my son and myself, our future as a family, etc. Any information would be greatly appreciated. We met a man with the same disease who is 6 years out of his surgery. It gave me some hope but I know that everyone is different. Thank you.
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Wow...first let me just say that I'm very sorry that you're having to go though this. Secondly; As much as you'd like an answer right now, I would recommend talking to his doctors. Without a lot of very detailed case information, it's difficult (if not impossible) to make a determination of life expectancy.  (+ info)

What is a carcinoma and how is it taken out?


A relative of mine has a carcinoma on his liver that needs to be removed. Doctors say it's gonna be hard to remove it, but so far the prognosis is good.

Also, how does it differ from a regular tumor and / or regular cancer?
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What is the ribbon color for thymus cancer, more specifically thymic carcinoma?


My mom was diagnosed with having a thymic carcinoma and i want to know what color ribbon that is associated with.
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its teal  (+ info)

What are some treatments for Basal Cell Carcinoma?


I think i have Basal Cell Carcinoma, And I'm going to the clinic Thursday, and i was wondering what i have to look forward to.. Like what they'll do to treat it.
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Basal Cell Carcinoma is a type of skin cancer. It is typically a very slow growing, non-invasive cancer and is treated very effectivly by excision. If the doctor believes the lesion to be suspicious of BCC, they will likely schedule a biopsy to confirm this, and then completely remove it by cutting it out and placing a couple of stiches on the wound.  (+ info)

Can anyone please share their experience or advice regarding papillary carcinoma?


My mother, aged 69, had a 2 centimeter invasive papillary carcinoma removed in a lumpectomy recently. Thankfully, there was no evidence of any of the lymph nodes involved.

Of course, we are very concerned, and would like to know what are the experiences of those who have been diagnosed with papillary carcinoma. What treatments did you undergo? For how long? What were the side effects/possible contraindications and outcome of your treatments? How did you choose your oncologist?

Any advice or details you could give us would be sincerely appreciated.
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I don’t know how many responses you are going to get, as papillary carcinoma of the breast is fairly rare and the information you provide is a little vague. Breast cancer treatment depends on the stage of the disease, the grade and if the hormone receptors are negative or positive none of which you mention. From what you stated your mom is a stage I, right at the edge of a stage IIA.

She is very luck that it was caught this early as they grow more rapidly than others and when found the tumors are often larger than your mother’s. The lymph nodes are usually negative, but hopefully a sentinel node biopsy was done to be sure. This type of cancer tends to happen most often in black women. For some reason we do not yet understand cancer in general is more aggressive in black patients, so if your mother is black I would have this treated as aggressively as possible to be on the safe side.

I firmly believe when faced with a significant medical decision you should get at least 2 opinions. If your mom lives in a less populated area she may want to get an opinion from the closest teaching facility as they tend to be involved in the most unusual cases and the cutting edge treatment. It may be too far to travel for treatment, but they can create a treatment plan that can be followed locally. Hope this helps. Best wishes to you both.




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What are the treatment options for invasive Ductal Carcinoma In Situ?


I was diagnosed with invasive Ductal Carcinoma In Situ. It was 1.7 cm. in size. Had lumpectomy and lymph node biopsy. The pathology they did during surgery came back clean. I am very scared. Any information would be appreciated.
I thought the invasive diagnosis was unusual also, but I saw the breast biopsy report and that is what it said.
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It is impossible to have “invasive Ductal Carcinoma In Situ” as in situ means non-invasive. Are you saying you have invasive ductal carcinoma AND DCIS? Treatment option should have been discussed with you before you had surgery as what kind of surgery you have is based on your decision. I think you need a other talk with your doctor.  (+ info)

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