Metastasis

When cancer cells detach from their original developed site and spread to different parts of the body through the bloodstream or lymphatics and develop a new tumor at the new site, it is known as metastasis. But some cancers tend to metastasize only to some areas. Lung cancer tends to spread to the brain, bones, and liver. Breast cancer tends to spread to the brain, liver, lungs, chest wall, and bones. Prostate cancer spreads to the bones. Colon and rectal cancers spread to the liver and lungs.

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My husband has cancer in the lungs three years after the removal of rectal cancer. Kindly help.

Query: Hi doctor, My husband, three years ago, had rectal cancer removed with no treatment, and now two spots in the lungs are cancer. He is 52-year-old. I was wondering what type of surgery or treatment might be needed? Kindly give your opinion.  Read Full »


Dr. Satyajit Jalinder Pawar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your query, and I can understand your concern. Based on the history provided, your husband had rectal cancer three years ago. For which he had undergone surgery. He did not receive any additional treatment in the form of radiotherapy or chemotherapy...  Read Full »

Please advise treatment for stomach cancer metastases to six lymph nodes.

Query: Hello doctor, My father had surgery a month back for stomach cancer bleeding tumor and in the histopathological report after surgery showed that metastatic deposits of the tumor have been found in six lymph nodes. I request you to kindly advice what would be the best possible treatment in this scen...  Read Full »


Dr. Satyajit Jalinder Pawar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. As seen in your reports, your father had stomach cancer, which is stage III. He will definitely need further treatment to avoid recurrence of the tumor. Usually, treatment should be started within 6 to 8 weeks. He has two options: Only chemotherapy or Chemotherap...  Read Full »

What causes brain tumors?

Query: Hello doctor,I have MRI scans, and I am attaching my reports. I would like an expert to review and advise.  Read Full »


Dr. Hitesh Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. As per your neuroimaging report (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity), the possibility of some metastatic tumor on brain coverings (meninges or dura) can be there. The imaging photos are not properly accessible. For evaluation of this, possible ways ...  Read Full »

Please provide a second opinion on my father's scan reports.

Query: Hello doctor, I need a second opinion on the results that came back from the doctor's report. Can you explain the report and the steps that we need to take further on this matter?  Read Full »


Dr. Shahil Khant

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Relax and do not worry. I have gone through the reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity) and I will explain you in detail. This is a gallium PSMA (prostate-specific membrane antigen) scan done for the whole body. The patient in the scan had undergone rad...  Read Full »

What is non-FDG avid in a PET scan of a breast cancer patient?

Query: Hi doctor, My mother had breast cancer 13 years back, and this year again she has been diagnosed with bone only metastasis as per the report. She is currently on Letrozole and Ibrance for the last five months. Initially there was bone pain near pelvic, and so did the ultrasound, in that it came mini...  Read Full »


Dr. Arshad Hussain Shah

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern regarding the new findings on CT PET Scan of your mother. She is having multiple bony metastases proven radiologically and pathologically. The generalized mesenteric and omental haziness with raised tumor markers Ca 125 / CEA, these finding...  Read Full »

Is chemotherapy advisable in fourth stage duodenal cancer?

Query: Hello doctor, My father is having fourth stage (metastatic) duodenal cancer. Doctor did bypass surgery for having food and liquids. Now they told us that chemotherapy is risky and left the decision on us that we will do chemotherapy do or not. Please let me know how risky chemotherapy is.  Read Full »


Dr. Pratik Patil

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I am extremely sorry to know what your father is suffering from. It is stage IV cancer. The only means to reduce and control the further spread of cancer is chemotherapy. Every medicine comes with a side effect so it does not mean you should not take it. Chemother...  Read Full »

Will polypoid nodular melanoma spread?

Query: Hello doctor, I was diagnosed with polypoid malignant nodular melanoma with superficial spreading melanoma in the adjacent. Clark level 3, and 1.6 mm ulcerated. Would you be able to tell me if it being polypoid was more serious as I cannot find much information about it?  Read Full »


Dr. Deepti Shukla

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Polypoid melanoma is a subtype of nodular melanoma. It is the most aggressive type of nodular melanoma. So, yes, polypoid variant is more serious. In polypoid variant tumor growth occurs vertically that is why there is exophytic growth above the skin surface occurs...  Read Full »

Please explain my CT abdomen scan report.

Query: Hello doctor, My scan report reveals: The study reveals circumferential asymmetrical wall thickening of pyloric antrum of stomach extending upto first part of duodenum. The wall thickening is for a length of about 12 cm. Maximum wall thickness is about 1.8 cms in the posterior wall. There is a lum...  Read Full »


Dr. Sumit Srivastava

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The report suggests that there is malignant (cancerous) growth in the stomach that has metastasized to gallbladder as well as spread to anastomotic (joining) site of stomach and jejunum. Omentum (fatty tissue around the stomach) is also involved. As compared to previous ...  Read Full »

Does the CT report show peritoneal metastasis?

Query: Hello doctor, Please can you look at this letter and report as they differ. We have been told the following are metastases which we agree with: 1 liver met, 1 aortocaval node, 1 sub pleural nodule. But the oncologist letter says possible peritoneal disease? Why did the CT report not state periton...  Read Full »


Dr. Amolkumar W Diwan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your situation at the moment. But you have to accept the facts about your patient. First thing is he has incurable disease, he has undergone a major surgery, in spite of treatment underlying disease is progressive, and most important the disease is w...  Read Full »

To identify the stage of cancer, is a PET scan necessary?

Query: Hi doctor, My query is regarding my relative who is suffering from carcinoma of cervix. I would kindly request you to advise us regarding the stage of cancer based on the biopsy, MRI and CT scan report which I have attached here for your reference. In her MRI report, there is a feature suggestive of...  Read Full »


Dr. Muhammad M. Hanif Md.

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I would like to assure you that everything is going to be fine soon. I have thoroughly gone through your case and the reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity) and can well understand your genuine concerns.  Read Full »

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