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Living With Advanced Stage Cancer
Our expert team of doctors and pharmacists receive many questions about Advanced Cancer. Many of these questions are from individuals seeking information about Living With Advanced Stage Cancer, as well as dietary and lifestyle changes thay can make to improve their ED symptoms. The following questions deal with Advanced Cancer treatments, lifestyle changes, and dietary advice. Click on the questions below to see the answers.
A friend of mine told me that she is in the "staging" process of her cancer diagnosis. I want to have a better understanding of what this process is and why it's done. What do the different stages of cancer mean?
My doctor says that although I have prostate cancer, my Gleason score is relatively low. I'd like to know more about my Gleason score. What is it, and how is it used to determine my prostate cancer prognosis?
 
My mother has late-stage cancer and feels like nothing is going to make a difference at this point. I still feel like she has options available, including chemo, but I'm not sure how effective it is at treating the condition so late in the game. Can chemotherapy cure advanced-stage cancer?
 
My doctor recommends a course of treatment with capecitabine for my colorectal cancer. I'd like to learn a little more about the medication so I can be sure it's a good choice for me. For starters, can capecitabine actually cure colorectal cancer?
 
I've heard that with certain types of cancer, a person could be in the advanced stages of the condition and still have normal bloodwork. This sounds fishy to me! If you have advanced stage cancer, could your bloodwork still appear normal?
 
My doctor wants to do further testing to rule out cervical cancer. The thing is, I had a normal internal uterine ultrasound just a month ago. I thought that meant I'm in the clear. Could I have cervical cancer?
 
My brother was just diagnosed with testicular cancer, so I'm trying to learn everything I can about the disease. Most of it makes sense, but there's a steep learning curve when it comes to understanding lab reports. What exactly is a "normal" tumor marker number for testicular cancer?
I've heard that if a mother develops breast cancer, there's no way her daughter can have it -- but her granddaughter can! Does breast cancer really skip a generation?
 
Most of the breast cancer awareness events in my community are geared toward women. It makes me wonder if women are the only people this disease affects. Do men ever get breast cancer?
 
I've heard that using aluminum-containing antiperspirants can increase your risk of cancer, since the product is absorbed through the skin. Is there a link between antiperspirants and cancer? If there is, people should know!
 
My oncologist says my cancer is officially in remission. I know I should be thrilled, but instead, I spend every day worrying that the cancer will come back. I want to enjoy being cancer-free! How can a cancer survivor deal with the fear of recurrence?
 
My mom was recently diagnosed with cancer. Normally, I would be her primary support person, taking her to appointments and doing anything I could to help her get better. However, she now lives in another state. What can I do to provide emotional support?
 
Unfortunately, I didn't qualify for a clinical trial of a new drug that could treat my type of cancer. However, my doctor said that perhaps I could still try the drug through a "compassionate use" program. I'm baffled by this term. As far as clinical trials go, what is compassionate drug use?
 
My dad has stage 4 lung cancer. Where can I find clinical trials that could help him?
 
I'm prepared for the physical side effects of chemo, but I'm more curious about the mental, psychological, and emotional effects. Will chemotherapy affect my personality?
 
What is palliative care? I know doctors use this term a lot when a person is terminally ill, but I don't know exactly what it means.
 
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