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I can answer almost all questions related to the treatment and natural course of most kinds of cancer, especially cancers of prostate, colon, lung and breast.

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I have been a practicing medical oncologist for 36 years, and have been chief of service at a major medical center for 25 years. I've also done research in cancer treatments.


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New England Journal of Medicine American Journal of Medicine Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology Hematology Transfusion Medicine


MD, Stanford University Internal Medicine residency, St. Louis University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO Medical Oncology Fellowship, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY

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2017-02-11 ColonCancer:

I agree that with your history, your age and your family history you should have a screening colonoscopy every five years.  These recommendations are evolving, however, and some people are saying two negative

2017-01-28 Side Effects and Smoking:

That's a tough question!  There are some chemotherapy programs which might not show much change in the appearance of a person.  With the newer drugs and new drugs to combat side effects, sometimes very

2016-12-05 stage 4 lymphoplasmacytic lymphoma course:

This disorder is also known as Waldenstrom's disease.  It is characterized by a cell in the bone marrow which has characteristics of a lymphocyte and a plasma cell. Generally the protein made by these

2016-12-01 Swollen hard occipital lymph nodes.:

It wouldn't be a bad thing to give it a little time, as long as your doctor agrees that if the course of advil doesn't work, a biopsy will be done.  As for going to a pathologist or radiologist without

2016-12-01 Swollen hard occipital lymph nodes.:

Without examining you I can't really tell what is going on.  IF however you have an area that is clearly getting larger, I would strongly advise a needle biopsy if the MRI you had does not suggest that


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