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What could be done to treat stage 4 bladder cancer ?

My friend has been diagnosed with stage 4 bladder cancer in October. It has spread to the lymph nodes. He had surgery to remove a tumor & started the chemo treatments. About 3 weeks ago he was told that the chemo is not helping and/or not working. He was then given a stronger chemo treatment last Friday. Apparently he got very ill while taking oxycotin & was then switched to morphine. He is weak, in a lot of pain & can hardly walk. Also the doctor was able to grab the lump in his neck when before that was not possible. It is now about 2 inches thick; The doctor said it has grown significantly. With the first chemo treatments he was fine, maybe a little sluggish but always made it to work on Monday. Now it seems he may be out for about 2 weeks depending how he feels. What does all this mean?
Asked On : Sat, 26 Mar 2011
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Hello, welcome to HCM. Your friend is having toxic effects of chemotherapy as well as the effects of tumor. Chemotherapy is very toxic to general health and most of the patients suffer severe depression of general health as a cummulative effects on body. He needs to keep eating well and try to have frequent small meals of balanced diet rich in proteins. If patient is unable to tolerate chemotherapy further your doctor might need o discontinue it for some time and restart later. Wish him good health and speedy recovery.
Answered: Wed, 31 Aug 2011
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Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr. Aashish Raghu's  Response
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He must have lost weight which is a common accompaniment with cancer which is why a neck mass would have become more prominent. At this stage he only has choice of palliative therapy for pain relief. Radiotherapy may also help if indicated but slim chance of cure. It would probably not be possible for him to work at same potential as before and bed rest is usually required.
Answered: Wed, 17 Aug 2011
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Contact Vigen India and find out their nearest center. They have come out with a special lamp which helps to cure cancer. But, how far it will help for a cancer of 4 stage. Alternatively, start drinking DNA Noni herbal fruit juice. It will not cure the cancer but reduce the suffering as long as the patient survives. send a mail to for more details.
Answered: Sat, 26 Mar 2011
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