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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scot Ackerman
radiation oncology 37 years experience
Yes, you can.: A prosthetic testicle should not interfere with your health in anyway. And, it should not impose any limitations on one's life. But, if one has had testicular cancer it is important to see your oncologist for follow up to monitor effects of treatment and to provide cancer surveillance.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scot Ackerman
radiation oncology 37 years experience
Vaginal Bleeding: Usually the symptoms of recurrent endometrial cancer are vaginal bleeding or lower abdominal/pelvic pain and discomfort. But, many recurrent endometrial cancers are discovered on routine follow-up pelvic exams. See your physician.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scot Ackerman
radiation oncology 37 years experience
No: Most, but not all, cervical cancers are related to a human papilloma virus infection. Your physician can have the cancer specimen evaluated for hpv.
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Scot Ackerman
radiation oncology 37 years experience
Unlikely cancer: The pain you describe is most likely pleurisy or costochondritis. Lung cancer is extremely rare in someone your age. There are, however, some other malignancies that present with chest pain in someone your age, (hodgkin's disease, lymphoma, testicular cancer). Try an anti-inflamatory drug, like Motrin or aleve (naproxen). If the pain persists, see your physician for a full physical exam.
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scot Ackerman
radiation oncology 37 years experience
TSH should be low.: The TSH should never be elevated in a patient with a history of thyroid cancer. A patient should be maintained on a dose of synthroid (thyroxine) sufficient to suppress the TSH to a level below normal. Otherwise the TSH might stimulate the regrowth of thyroid tissue and possibly thyroid cancer.
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Scot Ackerman
radiation oncology 37 years experience
Yes: Yes, but bright red blood in the stool or a dark color stool could be caused my many other factors. If you have blood in your stool you should see your physician for a thorough evaluation.
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