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Can you have heart cancer?

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Dr. Carlo Contreras
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It can happen: A rare tumor of the heart is called an atrial myxoma.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
The cancers of the: Heart are all metastatic, lead by lung and breast primaries, all uncommon; a primary cardiac malignancy would be a sarcoma. I have seen one in 30+ years of practice.

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A 32-year-old member asked:

Is heart cancer possible?

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Dr. Edward Neilsen
Family Medicine 19 years experience
Muscle Cancer: There are rare muscle-cancers that can occur in the heart muscle. Because heart muscle does not replicate much. Cancer is very rare in these tissues. Occasionally a sarcoma (cancer of soft tissues) can form in the heart, but more often it is the result of cancer spreading from other sources - another sarcoma or even melanoma.
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A 17-year-old male asked:

Why is heart cancer so rare?

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Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 50 years experience
That is good news: I do not know but it does occur enough to make us worry about it. Most cancers of the heart are sarcomas....but they are the worst nightmare one can be faced with. So pray that it remains rare or become even rarer!
A 46-year-old member asked:

Could a person have heart cancer?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Very rare: Since the cells of the heart seldom divide, cancer vary rarely arises here. Cancer may spread to the heart from other sites but when the tumor is this aggressive, usually this is not the fatal event.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Does heart cancer exist?

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Dr. Philip Ovadia
Thoracic Surgery 23 years experience
Yes but rare: Cancers that can affect the heart include metastatic cancers, i.e. Cancer that spreads to the heart from a different organ, or primary cancers that start in the heart. Overall, cardiac cancers are rare.
A 24-year-old member asked:

Is heart cancer genetic?

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Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 22 years experience
Unknown: Cardiac tumors are so rare, there are no treatment guidelines or clinical trials to answer any questions about them. Most tumors in the heart come from other places and don't originate from the heart itself. The one true "heart cancer" is a cardiac sarcoma. As far as we know, it is not genetic.

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