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What is the definition or description of: paraneoplastic syndromes?

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Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 45 years experience
Remote effect.: Paraneoplastic syndrome refers to a remote effect of a malignancy. It is a problem not caused by invasion of a body part by cancer, but instead a dysfunction occuring because of the cancer. Examples in nerve and muscle problems, abnormal blood clotting, and various autoimmune problems.
Dr. Noah Federman
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 19 years experience
Paraneoplastic syndr: Paraneoplastic syndromes is a disease whereby the cancer is secreting something like a hormone or chemical which causes a problem. There can also be immune responses to the cancer that cause problems as well and can be a paraneoplastic synrome. A good example is a lung cancer that secretes a parathyroid hormone that in turn causes high levels of calcium in the blood.

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