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what causes bone cancer?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Dumb back luck: You won't find an environmental cause for any bone cancer apart from the rare ones that arise in pre-existing severe Paget's of bone, rare genetic syndromes or an old radiation port. Recently the news showcased what we pathologists have taught for decades -- the vast majority of cancers are the result of random mutations -- truly random. There's no way to prevent.

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What is the difference in the various stages of colon cancer?

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Dr. Joseph Roosth
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Survival, but.....: Used to be, the short answer was simply survival risk with stage 1 having the best prognosis and stage IV the worst. While stages 1/2 still have the highest survival rates but improved surgical techniques and chemotherapy and i'd add lifestyle changes, have leveled the playing field greatly. Colon cancer, even advanced is often quite treatable.
A 81-year-old member asked:

Is provenge (sipuleucel-t) the leading treatment of prostate cancer?

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Dr. Anthony Back
Medical Oncology 37 years experience
It's only for some: Provenge (sipuleucel-t) is used in a very specific clinical situation with prostate cancer--definitely not indicated for everyone. The best treatment depends on the stage and grade of the cancer.
Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 46 years experience
It is a complicated and very expensive treatment that has a small benefit for a very small group of patients. Most oncologist nationally use it very infrequently
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A 29-year-old member asked:

Blood out of the mouth mean you have cancer?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Not necessarily: Periodontal disease is a more likely cause. However, bleeding anywhere is a cause for concern and you should consult you doctor for an examination and evaluation.
A 42-year-old member asked:

Can cancer be caused by having a bone scan?

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Dr. Liawaty Ho
Hematology and Oncology 23 years experience
No: There is no evidence that bone scan is related to or caused cancer. Bone scan is used to detect certain process in the bone- like cancer, infection in the bone, fractures etc. If a cancer detected in the bone by a bone scan- it 's not the bone scan that causes the cancer- but mainly there is a cancer somewhere else that spreads to the bone or the cancer originates from the bone itself.
A 34-year-old member asked:

I think I have have a disease or cancer in my bones that is causing me to have this terrible posture?

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Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 28 years experience
Not likely: Scoliosis is more likely, but an evaluation with a physician could certainly straighten this out.

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