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how effective is radiotherapy and chemotherapy for treating cancer, the rate of survival?

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Dr. Leena Varughese
Pathology 13 years experience
Depends: Depends on the cancer. For some cancers, the treatment of chemotherapy and radiotherapy will prolong survival and quality of life with possible remissions and cures.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Many cancers are curable nowadays with radiation (famously seminoma / dysgerminoma), and all cures of leukemia -- which were a dream when I was young and are now commonplace -- are from chemotherapy. The same is true of many other tumors. Cancer is actually thousands of different diseases, each with its own character.
Aug 31, 2013

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Can I breastfeed after chemotherapy?

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Yes: In many circumstances, it's safe to nurse-- but it depends on the timing, when you finished chemo, and what medications were used. You should ask your oncologist about your specific situation.
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How can I tell if a rash with target-like spots is cancerous?

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Who is at risk of developing prostate cancer?

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Family history: Risk factors for prostate cancer include a family history of prostate cancer, especially your father. In addition african american males tend to have a higher incidence of prostate cancer as well. A recent study has shown a slight increase in prostate cancer in patients who take vitamin E supplements. Prostate cancer has not been linked to food products.
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Besides cell phones, what are other sources of rf energy that cause cancer?

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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
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Proof of cell: Phone link not yet in, microwaves are relatively safe, but radiation is in the electromagnetic spectrum and is a clear cause, and u-v light is part of the spectrum causing skin cancers. All seem to demonstrate direct links to dose and time of exposure. X-rays seem to have no threshold, but very low doses are very unliklely to lead to individual harm, but to a population, a small number will.
A 40-year-old member asked:

How come there are so many new drugs but we cannot find the cure for cancer?

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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
Cancer is not: One disease, or one genetic chnge, but many. Drugs are poisons with side effects, and tumors are smart enought to learn to resist. Single genetic mutations are cured with miracle drugs. Many drugs now hope to keep cancers at bay and allow you to live with the cancer rather than obliterating it. The most fearsome of cancers is glioblastoma (brain tumors) and pancreas cancer. Few baby steps only.

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