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A 33-year-old member asked:

can cancerous tumors form in all places in the body?

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Dr. Jefferson Chen
Neurosurgery 34 years experience
Yes: The fact that there are different types of cancers-ie.Brain, lung, breast, colon, pancreas- to name just a few tells us that the cancerous tumors can occur anywhere in the body. These cancers originate from the parent organ. Somehow the normal cells mutate and grow at a rapid rate, thus invading and taking over the normal tissue. What causes these tumors to mutate and form is unknown.Much research.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

Will the cancer spread to other parts of my body?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
We hope not.: What makes a cancer "evil" is the ability of cancer cells to travel outside of the organ where they arose and take over another organ; this is how cancer can be life-threatening. In advanced cases of cancer, we can identify these "invaders", but most often, these cells are present but undetectable. The stage of the cancer gives us an estimate of this probability, leading to the rec for chemorx.
A 29-year-old member asked:

Are there areas of the body where cancer can't be treated with radiation?

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Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
Radiation Oncology 16 years experience
No: Radiation can be used on any part of the body. What differs is the dose that can be used. Different tissues have different tolerances and so some parts of the body can be treated to higher doses of radiation than others.
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A 22-year-old female asked:

If you've already survived cancer, do your chances of survival increase if you relapse or develop cancer in a different part of the body?

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Dr. LUIS IRIZARRY
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Survival: Survival, cure depends on the type of cancer and stage (how advanced) you have. Cure is based on 5 years intervals (or 10). Oncologist follows guidelines for follow up care. I tell my relatives, that we always have to screen for cancers like we do diabetes and cholesterol. Risks for other cancers are higher once you are a cancer pt. We can battle cancer stay optimistic. We can help.
A 43-year-old member asked:

Do any cells that lose contact inhibition in your body mean they turn into cancer tumors?

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Dr. Scott Welker
General Surgery 27 years experience
Not always.: This occurs in benign tumors as well. Global "lipoma" and you will learn more about this.
A 33-year-old member asked:

So, what makes cancerous growths so deadly? What makes them want to take over your body?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Antisocial cells: Cancer cells are like normal cells without the usual constraints. And they are so similar to their cells of origin that the body cannot decide they are different. They don't respect tissue boundaries, will take up residence in multiple sites in the body, and out grow and push out of activity and room, normal cells. Eventually they overwhelm normal bodily functions and can cause the body to die.

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