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is it common to have testicular cancer at 15?

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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
It is not: Common to get sick at 15, but testis cancer is one of the cancers that does occur in adolescence.

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What is the basic mechanism of chemotherapy for cancer therapy?

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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
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While there are : Many classes, the basic answer is interference with cell reproduction and division. Modern ages attack very sophisticated pathways, interfere ith blood vessel production, interfering with dna repair and causing dna damage is the major basic mechanism for most alkylators anti-metabolites and radiotherapy.
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What's a tumor that is considered benign? I thought tumors were cancer

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Not cancer: Tumor is a general term for a mass or swelling. Tumors may be benign or malignant. Benign tumors rarely kill.
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What's primary vs secondary cancer?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Origin and spread: Primary cancer of an organs is one that originated in that organ, e.G, lung cancer in smokers. Seconday cancer is one that spread from one organ to another, e.g., lung cancer spreading to liver, brain, bone etc would be secondary cancer for liver, brain, bone etc.
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What does secondary cancer spreading mean?

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Dr. Addagada Rao
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Means spreading: Primary cancer means intial location of ( main cancer )cancer like breast , lung , kidney, etc secondary cancer means metastatic cancer or spread from main cancer. Spreading means more and more growing and spreading , not under control , not good news.
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How can you support someone cope with testicular cancer?

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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
Many young men: And boys simply require orchiectomy. A decision as to whether to have serial imaging or a single dose of chemotherapy is difficult for many. If node dissection was needed, they may experience retrograde ejaculation - orgasm with no visible semen expelled. This is a highly curable disease for most. Dealing with difference, change and adapting to harms of treatment require understanding of cause.

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