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Are Cancer Deaths Always Painful
No: Cancer pain usually results from spread to bone or nerve, sometimes local measures can keep these under control. Some cancer deaths are agonizing and require a great deal of medication. Others are pain-free, as was my late mother's. In contrast to the barbaric policies of the past, today's politicians are more willing to allow physicians to manage end-stage cancer pain. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more
What are typical colon cancer symptoms that most patients have? Do all cancer patients have swollen, painful lymph nodes?
Here are some ...: Does this question pertain to you? If yes, it is much less likely happening to one at 20. The common symptoms related with colon cancer are changed habit of BM without traceable foods indigestion, bloody in or on stool, but most patients would not have any symptoms at all in its early stage. Besides, it related LN enlargement presents in mesentery, not outside. More? Ask doctors timely. ...Read more
Yes: Surgery for esophageal cancer, though challenging, can lead to cure and good quality of life. It is important to speak to a board certified thoracic surgeon to determine if surgery is the best and appropriate option. Other resources are: fightec.Org and http://bit.Ly/idbyzk. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Why are some cancers(like testicular) highly curable even in full metastasis yet others(like lung cancer) are rarely curable even in early stages?
Not alike: All cancers are not alike and have different biology and genetic factors. Some are more sensitive to chemotherapies and others more resistant. Some tumors are inherently more aggressive. The patient's immune system defends some cancers more efficiently. No two cancers are alike. ...Read more
Is it common that teenagers how are smokers develope lung cancer? Are there any cases of teenagers getting sick from smoking.
What are the chances of having many small lumps being liposarcoma? Is liposarcoman almost always large lipomas? Have had many small ones for years.
Why are tumor deposits in colon cancer considered as lymph nodes when there are no lymphovascular invasion, because of td it's becoming a stage 3?
Local spread: If the tumor deposits are located away from the main primary, then most authorities consider them to be equivalent to a positive lymph node(s). Most likely these deposits got there via lymphovascular invasion even if the pathologist could not see that histologically on the slides. The ajcc also considers discontinous tumor deposits as n1c in the pathological staging system. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Small lump by nipple.39yo male.Awaiting ultrasound, what percent of male lumps are cancer? It seems to me cysts are less common than cancer in men
I have read that some certain types of cancer are nearly always fatal, but what about brain cancer in general?
Are nasal tumors rare in people in 30's, both benign and malignant? What are statistics of cancerous ones?
Yes: Nasal tumors are less common but may still occur in younger people. See a medical professional for an examination to determine the cause. Don't jump into statistics about malignancy before you know what is wrong. ...Read more
They can be.: A common misconception is that if a woman has a tender, painful lump in their breast, it is unlikely to be cancer. While it is true that many women with breast cancer do not have breast pain, the presence of pain does not exclude cancer as the cause. Bottom line: a new lump in the breast, painful or not, warrants medical evaluation. ...Read more
The social context: Breast cancer is more common, there is an industry to subsidize the events and pink ribbons (mammography machine manufacturers), body image is a concern, and there is at least one demographic in which breast cancer carries a superstitious dread. The "activism" is a good thing overall. A sensible man who finds a testicular lump gets with his physician and usually gets a cure. Less fearful overall. ...Read more
Mutations: There are many theories. One is that cancer is often the result of several mutations in cells that occur over time. It may take several of these mutations over time to cause cancer. Another is that certain cell growth control systems get inactivated over the years. This is call epigenetic change. Also over time more environmental exposures take their toll. Age allows more of these thing to happe. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are the statistics of how many people who get malignant odontogenic tumors per year? Are they pretty rare?
Inconclusive stats: Studies related to the relative frequency of individual malignant odontogenic tumors from different parts of the world are difficult to compare because most studies are outdated, the list of tumors is limited, classifications are different and new entities are not included. To determine the real statistic numbers, further studies should be conducted. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
NO: There is never an always or never a never in medicine. All patients are individuals ...Read more
Nodes and bone: The first site of spread for most breast cancers, especially if axillary dissection not performed is to axillary nodes. Following this osseous metastasis is frequent followed by lung and liver. The earlier the disease the better the chance that metastasis will not have occurred. ...Read more
Small cell Lung ca: Smoking tobacco significantly increases the risk of small cell carcinoma. Some hypothesize the impact of carcinogenic smoke on the central airways may be the primary mechanism of injury. The earlier in life a person starts smoking, the more often a person smokes, and the more years a person smokes, the greater the risk of lung cancer. ...Read more
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