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Are cancer deaths always painful?

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 more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

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


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I have a growth on my testes and it is very painful and causing me to breath fast and a upset stomach could this be cancer ? It feels like death help

I have a growth on my testes and it is very painful and causing me to breath fast and a upset stomach could this be cancer ? It feels like death help

You are worried.: You are right that a growth on the testicle needs to be evaluated. Testicular lumps sometimes are cancerous, and an ultrasound (soundwave) test will likely be ordered by your doctor to sort it out. The fact that it's painful makes me wonder if it is an infection/inflammation. I think you may be suffering some anxiety symptoms as your mind pictures a frightening scenario. Get checked. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is the most painful type of cancer?

What is the most painful type of cancer?

Depends on site: Generally, it's not the tissue origin of a cancer which makes it painful, but the site to which it has spread. Since pain is a subjective experience, it's difficult to compare pain intensities between people, so your question eludes direct answer. ...Read more

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What percentage of deaths are related to cancer?

20-30%: Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the us and about a quarter of all deaths are due to cancer. Heart disease is the number one cause of death. ...Read more

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What can cancer feel like to those close to death?

What can cancer feel like to those close to death?

It depends: Some cancers are mericful, and some are very painful. Brain tumors cause very fast alzheimers-like symptoms. Prostate cancer can go on for years, though, breaking one bone after another. That is why it is important to treat prostate cancer. Not to save your life, but to avoid the pain. ...Read more

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What does it feel like to have late stage cancer? Painful?

Pain, loss fxn.,etc.: This is something we hope we never have, but if one has it, it can include pain, weakness, inability to do some things, and it can have an effect known as cachexia, which is severe emaciation, and muscle atrophy due to the metabolic demands of gthe tumor, among other things. ...Read more

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Which disease cuts ur life short other then cancer or death?

Which disease cuts ur life short other then cancer or death?

Long list: Heart disease kills more people than cancer. Other common causes of early death are strokes, chronic obstructive lung disease, alzheimers etc. See this site for more info. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/lcod.htm. ...Read more

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Can you tell me is cancer still as painful as it used to be?

Can you tell me is cancer still as painful as it used to be?

Not all cancer is: Painful. What is quite different is the profession believes that pain needs to be treated, not borne stoically. We also have many tools to treat. There are barriers, but no patient should be in pain. ...Read more

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When somebody dies from cancer, what actually causes the death?

When somebody dies from cancer, what actually causes the death?

It varies: An airway may be obstructed, producing pneumonia. Poorly-understood tumor effects can invite infection. The tumor may erode a blood vessel and cause bleeding, or cause a blood clot, or replace marrow and prevent the making of blood. There are many other mechanisms; pneumonia is the most common. ...Read more

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What are the lasts days of dying in cancer like? Is it painful?

Quite varied: Death from cancer may come in may different forms. There may not be any pain or discomfort at the time of death. Most adavnced cancer patients go downhill slowly and develop increasing organ dysfunction. Patients may go into increasing sleepiness to coma when the vital organs failing include liver, kidney or brain. Infections are a common terminal event(pneumonia or blood) .Palliative care helps. ...Read more

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For what length of time can cancer usually go undiagnosed before death?

For what length of time can cancer usually go undiagnosed before death?

It varies: Cancer is not one disease...There are over one hundred different disease, each with a differnt course and length of time before they can kill. I have seen most patients get into serious trouble within one to 2 years if left untreated. Of course some can kill in 3-6 months ( e.g.Blood cancers like acute leukemia), others can take 3-5 years(like breast cancer). ...Read more

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How can one try to avoid cancer or any other type of disease that can cause death?

How can one try to avoid cancer or any other type of disease that can cause death?

Healthy lifestyle : Can't avoid all cancer, but it is said that 50-60% of cancer deaths could be prevented if people did not use tobacco products, ate well, exercised, and led a healthy lifestyle. Don't know the numbers for cardiopulmonary disease but i would guess they are probably as significant. People have to be responsible for their actions and realize they bring consequences. Good question. ...Read more

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Expert opinions? Which body systems have the greatest number of cancer cases and cancer deaths?

Expert opinions? Which body systems have the greatest number of cancer cases and cancer deaths?

ACS 2013 data: Most frequent cancers in men: prostate followed by lung followed by colon/rectum. In women: breast > lung > colon/ rectum. Most common causes of cancer deaths in men: lung > prostate > colon/rectum. In women: lung > breast > colon/rectum. Don't use tobacco and live a healthy lifestyle. ...Read more

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I have constant thoughts that the food I eat cause cancer and that I have disease I don’t know about I’m scared to death of cancer Please any advice ?

I have constant thoughts that the food I eat cause cancer and that I have disease I don’t know about I’m scared to death of cancer Please any advice ?

Health Fears: If you have frequent and intense fears of developing cancer because of the foods you eat (and assuming that you have a fairly healthy diet) then the issue which may merit more attention might be your fear. Wanting to eat healthy food is a positive but allowing fears to take over your life is not. Consider seeing a psychotherapist or a counselor if this is significantly impacting your wellness. ...Read more

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Asbestos cancers and deaths, how can it be?

Restate question: Asbestos exposure is a risk for mesothelioma, a fatal disease of the tissue surrounding the lung. Please restate you question. I would be glad to try to answer. ...Read more

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Help please! is cancer a natural or artificial cause of death?

Help please! is cancer a natural or artificial cause of death?

Natural cause: The cancer cell grows in the host because the level of immunogenic proteins allowing recognition is far below the thresh hold level to be recognized / the caner grows and elaborates chemicals such as TGF-B that suppresses metabolic function. A tumor like pancreas Ca can have a few small mets and this will result in a terminal event for the patient. The presence of cachexia is a natural response. ...Read more

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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 more

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Dr. Elizabeth Finley-Belgrad
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Pet Colorectal Cancer Diagnosis (Definition)

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