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Doctor insights on: All Cancer Organ

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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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What is the only organ that cannot develop cancer?

More than one: Teeth, hair, nails do not develop cancer. However the tissue that produce these organs can develop cancer. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of cancer of any organ?

What are the symptoms of cancer of any organ?

Depends on organ: That depends greatly on the organ. For lungs, many times there are no symptoms. For breast cancer, sometimes you can feel a lump or have bloody discharge from the nipple. For kidney cancer, maybe you will have blood in the urine. If anything is just not right, go see a doctor. And also make sure you get your age appropriate screening tests as well, with which your doctor can help as well. ...Read more

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Are all cancer cells the same regardless of organ?

Are all cancer cells the same regardless of organ?

No: Cancer is basically the body's cells that mutate and grow out of control at the expense of healthy cells. Because the body has many types of cells, there are many types of cancer cells. Even cells of the same type can have different mutations. This is why cancer is hard to cure. Pathologists and oncologists study these differences to create treatment plans for each patient's unique case. ...Read more

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What is the mechanism in which cancer kills? Do the masses interfere with proper organ function? Or do cancers put off toxins in the body? Or what?

What is the mechanism in which cancer kills? Do the masses interfere with proper organ function? Or do cancers put off toxins in the body? Or what?

How doesCA kill: Cancer cells grow,requiring energy, disrupting normal organ function and can even growing into vital structures like blood vessels.Left untxed CA will essentially drain the person, why they loose wt, and eat into adjacent organs. It can also spread gaining access to other organs. ...Read more

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Once cancer has developed to stage 4, when it spread to different organs and chemo is given, does this remove cancer or is the organ itself cancerous?

The organ is Ok: Cancer involved different organs as isolated scattered tumor nodules. With a good/effective chemo, the tumor nodules shrink and can sometimes disappear completely. The remaining organ is healthy and functions normally once cancer has been killed by the chemo. ...Read more

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Why can they do organ transplantation for cancer?

Why can they do organ transplantation for cancer?

Usually can't: Cancer usually rules out txp. But, for some people with early cancer of the liver, there is no other chance for a cure - because the cancer can't be surgically "resected" without removing the entire liver. For them (or for a rare group of pts with very slow growing tumors that have spread to the liver - like steve jobs), if there isn't evidence of spread beyond the liver, a txp may be appropriate. ...Read more

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Can stage 1a endometrial cancer (removed) spread to mediastinal, bilateral hilar and virchow's node w/o infiltrating another organ?

Can stage 1a endometrial cancer (removed) spread to mediastinal, bilateral hilar and virchow's node w/o infiltrating another organ?

Yes but: It could possibly spread to local lymph node but the chances are very low. The lymph nodes that are in thoracic cavity are even less likely to contain metastatic tumor from a stage 1a endometrial cancer, especially if it's a garden variety low grade lesion. In fact, long term survival is very good, like 95%. The other 5% may represent very high grade tumors. ...Read more