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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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What are typical colon cancer symptoms that most patients have? Do all cancer patients have swollen, painful lymph nodes?

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

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Are there any "intact" esophageal cancer survivors, or are all pretty debilitated?

Are there any "intact" esophageal cancer survivors, or are all pretty debilitated?

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 more

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Why are some cancers(like testicular) highly curable even in full metastasis yet others(like lung cancer) are rarely curable even in early stages?

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

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Is it common that teenagers how are smokers develope lung cancer? Are there any cases of teenagers getting sick from smoking.

Is it common that teenagers how are smokers develope lung cancer? Are there any cases of teenagers getting sick from smoking.

Yes: The cancers come after exposure. Sometimes years later. Kids get bronchitis, pneumonia, hoarseness and develop lung and vascular trauma that's a preamble to the worse diseases. ...Read more

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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?

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 more

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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

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

Male lumps: Most of these are related to gynecomastia, not cancer,but men can and do get breast cancer. About 1% of breast cancers occur in men. Breast cysts are very uncommon in men, and complex cysts, which are usually benign in women, are more likely to be malignant in men. ...Read more

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I have read that some certain types of cancer are nearly always fatal, but what about brain cancer in general?

I have read that some certain types of cancer are nearly always fatal, but what about brain cancer in general?

Yes: Usually brain tumors are metastatic coming from other organs cancer and these are usually not curable diseases. Some primary brain cancers can be very aggressive and fatal and some of them are slow-growing tumors and their course can be more indolent. ...Read more

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Are nasal tumors rare in people in 30's, both benign and malignant? What are statistics of cancerous ones?

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

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Are very painful breast lumps associated with cancer?

Are very painful breast lumps associated with cancer?

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

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Why do so many people support breast cancer but not testicular cancer?

Why do so many people support breast cancer but not testicular cancer?

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

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What are the chances of a 23yo.female getting lung cancer even though they dont smoke?

What are the chances of a 23yo.female getting lung cancer even though they dont smoke?

Slim: Lung cancer can happen in non-smokers, but it would be exceedingly rare in a young, never smoker young lady. That said, it not impossible so if you have any persistent respiratory problems, please visit your doctor. Best to you and please never smoke. ...Read more

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Why is certain cancers so rare in young people liike colon cancer or luung cancer?

Why is certain cancers so rare in young people liike colon cancer or luung cancer?

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 more

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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 more

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What are the most common places to get cancer after having breast cancer?

What are the most common places to get cancer after having breast cancer?

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

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Why do most breast cancer biopsies end up being benign?

Why do most breast cancer biopsies end up being benign?

Not cancer: Biopsies are done for the presence of a mass. Most masses are not cancer, so the majority of biopsies are going to be negative. The alternative is to do fewer biopsies, which leads to more anxiety about the existence of an undiagnosed mass. ...Read more

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Why is it that small-cell lung cancer patients are 99% smokers?

Why is it that small-cell lung cancer patients are 99% smokers?

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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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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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?

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?

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?

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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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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Why do people think having cancer is like a death sentence?

Why do people think having cancer is like a death sentence?

Depends....: Cancer used to be a death sentence for almost all, but we have made incredible progress over the last 30 years. Survival now depends on the type and characteristics of the cancer and the age of the patient. We now cure 80% of all kids with cancer. For many young adults, we have great cure rates for those with non hodgkin's lymphoma. The same disease in the elderly, though, is very hard to treat. ...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