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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?

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?

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