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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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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