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Can a hernia cause cancer?

Can a hernia cause cancer?

No, but..: If you mean hiatal hernia (stomach pops up into chest): can increase backflow of stomach contents, which can increase esophagitis, which can cause pre-cancerous changes (barrett's esophagus), which can sometimes cause cancer, then yes, indirectly, and on occasion, hernias can cause cancer. Otherwise things like inguinal (groin) hernias do not cause cancer.

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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I had a radical hysterectomy for cerv cancer, went through radiation & chemo, scan shows ventral hernia now. Did surgery cause this...Surgery?

I had a radical hysterectomy for cerv cancer, went through radiation & chemo, scan shows ventral hernia now. Did surgery cause this...Surgery?

Ventral/incisional?: It is important to distinguish if the ventral hernia is incisional. If so, en the surgery and subsequent radiation may have had something to do with this but may have been worth the risk to treat the cancer!

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Can a hiatle hernia cause enough low level chronic undetectable inflammation to imitate stomach cancer?

Can a hiatle hernia cause enough low level chronic undetectable inflammation to imitate stomach cancer?

Doubtful: Cancer cells are generally readily distinguished from inflammatory cells by a pathologist looking at a biopsy spwcimen. The inflammation could be from a hiatal, but it would be unusual to mistake it for cancer. Hope this helps!

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Is foveolar hyperplasia a segway for stomach cancer? Can it be reversed? Can a hiatle hernia that causes lower rib cage discomfort cause it?

Is foveolar hyperplasia a segway for stomach cancer? Can it be reversed? Can a hiatle hernia that causes lower rib cage discomfort cause it?

No it is not.: Foveolar hyperplasia is merely a reactive phenomenon. There is no direct link to carcinoma, but it can be associated with it. What is more important is the cause behind the hyperplasia.

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Finished chemo for stage iiia ovarian cancer in oct 2013. Ca125 was 8 6wks ago and 20 now have large right groin node. Is the ca125 jump a lot? Can incisional hernia cause lymph node to swell?

Finished chemo for stage iiia ovarian cancer in oct 2013. Ca125 was 8 6wks ago and 20 now have large right groin node. Is the ca125 jump a lot? Can incisional hernia cause lymph node to swell?

Seek medical exam: Your oncologist needs to know about this groin node if you have not yet told him. Since your ca 125 is still in the normal range, I would not draw any conclusions but your doctor needs to examine you and guide you. It is best not to follow your disease with ca125 right now as it will likely have such fluctuatiosns, causing you to be nervous and anxious, yet it does not help in making treatment decis.

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Causes of severe lower abdominal cramps in a 65 yo male?? Hx of prostate cancer sx and hernia sx approx 3 yrs ago. CBC, CMP, and CT scans all normal

Causes of severe lower abdominal cramps in a 65 yo male?? Hx of prostate cancer sx and hernia sx approx 3 yrs ago. CBC, CMP, and CT scans all normal

ER-NOW!: Please do not ignore this pain and go DIRECTLY to ER. THese symtoms are both dangerous and ominousl. If unable to drive -call 911.

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What are the symtoms of testical cancer and testical hernia?

What are the symtoms of testical cancer and testical hernia?

Mass in scrotum: Signs of testicular cancer include: lump or enlargement in a testicle, feeling of heaviness in the scrotum, dull ache in the abdomen or groin, sudden collection of fluid in the scrotum, pain or discomfort in a testicle or the scrotum, enlargement or tenderness of the breasts. Cancer usually affects only one testicle. See a doc if you have symptoms, especially if they last more than 2 weeks.

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Is it possible to get hernia after surgery for rectal cancer?

Is it possible to get hernia after surgery for rectal cancer?

Yes: Incisional hernias are possible after any kind of abdominal or pelvic surgery.

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What is the difference between a hernia and testicle cancer?

What is the difference between a hernia and testicle cancer?

Different Exam: An inguinal hernia is a hole in the groin muscles thru which a sac may protrude through, occasionally extending into the scrotal sac, next to the testicle. A testicular cancer presents as a growth within the testicle. These two abnormalities can be easily differentiated from one another by a careful physician examination.

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I have a hiatal hernia, am I more likely to get gastroesophageal cancer?

I have a hiatal hernia, am I more likely to get gastroesophageal cancer?

Very slightly: People with hiatal hernias usually have some gastroesophageal reflux (gerd). Gerd is a risk factor for esophageal cancer. That said, nearly half of the us population has gerd and esophageal cancer although slowly increasing, remains a very rare cancer. If you have reflux you should be followed by a primary care or gastroenterologist, but it is still very unlikely that you will develop cancer.

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I was just diagnost with bladder cancer dr said not aggressive. Not sure what to believe. Also have a protrusion like hernia on bladder.

I was just diagnost with bladder cancer dr said not aggressive. Not sure what to believe. Also have a protrusion like hernia on bladder.

See answer: Bladder cancer can be in different forms, one that is dangerous ("aggressive") and tends to invade deeply and spread in the body. Another form is unlikely to do so, but either type has the potential to recur. In other words, it is possible to have a nonaggressive bladder cancer. The second item sounds like a diverticulum of the bladder which can be a sign of obstruction of urine flow. Ask about it.

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Is it likely to get hernia after rectal cancer surgery?

Is it likely to get hernia after rectal cancer surgery?

Depends: There are many surgical options to manage rectal cancer. If amenable to a transanal approach, there is no risk, if laparoscopic, you have a smaller risk than an open abdominal procedure. If you require a permanent colostomy, you have the potential for hernias at the abdominal incisions, around the colostomy and at the perineum, bottom where the anus was. A colorectal surgeon can provide options.

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I am 18 yrs old nd my one testis is larger than anothr. That it is symtoms of hernia or a cancer?

I am 18 yrs old nd my one testis is larger than anothr. That it is symtoms of hernia or a cancer?

Unlikely cancer: Get seen by your doctor, it can be neither, other possibilities: varicocele or hydrocele, can't judge without an exam, see your doctor, a general surgeon or a urologist for assessment, best wishes

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After removal of bladder and prostate because of bladder cancer, I have developed a parastomal hernia. Is this repairable.

Yes: A parastomal hernia is a type of incisional hernia that occurs adjacent to the stoma and is not an uncommon complication after any type of ostomy surgery. Most patients are asymptomatic. Surgical repair is avoided in most patients with no or mild symptoms because of the high recurrence rates and pts. Are educated about the signs and symptoms of strangulation which require immediate attention.

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Lump on and to the right of xyphoid process. It is about a quarter and hard. No pain. All sites say hernia or cancer. It's Sunday. I'm scared.39female?

Lump on and to the right of xyphoid process. It is about a quarter and hard. No pain. All sites say hernia or cancer. It's Sunday. I'm scared.39female?

Many things possible: Unlikely to be a hernia if lump is hard, and this isn't a common location for hernia unless you've had surgery in the area. However, that does not mean it is cancer! This could be a cyst or benign lesion of the skin, and there are benign lesions that occur in the bone. You should have it looked at so it can be diagnosed and treated.

Dr. David Earle
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Hernia (Definition)

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