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Can You Die From Small Bowel Lymphoma
Possible: Small bowel lymphoma can present with symptoms such as obstruction, perforation, bleeding, pain, nausea, vomitting, etc. Which can serious complictions and potentially death. There are various types of bowel lymphoma and after detection treatment plans can be successfully implemented. ...Read more
The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more
Yes: Bladder cancer can invade from the lining into the muscle and deeper. From that point it can spread to pelvic lymph nodes or into the bloodstream. If it gets this far even with therapy with chemotherapy the disease may not be controlled and eventually kill the patient. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
It is rare: Diverticulitis has various potential complications which ranges from minor infection which responds well to oral antibiotics, to severe infection and peritonitis caused by spillage of stool from colon into the abdominal cavity. In severe cases it usually needs surgery and in these cases patient may end up having a colostomy. These days it is so rare to die from diverticulitis. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: Fulminant colitis from whatever cause can lead to death from sepsis in the untreated scenerio. Ulcerative colitis can lead to colon cancer over time. C. Diff colitis causes overwhelming infections occasionally in critically ill patients. Colitis requires a thorough examination with colonoscopy and biopsies for proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more
Yes: Anal cancer is either squamous cell cancer or cloacogenic cancer and is treated by chemo/radiation after a biopsy establishes the diagnosis. Early on it is very treatable. If you have any suspicion this is what you have, you need to be seen promptly by your physician. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: It happens all the time -- hopefully you can get a surgeon to do it for you. Skin cancers are routinely cured by excision, and a great many other cancers are often cured by surgery. If the cancer hasn't spread, a cure is to be expected. Today we cure 4 of 6 cancers; when i was a kid it wasn't quite half as good. ...Read more
Complex question: The need for surgery depends on the tumor type, tumor location, size, the age of the patient, and the severity of symptoms caused by the tumor. There are many slow growing brain tumors which can be simply observed or treated only with radiation therapy. Not all brain tumors require surgery, but the majority of symptomatic, diagnosed brain tumors do eventually require some form of treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes, but: Yes but the overwhelming majority of thyroid cancers (are papillary thyroid cancer) which has very good 20 year survival rate and are not really life threatening if they are treated appropriately (even if they spread to the lymh nodes). These patients often die from other causes. There are4 types of thyroid cancer fortunately the most aggressive and life threatening type is also the least common. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not common, but yes: If a stomach or duodenal ulcer has eroded into an artery,it is possible to have severe bleeding that can kill.It is also possible to have slow bleeding that does not kill.Other complications of ulcers include perforation(a hole through the stomach or duodenum),which can also kill.Ulcers are easier to treat now we have a better understanding of them,& treatment can prevent complications like these. ...Read more
Would you have symptoms of small cell lung cancer for 18 months prior to diagnosis, or does small cell grow too rapidly for this to happen?
Depends on the grade: After a biopsy, when small cell carcinoma is diagnosed, it is often given a "grade" by the pathologist (e.g., low-grade or high-grade) based on the appearance under a microscope. There are small cell cancers that can grow slowly, & only be discovered on screening CT scans (not causing any symptoms). Others cause symptoms & spread quickly (high-grade). Not all small cell cancers behave alike. ...Read more
Unlikely: Dying during a colonoscopy or because of one is a very rare event. The risk of a perforation or hole during a colonoscopy is about 1/1500. The risks of dying would increase if one had a perforation that was not noticed. Also there is a risk of having complications from the sedation. One could stop breathing from over sedation which could lead to death, again, a rare event. ...Read more
Type and stage: The type of cancer and its stage determine the outcome. Some cancers are very treatable and some are not. A very early cancer might be cured where an advanced cancer would be quickly fatal. Also we are beginning to learn that certain gene mistake patterns in a cancer might make it more aggressive that a similar appearing cancer. ...Read more
So confused-some docs saiy a person can't grow taller @ 38, others say small chance can occur. What conditions would cause that small chance to happen
Get seen in person.: The only way you will ever resolve this, is to get a physical and take in copies of your old records. If necessary, a specialist can be consulted. As you know, in some people (a very few), there can be disorders of iron metabolism, that can cause this. It is an exceedingly rare phenomenon, and some might not be aware of the few cases, or maybe those past case reports have been discredited since ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Majority are: benign lesions of lung such as the inflammatory lesions not that common. Rather malignant lesions that are primary of lung are the small cell and non small cell -squamous/adenoCa's. Metastatic tumors are derived from many glandular organs including GI tract, breast, These malignant lesions probably occur in 80%+ of cases ...Read more
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