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Cancer Chronic Pain Melanoma
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
Not typical: Once lung cancer has become stage four it means that it has entered into the blood stream and begun showing up around the body in places other than the lung. Typically these go to the brain, bones, adrenal glands, and liver. Chemotherapy goes into the blood to shrink down and try to kill these cells but currently with consider this disease as treatable while not curable. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Somewhat: Patients with chronic leukemia are twice as likely as the general population to develop other malignancies, including breast cancer. This likely has to do with chronic leukemia patients having a genetic predisposition, compromised immune systems, or just generally being older. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Maybe, maybe not...: Lots of things give dull pain in abdomen. Harder to tell which organ, e.g. Colon, as opposed to gyn, stomach, gallbladder, etc. Yes, cancer of colon can be assoc with dull pain, but also no pain at all, sharp pain, visible blood, occult blood, no blood, change in bowel habit, weight loss, etc. See your doc, get examined. ...Read more
Squamous papilloma & intestinal metaplasia with moderate degree of chronic gastritis. Please explain? Malignant? Curable? Chances of cancer?
In theory, prostate cancer cells can spread anywhere in the body: In practice, though, most cases of prostate cancer metastasis occur in the lymph nodes and the bones. Prostate cancer metastasis occurs when cells break away from the tumor in the prostate. The cancer cells can travel through the lymphatic system or the bloodstream to other areas of the body. More commonly prostate cancer metastasis can occur in the: Bones, Lymph nodes, Lungs, Liver, Brain. Rare locations of prostate cancer metastasis include: Adrenal glands, Breasts, Eyes, Kidneys, Muscles, Pancreas, Salivary glands, Spleen. If you've been diagnosed with prostate cancer and you're concerned about prostate cancer metastasis, talk with your doctor about your risk of prostate cancer metastasis and your treatment options. ...Read more
Prostate cancer: This is an advanced stage of prostate cancer; the good news is there are many new drugs and treatments for men in this stage that have been shown to extend life; in this stage survival is extremely variable from months to years isn't impossible. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
This depends: The answer depends on many factors. How old is the persone, what other medical problems do they have, when did the breast cancer first occur, what other sites are involved, what are the characteristics of the cancer (estrogen, Progesterone receptors, her2/neu status) and what prior treatments were administered are some of the issues that factor into an answer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
GB cancer is: Uncommon, so few studies done prospectively. Looking at results in people treated empirically, perhaps one person in 10 will respond. That needs to be balanced against side effects that tend to occur in most. Frank discussion about symptom rrelief focus rather than "shrink tumor" at all cost. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Prostate cancer: The most common metastatic site would be bones-although it also can go to other sites- lymph glands, lung, liver etc.. Symptoms will depend on the location of metastases. Bone pain, fractures would be the symptoms of bony mets. If spread to the adjacent area such as bladder area- blood in urine, lower abdomen pain, prob wi/ urination, obstruction can happen. Weight loss, weakness are common too. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cancer Staging: Every variety of cancer has a unique ajcc staging system, known as the "tmn" system. The "t" part includes the size of the primary tumor. You did not specify whether you meant a primary tumor, such as breast, colon, or lung, that has metastasized to a bone, or you really meant a primary bone tumor. If the former, the cancer is a stage 4 lesion - serious. If the latter, it depends. Need more info. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Guided imagery and hypnotherapy can also change how our brain processes pain. The experience of pain is related to the source of the pain signal and what the brain does with that pain signal. I've had people with broken legs sitting and smiling because they felt no pain. Guided imagery can change the perception of the pain. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Why is out ok for cancer patients to get help with chronic pain with narcotics for a long timebut not people with chronic painful diseases? A Dr posted that on here one
My cancer treatment ended. In March. I am in remission. I also suffer from chronic pain. My wife left me for another man in Dec. And I'm raising our son alone. I moved to my hometown.
What may be going on with my body? I had cervical cancer 4 years ago. I am 23 and I have had chronic pain since i gave birth to my son 4 years ago.
You need to see MD: We can not understand what you are trying to ask or know on this site, we are here to help people who have legitimate questions but your question does not make any sence and seems to be not for this site having said that, you had cervical cancer and you have pain where? For four years and you have not contacted your doctors and you want us to tell you what is going on with your body ask your doctor. ...Read more
Left thigh/buttock feels swollen and deep chronic pain for over a year now. Pt hasnt helped. Whats going on? Worried about cancer..
Severe spine pain when pushed on gently, 2 spots one in lower one in mid back. Could this be spinal cancer? Chronic pain, had scoliosis xray 6 m ago.
Unlikely: Bone cancer does cause spinal pain but many other causes are more likely to be the source of your pain. Bone cancer is sometimes felt as a lump and is often worse at night. X-rays can be helpful as yours did not show signs of cancer. Other tests can be done if needed. If pain is chronic, it is more likely to be mechanical pain in joints, muscles, or due to disc problems. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
40 years old woman with chronic pain in left shoulder+ left breast pain becomes worse during period and ECG+Echo are normal, is it breast cancer?
Need mamogram/ultra: This can be a number of things. breast pain is not a common presenting symptom of breast cancer, but can occur. breast pain during menses is common due to enlargement of the breast ducts during the estrogen surge. I would have a mammogram or ultrasound if you have a painful lump, although this is usually due to fibrocystic disease ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Last 4 weeks had chronic pain under left shoulder blade & down arm & tingling fingers & sore left breast. Heating pad helps. Can this be lung cancer?
Pinched nerve: The pain that you describe is more likely from a herniated disc or stenosis of the cervical spine (arthritis) than lung cancer. An MRI of the cervical spine and brachial plexus will determine if this is a spine problem or a cancer problem. See a spine specialist to determine the cause of the pain and to begin a treatment plan. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Aggressive cancer: Melanoma develops from melanocytes cells of the lower layers in the skin. These cells produce pigments and the color of skin. When they form into cancer it can grow radially and deeply which can be dangerous as it can subsequently spread to other areas of the body. There are genetic predispositions as well as ultraviolet radiation exposure and sunburns are risk factors. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Melanoma: Things to do about melanoma: 1. Prevention: avoid sun exposure between 10am & 4pm. Use broad-spectrum sunscreen daily. 2. Detection: get to know your skin, do monthly skin self exam, including genital/perianal area. Show new or changing moles to dermatologist asap if melanoma is diagnosed early, chances of cure are high. No truly effective tx for late/metastatic melanoma. Early detection is key. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sun exposure: Melanoma is mainly caused by sun exposure (this includes tanning beds). People with fair skin are more prone to developing it. There are also some rare genetic disorders that can also predispose you to getting melanoma. The best way to prevent it is to avoid prolonged sun exposure and use sunblock lotion. ...Read more
Yes: Melanoma is a lethal disease if untreated, early detection and excision will cure melanoma.Awareness and education is essential to cure, which is done by melanoma walks in your local area, several organisations like melanoma research alliance, melanoma.Org etc contact your local american society office for more information or your local hospital. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Skin exam: Skin cancer screening is very important, particularly in high risk people who have positive family history of skin cancer, who easily burn, who have had many sun burns in their youth, who have fair complexion, who smoke, who live in sunny climates, who use sun tan salons, and who have many atypical moles. A dermatologist is an expert who can evaluate your skin and provide treatment if necessary. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Modified alphabet: A: asymetry of the borders, when folded in half the two halves of the mole do not match b: border irregularity, they are jagged uneven, not smooth c: variegated and multiple d: diameter >4mm e: elevation, growing up off the skin surface, or evolution (it is changing in some way) u: ulceration, the skin surface has broken down ****any lesion that is new or changing deserves further analysis, see your dermatologist. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Nothing: There is no really good oral med for melanoma. Once the tumor has spread systemic interferon is often used. There are new drugs being developed. Melanama traditionally has been resistent to most types of medications. The mainstay of treatment for melanoma remains surgery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Unknown: Many factors appear to impact melanoma, including genetic (family) factors, sun radiation exposure and damage, etc. Normal cell division is impacted, causing replication of pigment producing cells rapidly and abnormally. Important to seek medical attn. For sites changing color, shape, size or irritability (itching, stinging, etc) often are symptoms. ...Read more
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