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Cancer Grow Fast
Why are colonoscopy performed years apart? Shouldn't they be more often? Doesn't cancer grow fast?
Good question: Most colon cancer differs from other cancers in that it tends to progress in a very predictable pattern beginning as polyps that can sometimes form cancer. This process takes many years. For example, it can take 5 or more years for a polyp to reach 1 cm and then another 5 or more yrs for the 1 cm polyp to become cancer. This is why the standard recommendation is to have a colonoscopy every 10 yrs. ...Read more
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
Hormone driven: Some (but not all) types of breast cancer are driven (feed off) by hormones. Therefore in pregnant women with high hormones level, breast cancer may grow faster. It is analogous to how hormone replacement therapy has been linked to breast cancer in older women. ...Read more
If had office hysteroscopy/polyectomy 9/13 and no signs of hyperplasia or cancer having hysteroscopy/polyp again would cancer grow that fast?
Had CT scan of my lungs 2 months ago just found scaring now my lungs and back hurt could cancer grow that fast?
W/a large lump on my vagina vault wall x5yrs w/new lumps on my cervix w/in weeks. Can cancer grow that fast & w/no insurance will the ER be able to address these lumps w/r&l pelvic pain/pull/burning?
Needs evaluation...: Please see a doctor and have these lesions evaluated. An er physician may be able to evaluate and see how urgent this problem is and test for pelvic infections that need prompt treatment. Most will refer to an gyn physician to start the work up to rule out cancer. Check and see if there is a medical center with a gyn residency program in area. Teaching clinics are good option for uninsured. ...Read more
Yes: Fast growing tumors can grow in nearly any area. The site of the tumor does not always influence the growth rate. The tumors microscopic appearance and gene profile determine its growht. ...Read more
Depends on grade: In general, the "grade", or the microscopic features, of bladder cancer will define the rate of growth. High grade cancers grow more quickly than low grade cancers, and are associated with more advanced (high "stage") types of cancer and poorer outcomes compared to low grade cancers which are generally low "stage". However, high grade cancer caught early is treatable and potentially curable. ...Read more
If had d &c and hysteroscopy 5 mths ago no hyperplasia or cancer how fast could cancer of endometrium grow?
There are risk factors such as obesity, never being pregnant, hereditary disease etc. If you had a negative work up you don't have any evidence of cancer. Only 3% of all women end up getting uterine cancer and when diagnosed early; the 5 year survival is 82%. Odds are in your favor. Relax.
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Variable: Generally speaking, the single strongest predictor of growth rate of kidney cancer is fuhrman grade. Grade refers to microscopic features of the tumor cell nucleus. Certain cell types or variants of kidney cancer may also be associated with rapid growth in that they may typically act aggressively and are usually high grade cancers (eg, collecting duct and medullary cancers). ...Read more
It's hard to say: Kidney cancer, also called renal cell carcinoma, is increasing in incidence. In a study where patients were followed by imaging after diagnosis, growth rates were very different. Tumors that had not spread grew at 0.1 to 1.35cm per year. Tumors that were metastatic grew faster, up to 7cm per year. It varies for each person and for each tumor. ...Read more
Depends: There many types of testicular cancers. The growth rate will depend on the type of tumor and how aggressive it is. Sometimes difficult to predict. ...Read more
It varies.: Women should start at age 20 or at start of sexual activity to get annual pap smear screening. If there is 2 consecutive negative smears, they can be done every 3 years. If a pap is negative, and cancer develops, other symptoms, like abnormal bleeding, or postcoital spotting, etc. Will be seen. Then colposcopy is done with 3% acetic acid, that shows abnormal areas as white patches. ...Read more
My dad just found out he has prostate cancer and they say it is very small right now (the size of a pencil point). ......How fast can it grow?
Slowly.: But much more important than the size is the grade, or gleason sum, assigned to the cancer by the pathologist evaluating the biopsy. Grade, psa level, your father's age, and other factors will help to define if this is a low, intermediate, or high risk cancer. Speak to a urologist & get multiple opinions. Many factors should be considered when deciding either treatment or active surveillance. ...Read more
Should I be concerned if my husband was diagnosed with kidney cancer three weeks ago and they are removing the kidney on friday. Does it grow that fast?
Not in 3 weeks: No doubt the kidney cancer was present for many months or years before it was detected. The doubling time (time it takes for a kidney cancer to double in size) is usually 1-2 years or more. The reason not to wait long after diagnosis is to avoid the possibility that it may spread out of the kidney to other structures. ...Read more
Unpredictable: Kidney cancers can be unpredictable in their growth and spread. In studies where tumors have been monitored and not removed, the overall size on x-rays appears to increase relatively slowly since many cells have to grow before resulting in a measured difference in the diameter of the tumor. However, it would be unusual to monitor a known grade 3 tumor without removing it. ...Read more
Squamous bladder ca: It is a rare tumor about 5 % of all bladder tumors, majority are transitional cell type (tcc). It is associated with stones, diverticula in bladder and schistosomiasis a bladder infection seen in middle east and egypt. Primary treatment modality is surgery and sometimes radiation. Usually it is advanced stage or locally advanced when initially diagnosed. Growth rate is variable usually fast. ...Read more