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Do skin cancers ever itch? My back itches a lot and I can't see it

Do skin cancers ever itch? My back itches a lot and I can't see it

Typically no itching: You may have dry skin or be allergic to something in contact with your back. Look in the mirror, have a friend or partner look at it, if it persists see your physician. ...Read more

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 the chances that my cancer will come back?

What are the chances that my cancer will come back?

Recurrence rates: Vary from cancer to cancer... And rates speak to groups or "cohorts." while individuals comprise groups, the group statistic only provides a measure of reassurance or fuels the concern that you are expressing without information. Some doctors enjoy spending time helping you understand, others do not. Feelings and concerns can be sent for talk therapy. Dealing with patients fears is our job. ...Read more

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Is my cancer back if I have dark brown milky discharge lasting over a month?

Is my cancer back if I have dark brown milky discharge lasting over a month?

Please elaborate: Could you provide more information so we can assist you?

What type of cancer did you have, how long ago, and where is your discharge coming from? ...Read more

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I had non. Ho.lynphoma.i have been in remition for3 years. My thyroid is inlarged.can that be a sign my cancer is back?

I had non. Ho.lynphoma.i have been in remition for3 years. My thyroid is inlarged.can that be a sign my cancer is back?

No: If the lymphoma was not primary in your thyroid, which is unusual, lymphoma won't recur this way. Most enlargements of the thyroid just happen for no reason that anyone ever figures out, but you may get tested for thyroid function. Glad your lymphoma is quiet ...Read more

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I had precancercells on my cervix really bad everything they tried it just got worse. That's why I had a hyst dr told me cancer w come back on my OC VC?

I had precancercells on my cervix really bad everything they tried it just got worse. That's why I had a hyst dr told me cancer w come back on my OC VC?

Consult gyno: I do not understand what you mean by OC VC? However, you need to consult a gynecologist,or a different one, for another opinion. It is not feasible to be provide a more meaningful opinion without knowing more of your health history and in-person evaluation. ...Read more

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My dr thinks my cancer might be back. Going to send me for an ultrasound. Will that show the cancer? I've always had ct's in the past.

My dr thinks my cancer might be back. Going to send me for an ultrasound. Will that show the cancer? I've always had ct's in the past.

May hold true: Recurrent and metastatic disease is common problem with malignancies. When matrix metalloproteinase develops it produces small e-cadherin inducing spread of tumor. Depending on the type of lesion one looks for lung, liver, bone and other areas. The most effective study is the PET/CAT that will demonstrate most sites of spread.for potential therapy. ...Read more

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Hi I have breast cancer it came back in my chest wall?

Hi I have breast cancer it came back in my chest wall?

See below: For locoregional recurrence, the mass needs to be biopsied and work-up to rule out distant metastases should be done. If mastectomy was performed during the original treatment, a wide local excision of the recurrent mass should be performed (if possible), as well as axillary lymph node dissection and chest wall radiation (if was not done already) + adjuvant chemo/hormonal therapy. ...Read more

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I had colon cancer 1 year ago, now what spots on cervix from examination could it be cancer coming back on my cervix?

I had colon cancer 1 year ago, now what spots on cervix from examination could it be cancer coming back on my cervix?

Unlikely: Colon cancer usually do not get met. Spread to cervix, it spreads to liver first, don't come to conclusion, wait till your gyn doctor examines you and get pap or biopsy report and could be something benign inflammation.,. ...Read more

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Had full hysterectomy for cervical cancer no cemo or radiotherapy due to lupus and on methotrexate will my cancer come back?

Had full hysterectomy for cervical cancer no cemo or radiotherapy due to lupus and on methotrexate will my cancer come back?

Depends: If the cancer was completely removed, then you are cured and it will not come back. If it was not completely removed, then the recurrence risk is very high. ...Read more

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Can lung cancer cause back pain? My MRI of upper back is ok. Ct chest clear. Am obese and heavy chested? Pain almost one year now

Can lung cancer cause back pain? My MRI of upper back is ok. Ct chest clear. Am obese and heavy chested? Pain almost one year now

Lung cancer: Can cause back pain when it metastasizes to the spine. That would certainly make and MRI very abnormal. Your complaint is not likely due to cancer. ...Read more

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Breast cancer and uterine cancer in my family. I have back/leg with ovarian volume at 49ml, 19mmthicken endomet wall. Constipation and pelvic pain?

Breast cancer and uterine cancer in my family. I have back/leg with ovarian volume at 49ml, 19mmthicken endomet wall. Constipation and pelvic pain?

Get tested.: I can't tell you what your doctor should do, but I would be aggressive with you. You didn't give enough info to say much. How old are you? You have a family history of breast &/or ovarian cancer: who are they? One side of the family or both. Have you had genetic testing? Talk to your doctor about these issues. ...Read more

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After successful double mastectomy with no lymph node involvement what are my chances of breast cancer coming back in my brain, liver, lungs or?

After successful double mastectomy with no lymph node involvement what are my chances of breast cancer coming back in my brain, liver, lungs or?

Slight chance: Recurrence of breast cancer is dependent on the nature of the lesion resected in terms of size and hormone receptors. If the lesion was under 1 cm. and hormone receptor positive, with negative nodes after mastectomy cure rate should be in the 90%. Also, when over the age of 60, results are better than if the condition were the same in a premenopausal 30-year old. ...Read more

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What can I do to relieve abdominal pain? Already took tramadol. Been to dr twice. He thinks my cancer is back. Scan on Wednesday.

What can I do to relieve abdominal pain? Already took tramadol. Been to dr twice. He thinks my cancer is back. Scan on Wednesday.

Unrelated to cancer: Abdominal pain is not frequently related to recurrent cancer as such. Liver involvement, nodal disease that has recurred seldom cause pain. If surgery was performed or if disease now involves wall of the bowel and torsion results with partial bowel obstruction, the resulting abdominal pain can be severe. CAT scan of abdomen can be helpful in defining cause. And treatment. ...Read more

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I dipped for about 5 years then quit for a year I have been started back for about 10 months could cancer pop up that fast?

I dipped for about 5 years then quit for a year I have been started back for about 10 months could cancer pop up that fast?

Probably not.: It is unlikely that cancer would develop that quickly. A good oral exam by your dentist should check for unusual mouth/gum sores.

But, I would highly recommend stopping using any form of tobacco. We know it causes cancer. ...Read more

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Began losing uninted weight end of february. Have lost ten lbs since then. Eating good.Can't gain any back. Cancer? Very worried

Began losing uninted weight end of february. Have lost ten lbs since then. Eating good.Can't gain any back. Cancer? Very worried

Don't worry yet: This could be many things. Night sweats, fevers, or fatigue go along with cancer or infection. Problems absorbing foods can show up as diarrhea or abdominal cramps. An overactive thyroid can cause weight loss. You need to see a doctor who can help figure this out. Try not to worry in the meantime. You have the strength to deal with anything that comes your way! ...Read more

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Hi am wondering if when getting a second opinon how often does a person diagnosed with cancer does the sceond opinon caome back negitive of cancer?

Hi am wondering if when getting a second opinon how often does a person diagnosed with cancer does the sceond opinon caome back negitive of cancer?

Rare: When the diagnosis of cancer is made and a second opinion is called for it is rare that there is no neoplasm present. The major reason for second opinions in cancer is to define the nature of the malignancy if bx not yet obtained. More often it relates to the nature of the procedure needed for removal of the tumor or if the neoplasm is resectable due to extent of surrounding involvement. ...Read more

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What happens when cancer spreads to the spine?

Spine Metastasis: Usually nothing happens, actually. If patients with breast cancer, as many as 80% will have mets at autopsy. So, it depends upon tumor type. Lytic tumors do weaken the bone and could cause fracture (myeloma, lung, renal cell, thyroid). While blastic tumors are not at higher risk of fracture. The Worst case is aggressive tumors that cause spinal cord pressure and possible paralysis. Pain precedes these. ...Read more

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Back cracking a lot, do I have cancer?

Back cracking a lot, do I have cancer?

Unlikely...: If your only symptom is "back cracking", then it is unlikely that the cause is cancer, especially if you have no personal history of cancer. Pain, unexplained weight loss, fatigue, and other symptoms in association with back problems would be more concerning. If you are worried about cancer and/or back trouble, please see a primary care doc and give all of your symptoms. Hope that this helps. ...Read more

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What can I do to make sure cancer doesn't come back?

What can I do to make sure cancer doesn't come back?

Depends on type: Some cancers are due to things under our control, such as excess sun exposure or smoking. We can decrease the chance of getting some types of cancers by our choices.

If a cancer is already started, there can always be little pieces of it that are too small to be visible now, so you will need to check regularly with your cancer doctor who can, at least, spot a new growth as soon as possible. ...Read more

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What are the main symptoms of thoraric spine cancer?

What are the main symptoms of thoraric spine cancer?

Pain, neuro symptoms: Cancer in the thoracic spine will often cause back pain. If it is pinching a nerve or the spinal cord itself it can cause numbness and/or weakness in the torso and legs, trouble walking, or problems going to the bathroom such as incontinence, constipation, weak stream, or incomplete emptying. If it has made the bones weak it can hurt with weight bearing or when lying flat. ...Read more

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Could a knot on the back lower part of my head be cancer?

Could a knot on the back lower part of my head be cancer?

Need to see it: Common cysts of the scalp are easily felt as freely-movable, smooth-surfaced masses and may be kept or excised as seems best to you, with your physician's approval. An old bump can leave a harmless fibrous scar where the bruise was. A cancer here is uncommon, but a new mass or ulcer that is growing anywhere is worrisome. ...Read more

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Had tyroid cancer twice is it possible to get it back again?

Had tyroid cancer twice is it possible to get it back again?

It's possible: Thyroid cancer may recur or spread. It's important to get regular checkups to follow up on your treatment. If you notice any new lumps or enlargement of nodes in your neck, see your doctor immediately. ...Read more

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What are the restrictions on going back to work after cancer?

Working with Cancer: Only your oncology team can make that call. If your immune system is suppressed because of chemotherapy or bio therapy, it might be best to avoid crowds at the office. Many cancer sufferers are perfectly capable of returning to a full, productive lifestyle, however, during and after treatment. ...Read more

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What is the reason for holding back cancer drugs from the public?

What is the reason for holding back cancer drugs from the public?

The FDA is charged: With assuring 1. Safety (the side effects must be known, first in culture, then in animals, then in people in phase i studies); 2. Effectiveness: phsse ii studies look at the promising schedules from phase i, and test in a panel of human specific cancers to demonstrate response rate and survival is the ultmate test over agents alreasy in hand. ...Read more

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When a biopsy comes back negative for cancer, but abnormal in results?

When a biopsy comes back negative for cancer, but abnormal in results?

Could be precancer: A number of cancers are preceded by precancerous lesions. By that we mean the cells are abnormal and architect distorted but the cells have not broken through the basement membrane, the sac surrounding the tubules or glands of the organ. This is not uncommon in the breast, cervix, prostate and the skin, and depending on where is commonly treated to prevent progression to cancer. ...Read more

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Okay can you get cancer of the spine and if yes what are the symtems of this?

Yes you can: Cancer of the spine can involve the spinal cord or the vertebrae surrounding it. It can be due to a primary tumor or spread from a cancer elsewhere in the body. Common symptoms include pain, numbness, muscle weakness and difficulty walking. Pain is the most common symptom and often wakes the patient from sleep. ...Read more

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What is the probability of fighting off cancer after it has come back and spread.?

What is the probability of fighting off cancer after it has come back and spread.?

It depends....: Each cancer has its own treatment and outcome. We need to know what type of Cancer it is? For example did it begin in Lung or breast when first treated? Where is the recurrence/metastases at present??.
We have good treatments for many tumor types. If treated with modern treatments many patients with recurrence of cancer live for several years....sometimes the Cancer is eradicated/patient is cured ...Read more