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Cancer Level 2
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
Thank you. What is causing the high INR level of 15+. Could it be cancer. It was 17.9 two weeks ago.
What does slight increase from .7 to 1 CEA level indicates after resecting rectal cancer stage 1 two years back . The preope value 2.2?
Elevated lipase level two days in row. Recent VSG surgery. No pain or other symtpoms. Just lipase. Does this mean cancer?
Pancreatitis or VSG: A vertical sleeve gastrectomy removes about 75% of stomach, including the part that covers a lot of the pancreas. Both surgery in this area and general anesthesia can cause elevations in lipase, which represent pancreatitis. CANCER NEVER ELEVATES LIPASE (very rare cases). Lipase must have been measured because of pain -- no other reason. Could also be a leak or an ulcer. Rec endoscopy & CT. ...Read more
Fairly often: This is common in autopsy practice. Often one is unknown, or the presence of two masses has caused puzzlement. I recall one case frm my early years with primary tupes in four different organs. I've formed the impression that this happens a bit more than would be expected by random chance or common exposures (i.e., a heavy smoker), but i can't prove it. I hope this helps. ...Read more
Gene or chemo: Occasionally, a person can have a change in his dna which predispose this person to develop cancer. In addition, if one has cancer and undergoes chemotherapy, certain chemotherapy itself can cause damage to normal tissue and cause therapy related secondary cancer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Both: The mutations in the cancer have been accumulating for years, usually decades -- which is why giving up bad habits like smoking doesn't give you instant protection. The visible lesion may pop up in a few weeks -- witness some skin lesions. Why do you ask? If there is a visible lesion that you suspect is malignant, get seen now. Best wishes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer