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How does lung cancer people feel I mean I want to know how and what kinda body pains they go through?
Nothing early: Early stage lung cancer causes no symptoms. As the tumor grows, it can cause coughing or hemoptysis (coughing up blood). It can also cause shortness of breath if a portion of the airway is blocked off. Pneumonia can cause pain by irritating the lining over and around the lung. More advanced lung cancer can spread to other organs such as bone, brain, etc. Causing symptoms there. Don't smoke! ...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
Not all the same: Cancer is a general term used to describe the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells. Prognosis varies depending on the cancer type, it's location, how large it is, where it invades, and if there is regional or distant spread. Different cancer types respond differently to surgery, radiation, and systemic therapy. Patient age, co-morbidities, and performance status also impact prognosis. ...Read more
Is there any data collected showing what types of cancer certain people have collected over their lifetime?
Registries: Most hospitals have cancer registries that collect this information. Hospitals, in turn, need to report this data to the state. On a national scale, the surveillance epidemiology and end results (seer) database of the national cancer institute collects this information as does the national cancer database (ncdb). ...Read more
I'm looking to buy a sauna suit. Does neoprene cause cancer like people who don't have medical degrees say?
No: These "pop" claims are made up, probably by the manufacturers of sports and relaxation clothes that do not include neoprene. I'm sorry the world is full of crooks. ...Read more
Genetics: Genetic trasmisionin in the family.Get a more detailed answer ›
Every month I donate for cancer and people keep dying why isn't there a cure, do doctors waste the money that we donate in something else?
No real answer: No on knows what really causes malignant brain tumors. There are clearly genetics which can be part of the story. There are probably also linkages to environmental exposures, etc....But not have been teased out. There's been a lot of stories about cell phone use....But that has never really been shown to be linked to tumors - we haven't seen a dramatic increase over the alst 20 years. ...Read more
Is a small hard lump in a testicle usually testicular cancer? Some people said to me that other causes for lumps - besides cancer- are frequently soft
Merits evaluation.: A visit to a urologist would enable a proper assessment and determination of appropriate therapy. Not all hard lumps are cancers. ...Read more
Why are people with low cholesterol more likely to get cancer than people with higher cholesterol? Is this related to their vitamin d levels?
Statistical fluke: Healthy people with low cholesterol don't get more cancer. This is a statistical fluke of some studies. In some studies, people with low cholesterol or vit d have an occult cancer, or are smokers, or are too skinny (due to their illness), and then these people tend to show more cancers later. Statistical associations can be misleading and do not prove cause-effect. ...Read more
What causes breast cancer in people under 40 if there is no family history of the disease and no smoking involved?
Is there proof that there is no greater incidence of any kind of skin damage, wrinkling or skin cancer in people who've had laser hair removal?
What is the prognosis of liver cirrhosis with stage 4 liver cancer? Why people with liver cirrhosis/liver cancer have low hemoglobin, red blood cells?
Need to ask your ono:
Your oncologist can help. Anemia can be caused by blood loss (which is common in patients with cirrhosis (GI blood loss due to varices).
Poor blood formation is also common (Anemia of chronic disease). Blood transfusion can help the pateint. Keep Hemoglobin near 10 Grams.
There is some treatment for Liver cancer that could be tried (the medicine is called Nexavar (Sorafenib) ...Read more
Do you smoke?: This is the overriding factor that will make you more likely to get cancer than the next person. Other factors you can control are sun exposure and hpv; if diet is actually a risk, scientists have had much more difficulty demonstrating it. A few genetic cancer syndromes are known; your physician can advise you. The key is early detection no matter what you risk to save your life. ...Read more
It's common: Minor skin cancers are usually easily managed and light-skinned people who get a lot of unprotected sunlight can almost expect these. Older folks are at greater risk than younger. Lifetime risk of a serious cancer is 40%, risk of dying is 20%, but this is higher or lower depending on your using tobacco and your family history. ...Read more
Deadliest form of cancers? How many people a year did from cancer? What age are you likely to get cancer?
Wrong Forum: Such an open ended question would take more than one text book length answer. Training in Oncology takes years of advanced training after medical school and initial residency. Do you have a specific question about a symptom you are having that we can answer in 400 characters? ...Read more
It varies a lot: Patient can stay lucid almost till the end. It is only d last few days that patients may become lethargic, confused, disoriented and then lose consciousness. The final step is stoppage of breathing or the heart. Some patients develop serious infections and may have high fever. It all depends on where the bulk of the tumor is located...Symptoms would often relate to that site or area of bulky tumor. ...Read more
Uncommon: For cancer to occur in young people. The odds of cancer before age 40 are much less than any decade after age 40 (http://bit. Ly/m7jke3). The common cancers in young people in lymphomas, leukemias, sarcomas, and germ cell (gonadal) tumors. They are aften without obvious symptoms. Persistent high fevers, weight loss, and night sweats may occur with lymphoma. Painless mass may occur w gonadal. ...Read more
Targeting: Radiation oncologists are trained to precisely deliver radiation to specific areas. The goal is to focus the energy on the tumor while limiting how much damaging radiation reaches otherwise healthy tissue. The beams are often arranged at positions to prevent undesirable overlap. Ct scans are usually used to plan exactly how the radiation will be delivered in order to maximize the safety. ...Read more
Not rare: Back in the old days, 30000 americans, many of them young women, died of cancer of the cervix. The only reason this isn't happening nowadays is that we're picking it up earlier and treating it before it fully expresses itself. The hpv vaccine will lower the frequency, but the lesions that precede cervical cancer are very common. ...Read more
Are there medications that can cause ovarian cancer? Can certain kinds of medications actually cause ovarian cancer in some people? .
Possibly: There may be a slightly increased risk of a less aggressive type of ovarian tumor in women who have taken Clomid (clomiphene) for over one year for infertility especially of they did not have a child. However this is difficult to prove because never having a child is a risk factor for ovarian cancer itself. Long term use of make hormones or estrogen alone without Progesterone may also slightly increase risk. ...Read more
What if you don t have health insurance and you you think you might possibly have cervical cancer is there people and places that can help me?
Absolutely: If you are in a state with a major university contact them. First and foremost, contact the city health department to give you some assistance. If that doesn't work, ask a friend who knows a physician and see if they can help. First it needs to be confirmed. You need to see a gynecologist. Call your local hospital and see if there is funds for assistance, which usually they are available. ...Read more
Lynch syndrome, related to rectal cancer, how likely is it that if someone has this they will get cancer? How many people APPROXIMATELY are fine?
Lynch syndrome: Lynch syndrome is also known as hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer. Individuals with HNPCC have about an 80% lifetime risk for colon cancer. It is a genetically inherited cancer syndrome that has a greater than 50 % chance of being passed from a parent to an affected child. ...Read more
I've heard there is an increased cancer rate among people who have urinary catheters and bags. I self-cath 5 or 6 times daily. Also cancer risk?
Possible: Urinary catheters may cause irritation of the bladder or repeat infections. Both these may lead to mucosa changing from bladder type to squamous (skin) type, which can then become cancerous in some people. Without a catheter being in place in time this would be less likely. Other factors such as smoking, exposure to some chemicals, white race and older age may alter your risk. ...Read more