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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?

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

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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Why does cancer affect people so differently?

Why does cancer affect people so differently?

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

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Is there any data collected showing what types of cancer certain people have collected over their lifetime?

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

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Is there evidence showing dogs can sniff cancer in people?

Is there evidence showing dogs can sniff cancer in people?

Some cancers: Dogs can be trained to sniff out some cancers like melanoma, but it is not a reliable way to diagnose cancer in general. ...Read more

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I'm looking to buy a sauna suit. Does neoprene cause cancer like people who don't have medical degrees say?

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

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How many cases of colon cancer among people in the 20s age froup?

How many cases of colon cancer among people in the 20s age froup?

Rare BUT...: There are cancer-family syndrome in which many of the affected individuals have colon cancer by their mid-20's. If you have any reason to ask, a good primary care physician will tell you whether the risk warrants being 'scoped. ...Read more

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I have read that most doctors can spot cancer in people just by a psychological profile?

I have read that most doctors can spot cancer in people just by a psychological profile?

Absolutely False!: There is no cancer personality, cancer behavior, cancer mindset, nor cancer thought processes. Cancer can be diagnosed by effective screening tests in the appropriate risk-groups, ie, mammography, colonoscopy, chest x-rays, blood tests, etc. ...Read more

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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?

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: Cancer is a very complex disease process. Every year we find out more about it, what the mechanisms are, different drugs that may help treat, etc. Each cancer has its own unique treatments. We are making progress, but it is a slow process. ...Read more

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Can anyone tell me what causes brain cancer in people?

Can anyone tell me what causes brain cancer in people?

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

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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

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

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Why are people with low cholesterol more likely to get cancer than people with higher cholesterol? Is this related to their vitamin d levels?

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

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What causes breast cancer in people under 40 if there is no family history of the disease and no smoking involved?

What causes breast cancer in people under 40 if there is no family history of the disease and no smoking involved?

Unknown: There are some increased breast cancer risks associated with obesity, hormone medication use, early age at first menstruation, late age at first childbirth, etc. Only about 15% of breast cancers occur because of genetic inheritance. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Am I more likely to get cancer than other people?

Am I more likely to get cancer than other people?

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

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What are the chances of getting cancer? How many people get it?

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

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Deadliest form of cancers? How many people a year did from cancer? What age are you likely to get cancer?

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

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How does death by cancer happen? Are people still lucid till the end?

How does death by cancer happen? Are people still lucid till the end?

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

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Could you tell me if there is no cure to cancer, how do people beat it?

Could you tell me if there is no cure to cancer, how do people beat it?

A Big Myth!: The truth is that there is cure for Cancer in 70% of the cases...it is just the remaining 30% where we are still seeking a cure. There are nearly 15 million Cancer survivors in the US alone. So get rid of the myth"there is no cure for cancer" ...Read more

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What are some symptoms of cancer in young people under 25 and why do they occur?

What are some symptoms of cancer in young people under 25 and why do they occur?

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

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How do gamma rays treat cancer without making people ill?

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

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What are the chances of cervical cancer for young people?

What are the chances of cervical cancer for young people?

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

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Are there medications that can cause ovarian cancer? Can certain kinds of medications actually cause ovarian cancer in some people? .

None known: Since our knowledge of the etiology of ovarian cancer is incomplete I will never say never, but there are no drugs on the market that we know will cause ovarian cancer (would not be a good drug). ...Read more

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Are there medications that can cause ovarian cancer? Can certain kinds of medications actually cause ovarian cancer in some people? .

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

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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?

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

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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, 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

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How common is colon cancer in young people aged 18-24?

Not common: Less than 1% of that population has colon cancer. Why do you ask? ...Read more

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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?

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

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Do acne pills give people cancer?

Do acne pills give people cancer?

No: I'm not sure what 'acne pills' you are taking, but if you are on retinoic acid ('retin-a') it canbe toxic to your liver but it won't cause cancer; in fact it is being used as a treatment for some cancers. ...Read more

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