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Why is it that children diagnosed with cancer, survive longer than adults diagnosed with cancer?

Why is it that children diagnosed with cancer, survive longer than adults diagnosed with cancer?

Not always true: Cancer that affects children tends to be fast growing and aggressive. It requires aggressive treatments which the children (who are otherwise usually healthy) may be able to tolerate better than an adult can. But cancer is still the leading illness killer of children and more years of life are lost in children with cancer than to the more common adult cancers. ...Read more

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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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How long do people with brain cancer survive?

How long do people with brain cancer survive?

Variable: Different types of brain cancers proceed at different rates. Some may last years, others may kill in months. ...Read more

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How long can a person with stage 4 breast cancer survive?

How long can a person with stage 4 breast cancer survive?

Need more info.: This is hard to answer without knowing the specific biology of the cancer and which organs are involved. Nowadays, we consider stage IV breast ca like a chronic illness; one we cannot cure, but we can often manage and control very well. ...Read more

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How long can someone with lung cancer survive? If it's spread from bone cancer?

How long can someone with lung cancer survive? If it's spread from bone cancer?

Lung cancer: Usually ther is no five year survivors. The actual time depends on the type of cancer and health status of the patient. ...Read more

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How much time does a person with lung and brain cancer survive?

How much time does a person with lung and brain cancer survive?

Short time: Separate lung and brain cancer are rare. More common is finding lung cancer having metastasized to the brain. Sometimes radiation can minimize the brain symptoms but when chemo has failed, most survival is in terms of monthsbrain cancer ...Read more

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Can an 80 year-old with cancer still survive a course chemotherapy?

Can an 80 year-old with cancer still survive a course chemotherapy?

Indiana Jones said:: "it's not the age, it's the mileage". Age as of itself should not be an issue in giving chemo if indicated. More important is the general health of the patient. Sadly, as we age we are more likely to have other medical conditions that limit tolerance to treatment but all things being equal, yes, an 80 year old can survive and tolerate chemo. ...Read more

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How can a terminally ill cancer patient survive without eating? For how long?

How can a terminally ill cancer patient survive without eating? For how long?

Cancer and survival: There are many metabolic things that happen as we begin the last stage of our lives. There are factors that are produced that result in cachexia, which essentially does not allow nutrients to be processed. At the same time, with lack of nutrition the body redistributes nutrients to just essential life-maintaining functions, thereby decreasing the amount of calories needed to survive. ...Read more

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What is the fraction of people who get pancreatic cancer and survive?

What is the fraction of people who get pancreatic cancer and survive?

Pancreatic cancer: Pancreatic cancer is often found after it has already spread outside the pancreas. For all patients together, the one year survival is 20% and the five-year rate is 6%. However, if surgery is able to be performed and the tumor has not spread outside the pancreas, the five-year survival could be as much as 25%. Talk to your oncologist, who can give you more precise information. Good luck. ...Read more

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What can I do if I had double thyroid cancer and survived and now I am losing my hair 10 years later?

What can I do if I had double thyroid cancer and survived and now I am losing my hair 10 years later?

May not be related: I am not sure what you mean by "double thyroid cancer" unless you mean tumors in both lobes? Papillary carcinoma is the most common type. But, you should be on replacement hormone, which would prevent any metabolic problems. Perhaps they are not related. . ...Read more