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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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