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What is the universal sign for cancer survivor?

What is the universal sign for cancer survivor?

Please explain: There is no universal sign for being a cancer survivor. Because of the different types of cancer affecting different organs, being a survivor can look differently among different patients. ...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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As a cancer survivor, could I benefit from rehabilitation postop?

Strengthen your body: If you have to do rehabilitation postop, you can use it as an opportunity to get in better condition and strengthen yourself. This helps not only the areas that need this therapy, but your body as a whole. Your body can get in better condition, and you have something you can concentrate on to help overcome the cancer and its issues. ...Read more

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How might a health savings account be beneficial for a cancer survivor?

How might a health savings account be beneficial for a cancer survivor?

Insurance used to: Cover everything, now they avoid risk. A medical savings account usual secures pre-tax dollars to pay out of pocket costs: co-pays, deductibles, or if you are in favor of bearing your own risks, the billable costs. Most do not realize that the insurers cut deals to discount provider's cost. If you go at the bills alone, you pay full boat. You will have big costs of surveillance. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy of a male cancer survivor?

What is the life expectancy of a male cancer survivor?

Depends: What type of cancer, what treatment etc.
Most men with kidney, bladder, prostate and testicular cancer die of something else. ...Read more

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As a cancer survivor, what increases risk of neuropathy?

As a cancer survivor, what increases risk of neuropathy?

Neuropathy is: Associated with a number of chemotherapy classes: taxanes, platinums, vinca alkalods, and non-cancer causes, diabetes being the most prominant. A number of metals: arsenic, mercury, lead. Also infections, leprosy for instance. Maintaining good control of diabetes helps, and time alleviates many neuropathies. There are proposed preventatives, but i've not seen remedies once existing. ...Read more

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As a cancer survivor, how can I choose the right psychotherapist?

As a cancer survivor, how can I choose the right psychotherapist?

What's best for you.: It is your choice of who you want for this. You did the hard part by surviving the cancer, so you should go with who you feel most comfortable with. Since you survived cancer, there are issues important to you that you have to deal with, and this fact can help you find the psychotherapist that best suits you. ...Read more

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Childhood cancer survivor rates are highest for which childhood cancers?

Childhood cancer survivor rates are highest for which childhood cancers?

Several!: Currently over 80% of children diagnosed with cancer will be cured of their disease, due to advances in the treatment of common childhood cancers such as acute lymphoblastic leukemia; over 90% of children with that diagnosis are now cured. Many types of brain tumors, wilm's tumor, and lymphomas are also very curable. Metastatic bone and soft tissue tumors and neuroblastoma are still challenging. ...Read more

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When people are described as a cancer survivor does that mean the person is cancer free and for how long? What is the meaning to doctors?

When people are described as a cancer survivor does that mean the person is cancer free and for how long? What is the meaning to doctors?

It is a broad term: Anyone with a present or past diagnosis of cancer can be labelled as a cancer survivor. So I have to ask: how long have you had cancer? Is he/she in remission and cancer free or not? Once a person is cancer free for 5 or more years, then there is a good chance to be a long term cancer survivor or Cured from cancer. ...Read more

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What are some good exercises for a cancer survivor postop?

What are some good exercises for a cancer survivor postop?

It depends on the CA: This depends on the cancer you had. If you had a muscle cancer, your best exercises are those that strengthen the muscles around that area. If it was a lung cancer, exercises to build up your remaining lung capacity are of help. The best way to find out is to see your doctor for the best rehab. Direction, or, if he has given you one, a good (physical) therapist. ...Read more

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Where would I go if I want to help others as a cancer survivor?

Where would I go if I want to help others as a cancer survivor?

Many choices: This is one area where the american cancer society can actually be helpful. A phone call to them will help you find a variety of meaningful things you can do -- from finding friends with whom you share a common bond to learning of opportunities to assist families who need someone for practical help or simply encouragement. Good for you! ...Read more

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As a cancer survivor, why would feel sad?

Fear of the Unknown: From my experience as a cancer surgeon, the two most difficult times are immediately after treatment, when one feels as if nothing is being done to treat the cancer (often after months of rx). The second most difficult issue to overcome is the fear that the cancer may come back even if all systems are clear. Of course, there is no simple answer, but with each passing month, this improves. ...Read more

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As a cancer survivor, what support system help my family cope?

As a cancer survivor, what support system help my family cope?

Local groups: Many communities have support agencies available. You should seek resources nearby. ...Read more

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Does being a cancer survivor make me less able to deal with stress?

Does being a cancer survivor make me less able to deal with stress?

No: No, not really. You are like you always were in terms of handling stress. ...Read more

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What are the psychological effects of being a childhood cancer survivor?

What are the psychological effects of being a childhood cancer survivor?

Many effects: Although most children with cancer can be successfully treated. However, cancer treatment and diagnosis can cause side effects called late effects. Emotional effects such as anxiety, depression, and fear of recurrence can occur in cancer survivor. Depending on the therapies they received, they can also have learning disability and memory lose, specially in children received cranial irradiation. ...Read more

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So I'm curious...I'm a cancer survivor and my girlfriend possibly has cancer so I'm wondering if our kids will have a higher chance of getting cancer?

So I'm curious...I'm a cancer survivor and my girlfriend possibly has cancer so I'm wondering if our kids will have a higher chance of getting cancer?

Genetics: You didn't mention what kind of cancer you had or your girlfriend may have... Some types of cancer run in certain families, but most cancers are not clearly linked to the genes we inherit from our parents. Good luck to your girlfriend, hoping that her scare is just that and not ultimately cancer. ...Read more

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Confused! My numerous lipomas are not moveable or soft & are fast growing & I'm a cancer survivor. Should' NT I have a biopsy to be on the safe side?

Confused! My numerous lipomas are not moveable or soft & are fast growing & I'm a cancer survivor. Should' NT I have a biopsy to be on the safe side?

Lipomas are: None of the things you describe...They are usually solitary, soft, painless, and slow growing. See you oncologist that saw you for whatever cancer you "survived" to listen to your story, exam, arrange tests that may include biopsy, imaging as well. ...Read more

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Please help as I am extremely worried, I am a cancer survivor with new lump in arm skin. What are possibilities?

Your concern...: ...Is entirely understandable, given your history. The chances that this new lump represents a recurrence of your cancer depends entirely on what kind of cancer you had, and other factors. Odds are that it is something entirely different, but go to your doctor right away and find out for sure. The sooner you find out it's just a cyst or lipoma, the sooner you can stop worrying. ...Read more

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How can I transition from breast cancer patient to cancer survivor?

How can I transition from breast cancer patient to cancer survivor?

Survived: If you have survived the treatment and you are cancer free then you are a survivor. Congratulations! Www. Drlugo. Com. ...Read more

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Thyroid cancer survivor. Family history of gallbladder disease, are the odds are that I'm more likely to get mine removed also? They had symptoms in late 30's

Thyroid cancer survivor. Family history of gallbladder disease, are the odds are that I'm more likely to get mine removed also? They had symptoms in late 30's

Maybe: There is definitely a genetic component to gallbladder disease, but it is still not possible to know who will actually need their gallbladder removed or not. In general, even those with gallstones only have removal of the gallbladder if they have symptoms that are likely caused from the gallbladder. Typically right upper abdominal pain radiating to the back, worse 30-60' after a fatty meal. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I am an ovarian cancer survivor 5 years now. I have been having a yellowish/pinkish vaginal discharge, should I be concerned?

I am an ovarian cancer survivor 5 years now. I have been having a yellowish/pinkish vaginal discharge, should I be concerned?

Unrelated: I doubt if it is related to ovarian cancer. But you should inform your doctor (gynecologist) and get yourself examined to find the cause of this discharge. ...Read more

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I haven't had a period in two months, haven't had sex in one year, cancer survivor of two years, what could be wrong, am I infirtile?

I haven't had a period in two months, haven't had sex in one year, cancer survivor of two years, what could be wrong, am I infirtile?

It depends: There are several factors that could be going on. Your menses changes could be related to your treatment. There are several issues that could be happening, as well. Your doctor can check you out to see if your thyroid and other systems are ok.
Variable menses does not mean infertile either.
Talk to your oncologist to get answers. You may need to see the gyn or fertility specialist after that talk. ...Read more

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My grandfather 73/m is a cancer survivor. Recently they found he had a cavitary lesion in his right lung. Is it a sign that the cancer is back?

My grandfather 73/m is a cancer survivor. Recently they found he had a cavitary lesion in his right lung. Is it a sign that the cancer is back?

Possible: This is very likely. The other possibility is infection. He needs to be seen rather quickly to determine the cause and get the proper treatment. ...Read more

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I am a cancer survivor with no spleen so I get my flu shot every year past three or four years I have been feeling sick afterwards is this a concern?

I am a cancer survivor with no spleen so I get my flu shot every year past three or four years I have been feeling sick afterwards is this a concern?

Alternative: There is an intradermal flu vaccine which is likely less troublesome for you. What you do need most is pneumococcal vaccine -both the 23 and 13-strains due to the absence of a spleen. ...Read more

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How much protein per day ok for kidney cancer survivor?

How much protein per day ok for kidney cancer survivor?

300 mg: The upper limit of normal for proteinuria is 300 mg half of it usually albumin. I don't see any reason why a kidney cancer survivor should have more or less. ...Read more

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How much protein per day should a kidney cancer survivor consume?

How much protein per day should a kidney cancer survivor consume?

Depends of function: Amount of protein in diet in pure terms of Kidney disease depends on degree of kidney function. Severe protein restriction is not recommended. ...Read more

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How long would it take until you are considered a breast cancer survivor.?

How long would it take until you are considered a breast cancer survivor.?

5 years: Risk of recurrence is highest in the first two years and declines. After 5 years and no sign of recurrence, you are considered cured of that cancer. ...Read more

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Does pipe smoking affect the quality of voice and speech of a nose cancer survivor?

Does pipe smoking affect the quality of voice and speech of a nose cancer survivor?

Yes: Regardless of your medical history smoking can cause inflammation of the vocal cords and create voice changes. ...Read more

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I'm a 2yr (TN) breast cancer survivor. Do the odds of having cancer again, same or different anywhere in the body increase as time goes on?

I'm a 2yr (TN) breast cancer survivor. Do the odds of having cancer again, same or different anywhere in the body increase as time goes on?

Congratulations: As a rule, the risk of recurrence of the cancer you had goes down with time. It varies a lot depending on the stage and receptor status and I'm afraid there's no magic number after which the risk is zero (I've seen it relapse more than 15 years after surgery). As to other cancers, the risk depends on the kind. Some cancers have shared risk factors, be it genetic or lifestyle, some others.... ...Read more

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Is neulasta (pegfilgrastim) given to patients taking humira? I know humira patients have a higher risk of infections and since I'm a cancer survivor, just curious.

Is neulasta (pegfilgrastim) given to patients taking humira? I know humira patients have a higher risk of infections and since I'm a cancer survivor, just curious.

No: Neulasta (pegfilgrastim) is for patients who lose their neutrophils (major component of white blood cells), due to radiation or chemotherapy mainly. Humira suppresses the immune system, to reduce inflammation, through other mechanisms not affecting neutrophil count ...Read more

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What does mean when your stool is almost black all the time I am a colon cancer survivor, but when they discover my cancer my stool was regular color but there was blood around it on the outside and I was feeling very week, now I feel fine but the stool

What does mean when your stool is almost black all the time I am a colon cancer survivor, but when they discover my cancer my stool was regular color but there was blood around it on the outside and I was feeling very week, now I feel fine but the stool

Need to discuss: Need to discuss this further. You are 33, clearly have a genetic predisposition to colon cancer, have already had surgery and now with black stool.

Black stool usually signifies blood from the upper abdominal tract - stomach, duodenum, small intestine.

You should definitely not leave this alone and speak with a specialist regarding this further. ...Read more

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Hi I want to ask which food have to take in 6.5 uric acid, I am breast cancer survivor. Thanx?

Hi I want to ask which food have to take in 6.5 uric acid, I am breast cancer survivor. Thanx?

Uric acid diet: Tart cherry juice is effective; avoid organ meats; fatty meats and alcohol will elevate uric acid. Avoid these. Also, drink at least 3 liters fluid per day - this may enhance uric acid excretion - and if you incline diet successfully to mostly whole grain, fruit, and veggies, and nuts, using white fish and egg white for protein, then uric acid levels will come down. ...Read more

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I thought I had breast cancer, after my lumpectomy we found out they were benign. Am I a cancer survivor?

I thought I had breast cancer, after my lumpectomy we found out they were benign. Am I a cancer survivor?

Not exactly: You have a benign breast condition such as fibrocystic condition. You have a non-cancerous condition. You have not had breast cancer and not a "cancer survivor.". ...Read more

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Immediately a breast cancer survivor. On the drug tamoxifen, I missed a day. Can I take 2 pills in one day?

Immediately a breast cancer survivor. On the drug tamoxifen, I missed a day. Can I take 2 pills in one day?

No...: No, if you missed it completely do not double up. In the future if you miss a dose and remember within 8 hours you can take the dose. A weekly pill case can be a great reminder for taking pills, there are also dose reminder apps available. ...Read more

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I'm 50 year old female 9 year breast cancer survivor. I'm cancer free. My Dr wants me on a good vitimen I bought alive it's b12 is 100 mcg.

I'm 50 year old female 9 year breast cancer survivor. I'm cancer free. My Dr wants me on a good vitimen I bought alive it's b12 is 100 mcg.

No effect: Without a family history of breast cancer the chance is high that you are cured of your cancer. This has not been due to the influence of any vitamin. Cause is environmental with a high possibility due to MMTV with or without EBV. Incidence of breast cancer recurring is 1% per year for 15 yrs Yearly exam still important. Any multi vitamin will do but have no effect on your disease. ...Read more

Tattoos (Definition)

Tattoos on your breasts, or elsewhere, will not have any effect on your pregnancy or on breastfeeding your new baby. It may not be a good idea to get a new tattoo during pregnancy or while breastfeeding, because of the small risk of infection from the small breaks in the skin that ...Read more


Men (Definition)

Men are adult members of the male sex. The acropnym men also stands for multiple endocrine neoplasia, a hereditary condition that involves benign and malignant tumors of various glands. There are two main types, men ...Read more