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Doctor insights on: Common Questions About Cancer

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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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I thought pancreatic cancer is an old man's disease? I saw questions asked on here about people who have it at 38 and now im nervous. How common?

I thought pancreatic cancer is an old man's disease? I saw questions asked on here about people who have it at 38 and now im nervous. How common?

Not common: About 70k cases a year but can happen earlier in age. Precursors are familial history, pancreatitis and familial melanoma. The disease starts in the duct system as in breast and transforms to an invasive lesion over a 15-20 year period of time before invading duct to grow within pancreatic parenchyma. Duct brushings have picked up the early transforming cells. ...Read more

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This is probably a common question but how do you know when the end is near when you have stage 4 non smoking lung cancer and Atrial fibrillation?

This is probably a common question but how do you know when the end is near when you have stage 4 non smoking lung cancer and Atrial fibrillation?

Be brave: There is no telling how long you have left. Death may come suddenly, or be preceded by increasing disability. What you must do is begin each day with gratitude for the wonderful gift of life. Be glad that there are people who love you, and that you can see something of the world's beauty. Even now, there's probably a lot of good in your life. Cherish every day. ...Read more

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Why is cancer so common?

Why is cancer so common?

Longer lives: If you control for the fact that we're living longer, smoking more (lung cancer) and women aren't always pregnantor nursing (breast cancer), cancer is no more common nowadays than it ever was. Cancer results from accumulation of genetic mutations over time. We're also diagnosing it more often; in the old days, people "just died", especially children. It's not due to modern times. ...Read more

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What symptoms are common in cancer?

What symptoms are common in cancer?

Many: There are many types of cancers- thus symptoms would vary based on the type , biology of cancers. It may include some symptoms caused by the enlargement of mass- like pain, symptoms of obstruction, depending on the organ involved. Some systemic symptoms like unintentional significant weight loss, fever, chils, night sweats, etc- could be there too. ...Read more

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How can I decode common cancer terms?

How can I decode common cancer terms?

See link...: The national cancer institute provides a nice dictionary of cancer related terms. See: http://www.Cancer.Gov/dictionary. ...Read more

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What's the most common type of cancer?

What's the most common type of cancer?

Skin cancer: Basal cell carcinoma is the commonest cancer, though it causes almost no deaths. Lung cancer is the commonest lethal cancer. ...Read more

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What cancers are common in men over 50?

What cancers are common in men over 50?

Three types: The three most common are lung cancer, colon cancer, and prostate cancer. The national cancer institute keeps track of these numbers in the U.S. And you can look at them online at http://seer.Cancer.Gov. ...Read more

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What is the most common kind of cancer?

What is the most common kind of cancer?

Skin cancer: Since more than 90% of malignancies are enviromental in origin being caused by a virus UV exposure or carcinogen, skin cancers such as basal cell cancer have the hightest rate of involvement among patients. Exposure to sun and possible skin viruses can induce basal cell lesions followed by squamous Ca of the skin. Visceral lesions follow ie. lung, colon,.breast ...Read more

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What question to ask dr with cancer dx?

What question to ask dr with cancer dx?

First calm down: Sorry for the diagnosis , olden days patients are not told about diagnosis, now the informed patient will choose , best treatment options, read evey thing about the disease, .Good news most of the cancers in early stages are curable, remarkable progress has been made, with out knowing what you have , some of the tumors untreatable are now cured , remarkable group of professional are waiting to cure. ...Read more