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Could having leukopenia lead to hodgkin disease or any other type of cancers?

Could having leukopenia lead to hodgkin disease or any other type of cancers?

YES: Leukopenia means low white cell count. It can be associated with various things, which can include: infection (eg., cold/ flu, typhoid, hiv, aids, malaria, tuberculosis, etc), aplastic anemia, cancer (eg, hogkin's lymphoma, leukemia, myelofibrosis, etc.), metabolic deficiencies (eg, copper, zinc and folate (folic acid) deficiencies), or treatment-related (eg, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, etc). ...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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What kind of diseases or isorders could cause both symptoms of hypothyroidism and juvenile idiopathic arthritis? Or is one a complication of the other

What kind of diseases or isorders could cause both symptoms of hypothyroidism and juvenile idiopathic arthritis? Or is one a complication of the other

Autoimmune disorders: Both juvenile idiopathic arthritis and hypothyroidism (caused by thyroiditis) can have autoimmune etiology. There is increased incidence of hypothyroidism in patients with jia when compared to matched normal controls. Another autoimmune disorder celiac bowel disease is also increased in jia. ...Read more

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How can stem cells have the potential to cure diseases such as diabetes, cancer or other things like parkinsons?

How can stem cells have the potential to cure diseases such as diabetes, cancer or other things like parkinsons?

Ongoing research: Hi. Stem cells don't yet express unique tissue identifying signature proteins, so rejection is not a problem. If you can get a stem cell to differentiate and produce insulin (diabetes), become dopaminergic neurons (Parkinson's), etc, you could give a patient the cells their body lacks without have to use immunosuppressive drugs. It'll be cool when we have that capability! ...Read more

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How can one try to avoid cancer or any other type of disease that can cause death?

How can one try to avoid cancer or any other type of disease that can cause death?

Healthy lifestyle : Can't avoid all cancer, but it is said that 50-60% of cancer deaths could be prevented if people did not use tobacco products, ate well, exercised, and led a healthy lifestyle. Don't know the numbers for cardiopulmonary disease but i would guess they are probably as significant. People have to be responsible for their actions and realize they bring consequences. Good question. ...Read more

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What are the causes of hematological malignancies? What is the leading cause for hematological malignancies, such as leukemia or lymphoma?

What are the causes of hematological malignancies? What is the leading cause for hematological malignancies, such as leukemia or lymphoma?

Hard to say...: Many times we don't know what causes leukemia or lymphoma, irrespective of type. The process is probably multifactorial and has a strong genetic component. In a small subset of cases exposure to various toxins like paint fumes, or to radiation, can also cause it, but this represents only a small percentage of patients. There is also an association with certain viruses (ebv, htlv). ...Read more

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Can a head injury cause or hasten Alzheimer's disease or other types of dementia?

Can a head injury cause or hasten Alzheimer's disease or other types of dementia?

The immediate effects of a head injury can include dementia symptoms, such as confusion, memory loss, and changes in speech, vision and personality: Depending on the severity of your injury, these symptoms may clear up quickly, last a long time or never go away completely. However, such symptoms that begin soon after your injury generally don't get worse over time as happens with Alzheimer's disease. Certain types of head injuries, however, may increase your risk of developing Alzheimer's disease or other dementias later in life. The greatest increase in future dementia risk seems to occur after a severe head injury that knocks you out for more than 24 hours. A moderately serious head injury that causes unconsciousness for more than 30 minutes, but less than 24 hours, also seems to increase risk to a smaller extent. There's no evidence that a single mild head injury that doesn't knock you out, or that knocks you out for less than 30 minutes, increases your risk of dementia. However, repeated mild injuries may increase risk of future problems with thinking and reasoning. You're likely at greatest risk of developing dementia or Alzheimer's later in life, post-head injury, if you also have other risk factors. For example, carrying one form of the apolipoprotein E (APOE) gene increases the risk of Alzheimer's in any individual. It's important to note that many people who sustain a severe head injury never develop Alzheimer's disease or later dementia. More research is needed to understand the link. ...Read more

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Are weak bones a sign of any type of cancer or genetic problem?

Are weak bones a sign of any type of cancer or genetic problem?

Usually not: Osteoporosis is a common problem for postmenopausal women, not genetic. Longstanding hyperparathyroidism can also lead to bone calcium loss (generally caused by a benign tumor of a parathyroid gland). Metastatic cancers to bones can lead to pathologic fractures. Best to review with your doctor to assess risk factors, and there are tests to evaluate bone health. ...Read more

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Is increase in plasma cell 15 percent only related to multiple myloma of other malignancies or infection also?

Is increase in plasma cell 15 percent only related to multiple myloma of other malignancies or infection also?

Myeloma or infection: Multiple myeloma is based on all three of the following for diagnosis: 1) 10% or more monoclonal plasma cells; 2) serum or urine monoclonal protein; 3) organ dysfunction (high serum calcium, high serum creatinine, low hemoglobin, or lytic bone lesions/osteoporosis). If 2) is not present, then bone marrow needs 30% plasma cells. Plasma cells can occur with infections. See a doctor for further help ...Read more

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Smoking cannot be associated with what type of cancer?

Smoking cannot be associated with what type of cancer?

Most of them: "prostate and colon, maybe breast, a bunch more." truth is, there are thousands of types of cancer. The relationship between lung, pancreatic, esophageal, oropharyngeal, kidney, and blader cancer and tobacco smoking is painfully obvious. For others results vary and the likelihood of confounding variables (i.e., smokers exercise less) will interfere with interpreting. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of dysfunctional uterine bleeding? Can it lead to any other diseases or disorders?

What are the symptoms of dysfunctional uterine bleeding? Can it lead to any other diseases or disorders?

Abnormal bleeding: Abnormal bleeding can have many causes. If you aren't pregnant, start keeping a calendar of your periods, and if they continue to be abnormal then take this to a gynecologist. ...Read more

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Are there different types of chemotherapy for a person with localized recurrent pancreatic cancer? Want to reduce dimensions. Can you name some?

Are there different types of chemotherapy for a person with localized recurrent pancreatic cancer? Want to reduce dimensions. Can you name some?

Options: It depends on the size of the tumor, what therapy has already been given at the time of the original diagnosis, and the overall health of the patient but here are some possibilities: FOLFIRINOX, Gem-Abraxane, Gemcitabine, 5-FU, and checkpoint inhibitors. Hope this helps, and best wishes! ...Read more

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Could you list some of the disorders that could cause a low PLT count of 10x10^9/L, whether the disorders are common or rare?

Could you list some of the disorders that could cause a low PLT count of 10x10^9/L, whether the disorders are common or rare?

Thrombocytopenia...: ...and no. That's called a differential diagnosis, & it's way too complicated to list here. You can look it up yourself. One CAN divide it into 2 simple categories. Platelets are always being made and destroyed (dynamic equilibrium). So low platelets are due to either 1) decreased production or 2) increased destruction. As the great sage Hillel said, "all the rest is explanation; go and learn it." ...Read more

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What could cause symptoms of immune issues and reoccuring oral thrush, other than autoimmune disorders?

What could cause symptoms of immune issues and reoccuring oral thrush, other than autoimmune disorders?

Oral thrush: It is unusual for an 17 year old to have recurrent oral thrush. If you use chronic corticosteroid, or steroid asthma inhaler, you might have an increased risk of having it. Some conditions that affect the number or function of your t lymphocytes, a type of the immune cells can make you susceptible to oral thrush or mucocutaneus candidiasis. ...Read more

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Can worrying too much about a certain disease or illness cause actual physical symptoms related to the certain disease?

Can worrying too much about a certain disease or illness cause actual physical symptoms related to the certain disease?

Possible: The mind has powerful influence on the body functions...In med school, while studying different diseases, some students develop "vicarious illnesses". This also happens with the "placebo effect"...Men whose wives are pregnant may experience "pseudo-pregnancy symptoms"...Best to talk with your family doc about your fears and possible referral for counseling. ...Read more

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Can hyperparathyroidism cause any type of bone cancer?

Can hyperparathyroidism cause any type of bone cancer?

No but...: It will predictably produce areas where the bone is destroyed, if untreated. These mimic cancer. And a bone cancer, either primary or metastsatic, can often raise serum calcium and be mistaken at first for hyperparathyroidism. ...Read more

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Can cancer or any other form of cancer causes electric like shocks in your body?

Can cancer or any other form of cancer causes electric like shocks in your body?

Possibly: A tumor that is pinching a nerve can sometimes cause shooting electricity like pains in the part of the body near that nerve. People can get this kind of pain from many other non-cancerous causes as well. Pain like this that last for a long time should be check out by a doc, especially in a person who has had cancer in the past. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Diede
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Hodgkin Disease (Definition)

It is a malignant (cancerous) proliferation of lymphocytes with unique biological, prognostic and diagnostic features. It involves mostly lymph nodes and it may be treated and cured with the use of chemotherapy, radiation or a combination of both. It is considered a lymphoma with excellent long term prognosis ...Read more


Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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Leukopenia (Definition)

This term is generic for any low total ...Read more