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Doctor insights on: Does Breastfeeding Prevent Childhood Cancers

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I had chemo 12 years ago for childhood cancer and my nails have always been spliting and breaking anything i can do to prevent this or help with this?

Chemo and your nails: Chemotherapy can damage the regenerating cells in the germinal matrix in the nail-bed, and this can lead to long term fingernail changes that can persist for many years (or a lifetime) after chemotherapy. There's not much one can do to restore the damaged cells. ...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 is being done to prevent childhood cancer? I am doing a speech on childhood cancer and this would be very useful. Thank you

What is being done to prevent childhood cancer? I am doing a speech on childhood cancer and this would be very useful. Thank you

Hard subject...: Very is little is known about why some children develop cancer and others don't. There are some very rare inherited cancer-predisposition syndromes, but for most childhood cancer we don't know the cause, thus it is hard to prevent. Much current research is focusing on better treatments to improve cure rates and decrease long term health effects (late effects would be a great topic for a speech). ...Read more

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Can breastfeeding help cancer be prevented?

Can breastfeeding help cancer be prevented?

Probably: Lower cancer risk is one of the key benefits of breast feeding. But it's not perfect, every wan needs screening. ...Read more

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What are common forms of childhood cancer?

What are common forms of childhood cancer?

Childhood leukemias: Childhood leukemias taken together are the most common form of childhood cancers. This is followed by brain tumors, lymphomas, and bone and soft tissue sarcomas. Other common childhood cancers include neuroblastoma and wilms tumor. ...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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Please tell me, could childhood cancer survivors have ptsd?

Please tell me, could childhood cancer survivors have ptsd?

Many do: People's experiences and people's resilience differs. There's an nice review at http://www.Chop.Edu/service/oncology/pediatric-cancer-research/post-traumatic-stress-disorder-after-cancer.Html. ...Read more

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How does childhood cancer develop?

How does childhood cancer develop?

Childhood cancer: This is an intense area of current research. There are inherited syndromes that lead to pediatric cancer, but most cases are not. Studying patient tumors have found some mutations in dna, but why these happen we do not know. Is it a random error (bad luck, if you will) or an unknown genetic predisposition? A defect in gene regulation (epigenetic defect)? No evidence yet for exposure. ...Read more

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What can be done for childhood cancer?

What can be done for childhood cancer?

Unsure how to answer: Are you asking about a particular cancer? If so you need to ask a more specific question. If you're asking how you can eliminate childhood cancer in general the answers are: donate to childhood cancer research. Get your elected representatives to increase funding for the same. Decrease children's exposure to 2nd hand smoke and other carcinogens. Volunteer at your local children's hospital. ...Read more

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Dr. Marvin Ott
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Breastfeeding (Definition)

Breastfeeding is providing nutrition to an infant using breat milk either directly by infant latching and sucking on the nipple or by feeding via bottle with expressed breast milk (when baby has difficulty suckling). Breast milk is the best milk for any baby but ...Read more