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Does having polycythemia mean that my kid has cancer?

Does having polycythemia mean that my kid has cancer?

No: In general, childhood cancers are often associated with anemia, which is a low red blood cell count. Polycythemia is the opposite, or a high red blood cell count. Polycythemia is common in newborn infants, and usually goes away on its own. If it persists or is found beyond the newborn period it should be evaluated by a pediatric hematologist, although generally for conditions other than cancer. ...Read more

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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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Mother of my baby has renal cell cancer. What does this mean for future?

Mother of my baby has renal cell cancer. What does this mean for future?

Need more info: Depends to the extent she has the cancer. If it was limited to the kidney and she had a nephrectomy then she has the possiblity of cure indefinitely, that depends on how extensive it involved the kidney. Sometimes these cancers even early stage can recur unexpectedly years later. If more advanced then outlook can be much more concerning. Talk with the urologist and oncologist. ...Read more

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My husband has been diagnosed with having too much creatine kinase in his blood, what does this mean please?

My husband has been diagnosed with having too much creatine kinase in his blood, what does this mean please?

Muscle breakdown: It usually means that there was or is ongoing muscle breakdown of some sort. Ther are many causes of this, but a heart attack, rhabdomyalisis, exercise, blunt force trauma, etc can cause local or systemic breakdown. The lab doesn't say where or what kind. ...Read more

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My wife just found out that she has hpv. Does this mean i'll get warts?

My wife just found out that she has hpv. Does this mean i'll get warts?

No: No but you should be examined regularly. 70% if sexually active americans are carriers. For more: www.Peedoc.Com @thepeedoc. ...Read more

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My father died of pancreatic cancer when he was 39 years old, does it mean that its a familial type of cancer and that I have high chance of getting ?

My father died of pancreatic cancer when he was 39 years old, does it mean that its a familial type of cancer and that I have high chance of getting ?

Probably not : Although he was diagnosed at a young age, if his is the only case in your family it was still most likely sporadic and not genetic or familial. It would be good to know what the exact type of pancreatic tumor it was and a detailed family history of any types of cancer to help make a better assessment. ...Read more

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WBC is 138,000 is their anything that could cause that & is NOT cancer or does that mean she basically has cancer? had her bowel repaired 10 days ago

WBC is 138,000 is their anything that could cause that & is NOT cancer or does that mean she basically has cancer? had her bowel repaired 10 days ago

Elevated WBC: Hi Richard, elevated wbc can come from several sources, including but not limited to infection, inflammation and steroid use. However I haven't seen a wbc count that high due to those reasons. Inflammation can certainly happen after a major surgery. Diagnosing the reason for the elevated wbc in the case that you provide would require additional testing. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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My sister has malignant mesothelioma. What does this mean?

My sister has malignant mesothelioma. What does this mean?

Generally incurable: Mesothelioma is cancer of the pleura. The covering of the lung is called visceral pleura and the lining of the chest wall is called parietal pleura. This is a cancer that is generally incurable unless small and localized, although it is diffuse or has spread to adjacent tissues or organ, by the time it is diagnosed. Treatment is multi-modality. Commonly it is associated with asbestos exposure. ...Read more

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My sister has hodgkin's disease. What does this mean?

My sister has hodgkin's disease. What does this mean?

A blood disorder: Sorry to hear that. Your sister has been diagnosed with a type of cancer that affects the white blood cells. It is very curable with proper treatment including chemotherapy and possibly radiation therapy. Best of luck to your sister. ...Read more

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My mother is anemic and has stage 4 bone cancer what does that mean?

My mother is anemic and has stage 4 bone cancer what does that mean?

See below: The level of cells carrying oxygen in the blood is low. In stage 4. Carcinoma there can be several causes. If she is taking chemotherapy to treat the cancer, it can be a side effect of the drugs. If the bone cancer is extensive, the cancer can replace the bone marrow which normally produces blood cells. In which case there is decreased production of blood cells due to cancer. ...Read more

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My father has bone metastases. What does this mean?

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My father has bone metastases. What does this mean?

Bony mets: It means that he has a cancer outside the bone that has spread to the bone. Prostate will be the most common cause of bony mets in man- however , other cancers like lung, thyroid, kidney cancers and breast cancer in female are commonly also spread to the bone. Treatment for bone mets will be directed to relieve the symptoms created by the bone mets=pain, fracture, compression, hypercalcemia etc. ...Read more

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My daughter has been diagnosed with all ph+, does it mean that this disease has become inheritable in my family?

My daughter has been diagnosed with all  ph+, does it mean that this disease has become inheritable in my family?

No: The philadelphia chromosome is not a heritable condition. It results from a chromosomal mutation (transfer of pieces of one chromosome to another, called "translocation") after conception. It is linked to chronic leukemia, but is also found in acute leukemia. Not a familial condition. ...Read more

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If my mom's blood count comes back normal does that mean she doesn't have cancer?

If my mom's blood count comes back normal does that mean she doesn't have cancer?

No: I'm not sure whether your mom has cancer, or whether you are worried she might have cancer. A normal blood count tells me she doesn't have leukemia. Other than that, a normal blood count is a sign of good health! but it doesn't rule out the possibility that she might have cancer. ...Read more

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My mother has multiple fractures. Does that mean anything significant?

My mother has multiple fractures. Does that mean anything significant?

Yes: When you have multiple fracture, could means severe osteoporosis, cancer in the bone or some place else but move to the bone and trauma please check it out. Good luck and thank you... ...Read more

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My mother has the sickle cell trait but is it possible that I do not?

Yes. : If your mom has sickle trait and your father has normal hemoglobin, then it's a 50-50 chance that you will inherit the sickle cell trait. ...Read more

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What does it mean if my son was born with transient aml?

What does it mean if my son was born with transient aml?

In Down Syndrome...: Children with trisomy 21 (down syndrome) can develop something called transient myeloproliferative disorder (tmd). It is on the spectrum of aml, but it can spontaneously regress. Other times, it may either require low dose chemotherapy if it is affecting organ function (liver), or it can develop into full blown aml, requiring intensive chemotherapy. ...Read more

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My uncle is in his 70s and has been passing a lot of blood so much that he has had blood transfusions what does this mean ?

My uncle is in his 70s and has been passing a lot of blood so much that he has had blood transfusions what does this mean ?

See below: It means he is bleeding from somwhere and the location needs to be found. He should see his doctor immediately. ...Read more

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My father has factor v leiden, does that mean i also have it?

Is he homozygous?: If your father is homozygous for factor v leiden, then you are at least a carrier or heterozygous. Even heterozygous people have about five fold greater risk of thrombosis. If he is heterozygous then you have a 50% chance of being heterozygous. ...Read more

Children's Health (Definition)

Children's health refers broadly to the health maintenance and prevention ...Read more