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Donate Your Hair For Cancer Patients
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
Is it safe for organ transplant patients to be around lung cancer chemotherapy patients who are also periodically receiving radiation?
Yes, with caution: Both patient's described are immune compromised. Extra care needs to be taken around the immune compromised patient. Washing has periodically, wearing a mask, if there is anybody sneezing, or in a big public place is a good start. Consult, your physician to have periodic blood draw to check if patients are immune compromised. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Surveillance: there are different ways to monitoring patient with history of cancer. obviously we need to follow up physically as well as some blood works and other recommended per guideline. In addition, this person also will need to update other age-appropriate cancer screening procedure - like a colonoscopy, mammogram, pap-smear etc. discuss with your MD further. ...Read more
Wow: This is certainly a question you need to discuss with your surgeons and endocrinologist. ...Read more
For what reasons won't a doctor attempt a liver transplant in a stage IV pancreatic cancer patient?
Problematic: Generally if pancreas cancer has traveled to the liver, then there is too much disease to expect benefit of a liver transplant. If the original cancer in the pancreas is still present, then the liver transplant will not help. Medications to lower the immune system to allow for an organ transplant will also cause cancer in other sites (such as in the pancreas) to rapidly grow further. ...Read more
Where are we on treatment for skin cancer? Is their a higher percentage for living with having late stage melanoma or other skin cancers?
No: Often it is too dry and the root is gone. ...Read more
3 family males including my dad died of skin cancer. Should i ask to be tested for the cancer gene?& what preventative can I do other than sunblock?
Melanoma?: There are a couple of melanoma genes, but ask yourself whether you'd do anything differently based on the results. You're going to use sunscreen, keep a very close eye on your skin, have somebody special (partner, dermatologist) look at where you can't see, and doing this will probably prevent a skin cancer death. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Unlikelyif untreated: It's unlikely for the same tumor to be present for such a long time. If liver cancer is left untreated, it will grow and eventually metastasize, usually within a few years. However, it is certainly possible to be treated and cured of liver cancer, and therefore be alive and well 18 years later. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It depends: Bone marrow transplants are currently done for many different types of cancers. The type of cancer, the number of relapses, the age of the patient, the previous responses to treatment, and the type of transplant all factor into how successful a bone marrow transplant is likely to be. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Blood test: Matching involves typing human leukocyte antigen (hla) tissue. The antigens on the surface of these special white blood cells determine the genetic make-up of a person's immune system. There are at least 100 hla antigens; however, it is believed that there are a few major antigens that determine whether a donor and recipient match. The others are considered "minor" and their effect on a successful. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why aren't thyroid transplants available for people who've had to undergo thyroidectomies due to cancer?
We Don't need them: Because we have a simple replacement medicine(thyroxine), we do not need an organ transplant; organi transplant is a major undertaking. Besides finding a donor(which is a huge probelm) patients who do receive transplants have to be kept on immune suppressive medicines for a long time. That itself is a risky preposition..But it is essential in order to keep the transplanted organ functional. ...Read more
NO: Bcg is a strain of the attenuated (weakened) live bovine tuberculosis bacillus used as a vaccine against tuberculosis. Its used in treatment of superficial bladder cancer since late 1980s. Instillation of bcg into the bladder is an effective form of immunotherapy in this disease. While the mechanism is unclear, it appears a local immune reaction is mounted against the tumor. Its not contagious. ...Read more
What can a family member/caretaker expect in caring for an end stage lung/adrenal cancer patient?
Much more often....: ...Than not. Thankfully, our tools for treating breast cancer have improved quite a bit over the past 20 years. Survival is not related to method of surgical rx (lumpectomy vs. Mastectomy); rather, it is dependent on the stage, type, and molecular features of the cancer. When caught very early, the chance for cure is better-than 90%. The best way to do that is yearly mammograms beginning at 40. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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