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What types of wigs are safe a for cancer patient who lost her hair?

What types of wigs are safe a for cancer patient who lost her hair?

Any type: Fda will not allow carcinogenic dye in the wigs, any wig is safe, as it is going to be temporary don't spend too much as you are going to get your beautiful hair back. ...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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Is it safe for organ transplant patients to be around lung cancer chemotherapy patients who are also periodically receiving radiation?

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 more

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Place to donate blood for ovarian cancer victim?

Place to donate blood for ovarian cancer victim?

Red Cross &CBC: Red cross and community blood centers collect blood and provide it to hospitals. It is generally not recommended to place restrictions on who may receive the blood you donate. ...Read more

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How to check for cancer in previous caner patients?

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How to check for cancer in previous caner patients?

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

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How would care for someone at home with anaplastic thyroid cancer?

How would   care for someone at home with anaplastic thyroid cancer?

Wow: This is certainly a question you need to discuss with your surgeons and endocrinologist. ...Read more

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For what reasons won't a doctor attempt a liver transplant in a stage IV pancreatic cancer patient?

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

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Where are we on treatment for skin cancer? Is their a higher percentage for living with having late stage melanoma or other skin cancers?

Where are we on treatment for skin cancer? Is their a higher percentage for living with having late stage melanoma or other skin cancers?

Getting better: Most non-melanoma skin cancer is cured by surgery alone. Metastatic melanoma remains I curable, but recent treatment advances have yielded significant prolongation of survival. ...Read more

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Chemotherapy for ovarian cancer with a liver transplant patient?

Chemotherapy for ovarian cancer with a liver transplant patient?

If needed yes: Liver transplant patients need chemotherapy will be given with close monitoring , working as team . Interesting observation, in liver transplant patients the incidence of ovarian cancer is less than the normal population. ...Read more

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Can a cancer patient donate blood?Are metastases transfered to recipient ?

Can a cancer patient donate blood?Are metastases transfered to recipient ?

No: It would be very unlikely for cancer to be transferred to a recipient, but we don't take donations from people known to have cancer. ...Read more

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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?

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 more

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Can you live with liver cancer for 18 years?

Can you live with liver cancer for 18 years?

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 more

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What is the percentage of people who live cancer free 5-10 years after a bone marrow transplant?

What is the percentage of people who live cancer free 5-10 years after a bone marrow transplant?

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 more

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Can you suggest some good program to donate hair for kids with diseases?

Can you suggest some good program to donate hair for kids with diseases?

Donate hair: There are many places, but I think this is the one I always recommend. http://www.locksoflove.org/donate.html ...Read more

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How would I determine if my family members are a match for bone marrow transplant?

How would I determine if my family members are a match for bone marrow transplant?

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 more

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Why aren't thyroid transplants available for people who've had to undergo thyroidectomies due to cancer?

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

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Are BCG treatments for cancer a danger to others living with the patient?

Are BCG treatments for cancer a danger to others living with the patient?

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

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What can a family member/caretaker expect in caring for an end stage lung/adrenal cancer patient?

What can a family member/caretaker expect in caring for an end stage lung/adrenal cancer patient?

Prognosis: The best predictor of how a patient will do is how they are doing physically. Watch for physical decline in ability to care for themself. Get hospice involved earlier rather than later to build trust with team. ...Read more

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Is it unusual for heart transplant patients to have seizures for transplant?

Is it unusual for heart transplant patients to have seizures for transplant?

Possible: Not unheard of, but seizures can be caused by many things including prior brain function and certain medications. The list is long, and it is not necessarily related to the heart transplant. ...Read more

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How often to breast cancer patients have a lumpectomy & gone on to live a life, cancer free?

How often to breast cancer patients have a  lumpectomy & gone on to live a life, cancer free?

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 more

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