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Does heart cancer exist?

Does heart cancer exist?

Yes but rare: Cancers that can affect the heart include metastatic cancers, i.e. Cancer that spreads to the heart from a different organ, or primary cancers that start in the heart. Overall, cardiac cancers are rare. ...Read more

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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Is heart cancer possible?

Is heart cancer possible?

Muscle Cancer: There are rare muscle-cancers that can occur in the heart muscle. Because heart muscle does not replicate much. Cancer is very rare in these tissues. Occasionally a sarcoma (cancer of soft tissues) can form in the heart, but more often it is the result of cancer spreading from other sources - another sarcoma or even melanoma. ...Read more

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Can you have heart cancer?

Can you have heart cancer?

The cancers of the: Heart are all metastatic, lead by lung and breast primaries, all uncommon; a primary cardiac malignancy would be a sarcoma. I have seen one in 30+ years of practice. ...Read more

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Why is heart cancer so rare?

Why is heart cancer so rare?

Low carcinogens: Primary Tumors of the Heart are extremely rare in terms of those arising from the normal tissues that make up the heart. This is in contrast to secondary metastatic tumors of the heart or those that infiltrate the heart via direct extension The most common primary tumor of the heart is the benign myxoma. 20% of primary tumors of the heart are malignant and include rhabdomyosarcomas angiosarcomas and myxosarcomas. Since most are viral in origin, the high blood flow and presence of immunocytes may suppress malignant transformation ...Read more

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Could a person have heart cancer?

Could a person have heart cancer?

Yes: Cancer of the heart is unusual, and is seen principally in children. The principal benign tumor is an atrial myxoma, which can be surgically removed. Malignant tumors are treated with chemotherapy because it can also involve the ventricles, which are harder to resect. ...Read more

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Why can't people get heart cancer?

Why can't people get heart cancer?

It can happen: A rare tumor of the heart is called an atrial myxoma. ...Read more

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How can people develop heart cancer?

How can people develop heart cancer?

It is very rare: Heart cancer either primary to the heart muscle or pericardium (surrounding tissue) is very rare. Even metastatic cancer from another site spreading to the heart is rare. Direct invasion of the area surrounding the heart by a nearby cancer, into the pericardium or heart muscle is unusual but more frequent than the others mentioned above. ...Read more

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Could a person develop heart cancer?

Could a person develop heart cancer?

Rarely but yes: Fortunately heart cancer is extremely rare, and the most common form of heart cancer, atrial myxoma, is thankfully benign. However there are very malignant forms of heart cancer that occur such as sarcoma, which typically is found in younger patients. ...Read more

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Which type of heart cancer is most severe?

Which type of heart cancer is most severe?

Heart CA: Primary cancer of the heart is extremely rare...only about one case per year in the US. Most of the tumors of the heart are benign. Cancer is usually a type of sarcoma, none of which is worse than the next...it's just a bad place to have a sarcoma as the primary treatment is surgical removal. ...Read more

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What are some common signs of heart cancer?

Rare disorder: Most of the cancers in heart are metastatic cancers. Primary cancers of the heart are very rare. Such a tumor may produce signs and symptoms of heart failure. Please see this site for more info.
http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/heart-cancer/an01288. ...Read more

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Is there a gentle way to treat heart cancer?

Is there a gentle way to treat heart cancer?

Heart cancer: Heart cancer is extremely rare and carries a significant mortality. It is usually treated with chemotherapy, or supportive care depending on the stage of cancer. I would speak with your cancer doctor. ...Read more

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What is the rate of survival of heart cancer?

What is the rate of survival of heart cancer?

Heart Cancer: Assuming you are referring to primary cardiac neoplasia, the prognosis depends on the stage. Stage 1 lesions carry a 75% 5 year survival rate; stage 2, a 60% rate, stage 3, 30%, and stage 4, 11%. Of course, as always, these statistics can never accurately predict an individual's experience. ...Read more

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How long could someone live with heart cancer?

How long could someone live with heart cancer?

Cardiac cancer: Carcinoma involving the heart is generally not survived for long. Malignant pericardial effusion or around the heart usually has survival under 6months. Cancers actually growing in the heart usually at least that short, it isn't a good situation. ...Read more

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How long do you usually live with heart cancer?

How long do you usually live with heart cancer?

Not long: True "heart cancer" is very rare. It is also called myocardial sarcoma. If it can be removed completely, it can be cured. However, it's often not possible to remove it, and in most cases it has already spread. It that's the case, it usually grows quickly. Chemotherapy is not helpful. Most people die within 6 months. I'm sorry to give you such bad news, but it's only fair for you to know. ...Read more

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What can be done for a friend with heart cancer?

What can be done for a friend with heart cancer?

Very rare: There a few benign tumors that are usually easily removed from the heart valves or atrium but a malignant tumor of the heart is very difficult to treat and is usually fatal. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms associated with heart cancer?

What are the symptoms associated with heart cancer?

Variable: The commonest cancers in the heart are metastatic cancer and may be asymptomatic for cardiac involvement. Primary cardiac tumors may cause embolic lesions resulting in stroke, blood in urine, hemorrhagic and necrotic lesions in hands and feet, fever and heart failure. ...Read more

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I'm curious as to why heart cancer is extremely rare?

Guesses?: 1) the heart is a muscle, and muscle tumors are rare

2) the heart is unique in being the only muscle in the human body not to rest - this constant activity may be a protective factor

3) the heart is one of only three organs in the body to use only glucose for energy in its normal function - this may rob the area of the glocose that cancer cells need to grow

4) the constant thumping may deter ca. ...Read more

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What is the newest biomedical approach to heart cancer?

What is the newest biomedical approach to heart cancer?

Heart CA is rare: Heart cancers are rare, cancers develop in tissues that grow and multiply, one reason cancers rarely develop in heart, from connective tissues myxomas can develop. It is possible to place a mechanical heart till cadaver heart donor is available, I don't know it was ever done. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Heart cancer?

What is the definition or description of: Heart cancer?

Neoplasm: A cancer that affects the heart muscle or valves would be considered a heart cancer. Most sources of cancer in the heart are a metastasis from another organ, but a few are primary from the heart. Cancer of the heart is very rare.
Primary tumors of the heart can include myxoma, fibroelastoma, rhabdomyoma, lipoma, sarcoma, and others.
Cardiac MRI can be helpful in assessment of cardiac tumors. ...Read more

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Please let me know if there is such thing as heart cancer?

Please let me know if there is such thing as heart cancer?

Yes, but it's rare: Tumors of the heart can be secondary (spread from other organs). Primary heart rumors include rhabdomyomas (in children), myxomas, fibroelastomas, and sarcomas. Primary heart tumors are unusual. ...Read more

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My friend has heart cancer, now if he replaces his heart, will he be cured?

My friend has heart cancer, now if he replaces his heart, will he be cured?

Heart cancer: This is a very serious condition, heart transplant may not be appropriate depending on what is actually going on. Can't comment without knowing the real details of the patients diagnosis and status. ...Read more

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Can heart cancer be caused by alcohol?

Can heart cancer be caused by alcohol?

No: I have never heard of any heart cancer related directly to alcohol. ...Read more

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How rare is heart cancer in children under 10?

How rare is heart cancer in children under 10?

Vanishingly rare: Except as part of tuberous sclerosis, primary tumors in children rare exceedingly rare. ...Read more

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What can I do to cure heart cancer without surgery?

What can I do to cure heart cancer without surgery?

You don't: Surgical resection is the treatment for primary cardiac tumors. Metastasis to heart may occur with melanomas, renal cell carcinomas to include some. ...Read more

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What is the most recent bioengineerin approach to heart cancer?

What is the most recent bioengineerin approach to heart cancer?

Heart CA is rare: Heart cancers are rare, cancers develop in tissues that grow and multiply, one reason cancers rarely develop in heart, from connective tissues myxomas can develop. It is possible to place a mechanical heart till cadaver heart donor is available, I don't know it was ever done. ...Read more

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Is heart cancer genetic?

Is heart cancer genetic?

Unknown: Cardiac tumors are so rare, there are no treatment guidelines or clinical trials to answer any questions about them. Most tumors in the heart come from other places and don't originate from the heart itself. The one true "heart cancer" is a cardiac sarcoma. As far as we know, it is not genetic. ...Read more

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Treatments and care for heart cancer?

Treatments and care for heart cancer?

Exact diagnosis: Cancer very seldom arises in the heart itself. The common tumor of the heart is atrial myxoma which is removed surgically. If cancer spreads to the heart from a remote site, it usually does not cause trouble or admit of effective treatment by itself. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is the success rate of heart cancer treatments?

Heart cancer: Primary cardiac cancer is rare and treatment isn't particularly great. When the heart is involved in metastatic disease, likewise treatment isn't necessarily as successful as with some other situations Success rates are questionable as the problem is rare. ...Read more

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What carcinogens can cause heart cancer?

What carcinogens can cause heart cancer?

None identified: In almost four decades in pathology, I've never heard of a chemical that causes that rarest of rare primary cancers -- primary cardiac cancer, usually an angiosarcoma. In fact, I'm the discoverer of one of the rare heart tumors. Therapeutic radiation is the one carcinogen i'd think could increase the risks for the angiosarcs, but I couldn't find a series to confirm this. ...Read more

Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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Heart Cancer (Definition)

A cancer that affects the heart muscle or valves would be considered a heart cancer. Most sources of cancer in the heart are a metastasis from another organ, but a few are primary from the heart. Cancer of the heart is very rare. Primary tumors of the heart can include myxoma, fibroelastoma, rhabdomyoma, lipoma, sarcoma, and others. Cardiac MRI can be helpful in ...Read more