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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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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

Dr. Patricia Foster
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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