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Can mechanical ventilation aid lung cancer patients?

Can mechanical ventilation aid lung cancer patients?

No: It is not a cancer treatment. Occasionally it may be needed during lung cancer treatment (as in some cases after lung resection) but it is a supportive treatment. ...Read more

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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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Im a her2 breast cancer patient stage 3 . Due to financial constraint I finished 12 sessions of herceptin instead of 17 , is there any medicine I could take as a replacement of the herceptin ? I'm from the philippines and herceptin is very expensive.

Im a  her2 breast cancer patient stage 3 . Due to financial constraint I  finished 12 sessions of herceptin instead of 17 , is there any medicine I could take as a replacement of the herceptin ? I'm from the philippines and herceptin is very expensive.

Unlikely: There is not a less expensive substitute. The manufacturer might have some support programs, but I am not sure if it is available in your case. You still have gotten benefit from your treatment. Check with your oncologist to see if a support through genentech is available. ...Read more

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Do you know if doing qigong helps for cancer patients?

Do you know if doing qigong helps for cancer patients?

Sun Yun-cai: Sun yun-cai is a master of guo lin qigong. She previously taught in beijing. She is a cancer survivor . Check out this site: http://www.Guolinqigongto.Ca/en_master_sun.Php. ...Read more

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Would it be healthy for cancer patients to travel overseas?

Would it be healthy for cancer patients to travel overseas?

ABSOLUTELY: Unless they're actively undergoing aggressive chemotherapy, there's no reason cancer patients shouldn't travel. They should live they life they want to live, so, if this pertains to you, get on out there! good luck. ...Read more

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How likely is survival for patients with relapses in cancer?

How likely is survival for patients with relapses in cancer?

Depends : Depends on multiple factors- including cancer location, where the cancer recurred, how early the recurrence is diagnosed, and what other treatments have been used in the past. See your oncologist for details. ...Read more

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Is stress really harmful for cancer patients?

Is stress really harmful for cancer patients?

Yes yes yes: Stress management is a huge factor in recovering from, treating treatment and preventing recurrence or cancer development. Indirect evidence associating cortisol levels with disease recurrence are aplenty. Additionally stressanagemwnt with mindfulness, guided imagery, breathing exercises and others are related to disease prevention, drawing meaning from this disease, and living more fully. ...Read more

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Could cancer patients have personality changes?

Could cancer patients have personality changes?

Yes: Cancer can directly involve the brain or surrounding tissues causing pressure within. Also, cancer can cause changes in the electrolytes or affect liver or kidney function. The drugs we use can do that too, be it chemo itself or the anxiety/pain meds. Finally, having cancer can be stressful and lead to anxiety or depression. All of those events can cause personality changes. ...Read more

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How to check for cancer in previous caner patients?

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 are cancer patients treated before chemotherapy was invented?

How are cancer patients treated before chemotherapy was invented?

Surgery!: Cancer has been around since humans have been around. Breast cancer was documented as early as 1600 BC. The earliest treatments for cancer were surgical removal of the tumor. Unfortunately, this didn't cure many cancers. For a great history of cancer treatment, read The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee. ...Read more