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Gi Tract Cancer
Colon cancer age 30?? RUQ pain, fecal occult test negative- CT- Normal- (GI tract WNL no obstruction or perforation) should I get colonoscopy for pain
Probably: Colon cancer is unlikely in your age group, but other GI and colon diseases can also cause such symptoms. Have you had your gallbladder evaluated? Remember, colon cancer has minimal symptoms and CT is NOT a great test for it. In sum though low yield I would likely recommend colonoscopy to you based on what I've read. ...Read more
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
Why women taking Tamoxifen suffer from the risk of developing other cancers of the reproductive tract in comparison to all other women ?
Hormone effect: In the breast tamoxifen blocks any estrogen activity but in the uterus it is just the opposite where tam stimulates the uterine lining just like estrogen. This can causes overgrowth of the lining (endometrial hyperplasia) which is a risk for cancer. The same risk is present with hormone replacement with estrogen only which is why progesterone needs to be given as well with HRT. ...Read more
Depends: The female system is complicated. Sometimes there are no symptoms which is why pap smears are important. Sometimes ther might be pain or irregular bleeding. Sometimes people have weird complaints like bloating or bowel habit changes. Sometimes women complain that their abdomens feel funny and have trouble explaining it. If you are worried, seek advice from your doctor. ...Read more
Yes but rare: Bile duct cancers are very rare-esp in this age group. Even thyroid cancer is rare in this young group , but does occur. If you have a thyroid nodule greater than a centimeter, usually we do a needle biopsy. Gallbladder problems at this age are more likely related to gallstones. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Does biliary tract/tree cancer (stage4) generally respond to chemo? Is the pain & suffering from treatment worth it? How much time can we really gain?
BAD: It it is one of the worest malignancies , especially in advanced stage. ...Read more
For a stage 4 biliary tract cancer, are there benefits to being treated at a university hospital vs hmo?
Talk to your team: You should discuss this with your healthcare team. Given your status of stage 4, you may be interested in clinical trials, which should be more available in an academic setting. ...Read more
I have a result of renal tract CT,,with 3cm exophytic mass arising from the upper pole of L kidney which looks like a cyst,,is this cancer??
Maybe yes maybe no: If it's truly a cystic lesion and then I will be benign however there are cystic cancers of the kidney the more cystic component has the more likely it is benign let's hope it's a simple retention cyst with just fluid the ultrasound should help determine whether this is fluid maybe you should have a follow-up ultrasound after the CT scan ...Read more