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Doctor insights on: Head Coverings For Cancer Patients

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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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How much time does a cancerous patient have after cancer reaches head of a person? Are there any predictions about that?

How much time does a cancerous patient have after cancer reaches head of a person? Are there any predictions about that?

Depends: Depends on type of cancer. By head, do you mean brain? Not all cancer will go to the brain (in fact, most don't) some are still very treatable and even curable. ...All depends..... ...Read more

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What rehabilitation or support options are available for patients with head and neck cancers?

What rehabilitation or support options are available for patients with head and neck cancers?

Many: Patient centered websites- head neck cancer alliance (headandneck.Org) or sponc (spohnc.Org) can give info on local support groups, treatments & trials. Rehab options include reconstruction (speech devices, plastic surgery); medications for dry mouth, appetite stimulation, chronic pain; exercises for swallowing & lymphedema; nutrition and psychosocial services are available at doctors offfices. ...Read more

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Are clinical trials (research studies) available for patients with head and neck cancers?

Are clinical trials (research studies) available for patients with head and neck cancers?

Absolutely: Numerous trialsare available including early (phase 1 or 2) and late trials (phase 3). These trials evaluate newer drugs and newer radiation approahces typically. For trials info and sites the most uptodate site is the national cancer institute (www. Cancer.Gov). Talk to your oncologist and look up the websites of your local hospitals for trials in your area. ...Read more

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What is the best skin care for cancer patients?

What is the best skin care for cancer patients?

Basal cell carcinoma: While no cancers are good, this is much less malignant than squamous cell carcinoma or melanoma. ...Read more

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Why is it that cancer patients have to shave all their hair off?

Why is it that cancer patients have to shave all their hair off?

Cancer treatments: (like chemotherapy) may cause their hair to fall out. This can be upsetting as there may be markedly thinned out hair or bald spots. It is just easier to shave it all down so you don't have to experience handfulls of hair falling out. ...Read more

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Can all cancer patients lose their hair during chemo?

Can all cancer patients lose their hair during chemo?

No, not all: It depends on which drugs are being used by the patient. Some chemotherapy drugs cause complete hair loss, others cause partial loss and some drugs do not cause any hair loss. Many of the more modern drugs have minimal if any hair loss properties. These are the so called targeted agents...Not quite like chemotherapy they have a differnt spectrum of side effeects than those from chemo drugs .. ...Read more

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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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Which type of face mask is best suited for nhl cancer patients? For eg. "curad biomask antiviral isolation mask"

Which type of face mask is best suited for nhl cancer patients? For eg. "curad biomask antiviral isolation mask"

This is fine: But it may be more costly than the ordinary masks. Curad mask is specifically meant to keep the flu virus away. Since influenza season is now almost over, you do not need to spend much money as your risk would be more from bacteria. But do not get too hung upon masks, they are not routinely advised to be used on patients receiving chemotherapy as nearly all infections arise from your own germs! ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean when a stage 4 gastric cancer patient's skin starts shedding?

What exactly does it mean when a stage 4 gastric cancer patient's skin starts shedding?

Possibly...: Could be side effect of the chemotherapy agents the patient is being given, or allergic reaction to medications the pt is on, dehydration, and/or nutritional-related. ...Read more

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Florida has a high amount of people with skin cancer. Does this mean some of these cancer patients will need chemotherapy?

Florida has a high amount of people with skin cancer. Does this mean some of these cancer patients will need chemotherapy?

Metastatic melanoma: Squamous and basal cell skin cancers are almost always cured by excision. These make up the large majority of Florida skin cancers .There are malignant melanomas that went unnoticed for too long and have spread / metastasized often benefit from chemotherapy, especially a remarkable new agent. ...Read more

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Will cancer patient's hair grow back after chemo?

Will cancer patient's hair grow back after chemo?

Yes: Hair loss is usually a transient side effect of chemotherapy. Some people may notice some difference in their hair color or texture when it grows back. ...Read more