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Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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Heart Cancer (Overview)

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.


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What are some common signs of heart cancer?

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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Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
33 doctors shared insights

Heart Cancer (Overview)

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.


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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

Dr. Andrea Brand Dr. Brand
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Living with Skin Cancer (Checklist)

Avoid sun exposure between 10 am and 2 pm
daily
Apply sunscreen
2x day
Wear a hat outdoors on sunny days
daily
See dermatologist for check ups
2x year
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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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Dr. Robert Kent Dr. Kent
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Managing Pain from Cancer (Checklist)

Ask oncologist to refer you to cancer pain specialist
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Ask pain specialist about both interventional and medication options
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If pancreatic cancer, ask about a celiac plexus block
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If neuropathy, request trial of ketamine-based topical creams
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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

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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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Dr. Warren Foster Dr. Foster
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Treating an Abnormal Heart Rhythm (Checklist)

Make healthy lifestyle choices
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Stop smoking and avoid second-hand smoke
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Avoid excessive amounts of caffeine and alcohol
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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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Is there any way to cure heart cancer? My friend was coughing up blood and went to the doctors they told him he had 9 months to live. Is there any way to cure this

Is there any way to cure heart cancer? My friend was coughing up blood and went to the doctors they told him he had 9 months to live. Is there any way to cure this

Rare diagnosis : Some muscle tumors and generally not curable. If other cancers have spread to heart that is stage 4 and unlikely to be cured. Bad actors! be sure that what you have heard is correct about this rare issue. ...Read more

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Living with Congestive Heart Failure (Checklist)

Weigh yourself daily. Alert doctor to any increases.
Daily
Take medications as prescribed
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Tell the doctor if your legs swell or you get short of breath
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Who gets money from heart/breast cancer walks?

Who gets money from heart/breast cancer walks?

Charities: Very good question and one you should be asking the organizations. The questions to ask: how much of every dollar collected is for overhead, for patient related literature produced, for designated research facilities [and which ones and is it a grant that is restricted to breast cancer research or not]. Do your research, some 'charities' are supporting themselves..... ...Read more

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Improving Heart Health (Checklist)

Find an activity you enjoy, and do it daily for at least 20 minutes
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Intensify workouts by doing max intensity for 2 min, every 5-10 min
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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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Just watched "forks over knives." will going vegan prevent heart disease, stroke, cancer, etc? Sounds too good to be true -- is it accurate?

Just watched "forks over knives." will going vegan prevent heart disease, stroke, cancer, etc? Sounds too good to be true -- is it accurate?

Probably true: This documentary does have its own agenda as well but most studies suggest that a healthier, balanced diet is likely to reduce the risks of cancer, stroke, heart attack, etc. If you properly watch your diet (even without being a vegan), you will likely reduce your health risks. Alternatively, there are vegans who over-eat and hence suffer from obesity (although rare). Consult your pcp please. ...Read more

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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

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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?

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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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