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Could I have gotten a GI or lymphoma cancer from 3 abdominal, 1 head and 1 chest CT from '09 until '12?

Could I have gotten a GI or lymphoma cancer from 3 abdominal, 1 head and 1 chest CT from '09 until '12?

Very unlikely: The radiation doses from those exams is quite low compared to the radiation we are all exposed to in our daily lives, from the sun, the air, our water and the earth. In addition, tumors that are typically attributed to radiation take many years to become apparent. ...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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Non-hodgkin lymphoma life expectancy after diagnosis? How bad of a cancer is it?

Non-hodgkin lymphoma life expectancy after diagnosis? How bad of a cancer is it?

Depends.: Life expectancy after diagnosis is dependent upon stage of disease among other things. The earlier the stage the better the prognosis and the longer we expect someone to remain in remission and the longer we expect them to survive. ...Read more

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Had hodgkins lymphoma 5 years ago just recently started feeling bad. Just had CT scan of my lungs where they found some lymph nodes. Is it possibl e the cancer has come back.?

Had hodgkins lymphoma 5 years ago  just recently started feeling bad. Just had CT scan of my lungs where they found some lymph  nodes.  Is it possibl e  the cancer has come back.?

Yes: It is somewhat rare for hotchkins lymphoma to recur five years after initial treatment. If the lymphoma was originally in the mediastinum (the center of the chest) it could recur in the lungs or the lymph nodes there again. A biopsy must be performed. Sorry. ...Read more

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I have a question about lymphoma cancer?

I have a question about lymphoma cancer?

Lymphatic system: Lymphoma is a hematologic malignancy of the body's lymphatic system. Two major classes are hodgkins disease in younger people and non-hodgkins disease in older folks. Both are amenable to treatment. ...Read more

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How can you tell if lymphoma or cancer are present?

How can you tell if lymphoma or cancer are present?

Imaging and biopsy..: In most instances imaging studies and biopsy (of cells or tissues) are used to determine if lymphoma or any other type of cancer is present. Imaging studies (such as ultrasound or ct) can detect if lymph nodes are enlarged and where they are located. A biopsy of cells or tissues can be performed and studied in a laboratory to determine if lymphoma or any other malignancy is present. ...Read more

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What causes lymphoma. Is it caused from other cancers?

What causes lymphoma. Is it caused from other cancers?

Mostly unknown: A few lymphomas are caused by epstein barr virus infection, but in most cases, the cause is not known. Other cancers do not cause lymphomas. ...Read more

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How soon would lymphoma symptoms start after the cancer begins to develop?

Hard to tell: There are many types of lymphoma. Some are very slow growing and may present only with a slightly enlarged lymph node. This might take years to cause other symptoms. Some lymphomas are very rapidly growing and present with multiple symptoms. Anything in between is possible. ...Read more

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Has b cell indolent lymphoma. Why is she on watch and wait when other cancers get it taken care of immediately? Is it better?

It is an option: It depends on the size of the lymph nodes and degree of symptoms. Occasionally it is acceptable to wait and watch to check if it is growing/node size enlargment) or static in which case it is a good idea to hold off therapy provided the lymph nodes are small(less than 2cm. The reason for watching is that sometimes this lymphoma can regress on its own in which case it is a good idea not to rush int ...Read more

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How curable is lymphoma cancer?

How curable is lymphoma cancer?

Depends: It depends on the type and stage of the disease. Early stage hodkin lymphoma is often curable. Some are slow growing and even if not curable may grow only slowly for many years. ...Read more

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Is lymphoma Hodgkin's a rare cancer ?

Is lymphoma Hodgkin's a rare cancer ?

No: About three new cases occur/year/100,000 population. See this site for more info. http://seer.cancer.gov/statfacts/html/hodg.html ...Read more

Dr. Michael Thompson
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Lymphoma (Definition)

Lymphoma is cancer of the lymph system, which is an infection fighting collection of nodes of lymph tissue populated by white blood cells and ducts that drain excess fluid. The system ...Read more