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How do I comfort my friend who just found out her teenage daughter has cancer?

How do I comfort my friend who just found out her teenage daughter has cancer?

Listen and support: Listen to your friend and be there for support. She may want to talk about the diagnosis and may not. Do not prod for information- let her share as much as she wants. Offer to run errands, do the grocery shopping or clean her house. Let her know you are there for her in whatever capacity she needs at the moment. ...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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What can I do if my good friend just told me his daughter is dying of cancer please help?

What can I do if my good friend just told me his daughter is dying of cancer please help?

Help is available: Please find out more about your friend's daughter's cancer. What type of cancer and how has it been treated and has everything possible been done for her already? Or are there experimental treatments that she can avail from? If you want further help, take her to a major cancer center where research treatments can be offered and frequently prove helpful when a local doctor/oncologist has given up. ...Read more

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Why do so many kids and teens get cancer ? My daughter knows 2 kids at her school with it and one other friend who is a survivor. Why so common ?

Why do so many kids and teens get cancer ?  My daughter knows 2 kids at her school with it and one other friend who is a survivor.  Why so common ?

Wish we knew:(: Most expert however seem to believe that besides genetics, toxic contamination of environment may be the contributing factor for the seeming uptake in cancer prevalence all across the population. Our ability to diagnose them more readily than before would be an added factor, just like Autism, which has become much prevalent in recent years. ...Read more

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I'm trying to determine whether my teenage daughter should receive the HPV vaccine to help prevent cervical cancer. Since it's a new vaccine, i'm concerned about the safety of it. What risks should I be aware of?

I'm trying to determine whether my teenage daughter should receive the HPV vaccine to help prevent cervical cancer. Since it's a new vaccine, i'm concerned about the safety of it. What risks should I be aware of?

VERY safe vaccines: As safe or safer profile than any other vaccine you give your kids. Nothing differed from placebo in initial studies of over 30, 000 men and women other than pain, edema, red an itching at injection site, and fever, nausea, headache and dizziness. That is it! most common 'severe' reaction is headache. 100 million doses distributed worldwide now with great safety data since release as well. ...Read more

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How do I care for my young daughter on top of my spouse with cancer?

How do I care for my young daughter on top of my spouse with cancer?

Good communication: Have a meeting with her if she is older that 7 years old. Tell her how you feel taking care of your spouse and the fears you are facing. Tell her that you would appreciate her to help in this or that. Less than 7 y/o...Get help with other relatives or other moms, or daughter's school. Get help from your religious or spiritual community. Get help for your husband too ( home health care or hospice). ...Read more

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My daughter has developed bone cancer. What is it exactly?

My daughter has developed bone cancer. What is it exactly?

Try to get details..: Specifically, bone cancer is a type of sarcoma. It is more common in children/ young adults and usually one hopes to detect it early enough that surgery and / or radiation would be helpful. Other confused diagnoses with this term improperly used are cancers that start someplace else and spread to the bone (breast cancer for instance) or cancers of the bone marrow (leukemia). ...Read more

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Could my daughter have breast cancer at 14?

Could my daughter have breast cancer at 14?

Unlikely: Breast cancer is extremely rare in 14 year old women . The more common cause of a breast mass or lump is a fibroadenoma. If she has a lump to feel she should see a breast surgeon and make the diagnosis and take care of it. ...Read more

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When can I stop worrying about cancer if I am a DES daughter?

When can I stop worrying about cancer if I am a DES daughter?

Now: Most of the lesions due to intra-uterine des exposure occur in young women/girls. Des has not been in use for over 30 years. However, you should get regular check-ups and pap smear, like any other woman. ...Read more

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How can I explain death to my daughter who has a terminal cancer?

How can I explain death to my daughter who has a terminal cancer?

Get help: Assuming your daughter is being treated by a pediatric oncologist, most programs have many specialists to help with this very hard situation. Social workers can be of great help, and child psychologists and palliative care specialists are additional useful resources (in addition to your daughter's oncologist). There is no reason to do this alone. ...Read more

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Please tell me what the symptoms of childhood cancer. I need it to diagnose my daughter?

Please tell me what the symptoms of childhood cancer. I need it to diagnose my daughter?

Too vague.: Childhood cancer has many symptoms, depending of the type of cancer. If you have concerns, see your pediatrician. ...Read more

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How to request donations and direct support my 53 year old step-daughter with stage IV cancer?

How to request donations and direct support my 53 year old step-daughter with stage IV cancer?

Social worker: There are a number of avenues to pursue, depending on the state. See if state programs available, such as Medicaid. Also, if this is stage IV disease, chemotherapy can often be covered with payment assistance programs from the pharmaceutical companies. Also, stage IV disease often makes a patient eligible for Social Security, which can help with obtaining health insurance. Call a social worker. ...Read more

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My daughter has cancer she has missed her peirod her hemoglobian is really low it was an 8?

My daughter has cancer she has missed her peirod her hemoglobian is really low it was an 8?

See doctor: Hemoglobin of 8 needs to be evaluated by a doctor. This degree of anemia in a patient with cancer warrants care in person and is not a suitable issue for this forum. ...Read more

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What is the prognosis of vaginal cancer in DES daughter?

Significant: Women exposed while in the womb are 40 times more likely to develop vaginal or cervical cancer than women not exposed. The studies are primarily done on women who have not gone into menopause yet. ...Read more

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If my mother smokes and she doesn't have cancer what is the percentage that I as her daughter wont have one too ?

If my mother smokes and she doesn't have cancer what is the percentage that I as her daughter wont have one too ?

Please don't!: Flower, i really hope from my heart that you will stop smoking. It is something you must decide for yourself. But here's why i care: smoking hurts you. You have a high chance of cancer of your mouth, throat, nose, bladder, esophagus, etc, not just your lungs. You risk heart attack, stroke, ending up on oxygen for life, and dying young. Many doctors will help if you want to quit! we care! ...Read more

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Is it possible for my daughter to have breast cancer?

Is it possible for my daughter to have breast cancer?

Unlikely: If you are 32, I assume your daughter is less than 20. There is almost no chance of having breast cancer in that age range. Here is a graph. If you or she, suspect breast cancer, she needs to be examined.to determine what is going on. Here is the graph http://tinyurl.com/l6s9duv It is from this pager: http://tinyurl.com/43cw978 Here's a catchy interactive tool:http://tinyurl.com/m2wd35t ...Read more

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My daughter just started chemo and radiation for lung cancer. She is also taking Juce plus Aro. is this ok?

My daughter just started chemo and radiation for lung cancer. She is also taking Juce plus Aro. is this ok?

Lung CA: I'm sorry to hear your daughter and family are dealing with this difficult issue. Your HEM/ONC is the best person to tell you what she can and can not take. Discuss all of you treatment options and alternative medicine options with your Dr. Good Luck and God Bless and grant you strength ...Read more

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My daughter want's to donate her hair for kids with cancer is there a "best" place or way to do this?

My daughter want's to donate her hair for kids with cancer   is there a "best" place or way to do this?

2 sites:: Pantene - http://www.Pantene.Com/en-us/beautiful-lengths-cause/pages/donation-requirements.Aspx and locks of love - http://www.Locksoflove.Org/donate.Html i'm told pantene doesn't charge recipients for their wig but locks of love does so pantene is the better choice. Your daughters (and you) are angels! bless you! ...Read more

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How do I tell my young daughter that her mother has cancer?

How do I tell my young daughter that her mother has cancer?

Simple/positive: For the young child short simple words with repitition over time will communicate the basics. Young kids face some additional needs that can be addressed over time: they did not do or say or wish anything that made mommy sick. There will always be someone making sure she has meals to eat & places to play & sleep if mommy is away trying to get better. Let her ask when ready but repeat often. ...Read more

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My daughter has 3 spleen cysts that are 2 inches in diameter per MRI. Could it be cancer?

My daughter has 3 spleen cysts that are 2 inches in diameter per MRI.  Could it be cancer?

It depends: depends on shape and size...the MRI report will usually indicate if any of the lesions look suspicious and warrant further workup ...Read more