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How do I tell kids grandma has blood and lymph cancer? What do they need to know?

How do I tell kids grandma has blood and lymph cancer? What do they need to know?

It is not infectious: The kids need to be reassured that they will not catch the disease from grandma. Other than that you may communicate the diagnosis according to the level of their understanding. It is a cancer, but you may wish to avoid that term and state that she has a disorder of the lymph glands. ...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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Just heard a close neighbor has blood and lymph cancer. How do we explain this condition to the kids?

Just heard a close neighbor has blood and lymph cancer. How do we explain this condition to the kids?

Limit exposures: Cancer of the blood and lymph glands (leukemia and lymphoma) may be caused by a number of different molecular changes in the dna. Although there may not be just one "cause", we know that some contributing factors include family history of similar cancers, exposures to certain viruses, chemicals, and high radiation doses. Family should not be overly concerned and many treatments are effective. ...Read more

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With blood and lymph cancer what else should I be concerned about?

With blood and lymph cancer what else should I be concerned about?

Infections, bleeding: Blood and lymph cancer and the treatment for the disease can downgrade the defenses of the body, especially for fighting infections. The disease and treatment also depress the bone marrow causing anemia, low platelets and bleeding etc. ...Read more

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Describe the features of a blood and lymph cancer.?

Describe the features of a blood and lymph cancer.?

Symptoms: Common presenting symptoms of blood cancer (leukemia) and lymph cancer (lymphoma) are weight loss, impaired immunity with infections, abnormal bleeding, enlarging lymph glands, and anemia with attendant fatigue and weakness. There may be fevers and sweats. None of these symptoms are specific and laboratory testing must be done to rule out more benign conditions and to make an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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They say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. What about blood and lymph cancer?

They say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. What about blood and lymph cancer?

None that we know of: For most people, there is not a lot that can be done to prevent "liquid cancers" - such as lymphoma and leukemia. We don't know of any dietary changes, for example, that reduce the risk of these cancers. It makes sense, though, to follow a healthy diet, exercise, and maintain a normal bmi to reduce risks of cancer in general. ...Read more

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I just found out a couple of days ago that my brother has lymph cancer or lymphoma?

I just found out a couple of days ago that my brother has lymph cancer or lymphoma?

Unclear question: All lymphomas are treatable and some may be curable. Please provide support to your brother. ...Read more

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My girlfriend has lymph cancer what is her prognosis?

Depends: There are many factors: age, site of involvement, stage, type of lymphoma, grade of lymphoma, whether she has symptoms of night sweating, fever, chills, or weight loss (b symptoms). In general, a young person with lymphoma has a better outcome than an older person with lymphoma. Maybe you can send me more information -- and i can give a better estimate. ...Read more

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How can I test for lymph cancer?

How can I test for lymph cancer?

Lymph nodes: Lymph is a fluid carried in channels called the lymphatic system. Lymph nodes are stations along that system. Cancers arising in the lymphatic system are either primary (blood-derived) cancers or metastatic cancer (from other places that have entered into the lymphatic system). Blood-derived cancers can be screened by blood test, but an enlarged lymph node is usually biopsied for diagnosis. ...Read more