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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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How do I tell kids grandma has cholera? What do they need to know?

How do I tell kids grandma has cholera? What do they need to know?

She has diarrhea: Cholera is transmitted by the fecal-oral route, either by contaminated water or food. In the usa there is very little chance to acquire cholera. Where had your friend been. Stay away from their stools, wash your hands and watch what you eat and drink carefully. ...Read more

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How do I tell kids grandma has arrhythmia? What do they need to know?

How do I tell kids grandma has arrhythmia? What do they need to know?

Arrhythmia: I wouldn't try too hard to explain arrhythmias to little kids. I'd just tell them grandma has a heart problem. Plenty of adults don't understand what we're talking about in this area. ...Read more

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How do I tell kids grandma has helicobacter pylori infections? What do they need to know?

How do I tell kids grandma has helicobacter pylori infections? What do they need to know?

How old r kids?: If little kids, don't need to know much. H pylori is common, (couple billion people in the world have it); can cause infl of stomach, duodenum, ulcers, associated with stomach cancer, lymphoma. Can be treated with a variety of regimens including antibiotics, and antiulcer meds. Don't know transmission exactly: food, water, other people. ...Read more

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I told my family members that I had hereditary hemochromatosis and what tests to have done, but they won't listen to me; they say that their own doctors tell them "not to worry". I am worried; what can I do?

I told my family members that I had hereditary hemochromatosis and what tests to have done, but they won't listen to me; they say that their own doctors tell them "not to worry". I am worried; what can I do?

Lay out your labs: Sometimes what you say doesn't seem strong enough evidence to someone unlike visual proofs. You may want to show them your bloodwork and even genetic testing results to give them a wake up call. Finally, you can only suggest, you cannot change them if they are not willing to. ...Read more

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Can you guys tell me how big does a lung tumor have to get for doctors to do anything?

Can you guys tell me how big does a lung tumor have to get for doctors to do anything?

See below: Lung nodules are easier to evaluate when they are 1 cm or bigger, at which time we can evaluate them by biopsy or by pet. When the lung lesion is known to be cancerous, management depends on if it has spread elsewhere & if surgery would be indicated/possible. ...Read more

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My mom has breast cancer and refuses to get surgery. I don't know what to do anymore?

My mom has breast cancer and refuses to get surgery. I don't know what to do anymore?

If she is: Deemed to have capacity to make medical decisions on her own behalf then it will ultimately be her decision. It would be important to know what all of her treatment options are at this point. ...Read more

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What do I do if my elderly mom have colon cancer? Please, need some answers?

What do I do if my elderly mom have colon cancer? Please, need some answers?

Sorry to hear: Can't tell you much without more details, too many variables. Best is to have a good chat with her oncologist about prognosis and treatment. There are many issues like her stage and general physical condition that will greatly affect the therapy. She may benefit of aggressive therapy or may do best with supportive care. Do remember: unless she is not competent, what to do is HER decision. ...Read more

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Doctor I have very danger infection in my lung any physician canot treat that i don't no what to do so doctor please tell me how to treat him ?

Doctor I have very danger infection in my lung any physician canot treat that i don't no what to do so doctor please tell me how to treat him ?

Question unclear: If you have severe lung disease and your doctor does not know how to treat it, perhaps you could ask for referral to an infectious diseases specialist or to a pulmonary doctor for a second opinion. ...Read more

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What can I do if my brother is suspected to have adhd, what do we do?

What can I do if my brother is suspected to have adhd, what do we do?

ADHD: A thorough evaluation by an experienced knowledgeable provider is a must. Adhd could coexist with other diagnoses, just as there many diagnoses that share symptoms with adhd . Beware of courtesy quick assessment and a provider with a quick trigger to a prescription pad. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what to do if i found out my girlfriend has thyroid cancer and i need to ask some questions?

Can you tell me what to do if i found out my girlfriend has thyroid cancer and i need to ask some questions?

Surgery needed: Thyroid cancer for the most part starts as a solitary nodule that is cold on scan. Nodes should be palpated and if present incorporated in the thyroidectomy. The younger the patient the better the chance for cure even if nodes are involved. If lesion large and crosses isthmus a total thyroidectomy needed. At times radioiodine necessary to ablate remaining thyroid tissue and eliminate cancer. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a tumor but i don't know how to tell my parents?

What to do if I have a tumor but i don't know how to tell my parents?

Discuss issue: Depending on the type of tumor and what is recommended, family back up is essential. In many instances surgery is required or some form of hospitalization needed. Family should be there to give complete support since most of the cancers diagnosed early can be cured with proper treatment. ...Read more

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How can I pick the best doctor to treat my eye cancer? I've just been diagnosed with eye cancer, and i'm not sure what to do. I know i need a doctor, and I have a couple of names, but i'm not sure what to ask them or how to recognize someone who will do a

How can I pick the best doctor to treat my eye cancer? I've just been diagnosed with eye cancer, and i'm not sure what to do. I know i need a doctor, and I have a couple of names, but i'm not sure what to ask them or how to recognize someone who will do a

There : There are different forms of "eye cancer." one could have a malignancy involving the eye surface or a cancer involing the inside of the ey (uveal melanoma). There are regional centers of excellence for the treatment of these rare conditions. If your eye doctor is up to speed, they should know your regions experts in this area. Often these individuals are associated with univeristies, but not always. While primary care specialists are tremendous resources when talking about your region's best systemic oncologists, I have found them not super helpful providing advice on where to go for "ocular oncology." therefore your best advice on where to go should come from an eye care professional. ...Read more

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What can I do if my mom has to have chemo and i don't know how to deal with it. Please help?

What can I do if my mom has to have chemo and i don't know how to deal with it. Please help?

You can help/support: You need to be prepared by finding about what chemo and what side effects to expect or not to expect. Her oncologist and or his oncology nurse will provide you guidance and education so that neither you nor your mother is in the dark. Once you know, then the anxiety lessons. Most people take chemo without any side effects these days as there are many good medicines which prevent all side effects. ...Read more

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What to do if I have ADHD and can't tell my mother?

What to do if I have ADHD and can't tell my mother?

Thankfully: You don't have to tell her. You can begin treatment and see doctors without her consent at 39. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my girlfriend has stage 3 brain cancer and I don't know what to do :'(?

What do you suggest if my girlfriend has stage 3 brain cancer and I don't know what to do :'(?

Brain tumor: The first step is to get established with a neuro-oncologist who takes care of people with grade III Astrocytomas (anaplastic type). Today there are good chemotherapy regimens that are very effective. Radiation therapy is also an adjunct to chemotherapy. Brain surgery is performed if reduction in the size of the tumor is required. Your role is to be supportive, reassuring, and keep her organized. ...Read more

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I haven't been able to smell anything at all for 2 yrs. Doctors don't seem to know what to do. Any advice?

I haven't been able to smell anything at all for 2 yrs.  Doctors don't seem to know what to do. Any advice?

Examination: A thorough nasal examination including endoscopy and testing for smell is indicated in your case. Some patients lose their smell after a viral illness and it never returns. Other patients have nasal polyps which can obstruct the nose, and upon removal they breathe better. Some patients we don't know the reason for the ability to breathe or smell, and it is called idiopathic. ...Read more

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What to do if I have tried checking for breast cancer and lumps but i don't know what to look for?

What to do if I have tried checking for breast cancer and lumps but i don't know what to look for?

Change: It's not what they feel like it's noticing a change in texture month to month and informing your MD of the change. This brochure should help explain: http://www.breastcancer.org/symptoms/testing/types/self_exam/bse_steps?gclid=Cj0KEQjwjIy5BRClh8m_9Zu64d8BEiQAtZsQf2-bu8R9bqyWEyjfqb17-a5SO0RvmLyNpwmAVkpuojkaArGv8P8HAQ ...Read more

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I know how to eat right and know i'll develop diabetes soon but can't change my ways, what do I do?

I know how to eat right and know i'll develop diabetes soon but can't change my ways, what do I do?

Adiction: Food is like an addicion, and awareness of the adiction is the first step. You seem to have already stepped in the right direction. Diets and plans only go so far which you may have already guessed. Food addiction requires change at the psychological level. Treatment with some one who specializes in behavioral, psychological domains and nutrition would be the best way to approach this issue. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a high amylase level and they can't give me any answers to why I do?

What to do if I have a high amylase level and they can't give me any answers to why I do?

Macroamylasemia: One percent of folks have an antibody tagging their amylase which prevents it from being lost in the urine like other folks. If you feel well, and your amylase always runs quite high, just assume this is you. As a lab specialist, I'm always reminding folks to focus on how they feel and whether they have physical findings, and ignore the arcana of lab testing. Glad you're curious though. Cheers. ...Read more