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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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Will a ER doctor tell you if you have cancer?

Will a ER doctor tell you if you have cancer?

Difficult: The definitive diagnosis of cancer requires a biopsy and formal pathology review which can take days to be completed. Therefore it would be very difficult for an emergency room physician to make a definitive diagnosis and communicate it at the time of a single visit. ...Read more

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Do you have to see a doctor if you have the flu?

Do you have to see a doctor if you have the flu?

Not necessarily: If you have the Flu hydrate well w water, herbal teas, soup or juice. Drink sufficiently to have pale to light yellow urine. You can use pain relievers like Tylenol (acetaminophen) or NSAID’s. Rest A LOT! In some situations antiviral medications (Tamiflu, Relenza, Flumadine) may be prescribed within the first couple of days of symptoms to hasten healing or they can be used after flu exposure to prevent illness. ...Read more

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How can a doctor know if you have cancer?

How can  a doctor know if you have cancer?

Pathology: We can sometimes make a pretty good guess just from symptoms and a few tests. But a guess isn't good enough and a firm diagnosis usually involves looking at tissue taken from the tumor--sometimes just a few cells from a pap test or sputum are enough and sometimes a lot more is removed if the tests strongly suggest a malignancy. ...Read more

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How can a dr. Test you to see if you need your tonsils out?

How can  a dr. Test you to see if you need your tonsils out?

Options: Most surgeons (ENT) would check the tonsils for evidence of infection or enlargement. This would involve an examination or scope in the office in most people. ...Read more

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How can you check to see if you have meningitis?

How can you check to see if you have meningitis?

Meningitis: If you have symptoms such has headache, fever, stiff neck, nausea, vomiting, the doctor will suspect that you may have meningitis and may order a ct scan of your head then perform a spinal tap to obtain a sample of spinal fluid then send it the lab to look for bacteria, elavated white blood cell, elevated protein, abnormal glucose level , increase pressure etc... ...Read more

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What kind of doctor do you need to see if you think you have a std?

What kind of doctor do you need to see if you think you have a std?

Urgent Care: Most urgent care clinics can evaluate for a STD. A family practice doctor can also evaluate and treat these conditions. Testing can be done by checking: urine, swab, and/or blood testing. ...Read more

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What would you do to decide if you need to see a doctor for a sore throat?

What would you do to decide if you need to see a doctor for a sore throat?

Getting Worse: Had it too long. Fever, soreness spreading to other areas, getting worse rather that better. ...Read more

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How can you tell if you should see a doctor about a wound or treat it yourself?

How can you tell if you should see a doctor about a wound or treat it yourself?

Not enough info.: It depends on the type of wound, how big it is, where it is, and how long its been there. Is it infected? Not getting better? Getting worse? Ask again and tell us more about your wound. Before posting the new question, update your profile to include any medications, including supplements, you are taking, as well as any chronic medical conditions you may have. ...Read more

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What happens if your not sure if you have diverticulitis but, if you do you are too scared to go to a doctor?

What happens if your not sure if you have diverticulitis but, if  you do you are too scared to go to a doctor?

Diverticulitis: This is a potentially lethal condition including risk of abscess perforation overwhelming intrabdominal infection and death. Fear must be controlled doctor needs to be seen preferably now and treatment begun very serious and again risk of overwhelming infection and death. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have a vaginal infection and what can you do to make it better without going to a doctor?

How do you know if you have a vaginal infection and what can you do to make it better without going to a doctor?

Yeast infection?: Vaginal itching and a cottage cheese-like discharge could be signs of a vaginal yeast infection. You can try using over the counter yeast infection medication (like miconazole) if you have these symptoms. If the symptoms persist after this treatment, or if you are experiencing any pain, it should be evaluated by a doctor since it could mean a different diagnosis. ...Read more

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How does a doctor test to see if you have leukemia?

How does a doctor test to see if you have leukemia?

Blood work: The first step is a CBC which can show if there is a problem with the counts. The blood smear can the tell if the cells appear to be abnormal. Usually if the is a concern a bone marrow test, flow cytometry, and cytogenetics may be needed. ...Read more

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If you get diagnosed with depression do you have to see a therapist if you take the medication?

If you get diagnosed with depression do you have to see a therapist if you take the medication?

No: In fact many patients take antidepressants without seeing a therapist but studies do demonstrate that a combination of medication and therapy is more effective at treating depression than medications alone. ...Read more

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If you want a really good mouth cancer check would you go to your doctor or dentist?

If you want a really good mouth cancer check would you go to your doctor or dentist?

Generally Dentists: Dentists are specialists of the mouth and are more familiar of whats normal vs abnormal. Most dentists also have advanced screening systems ( such as vizilite) to detect abnormalities before the eye can detect them. Oral cancer screenings are routinely done at your regular exam visits so be regular! ...Read more

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What should you tell a doctor if you feel you need ADD medicine but your doc doesn't take you seriously?

What should you tell a doctor if you feel you need ADD medicine but your doc doesn't take you seriously?

Talk it out: If you seriously tell the Dr. your signs and symptoms and they are indeed possibly related to ADD, and they still don't take you seriously and a the least have you fill out a basic AD/ADHD questionnaire, then it may be time to seek another Dr. Or, ask them why they do not think you have ADD, and they may be right. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have an STD in your throat?

How do you know if you have an STD in your throat?

If you have engaged: In oral sex and are concerned about pharyngitis - please get evaluated for an std. Some std's can be silent. ...Read more

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What would you do to decide if you have a thyroid problem?

What would you do to decide if you have a thyroid problem?

Thyroid blood tests: The easiest way to to have simple blood tests performed that measure thyroid function. The symptoms are over or underactive thyroid can be relatively nonspecific so blood testing is essentially. ...Read more

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What would you do to decide if you have a thyroid problem?

What would you do to decide if you have a thyroid problem?

Symptoms/Testing: By symptoms of the hyperactive or under active thyroid, physical examination and blood and imaging tests. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have a problem with your thyroid?

How do you know if you have a problem with your thyroid?

Blood test(TFTs): Your doctor can examine you and tell you if you might have it in which case a simple blood test called thyroid functions(tsh level is the simplest test) can be done to confirm it. ...Read more

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How can you know if you have diabetes if you do not get checked up?

How can you know if you have diabetes if you do not get checked up?

Thirst, hunger...: Frequent urination, undue fatigue if concerned at all, see md to catch / treat early and can check sugars at home with home glucose monitors, before person get these symptoms, to try to catch it early in people with family history of diabetes. ...Read more

Dr. Louis Gallia
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Mouth (Oral) Cancer (Definition)

Any cancer located in the mouth. Symptoms are variable but include a mass in the mouth, difficulty eating, and tongue problems. ...Read more


Dr. Liawaty Ho
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Mouth Cancer (Definition)

Cancer or the mouth or oral cancer. See an oral surgeon or ...Read more