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Hip cancer and possible lung cancer, what to do to know for sure?

Hip cancer and possible lung cancer, what to do to know for sure?

MD time: You need to see a doc for a good evaluation. I'm not sure if you mean that you already were diagnosed with cancer. If so, talk to your oncologist. If not, talk to your family doc about your concerns. You may need to have some tests, like scans or even a biopsy. Don't panic, just make that appointment. ...Read more

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 to test for cancer ?

How to test for cancer
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There are many ways: To test for many types of cancer. This question is so general - that it would take a book to answer it. Is there a particular type of cancer you are concerned about? If yes, then specify and re-ask question. If you are asking for a school exercise - you would do well to google under different cancer types. ...Read more

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How to screen or test for ovarian cancer?

How to screen or test for ovarian cancer?

No sure test: There is no established screening test fit for mass use. Blood tests such as ca125 level has been used. Scannng such as pelvic ultrasound or ct scans have ben employed too. ...Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for to get to stage IV lung cancer?

Please tell me how long it takes for to get to stage IV lung cancer?

Varies: Type of lung cancer: squamous is slow adeno can be variable small cell is quick may not be found until already stageiv since they are frequently asymptomatic until late. ...Read more

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Can you get a lung transplant to help cure lung cancer?

Can you get a lung transplant to help cure lung cancer?

Immunosuppression: The drugs that allow a human transplant, suppress the immune system. Even "compatible" organs from donors, usually sudden deaths in otherwise healthy folks, have antigens recognized by the recipient immune system, so asleep the immunity most go to tolerate the "foreign" organ. The immune system helps control and eliminate cancer cells. Those with transplants are susceptible to tumor development. ...Read more

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Can they test for pancreatic cancer to catch it early?

Can they test for pancreatic cancer to catch it early?

Not presently: Most cases are detected at an advanced stage as no effective screening test exists for pancreatic cancer. ...Read more

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Is molecular oncology a good test to do to determine treatment for metastic colon cancer ?

Is molecular oncology a good test to do to determine treatment for metastic colon cancer ?

Kras braf tests are: Molecular testing of colon mets tissue for gene mutations of those two loci predict patients who will or will not respond to precision anti tumor (epidermal growth factor receptor protein) antibodies. These were FDA okd and clinically proven in hundreds of tested and treated patients to be beneficial in survival. Oncologists versed with and pathologists who process these tumor tissues shld help U. ...Read more

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How accurately will a fecal test find early stage colon cancer? The one that looks for cancer blood markers. Please help!! Approximate percentage.

How accurately will a fecal test find early stage colon cancer? The one that looks for cancer blood markers. Please help!! Approximate percentage.

Pretty low: Conventional assessment of colorectal cancer (CRC) risk largely involves detection of non-dysplastic adenomatous polyps. Standardized sensitivity was 48.2%, for CRC stages I-IV, values were 35.0%, 63.0%, 46.0% and 77.4%, respectively. Specificity was 91.5%. Sensitivity for advanced adenomas was low (11.2%). Ref: Mol Diagn Ther. 2014 Apr;18(2):127 & Gut. 2014 Feb;63(2):317 ...Read more

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How to check for cancer in previous caner patients?

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Surveillance: there are different ways to monitoring patient with history of cancer. obviously we need to follow up physically as well as some blood works and other recommended per guideline. In addition, this person also will need to update other age-appropriate cancer screening procedure - like a colonoscopy, mammogram, pap-smear etc. discuss with your MD further. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to check for cancer in previous caner patients?

Depends: It depends on the type and location of previous cancer. Some cancers, e.g., prostate, colon, ovary and liver can be monitored by blood tests. Others may require imagining studies. Some may be monitored by physical examination only. It is not an issue for doing it yourself. ...Read more

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Is chest XR best test for how you dealing with lung cancer?

No: Cxr is not very sensitive. The best test for screening is low dose ct scan. Best staging tests are ct scan and pet scan. ...Read more

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Can bronchoscopy use to get sample for lung biopsy?

Can bronchoscopy use to get sample for lung biopsy?

Yes: Your thoracic surgeon can perform a trans-bronchial biopsy with fluoroscopic guidance or ultra-sound guidance (ebus), or inreach/ilogic/superdimension/electromagnetic navigation to target and biopsy specific lung lesions. All these techniques are done with bronchoscopy. ...Read more

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How accurate is a ct scan for lung cancer and espohagal cancer?

How accurate is a ct scan for lung cancer and espohagal cancer?

Depending: on the technical factors of the scan, highly sensitive for detecting lung cancer, less so so for esophageal cancers. Small esophageal cancers may be undetectable on CT, endoscopy is the best way to evaluate for that possibility(also biopsy can be performed at the time of endoscopy). ...Read more

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Hi my question if u go for a lung xray can the doctor detec lung cancer easely?

Hi my question if u go for a lung xray can the doctor detec lung cancer easely?

YES & NO: A chest xray can detect a large lung cancer easily but smaller ones can be missed (especially in the top of lung). Chest ct is much more sensitive. ...Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for to get blood screening results back to check for any signs of cancer?

Please tell me how long it takes for to get blood screening results back to check for any signs of cancer?

Depends on the test: Except for leukemias, blood tests are usually not diagnostic of cancers. Results of blood tests for leukemia may take anywhere from one day to a couple of weeks depending on the investigations needed. ...Read more

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Where can I get screening test for pancreatic cancer?

Where can I get screening test for pancreatic cancer?

No screening test: There is no usual test for screening for pancreatic cancer- no blood or ct scans are benficial in this setting. ...Read more

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How do you screen for prostate cancer?

How do you screen for prostate cancer?

Blood test and exam: The current screening tests include a blood test and digital rectal examination. Imaging studies and x-rays are not part of the screening process. The screening tests should be performed once yearly unless you have risk factors. Screening is recommended to start at age 50 unless you have risk factors and may start earlier if there are risk factors. ...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

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How to treat lung cancer?

How to treat lung cancer?

Depends: Surgery if the best option if it can be removed. Chemotherapy and radiation are also commonly used. Best option is to be evaluated by an oncologist and thoracic surgeon/ pulmonologist to direct best treatment strategy. ...Read more

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How can you test for throat cancer or tumors?

Throat cancer: First see ENT. MD can check mucosal surfaces, do endoscopy, feel for lymph nodes. if any findings, biopsy and imaging studies indicated, i.e. CT, MRI, US ...Read more

Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


Dr. David Cooke
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Lung Cancer (Definition)

Cancer that forms in tissues of the lung, usually in the cells ...Read more