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Can I still do humira (adalimumab) shots if I have had skin cancer recently?

Can I still do humira (adalimumab) shots if I have had skin cancer recently?

Yes: Humira (adalimumab) is associated with an increased incident of infections. You must be TB test negative and a negative screening test for heapatitis. There is a small long term risk of congestive heart failure, neurological problems and rarely lymphoma. Transplant drugs , not biologics are linked to increases risk of skin cancer after 5 years of use. ...Read more

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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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If prostate cancer is diagnosed, should I have active surveillance, radiotherapy or surgery?

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If prostate cancer is diagnosed, should I have active surveillance, radiotherapy or surgery?

TX for Prostate ca: You should choose based on the sideeffects of treatment and how these would impact ur lifestyle.Observation is used for stable psa, older pts with other health issues.Surgery or xrtare both good options with very different se.Discuss these with ur doctor or find a doctor who can still speak english to explain ur options.Its a big decision and i like my pts to be happy with whatever they choose. ...Read more

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If negative for brca gene, yet father had prostate cancer, is his daughter still at risk for breast cancer? I heard they were linked.

If negative for brca gene, yet father had prostate cancer, is his daughter still at risk for breast cancer? I heard they were linked.

Not elevated risk: In families who DO have a BRCA mutation, the breast and prostate cancers can be linked. However both are very common cancers, so they can be seen within families even if BRCA negative. The average lifetime risk of breast cancer for any given woman is 12.5%. You can do a search for the Gail Risk Model to get a little better idea of your own personal risk. ...Read more

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Had 3rd remicade (infliximab) infusion last friday for left-sided uc. Colon is still bleeding. When would I know if remicade (infliximab) is working or not?

Had 3rd remicade (infliximab) infusion last friday for left-sided uc. Colon is still  bleeding. When would I know if remicade (infliximab) is working or not?

See below.: You have essentially received the loading doses of remicade (infliximab). It may take 2 to 3 more infusions to truly settle down the uc and then hopefully bleeding will be decreased and hopefully stopped. Dosage may need to be altered to obtain better results and that will be based on your response and tolerability to the medication. ...Read more

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Why can't someone have velcade (bortezomib) if they previously had prostate cancer?

Why can't someone have velcade (bortezomib) if they previously had prostate cancer?

They can!: Velcade is also called bortezomib. It is a drug used to treat multiple myeloma and mantle cell lymphoma. Previous treatment for prostate cancer does not make someone unable to receive Velcade, but the side effects from prior cancer treatment might. Velcade causes neuropathy. If someone has neuropathy from prior cancer treatment, it might not be possible to give Velcade. ...Read more

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In the last 10 months i"ve had 4 CBC if i had lymphoma or cancer would it show up?

In the last 10 months i"ve had 4 CBC if i had lymphoma or cancer would it show up?

Not always,...: ..My friend. Depends a lot on the kind and the stage. You are very young and, with exceptions, cancer is not common at your age. Why are you so concerned? Talk to your doc about any abnormal symptom you may be experiencing. ...Read more

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I had stage one colon cancer in 2001 had surgery with no chemo or radiation needed have regular colonoscopies is the cancer likely to return?

I had stage one colon cancer in 2001 had surgery with no chemo or radiation needed have regular colonoscopies is the cancer likely to return?

Probobly not: If colon cancer was Stage one and that portion of the bowel was resected then the likelihood of recurrence is low. That said you still need to continue surveillance per your oncologist recommendations as you are at increased risk.. ...Read more

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Should my psa be high if i already had cancer?

Should my psa be high if i already had cancer?

PSA?: Is test used for people with prostatic hypertrophy , if it is elevated they do biopsy . The result is not always accurate. ...Read more

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If my dad had polyps and his mother had oseohagus cancer am I at risk? I had erosions in duodenum 2012 but biopsie ok. Am I high risk for cancer?

If my dad had polyps and his mother had oseohagus cancer am I at risk? I had erosions in duodenum 2012 but biopsie ok. Am I high risk for cancer?

It depends: It depends on what types of polyps and esophagus cancer. There are rare syndromes that might cause both of these conditions, but most likely they have sporadically arisen in a non-genetically-related manner. ...Read more

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Its been 2 months since i stoped smokinh if i did devolped larax cancer or any of the throat cancers i would have by now ?

Its been 2 months since i stoped smokinh if i did devolped larax cancer or any of the throat  cancers i would have by now ?

Congratulations!: By stopping to smoke you have done a great deal of good for your future health. Since you did not smoke for too long, your chances of developing Throat is very remote. So you do not have to worry about it provided you eat healthy, Exercise, maintain healthy weight and do not drink alcohol more than one drink occcasionally. ...Read more

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Has cancer ever been misdiagnosed asglandular fever an if so what cancer?

Has cancer ever been misdiagnosed asglandular fever an if so what cancer?

Lymphoma: Malignant lymphoma and infectious mononucleosis aren't hard for a skilled physician to tell apart but mistakes have been made. It's very rare at your age except in its form as Hodgkin's. You'll also probably feel a lot sicker with infectious mono. Hodgkin's won't give you the sore throat. Any doubt, get a consult. Cheers. ...Read more

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I had nephrectomy in feb. After that i was diagnosed as metastatic renal cell carcinoma (lung cancer). But i don't have any symptoms as doc said.Why?

I had nephrectomy in feb. After that i was diagnosed as metastatic renal cell carcinoma (lung cancer). But i don't have any symptoms as doc said.Why?

Congratulations: Renal cell carcinoma is notoriously capricious and unpredictable. It's common for a lung metastasis to vanish or stay stable for many years, especially after removal fo the primary tumor. I'm going to assume the diagnosis is accurate. Cherish being alive and be thankful for whatever time you have left -- fill it with love and good things. ...Read more

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Do i need a pet scan after surviving breast cancer? I had breast cancer (stage 1) and treatment was successful. I just had a mammogram and there was no cancer. Treatments were chemotherapy and radiation.

Do i need a pet scan after surviving breast cancer? I had breast cancer (stage 1) and treatment was successful.  I just had a mammogram and there was no cancer.  Treatments were chemotherapy and radiation.

You and your oncolog: You and your oncologist need to discuss this. Given the low stage, and assuming successful completion of treatment, pet/ct might not be indicated at this time. It does depend on the specifics of your case. Pet/ct is useful in evaluating for distal metastatic disease. It does not replace mammography, ultrasound or breast MRI for local recurrence surveillance ...Read more

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I had prostate cancer radiation treatment, last psa test was .58. If cancer do reoccur what kind symptoms will i get physically, feel, notice etc.?

I had prostate cancer radiation treatment, last psa test was .58. If cancer do reoccur what kind symptoms will i get physically, feel, notice etc.?

Varies: If you are following psa, and your cancer recurs, vey often the patient is asymptomatic - the only symptom may be anxiety about the test result. Otherwise symptoms have to do with sight of recurrence- most common is bone pain or fracture. ...Read more

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What to do if I have triple negative metastatic breast cancer stage iv?

What to do if I have triple negative metastatic breast cancer stage iv?

Don't give up: For starters, find a good oncologist, preferably one who works within a multidisciplinary team and has access to clinical trials. There are too many variables to give you specifics but very likely you will be offered chemo. Depending on the circumstances, surgery or radiation may come to play. You had 3x- cancer before age 60 and fulfill criteria for BRCA testing. If positive (or even if not)... ...Read more

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I am stage 4 metastatic breast cancer. 1 yr ago it spread to ovaries and i had hysterectomy. Do i stil need to have yearly papsmears.

I am stage 4 metastatic breast cancer. 1 yr ago it spread to ovaries and i had hysterectomy. Do i stil need to have yearly papsmears.

Technically no: I am terribly sorry about your situation. Given that your original diagnosis of breast cancer had nothing to do with hpv or related changes to the cervix, and assuming that you always had normal prior pap smears, then you do not need to have annual pap smears. Obviously, you need pelvic exams at whatever interval your doctor recommended, though. ...Read more

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I have had appendix cancer that spread & thyroid cancer. My dad had pancreatic cancer. I am curious about men1/2 & endocrine cancers. I'm only 37...?

I have had appendix cancer that spread & thyroid cancer. My dad had pancreatic cancer. I am curious about men1/2 & endocrine cancers. I'm only 37...?

Probably not: Appendix cancer is not part of any men syndrome. Pancreatic cancer can be, but it is a specific type called a neuroendocrine tumor. Likewise, the thyroid cancer in men syndromes is called meduallry carcinoma, which make up only about 10% of all thyroid cancers. ...Read more

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Adalimumab (Definition)

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Humira (Definition)

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