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Is there a screening test for esophageal cancer?

Is there a screening test for esophageal cancer?

Upper endoscopy: We do not perform routine screening for esophageal cancer. In japan where the risk of esophageal cancer is higher there is greater use of this test for screening. When patients do have symptoms of difficulty swallowing, pain on swallowing, hemoptysis (vomiting blood), anemic for unknown cause, heart burn not responsive to medication, episgastric pain (pain upper mid abdomen), endoscopy is needed. ...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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Is there a screening test for penile cancer?

Is there a screening test for penile cancer?

Yes: The best screening test is self examination. Self examination makes the diagnosis. Biopsy confirms. Penile cancer while rare in the USA happens more commonly in men with uncircumcised penis; it is extremely rare to non-existent in men with a circumcised penis. The most effective screen is self examination. The most effective prevention is the circumcision particularly before 1 year of life. ...Read more

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Is there a DNA test to check for colon cancer?

Is there a DNA test to check for colon cancer?

Yes, BUT.: There are commercial tests available. They are not more effective than other methods of screening ( fecal occult blood and colonoscopy) and are not as cost effective. ...Read more

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Is there a genomic test for ovarian cancer?

Is there a genomic test for ovarian cancer?

Yes: Many genes have been identified that may increase your risk of ovarian cancer from the normal <1% risk to a doubling or up to a 40% lifetime risk. The best validated gene is the brca gene. The new next generation sequencing technology can check for 19 genes at once that increase risk of breast, ovarian and uterine cancer. This may be helpful if you have a family history of ovarian cancer. ...Read more

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Is there a screening test for lung cancer?

Is there a screening test for lung cancer?

Yes: There are new recommendations from the us preventive services task force (uspstf) on ct screening to detect lung cancer."up to 20, 000 deaths a year from lung cancer might be prevented by annual screenings of generally healthy people who have smoked a pack a day for 30 or more years (or the equivalent such as 2 packs a day for 15 yrs) who are ages 55 to 79 and have smoked within the past 15 years.". ...Read more

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Is there a test for ovarian cancer that is covered by insurance?

Is there a test for ovarian cancer that is covered by insurance?

Covered by most: Examination by gynecologist and sonogram is covered by most of the insurances, . ...Read more

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Is there a simple blood test for testicular cancer?

Is there a simple blood test for testicular cancer?

There are blood: Tests, alpha-feto-protein and human Chorionic Gonadotropin that are done after a diagnosis or stron suspicion of testicular cancer, and these are used to follow treatment, and look for recurrence. These, and no other tests, are used to screen normal men and boys looking to make a diagnosis, which what i think you were asking. ...Read more

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Is there a specific test for ovarian cancer screening? What are the symptoms of ovarian cancer?

Is there a specific test for ovarian cancer screening? What are the symptoms of ovarian cancer?

No good screen test: No good screening for ovarian cancer. It requires high awareness from the patient, low threshold of suspicion of md, multiple modalities to detect earlier case of cancer. Symptoms are not specific either that may include non specific lower abdominal pain, abdominal distention, nausea/vomiting, constipation, weight loss etc. However, when you do have symptoms usually the stage would be more advance. ...Read more

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Is there a blood test for cancer?

Is there a blood test for cancer?

Not quite: Cancer is not one disease but a conglomeration of multiple disease. Some cancers, e.g., leukemias, multiple myeloma, and some advanced cancers can be detected by blood tests. However there are different tests for even these categories of cancers. ...Read more

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Is there a more thorough test for liver cancer than biopsy?

Is there a more thorough test for liver cancer than biopsy?

No: Biopsy would be the most definitive diagnostic means to test the cells themselves for any abnormalities. ...Read more

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Is there a blood test for cancer of all types? I read an article about something called an amas test. Is it viable?

Is there a blood test for cancer of all types? I read an article about something called an amas test. Is it viable?

No, there isn't : But we're working on it. We are developing antigen or protein marker assays for several specific types of carcinoma, much like the psa test that we have for prostate ca. There are some other tests that we find to be connect with a diagnosed case of ca, which we then follow if they truly correlate with expansion or contraction of the tumors. ...Read more

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If a blood test is done and there is no detection of cancer, is it concluded that cancer is in remission? The type of cancer is lung cancer

If a blood test is done and there is no detection of cancer, is it concluded that cancer is in remission? The type of cancer is lung cancer

Discuss...: Your question is not exactly clear. "remission" is a term used to describe cancer that was diagnosed and after treatment or in unusual cases "spontaneously" is no longer clinically present. The "blood tests" currently marketed are used to "find" (screen) cancer. Tests like "early cdt" are generally inaccurate if you have already had a cancer. Not used to diagnose "remission". ...Read more

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There are 100 types of cancer. Which ones, that are most common, can I take a test for as a preventative measure? Is there a cancer vaccine?

No test or vaccine: There are no blood tests that screen for all cancers and no cancer vaccine. If you keep track of your health and see your doc for checkups every few years they can review your lifestyle/ age/symptoms and screen for any problems like cancer. We are not yet in the age of Star Trek scanners or vaccines, although it may happen some day. ...Read more

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Is there a self-test for testicular cancer?

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Is there a self-test for testicular cancer?

Testicular cancer: The self test you are looking for is called a physical exam! basically you must be familiar with your own body in order to notice any changes. Men are really supposed to exam their testicles once a month just as women are asked to exam their breasts once a month. Just pick a day of the month and get it done. If you feel a knot or lump see your doctor. ...Read more

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Is there a blood test for pituitary cancer?

Is there a blood test for pituitary cancer?

Not by itself: A pituitary tumor may be suggested by blood test results that show increased amount of certain hormones in the blood. However, some pituitary tumors do not produce hormones. An MRI of the brain is necessary to diagnose a pituitary tumor. Blood tests will help determine if the tumor is producing hormones. ...Read more

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Is there a definitive blood test for non hodgkin's lymphoma?

Is there a definitive blood test for non hodgkin's lymphoma?

Non-Hodgkin's test: Although a diagnosis of non-hodgkin's lymphoma can be suspected by certain lab results (ldh, spep, cbc, beta-2 microglobulin), there is no way to diagnose it without doing a biopsy (of a lymph gland or the bone marrow or the affected organ). ...Read more

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Is there a cure for bowel cancer?

Is there a cure for bowel cancer?

Depends: Curing cancer of the intestinal tract depends on the type of cancer and the stage of cancer at diagnosis. Most early stage cancers of the intestine can be cured with surgical removal of the tumor with low recurrence rates. ...Read more

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Is there a genetic test that shows who is at risk for osteogenic sarcoma?

Is there a genetic test that shows who is at risk for osteogenic sarcoma?

Not really.: Unless your family has a documented history of this, and a particular mutation has been identified in other family members, there is not an established test for this condition. ...Read more

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Dr. Lynne Weixel
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Colon (Definition)

The colon is another term for the large intestine. This is the final portion of the digestive system, responsible for absorbing water and storing stool before evacuation. It is divided into sections described as cecum; ascending, transverse, descending and ...Read more


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Colonic (Definition)

This is a combining term referring to some condition, treatment or disease of the colon. Such as colonic enema, colonic ...Read more