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Is There A Relationship Between White Fungus On The Tongue And Cancer
Yes: We all have "fungus"in our mouths and tongue but when the oral cavity is healthy it is kept under control. Most cancer treatments of the mouth and throat can change this healthy environment which in turn allows the growth of "fungus" in our mouths, tongue and throat. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No.: While there is some variation between one person and the next regarding their total length of colon, this is not correlated with cancer risk. Of course, those people who have undergone (sub)total colectomy are at lower risk of colon cancer than if they didn't have this surgery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sometimes: Certain genetic cancer syndromes have increased risk for cancers in multiple areas of the GI tract. If you have multiple family members who have had cancer discuss it with your family physician and see if meeting with a genetic counselor would be the right thing to do. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
There are many: It is a very complex interaction and we learn more about these processes all of the time. It depends on which cancer type we are talking about. Malignant cells are alive and active as are all of our cells in our body. They each need oxygen delivered by blood to perform basic metabolism. Chemotherapy and radiation create oxgen radicals inside ca cells to kill them, so o2 is needed to kill them. ...Read more
Some anti Ca effect: The synthetic drug DCA (dichloroacetate) has been found to kill cancer cells, both in lab animals and in human beings. There is significant toxicity. However, most side affects have not been defined Initial study with glioblastoma. Some activity noted . It's an inexpensive, non-patentable molecule, which makes it of minimal value to pharmaceutical companies. Not found in common food. ...Read more
Olig2: Very technical question. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OLIG2#OLIG2_in_Cancer for a reasonable first start of an answer. You can also use a free service called PubMed at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/PubMed/ or try a 30-day free trial of EndNote at www.endnote.com which is a tremendous tool for search ? create endnote libraries with abstracts & full PDFs. ...Read more
Basic biology: All cells arise from previous cells by mitosis or meiosis, the latter in preparing a gamete. The "pop" wisdom that cancer cells divide more often than their benign counterparts is partly true, but the real key is that the genome has become destabilized and each mitotic division provides opportunities for a clone to become more aggressive. ...Read more
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