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Is heart cancer possible?

Is heart cancer possible?

Muscle Cancer: There are rare muscle-cancers that can occur in the heart muscle. Because heart muscle does not replicate much. Cancer is very rare in these tissues. Occasionally a sarcoma (cancer of soft tissues) can form in the heart, but more often it is the result of cancer spreading from other sources - another sarcoma or even melanoma. ...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 an age at which lung cancer is no longer curable?

Is there an age at which lung cancer is no longer curable?

It's not age that is: The barrier, it is ability to endure treatment and willingnes to undergo the trials and tribulation it offers. Older folks need to neither be forced nor denied treatment based on age alone. ...Read more

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Is heart cancer genetic?

Is heart cancer genetic?

Unknown: Cardiac tumors are so rare, there are no treatment guidelines or clinical trials to answer any questions about them. Most tumors in the heart come from other places and don't originate from the heart itself. The one true "heart cancer" is a cardiac sarcoma. As far as we know, it is not genetic. ...Read more

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Is there cardiac failure risk involved in breast cancer chemotherapy?

Is there cardiac failure risk involved in breast cancer chemotherapy?

Yes: Chemotherapy may affect heart function, for that reason a nuclear study of the heart is done before starting some type of chemotherapy for breast cancer. ...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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Is there any link between breast cancer and lung cancer?

Is there any link between breast cancer and lung cancer?

Not a direct link: Breast cancer can spread to the lungs. Very rarely, lung cancer can spread to the breasts. Some lung cancers are estrogen or Progesterone receptor positive. ...Read more

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Is there possibilty of lung transplantation?

Is there possibilty of lung transplantation?

Yes: Lung transplants are preformed on a regular basis. To see if a lung transplant is an option for you or someone you know you should ask your pulmonary doctor to refer you to a transplant center for an initial evaluation. ...Read more

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Why is heart cancer so rare?

Why is heart cancer so rare?

Low carcinogens: Primary Tumors of the Heart are extremely rare in terms of those arising from the normal tissues that make up the heart. This is in contrast to secondary metastatic tumors of the heart or those that infiltrate the heart via direct extension The most common primary tumor of the heart is the benign myxoma. 20% of primary tumors of the heart are malignant and include rhabdomyosarcomas angiosarcomas and myxosarcomas. Since most are viral in origin, the high blood flow and presence of immunocytes may suppress malignant transformation ...Read more

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What is the reason that pancreatic cancer is incurable?

What is the reason that pancreatic cancer is  incurable?

It is not incurable: Sometimes it is curable. It depends on what type of cancer it is (some have a better cure rate than others) also it depends on the location of the cancer and how it was diagnosed. Pancreas cancer is notorious for being discovered late because of a lack of symptoms. If it has invaded blood vessels, other organs or distant lymphnodes the chance of cure is very poor. Also most patients would... ...Read more

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What scientific evidence is there that the heart valve is a tissue?

What scientific evidence is there that the heart valve is a tissue?

Histology: Histology is the scientific study of cell and tissues and the raw data comes from gross, microscopic (light and electron), and immunochemical examination. Heart valves are tissues just like virtually all structures are in living organisms. (trust me!). ...Read more

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Is there any age where colon cancer decreases and screening is less needed?

Is there any age where colon cancer decreases and screening is less needed?

No / Yes: Risk of colin cancer does not necessarily decrease as one ages. However the benefit of screening does decrease with advancement of age. ...Read more

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Is there any cure for heart faliure?

Is there any  cure for heart faliure?

A heart transplant: The only cure for endstage heart failure is a cardiac transplant. Any other therapy only provides temporary measures. If you have stage 4 failure, i hope the current treatments are providing relief and that you are on a transplant list. Consult doc regularly. I wish you the best of luck. ...Read more

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What is cancer rate of spreading?

What is cancer rate of spreading?

Why do you ask?: There are hundreds of different relatively common kinds of cancer, and even for individual kinds, the speed at which it spreads is unpredictable. The leukemias are by definition spread through the body by the time of discovery. Basal cell carcinomas, almost never. Glioblastomas are always spread in the brain but don't go beyond. Otherwise, it's almost always percentage odds. ...Read more

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Is there a link between ovarian cancer and other cancers?

Is there a link between ovarian cancer and other cancers?

The genetic link is: Brca-2, a hereditary molecular factor that is linked to high incidence of both breast and ovary cancer. It is not common, but when present warrants oopherectomy without ca dx. ...Read more

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Is there a connection between colon cancer and prostate cancer?

Is there a connection between colon cancer and prostate cancer?

None: Colon cancer grows within the lumen of the bowel until a population of invasive cells spread to serosa and then nodes. It is probably secondary to a polyoma virus. Prostate Ca which is hormonally controlled probably arises from the MMTV virus entering the Wnt-1 gene to induce transformation. This same virus effects breast Ca and men married to women with Br Ca get more prostate Ca. ...Read more

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Is there cure for a right heart failure and enlargement of the heart disease?

Is there cure for a right heart failure and enlargement of the heart disease?

Right heart failure: Unfortunately there is no cure but it can be contained or controlled with appropriate medications. Right heart failure typically has dependent edema, liver enlargement and increased jugular venous pulsations. ...Read more

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What is the mortality rate with prostate cancer surgery?

What is the mortality rate with prostate cancer surgery?

Prostate surgery: It is minimall. Some people say it s close to zero. It is really small. There is an open technique, radical prostatectomy and laparoscopic technique. Although laparoscopy is gaining field, apparently there is a higher rate of urinary incontinence and recurrence with laproscopy. Your urologyst should be able to give you uptodate information on the procedure. Hope it helps. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for heart failure?

Is there a cure for heart failure?

Depends: Depends on cause. If prior heart attack, then chances of complete recovery of dead tissue is very unlikely. If no prior CAD or mi, then chances of recovery are higher.. ...Read more

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Why is breast cancer considered such an important a disease but less is heard about other cancers?

Why is breast cancer considered such an important a disease but less is heard about other cancers?

Power in advertising: Breast cancer occurs in women mostly and women have identified with this cancer. The attention women have brought to this cancer is amazing and has used advertising to gain awareness. Lung, colon, prostate, etc have not had the attention like breast cancer but have higher death rates. ...Read more

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What is the survival rate of metastatic breast cancer to other organs?

What is the survival rate of metastatic breast cancer to other organs?

Highly variable: Everyone is different, responds to treatments differently, has different cell types & different underlying medical conditions. Depends if bone or lung or liver involvement. Some patients can live for years & others may not. The patient's treating oncologist would be able to answer much better. ...Read more

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Dr. Linda Callaghan
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Heart Cancer (Definition)

A cancer that affects the heart muscle or valves would be considered a heart cancer. Most sources of cancer in the heart are a metastasis from another organ, but a few are primary from the heart. Cancer of the heart is very rare. Primary tumors of the heart can include myxoma, fibroelastoma, rhabdomyoma, lipoma, sarcoma, and others. Cardiac MRI can be helpful in ...Read more