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Is Tricalcium Phosphate A Cancer Causing Agent
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
I have lung nodules 6 years ago that were cal cialcified now I have more what would cause more and could it be cancer. I was in vietnam and have many problems from angent orange?
Lung nodules: The old calcified lung nodules do not concern me. However the new lung nodules are more concerning. Things like infection, rheumatological problems, cancer ( either lung cancer or other type of cancer that spreads to lung) can cause lung nodules. Discuss further with your md . You need further evaluation and biopsy of the lung nodule is likely required ( if possible to be done)-to find what it is. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I had a rectal resection due to cancer. I have just done a new bloods and my phosphate came back really low (0.74 and WBC was 3. Should i be worried?
Just f/u with MD: Follow up with your gp and have your md repeated the labs again. If something is significant- your md can do some w/u to find why and to treat accordingly. Those likely unrelated to the cancer- unless you are telling me that you receive chemotherapy now- then the chemo is likely the reason why your WBC is low. If not, just continue to f/u with your md and discuss further. ...Read more
What could be the result of an alkaline phosphate of 149...History of kidney cancer in past, had surgery to remove it.
Nonspecific: Alkaline phosphatase is a blood test that can be elevated in both diseases of the liver or the bone. Conceivably if kidney cancer spreads to either the liver or bone, the alp may become elevated especially if the spread is quite extensive. However, other benign conditions can lead to alp elevations such as infection, paget's disease of the bone, hepatitis, inflammation. Get a thorough check up. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Dna damage: That is either not repaired, or repaired incorrectly. Cell division replicates the mistake, and leads to more errors. ...Read more
Organic chemicals: Polycyclic hydrocarbons of various sorts. No reasonable person questions that these do grave harm when they are in tobacco smoke. I've reviewed the supposed dangers of charbroiled meat from time to time and the numbers are much softer, the danger if real at all is much less, and recall bias is likely, so that reasonable people can disagree. ...Read more
Mutate genes: A few of them caused greatly increased cell turnover instead which is the fertile soil in which mutations caused by other agents can be expressed. Remembering that all true cancers are mutagens is a good way to tell which "things that cause cancer" in media / pop reports are probably true (radiation, smoking, mutagenic chemicals) and which ones are bogus / statistical flukes / scare talk. ...Read more
Epithelium: Most cancers arise from epithelium ("carcinomas"), surface-covering cells more prone to cancer because they are more likely to contact cancer-causing chemicals and are also divide more. The cells are not more vulnerable because they are dividing; the replication gives a chance for the mutations to spread in the cell population. ...Read more
I wish I had: More than 400 characters but in my opinion, those new agents that target specific molecular processes in cancer cells that make them behave as cancer cells are the most exciting. They target cancer cells and spare (to a certain degree) normal cells so the side effects are less. They are not perfect and unfortunately they tend to be veeeery expensive, which is a big problem. ...Read more
Various: there is a large number of chemotherapy drugs, available by injection and orally. The list would exceed space available here. ...Read more
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Not aware of any!: As such there is no known cancer fighting agent in our blood. But our immune system does play an important role and provides us some protection from developing cancer but it is not a complete protection and we are unable to measure this protective effect or factor, like you have wondered about. Perhaps in future we might be able to quantify such a immune protection factor(s). ...Read more
Depends on type: Treatment for bladder cancer depends on type and stage. Some cancers can be treated by removal alone or removal and placement of "chemotherapy" directly into bladder which tends to have the least toxic effect on the whole body. Other, more aggressive bladder cancers require traditional chemotherapy which is typically more toxic. Decision for treatment can only be made by a urologist/oncologist. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Discuss w oncologist: Always best to first discuss with both your urologist & your oncologist.. Carboplatin is far less toxic than Cisplatin & side effects (se) of nausea & vomiting are much less. An alternative might be fractionated dose chemotherapy, where same dose is split up over a few successive days. This usually reslts in fewer se. Always consider 2nd opinion but please don't refuse treatment. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Molecular map reqd: We know now that about 50% of non small cell lung cancers have a detectable mutation that has a targeted drug to that mutation. This means that the most effective drugs can be used efficiently and targetted to the specific tumor cell type. Mind you although 50% do not have drugs that are capable of targetting a specific mutation we still do know the mutations. There are molecular tests to use. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Interferon: Intron a (interferon alfa 2b) is the trade name for interferon alpha. Not used as much as in the past, but still can be used for high risk melanoma, rarely for some myeloproliferative neoplasia situations and renal cell cancers. Most common use is in hepatitis c. Interferon is a natural substance made by lymphoid cells in response to viral and other illnesses. ...Read more
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