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Dr. William Singer
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Living With Cancer (Overview)

Receiving the diagnosis of cancer is a life changing event for a patient, and may affect a person in many ways, both physically and emotionally.


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What is the normal reaction to living with cancer?

What is the normal reaction to living with cancer?

Likely very hard.: This situation is often difficult to explain and takes personal experience. Very often patients feel powerless and frustrated that they cannot do something about their condition. Others may feel depressed. This is where they need the help of others the most. Help from family is likely the first, best source. Other sources include support groups, and possibly, counseling. ...Read more

Dr. William Singer
10 doctors shared insights

Living With Cancer (Overview)

Receiving the diagnosis of cancer is a life changing event for a patient, and may affect a person in many ways, both physically and emotionally.


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Is there a website with tips and things to do everyday when living with cancer?

Is there a website with tips and things to do everyday when living with cancer?

Many sites: Useful sites include cancer.Org; webmd; cancer.Net; cancer.Gov. Also there are specific sites for most cancers. ...Read more

Dr. Carlos Encarnacion Dr. Encarnacion
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Living with cancer (Tip)

Don't suffer in silence. Tell your cancer doc about your pain level on every visit. ...See more

Dr. Andrea Brand Dr. Brand
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Living with Skin Cancer (Checklist)

Avoid sun exposure between 10 am and 2 pm
daily
Apply sunscreen
2x day
Wear a hat outdoors on sunny days
daily
See dermatologist for check ups
2x year
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Do you know any website where they give things to do everyday when living with cancer?

Do you know any website where they give things to do everyday when living with cancer?

Self improvement: Check these websites: www.Cancer.Net, www.Cancer.Gov or www.Nccn.Com for more information about cancer survivorship/living with cancer. ...Read more

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What percentage of people in the us are currently living with cancer or have had cancer @ some point in their life?

What percentage of people in the us are currently living with cancer or have had cancer @ some point in their life?

Prevalence: 4%: Statistics are squirrely, though. "prevalence" = # of living americans who who have had or now have cancer, about 12 million. "incidence" = # who get it in any one year: 0.6%, 1.64 million. Notice that these numbers are far below the risk of certain cancers. 11% of women will get breast ca for instance. For more great statistics on cancer, google "cancer facts & figures". ...Read more

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Living with cancer (Tip)

Cancer pain is real. Take pain meds regularly, using both long and short-acting meds. ...See more

Dr. Robert Kent Dr. Kent
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Managing Pain from Cancer (Checklist)

Ask oncologist to refer you to cancer pain specialist
Once
Ask pain specialist about both interventional and medication options
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If pancreatic cancer, ask about a celiac plexus block
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If neuropathy, request trial of ketamine-based topical creams
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Power of healing prayer in living with cancer?

Power of healing prayer in living with cancer?

Prayer: I believe that hope is an extremely important part of the healing process and that prayer can play a valuable role in that. Where i work, doctors and nurses routinely pray with patients. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy for someone living with cancer?

What is the life expectancy for someone living with cancer?

Depends: It will depend on so many factors - the type of cancer, the stage of cancer, the biology/other prognostic/predictive factors; type of treatments, your respond to therapy, your overall medical condition etc. Some cancer can be cured thus the life expectancy will be similar to other people who dont have cancer. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Wright Dr. Wright
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Living with cancer (Tip)

Consider Finasteride to lower prostate cancer risk. It may only affect slow growing cancers. ...See more

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Is there anyone who has experienced power of healing in living with cancer?

Is there anyone who has experienced power of healing in living with cancer?

Please clarify.: It depends on what you mean by power of healing. There are many cancer survivors as you are likely aware of, and they go on to live long lives. Some people are cured while others live with cancer. If it is removed and there is a cure, many of these individuals heal perfectly well. Others heal all-right, but might have complications in their organs, immune system, etc. ...Read more

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Is there anyone who has experienced power of healing words with living with cancer?

Is there anyone who has experienced power of healing words with living with cancer?

Comfort: Yes always good to have faith, to console from suffering, but still has to under go conventional treatments for best possible results. ...Read more

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Living with cancer (Tip)

A low-fat diet high in fruits and vegetables is the best way to prevent prostate cancer. ...See more

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How is someone suppose to act when living with cancer?

How is someone suppose to act when  living with cancer?

Suportive: Patient and relatives are affected . Relative support is so different: some are active, doing everything. Others are detached, passive. How you act depends on your personality, and view of the cancer patient. Some are afraid, other are not. Talk to friends, clergy, social worker, nurses and oncologist for advice. Cancer clinics usually have brochures, and office to help you with your needs. ...Read more

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Power of healing words from preacher for living with cancer?

Power of healing words from preacher for living with cancer?

Help, not cure: Having a faith community's support -- clergy, health care providers who are believers -- is helpful in day-to-day survival and it may be that there benefits to the spirit -- peace, love, equanimity, courage. Don't expect it to affect the course of the illness, but be open to other benefits. ...Read more

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Dr. Ihab Ibrahim Dr. Ibrahim
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Living with cancer (Tip)

Until seeing an Interventional Pain Management Doctor, you haven't exhausted your treatment options. ...See more

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Living with cancer. How many millions of americans are cancer survivors now?

Living with cancer.  How many millions of americans are cancer survivors now?

Hard to say/growing.: This number is hard to determine, but it is certainly growing due to the advances in medicine. However, it is estimated by the sun-sentinel (fort lauderdale, florida). 22 january 2009. In their article "cancer survivors face psychological challenges that about 11 million americans alive today—one in 30 people–are either currently undergoing treatment for cancer or have done so in the past. ...Read more

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How is someone suppose to act when it comes to seeing a friend living with cancer?

How is someone suppose to act when it comes to seeing a friend living with cancer?

Act yourself.: Be supportive and let them know you are there for them. Give them a hug and enjoy their friendship. Be there to listen and show them you care. Understand when they are down or not as patient or tired. In short, treat them like a friend. ...Read more

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Living with cancer (Tip)

Do take pain medicine instead of avoiding it due to fear of addiction; that is a myth. ...See more

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Is having Alzheimer's similar to living with cancer?

No: Alzheimer's disease is a progressive loss of cognitive abilities and function while with most cancers, the person can function well until shortly before death. ...Read more

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How many people are living with skin cancer?

How many people are living with skin cancer?

Skin cancer: New skin cancer diagnoses will be greater than 1 million in the u. S. Per year and that may be an underestimate as they are not formally reported. 20% of americans may develop some type of skin cancer in their lifetime, but fortuanately most are curable. Don't forget to use your sunscreen, but take vitamin d by mouth since the sunscreen prevents your skin from making the vitaimin. ...Read more

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Dr. Kerry Friesen Dr. Friesen
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Living with cancer (Tip)

Avoid milk and meat. Eat pigmented foods, especially tomato, eggplant. Drink red wine/green tea. ...See more

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What are the risks of living with cervical cancer without getting treatment?

What are the risks of living with cervical cancer without getting treatment?

Progression: Without treatment there is a risk that the cancer progresses and can grow to a point where it is no longer curable and or may cause you symptoms that are difficult to manage. Receiving treatment at the earliest time possible is highly recommended. ...Read more

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Living with lung cancer? Are most people terminal by the time they are diagnosed?

Can be cured: If caught early, lung cancer can be effectively treated and patients can enjoy many additional cancer-free years. ...Read more

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Living with cancer (Tip)

Make sure your estrogen level is low and have adequate Progesterone level. ...See more

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My mum had been vommiting parasites and yeast for 5 days. Her diagnose was a cancer of colon. Are parasites living in a cancer or somewhere else?

My mum had  been vommiting parasites and yeast for 5 days. Her diagnose was a cancer of colon. Are parasites living in a cancer or somewhere else?

Not clear: Your question is not too clear. Was she really diagnosed with cancer? Who said she is vomiting "parasites and yeasts"? Colon cancer is not an infectious disease and as far as i know has nothing to do with neither of the things you say she vomited. Please talk to her doctor about this. If she does not have one, get her one asap. Best to you. ...Read more

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What are the chances of living regular lifespan with cancer?

What are the chances of living regular lifespan with cancer?

Depends on the type: Basal cell and squamous cell cancers of the skin may have little effect on life span, whereas in the case of lung cancer majority of the patients are dead within a year and a whole range of outcomes inbetween with other cancers. ...Read more

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Dr. Maricer Escalon Dr. Escalon
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Living with cancer (Tip)

There is no maximum dose of narcotics. Medication should be carefully titrated to maximum relief. ...See more

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If someone has endometrial cancer and is going through treatment will eating healthy and losing weight help in living longer with the cancer or not?

If someone has endometrial cancer and is going through treatment will eating healthy and losing weight help in living longer with the cancer or not?

Eating healthy: Whether or not eating healthy will help you live longer with endometrial cancer is uncertain. What is certain is that you will feel better and probably enjoy a better quality of life. ...Read more

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