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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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Why is certain cancers so rare in young people liike colon cancer or luung cancer?

Why is certain cancers so rare in young people liike colon cancer or luung cancer?

Mutations: There are many theories. One is that cancer is often the result of several mutations in cells that occur over time. It may take several of these mutations over time to cause cancer. Another is that certain cell growth control systems get inactivated over the years. This is call epigenetic change. Also over time more environmental exposures take their toll. Age allows more of these thing to happe. ...Read more

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Is pancreatic cancer rare in people under 30 who have no family history of it?

Is pancreatic cancer rare in people under 30 who have no family history of it?

Yes: Pancreatic cancer is very rare at this age, even with a family history. There are genetic syndromes, however, which may include certain pancreatic tumors, which often affect the young age group. ...Read more

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How common is fatal pulmonary embolism in people under thirty ?

How common is fatal pulmonary embolism in people under thirty
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NOT: Miss Pamela, it just is not common. Please seek out a mental health counselor to address your fear of pulmonary embolism and DVT. Take action to help yourself by quitting smoking, eating a healthy diet, and walking for exercise for 30 min every day. ...Read more

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There is rare inherited mutation that gives you 1 in 3 lifetime chance of developing lung cancer even in non smokers. For someone with anxiety and lost mom to bac lung cancer should I test?

There is rare inherited mutation that gives you 1 in 3 lifetime chance of developing lung cancer even in non smokers. For someone with anxiety and lost mom to bac lung cancer should I test?

Which gene?: Egfr t790m's actual risk is unknown since nobody knows how many people without lung cancer carry the mutation. Even li fraumeni doesn't approach a 1/3 risk of lung cancer. And what would you do with this information if you had it? Hopefully you will always be a non-smoker. ...Read more

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How common is larynx cancer in men under 25?

How common is larynx cancer in men under 25?

Very rare: Laryngeal cancer usually occurs in older men who smoke and drink. If it occurs in a men under 25, it usually is a rare form of cancer. ...Read more

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History of ca breast in 2008. Found multiple ill defined nodules in bilateral lungs which are pleural based. Can it be metastatic lymphadenopathy ?

History of ca breast in 2008. Found multiple ill defined nodules in bilateral lungs which are pleural based. Can it be metastatic lymphadenopathy ?

Hope not: Contrary to popular belief, breast cancer can relapse 5 years or more after diagnosis. Your oncologist will decide based on your clinical picture and old x-rays if those lesions should be biopsied or followed up in a short interval. I truly hope it is nothing of concern. Best to you. ...Read more

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Is throat cancer rare in someone in their 20's caused by hpv?

Quite Rare: Generally cancer and especially throat cancer has been a disease of older men with history of tobacco and alcohol use. However, with the rise in hpv infections, incidence in younger people is rising. ...Read more

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What are the major cases of hemoptysis found in lung cancer patients?

What are the major cases of hemoptysis found in lung cancer patients?

Ulceration: Blood tinges sputum is usually due to ulceration of the cancer affecting the airways. Lung cancer can invade large blood vessels and cause fatal hemoptysis. ...Read more

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Treatment of acase of locally advanced bilatral breast cancer large fungtic mass likley it occupay all left breast area with pulmonary small nodule?

Treatment of  acase of locally advanced bilatral breast cancer large fungtic mass  likley it occupay all left breast area with pulmonary small nodule?

Breast cancer: You should see an oncologist for an entire work up as well as recommendations regarding neoadjuvant chemotherapy followed by surgery with or without reconstruction depending on the ability for surveillance of local recurrence. ...Read more

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Stage 111 non small cell lung cancer. Had lobectomy, cancer in lymph node an chest wall. What are the symptoms when you get closer to death. ?

Stage 111 non small cell lung cancer. Had lobectomy, cancer in lymph node an chest wall. What are the symptoms when you get closer to death. ?

Wait to Worry: You should not be thinking about death unless your Cancer is growing or spreading(called Metastasis). Most people with growing cancer develop symptoms which will signal that you need to see your doctor for examination. A periodic check up by your doctor can reveal signs of tumor recurrence if there is one. So as long as you get checked periodically or when you have new symptoms, you are doing fine ...Read more

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How common/likely is DVT or PE in someone under 40? How about under 30? Is it usually fatal in these age groups?

How common/likely is DVT or PE in someone under 40? How about under 30? Is it usually fatal in these age groups?

Uncommon/unlikely: The risk of DVT/PE depends on risk factors. Although young ages makes it unlikely if risk factors are present then the likelihood can be significantly increased. ...Read more

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Are secondary breast cancer in their bones and lymph nodes ( in my neck) common?

Can occur: Breast cancers can spread to lymph nodes or through the blood stream to the bones. Needs special testing, maybe pet scan, maybe biopsy to tell. ...Read more

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Can paget's disease in the lung associated with lung cancer?

Can paget's disease in the lung associated with lung cancer?

Please clarify: There are three different diseases named for dr paget, but none affects the lung directly. Paget's of bone seen on chest x-ray is not a cancer risk. Paget's of breast warns of an underlying breast cancer that might spread. Paget's of the bottom is a low-aggressiveness skin malignancy without lung involvement. Sorry for the confusion, hope you can sort things out & good luck. ...Read more

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How many cases of colon cancer among people in the 20s age froup?

How many cases of colon cancer among people in the 20s age froup?

Rare BUT...: There are cancer-family syndrome in which many of the affected individuals have colon cancer by their mid-20's. If you have any reason to ask, a good primary care physician will tell you whether the risk warrants being 'scoped. ...Read more

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Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


Dr. David Cooke
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Lung Cancer (Definition)

Cancer that forms in tissues of the lung, usually in the cells lining air passages. The two main types are small cell lung cancer and ...Read more