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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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Which type of specialist can test me for small cell lung cancer (the types of lung malignancy that cannot be seen on xray)?

Which type of specialist can test me for small cell lung cancer (the types of lung malignancy that cannot be seen on xray)?

Pulmonary: If you have some cause or reason, symptoms that would in any way cause concern for a possible lung cancer, than a lung specialist (pulmonary dr.) would be able to diagnose a you accordingly, which may include a history and physical examination, possible testing including labs, x-rays, and possible diagnostic bronchoscopy. ...Read more

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Scan found plaques on lungs, never worked with asbestos, what will be treatment, going lung specialist, does this mean cancer....

Scan found plaques on lungs, never worked with asbestos, what will be treatment, going lung specialist, does this mean cancer....

Not always: Asbestos exposure may have occurred but you may not be aware of it. Asbestosis is plaque like scarring without cancer in that setting. Other causes of scarring can look similar. But since cancer is possible, you need to see the lung specialist to get to the bottom of the problem. Good luck. ...Read more

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Had specialist lung dr check xray 3 months ago said nothing sinister other than calcium spots now have pain between shoulder blades. Cancer?

Had specialist lung dr check xray 3 months ago said nothing sinister other than calcium spots now have pain between shoulder blades. Cancer?

Not likely: Developing a calcifying cancer in the tissues of the back between the scapula would be rare. This is likely benign. Keep following it with your physician, though. ...Read more

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I have health anxiety. Had dry cough for 12wks. Had 3chest xrays. All clear. Plumbary specialist not concerned about lung cancer. Believe her? Worried

I have health anxiety. Had dry cough for 12wks. Had 3chest xrays. All clear. Plumbary specialist not concerned about lung cancer. Believe her? Worried

You NEED to stop: Worrying. It will stress you out more. Get a second opinion if you are still not convinced.Cough is all good, it is protective and a defense mechanism against aspirations. Take proper medications for whatever is causing the cough. Need more history and you need to be examined. Colds and allergies are very common causes for lingering coughing spells. Take charge for better quality of life. ...Read more

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2 months slight dry cough. Ex smoker for 14 yrs. 2xrays. Bloods all fine. Seen thoratic specialist. Suspect asthma. Could it be lung cancer.?

2 months slight dry cough. Ex smoker for 14 yrs. 2xrays. Bloods all fine. Seen thoratic specialist. Suspect asthma. Could it be lung cancer.?

Congratulations on: Quitting. I'm an ex-smoker off for 30 years. Relapsed many times before finally ditched them for good. You might see a pulmonary specialists to probe the cause of your cough, review your x-rays, and consider pulmonary function tests. It would establish a post-smoking baseline, but could reveal copd, asthma, other lung or heart ailment or that all is well. Highly unlikely that you have lung ca. ...Read more

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Had very slight dry cough and shoulder pain for 12 weeks. 3 chest xrays and bloods fine. Respitory specialist not concerned about lung cancer worried?

Had very slight dry cough and shoulder pain for 12 weeks. 3 chest xrays and bloods fine. Respitory specialist not concerned about lung cancer worried?

No.: It would be very unlikely to be lung cancer given young age (35) and never-smoker. A chest ct is a better test at looking inside the lungs, but this is only needed if your lung specialist thinks so. ...Read more

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Cancer specialist, please: If a malignant tumor is surgically removed doesn't it spread cancer to other parts of the body? How can this be avoided?

Cancer specialist, please: If a malignant tumor is surgically removed doesn't it spread cancer to other parts of the body? How can this be avoided?

Cancers: Many cancers can spread to other parts of the body if left untreated. To prevent this spread, early detection, diagnosis, and treatment of these cancers is key. ...Read more

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Does an urgent referral or no referral to a specialist mean cancer is suspected?

Does an urgent referral or no referral to a specialist mean cancer is suspected?

No: Referral or lack of it is not indicative of any given disorder. It would be prudent to ask your doctor, what s/he suspects. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Does no growth on ultrasound of complex cyst mean it is definitely not cancer? Specialist said it can't be cancer if it hasn't changed in 2 months.?

Does no growth on ultrasound of complex cyst mean it is definitely not cancer? Specialist said it can't be cancer if it hasn't changed in 2 months.?

Complex cyst: 2 months of stability does not mean much in terms of ruling out malignancy. A year or two of stability favors a benign nature, but does not prove it. If a complex cyst has benign features it can be safely followed with serial ultrasound. If it has supicious features, if it is stable it will still have suspicious features. Not all complex cysts are created equally. ...Read more

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When do I need to see a specialist for cervical cancer?

When do I need to see a specialist for cervical cancer?

If cancer: Most general gynecologists are able to manage and treat preinvasive (precancerous) cervical disease. If a biopsy shows invasive cancer, usually a gynecologic oncologist who specializes in cancer of the female genital tract would take over care. ...Read more

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Cancer specialist: Can a person with stage 2 or 3 cancer ever become cancer free? If yes, does it depend upon the type of cancer?

Yes, many do!: The modern treatments can cure more than half of stage 2 pateints and some of the stage 3 pateints also. But it is dependent on the type of Cancer. For example breast Cancer and melanoma have high cure rates after surgery has removed such tumors. Lung Cancers have lower cure rate. I hope this answers your question. Let us know if more info is needed. ...Read more

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Cancer Specialist: I have been told by a friend that a biopsy can determine the stage of cancer. I say this is incorrect-only surgery does it. Hmm?

Cancer Specialist: I have been told by a friend that a biopsy can determine the stage of cancer. I say this is incorrect-only surgery does it. Hmm?

Staging: In most cancers, there is a pathological staging as well as staging determined by the extent of spread. The initial pathological staging can usually be done by biopsy while the surgery is needed to determine the extent of spread outside of the primary tumour. So, in fact you are both right. ...Read more

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Who is the best type of specialist to see if you have a suspicion of oral cancer?

Who is the best type of specialist to see if you have a suspicion of oral cancer?

General dentist: If you suspect you may have oral cancer, go to your general dentist first. Have him or her take a look at the area and see what they think. If it looks suspicious to your dentist, he will then do a biopsy or refer you to an oral surgeon for a biopsy. A biopsy is where a small piece of the tissue is removed and sent to a lab for analysis. The oral surgeon will proceed with treatment from there. ...Read more

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Specialist wrong for putting her on actiq suckers (for cancer what are some of the first side effects of the drug)?

Specialist wrong for putting her on actiq suckers (for cancer what are some of the first side effects of the drug)?

Depends: This is a short acting form of fentenyl similar in potency to imediate release morphine. Works best if used for "break-through" pain that is not relieved with long acting pain meds like fentenyl patch. One would go to this higher level analgesic when intermediate level pain meds like vicoden or Codeine are not working well. Sedation is main side-effect. ...Read more

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Can primary care doctors test my bloody urine to make sure it isn't cancer, or do I need to see a specialist?

Can primary care doctors test my bloody urine to make sure it isn't cancer, or do I need to see a specialist?

No: If you have blood in the urine, you need a complete workup: 1. Upper tract imaging -- most commonly a ct urogram. 2. Urine test for cytology (look for cancer cells) 3. Flexible cystoscopy to look at the bladder #1-2 can be ordered by pcp, but cystoscopy is only done by a urologist. ...Read more

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I have a tumor on my adrenal gland. I can't see a specialist for 4 months. Worried if this is cancer that the delay could cause me more problems.

I have a tumor on my adrenal gland. I can't see a specialist for 4 months. Worried if this is cancer that the delay could cause me more problems.

Read imaging report: Many tumors found incidentally on the adrenal gland are not cancerous. If this is the case, there are classic imaging characteristics that would lean toward a non cancerous diagnosis for which it would be ok to wait for the specialist. If the report does not mention benign characteristics, I would not wait to get clarification from a specialist. ...Read more

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I was referred to a specialist after a cyst was found on a ct scan but I don't know if its cancer. What are the chances that it is?

It depends: On the characteristics of the cyst and where it is located. If it is an uncomplicated cyst on the CT, likelihood of malignancy very very low. ...Read more