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My brother has thyroid cancer. Is that something important?

My brother has thyroid cancer. Is that something important?

It could be: Different types of thyroid cancer-but generally divided into 2 group-well differentiated and undifferentiated. Papillary cancer is the most common type of thyroid cancer.Treatment is a surgery to remove thyroid and evaluation to the adjacent lymph nodes. Post surgery radioiodine therapy is given ( to the well diffif) if there is residual disease, +lymph nodes, spreading. Read more-www.Nccn.Com. ...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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My brother has dementia. Is that something important?

My brother has dementia. Is that something important?

Yes very important: Your brother will have progressive mental deterioration over the next 2-10 years depending on the stage of dementia. Visiting your brother routinely will help him with joy and pride but it will sadden on your heart because you have a very special connection with him. If you go to www.Alz.Org there are places where you can involve support group and chat with friends. ...Read more

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My brother has gastroparesis. Is that something important?

My brother has gastroparesis. Is that something important?

Define Gastroparesis: Gastroparesis means a stomach ('gastro") that's slow to empty ("paresis")--seen in diabetics, with ischemia, pancreatic cancer, after viral infection, post-surgery, with stomach pacemaker problems (yes, the stomach has a pacemaker!), & in systemic illness. The stomach normally empties liquids in 1-2 hours, solids 4-6 hours after meals. A gastric emptying scan measures stomach transit of test meal. ...Read more

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My son has cancer. Is that something serious?

My son has cancer. Is that something serious?

It can be.: The word "cancer" encompasses so many different types, each with their own unique treatment and prognosis. I encourage you to ask your son for more details and offer to accompany him to any doctor visits. ...Read more

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Is it possible that my thyroid cancer originated from another cancer in my body that has not been identified?

Is it possible that my thyroid cancer originated from another cancer in my body that has not been identified?

Unlikely : If on biopsy they have identified it as a type of thyroid cancer, then the cells are from the thyroid that they are seeing. If it was let's sat breast cancer that spread to the thyroid, then on biopsy they would see breast cells and call it breast cancer. ...Read more

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My mother has mantle cell lymphoma and her BP is 70/40 she is not eating much. Sounds serious?

My mother has mantle cell lymphoma and her BP is 70/40 she is not eating much.  Sounds serious?

Go to ER now!!: BP of 70/40 is very abnormal. You should check whether the machine is accurate-make sure the cuff placement is correct. If it is confirmed, you absolutely should bring your mother to er now. She may be severely dehydrated or other condition that perhaps related or unrelated to her mantle cell lymphoma . Bring her to er now. ...Read more

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My grandma died because of breast cancer is it for sure that my mother will be affected too because she's her daughter? what is the possibilities ?

My grandma died because of breast cancer is it for sure that my mother will be affected too because she's her daughter? what is the possibilities ?

No it is not: for sure that your mom will develop breast cancer because her mom had it. There are genetic tests which can help determine the probability of that happening. We are learning that genes are only one part of a bigger picture. Scientific research called "epigenetics" sheds light on this. What turns genes on and off has something to do w/lifestyle such as the way we eat, think, exercise, etc. ...Read more

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My grandmother is 64 has endometrial cancer that has now spread to lymph nodes what is her life expectancy?

My grandmother is 64 has  endometrial cancer that has now spread to lymph nodes what is her life expectancy?

Depends on Rx: It depends on the treatment program that she is given. Endometrial cancer is easily survivable if caught before it leaves the uterus as progesterone or surgery can reverse early Stage I. Your grandmother is beyond that point and her Oncologists will be offering her various treatment options which of course affect survival rates. ...Read more

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I found out yesterday that my step-grandfather has cancer in his head. The doctors say it is aginosarcoma. How serious is this cancer?

I found out yesterday that my step-grandfather has cancer in his head. The doctors say it is aginosarcoma. How serious is this cancer?

Serious: Angiosarcoma, unfortunately is generally a serious illness. Please consult this site for information. http://sarcomahelp.org/angiosarcoma.html ...Read more

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My grandfather 73/m is a cancer survivor. Recently they found he had a cavitary lesion in his right lung. Is it a sign that the cancer is back?

My grandfather 73/m is a cancer survivor. Recently they found he had a cavitary lesion in his right lung. Is it a sign that the cancer is back?

Possible: This is very likely. The other possibility is infection. He needs to be seen rather quickly to determine the cause and get the proper treatment. ...Read more

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Could it be that my grandfather has throat cancer?

Could it be that my grandfather has throat cancer?

A sore throat: That does not go away, sometimes causing pain feferred to the ear, often associated with "lumps in the neck" and change in voice quality or difficulty swallowing are signs of throat cancer, especially in heavy smokers and drinkers. ...Read more

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My brother has infection around eye. Is that something important?

My brother has infection around eye. Is that something important?

Yes: If it's not getting better on it's own or worsening. Our immune system can take care of some infections. Other fast progressing or non healing infections are more serious and need to be diagnosed correctly after evaluation. ...Read more

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My friend says she has kidney cancer. Is that serious?

My friend says she has kidney cancer. Is that serious?

Only one: who can answer you is your friend's doctor who has all info. needed to answer you. , with your friends permission you have to find out. In general most of kidney cancers are serious , if they are low grade , detected very early stages may not be serious , ...Read more

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My mom has many family members that died with cancer and she told me its hereditary. Is this true?

My mom has many family members that died with cancer and she told me its hereditary. Is this true?

It could be true: Some cancers can be inherited, some others don't. Especially if there are strong family history of cancer where many family members are affected by cancers or if cancer involves somebody at a very young age- the suspicion that the cancer may be hereditary will be high. It is important to get more history about what cancers, the age they got cancer, and who got the cancer to see what your risk is. ...Read more

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My auntie has cancer which has caused her septicaemia? Is that very serious?

My auntie has cancer which has caused her septicaemia?  Is that very serious?

Yes: Septicemia in a patient with cancer is more difficult to treat, has a longer recovery time, and higher risk of death. The type of cancer and how widespread it is does matter. ...Read more

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My mum has just been diagnosed with lung cancer, at this stage that is all I know. She is 78 and smoked most of her life-heavily, but denys it to everyone,doctors included. My question is, if she stopped now, would that prolong her life? or is the damage

My mum has just been diagnosed with lung cancer, at this stage that is all I know. She is 78 and smoked most of her life-heavily, but denys it to everyone,doctors included. My question is, if she stopped now, would that prolong her life? or is the damage

Below: I was sorry to hear of your mothers DX. I'm sure you have encouraged her to stop smoking many times Stopping smoking now will not change the lung cancer. But it will benefit for cardiovascular events, also will help with respiratory complications Also would lower the exposure to secondary smoke to others. Condolences and best wishes ...Read more

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Is it possible that i get cancer if my mother has breast cancer ?

Is it possible that i get cancer if my mother has breast cancer ?

Increased risk: Having a first degree relative with a history of breast cancer can increase your risk of breast cancer, colon cancer and ovarian or prostate cancer. It is important to get regular screening exams. ...Read more

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Is a nodule in your kidney always kidney cancer? My sister has a small nodule in her kidney. Does this mean she has cancer?

Is a nodule in your kidney always kidney cancer? My sister has a small nodule in her kidney. Does this mean she has cancer?

Not always: In addition to kidney cancer, there are a few types of benign (noncancerous) tumors that form a solid nodule in the kidney, such as angiomyolipoma or oncocytoma. Angiomyolipoma can often be diagnosed by imaging since it usually contains fat. ...Read more

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Thyroid Cancer (Definition)

Cancer that presents in the thyroid gland. It usually presents as a painless thyroid nodule. Most are papillary-follicular type and have a very good prognosis. Less common are medullary cancers, with an intermediate prognosis. Anaplastic cancers of the thyroid have a poor prognosis and are uncommon. Treatment of thyroid cancers involves removal ...Read more


Dr. Krishna Kumar
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Thyroid (Definition)

The thyroid is an endocrine gland that sits in the lower part of the neck. It produces thyroid hormone - which ...Read more