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My Grandfather Had Colon Cancer What Should I Do
Be family: This might be a great time for a family get-together. What does Grand Dad want? As he is recovering and may need help, the family can work together to make his life better. You'll know in a few days whether a cure is likely. If so, celebrate. Of course you all know to get colon cancer surveillance. You know the illness isn't catching and Grand Dad may enjoy a few hugs. ...Read more
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
Should i be concerned if my dads mum had cancer and so did my dad sister what do you think the possibility's of me getting cancer is?
Can't tell...: ...With the info provided but is a valid question. I would suggest you ask your family doc who can get a full family history or refer you to a cancer geneticist if he/she thinks is appropriate. Most cancers are sporadic, not inherited but you should investigate. Hope you have a great holiday season. ...Read more
What can I do if my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. Should i think about getting genetic testing?
It depends: Most breast cancers are not genetically passed down to daughters but some are. You need to learn more about genetic breast cancer. Unless your mother has other blood relatives with breast or ovarian cancer, you do not need genetic testing unless your mother had breast cancer before the age of 50 years. However you should take precautions for early detection and get clinical breast examination regu. ...Read more
Stage & Type: Long term prognosis depends on stage at time of diagnosis. 2 major groups small cell and non small cell. Five year survival poor for stage iii and iv. 5 year survival for non small cell lung cancer for stage ii about 30%, for stage i about 70% with resection. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Help her: Give all the support she needs make sure she takes her medication, follows the instructions of her doctors and keeps her doctors appointments if needed help her financially she will be fine good luck. ...Read more
Terminal cancer runs in my family and my father just recently got diagnosed with stomach cancer. What can I do to prevent it? I am 19 years old.
Talk to doc: At your age, the risk for cancer is low, even if there is a "bad gene" in the family. There are exceptions to this, though, so I would advise you talk to your doc and be referred to a genetics specialist who will interview you and get a full family history to determine what test (if any) needs to be done and tell you what you can do to reduce your cancer risk. Hope you do great. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Surgical oncologist: Go to a surgeon who treats a lot of colorectal cancer - a surgical oncologist, colorectal surgeon, or an experienced general surgeon. Surgery is almost always a major part of the treatment process, but he will need tests (colonoscopy if not already done), ct scan, cea. The surgeon is the best expert to be the "captain of the ship". He/she can explain and consult with other oncologists if needed. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not necessarily: Colon cancer does run in families, but outside of a small proportion of genetic mutations, the risk of any other member of the family getting colon cancer is unknown. If multiple people in your family and extended family have had colon cancer, the american cancer society does change its recommendations on when you should have your first colonoscopy. In some cases, genetic testing is warranted. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Invasion of muscle: Assuming this is urothelial carcinoma, the most important issue is whether or not there is muscle invasion. One-third of all newly diagnosed cases of bladder cancer present with muscle invasion, which indicates more aggressive disease and requires either cystectomy or combination therapy with surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. Also, the grade of the cancer would be useful information. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Oncologist: Many leukemias in the elderly are easily treatable with medications. If he is not under the care of an oncologist then that is what you need to do for him urgently. ...Read more
My mom had breast cancer, my grand father had collon cancer, my grandmother had lung cancer i had leukemia when should I start testing for the others?
Genetic counseling: Hi tiffany, sorry to hear ab what you/your family went through. You need to see a genetic counselor. Most large cancer centers have one. They will do a blood test or a mouth swab to check for cancer genes. Li fraumeni syndrome (and others) need to be ruled-out. When you start testing depends on the age your relatives were when diagnosed/what gene (if any) you have. Please stop smoking. Good luck! ...Read more
Spend time with her: Sorry about your mom. It's very hard to know sometimes what to do. Spend as much time with her as possible. Offer to help her with any day to day tasks. Reassure her that you and the rest of the family will take care of each other going forward. Your mom (if able) might want to create memory books or videos or short stories to share with kids or grandkids. Make as many memories as possible. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I don't have a family history of cancer but i was worried about whether I have colorectal cancer. So what are my chances of getting colorectal cancer?
What do you suggest if my CEA test was a 3. should I do something else . I had colon cancer in 1997?
Chill: Three is normal, my friend. Colon cancer would be unlikely to relapse after 15 years plus. Of course, you could develop another colon cancer so you need to keep your follow ups with your oncologist and get your colonoscopies religiously. Live healthy and if you smoke, quit (that will increase the CEA, by the way). ...Read more
Be With Him Now: My Father was diagnosed with caner about a year ago. At first, I only wanted to be sad, but I realized I didn't want him to be remembered like that, or for me to remember him like that, so I focused on his treatment options, his life, our relationship, our family and being 'in the now' with him during that time. Cancer has different stages and different treatment options; stay positive! ...Read more
Sorry to hear: Can't tell you much without more details, too many variables. Best is to have a good chat with her oncologist about prognosis and treatment. There are many issues like her stage and general physical condition that will greatly affect the therapy. She may benefit of aggressive therapy or may do best with supportive care. Do remember: unless she is not competent, what to do is HER decision. ...Read more
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