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Nasopharynx cancer (npc)! My father has npc second stage. Is there a cure? What are his odds of survival?
Good: Nasopharynx cancer is easily treated. In second stage therei are cervical lymph nodes but when high in neck it is easy to encompass a field where the pharyngeal lesion is hit by cross RT beams and the neck also treated with RT. Chemo is then given which in most instances is successful. Surgery most of the time is not indicated. ...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
What to do about nasopharynx cancer(npc)! my father has npc second stage.whats the survival rate for this cancer and is it curable?
About 60% survival: Nasopharynx Ca probably caused by the EBV virus arises in the posterior throat area just behind the nose. When localized it is easily treated by radiation therapy. When it spreads to the cervical nodes chemo such as the platinums are added. Here survival dropos to the 40% level. With newer drugs the survival however is improving. ...Read more
Was diagnosed with NPC Stage 2 (nose cancer) in Jun. Completed radio + chemo in end Sep. Face is swollen after spicy food intake. How to reduce swell?
It will take longer: Some degree of swelling(lymphedema) is common after radiotherapy as it blocks the skin lymphatics. With longer follow up, over the next one or two years it will likely reduce and ultimately go away. Make adjustments in your food/spice as the mucosa becomes ultrasensitive /oversensitive after radiotherapy. You have to be patient and reduce the salt in your food, that too will help. ...Read more
Two small soft tissue masses found in my nasopharynx. what is the chance they are cancer given that my brother has been diagnosed for NPC recently?
Unlikely: But possible. Brother with NPC does not really raise your risk unless of course you share the same risk factors. Your doc should have been able to look at these on CT scan or on nasopharyngoscope and give you a better read. A good look is better than any risk factor analysis.... ...Read more
Abnormal growth: Body has capacity to control its growth, maintain cells normal structure & function , have a purpose, will co ordinate with other cells of body, stays with in the confinements like a well trained army, cancer cell does exactly opposite, abnormal cell no control invade and spread to other tissue and cancer cell has no purpose in the body. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Abnormal cells: quoted from Medicine Net. com:. "Cancer is an abnormal growth of cells which tend to proliferate in an uncontrolled way and in some places metastasize (spread). Cancer is not one disease. It is a group of more than 100 different distinctive diseases." You can go online and research more about the different types. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Mutated cells: A tumor is a clone of cells bearing genetic mutations that cause inappropriate growth, and that has acquired the ability to induce its own new blood vessels as a new organ would. A cancer is a tumor in which the genome has become destabilized, so it acquires new mutations and eventually gains the ability to invade locally and usually to spread. All cancers will kill if not treated properly. ...Read more
A mutation that grew: A cancer is a mutation that grows fast enough in one's lifetime to cause disease. To reduce the risk of cancer, maintain a healthy weight and exercise. Eat lots of vegetables, some fruits, and limit intake of red meat or burned/charbroiled meat. Avoid smoking, because it increases lung, oral, and throat cancers; plus cervical cancers in women. Wear sunscreen outside to prevent skin cancer. ...Read more