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Our 95 year old mother has basal cell carcinoma on her nose and cheek. She had one removed in 2007. Is it necessary to treat?

Our 95 year old mother has basal cell carcinoma on her nose and cheek. She had one removed in 2007. Is it necessary to treat?

Keep it simple: For a person this old we usually avoid Mohs or other prolonged surgery. Depending on her mental status liquid nitrogen or imoquimod should be considered. These are easy and have high cure rates. ...Read more

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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I am 51 yrs old & have extremely dry skin. I also have basal cell carcinoma which makes the problem extremely bad. Help?

I am 51 yrs old & have extremely dry skin. I also have basal cell carcinoma which makes the problem extremely bad. Help?

Humectants!: Steph, a moisturizers with humectants can really help dry skin. Read the label and look for one with glycerin or urea. Eucerin has one called intensive repair. For the basal cell cancer, definitely see your dermatologist at least every 6 months. Once you have one bcc, you can have another! ...Read more

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Sir. I'm a student, 21 year old. I am afraid that I have basal cell carcinoma? On my chest or sternal area, small about 3mm, rised edges.

Sir. I'm a student, 21 year old. I am afraid that I have basal cell carcinoma? On my chest or sternal area, small about 3mm, rised edges.

See Dr: Basal cell cancers are mostly older people with pale skin. The lesions are almost all on areas of previous sunburn. They are uncommon on people age 20, and not common in China. They are not a threat to life and are easy to cure. See a dermatologist. ...Read more

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What r the chances of getting back renal cell carcinoma for an old male (63 yrs) after being cured by nephrectomy & taking nexavar (sorafenib) ?

What r the chances of getting back renal cell carcinoma for an old male (63 yrs) after  being cured by nephrectomy & taking nexavar (sorafenib) ?

It depends: This is not an easy answer, because it depends upon the stage of your original tumor and your surgical pathology. I would ask this question of your urologist or oncologist, who know the specifics of your case. ...Read more

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Is a squamous cell carcinoma of the oesophagus deadly? My 60yr old mum died of it. Awful slow death!

Is a squamous cell carcinoma of the oesophagus deadly? My 60yr old mum died of it. Awful slow death!

See below: Squamous cell carcinoma if untreated is malignant cancer that can lead to death. If the location is not obvious, such as lung or oesophagus, it can be difficult to treat if not detected early. That being said, if it is caught early it can be treated successfully. ...Read more

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Chances of Merkel Cell Carcinoma in a 28 year old white female that has a growth on inside of lower eye lid -fleshlike, bump that came in about 5 wee

Chances of Merkel Cell Carcinoma in a 28 year old white female that has a growth on inside of lower eye lid -fleshlike, bump that came in about 5 wee

Possible: Merkel cell tumor is a neuroendocrine tumor of skin first described by Toker in 1972. Its most frequent ite for development is the Head and Neck. May be polyoma in origin. The tumor appears as a nodular intra cutaneous lesion that can involve the eye-lid. The tumor is very aggressive and must be treated as such if this is what a biopsy shows a nuber of other tumors can occur in the eyelid. ...Read more

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Chance of Merkel Cell Carcinoma in 29yr old w/flesh like cyst on the lower eyelid (on the inside)that appeared 5 wks ago after a stye was in its place?

Chance of Merkel Cell Carcinoma in 29yr old w/flesh like cyst on the lower eyelid (on the inside)that appeared 5 wks ago after a stye was in its place?

Why Merkel cell Carc: Merkel cell carcinoma is a rare neoplasm.It is rarely suspected clinically unless it has a characteristic pink fleshy appearance of a Nodule which is growing pretty fast.Biopsy is the final proof. Without Biopsy it is hard to be sure about. So get it removed and you will find the answer,. The cancer would be unusual in a young person as this is a cancer mostly of the of the older people(>70 year) ...Read more

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Is it normal for 60-year-olds to have some cancer cells in their prostates?

Is it normal for 60-year-olds to have some cancer cells in their prostates?

No: While the percent of men with prostate cancer increases with age, it is not normal to have cancer cells at age 60.

The chart below shows the percent of men with prostate cancer vs age.

20 to 30 years, 2% to 8%
31 to 40 years: 9% to 31%
41 to 50 years: 3% to 43%
51 to 60 years: 5% to 46%
61 to 70 years: 14% to 70%
71 to 80 years: 31% to 83%
81 to 90 years: 40% to 73. ...Read more

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Does a shrinkage of cancer cells in nsclc metates indicate a significant prolonging of life in 70 year old female with 8 months stage 4 diagnosis of a?

Does a shrinkage of cancer cells in nsclc metates indicate a significant prolonging of life in 70 year old female with 8 months stage 4 diagnosis of a?

See below: Depends- tumor response doesnt always predict improved survival but in certain clinical situations yes; the hope is that your tumors will continue to respond to the treatments. ...Read more

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If i toke HGH suplement in 19 years old. I there any effect on cancer cells , specialy if i had kidney cancer when i was 2 years?

If i toke HGH suplement in 19 years old. I there any effect on cancer cells , specialy if i had kidney cancer when i was 2 years?

NO: I assume that you had wilms tumor when you were 2 year old. Other type of kidney cancer (renal cell carcinoma) does not occur in a 2 year old. Wilms tumor rarely recurs after two years of observation, and thus i think your risk of recurrence is extremely small. However you may have received radiation if you have high stage (stage 3 & 4). Radiation may give late side effects. Need regular check-up. ...Read more

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My uncle has been identified with non small cell lung cancer and it is metastases (4th stage). He is just 48 year old. Is there any cure?

My uncle has been identified with non small cell lung cancer and it is metastases (4th stage). He is just 48 year old. Is there any cure?

Most time no cure fo: I am so sorry to hear this bad news. I have several patients who were diagnosed stage 4 lung cancer in their 40s, althought most our patients are 60-80s. In aptients with lung cancer who are young or never smoked, the likelihood of having a particularly gene mutation is high, so it is critical to have the patient's gene checked. If certain gene mutation idenfied, a tailored tgerapy can be given. ...Read more

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I'm a 21 yr old female and have HPV along with abnormal cells what are the chances of getting cervical cancer? And how often should I get a pap smear?

I'm a 21 yr old female and have HPV along with abnormal cells what are the chances of getting cervical cancer? And how often should I get a pap smear?

Possible: Keeping up with the changes in your pap smear are the primary way you can recognize and treat the issue before it becomes a threat. The timing is best determined by the OBGYN who is following your case. ...Read more

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Can one chest CT cause harm to the cells or soft tissue of the lungs? Is cancer possible? I m 30yr old male.

Can one chest CT cause harm to the cells or soft tissue of the lungs? Is cancer possible? I m 30yr old male.

Doubtful: Cumulative radiation exposure is known to induce cancers, but 1 ct scan is not alot of radiation, relatively speaking, though it may equal the amount of radiation exposure of several hundred chest x-rays. Be your own advocate if confronted with a recommendation that you undergo repeated ct scans. ...Read more

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What are the chances of a 17 yr old male surviving Small Cell Lung Cancer if its still in Stage 1? He's on Oral Etotposide and has had radiation.

What are the chances of a 17 yr old male surviving Small Cell Lung Cancer if its still in Stage 1? He's on Oral Etotposide and has had radiation.

SCLC.: Generally the long term outlook for SCLC is not good, but every case is unique and there may be prognostic factors in your particular case that could influence the odds. No one knows better than your oncologist. Please discuss with them directly. ...Read more

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DCIS calcifications ,biopsy itself removed all bad cells, lumpectomy pathology that followed 100% cancer free, radiation to aggressive?44 yr old.

DCIS calcifications ,biopsy itself removed all bad cells, lumpectomy pathology that followed  100%  cancer free, radiation to aggressive?44 yr old.

Depends: Two important other pieces of information are what the "grade" of the DCIS was which implies how aggressive it might be, and how much normal tissue was between the edge of what was removed and the DCIS. Both of these are taken into consideration when evaluating the role of radiation therapy for DCIS. Talk to your oncologist, your surgeon, and your radiation oncologist for more details. ...Read more

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How often should I receive a mammogram I am 29 years old. I have had a knot in my right breast since 2007, my dr says it is caused of caffine but it gets sore sometimes the first knot i had i had it removed it came back non cancer and no cancer cells wher

How often should I receive a mammogram I am 29 years old. I have had a knot in my right breast since 2007, my dr says it is caused of caffine but it gets sore sometimes the first knot i had i had it removed it came back non cancer and no cancer cells wher

Yearly (begin @ 40): Mammograms remain our best test to screen for breast cancer. Most us experts advise starting at 40 (or 10 yrs younger than a close family member who had breast ca). The lump you describe sounds classic for fibrocystic changes: "lumpy-bumpy" breast tissue that is sensitive to hormonal changes. If you find a new lump, it is always best to see your gyne or primary care dr. To be extra-cautious. ...Read more

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Fna on thyroid nodule shows predominately hurthle cells with follicular and colloid....34yrs old....nodule 2.7cm...hurthle cells cancer??

Fna on thyroid nodule shows predominately hurthle cells with follicular and colloid....34yrs old....nodule 2.7cm...hurthle cells cancer??

Hurtle cell: Hurtle cell cancer is very uncommon but does occur in some patients.
The thyroid nodule of 2.7 cm requires attention and may need biopsy. Please discuss this with your doctor. ...Read more

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Could my 87 year old father have cataract surgery when he has stage 3 small cell lung cancer?

Could  my 87 year old father have cataract surgery when he has stage 3 small cell lung cancer?

Yes: This decision hinges on balancing the potential benefit of the surgery and your father's quality of life. If cataracts are mild, and he is not significantly hampered, i'd likely advise deferring surgery. If vision changes are severe and quality of life is significantly affected, it is not unreasonable. The decision should be made in concert with your father's oncologist to help clarify. ...Read more

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Does it make sense for my 87-year-old father to have cataract surgery when he has stage 3 small cell lung cancer?

Does it make sense for my 87-year-old father to have cataract surgery when he has stage 3 small cell lung cancer?

Yes, it does.: To be able to see things clearly is part of quality of life. If he has a poor vision due to his cataract and cataract surgery can fix it- absolutely it is a good thing to do, if that can be done safely. The surgery itself is minor and with very minimal side effects. The fear of falling will increase significantly when we are older and it'd be very helpful if at least we can see things clearly. ...Read more

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Can only one chest xray cause harm to d cells? Can it effect d breast tissue or soft tissue in lungs? Is cancer possible? M 20 year old female.

Can only one chest xray cause harm to d cells? Can it effect d breast tissue or soft tissue in lungs? Is cancer possible? M 20 year old female.

No , not at all: One x-rays doe snot do any harm to anyone. So quit worrying. Medical use of x-rays is considered safe practice that is why everyone has them done without any concerns. ...Read more

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My 17 year old cousin was just diagnosed with Small Cell Lung Cancer. We've been inhaling second-hand smoke since birth. Is this even possible?

My 17 year old cousin was just diagnosed with Small Cell Lung Cancer. We've been inhaling second-hand smoke since birth. Is this even possible?

Unfortunately: Sad, but true. We see cancers in younger and younger individuals. Delineating a clear treatment plan and adhering to it will be critical. ...Read more

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76 year old female with stage 4 small cell Lung cancer, also in the liver. Presenting with hand shakes & skin peeling off her hands- whats happening?

76 year old female with stage 4 small cell Lung cancer, also in the liver.  Presenting with hand shakes & skin peeling off her hands- whats happening?

This sounds like: a response to chemotherapy. Since we do not know her medical history or treatment history it would be best to contact her treating health care provider for more information regarding this current condition. ...Read more

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Hematuria in 34 year old cumadin patient. Urine tests shows no cancer cells. Ct shows calcification in the bladder wall. Why would be blood in urine?

Hematuria in 34 year old cumadin patient. Urine tests shows no cancer cells. Ct shows  calcification in the bladder wall. Why would be blood in urine?

Bladder Calc.: Bladder calcifications can be caused by a variety of disease including schistosomiasis, bladder cancer, encrustation cystitis, and drug induced cystitis, and even tuberculosis. In order to make a definitive diagnosis, one would need a cystoscope. ...Read more

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Does badal cell carcinoma itch?

Does badal cell carcinoma itch?

Yes it can: Usually slow growth, painless, may fell rough or like a bump. Pearly pink surface. With growth can ulcerate & bleed & itch. See derm please. ...Read more

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What causes squarmis cell carcinoma?

What causes squarmis cell carcinoma?

Depends on location: The most common form of squamous cell carcinoma (scc) occurs on skin, with sun damage being the leading cause. Scc can also occur in the esophagus, lung, oral cavity, and anal canal. Prolonged exposure to irritants such as smoking and chewing tobacco can lead to increased risk of scc in the lung and oral cavity. A certain type of virus (human papillomavirus) can also increase the risk of scc. ...Read more