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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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Would you put the appendix in this category? I have had thyroid and appendix cancer w/ ovarian involvement and my father died of pancreatic cancer.

Would you put the appendix in this category? I have had thyroid and appendix cancer w/ ovarian involvement and my father died of pancreatic cancer.

Not related: I am not familiar with any genetic syndromes that involve appendiceal, thyroid, and pancreatic cancer. Now, if the appendix was actually ovarian cancer that spread to the appendix, a mutation in the brca gene could account for the ovarian and pancreatic cancer. Talk it over with your oncologist, and stay up to date on your cancer screening.

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I have had appendix cancer that spread & thyroid cancer. My dad had pancreatic cancer. I am curious about men1/2 & endocrine cancers. I'm only 37...?

I have had appendix cancer that spread & thyroid cancer. My dad had pancreatic cancer. I am curious about men1/2 & endocrine cancers. I'm only 37...?

Probably not: Appendix cancer is not part of any men syndrome. Pancreatic cancer can be, but it is a specific type called a neuroendocrine tumor. Likewise, the thyroid cancer in men syndromes is called meduallry carcinoma, which make up only about 10% of all thyroid cancers.

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Are there any effective treatment for pancreatic cancer (pancrease (pancrelipase) head)?

Are there any effective treatment for pancreatic cancer (pancrease (pancrelipase) head)?

Rarely a Whipple: Only 10 % of patients with pancreatic head ca are candidates for a wipple. Following this procedure the 2 year survival rate is about 10%. A vaccine is now being developed to be given post surgery to prevent this problem of recurrence.

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Can you tell me if there is any effective treatment for pancreatic cancer (pancrease (pancrelipase) head)?

Can you tell me if there is any effective treatment for pancreatic cancer (pancrease (pancrelipase) head)?

Effective like...: ...Curative? The answer would be surgery if the patient is fortunate enough to discover it early. Even then there is a good chance that it will come back. Chemo and radiation may control it for a while but very seldom for a long time. No cancer is "good to have" but pancreatic cancer is particularly virulent as a rule. Hope this is not about you.

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MRI of gall bladder showed something between gb and pancrease (pancrelipase). Said it might just be a lymph node but repeat mri in 3 months. % chance of cancer?

MRI of gall bladder showed something between gb and pancrease (pancrelipase). Said it might just be a lymph node but repeat mri in 3 months. % chance of cancer?

Should repeat exam: There can be lymph nodes near gall bladder. Lymph nodes can be reactive to infection, inflammation, trauma, neoplasm etc. Observation for short interval will determine whether grows, is stable, or regresses. It sounds like the radiologist was not very concerned. If worrIed I might repeat examination in 6 weeks rather than 3 months.

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My grandfather 94yrs old having prostate cancer and also has metastasis in pancrease (pancrelipase) and bones. Treatment options?

My grandfather 94yrs old having prostate cancer and also has metastasis in pancrease (pancrelipase) and bones. Treatment options?

No treatment: In spite of your grandfathers clinical condition, the pattern of behavior of prostate cancer after 80, for the most part typified by an indolent form of metastasis. One uses drugs like Lupron (leuprolide) to reduce hormones but at his age there are probably little or no hormones secreted. Chemo such as Taxol not utilized. Therefore he should live normal expected time for a 90yo without further intervention

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Does thyroid problems go hand in hand with diabetes? I'm 22 no thyroid due to cancer, will I have a diabetes problem due to this?

Does thyroid problems go hand in hand with diabetes? I'm 22 no thyroid due to cancer, will I have a diabetes problem due to this?

No: Diabetes is not related to thyroid cancer. However autoimmune thyroid disease such as hashimoto's and graves disease occur more commonly in people with type 1 diabetes which is also an autoimmune disease. Other risk factors for diabetes are family history of diabetes and being overweight.

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Can Ear Nose and Throat specialists treat thyroid disorders or cancer? And can a thyroid specialist also treat thyroid problems?

Can Ear Nose and Throat specialists treat thyroid disorders or cancer? And can a thyroid specialist also treat thyroid problems?

Yes and no: The person to treat thyroid cancer is a head and neck surgeon. If an ENT physician is trained to do radical H&N surgery especially if the lesion is metastatic to nodes or invades jugular and laryngeal cartilage then he should be able to do the surgery. Many ENT practices do not offer enough experience for handling the more difficult surgery. As for a thyroid specialist most are endocrinologists

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Can thyroid problems cause bad circulation and rapid weight gain? Put on 20 pds, now 120 in 3 weeks after being 100 pds since h.S. 5' tall.

Can thyroid problems cause bad circulation and rapid weight gain? Put on 20 pds, now 120 in 3 weeks after being 100 pds since h.S. 5' tall.

Yes: A slow functioning thyroid can lower your metabolism making you feel tired, have weight gain and a slower heart beat. Have someone check your levels. Good luck.

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Can u reverse thyroid problems?

Can u reverse thyroid problems?

Yes: If your thyroid is hyperactive, you can take medications to suppress its activity and if it is not producing enough hormones then you can take thyroid hormones replacement pills.

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How can I get thyroid problems?

How can I get thyroid problems?

Various: While most thyroid conditions are chance happenings, we do know that exposure to radiation and deficiencies of iodine can both lead to trouble with this organ. If you are worried that you are at risk, consult with your primary care provider for an in-depth conversation and examination.

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What can mimic thyroid problems?

What can mimic thyroid problems?

It depends: Upon what thyroid problem you mean. There are a wide variety of potential problems that can arise with the thyroid. Which one are you referring to?

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How do you acquire thyroid problems?

Many different ways: It is difficult to answer in400 spaces but I will try hyperthyroidism is caused by too much hormone produced like in graves disease where your bodies immune system attacks the gland and it overproduces the hormone hypothroidism is also caused most of the time by auto immune disorder which cause thyroid to produce less hormones goiter caused by iodine deficiency cancer caused by radiation/unknown.

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Hereditary thyroid problems, what to do?

Have regular checkup: If family members have thyroid problems, it is not automatic that you will. Also, of all the hereditary diseases that you could have, thyroid problems (hypo or hyper) are not all that bad and they should be readily treatable. See your doctor for regular checkups, including feeling your thyroid and thyroid blood tests, to catch anything early.

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Can I exercise if I have thyroid problems?

Can I exercise if I have thyroid problems?

Depends: It depends on the severity of your thyroid disease. If you have thyroid disease that's properly treated, then there is no restriction to how much you can exercise. If your thyroid disease is not treated yet, see your doc to get it treated before engaging in vigorous exercise.

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What are some symptoms of thyroid problems?

What are some symptoms of thyroid problems?

Hypothyroid sx's: Fatigue, weight gain, dry skin, rash, hair thinning, or brittle hair.

Dr. Hamid Sajjadi
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Pancreas (Definition)

Abdominal organ. It is digestive organ: it secretes enzymes into the small bowel which break down food and help its absorption. It is also an endocrine organ: it produces hormones involved in sugar control and control of digestion. Insulin is one of these hormones. Diabetics either lack Insulin (type 1 diabetes) or have inadequate ...Read more


Dr. Terri Washington
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Thyroid Diseases (Definition)

You can have problems with they thyroid making too much or too little thyroid hormone. You can also have problems with it being too large (goiter) of having nodules or cysts in it. There are also occasional thyroid cancers. Most thyroid problems can be easily diagnosed and treated ...Read more