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Prayer For Cancer Patients And Families
What kind of cancers are more likely possible with young patients: 24 years old, no family history?
Cancer at young age:
Compared to other cancers that could happen to people - testicular cancer, hodgkin's lymphoma, certain sarcoma and leukemia are more likely - with young patients at 24 year old. Those 4 can happen without family history.
Patients with hereditary cancer syndrome (breast, thyroid, stomach, brain) can be presented with cancer at younger age- but usually there is a family history with cancer there. ...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 is the best way that you have found to offer comfort 4 family members of a terminally ill cancer patient?
Concrete offers: Make specific offers, like "i'm bringing a meal over this week; what night is best? " offer to update their friends via email/phone so they can spend time with their dying loved one. Mow their lawn, take their dog for a walk, pick up groceries or dry-cleaning, do the laundry...And just be available as a friend. ...Read more
Very rare: Pancreatic cancer is uncommon in young people. ...Read more
Prognosis: The best predictor of how a patient will do is how they are doing physically. Watch for physical decline in ability to care for themself. Get hospice involved earlier rather than later to build trust with team. ...Read more
My brother in law died this morning Cancer patient. But Died of Pneumonia. Can we delay burial one day till tomorrow afternoon. Until all family gather? Dr say he was on chemo and burial Asap should be
Wait for family: Tomorrow counts as ASAP. It will be better for the family and closure for all. I can not imagine a medical reason to say you cannot wait ...Read more
Family friend diagnosed with kidney, lung and spine cancer and wonder if cryoablation would help in canada please help to educate us here in canada if cryoablation would help a patient in ontario canada just diagnosed with multiple places of cancer and he
Cryoablation: It will not help this individual with this presentation. ...Read more
Blood test results say my WBC is 11.45 and MPV is 12.8. Should this be cause for concern in a patient whose family history is riddled with cancer? In addition to those results, my BUN is 4. Cause for concern?
Is sigmoidoscopy enough for a 30 year old no family history of colon cancer patient with red blood covered stool or must a colonoscopy be performed?
Cancer society: They will point you in the right direction. ...Read more
No!: We can't always cure cancer, but we can always treat pain. Cancer patients should never suffer from pain. We can block nerves that carry pain signals, use medications, and even implant spinal cord stimulators to control pain. Cancer patients die for many reasons, but not from pain. If you are suffering from cancer pain, ask your doctor for relief. And don't stop asking until you are comfortable! ...Read more
Valodex/nolvadex are other names for the generic drug tamoxifen. It is an antiestrogen and blocks the effects of estrogen in the body. It can be used in breast cancer, dcis (ductal carcinoma in situ, pre-invasive breast cancer) and non-cancerous conditions rarely.
Some cancers need estrogen to grow and this can block that growth. ...Read more
Many well: Intentioned care providers withhold information, offer more treament, and don't come clean about the fact that: losing weight, not eating; having no appetite; spending increasing to all one's time in bed or chair signal approaching end. Inability to control bowels and blader and losing consciousness can occur before breathing ceases. Invite palliative care in early. ..Before the end is near. ...Read more
Cancer: Love, compassion, tolerance, and most important empathic listening, being able to understand the unique experience of the person suffering without trying to fix or judge. Also helping the person live life despite cancer. Helping the person to participate in life as much as possible. ...Read more
Context is key: I'll let you find the "sick" / counterphobic jokes on your own. The greatness of the human spirit is shown, among other ways, in our ability to find a smile (not ridicule) even in the most difficult situations. Sandra miniere's "lighter side of cancer" is a model for staying brave, upbeat, and cherishing life. ...Read more
Cancer is internal: Many times with the cancers, there are no external stigmata. Also, many of the treatments are much better tolerated than previously. The chemotherapeutic agents are more specific and more targeted, thus many of the bad side effects are decreased. Thus, the old image of sickly, infirm, bedridden patients may be less prevalent. Obviously, this is on a case by case basis. ...Read more
Dr. House??: Dude. That is a fantasy program with very little grasp of reality (funny as it may be). Wrong website. Try imdb (internet movie database). They have a tv section and list each episode individually. ...Read more
If cancer was diagnosed 14 months prior actual diagnosis, would that help to extend a patient life?
Often yes: Finding cancers early often means that they can be completely removed by surgery & gives cancer less time to spread. This is rationale for doing colonoscopies to find precancerous or early cancerous lesions the colon. Has significantly reduced death rate from colon cancer. Similar with routine mamograms for early breast and routine psa blood test & biopsies for early prostate cancer detection. ...Read more
Cancer: Is is really important for a fully independent patient to know the stage of cancer one is in?
Yes, so you plan yr L: Stage determines your prognosis, so if you want to plan your future better, then you would want to know what your odds of survival from your Cancer will be like. This may give you more hope and lessen your anxiety. yet it is up to you to ask for more info or less info from your oncologist. ...Read more
In most cases of cancers, do patients present with almost all the symptoms associated with the cancer?
Is it a usual thing that the cancer comes back after curing to the patients after a while or in the future?
Here are some...: The odd to have recurrence of a treated cancer always exists, but the longer no recurrence after its definitive Rx, the less its recurrence; the 5-year survival rate is designed to serve the purpose of comparison & study. Besides, the extent and tissue features of cancer play their important role affecting long-term survival. So, ask the treating doctor for more specifics on this subject. ...Read more
Will a patient who is suffering from an extremely painful cancer and will certainly die be allowed to die in pain?
Pain not tolerated: In my practice, excessive pain is not tolerated. This is especially true for somebody who has a limited survival. Talk with your doctor about what options are available. ...Read more
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