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I was diagnosed with enlarged retroperitoneal lymph nodes does that mean cancer is present ?

I was diagnosed with enlarged retroperitoneal lymph nodes does that mean cancer is present ?

No: To proper answer your question we need to know more than the information you have provided. What is your age and your prior medical history? How were those enlarged lymph nodes diagnosed? To prove presence or absence of a disease in those nodes you will need additional work-up and most likely a biopsy. ...Read more

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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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What else can cause enlargted retroperitoneaql lymph nodes other than cancer and what are the symptoms++of+an+enlarged+retroperitoneal+lymph+node ?

What else can cause enlargted retroperitoneaql lymph nodes other than cancer and what are the symptoms++of+an+enlarged+retroperitoneal+lymph+node
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Many things: Enlarged retroperitoneal lymph nodes can be caused by different things, not just malignancy - like infection on the adjacent areas- like abscess in kidney or other infection on the retroperitoneal area, inflammation- like in autoimmune disorder/rheumatological disorder, systemic disease like immunodeficiency, viral infections etc. ...Read more

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MRI report shows Bosniak type 2f kidney mass measures 7cm n some retroperitoneal adenopathy measures 1cm. Should I worry? Is this a sign of cancer?

MRI report shows Bosniak type 2f kidney mass measures 7cm n some retroperitoneal adenopathy measures 1cm. Should I worry? Is this a sign of cancer?

Bosniak 2F: Usually, this type of cyst is benign. However a small percentage do have cancer potential. This kind of lesion requires repeat imaging to make sure it doesn't change appearance. Lymph nodes are very common in everyone, and 1 cm size is not "pathologically" enlarged, but these too would be remeasured at any follow up imaging. ...Read more

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Can cancer be cured?

Can cancer be cured?

Complicated Answer: Cancer is just an umbrella where more than 100 different cancers fall under. Each is diagnosed and treated differently. Prognosis is dependent on type of cancer and in stage at time of diagnosis for other cancers. Some can be cured ei: testicular cancer others you can't ei: cll. ...Read more

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How to avoid cancer?

How to avoid cancer?

Healthy lifestyle : Sorry, you can't completely avoid cancer, but ACS data suggest that 50-60% of cancer deaths can be prevented by not using tobacco products (of any kind), eating well, exercising, and overall living a healthy lifestyle. Also, make sure you get the screening tests appropriate for your age and risk. Talk to your doc about this. I wish you a long, healthy life. ...Read more

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Can cancer be curred?

Many are cured: Over decades advancements in surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, immunotherapy have led to curing more patients. However the is by destroying already formed cancer. Some cancer there has been little progress while others have had leaps and bounds. The best policy is doing everything to prevent cancer or early detection. ...Read more

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How is cancer caused?

Genetic mutations: All cancers result from the accumulation of genetic mutations. The genes have a natural tendency to mutate, making life as we know it possible, and there's background radiation and chemicals that are part of nature and inescapable. Specific cancers have various hereditary (inherit a bad gene) and environmental (mutagen) causes; anything can promote by making mutated cells divide. ...Read more

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What are skin cancers?

What are skin cancers?

Skin malignancies: Skin cancers are cutaneous malignancies that are closely linked to sun exposure over the course of a lifetime. Major types of skin cancer include basal cell carcinoma (the most common malignancy in all human beings), squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma (the deadliest skin cancer). If you are worried about something on your skin, visit a dermatologist who can examine your area of concern. ...Read more

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Can you outgrow cancer?

Can you outgrow cancer?

Very very rarely!: A cancer in children, neuroblastoma, may occasionally regress on its own, otherwise one cannot "outgrow" cancer. ...Read more

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When is cancer terminal?

Very broad subject..: There is no "simple" answer. There are ever evolving treatments for cancer. One would consider cancer to be terminal when there are no treatment options that remain due to recurrence, extensive metastasis to other organs, or lack of responsiveness to the existing options. Hope & belief are important aspects of a cure - the term terminal tends to diminish them and should be used with caution. ...Read more

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