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Signs Body Is Dying From Cancer
Unlikely but possibl: This is usually not a symptom of cancer except in the case of the paraneoplastic syndrome. This is a case where there are factors (caused by the cancer) that are in the body that affect the peripheral nerves. This can lead to a diffuse numbness in the extremities. Work-up by a neurologist can include testing of serum antigens and antibodies and nerve biopsy. ...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 type of cancer is most common in a long term use of body lotion? What are signs and symptoms? Just a question...
Frankly,: Bladder outlet obstruction is more common in benign prostatic hypertrophy than cancer, and prosca can be silent. No family hx, no symptoms, many advise steering away from psa screening due to over diagnoisis and harms from rx, but identifying curable prosca at an early stage is a reason to be checked. ...Read more
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Loosing weight may be a warning sign of cancer. Does the person eat less or does the body's metabolism speed up to cause weight loss? Thank-you.
Loss of appetite: In presence of a malignant tumor, wt. Loss is common even without other symptoms. Here depending on the malignant lesion loss of weight and appetite occur. The resulting process is referred to a cachexia or wasting syndrome in a patient not actively trying to lose wt. Tumors associated with cachexia found to produce TNF. When sequenced, the TNF was found to have same sequence as Cachectin ...Read more
What are the symptoms of bone cancer, from spread of prostate cancer. Pain in lower body bone, or upper and lower body bone? What would be 1st sign?
Prostate cancer: Prostate cancer that has spread often metastasizes to bones especially backbone. As part of evaluation for high grade prostate cancer, your urologist or oncologist may recommend bone scan to look for evidence of spread before you develop pain. If you're already having bone pain, regardless of site, go see your doc immediately. Good luck! ...Read more
It varies: Advanced cancers lead to increasing impairment of mobility due to weakness, loss of weight or organ failure. Your doctor can help you more by checking the patient. And the reports of their burden of cancer. Anyone who is eating well and fully mobile, is not close to 'shuting down'. ...Read more
What the difference between my anxiety symptoms and angina? The left side of my body goes numb after eating. I've been examined in the ER and the doctors said I have no signs of heart attack, stroke, or cancer. I didn't notice I was depressed. Could I be
When it happens: Angina means heart pain which is much much more likely to occur in older people and during physical exertion while panic attacks are often random, or due to some specific trigger such as supermarket/closed space likely elevator etc...During a panic attack, the symptoms are quite like angina. Being 24 and had work-up without cardiac involvement, panic is likely. Consult doc for treatment. Good luck. ...Read more
It is the body:
Cancer is a disease due to the failure of immunosurveillance.
To put it simplistically, the body is like a huge assembly line and the quality control fails to reject the defective cells that are manufactured. There are several reasons as to why the defective cells are produced and research is still continuing on the causation.
Cancer can be grown in lab animals but is not done so in humans. ...Read more
Worried-see your doc: If you are concerned - particularly if you have a family history of colon cancer - talk to your doctor. Blood in the bowel movement, tarry black stools, anemia (low red blood cell count) that might show up as shortness of breath or fatigue, narrowing of the actual stool are all potential signs/symptoms. But a colonoscopy is the test one needs if it seems likely! Good luck. Lgromkomd. ...Read more
Cancer: Technically yes. A better response would be that most cancers start in a cell or organ or origin and then can spread to other areas. Cancers usually spread to predictable areas depending on their site of origin. These areas of spread most commonly include the lungs or liver. ...Read more
Not easily. And not commonly. The worry of cancer is often a paranoia that comes from a place that includes the fear of dying and suffering. We begin to see the reality of this as we enter adulthood and realize how quickly time passes and how easily we lose some that we love.
There are numerous kinds of cancers. If you have a specific symptom or problem that needs to be evaluated please see doc! ...Read more
Many types of cancer: Symptoms of cancer depend on the type of cancer. Symptoms should be explained to a healthcare provider. Sleeplessness is not itself worrisome for cancer, but can be associated with excess anxiety about it. Cancer causing chest pain and breathing trouble should be detectable with chest xray. If you continue to worry about cancer despite reassuring exam and basic tests, talk to Dr about anxiety. ...Read more
Invade organs: As the cancer grows it produces a proteinase that allows for invasion of blood vessels. It breaks down -e-cadherin to s-ecadherin that allows metastasis. The spread is predetermined by the surface protein on the tumor cell. Once spead to an organ occurs it can grow in that organ and in many instances can destroy the organ function such as liver If TNFproduced cacchexia occurs. ...Read more
Depends on site/type: The diagnosis of a cancer depends upon the location in the body and type of tumor. Most diagnoses begin with physical examination by a healthcare provider. Depending upon the location and type of potential tumor, imaging studies may then be ordered such an an xray or ct scan or ultrasound. After this, a biopsy (cell or tissue sampling) is usually performed in a laboratory. ...Read more
We hope not.: What makes a cancer "evil" is the ability of cancer cells to travel outside of the organ where they arose and take over another organ; this is how cancer can be life-threatening. In advanced cases of cancer, we can identify these "invaders", but most often, these cells are present but undetectable. The stage of the cancer gives us an estimate of this probability, leading to the rec for chemorx. ...Read more
Variable: A mass or lump. Difficulty swallowing. Change in bowel or bladder habits. Bloody stool or urine. Abnormal bleeding in a woman. Unexplained weight loss. Chest infection. Unexplained cough. Unexplained anemia. New onset of seizures. Personality change. New inversion of a nipple. Sudden accumulation of fluid in a body cavity. Change in a wart / mole. Sense of fullness in the abdomen. ...Read more
Yes, each site isdif: Cancer can arise in every organ of the body, so it is more than one hundred different diseases lumped together because they share one common feature...uncontrolled growth often leading to distant metastases. Treatments vary for each site, so do the treatment outcomes. ...Read more
early diadnosis before it is too late
and early intervention including surgery if indicated/radiationbtherapy/stem cell transplantation/chemotherapy
that gives you the best shot at the fight you want to win
but if it is diagnosed after it has metastised and spread than it may be too late. ...Read more
Any and all: There are thousands of kinds of cancer. The effects depend on the site that is damaged by the growing tumor, whether the immune response to the tumor damages another organ (often the brain / nerves / eyes), and whether the cancer makes some other substance that is hormonally active. I wish you luck. ...Read more
Excellent Book: The last lecture by randy pausch is a fantastic example of a person making the most of his life during his transition from life to death from pancreatic cancer...Truly inspiring. He can also be found on video: http://www. Youtube. Com/watch? V=ji5_mqicxso. ...Read more
Possibly: There are many theories about the etiology of cancer. One of the most prominent is that there is an alteration in the body's immune or defense system. Somehow, the cancer cells escape the normal immune surveillance and proliferate and invade the normal tissues. There are therapies that have been devised to take advantage of the immune system to "activate" it and target it against cancers. ...Read more
Good and balanced: A good and balanced diet is your best defense. A well nourished body has a better chance to fight cancer than a poorly nourished one. So, consume good levels of protein. Include a variety of fruits, vegetables, and nuts. The greater variety, the more likely you'll consume the proper nutrients. And, don't smoke and take it easy with adult beverages. Good luck. ...Read more
Quite varied: Death from cancer may come in may different forms. There may not be any pain or discomfort at the time of death. Most adavnced cancer patients go downhill slowly and develop increasing organ dysfunction. Patients may go into increasing sleepiness to coma when the vital organs failing include liver, kidney or brain. Infections are a common terminal event (pneumonia or blood). Palliative care helps. ...Read more
Yes: The body is composed of many different parts and each can potentially develop different types of malignancies (cancers). ...Read more
Varies: That is very hard to answer as every patient's experience is unique. Someone in that situation should be under the care of a palliative team and/or hospice so that quality of life is maintained as much as possible. Feelings of loneliness are common so if there is someone you know and care about in that situation, be available. Best to you. ...Read more
Resolution of scan.:
It depends on which scan we are talking. In general the resolution i.e the ability of a "scan" depends on the nature of the test.
For a CT scan to detect an abnormal finding the lesion has to be greater than a cm, MRI can give an abnormal signal, a PET CT may be more sensitive.
Blood tests measuring DNA or circulating cancer cells may be a more sensitive but it may not reveal the location. ...Read more
Cherish each moment: The truth is that you cannot know, no physician can tell you, and anyone even offering a guess is doing a disservice. Death could come before you receive this from a blood clot to the lung (sudden and painless), or from a chest infection that could take her in 48 hours. Or she could survive until she no longer has the strength to breathe -- this you'll detect. I'm glad you're there for her. ...Read more
Tobacco: Tobacco contains nicotine, which provides pleasure, and the remaining additives preserve the nicotine and facilitate its entry into the bloodstream. These other substances can cause mutations in dna that allow cells to divide without responding to the body's signals to stop (cancer). These effects can be local, from chewing tobacco in the mouth, or systemic, by inhaling tobacco in the lungs. ...Read more
Poor general conditi: At the end or near the end, patient becomes bed bound because of extreme weakness and or organ failures. Most patients would stop breathing and become very lethrgic and slowly lose conciousness...Then it is near the end with patient stopping to breathe. ...Read more
Lymphatics usually: When a cancer invades a tissue, it can enter into the drainage system of the body called the lymphatic system (lymph glands). These act like pipelines to the various areas of the body and transport the cancer to other organs. Sometimes this happens through the blood stream, but most often through the lymphatics. ...Read more
You don't know: You don't know. That is why I recommend you -while you are young- to have a healthy life style, avoid bad habits like smoking, alcohol, illegal substances etc; to keep active, regular exercise, well and healthy balance diet, and update your age approrpiate cancer screening test. ...Read more
Varies: You start acquiring the mutations that produce cancer when your life starts. Cells that a pathologist can tell are "precancerous" signal "time for treatment". Cases in which the mildest of dysplasias of the cervix have turned to invasive cancer in less than a year are well known. Others simply disappear, or never progress. Be glad for early detection -- and congratulations on a likely cure. ...Read more
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