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What Is The Deadliest Cancer Type In Children
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
I am one of five childern, three have had different types of cancer what are my chances of getting cancer?
Depends...: I sorry to hear your siblings have cancer. Cancer clearly has a genetic component that is often heritable, but it is not straightforward. It really depends on the type, and timing, of the cancers. If you are concerned, see your physician who can refer you to a specialist in cancer, or if there is a suspicion you might have a familial cancer syndrome, a genetic counselor. ...Read more
Pediatric oncologist: Physicians who specialize in cancer care for children are pediatric oncologists. These doctors have generally done medical school plus a three year period of on the job training in pediatrics followed by a two to three year period of on the job training in cancer care focused on treating malignant diseases in children. ...Read more
Brain tumor: Most common brain tumors in this age group are tumors of the posterior fossa which are medulloblastoma and cerebellar astrocytomas, also not uncommon are ependymomas. ...Read more
My father has been diagnosed with prostate/stomach/lung cancer that is widespread. Is this contagious to my young children or type 1 diabetics?
Several not in skin: most malignancies are glandular in origin and at least by type can easily be diagnosed. The second most common lesions are of squamous origin. More uncommon are sarcomatous lesions such as extremity epitheliod sarcomas which are rare and deadly, leiomyosarcomas not arising in stomach or uterine fibroid but in vein walls and as Ive just encountered a sarcomatoid carcinoma in the mastoid bone. ...Read more
General work-up.: A general physical exam with standard blood work is the first thing in any such visit, for any possible concern. Usually if there is anything going on, there will be symptoms already to focus on. Anything serous should show up on physical exam and blood work, which would direct the way toward special tests/procedures to rule out or confirm a diagnosis. ...Read more
Tell us why you ask?: If you can help us by telling us more about what you want to know, we can be more helpful. This kind of quiz does not help you or I...as we will both be guessing wildly. So get to the point and tell us what is your problem??. ...Read more
Sun and CA: Sun light or tanning beds causes two types of skin cancers...Basal cell cancer and melanoma. Basal cell CA is classically called the rat CA. It tends to stay right where it started and eat a hole...much like if you were chewed on by a rat. Melanoma is a much deadlier cancer and can spread to other organs. ...Read more
Hundreds: Cancer is a spectrum of diseases, each defined by the tissue and organ of origin, as well as the molecular pathways and mutations that are driving tumorigenesis, proliferation, invasion, and distant spread. The medical community is still learning, hence the need for more cancer research! ...Read more
Varies: Some cancers are not detected until widespread and it is too late to intervene. The real question is why? Some may not present with early symptoms because of their "silent" location. For example, pancreatic cancer off of the tail of the pancreas grows, spreads and seeds the abdomen with minimal symptoms. Some cancers of the GI tract are found on screening tests.When symptomatic, it is too late. ...Read more
These work: If you are to have any hope of a cure from any kind of cancer, treatment will involve either surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy -- the latter with traditional cytotoxic treatment and/or some of the highly-targeted new medicines. This is the truth. "Natural" treatments may make you feel better but won't touch the cancer despite all the hustle. Best wishes. ...Read more
Goblet Cell Ca: This is one of many cancer variants in a variety of organs. These cells produce mucus, which distends normal cells in the small intestine so they bear a fanciful resemblance to wine goblets. When cells with this look turn malignant, pathologists can still spot the resemblance. I hope this cancer can be effectively treated. Good luck. ...Read more
BCC on the skin: Basal cell carcinoma of the skin can frequently be removed in the office under local anesthesia. If the margins are clear then you are usually cured of that lesion. Since sun exposure likely caused it, you are still at risk for developing skin cancers in the future, so get a head to toe skin check frequently. ...Read more
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