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Doctor insights on: What To Look For On The Last Days Of Ovarian Cancer

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For what length of time do I have to decide on treatment for kidney cancer?

For what length of time do I have to decide on treatment for kidney cancer?

If you: Have known kidney cancer and doctors gave you options on treatment, you should decide within one or two weeks. Although it is unlikely that the cancer will spread to kill you in this period, your doctors cannot progress to your next step until you decide. ...Read more

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 percentage of the time does a prostate biopsy come back positive for cancer?

What percentage of the time does a prostate biopsy come back positive for cancer?

30-50%: With proper "screening, " most reports suggest a 30-50% positive biopsy result (currently with 10-12 cores obtained). Newer technology/approaches such as MRI mapping/guidance, confirmdx, "saturation" biopsies (26-32 cores) are increasing the "+" bx rate. With all of these comes increased cost and risk, however. ...Read more

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My last pap had endrometrial cells in it. My doctor has scheduled an endometrial biopsy from the uterus. I had just started my period at the time of the pap - could this produce the e-cells? What does the presence of the e-cells possibly indicate? What

My last pap had endrometrial cells in it.  My doctor has scheduled an endometrial biopsy from the uterus. I had just started my period at the time of the pap - could this produce the e-cells?  What does the presence of the e-cells possibly indicate?  What

Likely from period: Yes endometrial cells on a pap smear can come from being on your period. That being said it is not considered normal to have these cells present. When found on a pap especially in women above 35 or with certain risk factors the appropriate next step is an endometrial biopsy to rule out cancer or precancerous cellular overgrowth in the endometrial lining. ...Read more

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What are the chances of colorectal cancer at age 37? I have hemrroids for the first time in my life.

What are the chances of colorectal cancer at age 37? I have hemrroids for the first time in my life.

Low: Fairly low, unless you have a first degree relative with colon cancer early in life. If you develop symptoms that are unusual for simple hemorrhoids, you should have additional testing. As always, if things don't go the way they're supposed to, go back to your doctor for the next step in the plan. ...Read more

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I am just curious about what are the first symptoms of lung cancer, how long does it take a smoker to get it and what is the average age of diagnosis?

I am just curious about what are the first symptoms of lung cancer, how long does it take a smoker to get it and what is the average age of diagnosis?

Often asymptomatic.: This is often asymptomatic with about 5-15% detected from symptoms. Pesistent cough is the usual presenting sign, with hemoptysis, wheeze, dyspnea or difficulty breathing, depending on its site. Hoarseness, and respiratory failure can mean spread beyond the lungs. This occurs most at 55-65 years and since smoking is the most common cause, it likely takes from its start so don't start smoking. ...Read more

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What is the quality of life for a late stages stomach cancer patient? Will they be bedridden? What about the pain?

What is the quality of life for a late stages stomach cancer patient?  Will they be bedridden?  What about the pain?

No need to be !: Your question touched my heart. Goal: comfort and support. Nutrition, ensure or gastrostomy tube is important. There are muliple medications to control pain: tablets, liquids, patches, injections.. Measures to fight depression. Nursing homes, home health nurses. Family and friends... Faith in god, after-life, smile, good attitude. "stand up" keep the spirit. No bed-ridden till you can't. Thanks. ...Read more

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I'm 17 and going to the gynaecologist for the first time because of absent periods for 3 years. What kind of tests should I expect?

I'm 17 and going to the gynaecologist for the first time because of absent periods for 3 years. What kind of tests should I expect?

Exam + more: There will be a thorough history and physical exam with special attention to the pelvic exam as well. There may be a ultrasound or blood testing for factors that may have stopped your cycles such as thyroid disorders, etc. Good luck. ...Read more

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I had an inflammation of the ovaries can this cause cancer later on in life?

I had an inflammation of the ovaries can this cause cancer later on in life?

No established data: No established data. Here is some more information on ovarian cancer: http://www.Cancer.Net/cancer-types/ovarian-cancer. ...Read more

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Is it possible to imagine symptoms if i look at the symptoms of a disease on the internet i develop them the next day (stomach cancer)?

Is it possible to imagine symptoms if i look at the symptoms of a disease on the internet i develop them the next day (stomach cancer)?

Very common: We are all very suggestible when we are overly concerned about health issues the internet is a major culprit and many times has much misinformation. Gi symptoms are very nonspecific for many diseases. Stomach cancer is almost unheard of in a 28 yo. Symptoms need to be put in the context of a total evaluation. Your symptoms are more likely heartburn or irritable bowel sx relaxxxxxx! ...Read more

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Someone i know had breast cancer about 3 years ago. Within the past year, the cancer spread to the spine and liver. What is the prognosis?

Someone i know had breast cancer about 3 years ago. Within the past year, the cancer spread to the spine and liver. What is the prognosis?

Varies: This depends on her response to treatment and her overall health. The average 5 year overall survival for someone with stage IV breast cancer is 15%. ...Read more

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My mom is scheduled for a lobe removal on her left lung due to cancer. What can I expect on the healing process? She is 78 and in good shape.

My mom is scheduled for a lobe removal on her left lung due to cancer.  What can I expect on the healing process? She is 78 and in good shape.

-: The recovery from lung surgery depends on other medical conditions and problems; i assume that her lung function is adequate enough for her to proceed with surgery so if everything goes well she should recover well; the outcomes from lung surgeries are generally better at larger high volume centers; if possible consider having surgery at a large volume center close by, . ...Read more

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What are the causes of two periods in a month cancer.?

What are the causes of two periods in a month cancer.?

Not necessarily: Menses can become irregular particularly as you approach menopausal years. If the irregularity persists have your gynecologist check you further. ...Read more

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Best treatment for thyroid cancer? Is it better to just take out the side of the thyroid with the cancer or get rid of the whole thing? If you keep part of your thyroid, could that get cancer later? If i get rid of the whole thing, which is better: radioa

Best treatment for thyroid cancer? Is it better to just take out the side of the thyroid with the cancer or get rid of the whole thing? If you keep part of your thyroid, could that get cancer later? If i get rid of the whole thing, which is better: radioa

Hemithyroidectomy: If the cancer can be removed by "hemi"thyroidectomy, go for it. The likelihood of getting a thyroid cancer in the remnant is low, and without a thyorid you will betaking pills the rest of your life. As for getting rid of the whole thing, surgery is probably a bit better than radioablation, although if radioablation fails you can always do surgery later. We can predict how well RA will work. ...Read more

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I did a search for diagnosis of some of my symptoms and came up with cirrhosis of the liver. What do doctors look for to diagnose it?

I did a search for diagnosis of some of my symptoms and came up with cirrhosis of the liver. What do doctors look for to diagnose it?

Ultrasound, liver bx: Cirrhosis can sometimes be diagnosed by non-invasive tests like ultrasound or ct scan. Sometimes a liver biopsy is necessary to make the diagnosis of cirrhosis. Other times blood work can show liver functions consistent with cirrhosis. ...Read more

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A lump the size of a grape on underside of my wrist for past year, its starting to burn from time to time,what are possible causes and or solutions?

A lump the size of a grape  on underside of my wrist for past year, its starting to burn from time to time,what are possible causes and or solutions?

Ganglionic Cyst: Most likely a ganglionic cyst of the joint synovium. These will often resolve with rest from repetitive actions like typing, piano, Tennis. They can be injected with a corticosteroid or if necessary, surgically removed. Please see a physician for an exam to be sure it is nothing more serious than that. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment I have small cell lung cancer that has spread to the brain I have ten tumors what are my best options?

Multidisciplinary: Small cell cancer is challenging even in early stage. All small cell cancer should be treated through a multidisciplinary thoracic oncology program with a targeted and individualized approach. Clinical trial enrollment when possible. The following link discusses general approach to treating nsclc and small cell, our best wishes are with you: http://goo.Gl/s6eme. ...Read more

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Ovarian Cancer (Definition)

A typically silend cancer which ...Read more