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Why do cancer patients often develop endocrine disorders?

Why do cancer patients often develop endocrine disorders?

Several reasons: As other doctors have noted, radiation can damage glands and reduce their ability to make and release hormones. Chemotherapy can do this as well. Chemotherapy often includes steroids such as Prednisone or Decadron (dexamethasone) which can lead to diabetes and disrupt other hormones. Some cancers make hormones that cause low sodium, high calcium, high cortisol, high red blood cell count, and other problems. ...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 is the definition or description of: Endocrine disorders?

What is the definition or description of: Endocrine disorders?

Hormone problem : A Problem with the endocrine (hormonal) system. Endocrine glands secrete hormones, the system is highly regulated. so less secretion or more secretion than normal could create s problem. ...Read more

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Is it true that all endocrine disorders associated with obesity?

Is it true that all endocrine disorders associated with obesity?

No : It is true that some endocrine disorders are more associated with obesity than others, like diabetes (now both types 1 & 2). However, patients who are not obese also develop endocrine disorders. ...Read more

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Aside from acromegaly are there any other endocrine disorders that would cause a 38 yr old to grow almost 3 inches out of blue w/ no other symptoms?

Aside from acromegaly are there any other endocrine disorders that would cause a 38 yr old to grow almost 3 inches out of blue w/ no other symptoms?

Acromegaly at 38: Highly unlikely to grow any taller at your age. If your comment about a 3 inch growth starting at age 38 is correct, I would appreciate getting some information from you and the doctor taking care of you. My career is Endocrinology and I can always learn something! ...Read more

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Can u please explain ALL poss. endocrine disorders or pituitary abnormalities that would cause 35 YO to restart growing taller again?No other symptoms

Can u please explain ALL poss. endocrine disorders or pituitary abnormalities that would cause 35 YO to restart growing taller again?No other symptoms

? Acromegaly : Hello Samah. It is not possible for one to grew taller after age 18 and closure of epiphysis . Oversecretion of growth hormone from pituitary gland can cause gigantism before age 18 and acromegaly after age 18 . If you are experiencing change in ring size or shoe size then testing IGF-1 level is recommended to rule that out . ...Read more

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What types of endocrine disorders could cause the height of a 30-something adult to increase quite a bit--certainly a noticeable amount? Thank you.

What types of endocrine disorders could cause the height of a 30-something adult to increase quite a bit--certainly a noticeable amount? Thank you.

Increase height: It is extremely unlikely for your height to increase at all in a 30 year old. Height is generally closed by age 25. Please give me some more information. ...Read more

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Which endocrine disorders/problems would a comprehensive metabolic panel blood test NOT detect?

Which endocrine disorders/problems would a comprehensive metabolic panel blood test NOT detect?

All: Comprehensive panel abnormalities could suggest possibility of endocrine disorders or in extreme hyperglycemia detect Diabetics . Thyroid disease, adrenal diseases,etc require specific test ...Read more

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How are endocrine disorders linked to carpal tunnel, and can they affect more like the ulnar nerve? I hd surgery last month for ctr and guyon's canal.

How are endocrine disorders linked to carpal tunnel, and can they affect more like the ulnar nerve? I hd surgery last month for ctr and guyon's canal.

Causation: Carpal tunnel syndrome, in part, represents a synovitis and inflammation narrows the canal. Hypothyroidism and acromegaly (a pituitary growth hormone disorder) are endocrine disorders which cause cts. Diabetes is another (insulin issues--adrenal problems). Pregnancy, not fully endocrine, another cause. Not unique to have other nerves involved, such as ulnar. ...Read more

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What endocrine disorders other than acromegaly or pituitary tumor could cause height growth spurts in late 30s/early 40s?Would hypothyroidism do that?

What endocrine disorders other than acromegaly or pituitary tumor could cause height growth spurts in late 30s/early 40s?Would hypothyroidism do that?

Growth: Once you go through puberty, the growth plates close, and you will not grow anymore. Acromegaly in an adult does not cause growth in height, just thickening of bones/features. Hypothyroidism does not increase height. The most common cause of "adult growth" is a mistake in measurement, including in MD offices, where height measurements are often not accurate. ...Read more

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Is prostate cancer considered an endocrine system disorder?

Is prostate cancer considered an endocrine system disorder?

No: Prostate cancer does produce the protein "psa, " but this is not a functional hormone that we believe has any significant physiologic effect. ...Read more

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Is acanthosis nigricans an endocrine disorder?

No: Acanthosis nigricans is a dark skin discoloration, often found on the back of the neck and other skin folds. It is not an endocrine disorder, but is often present in people with endocrine disorders like pcos and type 2 diabetes. Pregnancy and some birth control pills can cause it too. ...Read more

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Is it true that osteoporosis is an endocrine disorder?

Yes: Although osteoporosis can be managed by many subspecialties (endocrinology, rheumatology, orthopedics, gynecology, geriatrics, bone metabolism is regulated by several hormones, therefore it is an endocrine disorder. ...Read more

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What sort of disorder is an endocrine disorder?

Hormones: The endocrine system is composed of a variety of glands and organs each of which secretes hormones that act locally or in other places throughout the body to have certain effects. Body parts with endocrine functions range from the pituitary gland in the brain to the thyroid gland in the neck to the adrenal glands in the abdomen. Endocrine disorders can range from pubertal problems to growth problems to disorders of calcium homeostasis to types of diabetes. ...Read more

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Could an endocrine disorder cause sudden significant sweating (face, back of neck, chest) a few times a day not related to menopause or prednisone?

Could an endocrine   disorder cause sudden significant sweating (face, back of neck, chest) a few times a day not related to menopause or prednisone?

Further testing.: Uncontrolled diabetes causes sweating. Increased thyroid function can increase sweating and the body temperature. Can be due to some medications used for anxiety or depression, specially in combination with other drugs . Infections or autoimmune disorders should be considered. ...Read more

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Dr. Tyrone Malloy
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Endocrine System (Definition)

The endocrine system is a group of organs composed of glands that secrete hormones. These hormones have important regulatory functions such as growth, metabolism, ...Read more


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Endocrine Disorders (Definition)

A Problem with the endocrine (hormonal) system. Endocrine glands secrete hormones, the system is highly regulated. so less secretion or more secretion than normal ...Read more