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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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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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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


Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Endocrine Disorders (Definition)

Endocrine disorders are conditions that involve abnormal levels or functions ...Read more