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Why do your feet increase in size with carcinoid carcinoma?

Why do your feet increase in size with carcinoid carcinoma?

Hormones: A carcinoid tumor is made of hormone-producing cells. Some hormones directly cause vasodilation (like the redness of your skin when you're in a hot-tub) which cause your feet to swell. Other hormones can damage your heart valves, which can indirectly cause your feet to swell. Carcinoid tumors don't make your feet actually grow to my knowledge, but they can get quite swollen. ...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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I want to ask that i had multiple ovoid lesions in both breasts does it increases the risk of breast cancer?

I want to ask that i had multiple ovoid lesions in both breasts does it increases the risk of breast cancer?

Probably Not: Although the description "multiple ovoid lesions" is not clear to me, their presence in both breasts, as well as your age, is a good sign. These could be cysts or fibrocystic changes. Please see your health care provider and possibly have an ultrasound of both breasts for further evaluation. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my son was diagnosed with pleomorphic adenoma, 3 tumors in the neck and 1 in cheek. can this turn into cancer?

What do you suggest if my son was diagnosed with pleomorphic adenoma, 3 tumors in the neck and 1 in cheek. can this turn into cancer?

Early ENTinvolvement: Close follow-up with the ENT, surgical resection is required. Yes, these have a high rate of malignant transformation. ...Read more

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If many people in your family had cancer, does that increase your chances of getting it?

If many people in your family had cancer, does that increase your chances of getting it?

Perhaps: Majority of cancers are sporadic ( caused by environmental exposures and some other factors) in nature and not hereditary. However, if there are a lot of people in your family did have cancer- that would raise a suspicion of hereditary cancer syndrome may be present in the family. You should see a genetician/genetic counsellor to evaluate your cancer risk and further testing that you may need. ...Read more

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Mass in my lung 5cm..Biopsy sample was insufficient..who can help me to do pet scan...till now they not sure cancer or not..and what risks of surgery?

Mass in my lung 5cm..Biopsy sample was insufficient..who can help me to do pet scan...till now they not sure cancer or not..and what risks of surgery?

Any good doctor can: If you have a growth in the lung, you need to be under the care of an internist or an oncologist. What is the specialty of your doctor whom you are seeing now(who ordered your biopsy?). You need to tell us details of your history. Any medical or surgical doctor can order the relevant tests including CT scan or PET scan, but you must go to a specialist if possible. ...Read more

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What to do to increase my breast size in a matter of 2 days?

What to do to increase my breast size in a matter of 2 days?

Others: Since there are no medical remedies that are aimed to increase breast size in 2 days improving body image , self confident and self esteem is the best place to start. Good luck in your search. ...Read more

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Does the presence of multiple fibrodenomas in both breasts increases future risk of breast cancer?, and do they need to be surgically removed?

Does the presence of multiple fibrodenomas in both breasts increases future risk of breast cancer?, and do they need to be surgically removed?

No: Fibroadenomas do not suggest an elevated risk for cancer, although they are likely to require biopsy in most cases to prove that. Typically, these biopsies can be done in a minimally invasive way. To learn more about breast biopsy options, please see http://www.Conciergeradiologist.Com/breast-biopsy.Html. ...Read more

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Metastic colon cancer .... On chemo , after 3 round scan shows increase in liver and peri mets and no increase in a aortocaval node . Size not known. What can this mean ?

Metastic colon cancer .... On chemo , after 3 round scan shows increase in liver and peri mets and no increase in a aortocaval node . Size not known. What can this mean ?

Oh dear!: I'm so sorry about what you're going through. However, while this isn't all good news, your oncologist is the only person who can tell you what this means and what you should do next. I wish you the very best. I really do! ...Read more

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How large do thyroid nodules look on ultrasound in order to raise suspicion for cancer? Does size matter?

How large do thyroid nodules look on ultrasound in order to raise suspicion for cancer? Does size matter?

Size matters: Size does matter. Thyroid nodules of less than 1 cm are usually insignificant. Among nodules of >1 cm, the likelihood of cancer increases with size, but even bigger nodules (3-4 cm) are usually benign. Best approach: US and fine needle aspiration should be done by someone experienced in interpretation, usually an Endocrinologist. If surgery needed, find an experienced thyroid surgeon. ...Read more

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What causes recurring hemorrhagic/proteinaceous breast cysts and do they increase the risk of breast cancer? My mom and material aunt have breast CA

What causes recurring hemorrhagic/proteinaceous breast cysts and do they increase the risk of breast cancer? My mom and material aunt have breast CA

Not common: At 49 y.o. cyst are not uncommon but most are clear with serous fluid, just enough to keep ducts open. Hemorrhagic cysts not that common and one must ascertain they are not developing into cytst lesions. Cytology of bloody fluid might be valuable along with MRI of breast if mammo neg. BRACA should also be tested to see if genetic changes familial. ...Read more

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Can a very slight increase in calcium levels in blood work indicate cancer? I do have athyroid goiter with normal TSH & a mass in neck of my r femur.

Can a very slight increase in calcium levels in blood work indicate cancer?  I do have athyroid goiter with normal TSH & a mass in neck of my r femur.

Seek other cause: The slightly elevated calcium will be worth repeating, but it will not make or break the cancer workup. It'll be your physician's decision whether or not to biopsy the mass in the femur, simply wait, or do more imaging. I trust your "amyloid goiter" is not really a medullary carcinoma with coexisting parathyroid disease (multiple endocrine neoplasia ii). ...Read more

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What are the risks of lung biopsy surgery .? I have mass 5 cm in left lung and it's not cancer and so confused about the surgery ..

What are the risks of lung biopsy surgery .?  I have mass 5 cm in left lung and it's not cancer and so confused about the surgery ..

Biopsy low risk : Any 5 cm mass in the lung should be removed, as there is risk that it could have cancerous elements even if the biopsy was negative. If you are otherwise healthy, a surgical biopsy carries low risk of major complication (<1%). With that said, pain, recovery time, and complication rates can be affected by the approach the surgeon takes. A minimally invasive (vats) approach has advantages ...Read more

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Why after a total removal of the thyroid are we (me & my sister) experiencing swelling in feet and ankles? Removed due to cancer

Why after a total removal of the thyroid are we (me & my sister) experiencing swelling in feet and ankles?  Removed due to cancer

Edema: Swelling may be due to hypothyroidism, i.e. Low levels of thyroid hormone. Labs should be able to tell if you are getting enough supplement therapy. There are many other reasons for swelling in the legs as well. Discuss with your doctor. May need further work up. ...Read more

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If stage 4 breast cancer mets to the brain causing multiple lesions, and a lot of swelling, why would a neurosurgeon suggest surgery? To do what?

If stage 4 breast cancer mets to the brain causing multiple lesions, and a lot of swelling, why would a neurosurgeon suggest surgery? To do what?

Risk of herniation: It may be that one or more of the lesions is in a location which is at high risk for pushing the brain stem against the base of the skull causing a more immediate risk of death. It also depends sometimes on the status of the disease elsewhere in the body- if there was no other active disease, clearing it from the brain would put the patient in remission, even if temporarily. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my uncle of age 65 yrs has focus of poorly differentiated squamous cell carcinoma at the base of the tongue he?

What do you suggest if my uncle of age 65 yrs has focus of poorly differentiated squamous cell carcinoma at the base of the tongue he?

Resection: Most squamous Ca's of the tongue are on the lateral anterior 2/3 of tongue. If in the posterior tongue, the approach is by transhyoid pharyngotomy followed by RT and chemo if tumor large. This is especially true if bilateral cervical nodal disease is present. ...Read more

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Dermatologist didnt check all body parts during screening, when inquired of very small moles he said not to worry due to size. Should I go elsewhere?

Dermatologist didnt check all body parts during screening, when inquired of very small moles he said not to worry due to size. Should I go elsewhere?

Yes: It's hard for me to question his judgement on the moles, but it's certainly concerning if he doesn't check all of your body parts. Best of luck! ...Read more

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What causes your kidney to shrink in size?

What causes your kidney to shrink in size?

Several reasons: Chronic kidney disease , repeated kidney infections, decreased blood supply to the kidneys, congenital conditions etc. Your doc can check your urine test and blood for kidney function. ...Read more

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How do they treat a chemical burn in your veins associated with chemo?

How do they  treat a chemical burn in your veins associated with chemo?

Different treatments: Some drugs like genzar cause irritation to the veins. Often these are treated with warm soaks after the veins become firm. Other drugs are called vesicants. These cause problems if they get into other tissues. There are several treatments depending on the drug. The past plan is to avoid the problem with a port that is placed in a large blood vessel. ...Read more

Dr. Murthy Andavolu
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Carcinoid (Definition)

Carcinoid refers to neuroendocrine tumors originating in gastrointestinal (GI) tract, lungs and appendix. They are usually indolent developing over many years. Aggressive, fast-growing forms such SCLC known as Oat Cell Ca of lung represents neuroendocrine carcinoma that exhibits rapid growth and early spread to distant sites. They are sensitive ...Read more