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I am a breast cancer survivor with lost libido insomnia night sweats, and achy joints. How do I find a doctor who is open to the idea of bhrt?

I am a breast cancer survivor with lost libido insomnia night sweats, and achy joints. How do I find a doctor who is open to the idea of bhrt?

Risk/benefit: Bioidentical hormones (bhrt) is not widely used but getting more attention. The concern for you is the risk of breast cancer (regular hormone replacement has been shown to be a risk). Work with your oncology team and gynecologist to find solutions to treat your symptoms. There are some non-hormone options that can be used. ...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 dangerous for someone with thyroid cancer to get sick with a cold?

Is it dangerous for someone with thyroid cancer to get sick with a cold?

No : Thyroid cancer generally does not affect immune system but if you are on certain medications such as immunosuppressants, then it's best that you check with your doctor. ...Read more

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If I had HIV in the late stage, would I have symptoms while I'm sick. Like do people with HIV get sick a lot in the late stage. Thank you ?

If I had HIV in the late stage, would I have symptoms while I'm sick. Like do people with HIV get sick a lot in the late stage. Thank you 
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Man up!: i would be very surprised if you have advanced HIV at age 19. However , you have a duty to yourself and your friends to be checked yearly like every other responsible young adult. Call your physician now. Your symptoms are due to something else. ...Read more

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What happens to you when you get diagnosed with non hodgkin lymphoma cancer?

What happens to you when you get diagnosed with  non hodgkin lymphoma cancer?

Cancer: Your oncologist will discuss with you the treatment options. ...Read more

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Why would someone with lung cancer only have one month of radiation therapy?

Why would someone with lung cancer only have one month of radiation therapy?

Intent of treatment: Intent of treatment and dose fractionation. Intent of treatment is palliative or curative. Dose fractionation means how big of a dose over what period is given. For example in cyberknife steriotactic body radiotherapy we can deliver radiation over 3-4 days to cure early stage lung cancer. With smaller dose/ fraction it takes about 7weeks of radiation to cure. 2-4 weeks of radiation for palliation. ...Read more

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How risky is it for someone with thyroid cancer to get sick with a cold?

How risky is it for someone with thyroid cancer to get sick with a cold?

It's not: Now, if a patient had the horrible anaplastic thyroid cancer, and was undergoing some active treatment, then, of course, any illness would be a detriment. Papillary or follicular thyroid cancers are well managed in most patients, and the common cold would not particularly affect the patient, any more than the general population. Good luck. ...Read more

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My friend is getting weaker with lung cancer. Do most lung cancer patients die before a year?

My friend is getting weaker with lung cancer. Do most lung cancer patients die before a year?

Depends: The prognosis will depend on the stage and the type/ biology of the lung cancer. The type of treatments, the response to the treatments as well as patient's overall condition prior to the treatment started are also important factors. Depending to the above factors- patients with lung cancers can live from only a few /several months to several years or can be cured in the very early stage. ...Read more

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My friend is getting weaker with lung cancer. Do most lung cancer patients die before a year?

My friend is getting weaker with lung cancer. Do most lung cancer patients die before a year?

Lung cancer: Most patients with lung cancer esp stage 4 or advanced lung cancer carry a poor prognosis and survival is 12-15 months average with modern era chemotherapy. It can lead to progressive generalized weakness, fatigue and failure to thrive. Your friends stage and health status will determine his outcome. The role of chemotherapy is palliative;tarceva/iressa can work in nonsmokers w egfr mutations. ...Read more

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Could you tell me how much drinking / drugs would cause liver cancer for someone who has a family history?

Could you tell me how much drinking / drugs would cause liver cancer for someone who has a family history?

Keep clear of toxins: Livers are great at surviving insults like drugs and alcohol (in moderation). Liver cancer usually happens when you have hepatitis or cirrhosis. Some folks drink a lot and never get cirrhosis, others can't. If you have true liver cancer (a tumor that starts in the liver) in your family, you could be prone to liver damage in a number of ways so stay clear of drugs and alcohol. ...Read more

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Can you give me suggestions with cancer related night sweats?

Can you give me suggestions with cancer related night sweats?

Treat : Hi. Yes, generally, treating the cancer (usually leukemia/lymphoma in my non-oncologist perspective) will help the night sweats. I'm sorry you're going thru this. You're young. Hang in there, and I hope for a happy outcome. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what to expect with someone who has had strong shortness of breath after quitting smoking for 2 weeks?

Can you tell me what to expect with someone who has had strong shortness of breath after quitting smoking for 2 weeks?

Should get better: But it is common for cough and sputum production to increase after stopping smoking, because your lungs are now able to clean themselves out from the crud you have been putting down there. The coughing can feel like shortness of breath. Don"t start again because of this. You will feel better and better after a few weeks, and the health effects will be the best thing you can do for yourself. ...Read more

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Would it be smart for someone with COPD get the "pneumonia shot"?

Would it be smart for someone with COPD get the "pneumonia shot"?

Absolutely!: The "pneumonia shot" is a vaccine against streptococcus pneumoniae, a very common and potentially deadly bacteria. It does not prevent all pneumonia, but it can protect you against this bacteria. This is a must for someone with copd, as is the flu shot. I have seen this bacteria, streptococcus pneumoniae, kill people. ...Read more

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I have a medical question? What causes someone to wake up with bruises?

I have a medical question? What causes someone to wake up with bruises?

Need more info: Extent of bruises? Bruises during the day? Easy bleeding/bruising in general? If not, then consider sleeping disorders such as sleep walking. ...Read more

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Is colorectal cancer hereditary? I have three family members (aunts and uncle) with colorectal cancer. Am i more likely to get it than a normal person? Should i start getting tested and when?

Is colorectal cancer hereditary? I have three family members (aunts and uncle) with colorectal cancer. Am i more likely to get it than a normal person? Should i start getting tested and when?

Family history: Family history is extremely important in colon cancer. You should start colonoscopy screening at age 40 or ten years before the earliest case in the family, whichever is earlier. Genetic testing may be indicated as well. ...Read more

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I think I might have colon cancer. Is it possible for colon cancer to spread to the lymph nodes in my neck? If so how likely? I'm 18 years old. Female

Not Very Likely: Given your age it is highly unlikely you have colon cancer. Major factors that increase the risk of colon cancer include family history, age, and inflammatory bowel disease. Most common cause of swollen lymph nodes in neck are a recent viral or bacterial infection. See your doctor if you are concerned or have concerning gastrointestinal complaints. ...Read more

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Can anybody please explain to me why colon cancer so rare at 22? Even if I seen bright blood on stool? More than one doctor please chime in and help me understand what percentage of cases of colon cancer are there by age group

Can anybody please explain to me why colon cancer so rare at 22? Even if I seen bright blood on stool? More than one doctor please chime in and help me understand what percentage of cases of colon cancer are there by age group

Here is the data: From 2005-2009, the median age at diagnosis for cancer of the colon and rectum was 69 years of age3. Approximately 0.1% were diagnosed under age 20; 1.1% between 20 and 34; 4.0% between 35 and 44; 13.4% between 45 and 54; 20.4% between 55 and 64; 24.0% between 65 and 74; 25.0% between 75 and 84; and 12.0% 85+ years of age. See your doctor cancer is not the only cause of rectal bleeding. ...Read more

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How can I make a patient with lung cancer more comfortable?

How can I make a patient with lung cancer more comfortable?

Depends...: If they are in the end stages of lung cancer, they may be oxygen hungry and having oxygen at home may help. Making sure their pain is controlled is important too. At this stage, having a discussion with hospice services would be beneficial. For earlier stages, they may still be able to be cured and being supportive in their efforts is important. ...Read more

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Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


Sweating At Night (Definition)

Night sweats may be a sign of an overactive thyroid, vitamin d deficiency, or a more serious problem like hodgkin's disease. The most common cause is probably just a heavy mattress and a warm room. The result is the same: waking up overheated and sweaty. Some people have a problem with sweating not just at night. ...Read more