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What is the type of t-cell that kills virus-infected and tumor cells?

What is the type of t-cell that kills virus-infected and tumor cells?

The T 8 cell.: This is called the killer t cell because it kills virally infected cells, among other things. The other predominant kind, the T4 cell, is a central director of the immune response. ...Read more

Neoplasms (Definition)

"tumor" literally translates as "mass", so even a fresh bruise could be called a "tumor". Doctors use the term "neoplasm" (tranlates literally as new growth) to describe tumors that are abnormal growths of cells. These may be benign or malignant; "malignant" = cancer. In everyday usage, we use "tumor" ...Read more


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My husband has a cancerous tumor on his neck. The doctor said it either started as a leision or HPV virus. Can i be at risk for hpv. ?

My husband  has a cancerous tumor on his neck. The doctor said it either started  as a leision or HPV virus. Can i be at risk for hpv. ?

Possibly: If in fact your husband has had hpv (which appears to be in question) it is also possible that he transmitted it to you. I suspect, however, that if you have had pelvic exams with pap smears done during the years of your marriage and they have not revealed changes compatible with hpv infection, then you are free of disease. It would be advisable to see your ob/gyn doctor. Good luck. ...Read more

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I had a brain MRI completed to identify any organic damage, viruses, and endocrine tumors, who is the most qualified DR to request for interpretation?

I had a brain MRI completed to identify any organic damage, viruses, and endocrine tumors, who is the most qualified DR to request for interpretation?

Neuroradiologist: Hi. You needn't worry. Whichever doctor ordered it, it will be read by a qualified radiologist. You don't need to request anything. Of course you can't see a virus with anything less than an electron microscope, but you mean lesions that could be caused by viruses. Good luck! ...Read more

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I read mmtv-like virus is highly expressed in breast tumors so it's likely that this viruses causes breast cancer. How can I see if I have this virus?

I read mmtv-like virus is highly expressed in breast tumors so it's likely that this viruses causes breast cancer. How can I see if I have this virus?

It's not true: This is an internet scare story based on some old work in 2004 that didn't pan out. The claim was simply that DNA sequences resembled those found in the familiar mouse tumor. This doesn't stop people from writing misleading articles on the internet. ("Your doctor isn't telling you the truth!") Nobody's even grown the virus from human breast cancer samples. ...Read more

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Can virus cause persistant come-and-go ha, slightly stiff neck, general lethargy? Otherwise healthy woman..Sound like brain tumor? No neuro symptoms

Can virus cause persistant come-and-go ha, slightly stiff neck, general lethargy? Otherwise healthy woman..Sound like brain tumor? No neuro symptoms

Virus and HAs: Many viruses can cause the symptoms you describe. In most cases, the symptoms are self limited and will resolve. If not, consult your doctor. There is no evidence to worry about a brain tumor; while a stiff neck can be associated with a viral meningitis, most of these are self limited and will resolve. Unless your symptoms persist or worsen, there is no need for alarm. ...Read more

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What happens if cytotoxic t cells destroy cancer and viruses, then why do humans still get these diseases and tumours?

What happens if cytotoxic t cells destroy cancer and viruses, then why do humans still get these diseases and tumours?

Great question!: This is one of the "holy grails" of cancer immunology research. Cytotoxic t cells are suppressed by other t cells, and some cancers and viruses create molecules that increase this suppression of cytotoxic t cells. There's also the problem of tolerance; our immune systems don't work against ourselves (usually), and cancer and viruses involve normal cells that are protected from immune attack. ...Read more

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Please explain what does p s a mean in a tumor marker blood test?

Please explain what does p s a mean in a tumor marker blood test?

Test for prostate ca: PSA is a blood tumor marker for prostate cancer but can be elevated in prostatitis, a benign inflammation of the prostate. It is especially helpful in screening men for early prostate cancer and In following the effectiveness of therapy. There is controversy in recent years in whether elderly males should be screened or not as prostate cancer can be slowly progressive without treatment . ...Read more

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I was wondering what does "p s a" mean in a tumor marker blood test?

I was wondering what does "p s a" mean in a tumor marker blood test?

PSA: Psa is an acronym for prostate specific antigen. A very high level of this marker in the blood could be indicative of prostate cancer, however there has been much debate recently as to how good a screening test it is. Higher than normal psa levels can be caused by benign growths. ...Read more

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If tumor markers are consistently rising does it mean tamoxifen isn't working? My ca27-29 went from the 20's to 48 to 52 and now 66 since october.

If tumor markers are consistently rising does it mean tamoxifen isn't working?  My ca27-29 went from the 20's to 48 to 52 and now 66 since october.

Setting?: Are you taking it after curative surgery (adjuvant) or to control metastatic disease? Markers can be confusing. I have to say the progressive elevation of your 27.29 is suspicious but i'm taking it out of the context of your clinical situation. I'm sure your oncologist will gladly sit down with you and explain its meaning and what he/she has in mind for next. ...Read more

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What`s the difference between cancer and tumor?

What`s the difference between cancer and tumor?

Tumor vs cancer: A tumor is an excessive growth of tissue. It can be benign (not dangerous) or malignant (dangerous because it can spread). Cancer is caused by malignant tumors. ...Read more

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What U.S. states have cases of cyclospora virus?

What U.S. states have cases of cyclospora virus?

Cyclospora: Cyclospora is a single-celled parasite that causes an intestinal infection. As of mid 2014, cyclospora outbreaks have been reported in Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York (and New York City), Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Washington. ...Read more

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How did the ebola virus start? How did it get into the U.S.?

How did the ebola virus start? How did it get into the U.S.?

Ebola Virus: Ebola is a filovirus (Filoviridae). The genomic fossils of filoviruse family that impact mammals have likely existed tens of millions of years. Viruses mutate over time. The first recognized Ebola outbreak was in 1976. Some individuals who became infected by Ebola in Africa traveled to the US - there by leading to US cases. ...Read more

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Has their ever been a case of someone having the ebola virus in the u.S.?!?!

Has their ever been a case of someone having the ebola virus in the u.S.?!?!

Ebola: Regarding current Ebola outbreak you are probably now aware that a man who had direct contact with Ebola traveled from Nigeria to Dallas, Texas - developing Ebola sx's 5 days after arrival in the US. The CDC is monitoring each of the man's contacts for 21 days. Two missionaries were also evacuated from Africa to the US for treatment prior to that. The Reston virus (mutated Ebola Virus) found in ...Read more

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Is of possible for anyone in the u.S. To contract the ebola virus from just day to day contact ?

Is of possible for anyone in the u.S. To contract the ebola virus from just day to day contact ?

Ebola Virus: Transmission is from someone who has signs of active infection via contact wi blood or bodily fluids or through contact wi contaminated objects. According to the World Health Organization – Ebola can be spread through body fluids such as sweat, blood, saliva, urine and stool. As of4 OCT 2014 - there were 3 cases treated in the US - so the odd's would be miniscule. ...Read more

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Surgery put off no ins I am disable haven't got it yet. Tumor been growing for a year now it feel s like its wraarourd. Something an I am having pain joldonng things on my atms an turning my neck?

Surgery put off no ins I am disable haven't got it yet. Tumor been growing for a year now it feel s like its wraarourd. Something an I am having pain joldonng things on my atms an turning my neck?

May need to go to ER: If you have been told that you have a tumor and it is causing these kinds of symptom, you need help. If this is a tumor that you know about, it could be affecting nerves in the neck or spinal cord. This is a possible emergency. If the pain is severe you need to go to the er. The hospital might be able to get you covered by medicaid. ...Read more

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Have their been any cases of the sars virus in the u.S?

Have their been any cases of the sars virus in the u.S?

In 2003, : There were 30 or so cases of 'probable sars' in the usa, only 8 were shown to be antibody positive and all these acquired the virus outside the usa. ...Read more

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If I'm HIV positive, how can I ensure I don't spread the virus to my partner(s)?

If I'm HIV positive, how can I ensure I don't spread the virus to my partner(s)?

Safe sex, HIV Rx: Congratulations on your responsible approach! 1) Inform all partners so they can choose to have sex with you or not, or to avoid some sexual practices. 2) Always use condoms for vaginal or anal sex. 3) Be in medical care, religiously take anti-HIV drugs, and keep your viral load low. Your doctor or clinic can fill in the details. If you do all these, you will never infect a sex partner. ...Read more

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I am in my mid 60's. It seems that at times i m unable to control my bowels. I do not have a virus or am not ill.. I have regular colonosophy.?

I am in my mid 60's.  It seems that at times i m unable to control my bowels.  I  do not have a virus or am not ill..  I have regular colonosophy.?

See a doctor: You may be developing some form of neuropathy, but in order to be helpful a doctor will need a full detailed history, often asking questions you might not think to tell them. Go and get examined before this gets worse. ...Read more

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Friend has an baseball sized tumor? growth on the outside of his chest.It looks soft & says it 's bleeds when he moves to fast& 2 tiny 1's on arm

Friend has an baseball sized tumor?  growth on the outside of his chest.It looks  soft  & says it 's  bleeds when he moves to fast& 2 tiny 1's on arm

May be sarcoma: Most common lesions to reach baseball size on chest wall are lipomas. However they don't bleed. One must consider if primary, that lesion is a form of angiosarcoma or vascular dysplastic melanoma . Treatment never offered unless dx available. If easily resectable, this approach needed. Two other lesions may represent mets and once dx made, PET/CAT important to find other possible sites. ...Read more

Virus (Definition)

A virus is a small infectious agent that can replicate only inside the living cells of an organism. Viruses can infect all types of organisms, from animals and plants ...Read more