• Can cancer cells show in blood tests?

    13 answers · 5 days ago
  • Is generalized lymphadenopathy always cancer?

    i have got swollen lymph nodes on my neck, armpits, groin area and one above a collarbone, but i have no other symptoms such as nausea/vomitting, chills or constant fatigue. i will be seeing a doctor soon but should i be prepared to hear the worst?
    i have got swollen lymph nodes on my neck, armpits, groin area and one above a collarbone, but i have no other symptoms such as nausea/vomitting, chills or constant fatigue. i will be seeing a doctor soon but should i be prepared to hear the worst?
    4 answers · 12 hours ago
  • Why do some people have cancer for years at a stretch when they're going through treatment?

    Best answer: I'm not sure what you mean by this. Cancer is a disease that can go into remission as a consequence of treatment and then return. That can go on for years. There is no treatment that is an absolute cure. Doctors claim that if you go into remission for 5 years or more, you are "cured," but in fact... show more
    Best answer: I'm not sure what you mean by this. Cancer is a disease that can go into remission as a consequence of treatment and then return. That can go on for years. There is no treatment that is an absolute cure. Doctors claim that if you go into remission for 5 years or more, you are "cured," but in fact the cancer can still return.

    Moreover, sometimes treatment can just stave off the cancer's spreading -- or spreading any further -- for a while without actually putting the patient into remission. The idea is just to allow the patient to live as long as possible, even if the cancer will kill him or her in the end.

    I had a friend who underwent treatment for breast cancer in the 90s. She went into remission for 14 years -- and then the cancer returned. She then underwent treatment for another 3 years, and this time there was no remission. The cancer metastasized -- spread -- so the goal of the treatment was simply to limit the spread and keep her alive as long as possible.

    But there was no cure, no further remission, and eventually she died.
    7 answers · 3 days ago
  • Can stage 2 Colon Cancer be cured permanently?

    *sigh*
    *sigh*
    7 answers · 6 days ago
  • What efforts are made towards finding a cure for cancer?

    Best answer: Vast amounts of research exploring different treatment modalities. Hundreds or thousands of clinical trials going on at any given time to explore potential new treatments and improved ways of administering or combining existing ones.
    Best answer: Vast amounts of research exploring different treatment modalities. Hundreds or thousands of clinical trials going on at any given time to explore potential new treatments and improved ways of administering or combining existing ones.
    4 answers · 4 days ago
  • How long does it take to recover from chemo and regain strength?

    I've heard that it varies from person to person and that people eventually recover, but what's a realistic amount of time to recover following chemo and regain your strength? A relative of mine (currently age 67) was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer a couple of years ago (65 at the time of diagnosis).... show more
    I've heard that it varies from person to person and that people eventually recover, but what's a realistic amount of time to recover following chemo and regain your strength? A relative of mine (currently age 67) was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer a couple of years ago (65 at the time of diagnosis). Had the lump removed a month after the diagnosis (the lump was the only cancer in her; didn't spread across the body). Started chemo (6 rounds) over a month after surgery and was treated for over 3 months (once every three weeks). Started 26 herceptin treatments a month after finishing chemo and finished it 3 and a half months ago. Started radiation not long after starting the herceptin treatments and took over a month to complete 33 radiation treatments.
    8 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • A nephew of mine was diagnosed with cancer he is in remission for 10 years. Can growth hormone help? PLEASE READ?

    19 years old. had some more complications due to the radiation. Did a heart transplant and is doing fine. He is 5ft tall. Is there anyway growth hormone can help him gain at least 2 inches? He also did spinal fusion of thoracic and lumbar. Left hip replacement. He is very self concise about being 5ft tall, very... show more
    19 years old. had some more complications due to the radiation. Did a heart transplant and is doing fine. He is 5ft tall. Is there anyway growth hormone can help him gain at least 2 inches? He also did spinal fusion of thoracic and lumbar. Left hip replacement. He is very self concise about being 5ft tall, very generous and kind person. Getting into a relationship is not that difficult for him, he is just beating him self down and wants a bit hope. Thank you all!
    7 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • Doctor note, translation?

    Best answer: What all that boils down to (in plain language) is that the MRI found nothing wrong in your baby's brain (no tumors and no sign of epilepsy). Everything is "unremarkable"; there was nothing "remarkable" found.
    Best answer: What all that boils down to (in plain language) is that the MRI found nothing wrong in your baby's brain (no tumors and no sign of epilepsy). Everything is "unremarkable"; there was nothing "remarkable" found.
    9 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • Steve Jobs had all the money in the world. Why didn't he use it to cure his cancer?

    Best answer: He did ignore some standard cancer treatments at first. He later regretted that.
    Best answer: He did ignore some standard cancer treatments at first. He later regretted that.
    16 answers · 3 weeks ago
  • If a patient is diagnosed with liver cancer can the doctor find out exactly every single way the cancer was caused?

    Best answer: They can make an educated guess on likely causes - e.g., if the patient was a chronic alcoholic, that would show up in multiple locations in the body. However, there are alcoholics who never get liver cancer, and perfectly sober people who do anyway. Causes of cancer are not directly 100% casual - they only... show more
    Best answer: They can make an educated guess on likely causes - e.g., if the patient was a chronic alcoholic, that would show up in multiple locations in the body. However, there are alcoholics who never get liver cancer, and perfectly sober people who do anyway. Causes of cancer are not directly 100% casual - they only increase odds.
    5 answers · 3 weeks ago
  • Why can't the immune system fight cancer?

    Best answer: A big part of the problem is cancer is OUR OWN CELLS going wrong. The immune system is mostly about looking for ALIEN invaders in our body (bacteria/viruses) and dealing with them. It recognises our own cells as part of us so it does not attack them. There are mechanisms that I do not claim to fully understand... show more
    Best answer: A big part of the problem is cancer is OUR OWN CELLS going wrong.

    The immune system is mostly about looking for ALIEN invaders in our body (bacteria/viruses) and dealing with them. It recognises our own cells as part of us so it does not attack them.

    There are mechanisms that I do not claim to fully understand whereby our own genes or parts of our own cells look for 'mistakes' in DNA and try to eliminate them. In the case of cancer, it is our own DNA telling cells to reproduce without control.

    Cancer is what happens when our own body's defence mechanisms fail to recognise and deal with defective cells that want to reproduce.
    13 answers · 3 weeks ago
  • How does malignant melanoma compare with basal cell carcinoma?

    Best answer: Malignant melanoma is rarer and can spread and mainly from moles and usually only on parts of the body exposed to the sun. Basal cell is more common and doesn't spread and is treatable
    Best answer: Malignant melanoma is rarer and can spread and mainly from moles and usually only on parts of the body exposed to the sun. Basal cell is more common and doesn't spread and is treatable
    4 answers · 3 weeks ago
  • Why would someone with leukaemia need a bone marrow transplant?

    Best answer: leukaemia is cancer of the blood. Blood is produced in the bone marrow. People with leukaemia produce faulty blood, so will have their bone marrow removed prior to a transplant.
    Best answer: leukaemia is cancer of the blood. Blood is produced in the bone marrow. People with leukaemia produce faulty blood, so will have their bone marrow removed prior to a transplant.
    7 answers · 4 weeks ago
  • Will vaping cause cancer in the gums?

    10 answers · 4 weeks ago
  • Do all expensive Cancer treatments just prolong the inevitability of natures natural course?

    Best answer: I suppose the same could be said of any medical treatment -- or virtually anything else we do. After all, we do all eventually end up dead.
    Best answer: I suppose the same could be said of any medical treatment -- or virtually anything else we do. After all, we do all eventually end up dead.
    5 answers · 4 weeks ago