Cancer Treatments

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What are some of the nutritional problems imposed by cancer treatments?
    What are some of the nutritional problems imposed by cancer treatments? What dietary modifications are necessary?

    • ANSWER:
      Diet is an important part of cancer treatment. Cancer patients have special nutritionneeds and issues related to eating. Eating the right kinds of foods before, duringand after treatment can help the patient feel better and stay stronger.
      Cancer and its impact on nutrition
      Cancerous tumors may produce chemicals that can affect the absorption of certainnutrients in the body. The body's use of protein, carbohydrates and fat may be affected,especially by tumors of the stomach or intestines.

      A patient may appear to be eating enough, but the body may not be able to absorball the nutrients from the food.
      Goals of nutrition therapy in cancer
      The goals of nutrition therapy for patients with cancer who are in active treatmentand recovery are designed to restore nutrient shortages, maintain nutritional healthand prevent complications. The goals of nutrition therapy are:

      * Prevent or correct malnutrition.
      * Prevent wasting of muscle, bone, blood, organs and otherlean body mass.
      * Help the patient tolerate treatment.
      * Reduce nutrition-related side-effects and complications.
      * Maintain strength and energy.
      * Protect ability to fight infection.
      * Help recoveryand healing.
      * Maintain or improve quality of life.

      To ensure optimal nutrition, a person has to eat and drink enough of the foods thatcontain key nutrients, which include plenty of vitamins, minerals, protein and water,and adequate amounts of carbohydrates and fats.
      http://www.indianwomenshealth.com/Nutrition-in-Cancer-Care-230.aspx

  2. QUESTION:
    Have you tried any alternative cancer treatments?
    I am doing a Level 3 extended project and would really like some personal reports on alternative cancer treatments. The topics I am currently looking at are medical marijuana and laetrile, however any other treatments you have used would be great to read about. The other questions I am posing are:
    - Should a cancer patient be aloud to choose any type of medicine available, be it conventional or alternative?
    - Should marijuana be legalised in the UK in order to help with pain in cancer patients, especially those who have undergone chemotherapy?
    - What advantages and disadvantages have you found with any alternative or conventional cancer treatments?

    Thank you for your help, your answers will be really appreciated and will help greatly with my project :-)

    • ANSWER:
      Questions about Laetrile/B17b etc. and cannabis come up on a regular basis in here. I'll just refer you to previous answers of mine on these specific alternative cancer treatment modalities:
      Cannabis: http://uk.answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AgJHbtpkSi6TAA8yzSeCAx4hBgx.;_ylv=3?qid=20130126135254AA3RF6v
      Laetrile: http://uk.answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=ApvnGZhvRs26b7vNyKj1VVUhBgx.;_ylv=3?qid=20130103071052AAkLrom

      Another aspect of your question is concerning what happens to patients opting for alternative treatments instead of conventional treatment. There are a few scientific articles that have looked into this for breast cancer. These articles show that the risk of progression/death significantly increases - most notably in those who refuse surgery, but also in those who refuse additional radio-chemotherapy. Here is an analysis of these articles: http://anaximperator.wordpress.com/2012/08/08/there-is-no-time-to-wait-for-alternative-cancer-therapy-to-work/

      Patients are (and should be) allowed to choose any treatment they want. My beef is with those who sell false hopes, and by doing so rob patients of a fair chance of curative treatment. And I don't think that belief exonerate people from the responsibility of giving bad advice: http://anaximperator.wordpress.com/2010/01/05/does-belief-exonerate/

      I am not against the use of cannabis for symptomatic relief. But sometimes conventional drugs are both safer and more effective: http://scienceblog.cancerresearchuk.org/2012/07/25/cannabis-cannabinoids-and-cancer-the-evidence-so-far/#pain

      I think the disadvantages of altmed have been described above: It doesn't cure cancer. Conventional cancer treatment is harsh, and not always successful, but it it is the best option.

  3. QUESTION:
    How long are cancer treatments before stopping?
    How long are cancer treatments done before the doctor recommends you to stop if there's no improvement?

    • ANSWER:
      It depends on the case. They do a total diagnosis--biopsy, maybe ultrasound, maybe MRI, whatever they feel is necessary. Then they decide on a course of treatment depending on all the circumstances.

      My sweetie is just getting over breast cancer. (She's fine, thanks.) She had a mastectomy, then four chemotherapy sessions, and she was scheduled for, I think, 10 sessions of radiation, but they discontinued them after two sessions because they were burning her. 8^<

      It's taken her about a year to get over the chemotherapy! But she's much better now. Her hair has grown back, and she can walk around for an hour now without feeling like she's going to faint.

  4. QUESTION:
    Describe the vital role played by imaging in the evaluation and effectiveness of new cancer treatments?
    What does it actually mean? Is it looking for answers in the diagnostic setting? If so, what imaging modalities is it looking for? I am just confused by both it's ambiguity of 'imaging' and the focus being on 'new cancer treatments'.

    • ANSWER:
      Most cancers are diagnosed on imaging and most cancer treatments, new or old, are evaluated by them.
      So, I do not understand the focus being on new treatments myself. However, “imaging” refers to any radiological exam and depending on the cancer different types are used. After all, the only way to know if tumors are shrinking is to look at them.

  5. QUESTION:
    How can I build up my immune system after breast cancer treatments?
    I have a very low immune system since I had chemotherapy, radiation, and other breast cancer treatments and surgeries. Since I finished chemo and radiation less than a year ago, I have had shingles, meningitis, and have had to fight 2 infections in my left breast that had the radiation in it and will have to go in for surgery to have the implant removed, and replaced. I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired. What can I do? Also, gained 40 lbs and hate the weight gain.

    • ANSWER:
      Dave, Mara and Inverse, all good advice. I put on about 15-20 lbs from my treatments also. It's slowly coming off now that I can get out and about a little more. I also take organic flaxseed oil pills with omegas and lignans, vit. d with calcium and also an 81 mg aspirin a day. My onco said everyone should take an aspirin a day.

  6. QUESTION:
    What are some home remedies that have help with Cancer treatments?
    My mother-in-law has cancer and going through treatments. She is getting really sick from minor colds. What home remedies can help boost her weakened immune system and cancer treatments?

    • ANSWER:
      I would ask her dr if she can take anything. If she's getting really sick from simple colds, her blood count is off and if it's low enough the dr should give her meds to bring it back up. When I'm on my chemo, I drink lots of water and lots of juices. It always seems to help.

  7. QUESTION:
    What business is it of the Governments whether that kid wants cancer treatment?
    What business is it of the governments whether this kid gets cancer treatments? I hope they don't find the kid. I know I don't want the government making healthcare decisions for me as they can't seem to run anything they already run well.

    • ANSWER:
      Funny. I don't seem to remember Conservatives having that opinion back in the Terri Schiavo case. They were all for having the government intervene in a private health care decision then.

  8. QUESTION:
    Why have cancer treatments not improved in twenty years?
    After discussing this with some of my Healthcare colegues, I wanted to throw this question out there on yahoo. It seems to me that Cancer treatments are not any better now than they were in the eighties. It seems like decades ago that we started using chemotherapy and it is still the main course for cancer treatment.

    • ANSWER:
      Cancer treatment has changed dramatically in the last 10 years. It is unrecognizable form 20 years ago.

      Three-dimensional medical imaging was in its infancy in 1989. Today it is possible to "see" tumor structures that previously could only be assessed through exploratory surgery.

      Massive advances in pharmaceutical therapies, particularly with the advent of monoclonal antibodies, have totally revolutionized cancer treatment.

      Better radiation targeting methodologies and reduced dosage levels have made radiation therapy more accurate and effective.

      I don't know where you and your "colegues" get your information. However, oncologists and their colleagues would agree that cancer treatment is vastly superior today than it was 20 years ago.

  9. QUESTION:
    When do you think there will be new cancer treatments or even a cure?
    Do you think that there will be a new cancer treatment in the near future? I dont mean a cure, but maybe a drug that stops the spread and turns cancer into a chronic disease instead of an eventual death sentence? Do you think this is in the near future?

    • ANSWER:
      There are new cancer treatments all the time. Different cancers have different genetic causes and different treatments, and so I don't believe there will ever be one wonder drug. I don't think there will ever be a cure, but eventually I think we will be able to treat cancer in such an effective way that it will be like what you said - a chronic disease, not a death sentence. I think this will happen within the next century, but I don't know how soon.

      VisuaLLy au fait, it's a shame that you abuse your right to free speech by spreading such false and dangerous information. You clearly don't know a thing about cancer, so until you actually study the molecular basis of cancer and methods of treatment, consider keeping your mouth shut. My husband's aunt listened to people like you for her breast cancer. Guess what happened? She's broke from paying for her "alternative" treatments, the cancer spread, and there's nothing that REAL medicine can do for her anymore. She's dying because she listened to stupid people like you, and rotten people like Kevin Trudeau, and every other person that peddles these scams that victimize people suffering from terrible diseases.

      EDIT: Provide me with a link to a reliable research study that proves hemp oil has any effect on cancer. ANY significant effect (far from your outrageous claim that it cures all cancer).

      I found exactly TWO research studies on hemp oil and cancer by searching Pub Med, and they both relate to mechanisms of pain relief and anti-emetic effects.

      A second search for cannabis and cancer yielded nothing significant for your claims. Oh, but look what I found!

      Cannabis, tobacco and domestic fumes intake are associated with nasopharyngeal carcinoma in North Africa.
      Feng BJ, Khyatti M, Ben-Ayoub W, Dahmoul S, Ayad M, Maachi F, Bedadra W, Abdoun M, Mesli S, Bakkali H, Jalbout M, Hamdi-Cherif M, Boualga K, Bouaouina N, Chouchane L, Benider A, Ben-Ayed F, Goldgar DE, Corbex M.
      Br J Cancer. 2009 Oct 6;101(7):1207-12. Epub 2009 Sep 1.

      And this: "Research into cannabinoids as anti-cancer agents is in its infancy" - from Italian researchers in November 2010, who acknowledge a possible anti-inflammatory role for cannabinoids, and link that to the known relationship between inflammation and cancer.

      Cannabinoids are FAR, FAR, FAR from being proven to be an effective cancer treatment. You don't even realize how dangerous it is to go around making claims like that. If one person delays real cancer treatment for hemp oil because you told them to, consider yourself an accessory to murder.

  10. QUESTION:
    What is your opinion on the ethics of cancer treatments?
    From the first cancer treatments by William Coley of injecting strep throat bacteria into a patient's body (erysipelas) to modern day treatments with chemotherapy and radiotherapy, what is your opinion on the ethics of these treatments, and which one do you think is the most effective?

    • ANSWER:
      i think as long as it is explained to the patient, it is their choice to choose whatever treatment they and their doctor think is the best.

      my dad had leukemia and underwent many experimental drugs that were not fda approved.

  11. QUESTION:
    What are the available Cytotron cancer treatment centers in India? Could someone give the complete addresses?
    What are the available Cytotron cancer treatment centers in India? Could someone give the complete addresses? I heard of Ludhiana and Bangalore using cytotron to treat cancer. I have the Ludhiana center address but need the address of the Cytotron cancer treatment center in Bangalore.

    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Research & Development Centre:
      Scalene Cybernetics, S-CARD Campus, Seegehalli Main Road, Virgonagar, Bangalore 560049
      Tel: 91 80 2561 4879

      Bangalore Treatment Centres:
      1. Ojus Niramaya Clinic, SRIT House, #113/1B, ITPL Main Road, Kundalahalli, Bangalore 560 037
      Tel: 91 80 4160 4765, 91 80 4207 9708 Mob: +91 974 111 8867 (Dr GS Nayar)
      2. Care Plus, 5/1, Rudrakshini, Hayavadana Road, Gavipuram Ext, Bangalore 560 019
      Tel: 91 80 2662 0069/70 Mob: +91 984 504 0984 ( Dr KP Loknath Kumar)

      Ludhiana Treatment Centre:
      Sibia Medical Centre, B/XIX-568 A, Civil Lines, Ludhiana - 141001 Tel: 91 161 244 4818
      Mob: + 91 98140 34818 (Dr SS Sibia)

  12. QUESTION:
    How can I get my kid to Mayon Clinic for cancer treatment if she refuses to be treated like a stripper?
    My daughter needs cancer treatment which the Mayo Clinic specializes in but she does not want to been leered at naked by TSA agents and/or fondled by them. It is too far for her to take a bus (1800 miles) and no train service is close by.

    • ANSWER:
      i hate to say it but to get the treatment you may have to force her to do this but keep your eyes wide open while they do this to her and record this on your cell phone if you have one.

  13. QUESTION:
    How to fundraise for yourself to raise funds for cancer treatments not covered by insurance?????
    What are the legal outlines to fundraise for myself in need of funds for medical expenses? I need cancer treatments at a distant treatment center and the treatments and travel are not covered by my insurance and I am in need of financial support. I would like to do something to raise funds for medical bills. Can this be done? What type of bank account is needed? Will I need to report the money raised? What ideas do people have to do a personal fundraiser. Has anyone done it before?? Please help? Any ideas useful and appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      I recently heard and saw on TV which is very true..The second@nd riches man in the world is Warren Buffet, he let his sister take so many millions, and give away to help people, you have to write her explaining to your deepest pain pray she will get your letter and help you it' worth your life to try,

      what she do Her and about thre-four of her best friends sit down daily and read all these letters and they pick so many a week.. I would send a picture as well,,God Bless You

  14. QUESTION:
    If your kid gets cancer do you have the right to refuse conventional cancer treatment?
    Chemotherapy/Radiation etc are nothing but poison to the body. When you poison the immune system and irradiate tissues, you create physical imbalances which in turn can create cancer. This is the simple reason why so many people who subject themselves to conventional cancer treatments find themselves battling recurring cancer. Conventional cancer treatments are downright brutal and destroy the immune system. I strongly believe in prevention and alternative medicine, and living a pure and natural lifestyle with raw organic foods, so my family and I will probably never get cancer. But if me or my kids or wife ever got cancer I swear I would never subject myself or them to that torture just to please the big pharma companies which don't give a crap about people. They just care about their trillion dollar industry and keeping people brainwashed. My question is would a parent actually be legally allowed to say no to conventional cancer treatment if their kid got cancer?
    the alternative methods I've researched work better than any chemotherapy bullcrap, and I've talked to people who've done them
    Its only called "alternative" because the stupid medical association and pharmacutical companies surpress them and deny the fact that they actually work! And if my kids got cancer and I couldn't treat them they way I saw fit we would go to some country where we could.

    • ANSWER:
      A diet of natural foods is fantastic in the prevention of cancer, but will do diddly squat to eradicate it should cancer develop.

      I really think you need to trust your doctors - the professionals; the people that know a hell-of-a-lot more about medicine, cancer and chemotherapy than you.

      If you denied conventional treatment for your children, you'd probably be declared unfit to make decisions regarding the health of your child, and they'd be treated by necessity of sustaining their life.

      How many people have you heard of that survive cancer without conventional treatment?

  15. QUESTION:
    What are the types of cancer treatments?
    what types if cancer treatments are there?

    • ANSWER:
      The type of cancer treatment doctor recommends depends on the type of cancer, the size and location of the tumor, whether the cancer has spread, and overall health.

      The most common cancer treatments include surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy. These therapies may be used either alone or in combination with other therapies.
      Other cancer treatment options include targeted therapy, immunotherapy, hormone therapy, and bone marrow/stem cell transplantation.
      In addition, patients are encouraged to consider clinical trials when making treatment plan decisions. A clinical trial is a research study to test a new treatment to prove it is safe, effective, and possibly better than the standard treatment. Your doctor can help you review all clinical trial options.

      The first treatment a person is given is called first-line therapy. Adjuvant therapy is treatment that is given after the first treatment (such as chemotherapy after surgery). Neoadjuvant therapy is treatment that is given before the primary treatment (such as radiation therapy before surgery).

      As cancer care becomes more specialized, many people are now treated by a team of doctors, nurses, and other health care specialists. Usually one doctor, often the medical oncologist, will lead the coordination of the person's care. Learn more about the oncology team. It is also important that people with cancer and their families feel comfortable about their doctor and his or her recommended treatment plan. It is always appropriate to seek a second opinion.

  16. QUESTION:
    What are some alternatives to Cancer Treatment Centers of America?
    My co-worker's brother has cancer, and Cancer Treatment Centers of America is not accepted by his insurance. What other options are available?
    My Co-worker's brother has cancer, and his insurance does not accept Cancer Treatment Centers of America. He lives in Virginia, but somewhere in North Carolina should be ok also. Thank you so much.

    • ANSWER:
      Anywhere would be an alternative. This is a private for profit organization that has been in trouble with the FTC for false and unsubstantiated claims. I am not aware of any other hospital that has had this problem.

      I work for various hospitals throughout Los Angeles County and we have several well-known hospitals here where people come from all over the world for treatment and there are many less known community hospitals that give care that is just as good and in some cases better than these well known hospitals.

      The best advice I can give to your co-workers brother is to be an informed consumer. He and a trusted friend or family member should learn as much about his disease as possible so that he can ask good questions and make informed decisions. Get opinions from 2 or 3 oncologists that do not practice together. Someone should go with him to all appointments where test results or treatment options are discussed. Keep a running list of any questions he thinks of and take the list with him to his doctors appointments.

      Unless he has an unusual cancer he should get very good treatment at a hospital his insurance is contracted with. He may also want to check with the American College of Surgeons for hospitals in his area with approved cancer programs. They are responsible for accrediting hospital cancer programs in the United States.

  17. QUESTION:
    Is there insurance a foriegner (American) can buy to cover cancer treatments any EU country?
    A family member needs to go to Europe for a cancer treatment offered only in the EU. Is there any insurance we can buy to help cover it? Or is one country generally cheaper than another for cancer care? The procedure is pretty simple - but requires weekly visits for 36 weeks.

    • ANSWER:
      You cannot insure something that has already happened. It's a bit like trying to insure a car after it has been damaged.

      Are you absolutely sure that this is a reliable treatment? There may be a reason that it is only available in Europe? Otherwise you need to go the same route that you would use to finance health care in the USA when uninsured.

      sorry.

  18. QUESTION:
    How can i develop a cancer treatment?
    I have an idea for a cancer treatment that i dont' think has been tried before. It is feasable with current technology.

    Who would i talk to if i wanted help developing it? Is there a foundation that would give assistance for these sorts of things? I would be happy to hand it over to a team that could run with it, not in it for the money.

    • ANSWER:
      how exciting! what kidn of cancer are you targeting? awesome! hope you get it. try contacting a cancer researcher at a local univ. it is an extremely tedious process though with the preclinical and toxicology studies and that dreaded IND.

  19. QUESTION:
    Can alcohol interfere with chemotherapy and other cancer treatments?
    My mother has oral cancer and is drinking her way through cancer treatment. Although I know I have zero controll over this -- what are her chances of coming thru cancer if she continues to drink?

    What are some of the risks and complications?
    Thanks...

    • ANSWER:
      The doctor won't want her to drink, and I'll bet as the chemo progresses a little more she probably won't be able to. Nausea is one of the side effects of Chemo and also excessive alcohol consumption, so I'm thinking she won't be keeping the liquor down.

  20. QUESTION:
    What supplements can help the immune system get stronger after cancer treatment?
    My friend recently had all the lymph nodes removed from the right side of his neck and shoulder after 3 months of very aggressive cancer treatment. His immune system is so weak his body can't seem to heal the wounds. What can he do to help his immune system get stronger, any advice on supplements etc would be SO helpful! Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      This question REALLY needs to be posed to your doctor. While yahoo answers people are eager to help, and there may be some doctors in the house, you should not take medical advice from strangers on the internet.

      That being said, look into eating more wholesome and nutritious foods in addition to whatever supplements your doctors suggest. I wish you all the best.

  21. QUESTION:
    Is there anyway my friend can get funding for her pancreatic cancer treatment?
    My friend was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer today and lives in Sandiego, California.
    She can't afford to pay for the cancer treatment.
    Is there any way she can get funding for her treatment?

    • ANSWER:
      First of all, the hospital has to give treatment whether you can pay or not, although it would ruin you finacialy, you would get the treatment.

      Ask around at hospitals, many will have sponsorship programs.

  22. QUESTION:
    As a parent can you legally refuse conventional cancer treatment for your kid?
    Chemotherapy/Radiation etc is nothing but poison to the body. When you poison the immune system and irradiate tissues, you create physical imbalances which in turn can create cancer. This is the simple reason why so many people who subject themselves to conventional cancer treatments find themselves battling recurring cancer. Conventional cancer treatments are downright brutal and destroy the immune system. I strongly believe in prevention and alternative medicine, and living a pure and natural lifestyle with raw organic foods, so my family and I will probably never ever get cancer. But if me or my kids or wife ever got cancer I swear I would never subject myself or them to that torture just to please the big pharma companies which don't give a sh*t about people. Just like I would never give them a bottle of rat poison to swallow. The big pharma companies only care about their trillion-dollar a year industry and keeping people brainwashed. My question is would a parent be legally allowed to refuse conventional cancer treatment if their kid got cancer?
    chemotherapy/radiation is the death wish. Big pharma is constantly throwing money out trying to make natural medicine of any kind illegal everywhere and denying the fact that it actually works! But of course everyone is too brainwashed to see that.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes.

      And at the same time, the state should take your child away for neglect and abuse.

      You're an idiot.

  23. QUESTION:
    Is the Government cutting coverage for Avastin for all cancer treatment or just for breast cancer treatment?
    All of the articles I've read only speak of breast cancer treatment. Will it be covered by insurance if it's used for cancers in areas other than breast cancer treatments? Thanks! Tom

    • ANSWER:
      The FDA wants more testing done in regards to breast cancer only. The FDA is saying it isn't effective in breast cancer in general and more testing...till around 2016, is needed to determine who it may or not help. If the FDA succeeds in revoking it for breast cancer, it will still be covered for other cancers.

      Friend of mine took it for brain cancer...useless

  24. QUESTION:
    Where can I find statistics on the success of different cancer treatments?
    I need to find data/statistics that demonstrate the effectiveness of different types of cancer treatment, all I can find is statistics on survival and diagnosis ect, but not anything related to the actual treatment used. Does anyone know where I can find any data on this, im really stuck :(
    any help appreciated
    thank you

    • ANSWER:
      Denise is right. The kind of statistics you are looking for is found in papers on controlled studies, where efficacy of new treatments (under testing) are compared to older treatments. Sometimes comparisons are given in reviews. See for example this one: http://theoncologist.alphamedpress.org/content/10/4/250.full Figure 2 illustrate effectiveness of various types of treatments of metastatic bowel cancer.

      Be aware that cancer is a collective term of approximately 200 different diseases. The most effective treatment of bowel cancer is not necessarily the most effective treatment of other types of cancer.

  25. QUESTION:
    What is the best hospital in Chicago for Cancer treatment?
    I have low grade dysplasia and HPV after having a coloposcopy and a leep procedure earlier this year. It has returned and I want to get a second opinion from a gynecological oncologst since my regular doctor is not really a specialist in this.

    I haven't really paid attention until now about which Hospital is the best to go to, since they all run commercials that say they are the best according to some award or magazine article.

    Which Hospitals in Chicago are the best in achieving cures in Cancer treatment, especially cervical cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      The University of Chicago Cancer Research Center
      University of Chicago; Chicago, IL
      (773) 702-6149 or (888) 824-0200
      http://www-uccrc.bsd.uchicago.edu/

      The Robert H. Lurie Cancer Center of Northwestern University, Chicago:
      (866) 587-4322
      http://www.cancer.northwestern.edu/home/index.cfm

  26. QUESTION:
    What is the best lever cancer treatment hospital in india.?
    My father is 60 years old.Now he is sufering from lever cancer with final stage.Please tell me which is the best Indian lever cancer treatment hospital to cure him totaly ?Please help us.

    • ANSWER:
      Wow, I am so sorry you are dealing with this.

      I will post a few links in my sources that might give you some help. The Jawaharlal Nehru Cancer Hospital & Research Centre might be a good option but I think your best bet is to contact the doctor that made the diagnosis and follow their instructions carefully. If you want a second opinion, get one if you can but don't put off treatment at this point.

      If they feel they cannot treat it, seek another opinion. If nothing else hun, enjoy the time you have left with your father.

      I will say a prayer for your father tonight.

  27. QUESTION:
    Liberal believe you have an absolute right to an abortion but not to life saving cancer treatment?
    Once Nationalized Health Care is implemented and rationing of health care begins, how will the Obama liberals reconcile this discrepancy?
    Abortion available on demand.
    Life saving cancer treatment denied.
    While I would hate to see children punished with a baby, just like the president, an abortion is rarely performed as a life saving procedure but certainly will be available under Obamacare. However life saving cancer treatments will certainly be denied on the basis of cost containment how do you reconcile these positions?

    • ANSWER:
      Obama's top domestic priority.
      Abortion is not mentioned in the 1,018-page bill that Democratic leaders hope will be approved by the last of three House committees this week. Supporters of the legislation say that means the bill is neutral.
      But abortion opponents say the bill's silence is precisely the problem.
      Without an explicit prohibition on federal funding for abortion, it could be included in taxpayer-subsidized coverage offered through the health overhaul plan, abortion opponents say.
      "We cannot support any health care reform proposal unless it explicitly excludes abortion from the scope of any government-defined or subsidized health insurance plan," a group of 20 Democratic representatives said in a June 25 letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.
      When the legislation was unveiled last week, it failed to include language abortion opponents were seeking. Now they are going public. Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., who helped draft the letter to Pelosi, plans to join lawmakers of both parties Wednesday at a news conference to criticize the legislation.
      The Supreme Court has established a woman's right to abortion, but federal law prohibits government funds from being used to pay for the procedure in most cases. However, nearly 90 percent of employer-based private insurance plans routinely cover abortion.

      Obama, who supports abortion rights, sidestepped a question on the brewing controversy. "Rather than wade into that issue at this point, I think that it's appropriate for us to figure out how to just deliver on the cost savings and not get distracted by the abortion debate," the president said in an interview with CBS News

  28. QUESTION:
    If your kid gets cancer can a parent legally refuse conventional cancer treatment?
    Chemotherapy/Radiation etc is nothing but poison to the body. When you poison the immune system and irradiate tissues, you create physical imbalances which in turn can create cancer. This is the simple reason why so many people who subject themselves to conventional cancer treatments find themselves battling recurring cancer. Conventional cancer treatments are downright brutal and destroy the immune system. I strongly believe in prevention and alternative medicine, and living a pure and natural lifestyle with raw organic foods, so my family and I will probably never ever get cancer. But if me or my kids or wife ever got cancer I swear I would never subject myself or them to that torture just to please the big pharma companies which don't give a sh*t about people. Just like I would never give them a bottle of rat poison to swallow. The big pharma companies only care about their trillion-dollar a year industry and keeping people brainwashed. My question is would a parent be legally allowed to refuse conventional cancer treatment if their kid got cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      "deep breath" parents should be allowed to choose the method of treatment for their own child. Not everyone shares the same beliefs. Anyone offering a snake oil cure for a serious condition should be prosecuted. Those parents should also be able to give a reasonable explanation for the choice they made.

  29. QUESTION:
    How far is Domperidone used in the treatment of nausea associated with cancer treatment?
    Can i have details of articles journals or ANY info on use of Domperidone in the treatment of nausea associated with cancer treatment.
    Thanks a ton,norton-g,but what i wanted to know was that domperidone has shown to cause side effects.how much safe is it to use on cancer patients?

    • ANSWER:
      Sunny N cool - Nausea and vomiting (emesis) (N&V) are common symptoms in patients with advanced cancer. Domperidone is a first choice antiemetic in many countries. Headache, dizziness, dry mouth, nervousness, flushing, or irritability may occur the first several days as your body adjusts to the medication. Trouble sleeping, stomach cramps, hot flashes and leg cramps have also been reported. If any of these effects continue or become bothersome, inform your doctor. Notify your doctor immediately if you develop: chest pain, slow/fast/irregular heartbeat, swelling of the feet or ankles, difficulty urinating, swelling of the breasts or discharge from the nipple in men or women, menstrual changes, sexual difficulties. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

      PRECAUTIONS: Tell your doctor your medical history, especially of: history of breast cancer, allergies. Limit your intake of alcoholic beverages. This medication should be used only if clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. Domperidone passes into breast milk. Due to the potential risks to a nursing infant, breast-feeding while using this drug is not recommended. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding (see also Uses section).

  30. QUESTION:
    How much does cancer treatment - radiation therapy, cost?
    How much does cancer treatment - radiation therapy, cost?
    My grandma has cancer and I need to know how much does cancer radiation treatments cost?
    Thank you!!
    She is in Russia and I need an approximate cost of this treatment to see if I should bring her here, to the United States, Florida. She has no insurance. I just need an approximate cost to see if we can afford it or if she should do it in Russia.
    Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      My radiation therapy for breast cancer ran about -25,000 (USD). However, radiation therapy for other types of cancers may be completely different. I had 33 treatments of external beam radiation.

  31. QUESTION:
    If you have had or know someone with cancer, what are the problems with cancer treatment centers?
    I am redesigning cancer treatment centers and trying to find what the current problems are with cancer treatment centers.

    • ANSWER:
      If this is for real more power to U.
      Most places do not allow the patient to feel like they have control over their own lives.
      Also nutrition is not emphasized enough.
      Many cancers can speed their healing with proper diets and most doctors have little training in this area.
      A good treatment center would have a mediation garden and a courtyard both indoors and out doors.
      Lots of natural light and a research computer and library where patients could do some of their own research instead of being treated like dummies.
      Soft colors and soft sounds to please the eye and ear. and soothe the soul.

  32. QUESTION:
    Can a man become permanently impotent from cancer treatment?
    I have a friend who was diagnosed with bone cancer (in his leg) as a young teen (around 13). He was treated through surgery and cancer treatment. He was told then that the treatment left him impotent. Is there a possibility that the status on that can change or is it usually permanent?

    • ANSWER:
      The radiation was a bit to strong I suppose but they needed to use that to safe his life.
      But he will remain impotent:sorry for him.
      Never heard it restored.

  33. QUESTION:
    do you think that the cancer treatment business is largely a fraud?
    it's just i have heard so many things about how cancer rates are rising rather than lowering. and the treatment industry takes billions of pounds/dollara per year. I AM NOT APPEALING OR REFERRING TO ANIMAL RIGHTS CAMPAIGNS. i simply want to ask if anyone has any opinions on whether our current methods and practices of cancer treatment are misguided, and perhaps only continue due to all the money and vested ineterests poured into current practices. perhaps it iwould be impossible by now to admit we are doing things wrong...has anyone heard any stories or has any real opinions on this? i do not agree with animal experimentation, but that is a whole other issue and this cancer thing is unrelated. i am talking about regardless of animals, is our approach at best wrong and at worst fraudulent???

    • ANSWER:
      I am still alive!!!

      The treatments given in my case were beneficial to the extent that my Non - Hodgkins Lymphoma is in reccesion.
      In that respect I do not believe the treatment business to be a fraud.
      In the light of further experience and (expensive) research the treatments and hopefully, prevention will further improve.
      My family and I are very grateful for the treatments I was fortunate enough to be given.

  34. QUESTION:
    What are the side effects of prostate cancer treatment? All excluding removal of the prostate.?
    I have had an agressive form of prostate cancer. Treatment included radiation internal as well as internal, inplants. Horemone and meds. Everything other than removal. I now have diabeties, have undergone triple bi-pass, I now hurt all over, my hips are all but killing me, I have lost and regained and lost again ability to controll urination. Thoughts please.

    • ANSWER:
      You will expect some pain, weakness, and other side effects from the treatment you described. If you feel the treatment is not working you could look into other options, see these links.

      http://www.cancertutor.com/Other/Prostate_Cancer.html

      http://www.naturalnews.com/027534_vitamin_D_prostate_cancer.html

  35. QUESTION:
    What breakthroughs have been found in cancer treatment lately?
    Has there been a breakthrough in prostate cancer treatment?

    • ANSWER:
      This is the free alternative for cancer patients.Do it and you will know from the future test results.You can also do it alongside any medical treatment.It is very natural and works like chemotherapy - destroys only the cancer cells.
      Cancer hates oxygen and cannot live in a high-oxygen environment.If you want to supplement the medical treatment you receive(or not receive) with some alternative therapy then this is for you. You need to help your body to build up your immune system.The breathing exercises - pranayam is a holistic approach creating extra oxygen supply in the body and will slowly help with the health problem.Do the pranayam to see the benefits.Build up your timing slowly and after four weeks at the suggested maximum duration you will start to notice benefits gradually.If you feel tired or dizzy,stop and resume later.
      What is known: pranayam helps the body heal itself. How it works in the body is not known – but people may build their own theory. You have to do it yourself for your benefit.
      The small print: Keep doing pranayam after you are better for minimum 30 minutes a day for rest of life to maintain health.

      People who have been treated successfully, should do pranayam as well, as there is a chance of recurrence.

      The pranayam techniques:
      Bhastrika - Take a long deep breath into the lungs(chest not tummy) via the nose and then completely breathe out through the nose.Duration upto 5 minutes.

      Kapalbhati -(Do it before eating) Push air forcefully out through the nose about once per second. Stomach will itself go in(contract in). The breathing in(through the nose) will happen automatically. Establish a rhythm and do for 20 to 30 minutes twice a day.(Max 60 min/day) Not for pregnant women. Seriously ill people do it gently.

      Anulom Vilom - Close your right nostril with thumb and deep breath-in through left nostril
      then – close left nostril with two fingers and breath-out through right nostril
      then -keeping the left nostril closed deep breath-in through right nostril
      then - close your right nostril with thumb and breath-out through left nostril.
      This is one cycle of anulom vilom.
      Repeat this cycle for 20 to 30 minutes twice a day(maximum 60 minutes in one day).
      You can do this before breakfast/lunch/dinner or before bedtime or in bed.Remember to take deep long breaths into the lungs.You can do this while sitting on floor or chair or lying in bed.

      Bhramri Pranayam -Close eyes. Close ears with thumb, index finger on forehead, and rest three fingers on base of nose touching eyes. Breathe in through nose. And now breathe out through nose while humming like a bee.
      Duration : 5 to 10 times

      Only by doing you will benefit and will feel good that you can do something to help the body.Copy and print this to improve your technique and stay focused.This is simplified pranayam for everyone and you do not have to go to classes to learn. This is for life, unlike short term classes where you do it in the class then stop when classes are over.

      For Prostate cancer follow the pranayam and you can notice the benefits in 3 months.

  36. QUESTION:
    Is UV radiation from the sun simular to the radiation used in cancer treatment?
    I'm sure the radiation therapy used in cancer treatment is much stronger than what we get from the sun, but are they pretty much the same RAYS otherwise?

    • ANSWER:
      Radiation is made up of small high energy particles. When they bombard you with radiation, small tiny holes are made. The higher the concentration, the more holes and the deeper the penetration. There are different frequencies of radiation. The UV from the sun that your body uses to make vitamin D3 is from the UVB rays. UVA rays are cancer causing. Those two types of rays are the primary ones coming from the sun that are utilized by the body. The earth's atmosphere generally blocks out the x-rays that are the kind used in radiation treatments for cancer.

      As the wavelengths of light decrease, they increase in energy. X-rays have smaller wavelengths and therefore higher energy than ultraviolet waves.

      good luck

  37. QUESTION:
    Which is the best cancer Treatment hospital in Hyderabad?
    Hi. I like to know which is the best cancer treatment and diagnostics hospital n hyderabad for Breast Cancer diagnosis and treatment?

    • ANSWER:
      It's the Indo-American Cancer Institute and Research Centre located opposite KBR park.

  38. QUESTION:
    is anyone familiar with seattle cancer treatment and wellness center?
    I am trying to decide where to get treatment and just went for a 2nd opinion for my breast cancer treatment. I am triple negative, and like the naturopathic approach. Has anyone went to them for treatment? What were your results?

    • ANSWER:
      I live in Seattle and my wife was diagnosed TNBC Stage 2 B. Our oncologist is rated one of the best in the area for treating breast cancer and we are extremely happy with all she has done for us. Her name is Dr. Kristine Rinn and she is with Swedish Cancer Clinic on Madison Street.

      Here is some information about her:

      http://www.swedish.org/Physicians/Kristine-Rinn

      If there is any good that comes with this diagnosis is that TNBC is very responsive to chemotherapy. Do yourself a favor and get this doctor on your cancer team.

      Here is another site I go to it is the TNBC Foundation: http://www.tnbcfoundation.org/

      If you go there I am known as "Scared".

      Through Swedish Medical Clinic we use Dr. Buffi. He works in coordination with Dr. Rinn and has helped us through all phases of our treatment.

      I wish you the best, we are today two years since our TNBC diagnosis. We celebrated with her family and looking back it getting the BEST team on your side makes a world of difference. A great radiation oncologist at Swedish is Dr. Astrid Morris.

      Good luck and please at least interview with Dr. Rinn.

  39. QUESTION:
    Cancer treatments which disrupt the function of folic acid?
    Cancer treatments which disrupt the function of folic acid have
    significant side effects, since this therapy also affects the growth of such rapidly dividing tissues as all of the following, except:

    a) Skin cells.
    b) Red and white blood cells.
    c) Nerve tissue.
    d) Sperm.
    e) All of these cell types are affected by this therapy.

    • ANSWER:
      c) Nerve tissue, which is not rapidly dividing

  40. QUESTION:
    How effective are cancer treatments?
    I'm writing an essay about cancer treatments, basically the three most common, radiation, chemo, and surgery. My question is how effective are they? Is there any statistics of how many times it actually gets rid of all the cancerous cells and cures the cancer? I've googled the question, but all that comes up is "How does radiation work?" or something along those lines. I don't know why I can't find what I'm looking for, help would be awesome, thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Well, it depends on the type of cancer, and what stage it is in. My uncle had stage 3 testicular cancer, and with surgery and chemo he is now in remission. But there are too many variables to determine statistics. My advice would be to go to your local hospital, and talk to an oncologist there. They will have more information than people on here will.

  41. QUESTION:
    How many experimental cancer treatments are on-going?
    Are any showing good signs of working? I keep seeing different news stories about a few different cancer treatments and it'd be nice if the American Cancer Society kept up with this information.

    • ANSWER:
      clinicaltrials.gov which is US-based lists 34674 cancer related trials: http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/results?term=cancer
      The American cancer society (ASCO) hosts one of (if not the) largest conferences on cancer, where a lot of new research results are presented for the first time.

      So they are absolutely updated on the newest and most promising advances.

      Tarkarri mentioned the issue of news media reporting of health related issues. This is a big problem. Here is an analysis of 500 health related news stories: http://www.plosmedicine.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pmed.0050095 Only 35% of these were rated as satisfactory.

  42. QUESTION:
    People have to wait much longer for cancer treatment than in the US. How much longer should your wife/mom?
    ... wait for breast cancer treatment in order to help 0bama look good?

    • ANSWER:
      I have known several people with different types of cancer, myself included (thyroid) and with or without insurance they have never had to "wait" for treatment in the US. Are you saying in UK they make you wait months for treatment of any kind, even if its life threatening? In US you will get treatment but then you'll spend the rest of your life trying to pay for it and if your unable they will then come and attach any future income and take your house if your aren't able to pay.

  43. QUESTION:
    I want to sell my book to make donations to breast cancer treatments who would want to buy?
    I want to help out this http://www.breasttreatment.org/
    And donate as much money as I can. I would Like to sell my book to raise at least 3,000 for this organized cancer treatment. It helps pay for transportation for the woman suffering form breast cancer and some of their treatments. I selling my book to raise this funds. Here is a brief details of the book.
    Book Description
    The poems in this book have messages that everyone will understand. The poems are happy, sad, angry, and about love! You will find a poem that just might relate to you or to someone you know too! If you have never read poetry or liked it, you will after you read the poems in this book, and you’ll want to read more!
    The Authors name is Kellie Kopinski
    If you chose to buy it for this cause. Contact me for savings on the retail price. this book sells for 14.95+ I can get for 12.95 plus 4.00 shipping. I want to help out as much as I can for the cause. You get a great book. It is poetry but they poems from the heart!
    forgot the tittle of the book is More than just a thought

    • ANSWER:
      i'm pretty sure you can put them in any bookstore on a consignment basis. you may also want to donate a few to local libraries.

      sorry i can't buy one right now, but i wish you great success with your idea.

  44. QUESTION:
    Is it the vets fault for not testing my dog's blood before her cancer treatment which turned out to be toxic?
    I later found out that the dog food I was feeding her was part of the recall. I had to put my dog of 16 years to sleep because she never quite recovered from the last cancer treatment which turned out to be a toxic punch from combination of the tainted pet food and the cancer treatment.

    • ANSWER:
      Cancer treatments -- generally chemotherapy -- are toxic by nature. I am deeply sorry for the loss of your dog, but 16 is very near the natural end of any dog's life. It is very possible even a blood test would not have detected the foreign material in the pet food that made her sick.

  45. QUESTION:
    in the USA can you get cancer treatment if you're poor and have a prior felony conviction?
    i was talking to this woman i know tonight. her daughter is 40 and has cancer, that hopefully hasn't metastasized yet. the daughter spent 9 months in prison on some felony charge, and her mother told me that because of that she can't get medicaid. the daughter is very low income, or 0 income, or something. i don't think she's married and i kinda doubt she works.

    so anyway, is there actually a barrier for medicaid paying for cancer treatment if you have a prior felony? how does all of that work?

    • ANSWER:
      Welcome to the world of medicine in the USA.
      The rich get top quality care. The poor get zilch.
      Unless they find a foolish cancer specialist doctor like me
      who would treat anyone the same regardless of pay.
      I absolutely loved caring for patients.
      I absolutely hated medicine being a business.
      There are no business courses in med school.

  46. QUESTION:
    Alternative cancer treatments and scientific research on ?
    Lots of foods and what not have been tested and found to kill cancer

    cells.Berries have all kinds of anti cancer substances.

    MD Anderson does all kinds of research on experimental

    cancer treatments . Resveratrol,emodin and turmeric

    Sloan Kettering does research on it.

    Pub Med .gov has research reports from all over the world

    on all kinds of cancer killing substances.

    The Nation Cancer Inst has tested everything.

    Will it cure you ?

    • ANSWER:
      There may be some benefits which is exactly why MD Anderson and Sloan Kettering are doing the research . .to see if the claims can be proven with REAL scientific data and research . . so far the research has been less than spectacular and hardly the stand up proclaimation for a cure . . still research continues so that if any benefit actually exists on some types of cancers than it can be used for treatments. There are over 200 different types of cancer and just as many subtypes . . it is possible that some of these alt treatments may benefit some people or some stages of the disease . . hardly call any of them a 'cure' for cancer though.

      As for food . . remember that cancer is your own unique DNA, your own cells . . it isn't something foreign in the body. The food we eat supposedly is to make our bodies strong . . there is evidence that some foods that we eat not only make the body strong but will strengthen and encourage the cancer to grow as well. This is why doctors encourage people who use alternatives to tell them which treatments they are using . . in some cases the alternatives intetere with the traditional cancer treatments and unfortunately in some cases actually promote cancer growth.

      I have know many cancer patients . .the majority of them with advanced cancer and unfortunately most have died. When people are dealing with a rare cancer with few treatment options they will often 'try out' the alternative medicine . . so I have known quite a few who have done this. Out of at least 200 patients with advanced sarcoma . . only the patients who went with traditional medicine have survived more than five years . . I don't anyone who tried the alternative route who survived. That has been my observation.

  47. QUESTION:
    Bec5 Curaderm cream is effective for skin cancer treatment?
    Hey everyone! I am the one suffering from Skin Cancer and I've heard that Bec5 Curaderm cream is effective for skin cancer treatment. Is this true?

    Is it really effective?? And if is it so then how to use it? Thanks in advance...

    • ANSWER:
      My cousin has skin cancer and i also recommend her to use bec5 curaderm. Bec5 curaderm skin cancer treatment is non-surgical treatment. I found a website while searching on skin cancer treatment and i found http://www.bec5curaderm.com/ . You can also read how to use this. Hope this will help you too.

  48. QUESTION:
    Is there a real website providing Liver Cancer Treatment?
    I have gotten liver cancer in 2 months before diagnosing. I want to use herbal treatment for treatment. Is there a site providing herbal liver cancer treatment?

    • ANSWER:
      Cancer develops because, for some reason, the cells start to multiply so fast that
      they form a tumor and keep growing in number. Cancer can be slow growing or
      very fast growing and aggressive. Cancer
      can develop in one area and break off and
      go to other organs also. That means if
      it is in the lungs, it can go to the liver, or develop in the liver and go to the bones.
      These cancer cells push on the other healthy
      cells in the liver and can cut off their blood
      supply which gives them nourishment and
      oxygen. These cells will die and form
      scar tissue inside the liver. The
      professionals have found out that they
      need certain drugs directed right at the
      tumor to try and destroy it, or try to
      cut off the blood supply to it, or try to
      destroy the cells as much as possible that
      continue to multiply.

      There is a new development known as
      Gamma knife where the radiation goes
      directly to the tumor and not the surrounding
      tissues. Which helps keep the patients
      from having so many side effects that
      normally would occur just radiating the whole
      body.
      http://radonc.yale.edu/clinical/radiosurgery.html

      There is a new surgical instrument that
      they can use to take tumors out of the
      body that is ultrasonic and will remove the
      tissues and leave the blood vessel and
      nerves alone known as Cusa:
      (this site is talking about using it for women,
      but it is also used for liver tumors)
      http://www.ump.com/articles/cusa/CUSA.htm
      This instrument help stop from having
      blood transfusions used during this time.

      There is also an instrument that is used
      known as Tissue Link that uses hot water
      that will gently close these vessels in the
      liver. I don't have a link for that.
      Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in
      Philadelphia, Pa. is where I know that
      they have used these instruments.
      (http://www.jeffersonhospital.org

      I know it is tempting to use herbal medications...but these medications can
      interact with medications the doctor may
      be giving you...they can also cause more
      damage when you are not sure which one
      to use and the amount.
      All medications goes through the liver to
      be processed. There are many drugs
      on the market that can harm the liver very
      easily when taken with other things...like
      over the counter pain med and alcohol together. Using herbs that have not been
      tested to see how the liver handles them, can cause more damage...most herbs have
      not been tested and the few that have been
      have been found out to be a great problem
      The liver, once it is damage, lacks in its
      ability to process drugs and the dosage has
      to be adjusted per patient and how bad the
      damage is. You will be taking a risk in doing this.

      If you really think about this...the herbs you
      will be taking is going to be processed
      through your digestive system and has to be absorbed into the body through the
      liver, which is not as good as if the medication is directed straight at the tumor itself.

      I hope you will reconsider and, if you do
      take anything, have it cleared to be okay
      to do so by your doctor.

      Sorry to hear you are going through this all.


cancer treatments

Ovarian Cancr

Ovarian cyst pelvic pain isn't always an easy thing to deal with. Once you've been diagnosed with a cyst you may feel that the only approach to ease the pain is medication. This does offer some relief but you likely don't want to continually take medications that can have disruptive side effects. There are some natural ways to relieve the pain that are safe and effective.

Heat is something we often turn to if we want to ward off menstrual cramps or the pain associated with a kidney or bladder infection. You can also try this home remedy to help with ovarian cyst pelvic pain. The heat itself can come from a hot water bottle or a heating pad. Many women also find that a warm bath is incredibly soothing and relaxing too. In order to get the best results you should direct the pain towards your back. It's also a good idea to place a towel between your skin and the heat source so there's no redness.

Herbal teas are another way to quiet down ovarian cyst pelvic pain. Chamomile, raspberry and mint teas are all good choices. You don't have to save this type of warm drink for right before bedtime though. Try drinking herbal teas instead of coffee as caffeine may be a stimulant that actually intensifies the pain. Once you start drinking herbal teas your taste buds will adapt quite quickly.

Drinking water throughout the day can also help alleviate ovarian cyst pelvic pain. If you tire of plain water quickly add a bit of lemon or lime juice to it and a mint leaf. You'll need to empty your bladder more regularly when you're drinking this much fluid, so be mindful of that. Delaying a trip to the washroom when you feel the need to go can actually cause more discomfort in your pelvis and you really want to avoid that.

Read more on http://www.herbalcureindia.com/female-health/m2-tone.html

Dealing with the pain, discomfort and uncertainty of an ovarian cyst is difficult. You can treat an ovarian cyst naturally at home. If you're hesitant to take medications or undergo surgery to cure the cyst, take the natural approach instead.

Ovarian cysts pain can be overwhelming at times. If it's making it difficult for you to function and you are tired of waiting for it to cure itself, take the natural approach now. You don't have to live like this any longer.

Relieving pressure on the lower abdomen is a good way to ease the pain of cysts. This could mean wearing a looser pair of pants, drinking more water, or even just taking a few minutes to relax and sit down. Stress is one of the worst things for the body, and combining stress with ovarian cysts is a nightmare.

Sitting down with a hot cup of herbal tea and using a heating pad on the pelvic area is sure to bring comfort and is one of the simpler ovarian cyst home treatments all women can try.

ovarian cancr

Lung Canger

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Is this true? If you stop smoking, your lungs will (over time) repair themselves?site your source please TY?
    I am a female 41 yrs of age as of feb 20th this yer. i have COPD and I have known for a while that I need to if not STOP, slow down on my cig. use. Please cite your source when e mailing me and thanks for your input.

    • ANSWER:
      You didn't state the type or severity of the COPD that you have and if you could provide that information if would help. Once you stop smoking the clilia start working again andatart to regrow the 'burnt off bits' within a 6 week period. In the first week alone food starts to taste better and that is why we so strongly encourage a walking with a die hard friend foe who'll kick your butt out the door even when your carrying a chain saw and a tire iron. I know that I can be done. I was a three pak a day chain smoke'n fool until I went into respiratory therapy school. My Staff precept was also the department dirictor and part owner in the hospital, therefore he took me up to the specials unit to show me a lady on a respirator. They had takrn out her entire Left lung due to cancer. When I was escorted into her room and handed a flash light and instructed to look all I could see was her beating heart and her partially shrunked lung on the good because the doctors were afraid to do more barotruma.
      My souces include but are not limited to #1 personal experience, #2 CDC, #3 American Heart Association, #4 American Lung Association, #5 NIH, #6 The tobacco quit line, #7 phillip-morris foundation. These are just a few to get you started. All can be found on the internet. One final note .....Did you know that in about 3 month you can regain up to approximatly 30% of your lung function, depending on how bad the damage was to begin with. And at 10 years of abstenence from smoking you change of have ing lung canger is equal to that of a person who never smoked. Pretty cool, I'd say. If you have specific questions e-mail me. Lights almost always on. Prayers on a sussessful quit date.
      You too can be a quiter. Hooray!!!!!!

  2. QUESTION:
    how can i lose weight at -245 pounds-and 6 foot tall?
    i am a male and im a total country boy,i just got these brand new blue jeans and guess what they dont fit hahahah..well it aint to funny.im not like totaly outta shape kinda built but i have a gut ,my daily eating order would be no breakfast,,useally a pretty big lunch snack then i eat dinner bout nine o clock after i get home then i go ta bed two to three hours after that..i walk bout a mile a day and or more i cant lift anymore cuz i got inta truble..i would jog but i recently quit smoking about a week ago and it totally kills me i breethe like a damn90 year old dog with lung canger and half of a lung...sooo any help people i would really appreaciate it and probly get a girlfriend to haha

    aight thanks ;)

    • ANSWER:
      Hey dude. Congrats on wanting to slim down and not smoking. You'll live longer to enjoy everything. Wish I had back when. Here's my advice. You're eating dinner too late for when you go to bed. Your system needs at least 3 hours to work on your food, or it's all gonna go right to your ass, gut, or whereever. No where good. And, you should eat something for breakfast. "Pretty big lunch"...bet it's more big than pretty! Grab at least an energy bar, or something, juice... but get something in there when you wake up. Walking is great, but walk fast: you gotta get your heart-rate up. Drink LOTS of water. No, tea, coffee, Coke, etc doesn't count. Water. Get the flavored stuff if you gotta, but drink it, serious. You can write me and I'll go into other stuff, but I lost over 150lbs just doing this kinda stuff. So, yeah, you can do it. Good luck dude.


lung canger

Treatment For Pancreatic Cancer

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Is there anyway my friend can get funding for her pancreatic cancer treatment?
    My friend was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer today and lives in Sandiego, California.
    She can't afford to pay for the cancer treatment.
    Is there any way she can get funding for her treatment?

    • ANSWER:
      First of all, the hospital has to give treatment whether you can pay or not, although it would ruin you finacialy, you would get the treatment.

      Ask around at hospitals, many will have sponsorship programs.

  2. QUESTION:
    Which is best treatment for pancreatic cancer with liver metastasis? Could anyone help….?
    My Father has pancreatic cancer with liver metastasis and doctors told that it’s in IV stage, which is better treatment to survive him for some more days? Chemo therapy or ayurvedic medicines? The chemo will show its bad effects. I heard that in ayurvedic, Graviola substance medicine will decrease the growth of tumor cell. So please any one suggest the best process. Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      Nothing in Western scientific medicine works well in this situation - stage IV pancreatic carcinoma with liver metastases, so Hindu traditional "alternative" medicine would work as well as anything. Nothing is likely to work well if the diagnosis is correct. If this were my father or myself, I would rely on supportive/symptomatic measures - give him whatever he can or wants to eat and use opiates
      to best effect for comfort. Nothing is likely to buy any added time.
      The key is to provide as much comfort as possible for the weeks or months that may be left. If he believes in ancient "ayurvedic" medicine, there could be some placebo effect that will make him think he is doing better. Western chemotherapy in this situation causes more harm than good in my opinion - - it is a terrible placebo to use - - just to make patients or family members believe "something is being done."

  3. QUESTION:
    How long do people normally live with pancreatic cancer?
    My husband's grandmother was put into the hospital yesterday and today they told us that she has pancreatic cancer and it has spread through her entire body. They said that it is so bad that there is no treatment. How long do people usually live when diagnosed at this late stage? She is 76 years old and her stomach is so bloated that she looks about 9 months pregnant if that helps. She lives 4 hours away so my husband and I are driving up tomorrow to spend time with her.

    • ANSWER:
      I agree with Denise. Denise has amazing insight.
      Yet I doubt six months the way you describe her.
      I would guess a few weeks to a few months - less than 3 months.
      I could guess much better if I could see her for one minute.
      That is a skill we learn from experience with many cancer deaths
      - guessing at the last stage when time becomes very short.

  4. QUESTION:
    My grandmother has Pancreatic cancer, what are the chances of her surviving?
    I just found out today that my grandmother has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and she is 81.

    Does people with pancreatic cancer live for long? What are the treatments?

    I would be devastated if she died, I've only meet her twice in my life since she lives in another country and since I'm 15 I can't just go and see her.

    When I write a letter to her, what should I say?

    • ANSWER:
      im sorry to hear about your grandmother
      most of the time people with pancreatic cancer don't survive
      but you need to find out what stage she's in to see if they got it to late
      but always have hope
      my grandfather died from pancreatic cancer but they also found it to late

  5. QUESTION:
    How long can a person live with pancreatic cancer?
    My Dad was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last week. It has also spread to his liver. My sister looked online and clames that the life expectence from the time of diognisis is 3 to 6 months. I am just hoping that there is someone out there that may know more about it and if it is true that he may only live for only another 3 to 6 months. Ineed to know what I am facing, my mother is not telling me anything because she can't face it herself and he is in complete dinale about his condition.

    • ANSWER:
      Pancreatic cancer is very serious. I lost a friend to it last spring. The 3-6 month expectancy is fairly accurate when there is liver involvement. I hope there are some treatments for your father that will give him more time and ease his pain.

  6. QUESTION:
    What is it like to live with pancreatic cancer?
    I am writing about pancreatic cancer and i need some information from someone with personal experience.

    If you feel comfortable, can you please tell me about your physical, emotional, psychological, and social effects and experiences?!?!

    Thank you so much!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Living with advanced pancreatic cancer

      Finding out that you have been diagnosed with an advanced cancer, or that your cancer has come back, can be devastating. At first, you are likely to experience a whirl of powerful emotions.

      Advanced cancer means your cancer cannot be cured, although you may be offered treatment to try to slow your cancer down. You will need to talk very carefully to your own specialist to understand what the diagnosis means for you, what treatment is available, and how treatment may help you.

      It is important that you feel as well as you possibly can. Ask your specialist, GP or hospital nurse about referral to a symptom control nurse. These are specialist nurses who can work with you and your doctor to help control your cancer symptoms and improve your well being.

      Your feelings:

      Finding out that you have advanced cancer when you are diagnosed, or that your cancer has come back can be devastating. You probably feel confused and find it difficult to take in anything that is being said to you.

      At first, you are likely to experience a whirl of powerful emotions. Anger, fear, and sadness may come one on top of the other, leaving you exhausted. You may think you should be talking all this through with your partner, other family members or close friends. But you may find this impossible to do.

      There is no set way of handling all this. You may need to try to put your own thoughts in order before talking to anyone else. Or you may want to talk straight away to help you work out how you are feeling.

      You may find yourself wondering why you have the cancer. Is it something you have done, or not done? Asking "Why me?" and wondering if you could have prevented your illness is very common amongst people with cancer. Many people blame themselves for no real reason. There is more about the possible causes of pancreatic cancer in about pancreatic cancer: risks and causes. Some cases may be linked to smoking. But lots of people smoke and do not get cancer of the pancreas. So again, why you? We do not know why some people get particular cancers and others who behave the same way (or worse) do not. It just happens. This can be very difficult to deal with. You may feel you have to know why you have the cancer. But you may have to accept that there is no reason why. It is not down to anything you have or have not done in your life.

  7. QUESTION:
    What is the correct and incorrect mechanism of pancreatic cancer?
    What does this actually mean? I tried to research the
    "mechanisms" of pancreatic cancer, but I couldn't find anything. Please help :)

    • ANSWER:
      Is this a multiple choice question? I don’t really know what they want, but mechanism means the process to achieve an end. So I read it as meaning the correct and incorrect treatment, but treating cancer is not that cut and dried.

  8. QUESTION:
    how long is the survival rate of pancreatic cancer?
    are there people who have survived pancreatic cancer or were free of pancreatic cancer cells? how long is the treatment usually? and what does the patient go through?

    • ANSWER:
      Less than 20% survive the first year and less than 3% survive 5 years.
      There are a few long term survivors whose cancer was found incidentally.
      The only treatment that can possibly cure it is surgery.

  9. QUESTION:
    How fast do pancreatic cancer cells divide?
    At what rate or how fast do pancreatic cancer cells divide and spread?

    • ANSWER:
      The proliferation rate of the neoplasm of the pancreas is unknown specifically but it is know as one of the quickest spreading cancerous neoplasms of the internal organs. The rate or the speed of the proliferation all depends on the type patient and their overall health. A patient without treatment and poor nutrition will increase the speed of the metastasis compared to a patient under chemotherapy or radiation treatment. The development of the neoplasm are categorised in stages of 1 through 4. One being the early stages or the curable stage whilst 4 being the advanced and metastasised stage. Normally Stage 1 through 2 seems to take much time than 3-4 as the disease is under its early stages of development.

      Like i said before, there is no way i can say the rate of the metastasis as it clearly depends and varies by the patient. Some patient's cancer tends to take a quite long time to develop and metastasises slowly as in some other's, it intensifies quickly.

  10. QUESTION:
    Which level of significance to choose ? I am confused help me please?
    Selecting a Level of Significance. For each of the following situations, choose a level of significance () appropriate to the seriousness of the potential error involved should the null hypothesis be rejected when it is actually true. Explain in detail your choice of .

    Thank you so much

    You wish to decide on whether a new treatment for pancreatic cancer, known to be a fatal disease, is superior to the standard treatment.

    The claim is made that the mean income for families of size four is greater than 40,000 dollars.

    • ANSWER:
      For the cancer situation, you want a very very small alpha level. Probably around .01 or .005. This has to do with Type I and Type II error. A Type I error would be saying that your new treatment is superior to the standard treatment when it is not. This probability of this occurring is the same of your level of significance, so you want your alpha level to be very small.

      For the second claim, you can use a higher level of significance, say .05 or .1. A Type I error would not be very serious, so it's not that big of a deal.

      Essentially, if the situation is very serious and errors would kill (drug trials, treatments), use a small level of significance. If the situation is not too serious (potato chips), use a larger level of significance for efficiency.

  11. QUESTION:
    How do I help my dad get treatment for his cancer from an out of network provider?
    He has stage 4 pancreatic cancer and no longer has options in his local area for treatment. There are two treatment programs available for him (one out of state, one in state)...neither are IN network, so his insurance is refusing to pay for his care. Any suggestions???

    • ANSWER:

  12. QUESTION:
    Are there any natural remedies for pancreatic cancer?
    My husband's Grandmother was diagnosed with pancreatic and lung cancer a few weeks ago. They said the pancreatic cancer was inoperable. Is there any natural way to treat it or at least ease her pain?

    • ANSWER:
      I'm SO sorry. Honestly... Of all the types of cancer there are, pancreatic cancer is one you do NOT want to get. There might be natural treatments but I seriously doubt they will do much good.

      Your family needs to contact Hospice. Ask the doctor how, he can put you in touch with them. They might know more about natural treatments. Also, there Cancer Centers you can contact.

      Good luck to you all.

  13. QUESTION:
    Will Photodynamic Thereapy(PDT) work for somone that is at stage four in pancreatic cancer?
    I know someone that has had pancreatic cancer for about 4 years and had undergone chemotherapy. Around last year this person went into remission and recently, it came back. I have heard about patients in PDT and it worked for them but they were in the early stages of the cancer. Will PDT work for someone that has about 2 weeks to live?

    • ANSWER:
      Sorry to say , but PDT is used for esophageal cancer treatment. It requires the area to be exposed to a certain bandwidth of light to activate the special medicine given in the bloodstream. I do not think you can get the light source in the area of the pancreas to have the medicine work. Sorry to hear about this bad disease process in a loved one. My prayers are with you both.

  14. QUESTION:
    pancreatic cancer that has matastasized in a 78year old male?
    They preformed surgery but couldn't complete the surgery because the pancreatic cancer has spread and the doctor said the patient had 9 months to live. Is there any help for him. Could some sort of treatment kill the cancer cells in his body?

    • ANSWER:
      Here is a site with some good information on Cancer. It will definitely help you. Have a look.

      http://cancer--info.we.bs/

      Take care...

  15. QUESTION:
    Why is awareness of pancreatic cancer important to healthcare globally?
    http://www.cbc.ca/health/story/2010/09/24/f-pancreatic-cancer-research.html

    I'm reading this article for an assignment and I can't think of many reasons why it would be important. Your help would be greatly appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      Public awareness does nothing for doctors they are already well aware of pancreatic cancer.
      I’m not sure why it would be important to healthcare globally as there are not that many cases of pancreatic cancer as compared to other cancers, but few who get it survive it.
      However, research done for any cancer usually helps with others as well.
      If the public was more aware of the few vague symptoms and risk factors they may seek medical attention sooner increasing the possibility of finding it earlier, but the only patients I have seen who are long term survivors are those whose cancers were found incidentally.
      If there was more funding we may be able to find a screening method and some sort of treatment.
      BTW I worked with a doctor who died of pancreatic cancer and he did not have treatment for it as he knew it would not help.

  16. QUESTION:
    Has anyone ever had or know someone with pancreatic cancer?
    Just wondering if you know or if you personally have ever had pancreatic cancer. My grandfather died from it, and now Patrick Swayze has it. I know it is not very treatable, but do you know anyone who has survived from it or have they passed away?

    • ANSWER:
      The statement that only treatment for cancer is prevention, is just hooey.

      There is surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, and targeted therapies for some types of cancer. Prevention and treatment are mutually exclusive. You cannot prevent what you already have, and you cannot treat what you don't have.

      Pancreatic cancer is treatable if caught early, but it is rarely caught early. This is why survival statistics are so low.

  17. QUESTION:
    My mum has pancreatic cancer what are the possible outcomes?
    i have just been told by my mum that the doctors suspect she has pancreatic cancer and i looked it up and it said only a lucky 3-4% will survive 6-12 months

    just want to know what are the possible outcomes?

    • ANSWER:
      Steph,

      I wish there were a way to make it "good news". I've lost two people I love to pancreatic cancer, and I decided to become more familiar with it after the first.

      In the U.S., pancreatic cancer is 9th or 10th most commonly diagnosed cancer (depending on gender), but the fourth leading cause of cancer death in men and women. The median survival period from the time of diagnosis until demise is arguably the worst of any of the cancers. The median survival for untreated advanced cancer of the pancreas is about 3 ½ months; with good treatment this increases to about six months.

      The website http://www.pancreatica.org/ has a wealth of information including treatment and clinical trials.

      God bless your mother and you.

  18. QUESTION:
    What does pancreatic ductal dilation mean?
    CT scan done and comment made on report was pancreatic ductal dilation. This report in on an 81 year of female that was diagonosed with pancreatic cancer. After chemo treatments the tumor is no longer present.

    • ANSWER:
      Pancreatic, of course, means of the pancreas. Ductal refers to a duct. And dilation means widening (increase in diameter). So this phrase means that the ducts of the pancreas have opened wider.

      According to what I've read, it is one indicator of a high risk of pancreatic cancer.

  19. QUESTION:
    How Does Pancreatic Cancer Affect Digestion?
    My grandad is in the late stages of pancreatic cancer and is having trouble eating and getting enough calories, fat, protein, so on. In the early stages he could eat a meal with ease, but now he has difficulty.

    Does anyone (doctors, nurses or medical students) know how it affects digestion? If things are changing from the earlier stages, why he is having difficulty eating etc.

    • ANSWER:
      Cancer is a cruel and wicked illness and so sorry to hear about your Grandad. The best people to talk to about his condition are the nurses who look after him, either at home or when he has to visit the hospital for treatment.

      Just be there for him, try to make each day you have left with him a happy memory for you and the family, try and be cheerful in front of him even though I know this is hard to do at times, let him rest when he needs to and at other times sit and talk with him. Ask him about his life, his younger years and try and getting to go back on happier memories he must have. He knows you love and care for him, and may God see you all through this sad sad time.

      God bless you all.

      Billie UK

  20. QUESTION:
    Pancreatic cancer and best treatment facilities?
    A very dear friend of my husband and I was just diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. It has spread to a spot on the liver and lymph nodes. Cancer Treatment Centers of America do not take his insurance. We live near the East Coast. Any suggestions on top notch facilities? Staying in my small town for treatment is not an option. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Johns Hopkins for sure. They ahve a Pancreatic Cancer Message Board where you can ask many questions regarding treatment, either there or at other facilities. Unfortunately, unless he is Stage I, the treatment at any cancer facility is goingot be the same, which is chemo. At this point the idea is to buy as much time as possible while waiting for better therapies to come along.

      here's the link to JHU:
      http://www.path.jhu.edu/pancreas_chat/

  21. QUESTION:
    Is anyone else upset that breast cancer is the only publicized awareness month?
    I'm all for cancer awareness but why is breast cancer the only publicized cancer awareness month? Many people suffer from all types of cancer daily and I've had family suffer from both Leukemia and Pancreatic Cancer. It's seems that if a celebrity is diagnosed with a cancer or has died from a cancer that's the only way awareness will be publicized. Now that Patrick Swayze has passed I'm sure Pancreatic cancer will be well known coming this November (Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month) Does anyone agree?

    • ANSWER:
      No, I don't agree.

      Breast cancer awareness and Breast Cancer Awareness Month are not high profile because of celebrity deaths, but for a much simpler reason - sheer hard work.

      Breast cancer awareness campaigns and BC Awareness Month started as a campaign by ordinary women, many of them with cancer, to raise awareness so that people knew the symptoms, examined themselves regularly, attended their routine mammograms etc. Enthusiastic participation and hard work by women made it grow into something nationally, then internationally, recognised (and then big business cashed in).

      I agree that awareness needs to be raised about other cancers too.and while I hate 'competitive illness' I can see why there is resentment about an imbalance in awareness raising and fund raising. I too have had family members suffer from other cancers - lung, testicular, stomach and cervical cancers and leukaemia, all but one of them dying of their cancers.

      There are, as you point out, other cancer awareness months, weeks, ribbons etc; but the fact is none has had the sheer hard work put into it that breast cancer awareness has.

      Now, I've had breast cancer and I personally very much dislike BC Awareness Month - or Pink October as the more cynical of us call it.

      Support for those with a deadly disease that kills on average 33 women a day in the UK and 112 a day in the US (the only stats I have, I'm not being ethnocentric) has been turned into a marketing opportunity by big business, with around 1% of the cost of specially made pink stuff going to breast cancer charities, the rest into the retailers’ pockets.

      The pink fluffy stuff infuriates me, and I'm not at all 'tickled pink' by Asda's (Walmart's) trivialisation of an illness that may yet kill me. October magazines carry stories from cheerful survivors who claim to have the all-clear (there is no all-clear with breast cancer), and often say bc has changed their lives for the better - very different from anybody I know who's had breast cancer.

      And it has negative consequences for breast cancer patients too - I believe that the whole thing is counter-productive, that the marketing and fund-raising hype surrounding breast cancer, by trivialising a deadly disease, is leading people to believe, wrongly, that breast cancer is 1) not very serious, certainly not as serious as many other cancers (many women with breast cancer have been told - by people who don't have it - that it's a 'good' cancer to get) and 2) easily curable.

      I've even heard it said that it's a ‘fashionable’ or 'sexy' cancer - my sexy prosthesis and sexy scarred, one-breasted body are evidence that it's no such thing.

      In all the pink trivia, it's easy for people to lose sight of the fact that breast cancer is a devastating illness with disfiguring surgery, grueling treatments and so far no cure.

      I don't wear a pink ribbon and as someone in remission from breast cancer I support the Think Before You Pink and Pink Stinks! campaigns, both started by women with breast cancer

      http://thinkbeforeyoupink.org/?page_id=13

      BUT it does annoy me a little when people complain about the attention breast cancer receives in comparison to other cancers. The solution is not less attention for breast cancer, but more attention for other cancers - and there is nothing to stop any group of people starting a campaign along the lines of the one started ny those women who started all the breast cancer awareness. They'd have to be as dedicated and prepared to work as hard though.

  22. QUESTION:
    How big can can cancerous pancreatic tumors get?
    For those of you who have or have known someone with pancreatic cancer, do you know how big the tumor on the pancreas is/was? I was wondering how big they can potentially get, or what the typical size might be.

    • ANSWER:
      My father passed away from pancreatic cancer. Unfortunately, this type of cancer is very virulent and quick-acting, so chances are the person is going to pass away before the tumors grow to radical proportions. The pancreas filters all types of toxins from the human body, and when this process is interrupted, it is devastating. I don't really believe size has a lot to do with it, many small tumors could potentially cause the same outcome. There are many more treatment options available today than there were at the time my father was ill, and for him it was only 90 days from diagnosis to death. If you have a relative or someone you know who has this type of cancer, please get them to seek treatment as quickly as possible. Good Luck.

  23. QUESTION:
    Why is Pancreatic Cancer one of the most dangerous? And what is it exactly?
    Well I've known 2 people that have died from pancreatic cancer, can someone tell me why it's the most dangerous and what it is exactly.
    And also this is out of curiosity famous people who've died from it

    • ANSWER:
      Pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest cancers. The main reason it is so deadly, is because it often is not found until it is too late. It usually is not found until it has spread throughout the body.
      95% of all people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer die within 6 months. Only 15-20% are found early, and even if the tumor is removed early, in most cases the tumors grow back.
      Pancreatic cancer symptoms are like so many other illnesses, which is why it is usually not diagnosed until it is in the advanced stages.
      The pancreas is a gland, that secretes the enzymes needed for food digestion. So, symptoms of stomach problems are often overlooked as pancreatic cancer. People are told they have ulcers, it is from stress, etc.. By the time it is found, it is often in the advanced cancer stages.
      Treatment is difficult, but can prolong life. They are always coming out with more advanced treatments.
      I'm sorry that you lost 2 people in your life to pancreatic cancer. I too, have lost an uncle recently, and a friend to this disease.
      Hopefully, they will come out with early diagnostic testing and better treatments for this cancer soon.
      Hope I helped.

  24. QUESTION:
    Have you ever euthanized your cat? How did you know it was time?
    My cat is very ill with severe Pancreatitis. It went away and came back worse than ever. My cat lost a lot of weight. My vet said to not keep him alive for selfish reasons, but he still does everything he always has. He is just very skinny and doesn't eat much anymore. It may be cancer, but finding out for sure won't help as any treatment for pancreatic cancer is largely ineffective. I don't want him to suffer, but when do you know its time??
    The vet said to take him home so that he can be with us. So I figured the next time we went in would be to put him down, but I'm going with a service that will come to us. thanks for all of your kind words.

    • ANSWER:
      I think that if he's active and appears to be happy, just try to make him comfortable. If he looks like he's in pain, lethargic or very slow, you might consider putting him down. I know how hard that is, but you have to think about how he feels. My heart goes out to you.

  25. QUESTION:
    Are their any online Pancreatic Support Groups within India?
    My wife has been diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer. We live in Mumbai, India. Wanted to connect up with other people who themselves or their loved ones have pancreatic cancer. This would give us an opportunity to share experiences, look at treatment options, diet etc.

    • ANSWER:
      Treatment options should not be found at support groups and really I don’t know too many patients who would want to spend their last days in one. The only chance at surviving this cancer and it is a very slim one is surgery. Cyberknife may prolong life for awhile.

  26. QUESTION:
    If you or a loved one has had cancer has it opened up your eyes to other types of cancer?
    For instance, my wife had breast cancer and it has opened my eyes into other types of cancer. I am finding people at work with colon and pancreatic cancers and I have read books about people's experience with childhood cancers. So, because of your cancer or a loved ones cancer have you gain insight or knowledge in the other cancers?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes. When my son was first diagnosed I was too frightened to look at the material, but after awhile I began doing research and put together an online directory of every aspect of cancer . . . from diagnosis, to types, research, hospitals, charities, support groups, wish foundations, angel flights, summer cancer camps, hospitality housing, treatment options, alternatives, complementary/integrative med, foundations, memorial pages, childhood palliative care, and hospice . . I did focus more on childhood cancers, adolescents, and sarcoma though than the other subtypes of cancer . . also I read every research article I could find, many at ASCO or the National Library of Medicine. I just read alot. I have also established a few support groups and have located about a hundred patients with rare sarcoma that did not know of our existence . . we reach out alot to let patients know that they are not alone. I also reach out to our local community and have offered support to others facing cancer . . if I have the name of the cancer I can research it for them. We learned so much when our son went through this . . and willingly share with others who may feel alone or not know what to do next. It is one way for us to pay back for all the support that we received during that time period. I drop by here on occasion too.

  27. QUESTION:
    My Brother has cancer in five places in his body he is in hospice how long will he live?
    My brother has lung cancer and pancreatic cancer, spine, skin. How long will he live .He is in Hospice now.

    • ANSWER:
      Well it depends on his body and his fighting will.. but most off the will TO survive.. but anyway

      the body will give out before the body .. so it can be 1 day - months to years.. its possible

      even if he is in stage 4 now.. depending on what treatments he's gotten and what state he is in .. the cancer is still curable by means of alternative medicine..

      Cancer is actually a microbe that is inside a cell and on the out side. This microbes lives in cells that lack an oxygenated state. Which means the Microbe can be killed with oxygen. *yeah i know its hard to believe but as you know or would like to know that Organized Medicine is there for money and profits and not really the truth.. Don't blame your doctors always, cause they were trained and somewhat brainwashed to selling drugs and things that hurt you. Chemo for example can work but side effects are simple, they kill the good cells.. you don't want to do this.

      YOu have to attack the microbe it self then once that is done the cell it self will heal back to normal in 2 weeks to a up to a year or so depending on the area affected.

      depending how open you are .. you can contact me on yahoo answers if your interested in the alternative approach to fixing your brother, its up to you .. If he does go or your family decides it.. hope he goes without pain..

  28. QUESTION:
    Vet gave prognosis of pancreatic cancer with a palpation and ultrasound but no blood tests. Second opinion?
    Can a specific cancer be diagnosed without blood tests? Based on a palpation, ultrasound and my cats symptoms of losing 1/2 his body weight and having diarrhea we were told its terminal pancreatic cancer and recommendation was immediate euthanasia! This is my 12yr old boy we're talking about who acts the same other than losing weight. We took him in knowing it looked bad with the weight loss and his age we thought hyperthyroidism or stomach cancer, something bad but treatable but we never thought this.

    I'm not doing euthanasia until I'm sure he cant be treated and he is either in pain or listless, so dont you need a blood test or other tests to determine it is a specific cancer???

    If it is pancreatic cancer it's terminal and surgery, chemo, etc, will not help
    BUT, my thing is, how does he know for sure without being thorough because if theres even a chance it's another kind of cancer or not even cancerous just a big tumor, I need to know. He's telling us nothing we do will matter so save our money! =( I even asked about something for the diarrhea, something to help him eat, what should we do to make this easier for him and the vet didnt want to give anything not even just some comfort care advice! He ended up giving me some stuff so he doesnt throw up but really he hasnt been doing that anyway.

    I asked if my cat was in any pain and he said it didnt seem so but he couldnt say for sure but that if he was in pain we would know and instead of pain relievers to let that be the deciding factor for euthanasia.
    @Cat Lover-No mention of jaundice, another thing that made me wonder if it was for sure p.c.

    • ANSWER:
      gosh I'm so sorry for your news. It wouldn't hurt to get a second opinion. Not trying to sound like you shouldn't trust his prognosis, but with something so serious, it certainly couldn't hurt to try another one. Maybe you'll get additional answers to all your understandable questions, and hopefully some more treatment/comfort options for you and kitty. Sounds like you left with a lot of unanswered questions, it would be a good idea, to have another vet check your little guy and discuss things further. best of luck to you and your little buddy.

  29. QUESTION:
    What happends when a person dies from Pancreatic Cancer?
    Do they just suffer trying to fight for air? i just found out my mom has pancreatic cancer i just need 2 know what to expect. thank u/

    • ANSWER:
      Unfortunately cancer of the pancreas is almost always incurable. Very sadly, nearly everyone diagnosed with pancreatic cancer will eventually die of it. But specialists are getting better at helping patients to live for longer and longer after their diagnosis.

      Pancreatic cancer is dangerous partly because it is often diagnosed after it has spread. And partly because it is often quite an aggressive cancer. The pancreas is part of your digestive system. Any advanced cancer in the digestive system will make it more and more difficult for you to eat well and digest food properly. The cancer often spreads to the liver. This is the chemical factory of the body. Having cancer in your liver means the chemical balance of the body is upset. Normally the body rights this sort of imbalance automatically. But when the balance becomes too out of control, the body cannot cope and becomes overwhelmed.When the cancer is very advanced, the chemical balance of the body becomes completely upset. What normally happens then is that you slip into unconsciousness. This is usually right towards the end of your illness, maybe only a few hours or days before you die. Any symptoms you have before that should be able to be controlled, or at least helped, with treatment from your doctor and Macmillan nurse. Talk to them about your fears. What you imagine may happen is often far worse than what actually will. There is information about what happens in the last few days of life in the 'dying with cancer' section of CancerHelp UK. God Bless You!

  30. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know where I can find Ensure for cheap?
    My step dad is going through treatments for pancreatic cancer and his doctor wants him to drink 3 bottles of Ensure a day. This is really starting to push on them financially what with his treatments, hospital bills, medication, ect. So my mom is looking to see if she can find it cheaper somewhere online or in a store or something. Anyone have any suggestions or ideas? Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      I really don't think the price varies too much. Even at Sam's Club, where you can buy it in bulk, it still works out to about the same price per bottle. My grandma drinks it so I understand what you say with it being financially hard to keep buying it!

  31. QUESTION:
    How long will she live with cancer?
    So there's this lady at our church that very close to everyone. Everyone call her grandma and now she had pancreatic cancer :(. Shes pretty old and she won't do therapy. How long do people last w/o treatment

    • ANSWER:
      We would have to know what stage she is at before we can answer this question.
      Pancreatic is usually not diagnosed until it has spread. With no treatment, I would say no more
      than a year.

  32. QUESTION:
    Is acupuncture an effective way to cure abdominal pain?
    My father has pancreatic cancer and seems to be in a lot of abdominal pain. The medication that has been prescribed for him doesn't seem to be working. I have been reading about how acupuncture has been known to relieve some of it. Do you have any success or horror stories regarding this?

    • ANSWER:
      First of all let me say that I know you're in allot of pain seeing your dad like this.I know my dad was my hero and you sound the same.Acupuncture works by the person inserting the needles into different receptors in the body.I don't see why they wouldn't be able to relieve the pain by doing this in the right areas.The problem being is that as soon as the treatment is over,I'm not sure how long the relief would last.You'd have to ask someone that specializes in this to find out.Is your dad seeing a pain management doctor.You don't mention what stage he's in, or what he's taking but unfortunately the pain will get worse.I've never heard of acupuncture being used for any type of cancer pain.

  33. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to get her medical records from the hospital?
    My mother passed away on June 22nd from pancreatic cancer. I'm just wondering if he oncologist is allowed to hand over her medical file to the family?

    • ANSWER:
      yess you have every right to get the medical records from the hospital, with every details of daily round and treatment advised.
      All nursing records too,

  34. QUESTION:
    Should Bernie Madoff Be Released Because He Has Cancer?
    I just read in the NY Post today that Bernie Madoff is undergoing treatment in prison for pancreatic cancer.

    Now, if a man who was responsible (or at least convicted) of the deaths of almost 300 people gets to walk out of prison due to cancer should Madoff be released who isn't responsible for taking any lives?

    Are we going to start releasing all criminals who get ill after they are convicted?

    • ANSWER:
      Interesting question. Frankly, Madoff s a criminal and even though he may not have literally killed a lot of people, he destroyed the lives of many many people. He is guilty, and regardless of his health condition, he should not and will not be released from prison.

  35. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know anything about pancreatic cancer?
    My grandmother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer about last November. I did research, but it didn't help very much. So I was just wondering does anyone know the average life span for a pancreatic cancerous patient? Do you know of anyone that has survived? Or ANYTHING about it, if so, please tell me!

    • ANSWER:
      CANCER - PANCREATIC CANCER -

      For answering various questions asked by you, we should know several details and history of disease to tell you something correctly. Without the details, if I given any information, it will be wrong and I do not want to do that since Cancer is still an enigma and we have to give treatments correctly.

      You should have informed the age of the patient, general health of the patient, stage and grade of the disease, what are the treatments viz. surgery, chemotherapy and Radiation therapy given to her so far. When the disease is diagonalized in November last year and she has been carrying on in these 10 months., she should get cured shortly, by giving correct treatements. I also feel it should be in the initial stages say - stage I or II so in all propobility she would surviv or long time. I pray for her speedy recovery.

      Best of luck-

  36. QUESTION:
    Diagnosed with pancreatic csncer and need a bucket list ideas?
    Hello! I have pancreatic cancer, and am going to die. My doctors said so. Im only 14 (yeah rare i have this cancer, i know) and i need a bucket list. A list of things i wanna do before i die. Thing is, i have NO idea what i should do!!! Ideas?? Thanks everyone!!!:)

    • ANSWER:
      It is not 'rare' for 14year old to have pancreatic cancer; it is unheard of.

      I'm surprised we haven't heard of your case via the media; I wonder if any of the medical professionals who post on here have read the reports of your case which must surely have ben written up in medical journals?

      I agree with Tarkarri; 'bucket lists' ar for bad movies and novels, not real life.

      In fact, what I'm going to do for you is reproduce an answer from some years ago by a much-missed contributor to this forum who had terminal cancer. His tone is quite harsh, because he is replying to someone who was clearly lying about having terminal cancer (now who would do that, eh Devony?). Here it is:

      ''About the only thing you can decide in advance is to not waste your precious time on the internet answering dumb questions.

      Why not decide in advance? - because you can't -

      You do not have a clue what happens in the human mind when the Dr tells you that treatments are no longer helping and that your tumor will soon kill you.

      You don't plan big parties.

      You don't go on round the world trips with Jack Nicholson.

      You wonder how much longer the pain pills will actually help with your pain.

      You might wonder how much longer you will be able to take a piss by yourself.

      You might wonder how long before a bowel blockage means you can no longer eat.

      You might wonder if your throat will ever heal enough from the radiation for you to be able to taste your food again before you die.

      You might wonder how everyone else can go on with their life like nothing is happening while you are dying a little more each day.

      and so on.''

      =========

      Edit: I miss him too Tarkarri. He was the first person I ever struck up an email exchange with on YA; I remember his last one, telling me he was about to embark on a course of chemo, but held out little hope. No more emails, no more answers after that.

      That's why it pisses me off when silly kids pretend to have terminal cancer (eh, Devony?)

      Makes me smile to see that over two years later he's still on the Top Answerers leaderboard.

      We miss you quijibored :)

  37. QUESTION:
    Is pancrelipase a good substitute to pan crease?
    Recovering from pancreatic cancer and was advised to change from pan crease to pancrelipase. Is that favorable treatment?

    • ANSWER:

  38. QUESTION:
    What could be the signs of pancreatic cancer if there are no symptoms?
    As we know, this killer disease has no symptoms and only diagnose when it's too late. What could be done to avoid this or what to do to find out if you are not getting this? Does it start by having stomach aches or similar to indigestion or colon cancer symptoms?

    • ANSWER:
      Pancreatic cancer, primarily ductal adenocarcinoma, accounts for an estimated 37,000 cases and 33,000 deaths in the US annually. Symptoms include weight loss, abdominal pain, and jaundice. Diagnosis is by CT. Treatment is surgical resection and adjuvant chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Prognosis is poor because disease is often advanced at the time of diagnosis. (Merck)
      Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of death from cancer in the United States. The disease is slightly more common in men than in women, and risk increases with age.
      The cause is unknown, but it is more common in smokers and in obese individuals. Almost a third of cases of pancreatic cancer are due to cigarette smoking. There is controversy as to whether type 2 diabetes is a risk factor for pancreatic cancer. A small number of cases are known to be related to syndromes that are passed down through families.
      (MedlinePlus)
      Prevention
      Although there's no proven way to prevent pancreatic cancer, you can take steps to reduce your risk, including:
      * Quit smoking. If you smoke, quit. Talk to your doctor about ways to help you quit, including support groups, medications and nicotine replacement therapy. If you don't smoke, don't start.
      * Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight increases your risk of pancreatic cancer. If you need to lose weight, aim for a slow, steady weight loss — 1 or 2 pounds (0.5 or 1 kilogram) a week. Combine daily exercise with a plant-focused diet with smaller portions to help you lose weight.
      * Exercise regularly. Aim for 30 minutes of exercise on most days. If you're not used to exercising, start out slowly and work up to your goal.
      * Eat a healthy diet. A diet full of colorful fruits and vegetables and whole grains is good for you, and may help reduce your risk of cancer.
      (MayoClinic).

  39. QUESTION:
    patrick swayze has pancreatic cancer can someone tell me?
    why he is has refused to quit smoking when asked by his doctors and still smokes? Is it because he doesn't think smoking contributed to his illness (even though at least 30% of all pancreatic cancer cases are caused by smoking) or because he's too addicted to smoking and cant quit or maybe he know he's going to die and quitting would be pointless?

    • ANSWER:
      I used to work in cancer research. I hate to say this, but odds are, he is not going to make it to the end of this year, or at best the end of next year. Probably the highest mortality cancer of all is pancreatic cancer. Survival rates are very low. In my experience with pancreatic cancer patients I worked with, most died within a year of diagnosis. Most people when diagnosed, the cancer has already metastized.

      Given that very dim prognosis, what would it matter to quit smoking?

      Granted, he should quit anyway to give himself the best chance possible. It really depends on if his cancer has metastized. If not, how big is the tumor. What treatment options are his physicians trying. Etc. But if it has spread, and he doesn't respond well to treatment, quitting smoking won't make a difference.

      It's very sad. I really do hope he can beat this. And if so, that he does quit smoking.

  40. QUESTION:
    Where can I find the Cancer Treatment Centers of America commercial featuring Peggy Kessler on YouTube?
    This commercial features Peggy, a pancreatic cancer survivor.

    I am referring to this person:

    http://www.cancercenter.com/pancreatic-cancer/survivors/peggy-kessler.cfm

    Where can I find the commercial on YouTube? I just can't seem to find it! Please help! Thnx!

    • ANSWER:
      I doubt you can or they would allow it.
      I hope you are not planning on doing anything to promote those awful people.

  41. QUESTION:
    What does the cancer drug vatalanib do - buy Novartis ?
    Patrick Swayze is taking it . for pancreatic cancer.

    Will it work on other cancers ?

    • ANSWER:
      Vatalanib is one of a whole slew of new targeted drugs therapies (tyrosine kinase inhibitors) that includes Axitinib, Bosutinib, Cediranib, Dasatinib, Erlotinib, Gefitinib, Imatinib, Lapatinib, Lestaurtinib, Nilotinib, Semaxanib, Sorafenib, Sunitinib, and Vandetanib. Most of these drugs can now be taken orally. Results for some types of cancers have been considered 'break through' . . while other types of cancers havn't had the same responses . . so they keep researching . . the drugs target specific proteins inside a cancer cell.

      Some of the tyrosine kinase inhibitors such as Imatinib (gleevec) have revolutionized chemotherapy treatment . . they are less toxic and the response from at least two types of cancer has been positive (Chronic Myeloid Leukemia and Gastronintestinal stromal tumor). Many of these new targeted drugs have been approved by the FDA for various types of cancers . . Axitinib is being used for breast, renal cell carcinoma, and pancreatic cancer; Dasatinib is being used to treat Philadelphia chromosome-positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia and CML if patients don't respond to Imatinib; Erlotinib is used to treat non-small cell lung cancer, pancreatic cancer, and is in Clinical Trials for other types of tumor as well; Lapatinib is being used and researched on solid tumors such as breast and lung cancers; Lestaurtinib is one of the newer "-nib" drugs being tested on treatment of acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) and myeloproliferative disorders; Sorafenib is on 'fast tract' status because of the good response in liver cancer patients . . it is already approved for use for kidney cancer; Sunitinib is approved for renal cell carcinoma (RCC) and imatinib-resistant gastrointestinal stromal tumor and is being researched for many other difficult to treat cancers; Vandetanib is undergoing Clinical Trial research for treatment of non–small-cell lung cancer.

      If Patrick Swayze is taking vatalanib . . than he is either in a Clinical Trial or he has this available as 'compassionate use' . . there is no guarantee his cancer will respond . . and there is no documented evidence that it will be effective for every type of pancreatic cancer (though it has all the 'markers' to be effective) . . just the hope at this point that it will be effective for each individual.

      The Clinical Trials using vatalanib for pancreatic cancer have been promising . . stable disease in some:
      http://www.abstract.asco.org/AbstView_55_36125.html

  42. QUESTION:
    Why does everyone care about preventing/detecting breast cancer?
    It isn't the most common cancer and it actually has one of the better survival rates. Why don't we look at pancreatic cancer which has a 5 year survival rate of less than 5%?
    It's not like I'm pro-breast cancer, I just want to know why colon cancer or prostate cancer don't get the same media treatment. Everyone has seen the pink ribbons but what about the other forms of cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      Breast cancer is an emotive subject, and therefore more people give money for research.

      But you have raised a valid point, and if you start to get more people aware of pancreatic cancer - and get them to donate towards research and treatment, people will have a better chance of survival.

      Sadly, money is one of the most important commodities in cancer treatment. Scientists are doing fastastic work is helping patients survive, but they need funds to enable their research to go forward.

      Good luck with raising awareness.

      Verite R

  43. QUESTION:
    how long can you live with pancreatic cancer?
    my dad was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and i know survival is highly unlikely. how long will he live?

    • ANSWER:
      Its really all in Gods hands. I am telling you this from experience. I am an Oncology RN and work with pancreatic cancer patients and have for the last 13 yrs.
      I can tell you its unpredictable and no one can tell you for sure how long your dad has to live. I have treated one gentleman for the last 2 yrs with chemotherapy and he was expected to die within 6 months, but now has survived over 2 yrs longer than they expected. He is doing very well.
      Sometimes they have something called a Whipple procedure to prolong life expectancy while they fight the disease. Its not intended to cure the disease, but rather prolong life while treatment occurs. Its basically a re route of the pancreatic ducts into the small intestine. Its big surgery.
      I also treated a 17 yr old boy with pancreatic cancer and he died in the same season as his diagnosis (approx 3 months).
      I just said a prayer for your dad. Peace to you and your family.

  44. QUESTION:
    What causes fatigue in cancer patient who are NOT going through chemo or radiation therapy?
    My mom has pancreatic cancer and is SO fatigued. She is not doing chemo or radiation. It's just wiping her out. What causes that? What will help? She can barely brush her teeth some days.

    • ANSWER:
      It is probably a combination of a lot of things. I am sure her immune system is low so her body is trying to boost it, and it is trying to use what little it has to fight the cancer. It is also a result of the cancer fighting her, cancer needs energy to grow just like anyother cell in your body. I am sure she is not eating as well as she should be and so she is not getting all the nutrients she needs, and that affects fatique as well, As does fear and depression, which comes with having cancer.

      She should be taking supplements and trying to boost her immune system. If her doctor does not have any god suggestions find a nutritionist, natural doctor or alternative doctor, they are much better with supplements.

      I don't know what she is doing or not doing overall for treatment, but this is what I am doing for my mom.

      I know how you feel, my mom was diagnosed with stage 3 non-small cell lung cancer in May, they did radiation and chemo which got rid of the cancer in her lung and lymph nodes in and between her lungs. But, it had spread into her bones and several other lymph nodes, they did more radiation and chemo but she and was only given a few months to live, that was in mid-august. I could not accept losing my mom who is only 43 so I did a lot of research and found what I feel is her best hope.

      I am currently in the Bahamas with my mother. There is a clinic here that has been in operation for over 30 years. We have been here for 4 of our 8 week stay, everyday is really inspiring. A lot of the patients stick around in the meeting room/ waiting room to visit, and share stories and catch up. There are 40 people all talking and laughing, talking about cancer and life. The returning patients talk about how bad their cancer was 4, 8, 10, 18 even 28 years ago when they started coming to the clinic, the cancer that has since disappeared. There is nothing dangerous or foreign to the treatment, just building up your immune system in a very effective manner that allows it to identify and fight the cancer. If you want to know more contact me or go to www.immunemedicine.com I cannot tell you how impressed I am with what I have seen and how my mother has already improved. I know one man who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, he skipped all US, conventional (poisonous, dangerous) options and went to the Bahamas and is doing great now. Another man who has been coming here for 18 years that had prostate cancer. People with just about every type of cancer. But, they are honest here, you send them your medical information and they will tell you whether they believe they can help you or not, and they will send you home if they don't think you are benefiting.

      My mom has shown drastic improvements and is feeling so much better. and we are in the Bahamas so we are having a good Mother-Daughter vacation. When we got here she was on 75 mg of morphine a day plus 6ml of liquid morphine a day, now she rarely takes any morphine, and only occasionally takes Advil. Some of the pain she does get is associated with tumor kill, it happens to most patients as their immune system begins quickly destroying the cancer cells, it is a good thing.

      There are a lot of "alternative" treatments out there worth looking into. I have also done a lot of research on the Cesium Chloride/DMSO treatment and think that it has merit and you can do it at home.

      The clinic here believes that a supplement/liquid called VIBE works really well in addition to other treatments, I am going to look in to that some more.

      One very helpful website is www.cancertutor.com

      US doctors push chemo and radiation, but when you look at the statistics and side effects it is not a good option for most people. My Mom had both before we came here and now that I know more about them and have researched them I feel horrible that I let her go through them. She was lucky (so far) the only long term side effect she has shown is short term memory loss.

      The stories I have heard from the other patients here about how they were treated by US medicine astound me. One lady went home to have a shunt put in her liver so she would be ok to come here, but they refused to put it in unless she agreed to do chemotherapy, is that what our country is about? Denying helpful procedures unless we agree to dangerous, toxic ones? The drug companies run US medicine at least when it comes to cancer treatment and it is sad. Most doctors will tell you not to try alternative medicine and some will refuse to even see you again if you do. To some degree they are not to blame, they have not been taught anything about it other than that it is evil and wrong and they would be rejected by their colleagues if they suggested alternatives.

      I am not saying that this will cure anyone, but I have seen dozens of people that it has helped and dozens more that are just starting, but already showing improvement.

      Please whatever you do, research first.

      I am so happy my mom is feeling better and I want to be able to help everyone else who's parent, sibling, child, friend or self has cancer, I know how it feels to watch them get worse and watch the treatment make them more sick.

      Good luck!! My prayers are with your family.

  45. QUESTION:
    How does smoking influence chemo therapy?
    My mother in law was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in December. At the time she has quit smoking (because she had not been feeling well prior to her diagnosis). Now that she has been undergoing chemo and is feeling better she has started smoking again. (She is hiding this from her family, but it is a hard habit to hide.) Is this something that can have a negative influence on her treatment? I know that smoking increases your chances of pancratic cancer considerably, so I was wondering if it would influence things during her treatment. So far, the doctor is very happy with the progress she has made. Her 2nd PET Scan showed a noticeable decrease in the size of the tumor. I just want to make sure that her smoking will not hurt this process.
    I really appreciate any feedback.

    Thanks!
    Erica

    • ANSWER:
      smoking + chemo = poisons + toxins

      You already know how bad this is.
      But, there might not be anything that you can do about it.

      Can you talk to her doctor on your own? Maybe he can approach her in some way so as to not let on that you told him or her. Perhaps saying, "Your results are good, but I'll bet they would be better if you weren't still smoking."
      Your mother-in-law might be all, "Well, I never!"
      But the doctor can say, "Dude, you SMELL like smoke, you don't think I know these things?"

      Or, I don't know, something like that.

  46. QUESTION:
    What Natural/Chinese Therapy in conjunction with Chemo can be used to fight Pancreatic Cancer?
    Someone close to me has been given literally a couple of months to live because of late diagnosis of Pancreatic Cancer with secondary cancer of the liver... I am shocked, totally devastated and angry all at the same time.. Im trying to find some information on Chinese/Natural therapies to help this person while they are given Chemotherapy..

    Any advice really appreciated xx

    • ANSWER:
      I understand your anger and your desire to help, but when a person goes through a treatment they need to retain their trust in the treatment and the doctor providing it, otherwise the best treatments may prove useless or harmful. Placebo effect is powerful. Mixing therapies does not necessarily help the survival ratio. The will to live needs to be worked on. Also helpful is faith in a Higher Power, governing the length of ones life, not a doctor or treatment. These are the natural life extending therapies. Also there are excellent books written by the survivors of the terminal cancer, please give as many as you can to the patient to prove that many people live long and happy lives, despite doctors predictions. You are a good person, be there to listen, to support, and to pray if the patient wants to, and believe that miracles do happen. Good luck!

  47. QUESTION:
    does radiation get harder as treatments progress?
    my mom was diagnosed w pancreatic cancer about a month ago. she has begun radiation (5 treatments a week for 7-8 weeks, she is also taking chemo meds (zolada) they are also giving her gemzar on fridays(iv chemo treatment). she is in her 2nd week of this treatment plan. will her side effects subside eventually or get worse?

    • ANSWER:

  48. QUESTION:
    What has the Medical community progress in cancer treatment in the past 10 to 15 years?
    Is it true most types of cancer have a 50% survivor rate now?

    • ANSWER:
      To say that most cancers have a 50% survival rate is just a generalization and I have no idea if it is accurate or not. It is going to depend upon the particular cancer and its stage when treatment started.

      My wife is a 3 year pancreatic cancer survivor who now is as healthy as I am. Yet the "average" pancreatic cancer survival rate is less than a year.


treatment for pancreatic cancer

Bone Cancer Pictures

Chondrosarcoma is the second most common type of bone cancer and falls into the category of soft-cell malignancies called sarcomas. It develops in cartilage cells in the axial (inner) skeleton, which includes areas such as the skull, spine, ribcage, shoulder and pelvic areas. Chondrosarcoma occurs mainly in older individuals and the cause is unknown. Until recently, surgery, chemotherapy and radiation have been the available treatments for chondrosarcomas, with removal or amputation of the affected areas sometimes required.

Proton therapy is an exciting alternative to traditional treatments that offers tremendous hope for chondrosarcoma patients. It has proven to be at least as, or in many cases, even more effective than other cancer treatments. In contrast to traditional therapies, proton therapy uses an external beam of extremely targeted, ionizing radiation focused only on the affected area. Using cutting-edge science and principles from quantum physics, a particle accelerator is used to treat tumors and malignant areas with a beam of protons that penetrates the body non-invasively. Unlike traditional radiation treatments, proton therapy uses ionizing radiation to target tumors in a very precise and focused way. The result is fewer side effects and minimal damage to the tissues surrounding the treatment site.

Cancer treatments consisting of the more traditional radiation and chemotherapy combo often result in some rather unpleasant side effects for the recipient. Nausea, loss of appetite, higher risk of bone fractures near the treated area, burning at the treatment site and skin and tissue damage are just some of the side effects experienced by cancer patients receiving traditional forms of treatment. Because of its targeted, non-invasive approach, proton therapy has very few if any of these side effects.

Proton therapy is of particular benefit to chondrosarcoma patients because these kinds of malignancies tend to occur very deep within the body. They can often manifest near the brain and other vital organs. Because of this, chondrosarcoma tumors and malignancies are often difficult and risky to treat or extract via normal surgical processes. However, with proton therapy, in many cases the surrounding tissue and bone is unaffected by the treatment. The need for surgery, extraction or amputation is often greatly reduced or eliminated.

In short, because it harnesses innovative, cutting-edge technology and a non-invasive approach, proton therapy is highly effective in treating chondrosarcoma as well as many other forms of cancer. Unlike traditional cancer treatments, the side effects are often minimal or nonexistent. This combination of fewer side effects and a high success rate has led thousands of cancer patients worldwide to choose proton therapy instead of surgery or other forms of radiation therapy. Chondrosarcoma patients are ideal candidates for proton therapy, benefiting tremendously from its non-invasive nature.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    what does bone cancer look like on a xray?
    I went to the ER today for Extreme pain in my shoulder. They took xrays and the xray came back with what looks like little holes in my upper arm bone and in my shoulder. Could that be a sign of bone caner? They sent me to a specialist but the Dr is out of town till next week. This is going to be a long, long week!

    • ANSWER:
      This is a picture of a person with bone cancer: http://www.google.ca/imgres?imgurl=http://bonecancersymptoms.org/images/bone_tumor.jpg&imgrefurl=http://bonecancersymptoms.org/&usg=__Ps7Cyzv3pVIEpFGV0iEAzw8KTro=&h=365&w=486&sz=18&hl=en&start=0&zoom=1&tbnid=Kv0WxqNzxx9ZVM:&tbnh=141&tbnw=188&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dbone%2Bcancer%2Bon%2Bx%2Bray%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26biw%3D1243%26bih%3D578%26tbs%3Disch:1&um=1&itbs=1&iact=hc&vpx=657&vpy=79&dur=2715&hovh=194&hovw=259&tx=64&ty=148&ei=a7-nTNvIPIamsQOVhcmRDA&oei=a7-nTNvIPIamsQOVhcmRDA&esq=1&page=1&ndsp=18&ved=1t:429,r:3,s:0

      As u see there not little wholes they are BIG areas that are lighter than the rest of the bone

  2. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have any good gift ideas for my friend?
    One of friends has bone cancer and has to stay in the hospital for three weeks and I wanted to know if anyone has any good gift ideas to cheer my friend up.

    • ANSWER:
      If you have alot of photos of friends and family, maybe a custom photo book would make her smile. I just bought one for my mother with pictures of the grandkids and she loved it.If you're interested you can use pv25 to get 25% off at http://www.smilebooks.com.

  3. QUESTION:
    Making a healing prayer book for Anglican father?
    My father has bone cancer and I want to do something to help lift his spirits so thought about making a healing book for him. I don't know much about the bible, but would really like to add some healing, uplifting verses from the bible. He is Anglican and pretty firm set in his beliefs.

    I am painting a bunch of pictures to go with the verses that I put into the book. Any ideas to help with this are much appreciated! Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      That's a sweet idea.

      Read through the book of Psalms -- it is filled with great verses for your dad.

      You can go to www.biblegateway.com and do a word search for healing and peace and find all the verses in the Bible that have those words in them.

  4. QUESTION:
    Are dogs in pain when they are put down?
    My dog had bone cancer. He was in a lot of pain before and i couldn't see him struggle everyday to stand and just be selfish. He was put down this morning and he had this pained look different from before. The doctors say he's sedated but do they feel anything? I feel like a horrible owner now and i just can't think clearly.

    • ANSWER:
      Please be assured that your pet felt no pain from being put down. You may be reading something into his expression that is not so. If he looked upset in any way, it was probably because he felt YOUR worry. I know of which I speak, because for whatever reason, God only sends me sick dogs. I have rescued 3, and each one never had the chance to live a full life having had major health issues. Believe me, I spent a small fortune trying everything I could to help them and give them the best care possible, but when the time came that I knew they were suffering and there was nothing more I could do, I allowed them to peacefully slip away with my family there with them. They looked relieved at the very end, and for that I will always be grateful. I have all their pictures in my home, and I still cry when I think of them but am thankful that I was able to help them as much as I could and have no regrets. I am now on my 4th rescue, but whatever happens, at the end I know I will meet them again at the Rainbow Bridge.

  5. QUESTION:
    I have degenerative disk disease and spondylosis. I worry about bone cancer. Need help please?
    I have had this for a long time, but worry about bone cancer. Cancer run's in our family, we have both bone and breast caner and have lost two aunts and two uncles from both types. I looked on the net and found that I have all of the symptoms for bone cancer except one and that is weight loss. Does anyone have any advice?

    • ANSWER:
      This WILL NOT cause bone cancer. I've had DJD(degenerative joint disease ) Also (Disc/joint disease. the one I have) for over 30 yrs. My husband has DJD as well as spondylosis and spondylolisthesis for about 40 yrs. Neither one of us had bone cancer. The two are in no way related. Breast cancer can be hereditary providing you have a long long history and you possess the faulty gene for it. The only way you will find that out is by being tested for this gene through DNA testing, called BRCA1 & 11. One, is for breast cancer and II is for ovarian, cervical, uterine cancers. Please don't go on the net to find answers to medical questions. I know out of curiosity, people do it. Many of these sites are false, or they don't give the entire picture. Ask your doctor, Believe me, these don't cause cancer of any kind. Relax I had breast cancer but I was also positive for the genes, Even then, being positive doesn't mean you can or will get breast cancer. It only means the possiblity is there. Blessings

  6. QUESTION:
    How come my Sun is in Cancer but also in House 5?
    My sun is at 29° 24,in Cancer.I also found out that it is House 5 as well,which is already Leo.

    • ANSWER:
      Astro has an interactive model for a Free interpretation, from free horoscopes tab select *astro click portrait* this brings up your chart whereby you put the cursor on a planet and it brings up a pop up box about that planet and its mathematical aspects. Next try from free horoscopes tab, select *personal portrait* gives you a written format/explanation. Next go to cafeastrology and do the same, but do *not* use their charts as they inferior. Then read about my background from my homepage by clicking on my avatar here. It's true a picture does say a thousand words.

      How to post charts on YA
      http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AqrS8Fqz_Ltai_5Sm.8.oOLsy6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20120823023157AA5kFZS
      Do NOT make the mistake of copy/paste from address bar as the chart will disappear. When copy/pasting link into your thread, make sure press *enter* after the link. Remember your chart is a PICTURE.jpg not data.

      http://i1256.photobucket.com/albums/ii496/SaggiMC/planetarymeanings.jpg
      This slide shows the meanings of the planets

      http://i1256.photobucket.com/albums/ii496/SaggiMC/Untitled-1.jpg
      this slide shows the house meanings, natural house rulers and notice the compass points are reversed? this is not a mistake

      You have to accept we are ALL multifaceted human beings and what astrology does is break things down, compartmentalises things into smaller chunks for you to digest. These chunks are called mathematical aspects these 10 planets make to each other. This is the *MEAT & BONES* of astrology. Just remember planets are modified by signs, where they express are houses and how they express are *aspects* Planets to not act alone as if stranded on a desolate island, they interact and express as modified energies. For me astrology is a form of psychology, a way to help you understand you, your motivations and ways of thinking/feeling In future please consider posting a chart rather than just little bits and pieces of it

  7. QUESTION:
    What happens to red blood cells during leukemia?
    I know in leukemia there are a lot of abnormal white cells being formed. But what happens to the red ones? Are there any other parts of the bone marrow that get affected like the platelets or something?

    • ANSWER:
      So there are different types of leukaemia, in acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) there are subtypes M0-M7 and these are mainly cancers of the white cells, but one (M6) is a cancer of the red cells (search for pictures of it on google images it looks pretty awesome).
      Cancer is uncontrolled proliferation of one mutant cell to produce loads and loads of rubbish cells. So if you imagine the bone marrow as this confined space, and a white cell keeps splitting and creating more cells to the point where there is no room left this causes the healthy cells to get squeezed down. This leads to a decrease in their number as the white cells completely take over the marrow. Hence why we tend to see low red cells and platelets in AML as well as an increased white cell count (normally). The red cells and platelets still work, unless they too are cancerous, but they've just been squished down. Like I said there are different cancers like M6 and M7 you should look them up if you're interested in haematology as they are fascinating to look at.

  8. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to overcome Mars In Cancer placement and become Assertive/Aggressive?
    My chart.
    Sun: Libra
    Ascendant: Scorpio
    Moon: Gemini
    Mercury: Scorpio
    Venus: Scorpio
    Mars: Cancer (obviously)
    Jupiter: Scorpio
    Neptune: Capricorn
    Uranus: Capricorn
    Pluto: Scorpio

    Its come to my attention that on some days i can be very aggressive and assertive, but its very hard to do. I want to keep this Aggressive/Assertive personality. Do you think its possible?

    • ANSWER:
      ANY mars/jplanet can be afflicted by malefic planets and assertive/aggressiveness can be seen in ASPECTS not signs. usually mars hard aspect to uranus and/or mars/pluto aspects. mars in cancer is in detriment and in general tends can't help interferring with family matters/members.

      Planets in SIGNS is literally just 1/3 of the information. Just remember planets are modified by signs, where they express are houses and HOW they express are mathematical aspects. So any planet/s can be afflicted by malefic planets like Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto and this would seriously modify how the planet would function.

      http://i1256.photobucket.com/albums/ii496/SaggiMC/paint.jpg
      So this is what a natal chart PICTURE looks like. On this particular one there are also progressions (in green around the outside) and transits (in red around the outside)
      http://i1256.photobucket.com/albums/ii496/SaggiMC/savepictureas.jpg
      by right mouse on picture, this menu comes up, so just select *save picture as* to your hard drive.

      You haven't given enough information here and I shall explain why. When people post DATA, as in a list of planets in signs, it actually means very little. Why? well that’s ONLY 1/3 of the information needed to respond to you properly. Then some people post DATA/degrees of planets (slightly better) but then *no signs* these planets are in. Then some people post DATA/Degrees/ signs. What this does then, it requires ME (& other astrologers on here) to mentally calculate what mathematical aspects these planets are making to each other. Which is time consuming and unnecessary, when all that is needed is to SEE the natal chart PICTURE. Plus there is always missing data, especially Ascendant/Midheaven signs

      Some people prefer easier/different sites than astro.com which is OK but they are ALL *flawed* in my view and I shall explain why, so we are all clear on this. Astro.com have THE very best free charts available. Cafeastrology charts, where do I start - they have no clear house divisions (very important) they show no retrograde planets (unheard of) they never put chiron on the chart wheel, they never show detriments, fall, or exalted planets, they don't give the elemental balances or quadruplicities either, plus they don’t allow any flexibility in reducing orbs. You *cannot add* Vertex, Juno, asteroids, BML. Inferior, Inferior and Inferior please do NOT use cafeastrology charts or 0800 or alabe or astrotheme!!

      You have to accept we are ALL multifaceted human beings and what astrology does is break things down, compartmentalises things into smaller chunks for you to digest. These chunks are called mathematical aspects these 10 planets make to each other. This is the *MEAT & BONES* of astrology. Just remember planets are modified by signs, where they express are houses and how they express are *aspects* Planets to not act alone as if stranded on a desolate island, they interact and express as modified energies. For me astrology is a form of psychology, a way to help you understand you, your motivations and ways of thinking/feeling In future please consider posting a chart rather than just little bits and pieces of it

      Astro has an interactive model for a Free interpretation, from free horoscopes tab select *astro click portrait* this brings up your chart whereby you put the cursor on a planet and it brings up a pop up box about that planet and its mathematical aspects. Next try from free horoscopes tab, select *personal portrait* gives you a written format/explanation. Next go to cafeastrology and do the same, but do *not* use their charts as they inferior. Then read about my background from my homepage by clicking on my avatar here. It's true a picture does say a thousand words.

  9. QUESTION:
    How long will it take for the pain to subside? Does anyone else have a similar problem?
    Sorry, this is a little long, but I really need you're help.

    My mom has been experiencing constant pain in her right foot. We've been running around from one doc to another, trying to find a cure and solve this problem. We've got the MRI done for her right leg as well as the back(Lumbo-Sacral Spine) MRI. The leg MRI is normal. But the back MRI shows a problem. I'm going to mention some of the points below.

    It says that a loss of lumbar lordosis is noted.

    Minimal osteophytic lipping of vertebral bodies is noted.

    Schmorl's nodes are noted at multiple dorso-lumbar levels.

    Degenerative endplate changes are noted within lower end of L5 and upper end of S1 verterbral bodies.

    Facet arthropathy is noted at L3-4, L4-5 AND L5-S1 levels.

    Also, a minimal marrow oedema within subarticular portions of bilateral iliac bones.

    Mild posterior bulge of L4-5 AND L5-S1 discs indenting the thecal sac and mild compromising the neural foramina.

    Early cervical and lumbar spondylosis.

    We've started with physiotherapy, and she's been adviced bed-rest and is on pain killers.The problem is that the pain isn't subsiding and she feels a constant, burning and poking needles sensation in her right leg. I'm curious to know how long will it take for the pain to subside? Has anyone else experienced such a problem? Please help me out with all the information you'll have. I'll really appreciate it.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm sorry to hear you and your mom are dealing with this. I'm sure it's very hard to watch her going through this. Since you've seen a lot of doctors already (I am not a doctor but do have some knowledge in the area), it's very difficult to give you specific advice because some of what I would suggest would likely have already been tried or be counter-indicated because of other things you haven't shared here. You shared a lot, but I'm sure you have enough to write a book.

      I am concerned about the advice for bed rest and painkillers and wonder if other doctors would agree with that--other doctors might say bed rest and painkillers if they had all the information about her that your doctors have. Spondylosis with the other degenerative elements of this--her spine is not in good shape and will be expected to progress and get worse--can be nasty and make it hard to walk, no question. BUT... some MDs *might* advise you differently even seeing everything. Believe me I am not minimizing what she's going through.

      The problem is that one, assuming by painkillers you mean substances like Norco, narcotic painkillers cause their own problems if used daily for more than a few weeks. Perhaps that is part of her history, because it could account for some of her pain. Narcotics can often *increase* your sensitivity to pain when used long-term, and that's part of what raises my concern with her going forward. With someone who's a terminal cancer patient, narcotics dependence is not a concern, but with someone with *early* spondylosis, it is. Perhaps they are only being used temporarily to get her up and moving in therapy.

      Two, bed rest may make this worse. Part of the reason they're prescribing physiotherapy is to correct her posture, but it's also to get her moving. Bed rest counteracts that. It weakens back and leg muscles and makes it increasingly hard to support body weight and get around. Many back doctors advise back rest for a couple of *days* with *spasming* back pain, but then you have to get out of bed and get moving even if it hurts. She may have other medical conditions you don't mention (weight? heart or respiratory condition? diabetes? etc.) that may limit her mobility, fitness, and endurance as well. Other doctors are going to be taking this into account, but I can't with only the MRI report and her symptoms to go on.

      Her back pain and (I'm assuming) some difficulty moving and walking is likely coming from the facet arthropathy and the degeneration in the vertebrae. What's likely causing her burning right leg and foot pain (and some back pain) is what's happening with her intervertebral disks in the lower back. See the mention of "compromising the neural foramina" on the MRI report? The nerves which go from brain down to feet travel through the vertebral foramina, a small opening in each vertebra. She's got disks that are pressing on nerves that send pain sensation to the right foot and leg. The Scmorl's nodes are also extra tissue growing adjacent to the disks that are contributing to this pain.

      The first thing many doctors would try with this picture is strong prescription-level steroid anti-inflammatories such as a Medrol Dosepak although diabetes or sensitivity to steroids may make that hard to do or impossible--and some physiotherapy. If that has been tried and is not helping, she might consider spinal surgery if she is otherwise a good surgical candidate. Risky (it won't always work and can make things worse) and expensive, spinal surgery can alleviate this kind of back and leg pain that is searing enough to need narcotics but isn't responding to conservative treatment.

      Note that her painkillers are not going to have any long-term effect--since you asked how long it will take for her pain to subside--unless she gets moving and gets benefit from therapy. Painkillers only work (if they work at all) for a few hours and do nothing to cure the cause of the pain long-term. The anti-inflammatories may help in a few weeks if they shrink the disks off the nerves, but if two or three courses of steroid anti-inflammatories and therapy have been tried and have not helped, then I think surgery is the next thing to consider, because painkilllers aren't going to fix this. If she's not willing to consider surgery, consider asking your doctor for a referral to a pain management clinic.

      Wishing you both better luck and better health.

  10. QUESTION:
    How is the urinary system connected to the endocrine system ?
    Please give me a link. Please give complete but simple details. Please include pictures. Thanks. (Share your sources, please ! )

    • ANSWER:
      All systems in the body relate to each other one way or another. They are all interconnected, and they all depend on each other for their own proper function.

      The Digestive system provides the ability of body to harvest nutrients from the environment and excrete waste.

      The Urinary system excretes wastes and helps out with maintaining proper fluid balance in the body. It consists of the kidneys, bladder, ureters and the urethra.

      The Nervous system provides specific quick control of the body, in the real time sort of speaking. It consists of the brain, and spinal cord.

      The Immune system is the defense of the body, it keeps all other systems healthy and protects them from foreign invaders as well as body's own damaged cells (such as cancer). This includes the lymphatic system, lymph nodes, and blood, etc.

      The Cardiovascular system is of course responsible in delivering nutrients and oxygen to all other cells in the body, as well as taking away all the waste and delivering it to the waste excretion systems. This consists of the heart, numerous blood vessels; arteries, veins ;etc.

      Also there is pulmonary, and musculoskeletal systems.

      Pulmonary is responsible for providing oxygen to the body, necessary for energy production. This consists of the lungs.

      And musculoskeleton system is responsible for the movement and locomotion of the whole body and its different body parts. this consists of the muscles, skeleton, bones, ligaments and connective tissues,etc.

      The Endocrine system controls the body, but provides a more stable, long term control, since it takes time for hormones to take effect and also takes time for that effect to die out once the hormone has been removed. It consists of the sex organs, different regulatory systems of the various organs to produce certain hormones which regulate body processes .

      The endocrine system is a network of ductless glands that produce and secrete hormones directly into the bloodstream for transport to specific target organs, where they exert their effect. Along with the nervous system, the endocrine system coordinates and regulates many of the activities of the body, including growth, metabolism, sexual development and reproduction.

      The Urinary system excretes wastes and helps out with maintaining proper fluid balance in the body.The urinary system is responsible for the elimination of urine . .

      The urinary system is made up of the adrenal glands, renal arteries, the kidneys, aorta, ureters, common iliac arteries, urinary bladder, urethra, and in men, the prostate. As food enters the body, various cells break it down into energy. As the energy is released, so are various chemical byproducts that then collect in the bloodstream. The kidneys cleanse the blood of this waste and turns it into urine. Next, the ureters transport the urine to the urinary bladder. The bladder then expands to accommodate the extra fluid. When it stretches to its limit, urine is then sent to the urethra and out of the body. In men, urine also passes through the prostrate before it is released.

      Other systems

      The urinary system, like all systems in the body, does not work alone. It has an interdependent relationship with the endocrine system, the circulatory system, the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system. The adrenal glands, also a part of the endocrine system, secrete a chemical substance; angiotensin- that allows the kidneys to effectively regulate fluids in the body. This process is directly related to blood pressure and the circulatory system.

      The urinary system is also closely related to the circulatory system by virtue of the processes of cleansing the blood of waste, removing excess fluids and generally keeping other fluids in balance. The nervous and musculoskeletal systems also play a part. They work in concert with the urinary system to regulate the release of urine.

      Children still in diapers have yet to develop these systems fully. The bladder is a muscle that can expand and contract as necessary to accommodate or expel urine. When the bladder is full, the nervous system receives messages that it is time to go. The muscles in the bladder and urethra help us to "hold it" when no bathroom is in sight

      The Importance of Urinary Health
      Since the urinary system is so interdependent with other systems in the body, its failure to operate effectively can have serious health effects. The kidneys in particular are susceptible to a host of problems. While some problems are inherited and often untreatable, there are many things that the average person can do to ensure that kidney problems do not develop. First, a good exercise regimen and healthy diet are essential.

      People should drink plenty of water and limit intake of soda, tea and coffee. Certain drugs can have adverse effects on the kidneys, so it is important to discuss concerns with a doctor. Finally, blood pressure should be monitored regularly. High blood pressur

  11. QUESTION:
    Is my brother's cancer in the bones if cancer cells were found on both femur bones?
    My brother is 66 and was diagnosed with diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma last May. He has had 8 mos of chemo and following another PET Scan found cancer cells on both femur bones and a new knot in the same spot where the first one was removed. He has now gone through 5 weeks of radiation which was 5X weekly. He is complaining of his knees hurting and his back hurting. He cannot sit in a hard chair and tires very easily.

    • ANSWER:
      I think you are confused. PET scans are great but they cannot take pictures on the cellular level. The report would say what it is. It could be marrow infiltration or local bone destruction. The pain he is experiencing is common and the radiation should help soon.

  12. QUESTION:
    What would an in closet gemini act like?
    I know this guy who might be gay. He gives the weird eye contact thing but is sorta hard to work out. He doesn't act like a typical gemini, he doesn't communicate with everyone well and he keeps to himself, hes quiet and is sweet. His birthday is 19th June, so maybe a cancer cusp. He's never around girls. So what would an insecure closet gemini closet gay act like?

    • ANSWER:
      First you need to understand that you are NOT the sum total of your sun sign!
      newspaper and magazine astrology is nothing related to the proper astrology that Astrologers use, this is just a pinch of salt entertainment sort. What they do is put each sun sign conjunct the Ascendant and read where the 10 planets fall in any one of the 12 houses. So when you have got your free chart from astro.com you will know your Ascendant sign, then if you want use this type of recreational fun, then you would look up your Ascendant sign to stand any kind of chance of having those planets in the right houses for you…. These were invented for commercial reasons... If you cannot get past this idea of JUST sun signs, you will always stay a novice/astro virgin. Perhaps if you learn some of the basics in astrology this will help with your future questions

      So there is no such thing as a typical gemini as each natal chart is AS unique as your fingerprints.
      From the little you have said sounds rather much like he has Scorpio ascendant, scorpio moon or afflicted mercury/communications.

      http://i1256.photobucket.com/albums/ii496/SaggiMC/planetarymeanings.jpg
      This slide shows the meanings of the planets

      http://i1256.photobucket.com/albums/ii496/SaggiMC/Untitled-1.jpg
      this slide shows the house meanings, natural house rulers and notice the compass points are reversed? this is not a mistake
      You have to accept we are ALL multifaceted human beings and what astrology does is break things down, compartmentalises things into smaller chunks for you to digest. These chunks are called mathematical aspects these 10 planets make to each other. This is the *meat and bones* of astrology. Just remember planets are modified by signs, where they express are houses and how they express are *aspects* Planets to not act alone as if stranded on a desolate island, they interact and express as modified energies. For me astrology is a form of psychology, a way to help you understand you, your motivations and ways of thinking/feeling In future please consider posting a chart rather than just little bits and pieces of it

      Whilst the whole chart needs to be taken into consideration, if this is the level you can manage or understand now, that's ok. Just keep asking questions and that way the 'whole' chart will someday make much more sense. Everyone has to start somewhere and I applaud and encourage you for taking those baby steps.
      Astro has an interactive model for a free interpretation, from free horoscopes tab select *astro click portrait* this brings up your chart whereby you put the cursor on a planet and it brings up a pop up box about that planet and its mathematical aspects. Next try from free horoscopes tab, select *personal portrait* gives you a written format/explanation. Next go to cafeastrology and do the same, but do *not* use their charts as they inferior. Then read about my background from my homepage by clicking on my avatar here. It's true a picture does say a thousand words.

  13. QUESTION:
    What type of illness or disease would a radiologists diagnose?
    I know they are medical doctors who interpret pictures and diagnose patients with there illnesses but exactly what TYPE or illnesses or diseases?

    EXAMPLES PLEASE

    • ANSWER:
      Actually, Remy, Radiologists are ALWAYS medical doctors, Radiographers are not medical doctors.

      Generally the radiographer will do the scan and the radiologist will interpret it.

      Imaging is used to diagnose many illnesses, for example:

      In the chest you would use it to diagnose pneumonia, pulmonary effusion, haemothorax, pneumothorax, cardiomegaly etc. (generally using X-ray). With CT you might use it to look at more structural abnormalities, and with PET-CT scanning you would use it to diagnose cancers such as lung cancer.

      In the head you would use it to diagnose haemorrhages onto the brain (using CT normally) or problems within the brain (normally using MRI).

      You would also use X-rays to diagnose broken bones.

      In the abdomen you would look at damage from trauma, problems with the liver, kidney, spleen and bladder using CT or MRI. Using X-ray you would look at more acute problems such as bowel obstruction or perforation.

      You would also use ultrasound to screen for many foetal abnormalities (such as heart defects, nuchal translucency scan to test for Down's syndrome or simply the length of the foetus to check its growth) (as this doesn't damage the baby like X-rays) and then you could use MRI after to look more closely.

  14. QUESTION:
    I got lump in my lower cheek and white colour patches in my mouth. What is it?
    I got thin layer in my mouth. I also got small lump in my cheek. My tongue also have black spots. Please tell me what is it. In addition i had bone marrow transplant about 5 to 6 years ago.

    • ANSWER:
      Perhaps it's an effect of your surgery or you've got a Mouth Cancer, it is normally happens to people eating hot food or you got a Family History/ genetic to have that viral diseases. You have to go back to your Doctor and consult to get a clear picture.

  15. QUESTION:
    What are some reasons to become a vegetarian?
    Like, I really want to, but I have no good will to stop. Like why a kid would stop biting on his lollipop if he saw in 30 years he'd have no teeth.
    I need an article, a picture, anything, of how the animals are treated, how they are killed, and how the make the meat.

    I thank you kindly. :)

    • ANSWER:
      First, watch Meet Your Meat on youtube. (That's the reason I decided to go vegetarian)

      here are some more reasons....

      1.The number one contributor to the greenhouse effect, is meat production. It generates over 40% more greenhouse gasses, than all the world's transportation systems combined.
      2.From the time of birth meat production animals are stuffed into overcrowded cages until they are old enough to go to the slaughter house, which could be years. Many of these animals starve because there limbs are broken from other animals trampling them and they are unable to reach food. The people who work on these farms do not put these animals out of their misery though. The way they see it, as long as it can make it to the slaughter house alive, they can still make money.
      3.Once these animals get to the slaughter house the are hung by there ankles and they have their throats slit repeatedly. ( Or some slaughter houses have kill boxes, which stab the animal in the brain, not killing it, but only paralyzing them. Then slitting there throat after.) It takes about 10 minutes for the animal to die. And if that doesn't kill them they are scolded alive in a scolding tank used to remove hair. Animals have feelings, they cry, and scream, and feel pain just like people do.
      4.Every three seconds a starving child dies. The grain used to feed the animals on meat production farms, could be used to feed these people.
      5.Vegetarians are less likely to get diseases like cancer and diabetes.
      6.Some beef we get in Canada does come from the United States. Mad cow disease does exist in the U.S. When we eat a a hamburger from a cow with mad cow disease this could result in death for the consumer. Also other things like e.coli bacteria are in our meat.
      7.Vegetarians are also less likely to suffer obesity.
      8.Forests have to be cleared to raise the animals and plant grain to feed them.
      9.Cows would naturally live up to 20 years but are slaughtered after 5-7 years when their milk production begins to fall
      10.Each year 15,000,000,000 land animals are slaughtered for food & an unknown but much larger number of sea creatures (including 1000's of dolphins caught accidentally) Being a vegetarian for 1 year, you can save over 200 animals from the slaughter house.
      11.Every year in Canada 650 million animals are killed for their meat.
      12.Animals that are being brought to the slaughter house are packed tightly onto a truck and are driven for hundreds of miles in severe weather conditions and most result in broken bones and/or death.
      13.They constantly stun the animals on the back of their head with a 300 volt stun gun to knock them unconscious. (Some slaughter houses don't even use this method. They put them in the kill box still fully conscious)

      “If slaughter houses had glass walls, everyone would be vegetarian” - Sir Paul McCartney

  16. QUESTION:
    Wondering if I should be tested for cancer?
    I wanted to know if there is and possibility that I could have cancer. For the past few months I have been really lightheaded and nauseous. I have had a major change in bowel movements. I have been to a couple doctors and none of them have been able to tell me what is wrong. I was doing a research project on cancer last week, and thought that it may be whats wrong. I know that it probably isn’t the case but I just wanted to make sure.
    Im sorry
    Im 18, This has been going on for the past couple of months and it just keeps getting worse. I have lost some weight and my diet has stayed the same no changes at all. But not anything huge like 20 lb. I have had chest pain on the left side under the collar bone but it comes and goes. I am not sexually active, and not on birth control.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Amanda. You say you've been doctor's. I'm sure they did blood work on you. It really sounds more like anemia but not a seriously bad case. These symptoms can be anything. Cancer is the last thing coming to my mind. What you should do is keep track of everything that's going on, Like a diary of your health. Write down your starting weight, and when you lost some, put down how much you lost, and when. That way if you ever go back to a doctor for this, she will see what's been happening with your weight. That's only one example. Also write down the things you ate, when you get nauseous, your bowels and I know this is going to sound gross, but we as nurses have to do this with patients. You have to note any changes that seem different with your BMs. nough said on that. Note how often the pain in your collar bone hurts, how long it lasts. I think you get the picture. Once you've done this for a couple of weeks, you should notice a pattern. That's what a doctor wants. If they think it's cancer, then the appropriate tests will be done. I personally do not feel you have cancer because your symptoms are not out of the ordinary. Hope this helps. Blessings.

  17. QUESTION:
    Despite knowing the fact that smoking is injurious to health people still consume more and more of it?
    Despite knowing the fact that smoking is injurious to health people still consume more and more of it. To discourage people from smoking, Ministry of Health has taken a number of measures. One of the recent measures taken by the Ministry of Health is to direct the Tobacco companies to print warning messages along with picture of smoking affected person on cigarette packs. As a student of Economics, logically discuss what can be the possible effects of this step taken by the ministry

    • ANSWER:
      Idea solution:
      Many smokers claim that their habit helps them to relax, but there is no doubt that smoking is harmful to health and has a detrimental effect on athletic performance. Tobacco smoking is a major, preventable factor leading to death. Almost 20 per cent of deaths in the USA have been attributed to diseases associated with inhaling the products of combustion from the tobacco plant, Nicotiana tobacco. These products include nicotine, carbon monoxide, and tars.

      The psychological and addictive effects of smoking cigarettes are attributed to nicotine, a drug that stimulates the central nervous system and enhances arousal. Nicotine affects blood pressure and heart rate directly, increasing the risk to smokers of coronary heart disease. It also affects hormone production. For example, cigarette smoking lowers blood estrogen levels and therefore reduces bone mineralization. When inhaled, the carbon monoxide passes into the bloodstream where it combines with hemoglobin, reducing the ability of blood to transport oxygen. Among heavy, chronic smokers the reduction may be as much as 10 per cent, reducing their ability to take part in strenuous exercise, and accounting for the breathlessness experienced by most smokers. Tars inhaled during smoking are microscopic, organic substances which can stick onto cells in the lungs. Some tars release free radicals that may be carcinogenic and increase the risk of lung cancer. The high production of free radicals in smokers may explain why they break down vitamin C faster than non-smokers (vitamin C is one of the antioxidants that mops up free radicals). It is estimated that the vitamin C requirements of smokers may be twice as much as non-smokers. In the UK, the RNI for adult non-smokers is 40 mg but smokers require more vitamin C (possibly as much as an extra 80 mg); in the USA, the RDAs are 60 mg for non-smokers and 100 mg for smokers.

      Smoking is highly addictive. Smokers who try to give up may suffer withdrawal symptoms including a persistent craving for tobacco, irritability, poor concentration, and weight gain. The weight gain is popularly attributed to eating more to compensate for the lack of oral gratification provided by smoking. However, the gain may also be due to metabolic changes because nicotine increases metabolic rate, particularly during exercise. It is sensible for ex-smokers to moderate the effects of weight gain by increasing their aerobic activity. They should also control their feeding habits carefully. For example, snacks should consist of nutritious, low calorie foods such as raw vegetables and fruit

  18. QUESTION:
    Is there a better way to tell 3 yr old about dog dying?
    We have decided to put our outside dog down because of cancer. Our daughter is three and although I do not think she is extrememely attached to him, she will of course notice he is gone and my husband and I disagree on what to tell her. He just wants to wait until she asks where he is and we should just answer that he is gone and can't come back. I think we should let her say good bye to him letting her know that he wont be coming home. Any suggestions?
    We do not have another dog, we have indoor cats. DH and I will be getting another outside dog from the pound this spring.

    • ANSWER:
      My son was three when we had to put our dog to sleep as well. It was tough. We didnt tell him about the put to sleep part, just that the dog had died. We told him that he was old, and had ouchy bones and that in heaven he didnt hurt anymore. He cried and wanted the dog back. That only lasted a few days. We had another dog so we could not put the dog bowl etc away (even though someone had suggested that to us). What suprised me was that even months later he would occassionally get weepy saying he missed his dog (more when he was tired, or already upset by something else) so we got out pictures of him and the dog and mad ea special photo album for him to look at.
      Im not sure about the goodbye part... only you can guess how your child would do with that. We did have the kids give the dog a hug... but didnt tell him that it was goodbye. We took a last picture together but the kids didnt know it. We waited until the dog was already gone before telling them because we were afraid they would get upset knowing it was going to happen.
      When my son was 6, a friends dog had to be put to sleep - the 6 year old explained it to my second son and the son of the friend (who had both just turned 4) that the doggie was old and in heaven doggies didnt hurt anymore. It was so sweet and special that all of the adults in the room where in full blown boo-hoo tears.

      It will not be easy - but an excellent opportunity to teach about a fact of life. Sorry for the loss of your pet and hope it all goes as well as possible.

  19. QUESTION:
    What are some examples of UV rays, X Rays and Gamma Rays?
    I have a project and I need help finding examples of them. I have to draw pictures of the example and write how it is used in daily life. I am just having a hard time finding examples. Help?

    • ANSWER:
      UV Rays: The Earth's atmosphere blocks UV radiation from penetrating through the atmosphere by 98.7%. A positive effect of UVB exposure is that it induces the production of vitamin D in the skin. It has been estimated that tens of thousands of premature deaths occur in the United States annually from a range of cancers due to vitamin D deficiency. Another effect of vitamin D deficiency is bad absorption of calcium which can lead to bone diseases. Some studies show most people get adequate Vitamin D through food and incidental exposure, many countries have fortified certain foods with Vitamin D to prevent deficiency. Eating fortified foods or taking a dietary supplement pill is usually preferred to UVB exposure, due to the increased risk of skin cancer from UV radiation.

      X Rays: Used by doctors frequently for examination of the inner parts of the human body; in case there are broken bones or something.

      Gamma Rays: Due to their tissue penetrating property, gamma rays/X-rays have a wide variety of medical uses such as in CT Scans and radiation therapy (see X-ray). However, as a form of ionizing radiation they have the ability to effect molecular changes, giving them the potential to cause cancer when DNA is affected. The molecular changes can also be used to alter the properties of semi-precious stones, and is often used to change white topaz into blue topaz.
      Despite their cancer-causing properties, gamma rays are also used to treat some types of cancer. In the procedure called gamma-knife surgery, multiple concentrated beams of gamma rays are directed on the growth in order to kill the cancerous cells. The beams are aimed from different angles to focus the radiation on the growth while minimizing damage to the surrounding tissues. Gamma rays are also used for diagnostic purposes in nuclear medicine. Several gamma-emitting radioisotopes are used, one of which is technetium-99m. When administered to a patient, a gamma camera can be used to form an image of the radioisotope's distribution by detecting the gamma radiation emitted. Such a technique can be employed to diagnose a wide range of conditions (e.g. spread of cancer to the bones). In the US, gamma ray detectors are starting to be used as part of the Container Security Initiative (CSI). These US million machines are advertised to scan 30 containers per hour. The objective of this technique is to pre-screen merchant ship containers before they enter US ports.

  20. QUESTION:
    How can i make a model of lung cancer spreading? its for school but i dont how to model something like that .?
    i have to model the event of lung cancer spreading, i have a thick piece of styrafoam to cut out lung shapes but google didnt help me figure what to make it look like or anything. please help, its due in 2 days.

    • ANSWER:
      Start with an image like this http://z.about.com/f/p/440/graphics/images/en/18013.jpg and draw arrows to the brain, liver, adrenal glands, and bones (perhaps the ribs,spine, pelvis, humerus and femur - that's where I've seen lung cancers spread most often to bone.)

      I don't know what grade you are in or how much anatomy you know. I think I would do this on poster board rather than styrofoam unless you want to cut out organ shapes and glue them to poster board. A drawing/painting would be easier.
      Good Luck!

      Added note
      Here's another image more like what I'm suggesting.
      http://www.uptodate.com/patients/content/images/onco_pix/Lung_CA_IV.jpg
      I forgot to mention lymph nodes which are also sites for metastatic disease - usually in the mediastinum or the supraclaviclur areas. Wish I was there to help you. You may need to brush up on anatomy to know what I'm talking about. But this picture should help you.

  21. QUESTION:
    Is it true that diet soda can give you cancer?
    I heard it on the news that diet soda is actually worse than others if you drink it everyday. I was just wondering because a lot of people have told me that and I drink it almost everyday.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

      Actually, carbonated beverages of any kind aren't good for you. Read this article.

      The carbonation in all soft drinks causes calcium loss in the bones through a three-stage process:

      The carbonation irritates the stomach.
      The stomach "cures" the irritation the only way it knows how. It adds the only antacid at its disposal: calcium. It gets this from the blood.
      The blood, now low on calcium, replenishes its supply from the bones. If it did not do this, muscular and brain function would be severely impaired.
      But, the story doesn't end there. Another problem with most soft drinks is they also contain phosphoric acid (not the same as the carbonation, which is carbon dioxide mixed with the water). This substance also causes a drawdown on the store of calcium.

      So, soft drinks soften your bones (actually, they make them weak and brittle) in three ways:

      Carbonation reduces the calcium in the bones.
      Phosphoric acid reduces the calcium in the bones.
      The beverage replaces a calcium-containing alternative, such as milk or water. Milk and water are not excellent calcium sources, but they are sources.
      Diabetes in a can
      The picture gets worse when you add sugar to the soft drink. The sugar, dissolved in liquid, is quickly carried to the bloodstream, where its presence in overload quantities signals the pancreas to go into overdrive. The pancreas has no way of knowing if this sugar inrush is a single dose or the front-end of a sustained dose. The assumption in the body's chemical controls is the worst-case scenario. To prevent nerve damage from oxidation, the pancreas pumps out as much insulin as it can. Even so, it may not prevent nerve damage.

      But, this heroic effort of the pancreas has a hefty downside. The jolt of insulin causes the body to reduce the testosterone in the bloodstream, and to depress further production of it. In both men and women, testosterone is the hormone that controls the depositing of calcium in the bones. You can raise testosterone through weight-bearing exercise, but if you are chemically depressing it via massive sugar intake (it takes very small quantities of sugar to constitute a massive intake, because refined sugar is not something the human body is equipped to handle), then your body won't add calcium to the bones.

      Add this to what we discussed above, and you can see that drinking sweetened colas is a suicidal endeavor. And now you know why bone damage formerly apparent only in the very old is now showing up in teenagers.

      Cancer in a can
      In the spring of 2005, research showed a strong correlation between esophageal cancer and the drinking of carbonated beverages. We aren't providing extensive detail here yet, because the subject is still rolling through the medical community. Basically, it works like this:

      You drink soda.
      It makes you burp (acid reflux, actually).
      The burping carries acid into the esophagus, causing lesions.
      The lesions become cancerous.
      So, maybe it's not so bad if you sip sodas instead of guzzle them. By the time this issue settles out through double blind studies (rather than statistical analysis only), that is probably what researchers will conclude. It's common sense.

      Of course, the softdrink companies have conducted their own flawed studies using flawed methods to obtain the flawed results they want. This way, they can deny that their toxic products also cause esophageal cancer in addition to other diseases their beverages cause. I wonder if these folks have flawed sleep at night, or if they are just psychopathic?

      Do a Yahoo or Google search on softdrinks + esophageal cancer, and you'll get several thousand pages of results. Most of the articles say softdrinks "may" cause esophageal cancer. And that's true--in the sense that lying down on a railroad track "may" get you run over by a train or holding a revolver with one bullet in it and pulling the trigger "may" blow your brains out. It's a game of chance. How many chances do you want to take?

  22. QUESTION:
    Is casual chewing tobacco still a major health risk?
    Occasionally I like to throw in a dip when I'm out with some friends on weekends. I am not addicted to the stuff nor would I ever want to be. In my life I've probably had maybe 10 dips. Every time I have done some, I always make sure to brush and floss excessively and use mouth wash before I go to sleep. That said, is this still a major risk for me as far as mouth problems and cancer go? Or is is relatively safe as long as I use it responsibly?

    • ANSWER:
      responsibly?? are you f-ing kidding me. tobacco, no matter the form, is CARCINOGENIC, i.e. CAUSES cancer. it doesn't cause lung cancer, but why don't you look up some pictures of mouth cancer from dip on the internet. you are DESTORYING your gums, your teeth, your cheek. essentially, the tobacco ERODES, yes, EATS AWAY, the tissue in your mouth. i have seen patients with their cheek tissue eaten away to almost the bone. granted they are using dip several times a day, BUT even the smallest amount leads to cellular change and your body might not be able to compensate for even the mildest changes, combine that with your genetic predisposition to cancers and you could have full-blown cancer after using dip occasionally. (think about it, people who have NEVER smoked and only occassionally been around second hand smoke can get LUNG cancer because they unfortunately have a genetic predisposition to not be able to compensate for carcinogenic changes) SO, my advice to you is WISE UP, stop doing it, it is disgusting, who would want to be kissing on you when you have a wad of dip in your mouth.

  23. QUESTION:
    What star sign are your pets and what's their personality like?
    I have 3 Leo cats and a Virgo one....
    2 have Cancer moon and they're so kind, funny and affectionate.
    The Virgo cat's always looking for a challenge(has Aries Moon) and stimulation...
    And he puts all his toys in his basket at the end of every day! Amazing!....

    • ANSWER:
      When I was younger, I had a cat who was a Leo, and she was a REALLY funny cat! She had so many funny moments about her, and for some reason she really liked the white stuff from boiled eggs... That was LITERALLY her favorite food! Whenever she heard anyone cracking eggs in the kitchen, no matter what room she was, she would come running in the kitchen! And she could stand on two legs like a dog, and no one even trained her to do that! She always does that when she wants food.
      When she lived with my grandma and I was away, my grandma taught her not to scratch people, and from then on, if the cat ever laid a paw on someone, her claws were not unleashed, and she never scratched people! She was just playing. Also, for some reason, she liked to eat chicken bones... Yeah, I don't know why.
      The bad thing is that she never pooped in her sandbox! Almost never. No matter where we put it, she would always poop in the other place. Her sandbox was in the bathroom, and if we put it to the right of the toilet, she pooped on the other side, and if we put it on the other side, she pooped on the opposite side... ahaha.

      She was an indoor cat, BUT whenever I took her outside... oh boy!
      If I take her outside ONCE just for HALF AN HOUR, then later that day, she would stand at the door and meow meow meow because she wanted to go outside again!
      BUT here's the ironic thing: Whenever I DID take her outside, she would stick close to me and was really shy and even if I let her out of my arms, she would always follow me, and her "walk" outside was weird! She walked really low to the ground, like she was afraid of everything! But once I take her back inside (we lived in a condo on the 6th floor, so it's not a house) she would meow at the door wanting to go outside again!
      Usually, by the time she had been 1 hour outside, she would get more comfortable, but still had that "low walk"!

      She was a very funny cat. Sometimes she would just run around the condo from room to room really really fast and hide underbed. Weird! My grandma said it was her hormones, since she was NOT spayed. (We lived in Russia, and they don't really spay cats there much, it's not really a "thing" there like in the usa)

      But she had lots of funny moments! That was my favorite cat! Even my cousin loved her!
      Okay, you know those REALLY tall closet/cabinet type things? The ones that go up to almost the ceiling, and you can keep clothes in them?

      She was able to climb on TOP of them... near the ceiling... you know how? There was a carpet hanging on the wall, by it... Yes, you get the picture! She loved climbing up to that place! It was so funny to watch her! The closet is like 11 feet tall...

      She liked to play with the fish, but she never ate any of them.

      I loved that cat. But there's something really sad. She wasn't able to live for very long. She was about four years old (and I was about 11 years old at that time) and she was eating a chicken bone and she choked on it and died. :(
      She had this some sort of "addiction" or something to chicken bones. She HAD choked before, and we couldn't afford a vet, and there wasn't enough time, so we had to use a pencil to get the chicken bone out of her throat, and this happened like several times.
      One time, I wasn't there.

      I lived away, in the USA, and my grandma lived with her in Russia, and I was like 11 years old.
      The cat died. My mom first told me that she got lost, and I dreamt of finding her when I came back to Russia for vacation. 6 months later, my mom tells me she actually died. Of choking on a bone.

      I was really sad, and I told my cousin who is younger than me (his mom told him that she was "lost" but he needed to know the truth) and he was really sad also. But I made him promise to keep a secret that he knows, 'cause I was afraid I would get in trouble for telling him.
      He was really sad, but even this day, he (probably) hasn't told his parents that he knows.
      I'm 15 years old now, and he's 11...

      Even my friends from Russia loved that cat when she was alive. The always wanted me to take her outside so we could all play together! (We were 7) I remember her being in every one of my birthday pictures from my 7th birthday. Good times.

      edit: why did i get 2 thumbs down??

  24. QUESTION:
    Does having a pisces rising and Sagittarius mars make it easy for me to make it in the music buisness?
    Here's my chart:
    Libra sun
    Cancer moon
    Pisces rising
    Libra mercury
    Leo Venus
    Sagittarius Mars
    Taurus Jupiter
    Taurus Saturn
    Aquarius Uranus
    Aquarius Neptune
    Sagittarius Pluto

    Does this make me lucky and have the ambition to get into the music buisness? My 9th house has saturn so im not sure?

    • ANSWER:
      this is NOT your chart this is just a pile of copy/pasted data off the internet, your chart is a PICTURE!

      Why not go to astro and get your free chart, then use their interactive model to get an explanation, then go to cafeastrology and do the same, but do *not* use their charts as they inferior. Then read about my background from my homepage by clicking on my avatar here.

      How to post links to chart on YA - this shows you pictorially
      http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AqrS8Fqz_Ltai_5Sm.8.oOLsy6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20120823023157AA5kFZS
      Do NOT make the mistake of copy/paste from address bar as it will disappear

      Why is Midheaven So important for Career?
      http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20121021124929AAqlQOg

      You haven't even mentioned your Midheave sign here? what planet rules your MC? what is final dispositor??

      Saturn in the 9th house
      Saturn's best positions are the 3rd and 9th houses. Gives a practical philosophy of life.
      Not good for relationships with in-laws if afflicted. Best to live at a distance. Makes good teachers, professors, workers in publishing fields or scientific pursuits. Good at detailed work. Exacting and concentrative. Can be fanatical and intolerant in religious concerns if Saturn is afflicted.These people are influenced by the conservative religion and traditional values of their background. Even rebellion will change only the form and not the reality of their basic beliefs. Life or travel in foreign countries may be most successful if connected with work. Care should be taken to avoid difficulties in travel.Systems of belief you will judge according to their practical value and you will seek and desire personal distinction through some achievement you have studied.

      [Does this make me lucky and have the ambition to get into the music buisness?]
      the planet of luck and opportunities is Jupiter and how is Jupiter mathematically aspected??

      You have to accept we are ALL multifaceted human beings and what astrology does is break things down, compartmentalises things into smaller chunks for you to digest. These chunks are called mathematical aspects these 10 planets make to each other. This is the *meat and bones* of astrology. Just remember planets are modified by signs, where they express are houses and how they express are *aspects* Planets to not act alone as if stranded on a desolate island, they interact and express as modified energies. For me astrology is a form of psychology, a way to help you understand you, your motivations and ways of thinking/feeling In future please consider posting a chart rather than just little bits and pieces of it

      Whilst the whole chart needs to be taken into consideration, if this is the level you can manage or understand now, that's ok. Just keep asking questions and that way the 'whole' chart will someday make much more sense. Everyone has to start somewhere and I applaud and encourage you for taking those baby steps.

      Research all your natal aspects here
      http://www.cafeastrology.com/natal/planetsaspectsastrology.html

      Also be aware of different house systems, I use Equal house one of the oldest and most reliable, easily changed in Extended chart selection. So if you use the default on astro.com it will be placidus. Also be aware that, if ANY planets are within 5' of a house cusp, it should be interpreted in next house along going anti clockwise

  25. QUESTION:
    What kind of jobs are there in the medical field?
    I know I want to do something with medicine, but i'm just not for sure. I know that there is just like peditricians or RN's but what 'out of the ordinary' jobs are there?

    • ANSWER:
      Doctors- specializing in all medical fields from cancer to obstetrics.

      Nurses- specializing in critical care, nurse practitioners who can open their own practice, nurse anesthetists - by the way, they make about 5 grand a week but you need a bsn and then a masters with specialization.

      Nurses aides- they basically do the "clean up" of the patients including making the beds, taking temps, the not so mentally challenging jobs.

      Medical secretaries- everything that is involved in a doctor's office they are trained and may be included in their job description.

      Lab techs--either blood where they actually draw the blood from the patients, or they can be on the technical end where they actually analyze and diagnose the problems with the blood.

      xray techs- they do all types of xrays- pictures of bones and other body parts, they also do cat scans, mris and can specialize to be nuclear med techs- much better paying and would administer nuclear isotopes for scans and stress tests.

      OR technicians- they work in the OR of course and are responsible for setting up and helping with the instruments used in the surgeries.

      I hope I didn't leave anyone out--you may want to visit a hospital by meeting with the HR rep and see if you can "shadow" someone in one of the fields above to give you a better insight on what is involved in each field. The amount of schooling varies greatly and so does the amount of dedication, stamina and of course, brains.

      Good luck to you, oh by the way, I'm an xray tech and my daughter is a RN with her BS going for her masters to become either a NPractitioner or anesthetist--as a nurse in our state, her school loans are paid by the hospital she works with along with the state paying the rest....nurses are in the highest of demand and getting into a good nursing program is easier than getting into med school........good luck to you.

  26. QUESTION:
    What purpose does positron emission tomography serve?
    Im studying for an upcoming test and i no that this will be on the test. I just need to know what purpose the above question has... I have 4 choices......A. analyze cancer cells
    B. cure thyroid problems
    C. study brain function
    D. X-ray broken bones

    • ANSWER:
      Positron emission tomography (PET) is a nuclear medicine imaging technique which produces a three-dimensional image or picture of functional processes in the body.
      PET is both a medical and research tool. It is used heavily in clinical oncology (medical imaging of tumors and the search for metastases), and for clinical diagnosis of certain diffuse brain diseases such as those causing various types of dementias. PET is also an important research tool to map normal human brain and heart function.

      So for that reason I shall say: C: Study Brain Function

  27. QUESTION:
    Would breast cancer show up on a CAT scan of the heart or lungs?
    I had a CAT scan in december? and i was wondering. If i had breast cancer would it show up on a CAT scan of the heart and/or lungs?
    I dont think it was very recent... I first thought i might have it like 2 years ago... but never went to the doctor or anything.

    • ANSWER:
      You need a mammogram. A BSE (breast self examination) is a good first step.

      A mammogram procedure shoots low amplitude X-ray to examine the breast. No other imaging technique has been shown to reduce risk.

      A CT Scan needs IV contrast for an accurate assessment of cancer. An iodine dye (contrast material) is often used to make structures and organs easier to see on the CT pictures.

      A tumor and its surrounding healthy cells are only slightly different in densities. A CT Scan by itself would not be able to make the distinction. A CT Scan can see bones and denser organs okay, but needs help from special contrast materials to see veins, cancer, and other soft tissue well. Mammograms are better suited for soft tissue.

  28. QUESTION:
    I have a Cancer sun sign, Aquarius rising and Saggitarius moon. What does this say about me?
    Don't know if it helps, but if anyone knows something about Numerology, my Life path is 22, Quiet self 11, expression 11 and Soul urge 9.

    • ANSWER:
      "Sun in Cancer, Moon in Sagittarius
      The combination of the Sun in Cancer and Moon in Sagittarius blends the contradictory elements of caution, tenacity, and a need for security, with the much more outgoing Sagittarius tendency to be outgoing and independent. This pairing gives you a more sociable and progressive demeanor. You can relate to generalities and ideals, but on a more real and practical basis. You can inspire confidence in people. In your relations with others you demand absolute honesty. When you detect falsity and insincerity in your dealings with people, the sensitive and defensive side of your nature quickly appears. Petty jealousies and trite behavior repels you. You live more or less by your own set of rules, often trying to live up to some ideal or idol you have set up as a goal or inspiration. You are innately the philosopher in the way that you look at life and consider those around you. In many ways, you are a true "free spirit." While you are extremely polite and tactful, you seem to have no difficulty being firm and definite. Communication is frank, open, and no one has to wonder where you stand on an issue. Weakness or timidity is rarely a problem with this placement. "
      http://www.astrology-numerology.com/sun-moon4.html#Sagittarius

      http://www.cafeastrology.com/zodiacaquarius.html
      scroll to bottom to read Ascendant

      http://i1256.photobucket.com/albums/ii496/SaggiMC/planetarymeanings.jpg
      This slide shows the meanings of the planets

      http://i1256.photobucket.com/albums/ii496/SaggiMC/Untitled-1.jpg
      this slide shows the house meanings, natural house rulers and notice the compass points are reversed? this is not a mistake

      You have to accept we are ALL multifaceted human beings and what astrology does is break things down, compartmentalises things into smaller chunks for you to digest. These chunks are called mathematical aspects these 10 planets make to each other. This is the *MEAT & BONES* of astrology. Just remember planets are modified by signs, where they express are houses and how they express are *aspects* Planets to not act alone as if stranded on a desolate island, they interact and express as modified energies. For me astrology is a form of psychology, a way to help you understand you, your motivations and ways of thinking/feeling In future please consider posting a chart rather than just little bits and pieces of it

      Astro has an interactive model for a Free interpretation, from free horoscopes tab select *astro click portrait* this brings up your chart whereby you put the cursor on a planet and it brings up a pop up box about that planet and its mathematical aspects. Next try from free horoscopes tab, select *personal portrait* gives you a written format/explanation. Next go to cafeastrology and do the same, but do *not* use their charts as they inferior. Then read about my background from my homepage by clicking on my avatar here. It's true a picture does say a thousand words.

  29. QUESTION:
    How would you describe a cancer rising, cancer moon and Capricorn sun girl?
    .

    • ANSWER:
      "Sun in Capricorn, Moon in Cancer
      The combination of your Sun and Moon sign produces a sensitive mind and personality endowed with a highly refined intuitive insight. You can "feel" the truth about people and conditions. While highly sensitive and somewhat introspective, you can gain by using your sensitivities along practical lines. You don't waste time trying to peddle things that people aren't buying. You have a knack for making money and the conservative instincts to hang on to it. You can be rather secretive at times, keeping things to yourself until you are ready to take others into your confidence. At times you feel the need to withdraw somewhat into yourself, establishing poise and balance in enjoying moments of quiet peace and introspection. Generally, you need to cultivate demonstrative or extroverted tendencies of personality by countering excessive introspection. There is a very strong domestic side to your nature; a deep interest in home and family. You need the support of these close personal and sympathetic relationships. Popularity is attained by combating an excessive personal reserve. Your main strength is will power and a tenacity of purpose. Be willing to to trust your intuitive impressions or feelings about things to guide you in the right direction."
      http://www.astrology-numerology.com/sun-moon10.html#Cancer

      Now its important to know if sun and moon are stuck in 12th house OR in 1st as there are massive differences??

      http://www.cafeastrology.com/zodiaccancer.html
      Cancer is a worrier and if your Sun in cappi is in 7th house shows you may be overly focused on relationships and seek others to balance you out in some way. Just remember you are not half an apple..If your sun is in 6th it shows you seek cordial relations with co-workers and concerned with health and service

      http://i1256.photobucket.com/albums/ii496/SaggiMC/planetarymeanings.jpg
      This slide shows the meanings of the planets

      http://i1256.photobucket.com/albums/ii496/SaggiMC/Untitled-1.jpg
      this slide shows the house meanings, natural house rulers and notice the compass points are reversed? this is not a mistake

      You have to accept we are ALL multifaceted human beings and what astrology does is break things down, compartmentalises things into smaller chunks for you to digest. These chunks are called mathematical aspects these 10 planets make to each other. This is the *MEAT & BONES* of astrology. Just remember planets are modified by signs, where they express are houses and how they express are *aspects* Planets to not act alone as if stranded on a desolate island, they interact and express as modified energies. For me astrology is a form of psychology, a way to help you understand you, your motivations and ways of thinking/feeling In future please consider posting a chart rather than just

      Astro has an interactive model for a Free interpretation, from free horoscopes tab select *astro click portrait* this brings up your chart whereby you put the cursor on a planet and it brings up a pop up box about that planet and its mathematical aspects. Next try from free horoscopes tab, select *personal portrait* gives you a written format/explanation. Next go to cafeastrology and do the same, but do *not* use their charts as they inferior. Then read about my background from my homepage by clicking on my avatar here. It's true a picture does say a thousand words.

  30. QUESTION:
    Why is violence and apathy about the plight of animals so tolerated in American Culture & Society?

    No, but other countries are at least more Humane. We are the cruelest by far.

    • ANSWER:
      Several reasons and theories come to mind...

      1. By and large, the US is a highly religious (mainly Christian) and somewhat puritanical society. And if the church doesn't say it's wrong, or even condones it, it *can't* be wrong.

      2. Americans (and most people of westernized society) are completely separated from their food source. They go to the grocery store and see "chicken breast" neatly wrapped in plastic, with a pretty picture of a sprawling old-world farm on the front, de-boned, and ready to cook... there is no connection to where or how that meat ended up there, and there is no note to how it was produced. Consumers are largely in the dark, and seemingly, don't care about that fact. They want it easy, and they want it quick.

      3. There is a huge presence of the "status quo" here. If we've been doing it forever, it must be working, so why change it?

      4. There are HUGE presences in all areas of our country by the meat (of all sources), dairy, and egg corporations. Vast amounts of money marketing their products without any real evidence or information... and people will buy it. Treat the consumers like they're stupid. It works. Tell them only what you want them to hear or see, and they'll take it at face value. (One of the marketing programs that REALLY bothers me currently is the "California Happy Cow" one. Happy, my ass.)

      5. The persistence of groups like PETA. They're making a majority of vegetarians and vegans look horrible by association. If we all look like rabid hippies who will judge you, yell at you, throw paint on you, and use nothing but fear tactics to attempt to nudge at your guilt... who would want to be associated with them? They turn far more people AWAY from vegetarianism than they ever convince.

      6. The lack of widespread publication as to the health detriments of animal products. The moment that a study is put forth by an independent researcher regarding connections of heart disease, cancer, etc. to any animal product, the corresponding board puts out their own study, and spends a whole lot more money distributing their own "facts" (for example... dairy claims to get you the calcium necessary to combat osteoperosis... what they left out in their public notation of their study was that indeed, blood calcium levels rise after consuming dairy, but subsequent bone testing determines that the additional calcium present was only there because the excessive protein and phosphorous levels in the dairy actually leeched stored calcium out of the bones in order to maintain the proper balance... leading directly TO osteoperosis)

      7. There are huge veils drawn around the way animal products are produced. They may say "free range chicken" but don't tell you that there is no deciding factor for that. They don't WANT you to see the horrors inside the slaughterhouse, so they put the "happy farm" pictures on their packages to gloss it over... and Americans (and all westernized nations) keep buying the lies.

      By and large, Americans like things the way they are. They don't want to know how their food got to the grocery store in its' neat little packaging. They just want it THERE.

  31. QUESTION:
    How can I reduce the amount of algae in my turtle tank?
    I have two semi-aquatic turtles that I inherited from a friend. The tank is always full of algae - all over the sides of the tank, in the water, on the rocks, on the turtles themselves. I clean it regularly with a dilluted bleach solution (the tank and rocks, that is) and the algae grows back within a week. I know it isn't harming the turtles, but it looks mucky, and my friend says that the tank never used to get that dirty when she had the turtles for 8 years. What should I do?
    I do have a UVB light on the tank - it is on for about 8 hours a day..used to be on longer, but I was told to keep it on less to reduce algae...didn't work.

    Are the plants/snails safe for the turtles to eat? I wish I knew what kind of turtles they were..the person that gave them to me said they were box turtles, but they have lived completely in shallow water their whole lives and never go on dry land, which I have read is not how box turtles would behave...

    • ANSWER:
      What kind of lighting do you have for your turtles? How long is it on? If you have UVB lighting like you should, and it's on 12+ hours a day, you're going to get algae. There's nothing inherently wrong with algae, it just makes the tank not as pleasant to look at.

      Also, depending on the type of turtle, and the size of your tank, you may be able to add an algae eating fish, such as a plecotamus, an oto cat, snails, or one of the many others. Keep in mind though, that your turtles will likely eat it.

      Yes, it won't hurt them to eat plants, snails, and fish. Do you have a picture or pictures of them? I may be able to ID them for you if you do. If they hardly ever go on land, they're very likely a water turtle. You said "shallow water". Aquatic turtles need a decent amount of water (usually 2x the length of the carapace makes a good depth, other turtles prefer deeper). They also need a filter, one that filters at least twice as much water as they have (if they have 30 gallons of water, you need a filter that does at least 60 gallons). (If you have more questions or need more info, feel free to email me.)

      Edit to add: NEVER use distilled water with reptiles, amphibians, or fish. "Distilled water being demineralized, contains more hydrogen and is considered an acid, with a pH of less than 7.0. Any time a human or animal consumes or, in the case of an amphibian, is soaked in distilled water, the body pulls minerals from teeth (if they have them) and bones to produce bicarbonate to neutralize the acid. This can prove dangerous over time. Another problem with distilled water is that acidic liquids will result in the production of more free-radicals, which are molecules that can increase the risk for cancer." http://www.reptilechannel.com/reptile-health/amphibian-health/bloated-herp-water-problems.aspx

  32. QUESTION:
    Is there any way to tell if a mole is cancerous without getting it removed?
    I have a mole on the side of my face and its been hurting me all day. It feels like a little bruise. I'm wondering if there is a way that i can tell if it is cancerous without getting it removed. I know its silly but i wouldn't feel like myself without my mole.

    • ANSWER:
      Google information about cancerous moles. There are pictures of different types and stages of cancerous moles. I think you'd probably notice a change in it if it was getting bad. Also, many types of cancers are painless until the latter stages when pain centers become affected with things like throat cancer or bone cancer. You're probably cool but the doc is a good idea. Its smart that you're getting checked early just in case.
      Good luck.

  33. QUESTION:
    can a person bounce back from almost near death taken off a ventilator?
    My sister has stage 4 cancer had a real bad experience with chemo and weakened so bad so could no longer eat by the time she was taken to the hospital she was incoherent water by tube a day later she was pretty much in a coma state cant breathe on her own They put her on a ventilator and today she woke up and is squeezing our hands can she still bounce back from this and go on with treatment or is it over.

    • ANSWER:
      This is a discussion you need to have with the intensivist who is in charge of her care while in the ICU. There are two key phrases you need to use when having this discussion: "reversible condition" and "survival to discharge."

      I'll use an example from my own experience so as not to make assumptions about your sister that might complicate or confuse the discussion.

      I had a patient with severe acute myloblastic leukemia -- a very bad form of leukemia with a poor prognosis, especially in her case as she also had a number of other comorbidities like diabetes and poor kidney function. She had a bone marrow transplant and soon after developed a pneumonia and had to be intubated and put on a ventilator.

      Most of her family wanted to honor her wishes not be placed on life support, but one of her sons insisted we do everything we could for her, so she was placed on the vent. She continued to to do poorly but didn't really decline or get better. She just stayed about the same every day.

      I came in one morning to do my typical morning assessment and her son was there. He asked if she was "better today." For the first time, I stopped and asked what he meant -- which kind of surprised him. I said: "Well, she's very, very sick. She has a bad pneumonia on top of a very bad illness on top of the fact that her immune system can't fight the infection because of the leukemia and transplant." He said: "But I keep asking the doctors every day if she's getting better and they keep saying yes! Do people really die from pneumonia?" I told him yes, people die from pneumonia even when they don't have all of those other complications.

      I said: "I think the problem is that what *you* mean by 'better' and what the doctors mean by 'better' are not the same thing. You mean is she going to come home and do the things she used to. When they that her kidneys are 'better' today they mean her BUN and creatinin are slightly better than yesterday. That's not the same. The terms you want to use with them are 'reversible condition' and survival to discharge'. Those are the terms physicians use with each other and have more meaning to them."

      Reversible condition means just that. Is pneumonia a reversible condition? Yes, but it's difficult and in her case she doesn't have the immune system to fight the infection. Even if the pneumonia were cured, the leukemia is not a reversible condition. So the question of 'is she getting better' means can we reverse the UNDERLYING condition, not just the pneumonia. That is a meaningful question to the docs; much moreso than 'is she getting better?'

      Survival to discharge also means just that: what is the likelihood that she will survive to leave the hospital? Even if we can surpress the pneumonia to the point where she can come off the vent, will she leave the ICU? If she does, will she leave the hospital at all? If she does, will that mean permanent long-term care? When you say 'better' you mean will she ever leave the hospital and survival to discharge is the term physicians use with each other to discuss that.

      That was the first meaningful discussion anyone had had with him about that. They had a good family discussion that day and a family care conference the next day with the ICU team that finally allowed them to make a coherent decision about her care.

      In your case, that means having a talk with the ICU team. Use those two phrases: Is her *overall* condition a reversible condition? Are we treating a problem that is temporary and will allow her to continue on with the cancer fight or are we treating a problem that really isn't going to make a difference in the big picture? Are we really accomplishing anything or are we really just making her suffer more for no good reason? That leads into the question of what are her chances of survival to discharge? Are we working to reverse a temporary condition with the understanding that she will go either to short-term transitional care or come home? Or are we just beating her up in the ICU to no effective end because the underlying condition has progressed too far?

      Any way you look at it, it's a terrible position to be in and I'm very sorry that you and your family are having to go through this. I hope being able to communicate more effectively with her ICU team will help you come to the best course of action for your sister.

  34. QUESTION:
    What is the other thing a woman should get every year beside a Pap Smear and Mammogram?
    I saw this on the Oprah Winfrey Show, but I forgot. They said to get a Pap Smear,Mammogram and a MRI I think? She mentioned some blood test you should do also. What should you get besides a Pap Smear and Mammogram?

    • ANSWER:
      I am trying to find exactly what you are asking and having trouble. Here is what I could find:

      "Take charge of your health! Dr. Mehmet Oz shares the ideal age when you should begin getting health tests for many serious health threats:

      Age 20: Cholesterol test
      Age 21: For women, gynecology exam and pap smear (get tested earlier if sexually active)
      Age 35: Blood sugar, anemia and thyroid exams
      Age 40: For women, mammogram (start at age 25 if you have had two female relatives with breast cancer). Also, for men and women, skin exam by partner (take pictures of moles) and baseline electrocardiogram (a test that records the electrical activity of the heart)
      Age 50: Colonoscopy (get one every five years). Also, for men, prostate test
      Age 50–60: Exercise stress test or coronary CTA (if obese or diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes)
      Age 55–60: Thyroid-stimulating hormone blood test (used to detect problems affecting the thyroid gland); memory test (Tell a complex story and repeat key points or have someone tell you a phone number and see if you can remember it—if you can't pick it out of a list of numbers, this could be a sign of early Alzheimer's disease.)"

      AND:

      "In Your 20s and 30s
      A complete physical exam, including a blood pressure and cholesterol check
      A yearly pelvic exam and pap smear by age 21—whether you are sexually active or not
      Regular breast exams
      Total skin checks every three years to analyze freckles and moles to catch skin cancer early. It is one of the deadliest cancers for women under 30.
      A thyroid check at age 35. An unhealthy thyroid can lead to depression, weight gain, mental and physical fatigue, and heart damage.

      In your 40s, 50s and 60s+
      An eye exam once a year after age 40. Make sure your doctor tests for glaucoma, a disease that can cause blindness without any symptoms or warning.
      A yearly mammogram
      A colonoscopy at age 50 to check for colon cancer, even if there is no family history of the disease
      For women 65 and older, checkups should include a blood pressure check, complete blood work, a urinalysis and a hearing test.
      Since women are more than twice as likely as men to develop osteoporosis, get a baseline bone mineral density test to monitor your risk."

      http://www2.oprah.com/index.jhtml

      I have never heard of a woman getting any type of MRI screening exam on a yearly basis. We will do yearly studies to follow a brain tumor, for example, but that is on a patient who has been diagnosed with a problem.

  35. QUESTION:
    Does diet soda make you fat or is it really good for weight loss?
    We all know by now that soda (aka "pop" in some areas) is one of the most evil things you can put in your body...

    The nasty chemicals, the gut-fattening high fructose corn syrup, and a myriad of health problems caused by this carbonated cocktail worshipped by those that don't care about their health or body.

    So, do you think that diet soda can be any better for you?

    • ANSWER:
      Diet soda won't make you gain weight, but it will impede weight loss efforts, as artificial sugar is perceived to be real sugar by the endocrine system, which reacts the same. If you are constantly screwing with your blood sugar levels, your weight loss will be slower.
      It has apparently also been shown in studies that those who consume one diet soda per day weigh more than those who consume no soda of any kind. There could be another factor at play, such as healthier overall lifestyles of those who drink no soda of any kind.
      Carbonation is said to suck phosphorous out of bones.
      Splenda is said to turn to chlorine in the body.
      Aspartame and the rest may cause cancer (in lab rats, at very heavy doses)
      Many of those who answer will disagree, but I do think it is better than regular soda. Sugar is like satan to our bodies. But it's still unhealthy, without a shadow of a doubt.

      Oh, and there are "all-natural" sodas made with Stevia, which claims to cause zero rise in blood sugar levels, and it is a plant. It tastes a bit odd. I also don't know what's natural about drinking anything carbonated. But... it exists, and it is probably a step-up from most.

      In all honesty, if you can't picture a caveman consuming something (without laughing), it's probably not something humans were meant to consume.

  36. QUESTION:
    My grandmother is 95 years old and is producing to much calcium which is causing dehydration?
    What could be causing the excessive calcium?

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      What are the parathyroid glands?
      What is hyperparathyroidism?
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      Introduction

      Primary hyperparathyroidism is a disorder of the parathyroid glands, also called parathyroids. "Primary" means this disorder originates in the parathyroids: One or more enlarged, overactive parathyroid glands secretes too much parathyroid hormone (PTH). In secondary hyperparathyroidism, a problem such as kidney failure causes the parathyroids to be overactive. This publication focuses on primary hyperparathyroidism.

      What are the parathyroid glands?

      The parathyroid glands are four pea-sized glands located on the thyroid gland in the neck. Occasionally, a person is born with one or more of the parathyroid glands embedded in the thyroid, in the thymus, or located elsewhere around this area. In most such cases, however, the glands function normally.

      Though their names are similar, the thyroid and parathyroid glands are entirely different glands, each producing distinct hormones with specific functions. The parathyroid glands secrete PTH, a substance that helps maintain the correct balance of calcium and phosphorus in the body. PTH regulates the level of calcium in the blood, release of calcium from bone, absorption of calcium in the intestine, and excretion of calcium in the urine.

      When the level of calcium in the blood falls too low, the parathyroid glands secrete just enough PTH to restore the blood calcium level.

      Picture of the Parathyroid Glands

      What is hyperparathyroidism?

      If the parathyroid glands secrete too much hormone, as happens in primary hyperparathyroidism, the balance is disrupted: Blood calcium rises. This condition of excessive calcium in the blood, called hypercalcemia, is what usually signals the doctor that something may be wrong with the parathyroid glands. In 85 percent of people with primary hyperparathyroidism, a benign tumor called an adenoma has formed on one of the parathyroid glands, causing it to become overactive. Benign tumors are noncancerous. In most other cases, the excess hormone comes from two or more enlarged parathyroid glands, a condition called hyperplasia. Very rarely, hyperparathyroidism is caused by cancer of a parathyroid gland.

      This excess PTH triggers the release of too much calcium into the bloodstream. The bones may lose calcium, and too much calcium may be absorbed from food. The levels of calcium may increase in the urine, causing kidney stones.

      Much, much more at the site below.

  37. QUESTION:
    What are different types of skeletal diseases?
    I am doing a project for school, and for some reason I am not finding very accurate results. Anybody care to help?
    :)

    • ANSWER:
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      Human diseases are commonly manifested in the skeletal system. The skeleton may be the primary or secondary target of the disease and the disease may be congenital or acquired. While understanding of the molecular and cellular biology of the bone has blossomed in the last several years, much remains to be understood about the underlying biology of the skeleton. The gaps in the understanding of skeletal biology are evident in the paucity of tissue-specific therapies for skeletal diseases.

      The objectives of this protocol are fourfold: 1) to allow us to receive bone specimens from investigators outside the NIH, 2) to provide a protocol within which patients with skeletal disease can be evaluated and treated here at NIH, 3) to provide a protocol under which trainees can evaluate patients with skeletal diseases and 4) to provide a pool of patients with skeletal diseases from which questions of basic pathogenetic mechanisms may serve as the basis for future studies.

      Within this study, bone formation will be assessed using cell and molecular biological approaches when specimens are sent from outside of NIH, and when recruited to NIH, patients will undergo clinically-indicated testing and possibly receive treatment which will be limited to approved medications

  38. QUESTION:
    What are the side effects of steroids?
    I am planning to use one but my friends said that these affect the brain. How true is it?

    • ANSWER:
      Well it will surely make your life more interesting at the hospital.

      Atrophy of the testicles
      This condition causes the testicles to shrink and is caused by the fact that testosterone is being introduced into the body from another source (steroids) so the testicles automatically stop producing testosterone themselves causing them to shrink. It is also thought that this may lead to sterility in men though there is no clear evidence that this is the case.

      The hormonal changes that occur are the cause and with the use of steroids these hormonal changes are greatly exaggerated with the result that severe acne can result causing embarrassment and distress.

      Young men who are still growing and take steroids may damage the growth plates in the long bones. The brain senses the level of hormones in the body and instructs the bones to stop growing. This may result in them being permanently shorter than average.

      Steroid use increases the chance of blood clots to the heart or the brain which can result in death or severe disability.

      Enlargement of the prostate is usually a problem with older men but it has been known to develop in younger men who are taking steroids. The additional testosterone introduced into the body causes it to swell, significantly increasing the risk of cancer. ......more at http://www.steroidsideeffects.net/

      more with pictures of the acne:
      http://www.steroidabuse.com/side-effects-of-steroids.html

  39. QUESTION:
    My doctor has told me i might be able to have Cryotherapy/Cryosurgery for my stage 3 cervical cancer?
    My cells are in progression to cancer but are not currently. im confused, First she said i have stage III cancer and then she says they have not reached full completion ?????

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Baby_amy.
      I am sorry you are going through this honey. Doctors are nut cases? Kaitlyn that is the most negative statement I've ever heard. My doctors are the sanest people I know.
      Found this at the National Cancer Institute;
      1. What is cryosurgery?

      Cryosurgery (also called cryotherapy) is the use of extreme cold produced by liquid nitrogen (or argon gas) to destroy abnormal tissue. Cryosurgery is used to treat external tumors, such as those on the skin. For external tumors, liquid nitrogen is applied directly to the cancer cells with a cotton swab or spraying device.

      Cryosurgery is also used to treat tumors inside the body (internal tumors and tumors in the bone). For internal tumors, liquid nitrogen or argon gas is circulated through a hollow instrument called a cryoprobe, which is placed in contact with the tumor. The doctor uses ultrasound or MRI to guide the cryoprobe and monitor the freezing of the cells, thus limiting damage to nearby healthy tissue. (In ultrasound, sound waves are bounced off organs and other tissues to create a picture called a sonogram.) A ball of ice crystals forms around the probe, freezing nearby cells. Sometimes more than one probe is used to deliver the liquid nitrogen to various parts of the tumor. The probes may be put into the tumor during surgery or through the skin (percutaneously). After cryosurgery, the frozen tissue thaws and is either naturally absorbed by the body (for internal tumors), or it dissolves and forms a scab (for external tumors).
      2. What types of cancer can be treated with cryosurgery?

      Cryosurgery is used to treat several types of cancer, and some precancerous or noncancerous conditions. In addition to prostate and liver tumors, cryosurgery can be an effective treatment for the following:
      * Retinoblastoma (a childhood cancer that affects the retina of the eye). Doctors have found that cryosurgery is most effective when the tumor is small and only in certain parts of the retina.
      * Early-stage skin cancers (both basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas).
      * Precancerous skin growths known as actinic keratosis.
      * Precancerous conditions of the cervix known as cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (abnormal cell changes in the cervix that can develop into cervical cancer).

      Cryosurgery is also used to treat some types of low-grade cancerous and noncancerous tumors of the bone. It may reduce the risk of joint damage when compared with more extensive surgery, and help lessen the need for amputation. The treatment is also used to treat AIDS-related Kaposi sarcoma when the skin lesions are small and localized.

      Researchers are evaluating cryosurgery as a treatment for a number of cancers, including breast, colon, and kidney cancer. They are also exploring cryotherapy in combination with other cancer treatments, such as hormone therapy, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or surgery.
      3. In what situations can cryosurgery be used to treat prostate cancer? What are the side effects?

      Cryosurgery can be used to treat men who have early-stage prostate cancer that is confined to the prostate gland. It is less well established than standard prostatectomy and various types of radiation therapy. Long-term outcomes are not known. Because it is effective only in small areas, cryosurgery is not used to treat prostate cancer that has spread outside the gland, or to distant parts of the body.

      Some advantages of cryosurgery are that the procedure can be repeated, and it can be used to treat men who cannot have surgery or radiation therapy because of their age or other medical problems.

      Cryosurgery for the prostate gland can cause side effects. These side effects may occur more often in men who have had radiation to the prostate.
      * Cryosurgery may obstruct urine flow or cause incontinence (lack of control over urine flow); often, these side effects are temporary.
      * Many men become impotent (loss of sexual function).
      * In some cases, the surgery has caused injury to the rectum.

      4. In what situations can cryosurgery be used to treat primary liver cancer or liver metastases (cancer that has spread to the liver from another part of the body)? What are the side effects?

      Cryosurgery may be used to treat primary liver cancer that has not spread. It is used especially if surgery is not possible due to factors such as other medical conditions. The treatment also may be used for cancer that has spread to the liver from another site (such as the colon or rectum). In some cases, chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy may be given before or after cryosurgery. Cryosurgery in the liver may cause damage to the bile ducts and/or major blood vessels, which can lead to hemorrhage (heavy bleeding) or infection.
      5. Does cryosurgery have any complications or side effects?

      Cryosurgery does have side effects, although th

  40. QUESTION:
    Is it true that cancer patients should not be exposed to too much radiation?
    is it true they should avoid talking on the phone, text-messaging, watching tv etc.?
    this specifically being for patients with leukemia?

    • ANSWER:
      Not true - - - at least I have seen no data.
      It would be a difficult study to do.
      Which cancer patients would be studied?
      There are so many different cancer types and treatments.
      - - -
      Oh, I see you do specify leukemia - but not which type of leukemia.
      How would you have a control group not exposed to these electronic devices?
      You would have to make a group of patients not watch TV or use the phone?
      Acute leukemia treatment is a long drawn out process with a lot of waiting around for the normal bone marrow cells to regenerate. I think it would be cruel to take away TV and phone privileges for the weeks or months of hospital time required to gain a remission.
      - - -
      This type of exposure - to TV, cell phones, etc - would usually be the least of worries for someone battling a malignancy. There are much more important factors. Most cancer patients have repeated x-ray studies for diagnosis and follow-up. Even that radiation exposure carries minimal risk in the larger picture. It's like missing the forest for the trees to worry about this minor risk in the context of a battle with acute leukemia.

  41. QUESTION:
    Is there any connection between ghosts and graveyards?
    Wouldn't you rather spend eternity somewhere other than a graveyard? Why do we assume ghosts want to spend eternity in these places? How did these two become intertwined?

    • ANSWER:
      Ghosts are not demons.

      Ghost are spirits that for many of them still believe that they are still alive. Even spirits from other dimensions in some way are still attached to grave yards. This I know because of many experiences with spirits that travel from like higher dimensions. They are in someway still attach to their bones and the site and or grave stone, it's personal. I once brought home a pile of stone and bricks that was in a wooded area to do stone work at home. Not realizing that I actually brought home a grave stone and I use it in my walkway near the picture window. After I completed the walkway, I fell off to sleep on the couch next to the window near the stone, and I was awaken from a spirit floating over me. I found out a week later that that stone was a grave stone, it said on it, "Tilly Jones 1880".
      I know other people that were touched in a grave yard, and my cousin whom died from cancer started speaking to his wife as she prayed the rosary over his grave site.
      Ghost may haunt an area because they haven't transcended. A residual haunting is just trapped energy that play over and over again, and spirits from other dimensions can travel to some degree, some are attached to some personal items. So it can be confusing at times unless you experience it enough that you ascertain whats going on and how it works.

  42. QUESTION:
    Are there any health problems associated with drinking too much milk?
    I mean, I drink like 4-6 cups of skim milk per day and usually eat a carton of yogurt as well. Is this much dairy unhealthy?
    Just to clarify, I'm not drinking this much milk as part of a diet or anything, it's just how much I feel like drinking.

    • ANSWER:
      It was reported in 1960 by Briggs et al. that patients put on high milk diets for ulcers developed much higher rates of heart disease.
      SIte: http://www.healthy.net/scr/article.asp?Id=3341

      What's Best For Your Bones?

      Those advertisements pushing milk as the answer to strong bones are almost inescapable. But does "got milk" really translate into "got strong bones?"

      The pro-milk faction believes that increased calcium intake - particularly in the form of the currently recommended three glasses of milk per day - will help prevent osteoporosis, the weakening of bones. Each year, osteoporosis leads to more than 1.5 million fractures, including 300,000 broken hips.

      On the other side are those who believe that consuming a lot of milk and other dairy products will have little effect on the rate of fractures but may contribute to problems such as heart disease or prostate cancer.
      Site: http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/calcium.html

      Milk drinkers may be gulping down future health problems.
      Milk might not do a body good.

      Milk. It does a body good, say some -- it does a body bad, say others.

      Collegian Graphic: Non-dairy sources of calcium
      While the National Fluid Milk Processors Promotion Board is trying to increase milk consumption among adults, some members of the medical research and nutritional communities say dairy is not only unnecessary for adults, but is also a poor source of calcium that contributes to chronic and degenerative diseases such as osteoporosis, cancer and heart disease.

      Organizations such as the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine claim that the food guide pyramid suggests too much dairy consumption for adults. Additionally, the Washington, D.C.-based group is concerned that the Department of Agriculture, which establishes the nutritional guidelines, is influenced by lobbyists for the dairy industry, said Kathy Savory, outreach coordinator for the PCRM.

      With claims of near-political conspiracy on one side, and accusations that research is unsubstantiated and merely connected to animal rights groups on the other, young adults being targeted by the dairy industry may not know who to believe, if they are even listening.

      But the issue is not so much about politics -- it is about health. And whether or not you've "got milk," you may not know what you're getting when you drink it.

      "We know, particularly with women, that we need more calcium as we age," said Larry Muller, professor of dairy science.

      The dairy industry and many nutritionists promote milk as a prime source of calcium to prevent osteoporosis, but research suggests the opposite is true.

      Studies comparing the diets of different countries reveal that the higher the dairy intake, the higher the rates of osteoporosis, said T. Colin Campbell, Jacob Schurman professor of nutritional biochemistry, an endowed chair at Cornell University.

      Milk mustaches keep students smiling
      "One of the greatest thieves of calcium is protein, especially animal protein," Campbell said, explaining that certain dark green vegetables provide a better source of calcium because they do not contain the animal protein present in milk.

      Osteoporosis is believed to be related to calcium deficiency, but people are not looking at the whole picture, Campbell said.

      "The best way to prevent osteoporosis is through activity," said Dr. Mark Clukey, a chiropractor in State College, who also said dairy is not the best source of calcium.

      In addition to animal protein, caffeine and alcohol steal calcium from the body, Savory said.

      Nutritionists across the board seem to agree that certain substances, such as the phosphorous in carbonated beverages, deplete the body's store of calcium. However, some have no doubt that milk is the best bet to combat calcium deficiency.
      Site continues on: http://www.collegian.psu.edu/archive/1997/02/02-26-97tdc/02-26-97d01-013.htm

  43. QUESTION:
    Why do people say that positive signs are superficial when negative signs are much more superficial?
    people usually say that positive signs are very superficial (especially libra, gemini and leo) but according to my experience negative signs are the most superficial

    capricorn: if they don't care about your face then they will care about your money, your care and your social status
    virgo: they're known as perfectionists and they want their partner to be perfect as well. if they notice a deffect on you they won't like you anymore
    pisces: these are the dreamers of the zodiac and they're the kind of people prince charming men
    cancer: for some reason they are extremely superficial and they care too much on looks. especially for their partners

    scorpio and taurus would be the less superficial but we have to remember that scorpio usually has very high standards while taurus cares a lot about beauty and material things

    the most superficial people I have ever met in my life were pisces and cancer. much more superficial than positive signs

    • ANSWER:
      Your analysis is very narrow and superficial here.
      First you need to understand that you are NOT the sum total of your sun sign!
      newspaper and magazine astrology is nothing related to the proper astrology that Astrologers use, this is just a pinch of salt entertainment sort. What they do is put each sun sign conjunct the Ascendant and read where the 10 planets fall in any one of the 12 houses. So when you have got your free chart from astro.com you will know your Ascendant sign, then if you want use this type of recreational fun, then you would look up your Ascendant sign to stand any kind of chance of having those planets in the right houses for you…. These were invented for commercial reasons... If you cannot get past this idea of JUST sun signs, you will always stay a novice/astro virgin. Perhaps if you learn some of the basics in astrology this will help with your future questions

      every sign has negative and positive traits, but what's MORE important is that you learn some basics properly. Like planets in signs/houses and mathematicdal aspects.

      You have to accept we are ALL multifaceted human beings and what astrology does is break things down, compartmentalises things into smaller chunks for you to digest. These chunks are called mathematical aspects these 10 planets make to each other. This is the *MEAT & BONES* of astrology. Just remember planets are modified by signs, where they express are houses and how they express are *aspects* Planets to not act alone as if stranded on a desolate island, they interact and express as modified energies. For me astrology is a form of psychology, a way to help you understand you, your motivations and ways of thinking/feeling In future please consider posting a chart rather than just little bits and pieces of it

      Also be aware of different house systems, I use Equal house one of the oldest and most reliable, instead of simply the default on astro of placidus, which is easily changed in Extended chart selection. Also be aware that, if ANY planets are within 5' of a house cusp, it should be interpreted in next house along going anti clockwise

      Planets in SIGNS is literally just 1/3 of the information. Just remember planets are modified by signs, where they express are houses and HOW they express are mathematical aspects. So any planet/s can be afflicted by malefic planets like Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto and this would seriously modify how the planet would function.

      Astro has an interactive model for a Free interpretation, from free horoscopes tab select *astro click portrait* this brings up your chart whereby you put the cursor on a planet and it brings up a pop up box about that planet and its mathematical aspects. Next try from free horoscopes tab, select *personal portrait* gives you a written format/explanation. Next go to cafeastrology and do the same, but do *not* use their charts as they inferior. Then read about my background from my homepage by clicking on my avatar here. It's true a picture does say a thousand words.

  44. QUESTION:
    Does anyone believe that flouride is actually good for you?
    I have flourosis which is a condition caused by too much flouride in your water, that causes your teeth to discolor and decay. (I'm sure you can find pictures with a web search.) If it does this to your teeth (calcium) what does it do to your bones (also calcium)? It has also been shown in studies that flouride can cause many conditions, including arthritis. I have switched to non-flouride toothpaste, and despite claims that flouride whitens your teeth, my teeth are whiter now that I don't use it. I bring this up because new parents especially need to beware of giving their children too much flouride, although it 'probably' is not good for any of us.
    First of all, about the spelling...OOPS...I wrote this at like 4 a.m., and if you start out your whole argument by attacking me, what does that say? Secondly, it was a rural area that I grew up in, with a private well, both my sister and I have fluorosis. No one IS 'more' or 'less' susceptible to it. How can you say that normal amounts of fluoride are 'good' for everyone, when it has been shown to be an industrial pollutant and VERY toxic to the human body? I hope you are doing some research outside of the regular medical/dentistry channels, because if you look at who makes money from the conditions caused by fluoride, why would they tell us its bad? Now, get me straight, I'm not anti-medical or dental, I used to be a nurse, and both are very important. As to 'mineral or bottled' water being unhealthy for us, this is not true--its distilled water that is not good for us as it leaches beneficial minerals from your body because it has none in it.
    Personally I *will not* give a substance to my children, when I have any, that has been proven in scientific studies to be extremely toxic. Having already done thorough research on this topic, as it has affected me greatly, I suggest that you do some more research on your own, perhaps written by someone who is not trapped under the medical/dental regime so badly that they are afraid to speak out for what is best for their patients, and perhaps something by a scientist who specializes in toxicology. Why would they put a warning on the tube that if more than a 'pea-sized drop' is swallowed, to contact a poison control center. How many 'pea-size drops' do we and our children swallow when drinking water? As for the specialist- been there done that- know what they said? Don't use fluoride....
    Also, your mom not drinking milk, multiple fractures and bad teeth...have you been checked for osteoporosis?

    • ANSWER:
      the big chemical and Pharmaceutical companies are part of the same power structure as the Media,oil,Shipping,and Banking systems ,namely freemasons
      all sorts of rumors are flying about
      like the asian flue was their invention and so was the suposed medication which killed a lot of kids
      so the cure was the killer.
      the same rumor is going around for aids,and cancer.
      On www.infowars ,by David Icke are several documents that mention these things,and fluoride had on document dedicated to just that
      It was stated that it was a slow killer,

      RRRRRRRRRRRR

  45. QUESTION:
    What's the difference between the houses and a chart?
    I have pisces, cancer and aries in my houses when in my chart wheel, I have none of those signs.
    What does that means?

    Houses :
    House 11°50'Pisces
    House 222°54'Aries
    House 324°12'Taurus
    House 416°15'Gemini
    House 55°52'Cancer
    House 628°00'Cancer
    House 71°50'Virgo
    House 822°54'Libra
    House 924°12'Scorpio
    House 1016°15'Sagittarius
    House 115°52'Capricorn
    House 1228°00'Capricorn

    Chart :
    Sun4°58'Sagittarius
    Moon23°09'Leo
    Mercury24°07'Sagittarius
    Venus20°10'Libra
    Mars29°02'Scorpio
    Jupiter12°56'Virgo
    Saturn2°29'Aquarius
    Uranus11°45'Capricorn
    Neptune15°01'Capricorn
    Pluto20°53'Scorpio
    Chiron10°51'ЯLeo
    Ceres14°01'Sagittarius
    Pallas21°54'Scorpio
    Juno3°54'Aquarius
    Vesta17°47'Virgo
    Node10°22'Capricorn
    Lilith24°16'ЯSagittarius
    Fortune20°01'Scorpio
    AS1°50'Pisces
    MC16°15'Sagittarius

    • ANSWER:
      http://i1256.photobucket.com/albums/ii496/SaggiMC/planetarymeanings.jpg
      This slide shows the meanings of the planets

      http://i1256.photobucket.com/albums/ii496/SaggiMC/Untitled-1.jpg
      this slide shows the house meanings, natural house rulers and notice the compass points are reversed? this is not a mistake

      http://www.skyviewzone.com/astrology/houses.htm
      here's a more indepth explanation.

      You have to accept we are ALL multifaceted human beings and what astrology does is break things down, compartmentalises things into smaller chunks for you to digest. These chunks are called mathematical aspects these 10 planets make to each other. This is the *MEAT & BONES* of astrology. Just remember planets are modified by signs, where they express are houses and how they express are *aspects* Planets to not act alone as if stranded on a desolate island, they interact and express as modified energies. For me astrology is a form of psychology, a way to help you understand you, your motivations and ways of thinking/feeling In future please consider posting a chart rather than just little bits and pieces of it

      Astro has an interactive model for a Free interpretation, from free horoscopes tab select *astro click portrait* this brings up your chart whereby you put the cursor on a planet and it brings up a pop up box about that planet and its mathematical aspects. Next try from free horoscopes tab, select *personal portrait* gives you a written format/explanation. Next go to cafeastrology and do the same, but do *not* use their charts as they inferior. Then read about my background from my homepage by clicking on my avatar here. It's true a picture does say a thousand words.

      How to post charts on YA
      http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AqrS8Fqz_Ltai_5Sm.8.oOLsy6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20120823023157AA5kFZS
      Do NOT make the mistake of copy/paste from address bar as the chart will disappear. When copy/pasting link into your thread, make sure press *enter* after the link. Remember your chart is a PICTURE.jpg not data.

  46. QUESTION:
    if scans can early detect cancer why r we not doing them often enough?
    i mean e.g. ultrasound and MRI scans that r harmless, and can detect cancer early before it is too late to cure it (some cancer types develop within 3 months rather then 3 years e.g. thyroid anaplastic cancer, etc . why r we not doing them say each 2-3 months to be on safe side? is it due to costs or pure stupidity? better be safe then sorry no?

    • ANSWER:
      It's a bit too soon to say that MRI scanning is "harmless." Better to say that harm has not yet been proven, as an MRI is a relatively novel test. An MRI of the head takes about 45 min in the machine. An MRI of the entire body would take several hours per person. 300 million people x 3 hours each = 900,000,000 hours. That's 1.3 million months for one pan-scan of the entire US. Not counting the time it takes to look at all those pictures. Even spread among multiple MRI machines, that's nuts. Every 2 or 3 months as you suggest.....would be inane. Also, what if you find a thyroid nodule or an adrenal nodule or a liver cyst? All three of these are VERY common, and mostly benign. Are you going to sign all of those people up for biopsies now? Those aren't without risk.

      I'm glad you left CT scans out of this, as they do have ionizing radiation and have the potential to cause cancer if you did them enough.

      An ultrasound isn't a great tool for picking up small asymptomatic cancers. You don't get a great look at the pancreas, you can't see through bone to the brain, you can't see through air to look at the lung or the colon.

      Also, many cancers don't have much better death rates even when diagnosed earlier. It seems like survival time is longer, but it just seems that way because you picked it up earlier. It's called lead-time bias. Diagnosing anaplastic thyroid cancer is a pretty dismal diagnosis no matter what stage you pick it up in. Same with pancreatic cancer.

  47. QUESTION:
    How are sound waves and electromagnetic waves used in the medical and industrial field?
    homework research paper my internet is down here at home and im on my phone please help

    • ANSWER:
      Sound is a good way to communicate. We have organs in our throats to make sound. We call it talking. To emphasize a point, you can amplify the sound waves. That's yelling. Both of these are important in medicine.
      Ultrasound imaging.
      Using sound waves to break up kidney stones.

      Nice bright light in an examination room or surgery theater allows doctors to see well.
      Fiber optics carry light around to let doctors look inside bodies with minimal cutting
      Radio waves or microwaves communicate to doctors via pagers and cell phones
      Microwaves reheat lunch in hospital cafeteria
      X-rays penetrate flesh and let us see internal structures like bones
      Rapidly multiplying cells (like cancer cells) are vulnerable to radiation, so we can use gamma rays to zap them.
      You can inject gamma emitters into the body and then look for them to make cool pictures of blood vessels or lymph nodes
      In countries where people don't get sun in winter, UV exposure has various health benefits

  48. QUESTION:
    Why is Radiography important and what influenced you to pursuit the career?
    I'm writing a research paper on a career I am interested in...I just need a few ideas and maybe some wesite links that will be helpful in the research! :-)

    • ANSWER:
      Here are some important information about Radiography and why some people maybe influenced to pursue that career as followed:

      Invented
      Radiology began with the invention of the X-ray machine in 1895. Though before this date others had seen x-ray images, Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen of Germany was the first to recognize the importance of the images he saw. Roentgen discovered the x-ray by accident while performing experiments with vacuum tubes. The first x-ray picture ever was taken of his wife's hand just a few weeks later. In 1901, Roentgen won the Noble Prize for Physics for his work on the x-ray machine. Today, he is considered the father of modern diagnostic radiology.

      History of
      Since Roentgen's discovery of the x-ray in 1895, the field of radiology has greatly evolved. Very quickly after the invention of the x-ray, radiation began being used for cancer therapy. For the first 50 years of radiology, the x-ray, or plain radiography, was the only type of radiology available. In the 1930s, tomography, which allows picture of small slices of the body to be photographed, was developed. Tomography was the main pillar of diagnostic radiology until 1972 when Sir Godfry Hounsfield of Great Britain invented computer tomography (CT) imaging. Ultrasound technology became available around the same time providing 2-D images, and, eventually 3-D images. Radiological imaging is constantly evolving as computer technology advances. Teleradiology, the transmission of radiological images from one place to another, allows images taken one place to be read by a radiologist is another. This new technology allows physicians to get consultations from radiologist specializing in a certain conditions.

      Benefits
      Radiology provides many benefits for patients and physicians. Basic radiology, like x-rays, allow physicians to see bones and surrounding body parts in order to make a diagnosis, watch the progression of an injury or illness, and guide procedures. Other radiological equipment such as CT scans, MRIs and ultrasounds allows physicians to see body tissue in real time. Pictures from CT scans and MRIs can be used to diagnose problems with brain or joint tissues. Ultrasounds are commonly used to monitor pregnancy, but can also be used as a diagnostic tool. A major benefit of radiology is that the procedures do not typically involve much risk. They are relatively painless, fast and non-invasive.

      Risk Factors
      While radiology is relatively safe, there are certain risk factors that accompany all medical procedures. Radiology involves the use of radiation, and therefore, has risk associated with exposure to radiation. Rarely, this exposure can lead to cancer. The risk of developing cancer from a radiology procedure is very small since the amount of radiation a person receives during a procedure is small compared to the amount of radiation a person receives each year from the sun and particles in the soil. Some procedures, such as MRIs, require a person to be in a confined space. Rarely, claustrophobia prevents a person from being able to finish the procedure. All radiation procedures can be more dangerous for women who are pregnant. Fetuses can suffer illness and deformity if exposed to excess radiation. Any woman who believes she might be pregnant should tell her physician before undergoing a radiological procedure.

      Type
      Radiology is divided into two fields: diagnostic and therapeutic radiology. Diagnostic radiology is used to diagnose conditions and utilizes many different forms of imaging. This form of radiology helps doctors to diagnose and treat conditions by allowing them to look inside the human body. Therapeutic radiology is a separate field which utilizes radiology for to help treat cancer and other medical conditions. This form of radiology can help treat and even cure various forms of cancer. It is also used to treat medical conditions where the immune system attacks the body.


bone cancer pictures

Symptoms Breast Cancer

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of breast cancer?
    I want to know what are the symptoms of breast cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      BREAST CANCER*:
      Signs and symptoms of breast cancer may include:
      •A breast lump or thickening that feels different from the surrounding tissue
      •Bloody discharge from the nipple
      •Change in the size or shape of a breast
      •Changes to the skin over the breast, such as dimpling
      •Inverted nipple
      •Peeling, scaling or flaking of the nipple or breast skin
      •Redness or pitting of the skin over your breast, like the skin of an orange
      •Inflammatory breast cancer is a rare, fast-growing type of cancer that often causes no distinct lump. Instead, breast skin may become thick, red, and may look pitted -- like an orange peel. The area may also feel warm or tender and have small bumps that look like a rash.
      Signs of Inflammatory Breast Cancer
      Inflammatory breast cancer is a rare, fast-growing type of cancer that often causes no distinct lump. Instead, breast skin may become thick, red, and may look pitted -- like an orange peel. The area may also feel warm or tender and have small bumps that look like a rash.

      PS. If satisfied/benefited with, inform others to browse ‘Yahoo Answers’ on any health issue.
      Source: ‘HEALTH IN UR HANDS’ Vol. I & II--- by Dr.Devendra Vora, D.Sc.,M.D.,F.R.C.P.,---an octogenarian & the pioneer in Acupressure in India. Available all over the globe in all Indian languages. Dr.Vora, cured and caused to cure more than 2.00 lac cases of Cancer, HIV/AIDS, Diabetes, irregular menses and also many other most dreaded diseases.

  2. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of breast cancer ?
    I have had a pain In my breast underneath mostly and I have had lumps in my underarm last June all firm and painful, they went in about 2 weeks ? What are the symptoms of breast cancer I am getting more and more worried ?

    • ANSWER:
      It depends. If you are a teenager that is normal.

  3. QUESTION:
    If a lump comes and goes under armpitt is that a symptom of breast cancer?
    I some times get a small lump under my armpit. It comes and then goes away after few days It hurts a little also it itches. It does not show anything i can just feel it. Is this a symptom if breast cancer? plz reply.

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds more like a swollen lymph node

  4. QUESTION:
    What are my chances of having breast cancer and cervical cancer at the age of 24?
    I have never been in for a mammogram in my life. I have only had one papsmear in my life which was over three years ago. What are my chances of having breast cancer and cervical cancer? What are the symptoms of breast cancer and cervical cancer? Mind you, I am only 24 turning 25 in November.

    • ANSWER:
      Very low.
      The symptoms would be pain, lumps in breast and unexplained bleeding if cervical. Of course having these symptoms doesn't mean cancer automatically, far from it, although lumps should always be checked out.

  5. QUESTION:
    Can having a bump on you nipple mean you have breast cancer?
    My best friend, she's 13, she's told me she's afraid of having breast cancer because she has a little by her nipple. She's freaking out and she doesn't want to tell her mom, but i keep telling her to tell her mom. She doesn't know if its breast cancer or at least a symptom of breast cancer. Can someone help me explain to her? I have no idea if it is or not. Please & Thank you so much!

    • ANSWER:
      Your friend probably has nothing to worry about, but here is an extensive list of breast cancer signs - go over it together and I hope it will relax your friend: http://the-cancer-disease.com/breast-cancer-treatments/symptoms-of-breast-cancer

  6. QUESTION:
    Is gray pus from the one breast a symptom of breast cancer?
    My period is still no since Nov. 30. my breasts are painful and swelled. sometimes itchy. 4 days ago after shower, I found gray pus coming from the left and white (milk) coming from the other. What is this? I went to the doctor and he asked for mammogram and in the application form and under the signs and symptoms he wrote breast cancer!! I'm worried and can't wait until the results come. Can anyone help and tell me what is that?
    I'm 39 and can't feel hard lump.

    • ANSWER:
      I know that seeing those words scared you, but please try to wait until you do get the results of the mammogram first before you worry yourself too much.

      Don't know how old you are, but I too had a scare myself when I was 15. Found a lump in my right breast and thought the worst. Also had a dark green discharge that came out of the right nipple.

      Had the lump removed and it turned out to be fine.

      Hope you also get good news and in the meantime, try hard to relax abit.

      Lastly, IF it does turn out to be breast cancer, just remember that alot of women these days live for many years with cancer or can be cured of cancer all together.

      Just take things one step at a time and go from there!

  7. QUESTION:
    Is it possible for a teenager aged 13 have a breast cancer?
    My breast pains several times and everyday i wake up im the morning, i feel it is heavy and it pains. :( My shoulders sometimes pains too. Last year, i've watched an show which they discuss about breast cancer and as i remeber, one of the symptoms of breast cancer is u can feel pain on ur shoulders. Please help me. I still didn't tell my parents about this because i want to make sure. Thank you & God Bless. Muah :*

    • ANSWER:
      13 yr olds do not get breast cancer, and cancer is not painful. You are just growing and it's normal.

  8. QUESTION:
    What does breast cancer feel like?
    Could you tell me where in the breast the lumps occur, what they feel like, etc.?
    What are some other symptoms of breast cancer? Are hair loss and tremors some symptoms?
    At what age can you get breast cancer?
    Any other info I should know?
    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm a ten year survivor of breast cancer. Here goes.
      Tumours can occur in any part of the breast. Generally they are not painful at the outset. The one form of breast cancer that is painful from the start is a nasty little beast known as Inflammatory breast cancer. All women's breasts are somewhat lumpy and nodular to the touch. This is why monthly breast self examination after age twenty is recommended. The woman becomes familiar with the normal look and feel of her breasts, and any changes become immediately apparent ( lumps, orange peel skin, thickening etc.) Mine felt like a large kidney bean that was not too mobile. Cancer usually anchors itself to the blood stream somewhere. Hair loss is not a symptom of breast cancer. It 's a side effect of chemotherapy. Tremors are not a sign of breast cancer either.

      Breast cancer in women under thirty is rare. 1% of all cases in the US occur in women under thirty. I was 43 and considered young for breast cancer.

      A good reference is found here.

      Risk Factors

      When you're told that you have breast cancer, it's natural to wonder what may have caused the disease. But no one knows the exact causes of breast cancer. Doctors seldom know why one woman develops breast cancer and another doesn't.

      Doctors do know that bumping, bruising, or touching the breast does not cause cancer. And breast cancer is not contagious. You can't catch it from another person.

      Doctors also know that women with certain risk factors are more likely than others to develop breast cancer. A risk factor is something that may increase the chance of getting a disease.

      Some risk factors (such as drinking alcohol) can be avoided. But most risk factors (such as having a family history of breast cancer) can't be avoided.

      Studies have found the following risk factors for breast cancer:

      * Age: The chance of getting breast cancer increases as you get older. Most women are over 60 years old when they are diagnosed.

      * Personal health history: Having breast cancer in one breast increases your risk of getting cancer in your other breast. Also, having certain types of abnormal breast cells (atypical hyperplasia, lobular carcinoma in situ [LCIS], or ductal carcinoma in situ [DCIS]) increases the risk of invasive breast cancer. These conditions are found with a breast biopsy.

      * Family health history: Your risk of breast cancer is higher if your mother, father, sister, or daughter had breast cancer. The risk is even higher if your family member had breast cancer before age 50. Having other relatives (in either your mother's or father's family) with breast cancer or ovarian cancer may also increase your risk.

      * Certain genome changes: Changes in certain genes, such as BRCA1 or BRCA2, substantially increase the risk of breast cancer. Tests can sometimes show the presence of these rare, specific gene changes in families with many women who have had breast cancer, and health care providers may suggest ways to try to reduce the risk of breast cancer or to improve the detection of this disease in women who have these genetic changes.

      Also, researchers have found specific regions on certain chromosomes that are linked to the risk of breast cancer. If a woman has a genetic change in one or more of these regions, the risk of breast cancer may be slightly increased. The risk increases with the number of genetic changes that are found. Although these genetic changes are more common among women than BRCA1 or BRCA2, the risk of breast cancer is far lower.
      * Radiation therapy to the chest: Women who had radiation therapy to the chest (including the breasts) before age 30 are at an increased risk of breast cancer. This includes women treated with radiation for Hodgkin lymphoma. Studies show that the younger a woman was when she received radiation treatment, the higher her risk of breast cancer later in life.

      * Reproductive and menstrual history:
      o The older a woman is when she has her first child, the greater her chance of breast cancer.
      o Women who never had children are at an increased risk of breast cancer.
      o Women who had their first menstrual period before age 12 are at an increased risk of breast cancer.
      o Women who went through menopause after age 55 are at an increased risk of breast cancer.
      o Women who take menopausal hormone therapy for many years have an increased risk of breast cancer.

      * Race: In the United States, breast cancer is diagnosed more often in white women than in African American/black, Hispanic/Latina, Asian/Pacific Islander, or American Indian/Alaska Native women.

      * Breast density: Breasts appear on a mammogram (breast x-ray) as having areas of dense and fatty (not dense) tissue. Women whose mammograms show a larger area of dense tissue than the mammograms of women of the same age are at increased risk of breast cancer.

      * History of taking DES: DES was given

  9. QUESTION:
    How many of you out there have heard of inflammatory breast cancer?
    this is a very dangerous form of breast cancer few women know about. made more dangerous by women not getting treatment for it. Symptoms different than regular breast cancer
    affects women of all ages even young teens. please educate yourself now! possibly save your own or someone you love's life.
    my reason for asking is that I want other people to be aware that there are other types out there and to be informed. I don't want people to die because they had never heard of this.

    • ANSWER:
      Odd you should mention this topic, Rebecca, 'cause just this week I received an email with a video about inflammatory breast cancer. I forwarded it to many of my friends and then deleted it. Now I wish I still had it to send to you. It was very interesting and also quite upsetting. Thanks for bringing the subject to our attention! I'd never heard of it prior to receiving the email!

      gere

  10. QUESTION:
    How are different signs and symptoms produced and displayed in Breast Cancer?
    I need to do an essay for Breast Cancer, and it's asking for 4 signs and symptoms that should be included for the highest grade.

    can you guys help me?
    thankyou xx

    • ANSWER:
      For one thing - this is easy to look up on the internet.
      Secondly, it is a bad assignment by your teacher.
      There is only one sign/symptom for breast cancer - a non-tender lump in the breast.
      I've seen many hundreds of women with breast cancers.
      If you are talking about very late stage disease, the symptoms
      depend where the malignancy has spread. The most common is bone pain.
      http://health.yahoo.net/channel/breast-cancer.html
      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/breast-cancer/DS00328/DSECTION=symptoms
      Third - I wish teachers who know little about breast cancer would not scare teens
      with poor information on this subject. Teens do not get breast cancers - yet in the
      USA many teens are paranoid that they have breast cancers.
      We see questions from frightened teens every day regarding breast cancer fear.

  11. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of breast cancer?
    One of my relative has a lump near her right breast and she has some kind of watery discharge which is predominantly more from the right breast.Is it due to breast cancer? And do all lumps develop into cancers? And if it is cancerous,then what is the chance of survival? If malignant,then what is the chance of survival?

    • ANSWER:
      Signs and symptoms of breast cancer may include:

      A breast lump or thickening that feels different from the surrounding tissue
      Bloody discharge from the nipple
      Change in the size or shape of a breast
      Changes to the skin over the breast, such as dimpling
      Inverted nipple
      Peeling, scaling or flaking of the nipple or breast skin
      Redness or pitting of the skin over your breast, like the skin of an orange
      Good luck and God bless you

  12. QUESTION:
    What are some symptoms of breast cancer?
    So, I noticed a spot on my breast that hurts a little if I touch it. But, if I'm not touching it, it doesn't hurt or anything. I'm only 15, and I know the chances of me having breast cancer are rare becuase it usually occurs in older women. I believe theres one or two women in my family that have had breast cancer before. I want to know what the symptoms are and if I should be worried or not.

    • ANSWER:
      Breast cancer symptoms in mature breast tissue are almost identical to normal breast development and hormonal changes in teenagers.

      What you are describing sounds like a simple pimple.

      Talk to a parent, guardian or school nurse who will either be able to reassure you that this is normal or arrange for you to see a Dr.

      Unless the person with breast cancer is a first degree relative (parent, sibling or child) they do not influence your breast cancer risk.

  13. QUESTION:
    What are the high risks for getting breast cancer?
    I just wanna know some of the symptoms/risks of getting breast cancer.

    • ANSWER:
      Number one is just being a women, family history, first born child after the age of 30, Hormone replacements

  14. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to have breast cancer if you had the same symptom for 1 year?
    Like if you have a symptom for an entire year and the symptom didn't get any worse, and you did not develop more symptoms? Obviously it's not breast cancer right?

    • ANSWER:
      It is possible to have breast cancer even without any symptoms. There is no sure way of finding out if you have this cancer unless you go, get a mammogram and have a doctor check it out. You have already wondered about this for one year, if you take one day and get a mammogram and, if necessary, a breast ultrasound and/or whatever test else could or would be necessary, you won't have to spend another year wondering. You are worth it, now GO!!! Please? I'm going to wear pink for you on Monday, sending out good thoughts and hope you will make an appointment...

  15. QUESTION:
    Is 13 too young for someone to get breast cancer?
    What ages are normal and is it possible to get it at 13? what are some symptoms of breast cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      The chances of a 13 year old getting breast cancer are as close to zero as makes almost no difference. It would make worldwide headline news.

      I agree with Panda that a section for childhood and young people's cancers would be useful in YA; but it wouldn't stop young girls too young to have breast cancer being scared silly by all the half-truths and not-quite-truths they hear in the name of breast cancer awareness.

      'Can'tthink of a name', breast cancer is almost unheard of in under 25s, let alone young teens; and fewer than 0.1% of those diagnosed are under 30. In fact only 5% are under 40. Most (80%) are over 50.

      I was classed as 'young' when I was diagnosed with breast cancer; I was 50.

      At 13 your breasts are still growing and developing and any changes you notice are almost certainly normal hormonal development.

      There are stmptoms of possible breast cancer, but at 13 you don't need to know them. There is no need at all to be doing breast self-examinations at your age; it will tell you nothing and may worry you unnecessarily.

      The American Cancer Society and other cancer organisations recommend that women begin breast self examination at no younger than 20. Before that it's pointless; firstly because there are so many hormonal changes that there is no 'normal' - and self examination is about a woman knowing what's normal for her and reporting any changes. And secondly because the chance of breast cancer is almost nil.

      Please talk to your mother about any worries you have about your breasts. If you don't feel comfortable doing that, talk to youe school nurse; she will be used to girls having worries like this, and will be able to reassure you

  16. QUESTION:
    How do I know if I have breast cancer?
    Should the bump be like easy to feel? Like if you just lighting touch your breast you could feel it or is it deep in it? I'm only 16
    What are symptoms of breast cancer

    • ANSWER:
      At 16, your risk of breast cancer is about 1 in 1.3 million! thatnt is less than half the risk of being hit by lightniong.

      Symptoms of breast cancer include changes in the structure of MATURE breast tissue.

      Teenage breast tissue is still developing and changes contimnually.

      There is no reputable health authority that recommends teenagers do breast self examinations and while most recommend these start at age 20 some do not recommend they start until age 30.

      When you are 20, when you go for your regular Pap smear (they should start around age 18) ask your Dr to demonstrate the correct method to do a breast self examination.

      More lumps are found in routine screening mammograms in women over the age of 40 than are detected by breast self examinations.

      80% of breast cancers occur in post menopausal women and the average age at diagnosis is 60.

  17. QUESTION:
    What is the difference between breast cancer and breast tissue cancer?
    What is the difference apart from the location (do not include the symptoms)
    What are the possible rates for a 15 year old to get breast cancer and a 15 year old to get breast tissue cancer?

    I really need to know if my friend is lying to me, I only found out yesterday the she had it.

    • ANSWER:
      Breast cancer and breast tissue cancer is the same thing there is no difference. From 1975 to 2000 1.3 in every one million 15-19 year olds were diagnosed with breast cancer. It is very unlikely your friend has breast cancer if she is only 15 years old.

  18. QUESTION:
    Is the swelling of lymph nodes under the arm supposed to be painful?
    If swelling of lymph nodes under the arm is a symptom of breast cancer, are the wollen lymph nodes supposed to be painful or pain-free? Also, are the swollen lymph nodes supposed to be red or colored, or colorless? Anyone know?

    • ANSWER:
      If the swelling is due to infection then there may or may not be any pain present. Mumps are painful. Many infections affecting the throat cause painful lymph node swelling.

      Lymph nodes swollen due to breast cancer are usually painless although your body may feel achy elsewhere besides the swollen node or nodes.

      http://www.breastcancer.org/symptoms/diagnosis/lymph_nodes.jsp

  19. QUESTION:
    If my nipple has became inverted, does that mean I have a breast cancer?
    I am 16 years old. Somehow my right nipple has became inverted. I usually eat the right food and try to live in a healthy way. So what is wrong with me? I've heard that nipple inversion is known as symptom of breast cancer. Is it true? Am I normal?

    Please don't give me answers like 'tell it to your doctor'. Of course, I'm going to do that.

    • ANSWER:
      No it does not.

      An inverted nipple can be a POSSIBLE sign of breast cancer when it suddenly changes to become inverted and remains so, IN A WOMAN OLD ENOUGH FOR BREAST CANCER.

      At 16 your risk of breast cancer is one in 1.3 million; that's less than 0.0001%, ad less than half your risk of being struck by lightning.

      At your age any changes in your breasts are almost certainly normal hormonal development. If you're seeing a doctor, s/he will be able to reassure you, but a chat with your mother or your school nurse should b enough

  20. QUESTION:
    can you guys help me with my breast cancer and chlamydia assignment?
    can you guys give me a summary or list of the signs AND symptoms of Breast Cancer and Chlamydia.

    • ANSWER:

  21. QUESTION:
    What does it mean if I squeeze my breast and It feels a little hard?
    The other day while putting on my bra I squeezed my breast a part of it felt a little hard. I am young only 13 I just got my period in August for the 1st time... What does this mean? Sometimes (rarely) my breasts are itchy, though there is no rash... Could these be symptoms of breast cancer

    • ANSWER:
      Breast cancer is a disease of mature breast tissue.

      80% of breast cancers are in women over 50.

      Less than 0.1% are in women under 30.

      Your risk at age 13 is close to zero.

      Adolescent & teenage breasts are frequently tender, lumpy, uneven, changeable etc.
      This is part of normal breast development.

      What you are describing sounds perfectly normal and nothing like breast cancer.

      If in doubt talk to your mother, school nurse or family Dr.

  22. QUESTION:
    What is breast thickening and how does it feel? ?
    I have been reading symptoms of breast cancer and would like to know what breast thickening is and how it would feel?

    • ANSWER:
      Go to the doctor if ur that worried about it kirsty.

  23. QUESTION:
    How does breast cancer affect the body?
    I'm doing a bio paper on breast cancer and i know the symptoms that they check for to diagnos u with breast cancer but i don't know how cancer really affects the body. Like what would it do if left untreated.

    • ANSWER:
      The American Cancer Society probablly has online materials on this, however cancer when it is 'localized' (meaning it has not spread) is not the big issue (when it is found like this, 'cure' or success rates are high). It is only when it spreads (called metastasis) is the issue. Because when this happens the cancer cells are basically free and start impacting other body organs. Typically cancer likes to do this via the lymph node system (where it can travel it like a highway to other body organs)

      For example say the breast cancer decides to metastasis and it goes to the brain or liver, etc. When it starts to form tumors on these organs it causes problems. For example my mom's ovarian cancer created some new tumors on ther intestines and it created a bowel blockage where she can't digest food.

  24. QUESTION:
    What are some other breast cancer symptoms?
    I can't find any information on what other types of breast cancer symptoms there are other than the obvious, breast lumps, discharge, changes in physical appearance etc. Anyone have any other symptoms associated with cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      Breast cancer can occur in the ducts, or lobules in the breast and on the skin of the breast. Typically if breast cancer forms in the ducts or lobules, there will be a lump that you can physically feel when you examine your breasts. Other symptoms to look for would be a change in the skin on your breast, a puckering of the nipple, or nipple discharge.

      Breastcancer.org has some good information...

  25. QUESTION:
    What Should My Thesis Statement Be for My Speech on Breast Cancer in the US?
    My specific goal for my speech is to inform my audience about breast cancer, and it’s extent in the United States.

    My speech is basically going to include information about symptoms/risk factors, treatment, and how a person can possibly lower their risk.

    What should I write as my thesis statement for my speech, and is there any other information that I should include in my speech?

    • ANSWER:
      It really depends on the content of your thesis, and how you want to present it, as to how you wish to form the Statement. As a factual statement, as a statistical document or as a wakeup call. Having presented many lectures in my time, you would have to limit your ideas in accordance with the type of audience that you expect to present your speech to. Health professionals would expect a different presentation than members of the general public.
      I would make a few points on the subject - Breast cancer affects one in eight women during their lives. Breast cancer kills more women in the United States than any cancer except lung cancer. No one knows why some women get breast cancer, but there a number of risk factors. Risks that you cannot change include+++++++etc.
      Other risks, which you can change, include being overweight, using hormone replacement therapy, taking birth control pills, drinking alcohol, not having children or having your first child after age 35 or having dense breasts+++++etc.
      If all you intend to include are symptoms, risk factors and treatment, then your task will be much easier than if you intended to include with the treatment, symptoms and risk factors, details of the tests, diagnosis and causes. If you are a health professional, you might gain some information on the format of lectures on this subject from your medical library, if you are not in the medical profession, help might be gained from the reference department in your local public library. I regret that it is almost impossible to advise you in this matter. Mainly due to the lack of detail and the discussion that would be needed to ascertain all the facts in order to arrive at a specific answer.
      Hope this helps
      matador 89

  26. QUESTION:
    what's the difference between regular breast lumps and breast cancer lumps?
    I don't know what the difference would be between regular lumps in breasts and cancerous lumps.
    2 years ago I was a 34 A now, I'm a 34 D 5 foot 5 130 pounds...i have bigger boobs then my mom & my older sister & my dad and I have big lumps in my chest that hurt a little when I touch them, but I'm too young for breast cancer.... so whats the difference between regular lumps & cancerous lumps?

    also, what are some other symptoms?

    • ANSWER:
      The difference between cancerous lumps and non-cancerous lumps is the tyope of cells they are composed of.

      With their training, Dr's can classify lumps as suspicious or not suspicious.

      Of those they classify as suspicious and send for further investgation, 80% are not cancerous.

      If in doubt, see your Dr and get them checked.

      Breast cancer is rarely tender, so this is a good sign, but it can be in uncommon cases.

      Breast cancer rarely occurs symetrically, so this is another good sign, but again it can be.

      You say you are young, so it sounds unlikely that you have breast cancer, but a Dr is the only way to know for sure.

      Breast size is irrelevant in breast cancer diagnosis, you could have a AA cup or a EE cup and have the same risk.

  27. QUESTION:
    Does biology have anything to do with Breast Cancer?
    I believe that studies of heredity and genetics in Biology is somewhat connected to Breast Cancer symptoms. My friend thinks that its more on the Physiology/Anatomy side? Who is right and why?

    • ANSWER:
      Does it have ANYTHING to do with it? Of course. What doesn't really have anything to do with another, if you really think about it? Besides, there really isn't a right or wrong to it. Biology and other fields of science as well as all other subjects are simply general names given for those areas of study. They don't really mean anything. You just have to learn the subjects, learn about, in this case, breast cancer(and everything else) and experience more and more and you will define it on your own. Why listen to what names others give things when you have a mind of your own? Use it or lose it=]

  28. QUESTION:
    how can i see a cancer specialist on the weekend?
    I have symptoms of inflammatory breast cancer as well as enlarged lymph nodes and lumps in my left breast - how can i see a specialist before Monday?

    • ANSWER:
      You can’t this is not an emergency. An oncologist will not see you until you are diagnosed with cancer and referred to them by another physician.

  29. QUESTION:
    How do you tell you breast cancer?
    My mom thinks she may have breast cancer...symptoms? What happens when you have it?

    • ANSWER:
      Most of the time, breast cancer does not present with symptoms. Most lumps that women find are not cancerous and are merely cysts of some kind. The big push for the last 20 years has been for early detection of breast cancer via screening tools such as mammograms and ultrasounds.

      If your mother feels a lump, then she should make an appointment with her doctor to have it checked out. She cannot diagnose herself. Her doctor will be able tell her what she needs to know and what the next steps will be.

  30. QUESTION:
    How do people with breast cancer feel about the attention breast cancer gets?
    Do you feel like breast cancer awareness is just used by companies to make buying their product more attractive?

    Do you like the attention breast cancer gets or feel exploited by it?

    • ANSWER:
      I think there's two issues in your question: the first concerns the fact that breast cancer has a higher profile than other types of cancer.The second concerns the involvement of big business in this high profile.

      Breast cancer awareness campaigns Awareness Month started as a campaign by ordinary women, most of whom had breast cancer or had lost someone to it, to raise awareness so that people knew the symptoms, examined themselves regularly, attended their routine mammograms etc. It caught the public imagination and enthusiastic participation and hard work by women made it grow into something nationally, then internationally, recognised.

      And then big business cashed in..

      It's as a result of the hard work by those women that breast cancer is no longer the automatic death sentence it once was - but don't lose sight of the fact that in the US an average of 112 women die from breast cancer every day; in the UK.that average is 33 a day - I don't have statistics for other countries.

      That greedy manufacturers see people's concern and sympathy for cancer patients, and their desire to find a cure, as an opportunity to make cash is not the fault of breast cancer campaigners.

      But like many women who have or have had breast cancer, I detest Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Support for those with a deadly disease has been turned into a marketing opportunity by big business, with around 1% of the cost of specially made pink stuff going to breast cancer charities, the rest into the retailers’ pockets. I'm not 'tickled pink' by the disease that may yet kill me being turned into a commercial beanfeast.

      And quite aside from the commercial aspect, all the pink, fluffy, fun excesses have negative consequences for breast cancer patients too – the marketing and fund-raising hype surrounding breast cancer, by trivialising a deadly disease, is leading people to believe, wrongly, that breast cancer is

      1) not very serious, certainly not as serious as many other cancers (many women with breast cancer have been told – by people who don’t have it – that it’s a ‘good’ cancer to get) and

      2) easily curable.

  31. QUESTION:
    What are the Signs of Brain and Breast Cancer?
    I have chronic headaches in the bottom side of my head. i doubt that it is cancer but i am wondering what would be symptoms of brain and breast cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      brain cancer is very serious so lemme give you this....in the early stage there is very little signs but is most treatable here is a list of symptoms
      . balance issues
      . blurry double vision
      . hard time speaking
      . vertico
      . memory loss

      breast cancer symptoms
      .lump
      .dimple
      .purple or redness

      hope this helps!!

  32. QUESTION:
    Is it possible for girls of around the age of thirteen to get breast cancer?
    im thirteen and breats cancer runs in my family. i was just wondering if i can get breast cancer now, and what the symptoms are.

    • ANSWER:
      It is extremely EXTREMELY rare for a 13 year old girl to get breast cancer (i'm talking a 1 in 1000000 chance).

      Fortunately breast cancer has a trend to discriminate (contrary to what was said above). You will find that around 9/10 breast cancers occur in women over the age of 50 years. You will also find that 9/10 breast lumps are not cancerous.

      Symptoms of breast cancer usually include any of the following and usually more then one-

      1. a breast lump (that feels like a stone)
      2. a change in the shape and appearance of the breast (you are at the stage of puberty so your breasts are probably changing anyway. When i say change in appearance i mean an in-dint or dimpling or a strange rash that does not go away)
      3. a discharge (fluid) from the nipple
      4. breast pain is a rare symptom and is usually due to hormones.

      I would not worry about it at your age, but it is good that you are well aware that you maybe at risk in the future. When you are older, you should talk to your doctor about when you should start getting mammograms (scans of your breasts). You should maybe talk to your mum about it, as it may effect her as well.

  33. QUESTION:
    Is anyone else upset that breast cancer is the only publicized awareness month?
    I'm all for cancer awareness but why is breast cancer the only publicized cancer awareness month? Many people suffer from all types of cancer daily and I've had family suffer from both Leukemia and Pancreatic Cancer. It's seems that if a celebrity is diagnosed with a cancer or has died from a cancer that's the only way awareness will be publicized. Now that Patrick Swayze has passed I'm sure Pancreatic cancer will be well known coming this November (Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month) Does anyone agree?

    • ANSWER:
      No, I don't agree.

      Breast cancer awareness and Breast Cancer Awareness Month are not high profile because of celebrity deaths, but for a much simpler reason - sheer hard work.

      Breast cancer awareness campaigns and BC Awareness Month started as a campaign by ordinary women, many of them with cancer, to raise awareness so that people knew the symptoms, examined themselves regularly, attended their routine mammograms etc. Enthusiastic participation and hard work by women made it grow into something nationally, then internationally, recognised (and then big business cashed in).

      I agree that awareness needs to be raised about other cancers too.and while I hate 'competitive illness' I can see why there is resentment about an imbalance in awareness raising and fund raising. I too have had family members suffer from other cancers - lung, testicular, stomach and cervical cancers and leukaemia, all but one of them dying of their cancers.

      There are, as you point out, other cancer awareness months, weeks, ribbons etc; but the fact is none has had the sheer hard work put into it that breast cancer awareness has.

      Now, I've had breast cancer and I personally very much dislike BC Awareness Month - or Pink October as the more cynical of us call it.

      Support for those with a deadly disease that kills on average 33 women a day in the UK and 112 a day in the US (the only stats I have, I'm not being ethnocentric) has been turned into a marketing opportunity by big business, with around 1% of the cost of specially made pink stuff going to breast cancer charities, the rest into the retailers’ pockets.

      The pink fluffy stuff infuriates me, and I'm not at all 'tickled pink' by Asda's (Walmart's) trivialisation of an illness that may yet kill me. October magazines carry stories from cheerful survivors who claim to have the all-clear (there is no all-clear with breast cancer), and often say bc has changed their lives for the better - very different from anybody I know who's had breast cancer.

      And it has negative consequences for breast cancer patients too - I believe that the whole thing is counter-productive, that the marketing and fund-raising hype surrounding breast cancer, by trivialising a deadly disease, is leading people to believe, wrongly, that breast cancer is 1) not very serious, certainly not as serious as many other cancers (many women with breast cancer have been told - by people who don't have it - that it's a 'good' cancer to get) and 2) easily curable.

      I've even heard it said that it's a ‘fashionable’ or 'sexy' cancer - my sexy prosthesis and sexy scarred, one-breasted body are evidence that it's no such thing.

      In all the pink trivia, it's easy for people to lose sight of the fact that breast cancer is a devastating illness with disfiguring surgery, grueling treatments and so far no cure.

      I don't wear a pink ribbon and as someone in remission from breast cancer I support the Think Before You Pink and Pink Stinks! campaigns, both started by women with breast cancer

      http://thinkbeforeyoupink.org/?page_id=13

      BUT it does annoy me a little when people complain about the attention breast cancer receives in comparison to other cancers. The solution is not less attention for breast cancer, but more attention for other cancers - and there is nothing to stop any group of people starting a campaign along the lines of the one started ny those women who started all the breast cancer awareness. They'd have to be as dedicated and prepared to work as hard though.

  34. QUESTION:
    Does a burning feeling on the skin of breasts signal a possible sign for inflammatory breast cancer?
    Well, lately, someone near and dear to me has stated that she felt a burning feeling on the skin of her left breast. She stated that it wasn't the entire breast, but more like the skin area about the size of the tip of her middle finger. She also stated that whenever she pushes onto it, it just burns... It is kind of hard for me to explain it myself, but I was wondering if this was a possible sign/symptom of inflammatory breast cancer. I asked her about it and she plans to get a mammogram on the 20th of this month.

    • ANSWER:
      My wife presented with an area that was red, warm to the touch and burned/itched. The area had the signature orange peel look to it. So in as few words as possible, yes. Mammograms will not typically pick up IBC. A punch biopsy is the method of diagnosing this monster. Now , take a second for a big breath. IBC is very rare so it is not likely to be the case here. On the other hand, get her butt into see a breast specialist or OBGYN that knows what IBC looks like. I wish you the best of luck.

  35. QUESTION:
    What is the syntoms of having breast cancer?
    Sometimes my breast hurts. Is it a sgn of having a breast cancer? What is the sgn of that cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      Pain is not a typical symptom of breast cancer and other than a lump it doesn’t have symptoms. This is why annual mammograms are important.

  36. QUESTION:
    My friend is 17 years old and she has some problem in her breast.Is it breast cancer?
    its not like a lump. it looks like the skin has swelled up very slightly. It sticks to the bra and when she removes the bra,very little skin sticks to the bra.It doesn't pain for her but it gives irritation.are these the symptoms of breast cancer?She is very shy and she hasn't told about this even to her parents.She is very scared and she told me this. so plzz guys...help me about this....reply soon

    • ANSWER:
      Those are not symptoms of breast cancer.

      And if a 17 year old had breast cancer her case would almost certainly make news headlines; it would certainly be of huge interest to the medical profession.

      The chances of breast cancer at 17 are as close to zero as makes almost no difference. It's almost unheard of in under 25s, and fewer than 0.1% of all those diagnosed with it are under 30. Only 5% are under 40, and most (80%) are over 50.

      When I was diagnosed with breast cancer I was allocated to the breast care nurse whose special interest was 'breast cancer in younger women'; I was 50.

      What you describe sounds like a skin condition. Your friend should talk to her mother; if she's still at school she should talk to her school nurse who will be able to reassure her that she doesn't have breast cancer.

      Or she should wait a couple of weeks and if the skin irritation is still there see her doctor.

      But she can put breast cancer out of her mind

  37. QUESTION:
    How long can you live with untreated breast cancer and have no symptoms?
    Ok, I'm 21 years old and a little over a year ago I found one little hard thing in my left breast and a long hard mass in my right breast. These hard parts could only be felt when sitting up right and pressing down on the area. If I was laying flat on my back I couldn't feel them. I went to Planned Parenthood and got a breast exam and they said it felt like fibrocystis and not worry. Well here it is almost a year latter and the hard little thing in my breast can now be felt laying on my back as well as sitting up. I went to a surgeon and he's sending me for a ultrasound. So what I am wondering is if it was breast cancer all along, am I screwed? I Feel fine, no problems, but how long before it's too late to do anything about breast cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      Oh, you'd have definitely been sick by now if it were cancer. Now, it may have been pre-cancerous and may have become stage 1 cancer, but I seriously doubt it. I also have cystic mastitis.....but I've also had breast cancer. I felt a big difference in the cysts and the mass that was cancerous. You have to become very familiar with your breasts so you can tell the difference. Also, it could be an infected milk duct--no you don't need to be nursing or pregnant to have that. It's very common. Try not to get upset unless you have something to get upset about.

  38. QUESTION:
    What is the difference in inflammatory breast cancer and invasive breast cancer?
    Or is it the same thing because I was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer and while looking up info I keep seeing inflammatory and I just am wondering if its the same thing or not.

    • ANSWER:
      Inflammatory & invasive breast cancers are given these names because of the symptoms they present. But having one doesn't mean that you have the other. For example: a person can have a headache or a brain tumor. But having either one doesn't mean you will suffer from the other.
      Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC) is marked by some or all of these symptoms: the nipple may be flat or inverted, sudden onset (perhaps over a few days/weeks) of swelling of one breast, nipple discharge, pain or itching, redness that may look like the breast is infected, or thick-feeling areas of the breast. The symptoms and appearance of IBC can sometimes cause a doctor to misdiagnose a patient with just an infection, and some feel mammograms can be inconclusive due to breast density at the time of the swelling.
      Invasive breast cancer is graded in stages of 1-5, and at its higher stages has the traits of invading other parts of the body. This means the cancer has spread outside of the membranes of the breast ducts where it usually starts (Stage 0). It DOESN'T necessarily mean that it's spread throughout the WHOLE body. Most likely it has spread to the surrounding tissue of the breast.
      Please keep researching. Get to know your invader and how to deal with it. Explore all options before making a final decision.
      We hope this helps. Good luck in your journey.

      Mark
      the charityplush.com team

  39. QUESTION:
    Why is breast cancer getting so much more awareness than others?
    I think any type of cancer is serious, but I'm tired of ONLY seeing things for breast cancer. Commercials, profitable organizations, walks, etc. My dad was diagnosed with bladder cancer over the summer, and although they "removed" it, it's very likely to keep coming back, but it seems like society doesn't look at it as being just as serious. I know people are aware and do things to help, and it's not just bladder cancer that I'm worried about, but why is breast cancer getting all the attention?

    • ANSWER:
      Well, it's currently Breast Cancer Awareness month, so breast cancer is obviously high profile at the moment.
      But yes, it does have a higher profile generally than other cancers, and there's a very simple reason -sheer hard work.

      Breast cancer awareness campaigns and BC Awareness Month started as a campaign by ordinary women, most of whom had breast cancer or had lost someone to breast cancer, to raise awareness so that people knew the symptoms, examined themselves regularly, attended their routine mammograms etc. It caught the public imagination, enthusiastic participation and hard work by women made it grow into something nationally, then internationally, recognised (and then big business cashed in).

      People have limited time, and choose their campaigns; those who campaign around illnesses are usually concerned with the illness that's affected them or their family. I know a couple who have a child with a very rare and life-threatening condition (not a cancer). Much of their time is now taken up with campaigning around this condition - fund raising and agitating for more funding for research, more education, more awareness etc. What they're doing is what what the women who started the breast cancer awareness campaign did. And it's as a result of the hard work by those women that breast cancer is no longer the automatic death sentence it once was - but don't lose sight of the fact that in the US an average of 112 women die from breast cancer every day (that's one every 15 minutes), and in the UK.that average is 33 a day - I don't have statistics for other countries.

      There are awareness campaigns ad months for other types of cancer - but the plain fact is that none has had the sheer hard work put into it that breast cancer awareness has, hard work by people affected by breast cancer and their families.

      I agree that awareness needs to be raised about other cancers too.and while I hate ‘competitive illness’ I can see why there is resentment about an imbalance in awareness raising and fund raising.

      BUT it does annoy me a little when people complain about the attention breast cancer receives in comparison to other cancers. The solution is not less attention for breast cancer, but more attention for other cancers – and there is nothing to stop any group of people starting a campaign along the lines of the one started by those women who started all the breast cancer awareness.They'd have to be as dedicated and work as hard though

  40. QUESTION:
    Could this be a sign of breast cancer?
    Recently i have started to have really itchy sore nipples with a rash around the left breast, also i have discharge coming from
    the left breast also, could these be a sign of cancer? Also what are the other symptoms of breast cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      Is the rash around your left breast look like the outside of an orange peel? If so get it checked out by a doctor ASAP!

      symptoms include:
      - A rash that looks like an outside of an orange peel on your breast.
      - A painless lump under your breast and arm pit.
      - Unusual Discharge. (which you have)

      You should get it checked out by a doctor. Even if you do not suspect it is breast cancer because of the discharge coming out of them.

      learn more about breast cancer here http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001911/

  41. QUESTION:
    How do I start off my persuasive speech on breast cancer?
    Im a lot better with informative speeches...Why I cant tell you but, I am having the worst time coming up with an persuasive speech and my topics on breast cancer. How do I start off my persuasive speech on breast cancer? And what do you think my three persuasive topics should be. Please help!!!!
    The speech is for my oral communications class I am speaking to a variety of students with different majors not particulary in the health care field. Breast cancer is just a topic I choose to prepare a speech on

    • ANSWER:
      latoya,
      I gave part of this answer to a similar question some time ago and I repeat it here for you. Having presented many lectures in my time, you have to limit your ideas in accordance with the type of audience that you expect to present your speech to. Health professionals would expect a different presentation than members of the general public.

      I would make a few points on the subject - Breast cancer affects one in eight women during their lives. Breast cancer kills more women in the United States than any cancer except lung cancer. No one knows why some women get breast cancer, but there a number of risk factors. Risks that you cannot change include+++++++etc.

      Other risks, which you can change, include being overweight, using hormone replacement therapy, taking birth control pills, drinking alcohol, not having children or having your first child after age 35 or having dense breasts+++++etc.

      If all you intend to include are symptoms, risk factors and treatment, then your task will be much easier than if you intended to include with the treatment, symptoms and risk factors, details of the tests, diagnosis and causes.

      If you are a health professional, you might gain some information on the format of lectures on this subject from your medical library, if you are not in the medical profession, help might be gained from the reference department in your local public library.

      I regret that it is almost impossible to advise you in this matter, mainly due to the lack of detail and the discussion that would be needed to ascertain all the facts in order to arrive at a specific answer.

      Hope this helps
      matador 89

  42. QUESTION:
    Is there anything else other than inflammatory breast cancer that this could be?
    Is there anything that could be wrong other that is less serious than inflammatory breast cancer? I have almost all of the symptoms. It is very dry and itchy and the areola will get dry and break open and it will stick to my shirt, and it's very swollen and feels thicker than the other nipple. The actual breast is normal though, it's not larger or reddish. I'm only 18 and breast cancer runs in my family...the only thing I've found online has been breast cancer and I don't want to make my parents pay for a doctors visit if nothing is seriously wrong. I get excema in the winter on my hands, so could it be the cold weather?

    • ANSWER:
      What Denise said.

      At 18 your risk of breast cancer is less than 0.0001%; this is less than half your risk of being struck by lightning. Your risk of inflammatory breast cancer is non-existent.

      Inflammatory breast cancer is so rare that it accounts for only around 1% of all breast cancer cases.

      Only 5 - 10% of all breast cancer cases are hereditary, and breast cancer diagnosed after the age of 50 is even less likely to be hereditary. having family members who've had breast cancer doesn't mean it runs in your family

  43. QUESTION:
    What are the strangest things you heard that can cause breast cancer?
    I 'm doing a report for health class. My topic is "strange myths about the risk of breast cancer" If you know anything that seems strange or stupid that people think can give them breast cancer, let me know. And if you know it's true or false, please send me Links if you have any. The only thing I can find is on antiperspirants, i need some more strange ideas. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      There are so many, most of which are repeated here on YA regularly

      You are right, anti-perspirant and deodorant don't cause breast cancer:
      http://info.cancerresearchuk.org/healthyliving/cancercontroversies/deodorants/
      http://www.breastcancer.org/symptoms/understand_bc/bc_myths/antipersp.jsp

      Another rmyth is that blows, bumps or pinches to the breast cause it:
      http://www.netwellness.org/question.cfm/11349.htm
      http://www.swedish.org/17384.cfm

      A link between abortion and breast cancer is a myth; junk science and propaganda from the anti-choice lobby. The broad scientific consensus is that no such link exists.

      This excellent article gives the facts:
      http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1374/is_2_62/ai_83794478
      also
      http://www.nci.nih.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/abortion-miscarriage

      Frequently on this board there are questions about bras and breast cancer - sleeping in a bra or wearing an ill-fitting, underwired or padded bra are common myths and NOT causes of breast cancer.

      There have been recent bogus scares about water in plastic bottles - frozen, left in cars etc - causing bc; all nonsense:
      http://urbanlegends.about.com/od/medical/a/bottled-water.htm
      http://www.snopes.com/medical/toxins/petbottles.asp

      Someone asked on here yesterday if french fries caused breast cancer!

      I often see people saying on here that breast cancer is largely, mainly or entirely genetic. It isn't; only 5 -10% of breast cancer cases are due to hereditary factors.

      There is currently a common belief that dairy products cause breast cancer, mainly because of the book 'Your Life in Your Hands' by Jane Plant, which made the claim. There is no real scientific evidence that this is true, and in fact I offer myself as evidence that it isn't - I had been vegan for over 8 years when i was diagnosed with bc.

      In fact, if you are discussing myths about breast cancer you may want to include all claims about diet and lifestyle. There is no evidence that any food contributes to any cancer. Any claim that it does is speculation and reflects the fears and prejudices of the person making the claim. It's often less scary for someone who hasn't had cancer to 'blame the victim' - put cancer down to avoidable life style factors like diet, stress, lack of exercise etc - than it is for them to accept that cancer is a largely random disease that can strike any of us at any time.

      The causes of breast cancer aren't known; there are known risk factors, but these ARE risk factors not causes - ticking one, some or all these boxes does not mean you will get breast cancer, and many people who are diagnosed with breast cancer have none of these risk factors other than the first and/or second.

      The greatest risk factor for breast cancer is being female -over 99% of those diagnosed are women.

      The second greatest is getting older - 80% of those diagnosed are over 50.

      5-10% of breast cancer cases are due to hereditary factors.

      The other known risk factors are:

      Having children at an older age or not at all. The more children a woman has may also slightly lower her risk. Breast-feeding helps protect against the disease. The longer a woman breast feeds her children, the more she lowers her risk.

      Starting periods at a younger than average age (under 12) or having a late menopause (after 55)

      Taking the contraceptive pill or hormone replacement therapy (HRT) causes a small increase in risk. However, the risk gradually returns to normal after you stop taking them.

      Being overweight (especially after the menopause).

      Regularly drinking more than 1 unit of alcohol per day slightly increases the risk of breast cancer.

      Having a previous diagnosis of breast cancer increases the risk of developing a new cancer in the other breast.

      Thanks for the interesting question. If I remember any more myths as the day goes on, I'll add them

  44. QUESTION:
    Breast cancer. How do i know if i have it without wasting my parents money?
    I have pain in my breast if i touch them on certain areas. and if i do have breast cancer what can and can't i do?

    • ANSWER:
      Breast cancer is a condition in which the cells of the breast tissue become cancerous and begin to grow uncontrollably. While this disorder is more common in women, it can also happen to men. Early symptoms of breast cancer include the appearance of lumps in the breast and other changes in the tissue and surface of the breast. Any suspicious symptoms should be examined by a physician.

      What is breast cancer?
      Breast cancer occurs when cells within the breast tissue begin growing uncontrollably. Breast cancer can occur in both men and women, but women have a much greater chance (about 100 times) of getting breast cancer. However, both men and women have the same survival rates once they get breast cancer.

      How does breast cancer develop?
      Some of the cells in the breast tissue grow and then shrink in response to certain hormones. Sometimes they mutate and begin to grow without responding to the hormone signals. At this point, they have become cancer cells. Women are more likely to get breast cancer because their breast tissue is more active and thus more likely to develop these sorts of mutations.

      Lumps as an early symptom
      In general, the first symptom of developing breast cancer is a lump in the breast. This lump will feel different than the tissue that surrounds it. This should prompt the patient to go receive a mammogram, as that is the initial medical test which is used to detect possible breast cancer. Lumps in the armpits and the collar bone can also indicate a possible tumor.

      Other early symptoms
      Other symptoms of breast cancer involve a change in the appearance of the breast tissue. This may include dimpling, inversion of the nipple or a change in skin color due to inflammation. Another symptom of breast cancer is known as Paget's syndrome, in which the skin around the nipple becomes inflamed and begins to peel off.

      Important considerations
      Many of the symptoms described above do not necessarily indicate breast cancer. There are many benign diseases of the breast (in that they are not cancerous) that can cause similar symptoms. If you discover a lump or experience any other symptom, you should consult a doctor immediately because it is only with careful examination that the exact cause of the symptoms can be determined.

  45. QUESTION:
    Why are cervical cancer symptoms so confusing?
    Perimenopausal women can get two periods in the same month...this is also a symptom of cervical cancer. It would be so hard to know if its another period or if it's bleeding due to cervical cancer. Other symptoms of cc are nausea, bloating, and constipation and sometimes abdominal pain. Now I get those symptoms sometimes from my period. I have talked to my doctor but she says they are perimenopausal symptoms.
    I;ve had breast cancer so I'm more prone to get cervical cancer. My last pap smear came out clear but a lot of women with cervical cancer do get clear test results. Please give me something to help ease my confusion ....thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      They are only symptoms there is nothing confusing about them.
      A lot of women do not get cervical cancer period – it is an uncommon cancer.
      Having had breast cancer does not increase risk for cervical cancer.
      I can’t help but wonder where you get your information from I know it is not your doctor.

  46. QUESTION:
    How come breast cancer gets it's own month and special pink ribbons and fundraisers?
    Is it because it is sexier to have breast cancer than say, colon cancer or lung cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      Breast cancer is sometimes harder to detect because of breast mass, or self breast exams that are incorrectly done or not done at all. Even though there are symptoms such as puckering of nipple, change in breast skin texture, these dont always present themselves. Therefore many women dont know they have it because the signs are not obvious. With lung and colon cancer there are usually more pronounced chances that will alert someone to seek help such as change in bowel habit, rectal bleeding, abdominal pain, persistent cough, breathing problem, etc. Women need to be educated about the cause, elearly detection of breast cancer because its so hard to detect sometimes and thats why extra effort is put into educating the public about it.

  47. QUESTION:
    What are some symptoms of you having cancer?
    I am just interested in what some symptoms are of you possibly having either skin or breast cancer. Thank you for your answers.

    • ANSWER:
      Losing weight is one, my mum was rather skinny so was my nanna (both had breast cancer) Stage 4

      Breast cancer symptoms vary widely — from lumps to swelling to skin changes — and many breast cancers have no obvious symptoms at all. Symptoms that are similar to those of breast cancer may be the result of non-cancerous conditions like infection or a cyst.

      Some Symptoms of Advanced (Metastatic) Breast Cancer
      Stage 4, or metastatic breast cancer is the most advanced stage of this disease. Metastatic breast cancer is defined as having spread beyond the breast and underarm lymph nodes into other parts of the body.

      * bone pain (bone metastases)
      * shortness of breath (lung metastases)
      * drop in appetite (liver metastases)
      * unintentional weight loss (liver metastases)
      * headaches, neurological pain or weakness (could be brain metastases)
      (This is what my mother had, and it was very noticeable)

      Breast Lumps

      * These lumps can be benign or malignant. Benign lumps do not spread to other parts of the body. A malignant lump is made up of cancer cells. When it first develops, this malignant tumour is confined to the breast. Most lumps are not cancerous

      Changes to look for:

      * A lump, lumpiness or thickening in the breast or armpit – especially if it is in one breast only
      * A change in the size or shape of your breast
      * Skin changes such as dimpling or redness
      * Nipple inversion or discharge
      * A change to the nipple, like a rash, ulcer or itchiness
      * An unusual or persistent pain

      Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC) – Aggressive and Unusual Symptoms
      One type of breast cancer that does not appear in lumps is called inflammatory breast cancer (IBC). This aggressive cancer grows in sheets instead of lumps, and it invades nearby skin, resembling a rash. It will not respond to topical creams or antibiotics, and should be treated very promptly. Symptoms:

      * a sudden increase in mature breast size (as much as a cup size in a few days)
      * itching in the skin of the breast that is continuous and not relieved by pills or creams
      * a change in the breast skin color, resulting in pink, red, or dark-colored areas
      * breast is excessively warm to the touch, or harder or firmer than usual
      * unusual pain, which occurs out of the regular cycle
      * sometimes a change in skin texture, similar to the skin of an orange
      * breast skin ulcers (later stage IBC)

  48. QUESTION:
    What treatment is out there for small brain tumors that come from breast cancer?
    My daughter has tumors now in her brain from the breast cancer. The breast cancer tumors stopped growing and shrank slightly from treatment with ixempra and xeloda. What treatment works best for the brain tumors?

    • ANSWER:
      Here are some links to information and resources. You have to trust the oncologist and neurologist and pray for her...she could consider joining a clinical trial..

      Brain Tumor Information

      http://www.clinicaltrials.gov/ct/search?term=brain+tumors&submit=Search (brain tumor clinical trials…hit map tab for local trials and don’t forget to turn pages)
      http://www.braintumor.org/patient_info/links/clinical_trials/ (clinical trials)
      http://www.cancer.gov/clinicaltrials/results/brain (results of brain cancer clinical trials)
      http://www.braintumor.org/patient_info/ask_a_professional/ (click on “email a professional” to ask a question about brain tumors)
      http://www.braintumor.org/patient_info/links/physician_listings/ (neurologist link listings..to find a physician)
      http://www.braintumor.org/patient_info/surviving/ (diagnosis and treatment of brain tumors)
      http://www.braintumor.org/patient_info/surviving/brain_anatomy/index2.html (National Brain Tumor Foundation…brain anatomy…run the hand over the brain to view areas and a function box will appear underneath the illustration)
      http://www.braintumor.org/patient_info/surviving/treatment/index.html (common brain tumor treatments and side effects)
      http://www.braintumor.org/patient_info/surviving/treatment_center_database/index.html (treatment center database)
      http://www.braintumor.org/patient_info/surviving/survivor_stories/index.html (survivor stories)
      http://www.braintumor.org/patient_info/surviving/faq/index.html (frequently asked questions)
      http://www.braintumor.org/patient_info/links/brain_tumor_orgs/ (link list of brain tumor organizations)
      http://www.braintumor.org/patient_info/links/alternative_therapy/ (alternative therapy links)
      http://www.braintumor.org/patient_info/links/treatment_resources/ (treatment resources links)
      http://www.braintumor.org/patient_info/links/other_sites/ (related sites link list)
      http://www.braintumor.org/patient_info/connecting_and_coping/support_groups/find.asp (brain tumor support groups)
      http://www.braintumor.org/patient_info/connecting_and_coping/support_groups/online.html (brain tumor online support groups)
      http://www.braintumor.org/patient_info/connecting_and_coping/support_groups/pediatric.html (pediatric support groups…listed for other readers who might need…)
      http://www.braintumor.org/patient_info/connecting_and_coping/message_boards/ (brain tumor message boards)
      http://www.braintumor.org/patient_info/connecting_and_coping/caregivers_corner/ (caregivers corner)
      http://www.braintumor.org/patient_info/links/cancer_orgs/ (link list of cancer organizations)
      http://www.braintumor.org/patient_info/links/financial_assistance/ (financial assistance link list)

      Disability help
      http://www.new-horizons.org/ (organization to help the disabled..resource)
      http://www.new-horizons.org/faqcat.html (frequently asked questions about disability
      help)

      Medicine help
      http://www.pparx.org (partnership for prescription alliance…help with free or low cost medicines)
      http://www.copays.org/ (Patient Advocate Organization…copay assistance for malignant brain tumors)

      Nutrition and Support for cancer patients
      http://www.cancer.org/docroot/MBC/MBC_6.asp? (nutrition for cancer patients)
      http://www.cancer.org/docroot/MIT/mit_0.asp (supporting cancer patients)

      3 books on disease symptoms and treatments

      you could also get these books on ebay or amazon or a half price book store. (last two are very similar)..
      1.Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine
      2.Handbook of Diseases (Lippencott)
      3.Professional Guide to Diseases (Springhouse)


symptoms breast cancer

Brain Cancer Statistics

There are several different types of brain cancer. It is important to know and understand that treating a brain tumor should be customized to you. While treatments are typically standardized, it is important for the treating doctor to consider your age, as well as any and all health complications that you may experience.

This is caused due to the formation of cancer cells) on the inner surface of skulls or on the brain's tissue-cells. It is also known as intracranial tumor as it can be developed on any location or part of the brain and is a resultant of rapid cell division. The tumors that develop on the brain can be of the following types

Every individual having brain tumors should receive unique and individual brain cancer treatment. The treatment generally depends on the individual's age, general health, and size and location of the tumor.

There are several questions surrounding brain cancer treatment. The nature of treatment, its effects, and the long-term outcomes are some of them. Doctors are best equipped to handle these questions.

Brain cancer chemo-related nausea is one of the most frustrating effects that often accompany chemotherapy. While it is true that chemotherapy is effective in killing cancerous cells and reducing the possibility that those abnormal growths that are part of brain cancer will spread throughout other areas of the brain and the body as a whole, not too many patients feel that this brain cancer treatment is enjoyable.

This is especially true if they experience the nausea that is quite common among many individuals that indulge in treatment for their condition. In this medical guide, you will learn important facts about brain cancer chemo-related nausea.

Not only are your relations with others altered, the way that others relate to you are also altered. If you are reading this, it is likely that your brain cancer treatment has proven to be successful and you are clear of all cancerous cells and abnormal growths. Now, you are ready to live your life after brain cancer. In this guide, you will discover some helpful steps to help you initiate the process.

Brain cancer tumors may originate in the brain (primary site) or they may metastasize to the brain from another site. Prostate cancer, for example, may metastasize to the liver, the lung, the hip, and then to the brain. Metastasized brain tumors have a poor prognosis because of the already advanced state of the cancer.

Once this occurs, the cells are no longer able to go through their traditional characteristics of dividing and spreading through the body. The ultimate goal associated with this type of brain cancer treatment is to successfully eliminate the largest number of abnormal cells as possible while not damaging the cells that surround the abnormal ones that are considered to be healthy. Here, you will learn more information pertaining to brain cancer radiation therapy.

If you want to engage in a brain cancer nutrition therapy treatment plan, it is important to have your nutritional needs evaluated by a medical professional. There are many tests that may be performed so that the medical doctor may get a good snapshot of what nutritional needs you require.

In addition to encouraging you to consume only those foods that are positive to your overall health, the nutrition therapy plan will also include exercises that you will be safe performing during the course of your disease and the treatment of your disease. You may also be encouraged to take nutritional supplements. There are many supplements that have been found to benefit brain cancer patients in one way or another. These include Selenium, Vitamin E, and Beta Carotene.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Do many people die from brain cancer after it is removed?
    My brother had brain cancer about 9 years ago, but he had the tumor removed and went through radiation and chemotherapy.At the moment he is doing fine, but I found some statistics that said even living five years was immprobable.

    • ANSWER:
      Treatment of all sorts of cancer is much more aggressive, these days, with rather better outcomes.

      Edit: There are a lot of out of date articles and stats online still.

  2. QUESTION:
    How long can someone survive brain cancer?
    I'm writing a story, and the character has brain cancer. She will pass away, but I don't know how long that would take. A friend of mine's mother recently had brain cancer, and was given four months to live, but she passed away within a couple weeks of that statement.
    Will doctors always give you how long you're expected to live, or only when it seems real bad? About when will they hospitalize you? (I'm sorry if this is offensive to anyone)

    • ANSWER:
      I've seen survivals from weeks to months to years with brain tumors.
      Every person is different.
      Even a cancer specialist like me cannot possibly know
      how much time a person has.
      People push us to make guesses especially family members..
      We do have averages for tumor types and stages.
      But we are always wrong for an individual.
      Doctors do not GIVE people so long to live. I hate hearing it put this way.
      If WE decided - all of our patients would immortal.
      What really gets me is a family pushing to know a survival time in a 90 year old.
      By statistics, he or she should have died over ten years earlier.

  3. QUESTION:
    What is the prognosis for brain cancer? Is this brain stem glioma?
    Someone I know has brain cancer. The tumor sits on the right side of their brain stem and the tumor puts pressure on the nerves and they have tremors. The doctor said they only had a year when they was first diagnosed and they did radiation and now is on chemotherapy for over a year now. I want to know the prognosis of this type of cancer. I don't know if it's high or low grade or know the name of the cancer but if anyone has any useful information I would really appreciate it. I think they've had it for 2 years now.

    • ANSWER:
      Brain Cancer Prognosis: Summary
      Cancer patients and their loved ones face many unknowns. While some people find it is easier to cope when they know the statistics, other people find statistical information confusing and frightening, and they think it is too impersonal to be of use to them. The doctor who is most familiar with a patient's situation is in the best position to discuss the brain cancer prognosis and to explain what the statistics may mean for that person. At the same time, it is important to understand that even the doctor cannot tell exactly what to expect. In fact, a person's prognosis may change if the cancer progresses, or if treatment is successful. Seeking information about the brain cancer prognosis is a personal decision, and it is up to each patient to decide how much information he or she wants to know and how to deal with it.

      However, prognosis can be reversed with 'immunity boosters'.

      Radio-therapy, Chemo-therapy, Interventional and Surgical procedures are instrumental in prolonging the human life by postponing the death also by a decade or two. I have seen many patients living for decades after Surgery, Mastectomy, Heart/Kidney Transplants, Dialysis, etc.

      But all the patients are worried about side effects. Here is a way out to minimize scope for severe side effects.

      “U have to take permission from the oncologist and take the following diet[s] with certain restrictions.”

      1. Good liquid Diet, green leaf juices + honey, like aloe vera juice, noni juice, wheat grass powder, fresh fruit [seasonal fruit only] juices sprouted seeds like green gram, horse gram, ground nuts, boiled- after soaking in water for 15 hours-Soya beans, etc., raw coconut, raw dates, watermelon, cabbage, yogurt, spinach, helped many a no. of Health conscious people all over the globe.
      2. Acupressure techniques – A MUST to ensure faster recovery. Utility—Blocked energy + toxins shall be moved from all Ur internal organs to purge in the normal drainage system, i.e., urine, feces, sweat, cough, menses[ladies], vomiting and all the organs shall function up to optimal levels.
      3. No salt, no baking soda, no cooked food, No chocolates, No Pizzas, No burgers ----to boost-up immunity power to produce antibodies. Say no to Deep freeze and deep fried products from KFC and McDonald, Diet sodas with aspertime and colas made in India, etc.
      4. Yoga Therapy—Kapalbhati, Bhastruka and Loma and anuloma to activate abdomen. Pelvic region and lungs.
      5. Aloe Vera juice – 30 ml. + 1 tsp of honey—t.d.s.
      6. Wheat grass powder – 1 tsp of powder + 2 drops of honey + 1 cup of hot water b.d.s.
      7. Noni Juice-A French fruit. 5 ml., t.d.s., in the I week; 10 ml tds., in the II week and 15 ml. t.d.s, from III week onwards. Add double quantity of water every time.

      8. For the first 10/15 days, drink pineapple juice.
      9. After 15 days, if the patient gets very hungry (it is a good sign of recovery), give the patient 3 to 4 ounces of curd, prepared in the following manner. To the boiled warm milk (preferably of cow's or goat's milk) add 12/15 leaves of tulsi and prepare the curd. If the patient is of Pitt Prakruti, give him this curd, adding thereto little powder of crystal sugar. For all other types of patients, this curd can be taken with little rock salt or black salt in it. Such curd can be taken 3 to 4 times a day. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. only.
      9. Eat roasted bitter gourd (Karela-bitter gourd) - has been found effective even in blood cancer. Just, burn it on direct fire as U burn –mokkajonna kande-Telugu, Hindi--Butta---- eat it just like that by chewing every mouthful 25 times.
      10. Panch Tulasi Drops –available @ any local Ayurveda Shop all over India. Dosage 1 drop + 1 cup of hot milk/tea/water daily.

      11. Triphala Churan to keep her bowels free from accumulated feces/toxins and Vaginal Douche to keep her gonads cleansed for 15 days daily.
      God bless U. I pray the Almighty for Godspeed recovery.

      PS. If satisfied/benefited with, inform others to browse 'Yahoo Answers’ on any health issue.
      Source:
      'Health in Ur Hands' Vol. I & II available in all Indian languages all over the globe- by Dr.Devendra Vora,DSc.,MD.,FRCP, an octogenarian & the pioneer in Acupressure in India. Dr.Vora, the world renowned Acupressurist, an octogenarian and the Bhishma Pithamaha of acupressure in India--- treated and caused to treat more than 150000 cases of Cancer, HIV/AIDS, Diabetes, lupus/sle, irregular menses and also many other most dreaded diseases.

  4. QUESTION:
    How rare is it for someone who has never smoked to have lung cancer?
    I just saw this thing about an actress - Valerie? - who had lung cancer a few years ago despite being a life long NON-smoker and now has brain cancer.

    I know that older people can get lung cancer even if they've never smoked but whats the percentage of smokers / non smokers with it?

    • ANSWER:
      Lung cancer is by far the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women. Each year, more people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined.

      Lung cancer mainly occurs in older people. About 2 out of 3 people diagnosed with lung cancer are 65 or older; fewer than 2% of all cases are found in people younger than 45. The average age at the time of diagnosis is about 71.

      Overall, the chance that a man will develop lung cancer in his lifetime is about 1 in 13; for a woman, the risk is about 1 in 16. These numbers include both smokers and non-smokers. For smokers the risk is much higher, while for non-smokers the risk is lower.

      Black men are about 40% more likely to develop lung cancer than white men. The rate is about the same in black women and in white women. Both black and white women have lower rates than men, but the gap is closing. The lung cancer rate has been dropping among men over the past 2 decades and has just recently begun to drop in women.

      http://www.cancer.org/cancer/lungcancer-non-smallcell/detailedguide/non-small-cell-lung-cancer-key-statistics

      It has been estimated that active smoking is responsible for close to 90 percent of lung cancer cases; radon causes 10 percent, occupational exposures to carcinogens account for approximately 9 to 15 percent and outdoor air pollution 1 to 2 percent. Because of the interactions between exposures, the combined attributable risk for lung cancer can exceed 100 percent.
      Exposure to radon is estimated to be the second leading cause of lung cancer, accounting for an estimated 15,000 to 22,000 lung cancer deaths each year. Radon is a tasteless, colorless and odorless gas that is produced by decaying uranium and occurs naturally in soil and rock. The majority of these deaths occur among smokers since there is a greater risk for lung cancer when smokers also are exposed to radon.
      Lung cancer can also be caused by occupational exposures, including asbestos, uranium, and coke (an important fuel in the manufacture of iron in smelters, blast furnaces, and foundries). The combination of asbestos exposure and smoking greatly increases the risk of developing lung cancer.
      Nonsmoking asbes­tos workers are five times more likely to develop lung cancer than non­smokers not ex­posed to asbestos; if they also smoke, the risk factor jumps to 50 or higher. Environmental exposures also can increase the risk of lung cancer death.

      http://www.lung.org/lung-disease/lung-cancer/resources/facts-figures/lung-cancer-fact-sheet.html

  5. QUESTION:
    Why is only breast cancer a big deal?
    Now don't confuse me for somebody who doesn't take breat cancer seriously, I think it is a big deal and needs to be cured. But my question is that there is hundreds of different types of cancer, and why is breast cancer seem to be the only one that people care about? My grandma has leukemia, a friend of mine had a tumor,my step grandpa died from brain cancer, and my great grandpa died from lung cancer. Nobody makes a big deal about those. Why only breast cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      The answer to why breast cancer has a higher profile than other cancers is simple - sheer hard work.

      Breast cancer awareness campaigns and Awareness Month started as a campaign by ordinary women, most of whom had breast cancer or had lost someone to it, to raise awareness so that people knew the symptoms, examined themselves regularly, attended their routine mammograms etc. It caught the public imagination and enthusiastic participation and hard work by women made it grow into something nationally, then internationally, recognised.

      People have limited time for campaigns; those who campaign around illnesses are usually concerned with the illness that's affected them or their family. I know a couple who have a child with a very rare and life-threatening condition. Much of their time is now taken up with campaigning around this condition - fund raising, agitating for more funding for research, more education, more awareness etc. They're doing what what the women who started the breast cancer awareness campaign did. And it's as a result of the hard work by those women that breast cancer is no longer the automatic death sentence it once was - but don't lose sight of the fact that in the US an average of 112 women die from breast cancer every day; in the UK.that average is 33 a day - I don't have statistics for other countries.

      There are awareness campaigns and months for other cancers - but the fact is that none has had the hard work put into it that breast cancer awareness has - hard work by people affected by breast cancer and their families.

      I agree that awareness needs to be raised about other cancers too.and while I hate ‘competitive illness’ I can see why there is resentment about an imbalance in awareness and fund raising.

      The solution is not less attention for breast cancer, but more attention for other cancers – and there is nothing to stop any group of people starting a campaign along the lines of the one started by those women who started all the breast cancer awareness.

      It's up to you to make a big deal about the things you care about, with like-minded people

  6. QUESTION:
    Why are people against Marijuana so uneducated about it?
    Like, they still believe that it kills brain cells (despite it never being proven and the study claiming it being beyond flawed, and a study suggesting that it might actually stimulate the growth of new brain cells) or that it causes cancer (which there has never been a link found between marijuana smoking and any sort of cancer - however, it's been shown that weed smokers are less likely to get brain cancer, neck cancer, prostate cancer, etc - and it's been shown to shrink tumour size, starve off cancerous cells while leaving healthy onces alone).

    Why do people get arrogant attitudes about being "above" or "better" than someone because they don't smoke weed, despite the fact that they go binge drinking every other weekend, which alcohol had been PROVEN to be MUCH MORE HARMFUL than weed?

    Why do they claim that it's easy to OD on marijuana, when there has never been one reported case in all of history of this happening?

    Why do they think legalization will cause more minors to use it, despite the fact that statistics show that after countries and all US states have legalized medical marijuana have actually seen an overall decrease in teen usage?

    Why do they think that legalization would support drug dealers, when they'll be driven out of business since people would rather buy legally?
    Honestly, if you guys think the only people who smoke weed are the ones who use it as a "crutch", you've got to start looking around a little harder. You'd be surprised at who uses it recreationally - from doctors and lawyers and teaches, friends and family, to politicians and even the president himself.
    If, at the end of a long stressful day, someone chooses to sit down and relax while smoking a joint, who the damn cares? It's their body, their choice, and they aren't harming anybody.

    Also, weed is NOT a gateway theory. It's a theory for a reason. The ones who go on to harder drugs would've prolly gotten there without weed anyways. Technically, using the logic, alcohol is the gateway theory, as most people who try weed started with alcohol (which is a harder drug, by the way). Out of the people I know, very few have tried anything more than ecstacy (which is also, believe it or not, generally safe and not too bad - save a couple instances). LSD/Acid (the same thing) is also generally
    Also, with government control they'd need to sell at a cheaper price than the current black market, and many people would rather buy from legal sellers and pay taxes than go to the black market. Think of the prohibition of alcohol of the 1920s - it was a huge door of opportunity to the black market, prices rose and everything - but after it was made legal again it was taken back out of the black market pretty successfully, dont you think? There might still be illegal sales of alcohol today, but not nearly to the extent as back then.
    Cannabis is cheap and easy to grow and if people could grow their own, it could help with it too. I wouldn't worry about the black market competing for too long - it won't be nearly as profitable to them in the long run.
    I do, however, agree that too much of anything is a bad thing - from cheese to alcohol to weed - there can be bad effects from it, but all of society shouldn't be penalized for people that go overboard. People go overboard on fast food, sugar, and so on all the time, but that doesn't mean we should ban it all. People jump off bridges, but it doesn't mean we should outlaw them.
    By buying legally, I do not mean that people will be buying legally from the streets like they do now - I mean buying it like you would alcohol - get ID'd and all, and NOT from criminals and gangs, but from honest working people that own legit businesses and pay their taxes.
    Legalization DOES NOT support street dealers, since people would rather buy from legal sources, and finally they won't be able to make a good profit since weed prices would go down. Most people would rather know that they aren't supporting gangs and violence and criminal activity.
    Would you rather buy alcohol from a legal liquor store, or from some sketchy guy on the streets? Would you rather buy fresh meat from a legit business, or out of somebody's trunk? People would rather support trusted people. Think of this - since alcohol has been made legalized, you don't see gang activity revolving around bootlegging like you used to in the 1920s. Believe it or not, Drug Dealers do not want to see weed legalized, because

    • ANSWER:
      People are ignorant and brain washed by the government. That's why people still support war and the laws against a harmless plant. I believe our generation will fix a lot of these problem we just need to vote and have our opinions heard.

  7. QUESTION:
    What type of cancer is chemotherapy least effective against?
    What type of cancer is chemotherapy most effective against and the least effective against?

    • ANSWER:
      Red Angel is correct. According to the study that was done by some Australian oncologists, when a person gets chemotherapy, they have a 2.1% chance of survival in 5 years for all of the cancer's included. The study was called "The Contribution of Cytotoxic Chemotherapy to 5-year Survival in Adult Malignancies. This study took every randomized controlled clinical trial performed in the U.S. from 1990 to 2004 and the results showed the above Cancer cure statistics. According to that study, chemo is most effective against Hodgkin's disease at 40.3% (ABSOLUTE numbers).

      In 1989, a German biostatistician, Ulrich Abel PhD, after publishing dozens of papers on cancer chemotherapy, wrote a monograph "Chemotherapy of Advanced Epithelial Cancer." It was later published in a shorter form in a peer-reviewed medical journal.70 Dr. Abel presented a comprehensive analysis of clinical trials and publications representing over 3,000 articles examining the value of cytotoxic chemotherapy on advanced epithelial cancer. Epithelial cancer is the type of cancer we are most familiar with. It arises from epithelium found in the lining of body organs such as breast, prostate, lung, stomach, or bowel.

      From these sites cancer usually infiltrates into adjacent tissue and spreads to bone, liver, lung, or the brain. With his exhaustive review Dr. Abel concludes that there is no direct evidence that chemotherapy prolongs survival in patients with advanced carcinoma. He said that in small-cell lung cancer and perhaps ovarian cancer the therapeutic benefit is only slight. Dr. Abel goes on to say, "Many oncologists take it for granted that response to therapy prolongs survival, an opinion which is based on a fallacy and which is not supported by clinical studies."

      Over a decade after Dr. Abel’s exhaustive review of chemotherapy, there seems no decrease in its use for advanced carcinoma. For example, when conventional chemotherapy and radiation has not worked to prevent metastases in breast cancer, high-dose chemotherapy (HDC) along with stem-cell transplant (SCT) is the treatment of choice. However, in March 2000, results from the largest multi-center randomized controlled trial conducted thus far showed that, compared to a prolonged course of monthly conventional-dose chemotherapy, HDC and SCT were of no benefit.71 There was even a slightly lower survival rate for the HDC/SCT group. And the authors noted that serious adverse effects occurred more often in the HDC group than the standard-dose group. There was one treatment-related death (within 100 days of therapy) in the HDC group, but none in the conventional chemotherapy group. The women in this trial were highly selected as having the best chance to respond.

      "April" You need to start using the ABSOLUTE NUMBERS and NOT the relative numbers often used by those that want to skew the results to encourage funding of chemo. You madam, are the laughable one here. Get your facts from credible sources.

      EDIT: "April" My you have been indoctrinated well. Because the medical profession in America has gained so much power and money, it is foreign countries that are doing the real research it seems. The drug company studies are the real jokes with all the "Ghost writers" and throwing out the information that does not meet with their agenda and having people like you supporting that insanity makes it difficult to extract the real truth. You simply will NOT find ANY studies done in America that attack the medical industry's use of chemotherapy, it's just too lucrative and way to big of a cash cow.

      You still have the brain tumor? How has our modern medicine helped you? Look at Genetic Engineering fiasco; same issue. Only in America do they NOT label GMO foods, but everywhere else in the world they do and the rest of the world has seen the tests and know how bad it is for you, but NOT in America! Same problem.

      QRA testing is a very accepted method of testing people for many problems that even doctors have not been able to help. So you know, there is a machine that has been developed that gives data in place of the "O" ring testing you mentioned. It is very sophisticated and not only proves the validity of the "O" ring testing, but is very accurate. You need to update your data bank dear.

      Can you name just ONE disease that ANY drug company has "CURED" in the last 100 years? Just one. And don't embarrass yourself by naming vaccines because there is way too much credible data showing how bad vaccines are and how ineffective they are in so many cases.

      good luck

  8. QUESTION:
    What is the percentage of people surviving stage 3b lung cancer?
    Cancer has reached an area in the brain? My dad has cancer, just wondering how long will he live. He was diagnosed about a month ago?
    He's already received radiation.

    • ANSWER:
      If the lung cancer has metastasized to the brain, it is stage IV.
      Survival at five years is 1% or one in a hundred.
      http://www.lung-cancer.com/lung-cancer-survival-rate.html
      I personally have never seen a patient like this survive more than two years,
      and I saw hundreds of stage IV lung cancer patients.
      The following reference lists average length of survival at eight months.
      That would fit with my experience. That is an average.
      I lost some at less that six months and a few made it a year.
      Of course his medical oncologist or radiation oncologist who know your dad
      and his medical history would be the best ones to make guesses regarding
      survival. Go with your dad and ask them when your dad has a doctor's appointment.
      We have not seen your dad nor his x-ray studies.
      You have not even given us his age.
      So all we can do is show you statistics.
      He's had radiation ? Where - to the chest or the head or both ?
      - - - -
      Sorry to give you such bad news. I assume people on this site want honest answers.
      Was your dad a cigarette smoker ? Every single one of the many hundreds of people
      with lung cancers I saw in North Carolina had been a smoker. I estimated that the
      average person I saw with lung cancer had smoked half a million cigarettes before
      their diagnosis was made. Smoking causes 90% of the lung cancers in men.

  9. QUESTION:
    How long can a person live with a brain tumor before it is discovered?
    I realize that some tumors are much more aggressive in growth than others... so I guess I'm asking about the ones that take a while to grow.

    Additionally, for people with undiagnosed personality disorders or mental illness (therefore no monitoring of brain health)... how long can it take to discover there's a brain tumor? The reason I ask this is because with someone who already had a previous condition, such as a personality disorder, it may take longer to discover since people may just attribute their strange actions, etc., to their "different" personality.

    • ANSWER:
      Your question is a very good one. It typically takes about 10 years for medical science to discover a cancer in someone. You are right, some can be detected sooner due to the rapid growth that can happen. In regard to the so called "Disorders," those are made up phrases to allow doctors and psychiatrists to prescribe medications. Psychiatrists used to be called QUACKS until the drug companies figured out they had a great marketing potential.

      Those psychotropic drugs are designed to get people addicted and do very little to help with much of anything. In fact, the ADD and ADHD drugs cause children to stunt their growth about 1 to 2 inches, stop working all together in about 2 years and are nothing more than amphetamines, again designed to expand the marketing reach of drug companies, nothing more.

      ADD & ADHD symptoms are nothing more than nutritional deficiencies and toxic overload in the body. No one I know or have ever heard of has been DEFICIENT IN ANY DRUG!

      Watch this video to learn about what the hack doctors and quack psychiatrists are doing to America today with those "Disorder" drugs:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fduMpYhv1_M&feature=related

      Now in regard to brain tumors, you need to know what the mainstream medical machine is all about when it comes to cancer. The primary objective is PROFIT and SHAREHOLDER VALUE, not your health, not CURING cancer, and their only goal is to develop drugs to "Treat the symptoms and manage the disease," nothing more.

      Watch this video and you will be shocked to see what a doctor went through that actually has a cure for brain tumors that is working, but how he has had to fight the American Cancer Society, AMA, Texas medical board, FDA, and even our own government, and some drug companies.

      CANCER ( that involves brain tumors ) is BIG BUSINESS and "MONEY DOESN'T TALK, IT SCREAMS!" Here's the video:

      http://www.naturalnews.tv/v.asp?v=F5B32D25BDC2E1977584DF9A1DF9CC0D

      It's time America wakes up to what is going on all around us. Drug companies write the text books for medical schools now. Drug companies are spending billions on drugs that are killing more Americans than any other disease in America today, yet, they are allowed to do so with the blessings of our government.

      In July 2004, Gary Null Ph.D, Carolyn Dean M.D., N.D, Martin Feldman M.D., Debora Rasio M.D., Dorothy Smith Ph.D. wrote a paper that revealed very disturbing facts regarding an annual iatrogenic (induced inadvertently by a physician or surgeon or by medical treatment or diagnostic procedures) death rate of 783,936 in one year. It is further disturbing to realize that as few as 5 percent and only up to 20 percent of iatrogenic acts are ever reported. This means that that iatrogenic death rate of 783,936 is much higher.

      As we look at the causes of death from degenerative diseases and other causes in America in 2004, it is obvious we are not good at solving this problem on any level. Deaths from: Heart Disease 652,000, Cancer 553,000, and Stroke 150,000.

      When comparing the iatrogenic acts of modern medicine in America with the statistical numbers of people dying of any particular disease, it is evident that the American medical system is the leading cause of death and injury in the United States. And when we look at the cost of these iatrogenic deaths, the cost is in the billions.

      A definitive review and close reading of medical peer-review journals, and government health statistics shows that American medicine frequently causes more harm than good. The number of people having in-hospital, adverse drug reactions (ADR) to prescribed medicine is 2.2 million. Dr. Richard Besser, of the CDC, in 1995, said the number of unnecessary antibiotics prescribed annually for viral infections was 20 million. Dr. Besser, in 2003, now refers to tens of millions of unnecessary antibiotics. The number of unnecessary medical and surgical procedures performed annually is 7.5 million. The number of people exposed to unnecessary hospitalization annually is 8.9 million.

      good luck to you

  10. QUESTION:
    What is the chance of survival with these cancers?
    Brain, liver, lung and cervical.
    Someone close to me has all four.. what is her chance of survival if she just found out about a week ago?
    Ok well if i must be specific is started as cervical cancer and has obviously spread! I dnt know much about the detail, all i know is what she said. And I wouldn't think our best friends (and i mean they're literally our best friends and have been forever) would lie about cancer.. and she's been getting treatments every day.

    • ANSWER:
      I doubt very much she has all 4 of those cancers at once. She probably has a stage 4 cervical cancer which has a 5 year survival rate of 5%.

      EDIT: Yes survival rate are just statistics. They are based on over 50 years of information we have kept on cancer. In this case it means 5 years after diagnosed with stage 4 cervical cancer 5% are still alive. As the years progress the percentage declines. HPV does not cause cancer it is a risk factor for some.

      SECOND EDIT: If it started as cervical cancer it is still cervical cancer – it doesn’t turn into something else. Every type of cancer is a different disease, so yes you do need to be specific.

  11. QUESTION:
    How many old people die of cancer, cardiocerebrovascular disease?
    I found almost all the old people (70 and above) die of either cancer or brain heart vascular diseases or accidents. Are there any official statistics?

    • ANSWER:
      Heart is still the first killer

      followed by cancer

      Its very rare for someone who is 70 and plus to die in a accident

  12. QUESTION:
    my 16 year old daughter has been diagnosed with stage 3 astrocytoma in her brain and spine?
    she is nearly 17 years old and has 3 stage 3 tumors in the right side of her brain and the cancer has moved into her spine where she also has 3 tumors. she's in relatively good health. what do the statistics say about this age group with these tumors in the two different locations?

    • ANSWER:
      Statistics in childhood cancers such as astrocytoma are actually limited and should not be used for prognosis for this age group. The reason it is limited is because childhood cancers are rare and brain tumors are also rare to this age group . . so not enough data has been collected to determine 'prognosis' . . people are not statistics . .everyone is different and every cancer is different. A treatment that might work for one person may not work for another . . so you cannot look at statistics and think that this is a clear picture of what will or what will not happen.

      If your daughter is in good health than seek out a pediatric cancer hospital which treats or specializes in this type of cancer. It is also best to join an online or hospital support group to share information with other parents and caregivers fighting this same type of cancer.

      http://www.abta.org/index.cfm?contentid=225

      Good luck.

  13. QUESTION:
    What are the roles of statistics in these fields?
    Please help me.
    The fields are:
    Medicine
    Education
    Military
    Psychology
    Sociology
    Biology
    Business
    Agriculture
    Engineering
    Weather

    Please tell me the role of statistics on one of these fields, better if more! Or all! No just joking, but please help.

    • ANSWER:
      In general, what statistics does is it tells us what is going on by giving us measurements. These measurements can then be used to evaluate things.

      Medicine: We use statistics to determine how effective treatments are and whether or not they are safe. Say we have a new cancer drug and want to know if it is both safe and effective. We may test it out by undergoing an experimental procedure. We give one set of randomly chosen patients a "placebo" (a fake drug) and another the real one. After a certain amount of time, we try to see if there is a difference between the two groups. Before any drug gets to the human testing stage, it must first be evaluated on non-human subjects, such as in laboratories and on lab animals.
      Education: We may want to know how many students are passing and failing, or how effective a teaching system is. Say you want to improve test scores and you have a new teaching system. You administer this to a group of random students- much like with a new drug- and try to determine if there are any differences between the treatment ("testing") group and the control (non-testing) group. If you cannot conduct an experiment, you simply try to observe a lot of students and try to see if the ones who are doing better also happen to be using the new teaching system.

      The basic procedures of testing are the same throughout each of the fields. You can either conduct actual experiments, where you determine who is in your testing and control groups, or you can simply observe a large number of subjects and try to notice patterns or differences. Here are some other examples.

      Military: test the effectiveness of a new weapons system.
      Psychology: Statistics grew out of te desire by psychologists to measure things like intelligence and human behavior. Today, many psychologists are branching into biology, where they are testing hormone activity in the brain.
      Sociology: We may want to determine the connection between handgun laws and violence.

      At all these levels we try to understand the world by breaking it down into smaller components. We then try to find the patterns (statisticians call these "correlations"). For example, we might determine that a new brand of fertilizer is correlated with larger crops (agriculture).

      Business-people are concerned with statistics that reveal how wella product or service is selling. Imagine that you are a huge corporation that sells pop soda, and you have a new TV advertisement that markets the soda. Is the advertisement effective? You may want to gather statistics about how consumers view the advertisement (either through directly asking them- such as through a poll or a panel where people sit down and answer questions face-to-face) or by observing the change in sales. If your sales grow drammatically right after you introduce the new ad, there is good reason to believe that part of that has to do with the ad itself.

      Keep in mind that researchers always try to not immediately assume that correlation means causation. That is, just because two things tend to go together does not mean that either one causes the other. The only ways we can make sure that one thing does cause the other (for example, a good drug may "cause" a person to become healthier) is to rule out other possibilities. When we gather a lot of data ("statistics") about something, it helps us eliminate alternative possibilities. For example, when we administer a new drug to a treatment group, we want to make sure that they are not already taking a medication that may interfere with the outcome. Without doing this, we might think that the effectiveness of our drug comes entirely from it. In a sense, the "control" helps us remove some of that uncertainty, because it keeps everything but the treatment the same.

  14. QUESTION:
    Lynn Redgrave died, but she was cured of breast cancer. How can that be?
    The paper said the actress died after 7 years of fighting breast cancer. But she was a cancer surviver and cured after 5 years she was still living. If she was cured, why did she die of the cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      The medical community has decided to create an illusion that we are making progress using the 3 methods of "curing" cancer that has been legally accepted in the United States for the last approximately 100 years. Billions of dollars have been poured into this feeble attempt and it is failing miserably, but that is not something the medical community can tolerate. So they have done some things with the statistics that borders on shameful.

      Cancer is the ONLY disease that uses a 5 year survival rate as the criteria to say a person is "CURED." The time starts when you are diagnosed. So now they are pushing everyone to get diagnosed early on the idea that you have a better chance of being cured. Well that's clever. Since it takes about 8 to 10 years for cancer to be growing before it is typically able to be diagnosed and another 10 years to die from it if you get NO treatments, the earlier you are diagnosed, the better statistic you will be.

      Redgrave died 7 years after she was diagnosed, so she was CURED according to the way she will be listed. If they had diagnosed her a few years later, she would not be a good statistic and have to be labeled as NOT CURED.

      She had breast cancer and the typical chemotherapy and radiation treatments statistically only cure 1.4% of those people. Living 7 years from diagnosis, she gets the distinction of her relatives of saying she beat the odds and was part of the 1.4% cured.

      I challenge any person here on this forum or anywhere to show us all credible evidence that ADVANCED BREAST CANCER TUMOR PATIENTS BEING TREATED WITH CONVENTIONAL MEDICINE DO BETTER OR LIVE LONGER THAN UNTREATED. Where is the study that shows that? In fact, you will NOT see the real data, but only carefully massaged data that gives the results that promotes huge donations of money that is being poured down a rat hole and wasted on research that is just NOT WORKING.

      Even the "cancer studies" are being manipulated to present a favorable impression that Cancer cures are making lots of progress, when in real life, it is just the opposite. It's now very common for these guys to make insults on our intelligence by using some ridiculous "Relative Benefit" study, and not the true data by using ONLY an "Absolute Benefit" study, like the major trickery used for Tamoxifen where the Absolute Benefit was 1.5% and the Relative Benefit was 49%. These guys are using the Relative Benefit and this is simply deceptive and wrong. When looking at data being presented, it is important to make sure honesty and true numbers are what you are looking at.

      There are several cancers to consider when establishing the percentage of cases that are lumped into the 2 - 3% cure rate that chemotherapy & radiation are showing. Here is that data showing the % cured (defined using the word cured to mean that ridiculous 5 year survival rate) for a specific cancer using the conventional chemotherapy & radiation or surgery. The study that was done was called "The Contribution of Cytotoxic Chemotherapy to 5-year Survival in Adult Malignancies. This study took every randomized controlled clinical trial performed in the U.S. from 1990 to 2004 and the results showed the above Cancer cure statistics:

      Uterus: 00.0%; Stomach 00.7%; Colon 01.0%; Breast 01.4%; Head & Neck: 01.9%; Lung 2.0%; Rectal 3.4%; Brain 3.7%; Esophagus 04.9%; Ovary 08.9%; Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma 10.5%; Cervix 12%; Testes 37.7%; Hodgkin's 40.3%.

      Now realize that Testes and Hodgkin's only represents 2% of the total cancers.

      To put an even better perspective on this understand that ANY drug evaluated by the medical community that shows less than 30% effectiveness is considered to be LESS THAN A PLACEBO. So, a sugar pill is just as effective as about 98% or more cancer treatments used today! ! !

      You will be interested to know that the AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY in 2007 said "Surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy... seldom produce a cure." That was a quote from the "CANCER FACTS & FIGURES 2007."

      I do wish the medical people would STOP using the word CURE for cancer at the 5 year survival rate. This is deceptive and degrading to real credible science. CURE in all other diseases, except Cancer, is defined as "ELIMINATION OF DISEASE." Why NOT be honest for a change about what is really going on? Instead of trying to hide the real facts, let's examine what is really working and what isn't. Drug companies love the fact that the typical cancer patient will waste 0,000 to fight cancer with these concoctions that are worse than sugar pills.

      The most effective ways to treat cancer is what is being done outside the U.S. It is illegal for anyone to use any cancer treatment that does not involve chemotherapy, radiation, or surgery! All other treatments are considered illegal and a person can be put in jail for using, promoting, or experimenting, yet many of these treatments are getting tremendous successes. The average person fights off about 6 events of cancer in their lifetime. The body eliminates cancer cells each day as part of the immune system defenses. Our bodies are designed to do that.

      Giving people poisons to fight cancer and destroying the immune system is as ridiculous today as it was when the top allopathic doctors decided to drain 1/2 of the blood out of the body of George Washington to cure a sore throat. That didn't work, so the next day they gave him 650 mg. of mercury thinking that would do it. It did, HE DIED. That was chemotherapy, or more aptly put, chemical poisoning.

      To get far better answers to a "cancer cure," you should investigate the GERSON CLINIC in San Diego that has a facility across the border in Mexico where they can treat people by supporting a good immunity and detoxification that really works.

      good luck to you

  15. QUESTION:
    Why is breast cancer more "important" than brain cancer?
    Why is it that breast cancer is broadcasted more than any other type of cancer? I don't think this is right..... For example brain cancer is much more life threatening. Yes, all types of cancer are life threatening, just why breast cancer. To be honest that kinda makes me furious.

    • ANSWER:
      Are you just sitting there feeling furious, or are you translating that fury into action?

      Let me explain.

      The answer to why breast cancer has a higher profile than other cancers is simple - sheer hard work.

      Breast cancer awareness campaigns and Awareness Month started as a campaign by ordinary women, most of whom had breast cancer or had lost someone to it, to raise awareness so that people knew the symptoms, examined themselves regularly, attended their routine mammograms etc. It caught the public imagination and enthusiastic participation and hard work by women made it grow into something nationally, then internationally, recognised.

      People have limited time for campaigns; those who campaign around illnesses are usually concerned with the illness that's affected them or their family. I know a couple who have a child with a very rare and life-threatening condition. Much of their time is now taken up with campaigning around this condition - fund raising, agitating for more funding for research, more education, more awareness etc. They're doing what what the women who started the breast cancer awareness campaign did. And it's as a result of the hard work by those women that breast cancer is no longer the automatic death sentence it once was - but don't lose sight of the fact that in the US an average of 112 women die from breast cancer every day; in the UK.that average is 33 a day - I don't have statistics for other countries.

      There are awareness campaigns and months for other cancers - but the fact is that none has had the hard work put into it that breast cancer awareness has - hard work by people affected by breast cancer and their families.

      I agree that awareness needs to be raised about other cancers too.and while I hate ‘competitive illness’ I can see why there is resentment about an imbalance in awareness and fund raising.

      BUT it does annoy me a little (well, ok; more than a little) when people complain about the attention breast cancer receives in comparison to other cancers. The solution is not less attention for breast cancer, but more attention for other cancers – and there is nothing to stop any group of people starting a campaign along the lines of the one started by those women who started all the breast. If brain cancer is a cause close to your heart - and good for you if it is - there is nothing to stop you from enlisting the help of a couple of friends to start an awareness and fundraising campaign. You'd have to be prepared to be as dedicated and to work as hard as those women though. Maybe you already are...?

  16. QUESTION:
    How many people were diagnosed with Brain Cancer?
    Title says it all. I just need adults and a accurate answer. Thanks. (Kids can work just put it in a kids spot.)

    • ANSWER:
      You can always enter "brain cancer statistics" into your favorite search engine and you'll get the information you are looking for.

      I'm not sure what you mean when you say "were diagnosed." To what time period are you referring? Worldwide? US only? Europe? Australia? South America? North America? Africa? Asia?

      Estimated new cases and deaths from brain and other nervous system cancers in the United States in 2012:

      New cases: 22,910
      Deaths: 13,700

      http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/brain

      "This year, an estimated 22,910 adults (12,630 men and 10,280 women) in the United States will be diagnosed with primary malignant tumors of the brain and spinal cord. It is estimated that 13,700 adults (7,720 men and 5,980 women) will die from this disease this year. Brain tumors are the tenth most common cause of cancer death in women.

      "About 4,000 children and teens will be diagnosed with a brain or central nervous system tumor this year. More than half of these are in children younger than 15."

      http://www.cancer.net/cancer-types/brain-tumor/statistics

  17. QUESTION:
    What are the effects of weed on the intellect of someone aged 14-16?
    I'm assuming if vaporized, not taking into account any damage actual smoke would cause. And also, I would prefer unbiased results, not some pothead who smokes weed all day, or some conservative who has never done it. And any statistics you say, please provide links to studys that actually prove what you are saying. I only care about the effects on intellect.
    I want to know the effects of doing it like once every other week, from a vaporizer.

    • ANSWER:
      PERFECT question. Watch "The Union". It's an up to date documntary on everything you need to know about it. It tells about an experiment done on monkeys awhile ago that proves the only physically harmful effect of it is suffocation. And the only way that could happen is if you inhale a certain amount in a certain amount of time, and this will kill brain cells. Otherwise, no problem. Not a single reported case of death. It is used for cancer patiens for crying out loud.
      You can find this documentary very easily by typing it into google, it's a Google video so you can watch it right there without downloading/signing up for anything.

      As for personal experiece, I smoke a couple times a week. Last year I didn't at all, and I was a freshman in high school. I got average grades, A's and B's and a couple of C's. This year, as a sophomore, I have been on the honor role all year with a 3.67 average GPA and almost all A's and a B+ or two. I never do it before school, but I honestly think it posiively affects me. I do well in school, and have realized a lot of things about the world and myself. I think smoking cigarettes is disgusting and alcohol dangerous. It's a natural herb, how bad can it be? It's like going outside and rolling a joint out of leaves from trees or grass from the ground. Natural.

      I understand how some people can get lazy from it, but that's only if you do it a lot. My dad has been smoking since high school and has a well paying, steady job at the largest factor in town and went to college and everything. It's not like it makes you a loser. I believe that the reason some people graduate on to more dangerous things is becase they think it's cool or something. But if you understand that it's spiritual, makes you more friendly and open to new ideas/things, and is purely natural, you won't feel the need for anything else.

      I'm almost 16, by the way.
      Hope I helped!

  18. QUESTION:
    Chemotherapy is most effective on which type of cancer?
    I can't seem to find any statistics on this, and I know there are many combinations of chemo and radiation, but which type of cancer responds most readily to chemo by itself? Also, is there a specific form of cancer that is never treated using chemo?

    • ANSWER:
      Basal cell is just cut out, not normally treated with chemo unless it's spread. Cancers found early usually respond well to chemo. There's many different chemos for many different cancers. I would think I'm doing very well on my chemo for brain cancer since it hasn't started growing again. I just took it about an hour ago and I feel great.

  19. QUESTION:
    Why are so many Americans dying from cancer?
    Im just starting to notice so many people in my family and my community and not just us all over this country dying from the same cause . Cancer. Theres so many different types , but I have also noticed the statistics for cancer in America is high. Whats the causes? There has to be some type of cause.

    • ANSWER:
      I think people are dying from it because when they suspect something is wrong with them, they get scared and avoid their doctor. I know a woman who was a nurse and found a lump on her breast and never went to the doctor. Months later she finally went, found out she had breast cancer, and a few months later found out it had spread to her brain and spinal cord.

      I don't think people realize the importance of health care screenings (mammograms, a colonoscopy, gynecologic exams, prostate exams, etc.). Everyone thinks it can't happen to them. These are especially important for people who have a history of cancer(s) in their family. Hopefully people will eventually realize how important these things are and in the end we'll be beating cancer, instead of cancer beating us.

  20. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know the statistic of the average amount of time a child with cancer spends in the hospital?
    I am also trying to find an estimate of how many treatments the average child with cancer has to undergo in a life time. I'm sure it varies depending upon if the disease relapses or not, but i'm trying to find such statistics for a presentation on pediatric oncology. I want to relate to the psychological toll that the disease takes on a child as a result of spending so much time going through treatments.

    • ANSWER:
      I don't think a statistic can be calculated as there are far too many variables. The time a child spends in the hospital for cancer treatment depends on the cancer they have, the stage it is, what type of treatment they receive/whether or not they have a bone marrow transplant, how their body responds, whether or not they get infections, number of surgeries, recovery time for surgery, among other things.

      My 3 year old son Conrad was diagnosed with brain cancer in February and he has spent 23 days inpatient already. Psychologically he is doing very well, he is still hard to keep up with!

      Any other questions please e-mail me at houstonkendall@ymail.com
      -Super Conrad's Mommy

  21. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to change the Fabric of our Society?
    Women are constantly being told to look a certain way. Look at all the cosmetic surgeries. Look at the beauty and youth industry in general.

    I've heard some interesting statistics:

    The average girl in the United States begins dieting at Age 8.
    Girls report having body image issues at an average of Age 5.

    Here is my question:

    How do we change society itself? What measures should be taken?

    • ANSWER:
      Society changes all the time. Just a few generations ago a hanging was considered good family fun in this country.

      As for women dieting, and your starting to see it in men too now. Plain and simple people look better when thin. How thin is thin enough to look good varies by who is looking and the the shape/bone structure/muscle type of the person being viewed. With fewer men doing taking part in sports, working labor intensive jobs and overall just not getting out much your starting to see males dieting also.

      As for changing the culture unless you can rewire our brains to see beauty differently it's not going to happen. Nor is it any healthier to not diet. On one side you have the various detrimental effects of extreme diets including anorexia, poor nutrition, anemia, etc. On the flip side those who just let themselves go suffer from diabetes, heart disease, poor mental health, back pain, higher rates of cancer, and so on.

      In short being at either extreme is unhealthy for MOST people, but not all. The one thing nutritionists are completely missing is that people are different. What is good for one person is lethal for another. They are trying to slap a single model and force feed everybody into it. No wonder half the time they are reversing themselves or contradicting previous findings. For some people extremely thin is both normal and healthy. For some people it's lethal. Some people can weigh in at 300 LBs and live for years with few health issues, most people cannot. For some it's a crippling experience they cannot recover from.

      Where you'll have better luck is instilling healthier habits earlier than 8. Everybody should "diet" it's just a matter of their phsyiology, goals and easily obtained foods. A weight lifter "diets" but their goal is not to lose weight it's to bulk up. Almost nobody looks good or feels good even 20 lbs over their ideal weight. By waiting until they are 15 or 16 to try to diet they are already set in really bad eating habits which haunt them their entire life.

      As for how attractive a woman is that is hard wired. Dudes are very visually oriented in that way. As long as we are a mixed gender society women will be judged by how they look to a lessor or greater extent. Short of wiping out our reproductive instincts you won't even dent that. Even if you manage to control one of our strongest instincts and bury it. The way men and women's brains work will place a heavier emphasis on looks when it comes to women.

      So in short your barking up not only the wrong tree, your barking at a telephone pole cause you missed the forest on this one. To change what your trying to change would steal from humanity those things that make us so volatile and thus so unique. Those instincts and drives that have launched fleets, changed history over and over again and what has led to the happy union of so many humans over the ages. Remove it and we become some bland species of walking plants. I would suggest asking instead how can we safely help people manage diets for their goals and create realistic goals/ideals.

  22. QUESTION:
    Can someone please edit my essay for Dual English 3?
    Stereotypes on Mental Disorders
    What comes to mind when you think of a person with a mental disorder? Do you think of them as crazy, sociopathic, and murderous? Or do you think of them as kind, gentle human beings? If you thought of crazy people, then you are one of the many people who believe the stereotypes of a mental disorder. Mental disorders are not easily accepted into todays society. In fact, almost every mental disorder has a stereotype behind it. Since mental disorders are not easily accepted into todays society, it makes it harder for people to understand them. People easily believe the stereotypes of mental disorders because of how little they are introduced to us. Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, and Personality Disorders are only a few of the many stereotyped mental disorders.

    Schizophrenic people happen to be stereotyped as someone with multiple personalities. For example, there are two definitions of schizophrenia that people tend to believe, but only one of them are correct. The first one is any group of psychotic disorders usually characterized by withdrawal from reality, illogical patterns of thinking, delusions, and hallucinations, and accompanied in varying degrees by other emotional, behavioural, or intellectual disturbances. The second one is a condition that results from the coexistence of disparate or antagonistic qualities, identities, or activities. The second definition is wrong. It implies that a person with schizophrenia also has multiple personalities. This is why most people think schizophrenia means a split personality, but what it actually means is a split with reality. A schizophrenic person often loses touch with reality, not identity.

    Bipolar disorder comes with various stereotypes. For example, people with bipolar disorder who are having a manic or depressive episode are able to just “snap out” of it. This is not true. Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder that is neurobiologic. Meaning, bipolar disorder is a physical illness involving the brain. It is not a character flaw, nor can someone just snap out of it. It is a bodily disease and not something the person can stop on their own. A person with cancer cannot just “snap out” of having cancer, just as a person with bipolar disorder cannot snap out of being bipolar. Another stereotype associated with Bipolar Disorder is people with bipolar disorder have frequent mood swings. The exact opposite actually happens in this case. Bipolar disorder is characterized as someone getting stuck on a high or low mood which can last for weeks, months, and even years. Only in rare cases will a person have frequent mood swings.

    Personality disorders are one of the most stereotyped mental disorders. For example, many people associate abuse with personality disorders. They tend to think that people with personality disorders were all abused when they were children. This is believed because it does happen to be one of the leading causes for a personality disorder. Statistics say that only 75% of people with a personality disorder were abused sexually, physically or mentally. This still leaves one out of four people that were not. Other causes could have been from a family history of personality disorders or loss of parents. Another example would be people think that a person with a personality disorder will never get better. This is far from the truth. Facts have shown that although personality disorders can’t be healed, they can be effectively managed through therapy and medicine.

    Almost every mental disorder has some sort of stereotype behind it. Society has misinterpreted stereotypes so badly that the mentally ill have been classified as careless and violent people. Bringing enlightenment on this topic can hopefully show society the truth about mental disorders. Truths like schizophrenia is not having more than one personality. Bipolar disorder isn’t a choice that one can simply snap out of. Or that personality disorders doesn’t mean a person was abused as a child or that it is an incurable disease. It is so easy to go along with society and believe the things they say about them because we don’t know any better. Learn about mental disorders before you make conclusions. Don’t judge a person by their illness.

    • ANSWER:
      I will make two suggestions:

      1. Remove the word "it" wherever possible.

      2. The paper is a bit repetitive.

      3. Aside from the repeats, there are quite a few filler words and phrases. It looks like it's about 700 words, but the same info could have been communicated in about 500 words.

      If you have other questions, contact me.

  23. QUESTION:
    Why do stoners think cannabis is harmless?
    I've heard lots of shit from stoners saying weed cures/helps prevent many diseases; cancer, epilepsy, depression/anxiety and other mental illnesses such as schizophrenia. How can they think this when the evidence that it can both cause and worsen the above illnesses is overwhelming. If it cures, or helps treat, cancer why did Bob Marley die of it? If it treats mental illness why are psychiatric hospitals full of people suffering from "cannabis psychosis". I mean do these stupid stoners have ANY evidence to back this up? Do any of these people have a degree in Pharmacology or any Biological subjects? Please only answer this if you have any proper medical evidence that cannabis can treat these diseases.
    R.J - I said he died of cancer
    R.J - I said he died of cancer

    • ANSWER:
      I work with young people who are trying to get something back after having their lives wrecked by getting involved with drugs. Most of them started by smoking a little weed, very occasionally, and like others on here, telling themselves that a little bit is harmless. To those people I have to say - IT ISN'T! WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE! Even the smallest amount kills brain cells and these are never recovered. The damage is accumulative. With time, even smoking the odd bit, it starts to show - you can't continually lose brain cells and not be affected by it at sometime. Of course the brain cells that are killed are those that enable the user to be rational about the use. This eventually leads to using more often and eventually (because it's inevitable) trying something different. Then we're on the 'chase the high' trail. And then they end up in a unit like the one I work in, dependent on people like me. With time and a lot of work in rehab (and we don't just have rehab for hardened users) something like (but never actually) a more normal life can be attained. But the brain cells can't be recreated and they will never have the opportunities in life that non-users have available to them. I work with youngsters; I have colleagues who work with adults from all walks of life, including once successful businessmen who think they'll spend a bit of their money on a little 'high'. They eventually aren't able to be as useful in their occupations as they once were and start to drag their feet. It gets noticed and they get sidelined. Not understanding why, they think that trying more or something stronger is where to drown their problems. And so the downward spiral begins. And they end up with us. You would cry if you could see some of the guys/gals who have wrecked their lives. And you wouldn't do drugs, I promise you. I don't give a damn about statistics involving the Dutch or anyone else - I see the results every day.
      I fully sympathise with those who acquire a little cannabis for their partners who are suffering with MS etc to ease their pains and I do know that some cannabis forms are occasionally prescribed in controlled doses. But without medical control, it's simply dangerous, end of. Drugs kill brain cells, they wreck lives. I'm off my soapbox (and I'm on call).

  24. QUESTION:
    What is the survival rate for lung cancer?
    My grampy who is 67 years old has lung cancer, and i guess is not going to be around for much longer. He is not telling the family much, however he had septicaemia less than a year ago, and presumably could not have had lung cancer at that point as he would have been tested for such diseases. I have been looking for information in regards to the survival rate of this disease, but keep finding statistics which differ a great deal. However one thing which is clear is that the survival rate is not so good.

    And even if he does survive, i guess that he is unlikely to still be around in five or ten years time. What is the survival rate for lung cancer, and do you know anyone who has had this disease? And if so if the doctors got rid of the cancer, then were they around for a long time afterwards?

    • ANSWER:
      With radiation and chemo doctors kill or allow the cancer to kill 7 out of 10 cancer patients!!! Chemo has been proven to feed cancer cells, and it causes secondary cancers to grow, plus chemo traumatizes the brain for years!!! Mainstream doctors just use chemo and radiation to prey on cancer patients!!! They refuse to recognize any natural cure studies that have gone exceptionally well!!! The AMA must have a patent on chemo and radiation therapies so they will use it until pigs fly!!! Cannabis studies show it cures 7 out of 10 cancer patients!!! If you do come down with cancer then stay away from the mainstream "madical" profession, if you have any money use it to find natural cures if you want to live or keep thoughts of your family!!!

  25. QUESTION:
    How long does Marijuana make you stupid for?
    I smoked weed for my first time 2 days ago and i feel stupid. I cant think straight. I heard this lasts for a certain amount of time or maybe its perminent.

    • ANSWER:
      Allow me to unveil to you what no one really knows about marijuana:
      1) Marijuana is the slang word for Cannabis. Cannabis is a plant that contains a chemical called tetrahydrocannibinol also known as Delta9 thc. Thc itself is ONLY found in Cannabis.
      2) Farmers before the 1900's were required by law to grow hemp which derives from Cannabis(Weed) due to its EFFECTIVE use in making paper, biodegradable bags, CARS (the first maker (Ford) make his car with hemp fiber), medicine (many medicines were mixed with marijuana), and for therapeutic treatment.
      3) In order to overdose with Marijuana, you need more than 2000 pounds of it which is quite impossible to intake judging you will fall asleep or pee it out before you can intake 2000 pounds in even a 24 hour cycle. So what people say is wrong btw.... you cannot die
      4) Marijuana is the least killers of the major three 1)cigarettes 2) alcohol 3) marijuana
      5) Surprisingly, schools condemn the use of marijuana due to its effect on KILLING braincells, well you see, that study was done decades ago and was proven WRONG. Sources: Go to harvard.edu research
      6) Marijuana actually stimulates the growth of braincells :) sources: harvard.edu Uc San Diego research and much more if you ACTUALLY look into it
      7) Marijuana shows promising results on curing Lung cancer, leukemia, brain cancer, and much more reducing tumors of up to 50 percent minimum where 3 out of 10 were cured a hundred percent and the cancer DID NOT RETURN such as chemotherapy with its 2percent success rate yet it is still the most preferred treatment? doesnt that sound wrong? 2percent yet Thc curing cancer is much higher in percentage?
      8) Marijuana was illegalized mainly because during the 1930-70's much racism occured. Now, the jazz musicians, the mexicans, and SOME mormons used marijuana for its benefits. The United States therefore illegalized it with some quotes here saying: Marijuana makes a black man look at a white women twice. Mexicans are crazy because they smoke marijuana. Does this not sound a bit unjust?
      9) Marijuana does not affect cognitive thinking after 3-4 hours of smoking. Basically, test scores have not be reduced at all even with people smoking it 3-4 times day for 10 years.
      10) It is a class A drug meaning no medical value, yet i have my sources prepared for its medical use. How could this "drug" be Class A the same class as heroin when it cannot kill you, the statistics on people dying of its use of secondary causes are below 30 a year at most?
      11) Question this with objectivity, you will not find it so haunting. It's even less dangerous than ADVIL, TYLENOL, PROZAC, COREG, ST. JOHNS WORT, MOTRIN, AND ALL THE OVER THE COUNTER MEDICATION
      12) Last, what will happen to our economy, our trash bag companies, car companies, oil companies if hemp was allowed to be grown? These companies will go bankrupt as well as parts of the United States will as well; therefore, the Us has illegalized it due to the fear that this GOODNESS will bring the corruption of the government down.
      13) If anyone is interested to hear more, would like my sources, or would like to debate, shoot me an email.
      Source(s):
      Harvard.edu UCSD.edu and much more

  26. QUESTION:
    What is the survival rate for an astrocytoma?
    My best friend was diagnosed with an astrocytoma and the doctor gave him 6 months. I want to know if the doctor may have made a mistake in the time he gave him to live, and if he didn't, what my friend's chances of surviving are.

    • ANSWER:
      About 7.4% of all brain tumors are astrocytoma, and about half of all childhood brain tumors are astrocytoma.

      The five-year relative survival rate (the percentage of people who survive at least five years after the cancer is detected, excluding those who die from other diseases) for low-grade astrocytoma in children is more than 80%. For children with high-grade astrocytoma, the five-year relative survival rate is about 49%. Children with noninfiltrating astrocytoma (a tumor that is unlikely to spread) generally have a higher five-year relative survival rate.

      Cancer survival statistics should be interpreted with caution. These estimates are based on data from thousands of cases of this type of cancer, but the actual risk for a particular individual may differ. It is not possible to tell a person how long he or she will live with astrocytoma. Because the survival statistics are measured in five-year intervals, they may not represent advances made in the treatment or diagnosis of this cancer.

  27. QUESTION:
    is it dangerous to set up a BTS tower in housing areas?
    I'm afraid that setting up a BTS tower will affect the people in that area due to radiation or something (i.e: getting cancer etc). can anyone help?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes recent statistics from the american radiation society show that long term exposure can result in malignant brain tumors and crazy delusions of grandeur

  28. QUESTION:
    Is There Any Medical Knowledge Of What Exactly Causes Stigmata?
    I have read some medical journals and some do explain that doctors have treated some patients for unexplainable bleeding from the hands, feet, and the head.

    Nowadays with modern research is there anything that would explain from a medical point of view what causes some people to frequently bleed from their hands and feet.

    • ANSWER:
      Stigma, by definition, is a mark of disgrace or shame. Stigma has four components:

      Labeling someone with a condition
      Stereotyping people who have that condition
      Creating a division — a superior "us" group and a devalued "them" group, resulting in loss of status in the community
      Discriminating against someone on the basis of their label
      Labels can be useful, though, and they're not always negative. In health, for instance, a diagnosis is, in essence, a label. A label can offer reassurance that your condition has a medical cause, and it can help steer you toward appropriate treatment.

      Labels don't always result in stigma, either. Many illnesses today are gaining acceptance and empathy. Breast cancer is a shining example. Survivors used to feel shamed and kept their condition secret for fear of being stigmatized. Today, though, survivors and advocates openly talk about the condition, hold fundraisers or wear ribbons or wristbands to show support.

      Why mental health disorders still face stigma
      While most people would never think of mocking someone with breast cancer, mental health disorders and conditions still remain fair game for ridicule.

      Mental vs. physical
      Why does stigma of mental illnesses continue? For one thing, the term "mental illness" suggests that it's not the same as a medical or physical illness. To some, the word "mental" suggests that the illness is not a legitimate medical condition but rather a problem caused by your own choices and actions. People may blame you and think your condition is "all in your head." They may think that a mental health disorder means that you're weak or lazy. They may think that you should just "get over it." And you may begin to think these things about yourself, too.

      In reality, mental illnesses have very complex causes, often a mix of your genetics, your biology and your life experiences — most of which are beyond your control. Neuroimaging studies, for instance, show physical changes in the brain associated with mental disorders. And studies show that some mental illnesses run in families, suggesting that they may be due in part to your genes.

      Crime and violence
      Some people also believe that if you have a mental health disorder, you must be dangerous and violent. This perception is often inflamed by media accounts of crime in which someone is vaguely referred to as "mentally ill."

      Statistics, however, don't bear out a connection between mental illnesses and violence. Most people who have a mental illness are neither violent nor criminals.

      Stigma worse for some conditions
      As a result of such misperceptions, stigma continues, and mental health conditions remain the butt of jokes in popular culture. Negative portrayals of people with mental illnesses fuel fear and mistrust and reinforce distorted perceptions. That leads to even more stigma, causing a vicious cycle.

      Some mental health disorders face more stigma than others, though.

      Schizophrenia, for instance, is more highly stigmatized than depression is. It's routinely mocked and is less likely to generate compassion. Depression, on the other hand, is less often ridiculed, perhaps because an onslaught of advertising for antidepressant medications has made the disorder more mainstream and more acceptable.

      Harmful effects of stigma
      For someone with a mental illness, the consequences of stigma can be devastating — in some cases, worse than the illness itself. Some of the harmful effects of stigma include:

      Trying to pretend nothing is wrong
      Refusal to seek treatment
      Rejection by family and friends
      Work problems or discrimination
      Difficulty finding housing
      Being subjected to physical violence or harassment
      Inadequate health insurance coverage of mental illnesses

      Open discussion can help erase stigma
      Not all the news is bad, though. Today, the stigma surrounding some mental health disorders is slowly eroding. That's due in part to greater public understanding of mental illnesses and the biological basis that many of them have. As causes of mental illnesses and better treatments for them are discovered, stigma may fade even more.

      In addition, many celebrities and public figures have openly discussed their experiences with a mental health condition. This also helps bring the topic out of the closet of shame.

      Coping with stigma
      So what can you do about stigma? If you have a mental illness, you can decide who to tell, if anyone, and how much to tell. You may not be comfortable telling anyone anything at all about your condition. On the other hand, if you confide in people you trust, you may find much-needed compassion, support and acceptance.

      Perhaps you want to actively combat stigma. You may only be comfortable pushing for more awareness within a close circle of family and friends by gently reminding them about the harm in jokes and stereotypes. Or if you're more comfortable tackling bigger challenges and facing bigger risks, you may decide to make your cause more public.

      In either case, here are some ways you can cope with and help end stigma:

      Get appropriate treatment. Don't let the fear or anticipation of being stigmatized prevent you from seeking treatment for your illness. For some people, a specific diagnosis provides relief because it lifts the burden of keeping silent and also underscores that you aren't alone — that many others share your same illness and issues.
      Surround yourself with supportive people. Because stigma can lead to social isolation, it's important to stay in touch with family and friends who are understanding. Isolation can make you feel even worse.
      Make your expectations known. People may not know how to support you, even if they want to help. Offer specific suggestions and remind people of appropriate language.
      Don't equate yourself with your illness. You are not an illness. So instead of saying "I'm bipolar," say "I have bipolar disorder." Instead of calling yourself "a schizophrenic," call yourself "a person with schizophrenia." Don't say you "are depressed." Say you "have depression."
      Share your own experiences. Speaking at events can help instill courage in others facing similar challenges and also educate the public about mental illness. Until you gain confidence, you may want to start at small events, such as talks at a support group or church community.
      Monitor the media. If you spot stigmatizing stories, comic strips, movies, television shows or even greeting cards, write letters of protest that identify the problem and offer solutions.
      Join an advocacy group. Some local and national groups have programs to watch for and correct archaic stereotypes, misinformation and disrespectful portrayals of people with mental illnesses.
      Don't let stigma create self-doubt and shame
      In the face of insensitive comments or crude advertising gimmicks, it may be difficult to feel good about yourself. Remember that you have a medical condition, that it's not your fault and that effective treatments are available. Try not to feel shamed, embarrassed or humiliated if someone knowingly or unknowingly makes light of or pokes fun at your illness. Therapy may help you gain self-esteem and put less stock into what others think of you.

      And if you're comfortable enough to speak up, you may be able to help educate people about the hurt that can result from stigmatizing mental illnesses. The tide is slowly turning.

  29. QUESTION:
    What questions do you want to ask, and what topics do you want to discuss?
    What questions do you want to ask, and what topics do you want to discuss, that aren't found using your search engine? I can, in response to questions, research related information, that pertains directly to the topic of discussion.

    • ANSWER:
      Statistics on cancer caused by artificial sweetners, aspartame and saccharine.

      Statistics related to cancer due to hormone replacement therapy drugs and birth control pills.

      Facts on drug induced hypothyroidism, dementia and alzheimer's.

      20 to 30 year studies on the effects of marijuana on the human brain and body.

  30. QUESTION:
    What's the difference between Down Syndrome and ADHD?
    I know both impair the learning ability and coordination, but what else?

    • ANSWER:
      ADD/ADHD is a biological disorder that starts in the brain related to irregularities in neurotransmitter activity. But what's the difference between the two? The official name of the disorder is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, the recognized acronym being ADHD. ADHD is of three types: (a) combined (b) predominantly inattentive and (c) predominantly hyperactive-impulsive type.

      The misbehavior of children or their poor academic performance were thought to be just "growing up" pains or related to the awkwardness of youth, but it appears that ADD/ADHD could explain poor grades and erratic behavior.

      Statistics indicate that 4%-6% of Americans have some form of ADD/ADHD. This disorder can last a lifetime if it is not detected and treated immediately.

      Common Symptoms of ADHD

      Before an ADHD diagnosis is made, symptoms must exhibit three elements: they must be predominant or pervasive, they must be excessive or frequent, and they must be long term. These symptoms include (but not limited to):

      • Lack of concentration
      • Inability to perform simple tasks
      • Talkativeness
      • Losing things and forgetfulness
      • Habit of interrupting others
      • Restlessness

      Contrary to popular belief, ADD/ADHD is not caused by an over-consumption of sugar (although people with ADD/ADHD may be allergic to some foods), too much television, a brain tumor, bad parenting or ineffective teachers.

      If your child shows signs of AD/HD, ask the following questions, bearing in mind that the degree and intensity of symptoms vary from one person to another:

      • Does your child's behavioral patterns evident in more than one setting; that is, does your child behave that way only in school, or also at home and in social gatherings?
      • Is your child's behavior NOT typical of other children's behaviors? Do the symptoms seem highly unusual?
      • Have your child's symptoms lasted more than six months?
      If you answered yes to all these questions, you may want to see your doctor who will refer your child to a specialist.

      ADD/ADHD: Treatment

      Because there is no identifiable cause of ADHD, the decision to choose one treatment over another is a decision that your doctor can recommend after your child has been examined. In some cases, a combination of treatments may be offered: medication and behavior therapy; or a third option - counseling or psychotherapy - may also be considered. The purpose of medication is to regularize brain activity and must be taken under the supervision of your doctor. Behavior therapy, on the other hand, is intended to help children and adults cope with the emotional effects of their disorder. It might interest you to know that the federal government classifies AD/HD as an allowable disability.

      To understand why Down syndrome happens, you need to understand a little about chromosomes. What are chromosomes? They're thread-like structures within each cell and are made up of genes. Genes provide the information that determines everything about people, from hair color to whether they are girls or boys.

      Most people have 23 pairs of chromosomes, for a total of 46. But a baby with Down syndrome has an extra chromosome (47 instead of 46) or one chromosome has an extra part. This extra genetic material causes problems with the way their bodies develop.

      Health Problems Are Common
      About half of babies with Down syndrome are born with heart defects, which means their hearts developed differently and don't work as they should. Usually, these problems can be corrected by surgery. Some babies may have intestinal problems that also require surgery to fix.

      Kids with Down syndrome are more likely to get infections that affect their lungs and breathing. When they do get infections, they often last longer. They may have eye or ear problems or digestion problems like constipation. Some may develop leukemia, a type of cancer. Each person with Down syndrome is different and may have one, several, or all of these problems.

      Kids with Down syndrome tend to grow and develop more slowly than other children do. They may start walking or talking later than other babies. Special help, such as physical therapy and speech therapy, can give kids a boost with their walking and talking skills.

      Do a Lot of People Have Down Syndrome?
      About 1 out of every 800 babies born has Down syndrome, no matter what race or nationality the parents are. It is not contagious, so you can't catch it from someone else. You are born with it. No one gets Down syndrome later in life.

      Now you know that Down syndrome is caused by a problem with a chromosome. You might already know that we get our chromosomes from our mother and father. Remember the 23 pairs of chromosomes — half are from your mom and half are from your dad.

      But doctors aren't sure why this chromosome problem happens to some babies. It's nothing the mom or dad did before the child was born. Anyone can have a baby with Down syndrome. But the older th

  31. QUESTION:
    Are you worried about the safety of artificial sweetners?
    Have you ever heard of Aspartame (Sweetner 950, 951)? If not, do a Yahoo search on Aspartame. Are you concerned about artificial sweetners?

    • ANSWER:
      Artificial sweeteners are really bad for you. Aspartame gives me horrible migraines. Consumers should be more informed about the dangers of these products. There is somewhat inconclusive evidence that artificial sweeteners are carcinogenic.

      Artificial Sweeteners

      Key Points
      Artificial sweeteners are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
      There is no evidence that the regulated artificial sweeteners on the market in the United States are related to cancer risk in humans.
      As new sweetening products come on the market, the FDA continues to investigate any possible short- or long-term health risks that these products might create.

      Questions about artificial sweeteners and cancer arose when early studies showed that cyclamate, one of several types of artificial sweeteners, caused bladder cancer in laboratory animals. However, results from research studies do not provide clear evidence of an association between artificial sweeteners and human cancer.

      Cyclamate

      Because the findings in animals suggested that cyclamate might increase the risk of bladder cancer in humans, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned the use of cyclamate in 1969. More recent animal studies have failed to demonstrate that cyclamate is a carcinogen (a substance known to cause cancer) or a co-carcinogen (a substance that enhances the effect of a cancer-causing substance). However, other issues must be resolved before cyclamate can be approved for commercial use as a food additive in the United States.

      Saccharin

      Animal studies have linked saccharin, another artificial sweetener, with the development of bladder cancer. For this reason, Congress required that all food containing saccharin bear the following warning label: “Use of this product may be hazardous to your health. This product contains saccharin, which has been determined to cause cancer in laboratory animals.” Congress also mandated that further studies of saccharin be performed.

      The National Cancer Institute (NCI) and FDA have looked at the possible role of saccharin in causing bladder cancer in humans. People in the study (which included a large number of elderly people) who used this artificial sweetener had no greater risk of bladder cancer than people in the population as a whole. However, researchers looked at the data for those people who were heavy saccharin users (6 or more servings of sugar substitute or 2 or more 8-ounce servings of diet drink daily) and found some evidence of an increased risk of bladder cancer, particularly for those who heavily ingested the sweetener as a table top sweetener or through diet sodas. The results of the NCI–FDA study, together with findings of additional research with laboratory animals, suggest that consumption of saccharin is not a major risk factor for bladder cancer in humans. For these reasons, Congress removed the warning label in December of 2000.

      Aspartame

      Aspartame, an artificial sweetener distributed under several trade names (e.g., Nutrasweet or Equal), was approved in 1981 by the FDA after tests showed that it did not cause cancer in laboratory animals, although not all of the laboratory experiments agreed. Interest in aspartame was renewed by a 1996 report suggesting that an increase in the number of people with brain tumors between 1975 and 1992 might be associated with the introduction and use of this sweetener in the United States. However, an analysis of then-current NCI statistics showed that the overall incidence of brain and central nervous system cancers began to rise in 1973, 8 years prior to the approval of aspartame, and continued to rise until 1985. Moreover, increases in overall brain cancer incidence occurred primarily in people 70 and older, a group that was not exposed to the highest doses of aspartame since its 1981 introduction. These and other data do not point to a clear link, based on animal or human studies, between the use of aspartame and the development of brain tumors. The FDA still considers aspartame safe.

      Stevia

      In recent years, a sweetening product called stevia (stevioside or steviol) has received much public attention. It is 250 to 300 times sweeter than sugar. To date, the FDA has not approved it for use as a sweetener in the United States, but stevia may be sold as a dietary supplement. Researchers have found that the main chemical in stevia can be converted in the laboratory to a compound that causes changes in genes. More study is needed to learn whether the same changes, which might lead to cancer, could occur in people.

  32. QUESTION:
    is there a cancer or a disease that is completely incurable?
    i'm just curious. I've had some people tell me that after stage 4 it becomes a matter of when your time is up, and others saying that it can be. If there are diseases which are life threatening or are deadly, how are they contracted?

    • ANSWER:
      Most of the so called degenerative diseases like Parkinsonism or Alzheimers cannot be cured. Symptoms treated, held at bay but not cured if you mean taking out even traces of the diseases.
      Most of the diaseases, other than infections like AIDS -are not contracted. Your balance goes off, your immune system works bad, you overstress YOUR body -like eat too much, excercise too little and get diabetes -not every overweight, sedate person gets it though.
      Or your body can't defend itself against whatever like toxins.

      About cancer I doubt whether doctors ever cure -theyt may help the body to cure. Looking at statistics there is never a disease that nobody ever gets cured.I know personally 1 person who lived 27 years with her glioblastoma(=very malignant brain tumor) and still, half of the patients are dead after 12 months -so NOBODY EVER is a dangerous saying.
      Besides -we all will die, either with disease or without -so?

  33. QUESTION:
    Why do people want marijuana legalized?
    I don't understand this at all. Who could want this stuff legalized? Marijuana smokers are 6 times more likely to get lung cancer than tobacco smokers, and marijuana is highly addictive (look at the statistics, more teens are in treatment for marijuana addiction that all other drugs combined). According to studies done by Dr. Gabriel G. Nahas, marijuana can cause irreversible brain damage and destroys brain cells. Why would anyone want this horrible narcotic to be legal?

    • ANSWER:
      first of all, weed is not addictive and when it says 6 times more likely...do you know how rare? blunts have no crap in it like cigs do... and i guess you dont go to parties or clubs at all, cause weed makes everything more different and fun. even though weed kills brain cells we are talking about 10 brains out of trillions... and i hope you know cells reproduce by dividing so no problem eh? i blaze since 8th grade and im a ap student in 10th grade, i wrestle on varsity in 140 weight class...im 2nd string full back and all my friends go to parties to have a fun time and sometimes blaze but not all the time. and just to let you know the teens who are in the treatment things are the loser ones that have nothing to do in their life besides staying inside and smoke 10 blunts a day... those are the kids no one likes...

  34. QUESTION:
    Are there any true stories about people who never eat healthy food?
    It's for my friend. She never eats healthy food, literally all she eats is stuff that's bad for her like chocolate and sweets. She doesn't gain weight very easily, so she thinks she's okay, but she really isn't. Are there any stories about people who never eat healthy food, and I mean literally never, so I can show them to her and get her to stop living like this? I've tried looking on the internet, nothing comes up.

    • ANSWER:
      Well what I can find are :

      1. http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/03/28/fatty.foods.brain/index.html

      2. http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/apr/14/demonise-junk-food-sake-children

      3. http://health.usnews.com/health-news/diet-fitness/diabetes/articles/2009/09/29/eating-in-america-still-unhealthy-cdc

      4.* http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2122131/Sophie-Ray-19-risks-health-eating-Margherita-pizza-EIGHT-YEARS.html

      * think this may be the other one PlumDumplings was thinking of

      Don't think either is quite what your looking for but they cite the negative side effects of bad eating. Unfortunately because it is so common now there aren't a lot of stories out there about individuals who never eat healthy.

      You could try statistics such as:
      - Two thirds of all deaths are related to what we eat (including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, and osteoporosis). Many of these diet-associated diseases begin in childhood.
      - 18% of preventable deaths are due to smoking vs. 17% to poor diet and exercise
      - The number of deaths each year due to unhealthy eating and inactivity is thirteen times more than are caused by guns and twenty times more than by drug use
      - Deaths caused by poor eating habits and sedentary lifestyles rose by 33% between 1990 and 2000 It is predicted that within the next 20 years, in the United States, dietary linked disease will cancel health strides gained by improvements in medical technology and disease fighting measures.We may be seeing the first generation of children who are sicker and die younger than their parents.
      - Youth are now being diagnosed and treated for diseases that until recently only affected adults.

      Or what about watching the documentary Super Size Me. It is about a man who explores the consequences of unhealthy eating by eating nothing but fast food for a month and recording the impact on his health.

      Note: I am aware the statistics and articles are American based, but the effect is the same

  35. QUESTION:
    What's the difference between psychiatry and psychology?
    Could someone please tell me...?
    And also, I'm interested in doing psychology at college could someone tell me what it involves...?

    • ANSWER:
      Psychiatrists are medical doctors (usually, they obtain MDs) who attend medical school for four years, complete a residency, and then specialize in psychiatric medicine. The primary focus of psychiatry is treating mental disorders like other medical illnesses (like diabetes or cancer). This is called the "medical model." Because of this model, they typically prescribe medication to alleviate distress caused by the disorders from which an individual suffers. Medical doctors typically have higher salaries, but they pay a lot more for medical school.

      Psychologists, on the other hand, complete a doctoral program (usually 3-5 years post-graduate, plus 2 years of supervision and/or post-doctoral study) that is research-oriented, complete a dissertation on a "new" topic of study that is of interest to them, and then study a variety of topics pertaining to human beings and their individual functioning. This could take the form of clinical psychology (providing therapy, but not medication, to assist in the treatment of mental disorders), neuropsychology (studying the brain and behavior, etc.), health psychology (studying how to improve people's lives who have certain diseases or illness, etc.), industrial-organizational psychology (I/O) (studying how to improve businesses and worker's mental health/happiness, etc.) and much more. This is not an exhaustive list, nor does it provide a full range of possibilities or definitions.

      If you want to study psychology at college, it typically involves you choosing a psychology major, taking an intro psych course, and then moving on from there. Generally, two undergraduate degrees are offered (in the United States)--the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science (BA and BS, respectively.) The Arts concentration is much less mathematics and statistics-oriented, generally, because the BS prepares you for other career options besides only Psychology (e.g., if you wanted to go to medical school.)
      There are several courses that you would take; aside from a general education curriculum, you would probably take at least one social statistics course, courses in developmental psychology, learning and cognition or perception, neuroscience (if desired), sexuality, psychopathology (mental illness), psychotherapy, social psychology, forensic (if you wanted)... there are a whole range of topics--it depends on the college you attend and its requirements as well as what you're interested in.

  36. QUESTION:
    What do you think of the so called aids denialists?
    They say that hiv does not necessarily cause aids. What do you think of scientists who feel the data supports this?

    • ANSWER:
      To date, more than 300 billion dollars has been spent on AIDS/HIV which a part there of keeps approximately 100,000 scientists in a job. With all this money (Tax payer funded research) there is still no cure(only treatments and highly toxic ones at that). There is still no vaccine's. So where has all the money gone and what has it been spent on??? For a disease that doesn't even rank in the top 10 killers in this country it certainly ranks top billing when it comes to money spent on it. More money is spent on HIV/AIDS than any other disease or illness such as heart disease/ cancer which is rather ironic given the fact that HIV/AIDS doesn't even rank in the top 10 of all diseases...Something is definitely not right here...

      These are the biggest KILLERS in this country NOT AIDS.....SO WHY DOES HIV/AIDS RECIEVE THE MOST FUNDING? You don't thave to be a genius to figure that something is VERY WRONG here.
      Stats are from the CDC website.

      According to the current CDC statistics (1), AIDS killed 16,316 in 2005.

      2004 deaths according to National Vital Statistics Report (2):

      Cardiovascular Diseases 652,486

      Cancer 553,888

      Cerebrovascular (stroke) 150,074

      Respiratory diseases 121,987

      Accidents (including vehicle) 112,012

      Diabetes mellitus 73,138

      Alzheimer's disease 65,965

      Influenza and pneumonia 59,664

      Renal and other nephritic conditions 42,480

      Septicemia 33,373

      Suicide 32,439

      Liver disease 27,013

      Hypertension 23,076

      Parkinson's disease 17,989

      Homicide 17,357

      Other causes 414,674
      Influenza KILLS around 3,000, 000 people world wide each year and yet the money spent on it amounts to virtually NOTHING.......If you have a brain in your head than you must ask your self, why does a syndrome called AIDS recieves the BIGGEST chunk of funding from the NIH,Government agencies when it DOESN'T even rate in the TOP 15 of all time KILLERS in this country.

  37. QUESTION:
    Is getting high from a beer/alcohol is better than drugs?
    I think both of them are bad.
    I've done both. And both are bad. I just want to understand, why goverment legalize one of them? if both have the same after effect.
    most of you talk about control of both substance. If abuse of control then it is danger. If you're not abusing it, does it make ok to use both (fat chance)

    • ANSWER:
      Alcohol is legal because the people who made it legal were alcoholics, look how long people were using Cocaine before it was made illegal, every depressed, board or over weight house wife in the 50s and 60s were prescribed cocaine. Either way extended use of both are harmful . Drugs like Meth and Coke deteriorate serotonin in the brain ( the chemical that makes you feel emotion ) it also causes paranoid schizophrenia, and is really bad for ones teeth. Alcohol causes psorsis of the liver , and in some cases even esophageal cancer from acid. Often times people drink and drink until they pass out what people don't realize is that even after one stops drinking there blood alcohol level may continue to rise and lead to an alcohol induced coma and eventually death. Most Americans that drink do it to get drunk and act stupid, in most European countries people drink socially and not more then a drink or two.
      Here are some statistics

  38. QUESTION:
    Have you known anyone with brain cancer?
    My mom has stage 3 brain cancer,the doctors say 6 months with radiation maybe,other says oh thats just statistics,have you ever known anyone with brain cancer? She has recurring tumors that are cancerous,I should specify.Have you known anyone with this and how long did they live?

    • ANSWER:
      I have taken care of many people with brain cancer. They were all my patients, although I haven't known anyone personally who has been diagnosed. I am very sorry to hear about your mother. You, your mother and your family will be in my prayers.
      Unfortunately, every single person is different. There is no way to tell how much time she has left. Her doctors who have her records and radiology reports would have the best inclination. Bottomline, enjoy every single second you have with her.
      Best wishes.

  39. QUESTION:
    What does someone do if they've been diagnosed with cancer but has no health insurance?
    How do they get treatment/surgery?

    • ANSWER:
      You are basically out of luck. The medical industry is NOT about helping you, but is about money. Cancer is one of the biggest money makers for them and if you have insurance, you can get pretty much the full treatment. The good news for you however, is that if you do NOT get the typical medical treatments, such as chemotherapy, you will actually live longer as a result according to the statistics. Only 2.1% live longer than 5 years if they get chemotherapy.

      I recently had a patient that opted for chemotherapy to treat lung cancer & radiation to treat her brain tumor. After million dollars and 6 months, she died once the doctors told her there was nothing more than they could do for her. The only thing they did for her was speed up the process of dying and collect over million dollars for their trouble.

      Cancer is one of about 200 different disease states and is about 99% caused by infections and long term abuse in terms of diet and toxins building up in the body. Alternative cancer treatments are far better than the medical treatments for most of the cancers. There are a couple that are slightly better than a placebo effect; testes cancer & non-hodgkins lymphoma respond somewhat to chemo, but that's about it. Of course, you can have them remove body parts and that can help for a while until the cancer comes back with a vengence because the driver keeps doing it's damage. Some people are lucky enough to die before the second bout of cancer is diagnosed.

      good luck to you

  40. QUESTION:
    how many australians die by cardiovascular diseas and cancer?
    what percentage pf a;; deaths in australian are not a result of cardiovascular diseas and cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      "In 2010, the leading underlying cause of death for all Australians was Ischaemic heart disease (I20-I25), which includes angina, blocked arteries of the heart and heart attacks. Ischaemic heart diseases were identified as the underlying cause of 21,708 deaths, 15.1% of all deaths registered in 2010. While Ischaemic heart diseases have been the leading cause of death in Australia since 2000, the proportion of deaths due to this cause has decreased, from 20.4% (26,234) in 2001 to 15.1% (21,708) in 2010.

      Cerebrovascular disease (I60-I69) have remained the second leading underlying cause of death in 2010. Cerebrovascular disease include haemorrhages, strokes, infarctions and blocked arteries of the brain. Over the last 10 years, deaths due to this cause have decreased by 7.8%, from 12,146 deaths in 2001 to 11,204 deaths in 2010.

      Dementia and Alzheimer's disease (F01, F03, G30) was the third leading cause of death in 2010. The number of deaths due to this cause has increased 140.7% from 3,740 in 2001 to 9,003 in 2010. This is largely due to an increase in deaths due to Dementia (F01, F03), which increased from 2,133 in 2001 to 6,297 in 2010. For further information see Explanatory Note 90.

      Trachea and lung cancers (C33-C34) were the fourth leading cause of death in 2010. Over the last 10 years, deaths due to this cause have increased by 15.1%, from 7,038 in 2001 to 8,099 in 2010.

      The top 10 leading causes of death accounted for 52.2% of all deaths registered in 2010, and the top 20 leading causes accounted for 67.3%."

      Australian Bureau of Statistics - Causes of Death, Australia:
      http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Products/6BAD463E482C6970CA2579C6000F6AF7?opendocument

  41. QUESTION:
    Who does brain cancer affect?
    So who is more likely to get brain cancer, females? males? the elderly? And how does brain cancer impact on a community's health status?

    • ANSWER:
      Google cancer statistics.

  42. QUESTION:
    what would cause a person to get mentally confused all the time?
    like not understanding who they are and the world around them? only at time this happens. Dont understand!! get dizzy too at times also and cant think stright.please no mean comments thanks :( really sad feels like im losing my mind.

    • ANSWER:
      This could be a combination of things, but low blood sugar would be my first guess and that is due to Adrenal fatigue many times. Since the Adrenal glands are part of the pituitary axis, any of the organs in that axis may be insufficient and since they all get sick together, you could have problems with your ovaries (especially if you take birth control pills), your thyroid, or pituitary glands.

      Eating too many carbs and sugars can cause this problem. The fact you get dizzy is a strong indication of weak adrenals that help you to keep good blood pressure. Eating too many carbs and sugars can increase Candida growth and cause you not to sanitize your food well as a result of low hydrochloric acid production & utilization. This could allow parasites to get into your body and especially liver flukes. These flukes can cause "Brain fog" from their excrement. Many people are diagnosed with Alzheimer's that is just liver flukes.

      Eating a diet low in fat, high sugar & carbs, low to moderate protein will create many of these problems. I strongly suggest you get advice from a Nutritional Therapist, not a doctor, because doctors have no clue about what good nutrition is.

      EDIT: "Mick" One weekend you can learn QRA? Sir you are very misinformed and obviously have no idea what you are talking about. In fact, there is a medical device now created that integrates the biofield testing that verifies the accuracy of this methodology along with thousands of patients that have been greatly helped by this technology. Typically it takes about 1 year to perfect the QRA technique and then several years of study to fully integrate it into a practice.

      A nutritional therapist is far more qualified than a dietitian that takes their instructions from a doctor. All one has to do is look at the hospital food to know the credibility of a dietitian. Nutritional therapists are qualified to test, evaluate, and recommend diets and supplements. There is an interaction between doctors and nutritional therapists all the time to help patients actually get well instead of just "Relieving symptoms and managing diseases." Adrenal fatigue is not something medical science recognizes as legitimate? What basis, proof, of that can you provide? So, because medical science does not recognize (according to you) adrenal fatigue, it is not something that happens?

      You need to free yourself from the lies you believe. I think you need to revisit the definition of a quack. In July 2004, Gary Null Ph.D, Carolyn Dean M.D., N.D, Martin Feldman M.D., Debora Rasio M.D., Dorothy Smith Ph.D. wrote a paper that revealed very disturbing facts regarding an annual iatrogenic (induced inadvertently by a physician or surgeon or by medical treatment or diagnostic procedures) death rate of 783,936 in one year. It is further disturbing to realize that as few as 5 percent and only up to 20 percent of iatrogenic acts are ever reported. This means that that iatrogenic death rate of 783,936 is much higher.

      As we look at the causes of death from degenerative diseases and other causes in America in 2004, it is obvious we are not good at solving this problem on any level. Deaths from: Heart Disease 652,000, Cancer 553,000, and Stroke 150,000.

      When comparing the iatrogenic acts of modern medicine in America with the statistical numbers of people dying of any particular disease, it is evident that the American medical system is the leading cause of death and injury in the United States. And when we look at the cost of these iatrogenic deaths, the cost is in the billions.

      A definitive review and close reading of medical peer-review journals, and government health statistics shows that American medicine frequently causes more harm than good. The number of people having in-hospital, adverse drug reactions (ADR) to prescribed medicine is 2.2 million. Dr. Richard Besser, of the CDC, in 1995, said the number of unnecessary antibiotics prescribed annually for viral infections was 20 million. Dr. Besser, in 2003, now refers to tens of millions of unnecessary antibiotics. The number of unnecessary medical and surgical procedures performed annually is 7.5 million. The number of people exposed to unnecessary hospitalization annually is 8.9 million.

      good luck to you

  43. QUESTION:
    Where is chemo made??? Or are they still using what they had left after the war to kill cancer patients?

    Chemotherapy kills 7 of 10 cancer patients where cannabis cures 7 of 10 cancer patients!!!
    @ lo_mcg The cancer did come back because he stopped treating it to soon but if you can read so good why didn't you read on to see that his cancer is being cured again with extra treatments with cannabis oil you medical workers are all alike just out to protect your mega profits from the billion dollar a year business of stealing cancer patients and their insurance companies money, you do not want any cures that you cannot get exclusive profits from!!! So go take a pill and just read and do not try to think, are you a LPN or what???
    Of course they get ill you are overworking their immune systems with mustard gas or chemo that attacks not only the cancer but good healthy cells too, where cannabis oil just stops the blood flow to the cancer cells and leaves the healthy cells alone and does not overwork the immune system, thus leaving the patient in good health!!! Try learning about banned products that the AMA paid congress to ban because it does not get exclusive profits from before opening up your biased mouth!!! Just like the Rife machine!!! The AMA could not get exclusivity to it so they ran to congress and dropped a few bucks to get it banned too!!! We all know how big business is running our world and wants to kill off 95% of its citizens through genocide by cutting out all cures and vitamins and supplements that help keep us alive!!!
    Synthetic derivatives are not the natural product they are chemical imposters to natural medicines, the only medicine that big pharma put out with just one cannabinoid of marijuana is not working on patients because it is woefully short of the real product and it was only made to cast doubt about the cannabis oils true effectiveness!!! So stop trying to make it look like pharmaceutical companies are trying to find a natural cure, cannabis cannot be replicated with mans chemicals and you and i know it and so does the side effect filled pill pushers and other big businesses know it, but they cannot just give up because they know that they will all go bankrupt very quickly if the hemp plant and marijuana were to be made legal!!! Many products can be made from the hemp plant better than the products that are being made and used today, just one of them, a concrete made from hemp is a better replacement for the concrete made today, it is also a great insulating material (if used to make ho
    If used to make houses the house would not need to be heated or cooled because of the natural insulating characters of the hemp which can be grown to maturity in 5 months where it takes years for trees to mature, paper that never yellows can also be made from hemp and clothing, also we would never be in need of oil any more for fuel or to make other products such as plastics because hemp cam replace them all, and it is also a great nutritious food with a high protein content!!! Now tell me you still believe hemp or cannabis or marijuana should be banned from use!!! By the way the US constitution was printed on hemp paper!!!

    • ANSWER:
      It's about time you actually sought some information about cancer and its treatments, as your lack of knowledge has caused you to give some very dangerous advice to people who are, or fear they are, dangerously ill.

      Luckily your exclamatory adolescent style of writing and your complete lack of any evidence to back up your claims (other than 'I live in California!') means that most - probably all - will have disregarded that advice. I notice you have stopped referring people to the 'pharmacist who cured his own cancer!' story since it emerged this person's cancer had recurred...

      No, chemo doesn't kill '7 out of 10' cancer patients. It isn't always effective, but in those cases it's the cancer not the treatment that kills the patient - they have died in spite of treatment, not because of it. Distressed relatives sometimes look for something or someone to blame, and some conclude that it was the treatment that killed the person.

      With most cancers there are few ill effects if any until the cancer is quite advanced, and a person with an aggressive and advanced cancer usually looks, feels and behaves like a healthy person.

      Then if they have chemotherapy side effects of the drugs can make them ill, sometimes very ill and frail, while treatment is taking place.

      So some people conclude that the treatment is worse than the disease, and people parroting bogus statistics, as you do, bolster this belief.

      With some types of chemotherapy, and in some cancers, there is a very slightly increased chance of developing a second type of cancer later.

      Generally this is more likely to happen when the original cancer was a lymphoma, but it can happen very occasionally with other types of cancer.

      Fortunately this very serious long-term effect is VERY RARE. But yes it happens, and yes very occasionally someone dies as a result.

      People with aggressive and advanced cancers who agree to chemotherapy aren't duped; they do so in the full knowledge of these facts because they have a life-threatening disease and this is their best chance.

      You would benefit from reading this (stop shaking your head, read it!): http://anaximperator.wordpress.com/2009/09/02/only-3-percent-survive-chemotherapy/

      There is no conspiracy to hide the effects of cannabis on cancer. There have been,and continue to be, studies into the possibilities; but so far there is no proof that cannabis has any effect on cancer.

      There have been some interesting results. There has been a study that indicates that cannabinoids might possibly help prevent prostate cancer, and there was interesting research by Complutense University in Madrid and the University hospital of Tenerife into the use of chemical cannabinoids to help treat one type of brain tumour, glioblastoma multiforme. The results seemed promising, but the number of patients involved was very small (9), and much more research is needed.

      I've seen you claim that natural substances can't be patented. In fact it's common for synthetic derivatives to be made, and it's also common to get patents on the methods of isolating or administering the substance.

      So even if a pharmaceutical company couldn't make money directly from cannabis, if it were effective they could make plenty of money and get plenty kudos from developing a safer, more effective derivative. As Spree points out, the chemotherapy drug Taxol is derived from yew.

      If cannabis had been proven effective against cancer, pharmaceutical companies would be all over it like a rash. But so far it hasn't, so drug companies don't bother with it. They're after profits, after all.

      There have been a couple of studies that suggest that cannabis may be a risk factor for testicular cancer

      EDIT: LOL (and I really did )!

      'you medical workers are all alike' - I work in children's day care

      'just out to protect your mega profits' - I earn above minimum wage, but less than what the Centre for Research in Social Policy calculates as 'the living wage', calculated according to the basic cost of living in the UK (Yes! Like most of the world's population, I don't live in north America!).

      My interest in cancer stems from my own experience as a cancer patient.

      'Now tell me you still believe hemp or cannabis or marijuana should be banned from use!!! '. - please tell me what it is about the words 'I'm 100% for legalisation' and (re cancer) 'There have been some interesting results...more research is needed' that gives you the idea that I 'believe hemp or cannabis or marijuana should be banned from use!!! '
      ============

      EDIT2: Odd - tonight, 3 days after posting it, Thomas sent me the 'additional details' from his question in a series of emails. As I said - odd...

  44. QUESTION:
    Why is it that God has to be blame for everything?
    If you have a child and taught your child good morals and how to be safe, but your child doesn't listen to you, instead your child starts taking drugs, looking for trouble, getting into fights, Should you as the parent be blamed for your child's action? This question is for those who believe in God, If you answer then you must believe in God. That's how I see it.

    • ANSWER:
      A billion die every year from cancer, heart disease and strokes alone!

      3 million die every year from starvation, drought and the diseases caused by it.

      200,000 from natural disasters!

      This god who christians credit with creating and causing everything seems to love killing more people every second than the number of people that have ever been claimed to have been saved by his miracles!

      As for morals it is christianity that gave the way to destroy them!

      Research shows that the reason humans struggle with emotion to find equitable solutions is pinpointed the region of the brain called the insular cortex, or insula, which is also the seat of emotional reactions.

      The fact that the brain has such a robust response to unfairness shows that sensing unfairness is a basic evolved capacity.

      The emotional response to unfairness pushes people from extreme inequity and drives them to be fair. This observation shows our basic impulse to be fair isn't a complicated thing that we learn.

      It therefore fully illustrates that all humans have morals controlled by the brain and that Christians are entirely wrong to try and claim morals as their own!!!!

      But Christians found a way round it!

      Government statistics show that christians are vastly over represented in prisons for sexual, violent and fraudulent crime!

      The Catholic church is paying millions in compensation for the sex/pedophile crimes of their priests alone!

      Christians are vastly over represented in the divorce courts!

      Christians invented the concept of sin and then the idea that you could sin, ask forgiveness, get pardoned and start with a clean sheet!

      So no surprise that they are so expert at it is it?!

      A Christian is a man that feels repentance on Sunday for what he did on Saturday and is going to do on Monday. - Thomas Russell Ybarra

  45. QUESTION:
    Has anyone heard, cell phone radiation can cause cancer?
    I saw on the news that doctors have confirmed talking on your cell phone over a long period of time emits some sort of rays into your brain causing brain cancer.

    • ANSWER:
      Yep, it microwaves your brain. It also causes cancer of the saliva glands that are located just under your ears. This one is difficult to treat because of the gland's location as it is located just behind the jawbone. The statistics for children with leukemia have gone up and they say it's caused from cell phones. It's also said this generation of children will be overwhelmed with all kinds of cancers because of cell phones. I remember one study done showing children who use a cell phone for even 20 minutes or less show all kinds of registered temporary brain damage. This is because their skulls are still developing and thinner than an adult's skull. All kinds of research studies have been done and support, but most are being ignored and definitely they are not letting them be publicized. Every now and then a story gets out and right away "officials" say, NOPE NOT TRUE. Of course, the people who say cell phones are harmless - these are the people who want your money. It is said the best help for those of you who can't live without a cell phone are to get those earphones so the phone is not right up to your head. Best of Luck. You are all gonna die young.

  46. QUESTION:
    Cleaned out my basement today & found rolls of duck tape and plastic sheeting left over from Y2K. WTHell?
    I must be having a brain fart! I can't remember why I bought six rolls of duck tape and heavy gauge plastic sheeting. I remember that it had something to do with the Y2K scare but what the hell? Can someone refresh my memory, please?
    Yep, I've got a dozen gallons of water stored with purifiying pellets in a box.

    • ANSWER:
      Do you remember the silly "duck and cover" drills from the 1950's and early 60's?

      I remember my teachers telling us to "take cover" and we'd dive under our school desks and cover our faces. Oh yeah...that's gonna save us from a nuke...you betcha! How ridiculous is hiding under a desk during a nuclear attack? About as silly as using plastic sheeting and duct tape to protect us from a biological attack by one of those whacko terrorist groups. Let's assume you even did do it correctly: How much extra time are you gonna buy yourself (or your family), assuming your family's all together in one location when and if something happens?

      What if you're sealed in your supposed "safe room" and one of your kids arrives late; are you going to open up and let 'em in? What if they're contaminated? What if, by breaking the "seal" to your Home Depot-supplied safe haven, you risk contaminating the room and everyone else in it? Are you willing to sacrifice one of your own family members and not let them in for the common good?

      Before you end up like John Travolta's "Bubble Boy" TV movie-of-the-week character, think about the following statistics:
      You're 37 times more likely to die in a vehicle crash than on a commercial airlines flight.
      Twice as many Americans die from strokes than by accidents.
      Four times as many Americans die from diabetes than by homicide.
      How many people died from Anthrax exposure? Less than a dozen? Yet over 20,000 people die every year from the flu! And throw in another 30,000 people dying from suicidal, homicidal and accidental gun deaths.
      The odds of dying in an automobile accident each year are about 1 in 7,000, yet we continue to drive. The odds of dying from heart disease in any given year are 1 in 400, and of dying from cancer are 1 in 600, yet many of us fail to exercise or maintain a healthy diet.

      So...go ahead and use the duct tape for anything and everything. As for the plastic sheeting, use it as a painter's drop cover or to protect a favorite and expensive Oriental rug by covering it and securing the edges with clear tape to a tiled floor--just a couple ideas.

  47. QUESTION:
    Obama claimed his Obamacare would lower the cost, increase the quality and cover 46 millions more people?
    and Add nothing to the National Debt.

    Does he have a magic wan?

    • ANSWER:
      No magic wand, just cold hard statistics. We already pay for most of the folks that we would pay for under "Obamacare" as you call it. It is just that we pay for them through medicare, or through federal subsidies to Emergency Rooms and such services. But think about this, what costs less: taking a pregnant woman to an ER for a premature birth and caring for the preemie for 3 extra months, or giving the woman a few outpatient checkups and having a normal birth? Having some guy go to ER for knee surgery and a week in recovery, or a few visits to a PA, an x-ray, an MRI, and therapy -- all on an outpatient basis? Someone with a headache faints and is taken to ER, and finds out they have a brain tumor, turns out they had indicators for months and could have had early cancer treatment for about 5% of the cost. The ER cases are happening by the thousands everyday right here in the US because folks simply can't afford basic preventative medicine, so we are already paying for them through our taxes. Make basic healthcare available for them at an affordable rate (something private insurer's haven't done for the simple reason that there is no profit in it), and the cost of such emergency measures get slashed.

      Okay, that is one big one. Obviously there are other issues that need to be dealt with, such as litigation that drives up the physicians' insurance rates, and thus his or her rates. Pharmaceuticals that have control over their copyrights now for longer periods than ever in history, meaning generics can't be produced, and the uninsured and underinsured cannot afford them. There are lots of basic fixes that need to be included in this healthcare reform, and no single one of them will do it all, nor will we have a perfect system afterwards, but anything is better than what we have now. And I am one of the folks who not only is lucky enough to have damned good insurance, but as a veteran, I already can get fully socialized healthcare, should I choose to use it.

  48. QUESTION:
    What are the benefits of positive relationships?

    • ANSWER:
      The Department of Health released a 68 page report that married people are happier, live longer, drink less and have fewer doctor's appointments than unmarried folks.

      The Mayo Clinic cites statistics that happily married people live longer than singles and have lower rates of diseases including cancer and heart failure. Not only do increased levels of happiness significantly improve longevity, but these coupls, acting as a team, also became better equipped to defray the stressors in life that may be detrimental to your health.

      MRI scanners show sections of the brain that produce powerful neurotransmitters that affect pleasure, happiness and well-being are activated when people are experiencing feelings of love.

      The higher a person rates their feelings of loneliness the more likely they are to develop cognitive problems, with the loneliest twice as likely to develop Alzheimer's disease.

      Adults depreved of touch stimylation shows that many men become aggressive while many women become depressed and withdrawn.


brain cancer statistics

Causes Of Breast Cancer

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    When did people start believing that abortion causes breast cancer?
    I'm writing a research paper on a myth that people believe that abortion causes breast cancer. and clearly i'm struggling. does anyone know around a certain time that people began to believe this myth?

    • ANSWER:
      You could say that it is one of the many lies told by Crisis Pregnancy Centers in order to persuade women not to get abortions, and then look up the history of CPCs.

  2. QUESTION:
    Is it true that sleeping in a padded bra causes breast cancer?
    I was at a sleepover party and my friend told me that sleeping in a padded bra causes breast cancer and I always wear padded bras to bed. I'm scared now. Is this true?

    • ANSWER:
      There have been some studies that suggest 24/7 bra use is a cancer risk...

      http://www.007b.com/bras_breast_cancer.php

      The thinking is that bras may restrict lymph flow, which is your body's way of getting rid of waste products and toxins. A build up of toxins would increase your chances of getting breast cancer later in life.

      It would be best to not wear one to bed to be on the safe side.

  3. QUESTION:
    Is it true that sleeping in padded bras causes Breast Cancer?
    I heard that if you sleep in a padded bra it can cause Breast Cancer. My friend sleeps in her padded bra all the time. Her mom had Breast Cancer. If it is true, how does it do that?

    • ANSWER:
      There are so many reasons posted on the internet for causes of breast cancer that are not true.
      This is one of them.

  4. QUESTION:
    What type of genetic mutation can cause breast cancer?
    I have to make a brochure about a genetic disorder for my biology class & I'm doing mine on breast cancer. There's many different types of breast cancer, but some are related to gene mutations. I've been researching this online, but I can't figure out what TYPE of genetic mutation causes breast cancer (substitution, deletion, insertion, inversion, translocation, or duplication). does anyone know? if you find a site with the answer, please link it below. thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Normally I don't give direct homework answers but I feel this can be very confusing so I will as long as you promise to read the link I give you for the explanation.
      It is: Translocation.
      MORE READING: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mutation
      Scroll down to the section headed: ---Classification of mutation types---
      Good Luck on this.

  5. QUESTION:
    How does sleeping in a bra cause breast cancer?
    is there any websites to explain HOW it cause breast cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      No, there are no websites which explain how sleeping in a bra causes breast cancer, because IT DOESN'T.

      Cancer, including breast cancer, happens when normal cells change so that they grow in an uncontrolled way. This uncontrolled growth causes a tumour to form. Your underwear can't trigger this process, and has no effect on it whether you're asleep or awake, no matter how tight it is or how long you wear it for, or whether it's wired or af the other rumours that go round about bras and cancer..

      Check any reputable breast cancer charity or information site. You won't find 'wearing a bra' listed as a risk factor on any of them.

      Here's what the American Cancer Society says about this myth:

      http://www.cancer.org/docroot/MED/content/MED_6_1x_Underwire_Bras.asp?sitearea=MED

      In fact that page is very useful for checking out any rumours you hear or emails you receive about the causes of cancer:

      http://www.cancer.org/docroot/MED/MED_6_1_Rumors.asp

  6. QUESTION:
    Does drinking water from a plastic bottle that was left in the car overnight cause breast cancer?
    Toxins from the plastic bottle leak into the water if it is left in a warm place overnight. These toxins are known to cause breast cancer.

    • ANSWER:
      No, it's an urban myth/legend, originating from a hoax email that was widely circulated last year.

      These links give the facts behind these rumours/hoaxes about plastic water bottles and breast cancer. Sheryl Crow is supposed to have claimed on Oprah that this is what caused her breast cancer, As you'll see, Oprah Winfrey's company, Harpo, denies that Sheryl Crow ever made those remarks

      http://urbanlegends.about.com/od/medical/a/bottled-water.htm

      http://www.snopes.com/medical/toxins/petbottles.asp

  7. QUESTION:
    When havin sex and your partner starts to suck your breast does it cause breast cancer?
    When havin sex and your partner starts to do sucking on your breast can that cause breast cancer after he does it for a long time? I don't know if I'm making my question clear.?

    • ANSWER:
      Sucking the breasts as a foreplay cant cause Breast cancer. Only some pain may be noticed if they are sucking too hard causing a bruise or squeezing them too hard. Don't be worried if it's cancer. It is not. Breasts cancer only involves a lump but no pain. It's actually a good sign to have the pain cuz you know it's not cancer. Probably just a cyst thats not too serious.
      Maybe you are tensing up when you foreplay and your partner sucks your breast thats affecting your muscles and causing the pain. Best wishes -

  8. QUESTION:
    Does weraing a bra all the time cause breast cancer?
    I wear a bra all day and all night when i am sleeping,
    does this cause breast cancer?
    Is it bad to do this?

    • ANSWER:
      One couple did a study that they claim links breast cancer to wearing of bras (particularly wearing bras at night), but apparently their research didn't meet scientific standards. Here's some more info:

      http://www.healthmad.com/Conditions-and-Diseases/Bra-and-Breast-Cancer.215257

  9. QUESTION:
    Can the Stimulation of the nipples cause Breast cancer particularly in males?
    Like for example when you're masturbating, you tend to rub/stimulate your nipples right? And because of that, you feel pleasure. Now my question is, can this sexual act cause breast cancer? Particularly in males?

    • ANSWER:
      nope :)
      your safe

  10. QUESTION:
    How likely is it for Dong Quai to cause breast cancer?
    I've started taking these pills that contain Dong Quai but I heard it can cause breast cancer,. Now I'm worried, how likely is it?

    • ANSWER:
      BritCaribbeanGirl,
      Dong quai is POSSIBLY SAFE for adults when taken by mouth and when occasionally applied to the skin as an ingredient in a cream. More evidence is needed to determine its safety after prolonged or repeated use. Dong quai can cause skin to become extra-sensitive to the sun. This might put you at greater risk for skin cancer. Wear sun block outside, especially if you are light-skinned. Taking dong quai in large amounts for a long period of time is POSSIBLY UNSAFE. Dong quai contains chemicals that are considered to be cancer-causing (carcinogens).

      ALL ANSWERS SHOULD BE THOROUGHLY RESEARCHED, IN ANY FORUM AND ESPECIALLY IN THIS ONE. - MANY ANSWERS ARE FLAWED.

      It is extremely important to obtain an accurate diagnosis before trying to find a cure. Many diseases and conditions share common symptoms.

      The information provided here should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions.

      Hope this helps
      matador 89

  11. QUESTION:
    What is phytoestrogens and does it cause or prevent breast cancer?
    I was looking for how it affects you, but I cant really find anything on google. So does anyone know if it causes breast cancer or prevents it, and what are some foods that contain phytoestrogens?

    • ANSWER:
      More than 300 foods have been shown to contain phytoestrogens. Most food phytoestrogens are from one of three chemical classes, the isoflavonoids, the lignans or the coumestans. Isoflavonoid phytoestrogens are found in beans from the legume family; soybeans and soy products are the major dietary source of this type of phytoestrogens. Lignan phytoestrogens are found in high fiber foods such as cereal brans and beans; flaxseeds contain large amounts of lignans. The coumestan phytoestrogens are found in various beans such as split peas, pinto beans, and lima beans; alfalfa and clover sprouts are the foods with the highest amounts of coumestans.
      Phytoestrogens are a group of chemicals found in plants that can act like the hormone estrogen. There's conflicting evidence whether the phytoestrogen in soy helps prevent or increases risk, which probably means it has no effect one way or the other.

      http://envirocancer.cornell.edu/factsheet/diet/fs1.phyto.cfm

  12. QUESTION:
    Can sleeping with your bra on really cause breast cancer?
    Im 13 and still going through breast development so I sleep with a bra on because I find my breasts hurt if I dont wear one. My friend told me that sleeping with a bra on can cause breast cancer. Is this true or is she trying to freak me out?

    • ANSWER:
      According to the American Cancer Society, there is "no scientific or clinical basis" to an Internet rumor that claims that under-wire bras cause breast cancer. So tell your mom that there is no proof that wearing a bra — night or day — has any link to cancer.

      Are you having pain in your breasts? Painful breasts are often caused by normal hormonal shifts; many girls feel particularly tender right around the time of their period. But if the pain is consistent, or your back is hurting, mention it to your doctor and ask what might be causing your discomfort.

      Are you wearing a bra a night because you feel uncomfortable by your developing breasts? Sometimes it seems like they'll never stop growing, or you may feel like they're not the "right" (whatever that means) shape and size. It's stressful when your body goes through such rapid changes or growth spurts. Just remember, no matter how much you think you look weird or different, everyone else goes through similar moments of anxiety and total body trauma.

      — Kate Forest, MSW

  13. QUESTION:
    Do the Ideologue Leftists want to push The Pill to stop producing Americans and cause more Breast Cancer?
    A Study showed if a women takes THE PILL longer than 3 years it can cause Breast Cancer. Are the far left Progressives killing 2 birds with one stone pushing the Pill or what? Now they want it paid for by the tax payers as well. WOW!

    • ANSWER:
      Yeah, keep trying bub.

      Oral contraceptive also lowers the risk for other types of cancer.

  14. QUESTION:
    Does eating highly processed soy cause breast cancer?
    I've been eating processed soy for 10 years, and now I read that it can cause breast cancer. My grandmother got breast cancer from taking estrogen pills after menopause. Now I'm scared that I'm at risk. To make things worse, I noticed a strange dent in my breast that sometimes appears. I'm only 28. Can 10 years of eating processed soy cause breast cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      Soy contains isoflavones which are known as phytoestrogens because they can bind to estrogen receptors and exert weak estrogenic effects. Soy foods have been shown in studies to offer many health benefits including providing protection against osteoporosis (increasing bone density), reducing risk of heart disease with beneficial effects on cholesterol, platelets and blood vessels, and relieving menopause symptoms.

      According to most human research, eating whole soy foods does not increase risk of breast or endometrial cancer in postmenopausal women, and may even be protective. There is also some evidence that soy may be beneficial for cyclic breast pain and improve fibrocystic breast conditions.

      However, consuming purified soy products and supplements is a different matter. A study published in Carcinogenesis suggests that not only is the cancer-preventive ability of soy foods markedly reduced in highly purified soy products and supplements, but that such processed foods can stimulate the growth of pre-existing estrogen-dependent breast tumors.

      As a femMED employee I’m required to tell you that I am not licensed to practise medicine. If you rely on my advice, you accept that we (femMED and I) disclaim any responsibility for the consequences of that reliance. Please consult your doctor or medical practitioner before acting on any advice provided.

  15. QUESTION:
    Is it true that if you wear a bra while your sleeping it will cause breast cancer?
    I usually wear cotton comfy bras. They don't have the metal thing at the bottom of the bra. So is it true that it will cause breast cancer? I'm 14 and i would like to know. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Oh for goodness sakes..!

      No, sleeping in a bra of any kind will NOT cause cancer.

  16. QUESTION:
    Can a women get breast cancer by wearing a bra to sleep?
    I've heard this from before, a lot of people think that wearing a bra to sleep causes breast cancer. Other people say if a woman doesn't wear a bra to sleep her breast will sag D:

    serious answers please!

    • ANSWER:
      No. You can't get breast cancer by wearing a bra to sleep. I've done it many times in my life and no, it doesn't happen. Besides, if you do wear a bra to bed, it doesn't help unsag your breasts, it just stays there. Bras are meant to be worn when you're sitting or standing, not sleeping. When you're sleeping your laying down which doesn't do anything to your breasts at all. They do have exersises which keep them up anyway.

  17. QUESTION:
    Does putting a phone in your bra cause breast cancer?
    If I turn it off will it still cause breast cancer? I'm going to prom and I'm going to dance so I'm not carrying a clutch, and I'm also wearing a dress. Anywhere else I can put it?

    • ANSWER:
      Relax, your phone will not cook your boob.

      Kim is right, cell phones don't actually cause cancer.

      Here's what the scientists say: "We can't find any evidence that cell phones cause cancer. None at all."

      Then the reporter asks, "But is there any chance, however tiny, that a cell phone MIGHT cause cancer?"

      The scientist replies, "Anything can be considered possible until proven otherwise, but it's really unlikely that a cell phone could cause cancer. There's no reason to think it would ever happen."

      The reporter writes his story: "SCIENTISTS CONFIRM THAT CELL PHONES COULD POSSIBLY CAUSE CANCER!"

      And the public reads this as "CELL PHONES GIVE YOU CANCER!"

      So, a combination of reporters who exaggerate and distort and a general public that for the most part doesn't understand science or read more of an article than the headline, makes for a general public that thinks cell phones are carcinogens.

  18. QUESTION:
    Can using a wireless laptop cause breast cancer?
    I've heard a bit about this but don't know if it's just one of those myths however I use a wireless laptop on the net daily and often have the laptop up on my chest when in bed so could this cause breast cancer? Dumb question probably but a friend is adament it can and now I'm starting to worry.

    • ANSWER:
      It might, but as of yet there has been no science (that I am aware of) to back that up.

  19. QUESTION:
    Why do some Pro-Lifers lie about abortion causing breast cancer?
    Abortion doesn't actually cause breast cancer or increase your risk of breast cancer. Women who abort lose out on a chance to reduce their risk of breast cancer, though.
    When someone says "It's just a fetus", they are telling the truth. If you don't care about it, since it is a fetus, it is just a fetus to you. :) People make that true.

    No matter how I look at certain Pro-Life arguments, I can't find any way they are true.

    I'd rather tell the truth and argue against my personal opinion than lie and misinform women.

    • ANSWER:
      because the pro-life movement is based on lies. they lie about how a fetus develops, they lie about how abortions are performed and they lie about the health risks of abortions. you'd think that if abortions really were terrible, they wouldn't have to lie. kind of makes you think.

  20. QUESTION:
    Is it true that sleeping with your bra on, will cause breast cancer?
    I sleep with my bra on EVERY NIGHT. But my friend said I might not want to do that anymore because it could cause breast cancer. Can it? And if so, what causes it?

    • ANSWER:
      This Q has been answered many times here.
      IT IS ABSOLUTE WRONG KNOWLEDGE.
      It does not cause cancer.

  21. QUESTION:
    Is it true that boob pills cause breast cancer?
    I started taking boob pills to make my 32C's grow into 32DD's (can't wait until they're 32DD's!) but my mom says they can cause breast cancer due to rapid cell growth in the boobs and the body can't eliminate the bad cells quickly enough. True or not?

    • ANSWER:
      True

  22. QUESTION:
    What can you do to help prevent breast cancer after you start taking birth control pills?
    Birth control pills can cause breast cancer. What type of "preventative maintenance" can you do while you're on them?

    • ANSWER:
      there is no sure way to prevent breast cancer; however, regular exercise and eating healthy can't hurt. Make sure you are doing monthly self breast exams and getting a mammogram if you 40 or over (or earlier if you have a history).

  23. QUESTION:
    do seatbelts cause breast cancer after a high impact accident?
    my co-worker just had a bad car accident yesterday morning. she called in this morning to let us know how she was feeling. she said that her doctor would like for her to get a mammogram because seatbelts may cause breast cancer. I have never heard of this in the past. is the doctor correct in letting her know this?

    • ANSWER:
      Many things can cause breast cancer, however I don't believe that is the case.

      I was in a bad accident (back axle broken, tires shredded, window imploded, ripped my jeans, and bloody), at no time was I ever requested to get a mammogram to check, and my doctor checked for everything even when I didn't need it.

      Perhaps it runs in her family and he believes that something that jarring could force a tumor to the surface when earlier tests showed nothing.

  24. QUESTION:
    Can wearing a bra to bed cause breast cancer?
    I don't sleep with my bra on coz it's uncomfortable when I sleep, anyways I remember someone telling me that wearing a bra when you sleep can cause breast cancer coz they dont let your blood flow properly or somethig???? :o anyways I'm wondering if wearing a bra when sleeping can cause breast cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      It won't cause cancer, but it is certainly bad for you.

  25. QUESTION:
    Why does breast cancer get so much recognition?
    I am so sick of seeing "pink" everything for breast cancer awareness month. There are hundreds of other cancers that people die from - why is breast cancer singled out? What about children who are dying from leukemia or men suffering with prostrate cancer?

    Do women know that abortion and artificial birth control can cause breast cancer? Do they know that organizations like "Susan G. Komen for the Cure" support Planned Parenthood which is the biggest abortion chain in the country?

    I know breast cancer is terrible and women (and men) die from it, but why is there so much hype about it? Isn't heart disease the number one killer of women and men?

    • ANSWER:
      in addition to the dinstinctive and popular pink ribbon which was of course controversially "picked up" by Estee Lauder and which we now see plastered over everything, a ridiculous amount of the funds raised by the public goes into more fundraising events and therefore more publicity. basically, when you support the big breast cancer charities you're giving money to sustaining and growing the organisation, and then a bit is left over which presumably goes towards curing cancer...

  26. QUESTION:
    Does deodorant really cause breast cancer?
    I heard that it causes breast cancer but im not sure, so if u know can u answer my question, thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      when researchers looked at the cancer found in patients, it had 'parabens' in it. this is an ingredient found in most synthetic deodorants.....so most people believe this causes breast cancer. its not proven yet...but still. and aluminum is also in it and that is very harmful. deodorant also can glod lymph glands (they filter out waste and toxins out of your body, so when they become clogged, problems arise..possibly cancer)
      use a natural deodorant. theres tons that work.

  27. QUESTION:
    Does wearing your bra to bed increase your chances of getting breast cancer?
    I've heard from people sleeping in your bra can cause breast cancer. Is this true?

    • ANSWER:
      No, it's nonsense.

      There are a number of stories circulating about bras and breast cancer - and they are all untrue.

      You can't get or increase your risk of breast cancer by sleeping in a bra; or by wearing a tight bra, wearing a wired bra, wearing a bra 24/7, not wearing a bra or any of the other nonsense you might hear.

      Breast cancer, like other cancers, happens when normal cells change so that they behave in an uncontrolled way; your underwear cannot trigger this process or have any effect on it.

      Have a look at any reputablle breast cancer charity or information site; you won't find bras listed among the risk factors on any of them

      Do what's comfortable for you

  28. QUESTION:
    I heard someone once say implants could be a cause of breast cancer–is that true?
    There is a history of breast cancer in my family. I’ve been thinking about getting breast implants, but am concerned about how safe that would be. Are there any safety concerns I should be aware of? I heard someone once say implants could be a cause of breast cancer–is that true?

    • ANSWER:
      They have not shown a link between cancer and implants. In todays age everything you do is so called linked to cancer. People are so worried about cancer that they are scared to live life. Get your implants be happy with life and stop worrying so much. When its your time to go its your time and you cant stop it so quit worrying you'll be fine.

  29. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to give a woman breast cancer by tickling them in the armpit?
    Say maybe 3 tickles per day for a year? Does irritation in the armpit cause breast cancer? Can it be true? Debate.

    • ANSWER:
      lol. are you serious? no, it's not true. whoever told you that was pulling your leg.

  30. QUESTION:
    Why such a strong push to cure breast cancer?
    Why is it more important than any other cancer of the body, like lung cancer, colon cancer, brain cancer, pancreatic cancer, etc., or any other diseases like MS, Alzheimer's, Cerebral Palsy, etc? It's like everywhere I go I see pink ribbons and "cure breast cancer" marketing. It's push to cure it is so incredibly disproportionate as to make me think there is some political motive behind it. Could it have something to do with the fact that abortion can cause breast cancer? That would certainly provide a political motive.

    • ANSWER:
      Denise said its not more important. its equally the same as every other life threatning disease.

      Really? Spending in 1997 on research looked something like this: Breast Cancer ,800/death, prostate cancer ,700/death.) Since then, it the gap has grown wider.

      The National Cancer Institute also reported that during the period 1950-1991, women's rate of death from breast cancer increased 2% while men's rate of death from prostate cancer increased 25%. Until the last few years, you never heard anything about prostate cancer. Even today, it's not a high priority on health programs or the news. There's no postage stamp or brochures at the post office. (The second Breast Cancer postage stamp will soon be issued to raise awareness of breast cancer and to fund additional research.) There’s no special research or funding organizations for prostate cancer, no national prevention month, week or even day.

      This is not to say that everything that is being done to find a cure for breast cancer should not be done. However, where do men’s health issues fit in in your local news analysis and reporting? What about the fact that of the 15 leading causes of death, men lead in every single category.

      There are a lot of free screenings for breast cancer for poor women, none of any sort for poor men.

      One has only to look for the pink for many products rasing funds for breast cancer. Do you see any fund rasing for prostate cancer? Even during the prostate cancer awarness week in Sept, I saw more effort to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer then I did for prostate cancer.

      Oh yea...I sure do not see the feminist screaming about this....instead they are only screaming that there is a health care gap. There sure is...but is not against women!

      Is it not time to value ALL our people?

  31. QUESTION:
    Does the spray on kind of deodorant cause cancer? If it does, what kind of cancer?
    I've heard that certain types on deodorants and maybe their ingredients cause cancer. When I researched this topic, it said that it would only cause breast cancer. If thats not the only cancer it can cause, what other cancers can it cause?

    • ANSWER:
      The research I've read found that chemicals from certain aerosols had been found in breast cancers. That doesn't mean only breast cancer can be caused by aerosols, nor does it mean that aerosols necessarily cause cancer.

      The study basically showed a statistical link between aerosols and cancer, which doesn't necessarily equate to aerosol use increasing your risk of cancer, it's at far too early a stage to be exactly sure.

      For the moment if you're really concerned then stop using aerosols altogether, however until there're more definitive studies it's really all up in the air.

  32. QUESTION:
    Is it true that drinking water from plastic bottles left in the car may cause breast cancer?
    I heard chemicals are produced in plastic water bottles after being left in the heat of your car, and drinking this water may cause breast cancer.

    • ANSWER:
      No. It's not true. It's an Internet myth. If Sheryl Crowe believes that than she was fooled too. The American Cancer Society has a report about this latest 'urban myth' about plastic bottles left in the car. It's not true.

      Urban Legends: Heated Plastic Causes Cancer
      http://www.snopes.com/medical/toxins/cookplastic.asp

      Top Ten Unfounded Health Scares: Plastic causes cancer
      http://www.acsh.org/healthissues/newsID.1021/healthissue_detail.asp

      ACS: Myths and Half Truths
      http://www.cancer.org/docroot/MED/content/MED_6_1x_Reusing_Plastic_Water_Bottles.asp?sitearea=MED

      "Plastic Water Bottles

      Email:
      The original version of this email begins by saying “Many are unaware of poisoning caused by re-using plastic bottles,” and says “bottles are safe for one-time use only; if you must keep them longer, it should be or no more than a few days, a week max, and keep them away from heat as well.” The email says the bottles contain DEHA, which it calls a potential carcinogen.

      A newer (2007) version of the email quotes an unidentified doctor as saying women should not drink bottled water that has been left in a car because the heat and the plastic of the bottle have certain chemicals that can lead to breast cancer.

      Fact:
      These emails are apparently based on a student’s college thesis. In fact, DEHA is not inherent in the plastic used to make these bottles, and even if it was the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says DEHA "cannot reasonably be anticipated to cause cancer, teratogenic effects, immunotoxicity, neurotoxicity, gene mutations, liver, kidney, reproductive, or developmental toxicity or other serious or irreversible chronic health effects." Meanwhile, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), says diethylhexyl adipate "is not classifiable as to its carcinogenicity to humans."

  33. QUESTION:
    what causes breast cancer and what are the measures needed to prevent it?
    I just want somebody to tell me everything I need to know about breast cancer.What causes it,is it generic,are there foods or other things we use in our daily lives that actually cause it like perfumes?How about chemicals found in the preservatives used in packed or canned foods things like MSG .I would appreciate it if someone clarified this for me

    • ANSWER:
      Breast cancer is a common form of cancer among women in the United States, Canada and Europe. However, in Africa and Asia, the prevalence is much lower, indicating the possibility of environmental triggers as well as a genetic predisposition. While the number one risk factor is simply being female, other risk factors include:

      -Age - Breast cancer occurs more often in women over 50 and is less common in pre-menopausal women. American Cancer Society (ACS).
      -Family History - Women with family history of breast cancer have a greater risk of developing the disease.
      -Genetic factors - Inheriting mutations or alterations of certain genes called BRCA-1 and BRCAS-2 increases the risk of developing breast cancer. The ACS estimates that 5 to 10 percent of breast cancer cases result from inherited mutations of these genes. A woman with these genes has an 80 percent chance of developing breast cancer in her lifetime, according to the ACS. Women with a family history of breast cancer may be tested for the mutated gene. However, interpretation of the test results and decisions about treatment are complicated. Recent studies have identified other genes and gene mutations that may be associated with breast cancer. Several studies have shown nearly 200 gene mutations that are associated with some breast tumors.
      -Previous history of breast cancer or of Benign breast Tumors - This includes being diagnosed with breast cancer as well as non-cancerous tumors. Research has demonstrated the risk of developing breast cancer varies with the actual type of benign breast disease found in a woman.
      -Race - Breast cancer is more common in white women than in those of other races, including Hispanic, Asian or black American. .
      -Hormone factors - Hormones may increase the risk of breast cancer. Hormonal influences that are believed to raise the risk include:
      -Early menstruation - Women who started their period before 12 years of age.
      -Late menopause - Women who go through menopause after age 55.
      -Pregnancy history - Women who have their first child after the age of 30 or who have had fewer pregnancies or no pregnancies.
      -Hormone drugs - The use of oral contraceptives has been linked to a slight increase in breast cancer risk.
      -Breast density - Women with less fatty, denser breasts, which are normally older women, have an increased chance of breast cancer.
      -Obesity after menopause - In postmenopausal women, estrogen is primarily produced by fat tissue. If a woman is significantly overweight, she has more fat tissue and more estrogen is being produced in their body.
      -Radiation to the chest area - For women treated for Hodgkins Lymphoma with radiation to the chest before age 30, the chances of developing breast cancer are higher than the general population.
      -Sedentary lifestyle - Women who are physically inactive have a higher rate of breast cancer, possibly due to a sedentary lifestyle.
      -Use of Alcohol - Several studies have concluded that the more alcohol consumed by a woman, the higher her risk of breast cancer becomes.

      For prevention of Breast Cancer, if at all we can do anything, it starts with our own Lifestyle choices and healthy habits - such as staying physically active, limiting alcohol and eating right. Among the easiest things to control are what you eat and drink and how active you are. Here are some strategies that may help you decrease your risk of breast cancer:

      • LIMIT ALCOHOL
      • MAINTAIN A HELTHY WEIGHT
      • STAY ACTIVE
      • CONSIDER LIMITING FAT IN YOUR DIET
      • Avoid HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY (HRT) –
      • CHECK YOUR BREASTS EVERY MONTH
      • DO NOT FORGETTO GET
      • Consider BREASTFEEDING instead of formula feeding
      • HAVE CILDRENT EARLIER in life
      • Avoid taking unnecessary ANTIBIOTICS.
      • Be CAUTIOUS about PESTICIDES
      • Nothing you can guarantee your life will be free from Cancer. But if you practice healthy habits and consult your doctor about extra measures you can take, you may at least reduce your risk of this potentially fatal disease.-

  34. QUESTION:
    Can wearing a bra cause breast cancer when your YOUNG?
    Im 13 and i sleep in my bra most of the time but people tell me not to because it causes breast cancer. My grandma said it didnt but my aunt told me it did so i re searched it. It says it can but what if i only do it when im young? or if i sleep in one thats a sports bra or one without wire?

    • ANSWER:
      it coul give u breast cancer wen ur young too cuz my sister is a doctor and she knows all about it it coul coz breast cancer becuz wen u sleep n a bra or where a bra it dnt let ur boobs breath if tht makes sense cuz it makes them squished or pushed 24/7 and thts nt good im 13 also and wen i was twelve and younger i luved sleepin in my bra till my sista told me i coul get breast cancer soo if i were u i woul nt wear bras at nigh only if u hav 2

  35. QUESTION:
    Can tanning beds cause breast cancer?
    I know tanning beds cause cancer, but if I show my boobs in the tanning bed, could it cause breast cancer?
    If so, would wearing a bathing suit top help any?

    • ANSWER:

  36. QUESTION:
    Have some questions about breast cancer?
    Where is the chromosomal error?What type of molecular inheritance is it?What's it's molecular origin?Which chromosome is affected? Where is the mutation located on the chromosome? And also what type of mutation causes breast cancer?

    Could some one please help me with this?

    • ANSWER:
      Are you doing homework?

      I'm not sure the answers to these questions are absolutely known. And there are different types of breast cancer.

  37. QUESTION:
    If your breasts got hit by a soccer ball really hard, would that be a possible lead to breast cancer?
    If your breasts got hit by a soccer ball really hard, would that be a possible lead to breast cancer? What actually causes breast cancer and how can you prevent it? Please be very detailed :)

    • ANSWER:
      You could get a nasty bruise, but that's about it. There's really no details to give except most breast cancers occur in women over 50 and many times it's hormone driven although there are other causes.

  38. QUESTION:
    What is the latest research on the link between Breast Ca and deodorants/anti persperants?
    My niece died of Breast Cancer at 32 yrs old and her young 8 yr old is needing to use an antipersperant due to strong odour irrespective of frequent washing. I read somewhere that some anti per or deoderants could cause Breast Cancer so need more info.

    • ANSWER:
      There is no scientific evidence at all that deodorant and anti-perspirant cause or contribute to any cancer. The widespread belief that they cause breast cancer is due largely to a hoax email that was widely circulated.

      For the facts read:

      http://www.breastcancer.org/symptoms/understand_bc/bc_myths/antipersp.jsp

      http://www.cancerhelp.org.uk/help/default.asp?page=3943

      http://info.cancerresearchuk.org/healthyliving/cancercontroversies/deodorants/

      Also, contrary to what someone else has said, only 5- 10% of breast cancer cases are genetic. Most are random.

  39. QUESTION:
    Is it true that anti perspirant products cause cancer?
    I heard deodorants and antiperspirant products cause breast cancer and cancer in general because of the ingredients and the aluminum.

    Is this true?

    I'm a guy btw.

    Best answer gets 10 points!

    • ANSWER:
      No link between cancer and deodorants/antiperspirants has been proven, and all the evidence strongly suggests there isn't one.

      The currently widely-held belief that they are linked to breast cancer is mainly down to a hoax email - which seems to be doing the rounds again if the number of recent questions on this subject is anything to go by.

      http://www.cancer.org/Cancer/BreastCancer/OverviewGuide/breast-cancer-overview-what-causes - scroll down to 'Uncertain risk factors'; the American Cancer Society rightly ascribes the deodorant/breast cancer scares to 'internet email rumours'.

      A large study in 2002 looked for links between antiperspirant use and breast cancer in 1,500 women. The researchers found that neither antiperspirants nor deodorants increased breast cancer.

      Yes, most deodorants and antiperspirants contain aluminium, but there is no actual evidence that aluminium could increase the risk of cancer.

      These links give some facts:

      http://www.breastcancer.org/risk/myths/antipersp.jsp

      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/cancer-causes/CA00085

      http://www.cancerhelp.org.uk/about-cancer/cancer-questions/deodorants-antiperspirants-and-breast-cancer

  40. QUESTION:
    Is this true about bras and breast cancer?
    Someone told me that bras with underwires cause breast cancer. Is that true? Also, someone told me that wearing bras at night causes cancer and someone else told me that wearing bras at all causes cancer. Does wearing a bra less decrease the chances of breast cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      Nope. There are a lot of factors that increase your risk of breast cancer: being in certain ethnic groups or geographical areas, smoking, exposure to certain things... but bras aren't one of them. The bra is a pretty new invention and we have stories of breast cancer dating back to the ancient egyptians.

      And yes, researchers have investigated the question. So wear a bra or not, just as you please.

  41. QUESTION:
    Could keeping my phone in my breast pocket give me breast cancer?
    I'm often texting my friend at night and doing other things at the same time. Since I'm in my pyjamas at that time, I have no pockets to put my phone in but my breast pocket on my pyjama shirt.
    I'm wondering if it could cause breast cancer? Because I've heard about it but I'm not sure?

    • ANSWER:
      No.

  42. QUESTION:
    How do you prevent breast cancer?
    How do I prevent it? What are things that cause breast cancer so I know to stay away from them?? I already stay away from antiperspirant deodorant. (sucks but it's worth it if I don't get cancer.)

    • ANSWER:
      You die young.

      Truly, there is no known way to prevent breast cancer. The biggest risk factors are being female 99%+ of cases) and being over 50 (80% of cases)

      There are other known risk factors for breast cancer, a few of which are avoidable - but these are risk factors, not causes. It isn't known what causes breast cancer.

      The known risk factors are:

      Having children at an older age or not at all. The more children a woman has may also slightly lower her risk. Breast-feeding helps protect against the disease. The longer a woman breastfeeds her children, the more she lowers her risk.

      Starting periods at a younger than average age (under 12) or having a late menopause (after 55)
      .
      Being overweight (especially after the menopause).

      Regularly drinking more than 1 unit of alcohol per day slightly increases the risk of breast cancer.

      Having a previous diagnosis of breast cancer increases the risk of developing a new cancer in the other breast.

      BUT they are risk factors, not causes; ticking one, two or all the boxes doesn't mean you will get breast cancer, and many women with none of the risk factors develop breast cancer.

      And please not: antiperspirants and deodorants are NOT included in those risk factors. There's no proven link between any type of cancer and deodorants or antiperspirants, and all the evidence strongly suggests there isn't one.

      The belief that they are linked to breast cancer is mainly down to a hoax email that does the rounds from time to time:

      http://cancerhelp.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/cancer-questions/deodorants-antiperspirants-and-breast-cancer

      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/cancer-causes/CA00085

  43. QUESTION:
    Why do some women like breast implants over natural beauty?
    I am just wondering why some women want breast implants so badly that they will pay any price for it. I heard that the cost can be close to -50K, complications can occur, and it may cause breast cancer later on. My question for you is why would women want breast implants over natural looking breasts (natural beauty)? I've seen some women do breast augmentation and they looked better going in then coming out, so why then would women still do this?

    • ANSWER:
      I think that they feel like its something the have to do, having to compete with each other and having the best body, everything "perfect" its sad b/c its so crazy, for some women as my self don't need to get enhancements, I also think that it is a lack of self-confidence.

  44. QUESTION:
    How can I make my woman get breast implants?
    I am good to her, she is not as pretty as her two sister. Her breasts are not adequate. I say it would make her beautiful. I stay with her because her parents are infirm and wealthy. They can pay. She says she is scared they cause breast cancer but this is not true. I let her cook and clean for me when it is her unclean time, even making love. I do not beat her for this. Yet she shows me no respect.

    • ANSWER:
      Tell her that if she gets breast implants, then you will get a penis enlargement!

  45. QUESTION:
    If you discovered there are toxins in antiperspirant would you stop using it?
    Some antiperspirants cause breast cancer is it true?
    Breast cancer rates soar and aluminum is toxic!
    2+2=4 or is it just common sense?
    Applying poisin to the body may not be smart!
    I have been using Tom's of Maine deorderant and its awesome, and non toxic!

    • ANSWER:
      According to studies done Aluminum in deodorants have shown it to be toxic as it has been linked to breast cancer, According to studies done of the tissue of woman who had a mastectomy aluminum has been found in the tissue of those. I have stopped using any deodorants with aluminum. In another study showed tissue containing parabens.

  46. QUESTION:
    Is there an affect to having my breasts fondled too much by my boyfriend?
    An odd question, I know. But just wondering cause it can be irritating, I mean it doesn't feel irritating he loves me for me, that's just his fav part. He's soft with them, no pressing hard, but I just wondered if too much could cause breast cancer or lumps cause of the sensitive tissue.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi No its not like tat he is great just feel happy

  47. QUESTION:
    What are the strangest things you heard that can cause breast cancer?
    I 'm doing a report for health class. My topic is "strange myths about the risk of breast cancer" If you know anything that seems strange or stupid that people think can give them breast cancer, let me know. And if you know it's true or false, please send me Links if you have any. The only thing I can find is on antiperspirants, i need some more strange ideas. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      There are so many, most of which are repeated here on YA regularly

      You are right, anti-perspirant and deodorant don't cause breast cancer:
      http://info.cancerresearchuk.org/healthyliving/cancercontroversies/deodorants/
      http://www.breastcancer.org/symptoms/understand_bc/bc_myths/antipersp.jsp

      Another rmyth is that blows, bumps or pinches to the breast cause it:
      http://www.netwellness.org/question.cfm/11349.htm
      http://www.swedish.org/17384.cfm

      A link between abortion and breast cancer is a myth; junk science and propaganda from the anti-choice lobby. The broad scientific consensus is that no such link exists.

      This excellent article gives the facts:
      http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1374/is_2_62/ai_83794478
      also
      http://www.nci.nih.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/abortion-miscarriage

      Frequently on this board there are questions about bras and breast cancer - sleeping in a bra or wearing an ill-fitting, underwired or padded bra are common myths and NOT causes of breast cancer.

      There have been recent bogus scares about water in plastic bottles - frozen, left in cars etc - causing bc; all nonsense:
      http://urbanlegends.about.com/od/medical/a/bottled-water.htm
      http://www.snopes.com/medical/toxins/petbottles.asp

      Someone asked on here yesterday if french fries caused breast cancer!

      I often see people saying on here that breast cancer is largely, mainly or entirely genetic. It isn't; only 5 -10% of breast cancer cases are due to hereditary factors.

      There is currently a common belief that dairy products cause breast cancer, mainly because of the book 'Your Life in Your Hands' by Jane Plant, which made the claim. There is no real scientific evidence that this is true, and in fact I offer myself as evidence that it isn't - I had been vegan for over 8 years when i was diagnosed with bc.

      In fact, if you are discussing myths about breast cancer you may want to include all claims about diet and lifestyle. There is no evidence that any food contributes to any cancer. Any claim that it does is speculation and reflects the fears and prejudices of the person making the claim. It's often less scary for someone who hasn't had cancer to 'blame the victim' - put cancer down to avoidable life style factors like diet, stress, lack of exercise etc - than it is for them to accept that cancer is a largely random disease that can strike any of us at any time.

      The causes of breast cancer aren't known; there are known risk factors, but these ARE risk factors not causes - ticking one, some or all these boxes does not mean you will get breast cancer, and many people who are diagnosed with breast cancer have none of these risk factors other than the first and/or second.

      The greatest risk factor for breast cancer is being female -over 99% of those diagnosed are women.

      The second greatest is getting older - 80% of those diagnosed are over 50.

      5-10% of breast cancer cases are due to hereditary factors.

      The other known risk factors are:

      Having children at an older age or not at all. The more children a woman has may also slightly lower her risk. Breast-feeding helps protect against the disease. The longer a woman breast feeds her children, the more she lowers her risk.

      Starting periods at a younger than average age (under 12) or having a late menopause (after 55)

      Taking the contraceptive pill or hormone replacement therapy (HRT) causes a small increase in risk. However, the risk gradually returns to normal after you stop taking them.

      Being overweight (especially after the menopause).

      Regularly drinking more than 1 unit of alcohol per day slightly increases the risk of breast cancer.

      Having a previous diagnosis of breast cancer increases the risk of developing a new cancer in the other breast.

      Thanks for the interesting question. If I remember any more myths as the day goes on, I'll add them

  48. QUESTION:
    If you put your mobile phone near your breast: can this cause breast cancer?
    You know how some girls place their mobile in their cleavage or around that area...can this cause breast cancer in the future?

    • ANSWER:
      If it's on while it is.


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  1. QUESTION:
    What are cancer treatment options when the patient also has Parkinson's Disease?
    A dear friend of mine has Stage 3A lung cancer, but also has Parkinson's Disease, and there appear to be limited treatment options. Can anyone provide some guidance on this issue?

    • ANSWER:
      My sympathy and thoughts go out to you and your friend. I have been with a Research company for the past 10 years and they have had some remarkable results with a product called Transfer Factor. I have literally been witness to hundreds of cases where the success has been incredible with Cancer. It has also had good results with Parkinson's disease. You might want to look into it for your friend. The product is completely natural. It is geared towards raising your immune intelligence and training your body's best defense to deal with foreign invaders of all kinds. It's an advancement in biotechnology that has over 3,000 clinical studies. You can find more about it by visiting:

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      I wish the best for you and your friend during this difficult time.

  2. QUESTION:
    Tell me more about liver and lung tumors, how many types of cancer, treatment options?
    My mom just found out that she has type II diabetes, 5 or 6 tumors in her liver and 5 or 6 tumors in her lungs. They did a liver biopsy on Fri. and they're doing a MRI on Monday of her brain and a bone scan and mamogram also. They also want to check her colon. Is this serious? She had cervical cancer about 18 years ago and had surgery to remove it. How many types of cancer and what are the treatment options for her condition. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      What they have found with your Mom is definitely serious, which is why they want to do all of the tests you mention.

      There seem to be new cancers discovered every year, so there is no simple answer as to how many cancers there are. The treatments are surgery, radiation with x-rays, and chemo-therapy. There are also alternative medicine approaches which occasionally work for cases that are not advanced.

  3. QUESTION:
    What are some alternatives to Cancer Treatment Centers of America?
    My co-worker's brother has cancer, and Cancer Treatment Centers of America is not accepted by his insurance. What other options are available?
    My Co-worker's brother has cancer, and his insurance does not accept Cancer Treatment Centers of America. He lives in Virginia, but somewhere in North Carolina should be ok also. Thank you so much.

    • ANSWER:
      Anywhere would be an alternative. This is a private for profit organization that has been in trouble with the FTC for false and unsubstantiated claims. I am not aware of any other hospital that has had this problem.

      I work for various hospitals throughout Los Angeles County and we have several well-known hospitals here where people come from all over the world for treatment and there are many less known community hospitals that give care that is just as good and in some cases better than these well known hospitals.

      The best advice I can give to your co-workers brother is to be an informed consumer. He and a trusted friend or family member should learn as much about his disease as possible so that he can ask good questions and make informed decisions. Get opinions from 2 or 3 oncologists that do not practice together. Someone should go with him to all appointments where test results or treatment options are discussed. Keep a running list of any questions he thinks of and take the list with him to his doctors appointments.

      Unless he has an unusual cancer he should get very good treatment at a hospital his insurance is contracted with. He may also want to check with the American College of Surgeons for hospitals in his area with approved cancer programs. They are responsible for accrediting hospital cancer programs in the United States.

  4. QUESTION:
    My mom's cancer may have spread to her leg bone and liver. What treatment options does she have?
    My mom, a smoker aged 61, had a kidney removed some two years ago because of kidney cancer. A recent CT scan has shown signs that cancer may have spread to her leg bone and liver. I am anxious to know what effective treatment options are available.

    • ANSWER:
      You should call Cancer Treatments of America, they have alternative cancer treatments. Or look it up on Cancer treatment of america.com, I hope this helps, good luck & give your mother my best wishes!

  5. QUESTION:
    prostate cancer treatment options - looking on prostate cancer treatment options?
    What are the prostate cancer treatment options that you prefer to me to choose?

    • ANSWER:
      If you have prostate cancer, there are many important factors to take into account before deciding on a treatment option, such as your age and general health, and the likelihood that the cancer will cause problems for you. You should also think about which side effects you can live with. Some men, for example, can't imagine living with side effects such as incontinence or impotence. Other men are less concerned about these and more concerned about removing or destroying the cancer.

  6. QUESTION:
    Is there certain cancers that already have cures?
    I'm only 16, not at the age to be worrying about cancer but i'm curious since its basically the main killer. There are many different cancers and different treatment options but is their any specific cancers that have cures to them? I'm talking about cures that were discovered within the last 100 years.
    Also, Any type of cancers that have claimed the lives of say old actors back in the early 1900s that can easily be treated or cured today? Cancers that were so deadly back then but now not so much of a concern?

    • ANSWER:
      Heart disease is the number one killer. Most cancers that are cured are those caught early enough. Most people in the early 1900s did not live long enough to get cancer. At that time it would be rare for anyone with any cancer to survive.

  7. QUESTION:
    What are treatment options for metastatic melanoma?
    I'm interested in ALL treatment options especially alternative medicines. Options we already tried include IV Interferon, Yerboi (vaccine), and Temador. Forgive the spelling, I'm no doctor. Cancer is in nodes, but not systemic yet.

    • ANSWER:
      If you need anything beyond surgery you are in trouble.
      We do not have standard treatment for advanced melanoma.
      You need to research if you want to know all of the options including clinical trials.

  8. QUESTION:
    Treatment options for inoperable cancer for infants?
    I have a friend with an 8 month old little girl who was diagnosed with inoperable cancer. I don't know much about cancer treatment beyond chemotherapy, radiation, and surgical removal but in this case the person is extremely young and surgery has already been ruled out. I've tried to search for answers on this but I keep finding overly technical articles.

    Basically, what are the treatment options for this? To they give this poor little girl chemotherapy? How will that effect her?

    • ANSWER:
      Target therapy may address such a case of infancy.

      ‘Target Therapy’ [Acupressure Techniques & Indian Natural Remedies] proved to be effective for all types of cancer [including brain tumors, leukemia, melanoma, Crohn’s Disease, breast cancer, etc., ] & all the most dreaded and incurable diseases.

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      Target Therapy---Acupressure Techniques & Indian Natural Remedies, [comprising Ayurveda, Homeopathy, Bio-chemic salts, Herbal Remedies, Yoga/Meditation, Magneto-therapy, Sidha, etc.,] U can have sizable & perceivable relief in 45-90 days. @ no/affordable costs, No side effects, and No Hospitalization.

      Latest updates* on “Miracles of Acupressure & Indian Natural Remedies.”--We r treating from 01082011 a case of Thalassemia-Major-a genetic disorder acquired from Thalassemia-Minor parents[both] for a 4-months old boy born with congenital [liver] Jaundice, anemia [Hb-5.8] and fatigue] and his Hb levels have shot up steadily from 5.8 to 11.00 as on 04012012 and the doctors @ Apollo Hospitals @ Ludhiana have postponed steadily the transfusion dates from 3-4-5 weeks as on date.

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  9. QUESTION:
    Are there any advance stage uterine cancer patients seeking natural treatment?
    Women who are diagnosed with uterine cancer and then find out that is stage 3 or stage 4 cancer have to decide on a treatment option. Many will be seen by medical physicians, while some will seek natural treatment such as juicing, fasting, and other ways to heal themselves. If you have been diagnosed with uterine cancer and have been treated or is being treated by natural remedies, herbs etc, please share with those who are contemplating natural healing. Tell how you are coping?

    • ANSWER:
      Anyone who had cancer treated by natural remedies, herbs etc cannot answer you because they are dead.

  10. QUESTION:
    What treatment options for RA do I have other than drugs?
    I am 24 years old and I just found out that I have RA (rheumatoid arthritis). I don not want to take medications for the rest of my life and am just wondering if I have any other approaches for treatment options.

    • ANSWER:
      Your answer is food !

      Medical researchers have found that there are some foods that promote inflammation (bad - do not eat) and other foods that reduce inflammation (good - eat these).

      Top of the list of foods that promote inflammation and must be avoided are of course processed foods. Anything in a packet or box with additives.

      Anything white - white bread, white rice, white pasta, white flour...

      The alternative is of course wholemeal. Wholemeal bread, brown rice, wholemeal pasta, wholemeal flour...

      Wheat is not tolerated well by some people, so if that is you find an alternative bread such as rye or spelt bread...

      Dairy milk products are another inflammation promoter. Cheese, cream and butter are the worst as the milk is concentrated. Natural potset yoghurt made with no fruit is the best as it is already partially digested by the billions of good bacteria it contains.

      Omega 3 oils found in oily deep sea fish such as salmon, mackerel, tuna are inflammation reducers. They are also found in almonds, linseed oil and other foods.

      Brightly coloured fruits and vegetables are full of antioxidants which are also very beneficial for you. Blueberries, raspberries, sweet potatoes, broccoli, zucchini, artichoke...

      All this information and more is in a book written by Immunologist and Toxicologist William Joel Meggs in his book "The Inflammation Cure".
      These foods and all the information in the book will benefit any autoimmune condition as well as some heart conditions and cancers, Type 1 and 2 Diabetes, obesity and 'Fibromyalgia'.

      The book can be read online at Google Books. Chapter 9 deals with diet starting at page 101.

  11. QUESTION:
    What is the best lever cancer treatment hospital in india.?
    My father is 60 years old.Now he is sufering from lever cancer with final stage.Please tell me which is the best Indian lever cancer treatment hospital to cure him totaly ?Please help us.

    • ANSWER:
      Wow, I am so sorry you are dealing with this.

      I will post a few links in my sources that might give you some help. The Jawaharlal Nehru Cancer Hospital & Research Centre might be a good option but I think your best bet is to contact the doctor that made the diagnosis and follow their instructions carefully. If you want a second opinion, get one if you can but don't put off treatment at this point.

      If they feel they cannot treat it, seek another opinion. If nothing else hun, enjoy the time you have left with your father.

      I will say a prayer for your father tonight.

  12. QUESTION:
    What does treatment for prostate cancer consist of, and does it affect a male's ability to have sex?
    A very close friend of ours has been diagnosed with prostate cancer (it really *isn't* my partner or me!) and we were wondering what his treatment options might be.

    If the prostate gland is removed, does that eliminate the ability to have sex?

    Probably best to have an older person answer this: it's pretty obvious by the question that this is going to be completely out of the realm of experience for most of the teenagers.

    • ANSWER:
      It can, but new surgical techniques have reduced the risk. I was diagnosed with it about a year ago, but a second opinion from Johns-Hopkins said no. At least not yet. Anyhow, there are a number of different treatments that depend on the age of the patient and the stage of the disease. At my age, 50, and the very early preliminary diagnosis, removal was recommended. There is a new procedure called the da Vinci procedure that is minimally invasive and less likely to lead to the nerve damage that causes impotence. However, it is still a risk, as well as a risk of urinary incontinence. And even if you are not impotent, your orgasms will be dry - seminal fluid is produced by the prostate. There are also other procedures, such as implanting radioactive 'seeds' into the prostate. It is my understanding that the risk of impotence from that or any other radiation procedure is higher than da Vinci surgery, but less than with traditional surgery. Chemo and broader irradiation can be recommended in more advanced cases.
      My brother had the daVinci procedure, and he is able to have sex. He uses a penile constriction band to maintain an erection; I don't know whether he had any ED problems before. He is able to have orgasms, but as I said, they are dry.
      Sometimes, again depending on the age,the stage, and how aggressive the cancer, they will recommend leaving it alone. Don't bank on that, though.

      Here's a link with info on the daVinci procedure.
      Tell your friend my thoughts and prayers are with him. I know how scary this is. I have to have regular biopsies to keep track of mine, and every time I go through hell waiting for the results.

      http://www.davinciprostatectomy.com/davinci_prostatectomy/index.aspx

      If you Google 'prostate cancer stories' there are lots of personal stories on the web.

  13. QUESTION:
    Have you tried any alternative cancer treatments?
    I am doing a Level 3 extended project and would really like some personal reports on alternative cancer treatments. The topics I am currently looking at are medical marijuana and laetrile, however any other treatments you have used would be great to read about. The other questions I am posing are:
    - Should a cancer patient be aloud to choose any type of medicine available, be it conventional or alternative?
    - Should marijuana be legalised in the UK in order to help with pain in cancer patients, especially those who have undergone chemotherapy?
    - What advantages and disadvantages have you found with any alternative or conventional cancer treatments?

    Thank you for your help, your answers will be really appreciated and will help greatly with my project :-)

    • ANSWER:
      Questions about Laetrile/B17b etc. and cannabis come up on a regular basis in here. I'll just refer you to previous answers of mine on these specific alternative cancer treatment modalities:
      Cannabis: http://uk.answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AgJHbtpkSi6TAA8yzSeCAx4hBgx.;_ylv=3?qid=20130126135254AA3RF6v
      Laetrile: http://uk.answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=ApvnGZhvRs26b7vNyKj1VVUhBgx.;_ylv=3?qid=20130103071052AAkLrom

      Another aspect of your question is concerning what happens to patients opting for alternative treatments instead of conventional treatment. There are a few scientific articles that have looked into this for breast cancer. These articles show that the risk of progression/death significantly increases - most notably in those who refuse surgery, but also in those who refuse additional radio-chemotherapy. Here is an analysis of these articles: http://anaximperator.wordpress.com/2012/08/08/there-is-no-time-to-wait-for-alternative-cancer-therapy-to-work/

      Patients are (and should be) allowed to choose any treatment they want. My beef is with those who sell false hopes, and by doing so rob patients of a fair chance of curative treatment. And I don't think that belief exonerate people from the responsibility of giving bad advice: http://anaximperator.wordpress.com/2010/01/05/does-belief-exonerate/

      I am not against the use of cannabis for symptomatic relief. But sometimes conventional drugs are both safer and more effective: http://scienceblog.cancerresearchuk.org/2012/07/25/cannabis-cannabinoids-and-cancer-the-evidence-so-far/#pain

      I think the disadvantages of altmed have been described above: It doesn't cure cancer. Conventional cancer treatment is harsh, and not always successful, but it it is the best option.

  14. QUESTION:
    What are the side effects of prostate cancer treatment? All excluding removal of the prostate.?
    I have had an agressive form of prostate cancer. Treatment included radiation internal as well as internal, inplants. Horemone and meds. Everything other than removal. I now have diabeties, have undergone triple bi-pass, I now hurt all over, my hips are all but killing me, I have lost and regained and lost again ability to controll urination. Thoughts please.

    • ANSWER:
      You will expect some pain, weakness, and other side effects from the treatment you described. If you feel the treatment is not working you could look into other options, see these links.

      http://www.cancertutor.com/Other/Prostate_Cancer.html

      http://www.naturalnews.com/027534_vitamin_D_prostate_cancer.html

  15. QUESTION:
    i have survived cancer twice and would like to start a foundation for helping others?
    my foundation would consists of treatment options facts and recomendations to hospitals.
    for example i.u. medical center.

    • ANSWER:
      Why don't you want to start your own blog? http://medicationforum.blogspot.com/2010/07/breast-cancer-awareness.html

  16. QUESTION:
    What natural methods did Lance Armstrong use to beat his cancer?
    I have heard that Lance Armstrong utilized natural products along with conventional forms of cancer treatment. I am very curious to know what he used as I am also using a combination of both and am not having much luck so far.

    • ANSWER:
      Sex After Prostate Cancer - a Wife's Sensual Secrets Revealed About Touch by Lori Wilk

      This article is for men who have survived prostate cancer and their partners. It was written with love and prayers for your health and relationships. Read this and know you are not alone and people are praying for you to have better experiences and more sensuality in your life.

      Prostate Problem Symptoms - Want to Know Some? by Arnold Nerenberg

      A lot of men consult prostate cancer question and answer forums to clear their presumptions or even to know the prostate problem symptoms. Let us first know the background of prostate cancer and the parts of the body that will be affected if one has prostate cancer. This is actually a disease affecting the prostate. The prostate is a gland in the male reproductive system. When one gets prostate cancer, there is prostate mutation.

      Can Pomegranate Juice Slow Down Prostate Cancer? by Ric Bai

      How can you imagine pomegranate juice could slow down prostate cancer? There is research to suggest this is so. You can find all sorts of studies for various things, what matter is if it works. Prostate problems seem to be more common that ever before.

      Some Treatment Options For Prostate Cancer by Nickolay Lamm

      If you are looking for a prostate cancer treatment, what are your options? Treatments vary significantly from case to case. Because prostate cancer is usually very slow growing, one often-prescribed treatment is no treatment at all.

      Surviving Prostate Cancer - It's NOT Over Until You WIN! by King J. For

      If anyone has told you that it's over for you because you have been diagnosed with cancer of the prostate, this article will show you how and why you can still win. Lots of others have won and survived this condition, you can as well.

      Here is a site with some good information on Cancer. It will definitely help you. Have a look.

      http://cancer--info.we.bs/

  17. QUESTION:
    What are the chances of surviving a prostate cancer over the long-term if you are also diabetic?
    Does the fact that you have Diabetes 2 complicate your recovery efforts? I am thinking that prostate cancer treatment might involve a dietary adjustment that might complicate what one is trying to do to cut down on sugar intake.

    • ANSWER:
      Diabetes has no effect on surviving prostate cancer if you have not already developed complications from diabetes, but some prostate cancer treatments cause side effects that reduce the longterm survival rate for diabetes. Make sure you talk to your doc about all the treatment options and choose one that gives you the best chances for long-term health. Look into robotic surgery. If this is an option for you, it may cause the least amount of complications.

  18. QUESTION:
    What are the types of cancer treatments?
    what types if cancer treatments are there?

    • ANSWER:
      The type of cancer treatment doctor recommends depends on the type of cancer, the size and location of the tumor, whether the cancer has spread, and overall health.

      The most common cancer treatments include surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy. These therapies may be used either alone or in combination with other therapies.
      Other cancer treatment options include targeted therapy, immunotherapy, hormone therapy, and bone marrow/stem cell transplantation.
      In addition, patients are encouraged to consider clinical trials when making treatment plan decisions. A clinical trial is a research study to test a new treatment to prove it is safe, effective, and possibly better than the standard treatment. Your doctor can help you review all clinical trial options.

      The first treatment a person is given is called first-line therapy. Adjuvant therapy is treatment that is given after the first treatment (such as chemotherapy after surgery). Neoadjuvant therapy is treatment that is given before the primary treatment (such as radiation therapy before surgery).

      As cancer care becomes more specialized, many people are now treated by a team of doctors, nurses, and other health care specialists. Usually one doctor, often the medical oncologist, will lead the coordination of the person's care. Learn more about the oncology team. It is also important that people with cancer and their families feel comfortable about their doctor and his or her recommended treatment plan. It is always appropriate to seek a second opinion.

  19. QUESTION:
    We just found out that my 30 year old wife has breast cancer?
    We just found out that my 30 year old wife has breast cancer (biopsy came back). It’s 1.5cm, and the GP doc said it broke the membrane. If this is stage 1, what are the treatment options? How treatable is this?

    • ANSWER:
      Any stage of breast cancer is treatable, and the early stages (1, 2, and even 3) can all be put into long-term remission with proper treatment. This depends entirely on the pathology of the tumor and the exact stage (whether nodes are involved).

      I'm sorry, it's particularly unfair that a young woman like your wife should have to deal with this. Not that it's fair that any of us do.

      If you do not have children, and if they recommend chemo, you may want to discuss the possibility of having her eggs harvested for future IVF. Chemo may result in her being unable to have children.

      Best of luck to you both.

  20. QUESTION:
    Why was the doctor so aggressive because I refused treatment?
    I found out I have prostate cancer during a check up, I had never had one before. I decided not to get treatment and let it run its course.

    I had an appointment a few days later where we were supposed to discuss treatment options and I told the doctor what I said before and asked him if I could have any pain medication towards the end. His attitude suddenly changed and he was really aggressive in his answers.

    I don't understand why he was so rude and unprofessional. I'm saving him work and time, shouldn't he be happy for it?

    Not that it matters to me, I won't go there anymore anyway and there's no point in changing doctors now.

    • ANSWER:

  21. QUESTION:
    Why was the doctor so aggressive because I refused treatment?
    I found out I have prostate cancer during a check up, I had never had one before. I decided not to get treatment and let it run its course.

    I had an appointment a few days later where we were supposed to discuss treatment options and I told the doctor what I said before and asked him if I could have any pain medication towards the end. His attitude suddenly changed and he was really aggressive in his answers.

    I don't understand why he was so rude and unprofessional. I'm saving him work and time, shouldn't he be happy for it?

    Not that it matters to me, I won't go there anymore anyway and there's no point in changing doctors now.

    • ANSWER:
      Because you are wasting his time. and ours

  22. QUESTION:
    What is the best treatment for recurrent melanoma?
    My mother had vaginal melanoma four years ago.She made a surgery and took Interferon for a year. She did a pet ct scan a week ago and it shows a mesenteric nodule measures 1.2 cm in the left side of the abdomen. What are the treatment options for her. Please help. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      yes western medicine , but alternative medicine says and I am not joking but turmeric is a cancer killer you could get you mother to take it in capsule form filling you own capsules is somthing available these days and there is a special chemical only found in tomato paste .. that also is really good to treat cancer, but the other thing I have read about is hydrogen peroxide as is oxygenates the blood and kills cancer cells

  23. QUESTION:
    Can an 18 year old girl get cervical cancer? If so what are the symptoms and would the doctors let her cancel?
    continued...... cancel her appointment to discuss treatment options. How early(age wise) is it possible for a female to get cervical cancer and what are the symptoms?

    any other informative information about cervical cancer is appreciated as well.

    • ANSWER:
      Doctors do not “let” their patients do anything. She is an adult and if she wants to cancel an appointment no one can stop her. If she does not reschedule they will send a letter letting her know the consequences of her actions.
      Cervical cancer has no symptoms until it is advanced.
      There is an average of 32 cases of cervical cancer in females under 20 years old each year in the United States.

  24. QUESTION:
    What is the best treatment option for the skin condtion " Hydradenitis Suppurativa" in axilla.?
    This nodule like skin condition is occurring in a 25 year old female since 3 years. Very painful at times and is not responding with usual antibiotic and anti-inflammatory drugs. Based on the biopsy report, diagnosed as "Hydradenitis Suppurativa".
    What are the best treatment options available now to treat this problem.
    Dr.S.Gopalakrishnan

    • ANSWER:
      I've been having such problem for years. It was March this year when I decided to end my suffering and seek medical help. It had already affected part of my skin in the armpit and so I submitted myself to a cancer surgeon thinking that it might be malignant. His recommendation was to undergo an operation. And so I did. He removed the affected area, scraped it so to speak.

      However, 2 months after, there were signs that it would recur in other areas of my armpit. Excessive sweating is one of the reasons, plus the hair growth. As soon as my wounds (from the operation) were healed, he advised me to consult a dermatologist and undergo laser hair removal. The Derma first treated the early signs of hydradenitis (recurring again) by injecting steroids. Those injections helped a lot because it practically stopped the growth. The Derma advised me likewise, to stop using deodorants that are commercially available. She advised me to use a special powder that controls sweat.And it helped a lot, I must say, together with the monthly sessions that I have for laser hair removal.

      Lately, I had it again because it got irritated when I tried cleaning my armpit. I didn't know that that area is very sensitive. Touching it a lot could trigger another encounter with hydradenitis. Unfortunately, my Derma was out of the country then and I refused to consult other doctors for there might be some conflict with regard to recommendations or treatment. It got heavier and more painful as days passed by. It was too late when I saw my Derma again for the steroid shots. It got heavier and more painful until one day, I saw puss coming out from where I was injected on. As soon as the puss started to come out, little by little the swellness and heaviness disappeared. I was told by the doctor that the puss should be drained, so that the affected part inside our axilla would really become dry. Being dry from the inside first, would allow our skin to totally close and would prevent the hydradenitis from recurring again. If not all puss comes out, the wound will not get dry and soon it would occur again. Antibiotics do help in the sense that it prevents the problem from spreading. It is important that while you do have this problem, you do not apply anything on your axilla except for the topical and liquid antibiotics that your Derma has advised you to use.

  25. QUESTION:
    Are there charities that help shoulder the cost of oncology treatment for dogs?
    My lab has a 50% chance of having anal sac adenocarcinoma. What are the treatment options and are there any organizations that may help shoulder the cost of treatment?

    • ANSWER:
      There are a few organizations for help specifically with the cost of pets undergoing treatment for cancer.

      The Perseus Foundation - http://www.perseusfoundation.org/
      The Zach Memorial Fund - http://www.ashleyfund.org/AAF_Benefits.htm
      Canine Cancer Awareness - http://www.caninecancerawareness.org/html/SponsorsNeeded.html#ApplyforAssistance
      The Magic Bullet Fund - http://www.themagicbulletfund.org/

      Good luck, sorry to hear about your buddy.

  26. QUESTION:
    Why would a self employed person get health coverage under the new plan?
    Emergency and preventitive care are fairly cheap. Transplants, cancer treatment, etc are the bank busters. But, all of those things are foreseeable. So if you can just wait till you need insurance (they have to take you no matter what) then paying 0 a year seems like a better option, doesn't it?

    • ANSWER:
      cause they're too stupid

  27. QUESTION:
    How to buy cancer medication for a patient that lives in another country?
    My Aunt lives in Venezuela, she needs cancer treatment medication, how can I buy this drugs for her here in the US?

    • ANSWER:
      I am a cancer patient living in India. No Chemist in the US accept the prescription of an Indian doctor even for small items related only to cancer patients and that is extremely frustrating. We have no option but to depend on a few importers who get the medicines and products and pay abnormal prices. Anyway as the gentleman suggested come to India but please do not get mixed up in this alternate therepy they advocate. I dont think you will live long enough to tell the world its crap.

  28. QUESTION:
    Do you think breast cancer gets an unfair amount of attention?
    Personally, I do. Don't go "Ooohh it's cos you're a boy. You don't get it." Well, I have end stage bone cancer and I'm not going to see twenty years old, and my left legs gone. If bone cancer got the attention breast cancer did, I might still have my leg. Hell it's no even just among Cancers that I believe it receives unfair attention, there are so many diseases that have no treatment options and will just cause pain and kill. So what are we doing for them?
    Your thoughts?

    • ANSWER:
      That is unfair and i'm so sorry to hear about the situation you're in, all cancers are so cruel and all deserve the same, equal amount of care and attention. It's quite a hard question to answer without stepping into so many moral/ethical dilemmas. What i will say is what's happened to you is extremely unfair and in a perfect world nothing like this would ever happen to someone as young as you, more awareness should be raised about your condition if it's lead to you losing a leg and facing the end of your life, which obviously isn't right. I know a boy who's only 12 and has Sarcoma throughout his body, in no way can that be justified, nor can any other cancer. Breast cancer does get a lot of publicity and attention and i can't explain why it is more "commercialized" and identified with than any other cancer or any other disease - perhaps people are too scared of bone cancer or don't like to think about it and the mortality rate that is associated with it, which is pathetic, but in terms of commercialization is a major factor. The country should be putting more money and effort into care and research for all forms of cancer and all forms of life threatening/life impairing diseases and conditions at all stages of development.

  29. QUESTION:
    What are other options other then chemotherapy for stage 2 breast cancer?
    My 75 year old mother made a life decision today ...............she is not going to go through with chemotherapy treatments. She has decided to pursue just radiation and hormone therapy. Is there any other treatment options she can take. She is afraid that chemo is not worth the risks at her age and would rather just live her life to the fullest without it.

    • ANSWER:
      *Prevention & Cure of Breast Cancer--If U press the surrounding area on both sides of palms, soles, wrists and ankles regularly three times a day and then breast cancer shall not grow further. Side benefit is that Ur menses cycles are regulated.Acupressure & Indian Natural Remedies can cure breast cancer safely & totally in 45-90 days. T & C apply.

      http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2306802071169.2103895.1282822997&type=1&l=38eadce9df

      In Ur case, target therapy is helpful to have total cure. “Target therapy” is worth trying.

      ‘Target Therapy’ [Acupressure Techniques & Indian Natural Remedies] proved to be effective for all types of cancer [including brain tumors, leukemia, melanoma, Crohn’s Disease, bone marrow cancer, breast cancer, etc., ] & all the most dreaded and incurable diseases.

      TARGET THERAPY* It is the God-given therapy communicated to the mankind through THE RIGVEDA, one of the Hindu scriptures.
      Target Therapy---Acupressure Techniques & Indian Natural Remedies, [comprising Ayurveda, Homeopathy, Bio-chemic salts, Herbal Remedies, Yoga/Meditation, Magneto-therapy, Sidha, etc.,] U can have sizable & perceivable relief in 45-90 days. @ no/affordable costs, No side effects, and No Hospitalization.

      PS. If satisfied/benefited with, inform others to browse ‘Yahoo Answers’ on any health issue.
      Source: ‘HEALTH IN UR HANDS’ Vol. I & II--- by Dr.Devendra Vora, D.Sc.,M.D.,F.R.C.P.,---an octogenarian & the pioneer in Acupressure in India. Available all over the globe in all Indian languages. Dr.Vora, cured and caused to cure more than 2.00 lac cases of Cancer, HIV/AIDS, Diabetes, irregular menses and also many other most dreaded diseases.

      Latest recorded documentation on cure for ‘breast cancer’-live case.
      •1. A diabetic patient aged 62 years from Hyderabad. Mastectomy of left breast in 2005 and recurrence of tumors in the left chest in 2011. Metastases/Secondaries spread to sternum and complained of breathing problems, constipation, insomnia, severe pain edema in the left chest. Chemotherapy is fraught with severe reactions & doctors refused to treat her due to advancing age & extremely weak constitution. On 01102011 Doctors @ Image Hospitals, Hyderabad predicted, in the light of prognosis, metastases, etc., that she would live for a month. Patient shifted to Acupressure Techniques & Indian Natural Remedies on 17102011. Feed back Dated 01012012-sleeping well, edema and pain subsided substantially and no problem of breathing on passing very stinking stools on 15122011. Again the patient approached us for further treatment and the domiciliary treatment is commenced on 25042012 and she is getting on well. Her son made a phone on 12052012 and told that her appetite improved, constipation issues solved, sleeping well. Excepting that she has severe sciatica pain, for which we suggested them to contact an Acupuncturist @ Hyderabad.
      •On 10062012, her son rang up and sought further medication for stomachache, bronchial asthma. Sciatica pain under check.
      •Impression of CT Scanning- Dated: 22092011 [before commencement of target therapy—Known case of carcinoma of left breast, post modified radical mastectomy, multiple lung secondaries, chest wall metastases.
      CT Scanning Dated 21062012 [after 2 sets/bouts of target therapy] Bilateral pulmonary sternal metastases, Bilateral plural effusion. Target therapy for another 45 days continues.

  30. QUESTION:
    What is a good exercise - workout book for beginners and recovering from illness?
    I am looking for a decent book that give beginner workouts or exercise options for beginners. I am still recovering from my cancer treatments last year. I am starting to finally get the old me back but my exercise needs to starts slow. I don't really need to lose any weight, maybe 10 lbs (I lost alot with the chemo and radiation) But I need to get my body, muscle etc more fit.

    The lack of energy and daily body aches are making it tough to get started. Any good workout books for starting over.
    Yes the doctors have ok'd me to exercise they said that would help with some of my aches, but to take it slow at first since I haven't been able to do much the past 2 years. I do try to walk around the block it seem 15 minutes is my limit right now.

    • ANSWER:
      I am sorry to hear that you have been ill. Have you received the OK from your doctor for exercise? If so, what about starting with walking and swimming? These are good overall body exercises and you can take them as easy as you wish, while still getting some good exercise. The swimming supports the joints, while giving your muscles a good workout.

      With walking, you can start out really easy, with 10 minutes out and 10 minutes back. If you are already past this stage, then make it as long as you wish, just don't overdo it. Keep a record of your time or distance and see if you can improve on this from week to week. For instance, if you do 10 minutes walking Monday, Wednesday and Friday of one week, see if you can do 15 minutes the following week. Or do the same distance and try and improve on your time.

      With swimming, you can do pretty much the same. Swim a length or two, or swim for 10 minutes. one week, then 15 minutes the next week. Again, keep a log of what you are doing and try to improve from week to week. If you can't improve one week, don't worry, we all reach plateaux.

      If you like classes, what about trying Pilates or yoga? Both those give good stretches, which will help with flexibility and strength.

      Once you have made a start, especially if you go to classes, you will know better what you like and what you can do and will be in a better position to find a book. Also, if you get any physio or occupational therapy help, ask them to recommend a book. The best books I like cover walking / running and also stretches. I did a search on Amazon under "books" both on stretches for beginners and exercise for beginners and found some good products there. There are also DVDs available which are useful because you get to see HOW to do a particular exercise.
      All the best with regaining your fitness and strength.

  31. QUESTION:
    What are the risks of getting breast reconstruction when you didn't have breast cancer?
    I'm eligible for breast reconstruction because of the different sizes of my breasts, I've been reading up about the risks of having the procedure done and most of what I find is about getting it done after having breast cancer. I want to know if the risks are lower or different for me since I didn't have breast cancer, seeing it mentions having radiation and everything for cancer treatment.

    • ANSWER:
      You say you are having reconstruction because of the asymmetry of your breasts, I am guessing that either you are having one reduced or an implant in the other. If this is the case, your chances of having breast cancer depend on which option. Having one reduced also reduces your chances since you have "less breast tissue" ,although a negligible factor. Having an implant could, although unlikely, prevent a a cancer from being detected from the implant obscuring the tissue.

  32. QUESTION:
    Are their any online Pancreatic Support Groups within India?
    My wife has been diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer. We live in Mumbai, India. Wanted to connect up with other people who themselves or their loved ones have pancreatic cancer. This would give us an opportunity to share experiences, look at treatment options, diet etc.

    • ANSWER:
      Treatment options should not be found at support groups and really I don’t know too many patients who would want to spend their last days in one. The only chance at surviving this cancer and it is a very slim one is surgery. Cyberknife may prolong life for awhile.

  33. QUESTION:
    What diseases would have the symptom of coughing up blood or blood in the phlegm?
    This is not a symptom of my own so please don't tell me to go to the doctor, it is for a piece of work I have to do for College.

    If you could tell me the name of a disease/ diseases that cause this, preferably not consumption or TB, a little about it and other symptoms it would be a massive help!
    If you could also include treatment options and how serious a disease it is that would also be fantastic!

    Hope you can help! Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      First: spitting up blood is clinically known as: HEMOPTYSIS (bloody sputum, spit)
      Yes, pneumonia is the most likely, but......
      The following is from my medical e-book (I'm a nursing student)

      "Blood in the sputum (hemoptysis) is most often seen in clients with chronic bronchitis or lung cancer. Clients with tuberculosis, pulmonary infarction, bronchial adenoma, or lung abscess may have grossly bloody sputum."
      Also the end stage of cycstic fibrosis will present with hemoptysis.

      a biggie in the hospital is:
      PULMONARY EMBOLISM
      PATHOPHYSIOLOGY
      A pulmonary embolism (PE) is a collection of particulate matter (solids, liquids, or gaseous substances) that enters venous circulation and lodges in the pulmonary vessels. Large emboli obstruct pulmonary blood flow, leading to decreased systemic oxygenation, pulmonary tissue hypoxia, and potential death. Any substance can cause an embolism, but a blood clot is the most common.

      Pulmonary embolism is the most common acute pulmonary disease (90%) among hospitalized clients. In most people with PE, a blood clot from a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) breaks loose from one of the veins in the legs or the pelvis. The thrombus breaks off, travels through the vena cava and right side of the heart, and then lodges in a smaller blood vessel in the lung. Platelets collect with the embolus, triggering the release of substances that cause blood vessel constriction. Widespread pulmonary vessel constriction and pulmonary hypertension impair gas exchange. Deoxygenated blood shunts into the arterial circulation, causing hypoxemia. About 12% of clients with PE do not have hypoxemia.

      Pulmonary embolism affects at least 500,000 people a year in the United States, about 10% of whom die. Many die within 1 hour of the onset of symptoms or before the diagnosis has even been suspected.

      For clients with a known risk for PE, small doses of prophylactic subcutaneous heparin may be prescribed every 8 to 12 hours. Heparin prevents excessive coagulation in clients immobilized for a prolonged period, after trauma or surgery, or when restricted to bedrest. Occasionally, a drug to reduce platelet aggregation, such as clopidogrel (Plavix), is used in place of heparin.

      A smaller one that popped up in the book:
      GOODPASTURE'S SYNDROME
      PATHOPHYSIOLOGY
      Goodpasture's syndrome is an autoimmune disorder in which autoantibodies are made against the glomerular basement membrane and neutrophils. The two organs with the most damage are the lungs and the kidney. Lung damage is manifested as pulmonary hemorrhage. Kidney damage manifests as glomerulonephritis that may rapidly progress to complete renal failure (see Chapters 74 and 75). Unlike other autoimmune disorders, Goodpasture's syndrome occurs most often in adolescent or young adult men. The exact cause or triggering agent is unknown.

      COLLABORATIVE MANAGEMENT
      Goodpasture's syndrome usually is not diagnosed until serious lung and/or kidney problems are present. Manifestations include shortness of breath, hemoptysis (bloody sputum), decreased urine output, weight gain, generalized nondependent edema, hypertension, and tachycardia. Chest x-rays show areas of consolidation. The most common cause of death is uremia as a result of renal failure.

      Spontaneous resolution of Goodpasture's syndrome has occurred but is rare. Interventions focus on reducing the immune-mediated damage and performing some type of renal supportive therapy.

  34. QUESTION:
    I just found out the my sister in law has ovarian cancer, what treatment options does she have?
    can the doctors get rid of the cancer by surgery o r will she have to have a hysterectomy?

    • ANSWER:
      Hysterectomy IS the surgery.
      They can get rid of it this way if it is confined to the ovary.
      No one knows her treatment options until they know what kind of cancer it is and the stage.

  35. QUESTION:
    If insurance companies are so evil then why did they keep paying for my fathers cancer treatment?
    cancer treatments for two years, when he had terminal cancer ,they gave us two more years together that I could never put a price on, and Im dirt poor ?

    • ANSWER:
      .
      Your father had a good insurance plan and a good doctor to advocate for him and his care. Sorry for your loss.

      My mother had Medicare and I paid for an American Express Supplemental Policy. And she had a great team of doctors: her G.P. and her oncologist and a counselor. 1 1/2 years of treatment for breast cancer, including lymph node removal, left her a bald, puking, pain-wracked mess after surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, what is called "The Aggressive Protocol."

      She watched her father go through all that for 6 years in the 1950's, my father went through it for 4 years in the late 1970's, my brother went through it in 1984/5/6, then herself in 1993/4. They ALL died, all bald, puking, skeletal messes, clinging to life while barely alive.

      She had a living will, I was the executor: no extraordinary measures, no resuscitation, no intubation were the 3 big provisions. She had the foresight to have gone through HER "end of life" conference with her G.P and her lawyer YEARS before she ever got sick. When her heart exploded (hemopericardium, cardiac tamponade, and acute transmural infarction), she died an almost-instant, unconscious natural death.

      Her fear had been that she'd have an incident that left her vegetative, full of needles and tubes, semi-aware but immobile and she did NOT consider THAT to be "living." She also told me just before she died, a few weeks before her sudden heart attack, that she deeply regretted her choice to fight the cancer, the onset of which was when she was 75. If she could have done it all over again, she'd have chosen hospice care and lots of on-demand drugs (palliative care) rather than the mess that the standard treatment had left her. But there are no do-overs.

      The point is: she chose her manner of treatment, because she DID have the hospice option which her doctor had mentioned; and she had the end-of-life options because she made them, all thanks to a knowledgeable doctor AND because she had the foresight to research it, think about it and then she DID something about it.

      But her insurance would not pay for it: under the reform proposed, it would HAVE TO pay for the doctor's time to make that information available and to explain the options available. And that's only ONE of the proposed reforms... I honestly don't understand why people (other than Insurance Companies and their lobbyists and the masses of mis- and mal-informed) are objecting to these and other very rational provisions, which include over 160 REPUBLICAN amendments, which are being proposed.

      Teddy Roosevelt opted out of the Republican Party to form the Progressive (Bull Moose) party, because of the 'Pubs' opposition to his health care 'planks' in 1912. He was defeated in the election.
      Harry Truman tried in 1948: same result.
      Clinton tried in 1993/4: same result.
      And now we find ourselves in the same position in 2009.

      I must ask:
      AREN'T 97 GODDAMNED YEARS LONG ENOUGH TO WAIT?
      .

  36. QUESTION:
    How can my grandparents save or sell their house?
    Due to a lot of messiness, including my grandmother currently undergoing breast cancer treatment and a botched sale of their business to people who refused to pay for it, my grandparents are in danger of losing their house. No one in my family is in a position to help because they all work for the family business. They have about 3 months to work with and have had their house on the market for about a year. It is a gorgeous 3 bedroom log house on a mountain bluff in Tennessee for which they are asking less than the value of the home. I am baffled as to why they can't sell it!! What can they do at this point - are there any last resort measures to sell a house, programs for older adults, or cancer patients?? Any advice would be appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      It would be helpful to know how much equity your grandparents have in the home to offer different alternatives. However, the reverse mortgage is an option however it's more of a last resort. You may want to have them check their home owner's insurance because a lot of companies offer a clause for covering payments due to health related issues, possibly they opted for this. Also how far behind are they? How did someone refuse to pay for the business they owned? There are probably ways to deal with that as well. Do they really want to sell or are they doing it just to avoid foreclosure? You can IM me and we can discuss it and I'll see if I can be of any assistance.

  37. QUESTION:
    What is the difference between stages IA, IB and 2 in cancer(s)?
    The type of cancer is cervical. The survival rate drops by 13% from A to B in stage 1. What are the chances of getting all the cancer w/surgery and what are the treatment options after surgery?

    • ANSWER:
      I am not sure where you are getting your staging information as there are 7 classes for stage 1 for cervical cancer I, IA, IAI, IA2, IB, IBI and IB2.
      The 5 year survival rate for all the stage 1’s range from 75-95%. We do not have statics on “getting it all” at surgery as there is really know way of knowing that until later on which is reflected by the 5 year survival rates.

  38. QUESTION:
    Can a woman be treated for ovarian cancer while she's pregnant in her first trimester?
    Would any of the treatment options be pregnancy-safe? i.e. Surgery, Chemo, or Radiation? Would they at least notice if you were pregnant before they started doing the treatment?

    • ANSWER:
      It would be very unsafe to have treatment while pregnant. I would think they would check for that first!! If you are in that situation please tell them!!!

  39. QUESTION:
    What is the prognosis for an elderly dog with lymphoma?
    My 11 year old yellow lab's bloodwork came back indicating a growth in the liver, she has several skin lesions that are, so far, unexplained. they dont seem to be any kind of dermatological disorder and the vet feels that her bloodwork and skin lesions might be an indication of lymphoma. this dog has been my bestfriend for 11 years, and she's going in for an ultrasound on saturday. if she does have a malignant tumor in her liver, or even worse, lymphoma... how long might she have left? and what are the treatment options?

    • ANSWER:
      Generally if a dog has lymphoma they will have one or many enlarged lymph nodes. These are found under her ears and jawline, in the neck, under the arms, and the backs of her thighs. Usually a fine needle aspirate is done to find out if there is any indication of lymphoma or if it is simply infection. A biopsy- which is a slightly larger sample is sometimes needed as well. If your dogs bloodwork came back with elevated liver enzymes it can be an indication of several things- cancer being one of them. It can also be an infection of the liver or an indication that the liver is begining to fail. Liver infection can often be treated with antibiotics and sometimes I.V. fluids. Liver failure can be treated with a special diet and medications to help it work more efficiently. I have seen dogs go several years with a good quality of life in both of these cases. If it is a tumor an the liver- unfortunately there is not a whole lot that can be done. Some medications can help to improve her quality of life and make her confortable until the end. Some times antibiotics help to head off infection caused by the tumor. In the case of lymphoma- The dog is usually put on steroid therapy with prednisone- this can make them drink more water and act more hungry, and sometimes pant and pace some, but overall it greatly improves her longevity- it will also help greatly with any arthritis or allergies that she may have. Chemotherapy is also used at the same time- usually consisting of weekly or every other week injections and bloodwork- some oral chemo drugs are also used. This is a good way to prolong her life with out major side affects. Most dogs do not get sick from chemotherapy like people do and it doesn't really affect their day to day life much. Occasionally they will feel a little droopy if their blood cell counts get to low from the chemo and you will have to skip a week of treatment. I have seen dogs live up to 2 1/2 more years with a good quality of life on this treatment and others only 6 months. I am very sorry that you have to go through this with your friend, I recently lost my 10 year old golden retriever to a brain tumor and a close friends golden to lymphoma ( he went 2 years with chemo treatment befor he felt bad.) Good luck and I wish the best for both of you. Send me an update after your ultrasound results or if you have any more questions. I hope it turns out to be nothing serious.

  40. QUESTION:
    How would you encourage a friend who has just been told she has stage 5 and 3-4 months to live.?
    I will be going to see her next month. Cancer treatment center helped me some, but of course she has to be the one to fight it. I don't think she even realizes she is knocking on deaths door. When hospice comes in, it is just to keep you at a comfortable existance. I don't know. I'm scared as I am sure she is. Any advice on this?

    • ANSWER:
      Sorry to read.
      There is no stage 5 in cancer.Stage 4 is advanced terminal stage.
      Hospice is good option as she needs comfortable existance,good care,good nutrition and loads of emotional support from near and dear one.
      Treatment is palliative to reduce her suffering but she needs to be kept cheerfull.

  41. QUESTION:
    Our beloved 18 year old cat Sable is about to die. How do we handle the grief?
    Sable has been my bestest buddy. He's been there for me through all my brain cancer treatments and he always is by my side when I'm ill. We've shared his joys and his sorrows and he ours. He is my constant companion and my nap-mate. How do I now be there for him during his final days? And when he passes, what is an appropriate memorial/burial?

    • ANSWER:
      I'm sorry for your impending loss. I just loss my beloved 18-year-old Miss Kitty two weeks ago, so I know how wrenching a decision it is. I had a feeling that she was winding things down in the last weeks, and I had a feeling that day that something was wrong. But I knew I made the best decision for her.

      When you have to say goodbye, try to have a friend or family member with you to help with the details. I was an absolute wreck when the vet did the procedure, even though I knew there was no hope for her. I'm grateful my boyfriend was there to help me. I arranged for a cremation and printed a photo to keep by my bed (I live in a small apartment, so having her buried really wasn't an option). I then donated the leftover food and a few other things to the local humane society, where one cat all but demanded I take her home. But that's another story. If you choose to bring another companion home, please adopt from a shelter or rescue, and do it when your heart tells you it's right.

      There is a website that helped me through the first rough days, www.petloss.com. There is a message board and a chatroom, and you will find other grieving people who may be able to help you through yours.

  42. QUESTION:
    Does someone who is about to die lack decisional capacity?
    For example, lets say we have a cancer patient who wants to be enrolled in a trial. This patient is a doctor. We'll call him Doctor Y. However, s/he does not meet the requirements for the trial. The patient asks their doctor, Doctor T, to fudge the data of the trial, and enter him/her into it because all other treatment options have been exhausted.

    Do you think doctor Y has decisional capacity when making the decision to ask Dr. T to fudge the data?

    Do you think doctor Y is completely autonomous?

    would love to hear input. thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Tough situation and, being not a doctor, I can't say for sure but...

      Yes I think that Y has the ability to make a decision. I think that if Y still wants to live then Y is showing an ability to think clearly because naturally and logically want to live. I think that Y is autonomous because, I find that I am autonomous and want to live. Cancer does not make people want to live, most already want to live before they get cancer.

      I think that trials are usually fairly exclusive in who they select as participants. This means that people rejected for participating in trail could actually be cured in the trial but just are currently not being tested. Trials often are expanded over time, but if you are about to die then you might die before they let you in. The trial could save your life. This is why many people want to join trails even though it is risky and not proven yet.

      I'm not saying that trails should be done any other way though.

      I hope that someone close to you is not in this situation.

      I hope this helps.

      Feel free to contact me for clarification through my blog
      http://happybeeballoon.blogspot.ca/

  43. QUESTION:
    My father has cancer in his colon, 2 of the 3 lobes in his liver,lymph nodes and pelvis. What are the chances?
    He is being treated at the Michael E. Debakey VA hospital in houston. They have not told us yet how aggressive or what treatment options are. What do the chances of battling this and winning look like? Please only doctors or nurses

    • ANSWER:
      Stage 4 colon cancer is not curable. The 5 year survival rate is 5%. Although aggressiveness plays a part in how long he will survive, the cancer is already wide spread and the most immediate danger is how much it has damaged his liver. I’m sorry to say it is not likely your father will be in the 5%. How long he survives will depend on how he responds to treatment.

  44. QUESTION:
    What does it mean to a patient where you are stuck w only 1 treatment option?
    My father is on prostate cancer, and despite other treatments he is only from now on hormone therapy?

    He has tried other treatments but no good. Is that usually a bad sign that the end might be near for him than we expected?
    My dad has tried Chemo and Radiation therapy and told me he has tried some Lupron drugs before. I live in another state so I cannot see his situation.

    • ANSWER:
      What other treatments are you suggesting?
      Have you talked to his doctor?
      This has nothing to do with how much time someone may have.

      So are you saying he should go back to those?
      There is something wrong if he has had chemo as it has nothing to offer prostate cancer patients.
      You were saying the other day it is in his node so radiation is not going to help.

  45. QUESTION:
    Is there any successful cancer treatment for dogs?
    Besides the treatment to give a dog more months to live...is there any successful treatment that would give years to a dog?
    I don't know yet...I will have the results in 2 days.
    I am just preparing myself for the worse... because my husband does not want to do the treatment if it's not proven to work... and I am like totally lost.
    she does have a liver problem, but it could be something else.

    • ANSWER:
      It depends on a lot of different factors:
      the type of cancer,
      what stage the cancer is in,
      where the cancer is located,
      whether or not it has metastasized,
      the age and overall health of the dog.

      Surgery, chemotherapy and radiation are all available for animals—your vet can suggest what she thinks is the best option.

      Ask you vet about oncology specialists in your area if your dog does have cancer. Cornell, Tufts and Angell animal medical centers are all excellent; perhaps you can call one of them and ask some questions.

      I am so sorry to hear about your dog. (One of my cats died of a very aggressive form of cancer.)

      Best wishes,
      Cat

  46. QUESTION:
    I need a picture comparing two types of cancer treatments?
    hey guys please i need you help. I'm writing an English paper on different cancer treatments and our assignment is to find an image relating to the essay topic and then do a detailed analysis on the image to show what message it's trying to get across to the viewers. please if you have any images that would help post here. your help is greatly appreciated, Thank You.

    • ANSWER:
      Best given first..

      http://alternativecancer.us/table_white_small.jpg

      http://img.medscape.com/article/703/402/703402-tab2.jpg

      http://www.davinciprostatectomy.com/www/site5/treatment-options/ProstateCancerTreatmentComparison-Chart1.gif

      http://www.davinciprostatectomy.com/www/site5/treatment-options/ProstateCancerTreatmentComparison-Chart2.gif

  47. QUESTION:
    Alternative cancer treatments and scientific research on ?
    Lots of foods and what not have been tested and found to kill cancer

    cells.Berries have all kinds of anti cancer substances.

    MD Anderson does all kinds of research on experimental

    cancer treatments . Resveratrol,emodin and turmeric

    Sloan Kettering does research on it.

    Pub Med .gov has research reports from all over the world

    on all kinds of cancer killing substances.

    The Nation Cancer Inst has tested everything.

    Will it cure you ?

    • ANSWER:
      There may be some benefits which is exactly why MD Anderson and Sloan Kettering are doing the research . .to see if the claims can be proven with REAL scientific data and research . . so far the research has been less than spectacular and hardly the stand up proclaimation for a cure . . still research continues so that if any benefit actually exists on some types of cancers than it can be used for treatments. There are over 200 different types of cancer and just as many subtypes . . it is possible that some of these alt treatments may benefit some people or some stages of the disease . . hardly call any of them a 'cure' for cancer though.

      As for food . . remember that cancer is your own unique DNA, your own cells . . it isn't something foreign in the body. The food we eat supposedly is to make our bodies strong . . there is evidence that some foods that we eat not only make the body strong but will strengthen and encourage the cancer to grow as well. This is why doctors encourage people who use alternatives to tell them which treatments they are using . . in some cases the alternatives intetere with the traditional cancer treatments and unfortunately in some cases actually promote cancer growth.

      I have know many cancer patients . .the majority of them with advanced cancer and unfortunately most have died. When people are dealing with a rare cancer with few treatment options they will often 'try out' the alternative medicine . . so I have known quite a few who have done this. Out of at least 200 patients with advanced sarcoma . . only the patients who went with traditional medicine have survived more than five years . . I don't anyone who tried the alternative route who survived. That has been my observation.

  48. QUESTION:
    What treatment options work best for dog/canine cancer?
    Our 7 year old English Cocker Spaniel was just diagnosed with prostate cancer a few days ago. We're looking for people who have had success with treatment plans (chemo, holistic, etc.). Our vet has him on piroxicam to help shrink his prostate down, but we would love to hear any success stories anyone has.

    • ANSWER:
      Sorry to hear about your dog. A study was conducted a few years back at University of Missouri vet school that found a higher success rate with using a combination of piroxicam and mitoxantrone than with either drug used alone so that might be something worth discussing with your vet.

      That's the most effective treatment option of which I'm aware. Though surgery and chemotherapy are options, they are not good ones as they don't often prove successful and have inherent risks.

      Best of luck with it.


cancer treatment options

Cancer Causes

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What are some diseases/kinds of cancer caused by smoking cigarettes?
    I have never smoked cigarettes and I never will. I'm just curious. I know of a few diseases/cancers caused from smoking but I know there are a lot more. Please list as many as you can. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      smoking slows down the flow of blood to your limbs sometimes resulting in amputation.
      it causes your lungs to be covered in tar resulting in cancer.
      carbon monoxide from smoking causes your airways to clog up resulting in less air being sent to your lungs. it also causes lung failure
      smoking is bad on your heart in different ways resulting in heart attacks heart deases and strokes.
      smoking also cause bronchitis

  2. QUESTION:
    If you touch a toy which has cancer-causing substance and touch another surface, will it be transfered?
    I have touched a toy which is very cheap and low quality. I doubt that it contains cancer-causing substance. I touched to my cellphone and bag after holding this toy in my hand for a long time. Do you think that my cellphone and bag now has that cancer-causing substance on it? Should I wipe them?

    • ANSWER:
      I don't bet it matters whether you wipe them off - the cancer these things would cause is FAR down the road. And cell phones are shown to cause cancer anyway.... So you can't win at this game.

  3. QUESTION:
    Which government will be the first to openly showcase their " cancer causing weapons " ?
    What better way to assassinate someone or kill people than to give them cancer which would only appear later down the line ? I would be willing to bet that it already exists or is being researched in some part of the world and we need detection devices which could warn us of this . The US GOV probably has vans or trucks or aircraft with cancer causing DNA destroying devices in there driving around the world killing people from a distance safely and quietly ? Is this perhaps why so many develop cancer ? Or " A " reason ?

    • ANSWER:
      We already did that when we nuked Japan back in WWII. Do you have any idea how many Japanese civilians developed cancer afterwards?

  4. QUESTION:
    Does cancer or any other form of cancer causes electric like shocks in your body?
    these past few mths and days i have been having right side chest pain and painful pin pricks all over my body, and headache.I also have other symptoms. when to a neurologist and he has not gotten back to me on my blood test results but from what i know is i am 100% HIV negative.Just wandering whether Cancer causes this symptoms especially Lung Cancer.

    • ANSWER:
      You might want to check the RSV site on the net. It is a neurological disorder that can cause what you're experiencing. Most cases go undiagnosed for an extended period of time due to the symptoms. If not treated within the first 6 months it is irreversible. If you've broken a bone lately definitely check this out.

  5. QUESTION:
    Why does lung cancer cause a change in cough?
    Specifically, in a long-term smoker, why does lung cancer cause a PRODUCTIVE cough, with greater amounts of sputum? I cannot understand this since the cilia are depleted/absent, and if the person previously had a dry non-productive cough, why does it suddenly become productive?
    FYI: The question is for a cancer research project for school for my pathophysiology class
    Thank you everyone for your answers thus far :-) It is much appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      Because its a disease

  6. QUESTION:
    Is it true that aspartame is a cancer causing ingredient in gum?
    Is it true that aspartame is a cancer causing ingredients in gum? I know that they did lab tests on rats and it was found connected to some cancers, but what about for humans? Almost all gum contains it and BHA and BHT, is gum safe to eat with these ingredients? What kind of gum is the most safe?

    • ANSWER:
      I stay away from all aspartame products for this reason and can't stand seeing children that drink or eat anything that is diet (especially diet pop).

  7. QUESTION:
    Is it possible that people are deliberately putting cancer causing chemicals in our food and water supplies ?
    I read a story a couple years ago about a man who killed another man by putting radium or something in his friends food to cause cancer . After-all what better way to kill someone than to cause their deaths years down the line ? My question is would private or public entities deliberately put cancer causing chemicals in our food and if so would they be justified if the reason was to control population ?

    • ANSWER:
      It's difficult to imagine a less efficient or less cost-effective method of population control - a random disease that is not contagious and that can take months or years to kill the individuals it strikes, or not kill them at all, with simultaneously a research programme in place that ensures that survival rates have never been so high...

      Most people who develop cancer are over 60, and so will have already reproduced if they were going to - so it would be failure in terms of controlling birth rates too.

      And the conspiracy would need to be world-wide - the world's governments haven't managed to agree on anything else, but they agree on this one? In many countries people don't have to pay for their health care, including cancer treatment; cancer treatment in these countries costs their governments untold billions - yet their cancer rates are the same as in the US (whence most of these conspiracy theories originate).

      Nah, a fast-spreading virus would be a more efficient method of population control than a randomly occurring non-infectious, not necessarily fatal disease that mainly affects those past childbearing age. That's what I would choose if I was writing this particular fiction

  8. QUESTION:
    How does cancer cause a fever?
    It just seems odd to me. I mean, I guess I see how lymphoma or leukemia might cause it, since your immune system is reduced substantially, but how do advanced carcinomas or sarcomas (i.e. colon, esophageal, stomach cancers) cause a fever? I mean, if the sed rate is fine, then there should be no inflammation within the body, which means there's no infection and there SHOULD be no fever. What's up?
    So only chemotherapy or radiation causes fever?

    • ANSWER:
      If someone is getting chemo and the white blood cell count falls, a fever can result. This happened to me when I was being treated for cancer, and I ran fevers a few times. My doc would shoot me up with Neupogen, which makes the white cells accelerate their multiplying, and then the fever would subside and I could continue with my chemotherapy protocol.

  9. QUESTION:
    Why are charbroiled meat and cigarette smoke cancer causing agents? A) the benzene rings become arene oxides w?
    Why are charbroiled meat and cigarette smoke cancer causing agents?
    A) the benzene rings become arene oxides which undergo addition reactions with DNA
    B) The nicotine kills DNA
    C) the benzene rings are nonreactive
    D) the meat is not fully cooked

    this one should be easy.

    • ANSWER:
      A. Benzene rings, aka PolyAromatic Amines will get bioactivated by the body's Cytochrome P450 to become an epoxide form that can form DNA adducts and become carcinogenic. A good reason why you shouldn't eat meat that's been burnt. The same applies to BBQ where oil drips into the charcoal and becomes cyclized to Poly Aromatic Hydrocarbons.

  10. QUESTION:
    Why would it take Johnson & Johnson 2 more years to remove cancer causing chemicals from its baby shampoo?
    Why would it take Johnson & Johnson 2 more years to remove cancer causing chemicals from its baby shampoo?

    Two chemicals known to cause cancer in babies remain in Johnson & Johnson's baby shampoo sold in the U.S, even though the company already makes versions without them in other countries. The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics has unsuccessfully been urging the world's largest health care company for 2 1/2 years to remove the cancer-causing chemicals (dioxane and quaternium-15) from Johnson's Baby Shampoo. Johnson & Johnson said it is reducing or gradually phasing out the chemicals, but it would take two more years to do so. That would be 4 1/2 years from the time it was discovered by Johnson & Johnson.

    According to a report, obtained by The Associated Press, one of the suspect chemicals, quaternium-15, is a preservative that works by releasing formaldehyde. Formaldehyde, used as an embalming fluid, was declared a known human carcinogen this past June by the U.S. National Toxicology Program.

    Formaldehyde is also a skin, eye and respiratory irritant, and Quaternium-15 is still an ingredient in Johnson & Johnson's Baby Shampoo sold in the U.S., Canada, China, Indonesia and Australia, but research this summer found it's not in the same product sold in at least eight other countries, from the U.K. and Denmark to Japan and South Africa.

    According to Analytical Sciences LLC of Petaluma, Calif., 1,4-dioxane was contained in Johnson & Johnson's Baby Shampoo, Oatmeal Baby Wash, Moisture Care Baby Wash and Aveeno Baby Soothing Relief Creamy Wash. Analytical Sciences also tested multiple Johnson & Johnson baby product samples from the U.S. finding the chemicals in many of them. Consumer groups in South Africa, Sweden and Japan stated that quaternium-15 was not being used in products in their countries.

    There is evidence that formaldehyde is associated with nose, lung and blood cancers such as leukemia. An infant's scalp is more permeable than an adult's, so exposure to the chemicals cause more harm for babies than adults. To expose a child, during a very vulnerable period of development, when the effect is even greater, and at a time when Johnson & Johnson knows of its dangers, it still intends to take two more years before it stops using those chemicals in its products.

    Do we need less governmental regulation, so that corporations do not have to go to the trouble of making products safe? According to Republican legislators, we do need less regulation, because it cuts into the profit margin.

    • ANSWER:
      its a terrible fact that many companies produce products with toxic chemicals in them, especially for children. There are even baby formula powders that contain aspartame, its criminal.
      People need to be better educated to know what these toxic chemicals are, to read labels, and to boycott these products because only when a companies profits are hit do they take action because the almighty dollar is more important to them than the health and wellbeing of consumers.
      Sadly, this is one of many evils lurking in society. We cant rely on government agencies to do the job they are paid to do. One would think they are trying to make us all sick and/or kill us so that we are forever dependant on a health system that is failing us.

  11. QUESTION:
    Do Navy Machinist Mates work with alot of toxic cancer causing things?
    I was curious as to if the machinist mates worked with alot of toxic cancer causing items and equipment? Not submarine or Avation but just the regular ships. My grandpa said when he served as a submarine MM his buddy who also was on the same submarine as a MM died from cancer from the toxic. Do they still use toxic stuff?

    • ANSWER:
      Most cancer causing carcinogens have been phased out by all branches of the service. And the ones that remain are used under very strict & controlled circumstances. In your grandfathers time, not much was known about cancer and it's causes.

  12. QUESTION:
    What is the cancer causing substance in tobacco smoke?
    well, i just need to know the cancer causing SUBSTANCE in tobacco SMOKE. Not really any details. Just that. Plz help me!
    Well, I don't actually smoke. I just need 2 know this answer. I can't find it ANYWHERE! PLZ HELP ME! Remember, cancer substance from smoke, not the tobacco. thx ppl! =)

    • ANSWER:
      Well, for a start, the smoke itself is a carcinogen. Inhaling hot smoke damages the tiny Villi in your respiratory tract, and this can cause cancer without any help from chemicals. But chemicals there are, and plenty of them. Nicotine is the main chemical inhaled in tobacco smoke, it's a mild stimulant and highly addictive. Even though Nicotine is not known to cause cancer by itself, it is the most dangerous as it acts on brain cells causing the smoker to feel 'relaxed' even though it actually speeds up the metabolic process, much like speed, Crystal Meth, or 'E'. Without it people wouldn't smoke.

      No one nows for sure which of the dozens of chemicals inhaled in smoke causes cancer, so there is no really definitive answer to your question. There has, however, been research to suggest that the most likely culprits are Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons, or PAHs. They don't know whether tobacco smoke contains a lot of this stuff, or whether smoking just prevents your body from getting rid of the stuff properly (you can also get PAHs from eating burnt food or just breathing polluted air).

      Again, this doesn't prove for sure that PAHs cause lung cancer, but if you had to pick one substance that'd be my guess.

      Good luck and DON'T SMOKE!!!! EVER!!!

  13. QUESTION:
    Do you know that there has never been one recorded proven case of someone dying of cancer caused by smoking?
    Do you know that there has never been one recorded proven case of someone dying of cancer caused by smoking? Not one, would you believe. Please tell me that the Launcet is wrong?

    • ANSWER:
      Well 'proof' is quite difficult to come by. How would you prove that one single factor in on person's lifestyle was the difinitive cause of anything? There are usually many factors, and smoking may well be one of them, but to record a case as 'cancer caused by smoking' we'd have to understand the disease better than we do now.

      What can be proved is more to do with statistics. There is a *high correlation* between smoking and premature death due to lung disease or certain cancers, ie. that if you smoke you are more likely to get these diseases, and that you can cut your *risk* of these diseases by not smoking.

  14. QUESTION:
    I need to know could testicular cancer cause a hormonal imbalance that could cause cystic acne on the back ?
    could testicular cancer cause a hormonal imbalance that could cause cystic acne on the back ?

    • ANSWER:
      Theoretically possible but not a symptom commonly listed or looked for.

      If you are looking for a cause of your cystic acne see a Dr.

      If you have been diagnosed with testicular cancer then acne is the least of your problems

  15. QUESTION:
    What is the risk to cancer (oncology) nurses from working with dangerous chemotherapy drugs?
    What is the risk to nurses working in the cancer field (oncology) due to their proximity to cancer causing drugs and radiation and chemotherapy? I am hearing stories of many oncology nurses loosing their hair?

    • ANSWER:
      Oncology nurses are no more exposed to cancer causing agents than anyone else. If they work with radiation, they are generally far away from where the radiation is being applied and if they are in close proximity, they will wear dosimeters.that measure your exposure to radiation.

      Chemo drugs are bagged and generally given through IVs, so unless they are sticking the needle into their own arms, they are not getting exposed to chemo drugs. None of the nurses I see have lost hair.

  16. QUESTION:
    my father is suffering from throe(Gala) cancer. cause of cancer is lot of smoking. What is best treatment in?
    My father is suffering from throe(Gala) cancer. cause of cancer is lot of smoking. What is the result of Homeopathic treatment in such types of cancer. and what will be the best for treatment.

    • ANSWER:
      There is only one logical option , go for operation if surgeon is saying it is operable , this will be followed by Radiotherapy , good five years will be trouble free , till then some thing new might come up for treatment , so hope in science helps.

  17. QUESTION:
    Do different brands of cigarettes contain variant levels of cancer causing agents?
    I was wondering whether or not different brands of cigarettes contain different levels of cancer causing agents, because I'm sure that each manufacturing company and brand have different recipes and methods as to the way in which their cigarettes are made and how the tobacco is harvested and fertilized etc.

    • ANSWER:
      Statistically insignificant variations.

  18. QUESTION:
    So Which Cancer-causing agents (carcinogens) usually act on cells that are dividing. Which of the four tissue?
    I need to know Cancer-causing agents usually act on cells that are dividing.Which of the four tissues would carcinogens most influence? Least influence?

    • ANSWER:
      Consult your text book for more homework information.

  19. QUESTION:
    Could cancer cause you to lose your period?
    I am a 14 year old girl.I have not had my period for over a year, and I am supposed to get tests down this summer to find out why I've been missing it. I was curious, could cancer cause a missed period?

    • ANSWER:
      Cancer can make your body do insane things.

      But don't assume it's cancer.
      It's rare that 14 year olds get that.

  20. QUESTION:
    I have invented a foodstuff that produces 69 cancer causing chemicals, can i sell it?
    With the government advertising over Christmas that they know cigerettes produce 69 cancer causing chemicals why on earth have they not banned it instantly ?

    Is this institutional murder ?

    I would not be allowed to introduce a new breakfast food to my B&B menu that immitted 69 cancer causing chemicals, is this double standards ?

    If i invented a toaster that could kill you in 69 different ways would i be allowed to sell it ?

    Perhaps the TAX smokescreen is clouding thier judgement.......

    By the way, this is not a judgment on pro or anti smoking, i believe in voluntary euthanasia so its up to you, but it is a judgment on hypocrisy

    • ANSWER:
      Too true blue........it's all about tax........but watch out for some thing else to be taxed when the f@g sale's diminish.

  21. QUESTION:
    A question about cancer causing carcinogens found in weed?
    They say that weed has 70% more cancer causing carcinogens then what tobacco does. The difference is that tobacco also has a chemical that can activate these carcinogens causing them to form cancer, and it's a chemical that weed does not have.

    My question: If blunt wraps are also made out of tobacco, and some people still smoke cigarettes when they smoke weed, can the chemical found in tobacco that causes these carcinogens to activate, activate the carcinogens that the weed is putting in your body making you that much more prone to catching cancer?

    Please no lecturing

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      I don't believe so. I tried looking into that and could not find anything that suggests and smoking tobacco makes weed worse in that sense. Also smoke weed not tobacco, I do both sadly. Weed is fine and doesn't do any harm, actually it just makes me a happier better person. However tobacco is the fucking devil so hard to quit.

  22. QUESTION:
    What's the difference between liver cancer and cirrhosis of the liver?
    Is there a difference between liver cancer and cirrhosis of the liver? If so what is it? Someone on here said I am at risk for liver cancer cause of how much I drink but that confused me cause can liver cancer be caused by drinking a lot? I know cirrhosis can be but what about liver cancer? And which hurts more cirrhosis or liver cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      Liver cancer or hepatic cancer is properly considered to be a cancer which starts in the liver.
      The most frequent liver cancer is hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) (also named hepatoma, which is a misnomer because adenomas are usually benign). This tumor also has a variant type that consists of both HCC and cholangiocarcinoma components. The cells of the bile duct coexist next to the bile ducts that drain the bile produced by the hepatocytes of the liver. Cancers which arise from the blood vessel cells in the liver are known has hemangioendotheliomas.

      Cirrhosis is a consequence of chronic liver disease characterized by replacement of liver tissue by fibrosis, scar tissue and regenerative nodules (lumps that occur as a result of a process in which damaged tissue is regenerated), leading to loss of liver function.
      Cirrhosis is most commonly caused by alcoholism, hepatitis B and C, and fatty liver disease, but has many other possible causes. Some cases are idiopathic, i.e., of unknown cause.

  23. QUESTION:
    What will you do if you suddenly finds out that your dad have a cancer?
    I'm not quite shock of it when I heard that my dad's sickness is cancer, cause I already heard from one of his Doctor friend before that it was potential cancer. Although I think that it was possible but after that I always prayed every night hoping that he'll get better. I feel sad about it, even though we are not that close. I know that I should be strong for him but its sad that whenever I think of him I pity him.

    • ANSWER:
      I think this is a good chance for you to strengthen the relationship with your dad. I just lost a friend to cancer. Her friends, family, and community rallied around her. But it was a very tough battle to the end. It lasted years. Many of them are suffering today that she is gone. I think the time spent with a cancer patient as the end nears is priceless. You should get closer to your father because there is a chance the cancer could take its toll soon. However, the strength of family support can also help him survive the brutal chemotherapy and radiation treatment if that is the path.

  24. QUESTION:
    What is the risk to cancer (oncology) nurses from working with dangerous chemotherapy drugs?
    What is the risk to nurses working in the cancer field (oncology) due to their proximity to cancer causing drugs and radiation and chemotherapy? I am hearing stories of many oncology nurses loosing their hair?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, proper precautions are very important among the exposed health personnel as anti-neoplastic agents and radiation are known occupational hazards.

      The following health effects have been reported in hospital workers exposed to antineoplastic agents:
      diarrhea, abdominal pain, dizziness, nausea, skin rashes, hair loss, adverse reproductive effects such as disruption of menstrual cycle, fetal loss, and birth defects, etc.

  25. QUESTION:
    How can somebody die from lung cancer caused by secondhand smoking?
    my mother died from lung cancer caused by secondhand smoke but i dont understand how she died from lung cancer if she didnt smoke

    • ANSWER:
      If somebody breathes in cigarette smoke it can hurt them, no matter who is actually smoking the cigarette.

      Actually, the smoke coming off the lit end is usually worse, being completely unfiltered.

  26. QUESTION:
    What is the relative risk for this form of breast cancer among eastern European Jewish women in the U.S?
    Breast cancer caused by the BRCA1 gene affects 1 in 800 women in the general U.S population. Among Jewish people of eastern European descent, it affects 2 in 100.What is the relative risk for this form of breast cancer among eastern European Jewish women in the U.S?

    • ANSWER:
      A woman’s lifetime risk of developing breast cancer is greatly increased if she inherits an altered BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene. Recent studies suggest that the risk may be as high as 50%-80% for those carrying mutations. It is important to note that not all carriers of a BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation will develop breast cancer.

      Among individuals of Ashkenazi Jewish descent, researchers have found that approximately 1 in 40 carry an altered BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene, compared to 1 in 345 in the general population. Among people with alterations in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes, three particular alterations have been found to be most common in the Ashkenazi Jewish population—two in the BRCA1 gene and one in the BRCA2 gene. While there is still debate as to whether breast cancer rates are higher in Jewish women as compared to the general population, the proportion of breast cancer that is hereditary is higher in Jewish women of Ashkenazi descent.

  27. QUESTION:
    How old should you be to get checked for breast cancer?
    I'm 15 and I would like to get checked for breast cancer cause i've been in karate and i get kicked
    in the breast a lot. well did. and i was wondering if its okay to get it now or if i'm not developed enough to get one yet.

    Also i have a small bump on my right side thats 5 fingers below my collar bone, could it be
    an inflated something? I'm honestly not sure what it could be.

    Please no rude comments.
    Just looking for some advice and help. thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      You start getting physical exams when you are 18 when you get your pap smear.
      Breast cancer screening starts when you are 40 years old, unless you have a first degree relative with breast cancer, then you start when you are 10 years younger than they were at diagnosis if that makes less than 40 years old.
      Talk to your mom about your current problem she will know if you need a doctor, but breast cancer is not a concern.

  28. QUESTION:
    Why are cancer rates higher in developed industrial nations?
    Many cancer-causing chemicals, such as certain pesticides, are banned in the United States and other industrialized nations, but are still used heavily in developing nations. Why, then, do you think cancer rates are higher in the developed industrial nations?

    • ANSWER:
      According to the World Health Organization (WHO), cancer rates in developed nations are twice as high as in developing countries. They attribute the higher rates to:

      1) earlier onset of the tobacco epidemic
      2) earlier exposure to occupational carcinogens
      3) diet
      4) lifestyle.

      http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2003/pr27/en/#

      Best wishes and good luck.

  29. QUESTION:
    How many types of cancer come from rainforests?
    I'm doing a persuasive speech and my topic is pro deforestation. How many cancer causing agents can be found in rainforests? Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Cancer isn't found in the rainforests.. There is nothing pro about our balanced life supply being destroyed faster than it could ever begin to grow back. It's destroying our ecosystem. Potential cures and treatments for some diseases, illnesses, and cancers will be lost forever.

  30. QUESTION:
    What are the American workers doing that is causing virtually every manufacturing job to leave the USA?
    Is it the workers, the consumers or the CEO's that is to blame?
    Read the lables EVERYTIME you buy ANYTHING. Some nuts and fruit comes from Vietnam, China, Indonesia. Eleven million gallons of toxic, cancer causing agent orange was sprayed over Vietnam. You feel safe eating stuff from there? Babies and dogs have died due to the toxins in Chinese baby formula and ingredients in dog food. Why do we keep buying stuff made someplace else while our own family members can not find jobs?

    • ANSWER:
      Unions are responsible.

      I wonder just how many can afford a USA made blouse at a name brand store at 55 dollars when they can go to Wally World and get the same type for 12 dollars.

      I have no double they would love to by Made in the USA but alas can not afford the union dues tacked on.

  31. QUESTION:
    What is it about cancer that causes weight loss?
    My wife has stage IV kidney cancer.Lately she has been losing weight,even though her latest scans show stable disease.Just wondering what is it about cancer that causes weight loss?
    Ben, I am not talking about being over weight and wanting to shed a few pounds.I am talking about weight lose caused by cancer.

    • ANSWER:
      The weight loss many people with advanced cancer experience may be caused by increased metabolism due to their disease, according to a study published in the International Journal of Cancer, (Vol. 93, No. 3: 380-383).

      This means that it is especially important for patients with advanced cancer to increase their food intake to maintain body weight and optimize their health, say experts.

      "We know that as the disease progresses, nutrition becomes a matter of concern," says Terri Ades, RN, MS, AOCN, director of quality of life and health promotion strategy for the American Cancer Society (ACS). "Often patients are undernourished and lose weight, and we cannot fully explain why."

      In the study, Swedish researchers looked at food intake in almost 300 advanced cancer patients with solid tumors, age 30 to 90 years old. Participants kept a careful diary of everything they ate for four days. During that period, the research team measured the patients’ weight, weight loss, and resting metabolism.

      More than 40% of these patients were 10% or more below their normal long-term weight levels, but this did not seem to be due to lower food intake. Almost half of them had an unusually high resting metabolic rate, but the people with high metabolisms didn’t seem to eat an extra amount of food.

      "Usually when someone uses extra energy, they have a sense of hunger and eat more food, which provides the body with needed nutrients," Ades says. "In this study, in this group of patients, that did not seem to happen."

  32. QUESTION:
    How do I tan without being at risk for skin cancer?
    Every year, i like to lay under the sun and get a tan. All of my friends do the same thing, and we're all in constant competition for who's tanner. I have been getting more and more worried about skin cancer caused by bathing in UV rays. How do I still get my nice summer tan, without being at risk for skin cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      Any naturally tanning will slightly increase your risk for skin cancer. The less you burn, the less likely you are to get melanoma or any skin cancer. So make sure you tan slowly, and apply sunscreen.

      If you do tan, as I do, the best thing to do is get yearly check-ups with a dermotologist. If caught early, which skin cancer ussualy is, its basically always curable. So stay on top of it.

  33. QUESTION:
    I can sue the company I worked for if I found out that I was using chemicals known to cause cancer?
    I have been working with a certain product that goes on wood for months and finally quit because I found out the stuff we use is known to the state of California to cause cancer. No one ever told me it did. I have even been cleaning said product with scrapes on my skin. Yuck!!!
    Do you think I can file a lawsuit? They never told me it was cancer causing. I live in Montana just in case you know Montana's laws.

    • ANSWER:
      By law they must give you access to the Material Safety Data Sheets. They come from the manufacturer of the chemicals and should be located at a "Right to know station" in the work place. Check with OSHA

  34. QUESTION:
    How long would cancer in the bone take to spread?
    My Grandad was diagnosed with mouth cancer, caused alcoholism and heavy smoking, September last year. When he stopped therapy they said he was too weak to operate on, but miraculously he gained health and the hospital allowed the possibility for an operation ... But recently we found out that he definately can't have the operation because the cancer spread to his bones.

    Does anyone roughly know how long might be left? I found out by accident and am not ready for another shock, so its best I prepare myself.

    Thanks in advance :)

    • ANSWER:
      Sorry about your grandad.

      When cancer spreads to the bones from where it started, usually the end is far off. There's no way to know the "time" . Some patients go quickly, others not.

      At this point, the most important thing is to keep him comfortable. Sometimes, radiation therapy to ease the pain (not cure) is used. The challenge is sometimes to find the right type and amount of narcotics to keep him comfortable, but awake.

      The family should look into hospice care. The doctors, nurses, and aides focus on helping the patient and his/her family in cases like this.

  35. QUESTION:
    What kind of cancer could cause a dog to limp?
    My dogs been limping and someone said cancer could cause it. What kind of cancer could cause a dog to limp?

    • ANSWER:
      A tumor could have formed on another organ & could be pressing on the spinal cord, causing limited motion.

      He could also be limping because he sprained his leg, it doesn't always mean something like cancer.

      Get him checked out since you are concerned about it.

  36. QUESTION:
    Is cancer a mutation formed by the nuclear tests of the 1940's?
    It seem's to me that after the bomb's went off, the nuclei did not stop moving, which seems like something that would cause the genetic mutations of now, along with cancer causing mutations.

    • ANSWER:
      Cancer develops when cells in a part of the body begin to grow out of control. Although there are many kinds of cancer, they all start because of out-of-control growth of abnormal cells.

  37. QUESTION:
    what kinds of cancer can cause facial disfigurements?
    i mean can any cancer cause facial disfigurements if it spreads? or is it just cancers of the facial area that would lead to disfigurements?

    • ANSWER:
      The most common cause of facial disfigurements due to cancer is from skin cancer. These cancers can erode the face and if advanced even the bones. Those not advanced enough to erode the face can be disfiguring from the surgery depending on the size and if it is a recurrence and may require plastic surgery.

  38. QUESTION:
    How to get a hold of a breast cancer scentsy warmer?
    I need help getting a hold of a breast cancer cause scentsy warmer?! anyone know how i can besides ebay..... they were discontiuned a year ago but i have a customer asking for one!

    • ANSWER:
      I would go on the Scentsy consultant's forum and post there. I bet someone has still got one. ;)

  39. QUESTION:
    dog has cancer should I be feeding her more?
    Just found out that my dog has cancer. she can still eat fine and everything though. Should I be feeding her more since the cancer causes weight loss? she used to get a cup of food and now we are giving her 1 1/3 cups.
    ps. the cancer is in her spline and has spread to her lungs.

    • ANSWER:
      Hard question because it depends. What kind of cancer does she have and what kind of treatment will she get.

      If it is a digestive tract cancer, then you'll need a special diet at some point more than likely. If not, then you may have other nutritional imbalances that some cancers create, such as kidney cancer or bladder cancer.

      Usually weight loss is a later stage effect if left untreated. Chemo causes it because it affects the appetite. If the dog isn't obese at all and could use a few pounds, then by all means get her nice and padded before chemo starts. It will help. If not doing chemo, then talk to the vet because obesity can speed up some cancers.

      If you post more information, perhaps I can give you more details.

  40. QUESTION:
    What would a radioactive ocean cause to our world?
    From CNN: "the fuel can spill out of the damaged containment unit and spread radioactivity and cancer-causing isotopes through the air and water." So say this situation happens to an ocean, what would happen to all the marine life? Could there be a catastropic chain of events that could effect the circle of life due to a radioactive ocean? Even if the crisis in japan is handled, every power plant is created near a large body of water of some sort, so this could be a problem of the future as well.

    • ANSWER:
      Uh. You know that back during the Cold War the Soviets dumped several reactor cores into the oceans already, including the partially melted down core from the icebreaker Lenin, right? A radioactive ocean is not a real possibility.

  41. QUESTION:
    How horrible is it that republicans make jokes about withholding the cure for cancer?
    Are all cancers caused by a virus? Do men always die earlier from cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      No, cancer (formally known as morphism of neoplasm) is not caused by viruses. The word "morphism" is used because the cells seem to change out of nowhere.

      A cell becomes cancerous when it quits following the genetic code for reasons we cannot pinpoint. You see our cells are very simple, and they are only capable of doing two things: following our genetic imprint and double checking with the cells around them.

      For reasons unknown, some cells might take on a third roll. That roll is transforming itself into something that is not in the genetic code and is not an activity of the surrounding cells. That third roll is called "cancer". The problem we have with curing cancer is that we cannot establish what makes a cell decide to change to something against the genetic code. Sometimes cancer appears to be much like a callous, affecting cells that have taken too much abuse.

      Once enough cells grow cancerous, normal cells will begin to follow their lead and become cancerous as well.

      If it were a simple as a viral problem, we could cure cancer this very day. It is not.

  42. QUESTION:
    What food can I give my dog with liver cancer that will give her nutrients and create her appetitie?
    Liver cancer causing no appetite.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm so sorry you are dealing with this. There is a prescription food called a/d (for acute diet). It's made by Hill's.It's easy to thin out if necessary and very palatable and calorie dense. You have to get it from a vet.

      Good luck.

  43. QUESTION:
    What all health problems does smoking pot cause?
    I mean you never hear of anyone dying from smoking weed. You just chill out and sit around. Lately though I've heard that it causes cancer and "one joint delivers 4 times as much cancer causing chemicals than a cigarette." So I was wandering, from health proffessionals, or experienced smokers, what health problems does it cause. I'm thinking about starting to smoke, but I'm one to weigh my decisions out. If you use a vaporizer, which technically doesn't burn the plant for you to inhale smoke, then can it cause cancer? Answer some of these for me if you don't mind.

    • ANSWER:
      A vaporizor will not burn the bud , thus no carbon monoxide will be inhaled. As for the other side effects you might get hungry and giggly. Doctors will tell you all the bad stuff i.e., killing brain cells, you do what u want!!

  44. QUESTION:
    Could skin Cancer caused from the sun affect the persons genes?
    I know that Skin Cancer is caused in two ways..

    1- UVA and UVB rays from over sun exposer
    2- Inherited from parents.

    My questions is.. Could Skin Cancer from the sun( UVA, UBV) could affect the persons genes that could possibly be passed to the offspring??

    Thanks for the help!

    • ANSWER:
      No one knows what causes cancer, including skin cancer. I don’t know where you got the idea that it is caused one of two ways. And no skin cancer does not affect your genes.

  45. QUESTION:
    What is the medical definition of Cancer?
    Can someone actually explain what the medical definition of Cancer actually is... ?

    I have a rough idea what Cancer is, a few different types and some treatment, but how is cancer caused and what does it actually do to your body?

    • ANSWER:
      I find this characterisation useful:

      A neoplasm is a lesion made of cells that have escaped the normal mechanisms that regulate cellular growth. A malignant neoplasm (cancer) invades and destroys the surrounding tissue, and if left untreated will result in death because of spread.

      Benign neoplasms (non-cancerous tumors) have also escaped the normal mechanisms that regulate cellular growth, but they don't spread, and are rarely lethal.

      You might find this site informative: http://www.cancerhelp.org.uk/

  46. QUESTION:
    What can cause these symptoms besides throat cancer?
    What besides throat cancer cause sore throat, some pain, sometimes problems swallowing for longer than 3 months? I don't think I had temperature during that period ether.

    • ANSWER:
      Mono? Throat infections? acid reflux? Even STDS although thats very unlikey.

      There are many things. If you have had a sore thorat for 3 months you should get it check out and get on some antibiotics possiby.

  47. QUESTION:
    why does chemotherapy drugs designed to fight cancer often cause a person's hair to fall out?
    1 ) why do you think that chemotherapy drugs that are designed specially to fight cancer , often cause a person's hair to fall out?

    2) what is or are any potential advantage that would result from deletion of relatively large segment of chromosome? why?

    3) what is or are any potential advantage that would result from duplication of a region of chromosome ? why?

    • ANSWER:
      The drugs that are used in chemotherapy target rapidly-multiplying cells and causes them to stop working, because hair cells are rapid-multiplying this is what causes them to stop working.

      As for the other questions im not sure .. sorry :S

  48. QUESTION:
    what keeps tobacco plants from getting cancer?
    This might be a stupid question, but I have always wondered. If nicotine is an cancer causing alkaloid, than what keep the tobacco plants safe from its cancerous effects?

    • ANSWER:
      Freaking hysterical! Loved this question- gave it a star. Kudos on making me laugh.


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