Cancer Colon

Despite of use of advanced technology and enormous research in the treatment of colorectal cancer, surgery remains the only treatment for a better cure. The human colon is a muscular tube shaped organ with a size of about 4 feet long which extends from the end of your small bowel to your anus, and then turning through your complete abdomen. Colorectal cancer is caused by uncontrolled cell growth, a condition called as "neoplasia" in the colon and rectum. The treatment of colorectal cancer is of 4 types
SurgeryRadiation TherapyChemotherapyTargeted Therapies
Surgery has always remained the primary treatment, while the other three are used depending upon the stages of the cancer. Curative surgical treatment can be performed if the tumor is localized wherein the polyp can be removed completely. So surgery has always remained the safest mode of treatment but if the cancer reaches the later stage then it gets complicated and the Doctor needs to adopt Radiation or Chemotherapy as an option for treatment.

Oncologic cure and overall survival are the main goals of treatment of colorectal cancer, but functional results such as urinary functioning and sexual functioning are also the key points considered while giving a treatment. Radiation therapy can be used for the colon but it becomes difficult to the give the same kind of treatment to the rectal part because of the complication involved in it. But after giving the treatment it was found that most men treated for colorectal cancer experienced erectile dysfunction. It was found that more than 60% of men who underwent the treatment experienced ED, although few of them reported no particular lack of interest in sex but they felt less masculine and described about much lower sexual activity, capability and enjoyment. Some of the men reported reduction in sexual fantasy, perceptions of masculinity and social gathering with women but the greatest and the most concerned part was of that group which reported very high sexual desire but the lowest sexual functioning.

Most of these men are not aware that the surgery has actually caused Erectile Dysfunction to them and this was because they were not adequately informed about the complications involved in the treatment of colorectal cancer. The way in which a man experience ED may be mitigated by the timeliness and the quality of information available to them. Now there is more awareness from health care professionals to give more advice and guidelines to patients undergoing colorectal treatment to help them in getting adjusted to treatment related erectile dysfunction, changed sexual function and impaired sense of masculinity. The role played by the Clinicians has thus proved very important as most of them tend to avoid discussing sexual matter and patients often fails to raise social and emotional issues.

But Medical practitioners have certainly played a very important role in post surgery of the patient. Patients suffering from Erectile Dysfunction can now be easily treated with the help of Generic Viagra; this drug has been found to be very effective and safe in treating Erectile Dysfunction. In case of patient suffering from ED, but who has desire to have sex, in such cases Generic Viagra has outclassed other options of treatment. Since it's a known fact that treatment of all cancer comes with some complications and the same goes with the treatment of colorectal cancer as well. Erectile Dysfunction was the most highlighted point in this agenda but with effective treatment options like Generic Viagra available should make the clinicians easy in convincing the patients about the treatment of colorectal cancer.

Colorectal Cancer when diagnosed in an earlier stage, can be treated with the minimum number if side-effects. As also, surgery is considered to be the best option but is not necessary that the same treatment option would be effective to the same extent for everyone. Although Generic Viagra is an absolutely safe medicine and can very well be taken without prescription, when the people taking it are also on other prescribed medicines for treatment for conditions like Cancer, an element of care should be taken into consideration. For better chances of recovery, healthy lifestyle, exercises like yoga should be inculcated along with the medicines.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What is the difference between Colon Cancer and Intestinal Cancer?
    And how does one get screened for Intestinal cancer?

    Colon cancer runs in my family and I have a colonoscopy every year. But I found out that a close relative has Intestinal cancer.

    • ANSWER:
      As other peole pointed out, "colon" cancer is a cancer specific of the large intestin, whereas "intestinal" cancer could affect any part of the intestine (including the small intestine, i.e. duodenum, ileum and jujenum).

      If colon cancer runs in your family, you are likely to have FAP, or Familial adenomatous polyposis, an inherited colorectal cancer syndrome. People with the classic type of familial adenomatous polyposis may begin to develop multiple noncancerous (benign) polyps (growths) in the colon as early as their teenage years.
      This cancer usually develops in the lower part of the digestive system, including the large intestine (colon) and rectum. However, the FAP syndrome could present a risk factor for the cancer of the small intestine (what your relative might have), therefore this person could also carry the genetic mutation that confers cancer predisposition (the APC gene, in the case of FAP).

      Feel free to contact me for more information

  2. QUESTION:
    What Are The Chances Of Getting Colon Cancer If No One Else In My Family Has It?
    I know this sounds a bit strange, but hear me out...
    A few days ago I used a Mystic Eye (something like an oujii board) and I asked how I would die. It said of "Cancer Colon" and in my 70's.
    I'm a bit of a hypochondriac and this got me thinking. Since then I have had stomach pains (not from being worried) most of the time during the past 3 days. Today I had a pain in the lower part of my chest/upper part of my stomach that later moved to around my right kidney.
    My body is achey which it has been for the past few months (the doctor said it was from over-using my muscles from playing bass) today it's been a bit worse but I've been walking around town all day.
    The only people in my family to have Cancer are my aunt on my mother's side who had ovarian cancer and my grandma on my father's side who had lung cancer (and smoked for many years.) I'm 15 years old.
    What are the odds of me getting Colon Cancer?
    I also have shortness of breath which I've had on and off since my muscles/joints started hurting in the beginning of the summer.
    I'm a white male who doesn't smoke, drink or do any drugs. I don't eat much meat other than Mcdonalds hamburgers, and occasionally hamburgers off the grill at home.

    • ANSWER:
      Colon cancer is asymptomatic until the very late stages. It is not a common cancer for a 15 year old at all. Certain age groups tend to have different types of cancer, not always, but enough to think that age is a factor when determining the types of cancer you can get. Colon cancer is bascially a disease of older people, you hear alot about it because there is educational material teaching the public about the disease (just like smoking and breast cancer receive a great deal of media). This is all good for older people who need this information, but it does little good for people your age.

      The types of cancer that teenagers commonly get are often related to growing (growth spurts) and hormones thus you should be looking out for any unusual lumps or bumps located anywhere on the body. Be especially suspicious of any bump that seems to be growing. The types of cancer common to adolescents are:

      1. Leukemia - cancer of the blood
      2. Osteosarcoma - a type of bone cancer
      3. Ewing's sarcoma - a type of bone cancer
      4. Hodgkin's disease - lymphatic system (lymph nodes, thymus, spleen, adenoids, tonsils, and bone marrow)
      5. non-Hodgkin's lymphoma -lymphatic system (lymph nodes, thymus, spleen, adenoids, tonsils, and bone marrow)
      6. Germ cell cancers - Testicular cancer
      7. Soft tissue sarcoma - cancer of connective tissue or muscles, example is Rhabdomyosarcoma
      8. Brain tumors - not generally common in teens but two forms to watch for include Astrocytomas (from cells in the brain called astrocytes) and Ependymomas (begin in the lining of brain ventricles).
      9. Melanoma - skin cancer
      10. Thyroid cancer

      http://www.kidshealth.org/teen/diseases_conditions/cancer/cancer.html

      It is possible to have other types of very rare cancer as a teen too, but the above diseases are the most common and the ones that all teens should become aware of. Each age group should become familiar with the types of cancer common for their age . . it narrows the field of over 200 different kinds of cancer down considerably.

      Still, if you have any doubts please go seek out medical advice. Get a complete physical and discuss any concerns with your doctor.

      Best.

  3. 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?

  4. QUESTION:
    What are the three most commonly diagnosed cancers in the world?
    I've been trying to find it online, but I can't find a definite answer. I want the three most common cancers in order for both men and women combined. So far I would have to say it is skin cancer, lung cancer, and then colorectal cancer (colon/rectum). I don't want the most deaths I want the most diagnosed in the entire world. Thanks in advance and please leave your source.

    • ANSWER:
      That information is reported to WHO, at least the countries that report that information.

  5. QUESTION:
    Why is basal cell carcinoma the least invasive of all cancers?
    Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC) can develop into large unsightly skin tumors but the cells rarely metasize or spread to distant sites like malignant melanoma, lung cancer, colon cancer etc.
    Is it that only certain genes are involved in BCC which mean they fail to become completely immature like other tumor cells, or is it they are more liable to be attacked by the immune system? Any other ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      Simon - Great question! Sorry that the answer is not yet known. Most cancer research efforts have been directed towards the malignant tumors which rapidly invade the blood vessels and lymph channels making their spread easily, but not malignant basal cells of basal cell carcinoma (BCC). It may be genetic, as you mention, or the BCC cells may lack certain genes and/or enzymes which would allow the cells to survive in other body locations. It is NOT likely to be related to the immune system as microscopic examination of BCC lesions do not show the tissue changes of immune-type cells adjacent to or invading the BCC as they do with other tumors. Hence, the BCC spreads by ever-widening direct growth from the primary tumor without metastases but able to invade the toughest of nearby tissues, even bone. Might you be interested in such a research career in dermatopathology?

  6. QUESTION:
    What is the survival rate for these cancer operations?
    for a woman in her 80s,
    Brain cancer
    Colon cancer
    Bone cancer
    Oh! I should have mentioned, it's not all one person! one woman has Brain cancer, another has Colon cancer and after a medical mixup one woman was told she had Bone cancer (but didnt).
    The woman with Brain cancer was told the outcome would be uncertain, but the woman with Colon cancer has seen immediate improvement.

    • ANSWER:
      Those are not operations you listed a few types of cancer and they each have at least a few procedures to remove them. People are cleared for surgery and it is rare for anyone to die from surgical complications regardless of age.

  7. QUESTION:
    When a person is diagnosed with cancer, are they given a prognosis?
    A long time friend of mine was diagnosed with cancer not long ago. The cancer (colon) had already metastasized when it was diagnosed. All of the masses were removed except one. Readings about cancer that has metastasized gave me the impression that the outcome was grim, but my friend seems clueless. I've gently asked questions in different ways but never got a direct answer.

    Without rambling on, I'd like to know - Is it normal for a cancer patient to not know if they will live? I've never had an experience with close friends or family having cancer so I don't know the psychological effects, but I'm wondering if my friend is in denial. My friend says the doctor never mentioned death, but the family members seem to have heard otherwise. Is it normal for a doctor to tell a patient they have cancer in various parts of their body, and not say whether or not there is a likelihood of remission?
    Thus far, your responses have been very helpful. During a recent conversation, my friend expressed discontent with a family member because they said "when" you die as oppose to "if" you die. My friend felt like they were wishing death on him and he denied the family members claim that the info came from the doctor. This is what led me to post the question.

    • ANSWER:
      His doctor told him he just didn’t want to hear it. This is not uncommon.

      I have a friend whose husband was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer and flat out said not to tell her anything. I went to his funeral last month and my friend actually thought he was going to live up until the week he died.

      When I have friends or their loved ones with cancer I am careful not to say anything unless I am asked and try to not ask too many questions. People need to come to terms with what is happening to them in their own way and their own time.

  8. QUESTION:
    How often to do body examination for cancer recurrence?
    My mom had stomach cancer and colon cancer not too long ago. She had a surgery and the tumors were removed. How often should she do body examination for cancer recurrence?
    Another similar question: My mom just did a body examination 3 months ago, everything's fine. But recently her abdomen doesn't feel well. How fast could cancer grow from nothing to dangerous level?

    • ANSWER:
      Different grades and different cancers grow at different rates.
      How often she should be checked is determined by her doctor.
      If she feels something is wrong she should go in sooner.

  9. QUESTION:
    What is the difference between Colon Cancer and Intestinal Cancer?
    And how does one get screened for Intestinal cancer?

    Colon cancer runs in my family and I have a colonoscopy every year. But I found out that a close relative has Intestinal cancer.
    How does one get screened for Intestinal Cancer? Smar A**
    You know this is a serious question about my health and I have a relative that is dying of cancer and all you A** Holes can do is make smart A** jokes.
    Thank you Valley R!
    Thank you Lovemybebe's!

    • ANSWER:
      The Colon is just the last 5 or 6" of the intestines.

      You get screened by contacting a GI (Gastro-Intestinal) doctor. When they do a colonoscopy the do go up into the intestines ... they test both areas.

  10. QUESTION:
    How would you know if you had cancer?
    How would you know if you had cancer? colon cancer or any type of cancer for that matter? And at what point is it treatable so you don't oh I dunno.. die?

    • ANSWER:
      I think it depends on the type of cancer really, on whether its treatable or not. With someone they can only reduce it whereas others can be completely removed.

      Also knowing if you have it depends on the cancer too.

      My example, I was diagnosed with colon cancer. I didn;t know what it was, I just went to the doctors with the symptoms, and you don't get symptoms with colon cancer until its at an advanced stage. Luckily, it's treatable.

  11. QUESTION:
    How do you grow malignant cancer cells in a petri dish?
    I want to grow:
    lung cancer
    colon cancer
    prostate cancer
    breast cancer
    skin cancer
    bladder cancer
    renal cancer

    I will be grow normal cells too

    • ANSWER:
      they are not bacteria, they are not going to just "grow" like that. you need tissue samples, a controlled environment and lots of medical supplies. That's why we have rats...they are the petri dish.

  12. QUESTION:
    How does cancer get into a body?
    It doesnt make any sense to me how one could just develop breast cancer or colon cancer or any type of cancer. Its obviously not contagious or anything like that. How does it just develop out of nothing? Same goes with tumors. How does it just appear one day?

    • ANSWER:
      It's basically when cells have to regenerate themselves...and they have a defect. That's the simple answer.

      For example, mexicans are at higher risk for throat cancer because they eat a lot of spicy foods. The spicy foods have acid in them which means the cells in their throats have to continue to regrow, which means there's more chance for a defect.

  13. QUESTION:
    What does it feel like to have Cancer?
    How does it feel?

    Do some forms of cancer hurt more than others? Testicular cancer, brest cancer, lung cancer, liver cancer, intestinal cancer, colon cancer, skin cancer, Lukemia, what hurts the most and what hurts the least?

    • ANSWER:
      I had testicular cancer. The chemotherapy was worse than the cancer itself. Up until my chemo began, I only felt back pain. I would play sports and the extra weight would cause back pain. My testicle didn't hurt.

      The cancer spread to my lymph nodes so I had to have chemo. The chemo caused me to lose a lot of weight. Loss of appetite was a big problem. I also lost my hair, fainted a few times, lack of energy, etc. I would be in pain at times, however my experience pales in comparison to most other forms of cancer.

  14. QUESTION:
    Why do Asians who move to the USA have increased rates of certain cancers?
    Their rates of certain cancers (stomach, liver, cervix) go down while their rates of other cancers (breast, colon, lung and prostate) go up. Smoking might account for the increase in lung cancer (although many Asians smoke in their native countries), but why does the incidence of other cancers increase? Many immigrants continue to eat their native diets once they get here, so does their limited exposure to a Western diet really have that much impact on their health? Or are there other factors involved?

    • ANSWER:
      Very good question.
      You are a top answerer here.
      Maybe you can figure it out with the internet.
      You know that I'm a cancer doctor - and I do not know this one.
      JLI may have a good answer.

  15. QUESTION:
    How bad is liver and colon cancer?
    My nan is nearly 70 and has just found out that she has liver cancer and colon cancer. Doctors have also found something on her lung but she needs to go back for further tests. She doesnt smoke or drink alcohol and has a healthy lifestyle. I know all types of cancer is bad but how bad is liver and colon cancer? also how treatable is it? thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,
      I am sorry to learn about your nan’s situation.

      The place where a cancer first starts is the primary site. Cells from the primary cancer can break off and travel via the blood and lymphatic system to other parts of the body. These cells can start to grow and form secondary cancers. When colon cancer spreads it commonly spreads to the liver and I would imagine that this is what has happened in your nan’s case.

      When colon cancer spreads to the liver it is difficult to cure. Sometimes it is possible to operate to remove the cancer in the colon and also the cancer in the liver. Doctors often combine surgery with chemotherapy treatment to mop up any other cancer cells that may have escaped. These treatments can offer the chance of long term survival and possibly even a cure.

      I do not want to raise your hopes unfairly about the chances of a cure. If the area on her lung also turns out to be cancer then surgery to remove all of the cancer is unlikely to be an option for your nan. Also in many cases it is not possible to operate to remove the cancer in the liver due to the size and the position. When surgery is not possible then chemotherapy may be given this may slow down the growth of the cancer, improve symptoms and extend life. But chemotherapy alone is unlikely to offer a cure.

      If you are interested there is information about the treatment of colon cancer that has spread to the liver at this link:
      http://cancerhelp.cancerresearchuk.org/type/bowel-cancer/treatment/which-treatment-for-advanced-bowel-cancer#secondaryhttp://www.cancerresearchuk.org/?utm_source=yahooanswers&utm_medium=kp&utm_campaign=Y!kpanswers

      Disclaimer: We hope this general information is helpful. For any specific queries we recommend you seek independent professional advice. See the full Yahoo! Answers disclaimer here: http://uk.answers.yahoo.com/info/disclaimer).

  16. QUESTION:
    Where Can I Obtain Cancer Tissue for Research Purposes?
    My lab is interested in starting research on cancer (specifically colon and melanoma) and we're trying to find a source from which we can obtain cancer tissue to analyze and research. Does anyone know of any outlets from which we can obtain cancer tissue for medical research purposes?

    • ANSWER:
      Most teaching and research hospitals and cancer research institutes maintain tissue banks of various cancers. I suggest you start there - it's not the sort of thing you can buy in Walmart!

  17. QUESTION:
    What is the difference between anal cancer and colon cancer?
    I was reading a story that Farrah Fawcet has anal cancer. I thought we called it colon cancer or is there a difference?

    • ANSWER:
      Anal cancer and colon cancer are not exactly the same thing. Colon cancer occurs in the colon, also known as the large intestine. It usually occurs as the result of malignant (cancer) degeneration of a precancerous lesion known as a polyp. Anal cancer occurs in the anal canal. A different type of cell lines the anal canal and thus, it is a different type of cancer. They metastasize (spread) differently and are treated in somewhat different ways depending on the cell type involved.

  18. QUESTION:
    How fast colon cancer is spreading from lymph nodes to other organs?
    I was diagnosed for colon cancer after the colon incision 7 weeks ago and out of 47 lymph nodes 2 nodes showed positive. I was always a very healthy person without any illnesses through my 70 year of my life. An Ocologist suggested a very aggressive chemo treatment the same which were used 10 years ago.

    • ANSWER:
      The oncologist should have explained the reasoning behind their recommendation and answered all of your questions including this one. The oncologist has all the information need to base an opinion and we have next to none.
      I am not sure if or why how long we have been using the chemo he or she is recommending is of a concern to you, this too should have been answered.
      In general, how fast cancer can spread to other organs depends on what kind it is, the grade and the results of other tests including stage. You already know it is in the lymphatic system and go anywhere from there.

  19. QUESTION:
    Which kind of common cancer has the best survival rate?
    Other than basal cell skin cancer, what kind of common cancer has the best five year survival rate? Obviously no cancer is good, but who has better odds of survival, say someone diagnosed with early stage breast cancer or someone with early stage Hodgkin lymphoma? How about early stage melanoma or colon cancer? What percentage of people with say Hodgkin lymphoma die as opposed to percentage with say breast cancer or colon cancer or kidney cancer? I'm asking for a friend who is tired of being told Hodgkin lymphoma is "a good cancer to get." He thinks it's really insulting.

    • ANSWER:
      I don't know about the comment being insulting, but I'd think the person who said ANY kind of cancer is a good kind to get is a moron who has never been diagnosed with cancer.

      Just sayin.

  20. 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.

  21. QUESTION:
    What is the affect of dichloroacetate in a cancer patient?
    When the patient is 80+ years, female w/ cancer of the colon?

    • ANSWER:
      DCA is under scientific investigation, and has shown promising results in cell cultures and rodents. But not in all cancers. In this study http://www.cancerletters.info/article/S0304-3835%2810%2900251-X/abstract they found that DCA decreased rather than increased apoptosis under hypoxic conditions. This translates into that DCA protected these cancer cells instead of destroying them.

      But still the findings in cell cultures and rodents have been sufficiently promising to proceed to testing in humans
      .
      A study including five patients with glioblastoma multiforme (a type of brain cancer) was published in 2010: http://dca-information.pbworks.com/f/Metabolic%20Modulation%20of%20Glioblastoma%20with%20Dichloroacetate.pdf But these patients also had various other types of treatments, so the study doesn’t really say anything about the efficacy of DCA. A fairly detailed analysis of this study is presented here: http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/2010/05/dichloroacetate_dca_and_cancer_deja_vu_a.php

      So in short:
      1) DCA is not a cure of all cancers.
      2) Research is ongoing to find out what role - if any - DCA will have in the treatment of cancer.

  22. QUESTION:
    what is the symptoms of having a prostate cancer and colon cancer?
    i have been experiencing a stinging pain in my rectum and i even have a blood coming out along with my bowel,i consulted a general physician .the doctor said it could be a hemoroids,is it possible that i have a colon cancer or prostate cancer. please help me understand. it worries me very much . hope to find answers here. thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Your doc is probably right. If you are seeing bright red blood it is very low in the GI system and the pain you describe is likely from a constipated stool passing. If you bowel movements are very hard and sometimes in small formed balls that is constipation. Straining at stool causes hemorrhoids and hemorrhoids can bleed. Increase the fiber in your diet or try a stool softener and it should help this problem.
      Prostate problems present symptoms of having trouble with the other plumbing....peeing. When the prostate gland enlarges it blocks the urine and either frequent small amounts of urine or having trouble urinating are the symptoms. It has nothing to do with bowel movements.

  23. QUESTION:
    What are some good things to cook for someone with colon cancer?
    My moms best friend has colon cancer and is coming to town for a week and i wanna make sure she has good food that isnt gunna upset her stumich or anything. What should i keep in mind while putting together a plan?

    • ANSWER:
      hey there...well u can take help from this site...i was goin thru it someday and found it really interesting http://colon-cancer.emedtv.com/colon-cancer/colon-cancer-recipes.html....i hope it helps u...enjoy and tc

  24. QUESTION:
    Health benefits of aspirin the same as other pain killers?
    Daily aspirin combats arterial aging, heart attacks, strokes, and some cancers, including colon, rectal, bladder, esophageal, breast, and prostate. But do other pain killers such as paracetamol and ibuprofen do the same?

    • ANSWER:
      Not necessarily. They may provide some of the same benefits however, aspirin acts as a blood thinner which accounts for some of its beneficial properties while other painkillers do not.

  25. QUESTION:
    Are certain cases of colon cancer more aggressive than others?
    My dad passed away from colon cancer in december of 2007 only after 9 months. but i read that the survival rates were higher than that. he had surgery,chemo and radiation. i was wondering if certain cases can be more aggressive and harder to treat than others?

    • ANSWER:
      98% of colon cancers above the anal verge are adenocarcinomas and although they do vary in aggressiveness it is not drastic. There are other rare types that are much more aggressive. Survival rates are dependent on stage. Stage 4 colon cancer has a 5-year survival rate of 5%. There are those that survive past 5 years and of the other 95% there are those who survive 1 week and others survive 4 years and 11 months. It is difficult to apply these rates to an individual without a good understanding of the disease process and even then it is just one piece of the puzzle.

  26. QUESTION:
    Why is secondary liver cancer from the colon so hard to treat?
    My friend's Dad has received bad news about liver cancer and she's having a hard time processing the information.

    I've looked on google but I cannot find something that simply explains why liver cancer (secondary) is so hard to treat.

    Her Dad has two small spots on his liver and feels good but there are no treatments for him left. His CEA is very high (100+). She's struggling with understanding why two small spots cannot be treated. Anyone have an articles online that explains it?

    • ANSWER:
      He does not have "liver cancer" but metatstatic (Stage IV) colon cancer. The spots in the liver are colon cancer cells, not liver cancer cells. Yes it seems trivial, why not just operate and take them out, but many years of experience has shown us that this treatment is futile. The patient is put at risk during the operation and his life will not be lengthened at all by removing the two spots. The two spots you see on the imaging are only the tip of an iceberg; there are many more cancer cells growing and spreading, and we can not operate to remove them all.
      Your friend's father will almost certainly die of colon cancer, but no one knows when. There are some very effective treatments for Stage IV colon cancer that can let him live a productive and happy life for a few years. My advice is to get the very best care he can and to live every moment he has left as well as he can. You can play a part in this too, help your friend through this, tell her to cherish every moment she still has with him. Take trips, throw parties, bake cakes, celebrate his life, and live! Good luck to you all.

  27. QUESTION:
    If my family has a history of colon cancer, how early should I start getting tested?
    My mom had colon cancer and I was just wondering if there was a certain age that it is recommended I should get checked out.
    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      You have not mentioned your age, even then you should have contact your doctor periodically at least once in 2 years and have the tests done to ensure you do not have the disease.

      The U.S. Multisociety Task Force on Colorectal Cancer recommends the following screening options:

      * Annual fecal occult blood testing
      * Flexible sigmoidoscopy every five years
      * Annual fecal occult blood testing plus flexible sigmoidoscopy every five years
      * Double contrast barium enema every five years
      * Colonoscopy every 10 years

      More frequent or earlier screening may be recommended if you're thought to have a high risk of colon cancer. Explore the benefits and risks of each screening option with your doctor. Together you can determine which colon cancer screening option is best for you. One factor to consider is whether your health insurance provider covers colon cancer screening.-

  28. QUESTION:
    How bad is it when doctors use radiation as treatment for stage 4 colon cancer?
    My best friend has stage 4 colon cancer. She's only 24 years old. She told me that they are going to start radiation, what does that mean? I read about how they do it, but how bad does it have to be before they do radiation?

    • ANSWER:
      Just as the poster before me, they do radiation even for Stage 2 cancers. I have to get radiation for Stage 3B Breast Cancer I was officially diagnosed as cancer free but I have still have to go thrut he radiation as a safety measure. All Stage 4 cancer is bad but that does not mean that she can't beat it--people beat statistics all the time. Keep a positive attitude and my thoughts and prayers are with you and her and the family during this difficult time.

  29. QUESTION:
    How long does colon cancer take to develop from stage to stage?
    Can anyone please tell me what is the average time for colon cancer to develop from stage to stage for a 13 year old boy who weighs 120 pounds and 5'5.

    Like from stage 1-2,2-3,3-4

    Thx

    • ANSWER:
      It's hard to tell, but colon cancer is a slower growing cancer than many other types. If you suspect anything, go to a gastroenterologist and have a colonoscopy done. There are many diseases that are more likely for a 13 year old than cancer, and they have the same symptoms. The colonoscopy can pinpoint the problem, and you can know what needs to be treated.

  30. QUESTION:
    What aspect of colon cancer would be interesting to present to an audience?
    Colon cancer in a specific country (what country do you think would be best to discuss about) Pllllzzzzzzzz give me ideas!!! :D
    Thx!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      In a specific country? It's interesting to note that the incidence of colon cancer is highest in the westernized countries of North America, Northern Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. And it's even more interesting to note that when a developing country adopts a Western diet, colon cancer rates rise. Would this be something that you could present to an audience?

  31. QUESTION:
    What are the best ways to prevent colon cancer?
    What are some steps you can take to prevent colon cancer besides yearly colonoscopys? Is there certain foods or suplements you can take to help prevent it from happening?

    • ANSWER:
      There are lots of common diseases which do not have may cure till date inspite of progress made by science. I am getting success with most of the common diseases with the following.

      Give up water and all other liquids for 24 hours. To avoid dehydration keep indoors.

      The reason and logic for the above in short is as under -
      The cells of the human body are at the lowest level which produces energy. To produce energy cells burn glucose in presence of oxygen.
      When there is more water in the cell then the energy producing capacity of the cell is significantly reduced. Reduced energy by the cells cause build up of water outside the cells as well.
      Continued less burning of glucose also causes accumulation of other items in the cell. That causes the cells to swell up.
      This does not happen overnight.
      There are various checks in the body to avoid build up of water in the cells. Like whenever there is change in temperature the body adjusts the amount of water that cells carry. When this adjustments fails due to some reason the body tries various modes to get rid of the excess water - sinus, cold and cough, adrelin levels, water reduction thru increased urine etc.
      There are certain other complications that happen due to build up of excess water in the cells. One is build up of bacteria and infections in the body.
      These bacteria or infections cause the increase in the body temperature. The increased temperature takes care of the situation.

      What is the reason for cancer. Same. There are tumours in all kind of cancers. The tumours are caused due to cells not dieing. The reason for cells not dieing is cells not producing enough energy and that prolongs their life cycle.
      What is the cure for cancer. The cure for cancer and all other common ailments is same. I found that sinus, cold, cough, IBS, skin blood clots, slip disk, dry skin, IBS, mouth ulcers etc can be cured effectively by giving up water and all other liquids for 24 hours to 48 hours. This has been tested on more than 50 persons so far. Thru Yahoo Answers this same been tested on more than 100 people but I do not have conclusive proof of this. The cerainity with which relief is produced in 24 hours gives enough hope for cancer cure.

      Now what happens when there is excess water in the cells. That causes build up of excess water outside the cells. That causes pain in the entire body due to constant excess weight on the cells. That also causes the inefections to build up. The antibodies causes the increase in body temperature.

      For cancer patients I have no prior experience. Giving up water may cause muscles to break down. So one may start with 12 to 15 hours water fast.

      Increase the water fast to 24 or more hours as one feels comfortable. Thirst is not any signal of dehydration. Staying in bed and water fasting every 4-5 days could cure a person completely.

  32. QUESTION:
    What is the statistics of recurrence for colon cancers survivors?
    I was diagnosed with colon cancer stage I in 2008 and the malignant tumour was surgically removed. It has been 4 years since, and I am afraid that one day, I will have recurrence in the same colon or in another organ. What is the probability that this will happen? Can you cite statistics on this?

    • ANSWER:
      This is very simple to look up on the internet.
      Here is the data http://www.everistgenomics.com/content/oncodefender/oncodefender-crc/patients-and-caregivers.htm
      http://www.medicinenet.com/colon_cancer/page7.htm#What_does_the_future_hold_for_patients_with_colorectal_cancer
      http://www.medicinenet.com/colon_cancer/article.htm
      About one in seven (15%) stage I colon cancers can recur
      usually in the first few years, but recurrence is possible up to roughly ten years out.
      Your chances are better if the primary was very superficial and well differentiated,
      but we don't have that information in your case.
      Wiki is fairly good for this question
      and perhaps easiest for a non-physician to understand.
      Look at the prognosis section. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adenocarcinoma,_colon
      It would help us to have the surgical pathology report, but we have to answer
      most questions without adequate information.
      The best person to ask of course is the surgeon who has seen the primary tumor
      and the pathology report.
      Best of luck to you.

  33. QUESTION:
    Why do people freak when I say if I get colon cancer im most likely going to refuse treatment?
    I have UC and a history of colon cancer in my family. After seeing what they went through I don't feel its worth spending my life savings just to go through that mess. My family says they understand my wishes. Is there anyway I can make sure nobody forces me to get treatment?

    • ANSWER:
      If you are a competent adult, they cannot do it. Even if you are not an adult, you can of course refuse to go to the doctor.

      I suffered from UC for a number of years. I had my colon removed because I was not responding to medication, and was on a downward spiral.

      Even though I had my colon removed, there is about 1" left that connects the small intestine to my anus (I do not have an ostomy-the doctor did what is called a j pouch). I still get that regularly checked, because I know I am at a higher risk for colon cancer than others. It's worth it as 'preventive maintenance.'

      You should have regular colonoscopies, and because of your disease and family history, you should get them much more frequently than others. You should be going to a gastroenterologist, and that doctor should be a member of the CCFA-if not, find another.

      Focus on early detection, and you have a LOT more options.

      Good luck.

  34. QUESTION:
    How fast would colon cancer grow in a 64 yr old man?
    My Dad has cancer and they think it is colon but aren't sure yet. Meanwhile a lump has been growing in his neck. That can be a sign of stage 3 colon cancer, but now it has grown so that he has trouble lifting his arm and it hurts and it grew to that in a matter of weeks. How bad is that? He is to start chemo next week.

    • ANSWER:
      Colon cancer is typically slow growing in anyone regardless of age.
      If he has colon cancer in his neck it is stage 4.
      I don’t understand how he could start chemo next week without knowing for sure what kind of cancer he has and it is not typical to have chemo before surgery unless it is a rectal or anal cancer.

  35. QUESTION:
    How would one feel any symptom of cervical cancer or colon?
    cancer has killed about eight people from my direct family link to the young but none will exceed 54years am afraid.yet it is assumed not genetic

    • ANSWER:
      Most cancers do not cause symptoms when they are in an early stage. Cervical cancer very rarely does colon cancer does sometimes. However, both of these cancers have screening exams. You should be having annual pap smears regardless of history and if you want to be on the safe side start colonoscopies in your forties or 10 years younger than your parent was when diagnosed with colon cancer, if one of them was. If you do this there is no reason to be afraid of either of these cancers.

  36. QUESTION:
    What are the survivar rates for stage 4 colon cancer?
    My grandma just found out she has stage 4 colon cancer. Have you or anyone you know had stage 4 colon cancer and know the survival rates?

    Other than the cancer she is failry healthy.

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      5 year survival is not 50%, closer to 10% or less. Average survival is about 2 years, meaning half live longer. This assumes patients go through the usual drugs of 5FU, oxaliplatin, irinotecan, avastin, and erbitux. While the treatment can be tough, others tolerate amazingly well and preserve a very good quality of life. Treatments are definitely worth trying at least. I have many older patients with metastatic colorectal cancer- they frequently do very well with treatment.

      Blessings

  37. QUESTION:
    How safe is Dual Action Cleanse? I just started taking it because I am trying to prevent colon cancer.?
    My grandmother survived colon cancer about 5 years ago. I want to do all I can to prevent it. I figured I would start by eating healthier and adding more fiber and water to my diet. I also just started taking dual action cleanse. I got it from walmart, so i didn't pay a ton of money for it. Is it safe?

    • ANSWER:
      As long as you have no other medical conditions you should be fine. I don't think you should take it long term with out a break though. If you do get off of the dual action cleanse don't do it suddenly or you might get constipated. Try tapering off.
      EDIT: Make sure you follow the directions. It's not a good idea to take laxatives long term. Except bulk forming ones like psyllium.
      If you want to prevent colon cancer, vitamin D is one of the best ways to do that. The research coming out on vitamin D is amazing. Just do a Google video search for vitamin D and cancer and you will see how profound it is. 20 years from now all Doctors will be recommending vitamin D for their patients. Vitamin D activates the most innate part of the immune system. Vitamin D seems to fight many types of cancers not just colon cancer. I personally take 10,000 IU a day which is regarded as the tolerable upper limit (for now). It's almost impossible to overdose. Hope that helps you.

  38. QUESTION:
    How can I help my husband survive colon cancer?
    He has stage III, possibly IV, colon cancer. He has had a portion of his large intestine, along with the cancer removed. However 6 out of 10 lymph nodes in that portion contained cancer. Also the cat scan showed something in the liver but he is to get an MRI to determine if that is cancer or not. He will be receiving chemo. through a port, 2 days every week for 6 months. Are there any alternative or additional treatments available?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi there! I am not sure where you are located, but I know what you're going through, both as a caregiver and a from a patients prospective. I am going to be 33 next week, I was diagnosed at 28 with stage 2 colon cancer. I have the gene that causes colon cancer-HNPCC(Hereditary Non-Polyposis Colorectal Colon Cancer), MLH-1 mutation. My mom passed it to me, she got it from her father, etc., My father also had colon cancer three months after me at age 73. He's had 7 cancers in 13 years-currently has leukemia and I currently have stage 1 cervical cancer.

      The previous poster was right in answering all the questions and listing the different types of chemo-I did Folfox-5FU, with Oxaliplatin, and Leukovorin-I ended up having an allergic reaction to that after I had that nice port put in and they did 6 months of oral Xeloda with me. However, at the time they were doing clinical trials with Avastin and I hear that's AWESOME stuff.

      Don't fret or lose hope! I have know people that were written off and stage 4 and they're here 10 years later! My advice to you and your husband is to be proactive! Listen and ask questions to your doctors, they are there to serve you! If you don't like their responses get another opinion, yes, time is of the essence, but this is life here, people get second opinions on their houses, cars, etc. take the time to do it on your body-I so wish we had did with my mother! Keep a chart-medical record-get copies of everything HIPPA allows you that freedom of your medical record-you'll need this information because chemo is no joy ride and if he gets ill and needs to go to the er you have his "current" chart there with you-it will speed things up and help the ER docs, etc treat him faster if needed.

      I don't know what state you're located in or else I could provide you with more resources and contacts. How old is he? Also a PET scan-google or yahoo it! It is used to "help" diagnose cancer-better than an MRI IMO, they use it as a "re-staging" for cancer patients, my father and I have one done every 3-6 months, basically it's like a CT scan, but it's of your whole body, and they inject a little dye and you drink some barium and it's this SUV (Standard Uptake Value) that is measured-it highlights up on the films like a highlighter, the higher the numbers-the greater the chance there is metabolic abnormalities there, thus cancerous cells.

      Chemo is going to be difficult, at least for me and my mother it was-my dad is very fortunate, he tolerates it well. Some things to keep in mind-use plastic utensils to eat things with-stuff will taste like metal if you don't and don't eat things from metal containers like canned fruit, etc., Once the chemo starts taking effect, like the second dose-he'll get the cold hands sensation-so no cold liquids-room temperature will be just fine, same thing with being around the fridge and freezer items & same goes with the grocery store-when you pick up a cold item it's like electricity is running through your veins. Avoid high acids foods-reflux and upset stomach will just set in-not a good combination. Zofran 4 & 8 mg was the best nausea med & now they have some that are in dissolvable kind for the tongue.

      If his blood counts go down from chemo-which they probably will, he may have to take procrit or neulasta(sp) shots, the latter will cause some bone pain because it affects your bone marrow, it's normal, but don't hesitate to mention it to your doctor-don't hesitate to mention anything to the doctor!

      Also-neuropathy-numbness in hands and feet-I found that vitamins B6 & B12 are amazing when it comes to this-but check with the doc first. If diarrhea sets in bad, A&D ontiment is good to have on hand, as are baby wipes & marshmellows-if he can tolerate them, they slow down the digestive track a little cause you get tired of taking immodium or at least I did.

      I would love to talk to you some more, or heck I'd even chat w you over the net, check out my profile, it's got my IM info in there! Good luck!

  39. QUESTION:
    How long does it take before radiation therapy starts to reduce colon cancer pain?
    My mom has stage 4 colon cancer, and is currently undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatment. She is on some pretty strong pain-killers, but she is in constant pain. How long can it be expected that it would take for the pain-reducing effects of radiation to become apparent?

    • ANSWER:

  40. QUESTION:
    has anyone had the laproscopic surgery for colon cancer?
    My doctor is planning on doing the laproscopic surgery for colon cancer and I was wondering if anyone in here had had this?

    • ANSWER:
      yes I have had laproscopic surgery for colon cancer ,3 yrs ago was out of the hospital on the fourth morning after the surgery ,quick recovery.

  41. QUESTION:
    What is the best method to screen for colon cancer?
    I have had cramps in my abdomen for the past months and I think it is colon cancer. I wanna go 4 a screening but I don't want it to involve anesthesia. What other options do I have? I really wanna get screened...............

    Thanks
    I don't want a colonoscopy because it involves anesthesia

    • ANSWER:
      Cramps are not cancer. You might have cramps, and you might have cancer, but the cancer isn't causing the cramping.

      The ONLY way to detect small cancers is by colonoscopy, pure and simple. You may have a colonoscopy without anesthesia; some people do that. I wouldn't, but I'm not you.

      Fecal occult blood tests are used for screening, but do not detect cancer, only blood in the stool, which may or may not indicate cancer. And, if the screening is positive, guess what you get? A colonoscopy.

      Virtual colonoscopies detect polyps that are 1 cm big (like a marble). And, if one is found, guess what you get? A colonoscopy, to remove it.

      There are some expensive fecal DNA tests, I think, but I don't know much about that. Again, if something is found, you go to colonoscopy for definitive diagnosis.

      Cramping is more likely to be inflammatory, or diverticulosis/diverticulitis. Those conditions are diagnosed by... colonoscopy.

      You might get away with a double contrast barium enema, but again, if there is anything suspicious... you know where this is going by now, don't you?

  42. QUESTION:
    How common is the symptom of Colon Cancer?
    I am a 25 year old male and I understand that colon cancer is rare in my age range. I will also consult a doctor. However, I am just wondering if bright red blood after a bowel movement is a common sign of colon cancer. I do not have any other symptoms but I do have GERD.

    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Bright red blood is the most common symptom there is for colon cancer at 85%, but having bright red blood does not mean you have cancer and at your age it is more likely to be hemorrhoids. There is a reason screening exams start when you are 50 years old.
      Sounds like you need to change your diet.

  43. QUESTION:
    How much of the word population is suffering from colon cancer ?
    How much of the word population is suffering from colon cancer and out of how much people are ?

    • ANSWER:
      I don't do homework.

      Google colon cancer and the stats will be there.

  44. QUESTION:
    How long does it take to recuperate from colon cancer surgery?
    How long does it take to recuperate from a surgery that is supposed to eliminate colon cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      My Mom survived colon cancer 2 years ago...it took her about 4 or 5 mos to get any spring in her step. She is now experiencing some bowel problems but will not have any thing confirmed...she says whatever will be will be......She today, at 81-1/2 looks fine, got back all her weight and her demeanor improved....but we will see P.S....She refused all treatment after her surgery

  45. QUESTION:
    Why are some forms of cancer more common in young people and others more common in old people?
    I know cancer doesn't discriminate when it comes to age,sex,race etc...but i have heard that certain cancers strike different age groups....why is this so??? why would cancers like lymphoma, leukemia or osteosarcoma mostly affect adolescents, as opposed to cancers like prostate cancer or colon cancer which usually affect people older than 50????

    • ANSWER:
      Acute leukemias, brain tumors, bone cancers, retinoblastomas are much more common in children primarily because they are developing. Note, the location of all of these are organs with rapidly dividing cells. Most of these cancers are associated with inherited genetic mutations. This is not a hard rule. Older people can get ALL, lymphomas and, osteosarcoma too. It's just much more rare.

      In older people, there is less active cell division. Older people usually accumulated mutations, reduced ability for cell repair and, weaker immune system. Most prostate cancers are very slow growing. In may cases, the patients will die of something else before the prostate cancer. There have been documented cases of colon cancer in the late teens and prostate cancer at age 27. Again, extremely rare.

      As a whole, cancer does not discriminate. However, some ethnic groups are far more suspectible to certain cancers than others. Examples:
      Ashkenazi Jews have a much higher incidence rate of breast cancer.
      Certain Chinese have the highest rate of espogeheal cancer in the World.
      Germ cell cancers can only occur in people with that sex organ. In other words, women cannot get prostate or testicular cancer. Men cannot get cervical, vaginal or, ovarian cancer.

  46. QUESTION:
    Why is there a breast cancer awareness month?
    I mean why not a liver cancer month or colon cancer month. Also if you cure breast cancer wouldn't that also mean a cure for all of cancer, so why is there a month dedicated to breast cancer alone. Why not a plain old cancer awareness month?

    I'm not stating an opinion or argument I'm just looking to be enlightened.

    • ANSWER:
      There are more than 200 diseases called cancer therefore curing one of them will not cure all of them.
      There are other months dedicate to other cancers such as September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.

  47. QUESTION:
    Which exams are typically ordered to follow a year(s) after a successful colon cancer surgery?
    A person very dear to me had colon cancer in 2007 and had a successful surgery to remove the tumor. She also had some months of coadyuvant therapy (chemo?). There have been further (clean) colorectal exams but I wonder which other exams are ordered in the first year or two following the surgery to guard against possible spread to other organs?
    She has regular blood exams, every 6 months. Had recently (1 yr) a colonoscopy that came out good. But no CT scan which is what worries me.

    • ANSWER:
      sounds like your friend had the same handling as my husband: surgery + adjuvant chemo. "Adjuvant chemo" is preventative - it's to mop up any loose cancer cells.

      The followups will depend on the exact nature of the cancer (there are different types even within colon cancer ...e.g. adenocarcinoma) and the oncologist. Hubby has had
      - colonoscopy immediately post chemo finishing
      - CT scans immediately post chemo, and then every 6 months until 2 years from diagnosis
      - blood tests every 6 months

      He'll probably have another colonoscopy in 2010, and CT scans are now annual until 5 years.

  48. QUESTION:
    what are the odds that my boyfriend has colon cancer?
    my boyfriend recently told me that he has a long history of colon cancer with the males in his family. im not sure if he shows any symptoms of it,but im just worried. every 14 years all of the men in their family get a check up for it,just to make sure. i don't know if im making a big deal out of it,but i just want to make sure he's ok.do you think that he might have it?

    • ANSWER:
      I would say the best thing for you to do is relax. Ask him to check to make sure there isn't traces of blood in his feces. Scants of red blood could mean that a polyp is open. A polyp is a sign of rectal and colon cancer. If he is being checked out however there shouldn't be anything to worry about.

      He may also want to change his diet to include foods that support a healthy colon.

      try www.mayoclinic.com


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  1. QUESTION:
    A friend of mine is going to die what do i do?
    I posted a while back about my friend who has one leg and "was" a cancer survivor. Well about four months ago he was re diagnosed with lung cancer. Doctors tell us he has six months to live with an up coming surgery and a new form of experimental Chemotherapy. I have about six months to prepare for his death though I don't trust doctor's time tables simply because my grandfather died of lung cancer and lasted 5 years longer than expected. Right now he's fine and fit and we hang out almost every day. But what should I do? Each day gets harder for me to look at him, last night he spent the night and I threw up. I blamed it on something I ate but I knew it was because of him dying. What do i do?
    I thank all of you for your suggestions. I think I will see my pastor about this. I will keep praying and I will live everyday to the fullest with him. I didn't make my self clear earlier but both of us are only 18 so hospice isn't need. But I do have a previous knowledge of hospice due to my grandfather. I will read those stories and take this one step at a time thank you all.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm sorry your friend has to go through this, and I'm sorry you are having such a difficult time. Your reactions are understandable.

      First, your friend is fighting this disease and seems to be focusing on living right now. That's great!! However, even though he may not be talking a lot about his illness, it probably weighs very heavily on his mind as it does on yours. If you'd like to talk about it with him, it may help both of you to do so. Ask him if he'd like to talk about it. Take your cues from him. At the very least, it would probably be safe to let him know that you care...even if you can't get beyond that sentence.

      Second, check into some resources for yourself and for how to help your friend. Your friend is fighting his cancer, so you might want to check out some inspirational stories. They may give both of you hope. Start with the lung cancer stories at the Care Pages website (link below). Care Pages allows family and friends of sick people to build a web log about their progress, and there are a lot of resources there.

      Finally, if treatment is not successful or you'd like to learn more about how to interact with a friend who's dying, check out the Hospice link below. Hospice is a nationwide network of organizations that help people die at home among family, with dignity. There is lots of helpful information at the link on simple ways to be a part of your friend's life during this time, and on how to get through this experience yourself.

      My thoughts are with you and your friend.

  2. QUESTION:
    Where can I find or get or download Dr Oz show from last Thursday Sep 17?
    A friend of my mother's and her daughter (breast cancer survivor) appeared on it but I couldn't watch it since we live overseas.
    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Check his website - it's most likely there. Else try the network where you watch it inyour area...

  3. QUESTION:
    Are there any good links online for any cancer survivor support groups?
    I've been wondering I just beat Lymphoma I had it since May 9 2010 I've been looking here on line but couldn't find anything yet if there are any links that would be great thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      I've gathered support and wonderful suggestions from the fellow fighters and survivors I've met through the "Stupid Cancer" network. It's a social networking site primarily for people age 40 and under who have cancer or are supporting loved ones who do, but I believe all ages are welcome. They have support groups in several metro areas as well as an online forum and a page filled with resources. In a couple of weeks they're having a gathering / conference in Vegas. You can create your own page on the site and then search for others to connect with by age, location, or type of cancer.

      One of my contacts here is a lady in her 30s who also had Hodgkin's Lymphoma, and she highly recommended a forum called Webmagic. I haven't spent much time on it, but she said it was an amazing community of people of all ages, and she benefitted from participating in it. http://forums.lymphoma.com/

      The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society has their own forum as well as links to other online and local support groups:
      http://community.lls.org/welcome
      http://www.lls.org/#/resourcecenter/

      I have links to a few other sites that might be helpful to you on my blog. Just scroll down and you'll see a tab titled Cancer Resources on the right sidebar.
      http://thesoultodare.blogspot.com/

      Congratulations on beating lymphoma, and best wishes for a healthy and happy future.

      ~ skylark

      Edit:
      I just found this old answer about lymphoma support groups. It has more suggestions.
      http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=Amw7cucwSiBRjWeJ_ZLXqCQjzKIX;_ylv=3?qid=20091216143536AAQIzUJ

  4. QUESTION:
    How come only two responses to my question, out of all these people?
    I asked about symptoms and i read all of these other survivors. I wish someone could answer me.
    It is under cancer.
    I am being strong. I cry when he is not around. Not all the time. When I am with him, he has no clue. Thanks for the push. I am strong, just scared!

    • ANSWER:
      Most of the times, lumps in children's necks or scalps turn out to be normal. Occasionally, though, they are an early sign of a serious infection or malignancy. No wonder, then, lymph nodes are such a cause of concern -- particularly for those who have had a previous experience with cancer.

      All of us have hundreds of lymph nodes scattered throughout our bodies as a critical part of our immune systems. This network of nodes functions as a powerful, intelligent filtration system to keep the insides of our bodies clean and healthy.

      Tiny vessels called lymph vessels carry germs, foreign particles, and unhealthy or malignant cells to the lymph nodes, where they are trapped. Active lymph nodes enlarge as they attempt to destroy the unwelcome material.

      The lymph nodes also function as schools. Lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell, study the foreign material so that they can produce antibodies, killer cells, and other substances to protect the body from the threat.

      Sometimes the lymph nodes are overwhelmed in the process. Our defenders can be taken over by a cancer or an infection. These enlarged nodes can become a refuge where the invaders can hide and proliferate.

      In a newborn infant, the lymph nodes are often small enough and soft enough not to be felt. But by the time a baby is several months old, healthy, growing, learning lymph nodes are frequently obvious enough to be noticed by parents -- to their alarm.

      When evaluating enlarged lymph nodes the first consideration is whether these nodes are localized (in one or two adjacent regions of the body) or generalized (spread throughout the body, often including the spleen -- the largest lymph node -- which is found just under the rib cage in the left upper part of the abdomen). Generalized enlarged lymph nodes suggest that the body is responding to a whole-body problem, such as an infection (bacterial, viral, or fungal), an autoimmune disease (arthritis or lupus), a drug reaction, or a malignancy such as leukemia. The infection might be very mild, or might be as serious as HIV.

      Localized enlarged lymph nodes are responding to events in the part of the body filtered by those nodes. A scratch on the finger can produce swollen nodes at the elbow and /or the armpit. Minor trauma to the foot is filtered by nodes behind the knee and in the groin.

      The localized nodes most often noticed by parents are those around the head and neck. They frequently grow in response either to the mouth organisms that enter the body during teething, or to the tiny particles that get into the scalp from a baby's lying down most of the day, or to respiratory infections of all kinds (ear infections, colds, sinus infections, etc.) -- or, to some combination of these.

      Much less commonly, head and neck nodes can grow from cat-scratch-fever, tuberculosis, drinking unpasteurized milk (mycobacterial infections), or eating undercooked meat (toxoplasmosis). They can also grow from an isolated malignancy, such as a lymphoma.

      Many people have a sunny attitude toward "swollen glands," not believing they will really be serious. Others believe these lumps to be harbingers of doom. The truth is somewhere in between. Most of these situations turn out to be fine, but enlarged lymph nodes should be respected.

      When should you be concerned?

      When examining your child, your physician will pay attention to several important signs:

      Location -- enlarged lymph nodes just above the collar bone often indicate serious disease.
      Character -- nodes that are hard, non-tender, and irregular are very suspicious. Normal nodes are mobile beneath the skin. Fixed nodes, those that are firmly attached either to the skin or to deeper tissues, are often malignant. Nodes that are tender, inflamed, or rubbery in consistency usually represent an infection.
      Growth -- enlarged nodes that continue to enlarge rapidly should be evaluated rapidly.
      Associated symptoms -- fever, night sweats, or weight loss accompanying enlarged lymph nodes should be investigated thoroughly.
      Size -- size does matter! The definition of an enlarged lymph node is size larger than one centimeter (0.4 inch) in diameter. Pea-size lymph nodes are not enlarged, even if you didn't feel them there before. Any node that is larger than 1cm in diameter should be followed closely by a physician. It should shrink noticeably within 4-6 weeks, and should be less than one centimeter within 8-12 weeks. High-risk enlarged nodes are those larger than 3cm (more than an inch) in diameter.

      If lymph nodes remain truly enlarged for more than 2 weeks, or if other worrisome signs are present, then the next steps of evaluation include a complete blood count (CBC). Isolated anemia is not usually a problem, but anemia with unusual white blood cell count or platelet number is worrisome. An abnormal CBC can be diagnostic of LEUKEMIA and LYMPHOMA, but it is important to note that most children with neck malignancies have normal CBC's.

      Other simple tests include a SEDIMENTATION rate (a general blood test that indicates whether something significant might be going on in the body as a whole), blood chemistries (LDH is often elevated in malignancies, AST and ALT are often elevated in infections that cause enlarged lymph nodes), and a tuberculosis skin test. Depending on the results, other studies might include tests for specific illnesses (mono or HIV), and an x-ray or an ultrasound to get a better picture of what is going on.

      If the node remains enlarged (greater than 1cm) for 2 to 3 months, or continues to grow after 2 weeks, then a BIOPSY of the lymph node is indicated, unless the physical exam and lab tests are convincingly reassuring. At least half of the time, a biopsy does not reveal a definite cause for the enlargement, but the biopsy can rule out cancer and other serious problems.

      It looks like that the doctors are proceeding in the right direction with the biopsy and other tests to make sure as your son also has other symptoms like fatigue, headaches,night sweats and low grade fevers,etc.

      And as you are a loving and concerned mother , you are seeking the best information available about swollen glands. Your pediatrician brings a wealth of knowledge, a practiced objectivity, and the experience of examining and following many lymph nodes. Together you have what it takes to insure the best care for your son, as you keep the lines of communication open.

  5. QUESTION:
    What is the survival rate of a person diagnosed with lymphoma of the lungs?
    My sister just got a probable diagnosis of Lymphoma in her lungs. I just want to know how serious this is. So if any one can help, it would be much obliged. And what kind of treatments are there?

    • ANSWER:
      All cancer is very serious and all the different kinds of lymphoma have the potential to be fatal. But, lymphoma that is in the lungs is also potentially CURABLE. A lot depends on what kind of lymphoma your sister has.

      Lymphoma (cancer of the lymphatic system) is divided into two major types: Hodgkin's Disease (most common in ages 15 to 35) and Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Which kind of lymphoma your sister has will depend on the results of the biopsy.

      Lymphoma that has spread to the lungs generally will be staged as 4. There are four stages in lymphoma; stage 4 denotes disease outside the lymphatic system that has spread to an organ like the lung, liver, or bone marrow.

      Hodgkin's Disease very commonly begins in the chest and may spread to the lungs. Stage IV Hodgkin's Disease has a cure rate with chemotherapy of 50% or better. (Actual prognosis depends on a number of other factors.) I know there are many Hodgkin's survivors who had lung involvement. Hodgkin's Disease is a fairly rare cancer, about 8,000 cases per year. (However, there are a lot of us Hodgkin's survivors running around because it is such a potentially curable cancer.)

      Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma is a much more diverse group of cancers. There are about 60,000 cases of N-HL every year. There are over 30 different kinds of Non-Hodgkin lymphoma. These can range from curable kinds (Burkitts, Diffuse Large B-Cell) to non-curable kinds (mantle cell for example is very difficult to cure). Non-Hodgkin's lymphomas are usually grouped together as aggressive or indolent (depending on how fast they spread). Some lymphomas grow very fast, others grow slow.

      Lymphoma is generally treated with chemotherapy, sometimes with the addition of radiation. Very limited lymphoma is sometimes just treated with radiation. Lymphomas tend to be very sensitive to chemotherapy and as I said, even stage IV lymphoma is potentially curable depending on what kind it is.

      I've included some good sources to learn more about lymphoma below.

      Hodgkin's Disease specific:

      http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/hodgkinslymphoma/

      Non-Hodgkin's specific:

      http://www.nci.nih.gov/cancerinfo/types/non-hodgkins-lymphoma

      Message boards for both N-HL and HD:

      http://www.lymphoma.com/

      The LLS: http://www.leukemia.org/hm_lls

      Lymphoma Information Network: http://www.lymphomainfo.net/

      ACS: http://www.cancer.org/docroot/nws/content/nws_2_1x_what_is_lymphoma_.asp

      Best of luck to your sister.

  6. QUESTION:
    What questions do I need to ask my endocrinologist?
    I have a nodule on my thyroid. I had a biopsy 6 months ago which was negative. I have to go for another ultrasound in a few days, and then I have an appointment with the endocrinologist. I don't know what I need to know. When I went for my last ultrasound and biopsy I just let them do whatever without asking any questions. What do I need to know about it?

    • ANSWER:
      I would ask your endo:

      1) What your diagnosis is
      2) Has there been any change since the first scan? If so, what and how much?
      3) How often does he want to continue to test and/or see you to monitor the nodule?
      4) Is he / she putting you on Watch & Wait (W&W) instead of treating the nodule?
      5) What treatment options are available to you at this point?
      6) What is the likelihood that thie nodule will become cancerous?
      7) Should you begin thyroid therapy with medication?
      8) Ask for a referral to another endo so you can get a 2nd opinion.
      9) Ask what symptoms you need to watch out for in the future to monitor the situation
      10) Make sure you keep a journal of what is going on with you medically. Any change in your condition needs to be noted so that the endo can properly treat you.
      11) Remember, no question is dumb or stupid. Any doctor that makes you feel that way is not worth having as a doctor.
      12) Choose a doctor who is Board Certified. It really does make a big difference in the quality of care you will receive and how knowledgeable your endo is about current procedures and treatment options.

      For more information, you may want to check out the Cancer Survivor's Network at the American Cancer Society. They have a Thyroid Chat Forum Board on there where people come to chat about what is going on. Not all of them have cancer.

  7. QUESTION:
    Where can I find stories of cancer survivors telling their story?

    Any sites available?

    • ANSWER:
      Cancer survivors network
      http://www.acscsn.org/

  8. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know who the parties are that McCain hangs around with, and who he gives money to?
    Obama is constantly under the microscope and has only been around a few years. McCain has been around 20+ years in politics, so I'm certain he's been around some shady people.

    • ANSWER:
      My best guess is the "parties" are the same people he would like to give a tax credit to.....BIG BUSINESS! The reason that he (McCain) is so adamantly pushing this tax credit is because he is married to big business. His wife has a lot to gain from his (McCain's) proposal. After all she is the heiress to the Heinz Corporation. Once again, he wants to stick it to the little people like myself, not only do I need to keep my health insurance (without taxation), but I don't need to try and search the country for health insurance that will be "out-of-network" therefore more expensive.

      I am a Breast Cancer survivor, what is McCain's proposal gonna do for me other than assure that I will not be able to find affordable health insurance. After all, I do have "pre-existing conditions".

  9. QUESTION:
    Has anyone here survived pancreatic cancer?
    I am a survivor. Just wondered if anyone else is.

    • ANSWER:
      Dinah, that is awesome! I know a few people who have survived. You can connect with others on the John Hopkins Pancreatic Cancer messgae board:
      http://www.path.jhu.edu/pancreas_chat/

      Also, call PanCan and they can direct you to survivor groups:

      Pancreatic Cancer Action Network National Headquarters

      2141 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 7000
      El Segundo, CA 90245
      Toll Free: 877-272-6226
      Phone: 310-725-0025
      Fax: 310-725-0029

      Email: info@pancan.org
      Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8am-5pm PST

  10. QUESTION:
    Why are there so much support and donations for breast cancer..?
    I never hear about liver cancer awareness or anything like that. It's always breast cancer awareness or support. I know it's a good cause because breast cancer is so common, but I think there should be more donations and stuff for other cancers too.

    • ANSWER:
      Well, there's a lot of publicity about breast cancer at the moment because it's October - Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

      Without a doubt, breast cancer has the highest fund raising and media profile of all cancers, and I can understand why this issue is frustrating for people with other types of 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 ... 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). Any group of people can start such an awareness campaign for any illness.

      There are other cancer awareness months, ribbons etc; but no cancer campaign has had the sheer hard work put into it that breast cancer awareness has.

      And it's worth noting that all the pink, fluffy publicity around this time of year 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 that breast cancer is

      a) 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

      b) curable. (my neighbour said to me 'they've just about got breast cancer licked, haven't they?' Really? How come someone dies from breast cancer every 15 minutes in the US?)

      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.

      Yes other cancers need awareness campaigns (many have them as I’ve said, but they don't receive so much support – or, crucially, have as much work put into them). I have had several family members die from other forms of cancer

      But don't lose sight of the fact that breast cancer is a killer disease with disfiguring surgery, gruelling treatments and so far no cure. Just because aspects of BC awareness trivialise it, doesn't mean it's trivial.

      Thinkingtime is right about the marketing - the pink fluffy nonsense is usually overpriced and mere pennies go to breast cancer charities, the rest goes into the retailers' pockets. And although I've (so far) survived breast cancer, I wouldn't take part in any 'survivors; lap of honour' - I hate that attitude to cancer.

      Most people who develop breast cancer are are over 50, but 50 is not elderly! Through support networks I have now met hundreds of women who have or have had breast cancer. The majority are aged between 44 ish and 60, with the overwheming majority being in their early or mid fifties at diagnosis.

      And the majority of most types of cancer occur in people over 60

  11. QUESTION:
    How do you feel about the "I Love Boobies" bracelets?
    I for one am against it. They took something serious and perverted to appeal to teenagers. I think it's wrong. Make a pink ribbon silly band or something like that but don't make a bracelet that perverts your cause for some money. I think they could get more money for Pink Ribbon Silly Bandz.

    What do you guys think?

    • ANSWER:
      I've had breast cancer, and I hate those bracelets and all slogans of that ilk, such as 'Save the Tatas' or 'Save second base'. They are demeaning, offensive and trivialising of a deadly disease

      Anyone who thinks they're ok should consider how they would feel about bracelets for testicular cancer saying 'I Love Bollocks', or ones for penile cancer that said 'I Love Willies'.

      It just wouldn't happen - they would be considered inappropriate and offensive. They are no more or less offensive than 'I Love Boobies'. But only breast cancer is trivialised in that way.

      Cutesie baby words are only ever used in connection with breast cancer, no other cancer. Breast cancer is a deadly disease, with disfiguring surgery, grueling treatments and no cure. Sexualising breasts, and calling breasts by childish names, just adds to the popular notion of breast cancer as a trivial and somehow 'sexy' disease.

      We should be campaigning for breast cancer awareness because it's a deadly disease - it kills an average of 112 women in the US every day (one every 15 minutes), and an average of 33 women in the UK every day - not because we 'love boobies'.

      And somehow it's all the more inappropriate because 80% of women diagnosed are over 50 and the average age at diagnosis is over 60. As a woman approaching 60, I can assure you that interest in your 'boobies' is pretty minimal by the time you reach the age at which breast cancer is a serious possibility.

      What's wrong with calling breasts 'breasts' and having a slogan that actually has something to say?

      Or why not just donate money? At least that way it would all go to its intended charity.

      Thank you for taking a stand on this.

      Edit: By the way as a breast cancer survivor (so far), I have met hundreds of women with breast cancer through support groups and networks. I have yet to meet ONE who appreciated slogans like this, or found them helpful, appropriate or funny - or anything other than silly and offensive.

  12. QUESTION:
    Breast cancer survivors - are you supportive or opposed to "save the boobies" bracelets?
    Just curious if anyone asked any of you how you felt about it before they put them on the shelves. Personally, I never knew a BC patient to spend ten seconds on the vanity of it, they've always been more engrossed in hoping to survive it.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm a breast cancer survivor (so far); I hate the 'I Love Boobies' and 'Save the Tatas' slogans. I find them insulting, offensive, demeaning and trivialising of a deadly disease.

      I see some others here who've had breast cancer are saying they don't mind them, but I've never personally met a woman with breast cancer who doesn't feel the same way I do (and through breast cancer support networks I've met hundreds).

      I'd ask anyone who thinks they're ok to consider how they'd feel about 'I Love D!cks' bracelets for penile cancer, or 'Save the Bollocks' bracelets for testicular cancer. Offensive? Inappropriate? Distasteful? If they are, then so are references to 'boobies' and 'tatas' in connection with breast cancer.

      But you'll never see those slogans, because only breast cancer attracts such crap. Cutesie baby words are only ever used in connection with breast cancer, no other cancer. Breast cancer is a deadly disease, with disfiguring surgery, grueling treatments and no cure. Sexualising breasts, and calling breasts by childish names, just adds to the popular notion of breast cancer as a trivial and somehow 'sexy' disease.

      We should be campaigning for breast cancer awareness because it's a deadly disease - it kills an average of 112 women in the US every day, and an average of 33 women in the UK every day - not because we 'love boobies'.

      And somehow it's all the more inappropriate because 80% of women diagnosed are over 50 and the average age at diagnosis is over 60. As a woman approaching 60, I can assure you that interest in your 'boobies' is pretty minimal by the time you reach the age at which you're at risk of breast cancer.

      What's wrong with calling breasts 'breasts' and having a slogan that actually has something to say?

      Or why not just donate money? At least that way it would all go to its intended charity.

  13. QUESTION:
    Is there a movement among military cons to remove VA hospitals in exchange for a private insurance allowance?
    Then again it might be difficult to find a private insurance company that will cover combat wounds but that's probably only because of too much government interference right now. The government needs to step aside and let the free market handle this.
    andy: As I said the government would pay you to seek your own private insurance. Are you saying that cons prefer government care to trying to find a decent private company who won't drop them?

    • ANSWER:
      No. Veterans are happy with their health system.
      Conservatives accidentally confuse (or purposely conflate for political reasons) military hospitals (where the recent quality scandals occurred) with the VA. They are separate systems.

      "Technology has transformed the VA.
      Veterans' hospitals used to be a byword for second-rate care or worse. Now, thanks to technology, they're national leaders in efficiency and quality."
      *http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/fortune_archive/2006/05/15/8376846/index.htm

      {"The care is second to none," says Tom Bock, national commander of the American Legion, the nation's largest veterans' organization.} *

      {The seamless integration of science, information, and compassion is the dream of modern health care. Scenes like these are not fantasies, however, but daily realities at the Veterans Health Administration, the federal agency that is the most wired and cost-effective health system in the land.}*

      Sigh. Why do we allow conservatives and private insurers (who skim profits from health care dollars) to prevent all Americans from getting the best health care in the land?

      {For a .9 trillion industry (16 percent of GDP), medicine [private sector] remains stubbornly backward.}*

      {Today the VA health system - which provides lifetime medical care to veterans with service-related disabilities, as well as to low-income and other qualifying vets and their families - has turned that reputation around. The nation's largest health network, with 1,300 hospitals, community clinics, and other facilities, the VA beats most other medical providers on dozens of "quality indicators," such as administering regular cancer screenings or prescribing beta-blockers to heart-attack survivors.}*

  14. QUESTION:
    Looking for squamous cell carcinoma stage 4 of tongue survivors.?
    I'm posting this for a friend that's husband has been diagnosed as stage 4 squamous cell carcinoma of the tongue base and secondary tonsil and lymph nodes. He is current;y gong through chemo and waiting for tests before starting radiation. She hasn't been able to find any 5+ years survivors and she's just looking for some hope.

    • ANSWER:
      Most large cancer centers treat a fair number of head and neck cancer patients. I would suggest contacting one of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) hospitals, such as MD Anderson, Memorial Sloan-Kettering, Mayo Clinic, etc.

      By the way, for patients with stage IV head and neck cancer, the 5-year survival for patients is reported to be around 40%. This is based off fairly out-of-date information. With newer chemotherapy agents and radiation techniques, and the ever-increasing ability of appropriately trained head and neck surgeons, we are seeing more and more patients surviving for 5 and more years.

      One of the major problems, unfortunately, is that the survivors of head and neck cancers are at risk for the development of other tumors (lung, esophageal, stomach) so due diligence on the part of the treating doctors needs to happen. Too, some of my patients say that "the treatment is worse than the disease." There are some potential, long-term complications from this intensive treatment that can lead to patients not fully enjoying their life...

      This is a difficult, but very treatable cancer, all the same. There are several reputable websites by major cancer organizations (ASCO, AHNS, ACS) that patients and caregivers can access.

  15. QUESTION:
    We are currently in the design process of an urban clothing line?
    Is anyone out there already in the business. What suggestions if any could you give. For e.g: horror stories, success stories, good starting point, when to fold, basics of starting up such a business or design 101. This clothing line is a dream my mom who died of breast cancer had for me and my surviving children and now today I am also a survivor 3 years last month. I received the vision from an idea my son showed me and I know that the Lord will help us to make this a reality. We are just about done with the business plan just need really good business strategy/advice as far as the next step in promoting this line. Thank you all for any suggestions. Keep us in prayer. God bless. Some of the money we make will go to Hospice who without their help I would never had been able to care for five terminally ill family members in the past six years. I know what it is like to not have enough money to purchase medicine. May god bless you all for your suggestions and prayers for this endeavor.

    • ANSWER:
      Here are resources on how to start a clothing line

      Associations:
      Professional Apparel Association http://www.proapparel.com
      American Apparel Producer’s Network http://www.usawear.org/
      Worldwide Responsible Apparel Manufacture http://www.wrapapparel.org/
      American Apparel and Footwear Association http://www.americanapparel.org/
      National Association of Fashion and Accessory Designers http://www.nafad.com/
      SEAMS The National Association for the Sewn Products Industry http://www.seams.org/

      Manufacturer Search
      ThomasNet http://www.thomasnet.com
      National Association of Manufacturers http://www.nam.org/s_nam/index.asp
      Davison's Textile Blue Book http://www.textilebluebook.net

      Other resources
      Fashion Group International http://www.fgi.org
      Apparel News http://www.apparelnews.net/

      Blogs:
      Kathleen Fasanella's blog at http://fashion-incubator.com/ (Kathleen is the author of the book "The Entrepreneur's Guide to Sewn Product Manufacturing")

  16. QUESTION:
    How do sexual innuendos raise awareness of breast cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      They don't. Juvenile slogans and cutesie baby words like 'Save the Tatas', 'I love boobies' and 'Save second base' are offensive and trivialising of a deadly disease.

      And shirts bracelets etc carrying these slogans are worn as a fashion item, not out of any interest in or desire to raise awareness of breast cancer.

      I always ask those who defend them to consider how they would feel about bracelets for penile cancer awareness that said 'I love Willies' or 'Save the D1cks'; or perhaps shirts for testicular cancer awareness that said 'Save the Nads' or 'I love Bollocks'.

      If they find any of those in any way inappropriate or distasteful, they should seriously consider why they find the same level of juvenile crap appropriate for another type of cancer.

      It's only breast cancer tht attracts these slogans - all the more inappropriate because by the time a woman reaches the age at which breast cancer is a risk (50s, 60s) interest in her 'boobies' is minimal, trust me on that one.

      Never can understand what's wrong with calling breasts 'breasts' and using a slogan that actually means something. We should be campaigning against breast cancer because it's a deadly disease with disfiguring surgery, gruelling treatments and no cure, and kills an average of one woman every 15 minutes in the US alone - not because we 'love boobies'.

      I've seen a few women on this site who've had breast cancer say they don't mind these slogans, but as a so-far-survivor of breast cancer myself I find them offensive and demeaning, and of all the women I've met through breast cancer support networks I've never met one who didn't feel the same

  17. QUESTION:
    Whats the difference between oncologist, a medical oncologist, a surgical oncologist?
    there r three branches of superspecialisation available:
    mch in surgical oncology
    m.ch.in oncology
    dm in medical oncology difference?????

    • ANSWER:
      CancerNetwork:
      The fundamental difference between a laparoscopic approach and traditional open ... by a urologist and a medical oncologist would present a balanced view ...www.cancernetwork.com/cme/testicular/whats_new.htm
      The Cancer Survivors Network, supplying information, resources, chat ...
      ... went ahead and saw a surgical oncologist, a friend of our ... Whats the difference between cisplatin and carboplatin? Some people dont do taxol at all? ...www.acscsn.org/Forum/Discussion/thread/view?msgid=34758&msgrid=7
      The Cancer Survivors Network, supplying information, resources, chat ...
      ... went ahead and saw a surgical oncologist, a friend of our ... Whats the difference between cisplatin and carboplatin? Some people dont do taxol at all? ...www.acscsn.org/Forum/Discussion/thread/view?msgid=32923&msgrid=7
      OBGYN or ONCOLOGIST ? - Ovarian Cancer Support Forum
      Patient medical question and answer from The Ovarian Cancer Support Forum. ... mention Oncologist, what is the difference between an OBGYN and an OB/Oncologist? ...www.medhelp.org/forums/OvarianCancer/messages/7709.html
      Respectful Insolence: Prussian Blue, NAACP, what's the difference?
      A Chance to Cut is a Chance to Cure. The Cheerful Oncologist. Confessions of a Quackbuster ... would rather look like a medical idiot than screw up ...scienceblogs.com/.../07/prussian_blue_naacp_whats_the_difference.php

  18. QUESTION:
    Where should I donate this money to?
    So me and a couple of friends are having a bake sale around mid-June. Anyways, with the money we get we are giving to people diagnosed with cancer. We are giving to a cancer research center. We just don`t know what research center to give it to. Does anyone have any ideas? Please I nee this quick!

    ~ 5 POINTS~

    • ANSWER:
      I would either donate it to the most dangerous cancer that is the least chance of recovering from - which is pancreatic cancer (most people die within a year of diagnosis), or else a "popular" cancer that gets a lot of attention which people can relate to so more people might buy from the sale to donate to - such as breast cancer (you can advertise using pink ribbons) or colon cancer! Good luck@!

      Here's a group you can donate to:

      Susan G. Komen for the Cure® is the world's largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Thanks to events like the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure®, Komen has invested nearly .5 billion to fulfill its promise, becoming the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world.

      The Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Advocacy Alliance is the nonpartisan voice of the 2.5 million breast cancer survivors and the people who love them. Our mission is to translate Susan G. Komen for the Cure's promise to save lives and end breast cancer forever into action at all levels of government to discover and deliver the cures.
      http://www.komenadvocacy.org/content.aspx?id=34

  19. QUESTION:
    Are the breast cancer i love boobies bracelets disrespectful?
    i absolutely dont think so whats ur opinion

    • ANSWER:
      I'm a breast cancer survivor (so far), and I think they are offensive, demeaning and belittling of a life-threatening disease.

      Through breast cancer support networks I have met hundreds of women with breast cancer, and I have never discussed this with any who don't feel exactly as I do.

      No other cancer is trivialised and sexualised in this way.

      Imagine this: someone brings out a bracelet in support of penile cancer awareness that reads: 'I love Willies', or 'I love D!cks'. Or someone brings out a bracelet in support of testicular cancer awareness that reads 'I love Bollocks' or 'I love Balls'.

      Sound ok to you? If you find any of those examples inappropriate, offensive, trivialising of a deadly disease, demeaning or unnecessarily sexual - then ask yourself what the difference is? There is none.

      At least those wearing the bracelets should be honest and admit that they have nothing to do with support for breast cancer awareness, but are simply a fashion item.

      Cutesie baby words are only ever used in connection with breast cancer, no other cancer. Breast cancer is a deadly disease, with disfiguring surgery, grueling treatments and no cure. Sexualising breasts, and calling breasts by childish names, just adds to the popular notion of breast cancer as a trivial and somehow 'sexy' disease.

      We should be campaigning for breast cancer awareness because it's a deadly disease - it kills an average of 112 women in the US every day (one every 15 minutes), and an average of 33 women in the UK every day - not because we 'love boobies'. or because we want to 'save the tatas' or 'save second base' - both equally offensive and demeaning.

      And somehow it's all the more inappropriate because 80% of women diagnosed are over 50 and the average age at diagnosis is over 60. As a woman approaching 60, I can assure you that interest in your 'boobies' is pretty minimal by the time you reach the age at which breast cancer is a serious possibility.

      What's wrong with calling breasts 'breasts' and having a slogan that actually has something to say?

      Or why not just donate money? At least that way it would all go to its intended charity.

  20. QUESTION:
    Any survivors of cancer of the oesophagus out there? Please let me know.?
    My husband has just been diagnosed with this disease, naturally we are terrified. If there is anyone that can give us some insight into what to expect, that would be fantastic.
    My deepest thanks to all the caring people who took the time to offer their thoughts and advice. You are all stars!

    • ANSWER:
      I understand what a shock this is for you and I'm so sorry you're going through this. I am not dealing with this type of cancer, but I can point you to resources that may help:

      Try a mailing list to contact others with this disease. They can support you and point you to treatment options:

      Esophageal Cancers Discussion List
      http://listserv.acor.org/archives/ec-group.html

      Cathy's Esophageal Cancer Cafe
      http://www.eccafe.org/

      The Oesophageal Patients Association
      http://www.opa.org.uk/

      Their are organizations that provide excellent information about the disease:

      National Cancer Institute: Esophageal Cancer
      http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/esophageal/

      Medline Plus: Esophageal Cancer
      http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/esophagealcancer.html

      American Cancer Society: What is cancer of the Esophagus
      http://www.cancer.org/docroot/cri/content/cri_2_4_1x_what_is_esophagus_cancer_12.asp

      NCCN: Clinical Practice Guidelines - Esophageal Cancer
      http://www.nccn.org/professionals/physician_gls/PDF/esophageal.pdf

      National Comprehensive Cancer Network
      http://www.nccn.org/

      The National Cancer Institute has a network of designated comprehensive cancer centers throughout the country. They share research and all current treatment options for each type of cancer. Check the list to see if there is a university or research hospital near you:

      National Cancer Institute: Designated Cancer Centers
      http://cancercenters.cancer.gov/cancer_centers/cancer-centers-list.html

      Hope this helps a little!

  21. QUESTION:
    When you have stage 4 on colon cancer and has spreads thur the walls, how long do you have?

    • ANSWER:
      No one knows when it's your time. You don't have an "expired" tag. There are some with Stage IV colon cancer who have lived 5 years or longer....just as there are those with Stage I, II or III who have not. There is a GREAT online community that was very helpful when it struck my family personally. It's called Colon Club, and another called Cancer Survivors Network. You will find a host of Stage IV survivors. NEVER lose hope.

  22. QUESTION:
    What is the survival rate of A.L.L. Leukemia in adults?
    I was just wondering. My mother was just diagnosed and I was looking it up. Too many website are too different. Just wondering if anyone out here might have an ideal.

    • ANSWER:
      Here is a link to A.L.L. leukemia prognosis at the National Cancer Institute..check with her oncologist for prognosis statistics for her particular case...
      http://www.meb.uni-bonn.de/cancer.gov/CDR0000062864.html

      Here are some more links to info on ALL...I include bone marrow transplant info, but I don't know if that applies to ALL or not for sure.

      ALL (acute lymphoblastic or lymphocytic leukemia)

      http://www.leukemia-lymphoma.org/all_page?item_id=7049
      http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000541.htm
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acute_lymphocytic_leukemia
      http://www.leukemia-lymphoma.org/all_page?item_id=9346
      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/acute-lymphocytic-leukemia/DS00558
      http://www.marrow.org/PATIENT/Undrstnd_Disease_Treat/Lrn_about_Disease/ALL/index.html
      http://www.cnn.com/HEALTH/library/DS/00558.html
      http://www.healthsystem.virginia.edu/uvahealth/adult_blood/aculymph.cfm
      http://www.leukemia-lymphoma.org/all_page?item_id=4591 (find support groups..scroll down)
      http://www.leukemia-lymphoma.org/all_page?item_id=4599 (financial help for leukemia/lymphoma)
      http://survivor-support.rare-cancer.org/child-quick-links.html (child ALL quick links…scroll down to find ALL)
      http://www.cancer.gov/clinicaltrials/results/asparaginase0502 (results of a clinical trial for ALL)
      http://www.cancer.gov/clinicaltrials/results/high-dose-methotrexate0501 (results of a clinical trial for children with ALL or NHL)
      http://www.clinicaltrials.gov/ct/search;jsessionid=3988BC5ED0ACD698A5A04CD5ED8EBCFC?term=all&submit=Search (ALL clinical trials)
      http://www.cancer.gov/search/ResultsClinicalTrials.aspx?protocolsearchid=3284420 (ALL adult clinical trials)
      http://www.cancer.gov/Templates/doc.aspx?viewid=7C5CCBC9-ADAD-4683-8448-E705FB912971&ReqUrl=%2Fclinicaltrials%2Fsearch (ALL child clinical trials)
      http://www.multiplemyeloma.org/clinical_trials/4.02.html (clinical trials frequently asked questions)
      http://www.multiplemyeloma.org/clinical_trials/Clin_Trials_The_Basics.ppt (basics of cancer clinical trials (need powerpoint)
      http://www.multiplemyeloma.org/clinical_trials/Clin_Trials_In-Depth.ppt (cancer clinical trials in depth (need powerpoint)

      Bone marrow transplants
      http://www.nbmtlink.org/ (National Bone Marrow Transplant link)
      http://www.marrow.org/ (National Bone Marrow Donor link)
      http://www.marrow.org/PATIENT/Undrstnd_Disease_Treat/Lrn_about_Disease/ALL/index.html (National Bone Marrow Donor program…acute lymphoblastic leukemia)
      http://www.marrow.org/ABOUT/Connecting_Patients_w_Donors/The_Registry/index.html (about the National Bone Marrow Donor program)
      http://www.marrow.org/PATIENT/Undrstnd_Disease_Treat/Lrn_about_Disease/ALL/ALL_Transplant_Outcomes/index.html (ALL transplant outcomes)
      http://www.marrow.org/PATIENT/Undrstnd_Disease_Treat/Undrstnd_Treat_Opt/Lrn_Clinical_Trials/Find_Trial/index.html (clinical trials by type)
      https://web.emmes.com/study/bmt/ (Bone Marrow Transplant clinical network)
      http://www.marrow.org/PATIENT/Plan_for_Tx/Planning_for_Tx_Costs/Financial_Assistance_for_Trans/index.html (financial assistance for bone marrow transplant patients..ie leukemia,etc)

      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)

  23. QUESTION:
    What are some natural cures for cancer?
    I have been reading alot and I beleive there is a natural cure for cancer.What it is? I dont know but what conventional medicine has done to people is just awful.I buried a freind about 2 weeks ago.He died long before his time and he would never listen to anything except his doctors advice and he didnt eat very good .Of course his doctor told him to eat pizza of all things.Do you know of any natural cures because I m having some problems myself and I am afraid of what the doctor will do to me if it does turn out to be cancer.I want a back up plan.

    • ANSWER:
      "The good thing about Alternative Medicine is that there are alot of options, the bad thing about Alternative Medicine is that there are alot of options"
      Jerry Brunetti
      {survived an agressivbe form of non-Hodgkins Lymphoma with Alt. Medicine alone}

      Check this Article Out:
      http://www.consumerhealth.org/articles/display.cfm?ID=20060216161340

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      Rife Frequency Technology

      look into Rife technology, www.rife.de, oncotherm make good machines, the PERL {highly reccommended} has alot of anecdotal evidence stating cures for terminal hopeless cancers. resonantlight.com, the GB4000 is good as well.

      ====================================================
      pH Balancing

      Also alkalise your body by eating lots of raw veg/fruit dark green leafy vegetables especially, Read a book called 'The pH Miracle' it sells on amazon. Cancer patients usually have an internal acidic environment, ideal for cancer and pathogenic microbes to thrive.

      Adding 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda per litre of filtered water {filtered from chlorine/fluoride} and drinking half your body weight in ounces will alkalise the body.

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      Orthomolecular Medicine

      Also see an orthomolecular medicine doctor, take 1000mg-2000mg of Vitamin C per day in the form of low acidity magnesium ascorbate, this therapy was made by Dr. Linus Pauling, twice Noble prize winner, 48 PhD's, yes forty-eight.
      Cut out all meat, cheese, sugar, from your diet. Look into Laetrile as well, as well as Dr. Hulda Clark's book 'Cure for all advanced cancers', she is a ND naturopath, and has natural remedies for all types of cancers.Although I have not looked into her books at the present time.

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      Detoxification/Gerson Therapy

      Make a detox tea, watch 'Jerry Brunetti's videos, his a cancer survivor, he had non-hodgkins lymphoma, and he used alternative medicine alone. I think they are on google video or youtube. It include Pau De' Arco, and other antimicrobial ingredients. Look into Hyperimmune Milk, the MERCK Patent, its all on Bruunetti's videos, 'A personal odyssey/nutrition' and 'Food as Medicine', available on Google Video/p2p networks

      http://www.cancerdecisions.com/

      Also look into the Moss Reports, they cost money to buy the report, but it is worth it. Ralph Moss takes a scientific approach when evaluating alternative medicine for cancer, specific to whatever cancer that you have, he has a report for all of them. I believe his daughter died of cancer from conventional medicine

      Gerson Therapy, is brilliant, a must do therapy, and now proven to work by Dr. Campbell, author of 'The China Study' performed by the NIH, Oxford University and others reputable institutions. Watch 'DyingToHaveKnown" for more information

      I would recommend you see a good naturopath, nutritionist, and an open minded medical doctor to help you fight this. As well as an orthomolecular doctor {sometimes a good nutritionist is trained in this area also}, as well as a good western botanical medicine herbalist.

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      Bio-Oxidative Therapy

      Consider supplement with 'Oxygen Elements Plus' by GHT, as well as oxygen/ozone therapy. Look into DCA a new drug to restart mitochondria in cancer cells, not on prescription yet, but i heard people are getting their hands on it somehow from chemical companies. Enzyme Therapy and Laetrile work for tumors, find out if it does work for your condition. DIM, di-indole-methane works for hormone related female cancers.

      ====================================================
      714-X

      Injected intra-lymphatically, re-establishes the immune system, so it can fight the cancer cells.

      Hope this helps.

  24. QUESTION:
    Why does susan komen t-shirts say 'save the tatas' isn't that considered a vulgar and sexist comment?

    • ANSWER:
      I'm not familiar with SK's merchandise; I believe it's an American charity and I don't live in America.

      However, whoever this slogan is repeated by it is - along with I Love Boobies and Save Second Base - offensive, demeaning and trivialising of a deadly disease.

      Breast cancer kills an average of 112 women every day in the US (that's one every 15 minutes), and an average of 33 every day in the UK. It's a deadly killer disease, and it is the only one of the 200+ deadly diseases that come under the umbrella title of 'cancer' that is trivialised and sexualised in this way.

      I've seen the occasional breast cancer patient or survivor on this board say they don't mind the slogans, but as a breast cancer survivor (so far) myself, I find them demeaning and sexist; among the many women I have met through breast cancer support networks, all of whom have or have had breast cancer, I haven't yet encountered one who doesn't feel as I do.

      I don't know what's wrong with calling breast s 'breasts' and having a slogan that actually means something

  25. QUESTION:
    I have cancer of the breast...there is no tumor and never will be...I discovered a dimple and it is milignant.
    I have just found out via mammagram, dye, sonogram and biopsy that I have Infiltrating Ductal Cacinoma Clinical Stage1 grade I/III. It is a mass not a tumor 1.5 centemeters and they will remove it. Now, I have to get two oncologists. I have no idea why...they will try seed radiation and Tamoxifen. I am angry and don't want to take the drug and probably will refuse. What happens if I just have the surgery, check out the lymph glands and do the seed radiation and stop. I am alone and don't want this to go on forever. Dying is not so bad as long as it doesn't take years. If you have experience tell me the stories because everyone at the hospital just assumes everyone wants to live. I have already told them there will be no more surgeries, no harmones and no chemo. They think I am just upset...I am not...why can't I just do what I want to do?

    • ANSWER:
      This is the problem with our society. Everyone has the right to decide what is best for us and we are deemed mentally incapable if our choices don't agree with theirs.

      http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/NaturalAlternativesToHRT/
      http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/Alternative_Breast_Cancer/
      http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/Breast_cancer_survivor_network/

      All the best to you

  26. QUESTION:
    That look do you know that look?
    In Herman Cains Webmercial that has been on every news network for 2 days that stars the smoking man from the X Files. To me the very end where Cain stares and morphs into a smile seems like he is just Too Smug for his own good.Please fill in in the words you think Cain would use to express the thoughts going through his head as he posed .. What's he thinking?

    • ANSWER:
      I don't know really but that ad made me laugh out loud! Cain is a cancer survivor and so many people get cancer from smoking.... very weird.

  27. QUESTION:
    What is the survival rate for B-Cell type Lymphoma in a stage four?

    • ANSWER:
      Here are some links to Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, Bone marrow transplants and clinical trials...and related info...

      Children’s Non-Hodgkins
      http://www.childrenshospital.org/clinicalservices/Site1987/mainpageS1987P0.html (non-hodgkin’s)
      http://www.chop.edu/consumer/jsp/division/generic.jsp?id=77794 (non-hodgkins)
      http://www.chp.edu/greystone/oncology/nhodgkns.php (non-hodgkins)
      http://survivor-support.rare-cancer.org/child-quick-links3.html (scroll down for non-hodgkins quick links)
      http://www.cancer.gov/clinicaltrials/results/pediatricNHL0407 (results of a clinical trial for children’s non-hodgkin’s lymphoma )
      http://www.cancer.gov/clinicaltrials/results/non-hodgkins-lymphoma (results of non-hodgkin’s clinical trials…2 pages)
      http://www.clinicaltrials.gov/ct/search;jsessionid=B5F932C5CE4C58324DC9C226B2909C1B?term=non-hodgkin%27s+lymphoma&submit=Search (non-hodgkin’s clinical trials)
      http://www.multiplemyeloma.org/clinical_trials/4.02.html (clinical trials frequently asked questions)
      http://www.multiplemyeloma.org/clinical_trials/Clin_Trials_The_Basics.ppt (basics of cancer clinical trials (need powerpoint)
      http://www.multiplemyeloma.org/clinical_trials/Clin_Trials_In-Depth.ppt (cancer clinical trials in depth (need powerpoint)

      Adult Non-Hodgkins
      http://www.cancer.org/docroot/CRI/content/CRI_2_4_1X_What_Is_Non_Hodgkins_Lymphoma_32.asp
      http://www.cancer.org/docroot/CRI/CRI_2_3x.asp?dt=32
      http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/non-hodgkins-lymphoma
      http://www.leukemia-lymphoma.org/all_page?item_id=7087
      http://www.leukemia-lymphoma.org/all_page?item_id=8965
      http://www.nci.nih.gov/cancertopics/wyntk/non-hodgkins-lymphoma/page2
      http://www.cancer.gov/clinicaltrials/results/non-hodgkins-lymphoma (results of non-hodgkin’s clinical trials…2 pages)
      http://patientrecruitment.nhlbi.nih.gov/Lymphoma.aspx (stem cell trial to treat non-hodgkins lymphoma)
      http://www.clinicaltrials.gov/ct/search;jsessionid=B5F932C5CE4C58324DC9C226B2909C1B?term=non-hodgkin%27s+lymphoma&submit=Search (non-hodgkin’s clinical trials)
      http://www.multiplemyeloma.org/clinical_trials/4.02.html (clinical trials frequently asked questions)
      http://www.multiplemyeloma.org/clinical_trials/Clin_Trials_The_Basics.ppt (basics of cancer clinical trials (need powerpoint)
      http://www.multiplemyeloma.org/clinical_trials/Clin_Trials_In-Depth.ppt (cancer clinical trials in depth (need powerpoint)

      Bone marrow transplants

      http://www.marrow.org/PATIENT/Undrstnd_Disease_Treat/Lrn_about_Disease/ALL/index.html (National Bone Marrow Donor program…acute lymphoblastic leukemia)
      http://www.marrow.org/ABOUT/Connecting_Patients_w_Donors/The_Registry/index.html (about the National Bone Marrow Donor program)
      http://www.marrow.org/PATIENT/Undrstnd_Disease_Treat/Undrstnd_Treat_Opt/Lrn_Clinical_Trials/Find_Trial/index.html (clinical trials by type)
      https://web.emmes.com/study/bmt/ (Bone Marrow Transplant clinical network)
      http://www.marrow.org/PATIENT/Plan_for_Tx/Planning_for_Tx_Costs/Financial_Assistance_for_Trans/index.html (financial assistance for bone marrow transplant patients..ie leukemia,etc)

      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)

  28. QUESTION:
    does anyone have lems connected with small cell lung cancer? i would like to hear from you?
    am in a wheelchair and would like to know if anyone out there has a problem walking with lems, or numbness in their extremities.

    • ANSWER:
      Go to the American Cancer Society website and click on Cancer Survivors Network.
      Once you log in as a member you can chat with other people who have similar issues.
      It's a monitored forum so you won't get spammers.

  29. QUESTION:
    After a mild stroke, does it occur again for the second time?
    and after the second mild stroke attack, is it fatal? thasnks

    • ANSWER:
      There are a lot of different factors regarding strokes but most often if you have had one you are at increased risk of having another. Below is a list of statistics of stroke from the American Heart & Stroke Association. There are also lots that you can do to prevent having another stroke. There is no telling which one will be fatal and a person can actually have many storkes.

      Stroke Statistics

      Stroke killed 157,804 people in 2003. It's the third largest cause of death, ranking behind "diseases of the heart" and all forms of cancer. Stroke is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States (preliminary mortality).
      About 5,500,000 stroke survivors are alive today. 2,400,000 are males and 3,000,000 are females.
      Data from GCNKSS studies show that about 700,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year. About 500,000 of these are first attacks and 200,000 are recurrent attacks.
      In 2003, females accounted for 61.0 percent of stroke deaths.
      From 1993 to 2003 the death rate from stroke declined 18.5 percent, and the actual number of stroke deaths declined 0.7 percent (preliminary).
      The 2003 death rates per 100,000 population for stroke were 51.9 for white males and 78.8 for black males, and 50.5 for white females and 69.1 for black females (preliminary).
      For stroke information, call the American Stroke Association at 1-888-4-STROKE. For information on life after stroke, ask for the Stroke Family Support Network.

      Related AHA and ASA publications:

      Targeting the Facts... heart disease, stroke and risks
      Stroke: Are You at Risk? (also in Spanish on ASA Web site)
      Warning Signs of Stroke (Quick and Easy Reading) (also in Spanish on ASA Web site)
      ¿Ha Oído lo Último? (in Spanish)
      Smoking and Your Risk of Stroke
      High Blood Pressure and Stroke
      How Stroke Affects Behavior
      Living with Disability after Stroke
      Being a Stroke Family Caregiver
      Caring for Someone with Aphasia
      Sex After Stroke
      We're Talking About Women and Stroke (Quick and Easy Reading) (also in Spanish)
      Statistical Fact Sheets
      Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics Update
      Stroke Family Support Network Packets

      Coping With Changes — Behavior and Rehabilitation
      Taking On a New Challenge
      Reducing Your Risk — Prevention
      Supporting Stroke Families — Group Leader
      Taking Care — Caregiver
      Living With Aphasia
      Helping Your Patients — Professional

      Hope this helped in some small way!
      Take Care

  30. QUESTION:
    why it is hard for a cancer survivor to get a job?
    i am 27 and a cancer survivor now i am in remission after 5 years fights ... it is so hard for me to get job. i have college degree in MIS I speak read and write 3 languages impress every recruiter contacted me but when we get to the point about why i was not working 5 years and they what i dealt with they cut me off or they say we will get someone else or bla bla bla ... i tell them i just need the job i don't need benefits still same results... Any ideas can help me get A job?? i know am not in the only case probably there is 1000's others... am real desperate

    • ANSWER:
      Why work for someone, when you have that talent. You could start your own freelance business, and not have to suffer the stress that causes cancer in the first place.
      If that doesn't appeal, I would network through organisations that have business connections, biz. breakfasts, Toastmasters, that kind of thing, so you meet people who can see your potential for them, and offer you a job. That's the way, none of this email, filling in form crap, that doesn't even get to first base of an interview.
      I'm a cancer survivor, and I keep it to myself in situations like that, there are some dimwits out there, just say you took a break for a while .
      Al the best, Nvrgvup.

  31. QUESTION:
    how long does a person with leukemia live with treatment?

    Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia

    • ANSWER:
      here are some links to ALL...it depends upon the staging of the cancer and the treatments done . Ask the oncologist..

      ALL (acute lymphoblastic or lymphocytic leukemia)

      http://www.leukemia-lymphoma.org/all_page?item_id=7049
      http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000541.htm
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acute_lymphocytic_leukemia
      http://www.leukemia-lymphoma.org/all_page?item_id=9346
      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/acute-lymphocytic-leukemia/DS00558
      http://www.marrow.org/PATIENT/Undrstnd_Disease_Treat/Lrn_about_Disease/ALL/index.html
      http://www.cnn.com/HEALTH/library/DS/00558.html
      http://www.healthsystem.virginia.edu/uvahealth/adult_blood/aculymph.cfm
      http://www.leukemia-lymphoma.org/all_page?item_id=4591 (find support groups..scroll down)
      http://www.leukemia-lymphoma.org/all_page?item_id=4599 (financial help for leukemia/lymphoma)
      http://survivor-support.rare-cancer.org/child-quick-links.html (child ALL quick links…scroll down to find ALL)
      http://www.cancer.gov/clinicaltrials/results/asparaginase0502 (results of a clinical trial for ALL)
      http://www.cancer.gov/clinicaltrials/results/high-dose-methotrexate0501 (results of a clinical trial for children with ALL or NHL)
      http://www.clinicaltrials.gov/ct/search;jsessionid=3988BC5ED0ACD698A5A04CD5ED8EBCFC?term=all&submit=Search (ALL clinical trials)
      http://www.cancer.gov/search/ResultsClinicalTrials.aspx?protocolsearchid=3284420 (ALL adult clinical trials)
      http://www.cancer.gov/Templates/doc.aspx?viewid=7C5CCBC9-ADAD-4683-8448-E705FB912971&ReqUrl=%2Fclinicaltrials%2Fsearch (ALL child clinical trials)
      http://www.multiplemyeloma.org/clinical_trials/4.02.html (clinical trials frequently asked questions)
      http://www.multiplemyeloma.org/clinical_trials/Clin_Trials_The_Basics.ppt (basics of cancer clinical trials (need powerpoint)
      http://www.multiplemyeloma.org/clinical_trials/Clin_Trials_In-Depth.ppt (cancer clinical trials in depth (need powerpoint)

      Bone marrow transplants
      http://www.marrow.org/PATIENT/Undrstnd_Disease_Treat/Lrn_about_Disease/ALL/index.html (National Bone Marrow Donor program…acute lymphoblastic leukemia)
      http://www.marrow.org/ABOUT/Connecting_Patients_w_Donors/The_Registry/index.html (about the National Bone Marrow Donor program)
      http://www.marrow.org/PATIENT/Undrstnd_Disease_Treat/Lrn_about_Disease/ALL/ALL_Transplant_Outcomes/index.html (ALL transplant outcomes)
      http://www.marrow.org/PATIENT/Undrstnd_Disease_Treat/Undrstnd_Treat_Opt/Lrn_Clinical_Trials/Find_Trial/index.html (clinical trials by type)
      https://web.emmes.com/study/bmt/ (Bone Marrow Transplant clinical network)
      http://www.marrow.org/PATIENT/Plan_for_Tx/Planning_for_Tx_Costs/Financial_Assistance_for_Trans/index.html (financial assistance for bone marrow transplant patients..ie leukemia,etc)

      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)

  32. QUESTION:
    So, what can I expect from chemotherapy?
    About 3 weeks ago i had a sarcoma removed that was the size of a grapefruit, and the doctors are going to start me on chemo in a few weeks. They said I will have to be in the hospital for each treatment, but I am wondering, how I can stay healthy, feel good, and other stuff. So, what is there that I can do?

    • ANSWER:
      There are different chemotherapy drugs or combination of drugs for different cancers. They all have different side effects. When you go for your first chemo round they should give you an informational sheet on each of your drugs that will inform you of the possible side effects related to that drug and let you know what foods you should and should not consume.

      What helped me was talking with survivors of the same type cancers that I have. I suggest joining the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Survivors Network. You do not have to join to read the message board but you have to join if you want to post or join their chat room. Joining is free and you can ask question of people that have your type cancer. Here is a link to their discussion boards http://csn.cancer.org/forum just click on the type cancer you have.

  33. QUESTION:
    I have a crush on this girl, how can I get her to come to a cancer benefit?
    I survived having cancer a year ago and you'd never guess what I've been through by looking at me.

    Some time back, a beautiful woman waved me down in a parking lot with a dead battery. She is an actress and was all dolled up having just finished working on set. I jumped her car with efficiency and panache and we connected on facebook.

    I noticed on her profile that she joined the "we hate cancer" group and, see, just the other day I got an invite to a cancer survivors event. I don't know too much about the event, it's probably a benefit/ networking event/ support group.

    Any suggestions how I should frame this in such a way as to maximize my chances with her? Foremost, how can I tell her such a personal thing without it being the subject of every conversation I have with her, assuming it all goes well?

    • ANSWER:
      just ask her, " so i was wondering what ur doing this week there's an event going on and i was wondering if you would like to go with me" you know something simple. wait till your comfortable with her at least enough to talk about it with her and she'll prob have some questions or what not but other than that it shouldn't come up all the time.

      best of luck

  34. QUESTION:
    Wireless Devices & Cancer?
    Hello,

    I am a cancer survivor. Since my cancer, I am very aware of what around me could contribute to cancer and is considered a carcinogen. I am very concerned about Wireless Devices. I really want to limit usage and not have a wireless router in my house. On the other hand, my husband is all about wireless. Every time I turn around, he is adding something wireless in the house. I try to talk to him about this, but he does not care. How do I balance my life and not lose my marriage over this? He wants an Ipad, uses wireless constantly, Apple TV wireless etc. Please help.

    • ANSWER:
      JUST ASK HIM TO READ FOLLOWING ARTICLE>
      HE WILL BE CAREFUL.I HOPE--------
      Mobile Cancer by 2020:Australian Reports

      by GoodGovernance News Network
      Posted on June 15, 2009

      The studies and survey conducted by Australian Health Research Institute indicates that due to billions of times more in volume electromagnetic radiation emitted by billions of mobile phones,internet, intranet and wireless communication data transmission will make almost 1/3 rd of world population (about 2 billions) patient of ear,eye and brain cancer beside other major body disorders like heart ailments, impotency, migraine and epilepsy. According to the reports the tissues of children are tender and are likely to be more effected by use of any wireless gadget and devices and they should not be encouraged to use mobile phone. The fatal and volumetric effects of Electromagnetic Radiation emitted mainly by mobile phones, Mobile phone antenna, tower,Mast, Transmission Tower, Microwave oven,wireless devices, system and equipment.

      Symptoms and Health Risks

      As and when, any mobile user starts feeling, sleep disturbance, restlessness,depression, nervousness,headache, reduction of power in concentration,hot spot in the brain and partial overheating of brain, eyes and ears,high blood pressure,productivity problems (impotency, exhaustion,physical weakness,genotype disturbances,changes in blood formations and change of readings glasses number, it is a clear warning that person with such symptoms is suffering one or the other dangerous diseases due to excessive use of mobile.

      Precautions

      Never keep Mobile phone near your heart (left pocket), ever allow children below 16 years and pregnant women to use Mobile phones,never cook food in a microwave oven, never give infants and children pre heated milk or food from micro wave oven,never use premises for living and working where transmission mast / tower are installed.(effective range is 66meters in radius),switch off Mobile phones when not in use, never keep mobile near to your bed side when sleeping,prefer the usage of land line if available, Use Mobile phones only in Emergency and for very short duration, never use other wireless gadgets for very long durations. It is always advisable that mobile phone should not be treated and used like a land line nor it is an alternate to landline and it should be used as an emergency alternate to land line. Availability and use of mobile in urgency may click a deal and bring fortune to few and in case of accidental emergency, police and ambulance services can be contacted, medical aid may be provided and few lives may be saved. But excessive use of mobile can finish once life particularly when the one use the same while driving, while walking and talking on road and excessive use of mobile without any protective device is more harmful than smoking and chewing of tobacco.

  35. QUESTION:
    Breast Cancer Awareness Bracelet?
    A woman that I work with wore a pink breast cancer awareness bracelet to work today that said "Save the Ta-Ta's". Her boss is a breast cancer survivor. So, her boss walks into her office, see's the bracelet and starts SCREAMING at her to take the bracelet off because it's disrespectful. The boss literally spent about 15 minutes yelling at her saying that it made her feel uncomfortable because she's a survivor.

    Anyone have any opinions on this bracelet? Or her boss' reaction to her wearing it?

    Some of the profits from these bracelets go to Breast Cancer Awareness & Research so I'd think that this woman would be happy to see her wearing a bracelet like that???

    • ANSWER:
      If her boss actually screamed at her, and that is not simply an exaggeration on your friend's part, then yes, her response was inappropriate. But only the screaming bit - as a so-far survivor of breast cancer myself I am 100% in support of hr boss's feelings towards these bracelets.

      How would you feel about bracelets in support of penile cancer that said 'Save the Willies' or 'I love D!cks'? Or bracelets in support of testicular cancer that said 'I love Nads' or 'Save the Bollocks'? If you find any of those slogans at all disrespectful, distasteful or inappropriate, you should question why you find the same silly language and sexualisation appropriate for another kind of cancer.

      I've had breast cancer, and I don't find that slogan in the least supportive; and of all the hundreds of women with breast cancer I have met through support networks, some of whom have survived it so far and some of whom have died of it, not one has appreciated 'joke' slogans like Save the Tatas, Save Second Base or I Love Boobies. All have believed they trivialise a deadly disease, and have questioned why support for other cancers doesn't give rise to such silly slogans.

      Breast cancer is a deadly disease, with disfiguring surgery, gruelling treatments and no cure. Sexualising breasts in this way, and calling breasts by childish names, just adds to the popular notion of breast cancer as a trivial and somehow 'sexy' disease.

      We should be campaigning for breast cancer awareness because it's a deadly disease - it kills an average of 112 women in the US every day, and an average of 33 women in the UK every day - not because we 'love boobies' or want to 'save tatas'.

      And it's all the more silly because by the time women reach they age at which they are actually at risk from breast cancer, interest in their 'tatas' is minimal , trust me on that one - 95% of women diagnosed with breast cancer are over 40, 80% are over 50 and the average age at diagnosis is a little over 60.

      What's wrong with calling breasts 'breasts' and having a slogan that actually means something? Or just donating directly - at least then you'd know that ALL the money was going to a breast cancer charity.

      And be honest about about it - people are wearing these bracelets as a fashion accessory, not to try and incease breast cancer awareness

  36. QUESTION:
    Cancer Chat rooms for support?
    Can anyone recommend a nice chat room - not discussion board - where cancer patients can talk to each other?

    • ANSWER:
      Live chats happen in some of the specific cancer communities, so you should check their message boards to see when they will be on. Sometimes they will certain days, nights or times to talk.

      You might find people at these chats:

      Oncochat.org
      http://www.oncochat.org/

      ACS: Cancer Survivor Network http://www.acscsn.org/Forum/Discussion/summary.html

  37. QUESTION:
    Pancreatic cancer survival rate?
    My father was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in oct 04'. He went through a procedure where they take some of his insides our and re-tie. i heard it was called the whipple procedure or something like that. They were only able to take half of the cancerous tumor out and the other half they were hoping treatments would take care of it.

    he is still alive and the recent news is that the treatments for the remaining cancer caused it to shrink 50%. so thats good new. the downfall is that they found a small bit in his colon, it is early that it can possibly be taken out. since it has been 2 1/2yrs fighting this, is it possible to be able to beat this?

    my father is very possitive, the doctors are astounded that he has survived this long. Even the doctor who did his surgery called my fathers current doctor to see when he had passed and was shocked that he was still alive.

    Can we beat this? thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      I have Pancreatic Cancer and had the Whipple over 2 years ago. I am still cancer free and am glad to report that Ampullar of Vater is the only type of PC that has any cure rate. In fact sometimes completely cureable. Go to the Cancer Survivors Network and find out more that will help you.
      You can contact me at golfwrench@msn.com anytime for support or conversation.

  38. QUESTION:
    Cancer/Food Change Ideas Needed?
    I have switched over to whole foods, for the most part, but would really appreciate ideas on recipies to help me with eating better from now on, since I am being treated for two cancers - breast and thyroid.

    I eat egg whites, chicken, turkey, veggies, Stonyhill Farm yogurt, and Almond Breeze-a milk alternative.

    Yes, it does get boring to just eat chicken. However, to eat tofu or not to eat tofu is a struggle-not because of the tofu-but because I don't want to eat anything that would cause cancer later on in my process. One doctor has told me it's okay to eat tofu. Another has tole me the opposite because of the tumor development issure.

    So, if there is a medical professional out there who can help with suggestions, I appreciate hearing from you.

    Sorry, I would also like to hear from other cancer survivors and there struggles to eat better foods.

    Thank you for any help.

    Elizabeth

    • ANSWER:
      I'm sorry to hear you're being treated for two primary cancers, I hope your treatment is going well.

      I have had breast cancer; I'm now in remission almost exactly four years after diagnosis. I had surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy and now take Arimidex.

      As far as diet goes, of course it's always important to eat a healthy diet, and in your situation a healthy diet certainly helps you withstand the rigours of cancer treatment.

      But there is no food proven to prevent cancer or to affect its treatment. When I was diagnosed, I had been a vegan for around eight years; I was a vegetarian for many years before that. Through support networks I've met two other vegans who've had breast cancer, one of them a lifelong vegan, and several vegetarians, and of course many omnivores.

      I ate a pretty healthy diet, I juiced fresh fruit and vegetables most days, ate plenty of fruit and veg, exercised - all that good stuff. It didn't stop me getting grade 3 cancer, it didn't cure me and I'm not relying on it to prevent recurrences or metastases.

      I'm still a vegan and I still eat a healthy diet, though perhaps a bit less healthy than before diagnosis - there's an bit of a feeling of 'what the heck'.

      If there was ANYTHING in the way of diet that would guarantee me a cancer-free future, I would be doing it. But I have researched diets and alternative treatments quite extensively, and there really is no food proven to prevent or help cure cancer.

      So my rather boring advice is: eat healthily because it'll make you feel better and help you deal with treatments, but don't deny yourself anything you enjoy.

      I'm currently fit and well over three years after completing treatment. I wish you the very best, hope your treatment goes ok.

  39. QUESTION:
    Cancer research donation?
    I would like to make a donation on my grandmother's behalf to cancer research for her birthday, as it is a charity very close to her heart.

    I was wondering, if I donate, is there an option for me to recieve a card saying that they have recieved this donation on her behalf? I would like something material for her to prove that I have done it.

    • ANSWER:
      We have always received a card back from any cancer organization we have supported thanking us for the donation. In our case it is "In Memory . . ." . .but I know that you can also donate "In Honor . ." of a survivor. Very sweet of you to do this for your grandmother.

      We have donated to "The Make a Wish Foundation" , "The Ronald McDonald House Charities", " The Children's Miracle Network", "American Cancer Society", "Sarcoma Alliance", our local "Childrens Cancer Clinic" and "CureSearch for Childhood Cancer". And, all have sent cards.

  40. QUESTION:
    NIU or UIC- Health insurance most important. Post Cancer, what should i do?
    I am a student at a junior college with my last semester there. I need to transfer, but am in a dilemma. I have been accepted to NIU. I am majoring in Chem to pursue a career as an MD.

    Just some background, i am a cancer survivor post 8 months, i was diagnosed with NPC stage IIA. Health insurance is most important.

    Next semester is Calculus, Chem II, and Calculus based Physics. I cant work during that time, and if i dont work i lose my health insurance, but if i transfer to NIU i get to keep it on a ppo level. UIC is an HMO. I cant help but feel somehow im going to get screwed at UIC.

    I have to transfer to either NIU (northern illinois university) or UIC(university of illinois at chicago). Both are good schools but obviously ive heard that UIC is a better school for my field. UIC health insurance HMO NIU=PPO

    The primary concern is health insurance. I have to have my checkups every month.

    NIU offers a health insurance thats like my current health insurance and it has a 00 out of pocket maximum and covers 80%. My current insurance has the same OPM but covers 90%. NIU is a PPO.

    UIC has health insurance as well, they will cover my monthly checkup, but they want to transfer care to UIC. Which is great, but its an HMO. I dont want to end up in a position where i have to wait a while to get treatment or i get pushed to the end of the list or something like that. UIC is a school i want to go to, but i know too many people there, the competition is great, but i want to live alone in my own apartment etc.

    NIU is cheaper, but farther, i like farther.

    UIC is there, but crowded. which is also great.

    But the question is, for my sake, which should i go with, choose ppo and stick with NIU since ive already been accepted? or try for UIC? even though the HMO makes me VERY uncomfortable and less confident in my treatment.

    What should i do?

    • ANSWER:
      HMO: a bunch of doctors and administrators (called a IPA) who have negotiated to receive payment for each person that signs up. Example a person signs up for a HMO the and pays lets say 0.00, the doctor receives .00 per month immediately. So you wonder what happens if the patient never sees the doctor does he/she refund the money?.. Nope..just collected as profits, this type of arrangement is called Capitation, or pre-paying the Doctor (or IPA) for services. (the argument with HMOs is that the doctor has allready collected the premium and is not motivated to order more diagnostics in order to save money) I tell people look at a HMO like a Buffet, would you pre-pay for a month of lunch buffet, when some days you just feel like eating an apple and a glass of water. The people who make out are the big eaters, same thing with HMO's the people who make out are the sick folks, or those utlizing services. Now HMO's have some big advantages for employee's who don't want to receive extra costs or co-insurance costs for diagnostics or in most cases Hopsitalization is little or no costs. Historically Employees enjoy HMO benefits, especially low those with young families, and middle to low income.

      PPO Plans, You can visit any Physician who is within the Participating Organization of physicians and receive pre-negotiated prices for services. With this type of plan Doctors are not pre-paid they are paid based on services that are performed on patients, the arguement with PPO plans is that doctors are motivated to run as many test as possible to make more money. With a PPO plan remember Co-insurance needs to be paid- so if you have a 500. deductible and you have met your deductible, you will still need to pay co-insurance normally it is 30%, always check to see what the max. out of pocket is, this is the max. you will pay for seeing doctors within a network!.

  41. QUESTION:
    Laetrile (B17) Only those who have used it please reply!
    hello people. I have a friend who has bad cancer and she has been under chemo, but it's not really working for her.

    Does Laetrile work?
    Does it have any side effects?
    Where can it be bought?
    Is it expensive?
    How much should be taken and is professional supervision necessary?
    your replies will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      The good thing about Alternative Medicine is that there are alot of options, the bad thing about Alternative Medicine is that there are alot of options"
      Jerry Brunetti
      {survived an agressivbe form of non-Hodgkins Lymphoma with Alt. Medicine alone}

      Check this Article Out:
      http://www.consumerhealth.org/articles/display.cfm?ID=20060216161340
      The Pharmaceutical-Medical Establishment COPY Laetrile!
      http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/in_depth/sci_tech/2000/festival_of_science/913463.stm
      http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AghNEqllqo0Pp_aIuILOYBjty6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20080522085004AALDd2f

      Laetrile should be one of the tools you use to combat cancer, I would also highly reccommend Gerson Therapy, and Rife Therapy, find a local clinic that has a professional Oncotherm machine, proven scientifically to work, published in peer-reviewed reputable journals, like the renowned British Lancet, no qackery here, nor is this up for debate/scepticism:

      http://www.oncotherm.org/eng/

      Rife Technology Re-discovered by accident, by an learned brilliant Austrialian Doctor, click on the 'holt01.ram' link to watch part 1, and then part 2 'holt02.ram':
      http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/Rife/files/Holt%20Videos/

      ======================================...
      Rife Frequency Technology

      look into Rife technology, www.rife.de, oncotherm make good machines, the PERL {highly reccommended} has alot of anecdotal evidence stating cures for terminal hopeless cancers. resonantlight.com, the GB4000 is good as well.

      ======================================...
      pH Balancing

      Also alkalise your body by eating lots of raw veg/fruit dark green leafy vegetables especially, Read a book called 'The pH Miracle' it sells on amazon. Cancer patients usually have an internal acidic environment, ideal for cancer and pathogenic microbes to thrive.

      Adding 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda per litre of filtered water {filtered from chlorine/fluoride} and drinking half your body weight in ounces will alkalise the body.

      ======================================...
      Orthomolecular Medicine

      Also see an orthomolecular medicine doctor, take 1000mg-2000mg of Vitamin C per day in the form of low acidity magnesium ascorbate, this therapy was made by Dr. Linus Pauling, twice Noble prize winner, 48 PhD's, yes forty-eight.
      Cut out all meat, cheese, sugar, from your diet. Look into Laetrile as well, as well as Dr. Hulda Clark's book 'Cure for all advanced cancers', she is a ND naturopath, and has natural remedies for all types of cancers.Although I have not looked into her books at the present time.

      ======================================...
      Detoxification/Gerson Therapy

      Make a detox tea, watch 'Jerry Brunetti's videos, his a cancer survivor, he had non-hodgkins lymphoma, and he used alternative medicine alone. I think they are on google video or youtube. It include Pau De' Arco, and other antimicrobial ingredients. Look into Hyperimmune Milk, the MERCK Patent, its all on Bruunetti's videos, 'A personal odyssey/nutrition' and 'Food as Medicine', available on Google Video/p2p networks

      http://www.cancerdecisions.com/

      Also look into the Moss Reports, they cost money to buy the report, but it is worth it. Ralph Moss takes a scientific approach when evaluating alternative medicine for cancer, specific to whatever cancer that you have, he has a report for all of them. I believe his daughter died of cancer from conventional medicine.

      Ralph Moss was a conventional cancer researcher, he spoke out when his cancer research centre supressed positive results for laetrile on cancer, and brought in the spin-doctors to make the results look negative.

      Gerson Therapy, is brilliant, a must do therapy, and now proven to work by Dr. Campbell, author of 'The China Study' performed by the NIH, Oxford University and others reputable institutions. Watch 'DyingToHaveKnown" for more information

      I would recommend you see a good naturopath, nutritionist, and an open minded medical doctor to help you fight this. As well as an orthomolecular doctor {sometimes a good nutritionist is trained in this area also}, as well as a good western botanical medicine herbalist.

      ======================================...
      Bio-Oxidative Therapy

      Consider supplement with 'Oxygen Elements Plus' by GHT, as well as oxygen/ozone therapy. Look into DCA a new drug to restart mitochondria in cancer cells, not on prescription yet, but i heard people are getting their hands on it somehow from chemical companies. Enzyme Therapy and Laetrile work for tumors, find out if it does work for your condition. DIM, di-indole-methane works for hormone related female cancers.

      ======================================...
      714-X

      Injected intra-lymphatically, re-establishes the immune system, so it can fight the cancer cells.

      Hope this helps

      'At that time, a liar will be believed, and the one who speaks the truth will be considered a liar'

  42. QUESTION:
    I'm trying to find the cancer chat line my sister cool pop annie 2 was on?
    She was on a cancer chat line and made many friends. would like to let them know she has passed

    • ANSWER:
      I'm very sorry about your sister. I hope you are doing OK.
      If she had leukemia or lymphoma, she could have been in the chat room here:
      http://www.leukemia-lymphoma.org/hm_lls
      Also, there is one at choosehope.com and the Cancer Survivor's Network [somewhere linked to the American Cancer Society page].
      Best wishes

  43. QUESTION:
    What should I do ?? Help please?
    My older sister is two years older than me (15) and she is my only sibling. We have typical Asian parents who dig their noses into our schoolwork and put a lot of pressure on us. Lately my sister has found ever since she entered high school this website called Tumblr. She has been ranting and posting on it. Once she said a post that was like "just finished listening to a screaming match between my dad and sister". I got really irritated because that was personal business. She complains about our family on Tumblr and such. I told her to stop and warned her to cut it out but she didn't listen. I didn't really moniter her Tumblr until one day I saw it over her shoulder.She had gone on a date with a boy who was an Athiest, and me and my mother are both super religious (I am a cancer survivor so my mother and I would know about the powers of the Lord) and it was basically repeating a lecture my mom had given about how she shouldn't follow in an Athiest path. I didn't really care, because she can believe in what she wants, but I did ask her if she believed in Jesus later. Her post was like this : "MA (the second letter of my first and last name) was being super annoying today. She asked me if I believed in Jesus and stuff. The devout Christian she is. o.e" you could sense sarcasm in that. My sister is lazy sometimes, and when I come in to her room to talk to her or when I try to talk to her she kicks me out. She is a procrastinator and goes to a smart people's high school and is/was the top student. She is a sophomore. I am pretty smart too and following in her footsteps and all, but the way she acts just peeves me off. She barely helps around the house and I helped her with like two school projects. Her phone broke and i lend my phone to her when she needs it. I always took the blame for her when we were little. Anyways, I got mad at her Tumblr post because it was basically making fun of me (she has said mean things to me to her friends, like how I was "slow" or how I was weird). Now she's probably dissing me. But I told my mom about her Tumblr and she is against all social networking forms so she starts getting mad and yelling. Now my sister is furious and won't talk to me. It's been at least 4-5 hours and I gave her two apology letters, a stuffed dog that says "I'm sorry", IMed her an apology in chinese and english, and basically begged for her forgiveness; i hate it when people are mad at me. I regret telling my mom about the Tumblr and we have Facebooks behind our mothers backs and I am also afraid she will tell my mom about it; i deactivated it and changed the email just in case but still. So have I been a bad sister by doing this? How do I get her to forgive me? It's just that my sister was being incredibly mean and everything I just had to get it off my chest. Thanks. (:
    by the way if it matters I am a straight A student and a Christian.
    also, I respect all beliefs so please don't make fun of me or Christians. I asked my sister that stuff because she had gone to a Christian worship group 2-3 times and I couldn't believe she believed that. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:

  44. QUESTION:
    How can I get her to forgive me ?
    My older sister is two years older than me (15) and she is my only sibling. We have typical Asian parents who dig their noses into our schoolwork and put a lot of pressure on us. Lately my sister has found ever since she entered high school this website called Tumblr. She has been ranting and posting on it. Once she said a post that was like "just finished listening to a screaming match between my dad and sister". I got really irritated because that was personal business. She complains about our family on Tumblr and such. I told her to stop and warned her to cut it out but she didn't listen. I didn't really moniter her Tumblr until one day I saw it over her shoulder.She had gone on a date with a boy who was an Athiest, and me and my mother are both super religious (I am a cancer survivor so my mother and I would know about the powers of the Lord) and it was basically repeating a lecture my mom had given about how she shouldn't follow in an Athiest path. I didn't really care, because she can believe in what she wants, but I did ask her if she believed in Jesus later. Her post was like this : "MA (the second letter of my first and last name) was being super annoying today. She asked me if I believed in Jesus and stuff. The devout Christian she is. o.e" you could sense sarcasm in that. My sister is lazy sometimes, and when I come in to her room to talk to her or when I try to talk to her she kicks me out. She is a procrastinator and goes to a smart people's high school and is/was the top student. She is a sophomore. I am pretty smart too and following in her footsteps and all, but the way she acts just peeves me off. She barely helps around the house and I helped her with like two school projects. Her phone broke and i lend my phone to her when she needs it. I always took the blame for her when we were little. Anyways, I got mad at her Tumblr post because it was basically making fun of me (she has said mean things to me to her friends, like how I was "slow" or how I was weird). Now she's probably dissing me. But I told my mom about her Tumblr and she is against all social networking forms so she starts getting mad and yelling. Now my sister is furious and won't talk to me. It's been at least 4-5 hours and I gave her two apology letters, a stuffed dog that says "I'm sorry", IMed her an apology in chinese and english, and basically begged for her forgiveness; i hate it when people are mad at me. I regret telling my mom about the Tumblr and we have Facebooks behind our mothers backs and I am also afraid she will tell my mom about it; i deactivated it and changed the email just in case but still. So have I been a bad sister by doing this? How do I get her to forgive me? It's just that my sister was being incredibly mean and everything I just had to get it off my chest. My mom says I am doing the right thing but she would say that .... Thanks. (: by the way if it matters I am a straight A student and a Christian.
    believe it or not i'm asian. haha (:

    • ANSWER:

  45. QUESTION:
    How can I get her to forgive me?
    My older sister is two years older than me (15) and she is my only sibling. We have typical Asian parents who dig their noses into our schoolwork and put a lot of pressure on us. Lately my sister has found ever since she entered high school this website called Tumblr. She has been ranting and posting on it. Once she said a post that was like "just finished listening to a screaming match between my dad and sister". I got really irritated because that was personal business. She complains about our family on Tumblr and such. I told her to stop and warned her to cut it out but she didn't listen. I didn't really moniter her Tumblr until one day I saw it over her shoulder.She had gone on a date with a boy who was an Athiest, and me and my mother are both super religious (I am a cancer survivor so my mother and I would know about the powers of the Lord) and it was basically repeating a lecture my mom had given about how she shouldn't follow in an Athiest path. I didn't really care, because she can believe in what she wants, but I did ask her if she believed in Jesus later. Her post was like this : "MA (the second letter of my first and last name) was being super annoying today. She asked me if I believed in Jesus and stuff. The devout Christian she is. o.e" you could sense sarcasm in that. My sister is lazy sometimes, and when I come in to her room to talk to her or when I try to talk to her she kicks me out. She is a procrastinator and goes to a smart people's high school and is/was the top student. She is a sophomore. I am pretty smart too and following in her footsteps and all, but the way she acts just peeves me off. She barely helps around the house and I helped her with like two school projects. Her phone broke and i lend my phone to her when she needs it. I always took the blame for her when we were little. Anyways, I got mad at her Tumblr post because it was basically making fun of me (she has said mean things to me to her friends, like how I was "slow" or how I was weird). Now she's probably dissing me. But I told my mom about her Tumblr and she is against all social networking forms so she starts getting mad and yelling. Now my sister is furious and won't talk to me. It's been at least 4-5 hours and I gave her two apology letters, a stuffed dog that says "I'm sorry", IMed her an apology in chinese and english, and basically begged for her forgiveness; i hate it when people are mad at me. I regret telling my mom about the Tumblr and we have Facebooks behind our mothers backs and I am also afraid she will tell my mom about it; i deactivated it and changed the email just in case but still. So have I been a bad sister by doing this? How do I get her to forgive me? It's just that my sister was being incredibly mean and everything I just had to get it off my chest. Thanks. (:
    by the way if it matters I am a straight A student and a Christian.

    • ANSWER:
      The powers of the Lord...and modern science. Praise be.

      I'm an atheist, and probably the best way to get her to forgive you is for you to get off your high horse and be open-minded. It's probably immature of her to rant about your family on the Internet, but I suppose it's better than doing it to people you actually know. Give her space, be nice to her, and (for the love of your god) don't preach to her. I hate it when people preach to me. Just try to be a decent person and keep out of her way until she cools down a little.

  46. QUESTION:
    What does Lance Armstrong's stolen bike look like?
    Where can I see a picture/photo of the stolen bike? Can you post the exact URL? Thanks.

    Tour de France legend Lance Armstrong is calling on legions of Twitter users to track down a one-of-a-kind bicycle stolen from a northern California racing venue.

    Armstrong sent out a rallying cry to the more than 128,000 Twitter members who have signed up to receive the brief text messages he routinely fires off on the popular micro-blogging service.

    "Whoa! They just came to my room and said our truck was broken into and someone stole my time trial bike!" Armstrong wrote in a Twitter message sent before sunrise on Sunday. "APB out to the twitterati."

    The seven-time Tour de France champion had used the bicycle a day earlier at a rain-pelted, wind-pounded opening of the Amgen Tour of California. The 750-mile race continues through the week.

    Armstrong's bicycle was one of four stolen from an Astana team truck parked behind a hotel in the California capital city of Sacramento.

    The other bicycles reportedly belonged to team members Janez Brajkovic, Steve Morabito and Yaroslav Popovych.

    Armstrong later posted a picture of his stolen bicycle in a Twitter "twitpic" accompanied by the message "There is only one like it in the world therefore hard to pawn it off. Reward being offered."

    Replies ranging from supportive and empathetic to biting and cynical streamed back to Armstrong.

    "On it," a Twitter user with the screen name 'krenoir' replied to Armstrong on Tuesday. "Spread the word and get it found ... and the perps too!"

    Another Twitter follower wrote that he or she posted the bicycle's picture on social-networking website Facebook to "help spread the word in hope of finding this amazing machine."

    "Sorry to hear about the bike," Twitter member 'Hotonabike' said Tuesday in a message to Armstrong. "If it's any consolation, you can borrow mine."

    A Twitter member noticed what may have been the bicycle for sale at online auction house eBay, which was alerted and the page removed.

    "Why some lowlife would list this bike on eBay is beyond me," wrote Twitter user 'seaflite,' who sent a message revealing a defunct eBay page.

    "Definitely poor taste."

    Cancer-survivor Armstrong, 37, retired in 2005 but has set out to make a comeback. The California race is his second on a comeback trail that started last month in Australia, where he finished 29th place in the Tour Down Under.

    Armstrong intends to compete in this year's Tour de France.

    "Hitting the sack early tonight," Armstrong wrote in a Twitter update late Monday. Two days in the pouring rain has worn my old @$$ out."

    http://au.sports.yahoo.com/news/article/-/5327960/bike-armstrong-urges-twitterers

    • ANSWER:
      Just a minute. Let me go take a look at it in my garage and I will come back and type out a description of it to you. (Wink)

  47. QUESTION:
    anyone know anyone that can help a cancer survior?
    cancer HELPPPPPPP

    • ANSWER:
      The American Cancer Society has a Cancer Survivors Network that helps cancer survivors, family and friends. Here's their web page: http://www.acscsn.org/about

  48. QUESTION:
    What is your plan to reduce Health care cost for working Americans who pay through employers for coverage?
    I am a Cancer survivor who works and pays for Health Care coverage through my employer and I have to jump through hoops to have neccessary testing done. Recently required testing has been very expensive, and the Insurance that I work and pay for only covers a certain percentage. I can't financially afford my portion of these necessary test. I also cannot afford not to have these test done. I have children that I would like to see grow up and I think we all know that Cancer is an unforgiving disease.
    It is sad that by working and trying to be a productive citizen who pays taxes and struggles to make ends meet feels as if I am being punished for trying to be responsible. In the current health care system I watch others who don't work and are capable of doing so, continue to have children they can't afford yet they have medical care that far exceeds what I can afford.
    Here is just one example, my husband and I pay for Dental Insurance, and my daughter is constantly teased because she has an overbite, but I can't afford to get braces for her because that wonderful insurance that we work and pay for still has an out of pocket expense that is unbelievable. However I see people who are on the government programs that my tax money helps provide to them with 3 kids in braces. These people who continue to be arrested but yet still recieve government help.

    When is the government going to quit allowing the working class citizens to be punished, and stop rewarding those who obviously abuse the system.

    Please give us answers, I am a taxpaying, working American who takes their civic duty to vote responsibly very serious, and I need to make an informative decision based on the issues that affect my daily life.

    • ANSWER:
      A single payer system is the worst possible system imaginable and takes all control out of our healthcare decision. I don't know about anyone else out there, but I don't trust the government to make almost any decision for me much less something that important. One of the things that makes our country great is the fact that we have choices when it comes to these things, especially important decisions like this.

      Also, you can kiss Obamma's healthcare reform goodbye once the Supreme Court gets a hold of it and when Republicans take the presidency.

      If you want someone else choosing things for you than move to a socialist or communist country and tell me how you like it then.

      That being said the system is currently broken. There are many entities at fault. There are multiple entities to blame, which include physicians, hospitals, big pharma, and consumers (yes we are a big part of the problem).

      Health insurance as most of us know it today is not true insurance. Insurance is the tranference of risk for something that you can not protect your self against. Most people and companies select policies that have a low-copayment for Dr.'s visit and prescriptions and low deductibles. What most people don't seem to understand is that in that arrangement you are prepaying for services you may or may not recieve. In fact the cost of health insurance can be broken down as follows:

      - 50% is for pre-paid servies (co-payments for Dr.'s visits, prescriptions, urgent care or emergency facilities, etc..)
      - 40% is for catastrophic coverage
      - 10% is for access to the network physicians and facilities at discount rates

      So when you think about it 50% of what most of us are paying today we are pre-paying for an unlimited amount of co-payment office visits and prescriptions. That is NOT insurance. People complain that their insurance goes up from year to year, but they have had the same or Dr. visit copay they have had over the last 20 years. Now don't you think the Dr. costs more to go to than it did 20 years ago.

      Further compounding the problem when only paying a low co-payment for services that has caused us all as consumers to have any idea what medical costs are. All most of us care about is that we pay our low co-payment otherwise we could care less. That has got to stop.

      I'll give you a prime example of this. When I left my most recent "job" 4 years ago I was offered COBRA, which would cost me 5/month and included dental. I went out to obtain an HSA compatible plan (which I will describe shortly) and with dental it only costs me 5/month. 4 years later it is only 0/month.

      One part of contolling costs would be going to an HSA compatible health plan. This type of plan you pay the entire costs of your Dr.'s visits and precriptions until you reach your deductible which is a minimum of ,200 for individual or ,400 if you have any dependents, then the insurance kicks in. By doing this you will save about 30% from a traditional plan. With and HSA compatible plan you also have the ability to contribute to a Health Savings Account, which is fully tax deductible, grows with no tax, and can be used with no tax to pay for qualified medical expenses, which could be expenses that lead up to your deductible. Curently you can add about ,050 /year as an idividual and ,150 if you have dependents. This money rolls over from year to year and if you have it through you employer all money that goes into this account which can be either employer and/or employee contributions are 100% vested and is portable if you seperate employment.

      Due to the fact you are on the hook for the charges leading up to your deductible you will be more involved with your healthcare and will have a better understanding of the actual costs you are incurring from your healthcare providers. The key here is transparency, which we do not have now.

      In my example above I saved about 0 a month by going with an HSA plan, now how many Dr.'s visits could I go to for ,800/year, the answer is way more than I would ever need to.

      Other things a company can do is get involved in the health of their employees by implementing wellness programs and having the cost of health insurance be based on the employees interaction in these programs, which can include:

      - Smoking cessations
      - Weight loss
      - Maintaining an active lifestyle
      - Participation in disease managment programs
      - Healty expectant mother's programs (during maternity)

      The more companies that provide these types of programs the healthier their employees will be, which by the way also leads to more productive employees, and of course lower insurance costs due to lower usage.

      .


cancer survivors network

Ovarian Cancer Ribbon

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What is the difference in ovarian cancer and PCOS?
    I have been diagnosed with PCOS, but I still don't know all of the details, but when I was looking on google for some information I noticed that the ribbons for pcos awareness are the same color as the ones for ovarian cancer. Are the two linked? Does PCOS lead to ovarian cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      They aren't sure at this time. PCOS does cause the cysts on your ovaries but they haven't had any studies show that it is linked with ovarian cancer. Sometimes they just run out of colors so they will use the same color for more than 1 illness. I went to a website that had 5 things listed for some of the colors and none of them were linked. I will say the OBGYN that diagnosed me with PCOS was honest with me and told me that they are studying the link with Ovarian, Uterine and Breast Cancers because of the hormone risks and the cysts on the ovaries and the irregular periods but that no link has been found yet. They have found that having the Cysts surgically removed which they use to do often, increases the risks of ovarian cancer. Another thing PCOS puts you at higher risk for is heart problems and diabetes according to studies done.

  2. QUESTION:
    what are the symptoms of ovarian cancer?
    please give me details on ovarian cancer... and how often it is for women to have??? Im worried that i could possibly have it.

    • ANSWER:
      Ovarian cancer is usually associated with a tumor or germ cell on or near the ovary. As far as symptoms, it is not very concrete. You are unlikely to feel a lump as you would with Breast Cancer. Ovarian Cancer affects 1 in every 55 women. It is the second highest killer of women followed only to Heart disease. Though more women will get breast cancer, proportionally, more women will die of ovarian cancer because it is not as common. Definitely go see your gynecologist to be sure. They have made great strides, it is a curable disease if caught early enough.

      Teal ribbon month is September

  3. QUESTION:
    What color ribbon represents peritoneal cancer?
    I think it might be teal because of its connection to ovarian cancer, but I haven't found a definite answer. Any direction would be appreciated. :)
    Actually, it's the peritoneum. And yes, it's a body part, just like a breast is a body part. But you can have peritoneal cancer just like you can have breast cancer. My grandmother was diagnosed with it 3 months ago, so I know that it exists.

    • ANSWER:
      I say go with teal, since it's basically identical to epithelial ovarian cancer. It's treated the same way too. So it puts you in touch with a larger support network.

  4. QUESTION:
    What are the cancer awareness months and what are their colors?
    I know that October is Breast cancer and their color is pink, I want to find out the other months and colors. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      These are some of the different color ribbons for the various awareness causes:

      Black Ribbons: Melanoma

      Dark Blue Ribbons: Colon Cancers

      Gold Ribbons: Childhood Cancer

      Gray Ribbons: Diabetes & Brain Cancer

      Green Ribbons: Kidney Cancer

      Green/Blue Ribbons: Mental Heath Awareness

      Jade Ribbons: Liver Cancer & Hepatitis

      Jigsaw Puzzle Ribbons: Autism

      Lace Ribbons: Osteoporosis

      Lime Green Ribbons: Lyme Disease

      Orange Ribbons: Leukemia, Multiple Sclerosis

      Periwinkle Ribbons: Hypertension & Stomach Cancer

      Pearl Ribbons: Lung Cancer

      Pink Ribbons: Breast Cancer

      Pink, Purple & Teal: Thyroid Cancer

      Purple Ribbons: Prostate Cancer, Testicular Cancer

      Red Ribbons:AIDS/HIV & Heart Disease

      Silver Ribbons: Parkinson's Disease

      Sky Blue Ribbons: Prostate Cancer

      Teal Ribbons: Ovarian Cancer

      White Ribbons: Bone Cancer

      As for which month is for what cause, there is a website that goes over them all month by month...
      http://www.healthfinder.gov/library/nho/nho.asp

      Hope that helps out a little.

  5. QUESTION:
    I want to get a cancer ribbon tattoo but I need help finding out the colors?
    I've looked on at least 4 different sites and everyone had a different color. My mother was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer, brain cancer and pancreatic cancer.

    • ANSWER:
      Yellow - Bladder cancer
      Grey - Brain cancer
      Pink - Breast cancer
      White - Cervical cancer
      Gold - Childhood cancers
      Dark blue - Colon cancer
      Burgundy & Ivory - Head & Neck cancer
      Lavender - General Cancer
      Kelly Green - Kidney
      Orange - Leukemia
      Clear - Lung
      Lime Green - Lymphoma
      Black - Melanoma
      Burgundy - Multiple Myeloma
      Teal - Ovarian
      Purple - Pancreatic cancer
      Blue - Prostate cancer
      Light Yellow - Sarcoma/Bone
      Peach - Uterine cancer

      http://www.cancerservicesonline.org/images/ribbons.jpg

  6. QUESTION:
    How many types of cancer are there?
    my grandmas brother died of colon cancer and im sad so i want to get all the colors of cancer ribbons so i can support ppl wit cancer. i can imagine how the families feel. :-[ i miss him..

    • ANSWER:
      Over 200 types of cancers. They are -

      Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, Adult
      Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, Childhood
      Acute Myeloid Leukemia, Adult
      Acute Myeloid Leukemia, Childhood
      Adrenocortical Carcinoma
      Adrenocortical Carcinoma, Childhood
      AIDS-Related Cancers
      AIDS-Related Lymphoma
      Anal Cancer
      Appendix Cancer
      Astrocytoma, Childhood Cerebellar
      Astrocytoma, Childhood Cerebral

      Basal Cell Carcinoma, see Skin Cancer (Nonmelanoma)
      Bile Duct Cancer, Extrahepatic
      Bladder Cancer
      Bladder Cancer, Childhood
      Bone Cancer, Osteosarcoma and Malignant Fibrous Histiocytoma
      Brain Stem Glioma, Childhood
      Brain Tumor, Adult
      Brain Tumor, Brain Stem Glioma, Childhood
      Brain Tumor, Central Nervous System Embryonal Tumors, Childhood (See What Are Childhood Central Nervous System Embryonal Tumors?)
      Brain Tumor, Cerebellar Astrocytoma, Childhood
      Brain Tumor, Cerebral Astrocytoma/Malignant Glioma, Childhood
      Brain Tumor, Ependymoblastoma, Childhood (See What Are Childhood Central Nervous System Embryonal Tumors?)
      Brain Tumor, Ependymoma, Childhood
      Brain Tumor, Medulloblastoma, Childhood
      Brain Tumor, Medulloepithelioma, Childhood (See What Are Childhood Central Nervous System Embryonal Tumors?)
      Brain Tumor, Pineal Parenchymal Tumors of Intermediate Differentiation, Childhood (See What Are Childhood Central Nervous System Embryonal Tumors?)
      Brain Tumor, Supratentorial Primitive Neuroectodermal Tumors and Pineoblastoma, Childhood
      Brain Tumor, Visual Pathway and Hypothalamic Glioma, Childhood
      Brain and Spinal Cord Tumors, Childhood (Other)
      Breast Cancer
      Breast Cancer and Pregnancy
      Breast Cancer, Childhood
      Breast Cancer, Male
      Bronchial Tumors, Childhood
      Burkitt Lymphoma

      Carcinoid Tumor, Childhood
      Carcinoid Tumor,Gastrointestinal
      Carcinoma of Unknown Primary
      Central Nervous System Embryonal Tumors, Childhood (See What Are Childhood Central Nervous System Embryonal Tumors?)
      Central Nervous System Lymphoma, Primary
      Cerebellar Astrocytoma, Childhood
      Cerebral Astrocytoma/Malignant Glioma, Childhood
      Cervical Cancer
      Cervical Cancer, Childhood
      Childhood Cancers
      Chordoma, Childhood
      Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
      Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia
      Chronic Myeloproliferative Disorders
      Colon Cancer
      Colorectal Cancer, Childhood
      Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma, see Mycosis Fungoides and Sézary Syndrome

      Embryonal Tumors, Central Nervous System, Childhood (See What Are Childhood Central Nervous System Embryonal Tumors?)
      Endometrial Cancer
      Ependymoblastoma, Childhood (See What Are Childhood Central Nervous System Embryonal Tumors?)
      Ependymoma, Childhood
      Esophageal Cancer
      Esophageal Cancer, Childhood
      Ewing Family of Tumors
      Extracranial Germ Cell Tumor, Childhood
      Extragonadal Germ Cell Tumor
      Extrahepatic Bile Duct Cancer
      Eye Cancer, Intraocular Melanoma
      Eye Cancer, Retinoblastoma

      Gallbladder Cancer
      Gastric (Stomach) Cancer
      Gastric (Stomach) Cancer, Childhood
      Gastrointestinal Carcinoid Tumor
      Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor (GIST)
      Gastrointestinal Stromal Cell Tumor, Childhood
      Germ Cell Tumor, Extracranial, Childhood
      Germ Cell Tumor, Extragonadal
      Germ Cell Tumor, Ovarian
      Gestational Trophoblastic Tumor
      Glioma, Adult
      Glioma, Childhood Brain Stem
      Glioma, Childhood Cerebral Astrocytoma
      Glioma, Childhood Visual Pathway and Hypothalamic

      Hairy Cell Leukemia
      Head and Neck Cancer
      Hepatocellular (Liver) Cancer, Adult (Primary)
      Hepatocellular (Liver) Cancer, Childhood (Primary)
      Hodgkin Lymphoma, Adult
      Hodgkin Lymphoma, Childhood
      Hypopharyngeal Cancer
      Hypothalamic and Visual Pathway Glioma, Childhood

      Intraocular Melanoma
      Islet Cell Tumors (Endocrine Pancreas)

      Kaposi Sarcoma
      Kidney (Renal Cell) Cancer
      Kidney Cancer, Childhood

      Laryngeal Cancer
      Laryngeal Cancer, Childhood
      Leukemia, Acute Lymphoblastic, Adult
      Leukemia, Acute Lymphoblastic, Childhood
      Leukemia, Acute Myeloid, Adult
      Leukemia, Acute Myeloid, Childhood
      Leukemia, Chronic Lymphocytic
      Leukemia, Chronic Myelogenous
      Leukemia, Hairy Cell
      Lip and Oral Cavity Cancer
      Liver Cancer, Adult (Primary)
      Liver Cancer, Childhood (Primary)
      Lung Cancer, Non-Small Cell
      Lung Cancer, Small Cell
      Lymphoma, AIDS-Related
      Lymphoma, Burkitt
      Lymphoma, Cutaneous T-Cell, see Mycosis Fungoides and Sézary Syndrome
      Lymphoma, Hodgkin, Adult
      Lymphoma, Hodgkin, Childhood
      Lymphoma, Non-Hodgkin, Adult
      Lymphoma, Non-Hodgkin, Childhood
      Lymphoma, Primary Central Nervous System

      Macroglobulinemia, Waldenström
      Malignant Fibrous Histiocytoma of Bone and Osteosarcoma
      Medulloblastoma, Childhood
      Medulloepithelioma, Childhood (See What Are Childhood Central Nervous System Embryonal Tumors?)
      Melanoma
      Melanoma, Intraocular (Eye)
      Merkel Cell Carcinoma
      Mesothelioma, Adult Malignant
      Mesothelioma, Childhood
      Metastatic Squamous Neck Cancer with Occult Primary
      Mouth Cancer
      Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Syndrome, Childhood
      Multiple Myeloma/Plasma Cell Neoplasm
      Mycosis Fungoides
      Myelodysplastic Syndromes
      Myelodysplastic/Myeloproliferative Diseases
      Myelogenous Leukemia, Chronic
      Myeloid Leukemia, Adult Acute
      Myeloid Leukemia, Childhood Acute
      Myeloma, Multiple
      Myeloproliferative Disorders, Chronic

      Nasal Cavity and Paranasal Sinus Cancer
      Nasopharyngeal Cancer
      Nasopharyngeal Cancer, Childhood
      Neuroblastoma
      Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, Adult
      Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, Childhood
      Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

      Oral Cancer, Childhood
      Oral Cavity Cancer, Lip and
      Oropharyngeal Cancer
      Osteosarcoma and Malignant Fibrous Histiocytoma of Bone
      Ovarian Cancer, Childhood
      Ovarian Epithelial Cancer
      Ovarian Germ Cell Tumor
      Ovarian Low Malignant Potential Tumor

      Pancreatic Cancer
      Pancreatic Cancer, Childhood
      Pancreatic Cancer, Islet Cell Tumors
      Papillomatosis, Childhood
      Paranasal Sinus and Nasal Cavity Cancer
      Parathyroid Cancer
      Penile Cancer
      Pharyngeal Cancer
      Pheochromocytoma
      Pineal Parenchymal Tumors of Intermediate Differentiation, Childhood (See What Are Childhood Central Nervous System Embryonal Tumors?)
      Pineoblastoma and Supratentorial Primitive Neuroectodermal Tumors, Childhood
      Pituitary Tumor
      Plasma Cell Neoplasm/Multiple Myeloma
      Pleuropulmonary Blastoma
      Pregnancy and Breast Cancer
      Primary Central Nervous System Lymphoma
      Prostate Cancer

      Rectal Cancer
      Renal Cell (Kidney) Cancer
      Renal Cell (Kidney) Cancer, Childhood
      Renal Pelvis and Ureter, Transitional Cell Cancer
      Respiratory Tract Carcinoma Involving the NUT Gene on Chromosome 15
      Retinoblastoma
      Rhabdomyosarcoma, Childhood

      Salivary Gland Cancer
      Salivary Gland Cancer, Childhood
      Sarcoma, Ewing Family of Tumors
      Sarcoma, Kaposi
      Sarcoma, Soft Tissue, Adult
      Sarcoma, Soft Tissue, Childhood
      Sarcoma, Uterine
      Sézary Syndrome
      Skin Cancer (Nonmelanoma)
      Skin Cancer, Childhood
      Skin Cancer (Melanoma)
      Skin Carcinoma, Merkel Cell
      Small Cell Lung Cancer
      Small Intestine Cancer
      Soft Tissue Sarcoma, Adult
      Soft Tissue Sarcoma, Childhood
      Squamous Cell Carcinoma, see Skin Cancer (Nonmelanoma)
      Squamous Neck Cancer with Occult Primary, Metastatic
      Stomach (Gastric) Cancer
      Stomach (Gastric) Cancer, Childhood
      Supratentorial Primitive Neuroectodermal Tumors, Childhood

      T-Cell Lymphoma, Cutaneous, see Mycosis Fungoides and Sézary Syndrome
      Testicular Cancer
      Throat Cancer
      Thymoma and Thymic Carcinoma
      Thymoma and Thymic Carcinoma, Childhood
      Thyroid Cancer
      Thyroid Cancer, Childhood
      Transitional Cell Cancer of the Renal Pelvis and Ureter
      Trophoblastic Tumor, Gestational

      Unknown Primary Site, Carcinoma of, Adult
      Unknown Primary Site, Cancer of, Childhood
      Unusual Cancers of Childhood
      Ureter and Renal Pelvis, Transitional Cell Cancer
      Urethral Cancer
      Uterine Cancer, Endometrial
      Uterine Sarcoma

      Vaginal Cancer
      Vaginal Cancer, Childhood
      Visual Pathway and Hypothalamic Glioma, Childhood
      Vulvar Cancer

      Waldenström Macroglobulinemia
      Wilms Tumor
      Women's Cancers

      The above are as given in web site - http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/alphalist
      of National Cancer Institute.

      For cancer awareness ribbons, please note each cancer has a different color ribbon. Full details can be had at website -
      http://www.personalizedcause.com/

  7. QUESTION:
    I recently went through ovarian cancer, and to remember the tough time I am thinking of getting a tattoo.?
    I have thought about a teal cancer ribbon with angel wings (for my guardian angel that kept me safe) and the word Faith either beneath or across the ribbon. Does that seem cliche' or tacky? Also, I have scar tissue on my lower stomach (where I want the tattoo) will that make it more painful? Is the lower stomach/ hip area normally a painful place to have a tattoo?

    • ANSWER:
      No I think that's a nice idea... tattoos should always have a reason/meaning and yours would have one. It'd be tacky or cliche' if you had a star or a pink rabbit head or something.. but yeh you get my point.
      the hip area is meant to be pretty painful but not the stomach and I'm not sure about the scar.

  8. QUESTION:
    What are some common logos for cancers and disorders?
    I want to make a charm bracelet with logos for breast cancer, autism, etc. But besides those two, I can't find ANYTHING!! :( I don't want all cancers, and not all disorders. If you have anything for...
    -Cancer(s)
    -Disorder(s)
    -Sickness(es)
    -Acts towards improvements (like pet care societies, etc.)
    I'm not totally looking for company logos unless they are hugely known. Anything helps! I'm desperate.

    • ANSWER:
      most are colored ribbons (pink for breast, teal for ovarian, blue for testicular, red for AIDS, etc). Most other disorders do not have easily-recognized symbols (I assume you have the puzzle for autism).

      Try checking out GeneticAllience.org and checking into support groups, they may have websites with symbols for you. Or go online to search for various foundations for the diseases you have heard about.

  9. QUESTION:
    What color is the ribbon for cancer?
    I know breast it pink but what is cancer? I am doing a cancer benefit and I want to know.

    • ANSWER:
      The pink ribbon is an international symbol of breast cancer awareness. The gold ribbon is the official ribbon of children with cancer worldwide. Teal is the color for Ovarian Cancer. Here is the site of a woman who actually creates Cancer Ribbons I believe you might find informative.

  10. QUESTION:
    What are the colors of ribbons major charites use and why isn't there one for male breast cancer?
    Pink is the official color for Breast cancer in women, what color is it for men? Yes breast cancer in men is a rare occurance.

    • ANSWER:
      Pink is for all breast cancer.

      Here are some others:
      Teal - Ovarian Cancer
      Clear - Lung Cancer
      Purple - Pancreatic Cancer
      Purple - Leiomyosarcoma
      Orange - Leukemia
      Black - Melanoma
      Dark Blue - Colon Cancer
      Burgundy - Multiple Myeloma
      Grey - Brain Cancer
      Blue - Prostate Cancer
      Gold - Childhood Cancers
      Lavender - General cancer Awareness
      Lime Green - Lymphoma
      Peach - Uterine Cancer
      Kelly Green - Kidney cancer
      Yellow - Sarcoma/Bone Cancer
      Yellow - Bladder Cancer
      Teal/White - Cervical Cancer
      Burgundy/Ivory - Head and Neck Cancer
      Emerald Green - Liver Cancer
      Periwinkle Blue - Esophageal Cancer
      Source:
      http://www.choosehope.com/

  11. QUESTION:
    what is the ribbon color for Ovarian Cancer?
    you see my mom had it and died from it and now i want to support it so i need the color of the ribbion.
    please and thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      The lady above is correct, it is teal. I am including a link I found that sells all kinds of these ribbons you are describing. I went there for some ribbons to support colon cancer, since my wife had that. God bless.

  12. QUESTION:
    you know how there is different coloured charity ribbons,what do each colour represent?
    i know this much
    pink -breast cancer
    red-aids
    black-mourning of someone's death
    white-prostate cancer
    multicoloured-gay pride
    puzzle-autism etc...

    • ANSWER:
      List of awareness ribbons
      The meaning behind the awareness ribbon depends on its color. Many groups have adopted ribbons as symbols of support or awareness, and as a result, many causes often share each color. Some causes also seem to be represented by more than one color (for example, substance abuse uses both the red and the teal ribbon, roadway worker safety uses both the orange and the green ribbon, and Alzheimer's disease uses both the purple and the white ribbon). The following is a partial list of the different colors and their associated causes:

      This list is incomplete; you can help by expanding it.
      Yellow (yellow ribbon): cancer (particularly bladder cancer and testicular cancer), liver disease and liver cancer, missing person and missing children ("amber alert"), deployed soldiers ("support our troops", POW/MIA, Gulf War), equality, endometriosis, teen suicide, suicide prevention, Pope John Paul II , spina bifida (pale yellow), adoptive parents, sarcoma, hydrocephalus or hydrocephaly, hope, come home, sarcoma (yellow with sunflower)

      Black (black ribbon): in memoriam / mourning / melanoma, anti-gang, anti-terrorism in Spain, POW-MIAs, Amish support, Supporting the fight against Natural Causes, Anarchy, Suicide

      Cream: spinal muscular atrophy (SMA)

      Blue (blue ribbon): drunk driving, education, anti-tobacco, anti-second hand smoke, North Korean abductions of Japanese, freedom of speech

      Dark Blue: child abuse prevention, colon cancer, water quality, crime victim rights, arthritis, histiocytosis, domestic violence, water safety (flooding, drowning, and accidents), acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), interstitial cystitis, Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), Reye's syndrome, short bowel syndrome, myositis, leukodystrophy, hurricane support, police officers lost in the line of duty ("The Thin Blue Line"),Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

      Light Blue: prostate cancer, Edward's syndrome, scleroderma, Graves-Basedow Disease, Pro Choice, Thyroid Disease, lymphedema, trisomy 18

      Brown: colorectal cancer, anti-tobacco

      Gold: childhood cancer

      Gray: diabetes, brain cancer/brain tumors, asthma and allergies, Aphasia, generic ("Support A Cause"), nee and dee awareness

      Green: health, ecology/environment, organ & tissue donor, prostate cancer, ovarian cancer, missing children, open records for adoptees, leukemia, depression (both adults and children), safe driving, bipolar disorder, mental health or illness, eye injuries, bone marrow transplants and donation, roadway construction worker and driving safety, glaucoma, kidney cancer or kidney disease, neural tube defects, mitochondrial disease, brain injury, growth and rebuilding, cerebral palsy

      Light Green: chronic pelvic pain, celiac disease
      Lime Green: lymphoma, Lyme disease, muscular dystrophy (wristband only), Sandhoff disease
      Forest Green/blue edging: cerebral palsy awareness
      Green with Red and White stripe: solidarity with Free Chechnya

      Denim: solidarity with the pro-democracy movement in Belarus

      Forest Green: Tsunami relief, save Darfur

      Jade: Jade Ribbon Campaign spreads information about hepatitis B (HBV) and liver cancer in Asian and Pacific Islander (API) communities

      Lace: osteoporosis

      Orange (orange ribbon):Addiction Recovery including any “uncontrolled compulsive use” and or compulsive obsessive behavior to which life is unmanageable. the Ukrainian Orange Revolution of 2004, hunger awareness, lupus, racial tolerance, cultural diversity, leukemia, feral cats, motorcyclist safety, multiple sclerosis (wristband only), self injury, Agent Orange exposure, roadway construction worker safety (particularly honoring those who died on the job), Anti Disengagement Plan (Israel), SI self injury

      Peach: endometrial cancer, uterine cancer

      Periwinkle: pulmonary hypertension, eating disorders, stomach cancer, GERD, IBS

      Pink (pink ribbon): breast cancer, birth parents

      Purple (purple ribbon): Alzheimer's disease, Epilepsy, pancreatic cancer, Fibromyalgia, domestic violence, Pagan Pride, Children with disabilities, religious tolerance, animal abuse, the victims of 9/11 (includes police and firefighters), Crohn's disease and colitis, cystic fibrosis, leimyosarcoma, macular degeneration, Sjogren's syndrome, lupus, sarcoidosis, the homeless, thyroid disease, ADD/ADHD, cancer survivor

      Puzzle piece ribbon: Autism awareness

      Red: HIV/AIDS (World AIDS Day), DUI awareness, MADD / DARE, substance abuse, epidermolysis bullosa, Pro-Life, love, heart disease (also uses the red dress symbol), Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)/Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) (WPW)

      Red, White, & Blue: patriotism, 9/11 victims, safety (USA)

      Red, White, & Red: leukemia & lymphoma

      Sheer w/Gold: lung cancer

      Silver: abuse of the elderly, Parkinson's disease, children with disabilities, any diseases or disorders of the brain including mental illness and strokes

      Teal: Native American reparations (or turquoise ribbon); myasthenia gravis; ovarian, cervical, uterine, and all other gynecological cancers; substance abuse; sexual violence; polycystic ovarian syndrome; spaying and neutering pets, Tourette syndrome

      White (white ribbon): peace, adoption (adoptee), student sexual assault, child exploitation and abuse (including child pornography on the Internet), free speech, purity, Alzheimer's disease, lung cancer, retinoblastoma, multiple sclerosis, innocence, victims of terrorism, right to life, diabetes, bone disease and bone cancer, Pope John Paul II ("Rest In Peace"), poverty awareness (especially the Make Poverty History, Support the Portnoys (especially in southern Newfoundland) and ONE Campaign)

      Burgundy ribbon: hospice care, multiple myeloma, cesarean sections, headaches and migraines, thrombophilia
      Lavender ribbon: all cancers (general cancer awareness), epilepsy, Rett syndrome, foster care
      Pearl ribbon: lung cancer and lung disease, multiple sclerosis, mesothelioma
      Clear ribbon: lung cancer and lung disease, multiple sclerosis
      Red and white ribbon: head and neck cancer, aplastic anemia
      Red and yellow ribbon: hepatitis C
      Red and black ribbon: Self injury
      Red and blue ribbon: Self injury
      Red and blue with a heart ribbon: congenital heart defects (also red, blue and red stripes)
      Blue and yellow ribbon: Down syndrome, designated drivers ("The Hero Campaign")
      Light pink and light blue ribbon: pregnancy and infant loss, SIDS, male breast cancer, genital integrity, intersexual people
      Purple ribbon with a red rose: cystic fibrosis
      Purple and green ribbon: hospice and palliative care
      Purple and blue ribbon: pediatric stroke
      Purple and yellow ribbon: chemical injury
      Purple, pink and teal ribbon: thyroid cancer
      Purple ribbon with white stripes: relapsing polychondritis - RP ribbon image
      Spectrum (rainbow) ribbon: multiple sclerosis (MS), gay rights
      Orchid and orange ribbon: psoriasis
      Lime green and aqua ribbon: adult stem cell donor
      Teal and pink ribbon: hereditary breast cancer, gynecological and breast cancers
      Black and light pink ribbon: bone marrow donor, loss of a daughter
      Black and light blue ribbon: loss of a son
      Black and white ribbon: carcinoid syndrome cancer (zebra striped), animal conservation (zebra striped), anti-racism
      Black, white, and black ribbon (three stripes): vaccine danger
      Gold and black ribbon: platelet donor
      Ivory, burgundy, and ivory ribbon (three stripes): oral, head, and neck cancer
      Yellow, lime green, orange, aqua, and hot pink ribbon: myelodysplastic syndrome
      Orange, green, blue, purple, and yellow ribbon: sexually transmitted disease (STD) awareness
      Camouflage ribbon (green and brown camouflage or beige camouflage): support our troops
      ASCII ribbon: against HTML in emails
      Pink and blue ribbon: several meanings, premature awareness

  13. QUESTION:
    Colors of cancer awareness for each month?
    Each month at work we were the colors for cancer survivors. I cannot find the list and need to get info for each color of every month. Right now, we're wearing pink :) Thank you for any info!

    • ANSWER:
      Not sure what you mean by colors of cancer awareness . . lol . . but if you are referring to the ribbon color used for some types of cancer and the National Health Observants by month . . here goes:

      January - National Cervical Cancer Awareness Month (Teal ribbon)
      January - unofficial Thyroid cancer (Blue/Pink/Teal ribbon)

      February - National Cancer Prevention Month

      February 4 - World Cancer Day
      http://www.worldcancercampaign.org/

      March -National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month (Blue or Brown ribbon)
      http://www.preventcancer.org/education3c.aspx?id=1036
      March - Kidney Cancer Awareness Month (orange ribbon)

      April - National Cancer Control Month - American Cancer Society

      April 4-10 - National Young Adult Cancer Awareness Week

      April 18-24 - National Minority Cancer Awareness Week

      April 12-18 - Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week

      May - Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month (black ribbon)
      http://www.aad.org/media/press/month.html

      May - National Neurofibromatosis Month

      May 3-9 - Brain Tumor Action Week

      June -National Cancer Survivors Day
      http://www.ncsdf.org/Pages/AboutNCSD.html

      June - Men's Health & Cancer Awareness Month (Purple ribbon)

      June 6 - National Cancer Survivors Day

      July - Sarcoma Awareness month (yellow ribbon)
      http://www.sarcomaalliance.org/News/news7.shtml

      August - nothing official

      September - Childhood Cancer Month (yellow or gold ribbon)
      September - Blood Cancer Awareness Month (orange ribbon)
      September - National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month; (teal ribbon)
      September - Prostate Cancer Awareness Month; (Light blue ribbon)
      September - Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month (peach ribbon)
      September - Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month (Blue/Pink/Teal ribbon)

      Sept 26 - National Mesothelioma Awareness Day

      October - National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (pink ribbon)

      Oct 13 - Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day

      November - Lung Cancer Awareness Month; (white or clear ribbon)
      November - Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month (purple ribbon)
      November - National Stomach Cancer Awareness Month (periwinkle ribbon)
      November 14 - Brain Tumor Awareness Day (gray ribbon)

      December - nothing official

      http://www.healthfinder.gov/nho/nho.asp
      http://www.cancer.net/patient/Cancer+News+and+Meetings/Cancer+Awareness+Dates

  14. QUESTION:
    What Colour Ribbon Is It For Testicular Cancer?
    doing a google search iv seen purple, yellow and blue? Its important that i get this right
    green eyes. what is your source?

    • ANSWER:
      All Cancer Survivors- Lavender
      Bladder Cancer- Yellow
      Bone Cancer- White with Gold Outline
      Brain Cancer- Gray
      Breast Cancer- Pink
      Childhood Cancer- Gold
      Colon & Colorectal Cancer- Brown
      Esophageal Cancer- Periwinkle Blue
      Gynecological Cancer- Lavender
      Head & Neck Cancer- Red with White Stripe
      Hodgkins Disease- Violet
      Hospice Care- Burgundy
      Kidney/Renal- Kelly Green
      Leimyosarcoma- Purple
      Leukemia- Orange
      Lung Cancer- Pearl
      Lymphoma- Red
      Male Breast Cancer- ½ Blue and ½ Pink
      Melanoma- Black
      Mesothelioma- Royal Blue
      Multiple Myeloma- Burgundy
      Ovarian Cancer- Teal
      Pancreatic Cancer- Purple
      Prostate Cancer- Light Blue
      Retinoblastoma- White
      Testicular Cancer- Orchid/Violet
      Thyroid Cancer- Light Blue
      Transplant- Green

  15. QUESTION:
    awareness charms for ovarian cancer?
    we're trying to do a little fund raising for a friend who was recently diagnosed for ovarian cancer and is now receiving chemo for it. is there any bead store (online or not) that you guys can recommend where i can buy awareness charms? we're planning to do bracelets &/or keychains...

    thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I found the typical "Hope" ribbon charms at Michaels. Maybe that would work? they are silver and in the bead section.

  16. QUESTION:
    If men can get breast cancer too, and only women get Ovarian cancer...?
    ..then why is the breast cancer ribbon pink and the ovarian cancer ribbon blue?

    • ANSWER:
      The ribbons for various types of cancer have nothing to do with the gender of those affected by that cancer.

      Cervical cancer, for example, affects only women - the awareness ribbon is white.

      The ribbon for pancreatic cancer is purple; the ribbon for head and neck cancer is burgundy and ivory; lymphoma - lime green; sarcoma/bone - light yellow; colorectal cancers - dark blue; uterine cancer - peach.

      There's no particular reason that the colour pink should be associated with females. It's purely cultural. At the beginning of the 20th century, pink was actually the colour for boy babies and blue the colour for girls - pink being seen as a 'stronger' colour.

  17. QUESTION:
    Can you get a tattoo if you have Diabetes 2?
    I desperately want/need to get a tattoo to cover up an old scar on my wrist. Will tattoo artists do tattoos on someone with Diabetes 2?

    • ANSWER:
      YES, they will!

      Some safeguards to be aware of before you go get your tat!!
      1. inspect the premisis for proper sterilization proceedures
      2. have your glucose in good control
      3. talk to the tat artist about their proceedure concerning diabetics

      A good tat artist will stop frequently requiring you to test your glucose to make sure you are good. They will also recommend you bring your snacks and water with you.

      My friend wanted a tat!! She was tyep 1 diabetic from age 12. She got her tat on her ankle, the ribbon for diabetes and the one for ovarian cancer awareness. She fought the ovarian canccer for almost 5 years!!

      It wasn't anything about diabetes that killed her! It was something none of the doctors routinely test for nor do most of them take it seriously until it is ready to kill! She was diagnosed at stage 4 ovarian cancer and given 6 months maximum, but beat the odds by 5 years.

      Get your tat and don't let anyone talk you out of it!! Just take a bit of care about the shop and the tat artist!

  18. QUESTION:
    If the pink ribbion is for breast cancer awareness how come there is no symbol for all the other cancers that?
    kill women....more often than breast cancer....like ovarian cancer no test to detect that...only when you show symptoms do the doctors find it !!!

    • ANSWER:
      There is a ribbon for Ovarian Cancer. it's Teal

      Check this out for other ribbon colours
      http://www.disabled-world.com/disability/awareness/ribbons.php

  19. QUESTION:
    Tattoo Ideas: I'm doing something for a relative that is fighting AIDS?
    Does anyone have any ideas (with the Awareness Ribbon) for someone who is fighting AIDS or pictures for Reference ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      My sister just got two awareness ribbons intertwined for our aunt who passed away from both Ovarian cancer and Stomach cancer. She asked me to design a few ideas to take the the tattooist, and ended up going with an idea where the two awareness ribbons (one was teal and one was perrywinkle) were tied together to make a bow, and she had our aunt's name inscribed above it with the date of her death in small numbers inside the end of one of the ribbons. It came out pretty cool.....I would say with just the one ribbon, that your other answer had a good idea. The "Never give up," or "always keep fighting," quote, or something along those lines, would be neat above or below the ribbon, or inside one end of the ribbon with your friend's name inside the other end of the ribbon. Don't feel like you have to have the ribbon in the usual shape of an awareness ribbon though, you could have it in the shape of a heart or in the infinity shape (sideways 8), and still have it be a ribbon, but in the infinity sense of "never giving up"......just a few ideas.....hope they help

  20. QUESTION:
    What color ribbon represents All cancer types?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Tom, there is no actual color for just Cancer. Here are the colors, and than you for your support. Take care.

      Pink Breast cancer
      Yellow Bladder cancer
      Burgundy Multiple Myeloma
      Purple Pancreatic cancer, Testicular cancer, Thyroid cancer
      Lavender General Cancer Awareness
      Blue Colon cancer, Colorectal cancer (alternative-brown)
      Light Blue Childhood cancer (alternative-pink, gold)
      Teal Ovarian cancer, Cervical cancer, and Uterine cancer
      Green Kidney cancer
      Orange Leukemia
      White Bone cancer
      Pearl One of the Lung cancer ribbon colors
      Black Melanoma (skin cancer)
      Gray Brain cancer
      Jade Liver cancer
      Periwinkle Esophageal, Stomach cancer
      Pink and Blue Inflammatory Breast cancer

  21. QUESTION:
    tattoo for my grandma?
    i want to get a tattoo for my grandma. ive been thinking about getting the ovarian cancer ribbon (teal ribbon) with angel wings around it and saying loving grandma under...
    does that sound ok? im open to any other suggestions

    *plz no u will regret this or dont do it*

    • ANSWER:
      I agonized for years over what tattoo to get for my grandma. Eventually I decided on the simplest thing. I just got her name in a really nice script done on my inner bicep. It looks great and puts a smile on my face everytime I see it. I think your idea is very good though.

  22. QUESTION:
    I have a pin that is a green ribbon?
    that looks like a breast cancer awareness ribbon (but green), and inside the "loop" it's shaded pink. Does anyone know what it means? And IF you can find a picture of it online, just so I could confirm, please!

    • ANSWER:
      AWARNESS RIBBONS WITH MEANINGS!

      Green Ribbon :
      Meaning: This color is a symbol of childhood depression, missing children, open records for adoptees, environmental concerns, kidney cancer, tissue/organ donation, homeopathy, and worker and driving safety.
      There is a whole collection of these ribbions.

      The Colours Are-
      Pink Ribbon :
      Meaning: Most commonly associated with breast cancer awareness, this ribbon is also a symbol for birth parents, and childhood cancer awareness (alternative color: light blue)

      Yellow Ribbon :
      Meaning: We've all seen this symbol used to support our troops, but it is also a symbol for MIA/POW, suicide prevention, adoptive parents, amber alerts, bladder cancer, spina bifida, endometriosis, and a general symbol for hope. A yellow ribbon with a heart is used to represent the survivors left behind after a suicide.

      Pale Yellow Ribbon :
      Meaning: This color is a symbol of spina bifida

      Red Ribbon :
      Meaning: Most commonly associated with the fight against AIDS and HIV, this ribbon also is a symbol for heart disease, stroke, substance abuse, MADD, DARE, Epidermolysis Bullosa, Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy

      Burgundy Ribbon :
      Meaning: This color is a symbol of brain aneurysm, Cesarean section (worn upside down), headaches, hemangioma, vascular malformation, hospice care, multiple myeloma, William's syndrome, Thrombophilia, Antiphospholid Antibody Syndrome, and adults with disabilities

      Purple Ribbon :
      Meaning: This color is a symbol of pancreatic cancer, testicular cancer, thyroid cancer, domestic violence, ADD, alzheimer's, religious tolerance, animal abuse, the victims of 9/11 including the police and firefighters, Crohn's disease and colitis, cystic fibrosis, lupus, leimyosarcoma, and fibromyalgia

      Lavender Ribbon :
      Meaning: This color is a symbol for general cancer awareness. It can also be a symbol for epilepsy, and rett syndrome

      Periwinkle Ribbon :
      Meaning: This color is a symbol of eating disorders and pulmonary hypertension

      Blue Ribbon :
      Meaning: This color is a symbol of drunk driving, child abuse, Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI), the victims of hurricane Katrina, dystonia, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), alopecia, Education, Epstein-Barr Virus, Save the Music, colon cancer (alternative ribbon color: brown), colorectal cancer (alternative ribbon color: brown), and anti-tobacco - particularly anti-second hand smoke (in Canada; alternative ribbon color: brown), I Love Clean Air/ILCA Campaign (Japan)

      Dark Blue Ribbon :
      Meaning: This color is a symbol of arthritis, child abuse prevention, victim's rights, free speech, water quality, and water safety

      Light Blue Ribbon :
      Meaning: This color is a symbol of childhood cancer (alternative color: pink), prostate cancer, Trisomy 18, and scleroderma

      Teal Ribbon :
      Meaning: This color is a symbol for ovarian, cervical, and uterine cancers as well as sexual assault, polycystic ovarian syndrome, and tsunami victims

      Green Ribbon :
      Meaning: This color is a symbol of childhood depression, missing children, open records for adoptees, environmental concerns, kidney cancer, tissue/organ donation, homeopathy, and worker and driving safety

      Orange Ribbon :
      Meaning: This color is a symbol of leukemia, hunger, cultural diversity, humane treatment of animals, and self-injury awareness

      White Ribbon :
      Meaning: This color is a symbol of innocence, victims of terrorism, violence against women, peace, right to life, bone cancer, adoptees, and retinal blastoma

      Pearl Ribbon :
      Meaning: This color is a symbol for emphysema, lung cancer, mesothelioma, and multiple sclerosis

      Black Ribbon :
      Meaning: This color is a symbol of mourning, melanoma, and gang prevention

      Brown Ribbon :
      Meaning: This color is an anti-tobacco symbol as well as a symbol of colon cancer (alternative ribbon color: blue), colorectal cancer (alternative ribbon color: blue)

      Grey Ribbon :
      Meaning: This color is a symbol of diabetes, asthma, and brain cancer

      Silver Ribbon :
      Meaning: This color is a symbol for children with disabilities, Parkinson's disease, and mental illnesses such as severe depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and anxiety disorders.

      Gold Ribbon :
      Meaning: This color is a symbol for childhood cancer

      Jigsaw Puzzle Ribbon:
      Meaning: This style of ribbon is a symbol for autism

      Lace Ribbon:
      Meaning: This style of ribbon is a symbol for osteoporosis

      Pink and Blue Ribbon:
      Meaning: This style of ribbon is a symbol for miscarriage, stillbirth, and infant death due to SIDS or other causes

      Flag Ribbon:
      Meaning: This style of ribbon is a symbol for both the victims and heros of the 9/11 attacks. It is also a symbol of patriotism and support of our troops. In addition, it is a symbol of fireworks safety.

      Rainbow Ribbon:
      Meaning: This style of ribbon is a symbol of gay pride and support for the GLBT community and their

  23. QUESTION:
    I know every cancer has a color attached to it, what are the colors?
    Breast cancer is pink, ovarian is gray or black I think

    • ANSWER:
      Here are the known ribbon colors:
      Pink - Breast Cancer
      Teal - Ovarian Cancer
      Clear - Lung Cancer
      Purple - Pancreatic Cancer
      Purple - Leiomyosarcoma
      Orange - Leukemia
      Black - Melanoma
      Dark Blue - Colon Cancer
      Burgundy - Multiple Myeloma
      Grey - Brain Cancer
      Blue - Prostate Cancer
      Gold - Childhood Cancers
      Lavender - General cancer Awareness
      Lime Green - Lymphoma
      Peach - Uterine Cancer
      Kelly Green - Kidney cancer
      Yellow - Sarcoma/Bone Cancer
      Yellow - Bladder Cancer
      Teal/White - Cervical Cancer
      Burgundy/Ivory - Head and Neck Cancer
      Emerald Green - Liver Cancer
      Periwinkle Blue - Esophageal Cancer

  24. QUESTION:
    Tattoo designs for memorial of my mother?
    * she died of ovarian cancer
    * she left behind 3 daughters (26, 19, and 15) and a grandson (2)
    * she loved sports
    * i really want wings on it, cuz she gave me my wings to fly
    * and a saying about cancer, or along the lines of never giving up

    • ANSWER:
      Someone else on Yahoo Answers is currently asking for ovarian cancer tattoo designs for her mother, and a few examples have been posted. Find that question and see the designs. One design features the word "hope" with the "O" as a teal ribbon. Another features a teal ribbon entwined with hearts.

  25. QUESTION:
    what is the ribbon color for vaganal cnacer?
    a very close friend of mine has vaganal cancer and i want to see if there is a ribbon color for this cancer, like breast cancer is pink...

    • ANSWER:
      There is no official organization that sponsors this awareness ribbon. Vaginal cancers fall under Gynecological Cancers. The color ribbon for some Gynecological cancers is sometimes purple and sometimes lavender while for others like Ovarian cancer the color ribbon is silver.

      Eyes on the Prize
      http://www.eyesontheprize.org/

  26. QUESTION:
    Which months are cancer awareness months?
    Can someone tell me which month is dedicaed to which type of cancer and the colour of that ribbon for example breast cancer is the pink ribbon and whichever month.

    • ANSWER:
      Cancer Awareness Months

      January
      Cervical Health Awareness Month
      February
      National Cancer Prevention Month
      ..
      March
      National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, Lymphedema "D" Day (March 6)
      ..
      April
      Cancer Control Month, Cancer Fatigue Awareness Day, Testicular Cancer Awareness Week, National Young Adult Cancer Awareness Week, National Minority Cancer Awareness Week, National Oral, Head & Neck Cancer Awareness Week, Oncology Nurses Day
      May
      Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month, Melanoma Monday, Oncology Nurses Month, Brain Tumor Action Week, Blood Cancer Advocacy Day.
      June
      National Cancer Survivors Day, Sarcoma Awareness Week
      September
      Childhood Cancer Awareness, Gynecologic Cancer Awareness, Leukemia and Lymphoma Awareness, Ovarian Cancer Awareness, Prostate Cancer Awareness, Thyroid Cancer Awareness Week
      October
      Breast Cancer Awareness, National Mammography Day
      November
      Lung Cancer Awareness, Lung Cancer Awareness Week, Pancreatic Cancer Awareness, Family Caregivers Month, National Hospice Month, National Marrow Awareness Month
      http://www.cancerservicesonline.org/images/ribbons.jpg
      http://www.cancerservicesonline.org/cancer_awareness.asp

  27. QUESTION:
    cancer fundraiser table decorations?
    ok, i know this is probably not wear i should be asking this, but i couldnt figure out where else to post this.

    but i am having a fundraiser in a week in a half. i have ovarian cancer. now we dont have alot of money, but i do have some that i can work with. i need ideas for table decorations. i would like to do something cute and original, but nothing over the top. just thought that i would see what others would do.

    • ANSWER:
      I am not sure if you aware that "teal ribbons" are the ovarian cancer "cause" ribbon. So what I would do is get some rolls of teal ribbon - different patterns (like stripped, polka dot, leopard, checkered - you get the picture) and glue them down on the table cloths randomly. And I would get a blank piece of styrofoam and cut out a "cause" ribbon out of it (you know it's that single piece of ribbon that just loops over one time over the center) and I would either spray paint (be careful - there are special paints for styrofoam or it will melt) it teal and then put maybe some white silk flowers glued onto the ribbon, or put them in some low glass / plastic clear bowl and float some candles or flowers or just shiney beads around the base of the "cause" ribbon.

      Now another idea I have is to get 3 different sizes of those round styrofoam pieces so they could be stacked up like a wedding cake (or you could "tier" them with plastic champagne glasses also like a wedding cake and then make some Royal Icing (and maybe you have a cake decorator that could do this) and keep them white, but put teal borders around each cake's edges like they are decorated cakes. And, if you want to take the cake thing a step further - get some teal birthday candles - because as survivors - we have birthdays to commemerate our survivals. And whoever is doing the cake decorating on these center pieces could always put some small teal cause ribbons on the sides or tops for further decoration effects.

      Oh, and to get the recipe for Royal Icing - go to www.wilton.com. They also make teal colored food coloring paste. So, get some of that too. You could probably do these centerpieces for a couple bucks. I haven't prices styrofoam in awhile, but I don't think it's much.

      Well, good luck and hope your fundraiser goes well. Oh, another thought. if this is a fundraiser that is for others too, you could always write names on those "ribbons" on your centerpieces with ovarian cancer patients too. Just a thought. (PS - I'm a breast cancer suvivor) Best of luck to you too!

  28. QUESTION:
    cancer fundraiser table decorations?
    ok, i know this is probably not wear i should be asking this, but i couldnt figure out where else to post this.

    but i am having a fundraiser in a week in a half. i have ovarian cancer. now we dont have alot of money, but i do have some that i can work with. i need ideas for table decorations. i would like to do something cute and original, but nothing over the top. just thought that i would see what others would do.

    • ANSWER:
      Teal balloons?

      (The little ones on sticks, with teal ribbon)

  29. QUESTION:
    Where can I find teal ribbon for ovarian cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      Try this site:
      http://www.choosehope.com
      They have lots of gifts and ribbon items.
      Best wishes

  30. QUESTION:
    Questions about my tattoo idea?
    So here is the deal, I want to get a tattoo of a flower, the star of bethlehem flower... It stands for hope, and I would be getting it in honour of my grandmother who passed away thanksgiving day after a long and courageous battle with ovarian cancer. The star of Bethlehem flower is a white flower... I would like to incorporate teal into it but still have the white.. teal is the colour of the ovarian cancer ribbon... I would just like to hear any opinions or advice...if anyone can help in any way that would be GREAT:) Let me know what ya think ! I'm nervous about the whole white ink....

    Oh P.S I am caucasian...light medium skin tone

    • ANSWER:

  31. QUESTION:
    Cancer Ribbon Tattoo?
    My nana is fighting ovarian cancer and i wanted to get a teal cancer ribbon on the inside of my foot....the only problem is, i don't know how to make it unique...any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      How much more unique does it need to be? You are already getting something that few people have so I would have to say that it is unique in it's own respect.

  32. QUESTION:
    Pink is for Breast Cancer, what are the other colors for?

    • ANSWER:
      Red Ribbon = Aids/HIV, substance abuse, MADD, DARE, Epidermolysis Bullosa, love, heart disease- (also uses the red dress symbol), Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome (WPW),

      Pink Ribbon = Breast Cancer, Birth Parents

      Orange Ribbon = Hunger, leukemia, cultural diversity and racial tolerance, feral cats, motorcyclist safety, Multiple Sclerosis -wristband only, self injury, Agent Orange exposure

      Yellow Ribbon = Support our troops, POW/MIA, suicide prevention, adoptive parents, spina biffida, missing children (amber alert), endometriosis, sarcoma, bladder cancer, liver disease and liver cancer, hydrocephalus or hydrocephaly, hope in general

      Green Ribbon = Tissue and organ donation, depression (both adults and children), bipolar disorder, mental health or illness, eye injuries, Tourette's Syndrome, bone marrow transplants and donation, worker and driving safety, glaucoma, missing children, leukemia, environment, kidney cancer or kidney disease, neural tube defects, Mitochondrial Disease, growth and rebuilding, Cerebral Palsy

      Dark Blue Ribbon (Navy) = Child abuse prevention, arthritis, free speech, crime victims rights, water quality, colon cancer, hystiocytosis, domestic violence, water safety (flooding, drowning and accidents), Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS), interstitial cystitis, Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV), Reyes Syndrome, education, short bowel syndrome, Myositis, Leukodystrophy, Hurricane Support, police officers lost in the line of duty (AKA, the Thin Blue Line)

      Purple Ribbon = Domestic violence, religious tolerance, animal abuse, the victims of 9/11 (includes police and firefighters), pancreatic cancer, Chron's Disease and colitis, cystic fibrosis, leimyosarcoma, macular degeneration, Sjogren's Syndrome, fibromyalgia, lupus, sarcoidosis, the homeless, thyroid cancer, ADD, ADHD, alzheimers, cancer survivor (this is a general color that anyone who has survived cancer can wear)

      White Ribbon = Innocence, victims of terrorism, peace, right to life, diabetes, sexual assault of students, retinal blastoma, alzheimers, adoption, bone disease and bone cancer, anti-child pornography on the internet

      Black Ribbon = Mourning, melanoma, anti-gangs, Anti-terrorism in Spain, POW-MIAs, Amish support

      Brown Ribbon = Anti-tobacco, colorectal cancer

      Gray Ribbon = Diabetes, brain cancer, asthma and allergies

      Lime Green Ribbon - Lymphoma, Lyme Disease, Muscular Dystrophy-wristband only, Sandhoff Disease

      Teal Ribbon = Ovarian, cervical, uterine (all gynecological) cancers, substance abuse, sexual assault, Myasthenia Gravis, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

      Burgundy Ribbon = Hospice care, multiple myeloma, cesarean sections, headaches and migraines, thrombophilia

      Periwinkle = Eating disorders, pulmonary hypertension, stomach cancer, GERD, IBS

      Pale Yellow Ribbon = Spina biffida

      Peach Ribbon = Uterine Cancer, Endometrial Cancer

      Light Green Ribbon = Pelvic Pain (chronic), Celiac Disease

      Light Blue Ribbon = Prostate cancer, thyroid disease, lymphedema, Trisomy 18, scleroderma, Graves Disease

      Lavender Ribbon = All cancers (general cancer awareness), epilepsy, rett syndrome, foster care

      Pearl Ribbon = lung cancer and lung disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Mesothelioma

      Silver Ribbon = Children with disabilities, Parkinson's Disease, any diseases or disorders of the brain including strokes, elderly abuse

      Gold Ribbon = Childhood Cancer

      Clear Ribbon = Lung cancer and lung disease, Multiple Sclerosis (secondary to prism)

      Light Baby Pink and Blue Ribbon = Pregnancy and infant loss, SIDS, Male breast cancer

      Red and WhiteRibbon = Head and neck cancer, aplastic anemia

      Red and Yellow Ribbon = Hepatitis C

      Red, White and Blue Ribbon = Patriotism, 9/11 victims

      Red and Blue with a Heart Ribbon = Congenital Heart Defects (also red,blue and red stripes)

      Blue And Yellow = Down Syndrome, designated drivers (The Hero Campaign)

      Lime Green and Aqua Ribbon = adult stem cell donor

      Teal And Pink Ribbon = Hereditary Breast Cancer or a combo ribbon for gynecological and breast cancers

      Black and Pink Ribbon = Bone Marrow Donor, loss of a daughter

      Black and Lt. Blue Ribbon = Loss of a son

      Black and White Ribbon = Carcinoid Syndrome Cancer (zebra stripes) and anti-racism

      Black White And Black (three stripes) Ribbon = Vaccine danger

      Gold and Black Ribbon = Platelett donor

      Ivory, Burgundy and Ivory Ribbon = Oral head and neck cancer

      Purple Ribbon with a Red rose Ribbon = Cystic Fibrosis

      Purple And Green Ribbon = Hospice And Pallative Care

      Purple And Blue Ribbon = Pediatric Stroke

      Purple and Yellow Ribbon = Chemical Injury (any chemical related boo boos)

      Jigsaw Puzzle Ribbon = Autism

      Orchid and Orange Ribbon = psoriasis

      Yellow, Lime Green, Orange, Aqua, Hot Pink Ribbon = Myelodysplastic Syndrome

      Orange, Green, Blue, Purple, Yellow Ribbon = STD awareness

  33. QUESTION:
    Cancer tattoo design ideas?
    I was originally going to get an ovarian cancer tattoo for my Mom whom is a survivor. It was going to be this design.

    http://img.printfection.com/14/325757/1TQS1.jpg

    But now, my Mom might have breast cancer, the same cancer we lost my grandmother (whom I was extremely close with) to. So I wanted to incorporate the breast cancer ribbon in the design too. But I have no ideas. I either need to incorporate it into that design or a whole new one. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      Make the L in Girl the pink ribbon, its the same shape as one and will balance out the design, or make one glove pink and one glove the other color.

  34. QUESTION:
    Where to get another tattoo?
    I already have one on my left forearm. Its a teal Ovarian Cancer Awareness ribbon for my mom. 2 of my aunts, my sister in law and I got them on my mom's first day of chemo. Since I got my first tattoo I have been wanting to get another one. I would like to get a cursive J and L. My name and my son's name starts with L's and my daughter and husband have J's. I'm mostly having a hard time figuring out where to put it. I don't want to put it on my right wrist. No hip, leg, arm or foot tattoo's please. Rather not get one on my back. I need it in a place where it can be covered up I'm really having a hard time (as you can see it kind of cancels out a lot of skin area) Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      behind your ears

      neck

      butt lol jk

      stomach

      sides

      not very many places left like you said lol

  35. QUESTION:
    tattoo for my grandma?
    i want to get an ovarian cancer tattoo (teal ribbon) for my grandma who died last year
    but i want to make it a little more personal than just the ribbon
    any suggestions?
    *please no you will regret this cuz i know i wont*

    • ANSWER:
      Perhaps your grandmother wore an apron? Maybe she had a favorite pen or other piece of jewelry, did she have a favortie word or saying?

  36. QUESTION:
    My friend has ovarian cancer and I want to get a tatoo for her but I can't find a drawing of a uterus online?
    I don't want to get the teal ribbon that is the symbol for ovarian cancer. I wanted to get a solid outline of the uterus the size of a silver dollar on the inside of my hip but when I look it up I can't find a drawing of the uterus made by someone other than a doctor. Does anyone know where I can find a pic like that or a pic of someone that already has the tattoo?
    I have a lot of tattoos on me and I have been thinking about it for awhile and yes I am getting a tattoo of her uterus because she will laugh her butt off when she sees it! Its gonna be small and I am getting it because of the fact that she is having everything removed. I don't have typical tattoos on me. Just because you think its a bad idea doesn't mean I do or my friend will hate it. I didn't ask for an opinion I asked for where I can get pics of the uterus that was NOT a medical drawing. Thank you to all who answered my question with respect. Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      Ovarian cancer is cancer of the ovary(1 or both). The Uterus is a different part of the body. Sometimes ovarian cancer can metastasize to the Uterus and surrounding areas but it is a separate type of cancer.
      Best Regards.

  37. QUESTION:
    i have a twin sister who had ovarian cancer, im geting the ribbon as a tatoo how can i mke it more special ?

    • ANSWER:
      Have her name put on it?

  38. QUESTION:
    Wearing ribbon on wrist meaning?
    I've encountered a few people who have been wearing black or white ribbons on their wrists. I've heard about red ribbons having a meaning, but not black or white.

    I'm interested in tryimg the whole ribbon thing, but just curious if it has something behind it.

    Thanks~

    • ANSWER:
      I always see people wearing ribbons or bracelets to support different organizations/ disease awareness, and I wonder what color is for what? It can be confusing. Some colors and awareness ribbons have multiple meanings. We did the best we could to compile a list of colors and meanings from multiple sources and we checked with many of the foundations represented for accuracy.

      Awareness Ribbons by Color

      Pink Ribbon :
      Meaning: Most commonly associated with breast cancer awareness, this ribbon is also a symbol for birth parents, and childhood cancer awareness (alternative color: light blue)
      Yellow Ribbon :
      Meaning: We’ve all seen this symbol used to support our troops, but it is also a symbol for MIA/POW, suicide prevention, adoptive parents, amber alerts, bladder cancer, spina bifida, endometriosis, and a general symbol for hope. A yellow ribbon with a heart is used to represent the survivors left behind after a suicide.
      Pale Yellow Ribbon :
      Meaning: This color is a symbol of spina bifida
      Red Ribbon :
      Meaning: Most commonly associated with the fight against AIDS and HIV, this ribbon also is a symbol for heart disease, stroke, substance abuse, MADD, DARE, Epidermolysis Bullosa, Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
      Burgundy Ribbon :
      Meaning: This color is a symbol of brain aneurysm, Cesarean section (worn upside down), headaches, hemangioma, vascular malformation, hospice care, multiple myeloma, William’s syndrome, Thrombophilia, Antiphospholid Antibody Syndrome, and adults with disabilities.
      Purple Ribbon :
      Meaning: This color is a symbol of pancreatic cancer, testicular cancer, thyroid cancer, domestic violence, ADD, alzheimer’s, religious tolerance, animal abuse, the victims of 9/11 including the police and firefighters, Crohn’s disease and colitis, cystic fibrosis, lupus, leimyosarcoma, and fibromyalgia.
      Lavender Ribbon :
      Meaning: This color is a symbol for general cancer awareness. It can also be a symbol for epilepsy, and rett syndrome.
      Periwinkle Ribbon :
      Meaning: This color is a symbol of eating disorders and pulmonary hypertension.
      Blue Ribbon :
      Meaning: This color is a symbol of CFS/ME, drunk driving, child abuse, Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI), the victims of hurricane Katrina, dystonia, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), alopecia, Education, Epstein-Barr Virus, Save the Music, colon cancer.
      Blue and Green Ribbon for Intracranial Hypertension
      Dark Blue Ribbon :
      Meaning: This color is a symbol of arthritis, child abuse prevention, victim’s rights, free speech, water quality, and water safety
      Light Blue Ribbon :
      Meaning: This color is a symbol of childhood cancer (alternative color: pink), prostate cancer, Trisomy 18, and scleroderma.
      Teal Ribbon :
      Meaning: This color is a symbol for ovarian, cervical, and uterine cancers as well as sexual assault, polycystic ovarian syndrome, and tsunami victims.
      Green Ribbon :
      Meaning: This color is a symbol of EDS, childhood depression, missing children, open records for adoptees, environmental concerns, kidney cancer, tissue/organ donation, homeopathy, Lyme Disease, and worker and driving safety.
      Orange Ribbon :
      Meaning: This color is a symbol of Lupus, Multiple Sclerosis, leukemia, hunger, cultural diversity, humane treatment of animals, and self-injury awareness.
      White Ribbon :
      Meaning: This color is a symbol of innocence, victims of terrorism, violence against women, peace, right to life, bone cancer, adoptees, and retinal blastoma.
      Pearl Ribbon :
      Meaning: This color is a symbol for emphysema, lung cancer, mesothelioma, and multiple sclerosis.
      Black Ribbon :
      Meaning: This color is a symbol of mourning, melanoma, and gang prevention.
      Brown Ribbon :
      Meaning: This color is an anti-tobacco symbol as well as a symbol of colon cancer, colorectal cancer.
      Grey Ribbon :
      Meaning: This color is a symbol of diabetes, asthma, and brain cancer.
      Silver Ribbon :
      Meaning: This color is a symbol for children with disabilities, Parkinson’s disease, and mental illnesses such as severe depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and anxiety disorders.
      Gold Ribbon :
      Meaning: This color is a symbol for childhood cancer.

      Clear Ribbon (see-through):  Lung Cancer. Clear ribbon to represent clear lungs.
      Jigsaw Puzzle Ribbon:
      Meaning: This style of ribbon is a symbol for autism.
      Lace Ribbon:
      Meaning: This style of ribbon is a symbol for osteoporosis.
      Pink and Blue Ribbon:
      Meaning: This style of ribbon is a symbol for miscarriage, stillbirth, and infant death due to SIDS or other causes.
      Flag Ribbon:
      Meaning: This style of ribbon is a symbol for both the victims and heroes of the 9/11 attacks. It is also a symbol of patriotism and support of our troops. In addition, it is a symbol of fireworks safety.
      Rainbow Ribbon:
      Meaning: This style of ribbon is a symbol of gay pride and support for the GLBT community and their quest for equal rights.
      Yellow with Black polkadots: UK Fibro Awareness ribbon.
      Red & Yello

  39. QUESTION:
    wrist tattoo ideas !?!?
    Im planning on getting a tattoo tomorrow on my wrist. I know it is going to have to do with my grandmothers death, she passed away in october from ovarian cancer. So I was thinking of getting a small cancer ribbon, but I dont just want a ribbon, any ideas? thanks. :)

    • ANSWER:
      Don't. Wrist tattoos are trashy. All tattoos are trashy.

  40. QUESTION:
    Cancer memorial tattoo help!?
    ok so my birth mom died of ovarian cancer and my adopted mom is batteling lung cancer. they both loved the color lavendar. im thinking of gettin a tat with both a teal and white ribbion but how can i tie them together? or should i get a lavendar one which is general with a quote? if so what kind of quote? i want it to b on my shoulder or inside wrist plz help!

    • ANSWER:
      "Omnia vincit amor" Love conquers all things. Love conquers death, cancer, and fear. Love gives us hope. Or "Vires Aquirit Eundo" We gather strength as we go. I like the lavender ribbon idea. Maybe put your mother and step-mothers names on the tattoo as well.

  41. QUESTION:
    Why is there so much "awareness" for Breast Cancer only? Shouldn't we just have one charity for ALL Cancer's?
    What is it with breast cancer suddenly becoming the only cancer? Is it not sexy to talk about testicular cancer, rectal cancer, ovarian cancer, uterine cancer, pancreatic cancer or prostate cancer? Do they have any ribbons for all of those cancers? What is with this awareness stuff? Who isn't aware of cancer, let alone breast cancer? Is there a human being on earth that doesn't know about it? What about these survivor months? Testicular cancer month? Do we have a survivor month for all the other umpteen number of cancers or is breast cancer the only glamourous one?

    It is so pathetic how this breast cancer awareness has turned into a bunch of 'look at me, I care' vapid nonsense. Emotionalism and feelgoodism. Corporations are using it as a marketing ploy. The NFL does it to suck in women with all of these childish pink accessories on professional football players. There was an article today that now alcohol manufacturers are foraging into the pink symbolism with Mike's Hard Lemonade coming out with a pink malt liquor beverage to honor an employee who died of breast cancer.

    I don't begrudge any of these breast cancer organizations for doing such a fantastic job of fooling people into believing that their cancer is the only cancer worth caring about. They're doing a great job of it and it is their role. That doesn't change the fact that all of the symbolism is feel good crap rather than doing any real good.

    If you want to do something, open up your check book. I'm so sick and tired of watching people trivialize breast cancer like its in vogue.

    All awareness of and raising money for should be just cancer....no designation of what type put in front of it.

    • ANSWER:
      Chivalry and Feminism my friend.

  42. QUESTION:
    Why is there so much "awareness" for Breast Cancer only? Shouldn't we just have one charity for ALL Cancer's?
    What is it with breast cancer suddenly becoming the only cancer? Is it not sexy to talk about testicular cancer, rectal cancer, ovarian cancer, uterine cancer, pancreatic cancer or prostate cancer? Do they have any ribbons for all of those cancers? What is with this awareness stuff? Who isn't aware of cancer, let alone breast cancer? Is there a human being on earth that doesn't know about it? What about these survivor months? Testicular cancer month? Do we have a survivor month for all the other umpteen number of cancers or is breast cancer the only glamourous one?

    It is so pathetic how this breast cancer awareness has turned into a bunch of 'look at me, I care' vapid nonsense. Emotionalism and feelgoodism. Corporations are using it as a marketing ploy. The NFL does it to suck in women with all of these childish pink accessories on professional football players. There was an article today that now alcohol manufacturers are foraging into the pink symbolism with Mike's Hard Lemonade coming out with a pink malt liquor beverage to honor an employee who died of breast cancer.

    I don't begrudge any of these breast cancer organizations for doing such a fantastic job of fooling people into believing that their cancer is the only cancer worth caring about. They're doing a great job of it and it is their role. That doesn't change the fact that all of the symbolism is feel good crap rather than doing any real good.

    If you want to do something, open up your check book. I'm so sick and tired of watching people trivialize breast cancer like its in vogue.

    All awareness of and raising money for should be just cancer....no designation of what type put in front of it.
    "plant"- excuse me?! I don't spend my entire day trawling Yahoo Answers 24/7 to know what questions have been previously asked...sorry for having a life outside of the internet!!

    • ANSWER:
      they raise money, than just dump it in a science lab and it dissapears

  43. QUESTION:
    Meaningful lyrics for a tattoo. :)?
    My grandma died last november of ovarian cancer so i was gonna get a tattoo of a teal ribbon (ribbon for ovarian cancer) and some meaningful lyrics beside it. i have a few so far. :
    -I’ll be the brightest someday. (The Boy Who Could Fly - Pierce The Veil)
    -I’ll be right beside you. (Beside You - Mariana's Trench)
    -I will see you someday again in the clouds. (The Undertaker's Thirst For Revenge Is Unquenchable - Chiodos)
    -To remember who you really are. (A Letter From Janelle - Chiodos)
    -That's when Im closest to heaven. (Put Your Hand In The Hand - Elvis)
    -Promise me you'll give faith a fighting chance. (I Hope You Dance - Lee Ann Womak)
    -I’ll be as strong as you need me to be. (You're All I See - The Word Alive)
    -I won’t give up if you won’t. (You're All I See - The Word Alive)
    Any other lyrics that would be nice to go next to it would be appreciated! :)
    Oh. They need to be kinda short too. :)

    • ANSWER:
      "This could be heaven for everyone" - (Heaven For Everyone - Queen)
      "You're My Best Friend" - (" " - Queen)
      "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" - (" " - Pink Floyd)
      "The endless river, forever and ever" - (See Emily Play & High Hopes - Pink Floyd)
      "And she's buying a stairway to heaven" - (Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin)
      "I believe we can reach the morning light" - (Dream Weaver - Gary Wright)
      "Here come the sun" - (" " - The Beatles)
      "The love you take, is equal to the love you make" - (The End - The Beatles)

      Hope some of these are good!

  44. QUESTION:
    What colors represent these words?
    Heart Attack
    Heart Disease
    Osteoporosis
    Gynecological Cancers (Cervical & Ovarian)
    Breast Cancer
    For each word give a color please

    • ANSWER:
      Awareness Ribbons for various disease are made in different colours. The Ribbons for the diseases mentioned by you are -

      Heart attack - Red
      All Heart disease - Red
      Osteoporosis – White
      Gynecological cancers - Teal
      Breast cancer - Pink

      You can visit website - http://www.craftsnscraps.com/jewelry/ribbons.html -
      which is useful to find the awareness ribbons for all disease-

  45. QUESTION:
    Do you know who Evelyn Lauder was and what she stood for?
    Evelyn Lauder was the woman who came up with the idea of the pink ribbon for breast cancer. She also steered huge amounts of cancer research money toward breast cancer at the expense of other Forms of cancer that kill women, especially ovarian cancer.
    Isn't it ironic that this lady just died from one of the cancers she thought were unworthy of her efforts.
    She died yesterday from ovarian cancer.
    Bushpilo: You may have missed the point I was trying to make. She downplayed the fact of ovarian cancer to put more money into breast cancer research, and that may have caused her early death from a disease she didn't think important enough for her efforts.
    You just don't get it do you?
    I am not gloating over her death, it's very sad, but it IS ironic that she died that way, and I do know the meaning of irony, maybe better than you do.
    my second comment was for MissA
    FYI - In 2002 my wife became ill in Florida while we were wintering there. After 4 trips to emergency in 6 weeks the doctors finally did and ultra sound and found stage 4 ovarian cancer. For 5 of those weeks I was trying to get them to even consider ovarian cancer and they just ignored the obvious symptoms and did nothing.
    She was eventually sent to Tampa to Moffitt cancer center, an excellent cancer facility, and they removed all of her reproductive system. She endured over 60 chemo treatments and lived 4 more years before the cancer took her life.
    I hope I can be forgiven for being a little bit PO'd after bing told many times by incompetent doctors that ovarian cancer was so rare it was not worth considering. I knew better but try telling a doctor he may be wrong.
    I don't blame evelyn for anything, just the system that has been pressured into what kinds of cancer rate special attention. There is only so much money available for cancer research.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm a 25 year survivor of ovarian cancer, so I'm pretty tuned in to what goes on with it. I've worked in advocacy and fundraising for it. I personally know dozens of wonderful women whose lives have been cut short by this dreadful disease. And I think your comment that she thought it was "unworthy of her efforts" is unnecessarily catty and sarcastic. Did she ever say it was "unworthy of my efforts"? Or that she was deliberately going to downplay it? If not, then dying of any cancer but breast cancer would have been ironic, according to you. Just because she chose to focus on one type does not mean she thought other types were "unworthy of her efforts". No one can do EVERYTHING. And furthermore, I've learned via advocacy and talking with some of the top docs in the field that in fact the best way to search for treatment for ovarian cancer is to search for treatments for abdominal cancer in general. The same treatments are usually used for both, just with a few tweaks. Research on breast cancer helps women with ovarian cancer too, not just because so many who have ovarian cancer are also at high risk of breast cancer (I've known many women who have had both types), but also because the things developed to help treat breast cancer and other types of cancer so often help those with ovarian cancer. The biggest weapon in the ovarian cancer arsenal is Taxol, which was not developed for ovarian cancer specifically, but was found to work really well to kill it, even so.

      And saying that she "may have caused her early death from a disease she didn't think important enough for her efforts" is rather mean and victim blaming. She did not cause her own death, early or otherwise. One of the problems with ovarian cancer is that early detection is extremely difficult and even with lots of money pumped into research, we've not been able to find a reliable means of early detection. So virtually all women who are diagnosed with ovarian cancer are diagnosed at stage IIIc. In contrast, it's a lot easier to detect breast cancer at an early stage and therefore save lives. I've known women who had abdominal surgery that was clean, and then only a month later, ovarian cancer was all over the abdomen and they were stage IIIc. Breast cancer proceeds much more slowly, with longer detection periods for stages I and II, which are relatively curable. The main thing that gets me tearing my hair out in sadness at unnecessary deaths by ovarian cancer are not anything to do with breast cancer getting too much attention. Rather, it is that many women have to struggle to get diagnosed because docs don't know the signs, or they get diagnosed and treated but not appropriately, since gynecologic-oncologists have by far the best record for treating ovarian cancer patients with the appropriate surgery and chemo, yet surgical oncologists, general surgeons, and gynecologists often jump in and treat rather than refer to a gyn-onc.

      I don't know what kinds of issues you're working out here by expressing such bitterness about breast cancer advocates vis a vis their ignoring ovarian cancer, but I suggest you talk it out with someone. If I met up with you at an OCNA conference or something, I'd give you a hug. Please understand, we're not in a contest with breast cancer advocates. I agree with you that more could certainly be done for ovarian cancer research. It's the fourth or fifth (it switches places sometimes with pancreatic cancer) deadliest cancer for women yet it's considered to be rare. Only lung, colon, and breast (and pancreatic in some years) cancers kill more people in the USA. But please chill out.

  46. QUESTION:
    what color is a sexual abuse survivor ribbon?

    • ANSWER:
      TEAL

      Teal
      ■Myasthenia Gravis
      ■Ovarian, Cervical, Uterine Cancer
      ■Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
      ■Sexual Violence
      ■Spaying & Neutering Pets
      ■Substance Abuse
      ■Tourtette Syndrome

      This color is a symbol for ovarian, cervical, and uterine cancers as well as sexual assault, polycystic ovarian syndrome, and tsunami victims

  47. QUESTION:
    Should I get the tattoo?
    My grandmother died of cancer, and my mother recently found out she has ovarian cancer. So the tattoo I wanted to get was a lavendar cancer ribbon, the ribbon that stands for all of them. I wanted to get it on my hip, or somewhere that isnt obviously seen because I dont want it to affect me getting a job someday. I'm 18 so its legal. I guess what I really want to know is generally how much does it cost? And how much does it hurt? I have a low threshold for pain so thats mainly whats stopping me. Any opinions are welcome.

    • ANSWER:
      Depends on how big it is. If it's pretty small, it'll probably cost the "shop minimum" which could be anywhere from 40-150 dollars. If it's bigger, it will depend on how big/how long it will take. But that's definitely a cool tattoo! Praying for your family!

  48. QUESTION:
    What is there such a hype about breast cancer?...?
    I have noticed that there is a lot of awareness about breast cancer and charitable/researchable contribution

    BUT is not the most lethal, nor the most common cancer

    there are other cancers that people should be aware of/research should be done about-like pancreatic cancer, lung cancer,ovarian cancer...

    I am curious to know why such a hype about breast cancer.
    It is the second leading cause of death for women, and over the years it has not been as fatal

    My grandma had breast cancer ..so is not like it has not hit home for me but I also had an aunt die of ovarian cancer

    So why such hype?..

    http://familydoctor.org/online/famdocen/home/common/cancer/types/727.html
    LMAO
    Asking a question, to gain knowledge is not trolling. YOU being an as s,is!

    • ANSWER:
      Easy one.

      Right now it's Breast Cancer Awareness Month so breast cancer is very high profile

      But the reason breast cancer has a consistently higher profile than other cancers is simple - sheer hard work.

      Breast cancer awareness campaigns and Breast Cancer Awareness Month were started by ordinary women, most of them with breast cancer or who had lost family members to breast 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).

      People 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 - fundraising and agitating for more funding for research, more education, more awareness etc.

      Individuals don't have unlimited time, and choose their campaigns. And that's what the women who started the breast cancer awareness campaign did, and worked their socks off.

      There are other cancer awareness months, ribbons etc; here's a list but no cancer campaign has had the sheer hard work put into it that breast cancer awareness has. Any group of people can start an awareness campaign for any illness - but if they want it to be as successful as the breast cancer campaigning, they'll have to be prepared to be as dedicated and work as hard.

      And yes it is thanks to the hard work of those women that breast cancer is no longer the automaticdeath sentence it used to be - but don't lose sight of the fact that in the US an aversge os 112 women die from breast cancer every day. That's one every 15 minutes


ovarian cancer ribbon

Treatment For Bone Cancer

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What do you think of Zometa infusions every month for bone Cancer treatment?
    I have bone cancer and am currently getting Zometa infusions every month for treatment. Some say that Zometa builds up in you bones and it is not necessary to get it every month. This treatment has been given for approx one (1) year.

    • ANSWER:
      The FDA and drug manufacturer both recommend treatments every 3-4 weeks for bone cancer, so it looks like you are receiving the recommended dosage.

      Patients monitored over several consecutive treatments showed increasd blood plasma concentrations that seem to plateau at roughly 15% higher than the plasma concentration if the drug did not build up. Increased concentrations of this magnitude are considered small.

  2. QUESTION:
    Types of fruit and vedge to reduce chances of cancer?
    I have recently finished treatment for bone cancer, and i think i should probably change my eating, habits, what kind of specific foods should i eat?

    • ANSWER:
      To recover fast from the impact chemo.here is a way out.

      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.

      * The term iatrogenic is defined as "induced in a patient by a physician's activity, manner, or therapy. Used especially to pertain to a complication of treatment."

      But all the patients, undergoing chemotherapy, are worried about iatrogenic diseases/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.”

      IMMUNITY* BOOSTERS: How to prevent cancer? How to recover ‘fast’ from the impact of chemotherapy/illness/excessive Radiation? Here is a way out. Preparation for Surgery and Post Surgical recovery, Post-Blood Transfusions & Prevention of illnesses by keeping Ur immunity levels intact while getting treatment for HIV/AIDS, Cancer, any dreaded and incurable disease condition.Longevity of cancer/hiv survivors can be increased by leaps and bounds. To get back hair growth after chemo.
      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.
      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 [1 tsp churan + 1 cup of butter milk @ night before sleep] to keep her bowels free from accumulated feces/toxins for life.
      12.Vaginal Douche to keep her gonads cleansed for 15 days daily.
      God bless her. 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.

  3. QUESTION:
    What does a person with stage 4 bone cancer look like?
    I have a coworker who claims to have stage 4 terminal bone cancer and at the risk of sounding like a complete a**hole, I think shes lying. I work part-time as a waitress and I have fibromyalgia so Im aware that its possible to look perfectly fine and be very ill and very much in pain. I ache to high heavens after a shift, I could never work a double, I can barely lift trays. But this chick is pulling double shifts after morning sessions of chemo and bone marrow transplants AND works a second job? Is this possible? My father in law nearly died after being diagnosed with esophageal carcinoma, and even though he is a veteran his bills were in excess of 0,000 after treatment. This woman is uninsured, I guess Medicade has excellent benefits? She tells people at work that she will be dead in a year. I just have a gut feeling, maybe because Im an asshole, or maybe because my family has been affected by many different types of cancer. I guess either way this woman is sick. But Id like to know some characteristics of a stage 4 terminal bone cancer patient if anyone knows.

    • ANSWER:
      There is no way she is working that much while she is undergoing treatment.

  4. QUESTION:
    How to cure secondary level bone cancer for a 68 years old patient?
    My mom suffers from Secondary level bone cancer. She was having pain in the beginning say for about 2 months. We left it as it is bcoz of her age factor generally pain comes. But now on investigation we found it is cancer. We are not able to find out the primary level. Any medicines that can cure cancer? Now if she gets pain we give proxyvan and omez. She also consumes Amilodipin for BP. She has been given Radiation for only 7 days and doctors informed that is the final treatment that they can offer. Please help me.

    • ANSWER:
      Has she had a PET scan to try and find the primary cancer? If she has bone cancer that has spread from an unknown primary cancer then this is not a good situation. She has been given the radiation for palliative pain control in her bones and not as a curative treatment. Make sure her pain is treated properly as it will probably increase over time. Perhaps it is time to contact hospice or make other preparations to take care of your mother.

      Here is a good webpage about cancer of unknown primary so that you can better ask questions about treatment options of your mother's Drs. Make sure you have realistic expectations because there is no reason to make her sick from chemotherapy if the treatment will not produce remission or extend life span. good luck

      http://www.emedicine.com/med/topic1463.htm

  5. QUESTION:
    what is the life expectancy for bone cancer that is not spread and no chemo or radiation is taken?
    my mother in law is being tested for bone cancer and we wont know anything until next week but the family is very concerned. she is 84 and if it comes back positive,(which the doctors think it will), she will not take any treatment. We are wondering what this will do to her body as far as affects and weakness. She is already very week and sleeps alot.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm sorry to hear that I know a dietary supplement that's very effective in treating cancer pls check out this website about goji juice http://ruziel-deleon.freelife.com I know lots of testimonies who has dramatically improved and got cured from cancer by drinking goji juice.Hope I've helped in my own little way.I wish u'r mother in law will take this as soon as possible.God Bless

  6. QUESTION:
    Anyone know how likely it is to get cancer a second time?
    I just got through bone cancer treatment. Anyone know how likely it is to get it again?

    • ANSWER:
      Which type of bone cancer . . there are different kinds. Successful treatment depends on the patients age, overall health, response to treatment, location of disease, type of cancer, grade of tumor, and stage of disease at diagnosis.

      There are some cancers which re-occur more frequently than others . . sarcoma and the blue cell tumor families have a higher re-occurence rate.
      Metastatic cancer has a higher incidence of re-occurence as well . . earlier stage cancers are less likely to re-occur unless they are known to be an aggressive type of tumor.

      So, it is difficult to say just from the little information you provide what the chances for re-occurence would be for your type of cancer. Although there is treatment, there is no 'cure' for cancer . . however, the longer you have a remission the less likely of re-occurence. Your doctor should have explained all this to you.

  7. QUESTION:
    What techniques/strokes would you use to massage a client with bone cancer?
    I'm a massage therapist student and I need help with a report that I'm doing on bone cancer. I need to know what techniques/strokes or even what type of massage you would do for a client with bone cancer. I need to have a detailed session written out, but I don't know what to put. Help, please?!

    • ANSWER:
      Something that I learned in massage therapy school is that chemotherapy treatment really weakens the bones so especially if your client is undergoing chemo I would do a very gentle massage. Of course contact with the physician is a must before any treatment with this client and ongoing conversations are necessary.
      After looking at a few different bone cancer websites (google massage therapy and bone cancer) it seems that a lot of the massage that is used for bone cancer patients is to relieve the pain that they are experiencing and to help them relax...If I had a bone cancer patient our first session would include a great deal of conversations so that I could become more familiar with who they are and what their needs are. The first session might be half talk half massage, we would end the session with an evaluation of how the person is feeling and devise a plan for future sessions. Each additional session would still include talking but much less and more massage. I would stick to gentle, swedish type strokes.
      I would also only use organic ingredients with this client (as I do with all my clients), they do not need any extra stuff to combat!
      Have fun.
      http://www.naturamassage.com/

  8. QUESTION:
    What is the prognosis for adenocarcinoma with bone cancer?
    I hope someone can help.

    Recently a close friend of mine who had beaten breast cancer(she had been cancer free for 5 years) was diagnosed with cancer of the outer lung and bone cancer.
    The doctors are telling her that they will be doing chemotherapy once a month only. There is another treatment (hormonal) that they want to try, but they're worried because she has not finished menopause.
    Can anyone tell me what the prognosis is when you have both of these cancers?

    • ANSWER:
      I dont want to alarm you. But my mother had breast cancer and it spread into her bones after being told 4 years earlier that she was cancer free. After her dignosis in May of 2003, sadly it took intill Dec of 2004 to kill her. She was only 49. They tried everything from chemo to radiation. They even had her on a hormone pill but the cancer had just spread so much. I am really sorry about your friend my heart goes out to her. I would find out what stage she is in. My mother was in stage four so there was really not much they could do. Through the treatments they provided it did prolong her life for a year and half after given a timeline of 6 months. And again I am truly sorry about your friend.

  9. QUESTION:
    How many times can a person take radiation treatments on their bones?
    My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer 10 years ago.
    After all the chemo and radiation treatments she only liked two months making it 5 years cancer free , when it showed up in her bones. She has now taken radiation treatments 6 different times. Localizing on the spots where it is showing up. She has
    numerous spots, but the worse ones are the ones they radiate.
    I was just curious as to how much a person could take of radiation. Or what is the longest known battle of bone cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      It actually depends on the person as all cancers effect all patients differently. Good luck to your mom.

  10. QUESTION:
    How much more time does a person have if they are in stage 4 bone cancer?
    My aunty has bone cancer and I just wanted to know, how long before they pass away?

    • ANSWER:
      Stage 4A means any size or grade of tumour, with no lymph nodes affected but the cancer has spread to the lung
      Stage 4B means the cancer is any size or grade and has spread to the lymph nodes and/or a part of the body other than the lung.

      It would depend on her age and general health but if they are not giving any treatment then I would guess at 6 months at the most, Good Luck

  11. QUESTION:
    What are the places for tibetan treatment for cancer? I heard about a dr. in mcleod ganj in himachal pradesh?
    My sister has chondrasarcoma
    (bone cancer of pelvis) for last 4 years and we have tried various treatments. I heard that Tibetan treatments are very effective for some cancers and want to explore this.

    Any information about Tibetan treatment in India will be very helpful.

    Best Regards,
    Naresh Agarwal

    • ANSWER:
      Tibetan physicians are mainly educated at the Men-Tsee-Khang (the Tibetan Medical and Astrological Institute) which is reestablished in exile in Dharamsala (McLeod Ganj) in India: http://www.men-tsee-khang.org/

      Apart from their main hospital and clinics in Dharamsala, with a staff of almost 400 people, treating people from all over the world, you can also find a list with addresses to all their many branch clinics all over India and Nepal on their main website: http://www.men-tsee-khang.org/branch/index.htm

      There is also a possibility to get mail consultation, even if they stress the importance of a personal consultation with a Tibetan physician: http://www.men-tsee-khang.org/mc/index.htm

  12. QUESTION:
    Is having Hodgkin's Lymphoma and Bone cancer at the same time common?
    I have Hodgkin's Lymphoma currently and I've battled it twice before. I have been in remission after each new occurrence. The Hodgkin's has come back in my abdomen and is stable. I have recently discovered that I have bone cancer in my leg. This is an entirely new cancer and not metastasized from the other. I am scared. What type of treatment is normal for this type of situation? Am I going to be able to come back from this?

    • ANSWER:
      I am assuming that you have been diagnosed with a second primary sarcoma . . there are different types of bone cancer . . survival will depend on the type of tumor, stage, grade, location, response to first line treatment, overall health, and age.

      It is not 'common' . . but there are reports in the literature of a second primary cancer (including bone cancers) occurring after treatment for Hodgkins Lymphoma. Sometimes the tumor is located in a place radiation occurred but sometimes there is no 'explanation' . . there is also some speculation that a primary bone sarcoma after treatment for Hodgkins Lymphoma may be genetic and your family should be checked for hereditary cancers.

      It's difficult to answer your specific questions as far as treatment is concerned . . your doctor is the best person to answer that question since he has examined you and knows the entire circumstances of your case. But . . in general . . there is treatment for sarcoma with the goal being surgical removal whenever possible . . it really depends on how advanced the disease has become and if there is any metastatic disease. But there is treatment. You should ask to see a sarcoma specialist as sarcoma should be treated by someone familiar with the disease. If patient is healthy enough they would follow the first line protocol for the type of bone cancer they have . . (which will be different than the treatment you received for Hodgkins).

      ACS: What is bone cancer
      http://www.cancer.org/docroot/CRI/content/CRI_2_4_1X_What_Is_bone_cancer_2.asp?sitearea=CRI

  13. QUESTION:
    Are there any can afford treatments that could cure bone cancer stage four?
    i love my grandmother but she is dying with bone cancer stage four. She don't know either she has that kind of ilness. We are keeping that as a secret. We want some help. We want her to be cured. Can you help us? We don't have so much money her to undergo such expensives therapies. Are there any can afford alternatives to cure her! please help us!

    • ANSWER:
      you shouldn't keep it a secret any more you guys dont kow how much time she has left, stage four im sorry to say is close to the end of the cancers life i wish you the best

  14. QUESTION:
    What is the chance someone will survive secondary bone cancer?
    A friend found out she has bone cancer but docs cant find the primary cancer source
    A friend who is in her early 50's found out she has seconday bone cancer. Her docs cant find the primary source of cancer and theyve ruled out breast cancer. Her platelet count has been very low and shes had to have 2 blood transfusions. She is in alot of pain and is weak. She is also very pale. She goes sometime next week to see what her options are. Im very worried about her.

    • ANSWER:
      Most types of carcinoma metastatic to bone are not considered curable.
      Breast cancer is a good bet (depending on the person's age) in a situation where the primary cannot be identified and the bone lesions are biopsy proven adenocarcinoma. These people may respond with oral hormonal therapy with or without chemotherapy. The key would then be to control the disease with medication and possibly some focal radiation therapy if needed for symptomatic control.

      Are you certain this is a malignancy? Is there a confirmed biopsy showing carcinoma? We are greatly hampered by such limited information here. We don't even know the woman's age.

      If this is an adenocarcinoma, the primary could be a breast cancer, kidney cancer, thyroid cancer, lung cancer, or less likely a GYN malignancy or a GI malignancy. When all testing fails to show the primary, I always treated for the BEST type it could possibly be.

      All this testing and searching for the cancer cell type just tells us what is likely to help most. Sometimes you have to guess and try different treatments until you find what works for that one special patient - AND - each person/patient is special. It sounds crude when so much of medicine is scientific these days, but there is still some art to the practice of medicine - and experience counts.

  15. QUESTION:
    Are there any alternative natural herbs for bone cancer?
    My wifes uncle in Honduras has bone cancer and not much money to fight it. I was wondering if there are natural herbs or methods to fight this disease.

    • ANSWER:
      go on Dr Richard Schulze's incurables program. You can email me and I will send you a link to the save your life videos whee you will learn so much and he salso speifically talks about bone cancer

      but going on it it is not that cheap), but I live below the poverty line and did it by making my own tinctures. If he goes here someone lists a source to comparable formula that are somewaht cheaper..

      http://www.curezone.com/forums/fm.asp?i=1216921#i

      thoroughly read this curezone site and see herbdoc.com for the formulas.

      http://curezone.com/schulze/handbook/TNIP.asp

      also search around the site

      Email me and I can send a link to the first two videos and how to get the rest..

      In the videos, he has a story of a man with bone cancer in 90% of his bones was came to him not for the cancer as he thought it was incurable but for raging bladder infections no doctor could heal..he cured that in three days and eventually the bone cancer too.

      you might also try essiac tea but be sure it is brewed correctly.

      also supplement your programs with wheat grass. Get the hoxsey formula or schulze detox formula found at herbdoc.com is similar but not sure that this will be enough.

      Do searches at curezone.com

      Best best is the incurables (save your life) program.

      He might try going to juice fasting (but be sure he is taking an colon cleanse with it like that at herbdoc.com)..as a bare minimum take psyllium with it as the bowels must be working.

      with it do skin brushing and exercise to use the skin to sweat..see this link and study the incurables program..do the parts he can if he can't afford it like the hot cold showers but not sure if it is enough..

      If he is juice fasting, take in only fresh juiced fruits and veggies, potassium broth (see this link for incurables), herb teas, and good water like distilled or reverse osmosis.

      also read the book cancer battle plan and cancer battle plan sourcebook and if possible see the videos by Dr lorraine day (cancer doesn't scare me anymore) and hoxsey the quack who cured cancer (at the end they list many alternative treatment

      Of the five program from the past I read cured cancer, I noticed all of them used raw fruits and veggies (preferable organically grown) and their juices). This is because there is a protein coating surrounding each cancer cells and this prevents the immune system from killing it. the enzymes in the produce eat away this coating and this allows the immune system to go in and kill the cancer cells. I read green tea also does this (be sure is is home brewed green tea and no the commercial stuff).

      there is hope..no matter how bad he is..the best I feel is the incurables but people have also been healed on essiac and the hoxsey formula an all juice fasts as well

      Please email me for the links to the videos..I can maybe send you the manual but it is hard to send as it is 700 pages if I have your email address, or if I can help further.

  16. QUESTION:
    Treatment options for bullmastiff with bone cancer in front leg & hip dysplasia in back hips? Any homeopathic?
    The dog is only 6 years old and appeared to be healthy. Brought him to the vet because he was limping. Vet found a tumor in his bone on the front leg. Had a biopsy done but am still waiting on the results. Vet is pretty sure that it is bone cancer. Has anyone had any success with treatments. I don't think amputation is a good option because of his hips. Any thoughts are appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      My two year old Alaskan Malamute has bilateral hip dysplasia and carpal arthritis in both front legs.

      He gets monthly chiropractic and acupuncture treatments along with custom chinese herbs and Adequan injections, along with daily Dasuquin.

      I work at a rather large vet clinic and the doctor that treats my dog, Kodiak, also treats horses and cats in addition to dogs. Our clinic is located in eastern North Dakota and we have clients that come from all areas on Minnesota including Minneapolis, various parts of Canada, Montana and South Dakota for treatments.

      This spring, we are also going to do gold wire implants in Kodiak's hips to help prevent worsening of the dysplasia.

      I'd recommend looking for a veterinarian in your area that is certified in animal acupuncture and chiropractic and or traditional chinese medicine.

      I was a MAJOR skeptic of this until I ran out of options for Kodiak. So I gave it a try, and it's given our boy a new lease on life!!!

  17. QUESTION:
    how long can someone survive with primary bone cancer with no treatment?
    I have just been diagnosed with primary bone cancer. Ive decided to go untreated and live whatever life i have with it. Its in Stage 2 that's all i really know. What im wondering is how long do you think someone with primary bone cancer will survive if its not treated. Im dead set on no treatment.
    the reason im not wanting treatment is because my liver is developing cancer and my organs are in the process of shutting down i dont know the technical terms to any of it though.

    • ANSWER:
      It depends on a lot of things starting with your current health and how aggressive the cancer is. Discuss this with the oncologist and please have the tests as frequently as the doctor suggest so you can keep up with the spread of the disease. This is important so that you can make informed decisions. I have stage 4 cancer and certainly understand refusing treatment at this stage, but I'm not so sure I understand refusing treatment at stage 2. I don't mean to sound disapproving because I'm not you. Each of us must make our own decisions, I respect your decision and wish you the very best. I especially hope there is no emotional stress or physical pain.

  18. 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.

  19. QUESTION:
    What is the best treatment for nausea for a cancer patient?
    My dad has lung and bone cancer and I wanted to know if anyone out there has any home remedies or anything else of the sort that would help with nausea. He had chemo before but now he is on Tarceva (a pill form of chemo) and he is getting nausea....any ideas or websites would help! Thank You in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      He should try staying on a regular schedule with anti-nauseous meds when he is on chemotherapy. He can try rotating Zophran, Ativan, and Benedryl or Zytril and Reglan. Those drugs have all helped my son during high dose chemotherapy sessions. He also uses Essense of Peppermint to mask the odor which can trigger nausea.

      The National Comprehense Cancer Network provides clinical guidelines for the treatment of nausea during chemo and radiation.

      Nausea and Vomiting
      Treatment Guidelines for Patients
      with Cancer
      http://www.nccn.org/patients/patient_gls/_english/_nausea_and_vomiting/contents.asp

  20. QUESTION:
    Does the US offer better treatment for bone cancer, than chemo, or radiation?
    My Sister and my Mother have bone cancer, since they don't live in the US I often wonder if they would have better treatment then chemo, and radiation, if they lived here. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Medical treatment is highly standardized across the world. The exact same procedures, medications, and treatment offerings are available in Tokyo, Shanghai, London, New York, and every other major city. There is no difference.

  21. QUESTION:
    Whats the chances of living through bone cancer?
    If you have bone cancer the kind that spreads and its in your shoulder and hips whats the chance of living?

    • ANSWER:
      I'm going to have to disagree with Denise here. Bone cancer can metastasize to other bones.

      To answer the original question, it depends on the type of cancer, the response to treatment, etc.

  22. QUESTION:
    is there a treatment for bone cancer or is it direct to death?
    my friend has bone cancer D= i just found out a few minutes a go hes 13 maybe 14 not sure i dont know what kin of bone cancer it is i just wanted to know what the treatments are and if he'll be alright please someone help im freaking out is he going to die or anything?

    • ANSWER:
      Bone cancer is treatable and it depends on type,stage and location of the disease.

  23. QUESTION:
    Where is the best clinic (or country)for curing bone cancer in the world?
    Is there any specific and professional center or clinic for bone cancer treatment (i mean like brain center in Hanover in Germany).if not what country has good reputation for its cancer treatment centers and doctors.

    • ANSWER:
      Jurvanski Cancer Centre in Hamilton Ontario is a major cancer centre in Canada

  24. QUESTION:
    What does it mean if lymph nodes are smaller?
    Someone dear to me has bone cancer. She's having treatments now for 2 months. Looking at the results of a ct scan she had last week, the doctor said her lymph nodes were smaller and that was great. But why is it a good thing?

    • ANSWER:
      Because lymph nodes are part of the immune system and are telltale signs of sickness (such as strep throat or cancer). If the lymph nodes are large, it means that the person is sick. If they are small, I assume that it means that the person is fine.

  25. QUESTION:
    How do you start a foundation/charity/anything like these?
    I want to make a difference in the world.. I love animals, and my aunt has been diagnosed with breast cancer and bone cancer. I would like to make her proud, and help raise money for research.
    I feel overwhelmed when I hear about poor animals who have no homes, and need treatment but no one will pay for it. What can I do to help them? P.S. I'm 16 so would I even be able to start a foundation or charity?

    • ANSWER:
      No you cannot start your own charity. Besides there are numerous organized charities for animals. Search one out in your area, volunteer your time and help with fundraising.

  26. QUESTION:
    What are some things I can make to help cancer fundraising?
    Recently, a girl in my school has been diagnosed with osteocarma, a type of bone cancer. This event has really inspired me to help raise awareness and money towards pediatric cancer and research. Are there any things I could make such as string bracelets/keychains that could help raise money towards pediatric cancer? Thank you so much!

    • ANSWER:
      Well if you wanna know about osteosarcoma treatment because of her so you can get information but help money towards pediatric cancer is also good think.
      http://www.mayoclinic.org/osteosarcoma/treatment.html
      http://mesoblog.org/blog/category/mesothelioma-types/

  27. QUESTION:
    Can anyone explain why the body swells so much while on a ventilator and in a medical induced coma?
    My Father-in-law has bone cancer (mulitple myaloma). I believe that is how you say it. Anyway, he was in his second treatment of six monthly treatments of Chemo when he got pneumonia. He is in the hospital in a medically induced coma. He has been for four days and he is not getting any better due to the chemo breaking down his immune system. There is nothing to fight the disease. His body is so incredibly swollen. Is it caused from the oxygen or what? Can anyone help me understand?

    • ANSWER:
      There are several factors contribute to this.
      First, the effect of the mechanical ventilation has the greater effect on the swelling. As most of the ventilator nowadays work in the principle of positive pressure hence, reduce the venous return(blood from the peripheries) to the heart. It builds up the pressure within the venous system(veins) causing the water content of the blood seeping into the tissue space, resulting in swelling. It is more pronounced if the person has already been septic in which condition the blood capillaries are more permeable to water contents that easily seeps out to tissue space . A low albumin in this situation may further aggrevate the condition as albumin in the blood is responsible to maintain the water contents of the blood within the blood vessels.
      Second factor is lack of mobility due to sedation. The better you mobile, the better you get rid off the swelling. Because the skeletal muscles are important to promote the venous return to heart and when it is not used, it can not assist with that function.
      There are other few factors also cantribute to swelling such as poor kidney function. Severe sepsis can cause multiple organ failure including the kidney function. During this situation, you need more fluids(IV fluids,blood and plasma) to counteract the effect of sepsis. The person may swell easily up if kidney is not getting rid off the fluid as urine.
      There are measures like compressive boots and sockins used but, swelling becomes inevitable when the person is septic,mechanically ventilated and sedated.
      Hope, this helps

  28. QUESTION:
    Is there a herbal remedy for dogs with bone cancer?
    My boxer has bone cancer and I was wondering if there was any herbal remedy she can take to help her?

    • ANSWER:
      It's not quite herbal, but is easy and works quite well.

      I have been doing a lot of research on cancer because my Mom has terminal lung cancer which has spread to her bones. We are undergoing treatment at a clinic in the Bahama's and thankfully she has made improvement since we arrived.

      In my research I have found a treatment that works for dogs as well as humans that I am very interested in and have research extensively for a few weeks.

      It is cesium chloride/DMSO. You mix the two liquids together and spread it on the skin, it is quickly absobed into the body and has been proven to have profound results.

      The best supplier I have found is www.essence-of-life.com. More specifically for a dog is: http://www.essense-of-life.com/info/phtherapypackage.htm#petsilicapk

      But, I would say call first. Larry, is very knowledgeable and will tell you how best to use it for your specific case. It seems a little expensive, but nothing more than your vets have already charged and cheap when it means you could have your beloved baby for years to come.

      If it is too expensive, try just getting the Cesium, DMSO and Potassium and skipping all the rest, they help but those three are the main treatment.

      You can look up online how it works or I can explain it to you but it would be too long to put on here, email me if you would like that info goossensk@yahoo.com

      Good luck to you and your best friend!
      Kris

  29. QUESTION:
    What are the symptons of bone cancer?
    I am 12 years old and I may have bone cancer in my foot. What are the symptons of bone cancer and when you have it what is the basic treatment? (chemo, radiation,) and what happens? (loss of weight, loss of hair, etc)

    • ANSWER:
      Your foot might be swollen, you could have bone pain, shortness of breath, have a fever, be pale, and other stuff.

      The chemo depends. I'm bald right now and on seven different medications not including chemo to help with side effects. You puke and you have to get a tube in your chest and you get fevers and you get super weak. It doesn't happen to everyone though, some people handle it better then others.

  30. 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.

  31. QUESTION:
    Why is my friend now in a coma after finishing chemo?
    She recently finished her chemotherapy treatment. She has been feeling better for a few weeks now and now I just found out she is in a coma. How long does this usually last? She had bone cancer.

    • ANSWER:
      This is not normal. In twenty years of caring for cancer and leukemia patients, I never saw any one go into a coma from chemotherapy. Something else is going on. What type of "bone cancer" ? Primary or metastatic ? What stage ? How old is she ? Have you asked her doctors ?
      You provide precious little information for an educated, experienced answer from us.
      Did she have an intracranial bleed from a low platelet count ?
      Go to her bedside. Stay there. When her doctors come in, ask them.
      They have the details of this case which you do not provide.

  32. QUESTION:
    What is the best pain medicine for bone cancer?
    My dad has thyroid cancer that has spread to his bones. He has cancer in one of his ribs and spine and is taking external radiation, I-131 treatment and calcium injections. But he gets pain nowadays in his affected rib when he coughs or sneezes. I know its a tough question to ask, but what is it that I can do?

    • ANSWER:
      Honestly - the best pain medicines will be the ones prescribed to the doctor. Make sure your dad is honest about how much pain he is in when he sees the doctor. In situations like this, doctors are usually willing to prescribe pain medicine. Generally, they start with something like vicodin and work up from there. The radiation treatments should help alleviate the pain though over the course of the treatment - and even after treatment is done. So there is some good news there. But definitely if he is in pain call or tell the doctor or nurse at your next visit (which would be probably daily if he's getting external beam radiation).

  33. QUESTION:
    How long can Valley Fever stay dormant in a greyhound before causing real heath problems?
    My greyhound raced in Arizona but has live in BC with us for 5 almost 6 years. She has always had minor coughing and lameness due to what we thought was arthritis. In November of 2006 she was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma (bone cancer). OS tends to take dogs quickly and we opted for pain management only but now 9 months later she has a large tumor in her right leg and is sometimes completely lame and other times looks fine and runs full speed. She eats well and most of the time is a happy dog.
    Someone has suggested this could be Valley Fever but is it possible almost 6 years later? Vets up here do not know of Vallet fever so i am trying to do research before bringing this possibility to them.

    • ANSWER:
      Symptoms show up 3 weeks after infection - coughing, fever, weight loss, lack of appetite and lack of energy. If your grey hasn't had all those symptoms ever since you've had her, she can't have valley fever.

      However, there's a simple blood test that can be done to be sure - it's called a cocci titer.

      I'm so very sorry your girl has bone cancer. My oldest guy is having pains and limping - and my first thought was, of course, bone cancer. He doens't have it - he's got some rather serious neck problems which we're treating right now with acupuncture and chiro treatments. I'm praying they work.

      Best wishes to you and your girl.

  34. QUESTION:
    how common is bone cancer in dogs?
    I am in shock, my not quite 6 yr old Doberman had to be put to sleep recently after being diagnosed with bone cancer just 3 weeks prior. It escalated so quickly and he was in such pain. Is this common?

    • ANSWER:
      Large breed dogs such as Great Danes and Irish Wolfhounds can be prone to a bone cancer called osteosarcoma. Osteosarcoma is the most common bone tumor is dogs. It is believed to be related to breed size and how fast the dog grows. Since large breed dogs tend to grow faster then other breeds they are more prone to this then smaller breeds. Long-term prognosis is usually poor in regards to treatment And most treatments involve amputation of the infected leg and chemotherapy.

  35. QUESTION:
    How do I tell my parents that I don't want anymore treatment?
    I had bone cancer when I was 9, and lung cancer when i was 11. Now my doctor thinks she found some kind abnormality in me. They don't know for sure if it is cancer. But if it is, i really don't want to fight anymore. How do I tell my parents that I can't take anymore of chemo and radiation?

    • ANSWER:
      :-(

      It will probably be next to impossible for them to accept, but the only thing you can do is just tell them. I would suggest that you first ask your doctor for counseling help, and then talk to that person about it.

  36. QUESTION:
    How do I tell my parents that I don't want anymore treatment?
    I had bone cancer when I was 9, and lung cancer when i was 11. I'm 16 now and my doctor thinks she found some kind abnormality in me. They don't know for sure if it is cancer. But if it is, i really don't want to fight anymore and I'm underage. How do I tell my parents that I can't take anymore of chemo and radiation?

    • ANSWER:
      im really sadden to hear this but i think its best if you continue treatment. its very difficult and i know because ive seen what people have gone through but be strong and hang in there. your parents love you and just want there child to be with them.they want the best for you hun. just hang in there sweety and my blessings go out to you. i wish you the very best of luck and i hope everything comes out the best for you and your family.

  37. QUESTION:
    Why would my fathers face be numb on the right side?
    He is 58 years old and 2 years ago diagnosed with prostate cancer, and 2 months ago bone cancer. He underwent a two week radiation treatment a month ago on his hip for the bone cancer. He had a MRI of his head done today so we will find out soon what it is. They say it isn't a stroke, but its been numb since Friday so 5 days now. He also is saying it feels like a blockage in his nostril. His father died of brain cancer so he fears it is that.

    • ANSWER:
      It could be a pinched nerve or a reaction to medication. It does sound like getting a second opinion is a good idea though. At his age its best to catch tumors or other health conditions as soon as possible.

  38. QUESTION:
    Bone cancer chemotherapy medication that does NOT cause hair loss?
    My girlfriend just got diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, they caught it VERY early, but she will most likely need to go through chemotherapy... Are their any medications that do NOT cause hair loss? I do not think hair loss is a big deal... But, she does. So I'm just wondering. I know a lot don't, so i'm just wondering if their are any chemotherapeautic medications that will not cause hair loss for bone cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      A few drugs such as fluorouracil do not cause hair loss, but they are not appropriate for osteoscarcoma.

      The treatment protocol for osteosarcoma includes ifosfamide and doxorubicin, both of which cause hair loss.

      There is no way around this.

      If I may take the answer further - cancer is an upsetting diagnosis. Hair loss, especially in women, is upsetting on its own, but some of the distress over cancer can be transferred to the hair loss. This is upsetting to her, and understandably so. The common reaction from a caring person is often to try to convince the person that hair loss is no big deal. This can make the patient feel like their emotions are being dismissed. Reassuring her is good, but her loss is real, and she wants you to recognize the loss rather than deny it. Something along the lines of: "I know this is upsetting. I want you to know that I care about your with or without hair."

  39. QUESTION:
    How does someone survive cancer 8 times?
    It seems impossible, but I was reading about a woman who is an 8x cancer survivor. I will list these diagnosis times below.

    1. November 14, 1995 diagnosed with stage 2-3 breast cancer

    2. June 30, 1997 diagnosed with brain cancer

    3. May 28, 2001 diagnosed with liver cancer

    4. August 27, 2002 diagnosed with cancer again

    5. December 9, 2009 diagnosed with bone cancer in the spine and pelvic areas, lung cancer, and liver cancer a third time.

    6. August 7, 2012 diagnosed with liver cancer a fourth time

    Please give me feedback if this is possible or not?

    • ANSWER:
      Dionne Warner is not using the correct terminology in the account of her cancer. I would say that each and every time that she has been diagnosed with a "new" cancer that it has been metastatic breast cancer each time. She has responded well to the treatment plans for her . . . and that's great!

      However, she does not now have liver cancer for the fourth time. She has a fourth recurrence of breast cancer in her liver. When the cancer to the bones was staged as a "stage IV," that in and of itself indicates breast cancer metastases. http://www.cancersurvivorinthecity.com/story.php

      I wish her the best in her future treatments. Her cancer is quite aggressive, but her treatments seem to work each time for her. However, she does herself and the general public a grave disservice by not calling the cancer for what it is . . . metastatic disease.

      I'm hoping my bone metastases go the same route as hers . . . into some sort of remission!

  40. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to make my dog taking her pill ? I have tried everything and she outsmart me everytime.?
    My dog has bone cancer, the pain pill will make her feel better. She hates the taste, and she can picked it out from any food I hide it with. I do not want to force the pill down since she is already weak.

    • ANSWER:
      Have you tried cheese? If it is a tablet (and not a capsule which you should not cut open) , cut it in half/quarters to make it smaller and either push it into a small piece of cheddar cheese, or "wrap" it in a section of processed cheese (you know the square slices of cheese you can buy in packs from the supermarket?)

      I find cheese works best - you might find sausage, thin slice of ham etc......works better for you. Experiment.

      Check that the pill is ok to give with food - you may find that the instructions tell you to give the pill with food, but check because some need to be given on an empty stomach

      If your dog is too smart and spits the tablet out, whilst eating the cheese, then you have to give to her more directly.

      Get your Vet to show you how to administer a tablet - I find if I aim to the side of the mouth instead of pushing straight down the throat (which makes the dog gag) it's much easier for you and the dog.

      Divide the tablet to make it easy to swallow and put a little butter on it to make it slippery and stops it dissolving in the dogs mouth.

      If your dog is having cancer treatment, I hope she recovers, but if you are at the stage where you're just keeping her pain free, then please, I know it's hard, but let her go before she starts to suffer.

      Sending you good, healing thoughts xxx

  41. QUESTION:
    Is gas pain, and bloating a side effect of Taxol chemo?
    My poor Sister is going through hell with this Chemo treatment. Her Cancer is stage four bone Cancer? What Meds are you taking for these symptoms?

    • ANSWER:

  42. QUESTION:
    What is cure for BONES CANCER?
    My friend has bones cancer.
    He lives in Romania- medgidia, constanta.
    Is there any good hospitals in his city for treatment of BONE CANCER?
    Can Cancer be cured?

    • ANSWER:
      You are posting your question in the section for the United States why would you think we would know anything about hospitals in Romania? There are several types of bone cancer and many are cured. Without more information I can’t tell you anything else.

  43. QUESTION:
    Why is bone cancer so dangerous, and why does it affect children more than adults?
    Children's bones regenerate faster? I really have no idea.

    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Bone cancer types are considered to be one of the most dangerous types of this illness and they require great care and specific treatment.but beyond dangerous bone cancer can be extremely painful.if you think about it every time you move bones are involved so every time you move with bone cancer it hurts.in children it is usually called Ewing's sarcoma or osteosarcoma,it is diagnosed with x-rays and imaging tests.usually surgery is involved and chemotherapy.i don't know exactly why kids are more likely to get this perhaps it is genetic or more likely the amount or TOXINS in society,and some kids get knocked around more in sports

  44. QUESTION:
    How do i handle my school work around my hospital life?!?
    Im 15 turning 16 in 4 days, im in hospital for bone marrow treatment.. because i have bone marrow cancer, how do i handle my exams around my hospital life (this is my first week in) But my teachers are yelling at me for not being at school.. i have exams coming up ITS SO STRESSFULL Please help?!

    • ANSWER:

  45. QUESTION:
    I had leukemia as a kid and was diagnosed with bone cancer last year at 20. What were the odds?
    If we assume the treatment for my AML caused or contributed to my osteosarcoma, are there any statistics for how often that happens? I mean I had heard it could happen, but I have no idea how *probable* it was.

    • ANSWER:
      yes- I think Ive read its about 6-8% of childhood cancer survivors get a secondary malignancy as a result of treatment. Im guessing since you had AML that you had total body irradiation (TBI) as part of your treatment. Osteosarcoma can be one of the common secondary malignancies.

      Recently in the last few years there was a huge study completed called something like the National Childhood Cancer Survivor Study and there were the statistics you are looking for on there about the chances.

      Im sorry you are dealing with this. AML is so nasty especially in children so you were given the best treatment to save your life at the time. If it makes you feel any better (worse?) there still isn't a better treatment available. Hang in there, you beat it once, you can certainly beat it again.

  46. QUESTION:
    How often should women get a mammogram?
    I have a family history of cancer specifically breast and bone cancer.

    • ANSWER:
      Once in a year. Since, U have familial history, the following relevant information may help U to be cancer free for life.

      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
      Instant Diagnosis of Breast Cancer with the aid of acupressure maps.
      Please, study the instructions carefully, discuss with Ur family members and friends and then find out to Ur satisfaction, if U/anybody for that matter is affected by ‘breast cancer’.

      With the help of maps published herein, hard press these points with Ur thumb and middle finger and find out if all/most of acu points are tender.

      Remote control acupressure points to diagnose Breast Cancer, hiv/AIDS, or any disease-Point Nos.1-10 -----1 [brain], 2 [Mental Nerves], 3 [Pituitarygland], 4 [Pineal gland], 5 [Head Nerves], 6 [Throat], 7 [Neck], 8 [Thyroid & Parathyroid], 9 [Spine], 10 [piles-constipation], , Point Nos.11-16, No.11 [Prostrate gland], 12 [Penis], 13 [Vagina], 14. Testes & Ovaries], 15 [Uterus], 16 [Lymph], 37 [spleen].

      For Treatment and perceivable relief, hard-pressure is to be applied on & around these points with Ur thumb and middle finger.
      Palms/soles:
      http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2304961665160.2103840.1282822997&type=1&l=0a6bb63dd0

      Dorsal side of Palms & soles:

      1. Diagnosis--In the middle of dorsal side of Ur palm, the remote control point for the breast is given in the acupressure maps published hereunder.. On hard pressing by Ur thumb and middle finger, if it hurts, U may feel that U/she have/has blocked energy in the breast.
      If point no. 16 [lymph] and no.8 [thyroid] are also painful on hard pressure by Ur thumb---then it is confirmed that she has breast cancer.
      If the pain is severe on all these points, it means that the tumor is well grown, ripe for surgical interference..

      2. Prevention & Cure--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. 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
      •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, 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, irregular menses and also many other most dreaded diseases---Dr.Devendra Vora has analyzed that pressure applied on certain points located on the palms and soles helps to stimulate all organs of the body, prevents disease and assists in maintaining good health. Acupressure also helps to diagnose, prevent and cure diseases like common cold, Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Migraine, Paralysis, and even cancer, HIV/AIDS. Autism, Thalassemia, Muscular Dystrophy, all brain and spinal cord affected diseases.
      *Latest updates of Miracles of Acupressure Techniques & Indian Natural Remedies. 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. 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.

  47. QUESTION:
    Can a dog get addicted to Tramadol in 4 days?
    My 11 yr old Great Dane has bone cancer, we where told this 3 yrs ago and at the time he was given 6 months. Due to the cancer he has become thin and someone reported me as starving him, He was removed from my care for 3 days and during the time was put on Tramadol 50mg. I had decided to treat holistically and was managing his pain, since he has been put on the drug he is now listless and can hardly walk. I was told the drug was addictive and that I cant take him off of it cold but that I would have to wean him off of it. I am wondering if he could be addicted in just 3 days as I would rather not give him drugs since he is now worse since he was put on them. Can I stop cold turkey and if not how can I wean him off, no one will tell me as they insist that I am being cruel by choosing to feed him a raw based diet and treat his cancer holistically.
    Any help, advice or personal experiences would be appreciated.
    Thanks for all the advice so far, Last night my dog was on the drugs and was very listless and not quite coherent when he went out to pee it was like he had forgot how to walk. I did not give him a pill today and he is now alert, coherent, sitting up on the bed, eating, and went out to the potty with no problems walking. I understand that he is terminal however after witnessing what the drugs where doing to him and seeing him all happy and alert tonight I have made up my mind to do the best to control his pain holistically and enjoy the time we have left. He is very good at letting me know when he is in distress and when the time comes we will do things at home with the family around him, but I am going to let him live as long as he wants too as I know he will let me know when he is ready to go. I know he would not enjoy life as a zombie so I am not going to make him live that way when there are other options out there.

    • ANSWER:
      A raw diet and holistic treatment isn't going to treat cancer. It's like putting a band-aid on a broken leg. Your Dane has lived a long life. He is terminal and you aren't going to turn him around. Tramadol does work and I wouldn't take him off of it. Perhaps it's time to think about taking him to the bridge. Have a talk with your vet about humanely ending his suffering.

  48. QUESTION:
    Are there any Republicans that have ever been cut off by the current healthcare system?
    Just curious, because my sisters insurance company cut her 16 year old son's coverage because of a lifetime cap of 2 million. He has Bone Cancer. They went through that in the first 18 months of treatment.
    Oh, and in case youre wondering, he passed away 2 years ago. Sometimes you have to live it to realize just how important reform is.
    Gee, it looks like nobody wants to touch this one, do they? Wake up before it happens to someone in your family.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes,as a matter of fact my medicare HMO just dropped everyone from their plan. As of the end of the year,none of us will have that insurance anymore.
      They figured they would get out now before the nightmare that is to come puts them out of business.
      You can't seriously think that under Obama's plan he would have gotten more coverage. He would have gotten far less.


treatment for bone cancer

Zeolite Cancer

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How well does Zeolite work for cancer?
    Also if you can, leave a website describing Zeolite and how it works. and where can i buy it from
    please back up information with solid facts im 50/50 about this product

    • ANSWER:
      No, it's a scam. It's just basically ground up ash. Zeolite dust may be a cause of cancer; it has been associated with a high incidence of malignant mesothelioma, a life-threatening disease also associated with inhalation of asbestos particles.

      There's plenty more, if you want them.

  2. QUESTION:
    How do I know if the tamoxifen doesn't interact with the activated liquid zeolite ?
    Liquid zeolite is a detoxifier and eliminates heavy metals that intoxicate our body.
    I understood that it is changing llife so I would like to help someone from my family with brest cancer. The way is placed , that tumorr cannot be operated so there is the need to shrink it. I read about this action of the liquid zeolite so I would like to know if taken it wouldn't interact with the tamoxifen prescribed as a hormono treatment.

    • ANSWER:
      This is a question for her oncologist. You will have to ask him. Doctors need to know what herbs and other medications patients are taking to reduce and prevent side effects. You will be surprised at how open and holistic minded many medical doctors can be, especially the oncologists.

  3. QUESTION:
    Do you know anything about Cellular Zeolite?
    I heard it is supposed to help fight cancer. Can you buy this product in a health food stores in America?

    • ANSWER:
      I've heard of it before. I found a blog with tons of info about it: http://www.liquid-cellular-zeolites.blogspot.com

  4. QUESTION:
    Has anyone used Zeolite Enhancer and had good results?
    I have read that Zeolite Enhancer is very good for curing cancer.

    • ANSWER:
      It works well for curing poverty and creating income for the zeolite sellers and distributors. Don't you think if zeolite really worked that all people with cancer would be avoiding surgery and chemo and just taking zeolite? Zeolite is not new. It's even sold on ebay. Zeolite by the way is related to asbestos but is probably not dangerous in the form in which it is being sold. It is also ineffective against the 200 or so different disease processes lumped under the generic name of cancer. There are no magic bullet cancer cures.

  5. QUESTION:
    Has anyone used Zeolite Enhancer and had good results?
    I have read that Zeolite Enhabcer is very good for curing cancer.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes i have used this b4 and when i heard my aunty had cancer i told her about this as i looked into home cures

      I have read many stories where ppl have been diagnosed with cancer and immediately start taking zeolite

      The next time they went back the physicians couldnt believe it as the cancer had gone i have heard many of stories all positive
      you take 2-10 drops a day
      My Aunt unfortunately' didnt receive hers in time and died but yeah i have heard this is a miracle little bottle and tastes of water..

  6. QUESTION:
    has any one had a good experience with alternative medicne or natural medicine in fighting cancer?
    i.e Medicine Man Tea, MPS Gold or cellular zeolite? any info would be helpful thankyou.

    • ANSWER:
      try ESIAC It is said to have a great rate of success

  7. QUESTION:
    How long do take chemo to live your system.?
    I have cancer .i had my last treatment January 12th,I'm still feeling chemo.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi there, Detoxing has been known to help remove the heavy metals left in your body from chemo much faster than your body can. An all natural product such as Zeolite works well and is relatively inexpensive to purchase. It's actually been known to rid cancer from the body itself by removing the toxins that can cause cancer (heavy metals, herbicides, pesticides and plastics) and help bring the body back to it's normal PH balance, in which cancer can't survive.

      I buy Zeolite in a powder form and just mix with water and drink three times a day. If you would like to read up about it you can go here http://www.zeohealth.com/?UM12694

      I buy from them and so far have been reliable and the best price I have found.
      Hope this helps...
      Best wishes,
      Michael

  8. QUESTION:
    liver cancer - has anyone successfully used a treatment called enhanced zeolite?
    I have read so much about alternative treatments and really need to know if anyone has tried successfully to reduce large tumours?
    What a poor first answer, no need for the thick sarcasm or 'smart' remarks,..I don't need a biology lesson, I simply asked for anyone who had used this treatment, fortunately you don't need to ask such questions.

    • ANSWER:
      RF ablation has been known to reduce tumor mass in the liver. Read up on S. Nahum Goldberg, M.D.at BIDMC, he is the most published on the technique.

      Radiofrequency, Chemotherapy Prove Effective Duo in Destroying Tumors
      Released: June 19, 2003

      At A Glance

      Rats survived three times longer when their cancer tumors were treated with combined chemotherapy and radio-frequency ablation (RFA).
      Doctors have seen a 25 percent increase in liver tumor destruction among 25 patients treated with combined RFA/chemotherapy at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

      Media Contacts:
      Maureen Morley
      (630) 590-7754
      mmorley@rsna.org Heather Babiar
      (630) 590-7738
      hbabiar@rsna.org

      NEW YORK - Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) combined with chemotherapy is currently being used to treat malignant liver tumors at a Boston hospital on the basis of results from a new study appearing in the July issue of the journal Radiology.

      The minimally invasive, outpatient procedure is performed on primary liver cancer or colon cancer tumors that have spread to the liver of patients at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

      "It's exciting that a simple, image-guided technique, along with chemotherapy, can enhance the area of tumor killed," said Jonathan B. Kruskal, M.D., Ph.D., section chief of abdominal imaging at Beth Israel Deaconess and associate professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School in Boston. "Our research shows that we are now able to treat larger tumors with this combined therapy."

      RFA uses heat to destroy malignant tumors. After sedating the patient, radiologists locate the tumor with computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance (MR) imaging. A four- to 10-inch-long electrode, similar to a biopsy needle, is guided into the center of a tumor via imaging. The electrode delivers radiofrequency current to heat and destroy the tumor tissue.

      Dr. Kruskal co-authored the Radiology study, which indicated that with the addition of chemotherapy, tumors larger than five centimeters can be treated with RFA and that partially destroying tumors with RFA slows tumor growth and improves survival.

      "Large tumors are typically not considered amenable to RFA treatment. Our results suggest that they may well be," he said.

      The research, performed by Guiseppe D'Ippolito, M.D., and colleagues under the direction of S. Nahum Goldberg, M.D., the senior author of the study, was the first randomized controlled study on combined RFA and chemotherapy treatments in animals. Dr. Kruskal presented it today during a Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) media briefing on image-guided therapies.

      Liposomal doxorubicin (a chemotherapeutic agent) and RFA were used to treat breast tumors implanted into 49 rats and grown from 10 days to two weeks. The animals were divided into four treatment groups: RFA only, doxorubicin only, RFA combined with doxorubicin, and a control group receiving no treatment.

      Doxorubicin is dispensed in fat droplets, which circulate through the body and find the tumor, helping to destroy it. When doxorubicin was combined with RFA, results showed a reduction in tumor growth rates and a tripling in the average survival rate compared with the group receiving no treatment.

      "The survival of animals increased from nine days in the control group to 27 days with the combined therapy," Dr. Kruskal said. "This study opens up the possibilities of using other drug cocktails with RFA to kill tumors and to treat tumors outside of the liver."

      RFA is a good option for treating liver tumors. Many people with liver tumors are not appropriate candidates for surgery because their tumors are too widespread or inaccessible or because of their poor physical health. They also may not be candidates for a liver transplant.

      A liver tumor can be ablated with radiofrequency in about 30 to 60 minutes, without affecting the liver's normal tissue. RFA is a one- to three-hour outpatient procedure that can be used to treat recurrent liver tumors. It is less risky than surgery, can be performed without general anesthesia and causes minimal discomfort. Patients can most often go home the same day.

      Risks associated with RFA include bleeding and injury to other organs and "post-ablation" syndrome, which includes flu-like symptoms.

      Beth Israel Deaconess is currently the only hospital providing combined RFA and liposomal chemotherapy, according to Dr. Kruskal. Approximately 25 patients have been treated with the combined therapy by Dr. Goldberg, director of the tumor ablation program at Beth Israel Deaconess, and they are seeing a 25 percent increase in the volume of tumor destruction. Based on these results, Drs. Goldberg and Kruskal are planning further studies, including a large clinical study comparing RFA alone to RFA combined with liposomal chemotherapy.

      "RFA has been used worldwide for the last five or six years to treat tumors up to five centimeters," Dr. Kruskal said. "With the new combined therapy, where patients are given doxorubicin intravenously prior to the start of RFA, physicians will be able to treat larger tumors, up to eight centimeters."

      The purpose of this study, partly funded by the National Cancer Institute and the National Institutes of Health, was to determine whether combined intravenous liposomal doxorubicin and RFA decreased tumor growth and increased endpoint survival - that is, from the start of treatment until the tumor reached three centimeters. Following treatment, tumors were measured every two to three days until they reached three centimeters.

      The rats that received RFA and doxorubicin had a mean endpoint survival of 27 days. Rats receiving either RFA or injections of doxorubicin had an endpoint survival of 16 days. The control group, with no treatment, reached endpoint survival at 10 days.

      Radiology is a monthly scientific journal devoted to clinical radiology and allied sciences. The journal is edited by Anthony V. Proto, M.D., School of Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Va. Radiology is owned and published by the Radiological Society of North America Inc. (http://radiology.rsnajnls.org)

      The RSNA is an association of more than 33,000 radiologists, radiation oncologists and related scientists committed to promoting excellence through education and by fostering research, with the ultimate goal of improving patient care. The Society's headquarters are located at 820 Jorie Blvd., Oak Brook, Ill. 60523-2251. (http://www.rsna.org)

      For information on radiology procedures and therapies, visit www.RadiologyInfo.org.

      # # #

      "Percutaneous Tumor Ablation: Reduced Tumor Growth with Combined Radio-Frequency Ablation and Liposomal Doxorubicin in a Rat Breast Tumor Model." Collaborating with Dr. Kruskal on this study were Nahum Goldberg, M.D.; Giuseppe D'Ippolito, M.D.; Muneeb Ahmed, M.D.; Geoffrey D. Girnun, Ph.D.; Keith E. Stuart, M.D.; and Elkan F. Halpern, Ph.D.

  9. QUESTION:
    has anyone who had cancer used liquid zeolite and found good results?
    can't really trust the websites these days since they all try to endorse themselves by potentially fake testimonials of such and such unnamed person from this or that state or country.. if its a testimonial then why don't they say their freakin full name and what province/state they live in? anyway my original question still remains as my question and please give more detail than a yes or no.

    • ANSWER:
      It is not a cancer treatment and testimonials even with a person’s full name and address is proof of nothing. Evidence is based on clinical trials.

  10. QUESTION:
    Has anyone with cancer specifically stage 4 lung cancer used liquid zeolite?
    How did it work for you or the person you knew?

    • ANSWER:
      What could it possibly have to do with cancer, lung or otherwise?

      Because of their surface area and structure, zeolites can hamper absorption of some medications including aspirin and the antibiotic tetracycline and could interfere with the action of some chemotherapy and immunosuppressant drugs. The supplements shouldn't be used by transplant patients because zeolite could potentially cause a reaction triggering rejection of the transplanted organ.

      Bottom line: no published studies show that zeolite has an antitumor effect in humans or offers any benefit to persons with cancer.

      lol tarkarri i had forgot about that tidbit!

  11. QUESTION:
    Is anyboday taking the supplment zeolite? Is it dangerous for your body?
    I am specifically interested in experience from parents of autistic kids. Most of things that I read online are from the company itself, or websites related to sell its products. I would appreciate any input.

    • ANSWER:
      As Panda has mentioned erionite is the most hazardous zeolite. Almost any fibrous mineral material is hazardous. The zeolite group of minerals is large and contains many useful materials. These can be made into water softeners, air and gas purifiers, and can be used to make ceramics.

      The supplement you refer to, even though it is patented, is not a zeolite, but is actually derived from a zeolite. It has never successfully completed human clinical trials.

      You may find a lead to something more effective here.
      http://geocities.com/cure.cancer/

  12. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know of a natural supplement to slow cancer growth especially in the kidney. Thank you!?

    Thanks! The help is for my dad. He is not a candidate for surgery and they are just going to watch. But he wanted to look to see if I could find something he could take that might help. The only things I have found so far is zeolite but not really convinced about it.

    • ANSWER:
      Minx is right on. I have a friend who has cancer and he started drinking essiac tea and is doing much better. Be careful who you purchase from and if you'd like to know of some places to purchase from I would be happy to recommend. Just email me. I drink it also because it is good for detoxification.

      I've heard that zeolite is good for detoxification but I have never tried it before.

  13. QUESTION:
    Do you know how to detox from Heavy metals in your body?
    I have been told that most people have different sickness because of toxicity in our bodies, and that this is due to heavy metals. What have you tried that helps HMD Heavy Metal Detox?

    • ANSWER:
      The existence of the heavy metals in your or my body is not a question if!
      It is a fact.
      Especially if you are over the 50 range.

      The amount of heavy metals in our bodies can be as high as 2kg.
      Of course it doesn't accumulated in your legs, but it is spread around our whole body and it is one of the major cause of cancer.

      Medical clays and Zeolites(clynoptilolites) are the best absorbers of them.
      ------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Only the help of Nature in form of overdose on Vitamins, minerals, certain enzymes and hormones can start the healing process to sick and needy.

      Anything else - including most of modern Western medicine is just prolonging the pain and suffering.

  14. QUESTION:
    What did space shuttle Columbia's crew want to find out on their trip?
    I've been looking everywhere for what specific experiments the crew of 7 had done before the shuttle exploded, but I just cant find it! I just want to know why they went up to the Moon because I am doing a project on William McCool.
    @Bill, You are funny! YOU KNOW WHAT I MEANT. This research means a lot to me

    • ANSWER:
      The Astronauts were kept busy with microgravity experiments in the Spacehab 24 hours a day by forming a red team and a blue team.

      Experiments in the SPACEHAB RDM included nine commercial payloads involving 21separate investigations, four payloads for the European Space Agency with 14 investigations, one payload/investigation for ISS Risk Mitigation and 18 payloads supporting 23 investigations for NASA's Office of Biological and Physical Research (OBPR).

      In the physical sciences, three studies inside a large, rugged chamber examined the physics of combustion, soot production and fire quenching processes in microgravity. These experiments provided new insights into combustion and fire suppression that cannot be gained on Earth.

      An experiment that compressed granular materials in the absence of gravity furthered our understanding of construction techniques. This information can help engineers provide stronger foundations for structures in areas where earthquakes, floods and landslides are common.

      Another experiment evaluated the formation of zeolite crystals, which can speed the chemical reactions that are the basis for chemical processes used in refining, biomedical and other areas. Yet another experiment used pressurized liquid xenon to mimic the behaviors of more complex fluids such as blood flowing through capillaries.

      In the area of biological applications, two separate OBPR experiments allowed different types of cell cultures to grow together in weightlessness to elevate their development of enhanced genetic characteristics -- one use was to combat prostate cancer, the other to improve crop yield. Another experiment evaluated the commercial usefulness of plant products grown in space.

      A facility for forming protein crystals more purely and with fewer flaws than is possible on Earth may lead to a drug designed for specific diseases with fewer side effects.

      *This is just a partial description, due to space limitation, to read it entirely go to the link; http://www.astronautix.com/flights/sts107.htm

  15. QUESTION:
    People who have known cancer, can you help?
    I want to know more about this oxy e and cellular zeolite.
    Have you tried it? How effective is it?

    • ANSWER:
      Cancer Research UK has information about this product. There are serious questions about the safety of zeolite as there appears to be a connection between mesotheolioma (a type of lung cancer) and zeolite in some populations.

      http://www.cancerhelp.org.uk/help/default.asp?page=19399

      "What is cellular zeolite?
      Cellular zeolite is an alternative therapy. It comes from a volcanic mineral called clinoptilolite, which is found in some soils. It is marketed as a finely ground powder in a liquid, that you take by mouth.

      There are a number of websites claiming that it reduces cancer risk and helps boost the immune system. Most of the claims made on these websites are simply personal accounts, and don’t have any research evidence to back them up. There is no published literature to prove that cellular zeolite helps prevent cancer in humans. A randomised clinical trial is the only way to properly test whether any new drug or remedy actually works.

      The companies marketing cellular zeolite claim that it is non-toxic and safe to use for everybody. In fact there is little published evidence about its side effects and how it might interact with other treatments. It is promoted as something which helps remove toxins and other substances from the body. As chemotherapy is a toxin, this could be a concern if you are having treatment.

      There is evidence that some forms of zeolite may be linked to mesothelioma, a type of lung cancer. Researchers have found there is an increased incidence of mesothelioma in the Anatoli region of Turkey, where a type of zeolite is found in the soil. So there are important questions about whether or not it is safe to take.

      When we put up information on alternative treatments that have not been properly tested, we receive a few angry emails. They say we are trying to prevent people from getting treatment that could help them. That is really not what we wish to do. What concerns us is that these treatments are often sold for a great deal of money. And people with cancer can be vulnerable and willing to try anything if they think it might work. It is important to talk to your doctor before taking any alternative cancer treatment. Especially if you are on other treatments for your cancer."

  16. QUESTION:
    Has anyone had any positive outcomes from taking the medication Zeolite? It is supposed to kill cancer cells.?
    A family member has been diagnosed with Prostate cancer and I was reading about the Zeolite liquid and tablets. Just wondering if anyone knows about it.

    • ANSWER:
      as far as I can tell its snake oil salesman trying to make a quick buck
      if the US government wont even use it on soldiers it has to be toxic!!
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zeolite
      see the medical section
      prostate cancer is as serious as any out there dont be snowballed by the snake oil sellers
      please read this article!!!
      http://www.cqs.com/zeolite.htm
      good luck and good health to your family

  17. QUESTION:
    Can you substitute kelp for potassium iodide?
    None of my local stores have potassium iodide on the shelves today, but I did get some Icelandic Kelp in tablet form, 225 mg iodine (as kelp) in each tablet. Is this a good substitute for potassium iodide?

    • ANSWER:
      but you would need 578 tablets to get 130mg iodine

      One of the greatest dangers following a nuclear accident comes from exposure to gases containing radioactive isotopes of iodine. These highly carcinogenic isotopes are readily taken up by the thyroid gland, resulting in the development of thyroid cancer. Exposure to radioactive iodine calls for immediate treatment with another form of iodine, potassium iodide, to saturate the thyroid and block the absorption of radioactive iodine. .

      Potassium Iodide (KI)
      Potassium iodide tablets are commonly stockpiled near nuclear power plants to allow for rapid distribution in case of a radioactive accident. In the absence of tablets, potassium iodide may also be administered as a "saturated solution of potassium iodide" (SSKI) which in the U.S.P. generic formulation contains 1000 mg of KI per ml of solution. Two drops of U.S.P. SSKI solution is equivalent to one 130 mg KI tablet (100 mg iodide).

      Recommended Doses
      According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the following doses of potassium iodide should be taken as a single dose within three hours of exposure, or up to 10 hours after exposure, although this is less effective.

      • Adults : 130 mg 

      • Adolescents: 12-18: WHO -- adult dose; CDC -- children's dose; if adult size (150 pounds or over) they should take the full adult dose, regardless of their age.
      • Children age 3-12 years: 65 mg

      • Infants : 1 mo. to 3 years, 32. 25 mg (ie half tablet)
      • Newborns to 1 mo., 1/4 capsule.

      Precautions
      While potassium iodate can be taken by a majority of people without any problems, it should only be used in case of a nuclear emergency. Doses in excess of the single (one time only) daily dose listed above should be taken only upon recommendation by a physician or public health authority. Patients should notify their doctor if taking quinidine, captopril, or enalopril, or if they are sensitive to iodine, or suffer from dermatitis herpetiformis, thyrotoxicosis or kidney problems before taking potassium iodate (or any thyroid blocker).

      Prophylaxis
      It is best to take iodide prophylactically, prior to exposure. Every family should have a good supply in their homes. At this time we may recommend taking 10-40mg per day. A dose of 30-50mg is the range of dietary intake in Japan and relatively safe to take long term but under practitioner monitoring. Build up gradually: 10mg-20mg-30mg-40mg.

      Then, in case there is an official announcement of significantly increased radiation, adults should go to the dose mentioned above: 130mg/day and children to lower doses per body weight, generally 65 mg, age 3-12 years. You can use a loading dose of two drops daily of Lugol's Iodine, a commonly available pharmaceutical form of potassium iodide, or SSKI, and increase to 130 mg if needed. See the U.S. Centers for Disease Control recommendations.

      Other supplements that may be protective are: vitamin D and vitamin K as they support appropriate apoptosis, which is programmed death of cells that accumulate various DNA errors (due to radiation and other causes), and vitamin D also supports DNA repair.

      Avoid exposure to rain that may be laden with radiation if we are exposed. You'll be informed by authorities if that is the case.

      Other Radiation Dangers
      Besides I-131, there are other toxic radio-isotopes, including cerium 137 and plutonium. To protect yourself from cesium poisoning, consume plenty of high potassium foods, as potassium competitively inhibits cesium uptake. Foods high in potassium include avocados, sea vegetables, & leafy green vegetables, and are more effective than taking a potassium supplement.

      To protect yourself from plutonium poisoning, eat lots of dulse & consume iron from plant sources, namely sea algaes such as spirulina and chlorella, which provide more iron than red meat. Miso soup has also been shown to have a protective effect. The mineral, zeolite, is being investigated for taking most radioactive materials out of the body.

      Additionally, foods and supplements high in antioxidants, will also help the body cope with these higher toxic levels as radioactive materials cause antioxidant depletion and ill health.

      Summary
      The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has admitted it is 'quite possible' that fallout from the Japanese reactors could reach America, though levels expected to be so low as to be almost undetectable. Given the unprecedented circumstances of the current crisis, though, it would be prudent to keep some potassium iodide on hand as a precautionary measure.

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/hyla-cass-md/radiation-risks-and-prote_b_836363.html

  18. QUESTION:
    Anyone have any experience with ZEOLITE?
    Want to know if anyone knows about it or know if it can help/harm cancer sufferers? Does it do anything? Is there any point taking it?

    • ANSWER:
      It doesn't "do" anything other than act as a molecular sieve

  19. QUESTION:
    Why do we allow a "Doctor Jeckel's" Industry of death and disease ?
    Why do we allow a "Doctor Jeckel's" Industry of death and disease ?

    Alot of diseases are PROBABLY caused by contaminents, ie copper and aluminum may cause Alzheimers, and alot of diseases are caused by 'bacteria', 'fungi', and viruses, and they are ignored, ie IBS, Crohns, and some Cancers.

    If the 'industry' can profit from killing healthy unborn children, will not the same industry allow people to suffer by keeping simple common sense causes and solutions away from people ?

    Have 'the snake oil" salesmen taken over the world of health by promoting their 'band-aid' solutions?

    • ANSWER:
      Big Pharma and The Wellness Revolution are BIG MONEY.

      There are just a few things - nutritionally by the way - that really support the body by providing the raw materials needed activate very powerful self healing mechanisms.

      1. Digestive health - probiotics
      2. Cellular health - glyconutrients
      3. nutritional supplementation - vitamins, minerals, aminos, etc.
      4. detoxification - liquid zeolites

      address (all of) these and great things happen - no matter the dis*ease.

  20. QUESTION:
    Does anybody know anything about liquid cellular zeolites?
    They are used by some people to fight cancer.

    • ANSWER:
      There is no documented scientific evidence that this product is of any benefit to cancer patients.

      It is a product that is being heavily marketed by those who claim otherwise. Any type of heavy marketing scheme for 'cancer cure' should immediately by suspected. People marketing the product are motivated by financial gain and not the overall health of a patient. If any efficacy existed for the use of this product for cancer it would belong in the realm of the research laboratory and carefully controlled clinical studies.

      One of the ironies of the promotion of zeolite is that this silicate mineral is commonly found in the soil in Turkey and has been linked to extremely high rates of mesothelioma (a type of lung cancer) and other malignancies. So, instead of being of benefit it may actually cause cancer.

      You can find out more about the study of the mineral at Entrez Pubmed:
      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez?db=PubMed

  21. QUESTION:
    My boyfriend is addicted to laundry detergent?
    He's seventeen and has always enjoyed the scent of Laundry Detergent but now it's getting really bad. He's actually snorting it and trying to eat it even though he said it tastes disgusting. It's getting really really bad. What kind of effects will it have on him if he continues doing this? And he told me hes addicted to it because hes missing something?..

    • ANSWER:
      Some ingredients in laundry detergent are toxic. Heres a list from the Environmental Protection Agency, May 1999

      Most all contain:

      Surfactancts - alkylphenol ethoxylates; may be endocrine disruptors that adversely affect metabolism, reproduction and growth; deadly to fish

      Builders - Zeolites, aluminosilicates, inorganic phosphates; potential to cause eutrophicaiton in fresh water - diminishes oxygen levels

      Bleaches - Inherent toxicity and toxic by products; sodium hypochorite can form hazardous gases and cholorinated organic byproducts; socium perborate present human health concerns; dichloro-isocyanurate may form toxic gas nitrogen-trichloride, also a threat to human health

      Colorants - may cause cancer or other adverse effects in humans (e.g., Rhodamine B). Metalized dyes present health concerns

      Optical brighteners - potentially toxic to humans such as aminotriazine or stilbene-based whiteners - may cause developmental and reproductive effects. These are fluorescent dyes that glow blue-white in untraviolet light making yelowed farics appear white.

      Solvents - toxicity to humans; ethylene glycol monobutyl ether present human health concerns; one solvent is Mono Ethanol Amine (MEA). Another is Sodium carbonate peroxide which breaks down into sodium carbonate and hydrogen peroxide, and sodium sulfate. Ethylene oxide is a known human carcinogen (cancer-causing).

      According to Dr, Mercola, sodium laural sulfate (SLS), sodium laureth sulfate (SLES), 1,4-dioxane, NPE (nonlphenol ethoxylate), and phosphates are all hazardous to humans. Toxic ingredients can cause respiratory problems, eye irritation, endocrine system disruption and cancer.

      16,000 studies have documented the dangers of SLS (Sodium laural sulfate) alone. 1,4-dioxane isn't listed on the label because it is a byproduct (2/3 of laundry products), but it is toxic to the brain, central nervous system, kidneys, liver and respiratory system. It is absorbed thru the lungs, skin and gastrointestinal tract.

      I do not know what could be in laundry detergent that is essential to human health that your boyfriend could be "missing." His statement doesn't make sense, to me anyway. Try to ecourage your boyfriend to get a complete medical checkup and let his doctor talk to him about the damage he's doing to his body. Good luck.

  22. QUESTION:
    Are Zeolites connected to Cancer Improvements?
    Hello,

    I am a serious scientific researcher who has worked with zeolites for over 30 years. They are remarkable compounds used for cracking petroleum to gasoline, purifying water and air and much much more.

    Now I am reading (on this site) that they are spoken of as a (possible) cancer cures. Can anybody bring me "up to speed" on this so I can consider if it warrants time, effort and research on my part to see if there is something to this?

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Might want to look at this: http://www.breasthealthproject.com/Zeolite.html

  23. QUESTION:
    Where can I purchase Celluar Zeolite in the state of Indiana.?
    Celluar Zeolite is used to cure Cancer.Thanks for your help

    • ANSWER:
      Go to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative medicine. If you cannot locate this product on their list, than all you will be doing is using an ineffective treatment, wasting precious time, and making marketers wealthy.

      http://nccam.nih.gov/

      http://www.cancerhelp.org.uk/help/default.asp?page=19399

      According to the American Cancer Society there is some question among researchers about some forms of zeolite that may be responsible for mesolithioma (a type of lung cancer). So caution should be urged as the product may cause cancer, not cure it.

      With any type of cancer treatment you should investigate the product or option thoroughly to see how effective it will be against your particular cancer. Do not be swayed by 'testimonials' as they are not 'proof' that something will work for you. Look for independent, documented proof from clinical trials, medical journals, or evidence based resources.

      The harm with unproven treatments is that you delay finding effective treatment (waste time and money) and also, unfortunately, cancer cells are part of the human body and what is good for the body often ends up good for the tumor too. With unproven treatment you may be helping the cancer grow faster.

      You should discuss this with your oncologist or healthcare provider as some medicines will not be compatible.

      Good luck

  24. QUESTION:
    How long can a patient live with Dementia?

    • ANSWER:
      Months to years

      You don't have to spend the last few years of your life in a "rest home" because your brain has failed to operate. By avoiding key foods (e.g. trans-fatty acids, other bad fats, heavy metals, etc.) and by taking some key nutrients that your brain needs to function properly, you can avoid living your "golden years" in a mental fog.

      The way food is processed these days is killing your brain. Food processing is ADDING trans-fatty acids and other bad fats to your diet, plus it is DESTROYING the essential fatty acids that our brain needs.

      I have not checked this out yet, but I have heard that methyl is another thing needed by the brain. MSM is in the list below, and it contains 2 methyl groups and 2 oxygen singlets. DMSO, also mentioned below, contains 2 methyl groups and 1 oxygen singlet, but DMSO can cause a lot of body odor when used in theraputic doses.

      1) A product that has been around for awhile is making waves among those who already have dementia. The product is called Vibe, by a company called Eniva. It is making significant changes in mental clarity within a matter of days. The suggested dose is 1/2 ounce for 2 days, 3/4 ounce for 3 days, 1 ounce for 3 days, then level off at 2 ounces a day. Within 2 weeks there should be a significant change. Here is a vendor:

      2) For the long term, your brain needs key essential fatty acids (e.g. omega 3). Seventy-five percent of the myelin is made up of fats, mostly essential fatty acids. However, do not just go out and buy omega 3 supplements. You need at least 2-4 tablespoons a day of refrigerated, liquid flax seed oil, or some combination of refrigerated, liquid flax seed oil and liquid fish oil. The omega 3 must be made water soluble, which is done by mixing the omega 3 with a sulfur protein, usually in the form of cottage cheese or yogurt. See this article on the Budwig diet for details on how to make water-soluble omega 3.

      3) If there is such as thing as a "cure" for dementia, that cure would be the Bob Beck Protocol followed by high doses of water soluble omega 3. The Bob Beck Protocol removes every microbe from your body, whether virus, bacteria, fungus, etc. Removing the microbes from the brain is probably the most important part of any dementia treatment!! See this article on cancer for more information about the Bob Beck Protocol.

      4) Your brain needs oxygen singlets (e.g. MSM, DMSO and stabilized oxygen [e.g. Prime pH, Aerobic O7]). Take 12 drops of a stabilized oxygen product and 12 drops of 70% DMSO a day, mixed in a fruit juice (take this at night). Children should take 6 drops of each. Instead of the DMSO, you could take 2 to 5 grams of MSM per day (make sure it is an MSM that is NOT a pill, and has not had any additives). See the theory and a testimonial:
      Article

      5) Your brain also needs key minerals. Products such as: Vibe (from Eniva - mentioned above), Cell Food, Vitamin O, Xango Mangosteen juice, Tahitian Noni juice, etc., are great for getting the necessary minerals into the brain.

      6) You also need to chelate heavy metals from your body. Different supplements chelate different heavy metals from your brain. Here is a list of supplements that chelate heavy metals:
      a) Natural Cellular Defense (zeolite),
      b) Vitamin C (take high quality 500 mg, 4 times a day, for a total of 2 grams),
      c) Chlorella, which is a food, not a supplement.
      d) The Karl Loren product

      Reasons:
      1) strokes (whether known about or not),
      2) free radicals (i.e. oxidative stress),
      3) illegal drugs,
      4) prescription drugs,
      5) lack of oxygen (as the body gets older, less oxygen is absorbed),
      6) diet, which is high in bad fats (e.g. trans-fatty acids) and low in good fats (e.g. omega-3). This includes taking certain kinds of fats (e.g. saturated fats) frequently. such as eating peanut butter regularly,
      7) years and years of an acidic diet, and the lack of things that alkalize the body, which leads to yeast, fungus, mould and bacteria thriving in the body,
      8) aspartame, Monosodium Glutamate, HVP, cysteine and other "excitotoxins" (which kill brain cells)

  25. QUESTION:
    has anyone used Zeolite Enhanced for cancer and what were the results and the success rates?

    • ANSWER:
      I can't find a good word for zeolite on the web, except for those selling it.

  26. QUESTION:
    What are the 10 most harmful compounds on earth?

    • ANSWER:
      10. Cinnabar (HgS) Main source of mercury

      9. Galena (PbS) Main source of lead

      8. Pyrite (FeS2) Main source of acid mine waters associated with sulfide mine tailings. As-containing pyrite

      7. Fluorite (CaF2) major fluorine-containing mineral

      6. (tie) Quartz (SiO2) Quartz in fine particulate form causes respiratory effects (silicosis or silicotuberculosis).

      6. (tie) Chrysotile (Mg3Si2O5(OH)4) Known as white asbestos. Chronic exposure can cause a progressive lung disease

      5. K-Feldspar (KAlSi3O8) contains small quantities of radioactive uranium, a major source of Pb

      4. Phenacite (BeSiO4) Beryllium (Be)-containing dust is highly poisonous.

      3. Erionite (NaK2MgCa1.5)[Al8Si28]O72 28H2O) A fibrous zeolite (sometimes referred to as a molecular sieve). Known to induce malignant mesotheliomas in humans

      2. Hydroxyapatite (Ca5(PO4)3(OH)) form deposits in human heart valves and arteries

      1. Crocidolite (Na2(Fe2+,Mg)3Fe3+2Si8O22(OH)2) Known as blue asbestos. Lung diseases, including lung and mesothelial cancer

  27. QUESTION:
    has anyboby heart of liquid zeolite?
    apparently its a natural remedy that helps kill cancer cells. my mum has cancer (just found out) and my cousin keep talking about this stuff that she found on the internet.

    • ANSWER:
      There isn’t a natural remedy that has been proven to kill cancer cells and your mom should not take anything without first discussing it with her doctor as it may counteract with her treatment.

  28. QUESTION:
    Where can I buy Potassium Iodide Tablets in Cicero or Chicago?

    • ANSWER:
      It is best to take iodide prophylactically, prior to exposure. Every family should have a good supply in their homes. At this time we may recommend taking 10-40mg per day. A dose of 30-50mg is the range of dietary intake in Japan and relatively safe to take long term but under practitioner monitoring. Build up gradually: 10mg-20mg-30mg-40mg.

      Then, in case there is an official announcement of significantly increased radiation, adults should go to the emergency dose: 130mg/day and children to lower doses per body weight, generally 65 mg, age 3-12 years. You can use a loading dose of two drops daily of Lugol's Iodine, a commonly available pharmaceutical form of potassium iodide, or SSKI, and increase to 130 mg if needed. See the U.S. Centers for Disease Control recommendations.

      Other supplements that may be protective are: vitamin D and vitamin K as they support appropriate apoptosis, which is programmed death of cells that accumulate various DNA errors (due to radiation and other causes), and vitamin D also supports DNA repair.

      Avoid exposure to rain that may be laden with radiation if we are exposed. You'll be informed by authorities if that is the case.

      One of the greatest dangers following a nuclear accident comes from exposure to gases containing radioactive isotopes of iodine. These highly carcinogenic isotopes are readily taken up by the thyroid gland, resulting in the development of thyroid cancer. Exposure to radioactive iodine calls for immediate treatment with another form of iodine, potassium iodide, to saturate the thyroid and block the absorption of radioactive iodine. .

      Potassium Iodide (KI)
      Potassium iodide tablets are commonly stockpiled near nuclear power plants to allow for rapid distribution in case of a radioactive accident. In the absence of tablets, potassium iodide may also be administered as a "saturated solution of potassium iodide" (SSKI) which in the U.S.P. generic formulation contains 1000 mg of KI per ml of solution. Two drops of U.S.P. SSKI solution is equivalent to one 130 mg KI tablet (100 mg iodide).

      Recommended Doses
      According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the following doses of potassium iodide should be taken as a single dose within three hours of exposure, or up to 10 hours after exposure, although this is less effective.

      • Adults : 130 mg 

      • Adolescents: 12-18: WHO -- adult dose; CDC -- children's dose; if adult size (150 pounds or over) they should take the full adult dose, regardless of their age.
      • Children age 3-12 years: 65 mg

      • Infants : 1 mo. to 3 years, 32. 25 mg (ie half tablet)
      • Newborns to 1 mo., 1/4 capsule.

      Precautions
      While potassium iodate can be taken by a majority of people without any problems, it should only be used in case of a nuclear emergency. Doses in excess of the single (one time only) daily dose listed above should be taken only upon recommendation by a physician or public health authority. Patients should notify their doctor if taking quinidine, captopril, or enalopril, or if they are sensitive to iodine, or suffer from dermatitis herpetiformis, thyrotoxicosis or kidney problems before taking potassium iodate (or any thyroid blocker).

      Other Radiation Dangers
      Besides I-131, there are other toxic radio-isotopes, including cerium 137 and plutonium. To protect yourself from cesium poisoning, consume plenty of high potassium foods, as potassium competitively inhibits cesium uptake. Foods high in potassium include avocados, sea vegetables, & leafy green vegetables, and are more effective than taking a potassium supplement.

      To protect yourself from plutonium poisoning, eat lots of dulse & consume iron from plant sources, namely sea algaes such as spirulina and chlorella, which provide more iron than red meat. Miso soup has also been shown to have a protective effect. The mineral, zeolite, is being investigated for taking most radioactive materials out of the body.

      Additionally, foods and supplements high in antioxidants, will also help the body cope with these higher toxic levels as radioactive materials cause antioxidant depletion and ill health.

      Summary
      The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has admitted it is 'quite possible' that fallout from the Japanese reactors could reach America, though levels expected to be so low as to be almost undetectable. Given the unprecedented circumstances of the current crisis, though, it would be prudent to keep some potassium iodide on hand as a precautionary measure.

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/hyla-cass-md/radiation-risks-and-prote_b_836363.html

      Potassium iodide, SSKI, lugol's solution of iodine - if worst comes to worst, paint your skin with iodine & some will be absorbed through the skin. You can usually find lugol's solution in pet stores that have aquariums also.

  29. QUESTION:
    liquid zeolites,to reduce cancer on my dog?
    my dog jet has a growth in his wind pipe,if it grows much more he will choke to death or ill have to put him to sleep,the vet says they cant do anything for him,please help me and jet

    • ANSWER:
      i'm sorry about your dog.
      but i'd get a different vet's opinion.
      i wouldn't gamble with your pet's health, unless you know 100% that thing will reduce your dog's tumor, because not everybody here will know exactly what they're talking about.
      seek a different vet's opinion. maybe you might have a better chance there.

      best wishes to you and your dog.

  30. QUESTION:
    Natural remedies for curing cancer?
    i have read some reviews on the net, thatLiquid Cellular Zeolite, has had great results in beating cancer, is this really worth ago? Or just ppl out to make money? Has anyone tried natural remedies for fighting cancer and caould share there experiences, Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      No scientific documented evidence exists that anyone has ever been cured' or found benefit using cellular zeolite. You should always check independent sources . . you can check for literature and documentation about any cancer product on PubMed . . which is peer reviewed research and studies.

  31. QUESTION:
    does anyone know the health benefits of zeolite supplement. even better, has anyone used it with good results?
    I have already read up on it. would like testimonies

    • ANSWER:
      I've read the testimonials, several of them. Even though there are no scientific studies showing the benefits of Zeolite supplements, chances are it didn't hurt.

      There must be some things taken into account, however. Most instances are dealing with cancer. Chemo and radiation need time to be effective. That is why so many treatments are required. In many cases Zeolite was the last resort. Two things are happening here. The chemo is working, but having (in most cases) severe side effects. The person taking the Zeolite is putting a lot of faith in that supplement, plus they don't notice if there are side effects.

      People have survived on faith alone. But we generally need a little help with that faith.

      I have a tendency to deal by using both; the medical/scientific route AND faith, laying on of hands and prayer. Attitude, I believe has as much to do with survival as treatment does.

      So there, you have my opinion. Good luck and take care.

  32. QUESTION:
    Has anyone had experience with Zeolite, Gumbi Gumbi, Essaic Tea, Laetrile, with regards to cancer treatments?
    I am researching natural / alternative cancer treatments and would like to hear from anyone who has had positive or negative experience / results from using such products.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi

      Your question is delightful. I must tell you the words "Essaic Tea," in your question, inspired old memories of my best bud Tina, who, in 1994, at the age of 43, learned she had lung and brain cancer

      She refused to discuss non traditional medicine - especially herbs, which, because of their colors, she considered vegetables. (She hated vegetables.)

      She spent the next two years of her life, dancing the surgery-chemo-radiation shuffle. My beautiful, funny friend withered away. The "cure" disfigured her body, incinerated her skin and ripped off her beautiful blonde hair - but worse, it destroyed her spirit, leaving her always sick, always tired - but ironically, not from the cancer -- from the "cure."

      After her last surgery, the docs shook their heads, gave her three weeks to live and two bottles of liquid morphine. Bearing very little hope, she decided to try the dreaded herbs.

      I knew a midwife who made Essaic Tea - she swore by it and was thrilled to share her personal version of the recipe. She insisted I use only fresh herbs purchased from a reputable dealer who would ship overnight.

      The next day, herbs in hand, I drove west out of Tucson, caught up with Interstate 8,and landed in San Diego before dark.

      She hadn't eaten for the last couple days and was so weak she couldn't walk to the bathroom. She quit taking the morphine because it made her groggy and sick to her stomach. I brewed a huge batch of Essaic, and drank it with her, on schedule, every two hours. On the second day, Tina was up, out of bed, asking for strawberries and clams.

      Her color came back first, then her smile and by the end of the week she was up and around. Her headache from the brain tumor left for the first time in months. We even drove to the ocean so she could put her feet in the water for a few minutes.

      She passed away at the end of Feburary and tho she lived only four months longer than predicted, I feel strongly that if she had the Essaic in the beginning, along with minimal chemo and radiation, she just might have made it.

      I witnessed a dramatic change in Tina as the tea brought her body to a healing state. Change such as that indicates the body does respond to Essaic in some form.

      Essaic, along with other alternative medicines, are worth a much closer look
      Best of luck,
      katy

  33. QUESTION:
    whats is Zeolite, and what is the best brand to buy?
    Also, Hawthorn Berry. Best form to use it in, and brand etc.

    thanks, Blaise

    • ANSWER:
      Does your question relate to cancer? Zeolite is a scam, so, no best brand. It's basically ground up ash.
      Hawthorne berry is as good as any vegetable or fruit as possibly helping reduce your risk of certain cancers, like blueberries, brocolli, tomatoes, etc.

  34. QUESTION:
    What is a breif history of Skin Cancer?
    Thanks heaps ;-)

    • ANSWER:
      Probably originated in oneself upteen years ago, prior to its manifestation.

      May have been caused by chemicals in our environment . . . food we eat (depleted soils, fertilizers, pesticides...) in the air we breath, in our water....so precious to life itself.

      These "FDA approved" (over 60,000 known) chemicals federally allowed for the market (toxic waste, pesticides, herbicides, pharmaceuticals, household cleansers, makeup . . .) for whatever reason, are harmful to mankind in someway....yet they are $$$ makers. Or..may have been caused by reprocussions of the products readily employed via government decision.

      During the 1950s era the "D" word was not to be publically brought forth (divorce.) Then, during the 1980s era the "C" word was not to be discussed (cancer) because this might bring on exasperation, disguss. unbelief, dishonor, anilation from differentiation, and separateness from the masses. "C" was relatively a new phenomina and not understood or accepted by many other than a gasp.

      21st century places cancer cells (simply put....abnormal growths) into most every human on the planet. which arises a question.....why do some acquire life-threatening cancer conditions and others not?

      chemicals (predominantly mankind) have played havoc with the human body to the point of toxifying us. only with a strong immune system, doing its normal job of ridding us of that which ails us, do we combat such happenings.

      those who are compromised, either physically, emotinally, mentally or spiritually are more likely to contract abnormal growths out of something all of us contain.

      those who strive to know who they are and take care of themselves rise above the additional growths of taht which we all have. the "c" maintains a controlled maintainance which cannot manifest by way of stimulants, but is rather suppressed to lay dormant.

      skin cancer, in particular, can be controlled very easily.
      most folks don't know about 'Pele's Tears' or 'Zeolites' which the ancients used as curing agents. e-mail me & i will b happy to share more with you on this subject.

      a skin doctor once told me......at least you can say you enjoy your life.....yachting, hiking, swimming, kayaking . . . . . . when many people only dream of such things.

      MD seems to feel (and believe) our O-zone problem is responsible, or the fact that we were not cognizant of UV rays and did not use protection.

      either way.....skin cancers are no more than a normal cell in one's body growing in an abnormal way.

      skin is the largest organ of the body. for protection. and was designed for a purpose.

      don't fret. all is curable.

  35. QUESTION:
    Is zeolite for real?
    So many people with cancer are claiming to be cured but if this is truly real than why isn't the medical profession jumping on it. Have any of you had success yourselves?

    • ANSWER:
      Most people who claim to be cured using items like zeolite never actually had cancer that was diagnosed by a real oncologist.

      Zeolite is a mineral which can be toxic if the dust is inhaled when it is mined. Raw zeolite is similar to asbestos. Zeolite provides a steady income stream for the "cancer professionals" working on ebay and elsewhere. If you look closely at the websites touting zeolite, many of the health claims are in the form of questions, so as to avoid making a direct claim at treating cancer. This is done because they know zeolite is an MLM scam and not a real treatment for anything.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zeolite

      http://www.squidoo.com/zeolitemarketing/

      Ever read Hulda Clark's The Cure for All Cancers? Most of the people she claims to have cured were self diagnosed, never had biopsies or CT scans to start with and there is zero documentation for followup on the people she claims to have cured of various cancers. LOL

  36. QUESTION:
    Has anyone tried Waiora for their cat?
    My persian male cat keeps getting UTIs. I have been to the vet and TRIED everything. He has no crystals, no stones and no blockage. Vet says he is proned. I have him on SO dry food. I volunteer at a cat place, and my boss there gave me liquid zeolite to try. Can this work? I heard some great success stories, but i wanted to ask first

    • ANSWER:
      Waiora the maker of Zeolite is a pyramid scheme company. They hook people in to make money. they need to sell to make money and they need to hook people on products to make money. This product hasn't been tested for safety in humans who it's intended for let alone your ANIMAL. I would not give your cat that product. Please google pyramid scheme waiora and educate yourself about this company and it's products. There are complaints it causes CANCER, is it true I don't know. Would I risk it HELL NO! Zoelite doesn't fall under the jurisdiction of the FDA because it's labeled as an oral detoxification and treatment agent The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) classifies herbals as dietary supplements, not drugs. Therefore, the FDA does not regulate supplements as it does prescription medications. This is how these type products get around the laws and check and balances. Would you take this product? If not then DON'T give it to your CAT! I wouldn't recommend giving any human medicine to your animals. They haven't been tested and could be unsafe. It's better to air on the side of caution correct?

      Have you tried changing his diet? I know you said you tried everything but there has to be something other then Zeolite.

      If your need to try something new is great please research the topic for your cat and approach your VET w/ other options. I'll give you a few links, copy them and ask your VET. Heck you can ask your VET about Zeolite and see what he/she says, then maybe try it. I would never give anything to my cat w/o checking w/ the VET.

      http://www.natural-pet-care.com/natural-pet-health-blog/home-remedies-uti-cats/ (natural home remedy)
      http://en.allexperts.com/q/Alternative-Medicine-Pets-3721/Cat-UTI-health.htm (natural ways)
      http://www.nativeremedies.com/petalive/articles/uti-cat-home-treatment.html

      Please talk to your vet about trying one of the remedies on this page or changing his diet again, then maybe Zeolite but only if your VET says it's okay, your Boss isn't your cat's VET.

      Good luck.

  37. QUESTION:
    Zeolite Enhanced now with DHQ?
    Is this another scam drug to cure cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      Zeolite is basically kitty litter.

      If it really cured cancer I think it would have made world wide headlines by now.

  38. QUESTION:
    Is zeolite faulse use or is it a real good product to help defeat cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      Has it got a proven track record ,if so at what stage is it most effective, can it beat cancer completely or give you more time. Ask your chemist these questions and it might give you a better idea of whether its a worthwhile product.

  39. QUESTION:
    Can Medicine Man Tea and Zeolite (clinoptilolite)?
    help cure lung and other types of cancer? If so how safe and can they be taken in stage 4? If so, which is the better of the two?

    • ANSWER:
      Please go to the National Library of Medicine site at Entrez PubMed to start research on this. Type in zeolite or medicine man tea.

      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?db=PubMed

      You should be aware though that some types of natural zeolite has been associated with causing cancer.

      Also, there is at least one report that this type of tea can cause a hepatitis like disease, so you should be cautious.

  40. QUESTION:
    has any one heard of zeolite powder..its suppose to be a cancer fighting supplement..what are the ingridents?
    my dad has cancer and want to know what zeolite powder has in it..and possibile side effects..i have heard it has been known to CUREcancer..please help

    • ANSWER:
      It does NOT cure cancer or anything else. It is ground up ash. If you breathe it in, it's been shown to cause lung cancer.

  41. QUESTION:
    Cancer fighting strategies?
    Has anyone heard of using cellular zeolite to help fight cancer? I have a family member with terminal liver cancer and apparently its too late for chemo and radiation.I have read testimonials of patients that have had amazing results using cellular zeolite, any info is greatly appreciated

    • ANSWER:
      Testimonials are poor sources for many reasons, but I won't get into that. Instead, I would encourage your family member to seek a second opinion. You do not give much information about age and overall health of the patient or other details, so I am unsure if this is possible.

      There is a treatment called Radiofrequency Ablation that is being used to treat liver cancer. It uses high energy radio waves to heat and kill the cancer cells. I know a young man (stage IV) who had nine liver tumors destroyed in this manner, he has been in remission for two years. Most patients are in the hospital overnight. Again, I do not know if your relative would be a candidate or not.

      University of Pittsburgh Liver cancer Center
      http://livercancercenter.upmc.com/Treatments/RadiofrequencyAblation.asp?section=Treatments

      Liver Cancer Center at UPMC
      http://livercancercenter.upmc.com/

      If you wish to continue investigating cellular zeolite you should no that there is no scientific documented evidence that it works. Unfortunately there is evidence that some forms of natural zeolite causes mesothelioma.

      What is cellular zeolite?
      http://www.cancerhelp.org.uk/help/default.asp?page=19399

      "Zeolite bodies in human lungs from Turkey.Sebastien P, Gaudichet A, Bignon J, Baris YI.
      It is thought that the extremely high occurrence of malignant pleural mesothelioma in the two Turkish villages of Karain and Tuskoy could be related to environmental zeolite fibers. Mineral fibers were assessed in lung samples from two cases of malignant pleural mesothelioma in Tuskoy, using the light microscope and the analytical transmission electron microscope. Zeolite (erionite) fibers and ferruginous bodies, formed around zeolite fibers (zeolite bodies), were frequently encountered in these samples. Under the light microscope, zeolite bodies were morphologically identical to typical asbestos bodies. To document the zeolite exposure in this area of Turkey, it is suggested that a biologic monitoring study be performed in villages in which mesotheliomas occur and in control villages, by testing for the presence of zeolite bodies in sputum.

      PMID: 6262566 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]"

  42. QUESTION:
    i've read about zeolite being beneficial to cancer patients?
    how true is this?

    • ANSWER:
      You can investigate zeolite and cancer through the National Library of Medicine and conduct a search:

      PubMed
      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez

      According to recent studies, fibrous zeolite found in villages in Turkey and has caused an outbreak of malignant mesothelioma.

      There are no conclusive scientific reports in regards to a benefit in use of zeolite in cancer patients.

  43. QUESTION:
    the safest way for a child too take potassium iodide..?
    I wanted to know what is the safest way for a child too take potassium iodide. And how much they should take? i cant find it anywhere on the net. I need to know how much they should take, or the safest way...PLEASE HELP!

    • ANSWER:
      It is best to take iodide prophylactically, prior to exposure. Every family should have a good supply in their homes. At this time we may recommend taking 10-40mg per day. A dose of 30-50mg is the range of dietary intake in Japan and relatively safe to take long term but under practitioner monitoring. Build up gradually: 10mg-20mg-30mg-40mg.

      Then, in case there is an official announcement of significantly increased radiation, adults should go to the emergency dose: 130mg/day and children to lower doses per body weight, generally 65 mg, age 3-12 years. You can use a loading dose of two drops daily of Lugol's Iodine, a commonly available pharmaceutical form of potassium iodide, or SSKI, and increase to 130 mg if needed. See the U.S. Centers for Disease Control recommendations.

      Other supplements that may be protective are: vitamin D and vitamin K as they support appropriate apoptosis, which is programmed death of cells that accumulate various DNA errors (due to radiation and other causes), and vitamin D also supports DNA repair.

      Avoid exposure to rain that may be laden with radiation if we are exposed. You'll be informed by authorities if that is the case.

      One of the greatest dangers following a nuclear accident comes from exposure to gases containing radioactive isotopes of iodine. These highly carcinogenic isotopes are readily taken up by the thyroid gland, resulting in the development of thyroid cancer. Exposure to radioactive iodine calls for immediate treatment with another form of iodine, potassium iodide, to saturate the thyroid and block the absorption of radioactive iodine. .

      Potassium Iodide (KI)
      Potassium iodide tablets are commonly stockpiled near nuclear power plants to allow for rapid distribution in case of a radioactive accident. In the absence of tablets, potassium iodide may also be administered as a "saturated solution of potassium iodide" (SSKI) which in the U.S.P. generic formulation contains 1000 mg of KI per ml of solution. Two drops of U.S.P. SSKI solution is equivalent to one 130 mg KI tablet (100 mg iodide).

      Recommended Doses
      According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the following doses of potassium iodide should be taken as a single dose within three hours of exposure, or up to 10 hours after exposure, although this is less effective.

      • Adults : 130 mg 

      • Adolescents: 12-18: WHO -- adult dose; CDC -- children's dose; if adult size (150 pounds or over) they should take the full adult dose, regardless of their age.
      • Children age 3-12 years: 65 mg

      • Infants : 1 mo. to 3 years, 32. 25 mg (ie half tablet)
      • Newborns to 1 mo., 1/4 capsule.

      Precautions
      While potassium iodate can be taken by a majority of people without any problems, it should only be used in case of a nuclear emergency. Doses in excess of the single (one time only) daily dose listed above should be taken only upon recommendation by a physician or public health authority. Patients should notify their doctor if taking quinidine, captopril, or enalopril, or if they are sensitive to iodine, or suffer from dermatitis herpetiformis, thyrotoxicosis or kidney problems before taking potassium iodate (or any thyroid blocker).

      Other Radiation Dangers
      Besides I-131, there are other toxic radio-isotopes, including cerium 137 and plutonium. To protect yourself from cesium poisoning, consume plenty of high potassium foods, as potassium competitively inhibits cesium uptake. Foods high in potassium include avocados, sea vegetables, & leafy green vegetables, and are more effective than taking a potassium supplement.

      To protect yourself from plutonium poisoning, eat lots of dulse & consume iron from plant sources, namely sea algaes such as spirulina and chlorella, which provide more iron than red meat. Miso soup has also been shown to have a protective effect. The mineral, zeolite, is being investigated for taking most radioactive materials out of the body.

      Additionally, foods and supplements high in antioxidants, will also help the body cope with these higher toxic levels as radioactive materials cause antioxidant depletion and ill health.

      Summary
      The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has admitted it is 'quite possible' that fallout from the Japanese reactors could reach America, though levels expected to be so low as to be almost undetectable. Given the unprecedented circumstances of the current crisis, though, it would be prudent to keep some potassium iodide on hand as a precautionary measure.

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/hyla-cass-md/radiation-risks-and-prote_b_836363.html

  44. QUESTION:
    has anyone heard of zeolite? the cancer cell fighter? does it really work?

    • ANSWER:
      Zeolites are minerals that have large cation exchange capacities (look it up) they are used primarily as exchange filters on water softening units.

      ZEOLITE DOES NOT FIGHT CANCER! Such information that is does is a lie fabricated by as5holes (who ought to be shot) trying to sell a useless product to desperate cancer victims

  45. QUESTION:
    i know someone that has terminal cancer, i have heard of a mineral called zeolite has any1 used does it work?
    does zeolite work as a cancer cure??

    • ANSWER:
      No! If it did, all physicians would be using it, and I assure you, I've NEVER heard of it in the 35+ years I've worked in the medical field

  46. QUESTION:
    Do you know of any Indian who had/have mesothelioma?
    Require details for research that i am undertaking

    • ANSWER:
      I have not heard or come across with any patient having Mesothelioma-

      Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer. In mesothelioma, malignant cells are found in the sac lining of the chest (the pleura) or the abdomen (the peritoneum). The majority of people with mesothelioma have a history of jobs that exposed them to asbestos, an insulation material.

      Description
      In the chest and abdominal cavities, as well as in the cavity around the heart (pericardial sac), there is a layer of specialized cells called mesothelial cells. These cells also surround the outer surface of most internal organs. These cells form tissue called mesothelium.

      The mesothelium performs a protective function for the internal organs by producing a lubricating fluid that permits the organs to move around. For example, this fluid makes it easier for the lungs to move inside the chest while a person breathes. The mesothelium of the abdomen is known as the peritoneum, and the mesothelium of the chest is called the pleura. The pericardium refers to the mesothelium of the pericardial cavity.-

      The primary risk factor for developing mesothelioma is asbestos exposure. In the past, asbestos was used as a very effective type of insulation. The use of this material, however, has been declining since the link between asbestos and mesothelioma has become known. It is thought that when the fibers of asbestos are inhaled, some of them reach the ends of the small airways and penetrate into the pleural lining. There the fibers may directly harm mesothelial cells and eventually cause mesothelioma. If the fibers are swallowed, they can reach the abdominal cavity, where they can contribute to the formation of peritoneal mesothelioma.

      Exposure to certain types of radiation as well as to a chemical related to asbestos known as zeolite has also been related to incidences of mesothelioma.-

  47. QUESTION:
    What do you think of detox diets?
    Okay so I believe in cleaning out your body once in a while! Not by enema or anything but by drinking water, 100% juices, drinking tea, and eating raw foods like fruits and veggies! I have done this in the past for about two days, and ended up with strech marks everywhere! Anyhow, that is besides the point...I am just wondering if anyone else does detox once in a while.....and how!!? What do you do, use, eat......etc!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Anika, Detox is good but the problem with water itself is it may contain pollutants which include chlorine, flouride and other chemicals which are bad for your health. This too goes for fruits and vegggies strewns with pesticides, herbicides and so much more. All this chemicals which pollute the food and drink are major causes for illness. Even the air you breath, you don't have to be a smoker to get lung cancer.
      BTW there is this product call Zeolite which have been use by Asian for more than 800yrs, it is an excellant detox agent. Now they have commercialize it in Liquid form. Its easy, handy and safe but effective. To get this product go to http://www.mywaiora.com/698685 and for futher info go http://www.zeoliteinfo.com . Numerous people have benefitted from Zeolite
      All the best to you and good for cleaning your system which inturn will increase your immune system.

  48. QUESTION:
    Does cellular zeolite liquid help cure cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      Nope but there are plenty of people on ebay selling the stuff that will tell you it cures all types of cancer.

      http://www.cancerhelp.org.uk/help/default.asp?page=19399

      If anyone tells you there is a product, supplement or juice that treats all cancers then you know one of several things
      (1) They don't understand that cancer is a generic name for hundreds of different diseases many of which require very different treatment approaches to achieve any hope of a cure.
      (2) They consider you a potential income stream and only want your money.
      (3) They honestly believe that whatever they are selling will help your cancer but because they don't really understand cancer, don't have your type cancer or first hand experience with your type cancer and third and most important - they don't realize the real damage they do by causing people to waste precious time by seeking magic bullet miracle cures.

      If you have cancer see an oncologist as soon as possible.


zeolite cancer

What Is Colon Cancer

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What is the difference between Colon Cancer and Intestinal Cancer?
    And how does one get screened for Intestinal cancer?

    Colon cancer runs in my family and I have a colonoscopy every year. But I found out that a close relative has Intestinal cancer.

    • ANSWER:
      As other peole pointed out, "colon" cancer is a cancer specific of the large intestin, whereas "intestinal" cancer could affect any part of the intestine (including the small intestine, i.e. duodenum, ileum and jujenum).

      If colon cancer runs in your family, you are likely to have FAP, or Familial adenomatous polyposis, an inherited colorectal cancer syndrome. People with the classic type of familial adenomatous polyposis may begin to develop multiple noncancerous (benign) polyps (growths) in the colon as early as their teenage years.
      This cancer usually develops in the lower part of the digestive system, including the large intestine (colon) and rectum. However, the FAP syndrome could present a risk factor for the cancer of the small intestine (what your relative might have), therefore this person could also carry the genetic mutation that confers cancer predisposition (the APC gene, in the case of FAP).

      Feel free to contact me for more information

  2. QUESTION:
    What is the difference in the stages of colon cancer?
    my boyfriend has 4th stage colon cancer. They removed some of the colon. they now say both lobes of his liver have cancer spots and they are concerned about a spot on his lung.

    • ANSWER:
      As colon cancer progresses from Stage 0 to Stage IV, the cancer cells grow through the layers of the colon wall and spread to lymph nodes and other organs.

      Stage 0 (Carcinoma in Situ)
      In stage 0, abnormal cells are found in the innermost lining of the colon. These abnormal cells may become cancer and spread into nearby normal tissue. Stage 0 is also called carcinoma in situ.
      Stage I
      In stage I, cancer has formed and spread beyond the innermost tissue layer of the colon wall to the middle layers. Stage I colon cancer is sometimes called Dukes A colon cancer.
      Stage II
      Stage II colon cancer is divided into stage IIA and stage IIB.
      Stage IIA: Cancer has spread beyond the middle tissue layers of the colon wall or has spread to nearby tissues around the colon or rectum.
      Stage IIB: Cancer has spread beyond the colon wall into nearby organs and/or through the peritoneum.
      Stage II colon cancer is sometimes called Dukes B colon cancer.

      Stage III
      Stage III colon cancer is divided into stage IIIA, stage IIIB, and stage IIIC.

      Stage IIIA: Cancer has spread from the innermost tissue layer of the colon wall to the middle layers and has spread to as many as 3 lymph nodes.
      Stage IIIB: Cancer has spread to as many as 3 nearby lymph nodes and has spread:
      beyond the middle tissue layers of the colon wall; or to nearby tissues around the colon or rectum; or
      beyond the colon wall into nearby organs and/or through the peritoneum.
      Stage IIIC: Cancer has spread to 4 or more nearby lymph nodes and has spread:
      to or beyond the middle tissue layers of the colon wall; or to nearby tissues around the colon or rectum; or to nearby organs and/or through the peritoneum.
      Stage III colon cancer is sometimes called Dukes C colon cancer.

      Stage IV
      In stage IV, cancer may have spread to nearby lymph nodes and has spread to other parts of the body, such as the liver or lungs. Stage IV colon cancer is sometimes called Dukes D colon cancer.

  3. QUESTION:
    What are some good things to cook for someone with colon cancer?
    My moms best friend has colon cancer and is coming to town for a week and i wanna make sure she has good food that isnt gunna upset her stumich or anything. What should i keep in mind while putting together a plan?

    • ANSWER:
      hey there...well u can take help from this site...i was goin thru it someday and found it really interesting http://colon-cancer.emedtv.com/colon-cancer/colon-cancer-recipes.html....i hope it helps u...enjoy and tc

  4. QUESTION:
    Are certain cases of colon cancer more aggressive than others?
    My dad passed away from colon cancer in december of 2007 only after 9 months. but i read that the survival rates were higher than that. he had surgery,chemo and radiation. i was wondering if certain cases can be more aggressive and harder to treat than others?

    • ANSWER:
      98% of colon cancers above the anal verge are adenocarcinomas and although they do vary in aggressiveness it is not drastic. There are other rare types that are much more aggressive. Survival rates are dependent on stage. Stage 4 colon cancer has a 5-year survival rate of 5%. There are those that survive past 5 years and of the other 95% there are those who survive 1 week and others survive 4 years and 11 months. It is difficult to apply these rates to an individual without a good understanding of the disease process and even then it is just one piece of the puzzle.

  5. QUESTION:
    What aspect of colon cancer would be interesting to present to an audience?
    Colon cancer in a specific country (what country do you think would be best to discuss about) Pllllzzzzzzzz give me ideas!!! :D
    Thx!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      In a specific country? It's interesting to note that the incidence of colon cancer is highest in the westernized countries of North America, Northern Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. And it's even more interesting to note that when a developing country adopts a Western diet, colon cancer rates rise. Would this be something that you could present to an audience?

  6. QUESTION:
    If my family has a history of colon cancer, how early should I start getting tested?
    My mom had colon cancer and I was just wondering if there was a certain age that it is recommended I should get checked out.
    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      You have not mentioned your age, even then you should have contact your doctor periodically at least once in 2 years and have the tests done to ensure you do not have the disease.

      The U.S. Multisociety Task Force on Colorectal Cancer recommends the following screening options:

      * Annual fecal occult blood testing
      * Flexible sigmoidoscopy every five years
      * Annual fecal occult blood testing plus flexible sigmoidoscopy every five years
      * Double contrast barium enema every five years
      * Colonoscopy every 10 years

      More frequent or earlier screening may be recommended if you're thought to have a high risk of colon cancer. Explore the benefits and risks of each screening option with your doctor. Together you can determine which colon cancer screening option is best for you. One factor to consider is whether your health insurance provider covers colon cancer screening.-

  7. QUESTION:
    How long does colon cancer take to develop from stage to stage?
    Can anyone please tell me what is the average time for colon cancer to develop from stage to stage for a 13 year old boy who weighs 120 pounds and 5'5.

    Like from stage 1-2,2-3,3-4

    Thx

    • ANSWER:
      It's hard to tell, but colon cancer is a slower growing cancer than many other types. If you suspect anything, go to a gastroenterologist and have a colonoscopy done. There are many diseases that are more likely for a 13 year old than cancer, and they have the same symptoms. The colonoscopy can pinpoint the problem, and you can know what needs to be treated.

  8. QUESTION:
    Why do people freak when I say if I get colon cancer im most likely going to refuse treatment?
    I have UC and a history of colon cancer in my family. After seeing what they went through I don't feel its worth spending my life savings just to go through that mess. My family says they understand my wishes. Is there anyway I can make sure nobody forces me to get treatment?

    • ANSWER:
      If you are a competent adult, they cannot do it. Even if you are not an adult, you can of course refuse to go to the doctor.

      I suffered from UC for a number of years. I had my colon removed because I was not responding to medication, and was on a downward spiral.

      Even though I had my colon removed, there is about 1" left that connects the small intestine to my anus (I do not have an ostomy-the doctor did what is called a j pouch). I still get that regularly checked, because I know I am at a higher risk for colon cancer than others. It's worth it as 'preventive maintenance.'

      You should have regular colonoscopies, and because of your disease and family history, you should get them much more frequently than others. You should be going to a gastroenterologist, and that doctor should be a member of the CCFA-if not, find another.

      Focus on early detection, and you have a LOT more options.

      Good luck.

  9. QUESTION:
    How fast would colon cancer grow in a 64 yr old man?
    My Dad has cancer and they think it is colon but aren't sure yet. Meanwhile a lump has been growing in his neck. That can be a sign of stage 3 colon cancer, but now it has grown so that he has trouble lifting his arm and it hurts and it grew to that in a matter of weeks. How bad is that? He is to start chemo next week.

    • ANSWER:
      Colon cancer is typically slow growing in anyone regardless of age.
      If he has colon cancer in his neck it is stage 4.
      I don’t understand how he could start chemo next week without knowing for sure what kind of cancer he has and it is not typical to have chemo before surgery unless it is a rectal or anal cancer.

  10. QUESTION:
    has anyone had the laproscopic surgery for colon cancer?
    My doctor is planning on doing the laproscopic surgery for colon cancer and I was wondering if anyone in here had had this?

    • ANSWER:
      yes I have had laproscopic surgery for colon cancer ,3 yrs ago was out of the hospital on the fourth morning after the surgery ,quick recovery.

  11. QUESTION:
    How can I help my husband survive colon cancer?
    He has stage III, possibly IV, colon cancer. He has had a portion of his large intestine, along with the cancer removed. However 6 out of 10 lymph nodes in that portion contained cancer. Also the cat scan showed something in the liver but he is to get an MRI to determine if that is cancer or not. He will be receiving chemo. through a port, 2 days every week for 6 months. Are there any alternative or additional treatments available?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi there! I am not sure where you are located, but I know what you're going through, both as a caregiver and a from a patients prospective. I am going to be 33 next week, I was diagnosed at 28 with stage 2 colon cancer. I have the gene that causes colon cancer-HNPCC(Hereditary Non-Polyposis Colorectal Colon Cancer), MLH-1 mutation. My mom passed it to me, she got it from her father, etc., My father also had colon cancer three months after me at age 73. He's had 7 cancers in 13 years-currently has leukemia and I currently have stage 1 cervical cancer.

      The previous poster was right in answering all the questions and listing the different types of chemo-I did Folfox-5FU, with Oxaliplatin, and Leukovorin-I ended up having an allergic reaction to that after I had that nice port put in and they did 6 months of oral Xeloda with me. However, at the time they were doing clinical trials with Avastin and I hear that's AWESOME stuff.

      Don't fret or lose hope! I have know people that were written off and stage 4 and they're here 10 years later! My advice to you and your husband is to be proactive! Listen and ask questions to your doctors, they are there to serve you! If you don't like their responses get another opinion, yes, time is of the essence, but this is life here, people get second opinions on their houses, cars, etc. take the time to do it on your body-I so wish we had did with my mother! Keep a chart-medical record-get copies of everything HIPPA allows you that freedom of your medical record-you'll need this information because chemo is no joy ride and if he gets ill and needs to go to the er you have his "current" chart there with you-it will speed things up and help the ER docs, etc treat him faster if needed.

      I don't know what state you're located in or else I could provide you with more resources and contacts. How old is he? Also a PET scan-google or yahoo it! It is used to "help" diagnose cancer-better than an MRI IMO, they use it as a "re-staging" for cancer patients, my father and I have one done every 3-6 months, basically it's like a CT scan, but it's of your whole body, and they inject a little dye and you drink some barium and it's this SUV (Standard Uptake Value) that is measured-it highlights up on the films like a highlighter, the higher the numbers-the greater the chance there is metabolic abnormalities there, thus cancerous cells.

      Chemo is going to be difficult, at least for me and my mother it was-my dad is very fortunate, he tolerates it well. Some things to keep in mind-use plastic utensils to eat things with-stuff will taste like metal if you don't and don't eat things from metal containers like canned fruit, etc., Once the chemo starts taking effect, like the second dose-he'll get the cold hands sensation-so no cold liquids-room temperature will be just fine, same thing with being around the fridge and freezer items & same goes with the grocery store-when you pick up a cold item it's like electricity is running through your veins. Avoid high acids foods-reflux and upset stomach will just set in-not a good combination. Zofran 4 & 8 mg was the best nausea med & now they have some that are in dissolvable kind for the tongue.

      If his blood counts go down from chemo-which they probably will, he may have to take procrit or neulasta(sp) shots, the latter will cause some bone pain because it affects your bone marrow, it's normal, but don't hesitate to mention it to your doctor-don't hesitate to mention anything to the doctor!

      Also-neuropathy-numbness in hands and feet-I found that vitamins B6 & B12 are amazing when it comes to this-but check with the doc first. If diarrhea sets in bad, A&D ontiment is good to have on hand, as are baby wipes & marshmellows-if he can tolerate them, they slow down the digestive track a little cause you get tired of taking immodium or at least I did.

      I would love to talk to you some more, or heck I'd even chat w you over the net, check out my profile, it's got my IM info in there! Good luck!

  12. QUESTION:
    How much of the word population is suffering from colon cancer ?
    How much of the word population is suffering from colon cancer and out of how much people are ?

    • ANSWER:
      I don't do homework.

      Google colon cancer and the stats will be there.

  13. QUESTION:
    How long does it take to recuperate from colon cancer surgery?
    How long does it take to recuperate from a surgery that is supposed to eliminate colon cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      My Mom survived colon cancer 2 years ago...it took her about 4 or 5 mos to get any spring in her step. She is now experiencing some bowel problems but will not have any thing confirmed...she says whatever will be will be......She today, at 81-1/2 looks fine, got back all her weight and her demeanor improved....but we will see P.S....She refused all treatment after her surgery

  14. QUESTION:
    What is the difference between anal cancer and colon cancer?
    I was reading a story that Farrah Fawcet has anal cancer. I thought we called it colon cancer or is there a difference?

    • ANSWER:
      Anal cancer and colon cancer are not exactly the same thing. Colon cancer occurs in the colon, also known as the large intestine. It usually occurs as the result of malignant (cancer) degeneration of a precancerous lesion known as a polyp. Anal cancer occurs in the anal canal. A different type of cell lines the anal canal and thus, it is a different type of cancer. They metastasize (spread) differently and are treated in somewhat different ways depending on the cell type involved.

  15. QUESTION:
    What are some of the signs you have colon cancer?
    What are some of the signs when you first get colon cancer and if you wait a couple years and find out you have colon cancer what are the different signs?

    • ANSWER:
      Colon cancer is a silent disease. I was diagnosed with advanced stage IV colon cancer at the age of 40 in Jan 2006. My only long term symptom was constipation (20 + years) . A couple of months prior to diagnosis I had bloating and cramping. My GP, and GI specialist were not concerned about cc, only motility issues. Well, the colonoscopy showed different.

      Wendy
      www.wendysbattle.com

  16. QUESTION:
    what are the odds that my boyfriend has colon cancer?
    my boyfriend recently told me that he has a long history of colon cancer with the males in his family. im not sure if he shows any symptoms of it,but im just worried. every 14 years all of the men in their family get a check up for it,just to make sure. i don't know if im making a big deal out of it,but i just want to make sure he's ok.do you think that he might have it?

    • ANSWER:
      I would say the best thing for you to do is relax. Ask him to check to make sure there isn't traces of blood in his feces. Scants of red blood could mean that a polyp is open. A polyp is a sign of rectal and colon cancer. If he is being checked out however there shouldn't be anything to worry about.

      He may also want to change his diet to include foods that support a healthy colon.

      try www.mayoclinic.com

  17. QUESTION:
    How safe is Dual Action Cleanse? I just started taking it because I am trying to prevent colon cancer.?
    My grandmother survived colon cancer about 5 years ago. I want to do all I can to prevent it. I figured I would start by eating healthier and adding more fiber and water to my diet. I also just started taking dual action cleanse. I got it from walmart, so i didn't pay a ton of money for it. Is it safe?

    • ANSWER:
      As long as you have no other medical conditions you should be fine. I don't think you should take it long term with out a break though. If you do get off of the dual action cleanse don't do it suddenly or you might get constipated. Try tapering off.
      EDIT: Make sure you follow the directions. It's not a good idea to take laxatives long term. Except bulk forming ones like psyllium.
      If you want to prevent colon cancer, vitamin D is one of the best ways to do that. The research coming out on vitamin D is amazing. Just do a Google video search for vitamin D and cancer and you will see how profound it is. 20 years from now all Doctors will be recommending vitamin D for their patients. Vitamin D activates the most innate part of the immune system. Vitamin D seems to fight many types of cancers not just colon cancer. I personally take 10,000 IU a day which is regarded as the tolerable upper limit (for now). It's almost impossible to overdose. Hope that helps you.

  18. QUESTION:
    Which exams are typically ordered to follow a year(s) after a successful colon cancer surgery?
    A person very dear to me had colon cancer in 2007 and had a successful surgery to remove the tumor. She also had some months of coadyuvant therapy (chemo?). There have been further (clean) colorectal exams but I wonder which other exams are ordered in the first year or two following the surgery to guard against possible spread to other organs?
    She has regular blood exams, every 6 months. Had recently (1 yr) a colonoscopy that came out good. But no CT scan which is what worries me.

    • ANSWER:
      sounds like your friend had the same handling as my husband: surgery + adjuvant chemo. "Adjuvant chemo" is preventative - it's to mop up any loose cancer cells.

      The followups will depend on the exact nature of the cancer (there are different types even within colon cancer ...e.g. adenocarcinoma) and the oncologist. Hubby has had
      - colonoscopy immediately post chemo finishing
      - CT scans immediately post chemo, and then every 6 months until 2 years from diagnosis
      - blood tests every 6 months

      He'll probably have another colonoscopy in 2010, and CT scans are now annual until 5 years.

  19. QUESTION:
    What is the statistics of recurrence for colon cancers survivors?
    I was diagnosed with colon cancer stage I in 2008 and the malignant tumour was surgically removed. It has been 4 years since, and I am afraid that one day, I will have recurrence in the same colon or in another organ. What is the probability that this will happen? Can you cite statistics on this?

    • ANSWER:
      This is very simple to look up on the internet.
      Here is the data http://www.everistgenomics.com/content/oncodefender/oncodefender-crc/patients-and-caregivers.htm
      http://www.medicinenet.com/colon_cancer/page7.htm#What_does_the_future_hold_for_patients_with_colorectal_cancer
      http://www.medicinenet.com/colon_cancer/article.htm
      About one in seven (15%) stage I colon cancers can recur
      usually in the first few years, but recurrence is possible up to roughly ten years out.
      Your chances are better if the primary was very superficial and well differentiated,
      but we don't have that information in your case.
      Wiki is fairly good for this question
      and perhaps easiest for a non-physician to understand.
      Look at the prognosis section. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adenocarcinoma,_colon
      It would help us to have the surgical pathology report, but we have to answer
      most questions without adequate information.
      The best person to ask of course is the surgeon who has seen the primary tumor
      and the pathology report.
      Best of luck to you.

  20. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to have colon cancer so young?
    My husband has every symptom listed of colon cancer except for weight loss, but he is only 31 years old. This just can't be right... I made him get checked out today and now we are just waiting for a specialist to to look at his colon next week.

    • ANSWER:
      Colon cancer can occur at any age, but the symptoms are far more commonly displayed by lesser illnesses. Colonic cancers are more prevalent in older patients, but there has been an increase in the number of younger patients who follow a western style diet high in processed foods.

      "Common illnesses are common" is one of the first things quoted to medical students, and there are many common ailments which singly or in combination can cause all of the symptoms of colonic cancer. Accurate diagnosis involves taking tissue samples for microscopic examination and the process in which this is done can be a bit uncomfortable but is not painful.

      The internet and self-diagnosis can in many ways be more worrying than the illness itself. Stop assuming it's cancer and let the expert make a diagnosis. Even if your worst fears are realised, then early detection and modern treatment ensure a high survival rate; treatments have dramatically improved even in the three years that I've been interested in oncology.

  21. QUESTION:
    Does colon cancer effect any other body systems besides the digestive system?
    Does colon cancer effect respiratory, muscular or any others? Why? Please help.

    • ANSWER:
      There are 5 stages of colon cancer. Stage 0 is simply a noncancerous polyp that is removed with a colonoscopy. Stage 1 means the cancer has entered the colon lining, and it is removed through surgery. Stage 2 means it has invaded the muscle of the colon, and doctors debate whether chemo should also be used. Stage 3 means it has broken through the colon wall, and some lymph nodes are involved. Stage 4 is where the cancer has spread to other organs. It isn't until it reaches this stage that other organs would be involved, and since colon cancer is a slow growing cancer, regular colonoscopies usually prevent it from getting to this point.

  22. QUESTION:
    How do doctors check you for colon cancer?
    If I went to the hospital to get checked for colon cancer, what would they do to me to find out? How do they find out? And about how much do you think it will cost? And if I did have colon cancer, what treatment would they tell me to take?
    I'm trying to keep this question more general, what would they usually do? What would they normally do or recommend to anyone?

    • ANSWER:
      If your signs and symptoms indicate that you could have colon cancer, your doctor may recommend one of more tests and procedures, including:

      1.Using a scope to examine the inside of your colon. Colonoscopy uses a long, flexible and slender tube attached to a video camera and monitor to view your entire colon and rectum. If any suspicious areas are found, your doctor can pass surgical tools through the tube to take tissue samples (biopsies) for analysis.

      2.Using dye and X-rays to make a picture of your colon. A barium enema allows your doctor to evaluate your entire colon with an X-ray. Barium, a contrast dye, is placed into your bowel in an enema form. During a double-contrast barium enema, air also is added. The barium fills and coats the lining of the bowel, creating a clear silhouette of your rectum, colon and sometimes a small portion of your small intestine.

      3. Using multiple CT images to create a picture of your colon. Virtual colonoscopy combines multiple computerized tomography (CT) images to create a detailed picture of the inside of your colon. If you're unable to undergo colonoscopy, your doctor may recommend virtual colonoscopy.

      4. Earlier and initially by conducting Blood tests. Your doctor may order blood tests to better understand what may be causing your signs and symptoms, but there are no blood tests that can detect colon cancer. Blood tests may include a complete blood count and organ-function tests. -

      A. With the test results of the above the doctor will confirm if you have colorectal cancer and advice you for further treatment planning depending of various conditions.

      Costwise it vary from contry to contry and unless we know where do you stay it is difficult to tell. This one you have to find out locally from an Onclogist or Oncology hospital.

      Generally as done for most of the cancers you will have to undergo treatments viz. Surgery, Chemotherapy and radiation therapy. The quantum of cycles of these treatments will be decided again on the basis of seviarity of your disease. -

      Please do not worry for the expesnes. You have to carry on the treatments suggested by the Oncologist and try to cure the disease as CANCER IS STILL AN ENIGMA -

  23. QUESTION:
    What stage of colon cancer involves blood in the stool?
    This may vary from case to case but in general do the early stages of colon cancer involve bloody stools or is it only once it is advanced? Is it possible to get colon cancer and not have blood in your stool at all?

    • ANSWER:
      All stages have blood in the stool. It is possible to have blood in the stool and not know it. Colon cancer does not often occur without it.

  24. QUESTION:
    What shall i do i have colon cancer and im only 14?
    I am only 14 years old and today i was diagnosed with colon cancer symptoms and im not sure what to do! I am very upset about it and feel that my friends should know about my condition.
    How can i tell them without scaring them?
    And what shall i do to make my self feel better??

    thankyou to anyone who can help me!

    • ANSWER:
      “Colon cancer symptoms” is not a diagnosis. If you truly were diagnosed with colon cancer not scaring your friends should be the least of your concerns. When someone your age gets an adult cancer it is far more dangerous for you than it would be for a 60 year old person.

  25. QUESTION:
    what can I do to reduce my risk of getting colon cancer?
    It runs in our family,my dad had to have half of his taken out,My sister had colon cancer and may have wear a bag the rest of her life. I know there is no substiute of
    being checked frequently.What measures can I take?

    • ANSWER:
      If you have one of the rare hereditary colon cancers in your family you should check to see if you have the gene there is a 50/50 chance you do. If you do not your risk is the same as everyone else’s and if you do the best thing you can do is have regular colonoscopies. Your GI doctor is the best to advise you as he or she knows your history and the results of your tests.
      Smoking is a risk factor for colon cancer, but the data is mixed on diet. Of course a healthy diet does help in other aspects of your health so it would be a good thing anyway.

      EDIT: DO NOT use a colon cleanse. That is the most ridiculous piece of quackery out there and can cause potential harm.

  26. QUESTION:
    How bad is it when doctors use radiation as treatment for stage 4 colon cancer?
    My best friend has stage 4 colon cancer. She's only 24 years old. She told me that they are going to start radiation, what does that mean? I read about how they do it, but how bad does it have to be before they do radiation?

    • ANSWER:
      Just as the poster before me, they do radiation even for Stage 2 cancers. I have to get radiation for Stage 3B Breast Cancer I was officially diagnosed as cancer free but I have still have to go thrut he radiation as a safety measure. All Stage 4 cancer is bad but that does not mean that she can't beat it--people beat statistics all the time. Keep a positive attitude and my thoughts and prayers are with you and her and the family during this difficult time.

  27. QUESTION:
    What are the best ways to prevent colon cancer?
    What are some steps you can take to prevent colon cancer besides yearly colonoscopys? Is there certain foods or suplements you can take to help prevent it from happening?

    • ANSWER:
      There are lots of common diseases which do not have may cure till date inspite of progress made by science. I am getting success with most of the common diseases with the following.

      Give up water and all other liquids for 24 hours. To avoid dehydration keep indoors.

      The reason and logic for the above in short is as under -
      The cells of the human body are at the lowest level which produces energy. To produce energy cells burn glucose in presence of oxygen.
      When there is more water in the cell then the energy producing capacity of the cell is significantly reduced. Reduced energy by the cells cause build up of water outside the cells as well.
      Continued less burning of glucose also causes accumulation of other items in the cell. That causes the cells to swell up.
      This does not happen overnight.
      There are various checks in the body to avoid build up of water in the cells. Like whenever there is change in temperature the body adjusts the amount of water that cells carry. When this adjustments fails due to some reason the body tries various modes to get rid of the excess water - sinus, cold and cough, adrelin levels, water reduction thru increased urine etc.
      There are certain other complications that happen due to build up of excess water in the cells. One is build up of bacteria and infections in the body.
      These bacteria or infections cause the increase in the body temperature. The increased temperature takes care of the situation.

      What is the reason for cancer. Same. There are tumours in all kind of cancers. The tumours are caused due to cells not dieing. The reason for cells not dieing is cells not producing enough energy and that prolongs their life cycle.
      What is the cure for cancer. The cure for cancer and all other common ailments is same. I found that sinus, cold, cough, IBS, skin blood clots, slip disk, dry skin, IBS, mouth ulcers etc can be cured effectively by giving up water and all other liquids for 24 hours to 48 hours. This has been tested on more than 50 persons so far. Thru Yahoo Answers this same been tested on more than 100 people but I do not have conclusive proof of this. The cerainity with which relief is produced in 24 hours gives enough hope for cancer cure.

      Now what happens when there is excess water in the cells. That causes build up of excess water outside the cells. That causes pain in the entire body due to constant excess weight on the cells. That also causes the inefections to build up. The antibodies causes the increase in body temperature.

      For cancer patients I have no prior experience. Giving up water may cause muscles to break down. So one may start with 12 to 15 hours water fast.

      Increase the water fast to 24 or more hours as one feels comfortable. Thirst is not any signal of dehydration. Staying in bed and water fasting every 4-5 days could cure a person completely.

  28. QUESTION:
    Is it probable to get the munchies with colon cancer?
    if you have colon cancer do you feel hungry all the time?

    • ANSWER:
      There is no correlation between the two. In fact, it would be opposite. The pain from colon cancer, depending how bad it is, would discourage an appetite. Most colon cancer are found when it's a little advanced unless the person has regular colonoscopies. My last one just 5 months ago showed 3 polyps. Thank God they were removed and benign. So if you suspect colon cancer, don't wait. Get it checked out OK.

  29. QUESTION:
    My moms doctor says that colon cancer can not metasize to the brain without affecting the liver.Is that true?
    Two months after a colectomy,my mom recently had a brain scan which showed 2 nodules in the left parietal lobe.The doctors have ruled out TB and toxoplasmosis.Her doctor says that colon cancer can not spread to her brain without affecting the liver.Is that True?

    • ANSWER:
      First of all, good luck to you and your mother in what must be a very difficult time. Your mothers' doctor was correct. The way cancer spreads is that cancerous cells break off from the main tumor and spread via the bloodstream. The entirety of your blood volume is filtered through your liver before returning to the rest of the body; therefore, it is virtually impossible for foreign matter such as cancerous cells to pass through the liver without being trapped. I hope this clarifies things for you.

      To Denisedd: To be sure, where serious health conditions such as this are involved a second opinion is always a good idea, and you make a good point that cancer certainly is an unpredictable disease. In trying to simplify things for the poster, I evidently left out too much information. GENERALLY SPEAKING you are correct... cancer does not ALWAYS met. to the liver. Things such as type of cancer, blood flow/routes to the involved region, co morbidity, and other factors come into play which can cause other organs to be involved while leaving the liver relatively intact.... but the doctor said "affect the liver", not "met. to the liver" it is perfectly reasonable to expect some affect on the liver, even if it does not actually become cancerous.... if half the circulation through the liver is cut off by sloughed off cells, that would certainly be enough to "affect" the liver, don't you think? ...although I suppose a better choice of words would have been "it is highly unlikely that colon cancer would..." as opposed to "colon cancer can not..." At any rate, the doctor has access to her chart and the weeks, months, or year's worth of information contained therein... and all we have to go on is a single paragraph. It's actually a bit presumptuous for us to say one way or another whether he's right or wrong.

  30. QUESTION:
    What are the very early symptoms of colon cancer?
    My mother died from this when she was 31, as she was diagnosed too late. I'm 20 and have just been diagnosed with a possibility of having Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Seeing as I've heard colonic cancer is genetic, should I be getting checked out the possibility of cancer?

    Also, for people who have suffered from colon cancer- what were the earliest symptoms that you got?
    I don't mean to sound like a hypochondriac-it's just I don't want to find out too late like my mother did.

    • ANSWER:
      The problem with colon cancer is that it shows no symptoms at early stages. It only starts showing when it's advanced. The symptoms are:

      - Blood flecks in your stools, particularly if the blood is dark or plum-coloured. This is the most commonly noticed symptom and should never be ignored.
      - A change in your regular bowel habits, such as constipation or diarrhoea, that's severe or lasts for two weeks or more.
      - Abdominal pain or discomfort that lasts for two weeks or more.
      - Unexplained weight loss.

      To get cancer at a young age it is most likely genetic. I'm going to see a genetic doctor because I was diagnosed at 20. If any close relative has had colon cancer at a young age, you should ensure your doctor rules that out, instead of diagnosing you without any tests for cancer. I was told I probably have IBS, but luckily, she wanted to do more tests to be on the safe side. Although some people do get it at a young age without there being a genetic factor involved.

  31. QUESTION:
    What are the chances of me getting colon cancer?
    So my grandfather had colon cancer in the age of his 60's and had died. However my grandmother is very healthy and is 86 years old. My other grandmother died but l do not know the reason. lm 15 years old and before l used to eat junk food like everyday. now l have stopped and become a vegetarian. Since risks are higher if a family member died from it, what can l do to prevent myself from getting it? Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      There is no way to prevent getting cancer. We know diet is a factor with this disease how much of a factor is unknown. I have seen vegans and vegetarians with colon cancer. Your risk for colon cancer only increases with a first degree relative who was diagnosed with it and your grandfather is not a first degree relative.

  32. QUESTION:
    How fast colon cancer is spreading from lymph nodes to other organs?
    I was diagnosed for colon cancer after the colon incision 7 weeks ago and out of 47 lymph nodes 2 nodes showed positive. I was always a very healthy person without any illnesses through my 70 year of my life. An Ocologist suggested a very aggressive chemo treatment the same which were used 10 years ago.

    • ANSWER:
      The oncologist should have explained the reasoning behind their recommendation and answered all of your questions including this one. The oncologist has all the information need to base an opinion and we have next to none.
      I am not sure if or why how long we have been using the chemo he or she is recommending is of a concern to you, this too should have been answered.
      In general, how fast cancer can spread to other organs depends on what kind it is, the grade and the results of other tests including stage. You already know it is in the lymphatic system and go anywhere from there.

  33. QUESTION:
    What are the survivar rates for stage 4 colon cancer?
    My grandma just found out she has stage 4 colon cancer. Have you or anyone you know had stage 4 colon cancer and know the survival rates?

    Other than the cancer she is failry healthy.

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      5 year survival is not 50%, closer to 10% or less. Average survival is about 2 years, meaning half live longer. This assumes patients go through the usual drugs of 5FU, oxaliplatin, irinotecan, avastin, and erbitux. While the treatment can be tough, others tolerate amazingly well and preserve a very good quality of life. Treatments are definitely worth trying at least. I have many older patients with metastatic colorectal cancer- they frequently do very well with treatment.

      Blessings

  34. QUESTION:
    Does a c-diff infection that occurs while patient has colon cancer have any effect on the cancer?
    I had two c-diff infections and then later found out that I also had colon cancer at the same time. Once the c-diff cleared up the colon cancer became symptomatic. Did the c-diff cause the cancer to progress more rapidly?

    • ANSWER:
      Colon cancer is funny that way. It can lie dormant for years and all of a sudden something like an adjunct infection comes along and triggers something in the cancer . It is my opinion that the cancer probably had maxed out your body's immune system allowing the c-diff to take hold. (C-diff is an opportunistic infection and preys on those with compromised immune systems).This overwhelmed immune system in turn allows the cancer to start up .A big cycle.

  35. QUESTION:
    At what stage does colon cancer become fatal?
    A relative of mine has stage 3 colon cancer. I don't know the details, but could somebody tell me when colon cancer becomes fatal and what this person can likely expect to happen in the future?

    • ANSWER:
      At stage 3, colon cancer does not have to be fatal. Surgery can be done where that part of the colon is removed and all surrounding colon that harbor the cancer cells. The bad side of this is a colostomy bag. The patient will more than likely have to wear one. The good side to this is they can live a long life with colostomy bags. So think positive because everyone is different and can tolerate illness differently than others. Just remember, 3rd stage does not have be a death sentence. If my sister can live through 4th stage ovarian cancer, so can your relative. There are never any guarantees and No one can give you one. Just pray and trust all is in God's hands.

  36. QUESTION:
    What is going to happen as my Grandma dies from colon cancer?
    A few years ago my Grandma was diagnosed with colon cancer and recently she was giving 2-3 months left to live. I would really like to know what is going to happen so I can be a prepaired as possible. I know that every person is different but even a general idea would help. Thankyou!
    PLEASE no stupid, hurtful, making fun of the situation comments
    Sorry, I wasn't very clear. I meant to ask what is going to happen with Grandma. For instance will she lose her appetite or will her skin start to yellow-ish like it did during chemo?

    • ANSWER:
      In my case (my Mom died of colon cancer) my Mom's cancer spread from the colon to the liver. Once the cancer is in the system and invading other organs the patient starts to decline, lose their appetite, lose interest in daily events and they start to be within themselves. They may not want to talk much, but they can hear everything. The hospice told me that this was their way to prepare for the next journey.

      If your Grandma is in pain they will give her Morphine (usually) and that will make her very sleepy and "out of it".

      It's a hard thing to watch and I am sorry that you will have to go through this. Usually after they have been given a time frame, they go sooner than later.

      Say everything you need to say to her now, don't let her leave without saying that you loved her.

      Wish you well.

  37. QUESTION:
    How long does it take before radiation therapy starts to reduce colon cancer pain?
    My mom has stage 4 colon cancer, and is currently undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatment. She is on some pretty strong pain-killers, but she is in constant pain. How long can it be expected that it would take for the pain-reducing effects of radiation to become apparent?

    • ANSWER:

  38. QUESTION:
    What is the best method to screen for colon cancer?
    I have had cramps in my abdomen for the past months and I think it is colon cancer. I wanna go 4 a screening but I don't want it to involve anesthesia. What other options do I have? I really wanna get screened...............

    Thanks
    I don't want a colonoscopy because it involves anesthesia

    • ANSWER:
      Cramps are not cancer. You might have cramps, and you might have cancer, but the cancer isn't causing the cramping.

      The ONLY way to detect small cancers is by colonoscopy, pure and simple. You may have a colonoscopy without anesthesia; some people do that. I wouldn't, but I'm not you.

      Fecal occult blood tests are used for screening, but do not detect cancer, only blood in the stool, which may or may not indicate cancer. And, if the screening is positive, guess what you get? A colonoscopy.

      Virtual colonoscopies detect polyps that are 1 cm big (like a marble). And, if one is found, guess what you get? A colonoscopy, to remove it.

      There are some expensive fecal DNA tests, I think, but I don't know much about that. Again, if something is found, you go to colonoscopy for definitive diagnosis.

      Cramping is more likely to be inflammatory, or diverticulosis/diverticulitis. Those conditions are diagnosed by... colonoscopy.

      You might get away with a double contrast barium enema, but again, if there is anything suspicious... you know where this is going by now, don't you?

  39. QUESTION:
    What is the daily life of a person with colon cancer?
    In other words what does a person do everyday if they have colon cancer

    • ANSWER:
      I had colon cancer and didn't even know it. It was only found by chance while checking for something else. No signs, or symptoms, no bowel changes. Once they did surgery to remove 12 inches, I was good to go.

  40. QUESTION:
    what would be the chances of me developing colon cancer?
    My grandmother died of colon cancer, and I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis at the age of 6. I know it's impossible to tell for sure but what are the chances that I'll develop colon cancer? Like a percentage perhaps?
    And also is there anything I could possibly do to reduce my risk?

    • ANSWER:
      The chances are there, because somebody in your family died due to this. So I would say to develop colon cancer your chances are 50 %, because you're a female too, but if you get checked at least all 2 years you have a great chance no survive. If they discover something they know what to do and than you might get an surgery or even some medication so it will be treated right..

  41. QUESTION:
    This morning I had a bowel movement that was about 14 inches long. Is this a sign of colon cancer?
    I have normal bowel movements everyday. Usually 1 to 2 a day. Normal size, normal color,etc. Yesterday I had 3 full bowel movements and then this morning I had a BM that was at least 14 inches long. Normal in width. Is this some type of precursor to colon cancer or some type of intestinal disease?

    • ANSWER:
      It's no symptom I've ever heard of. Colon cancer often has no symptoms, but the main ones to watch for are changes in bowel habits such as long-term bouts of constipation, diarrhea or narrow gauge stools. I found out after I ignored those changes, and began to have intense pain which alternated between the worst gas you can imagine and pain that literally doubled me over.

  42. QUESTION:
    Can you have colon cancer and have no other symptoms except pain?
    Is it possible to have colon cancer, and yet only have one symptom, which is abdominal discomfort, which is on and off and can be absent for months and then come back, at age 21- and again, no other symptoms except the on and off discomfort pain, which usually is only there in the morning the days it does appear?

    • ANSWER:
      It is very possible to have colon cancer with no symptoms at all.
      Abdominal pain is not an early warning symptom for colon cancer. Intermittent abdominal pain in a 21 year old is far more likely to be caused by a benign disorder rather than a malignancy of the colon or a cancer of any other kind in the abdomen.

      It would be unlikely for any cancer caused pain to get better or go away for months and then come back off and on with no treatment. If a cancer is causing pain, it is stretching or pressing on a pain sensitive area. If a cancer is untreated, the pain it causes is more constant and progressive rather than intermittent.

  43. QUESTION:
    How does Colon Cancer get to Stage 4 without any symptoms?
    I have read many people write about how they or people they know have Stage 4 colon cancer and never had any symptoms. How is this possible? How could someone be completely healthy, have a perfect CBC,etc and yet have something that could potentially kill them in a short span?

    • ANSWER:
      Unfortunately, this is the case of many types of cancer. Some cancers can grow and develop without causing symptoms or only cause very vague symptoms. Often times this occurs in areas where there is a lot of room for the tumor to grow without initially affecting the function of the surrounding normal structures. For example, the colon, particularly the cecum, is very large. A tumor can grow to a large size there without causing any symptoms. It would have to get to a massive size to cause obstruction of the digestive tract or to affect other nearby organs. As it grows without symptoms, it can eventually metastasize (spread to distant organs by way of the blood stream and/or lymphatic system).

      Stage 4 means that it has metastasized. A tumor does not need to be large to metastasize. Some types of cancer are more prone to spread than others. For example, melanoma (an aggressive form of skin cancer) metastasizes very readily and often people first present with symptoms from a distant metastasis and never even noticed the small primary tumor on the skin of their leg, back, or buttock.

      A CBC just looks at blood cells and counts them (red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, hematocrit). While some cancers can cause anemia many do not, and a lot of other things can cause anemia. Some cancers can cause changes in white blood cells (such as leukemia) but many do not. In other words, the CBC would not detect most types of cancer. A colonoscopy on the other hand would be able to demonstrate the colon tumor rather easily.

  44. QUESTION:
    Can a colonoscopy “prevent” colon cancer, or is it simply a screening tool?
    Can a colonoscopy “prevent” colon cancer, or is it simply a screening tool?

    • ANSWER:
      It's only a screening tool to see what you have.

  45. QUESTION:
    how long can you live with colon cancer stage four and luekemia ?
    my dad has stage four colon cancer and was diagnosed in mid december. its spread to his liver and lungs and part of his stomach. he also has luekemia. what is the longest he could live with certain treatments?

    • ANSWER:
      No one can give you an estimate time on your dad's life. Every individual is different and every persons body reacts differently. In the meantime it would be good for your dad to try and keep his nutrition healthy and he might even try anti-oxidants to help slow down the process of the cancer spreading. Anti- oxidants bind with free radicals and definetly helps to slow down the process. Your dad's condition is serious and advanced. Prepare yourself and accept the fact that he has this disease and ensure spending lots of time with him.Prevention is always better than cure

  46. QUESTION:
    I have blood in my stools sometimes,does that nescesarily mean I have colon cancer?
    Yes,I don't know if I really have colon cancer or not.And I am to embaressed to ask my doctor if I do,considering the fact that I would have to tell him that I have blood in my stools.

    • ANSWER:
      Though blood in the stool may not necessarily mean colon cancer, it is important to have it checked by a doctor.

      As some of the others have mentioned, the color of the blood in your stool is significant. Bright colored blood could mean hemorrhoids and dark colored blood must surely be investigated.

      I am familiar with colon cancer because my dad and grandma died from it. Most of the time in the initial stages, there are hardly any symptoms. But once you pass out blood, it could already be stage one. But stage one colon cancer means that the survival rate is more than 90% and the patient need not go through chemotherapy.

      So, even if it is colon cancer, early detection can help you survive to a ripe old age. So I would suggest that you go see a doctor immediately. There is nothing to fear. In fact it will give you peace of mind.

      A friend of mine had blood in his stools and he thought he has hemorrhoids. He delayed seeing a doctor for 6 months. In the end, his whole rectum had to be removed and a colostomy has to be constructed to allow feces to flow out from his stomach into a bag. He no longer has control over his bowel movements.

      I hope you see a doctor immediately because too many people have ignored the early warning signs.

      BTW, no one here can tell from your symptoms whether you have or do not have colon cancer. Even the doctors cannot tell unless you go through a colonoscopy and have a fecal occult blood test.

      You make your own decisions. We are not qualified doctors here. So, take what others say with a pinch of salt. That includes me!

      Cheers!

  47. QUESTION:
    What does colon cancer have to do with food tech?
    Today in food tech we did a lesson planner so we would know what we have each week, and in week 8 we are learning about colon cancer. Sorry but what does that have to do with food?

    • ANSWER:
      Processed foods are laced with pharmaceutical chemicals that cause cancer!!! Red meats that come from "factory farms" are laced with chemicals and steroids and pharmaceutical vaccines too, only eat natural fed or grass fed animal meats to stay healthy!!! If you have cancer be warned that Chemo kills 7 of 10 cancer patients while Cannabis cures 7 of 10 cancer patients!!!

  48. QUESTION:
    Link between removing gall bladder and colon cancer?
    I'm having my gallbladder removed soon and was reading some risks online and came upon several articles that say removing your gall bladder increases your chance of colon cancer. Has anyone else heard this or know why?

    • ANSWER:
      Did you know that approximately 500,000 persons will undergo surgery to remove their gallbladder this year? And this is considerably low, considering that between 10-15 percent of Americans have been diagnosed with gallstones sometime in their lifetime.

      But unfortunately, removing your body's organ (the gallbladder) is not a cure-all solution to this disease. Because without your gallbladder, bile will drip continuously into your digestive system. The constant dripping will cause nausea and diarrhea in some people. And far worse, removal of the organ drastically increases your risk of colon cancer, bowel cancer and may lead to higher levels of blood cholesterol because of the dripping bile. And as you know, cholesterol is a leading cause of heart attacks.

      Are you considering gallbladder surgery for your gallstone treatment? Would you consider a remedy for gallstones which uses healthy living tips to dissolve and flush your stones naturally if it was guaranteed? Keep reading!

      Why You Need Your Gallbladder?

      In a recent study, researchers from the UK found that gallbladder surgery may increase your risk of developing colon cancer because of bile excretion problems. Though the risk is low, researchers have discovered a noticeable amount of cancer cases resulting from the surgery.

      Should you be concerned? I would contend 'yes'. Specifically, because your gallbladder was designed with a purpose and losing your gallbladder could be disastrous to your body. And in some cases, fatal!

      The gallbladder's job results from blood. Blood flows to every part of the body to bring nutrients and waste to and from every single cell in the body. The liver's (the gallbladder's neighbor) job is to filter the blood and eliminate the waste/impurities/toxins in the blood. This waste produced by the liver is called bile. The gallbladder then uses the bile to break down fats and cholesterol that you digest.

      With the missing organ, the dripping bile can cause serious problems including: leaving cholesterol to build up in your arteries, colon cancer, bowel cancer and body malfunctions including consistent nausea and diarrhea. Is this worth paying thousands of dollars for all of these possible complications? Of course, not!

      Remedy for Gallstones- 7 'Doctor-Approved' Natural Health Tips

      Our company specializes in 'doctor-approved' natural health tips to treat common ailments. And with gallstones, a natural remedy for gallstones deals 90% with prevention and 10% with a simple dissolve and flush. Here are 7 tips natural health tips we recommend in our Dissolve and Flush Remedy for Gallstones Report. To learn our about our step-by-step remedy please visit our website.

      1. Flush! In a gross way, you can sometimes think of your body as a toilet; it annually needs a flush to eliminate toxins, cholesterol, pollutants and even gallstones. There are numerous ways to naturally flush your body. We recommend a 2 day flush explained step-by-step in our remedy report.

      2. Water! Drink half your weight in ounces every day! Read that over if you didn't understand but a 200 lb. person should be drinking 100 ounces of water per day. That is about 12 cups of water per day. This alone will allow your body to work extra efficiently.

      3. Avoid extreme fats and cholesterol! You should avoid foods that are high fats and high cholesterol. These foods pump tons of toxins into the liver and are one of the causes of cholesterol based gallstones. You should aim to avoid these foods for about one month and gradually reintroduce them to your diet.

      4. Fiber! Educate yourself on high fiber foods and especially water-soluble fiber foods (fruits and vegetables). These foods will keep you healthy and with continually keeping you regular and flushed.

      5. Vitamin C! Vitamin C can allow the body to convert cholesterol to bile acids. With less cholesterol and more ascorbic acid (Vitamin C), the gallstone risk is drastically decreased. And your immunity will be heightened for better overall health.

      6. Be Active! Our bodies and brains can become naturally addicted to things. Including activity and staying healthy. The best way to stay healthy is to stay active and keep your body running efficiently by regular exercise. Start working out at least 3-4 times per week.

      7. Your diet! You should be eating a well-balanced diet. Avoid fast food, processed foods, and canned/packaged foods. These foods have a tendency to be high fat and high cholesterol.

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what is colon cancer

Esophageal Cancer Symptoms

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Why does a person with esophageal cancer have a feeding tube inserted into the duodenum instead of the stomach?
    A patient has esophageal cancer and must have a feeding tube inserted. The nurse tells the patient that the tube will be inserted surgically into the duodenum. The wife asks why the tube will not be inserted into the stomach. What should the nurse say?

    • ANSWER:
      Jared,
      There are two main types of esophageal cancer. The most common type of oesophageal cancer, known as adenocarcinoma, develops in the glandular tissue in the lower part of the oesophagus, near the opening of the stomach. It occurs in just over 50 percent of cases. Squamous cell carcinoma grows in the cells that form the top layer of the lining of the oesophagus, known as squamous cells. This type of cancer can grow anywhere along the esophagus. Oesophageal cancer is cancer that develops in the oesophagus, the muscular tube that connects the throat to the stomach. The oesophagus, located just behind the trachea, is about 10 to 13 inches in length and allows food to enter the stomach for digestion. The wall of the oesophagus is made up of several layers and cancers generally start from the inner layer and grow out. A flexible, narrow tube is inserted into some portion of the digestive tract and liquid formulas or liquefied foods are placed into the tube to meet the patient's nutritional needs. The feeding may be pumped into the tube or allowed to drip into the tube continuously or at scheduled feeding times. Percutaneous endoscopic jejunostomy tubes (JEJ or PEJ tubes) are tubes that are put into a part of the small intestine called the jejunum. The jejunum is situated a little way after the stomach. The surgeon puts a tube through an opening in the abdomen and into the jejunum. PEJ tubes are put in using an endoscopy, like a PEG tube – (percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy). This type of tube is particularly used for people who have stomach or oesophageal surgery. If the tube goes directly into the small intestine, feeds are usually given slowly all the time. There is usually a pump that controls the speed of the feed passing into the tube, rather than a drip-feed. If the feeding tube is inserted into the stomach, there has to be a period of “rest” to allow the stomach respite from working. Also, it depends on the location of the cancer in the oesophagus, which may influence the location of the jejunostomy tube.

      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

  2. QUESTION:
    What are the final stages of life with esophageal cancer?
    My father-in-law was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in 2006. After a 2-year fight and undergoing chemo and radiation treatments, we are afraid we have come to the end of the road. We have been told a number of things about how long he has, however, we have not been told what to espect when the end is near. Anyone have some insight into our preparation, or what we should expect?

    • ANSWER:
      My first piece of advice to you is spend as much time with him as possible. Tell him often that you are all there for him, and if he is uncomfortable talking about his condition, let it go. He needs to get it straight in his mind before he can talk about it. The best time to consider hospice care is when you can see that the doctors and hospitals really cannot do anything for him. As long as he is still aware and can make his own decisions, it is important for him to say it is time for hospice. You should also have him appoint someone as his health care proxy agent in case he is unable to make decisions. Someone who knows what he would want in certain situations. It is very hard to know "end of life" symptoms, except, they basically stop eating and drinking. They sleep all the time and are very hard to wake up. When they are awake, they are somewhat withdrawn, or they get a burst of sudden energy and talk a lot. And at the very end, the breathing gets quite irregular. I know this is a lot to think about, and it is nothing pleasant to think about. My heart truly goes out to you. I honestly feel your pain. Your father-in-law, you and your whole family will be in my prayers. Try to stay strong, but do cry when you need to. God Bless.

  3. QUESTION:
    What tests can be carried out in the diagnosis of cancer of the oesophagus?
    My husband has had preliminary blood tests for oesophageal Cancer. For what indicators are we looking in his blood work? What other symptoms can present with this form of cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      A blood test really isn't helpful in diagnosing esophageal cancer. What is needed is an endoscopy with a biopsy. And this is what should have been scheduled if esophageal cancer is suspected.

      The potential findings in a blood sample would be rather unspecific like for example anaemia. The results of such tests are useful when planning ahead how to diagnose treat him. But are not diagnostic of cancer by themselves.

  4. QUESTION:
    i had a endoscopy on my stomach in May. i have acid reflux and i think it turned to esophageal cancer?
    i been having bad chest pain where my heart at. do u think esophageal cancer can come in a few months?

    • ANSWER:
      No. If your upper endoscopy showed no malignancy three months ago,
      an esophageal cancer could not be large enough to cause symptoms now.
      You do not give us YOUR AGE ! So I assume your are at teen.
      Only teens seem to feel they still have a cancer even after they
      have had a proper examination. Teen angst/neurosis is amazingly common.
      The least likely age to have a cancer is the teen years,
      yet almost all of these anxiety questions come from teens.
      The people who develop cancers are over 50 or over 60 - rarely teens.
      Esophageal carcinomas are twenty times more common after age 65 than under 65.
      They are practically unheard of in teens.

  5. QUESTION:
    What Stage Does This Sound Like For Esophageal Cancer?
    They believe my father may have esophageal cancer, but as of now the only symptom has been an acid reflux type sickness as of late. They told him there is a lesion inside his esophagus, and they did the biopsy so it's just a waiting game now. So I was hoping some people could help me in giving me a idea of what stage this could be. Please help me as much as you can. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      If it is cancer, it's probably pretty early. Does he have a history of reflux, or is this new? Having a history of acid reflux increases the risk of esophageal cancer, but it could also be an ulcer, or just an irritation. No panicking until the biopsy comes back, okay? :)

  6. QUESTION:
    Can blood from esophageal cancer come up esophagus?
    Can blood from esophageal cancer come up the esophagus while a person is sleeping /and make back of throat bloody (enough to spit up) even though there has been NO coughing and NO clearing throat? Doesn't the esophagus start lower down the chest, below the collar bones? Wouldn't a person have to have more symptoms of esophageal cancer by the time it bleeds into the throat? Possibly showing on a CT scan or fever or blood tests being off in some way. The ONLY symptom I have is blood in throat. I cannot get into a gastro doctor for weeks and am completely stumped. This blood only happens in the morning.
    Denise: I have been to an ENT. He did a limited scope down to my vocal chords. He cannot do an endoscopy. I have been to two emergency rooms and had chest and neck and scan of head where nothing was found. Yet A LOT of blood comes out of my throat EVERY morning....most times, thick mucousy maroon blood which takes a few tissues to rid of. I cannot get an endoscopy yet because I do not have insurance and have to wait to get it. But does it REALLY sound like I am making a mountain out of molehill to wake every single day for two and a half weeks spitting out copious amounts of blood? I have tried a humidifier, Mucinex, you name it. Would you find that normal and not worth worrying about if it were you?
    If I am making a "mountain out of a molehill" what is the molehill that would allow me to bleed that much every morning for two and a half weeks with no nose bleed, no cold, no cough, no other symptom?
    BTW...the doctors seem to agree that if it were something minor it would not be bleeding for this long of a time.

    • ANSWER:
      I think you are making a mountain out of a mole hill.
      This is not a symptom of esophageal cancer nor should it be your first thought.
      If you had a CT you have been to a doctor so if you had cancer they would have told you.

  7. QUESTION:
    Can I get cancer if my dad's side of the family has cancer?
    My dad himself, has esophageal cancer. On my mom's side I was told that I might get diabetes, since my uncles and grandma has diabetes. I currently have a type of guttate psoriasis that won;t seem to go away. I have two other siblings and we were all born with mild asthma. Can there be a big risk for us to inherit any cancer or diabetes genes in blood frm our parents?

    • ANSWER:
      unfortunately yes. according to studies made on this, if your parents or grandparents have diabetes, heart conditions, cancer, etc we are more likely to get it too. Get yearly physicals and also go whenever you think you have a symptom if these.

  8. QUESTION:
    Will an MRI of the neck detect esophageal cancer?
    I had an MRI of my neck done a few weeks ago and everything was normal. But, I've been having difficulty swallowing and have had a burning sensation in my chest. These are new symptoms and concerning to me. They originally sent me for the neck and spine MRI because I have been having abdominal pain. But with these new symptoms, I'm worried about something in my esophagus, especially because it feels like food is trapped when I try to swallow.

    • ANSWER:
      They use chest x-rays to test for esophageal cancer because the part of the espohagus that usually gets the cancer is below the neck in the chest cavity. They also Esopagoscopy. It's a camera that they snake down your throat to see adnormatilites. A biopsy of any abnormality is needed to determine if it is cancerous or not.

  9. QUESTION:
    What are the alternative treatments available in India on Breast cancer?
    I am treating my wife with the help of an experienced Naturopath with mainly 'wheat grass' juce as main ingradient for last three months since she had been dignosed for the cancer. Though it has not spread anywhere in the body, it is quite under controll. I want to know is there other remedy which will add to fast recovery. We are working on the way shown by Ann Wigmore. Will anybody from this group will suggest any thing else from Wheat Grass therepy?

    • ANSWER:
      Alternatives treatments take time, they are slow and cure to the grassroot level.

      Here is a natural cure for Cancer,

      CANCER

      The word ‘cancer ‘ comes from the latin "carcinoma" meaning crab. It is the most dreaded disease and refers to all malignant tumors caused by the abnormal growth of a body cell or a group of cells. It is today the second largest killer in the world, next only to heart ailments. The term covers more than 200 diseases.

      The majority of cancers occur in the age group 50-60. Sex does not affect the incidence of the disease. It, however, affects the site of growth. In men, cancer is usually found in the intestines, the prostate and the lungs. In women, it occurs mostly in the breast tissues, uterus, gall bladder, and thyroid.

      Symptoms
      The symptoms of cancer vary according to the site of the growth. The American Cancer Society has prescribed seven signs or danger signals in general which may indicate the presence of cancer. These are: a sore that does not heal; change in bowel or bladder habits; unusual bleeding or discharge; thickening or lump in breast or elsewhere; indigestion or difficulty in swallowing; obvious change in a wart or a mole, and a persistent and nagging cough or hoarseness. Other symptoms may include unexplained loss of weight, particularly in older people, a change in skin color, and changes in the menstrual periods, especially bleeding between periods.

      Causes
      The prime cause of cancer is not known. Certain cancer- causing substances, known as carcinogens, however, increase the chances of getting the disease. About 80% of cancers are caused by environmental factors, 40% of male cancers in India are linked with tobacco, a known cancer-causing agent. The consumption of pan, bettlenut, tobacco, and slaked lime has been linked with lung and throat cancers. Heavy consumption of alcoholic drinks can cause esophageal, stomach, and liver cancers. Occupational exposure to industrial pollutants such as asbestos, nickel, tar, soot, and high doses of x-rays can lead to skin and lung cancers and leukemia. Other factors contributing to cancer are vital infections, trauma, hormone imbalance, and malnutrition. Many well-known biologists and naturopaths, however, believe that a faulty diet is the root cause of cancer. Investigations indicate that the cancer incidence is in direct proportion to the amount of animal protein, particularly meat, in the diet. Dr. Willard J. Visek, a renowned research scientist explained recently a link between excessive meat eating and cancer. According to him, the villain is ammonia, the carcinogenic by-product of meat digestion.

      Treatment
      The effective treatment of cancer consists of a complete change in diet, besides total elimination of all environmental sources of carcinogens, such as smoking and carcinogenic chemicals in air, water and food. There has recently been a surge of popular interest in the concept that diet is not just a minor, but rather a major factor in both the development and the prevention of cancer. The disease can be prevented and even treated by dietary programs that include ‘natural foods ‘ and the use of megavitamin supplements.

      As a first step, the patient should cleanse the system by thoroughly relieving constipation and making all the organs of elimination - the skin, lungs, liver, kidneys and bowels - active. Enemas should be used to cleanse the colon. For the first four or five days, the patient should take only juicy fruits like oranges, grapefruits, lemons, apples, peaches, pears, pineapples and tomatoes. Vegetable juices are also useful, especially carrot juice.

      After a few days of an exclusive fruit diet, the patient may be given a nourishing alkaline-based diet. It should consist of 100 per cent natural foods, with emphasis on raw fruits and vegetables, particularly carrots, green leafy vegetables, cabbage, onion, garlic , cucumber, asparagus, beets, and tomatoes. A minimum requirement of high quality protein, mostly from vegetable sources such as almonds, millet, sesame seeds, sprouted seeds and grains, may be added to the diet.

      Dr. Ann Wigmore of Boston, U.S.A., the well-known naturopath and a pioneer in the field of living food nutrition, has been testing the effect of a drink made of fresh wheatgrass in the treatment of leukemia. She claims to have cured several cases of this disease by this method. Dr. Wigmore points out that by furnishing the body with live minerals, vitamins, trace elements, and chlorophyll through wheatgrass juice, it may be able to repair itself.

      Johanna Brandt, the author of the book ‘The Grape Cure‘ has advocated an exclusive grape diet for the treatment of cancer. She discovered this mode of cure in 1925, while experimenting on herself by fasting and dieting alternately in the course of her nine-year battle with cancer. She claimed to have cured herself by this mode of treatment. She recommends a fast for two or three days so as to prepare the system for the change of diet.

      After the short fast, the patient should have a grape meat every two hours from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. This should be followed for a week or two even a month or two, in chronic cases of long standing. The patient should begin the grape cure with a small quantity of 30, 60, to 90 grams per meal, gradually increasing this to double the quantity. In course of time, about 250 grams may safely be taken as a meal.

      Recent researches have shown that certain vitamins can be successfully employed in the fight against cancer and that they can increase the life expectancy of some terminal cancer patients. According to recent Swedish studies vitamin C in large doses can be an effective prophylactic agent against cancer. Noted Japanese scientist, Dr. Fukunir Morishige, and his colleagues who have been examining the healing potential of vitamin C for the last 30 years, have recently found that a mixture of vitamin C and copper compound has lethal effects on cancer.

      According to several studies, vitamin A exerts an inhibiting effect on carcinogenesis. It is one of the most important aids to the body’s defense system to fight and prevent cancer. Dr. Leonida Santamaria and his colleagues at the University of Pavia in Italy have uncovered preliminary evidence suggesting that beta-carotene, a precursor of vitamin A may actually inhibit skin cancer by helping the body thwart the cancer-causing process known as oxidation.

      Recent studies from all over the world suggest that a liberal use of green and yellow vegetables and fruits can prevent cancer. The 20-years old, ongoing Japanese study found that people who ate green and yellow vegetables every day had a decreased risk of developing lung, stomach, and other cancers. A Harvard University study of more than 1,200 elderly Massachusetts residents found that those who reported the highest consumption of carrots, squash, tomatoes, salads, or leafy green vegetables, dried fruits, fresh strawberries or melon had a decreased risk of cancer.

      The other useful measures are plenty of rest, complete freedom from worries and mental stress and plenty of fresh pure air.

  10. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to have cancer without suffering weight loss?
    In the early stages of cancer does one remain a normal weight? Does the weight loss come later when the cancer is in the advanced stages?

    • ANSWER:
      I agree with "Denisedd" - but I think it's safe to say that the early stages of every malignancy should not be associated with weight loss. So you are correct in your assertion that "in the EARLY stages of cancer one does remain at normal weight."

      This brings up a very good point about the so called "Seven Warning Signs of Cancer."
      http://www.healingdaily.com/conditions/7-warning-signs-of-cancer.htm
      Some of these are signs of fairly advanced disease.

      "Change in bowel or bladder habits" You want to find colorectal cancer with screening long BEFORE these symptoms.

      "Nagging cough or hoarseness" might indicate laryngeal or lung cancers, but these are advanced signs. Unfortunately screening does not help us with these malignancies. The best solution for these is to not smoke cigarettes. Cigarettes cause the vast majority of these, so most could be prevented. The smoking related cancers are the most difficult to treat successfully, so people should not think they can smoke and be cured if they are the ones to develop smoking related cancers.

      "Difficulty in swallowing" might indicate esophageal cancer, but this sign shows up also at a late stage of the disease. Esophageal cancers are also smoking related and are very difficult to treat successfully.

      In most types of cancer, it is far better to find them long before they cause weight loss or any symptoms at all.

      That is one reason pancreatic cancer patients do so poorly. There is no good way to find them early

  11. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of cancer of the esophagus?
    Sever heart burn can cause cancer of the esophagus but what are the symptoms that one could have before diag.?

    • ANSWER:
      Severe heartburn is a symptom of many illnesses. If you are having severe heartburn, you really should see your doctor instead of imagining the worst. So many illnesses share the same symptoms...symptoms are so general.

      Do you know that 50% of the people with esophageal cancer have NO symptoms at all? Those that do have symptoms, usually have them after the disease has already metastasized. Please see your doctor to find out what is really going on!

  12. QUESTION:
    Can a lack of vitamins contribute to cancer?
    I have been taking swiss men's Ultivites and was wondering if a lack of vitamins can cause cancer.

    Do they also happen if there is too much vitamins?

    • ANSWER:
      1. yes. 2. no.

      3. Causes of cancer--------------

      1. Chronic & severe constipation [+ heavy quantum of accumulated feces in the rectum & the large intestine] with a displaced solar plexus. Bad diet with pizzas, burgers, deep freeze and deep fried chicken/pork/hot dogs, high rich calorie diets-obesity, etc. As a result, most of the Americans/Europeans are cancer victims due to chronic constipation issues.
      3. Hormonal imbalance. Hormone Therapy after Menopause.
      4. Heavy exposure to asbestos, pollution from industrial wastes, tobacco consumption and or smoking.
      5. Chronic & Unhealed wounds/injuries caused by bacterial/viral/metabolic syndromes/diseases with blocked energy + toxins in any internal organ.
      6. Sexual promiscuity, Perverted anal/oral sex, hetero-sex [not mono-sex], homosex amongst transgenders, resulting in chronic and unhealed STDs/infections/wounds/injuries, etc., bad personal hygiene [not washing gonads after coitus] & indiscriminate consumption of birth control pills 'with no' medical supervision by endocrinologist/gynecologist/physician.
      7. Chronic Stress & Strain.
      8. Lack of exercise & ever increasing obese bodies.
      9. Out of every 10 lung cancer patients, 9 are smokers. Tobacco dipping, chewing and smoking [pot]/hukka by females hasten menopause and for the males lung/throat/esophageal/oral cancer assured—an American study published in WebMD.com.

      10. Regular consumption of ‘colas’ with heavy doses of insecticides, freely available in India. Regular & excessive alcohol consumption.
      11. Skin Cancer Exposure to Sun’s rays @ odd hours [90 minutes after sunrise, beyond 60 minutes before sunset and anytime during strong winds] and excessive exposure to radiation emanating from cell phones, transmission towers, etc.,
      24/7-- Wearing of bra by the modern woman. In the 'Bra and Breast Cancer Study' in the United States , It was discovered that women with breast cancer had a history of sporting tighter and longer bra-wearing than did the women who had not (yet) developed the disease.
      In fact, virtually the entire cancer group wore bras over 12 hours. When a woman wears a tight bra, she subjects her breasts to pressure, closing off the lymphatic pathway from the breast to the nodes. This causes fluid built-up swelling, tenderness and cyst formation. Toxins must be flushed out via the lymphatic. However, a bra-constricted breast cannot adequately perform this cleansing process, resulting in toxin accumulation in the breast.
      >
      12. Late marriages and late pregnancies, avoiding breast feeding the child—breast cancer.
      13. Genetic pre-dispositions with more cancer striken breast cancer predecessors.
      CANCER/HIV PREVENTION & Cure:--
      1. Beware of Cancer Symptoms: Sudden loss of weight/stamina, anemia, unbearable pains in any organ despite medication, neuralgia, getting extremely tired for a little or no work, loss of appetite, unhealed wound in any part of the body for years together, chronic constipation, chronic hemorrhages, hemoptysis, etc. Cancer may affect from any organ to any organ[s]/system[s].
      PS. If satisfied/benefited with, inform others to browse 'Yahoo Answers’ on any health issue.

  13. QUESTION:
    When do you figure out you get cancer?
    What are the symptoms?
    How does it start?
    What age?
    What are the main types?
    Who gets treated first, kid or elderly?

    • ANSWER:
      Symptoms: check for lumps!
      start: could be heredity
      Age: anybody can get it
      main types:Anal cancer
      Bladder cancer
      Breast cancer
      Cancer of the head and neck
      Colon cancer
      Endometrial cancer
      Esophageal cancer
      Leukemias
      Lung cancer
      Lymphoma
      Malignant Melanoma
      Ovarian cancer
      Pancreatic cancer
      Prostate cancer
      Sarcomas

      Treated: equal

  14. QUESTION:
    Do you get shortness of breath with indigestion?
    I have a history of asthma and my main symptom is shortness of breath. But I control it with daily medication and my inhaler if I have to. Right now I have major indigestion/pain under the sternum. And I feel short of breath (esspecially in spikes of pain) and I want to know if that happens to other asthma sufferers. If there are any doctors/knowledgable-people out there: Why does this happen?

    • ANSWER:
      You have been diagnosed with asthma and are on medication (inhaler) to control it. You mention you have "major indigestion"; have you been evaluated by your physician for GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease)?

      GERD occurs when your esophageal sphincter (between your esophagus and stomach) does not close properly and stomach acids are forced into your esophagus, causing damage and inflammation. This damage and inflammation can result in SOB (shortness of breath); however, the fact that you have asthma may be complicating this condition as you cannot tell exactly why you are SOB.

      Inflammation and damage to the esophagus can cause erosive esophagitis (the esophagus sheds cells); this may lead to Barrett's Esophagus, a precancerous condition; this may then lead to esophageal cancer. You do not have to have major pain to be experiencing esophageal erosion.

      Again, your asthma may be the cause of your SOB. But your calling it "major indigestion" may indicate you need to see a physician to make sure you don't have GERD.

  15. QUESTION:
    Female 48 just diagnosed with Barrett Esophagus after few mos of acid reflux. Does it mean I have precancerous?
    only after a few months of experiencing acid reflux (I had an examination of the esophagus) Does that mean that the canges in the esophagus lining are pre-cancerous? Is it anything I can do to reduce the risk of cancer? Is Barrett esophagus synonym with esophageal cancer ?
    THANK yOU!

    • ANSWER:
      Barrett's esophagus is an inflammatory scarring process and can happen even without reflux symptoms. It is not exactly precancerous, but does raise your risk significantly. Follow your doctors recommendation for follow up and monitoring with the scope.

  16. QUESTION:
    What is the prognosis for people with fanconi anemia?
    I've heard that it is normally diagnosed in late childhood, but do people with the condition have normal life spans with management of their symptoms?

    • ANSWER:
      Many patients eventually develop acute myelogenous leukemia (AML). Older patients are extremely likely to develop head and neck, esophageal, gastrointestinal, vulvar and anal cancers. Patients who have had a successful bone marrow transplant and, thus, are cured of the blood problem associated with FA still must have regular examinations to watch for signs of cancer. Many patients do not reach adulthood.

      The overarching medical challenge that Fanconi patients face is a failure of their bone marrow to produce blood cells. In addition, Fanconi patients normally are born with a variety of birth defects. For instance, 90% of the Jewish children born with Fanconi's have no thumbs. A good number of Fanconi patients have kidney problems, trouble with their eyes, developmental retardation and other serious defects, such as microcephaly (small head).[citation needed]

      Good care is available for treating Fanconi anemia. Since research is on-going, there is hope that as knowledge gained through clinical trials and research grows, a cure may be developed.

  17. QUESTION:
    what is good to eat or drink for stomach acid?
    my mom is currenlty in hospice care for ovarian cancer and we are having problems with too much stomach acid making it difficult for her to eat.
    currently she is not able to really eat much because she is nauseous.

    • ANSWER:
      That fact is that we need a highly acidic condition in our stomach to properly digest protein. Using drugs to suppress this stomach acid may not be the correct way to deal with acid reflux or heartburn. If you do go down this route, you may be facing more problems as you get older.

      When too little acid is causing heartburn or acid reflux it makes no sense to use antacids or acid blocking drugs which decrease your stomach acid even more. Low levels of stomach acid may lead to serious illnesses.

      Some people have had great success in reducing or indeed totally relieving the effects of acid reflux by drinking small amounts of Apple Cider Vinegar. Many people are claiming that by taking 3 tablespoons 3 times a day there symptoms have been relieved.

      In some cases the heartburn you are suffering may get worse for around 20 minutes before reducing dramatically. In many cases this can be put down to the type of Apple Cider Vinegar taken. Try and only use a well-filtered organic vinegar purchased from a reputable outlet.

      There are many reasons you might have acid reflux. One reason is a weakness in the Lower Oesophageal Sphincter valve, LES. The LES is a valve between your stomach and your esophagus. When your LES valve is weak or relaxes at the wrong time, it can allow acidified, partially digested food to flow back up into your oesophagus. The acid in the food will burn the lining of your esophagus causing the so-called "heartburn..." but can also feel like pressure in the chest, which is why it is sometimes confused with feelings associated with heart attacks. In some cases Heartburn is caused by to little or too much stomach acid.

      These foods can weaken the LES valve - coffee, peppermint, spearmint, sugar, chocolate, onions, and alcohol. Once you have strengthened your LES, you can return to eating these foods in moderate amounts.

  18. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to get esophageal or gastric cancer after having esophagitis or gastritis for 2 years?
    I am 31 years old and have severe acid reflux. I was diagnosed in November 2009. I took Nexium for a while. Now I am taking a supplement called Zypan and have stopped the Nexium. I feel like crap at least once or more each week. I just hope I have nothing really serious.

    • ANSWER:
      It depends, but generally cancer appears after more years, you have to go to the doctor, I think you are fine maybe this helps you:

      Gastritis is inflammation of the lining of the stomach. This inflammation is caused by small cuts, which are caused by:

      Excessive consumption of alcohol, coffee, drink or other irritants
      Frequent consumption of irritating food or greasy.
      Heavy smoking.
      stress
      Use of drugs such as analgesics, anti-inflammatory drugs, or drugs aggressive against some diseases.
      Infection by Helicobacter pylori, a bacterium that attaches to the stomach wall, causing inflammation and acidity.
      Wear clothing that pulls the stomach area.
      Pregnancy.
      Consumption of citrus fruits like lemons, oranges, tomatoes also, chocolates, etc..

      All this weakens and irritates the lining of the stomach and makes it less resistant to acid secreted to the digestive process, causing gastritis. The amount of acid also increases more than usual.

      Symptoms of gastritis

      Burning sensation in the chest or the stomach
      Sour taste in mouth, bitter taste in the throat after eating or at bedtime.
      nausea
      pain
      Lack of appetite
      vomiting

      How to prevent or reduce Gastritis

      Avoid greasy, salty, spicy,
      Avoid irritants such as alcohol beverages, coffee, chocolate, etc.
      avoid Smoking
      Lose weight.
      Eat more alkaline foods such as vegetables.
      Consult with your doctor.

      Gastritis can be cured with a healthy life, less stress, good drugs. The untreated gastritis can lead to ulcers are open sores and bleeding in the stomach wall, and over time can cause cancer in the stomach.

      Gastritis is very common nowadays perhaps is the cause your stomach hurts after eating. A very common symptom is the generation of lot of gas and burning sensation in the stomach.

  19. QUESTION:
    Do gastrointestinal cancer symptoms usually show up gradually, or quickly?
    As in one symptom, then another and another, etc. And once they show up, are they ever intermittent, or are they steadily increasing?
    Thank you for the answers, and thank you for your concern. Don't worry; everything is all right. (((everybody)))

    • ANSWER:
      In general, I would say they are steadily increasing as the mass slowly grows. Esophageal cancer for example will first slow down the passage of solid foods, and later it makes even liquids hard to swallow. But they can also be suddenly noticed in a person who presents with unexplained anemia for example, especially anemia in the elderly. Colon ccr. on the right side might present with slowly changing bowel habits, increasing constipation and diarrea, pencil-thin stools. on the left side it is usually asymptomatic untill the bleeding or anemia are noticed.

      A first colonoscopy is recommended begining at 50 years of age, and every five years after. If you have family history of the cancer, it should be done earlier. You should only worry about espohageal cancer if you have a long history of smoking and drinking, or history of severe acid refflux. Gastric cancers often present with a continuous and annoying pain or early feeling of fulness, although may other condidtions might cause the same symptoms like a gastric ulcer. Bleeding, and of course chronic gastric symptoms from whatever cause, should prompt a doctor´s visit to find out what´s the matter.

      Dr. Ungar

  20. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of a gallbladder going bad?
    I have been having problems since at least February and am wondering if it couldbe my gallbladder. I end up having severe pain right under my sternum that shoots through to my back. It seems to vary with what I have eaten or drunk through the day...and mostly happens at night, but has happened during the day. I also have horrible heartburn, feels like some one is sitting on my chest and feel like I could vomit at any moment....any ideas as to what could be going on?

    • ANSWER:
      gall bladder symptoms:

      The symptoms of most types of gallbladder disorders are similar. Pain is usually intense and sudden, starting in the upper right abdomen and radiating to the right shoulder blade. The pain may come and go, and onset is often after a rich meal. Other symptoms include nausea and vomiting, fever and chills, and jaundice. See your healthcare provider if you have sharp persistent pain in the abdomen. He or she must rule out other causes that need immediate treatment. For example, the appendix is also on the right side of the abdomen. It is lower than the gallbladder.

      Ulcer symptoms(H. Plyori)

      Abdominal discomfort is the most common symptom. This discomfort usually

      * is a dull, gnawing ache

      * comes and goes for several days or weeks

      * occurs 2 to 3 hours after a meal

      * occurs in the middle of the night (when the stomach is empty)

      * is relieved by eating

      * is relieved by antacid medications

      Other symptoms include

      * weight loss

      * poor appetite

      * bloating

      * burping

      * nausea

      * vomiting

      Some people experience only very mild symptoms, or none at all.
      Emergency Symptoms

      If you have any of these symptoms, call your doctor right away:

      * sharp, sudden, persistent stomach pain

      * bloody or black stools

      * bloody vomit or vomit that looks like coffee grounds

      They could be signs of a serious problem, such as

      * perforation—when the ulcer burrows through the stomach or duodenal wall

      * bleeding—when acid or the ulcer breaks a blood vessel

      * obstruction—when the ulcer blocks the path of food trying to leave the stomach

      Hiatial Hernia

      Typical symptoms are heartburn and belching. One may have a burning taste in the mouth. Sometimes spitting up food occurs when the stomach is full. This may be more common at night. There may be a sense of food being stuck on its way down. This symptom may also be a symptom of esophageal cancer and should be evaluated by your healthcare provider.

      the reason I put all of these symptoms down is because sometimes you can be misdiagnosed. I was in fall of '99 the doctors said my gallbladder was bad. It turned out after several months of pain and testing I had the H. Polyri ulcer. It was horriable. I was never a small woman but in 4 months I lost 45 lbs and went from size 12 to a size 3. You was also was able to see every bone in my body because I have a large frame. My advice is to go to a doctor fast if you are having any of these symptoms.

  21. QUESTION:
    What symptoms would you have if you were getting a stomach ulcer?

    I've been experiencing very bad gas pains almost every night. It's not my gall bladder because I had that removed years ago, but the pain & discomfort is a similar feeling to that.

    • ANSWER:
      The clinical signs/symptoms tend to blend... you can have any one or combination of the following. "Gastric ulcer" , "duodenal ulcer", and or "GERD" (Gastro-esophageal Reflux Disease) all three can cause epigastric discomfort/pain. If you smoke, drink alcohol, over-eat, routinely use non-steroidal drugs... also, called NSAIDs (Motrin, Alieve, Tylenol, Asprin) or perscribed anti-inflammatory drugs/steroidal types, have family history of ulcer disease, increased stress, ---> can increase the risk factors for ulcers. If you are over or close to 50, and slightly to moderately overweight that increases the risk for GERD bear in mind. (Is an incompetent cardiac sphincter... what keeps the stomach acid in your stomach and not pushing into your esophagus causing pain and damage over time. That pain is usually under the sternum (breastbone) and can be just like Cardiac Chestpain sometimes. The gastric (stomach) origin of pain can be in the same area... and the duodenal pain is just past the stomach and can be midline or just to the right (right near where your Gall Bladder used to be). You can even have referred pain to the back.

      The over the counter H2 receptor antagonists work pretty well for most... Zantac, Pepcid, Tagamet, are some examples. Omeprazole is a potent inhibitor of H+/K+ ATPase (proton pump inhibitor) to cut the acid hypersecretion. I actually take Prevacid 24 hour capsules (over the counter) but you have to be totally compliant with maintenance daily dose for 3 to 4 days for it to work... and stay on it for about 2 weeks to get your gastritis or duodenitis and/or esophagitis improved.

      You didn't say if your Gall bladder surgery was laproscopic or open. Those that have "open incision" cholecystectomies can tend to have adhesions develop down the road that might lead to some of the gas pain you are describing.

      You can also have a C.pylori infection that actually causes ulcers which the doctor might empirically treat you for when you get put on an H2 blocker. The doctor would put you on a higher dose than what you would take with low-dose H2 blocker therapy and add treatment for Camplyobacter pylori Infection (possibly).

      The bottom line is.... there are risk factors that you can look at... there can also be relapse. Based on the intractability and reassessment of all signs/symptoms, and therapies...over an appropriate time line the whole thing can be uncomplicated or very complicated.

      If you have dark or tarry black stools... or watery wine colored foul-smelling stools you have an ulcer. If you are getting pale, diaphoretic and feel like you are going to past out... you are actively bleeding internally. If you vomit blood or if it looks coffee ground... you are actively bleeding. An emergency esophogastroduodenoscopy (flexible scope) by a Gastroenterologist is necessary to determine where the bleed is... and if it can be addressed through the scope to stem the bleeding or if emergency surgery is required. You can actually have an artery exposed in an ulcer pumping blood to the point of causing death. Most have severe pain and know/feel some pending doom looms over them.

      There can also be... a risk of Ovarian Cancer that has to be thought about that causes gas pain and bloating... people tend to see these symptoms as normal or functional and by the time it gets disruptive enough... the cancer is harder to treat because it was let go too long. (Gilda Radner... actress).

      There are a variety of things it could be that might be relatively benign or uncomplicated to treat... OR you can have some mild to asymptomatic signs that can produce life-threatening complications. I worry that people over or under-react...with a question like yours. So don't self treat this too long before you see your doctor. There is a whole flow chart he will follow to resolve this.

  22. QUESTION:
    Can eating oreos cause you to have black stools?
    And how much would you have to eat for that to happen? I noticed that my poop was nearly black a couple of days ago and thought it was due to the oreos. I only ate about 4, and ate the same amount in the next couple days. I know that I can find out if it's related to the oreos if I stop eating them, but in the meantime I'm a little worried and was hoping someone would know. I know another cause of black stools is bleeding in the GI tract. If this is the case, are there any other symptoms that I'd be aware of?

    • ANSWER:
      A black or red colored stool may be caused by something as benign as an iron supplement but it could also be an indication of bleeding somewhere in the upper or lower gastrointestinal tract. Blood is an important warning sign for both serious gastrointestinal problems such as cancer and relatively common problems like hemorrhoids.

      The medical term for passing stools that are black and foul smelling due to the presence of blood is "melena." To detect how much blood is passed in a black stool a physician may order a fecal occult blood test. Melena is diagnosed if 6 tablespoons (200 milliliters) of blood or more was passed. The darkened color of the blood usually indicates that the bleeding is coming from higher up in the gastrointestinal tract and not from the colon. This type of bleeding may be caused by:
      •bleeding ulcer
      •gastritis
      •esophageal varices
      •tear in the esophagus from violent vomiting (Mallory-Weiss tear)

      A black stool caused by food, supplements, medication, or minerals is known as "false melena." Iron supplements, taken by many women to combat iron-deficient anemia, may cause stools to be black or even greenish in color. Multivitamins that contain iron may also have the same effect. In addition, foods that are dark blue or black in color may cause black stools. Substances that can cause false melena are:
      •black licorice
      •blueberries
      •iron supplements
      •lead
      •Pepto-bismol

  23. QUESTION:
    What is the purpose of Barium swallow?
    Does it really need 10 vials of blood to detect thyroid or esophagus cancer?

    Is there only 2 hospitals in New Mexico that perform endoscopy?

    • ANSWER:
      A barium meal, also known as a barium swallow or an upper gastrointestinal series is a procedure in which radiographs (x-rays) of the esophagus, stomach and duodenum are taken after barium sulfate is ingested by a patient. Barium meals are useful in the diagnosis of structural and motility abnormalities of the foregut.

      There are two varieties of barium meal, these being single and double contrast meals. A single contrast meal uses only barium, a radiopaque (or positive) contrast medium, to image the upper gastrointestinal tract while a double contrast meal uses barium as well as a radiolucent (or negative) contrast medium such as room air, nitrogen, or carbon dioxide. The double contrast meal has the advantage of demonstrating mucosal details and is much more useful as a diagnostic test allowing the detection of small mucosal lesions such as diverticula or polyps.

      Esophageal cancers grow from the wall of the esophagus into the opening of the esophagus, creating a tumor or bump inside the esophagus. A barium swallow test can show irregularities in the normally smooth surface of the esophageal wall. Barium in liquid form is used to coat the esophagus wall before the x-ray is taken, allowing the x-ray to show the esophagus clearly.

      A barium swallow test is often the first diagnostic test in people with trouble swallowing. It can be used to identify both early and advanced cancers, although early cancers (before symptoms occur) are often found by accident while having the test for another reason. In the barium x-ray, early cancers can look like small round bumps. They also can appear as a flat, raised area called a plaque. These masses will cause the barium to coat the affected area of the esophagus unevenly. Advanced cancers look like large irregular areas and cause a narrowing of the width of the esophagus. A barium swallow test cannot be used to determine how far a cancer may have spread outside of the esophagus.

      A barium swallow test can also be used to diagnose one of the more serious complications of esophageal cancer called a tracheoesophageal fistula. This occurs when the tumor destroys the tissue between the esophagus and the trachea (windpipe) and creates a hole connecting the swallowing and breathing tubes. This leads to frequent coughing and gagging, and can be repaired with surgery or an endoscopy procedure.

      There are six tests that are performed on the blood when assessing a patient for thyroid cancer. They are:

      a. T3
      b. T3 resin uptake
      c. T4
      d. thyroid scan
      e. TSH
      f. TSI

      A search of endoscopy facilities in Albuquerque, New Mexico turned up at least six hospitals.

  24. QUESTION:
    How do you know you have esophagus cancer?
    Is there any symptoms?

    • ANSWER:
      Esophageal cancer is a serious form of cancer that starts in the inner layer of your esophagus, the 10-inch long tube that connects your throat and stomach. The most common symptom of esophageal cancer, usually occurring late in the disease, is difficulty swallowing and a sensation of food getting stuck in your throat or chest.

      It can be easily known from the symptoms mentioned below"-

      It's unusual to have signs and symptoms of esophageal cancer in the early stages of the disease. When the disease is more advanced, esophageal cancer symptoms may include:

      * Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia). Although this is the most common symptom of esophageal cancer, it usually doesn't appear until a tumor has grown large enough to narrow your esophagus to about half its normal width. At this point, meat and bread may be nearly impossible to swallow, and you may unconsciously change your eating habits, chewing more thoroughly and carefully, or switching to softer foods. In time, even liquids may be hard to swallow.
      * Unintentional weight loss. As eating becomes more difficult, you may not consume enough calories to maintain your weight. In addition, cancer in general can cause weight loss and muscle wasting because it changes the way your body metabolizes nutrients.
      * Pain in your throat, in your midchest or between your shoulder blades. Although not common, you sometimes might have pain when you swallow or discomfort or burning behind your breastbone.
      * Hoarseness, hiccups and sometimes vomiting of blood. These signs and symptoms usually don't appear until cancer is quite advanced.-

  25. QUESTION:
    Scared I have Throat Cancer Please Help?
    I am 25, female, living in Ireland. 10st and half, 5'5'', eat fairly good, except for too much chocolate, don't drink or smoke never have. I don't exercise as much as I should, except walking my dogs. My depression returned at the start of the year, and I have anxiety about illnesses, had panic attacks sometimes too. I am also unemployed, living with folks, and recently moved house.

    Now, mid January, I got a sore throat (I had tonsilitis in winter 2011). Doctor gave me antibiotics, which helped clear it up, and had a little wheezing after, that cleared also.

    A week before we moved house, on a Sunday, I got really light headed, bad tension headache, sore throat, sore when gulping. Could eat and drink, but felt sick. It seemed to clear over night, and only had a sore throat for a couple days after, but got a sort of cold, coughing etc.

    Went doctor 2 weeks ago, told him, he said it was viral, he checked my entire chest, mouth, throat, neck, temperature and blood pressure. All was fine, except I had inflammed glands I think or neck. He gave me oral stuff, but I got Lozanges instead, and that helped.

    It eased off for a couple of days, then moved into new house, light headedness had eased off as well, but got sort of cold/flu, coughing, very sore throat, slight sneezing.

    Went to new doctor Monday, he checked my entire chest, neck and throat, temperature. Said I had a little bit of a temperature, that it was also viral and that it would go itself in a few days, but to come back if it persisted. He gave me paracetemol. I've only taken 2.

    It seems to have cleared up, only have a bit of coughing now and then, bit of a stiff neck tonight but now I am freaking out completely after reading about throat cancer and Oesophageal cancer as well, I nearly started crying because of the symptoms I had read.

    Now my throat is a little sore, mildly. I nearly choked when I was 13, so I've always chewed my food, and sometimes I am overly cautious when chewing so as not to choke but now I read about this catching in throat symptom and it is scaring me badly!!!

    I am frightened it is cancer and I am going to die, advice please???

    • ANSWER:
      It is highly unlikely that you have throat cancer - it tends to affect older people, especially those who drink or smoke heavily.

      It is more likely that you're still suffering the after effects of the virus your doctor diagnosed - they can sometimes take a little while to shake off.

      I wouldn't worry - keep warm, drink plenty of fluids, and keep to your doctors advice about over the counter medication. I always find that a spoonful of honey and a good slug of lemon in some hot water makes a nice soothing drink.

      But if you're concerned, you can always see your doctor again - if only for reassurance.

  26. QUESTION:
    what can i do to stay cancer free and enjoy my diet soda?
    good: diet soda = no calories X]
    bad: diet soda = equals cancer :[
    [actually the sugar substitute but you should all know that]
    how do diabetics deal with the cancer risk?

    • ANSWER:
      As "The Instigator" stated it is the acidic state of soda diet or regular that will promote cancer and other chronic diseases. Do some research on PH balance of our body and diets.

      Most doctors hate this stuff because they love to cover up symptom verses curing the problem. You want mostly Alkaline foods in your diet.
      http://altmedicine.about.com/od/popularhealthdiets/a/alkalinediet.htm

      List of foods to guide your diet
      http://www.a-better-way.com/naturalhealthschool/acid-alkaline.html

      Personally, I would not go out and buy supplements but rather change your diet and if you like buy a juicer.

      And yes drinking SODA is dangerous over long periods of time it does not matter. Brew some tea and put in stevia or have that soda every once in a while......

      Trust me I have Barretts Esophagus which is a precurser to esophageal cancer. While in the military I dranks tons of carbonated soda......that is the KEY that is the bad part carbonation.

      http://209.85.165.104/search?q=cache:oj9eWGI60W4J:www.mindconnection.com/library/health/softdrinks.htm+is+soda+bad+for+us%3F&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=1&gl=us

      Doctors are reactive but of course use them when needed but be proactive and take charge.

      Best wishes.

  27. QUESTION:
    Is it possible that i have throat cancer?
    I've started smoking like last year in november every now and then(like a pack a week). But now i've started smoking regularly,like 1/2 a pack a day, i started a month or 2 ago. I woke up yesterday with a really bad sore throat and it hasn't gone away. im a very paranoid person and im nervous i may have throat cancer or something. can anyone give me advice on what it may be or something?

    • ANSWER:
      My guess is that you probably have more FEAR about the consequences of your smoking than you have actual damage because of the smoking. It is possible that you just have a sore throat (possibly from smoke irritating it) or even strep throat (which requires antibiotics).

      You would likely have difficulty swallowing food and/or beverages if you had throat cancer...not just pain, but the food/beverages not going down. Other symptoms might be a chronic cough, changes in your voice, unexplainable weight loss, swelling of the eyes, jaw, throat or neck, bleeding in the mouth or through the nose.

      You probably should let your doctor examine you and do a rapid strep test to see if you have strep throat (especially if you are running a fever and/or vomiting or if it does not resolve on its own within another day or two).

      If you are concerned about getting throat cancer, you might want to avoid smoking, as it can be one of the risk factors in getting throat or esophageal cancer... Esophageal cancer is more likely to occur in men over the age of 40, and a high percentage of them do not live more than 5 years after diagnosis! One way to avoid some of the irritation to the esophagus is to elevate your head at night so that food does not come up into the esophagus while you are sleeping. Many people have this "acid reflux," and it can certainly lead to esophageal cancer (but I don't hear of doctors telling their patients this until AFTER they have been diagnosed with esophageal cancer)! By then, it is sometimes too late!

  28. QUESTION:
    how long do you think esophageal cancer?
    My hair dresser experienced two symptoms out of 5 and kept being told she had heartburn (just like all of us have had at one time or another) her's turned out to be esophageal cancer. How long do you think one has esophageal cancer before it's actually diagnosed? she had an upper gi 10 months prior and it did not show up?!

    • ANSWER:
      Most often, Esophageal Cancer doesn't get diagnosed, until later stages because the patient doesn't show symptoms. If her last endo was clean then she should be in the pretty early stages since it was only 10 months ago. It is a hard cancer to fight, and not great odds so, keep her in your prayers.

  29. QUESTION:
    What is the difference between a blackberry and a black raspberry?
    they look pretty much the same to me....
    and also the mulberry looks a lot like these....

    • ANSWER:
      The blackberry is an aggregate fruit from a bramble bush, genus Rubus in the rose family Rosaceae. It is a widespread and well known group of several hundred species, many of which are closely related apomictic microspecies native throughout the temperate Northern hemisphere

      Blackberries are perennial plants which typically bear biennial stems ("canes") from the perennial root system.[2]

      In its first year, a new stem grows vigorously to its full length of 3-6 m, arching or trailing along the ground and bearing large palmately compound leaves with five or seven leaflets; it does not produce any flowers. In its second year, the stem does not grow longer, but the flower buds break to produce flowering laterals, which bear smaller leaves with three or five leaflets.[2] First and second year shoots are usually spiny with numerous short curved very sharp thorns (thornless cultivars have been developed purposefully).

      Unmanaged mature plants form a tangle of dense arching stems, the branches rooting from the node tip when they reach the ground. Vigorous and growing rapidly in woods, scrub, hillsides and hedgerows, blackberry shrubs tolerate poor soils, readily colonizing wasteland, ditches and vacant lots.[1][3]

      The flowers are produced in late spring and early summer on short racemes on the tips of the flowering laterals.[2] Each flower is about 2-3 cm in diameter with five white or pale pink petals.[2] The newly developed primocane produces flowers and fruits on the new growth.

      The early flowers often form more drupelets than the later ones. This can be a symptom of exhausted reserves in the plant's roots, marginal pollinator populations, or infection with a virus such as Raspberry bushy dwarf virus. Even a small change in conditions, such as a rainy day or a day too hot for bees to work after early morning, can reduce the number of bee visits to the flower, thus reducing the quality of the fruit. The drupelets only develop around ovules that are fertilized by the male gamete from a pollen grain.

      In botanical terminology, the fruit is not a berry, but an aggregate fruit of numerous drupelets ripening to black or dark purple, the "blackberry".

      Blackberry leaves are also a food for certain caterpillars. See List of Lepidoptera that feed on Rubus

      --------------------------------------...

      Black Raspberry:

      Rubus occidentalis is a species of Rubus native to eastern North America. The common name Black Raspberry is shared with the closely related western American species Rubus leucodermis. Other names occasionally used include wild black raspberry, black caps, black cap raspberry, and thimbleberry.[1][2]

      Rubus occidentalis is a deciduous shrub growing to 2–3 m tall, with thorny shoots. The leaves are pinnate, with five leaflets on leaves strong-growing stems in their first year, and three leaflets on leaves on flowering branchlets. The flowers are distinct in having long, slender sepals 6–8 mm long, more than twice as long as the petals. The round-shaped fruit is a 12–15 mm diameter aggregation of drupelets; it is edible, and has a high content of anthocyanins and ellagic acid.[3][4]

      Black raspberries are high in anthocyanins. This has led to them being very useful as natural dyes and, since anthocyanins are powerful antioxidants, to a great deal of interest in them for their potential nutraceutical value. Extensive work has been ongoing at Ohio State University to evaluate their benefit for cancer treatment in mammalian test systems,[5] and the first clinical trials on patients with esophageal cancer.[6]

      The black raspberry is also closely related to the red raspberries Rubus idaeus and Rubus strigosus, sharing the distinctively white underside of the leaves and fruit that readily detaches from the carpel, but differing in the ripe fruit being black, and in the stems being more thorny. The black fruit makes them look like Blackberries, though this is only superficial, with the taste being unique and not like either the red raspberry or the blackberry. In much of the Mid-Atlantic United States, black raspberries are simply called Blackberries, even though they are not.

      As suggested by the common name, black raspberries usually have very dark purple-black fruits, rich in anthocyanin pigments. However, due to occasional mutations in the genes controlling anthocyanin production, yellow-fruited variants (yellow raspberries) sometimes occur, and have been occasionally propagated, especially in home/farm gardens in the midwestern United States (e.g.,Ohio). The yellow-fruited variants of the black raspberry retain that species' distinctive flavor, different from the similar-appearing pale-fruited variants of cultivated red raspberries (generally the Eurasian Rubus idaeus, but with some being the North American Rubus strigosus, and other cultivars representing hybrids between these two widespread species).

  30. QUESTION:
    My friend just had a test for esophagus cancer. Does anyone know anything about it?
    I guess that he has some sort of tumor, and it could be cancer. Does anyone know how they will treat him if it is cancer? Any info would be very helpful. Thank You.

    • ANSWER:
      Esophageal cancer is malignancy of the esophagus. There are various subtypes. Esophageal tumors usually lead to dysphagia (difficulty swallowing), pain and other symptoms, and are diagnosed with biopsy. Small and localized tumors are treated with surgery, and advanced tumors are treated with chemotherapy, radiotherapy or combinations. Prognosis depends on the extent of the disease and other medical problems, but is fairly poor.

      Signs and symptoms:

      Dysphagia (difficulty swallowing) is the first symptom in most patients. Odynophagia (painful swallowing) may be present. Fluids and soft foods are usually tolerated, while hard or bulky substances (such as bread or meat) cause much more difficulty. Substantial weight loss is characteristic as a result of poor nutrition and the active cancer. Pain, often of a burning nature, may be severe and worsened by swallowing, and can be spasmodic in character.

      The presence of the tumor may disrupt normal peristalsis (the organised swallowing reflex), leading to nausea and vomiting, regurgitation of food, coughing and an increased risk of aspiration pneumonia. The tumor surface may be fragile and bleed, causing hematemesis (vomiting up blood). Compression of local structures occurs in advanced disease, leading to such problems as superior vena cava syndrome. Fistulas may develop between the esophagus and the trachea, increasing the pneumonia risk; this symptom is usually heralded by cough, fever or aspiration.If the disease has spread to elsewhere, this may lead to symptoms related to this: liver metastasis could cause jaundice and ascites, lung metastasis could cause shortness of breath, pleural effusions, etc.

      Cause and risk factors:

      Increased risk:

      There are a number of risk factors for esophageal cancer. Some subtypes of cancer are linked to particular risk factors:

      Age.:
      Most patients are over 60, and the median in US patients is 67.
      Gender. It is more common in men.
      Tobacco smoking and heavy alcohol use increase the risk, and together appear to increase the risk more than these two individually.
      Swallowing lye or other caustic substances.
      Particular dietary substances, such as nitrosamine.
      A medical history of other head and neck cancers increases the chance of developing a second cancer in the head and neck area, including esophageal cancer.
      Plummer-Vinson syndrome (anemia and esophageal webbing)
      Tylosis and Howel-Evans syndrome (hereditary thickening of the skin of the palms and soles).
      Radiation therapy for other conditions in the mediastinum.
      Celiac disease and primary biliary cirrhosis predispose toward squamous cell carcinomas
      Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and its resultant Barrett's esophagus increase esophageal cancer risk due to the chronic irritation of the mucosal lining (adenocarcinoma is more common in this condition, while all other risk factors predispose more for squamous cell carcinoma

      Decreased risk:

      Risk appears to be less in patients using aspirin or related drugs (NSAIDs).
      The role of Helicobacter pylori in progression to esophageal adenocarcinoma is still uncertain, but, on the basis of population data, it may carry a protective effect. It is postulated that H. pylori prevents chronic gastritis, which is a risk factor for reflux, which in turn is a risk factor for esophageal adenocarcinoma.
      According to the National Cancer Institute, "diets high in cruciferous (cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower) and green and yellow vegetables and fruits are associated with a decreased risk of esophageal cancer.
      Some scientific studies claim that various kinds of berries, particularly raspberries and black raspberries, have protective properties against cancer of the esophagus and other kinds of cancer.

      According to one Italian study of "diet surveys completed by 5,500 Italians" — a study which has raised debates questioning its claims among cancer researchers cited in news reports about it — eating pizza more than once a week appears "to be a favorable indicator of risk for digestive tract neoplasms in this population

      Diagnosis:

      Although an occlusive tumor may be suspected on a barium swallow or barium meal, the diagnosis is best made with esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD, endoscopy); this involves the passing of a flexible tube down the esophagus and visualising the wall. Biopsies taken of suspicious lesions are then examined histologically for signs of malignancy.

      Additional testing is usually performed to estimate the tumor stage. Computed tomography (CT) of the chest, abdomen and pelvis, can evaluate whether the cancer has spread to adjacent tissues or distant organs (especially liver and lymph nodes). The sensitivity of CT scan is limited by its ability to detect masses (e.g. enlarged lymph nodes or involved organs) generally larger than 1cm. FDG-PET (positron emission tomography) scan is also being used to estimate whether enlarged masses are metabolically active, indicating faster-growing cells that might be expected in cancer. Esophageal endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) can provide staging information regarding the level of tumor invasion, and possible spread to regional lymph nodes.

      Most tumors of the esophagus are malignant. A very small proportion (under 10%) is leiomyoma (smooth muscle tumor) or gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST). Malignant tumors are generally adenocarcinomas, squamous cell carcinomas, and occasionally small-cell carcinomas. The latter share many properties with small-cell lung cancer, and are relatively sensitive to chemotherapy compared to the other types.

      The location of the tumor is generally measured by the distance from the teeth. The esophagus (25 cm or 10 inches long) is commonly divided into three parts for purposes of determining the location. Adenocarcinomas tend to occur distally and squamous cell carcinomas proximally, but the converse may also be the case

      Treatment:

      General approaches:

      The treatment is determined by the cellular type of cancer (adenocarcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma vs other types), the stage of the disease, the general condition of the patient and other diseases present. On the whole, adequate nutrition needs to be assured, and adequate dental care is vital.

      If the patient cannot swallow at all, a stent may be inserted to keep the esophagus patent; stents may also assist in occluding fistulas. A nasogastric tube may be necessary to continue feeding while treatment for the tumor is given, and some patients require a gastrostomy (feeding hole in the skin that gives direct access to the stomach). The latter two are especially important if the patient tends to aspirate food or saliva into the airways, predisposing for aspiration pneumonia.

      Tumor treatments:

      Surgery is possible if the disease is localised, which is the case in 20-30% of all patients. If the tumor is larger but localised, chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy may occasionally shrink the tumor to the extent that it becomes "operable"; however, this combination of treatments (referred to as neoadjuvant chemoradiation) is still somewhat controversial in most medical circles. Esophagectomy is the removal of a segment of the esophagus; as this shortens the distance between the throat and the stomach, some other segment of the digestive tract (typically the stomach or part of the colon) is placed in the chest cavity and interposed. If the tumor is metastatic, surgical resection is not considered worthwhile, but palliative surgery may offer some benefit.

      Laser therapy is the use of high-intensity light to destroy tumor cells; it affects only the treated area. This is typically done if the cancer cannot be removed by surgery. The relief of a blockage can help to reduce dysphagia and pain. Photodynamic therapy (PDT), a type of laser therapy, involves the use of drugs that are absorbed by cancer cells; when exposed to a special light, the drugs become active and destroy the cancer cells.

      Chemotherapy depends on the tumor type, but tends to be cisplatin-based (or carboplatin or oxaliplatin) every three weeks with fluorouracil (5-FU) either continuously or every three weeks. In more recent studies, addition of epirubicin (ECF) was better than other comparable regimens in advanced nonresectable cancer. Chemotherapy may be given after surgery (adjuvant, i.e. to reduce risk of recurrence), before surgery (neoadjuvant) or if surgery is not possible; in this case, cisplatin and 5-FU are used. Ongoing trials compare various combinations of chemotherapy; the phase II/III REAL-2 trial - for example - compares four regimens containing epirubicin and either cisplatin or oxaliplatin and either continuously infused fluorouracil or capecitabine.

      Radiotherapy is given before, during or after chemotherapy or surgery, and sometimes on its own to control symptoms. In patients with localised disease but contraindications to surgery, "radical radiotherapy" may be used with curative intent.

      Follow-up and prognosis:
      Patients are followed up frequently after a treatment regimen has been completed. Frequently, other treatments are necessary to improve symptoms and maximize nutrition.

      Prognosis of esophageal cancer is fairly poor. Even in patients who undergo surgery with curative intent, the five year survival rate is only 25%, and prognosis is poorer in those who are not fit for surgery. Early emphasis on symptom control and palliative care may improve the quality of life.

      Epidemiology:

      Esophageal cancer is a relatively rare form of cancer, but some world areas have a markedly higher incidence than others: China, India and Japan, as well as the United Kingdom, appear to have a higher incidence, as well as the region around the Caspian Sea.

      Annual incidence is between 3-11 per 100,000 for males and 0.6-6 per 100,000 for females.

  31. QUESTION:
    What may be the first symptoms of contracting esophagus cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      Most of the people with esophageal cancer present with the complaint "My food gets stuck *right here* "and will point to the area where the cancer subsequently is found.

      I think the word "developing" might be more appropriate than "contracting", which connotes an infectious etiology.

  32. QUESTION:
    How many and what types of bacteria are in your stomach?
    Also, what would happen if those bacteria somehow became more powerful, and what would happen if they reproduced at like twice the rate of what they usually do? Could they destroy your stomach or give you lots of ulcers? Thanks.
    In my original question, I meant what types of bacteria are in your stomach that aid in digestion?

    • ANSWER:
      If your stomach hurts only after eating there several diseases but especially three that affect a large number of people around the world are:

      If your stomach hurts after eating you should read this!Gastritis
      Ulcers
      Irritable Bowel Syndrome

      Both gastritis and ulcers are closely related and similar diseases, their symptoms are very similar and both diseases are very common, causing heartburn, stomach pain after eating, gas, bloating, abdominal discomfort, constipation, and more symptoms.

      A common cause of gastritis and ulcers is a bacterium called Helicobacter pylori, the bacterium is one of the major reasons that most people develop ulcers and gastritis. This bacterium infects adheres to the stomach, causing an excess of acid, which in turn causes gastritis and ulcers and this causes your stomach hurts after eating.

      Both gastritis and ulcers can lead to major health problems without treatment and with the passage of time the gastric cancer may appear.

      For all the above is very important to look after our health and assist with a medical gastroenterologist.

      Irritable Bowel syndrome is another condition placed very common, the United States alone, 14% of the population has suffered from this disorder, in other countries like Mexico to 35% of the population have suffered from irritable bowel syndrome.

      Irritable bowel syndrome has many symptoms for it is sometimes difficult to diagnose, the most common are that your stomach hurts after eating, often intermittent abdominal pain, anytime, diarrhea, constipation, abdominal swelling, intestinal dysmotility, in some patients also have fever, nausea and even vomiting.

      This syndrome has more symptoms such as esophageal reflux (heartburn), fibromyalgia (muscle pain and fatigue), chronic fatigue, depression, anxiety, headache, backache.
      What Causes Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

      So far has not discovered the exact cause leading to the emergence of this syndrome, but there are factors that most likely originate from this disease are:

      After having an intestinal infection many patients develop irritable bowel syndrome, although the causes are unknown.

      It is believed that stress is a major cause,

  33. QUESTION:
    what are the stomach cancer symptoms ?
    I have been feeling this severe pain, on the upper abdomen and also a feel bloated after eating, constipation, and some nausea, woud appreciate your answer thanx.

    • ANSWER:
      What you're experiencing does not mean it's cancer. I know because I suffer from these same symptoms and I have bleeding ulcers, esophageal spasms, hiatal hernia, diverticulitis, I also have ulcers on my esophagus. I get bloated with terrible pain when I eat something that I shouldn't. I remain on a bland, fat free diet. Sometimes, when we go out, I will order something and ask if there's anythinig spicy in it I should know about. They usually tell the truth, but this last time they lied and said "no". So I ordered it and after a few bites, noticed my tongue burning. Right away I had to stop eating. My stomach is so sensitive to anything spicy, that just those few bites had a huge affect on me. I suffered awful. I'm on mega doses of medication and just went to the hospital 2 weeks ago for I refer to as "My maintance check". I had to be put on IV medications, had a scope to my stomach and found out just how bad it was, No surprises there. But you need to see a specialist called a Gastroenterologist. These Dr's deal solely with the digestive systems and all diesease and every aspect of them. That would be the first thing to consider before cancer. Not all symptoms mean cancer. Consider the obvious first and go from there. That's why I went into all that crap about my stomach problems. Sorry, Good luck and God bless

  34. QUESTION:
    my wife has been throwing up blood and doctors have ruled out ulcers there is talk about it being cancer?
    I'm curious as to what type of cancer can she have that would cause stomach pain blood in vomit and dizzyness. My wife is only 22 and I'm in thailand and really lost any help will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      List of 53 causes of Vomiting blood
      This page shows a full list of all the diseases and conditions listed as a possible cause of Vomiting blood by various sources.

      Acute Gastritis - blood in vomit
      Acute gastritis
      Anthrax - vomiting of blood
      Artificial food colorings
      Back tumour - blood in vomit
      Blood in sputum - blood from the lungs may have been coughed up and swallowed.
      Certain drugs
      Certain foods or drinks - may cause reddish color in vomit rather than being blood:
      Chronic hepatitis
      Cirrhosis of the liver
      Coagulation disorders
      Cyclic vomiting syndrome - Hematemesis
      Duodenitis - Hematemesis
      Ebola - vomiting blood
      Esophageal bleeding
      Esophageal carcinoma
      Esophageal irritation - such as from persistent coughing or other irritations.
      Esophageal rupture
      Esophageal varices - vomiting blood
      Esophagus vein hemorrhage
      Gastric carcinoma
      Gastric erosion - blood in vomit
      Gastric erosion
      Gastric Ulcer - blood in vomit
      Gastritis - blood in vomit
      Gastritis
      Gastrointestinal Anthrax - vomiting of blood
      Gastrointestinal bleeding - blood in vomit
      Gastrointestinal bleeding
      Hip cancer - blood in vomit
      Lung bleeding
      Ménétrier's disease - blood in vomit
      Mallory-Weiss syndrome
      Nose condition
      Nose surgery
      Nosebleed
      Peptic Ulcer - blood in vomit
      Peptic ulcer
      Portal hypertension - blood in vomit
      Prior nosebleed - the blood from a nosebleed may have been swallowed causing later "coffee ground vomit".
      Red or purple foods or drinks
      Rib Tumor - blood in vomit
      Ruptured esophageal varices
      See also blood in sputum, vomiting, or other bleeding symptoms
      Stomach bleeding - causing "coffee ground" vomit
      Stomach cancer - vomiting blood
      Stomach cancer
      Swallowed blood - results in "coffee ground" consistency.
      Throat condition
      Throat surgery
      Traumatic NG or endotracheal intubation
      Wilson's Disease - vomiting blood
      Yellow fever - vomiting blood

  35. QUESTION:
    What does it mean that my stomach begins to hurt after only two bites of food?
    Every time I eat lately, my stomach has started to cramp and occasionally I throw up. It's a pain mostly in my right hand side of my torso. It's gotten to the point where unless I'm high I can't eat very much.

    • ANSWER:
      If your stomach hurts only after eating there several diseases but especially three that affect a large number of people around the world are:

      If your stomach hurts after eating you should read this!Gastritis
      Ulcers
      Irritable Bowel Syndrome

      Both gastritis and ulcers are closely related and similar diseases, their symptoms are very similar and both diseases are very common, causing heartburn, stomach pain after eating, gas, bloating, abdominal discomfort, constipation, and more symptoms.

      A common cause of gastritis and ulcers is a bacterium called Helicobacter pylori, the bacterium is one of the major reasons that most people develop ulcers and gastritis. This bacterium infects adheres to the stomach, causing an excess of acid, which in turn causes gastritis and ulcers and this causes your stomach hurts after eating.

      Both gastritis and ulcers can lead to major health problems without treatment and with the passage of time the gastric cancer may appear.

      For all the above is very important to look after our health and assist with a medical gastroenterologist.

      Irritable Bowel syndrome is another condition placed very common, the United States alone, 14% of the population has suffered from this disorder, in other countries like Mexico to 35% of the population have suffered from irritable bowel syndrome.

      Irritable bowel syndrome has many symptoms for it is sometimes difficult to diagnose, the most common are that your stomach hurts after eating, often intermittent abdominal pain, anytime, diarrhea, constipation, abdominal swelling, intestinal dysmotility, in some patients also have fever, nausea and even vomiting.

      This syndrome has more symptoms such as esophageal reflux (heartburn), fibromyalgia (muscle pain and fatigue), chronic fatigue, depression, anxiety, headache, backache.
      What Causes Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

      So far has not discovered the exact cause leading to the emergence of this syndrome, but there are factors that most likely originate from this disease are:

      After having an intestinal infection many patients develop irritable bowel syndrome, although the causes are unknown.

      It is believed that stress is a major cause,

  36. QUESTION:
    What is the difference between having Achalasia and GERD?
    Since they seem so much alike!

    • ANSWER:
      Achalasia, also known as esophageal achalasia, is an esophageal motility disorder involving the smooth muscle layer of the esophagus and the lower esophageal sphincter.
      Achalasia is characterized by difficulty swallowing, regurgitation, and sometimes chest pain.
      The most common form is primary achalasia, which has no known underlying cause. It is due to the failure of distal esophageal inhibitory neurons. However, a small proportion occurs secondary to other conditions, such as esophageal cancer or Chagas disease.

      GERD (Gastroesophageal reflux disease), is defined as chronic symptoms or mucosal damage produced by the abnormal reflux of stomach acid to the esophagus. A typical symptom is heartburn.
      This is commonly due to transient or permanent changes in the barrier between the esophagus and the stomach. This can be due to incompetence of the lower esophageal sphincter, transient lower esophageal sphincter relaxation, impaired expulsion of gastric reflux from the esophagus, or a hiatal hernia

  37. QUESTION:
    What is the difference between a peptic, gastric and duodenal ulcer and what are some natural ways to deal?
    the discomfort of them? Also, what organ is located about an inch above the navel and to my right (would be an observers left)?

    • ANSWER:
      GASTRIC ULCER:
      Ulceration of the GASTRIC MUCOSA due to contact with GASTRIC JUICE. It is often associated with HELICOBACTER PYLORI infection or consumption of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS).
      symptoms are:
      1)Recurrent abdominal pain - dull and burning type pain usually located in epigastric area (area between belly button and rib cage)
      2)Abdominal pain after food
      3)Abdominal pain at night
      4)Blood in vomit
      5)Nausea
      6)Anorexia
      7)Black stools
      8)Fatigue
      9)Breathlessness

      The list of conventional treatments are;
      Symptomatic relief: antacid preparations
      Anti-acid medications: "Proton-Pump" inhibitors (eg omeprazole, lansoprazole), H2 antagonists (eg ranitidine, cimetidine)
      Eradication of Helicobacter pylori infection: oral antibiotics, proton pump inhibitor
      Avoidance of NSAID medications (aspirin, ibuprofen (Nurofen, Brufen etc)
      Surgery - partial gastrectomy

      PEPTIC ULCERS
      A peptic ulcer is a sore on the lining of the stomach or duodenum, which is the beginning of the small intestine.

      List of causes or underlying conditions;
      1)Helicobacter pylori bacteria
      2)Excess stomach acid
      3)Stomach cancer
      4)Pancreatic cancer
      5)GERD - a cause of esophageal ulcers
      6)Zollinger-Ellison syndrome

      Treatments for gastrointestinal bleeding:
      Emergency treatment - if gastrointestinal bleeding from a bleeding ulcer is suspected
      Blood transfusions
      See also treatment of anemia - because anemia can result from gastrointestinal bleeding and its blood loss.
      Discontinue causative medications - for NSAIDs and other secondary causes
      Antibiotics - mainly for the treatment of H Pylori infections

      Natural method of treatment;
      Lifestyle changes
      Diet changes
      Avoid ulcer triggering foods
      Avoid spicy food
      Avoid fatty foods
      Avoid alcohol
      Avoid caffeine
      Quit smoking
      Reduce stress

      DUODENAL ULCER
      A peptic ulcer located in the DUODENUM
      Some of the possible causes of Duodenal ulcer include:
      Excess stomach acid
      Helicobacter pylori bacteria

      Mostly similar to symptoms of peptic ulcers
      Abdominal pain
      Abdominal pain after meals
      Pain below the ribs
      Gastrointestinal bleeding

      You must always seek professional medical advice about any treatment or change in treatment plans.

  38. QUESTION:
    Can you tell me about acid reflux disease?
    I have nausea a lot, especially first thing in the morning (NOT pregnant) and vomit a lot more than usual. I also do that throw up in the mouth thing with acidy type stuff.
    It's becoming very bothersome and is getting worse.
    Should I see a doctor, and what could they do to help me?
    Thanks for any info.

    • ANSWER:
      Acid Reflux Disease, or medically known as GERD or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease is an condition wherein your gastroesophageal sphincter (the valve that closes the stomach when digesting your food and prevents the acid in your stomach from reaching your esophagus) is lax. This is usually caused by skipping meals, drinking too much alcohol, milk, or coffee when you're hungry, and other things. Beware, this is one condition that can lead to esophageal cancer.

      Common signs and symptoms would include burning pain at the epigastric area, vomiting, belching, as well as acidic taste in the mouth upon lying down, etc.

      Omeprazole 40mg tab once per day every morning for 2 weeks is the medicine i usually give to my patients, along with advices on proper timing of meals, as well as at least a slight snack in between meals, and avoiding alcohol and cigarettes.

      However, it is truly advisable to seek the advise of your own personal doctor for proper check-up and physical examination, you'll never know if what you're having is not acid reflux in the first place.

      and follow the old advise, "if symptoms persists, consult your doctor."

      hope this helps.

  39. QUESTION:
    What's the difference between "gastritis" and "heartburn"?
    What's the best over-the-counter antacids to combat it? Pepcid doesn't work at all for me.

    • ANSWER:
      What Is Gastritis?

      Gastritis is an inflammation, irritation, or erosion of the lining of the stomach. It can occur suddenly (acute) or gradually (chronic).

      What Causes Gastritis?

      Gastritis can be caused by irritation due to excessive alcohol use, chronic vomiting, stress, or the use of certain medications such as aspirin or other anti-inflammatory drugs. It may also be caused by any of the following:

      * Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori): A bacteria that lives in the mucous lining of the stomach. Without treatment the infection can lead to ulcers, and in some people, stomach cancer.
      * Pernicious anemia: A form of anemia that occurs when the stomach lacks a naturally occurring substance needed to properly absorb and digest vitamin B12.
      * Bile reflux: A backflow of bile into the stomach from the bile tract (that connects to the liver and gallbladder).
      * Infections caused by bacteria and viruses

      If gastritis is left untreated, it can lead to a severe loss in blood, or in some cases increase the risk of developing stomach cancer.

      What Are the Symptoms of Gastritis?
      Symptoms of gastritis vary among individuals, and in many people there are no symptoms. However, the most common symptoms include:

      * Nausea or recurrent upset stomach
      * Abdominal bloating
      * Abdominal pain
      * Vomiting
      * Indigestion
      * Burning or gnawing feeling in the stomach between meals or at night
      * Hiccups
      * Loss of appetite
      * Vomiting blood or coffee ground-like material
      * Black, tarry stools

      What Is the Treatment for Gastritis?

      Treatment for gastritis usually involves:

      * Taking antacids and other drugs to reduce stomach acid, which causes further irritation to inflamed areas.
      * Avoiding hot and spicy foods.
      * For gastritis caused by H. pylori infection, your doctor will prescribe a regimen of several antibiotics plus an acid blocking drug (used for heartburn).
      * If the gastritis is caused by pernicious anemia, B12 vitamin shots will be given.

      Once the underlying problem disappears, the gastritis usually does, too. You should talk to your doctor before stopping any medicine or starting any gastritis treatment on your own.

      What Is Heartburn?

      Despite its name, heartburn has nothing to do with the heart. (Some of the symptoms, however, are similar to those of a heart attack or heart disease.) Heartburn is an irritation of the esophagus that is caused by stomach acid.

      With gravity's help, a muscular valve called the lower esophageal sphincter, or LES, keeps stomach acid in the stomach. The LES is located where the esophagus meets the stomach -- below the rib cage and slightly left of center. Normally it opens to allow food into the stomach or to permit belching; then it closes again. But if the LES opens too often or does not close tight enough, stomach acid can reflux, or seep, into the esophagus and cause a burning sensation.

      Occasional heartburn isn't dangerous, but chronic heartburn can indicate serious problems and can develop into gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Heartburn is a daily occurrence for about 10% of Americans and up to 50% of pregnant women. It's an occasional nuisance for 30% of the population.

      What Causes It?

      The basic cause of heartburn is an underactive lower esophageal sphincter, or LES, that doesn't tighten as it should. Two excesses often contribute to this problem: too much food in the stomach (overeating) or too much pressure on the stomach (frequently from obesity or pregnancy). Certain foods commonly relax the LES, including tomatoes, citrus fruits, garlic, onions, chocolate, coffee, alcohol, caffeinated products, and peppermint. Dishes high in fats and oils (animal or vegetable) often lead to heartburn, as do certain medications. Stress increases acid production and can cause heartburn. And smoking, which relaxes the LES and stimulates stomach acid, is a major contributor.

  40. QUESTION:
    what is the most unhealthiest way to lose weight fast?
    is it laxitives,bulemia,water pills or a combination of all three?if i do all three how much and how fast weight will i lose?

    • ANSWER:
      I use to have anorexia, and it sucked.

      Before you do anything, I suggest a look at the complications of these weight loss techniques:

      Malnutrition
      Dehydration
      Electrolyte imbalance, which can cause cardiac arrest or brain damage from a stroke
      Hyponatremia
      Damaging of the voice
      Vitamin and mineral deficiencies
      Teeth erosion and cavities, gum disease
      Salivary gland swelling (sialadenosis)
      Potential for gastric rupture during periods of binging
      Esophageal reflux
      Irritation, inflammation, and possible rupture of the esophagus
      Laxative dependence
      Peptic ulcers and pancreatitis
      Emetic toxicity due to ipecac abuse
      Swelling of the face and cheeks, especially the lower eyelids, due to the high pressure of blood in the face during vomiting; for the same reason Purpura can occur, a rash caused by burst blood vessels.
      Callused or bruised fingers
      Dry or brittle skin, hair, and nails, or hair loss
      Lanugo
      Edema
      Muscle atrophy
      Decreased or increased bowel activity
      Digestive problems that may be triggered, including celiac and Crohn's disease
      Low blood pressure (hypotension)
      Orthostatic hypotension
      High blood pressure (hypertension)
      Iron deficiency
      Anemia
      Hormonal imbalances
      Hyperactivity
      Depression
      Insomnia
      Amenorrhea
      Infertility
      High risk pregnancy, miscarriage, still-born babies
      Diabetes
      High blood sugar (hyperglycemia)
      Ketoacidosis
      Osteoporosis
      Arthritis
      Russell's sign (scarring on the knuckles or back of the hand due to self-induced vomiting over long periods of time)
      Weakness and fatigue also along with depression
      Cancer of the throat or cancer of the voice box
      Liver failure
      Kidney infection and failure
      Heart failure, heart arrhythmia, angina
      Seizure
      Paralysis
      Death caused by heart attack or heart failure; lung collapse; internal bleeding, stroke, kidney failure, liver failure; pancreatitis, gastric rupture, perforated ulcer, depression and suicide. Stunted growth
      Endocrine disorder, leading to cessation of periods in girls (amenorrhoea)
      Decreased libido; impotence in males
      Starvation symptoms, such as reduced metabolism, slow heart rate (bradycardia), hypotension, hypothermia and anemia
      Abnormalities of mineral and electrolyte levels in the body
      Thinning of the hair
      Growth of lanugo hair over the body
      Constantly feeling "cold"
      Zinc deficiency
      Reduction in white blood cell count
      Reduced immune system function
      Pallid complexion and sunken eyes
      Creaking joints and bones
      Collection of fluid in ankles during the day and around eyes during the night
      Tooth decay
      Constipation
      Dry skin
      Dry or chapped lips
      Poor circulation, resulting in common attacks of 'pins and needles' and purple extremities
      In cases of extreme weight loss, there can be nerve deterioration, leading to difficulty in moving the feet
      Headaches
      Brittle fingernails
      Bruising easily

  41. QUESTION:
    What are the benefits of drinking a nice glass of green tea?
    just wanting to know is all.

    • ANSWER:
      Green tea has been used as a medicine in China for at least 4,000 years. In 1994 the Journal of the National Cancer Institute published the results of an epidemiological study indicating that drinking green tea reduced the risk of esophageal cancer in Chinese men and women by nearly sixty percent. University of Purdue researchers recently concluded that a compound in green tea inhibits the growth of cancer cells. There is also research indicating that drinking green tea lowers total cholesterol levels, as well as improving the ratio of good (HDL) cholesterol to bad (LDL) cholesterol.

      To sum up, here are just a few medical conditions in which drinking green tea is reputed to be helpful:
      * cancer
      * rheumatoid arthritis
      * high cholesterol levels
      * cardiovascular disease
      * infection
      * impaired immune function

      The secret of green tea lies in the fact it is rich in catechin polyphenols, particularly epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). EGCG is a powerful anti-oxidant: besides inhibiting the growth of cancer cells, it kills cancer cells without harming healthy tissue. It has also been effective in lowering LDL cholesterol levels, and inhibiting the abnormal formation of blood clots. The latter takes on added importance when you consider that thrombosis (the formation of abnormal blood clots) is the leading cause of heart attacks and stroke.

      New evidence is emerging that green tea can even help dieters. In November, 1999, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published the results of a study at the University of Geneva in Switzerland. Researchers found that men who were given a combination of caffeine and green tea extract burned more calories than those given only caffeine or a placebo.

      Green tea can even help prevent tooth decay! Just as its bacteria-destroying abilities can help prevent food poisoning, it can also kill the bacteria that causes dental plaque. Meanwhile, skin preparations containing green tea - from deodorants to creams - are starting to appear on the market.

      Herbs for Health magazine cites a Japanese report stating that men who drank ten cups of green tea per day stayed cancer-free for three years longer than men who drank less than three cups a day (there are approximately 240 - 320 mg of polyphenols in three cups of green tea). Meanwhile, a study by Cleveland's Western Reserve University concluded that drinking four or more cups of green tea per day could help prevent rheumatoid arthritis, or reduce symptoms in individuals already suffering from the disease. And Japanese scientists at the Saitama Cancer Research Institute discovered that there were fewer recurrences of breast cancer, and the disease spread less quickly, in women with a history of drinking five cups or more of green tea daily.

      To date, the only negative side effect reported from drinking green tea is insomnia due to the fact that it contains caffeine. However, green tea contains less caffeine than coffee: there are approximately thirty to sixty mg. of caffeine in six - eight ounces of tea, compared to over one-hundred mg. in eight ounces of coffee.

  42. QUESTION:
    For the condition of a hiatus hernia and reflux there is an operation?
    The operation i'm told is where they lift the stomach lining up to strengthen the oesophagus? is this it? and is a dangerous procedure. i would do anything to be rid of this awful pain.

    • ANSWER:
      In most cases, sufferers experience no discomfort and no treatment is required. However, when the hiatal hernia is large, or is of the paraesophageal type, it is likely to cause esophageal stricture and discomfort. Symptomatic patients should elevate the head of their beds and avoid lying down directly after meals until treatment is rendered. If the condition has been brought on by stress, stress reduction techniques may be prescribed, or if overweight, weight loss may be indicated. Medications that lower the lower esophageal sphincter (or LES) pressure should be avoided. Antisecretory drugs like proton pump inhibitors and H2 receptor blockers can be used to reduce acid secretion.

      Where hernia symptoms are severe and chronic acid reflux is involved, surgery is sometimes recommended, as chronic reflux can severely injure the esophagus and even lead to esophageal cancer.

      The surgical procedure used is called Nissen fundoplication. In fundoplication, the gastric fundus (upper part) of the stomach is wrapped, or plicated, around the inferior part of the esophagus, preventing herniation of the stomach through the hiatus in the diaphragm and the reflux of gastric acid. The procedure is now commonly performed laparoscopically. With proper patient selection, laparoscopic fundoplication has low complication rates and a quick recovery.

      Complications include gas bloat syndrome, dysphagia (trouble swallowing), dumping syndrome, excessive scarring, and rarely, achalasia. The procedure sometimes fails over time, requiring a second surgery to make repairs.

  43. QUESTION:
    What might have happen if there is bright red blood in stool almost everyday?
    I just seemed to have bright red blood in my stool almost everyday. And sometimes, because of the above, when I urinate, the blood did come out too. There is blood also in my tissue roll when I wiped my back. Can anyone help me out with this; like what I really should do?

    • ANSWER:
      Blood in the stool can be bright red, maroon in color, black and tarry, or occult (not visible to the naked eye). Causes of blood in stool range from harmless, annoying conditions of the gastrointestinal tract such as hemorrhoids to serious conditions such as cancer. Blood in the stool should be evaluated by a healthcare professional.

      Rectal bleeding (known medically as hematochezia) refers to passage of bright red blood from the anus, often mixed with stool and/or blood clots. Most rectal bleeding comes from the colon, rectum, or anus. The color of the blood during rectal bleeding often depends on the location of the bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract. Generally, the closer the bleeding site is to the anus, the blood will be a brighter red. Thus, bleeding from the anus, rectum, and the sigmoid colon tend to be bright red, whereas bleeding from the transverse colon and the right colon (transverse and right colon are several feet away from the anus) tend to be dark red or maroon colored.

      In some patients bleeding can be black and “tarry” (sticky) and foul smelling. The black, smelly and tarry stool is called melena. Melena occurs when the blood is in the colon long enough for the bacteria in the colon to break it down into chemicals (hematin) that are black. Therefore, melena usually signifies bleeding is from the upper gastrointestinal tract (for example: bleeding from ulcers in the stomach or the duodenum or from the small intestine) because the blood usually is in the gastrointestinal tract for a longer period of time before it exits the body. Sometimes melena may occur with bleeding from the right colon. On the other hand, blood from the sigmoid colon and the rectum usually does not stay in the colon long enough for the bacteria to turn it black. Rarely, massive bleeding from the right colon, from the small intestine, or from ulcers of the stomach or duodenal can cause rapid transit of the blood through the gastrointestinal tract and result in bright red rectal bleeding. In these situations, the blood is moving through the colon so rapidly that there is not enough time for the bacteria to turn the blood black.

      Sometimes, bleeding from the gastrointestinal tract can be too slow to cause either rectal bleeding or melena. In these patients bleeding is occult (not visible to the naked eyes). The blood is found only by testing the stool for blood (fecal occult blood testing) in the laboratory. Occult bleeding has many of the same causes as rectal bleeding and may result in the same symptoms as rectal bleeding. It is often associated with anemia that is due to loss of iron along with the blood (iron deficiency anemia). For more information, please see the colon cancer screening and fecal occult blood test .Causes of Rectal Bleeding

      Anal Fissure
      Colon Cancer
      Colon Polyps
      Crohn's Disease
      Diverticulitis (Diverticulosis)
      Hemorrhoids
      Peptic Ulcer
      Stomach Cancer
      Other Causes of Rectal Bleeding

      Esophageal Varices

  44. QUESTION:
    Why do I get red splotches on my face when I drink a mikes hard lemonade?
    I'm not sure why this happens. It's every time I drink mikes hard lemonade. And it only contains 5% alcohol.

    • ANSWER:
      When you drink alcohol it is absorbed into your bloodstream through the esophagus,stomach and small intestine.The reason why our body has trouble breaking down the alcohol is because we have inactive enzyme called aldehyde dehydrogenase 2 (ALDH2), which is normally responsible for breaking down acetaldehyde, a byproduct of the metabolism of alcohol. Acetaldehyde is a toxin and, as result of your body not being able to properly break it down, this toxin accumulates and causes the red flushing that we all commonly refer to as Asian Flush.Whilst the red flushing is the most common and reported symptom among sufferers, other symptoms you might experience include dizziness, nausea, headaches, and an increased pulse. And esophageal cancer carries a five-year survival rate of 12 to 31 percent.Researchers from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and Japan's Kurihama Alcohol Center found that individuals who get the redness after drinking alcohol are at greater risk for developing esophageal cancer.check this site for the effects of alcohol http://alcoholhelp.co.uk/facts-about-alcohol/

  45. QUESTION:
    Prognosis for secondary Osteosarcoma stage II?
    A friend had esophageal cancer in January 2012, had been in remission, and found out this week that it has metastasized to osteosarcoma stage II. Everything I'm reading is giving him a poor prognosis, from 3 months to 2 years to live with a small chance of survival. Can anyone give me a better idea of his prognosis?
    10 months from which diagnosis? from his original diagnosis in January or when they found out this week that it metastasized?
    and why do the have him in chemo if there is no cure?

    • ANSWER:
      That would not be osteosarcoma stage II your friend does not have osteosarcoma -it would be esophageal cancer stage 4 and it is not curable. Most people with esophageal cancer die within 10 months of diagnosis.

      Most patients die within 10 months of diagnosis at any stage, with a 5 year survival rate of less than 10%. At stage 4 chemo is given to decrease symptoms and hopefully prolong the patient’s life.

      From a treatment perspective it is esophageal cancer, because it is still esophageal cancer it does not matter if it is in the lung, brain, bone, etc. We are only allowed a 3% error rate in this job if I did not know the difference between the two no one would hire me.

  46. QUESTION:
    What are the signs of cancer?
    Do you get ill a lot if you have cancer?
    I get ill a lot and I had a cough for aggees. It just wouldnt' go away. I felt fine but the cough was there. It's pretty much gone now...

    • ANSWER:
      Early Warning Signs
      Use Caution!

      If you have any of these early warning signs, contact your physician. Early detection is essential for improved survival for patients with cancer. Although these signs may seem vague, they may indicate that cancer is present.
      Change in bowel or bladder habits
      A sore that does not heal
      Unusual bleeding or discharge
      Thickening or lump in breast or elsewhere
      Indigestion or difficulty in swallowing
      Obvious change in a mole or wart
      Nagging cough or hoarseness
      Change in Bowel or Bladder Habits
      Change in bowel habits may be a sign of colorectal cancer. Constipation or diarrhea accompanied by abdominal pain may indicate that there is a tumor blocking your colon. A major symptom of cancer in the rectum is discharge of blood with bowel movements.
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      A Sore that does not Heal
      A sore that does not heal may be related to cancer. Smokers and people who use chewing tobacco may develop oral leukoplakia. Oral leukoplakia are rough white patches which form in the mouth. These patches may develop into cancer.
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      Unusual Bleeding or Discharge
      Unusual bleeding or discharge from the rectum, bladder or vagina may indicate signs of cancer.
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      Thickening or Lump in Breast or Elsewhere
      Thickening or a lump in the breast can be signs of breast cancer. Other signs of breast cancer include retraction of the nipple, nipple discharge, pain or tenderness in that area. Cancer of the testis may present with a lump in the testicular area.
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      Indigestion or Difficulty in Swallowing
      Indigestion or difficulty in swallowing can be a symptom of esophageal or stomach cancer. People with esophageal cancer may complain that food "feels stuck" when they eat.
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      Obvious Change in a Mole or Wart
      Obvious change in a mole or wart (or darkening of a previously normal area) can be a sign of melanoma, or skin cancer. See Melanoma - A Guide For Patients for more information.
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      Nagging Cough or Hoarseness
      Nagging cough or hoarseness may be early signs of lung cancer, which is the number one killer in women and men who have cancer

  47. QUESTION:
    Drank a LOT of orange juice over the last three days. Getting stomach cramps?
    I drank like a gallon or more of orange juice in the last 3 days, because I've had a sore throat and was trying to get some extra vitamin C.
    Now my stomach is cramping pretty bad.
    Should I be worried or just suck it up and wait it out?

    • ANSWER:
      Orange juice is an acidic liquid. Therefore, if you suffer from 'dyspepsia', meaning pain or heartburn with various foods, then orange juice may make this worse. The medical conditions that can underlie dyspepsia include too much acid production by the stomach, an inflammation of the stomach line ("gastritis"), or a stomach ulcer. Dyspepsia is a symptom that should be medically investigated, because all of the possible causes have excellent medical treatments available. Furthermore, sustained acid reflux or heartburn symptoms can put one at risk of esophageal cancer later in life, and stomach ulcer can rarely cause life threatening bleeding. In some people, orange juice may also act as a cholagogue, or agent which stimulates contraction of the gall bladder and flow of bile juice. Therefore, if you suffer from gall stones, orange juice may make your symptoms worse. As always the diagnosis and the management of your particular concern will require a physical examination by your personal physician.

  48. QUESTION:
    Why is it that when my stomach hurts really bad it feels like I am going to throw up?
    My stomach does not hurt that often, but when it does, I always feel like I am going to throw up. No, I am not pregnant and it only happens sometimes and I am wondering why that could be. I would go to the doctor, but I am not too concerned about it and I do not have insurance anyway; I am just curious to know. I have tried the internet, but I have not had much luck. Also, has this sort of thing happened to you or am I just weird? Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      If your stomach hurts only after eating there several diseases but especially three that affect a large number of people around the world are:

      Gastritis
      Ulcers
      Irritable Bowel Syndrome

      Both gastritis and ulcers are closely related and similar diseases, their symptoms are very similar and both diseases are very common, causing heartburn, stomach pain after eating, gas, bloating, abdominal discomfort, constipation, and more symptoms.

      A common cause of gastritis and ulcers is a bacterium called Helicobacter pylori, the bacterium is one of the major reasons that most people develop ulcers and gastritis. This bacterium infects adheres to the stomach, causing an excess of acid, which in turn causes gastritis and ulcers.

      Both gastritis and ulcers can lead to major health problems without treatment and with the passage of time the gastric cancer may appear.

      For all the above is very important to look after our health and assist with a medical gastroenterologist.

      Irritable Bowel syndrome is another condition placed very common, the United States alone, 14% of the population has suffered from this disorder, in other countries like Mexico to 35% of the population have suffered from irritable bowel syndrome.

      Irritable bowel syndrome has many symptoms for it is sometimes difficult to diagnose, the most common are that your stomach hurts after eating, often intermittent abdominal pain, anytime, diarrhea, constipation, abdominal swelling, intestinal dysmotility, in some patients also have fever, nausea and even vomiting.

      This syndrome has more symptoms such as esophageal reflux (heartburn), fibromyalgia (muscle pain and fatigue), chronic fatigue, depression, anxiety, headache, backache.
      What Causes Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

      So far has not discovered the exact cause leading to the emergence of this syndrome, but there are factors that most likely originate from this disease are:

      After having an intestinal infection many patients develop irritable bowel syndrome, although the causes are unknown.

      It is believed that stress is a major cause, since in periods of great stress, the intestines contract causing constipation, heaviness, indigestion, etc..

      Anyone can develop irritable bowel syndrome, however in most cases originate in adolescence, and for some unknown reason affects more women than men.

      Treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

      Appropriate treatment should be determined by a gastroenterologist, but we recommend the following:

      Reduce levels of stres, this is important.Exercise.
      Resting.
      Eating foods high in fiber and vegetables.
      Reduce irritating foods such as sugar, coffee, alcohol.
      Smoking Cessation.


esophageal cancer symptoms

Cancer Bracelets Rubber

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What can we say on our cancer bracelets that we are going to sell?
    My family and I are going to order the rubber cancer bracelets to sell and raise money to give to my Grandfather who is fighting cancer right now. We need some good sayings to go on the bracelets so people will want to buy them. Any ideas?!

    • ANSWER:
      "FIGHT STRONG!" " BE AWARE!" "HOPE" . hope these help

  2. QUESTION:
    Where can I buy breast cancer rubber bracelets?
    I'd like to know a couple of stores that would potentially have the pink rubber breast cancer bracelets.

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      The Breastcancersite.com has all kinds.

      http://shop.thebreastcancersite.com/store/category.do?siteId=224&categoryId=2504&origin=BCS_GOOGLE_ADGROUP-BID_OPT-BCSBracelets&gclid=CIGrzZGxupsCFSBN5QodcyvZ_w

      and so does bumperstickermagnet.com

      http://shop.thebreastcancersite.com/store/category.do?siteId=224&categoryId=2504&origin=BCS_GOOGLE_ADGROUP-BID_OPT-BCSBracelets&gclid=CIGrzZGxupsCFSBN5QodcyvZ_

  3. QUESTION:
    What stores sell the rubber cancer bracelets?
    what stores sell the rubber bracelets for cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      usually the any sort of charity shop might but i would look in supermarkets like Asda or Tescos

  4. QUESTION:
    What stores sell breast cancer rubber band bracelets?
    I am looking for the pink rubber band bracelets for breast cancer awareness. I would like to drive to a store and pick them up rather then order online (I don't want a huge quantity and I want some of the proceeds to go towards breast cancer research etc.)

    Does anyone know of any stores that sell these?

    Thanks in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      I've been looking in my area as well and I cannot find any stores that do. I've found many online, but if you're like me, you want to look at them first. I haven't noticed that you have to buy a large quantity when buying online. The ones I've seen ask you how many you want to buy, from 1 up.

      You may also try calling the American Cancer Society to see if they can tell you where the best place to buy a bracelet would be. I haven't tried that yet, it was recently suggested.

  5. QUESTION:
    What color Bracelet do I wear for awareness?
    My aunt is suffering from cancer. She got lung cancer which spread to 4 places in her body. I want to wear a bracelet(the rubber ones) to support her. I dont know which color to wear.

    My grandma also died from breast cancer. Which i know is pink.

    But anyone know which one i should wear?
    Is there a color for all types of cancer? just cancer in general?

    • ANSWER:
      The color for lung cancer is "Pearl"

      Here's a website with tons of info on the different bracelet colors.

      http://www.personalizedcause.com/

      My thought's will be with you and your family. I think your support will be much appreciated.

  6. QUESTION:
    has anyone made their rubber bracelet smaller?
    I'm trying to make one of my breast cancer bracelets smaller...I have really small hands. I read that you can cut them and glue them together with rubber cement or super glue. I was wondering if anyone has tried it and if it really works.

    • ANSWER:
      oh i would not do that... it would probably work for a little bit...you could try boiling it and then putting it in a cup and getting it smaller and smaller untill it fits...but i dought that will work... i would ot think you could shrink one... i am not positive tho....

      Hope you figure something out...

      GOOD LUCK

  7. QUESTION:
    What is with the yellow, rubber bracelet that people wear?
    I don't see it as much now, but a few years ago this trend started with young people, and some 30-somethings sadly enough, who thought they were cool, wearing these yellow, rubber bracelets.

    What was the point in wearing those?

    • ANSWER:
      Some of them support medical funds for like treating cancer. I dont know personally. I think most trend are stupid

  8. QUESTION:
    Where can I buy rubber bracelets in Atlanta GA?
    I'm looking for a place to buy the rubber "Livestrong" bracelets, or a rubber bracelet similar to it. Preferably a store that sells more than one color in dekalb county or decatur, so that I don't have to run around the whole city. Or the ones for breast cancer. Please reply! Thanks!
    ~I♥♫

    • ANSWER:
      Junkman's Daughter in Little Five Points has all sorts of funny ones, like the seven deadly sins and one that looks like bacon.

  9. QUESTION:
    What can I put in goodie bags for kids with cancer?
    Lately I've been extremely interested in helping kids with cancer. I would like to make a little goodie bag for some kids, but what things are safe? I know stuffed animals aren't.

    I want to put
    A barbie or an action figure
    Some stickers
    Some crayons
    And a coloring book.
    Are these things safe? Thanks, it's very much appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      Please do not put in any food or drinks, like someone else suggested.

      Call the hospital you want to donate the goody bags to and ask them what to put in them. They may have specific requirements of what can and cannot be in the bags. You can Google the hospital's website, find the pediatric oncology department, call and ask to speak to the social worker or child life specialist.

      I get calls about this all the time. I will not take any food- if any comes, it has to be thrown away. I don't know what someone may have done with that food.

      Everything must be brand new- nothing used. Stickers are fantastic. Crayons are good, but if you're breaking up a pack to put a few in, make sure one bag doesn't get the good colors and another bag black, brown and gray. Coloring books are good. Barbies or action figures are good, but be aware that these are pricey! Remember, they MUST be brand new.

      Some things we like to see in goody bags are:

      Hot Wheels
      Silly Putty
      Play-Doh (little cans)
      Slinkies
      Stickers
      Decks of cards
      Pencils (cool patterns)
      Gel pens
      little notebooks
      party favor type toys- parachuting guys, wall climbers, etc.
      Tattoos
      Bracelets
      Magic tricks
      Mardi Gras beads
      Rubber duckies (the little ones you can get at party stores)

      Really anything fun and new. I generally don't give out bags like this to my under-3s, but if you want to make bags for little ones, make sure you don't have choking hazards in there.

      Overall, you can't go wrong with stickers, a little notepad, and some crayons or pens!

      But definitely call the hospital, because they may have just gotten a ton of bags and can't take anymore right now, or they may be needing something in particular.

      Also, be aware that you probably won't be able to hand out the goodie bags to the kids. You will likely have to drop them off at the hospital but not be allowed in contact with the patients. This is for both confidentiality and infection control concerns.

  10. QUESTION:
    Where Can I Find Designed Rubber Breast Cancer Bracelets?
    I wanna support breast cancer and look fashionable I want to know where can I find designed rubber breast cancer bracelets??? well please tell me really want to know----

    please tell thanks

    • ANSWER:

  11. QUESTION:
    Any funny breast cancer slogans or sayings that make still make a strong message?
    Im a 19yr old college student from New Mexico. I'm trying to raise 00 so that I will be able to participate in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in New York this fall. As a fundraiser I am planning to sell silicone/rubber bracelets with a witty/funny statement about breast cancer on them. I'm just not sure what they will say. Any suggestions?????????

    • ANSWER:
      I really like "Save the Ta-Ta's", but that's already taken.

  12. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know where I can buy a pink breast cancer awareness bracelet?
    I am looking for the silicone/rubber ones that are so popular and the icon for breast cancer. I need stores that I can drive to and buy it. Not online. Please anyone.

    • ANSWER:
      I use to work at ZALES, and they had a Breast Cancer braclet there=)

  13. QUESTION:
    Does David Cook have special fund raising bracelets?
    I heard somewhere that David Cook has special rubber bracelets for the cause of Cancer awareness. I am interested in buying one and am wondering if anyone knows about these and where I could find them. I saw some on his site that say 'David Cook'. Are those the ones?

    Thanks for your help!

    • ANSWER:
      While brain cancer awareness in general is not well-publicized, in 2008, American Idol contestant David Cook helped raise money and awareness for the cause with a brain cancer awareness bracelet. Cook's brother Adam had brain cancer and the goal was to raise money for both Adam's family and the American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA). The bracelet was purple and grey; grey for brain cancer, and purple for the ABTA,
      http://www.livestrong.com/article/28087-brain-cancer-awareness-bracelets/

  14. QUESTION:
    Would a Breast Cancer surviver who has lost her breasts find this slogan offensive?
    "Saving Lives, One breast at a time!"

    This is a slogan i plan to use on rubber silicone bracelets that i am selling to raise money for the avon walk for breast cancer. Im just concerned that it might be offensive to those who have lost their breasts to cancer.

    • ANSWER:
      Thanks for avoiding offensive slogans such as 'Save the tatas', 'I love boobies' and 'Save second base'.

      Like the other cancer survivors who've had mastectomies who have answered your question, I'm not offended by your slogan (and I'm pretty touchy!).

      The only objection you have to it comes from a man who has not had a mastectomy

  15. QUESTION:
    is it appropriate to wear a rubber wristband charity bracelet to a job interview?
    I have a green one to promote organ donation that i usually wear on a daily basis. should i remove ot for job interviews, or is it ok because it promotes a charity? the pink breast cancer, and the yellow Live strong ones are also popular

    • ANSWER:
      Probably better to leave it off.

      You don't want to have any kind of an activist look, even though it might be for a great cause, and even though the interviewer might agree with you. An interviewer wouldn't wear something like that at work. You shouldn't either.

  16. QUESTION:
    What are those silicone bracelets called that have messages engraved?
    The WWJD ones were popular, then the livestrong ones were really popular. Now they have ones for support the troops and breast cancer. There are so many of them now that say all kinds of things. Is there a specific name for these bracelets? And do you know how they started? Did they start with the livestrong? Or when? Any info on this topic would be greatly appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      Just a simple rubber or silicone bracelet.

  17. QUESTION:
    What's with the different colored rubber wrist bands I'm seeing?
    I am seeing people all over Dallas wearing different colored rubber wrist bands. They are basically just 1/2 to 3/4 inch wide rubber bands and come in all different colors. I have even seen them on sales racks in stores.
    I'm an old guy and pretty much out of the "fashion and cool" loop.
    Do these wrist bands have any particular meaning or function?

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      This trend started with Lance Armstrongs yellow "LiveStrong" bracelets. They were sold to raise money for charity. By purchasing one of these yellow bracelets you supported the fight against cancer. Since these bracelets other ones have come out supporting different dissorders and causes, each represented by a different color. The longer these have been out, the more there are. Now they are getting a little out of control and are just brightly colored with words like "Cutie" on them. I hope that answered your question!

  18. QUESTION:
    Where can i buy the i heart boobies bracelets?
    my friends mom was just diagnosed with breast cancer, so we were looking to buy some of the keep a breast i <3 boobies bracelets.
    I want to find them in a store.. Does hot topic, spencers gifts, or forever 21 have them?
    thank you for your help! it means a lot to me and my friends!
    Please try to suggest a store, i hate buying things online.

    • ANSWER:
      Zoomies!!! I have 2! One Black and white, and one green and white. They are 4$ each. I LOVE what they support and they are thicker than all the other rubber bands :) They ROCK! Hope you get one soon!

  19. QUESTION:
    What's the deal with everyone wearing those 'Boobies' bracelets?
    They are thick rubber bracelets that say Boobies on them. Everyone has them! I asked some girl in my school why she had it and she said something about breast cancer.... Umm ya lol what's the deal with them?

    • ANSWER:
      The bracelets are for Keep a Breast, which is a foundation that works to inform young people about methods of prevention, early detection, coping and support for breast cancer. Keep a Breast tends to have tables at concert to help spread awareness, which is why a lot of young people wear the bracelets.

  20. QUESTION:
    How can I help support breast cancer?
    My Spanish teacher's mom just found out she has breast cancer. I'm one of two students in the Spanish 4 class and we are trying to figure something out to help her mom or just make her feel better. If there are any ideas please give me links or an email address I can use to get ideas. Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Talk to your principal about a small fundraiser in your school. Ask to set aside a day for everyone to pay to wear pink to support breast cancer. Give her the money for gas money to go to her treatments, or for her needs. You can also make this a week long event if you wish. Everyone must pay their dollar every day for this to be effective. Here's ideas:

      Monday: "Tie up breast cancer" Everyone wear some type of pink hairtie, ribbon, or rubber bracelet (for guys)
      Tuesday: "Put breast cancer to bed forever" Everyone wears pj's to school (idea from a cancer fundraiser we had one time)
      Wednesday: "Block out breast cancer" Everyone wears sunglasses
      Thursday: "Sock it to breast cancer" Everyone wear crazy socks!
      Friday: "Scare breast cancer to death" Everyone wear crazy hair

      These were some ideas from a fundraiser we had once. You can also make a giant card out of poster board. Have everyone sign it, and pick up a little boquet of pink flowers to go with it. Deliver it as a group.
      Make her a small bit of cookies. Only make a small bit, because with treatment, they may make her sick. Give her a stuffed animal of some sort, with a pink ribbon around its neck.

      Volunteer to help clean her house for her so that she can rest peacefully. Offer to run errands for her.

      Visit her a couple times through the week to keep her spirits up

      Little things like these would mean the world- my aunt Pam is a breast cancer survivor. <3

  21. QUESTION:
    what color support ribbon for cancer of an unknown primary site?
    My mother died of c.u.p .. cancer of an unknown primary & I would like to find out the color of ribbon needed to support her & others.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm sorry for your loss. My mom just passed away last night. We were wearing dark purple rubber bracelets, which stand for any type of cancer.
      you can try these websites:

      http://www.personalizedcause.com/

      http://choosehope.com/

  22. QUESTION:
    What do all the colors stand for on the rubber bracelets?
    I wanted to know this because I used to know what purple meant but i forgot and i just thought about it.. and i've never known what "all of them" meant. So please, tell me if you know. Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Silicone bracelets (awareness wristbands) include kidney donation (green), breast cancer (pink), diabetes (blue), multiple sclerosis (orange), epilepsy (half blue, half red), Hurricane Katrina (ocean blue mixed with white), and AIDS (red).

      In general, the color of the band describes its cause, and the colors are often the same as the colors of awareness ribbons.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_awareness_ribbons

  23. QUESTION:
    Where can I buy 1 inch silicone or rubber bracelets with sayings?
    sayings or any writing like the one for breast cancer.
    stores that are in canada and not online please (:

    • ANSWER:
      Zumiez, Hot Topic, Claire's.. also maybe at a sporting goods store if they sell livestrong they might have the yellow livestrong bracelets. Also, you can order some right off of Ebay. good luck! xx

  24. QUESTION:
    Ideas for Service Learning Project on Breast Cancer?
    At my work, we are planning to organize an event for breast cancer day. I am in a university, so would like to do an event with my college students. We are doing a service learning project on breast cancer. Can anybody please give ideas on what we can do?

    Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      In college an organization I was in sold pink t-shirts that said "Think Pink" on the front and had a ribbon on the back. The shirts were light pink with dark pink writing and sold very well. Girls love pink (most!) and many guys bought them for their mothers. We had to reorder the shirts several times so be prepared for that. You don't want to order too many but you don't want to not have enough either. If you can get a sample made and take orders that would likely work best. That way you can get the best "bulk" discount possible. Mention to the t-shirt vendor that the profits are going to charity and they may be willing to cut the price (but don't assume...everyone needs to make some profit) We sold them at a table in the campus center from about 10-2 each day for several weeks. We kept the prices reasonable because college students can't afford much. Many also don't keep cash on themselves. I think the shirts were great because they raise awareness and money. We also had information at the table about breast cancer and self breast exams.

      We also had a brunch where we had speakers that were survivors of breast cancer. We had the meal catered by the school dining service and we also had a silent auction with items that members of the group bought or had donated.

      We also had a night at a bar where we brought in a band (friends who played for free). The bar allowed us to have baskets out for donations. We also passed out free ribbons for people to wear. We didn't make much but it was a fun event.

      Between the shirts and the brunch we raised ,000! We also sold pink rubber bracelets one year but those did not sell as well.

  25. QUESTION:
    Do all cancer awareness bracelets say the same thing?
    like the breast cancer ones say hope strength faith.... on them. do all the other cancer awareness bracelets say those same 3 words? Or are they different??

    thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      There are differences.
      Remember the yellow rubber bracelets that said LIVESTRONG on them? They were developed and promoted by Lance Armstrong for his recovery of testicular cancer. So the words can vary depending upon the type of cancer.

  26. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know what a yellow rubber band bracelet worn on the right wrist means?
    I keep seeing people wearing these colored rubber bracelets and just wondered if anyone knew what a yellow one on the right wrist might mean. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Working with a company that makes anti-cancer drugs, I can tell you it's to show support for all cancer victims, this includes those who have passed away and for those who are fighting everyday with hope for a longer life. This is something that I do with a passion for all who are fighting for their lives. Many will mock this but when this terrible thing knocks on your doorstep, you look at things from a different prospective. I take much pride in what my co-workers do to extend life. I guess this pretty much sums it up. Many all who use Yahoo Answers never have to go thru the pain of having a loved one have this condition.

  27. QUESTION:
    How to write on a LiveStrong Band?
    Hey everyone! Ok so back in 2005 my Aunt Maureen passed away from cancer. To honor her life and battle with cancer, my whole family got Livestrong bands. Im one of the only members of my family to still wear them nowadays, but I have a problem. I like to write her nickname, Mo, on the bracelet, but evertime I do(using sharpie or pen) it rubs off. Is there type of ink i can use to write on it, or a way to seal the ink so it doesnt come off?

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      You could take white duct tape, write on it and stick it on to the back. It's made out of rubber, it's going to rub off. You could get a rubber bracelet with your aunts name on it. Check out websites you can customize it.

  28. QUESTION:
    is it true that silly bands can give you cancer?
    you know those rubber band bracelet things shaped like animals and other objects?
    well people in my school say they can give you cancer, is that true?

    • ANSWER:
      No

  29. QUESTION:
    what is the point/meanig of those bracelets that are rubber kind of thick and sometimes have writting on it?
    is it just a trend?
    is it just a trend? and is there a store that sells the with no writting at all? just plain?
    and is there a store that sells the with no writting at all? just plain?

    • ANSWER:
      Support and awareness bands!

      AIDS, breast cancer, support our troops, etc. (when you buy them some of the money goes to these causes)
      although I have seen just plan ones that have no meaning to them and are more of just a fashion statement.

  30. QUESTION:
    I want to make affordable party favors?
    I want to make affordable party favors for my birthday party (the theme is a colorful pool party) . I am turning 11 years. (i am a GIRL) there will be 6 guests. I need each party favor to be 5 dollars or less.

    • ANSWER:
      Bracelets:

      Friendship bracelets are a classic favor. Nothing is wrong with the old braided-fabric variety, but this year, you have a better option. Surely, you've seen those different colored rubber arm bands that got popular when athlete Lance Armstrong sold them to raise money for his cancer foundation. Well now, those are being sold everywhere, even at drugstores. And they've even replaced the words "Live Strong" with the words "Best Friends." And they aren't just yellow anymore either; they come in blue, pink, and even rainbow! At about one dollar each, you'd have a hard time finding a cheaper favor.

      Pictures:

      Set up an online photo album and make sure you get at least one good picture of every child at the party. Upload the pictures to your photo album and let parents know that the pictures will be online within one week. Go to a craft store and look for clear plastic or acrylic picture frames. Buy the cheapest ones you can find. They are sold for less than a dollar for smaller sizes. Put a note inside the frame with the URL to the online photo album and instruct them to go to the site and print the picture of themselves to put in the frame. It'll be a memory they can keep forever, and you didn't even have to pay a whole dollar for it!

      Sweets:

      Instead of buying bags and bags of candy, fill each bag with an individual s'mores package. Put chocolate kisses or small chocolate squares into a small plastic bag along with two graham crackers and two large marshmallows. Put a little note in the bag telling the kids (or parents) how long they should microwave their gooey- treat before eating. Put a napkin in the bag, too. They'll need it! This will only cost you as much as one box of graham crakers, one bag of chocolate candy, and one bag of marshmallows, and it is much more interesting than regular candy.

      Squirt toys:

      Water guns are the ultimate in children's squirt toys. They can be purchased so cheap, mini ones can cost less than one dollar, and kids will play with them non-stop. They don't need to be the costly super-soaker type of water gun to be fun. Whether this is a party for boys, girls, or both, water guns are the very best party favor toy for kids.

      Other fun and very cost-effective squirt toys that can be found in pretty much any kids' toy aisle in grocery stores and bargain department stores are little animal shaped plastic toys that have little holes in the bottom and/or the animal's mouth. When you submerge the toy in water and squeeze it, it fills with water. Then take the toy out from under the water and squeeze it again and the water will come out in a stream!

      Hair Clips:

      A lot of the craft stores carry plain hairclips that you can decorate with ribbons, bows, sequins, etc. Or let the girls decorate their own as a party activity. You will need to supervise closely if you're letting them use a hot glue gun, but other than that it's a fun creative activity and the end result is a great birthday party favor!

      Lip Balm:

      Fun flavored lip balm and sparkly brightly colored nail polish also make great inexpensive birthday party favors for tween and teenage girls.

  31. QUESTION:
    I have seen those livestrong bracelets for cancer survivors, are there any items for heart patients?
    I have seen those livestrong rubber bracelets for cancer patients and survivors to wear, I was wondering are there any bracelets or items for heart patients or heart attack survivors to wear?

    • ANSWER:
      Contact the American Heart Association. When I did the heartwalk, they gave us red colored wristbands for supporting their cause. Maybe they will sell them through their website.

  32. QUESTION:
    Funny Breast cancer sayings (ideas for rubber bracelets)?
    Im a 19yr old college student from New Mexico. I'm trying to raise 00 so that I will be able to participate in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in New York this fall. As a fundraiser I am planning to sell silicone/rubber bracelets with a witty/funny statement about breast cancer on them. I'm just not sure what they will say. Any suggestions?????????

    • ANSWER:
      There is NOTHING funny about cancer.

  33. QUESTION:
    Does anyone remember that rubber bracelet phase?
    I remember, like a 2 or 3 years ago, there was this HUGE rubber bracelet phase in the Midwest. I live in Wisconsin and my cousin, i_luv_flip_phones lives in Michigan. They had this phase in Michigan too. The rubber bracelets had all of these cancer sayings on them like, "Support Breast Cancer". Some of them said "Hope" or "Love". Does anyone remember this? :)

    • ANSWER:
      Omg,yes !
      I had 52 of those bracelets
      I was in like 4th grade then
      and i loved those thing.
      I would neverr wear of those now tho.
      Except my friend was electricuted
      a few months ago [12 years old]
      and they made a green [her fav color]
      one that said "Remember Caitlyn"
      and I wear that one..

  34. QUESTION:
    Where can I get rubber bracelets that's for charites?
    I brought a Live Strong bracelet and I wanted to buy bracelets that supports charites.

    • ANSWER:
      Tillie's has a lot of different kinds; including the i heart boobies bracelets that are for brest cancer.

  35. QUESTION:
    Are there any vegan bracelets out there?
    Like the Livestrong and Pink Breast Cancer ones? The rubber/stretchy material bracelets that go to a fundraiser...no big deal if they dont go to a fundraiser, or cost more...

    Ive been looking online but no luck. Please share any information you have or can find. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      here you go:
      http://www.veggiewristbands.com/

      I have ordered several Vegan bracelets from them, so it is possible. Maybe send them an email to find out what the problem is. They might be out at the moment or something...

  36. QUESTION:
    Where can I buy rubber cancer bracelets? [In store, NOT online!]?
    I can never find them anywhere.
    I mean like the rubber livestrong bracelets.
    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Dollartree and Market Basket sells them. At first I though you ment the I <3 BOOBIES! bracelets ahhaa. But they sell those at Zumiez just saying

  37. QUESTION:
    Does it mean anything when people wear rubber bands around their wrists?
    I'm talking about just a regular rubber band, not the bracelets for "livestrong", breast cancer, etc. ...just an old fashioned rubber band....

    • ANSWER:
      nothing, i think it's just the style, i see a lot of people wearing em....

  38. QUESTION:
    Where can i buy Leukaemia Awareness bracelets?
    Hi, I'm a Leukaemia survivor and I'm looking to buy bracelets, I've had a look online and all i seem to find are the rubber wristbands, I'm looking for a proper bracelet. Can anyone help me out?

    Thanks
    x

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.etsy.com/search_results.php?search_query=leukemia&search_type=handmade

      I love etsy.
      Glad to hear you are a survivor! My son Conrad just turned 4 years old and has been fighting brain cancer since February. It's tough but he is a strong little boy.
      With hope,
      Conrad's Mommy

  39. QUESTION:
    Do they make youth-sized silicone/rubber cancer awareness bracelets?
    My wrist is extremely small, I was wondering if they sell Livestrong and breast cancer rubber bracelets in youth sizes

    • ANSWER:
      The bracelets can be made in youth size, which is 7 inches (adult size is 8 inches). If 7 inches is short enough then check out http://www.bracelets-with-a-message.com/ they offer the youth size as an option when ordering your bracelets. If you need smaller than 7 inches, I have not seen any smaller than that around the web.

  40. QUESTION:
    Waterproof diabetic allert wrist band for a child.Where to buy from online?
    My friends little girl of 4 is diabetic and she has just started swimmimg lessons..already has a medical allert bracelet which is partly metal and wants a replacement thats waterproof..ie a plastic wrist band.anyone know of where to buy anything suitable online?

    • ANSWER:
      Most Medic Alert metal bracelets are considered fine in water. As mentioned, stainless steel should be fine. It sounds like her child's bracelet may have a Velcro band with the medallion in the centre. I believe these are called "sport style" bracelets. You could just get her a plain steel one.

      You could also look into the colorful rubber "Livestrong" type of bracelets, which are often used to raise money for charities, such as cancer. I am sure I have seen someone with a "Diabetes" one.

      www.childrenwithdiabetes. com should have a link on where to get diabetes bracelets like this or other ideas.

  41. QUESTION:
    In the 80's I used to have these pink bangle bracelets?
    they are thinner than like those livestrong and breast cancer bracelets nowdays, but they used to be called bangles. They are thin with that tough rubber. and you wear a bunch of them. Where can I find it.. or better yet. What is the formal name for it because all I get on yahoo are those breast cancer ones! Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Please go to this link page 4 & see if those are what you are looking for *

      http://www.girlprops.com/RetailScience/page2/item/14978 - 80k - Cached - Similar pages

  42. QUESTION:
    Any funny/witty breast cancer sayings or slogans?
    Im a 19yr old college student from New Mexico. I'm trying to raise 00 so that I will be able to participate in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in New York this fall. As a fundraiser I am planning to sell silicone/rubber bracelets with a witty/funny statement about breast cancer on them. I'm just not sure what they will say. Any suggestions?????????

    • ANSWER:
      for guys put "I <3 BOOBS" and for girls LOVE PINK like victoria secrets pink kinda but with the ribbon next to it. and i think it's a good idea, yes cancer is a very sad thing but to add a little bit of fun to it makes more people interested because not everyone has lost someone to brest cancer so some aren't as understanding as the rest of us.

  43. QUESTION:
    Where can i buy unfixed puppies to breed? I want to start a pet store.?
    I'm just kidding...now that I have you attention.... I figured a bunch of people would click on this so I could get actual answers....Take a moments to calm down and please don't hate me. I love you. I am starting a fundraiser for my local rescue that I volunteer with and have for years. I wanted to sell something that people would buy for gag reasons and would get the word out. People in my rescue say "I hate balls" a lot. And i've seen the the rubber bracelets that say "I love boobies" and "I love balls" for cancer awareness...so what if I sold bracelets that said "I hate balls" with the name of the rescue on the back do you think people would find it funny and buy hem? I was also told that putting "4,000,000" on the back would be good because that is the estimate of how many animals are euthanized in shelters every year.I think a lot of teens would buy them as a "funny" and maybe more people would learn about the population problem. Do you like the idea? Or do you think it's vulgar? Please tell me your honest thoughts. Thanks! ~Krisjen

    • ANSWER:

  44. QUESTION:
    What are those rubbery bracelets called? The ones with organizations or words engraved into them.?
    The ones with organizations or words engraved into them. They used to be quite popular 4 years ago but nobody wears them anymore

    • ANSWER:
      They're called silicone wristbands, or just simply rubber bracelets as you said. There's not really any special name for them. Many are for some kind fo awareness, like breast cancer awareness, so they are called awareness bracelets too.

  45. QUESTION:
    Where can I buy a Lung Cancer awareness bracelet?
    A friend of mines son has lung cancer and I wanted to buy one of those elastic bands to support him, I know the color is pearl just not sure where to buy them (besides online). I heard at pharmacies, but I've checked 2 pharmacies in my area and neither had them. Theres some other pharmacies I may go check, but are they sold any where else? Like Wal-Mart, K-mart, etc?

    • ANSWER:
      Im really sorry to hear that :( If you are looking for bracelets you can check this site: http://www.bumperstickermagnet.com/wristbands.html

      And here is a direct link to the lung cancer bracelet: http://www.bumperstickermagnet.com/wristbands-lung-cancer-awareness-gray-rubber-bracelet-wristband.html

      And other site I found:
      http://choosehope.com/commerce/subProduct.jsp?catId=141

      Hope it helps

  46. QUESTION:
    where can i get different cancer awareness rubber wrist bands?

    • ANSWER:
      You can purchase them in many different places...just do a Google search for awareness bracelets. They are available for many different causes.

  47. QUESTION:
    I want to donate to animals?
    I want to start a monthly donation for animals. I looked on the ASPCA... it sounds great I am just worried that if I donate 20 bucks a month, only about 7 of it will go torwards animals. Which organization should I donate to that will actually give my money to animals? Also, another question, where can I find those little rubber bracelets that have stuff like "Support cancer" on them but for different things with animals??????PLEASE ANSWER BOTH IF YOU CAN

    • ANSWER:
      you should find a local shelter or rescue group in your area, they're overrun with vet bills, etc. you can start by writing checks out DIRECTLY to their vet (their vet bills are usually in excess of 10,000 or more so any little bit helps) and you can buy things for them like bleach (to clean with) go to the thrift store and buy towels, blankets, etc. dog food.. you get the jist.

  48. QUESTION:
    Funny things to put on a bracelet?
    you know those like rubber bracelets that have little messages on them like the yellow lance armstrong one? well yeah im gonna have a custom one made and i was wondering if you had any ideas for some really funny messages to put on it. Keep it short cuz the bracelets arnt huge. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      NOT FOR EXTERNAL USE

      MAY CAUSE CANCER

      5 YEARS BEHIND THE TREND


cancer bracelets rubber

Metastatic Liver Cancer

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Can someone please explain metastatic liver cancer to me? What is the cure rate?
    Can someone please explain metastatic liver cancer to me? My mother has this type of cancer. I know that it means the cancer started in her colon and spread to her liver, but I don't know much of anything else...What is the cure rate? Am I more likely to get this cancer because my mother has it? Is it curable? Any information would be great! Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Metastatic liver cancer means the cancer started in her liver and spread to another part of the body. Usually the lungs or the bones. What you are describing below your question is colon cancer with mets to the liver. Either one is a stage 4 cancer and is very unlikely to be curable. However, treatment may extend life expectancy depending upon the extent of the mets and if the primary tumor was completely removed. Her oncologist would be the best person to ask. It is recommended that you begin colonoscopies when you ar 10 years younger than the age your mother was at diagnosis.

  2. QUESTION:
    What does it mean when your kidney numbers are high?
    My sister has secondary metastatic liver cancer. (breast cancer is primary) She was admitted to the hospital after having chemo capsules put directly into the tumors. She was suffering from nausea, dehydration and her abdomen filled with fluid and slight jaundice. She had a paracentisis (sp) done today and they removed 5+ liters. Now they say her kidney numbers are high but didn't tell her what that could mean. Can you help us understand? Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      when they test your blood for potassium and creatinines to see kidney levels if kidneys are not working good numbers in blood will be high as kidneys are leaving this stuff in your blood

  3. QUESTION:
    What is the survival rate of secondary liver cancer?
    My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer about 5 years ago and has just been diagnosed with secondary liver cancer. The doctors have started her on a course of Chemotherapy. But honestly i really need to know the truth, how likely is it that this cancer will kill her?
    I really hope for honest answers, thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Good answer by "Stacey-Marie J"
      This would be stage IV metastatic breast carcinoma to the liver.
      You must realize that these cancer cells have been in the liver for at least five years already.
      Those breast cancer cells spread to the liver before the primary breast carcinoma was initially treated.
      We do not know what the stage was at presentation.
      We don't know what adjuvant chemotherapy she may have received 5 years ago.
      We do not know the estrogen and progesterone receptors.
      We do not know the HER2/neu status>
      We don't even know your mother's age ! !
      Her doctors, who have all of this crucial personal information - are supposed to be explaining the prognosis for your mom and the family members who go with her for her medical oncology appointments.
      It is part of their job.
      Your job is to be with your mother when she has doctor visits - if at all possible.
      - - - -
      Here's the general or average five year survival for stage IV breast adenocarcinomas - 20%
      http://www.imaginis.com/breasthealth/staging.asp
      But these statistics are very rough and include people with less life threatening metastases - such as bone metastases.
      - - - -
      The honest answer is that stage IV breast carcinoma with liver metastases is not considered to be a curable disease in 2009 medicine
      - though some people do much better than we would expect according to the statistics. People are not statistics. Every person is different. Each is special.

  4. QUESTION:
    Does a large amount of ascites indicate metastatic cancer?
    My dad has fluid build-up in his stomach, and I was wondering if this is an indication of stage four liver cancer?

    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      There could be multiple reasons related to disorders of the liver. Cirrosis is most common. You should make sure your father discusses these symptoms with his doctor. They will likely order an ultrasound and may take a sample of the abdominal fluid for further analysis.

  5. QUESTION:
    Metastatic liver cancer- am looking for medical center that does the most research in that area?
    I contracted colon cancer about three years ago and had it removed by resection. This was followed by chemo using oxiplatin anf FU-5. I faired really well except for neural damage in feet. Now a spot has appeared in the upper portion of my liver which is metastatic from the colon. A local liver surgeon is planning a resection and this will undoubted be followed by more chemo. I understand the real risk is from other seedlings of the cancer which may now start to appear either in the liver or other organs and that my defenses will be really low to fight them. I am looking to find the research center who most commonly deals with metastatic colon cancer to learn as much as possible about new techniques, drugs, or whatever. I might go there for the surgery or at a minimum get a second opinion on procedure etc.

    • ANSWER:
      stanford medical center- plus u should get hold of sales reps from genentech and see if they have new study going on that is specific for liver cancer.

  6. QUESTION:
    Has anyone survived or knows a person who survived liver cancer?
    I need a good survival story about a person who has survived Liver cancer for a science project. does anyone know or knows a website with liver cancer survival stories?

    • ANSWER:
       http://howtotreatcancer.com/
      Liver Cancer Treatment - Know The Facts
      On the day of treatment, the patient is given a mild sedative and pain medication. The radiologist makes a tiny incision in the groinno larger than the tip of a pencilto gain access to the femoral artery. Using moving X-ray images (fluoroscopy) as a visual guide, the physician directs a thin, flexible tube (catheter) through the artery and into the main blood vessel feeding the liver tumor. The radioactive beads are injected and carried in the bloodstream up to the tumor, where they embed and slowly kill the cancerous cells.

      Hepatocellular cancer is more likely to develop in people with chronic cirrhosis. Your specialist may suggest a liver transplant if you have cirrhosis of the liver because of previous liver disease, infection with a hepatitis virus or from drinking alcohol. You will only benefit from a liver transplant if you have a single liver tumour that is less than 5cm across, or up to 3 tumours all less than 3cm across. There is an added difficulty of having to wait for a suitable donor. This can take months. During this delay, the cancer will continue to grow and you have other treatment to try to control it.

      Radiofrequency ablation procedure, electric current in the radiofrequency range is used to destroy malignant cells. Using an ultrasound or CT scan as a guide, your surgeon inserts several thin needles into small incisions in your abdomen. When the needles reach the tumor, they're heated with an electric current, destroying the malignant cells. Radiofrequency ablation is an option for people with small, unresectable hepatocellular tumors and for some types of metastatic liver cancers. Although the procedure has a somewhat higher risk of serious complications than alcohol injection does, it appears to provide better outcomes.

      A natural home remedy is one way to help you heal. It is a form of self-help. This is what the focus of my site is. First let me congratulate you on taking control of your own health. Not an easy task for some considering all the focus on modern medicine and the negative information on natural health.

      Treatment of liver cancer may involve surgery, interventional radiological procedures, and chemotherapy or radiation therapy. Individual treatment depends largely on the type and extent of disease.

      Alcohol injection. In this procedure, pure alcohol is injected directly into tumors, either through the skin or during an operation. Alcohol dries out the cells of the tumor and eventually the cells die. Each treatment consists of one injection, although you may need a series of injections for the best results. Alcohol injection has been shown to improve survival in people with small hepatocellular tumors. It may also be used to help reduce symptoms in cases of metastatic liver cancer. The most common side effect is leaking of alcohol onto the liver or into the abdominal cavity.

      Surgery is increasingly being used for patients with secondary liver cancer. This can sometimes involve removing a segment of liver. Alternatively, keyhole techniques can be used to apply extreme cold or heat to localized areas of the liver.
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  7. QUESTION:
    How does someone survive cancer 8 times?
    It seems impossible, but I was reading about a woman who is an 8x cancer survivor. I will list these diagnosis times below.

    1. November 14, 1995 diagnosed with stage 2-3 breast cancer

    2. June 30, 1997 diagnosed with brain cancer

    3. May 28, 2001 diagnosed with liver cancer

    4. August 27, 2002 diagnosed with cancer again

    5. December 9, 2009 diagnosed with bone cancer in the spine and pelvic areas, lung cancer, and liver cancer a third time.

    6. August 7, 2012 diagnosed with liver cancer a fourth time

    Please give me feedback if this is possible or not?

    • ANSWER:
      Dionne Warner is not using the correct terminology in the account of her cancer. I would say that each and every time that she has been diagnosed with a "new" cancer that it has been metastatic breast cancer each time. She has responded well to the treatment plans for her . . . and that's great!

      However, she does not now have liver cancer for the fourth time. She has a fourth recurrence of breast cancer in her liver. When the cancer to the bones was staged as a "stage IV," that in and of itself indicates breast cancer metastases. http://www.cancersurvivorinthecity.com/story.php

      I wish her the best in her future treatments. Her cancer is quite aggressive, but her treatments seem to work each time for her. However, she does herself and the general public a grave disservice by not calling the cancer for what it is . . . metastatic disease.

      I'm hoping my bone metastases go the same route as hers . . . into some sort of remission!

  8. QUESTION:
    my daughter had lung cancer last year and finished chemo and radiotherapy 3months later. 2 months on shes been?
    2months after she has metastatic liver cancer. can you give me an idea of her chances.

    • ANSWER:

  9. QUESTION:
    When cancer metastasizes, are you diagnosed with cancer again or just that it spread?
    I asked a question last night about my mom being diagnosed 6 times. She had breast cancer in both breasts, 10 years apart, and they both spread to numerous areas. An answerer said she wouldn't have been diagnosed 6 times, just 2 with it spreading. I know that her lung, bone, liver and colon cancer is a result of the breast cancer but don't know what to call it besides being diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer again.

    Can someone please clarify this?

    • ANSWER:
      I’m the one who answered your question yesterday.
      Breast cancer does not spread to the contralateral breast unless it is inflammatory breast cancer. Although you did not mention what kind of breast cancer she has I suspect it is ductal carcinoma.
      She has two cancers, one in each breast.
      Each time her breast cancer is found in a new location it is not a new diagnosis it is progression of her original disease.
      If you want to know the correct terminology it is bilateral breast cancer metastatic to the liver, colon, lungs and bone or bilateral stage 4 breast cancer.
      Unfortunately it is not unusual for breast cancer to metastisize 10 years or more after the original diagnosis.

  10. QUESTION:
    How can doctors tell whether a cancer is a primary cancer or a secondary cancer?
    Can they tell by the type of cell that it is or do they need to find the primary cancer site first? And how do they do that? If they have some way of scanning the entire body for cancer, why can't patients have that done ahead of time to ease their minds about cancer? (Or is the cost prohibitive for that kind of thing?)

    • ANSWER:
      I am a pathologist, so I will answer you from that perspective.

      The diagnosis is based on a combination of the location of the cancer and the appearance of the cancer cells (and the accompanying normal cells). For instance cancers in the breast or in the bowel are almost always primary cancers. And cancers in the liver are mostly secondary.

      The appearance of the cancer (How cancer cells look and how they are arranged in relation to the adjacent normal structures etc. - long story) is useful in establishing if it is a primary or a secondary cancer.

      For instance a cancer in the liver originating from the small bile ducts inside the liver looks very different from a typical metastatic bowel cancer. And liver cell cancers (hepatocellular carcinomas) have a distinct appearance very different from (most) secondary cancers.

      Sometimes we can see that a liver cancer is a secondary cancer, but we can't tell right away where the primary cancer is. In such situations we do something called immunohistochemistry. This is a special staining technique, which enables us to see if specific proteins, characteristic of specific cancers are present or not. It does not always reveal where the primary location is, but it usually gives some clues on where to look.

      We don't have the evidence that a scanning is an efficient screening method that will reliably detect each and every cancer. But they certainly are invaluable for staging purposes. This is not my field of expertise, so I really can't elaborate on that.

  11. QUESTION:
    when do symptoms of terminal cancer start to show?
    My friend is a 27 yr old single parent who was diagnosed with stage IV ovarian cancer. She was given a year about 5-6 months ago but is showing no sign of illness. She has maintained her weight, if not gained. Her skin and eyes are still bright and energetic. She seems happy and healthy by all accounts. What type of symptoms should we expect to see as her illness progresses and when should we expect to start seeing them?

    • ANSWER:
      "global trotter" has a good answer except we would not expect night sweats with this type of malignancy - assuming this really is an ovarian carcinoma.

      Your friend is extremely young for an ovarian carcinoma.
      How sure are you of the diagnosis?

      Has she been on combination chemotherapy for these last 5-6 months?
      I can't believe they would give up on a 27 year old woman without trying all of the different chemotherapy regimens we have for ovarian carcinomas.

      Where is the metastatic disease?
      Liver? Lungs? Intraperitonal? Retroperitoneal lymph nodes?
      If she does not have liver involvement, we would not expect to see the jaundice and liver failure that "globe trotter" describes.

      What you describe is a person still in good health without weight loss and not appearing sick. It sure would help if we knew where her metastatic (stage IV) ovarian cancer is located. She must have had CT scans of the chest, abdomen, and pelvis.

      And it would help to know what treatment she has received.
      Did she have optimal debulking surgery? What chemotherapy has been tried?

      By the way, doctors do not "give" people set amounts of time to live.
      I know what you mean, but that phrase always bothers me - as if doctors decided the fates of patients. When doctors are pushed to make predictions, we are usually wrong. No one knows the future for any one person. We only provided statistics based on many other people who have had similar situations. Yet each patient is different.

      It does not sound like she is within 6 months of death from the description you provide.

      If she allows it, you might go with her when she sees her medical oncologist. That way you can hear what is really going on from a medical professional who knows all the details of her case details we do not have here.

      From http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/255771-overview
      Ovarian carcinomas are uncommon in patients younger than 40 years.
      Most cases are diagnosed in the 60 to 70 age group.

  12. QUESTION:
    My brother is 60 years old and has been given a diagnosis of metastatic liver cancer. How long does he have?
    How long does he have?

    • ANSWER:

  13. QUESTION:
    My brother is 60 years old and has been given a diagnosis of metastatic liver cancer. How long does he have?
    How long does he have?

    • ANSWER:

  14. QUESTION:
    What causes people to loose wieght when they have cancer?
    I have always read stories about people loosing weight when they have cancer. I know there are certain kinds that can make people weigh less than 100 lbs, but what causes the weight lose? Is it the chemo and medicine, or if you go untreated, will the cancer cause this on it's own?

    • ANSWER:
      Advanced malignancies clearly cause weight loss on their own - even without any chemotherapy treatments. Chemotherapy drugs may cause temporary nausea, but many people actually gain weight on chemotherapy if the malignancy is successfully treated. Weight loss in a person with advancing cancers of many different types is a negative prognostic sign. Malignancies often sap a person's strength, energy, and appetite on their own. People often blame the chemotherapy, but it is usually the fact that the chemotherapy is not working and the cancer is progressing that causes the weight loss.

      Many other factors can be involved. Cancers metastatic to the liver almost always lead to weight loss. Many people with advanced cancers become depressed which also diminishes appetite.

  15. QUESTION:
    What is the minimal age for lung cancer?
    Can a 20 or 25- year old get lung cancer? They have both been light smoker for about 4 years. I ask this because on "thank you for smoking" there was a 16-year old kid who had lung cancer.

    • ANSWER:
      There is primary lung cancer which older adults generally have and of which most people think of as 'lung cancer'. The piece you are missing is that metastatic cancer of ANY kind can travel to the lung and create a secondary cancer in the lung. Thus, anyone with metastatic cancer at any age can have lung cancer as well as brain cancer and liver cancer. In general, metastatic cells follow the blood sytem route . .which means the places that receive the most blood often end up with mets to that area. The lung, liver, and brain are the most areas for metastatic cancer to travel to. Thus a 16 year old would probably not have a primary lung cancer, his lung cancer is probably a secondary metastatic nodule or tumor. Remember that metastatic means that the original cancer cells can move anywhere in the body and start a brand new cancer . . however, that new cancer is still made up of that first type of cell (ie a bone cancer cell goes to the lung . .is still a bone cancer cell, but now it is growing in the lung.)

      It would be unusual for a child or teen to have a primary lung cancer, but it can happen. It would usually be a different type of lung cancer though than what affects an adult.

  16. QUESTION:
    How long can you live with gastric cancer in 4th stage, spread to liver lungs pancreas?
    My husband's father has been diagnosed with gastric cancer. The doctors cannot do much - pretty much nothing, could not offer even chemo and gave him no chances. How long can you live with cancer in its 4th stage? The doctors said a few months maybe a year, but did not really want to talk about it.
    Do you know anybody that has lived years with it?

    • ANSWER:
      With that kind of metastasis, it's impossible to predict, which is why the doc is hesitant to do so. My college roomie's dad had metastatic gastric cancer and was told basically the same thing, but this was 20 years ago, when there were far fewer trials and drugs available.

      It's a little puzzling that he's not on chemo, either for active or palliative reasons. The chemo doesn't represent a cure, but it can definitely extend life. And there may even be clinical trials he'd qualify for. Obviously some people at this point of the disease choose to simply go quietly, but if he is interested in exploring other options, he should. It would be particularly useful if he could identify an onc specializing in gastrointestinal cancers.

      http://cancercenters.cancer.gov/cancer_centers/cancer-centers-list.html
      If you're interested in learning more, here's a list of NCI designated cancer centers by state. These are the ones recognized by NCI as being the best. He might want a second opinion if there's one near him.

  17. QUESTION:
    I have an 80 year old man said to have intraabdominal malignancy with hepatic metastases. What is this?
    After imaging he was told it was intraabdominal malignancy with hepatic metastases but no ascites. I wonder what is this. The patient had been feeling dizzy and swolen legs sometimes. It is said it has to do with the liver. Is this a cancer or what?
    What happens from now on in treatment and his health?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes it is cancer, but it is not liver cancer. Intraabdominal means within the abdomen, so he has cancer within the abdomen that has spread to his liver without any surrounding fluid build up.

      The next steps would be to do a biopsy to determine the primary site, run some tumor marker tests and do other radiographic exams to determine if there are any other metastatic sites.

      When this is complete then the doctors will be able to discuss treatment options and prognosis. It is not possible to answer those questions without knowing what kind of cancer he has.

  18. QUESTION:
    Can anyone give me sone details about metastatic brain cancer and life expectancy?
    My mother is 70 years old and was diagnosed with metastatic brain cancer. We would like some idea of a timeframe as to how long we will have her with us. We have not found the original source of the cancer at this time as we are awaiting test results. Any information is greatly appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      Detailed Guide:
      What Is Metastatic Cancer?

      Local, Regional, and Distant (Metastatic) Spread of Cancer

      Metastatic cancer is a cancer that has spread from its primary site (the part of the body in which it developed) to other parts of the body. If cells break away from a cancerous tumor, they can travel to other areas of the body. There, they may settle and form "colony" tumors. In their new location, the cancer cells continue growing. The spread of a tumor to a new part of the body is called metastasis.

      It is important to understand the difference between metastasis and local spread, because they affect a patient's prognosis (the outlook for chances of survival) and treatment options in different ways.

      Local spread means that a growing cancer extends beyond the organ in which it developed, into nearby organs and tissues. For example, the cervix (lower part of the uterus or womb) is located in front of the rectum and behind the bladder. Very large cancers of the cervix may extend into the rectum or bladder.

      Metastasis involves spread of cancer cells through the bloodstream, or the lymph system. The lymph system consists of lymph vessels (similar to veins except that they contain tissue waste products and immune system cells instead of blood). These lymph vessels lead to lymph nodes, bean-shaped collections of immune system cells that are important in fighting infections. Cancer cells that break off from tumors and enter the lymph vessels may be carried to lymph nodes where they may continue to grow and form metastases. Doctors sometimes call metastasis to lymph nodes near the place a cancer developed regional spread. This is to distinguish it from distant spread or distant metastasis. Distant spread generally occurs when cancer cells break off from tumors and enter the bloodstream, travel to other organs, and continue to grow into new tumors.

      When cancer spreads, it is still named after the part of the body where it started. For example, if prostate cancer spreads to the bones, it is still called prostate cancer, and if breast cancer spreads to the lungs it is still breast cancer.

      Recurrence and Metastasis

      Recurrence is the medical term used when cancer comes back in a patient who appeared to be in remission (free of cancer) after treatment. Cancer can recur locally, in the same organ it developed in or, if that organ was removed by surgery, in a nearby remaining organ or tissue. For example, local recurrence of breast cancer means cancer started to grow again in the same breast after lumpectomy and radiation therapy or in the chest wall, skin or muscle after a mastectomy. A regional recurrence usually means cancer has come back in nearby lymph nodes or in the area that lymph nodes had been removed from. After apparently complete removal of a mouth or throat cancer, growth of cancer in lymph nodes of the neck would be considered regional recurrence. A distant recurrence involves any other part of the body not included in local or regional recurrence. After surgery for apparently localized prostate cancer, the cancer might recur distantly in bones, the liver, or the lungs.

      But, recurrence is not the only time a cancer will metastasize. Some cancers are discovered to have spread to nearby lymph nodes or distant organs shortly after the cancer is first diagnosed, and before treatment is started. In some cases, a metastasis may be discovered before the primary (original) tumor is found. For example, a patient may go to the doctor because lymph nodes in the neck are growing larger. After a biopsy reveals cancer in these lymph nodes, additional examinations or x-rays may find that the cancer actually started in the throat. Even if a cancer has spread very widely throughout the body before it is discovered, the cancer's appearance under a microscope can sometimes tell doctors where it started. But, some cancers lack these microscopic clues to their origin, and it may be impossible to determine exactly where they started. This condition is called cancer of unknown primary, and is discussed further in a separate American Cancer Society document.

      So, cancer can recur without metastasizing (a local recurrence) and can metastasize without recurring locally (cancer found to have metastasized when first diagnosed).

      Significance of Metastasis to the Patient

      Most people who die of cancer have metastases at the time of their death. And, these metastases are directly responsible for the majority of cancer deaths. Most common cancers (prostate, breast, colon, lung, for example) develop in organs that can be completely or partially removed by surgery. Even though these operations cause effects, they could cure patients if metastasis did not occur. Most of the serious consequences of these cancers occur because of spread to other parts of the body. In some cases, the most serious effect of cancer is its spread to a particularly essential part of the body, such as areas of the brain. In other cases, spread to and growth in many organs creates so many cancer cells that the body's normal metabolism is disrupted.

      However, cancer can be fatal even if it does not metastasize. Cancers that start in the brain may be impossible to remove without causing severe brain damage. In fact, brain tumors rarely spread beyond the nervous system. Growth and local spread of these cancers often interfere with parts of the brain necessary for life. A tumor may become very large without ever metastasizing. It may then press against vital tissues such as nerves, the brain, or blood vessels. Leukemia can cause death by interfering with normal blood functions without the defective cells ever leaving the tissues they started in (the bone marrow and bloodstream).

      The link below will help you understand about brain cancer and the information above is just general information about metastatic cancer. Since working in hospice I have taken care of many brain tumor patients. I have seen some that have lived with the disease for over a decade and some that have only lived a few days/weeks. Don't be afraid to ask your mother's doctors lots of questions. That is what they are their for. If you are not satisfied with the answer don't hesitate to get a 2nd 3rd etc opinions

  19. 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)

  20. QUESTION:
    How commonly does lung cancer spread to the nose?
    Is it common that lung cancer spreads to the nose or area around it?

    • ANSWER:
      Cancer can metastasize anywhere . . but in general cancer cells follow the blood system or lymphatic system and lodge in areas like the liver, lungs, bones, and brain. But microscopic malignant cells that spill into the blood stream/lymph node system can go all over the body including the nose .. it's not common . . but happens.

      NCI: Metastatic cancer
      http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Sites-Types/metastatic

  21. QUESTION:
    how long does it take to die from lung cancer?
    My mother is 81 and has small tumors in both lungs. She has decided against a biopsy since she doesn't want any cancer treatment anyway. She says she would rather not even know if she has cancer. How long would it take to die if lung cancer is left untreated.

    • ANSWER:
      Obviously it is impossible for even those of us who are cancer specialist doctors to answer this question blindfolded with both hands tied behind us.

      First - you do not have a diagnosis of a malignancy / any type of cancer.
      There are benign disease that may give the impression of small nodules in the lungs.

      Second - most types of primary lung cancers would not present as widespread lung nodules.

      Third - if it is a malignancy, it would likely be a metastatic malignancy to the lungs.
      Cancer types that may spread to the lungs like this in women include primary cancers of the breast, melanoma skin cancer, renal carcinoma, GYN malignancies such as those of the cervix, uterus, or ovaries, GI malignancies such as gall bladder, pancreas, liver, colon/rectum, stomach, and many others. Some sarcomas could do this too.

      There simply is no way to make such guesses with absolutely no idea which of many diseases she may actually have. If we are to be left blind with no biopsy, about all that her doctors can do is make her comfortable and perhaps do periodic chest x-rays at monthly intervals to see if' 'A' - it is growing and 'B' how fast is it growing - - that is - - if she wants to know.

      What do her doctors tell you about her prognosis ?
      They have examined her, know the complete medical history, seen the x-ray imaging studies, and reviewed her lab work.
      If any lay person (non medical expert) tries to predict an outcome, I'd suggest you ignore it. It would be a pure guess.

  22. QUESTION:
    husband just diagnosed with colon cancer metastatic to liver what is life expectancy with treatment?
    has had surgery to remove the colon cancer
    His colon cancer is Stage IV , he hasn't had any chemo treatments yet, we are to see his the cancer dr. soon. Yes, we are right with God, very active with our church family. I just wanted to know what others may can tell me that have been thru this before. Know nothing about chemo. He has a large mass in right lobe of liver and several smaller ones in the left lobe.

    • ANSWER:
      http://coloncancersupport.colonclub.com/viewforum.php?f=1

      Please visit this forum; it has many wonderful people on it currently fighting and in remission from colon cancer or colon-rectal cancer. There are Stage IV survivors and fighters that post as well and they are all a very informative group of people.

  23. QUESTION:
    How do you actually die from breast cancer?
    my mother has just been diagnosed with breast cancer and im worried.
    I know she can die but HOW does one actually die from it?
    what causes the death?

    im so confused.

    • ANSWER:
      ANY CANCER IS DANGEROUS. Breast cancer also can kill a patient if not treated properly in time.

      When primary breast cancer spreads, it may first go to the regional lymph nodes under the armpit, the axillary nodes. If this occurs, regional metastasis exists. If it proceeds elsewhere either by lymphatic or blood-borne spread, the patient develops systemic metastasis that may involve a number of other organs in the body. Common sites of systemic involvement for breast cancer are the lung, bones, liver, and the skin and soft tissue. As it turns out, the presence of, and the actual number of, regional lymph nodes containing cancer remains the single best indicator of whether or not the cancer has become widely metastatic. Because tests to discover metastasis in other organs may not be sensitive enough to reveal minute deposits, the evaluation of the axilla for regional metastasis becomes very important in making treatment decisions for this disease.

      If breast cancer spreads to other major organs of the body, its presence will compromise the function of those organs. Death can result from compromise of these vital organs' functions.

      You should not get confused and worry much if your mother has been diagnoised Breast Cancer. By proper treatment viz. Surgery (MASTECTOMY - Removal of the affected breast), Chemotherapy and radiation therapy, you can control and also get cured from the disease. Your oncologist will tell you in details and treat her.

      PLEASE DO NOT TALK ABOUT DEATH NOW ITSELF. IT IS NOT IN YOUR OR MY HANDS AND GOD WILL TAKE CARE. HAVE BELIEF IN HIM AND DO YOUR DUTY OF GIVING FULL TREATEMENT WITHOUT WORRYING UNNECSSARILY.

      You can also discuss with a PSYCO-ONCOLOGIST and he will give you encouragement-

  24. QUESTION:
    Why do so many people wear breast cancer logos? Do they not care about other cancers?
    What about Lung and bronchial - the top killer and second most common cancer in the United States.

    What about Colon and rectal cancer - the second most deadly in the US?

    Shouldn't there be awareness for all types of cancer? Not just breast cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      Why do so many people ask this question?

      The "success" of the pink ribbon movement is due to hard work. When my mother died of breast cancer metastases in 1989, very few people even TALKED about breast cancer! It was considered to be more of a "sexual" disease (because, gasp, it involves breasts!) and it was brushed under the table as a "female problem."

      Here comes the pink ribbon awareness movement and now almost EVERYONE knows about the disease! That's incredible progress in less than 25 years.

      However, with the success comes major failures. There's not enough plain education about breast cancer. We can see this from all the panicked questions from teenagers "My breasts feel lumpy . . . do I have cancer?"

      There's a lot more to knowing about a disease than simple "awareness."

      Here's a fact for you: Are you "aware" that NOT ONE PERSON has ever died of breast cancer in the breast? That's right, not one! Breast cancer in the breast doesn't kill a soul. It's when the breast cancer moves to other parts of the body that people die. They die of breast cancer in their liver, in their lungs, in their brain, in their spleen, in their kidneys, etc.

      Another fact: Most research dollars are going into treating breast cancer in the breast. Until the past decade, there has been little attention to treating metastatic breast cancer in other parts of the body.

      I can't stand the pink ribbon. I am so much more than the disease that is in my body. I don't claim to be "battling cancer" and even though I am likely to die from this disease, I will not have people saying that "cancer won." My life wins! I have a great life and I'm enjoying living it, every single day, one day at a time.

  25. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to have multiple types of cancer?
    In example, can you have skin cancer, breast cancer and lung cancer all at once? And why?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes it is possible and not all that unusual. This week alone I had 3 double primary cases and one triple primary. Although triple primaries don’t happen very often.

      I’m not really sure why they happen. I guess it is because the body is not limited to one illness at a time or more than one bad tooth or one broken bone. They are usually found in the course of determining what is wrong with the patient initially or during metastatic work up.

      You should note there is a difference between having multiple primary sites and having cancer in multiplet sites. Multiple primaries are separate individual cancers, not related to each other. Having cancer in multiple areas is usually metastatic cancer, meaning it started in one area and spread to another. For example someone can be diagnosed with colon cancer and it spread to their liver and their lung. This person does not have colon liver and lung cancer. They only have colon cancer that is also in the liver and the lung.

  26. QUESTION:
    My husband has pancreatic cancer with liver metastatic?
    We were told yesterday that the 12 weeks of chemo and 5 weeks of radiation are not working and the cancer has spread and he also has a spot on his lung now. Does anyone know the progression of this disease? What should I expect as the disease progresses?

    • ANSWER:
      Oh, that is bad news. I am sorry you are having to go through this. He will get weaker as the cancer takes its toll. This happened to my grandmother. After it spread to her liver, then it spread to her brain. She got weaker and weaker, eventually sleeping a lot and spending all her time in bed. She died peacefully in her sleep. It was some comfort to know she wasn't feeling any pain. Spend as much time with him as you can. Make him comfortable and enjoy what you have left.

  27. QUESTION:
    How long can a stage 4 cancer patient live with ascites?
    She is in hospice care and has stopped all treatments for advanced metastatic breast cancer. The cancer has spread to her liver and bones. She is living with us and has full-time caregivers in addition to Hospice. She's trying to avoid invasive treatments like a Plurex catheter. We're managing it with morphine, low salt diet etc....

    • ANSWER:
      You would need to find this out from someone that has more complete information on the situation. There are all sorts of possible systemic failures that can occur, so whatever system is most impaired will probably fail first, and different systems fail at different rates. Ascites can persist for months or cause the circulatory system to collapse within days, depending on the severity. Liver failure varies in severity, and could take weeks to months. Bone cancer can affect blood characteristics in a variety of ways - a common effect is loss of the immune system, so people often die from an infection like the flu or pneumonia.

  28. QUESTION:
    How exactly does cancer kill you? For instance breast or colon cancer?
    I understand brain cancer or lung because if those parts of you die you do as well. But im confused because i'v asked everyone, but no one really can make me understand. And why do some people survive and others dont? Is it a matter of a will to live? Do some people just give up Hope? I really need to know these answers! Can anyone help????

    • ANSWER:
      You have a number of good answers already.
      This is my medical specialty, so I have seen death from breast cancers and colon cancers many hundreds of times.

      Colon cancers usually like to go to the liver where they eventually cause liver failure. They do not become "liver cancer" - it is colon cancer growing in the liver. Retroperitoneal lymph nodes and the lungs may also be sites of spread for colon cancers. For unknown reasons, colon cancers do not like to go to the brain or the bones. In some cases it is a matter of tumor volume causing weakening and malnutrition of the person affected. In those cases a late infection can cause death.

      Breast cancers go almost anywhere - brain, bones, bone marrow, liver, lungs, adrenal glands, ovaries - but usually not the heart. (Only melanomas seem to metastasize to the heart.) So breast cancers can end life by causing "end organ failure" due to involvement of vital places such as the lungs, liver, and brain - or there can just be an overwhelming tumor burden that the body cannot support - again the general weakening effect and late stage infection such as pneumonia.

      Remember that breast cancer spread to the bone is not "bone cancer" - it is still malignant breast tissue that is growing in the bones which might respond to - but not be cured by - hormonal therapy.

      Hope this isn't too grisly for you. These are bad diseases when widespread. The best situation is to catch breast or colon cancers early with screening. Both are usually cured when caught early. Once breast cancers or colon cancers are clearly evident as visible metastatic disease, neither is considered curable in today's medicine. The people who are cured - and there are millions in the U.S. - are the ones diagnosed earlier in the stage of their diseases.

  29. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to have breast cancer at 16?
    About 3 weeks ago a large red spot showed up on my left breast. It went away but there is now a small piece of hard skin in that area. It doesn't hurt, but I don't know what it is. I know i'm only 16 so i shouldn't be worried but breast cancer runs in my family.

    • ANSWER:
      Occasionally, breast cancer presents as metastatic disease, that is, cancer that has spread beyond the original organ. Metastatic breast cancer will cause symptoms that depend on the location of metastasis. More common sites of metastasis include bone, liver, lung and brain. Unexplained weight loss can occasionally herald an occult breast cancer, as can symptoms of fevers or chills. Bone or joint pains can sometimes be manifestations of metastatic breast cancer, as can jaundice or neurological symptoms. These symptoms are “non-specific,” meaning they can also be manifestations of many other illnesses.

      Most symptoms of breast disorder do not turn out to represent underlying breast cancer. Benign breast diseases such as mastitis and fibroadenoma of the breast are more common causes of breast disorder symptoms. The appearance of a new symptom should be taken seriously by both patients and their doctors, because of the possibility of an underlying breast cancer at almost any age.

  30. QUESTION:
    What cells, tissues, organs and organ systems are affected by Pancreatic cancer?
    I have so far the pancreas, the liver, the lungs, bone, and brain. Anything else?

    • ANSWER:
      Cancer can spread anywhere in the body. Pancreatic cancer is divided into four stages:

      Small and localised (stage one).
      Spread into surrounding structures (stages two or three).
      Spread into other parts of the body (stage four).

      If the cancer has spread to distant parts of the body this is known as secondary cancer (or metastatic cancer).

      There's more info on pancreatic cancer here: http://www.nowwhat.org.au/info/factsheets/pancreatic-cancer

  31. QUESTION:
    What are the chances of living when you have liver cancer that has entered the blood stream?

    I'm just asking because I found out this is what is happening to my grandfather. My mothers ouldn't tell me anymore, just that it is serious... which is kinda lame seeing as i am 16 and I would be able to handle it

    • ANSWER:
      What you are referring to is stage IV or metastatic cancer. In order to understand a little better . . cancer is a progressive disease that begins in one cell. It can be any type of cell located in the body . . a breast cell, a brain cell, a lung cell, or in your grandfathers case a liver cell. That one cell mutates for reasons we really do not know. Normal cells constantly replenish themselves all the time, replicating and being replaced. The normal cell begins to grow and automatically stops at just the right point. A malignant cell loses the ability to stop growing and begins to grow indefinitely. Sometimes the cell type grows very, very slowly over years and sometimes the cell type grows aggressively and very, very fast. The aggressive fast growing cancer cells are life threatening unless they can be treated and stopped.

      What happens is that the malignant cell replicates itself and begins growing and growing, it can develop its own blood supply. Since the malignant cells are part of the persons own DNA the body does not recognize the tumor growth as 'abnormal' and treats the cancer as if it were another body part. Cancer can live inside a body undetected as long as it does not press on nerves or interfere with the body. Eventually the cancer will grow big enough to multiple and begins to grow into surrounding tissue. At some point the primary tumor will get large and old enough to begin to 'shed' hundreds and hundreds of new malignant cells into the blood stream or lymphatic system. The new microscopic cancer cells can travel all over the body at this point, lodge anywhere the blood goes and begin growing a whole new cancer colony far away from the original. The cancer will begin to repeat the entire cycle indefinitely until the body is overwhelmed with cancer.

      And, although a stage IV or metastatic cancer is difficult to treat . . it is possible to survive this stage. Much depends on the patients age, overall health, the skills of his doctor, and luck. There is now an effort by most oncologists to find a chemotherapy drug that the patient can take daily with the hopes of controlling the disease rather than 'curing' it. There are other disease such as diabetes which can be controlled with medication and so doctors are hoping to find a medication for various cancers to control the growth.

      So, it is hard to say what will happen to your grandfather. Older patients have a more difficult time than younger patients. Still, if your grandfather is relatively healthy he may be able to fight his cancer and may be around longer than anyone can predict. He might just outlive the cancer.

      What is liver cancer
      http://www.cancer.org/docroot/CRI/content/CRI_2_2_1X_What_is_liver_cancer_25.asp

  32. QUESTION:
    Is it at all possible for a basal cell carincoma to metatsize to brain cancer?
    I say it is impossible. My friends tell me it is possible, especially when at the side of the head and left untreated.

    I maintain that skin cancer is only skin deep.

    who is right?

    • ANSWER:
      It is extremely rare for a basal cell carcinoma to metastasise. In this review from 2005: http://www.springerlink.com/content/370461t578751075/ the authors found only 260 reported cases. And the metastatic sites were lymph nodes, lungs, bone, skin and liver (in order or prevalence). They did not find a single case report of brain metastasis.

      So I think a fair compromise is to say, that you are both almost right :-)

  33. QUESTION:
    How long does it take a human body to die form secondary cancer of bones and lungs no drugs just pain killer?
    No chemo no radiation just pain killers.Secondary cancer of the bones, lungs,spine and lymph nodes.Canceris tumor started in the liver. oh by the way two tumors on the liver not just one.

    • ANSWER:
      Only an oncologist can properly answer that after a proper diagnosis. The cancer stage is the primary basis for predicting possible death due to systemic failure. At the metastatic stage, a patient will be given a count of threes such that the worst estimate will be 3 months, beyond that, another 3, and further.

  34. QUESTION:
    How do you evaluate the tumor marker test?
    I have stage 4 metastatic breast cancer. It has spread to my bones and possibly my liver. After a number of years on estrogen therapy I am now on a chemo regiment. I have been told that my cancer is slow growing however I learned that my tumor marker is approximately 600 up from 42 last year. I understand that the "normal" range is between 0-30. Can anyone help me interpret my specific results?

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like a positive CA 15-3 marker.
      http://www.cancer.org/Treatment/UnderstandingYourDiagnosis/ExamsandTestDescriptions/TumorMarkers/tumor-markers-how-t-m-used
      That will be useful in following your response to chemotherapy.
      It means nothing by itself.
      It is just a useful marker to assess response to treatment.
      If your CA 15-3 does not go down within 2-3 months of chemotherapy,
      I would switch to a different breast cancer treatment regimen.
      Your oncologist should be explaining this in detail for you.
      I always did with my patients.

  35. QUESTION:
    How often are doctors right about people having cancer?
    My dad has just been diagnosed with skin cancer but we don't know for sure.

    • ANSWER:
      usually right, bang on.
      and as much as no one wants to ever hear the word,
      we most definitley want the doctor to get that right diagnosis.

      sooner detected, more likely treatable

      this is perhaps no truer than in the case of melanoma, the worst of the skin cancers and one of the most inisidious cancers there are.

      in your father's case, you don't say what type - basal, squamous cell or melanoma.

      basal is almost never a real risk to one's greater health, and are easily excised or frozen off.

      squamous cell also are easily excised and/or frozen off, with low risk of further spread.

      melanomas are critically important to be detected very early and removed by excision or freezing.

      a melanoma that progresses to a stage two, or approximately 2-5 mm in depth, or with very irregular boundaries, is likely to enter its metastatic stage in which melanoma cancer cells separate, enter the blood and lymph systems and then travel and grow into lesions (tumors) in other parts of the body, typically the vital organs such as lungs, kidneys, spleen, liver etc.

      standard protocol for treatment of any melanoma suspect of being in metastasis is excision followed by chemotherapy to kill off metastatic cells.

      fortunately, nowadays early detection prevents most from falling to metastatic melanoma as did a mere two decades ago, when the protocols were different, and we lost our father ...

  36. QUESTION:
    what is the most dangerous type of cancer and what is so deadly about it?
    why is lung cancer supposely the most dangerous one? Is there another type of cancer more dangerous than all of them that has yet to be discovered?

    • ANSWER:
      All metastatic cancer is deadly. All cancers are treatable in the early stages . . and can be cured . . even lung cancer. It is when the disease . . all 200 of them . . progress to the point of being metastatic that they become life threatening. Metastatic cancer is disease that has replicated itself and sent out microscopic versions of itself all over the body using the blood system or lymphatic system to travel. Cancer is a progressive disease that starts out small. As time goes on the mutated cell becomes larger and more abnormal looking . . eventually it begins to grow more tumors . . those tumors can start to seed into the blood system sending literally hundreds of microscopic cancer cells throughout the body. Those new mutated cancer cells can lodge in the brain, bones, lungs, liver . . anywhere and begin growing a whole new crop of cancer. If cancer can be removed BEFORE it becomes capable of metastasizing than . . a person may be 'cured'. The problem is that sometimes despite the best efforts . . no one knows exactly when the specific cancer tumors take on the ability to metastasize.

      Some cancers metatasize quicker and more aggressive than others . .thus you can have some cancers that grow slowly for many years and pose little risk . .while others can grow and metastasize in a few weeks to months.

      There are many different types of aggressive and rare cancers. The problem is that not enough research has been done to stop the progression of the disease . . thus making them far more deadly.

      That is what kills people . . . the fact that the diseases have not had enough research to find treatment that is effective for that specific disease.

      Thus . .it is not necessarily that there are 'more' deadly cancers than others . . but that there has been more research that has produced better treatment options. Medical science has yet to find a way to treat metastatic cancer successfully in all cases. It is possible to treat each patient individually but not the disease as a whole.

      NCI: Metastatic cancer
      http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Sites-Types/metastatic

  37. QUESTION:
    When you have stage 4 colon cancer and you are undergoing chemo is it hard or can you work?
    I have an inlaw that underwent a recurring surgery to have his colon removed. His cancer has spreaded to his liver.

    • ANSWER:
      "Panda" is the top answerer in this category, but I have to
      disagree with her statement that "stage IV disease . . . means that it will be more difficult to treat and take longer than a stage 1 .. that's all." Colon cancer metastatic to the liver is not likely to be cured in any medical center.

      Chemotherapy is usually given to buy some time - often in terms of extra months rather than many years. The chemotherapy given for colon carcinoma is usually better tolerated than more aggressive regimens used for other types of cancer.

      I have had some patients tolerate 5FU based chemo regimens well enough to work if they wanted to - usually they did not. Often it is the advancing malignancy in the liver that leads to weakness and weight loss plus lack of energy and decreased activity level.

      Added note re: Lola's answer (which is otherwise fine) - I've never heard a stage "five" cancer. Stage four means the cancer has spread to distant areas - such as the liver in this case. There is no stage beyond stage four.
      And stage does refer to the malignant disease - not to the treatment - though the treatment is tailored to the stage of the disease. These are small points.

      What you want to know is that the treatment is usually not very rough. If your family member is in good shape, he may have some good quality time left. If there is truly significant liver involvement, many years of survival would be unusual.

      Survival does vary with the level of involvement. The National Cancer Institute indicates that people with three or fewer lesions in the liver can do better.for longer periods -- perhaps 25% survival at five years compared to less than 5% survival at five years for more extensive liver involvement

      Correcting myself - Lola is correct. If you count stage 0, there are five stages - - but stage four is the last stage.

      Also - of course no doctor is God and no one can say when someone will die. We can only provide information about the usual outcomes based on previous people. I did not use the word "terminal" in my cancer specialty medicine practice. All of us are terminal. There are always people who do better than average.

  38. QUESTION:
    When triple negative breast cancer spreads to the liver what are the chances of survival?
    My friend was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer that spread to her liver, after a year of chemo (not consistent, she has low blood platelets so they had to get a grip on that first) she went for a body scan..the tumor in her liver grew 2 cm and they found two more small spots in her stomach. I am in denial I know, but what are her chances of actually beating this? I am researching, but I really can't find ANY hopeful news. Is there any?

    • ANSWER:
      Metastatic breast cancer is not curable even if it is not a triple negative. However, breasts cancers that are hormone receptor positive are much better managed. The median survival for your friend’s cancer is 2-3 years. I’m very sorry.

  39. QUESTION:
    what is the average life expectancy of secondry breast cancer?
    34 year old female, cleared by treatment of breast cancer but now has secondry cancer that has responded to treatmen, question, what is the average years one can expect , i know some may last days yet others years & years, i want to know the average & also the best that could be expected . thanks

    • ANSWER:
      This is a VERY difficult question to answer, based upon the limited information you are able to give. First, I am assuming that it is the breast cancer that has come back (i.e. a recurence), and not a cancer secondary to (i.e. caused by) her previous treatment (typically chemotherapy or radiation). I'm also assuming that this is not a seperate cancer of a different type or a new breast cancer entirely.

      The main reason that it is so difficult to give an average life expectancy once breast cancer comes back is that it is HUGELY variable from person-to-person, depending upon a number of factors:

      1. The first is how the cancer has come back. If an individual recurs with disease in the liver, lungs and brains at the same time, then the prognosis is quite poor and survival would be typically (but not always) on the level of approximately 3 months. Comparitively, if the patient has cancer come back in the same breast or in the axilla (under arm) then through surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, this can still frequently be cured! A good rough rule with breast cancer is that for it to be cureable, it must be able to be surgically removed. This does not mean that these women are not treatable. There are a number of women who live many many years despite having "incureable" cancer.

      2. The second factors are the microscopic characteristics of the person's cancer. How agressive the disease is depends upon how it looks under a microscope (grade), with higher grade cances spreading more quickly and having worse prognosis. Also, the results of certain tests determine whether or not the woman will benefit from hormonal treatment, certain biologic therapies (Herceptin), and may also suggest how responsive it will be to chemotherapy.
      3. A third factor that would be important in determining prognosis would be the prevous treatments that the individual has received. If she has received maximal treatments before (full mastectomy, radiation, chemotherapy, hormones, and herceptin) then there is not a lot else new to add, and it is less likely that there will be a long durable response to treatment. (This is a bit of a simplification, and it is certainly worth considering using anyand all of these again.)
      4. Finally one of the most important things to note if the woman is undergoing treatment aimed at metastatic disease is her response to the treatment. This tends to confer (but does not guarantee) a better prognosis.

      I hope this helps. You should definitely ask your oncologist(s) about their thoughts. Feel free to ask again (or me directly) with any other info you have available.

  40. QUESTION:
    How EXACTLY does skin cancer kill?
    Although I hear of different kinds of cancers daily, I don't know exactly what happens to the body if it goes untreated. I'd like to know, specifically for skin cancer, what happens to the body that leads to death. Why EXACTLY do people die from skin cancer? What symptoms and side effects do people suffer from when they have skin cancer? Surely they don't just have a place on their skin that worsens over time, and then all of a sudden they die one day. I mean, do they get ill; like with fever, nausea, etc.? What happens exactly?

    • ANSWER:
      malignant cells in a cancer grow so fast. these malignat cells are not normal and tend to move from their delineated place. these cells get themselves to blood stream and spread in body. some of them like prostate cancer cells replace in spinal bones, some of them in brain, some in liver, some in blood cells. these malignant cells occupy the place of normal cells and don't let them work properly. for example metastatic cells in bone cause lack of white and red blood cell in blood which called cytopenia. its complication cause infection and then death. malignant cells in lymph nodes cause lymph draining stop and cause problem. any way, i don't exactly know which part of body skin metastatic cells move to

  41. QUESTION:
    How long does a patient with terminal kidney cancer live? Read Short Description?
    Like, it spread already, to the lungs and liver. Sorry if I got anything wrong, like something like this can't happen. even if my mom is a nurse I don't know very much about this type of stuff. What is the shortest time they could live and the longest? what is the worst type of cancer you could die from?
    P.S. I don't have kidney cancer. It's research and i cannot find anything on Google about how long and how short someone can live with terminal kidney cancer.

    • ANSWER:
      In kidney cancer,Median patient survival for patients with metastasis is about 10-12 months.
      Patients with metastatic disease have an 18% chance of surviving 2 years.
      However, subsets of patients with advanced disease have shown improved survival.
      The following factors predict the risk of metastasis following radical nephrectomy (RN) for clinically localized RCC(RENAL CELL CARCINOMA) viz: size and stage of primary tumor, extent of regional lymph node involvement, if any, tumor histology, presence or absence of necrosis, and presence or absence of vascular invasion.
      Small cell branchogenic ca,pancreatic ca.gall bladder ca are few ca with worst prognosis.

  42. QUESTION:
    My best friend has been diagnosed with colon cancer and a secondary on her liver. What now?
    She is having a stent fitted tomorrow to stop her bowel closing. I also heard the word metastatic used. Can anyone give me any information or links for this type of cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      Metastatic means the cancer has spread from its original location and colon cancer only starts in the colon. Typically stents are not used in these situations. The part of the colon involved with the tumor needs to be removed and if she has a single liver lesion they may remove that as well. I am sorry to tell you, but metastatic colon cancer is not curable. Treatment at this point is to extend life with the best quality possible. I am very sorry.

  43. QUESTION:
    what are the last symptoms before death of liver cancer?
    my Dad had colon cancer which spread to liver, he now has hospice nurses visiting him at home.In the last couple weeks he has began getting bloated around the mid-section .What are some of the final signs?

    • ANSWER:
      I've seen this a few hundred times. Symptoms at the end - he will not eat or drink.
      He will lose consciousness - which is good since patients are rarely aware at the end.
      At the very end his breathing will become irregular with long pauses.
      We call this Cheyne-Stokes respiration punctuated by periods of apnea
      - not breathing. Eventually the breathing simply stops and the heart stops soon after.
      Sorry if I am too blunt. You asked. This is how it usually goes.
      By the way - this is not liver cancer since the colon was the primary malignancy.
      This is colon adenocarcinoma with metastatic disease to the liver - very common.
      We lose ~50,000 people a year to this disease in the USA.

  44. QUESTION:
    Can a brain tumour cause cancer elsewhere in the body?
    Recently found out a member of my family has a large brain tumour,he was also diagnosed with bone cancer a few months ago and I read that brain tumours&cancer can be linked? So I was wondering could the brain tumour have caused the cancer???

    • ANSWER:
      Primary brain tumours rarely spread outside the brain and spinal cord. In order to be labelled a cancer, a tumour must have the ability to metastasize and spread to other organs of the body. Primary brain tumours rarely behave this way.

      Many malignant tumours in the brain are secondary cancers. The doctor will be able to tell you whether it is a primary or secondary tumour. It is rare for primary brain tumours to spread to other parts of the body.

      However, cancer cells which begin growing elsewhere in the body and then travel to the brain, form metastatic brain tumours. All metastatic brain tumours are malignant since they begin as cancer elsewhere in the body.

      When symptoms of metastatic cancer occur, the type and frequency of the symptoms will depend on the size and location of the metastasis. For example, cancer that spreads to the bones is likely to cause pain and can lead to bone fractures. Cancer that spreads to the brain can cause a variety of symptoms, including headaches, seizures, and unsteadiness. Shortness of breath may be a sign of lung metastasis. Abdominal swelling or jaundice (yellowing of the skin) can indicate that cancer has spread to the liver.

      Sometimes a person’s original cancer is discovered only after a metastatic tumor causes symptoms. For example, a man whose prostate cancer has spread to the bones in his pelvis may have lower back pain (caused by the cancer in his bones) before he experiences any symptoms from the original tumor in his prostate

      However, in some patients, a metastatic tumor is diagnosed but the primary tumor cannot be found, despite extensive tests, because it either is too small or has completely regressed. The pathologist knows that the diagnosed tumor is a metastasis because the cells do not look like those of the organ or tissue in which the tumor was found. Doctors refer to the primary cancer as unknown or occult (hidden), and the patient is said to have cancer of unknown primary origin (CUP).

      Radiation therapy for cancer. Exposure to large doses of radiation, such as those given during radiation therapy for cancer, increases the risk of bone cancer in the future.

      Stage IV of bone cancer indicates that cancer has spread beyond the bone to other areas of the body, such as the brain, liver or lungs.

      It's more likely the bone cancer was the primary with mets to the brain.

  45. QUESTION:
    How efective is Erbitux for a methastasic bone cancer? What can I expect?
    The methastasic bone cancer is from an unknown primary without any organ compromised, till now we know his liver has cells but is working normally wihtout any simptom.
    We have 2 years with this problem one looking for what was the desease and other one with the diagnosis. He is in good shape now, when he´s not in pain.

    • ANSWER:
      Cetuximab (marketed under the name Erbitux) is used in metastatic colon cancer and is given concurrently with the chemotherapy drug irinotecan (Camptosar®), a form of chemotherapy that blocks the effect of DNA topoisomerase I, resulting in fatal damage to the DNA of affected cells. While there remains some scientific controversy on this, assessment for EGFR expression is required for use in Colorectal Cancer, but not in Head & Neck Cancer. It is best to refer to updated Prescription Information [2]. Cetuximab was approved by the FDA in March 2006[3] for use in combination with radiation therapy for treating squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (SCCHN) or as a single agent in patients who have had prior platinum-based therapy.

      One of the side effects of Cetuximab therapy is the incidence of, possibly severe, acne-like rash.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cetuximab

      Compared to radiation alone, cetuximab plus radiation therapy can nearly double the median survival in patients with a certain kind of head and neck cancer that has not spread to other parts of the body. However, further research is needed to know whether cetuximab plus radiation is more effective than the current standard of care (chemoradiotherapy using the drug cisplatin).

  46. QUESTION:
    How long from initial cancer till death?
    Does it vary much / depend on where the cancer starts?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes.

      Different cancers have different mortality rates and also depending on the initial health of the sufferer it will take different times from diagnosis to death.

      Keep in mind that some/alot of cancers can be treated so that will affect things too.

      Eg Hodgkins Lymphoma is the easiest and 'best' cancer to get (as in the best of a bad bunch. It's not like you can choose!) because it is very treatable. Delta Goodrem had Hodgkins disease and is fine now.

      On the other end of the spectrum is Pancreatic cancer. Patrick Swayze has this one. This is the worst cancer to get, or one of the worst. Survival rates from pancreatic cancer are very very low, if anyone actually beats it at all.
      Metastatic cancers (ie ones where little cancer cells break off the original tumour and start a new tumour in another part of the body) are terrible because they are like weeds infesting a garden. The cancers pop up anywhere and everywhere and this makes it incredibly hard to treat. Jade Goody is suffering from a cervical cancer which metastatised in her liver and groin.

      Depending on how aggressive the tumour is and how early it's caught also plays a part in the estimated life expectancy after diagnosis.
      Kylie Minogue caught her breast cancer relatively early and was able to overcome it, for example. Having access to some of the best medical care in the world can only help, too.

      I hope I've helped but this is a very complicated topic and probably best explained to you by your GP or nurse.

  47. QUESTION:
    What does it mean when a terminally ill colon cancer patient becomes juandiced?
    Is it normal or does it mean something bad is going to happen?
    Does it mean the end is near?

    • ANSWER:
      Jaundice is caused by an increase in bilirubin. Bilirubin is created when old red blood cells are broken down and "recycled" by the body. When the liver begins to fail (which may be the result of metastatic cancer in the liver), the bilirubin can no longer be properly filtered from the blood and it begins to accumulate in higher than normal levels. This causes yellowing of the skin, oral mucosa, and whites of the eyes. It may also cause itching, which can sometimes be relieved by a drug called Atatrax.

      In a patient with colon cancer, jaundice is a sign that the cancer has spread to the liver (Stage IV). While the patient can still be treated effectively with chemo and radiation, there is no cure for a cancer this advanced.

      Update:
      It does not necessarily mean the organ is "shutting down." It just means it's not working properly. Some tumor growth can be irradiated or shrunk with chemotherapy, improving liver function and prolonging life.

  48. QUESTION:
    Basically, what are the basic types of cancer?
    I only know brain, lukemia, bone, skin, breast, colon, lung, and oral cancer. Are there any other types? Any help would be appreciated. I need to do a Biology project.

    • ANSWER:
      }Detailed List
      Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
      Acute Myeloid Leukemia
      Adrenocortical Carcinoma
      AIDS-Related Cancers and
      Lymphoma
      Anal cancer
      Astrocytoma
      Bladder cancer
      Breast cancer
      Breast Cancer, Male
      Carcinoid tumors
      Cervical cancer
      Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
      Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia
      Chronic Myeloproliferative
      Disorders
      Clear Cell Sarcoma
      Colon cancer
      Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma
      Endometrial cancer
      Ependymoma
      Esophageal cancer
      Ewings sarcoma
      Gall bladder cancer
      Gastric cancer
      Germ cell tumors
      Gestational trophoblastic tumors
      Glioma
      Hairy cell leukemia
      Head and neck cancers
      Hepatocellular carcinoma
      Hodgkin's lymphoma
      Hypopharyngeal Cancer
      Islet cell carcinoma
      Intraoccular melanoma
      Kaposi's Sarcoma
      Kidney Cancer
      Laryngeal Cancer
      Leukemia, Acute Lymphoblastic
      Leukemia, Acute Myeloid
      Leukemia, Chronic Lymphocytic
      Leukemia, Chronic Myelogenous
      Leukemia, Hairy Cell
      Lip and Oral Cavity Cancer
      Liver Cancer
      Lung Cancer, Non-Small Cell
      Lung Cancer, Small Cell
      Lymphoblastic Leukemia, Acute
      Lymphocytic Leukemia, Chronic
      Lymphoma, AIDS-Related
      Lymphoma, Central Nervous
      System (Primary)
      Lymphoma, Cutaneous T-Cell
      Lymphoma, Hodgkin's
      Lymphoma, Hodgkin's
      Lymphoma, Non-Hodgkin's
      Lymphoma, Primary Central
      Nervous System
      Macroglobulinemia, Waldenström's
      Male Breast Cancer
      Malignant Fibrous Histiocytoma
      Malignant Mesothelioma
      Medulloblastoma
      Melanoma
      Melanoma, Intraocular
      Merkel Cell Carcinoma
      Mesothelioma, Malignant
      Metastatic Squamous Neck Cancer
      with Occult Primary
      Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia
      Syndrome
      Multiple Myeloma/Plasma Cell
      Neoplasm
      Mycosis Fungoides
      Myelodysplastic Syndromes
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Symptoms Cervical Cancer

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of Cervical Cancer?
    This month I spotted inbeetween periods, I've also had the HPV Virus and I smoke. What are symptoms of cervical cancer and could I have a high risk? Just need some advice cos I've worried myself sick. I've also had two pregnancies which is a risk and two terminations. I have the copper coil and my periods are quite regular with it apart from the last two. I've had it 12 months.

    • ANSWER:
      I think that mild symptoms you feel normal. But with advanced cervical cancer is very painful. I too have HPV, and I've been very lucky that I've only had a few squamos cells. I've had normal paps for the last 3 years.

  2. QUESTION:
    what are the signs and symptoms of cervical cancer? what are the things to consider to prevent cervical cancer?
    what are the signs and symptoms of cervical cancer? what are the things to consider to prevent cervical cancer? does a pelvic pain has some connection with this? what are the test to undergo to know if you are risky for this?

    • ANSWER:
      You can't tell that you have HPV which can lead to cervical cancer without a test. You get a PAP smear and, if it comes back showing abnormal cells, they do a colposcopy to look at and, possibly, take a sample/biopsy from the cervix.

      The vaccine can help prevent you getting the virus in the first place if you have not yet been exposed to it. Other than that, there is nothing you can do to avoid it if you have sex with anyone who has had sex with others. There are 120 types of HPV and most people have it. Only a few cause cancer and only if allowed to stay in the body for a long time and only if a woman can't clear her body of the virus. If you are sexually active, you need to get regular PAP smears so that it can be caught and treated early if necessary. There are very few cases of advanced cervical cancer in women who get regular care.

      Not sure why you are so concerned about this, but you should probably be more concerned with regular STIs. Use condoms. They don't protect against HPV but the protect against many things.

  3. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of Cervical Cancer?
    This month I spotted inbeetween periods, I've also had the HPV Virus and I smoke. What are symptoms of cervical cancer and could I have a high risk? Just need some advice cos I've worried myself sick. I've also had two pregnancies which is a risk and two terminations. I have the copper coil and my periods are quite regular with it apart from the last two. I've had it 12 months.

    • ANSWER:
      It could be ethe birth control or anything that is causing the spotting. The only way to know for sure is to get a pelvic exam.

  4. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of cervical cancer?
    im curious of what the symptoms are for cervical cancer. if u had it would u still have normal periods?

    • ANSWER:
      Most of the time there are no symptoms. You would still have a normal period. As it gets advanced you might have other bleeding.

  5. QUESTION:
    What were your symptoms of cervical cancer?
    Before you were diagnosed with cervical cancer (or someone you know was) what symptoms did you have? I have read numerous websites about the symptoms of advanced cervical cancer that do not go into much details.

    I need details about the leg pain, back pain, urinary problems, abnormal bleeding and pain during intercourse.

    Also at what stage did you find out it was cancer and not dysplasia? The pap smear, colposcopy, biopsy or even later?

    • ANSWER:
      I never had any bleeding, but I used to have cramping during sex, and then after we finished, I would have very painful cramps after sex. I found out is was cancer after I had a LEEP. The didn't find it on the colposcopy because I had adenocarcinoma and that is more difficult to find because it occurs in the canal.

  6. QUESTION:
    What affects does cervical cancer have on the cervix?
    Hi, okay so I looked on numerous sites, and I found nothing.
    Would this be also considered as the symptoms of cervical cancer?
    If anyone knows what affects it has on the cervix please help!

    Thank you kindly.

    • ANSWER:
      It Mostly effects onessex drive, And the other symptoms can be reversed when the cancer is gone.

  7. 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:

  8. QUESTION:
    What are the chances of having cervical cancer as a teen AND a virgin?
    I'm a virgin and i'm 16. lately i've been having several of the symptoms for cervical cancer though, such as spotting between periods and discharge with a little bit of blood. this has been going on for about 3 months. i've had the gardisil vaccine but then i'm a virgin so it doesn't really matter... should i be worried!? i've been to a doctor but all she said was that i could have some hormone problems.

    • ANSWER:
      You are 16. Those symptoms you described also happen to teens as they get older and their body adjusts to the influx of new hormones. Over 95% of cervical cancer cases are linked to HPV which you get from having sex. It is highly improbable that you have cervical cancer. If you are concerned then see your doctor and ask for a PAP smear but the symptoms you describe don't sound like cancer, it sounds like a normal teen going through puberty.

  9. QUESTION:
    what are the symptoms of cervical cancer?
    Is pain in the side and weakness in the legs a symptom of cervical cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      Symptoms
      Abnormal cells found on the end of the cervix during a cervical screening test are generally at an "early warning" pre-cancer stage, and do not cause any symptoms. Treating the abnormal cells prevents cancer developing.

      If abnormal cells do develop into cervical cancer, it can cause symptoms including:

      abnormal vaginal bleeding, such as between periods or after intercourse
      smelly vaginal discharge
      discomfort during intercourse
      vaginal bleeding after the menopause

  10. QUESTION:
    Is this the symptoms for cervical cancer?
    Recently, my mom was having the symptoms of vagina pain, bleeding (brown) although her menstrual was over for that month ( bleeding occurs about a week then it stop then it occurs again and stop), vagina swollen, itchiness of vagina (inner part), the urine stink, fatigue, back pain but no discharge. My mom do smoke.
    So is this the symptoms for cervical cancer? If it is what can be done?

    • ANSWER:
      it could be symptoms of a lot of things...
      the only thing i can say is go to a doctor before it gets worse. none of us are going to be able to safely diagnose your mother online
      good luck :)

  11. QUESTION:
    How is cervical cancer diagnosed and treated today and in the 90s?
    Recently, someone in my family said they had cervical cancer and was diagnosed 10 years ago. In the beginning, they said that the doctor performed a pap smear, and from this, diagnosed her with cervical cancer. He gave her 10 to 15 years to live and told her, "Live your life!". Apparently, in the 90's, their was no cure or even treatment for this form of cancer.

    However, after researching cervical cancer, I discovered that cervical cancer was typiclly caused by HPV, that a bioapsy must be performed in order to even diagnose this form of cancer, there are treatments, it's curable, and doctors typically give people 5-years to live upon diagnosis.

    I presented these facts to the person making this claim and was told that in the 90s there was no cure for this cancer...the terms she used to describe her diagnosis wasn't medical at all.

    What are the symptoms of cervical cancer? Ways it is diagnosed and treated? Was it treatable in the 90s? How can someone survive for 10-years?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi I am an Oncologist.
      The methods of treatment of cancer cervix were more or less same in 1990's as today, but that does not put anyone in bad picture,.. one has to see what it was then and what was actually advised, it is easy to point fingers.
      For e.g. very early cancer (carcinoma in situ) can be treated by a simple meathod of LLETZ which is an office procedure and life is normal after few hours, patient is cured for life and may not remember anything(least of all- any medical terms) after 10 years.
      You may speak to an oncologist in your area

      And with early disease one can be completely cured of cancer and continue to live more than 10years and may die of natural causes(as most of us will)

  12. QUESTION:
    What do you think about the fact that you have to be over 25 in England to be screened for cervical cancer?
    The person in the links says if anyone under 25 has symptoms of cervical cancer they should go to their doctor, but not everyone knows the symptoms. And doctors often don't listen to younger people. A few years ago, I found a lump in my breast, and the doctor practically laughed me out of the surgery! I was about 20.

    http://www.healthcarerepublic.com/news/GP/LatestNews/883206/DoH-will-not-bow-Jade-Goody-cervical-screen-campaign/

    • ANSWER:
      That is absolutely ridiculous! Is this really their policy? How could they be so different from our (the US) recommendations? If a woman waits until she has symptoms her chance of survival are slim it’s just the nature of cervical cancer. The whole point of screening exams to catch the disease when there are no symptoms.

      Don’t they even do pap smears when you go on birth control and are under 25?

  13. QUESTION:
    What are some of the symptoms of cervical cancer?
    I have a history of cancer in my family and one of the things I'm most worried about is Cervical Cancer. What exactly are the symptoms?

    • ANSWER:
      My best friend died this past august as a result of having cervical cancer.

      first and foremost, cervical cancer is the only cancer that you get as a result of being infected from a virus. The virus is HPV.
      there are 30 to 40 types of HPV genital types. But there are 2 types #16 and #18 )which cause 70-percent of cervical cancers.
      HPV TRANSMISSION—WHO GETS IT?

      Human papillomavirus (HPV) affects both females and males. HPV transmission can happen with any kind of sexual, genital contact with someone who has HPV—intercourse isn't necessary.

      Many people who have HPV don't even know it, since the virus often has no signs or symptoms. That means HPV transmission can happen without anyone knowing it.

      There are about 6 million new cases of genital HPV* in the United States each year. It's estimated that 74% of them occur in 15- to 24-year-olds.

      MY BEST friend was experiencing a lot of pain when she urinated. doctors kept treating her for kidney stones. her lower back ached a lot too. she became depressed and everyone thought she was being hypochondriac. Later on it turns out, the pain she was feeling...was the tumor pressing up against her ureters. This is why she felt she had to pee all the time and also explains her lower back pain. she described it as a very dull aching sensation.

      The best way to prevent this frm happening...is to just go to routine pap smears. That is what the pap smear is for. To see if there is any irregularity with your cells on your cervix. You should go every 6 months.--if my friend had gone to her pap smears regulary..she would most likely be here today...i miss her so much.'

      take care

  14. QUESTION:
    what are the signs of cervical cancer?
    I found out I have HPV and I have been feeling really weak and hurt in my side and get alot of sharp pains plus I have not started this month.. What are the symptoms of cervical cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      These are not symptoms of cervical cancer. Sounds like cramps to me.
      Follow-up with your doctor regarding the HPV.

  15. QUESTION:
    Can they detect Cervical Cancer when you have a laparoscopy?
    I'm 24 and my doctor refuses to give me a smear test until I'm 25, I have been suffering with the symptoms of cervical cancer for years and had a laparoscopy last year, my question is can doctors see if you have cervical cancer when doing a laparoscopy or can it only be detected by a smear test?

    • ANSWER:
      Holly - First, let's clear up some terms and then better understand cervical cancer. A laparoscopy is a surgery that uses a thin, lighted tube put through a cut (incision) in the belly to look at the abdominal organs or the female pelvic organs FROM ABOVE the uterus.. Laparoscopy is used to find problems such as cysts, adhesions, fibroids, and infection. Tissue samples can be taken for biopsy through the tube (laparoscope). So, I am sure that what you had last year at your age of 23 was NOT a laparoscopy, but rather a culposcopy which is a medical diagnostic procedure to examine an illuminated, magnified view of the cervix and the tissues of the vagina and vulva. Many premalignant lesions and malignant lesions in these areas have discernible characteristics which can be detected through the examination. At the time of the laparoscopy ALL doctors normally take a smear of the cervix from any suspicious areas. Such smear or Pap tests are routinely done starting with the first year of sexual activity with any partner to check for any infections or suspicious changes. So, it's hard to imagine a doctor not taking a smear of the cervix from any adult woman from her teens on. The Pap smear can detect suspicious cervical changes years before cancer develops. Do you need to visit another GYN physician now?

  16. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of cervical cancer?
    I had a smear test booked for this Tuesday, but I had to cancel it as I came on. I'm bleeding very heavily every two weeks, plus I have all the risk factors for cervical cancer. Please help as I am very concerned.

    • ANSWER:
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      Cervical cancer
      Published by Bupa's health information team, February 2009.

      This factsheet is for women who have cervical cancer, or who would like information about it.

      Cervical cancer develops if the cells of the cervix (the neck of the womb) become abnormal and grow out of control.

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      Symptoms of cervical cancer
      Causes of cervical cancer
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      Prevention of cervical cancer
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      About cervical cancer
      In 2005, around 2,800 women were diagnosed with cervical cancer in the UK.

      Deaths from cervical cancer in the UK have fallen over the last 20 years. This reduction is mainly because of the NHS cervical screening programme which may detect changes in the cells of the cervix at a pre-cancerous stage. If abnormal cells are caught early, cancer can be prevented or treated.

      The changes can be detected by a laboratory test on a small sample of cells. The cells are taken from an area called the transformation zone on the surface of your cervix, and preserved using a procedure called liquid-based cytology.

      The cervix and transformation zone

      Types of cervical cancer
      There are two main types of cervical cancer - squamous cell cancer (the most common) and adenocarcinoma, although they are often mixed. They are named after the types of cell that become cancerous. Squamous cells are flat cells covering your cervix; adenomatous cells are found in the passageway from your cervix to your womb. Other rarer cancers of the cervix include small cell cancer.

      Symptoms of cervical cancer
      Abnormal cells found on the cervix during a cervical screening test are usually at an early pre-cancer stage, and don't cause any symptoms. Treating the abnormal cells prevents cancer developing.

      If abnormal cells do develop into cervical cancer, you may have the following symptoms:

      abnormal vaginal bleeding, for example between periods or after sex
      smelly vaginal discharge
      discomfort during sex
      vaginal bleeding after the menopause

      These symptoms aren't always due to cervical cancer, but if you have them, you should visit your GP.

  17. QUESTION:
    can you get cervical cancer from receiving oral sex?
    I have some of the symptoms of cervical cancer, watery brown and pink discharge with a bit of a foul smell..
    I received oral sex a few days ago and it started shortly after... Is it possible to get cervical cancer from this? I have never given oral sex nor have i had vaginal sex or any other sexual act. I'm really scared
    note, this is very light watery discharge, only a few drops in my underwear.

    • ANSWER:
      You have already asked this question.
      Cancer is not contagious.
      If you have not had sex ed in school yet you are too young to be having any sort of sex.
      Stay in school and get an education first.

  18. 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.

  19. QUESTION:
    Can you still have cervical cancer even if you just got the shot?
    i just got my shot for cervical cancer, the first one out of all three, and i looked up some of the symptoms for cervical cancer. Could I still have it even if i just got the shot?

    • ANSWER:
      If you had it before the shot, then yes. But it's highly unlikely. If you're really worried go get a pap smear.

  20. QUESTION:
    How soon after developing cervical cancer will symptoms occur?
    Could you have cervical cancer for months without having any severe symptoms?

    • ANSWER:
      "JB" is right. Never wait for symptoms with cervical cancer.
      Symptoms would be a very late finding and would develop only after years of missing the primary cervical lesion.
      We see this only in women who have not had regular medical check ups and PAP smears.

  21. QUESTION:
    Are there any symptoms associated with cervical cancer?
    Back in January I had an abnormal Pap that was high risk and was referred on to have a colposcopy done. I just recently found out that the doctor that had done the colposcopy had stated in her note that she had almost been certain after doing the colposcopy that I had cervical cancer. Then everything came back as negative and she just told me to follow up with a Pap every 6 months....should I get a second opinion? Are there any symptoms of cervical cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes . . . painful intercourse and bleeding after sex. But many women have no symptoms at all.

      Don't wait 6 months. Get a second opinion ASAP. And try to see a gynecologic oncolgist, not an ob/gyn. Those results are WEIRD. For her to visually think it was cancer, and for it to be normal . . . I know I'd be wanting a whole colposcopy from a different doctor.

  22. QUESTION:
    How long does it take for cervical cancer to develop?
    Due to lack of insurance I have not had a pap smear in over 2 years. I have a lot of weird symptoms when it comes to my period and pelvic pain and stuff. My last pap smear was normal and it was done a little over 2 years ago. I was wondering how long does it take to develop cervical cancer and how fast does it grow. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      I have Cervical Cancer so I have been doing a lot of reading on the subject. Just like yourself, I did not have insurance and was unable to keep up with my Pap Smears. Before being diagnosed with Cervical Cancer, I had not had a Pap Smear in 9 years... I always worried what would happen by not being able to have it done and now I know... I ended up having to go to the Health Department in my county to have a Pap Smear. I also had to lie in order to have it done for free... I would highly suggest going to the Health Department once a year for a free or very low cost Pap Smear. Although it CAN take 10 years for Cervical Cancer to develop, it can also take much less time which is exactly why Pap Smears are normally done annually. Also to answer your other question, Cervical Cancer is one of the slowest growing (spreading) cancers that there are. As for how fast they can grow or how slow, I cannot say for sure but I have read many times that it is one of the slowest growing and most cureable. However, just because it is one of the cureable does not mean that the battle fighting it is any easier, physically or emotionally. Having Cervical Cancer is extremely stressful on the person as well as the people who love them. Please find a way to get yourself checked. My symptoms began with bleeding during / after sex, then some mild to moderate pelvic pains, sometimes I get very sharp pains now, also I have had bleeding in between periods, and become very light headed at times, I also have nausea and occasional vomiting. Keep in mind though that most of these symptoms did not start until I had already had one symptom for five months. Good luck and I really hope you are able to have a Pap Smear and an HPV test done as soon as possible.

  23. QUESTION:
    can chlamydia cause abnormal cells in a pap smear test?
    I have been having abdominal pain, cervical inflamation and pain, irregular bleeding and, lower back pain which can be symptoms of cervical cancer or chlamydia. I had a pap test done and it came back with abnormal cells. Im only 23 years old so i dont think i have cancer so i am hoping it is chlamydia since it is treatable.

    • ANSWER:
      Cervical cancer is also very treatable depending on the stage it is caught. I guess it would be helpful to know exactly what the PAP results were. Usually if one were having these types of symptoms and they were related to cervical cancer then your pap would come back saying more then just "abnormal cells".

      Did it say anything about the following:

      Epithelial cell abnormality
      Squamous intraepithelial lesion
      Dysplasia

      According to my knowledge these things would be listed on your pap if you have cervical cancer or even if you were beginning to develop cervical cancer. However, I know very little and I would assume there are things that could occur that would possibly make a pap not pick all of that up... it is just a screening tool.

      Best wishes!

  24. QUESTION:
    How common is it to have cervical cancer at a young age?
    When I say early age, I mean early 20's.
    My biological mother already had cervical cancer and a hysterectomy in her late 20's and I am currently experiencing a lot of the symptoms.

    • ANSWER:
      It's not considered common, but it's not unheard of either. Cervical cancer is also becoming more common in younger women because of HPV in sexually active young adults. It sounds like you already have a family history of female cancer at a young age so you need to be getting regular checkups at the gyno. You may also want to talk to the gyno if you're a candidate for genetic testing. They can tell you if this would be something useful by looking at your families health record. There are certain genes that can be inherited that predisposition you to certain cancers at a younger age. This can be helpful in making future health decisions such as an increased frequency of exams or with reproduction decisions.

  25. QUESTION:
    How did you find out you had cervical cancer?
    For those who have had cervical cancer please tell me your experience finding out, dealing with it, etc. I'm about to get a biopsy and I would like to hear others stories about having cancer. DId you have symptoms? Did you find out from your yearly pap smear? What stage was it? How did they treat it? As much info as possible would be great. Thanks so much :)
    I dont need personal details, just how they caught it is all. I want to know if what I'm going through is normal and what to think about it.

    • ANSWER:
      What are Cervical cancer symptoms and signs?
      The slow-growing cervical cancer is one of the diseases that may not be discovered until the patient undergoes medical tests.

      At first, there is no apparent cervical cancer symptom. The patient may have pelvic pain or bleeding from the vagina. It takes several years for normal cells in the cervix to turn into cancer cells. Abnormal cells can be found by doing a Pap test, which an examination from the cervix under a microscope.

      What is a cervical cancer?
      A cervical cancer is a severe cancer of the cervix, the lower part of the uterus. It is caused by several types of a virus called Human Papillomaviruses (HPV). Most women's bodies are able to fight HPV infection. But sometimes the virus leads to cancer.

      Cervical cancer's prevention :
      The Pap smear test is one the most efficient preventive mean for the cervical cancer. It is responsible for greatly reducing deaths from cervical cancer. In fact, getting regular Pap smear test can substantially decrease chances of getting cervical cancer. But even if you develop cervical cancer, the chances of a cure are as high as 90 percent — if discovered early.

      The Pap smear screening is the best tool to prevent you from cervical cancer, by detecting it in its earliest stage.

      You are also advised to quit smoking in order to reduce the risk of cervical precancer and cancer.
      I hope this info helps you.

      Regular Pap tests and pelvic exams can treat and find mutating cells before they turn into cancer.

      Other Cervical cancer symptoms and signs:
      Advanced cervical cancer symptoms may include : loss of appetite, weight loss, fatigue, pelvic pain, back pain, leg pain, single swollen leg, heavy bleeding from the vagina, leaking of urine or feces from the vagina.

  26. 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.

  27. QUESTION:
    If you or anyone you know has had cervical cancer what were your symptoms?
    I know many women do not have symptoms, but if you did what were they and how long did it take the doctors to determine it was cervical cancer?
    Have any of you or anyone you know had normal paps the one abnormal pap that turned out to be cervical cancer?
    That is did you have normal pap smears then have one abnormal that turned out to be cervical cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      Sometimes abnormal paps are cancerous, sometimes they are just abnormal. ANY abnormal pap mandates further tests. Most of the time if they feel it could be cervical cancer they will do a colposcopy and a biopsy to see if the cells are cancerous. Cervical cancer is a slow progressing cancer and normally does not show any symptoms. However if the cancer has progressed to a dangerous stage there may be excessive/consistent vaginal bleeding (when you aren't on your period, or during/after intercourse). Abnormal vaginal discharge is also associated with cervical cancer. You need to make sure you get your annual pap every year at about the same time to ensure you don't have any problems that could go undetected.

  28. QUESTION:
    What are some symptoms of cervical cancer?
    Well my question is really for someone out there who had been diagnosed with cervical or uterine cancer. I just wanted to know what made you go to the dr in the first place. What were your symptoms?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi I work for a website called http://icyou.com which has thousands of videos on a wide variety of health topics. I don't have cervical cancer myself but here is a link to a video we created that discusses the common signs and symptoms of cervical cancer:

      http://icyou.com/topics/cancer/common-signs-and-symptoms-cervical-cancer+

      Hope this helps you~

  29. QUESTION:
    How common is it to have cervical cancer at a young age?
    When I say early age, I mean early 20's.
    My biological mother already had cervical cancer and a hysterectomy in her late 20's and I am currently experiencing a lot of the symptoms.

    • ANSWER:
      It isn’t that common in anyone, we only have an average of 16,000 cases a year. About 240 of those occur in women under 35.
      There are no symptoms until it is advanced.

  30. QUESTION:
    How risky is having sexual intercourse with someone whose ex partner was diagnosed with HPV cervical cancer?
    I just recently found out that my boyfriend's recent ex was diagnosed with HPV cervical cancer. I know that men are carriers and don't show symptoms, how likely is it for me get infected?

    • ANSWER:
      MOST people contract HPV just as soon as they start having sex. What makes you think that you don't already have it?

      Get vacinated and get pap smears and you will be fine.

  31. QUESTION:
    What are signs of cervical cancer?
    I am having strange symptoms and cervical cancer runs in the family. Please help.

    • ANSWER:
      There are no symptoms until it is very advanced and it does not run in families. It is a fairly uncommon cancer.If you had a pap smear in the last year or two it is not likely to be cervical cancer.

  32. QUESTION:
    I have suspicion that i have cervical cancer symptoms, help?
    Dear whoever is reading this,
    In about 8th grade, i started having regular discharge (keep in mind while reading this that i do NOT have my period yet.) I thought it was because i was going to get my period but I didn't and the discharge continued in abundant amounts. I found it at least once a day every day. It was white and had no foul smell at first. I am in 9th grade now and the discharge continues still in abundant amounts and once a day every day or twice a day. Sometimes its chunky or brownish. It has never been bloody and if it is brown its usually mostly white with a brown tint. I'm very worried that these could be symptoms of cervical cancer. I know that fordyce bumps on the vagina are harmless but i also have those. Please have an answer, im only in ninth grade and want to know if these could be symptoms of cervical cancer....I don't want to spend my youth fighting this cancer. Thank you
    things to keep in mind-
    -i do NOT have my period yet

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like normal discharge in the lead up to your period starting.

      The brownish tinge is it trying to be a period.

      Cervical cancer usually occurs in women you have been exposed to HPV through sexual contact.

      It can occur in virgins but usually not until they are in their 80's.

      Talk to your mother.

  33. QUESTION:
    I really need answers about cervical cancer?
    I know that people have had cervical cancer and never had an abnormal pap. My question is: How do I bring up the fact that I am suspicous of cervical cancer to my doctor without sounding like a drama queen? I have been experiencing alot of the symptoms associated with cervical cancer, and I have most of the risk factors. I have never had an abnormal pap, but I'm worried that if something is wrong, we're wasting time by waiting for one. Does anyone have any good advice? Has anyone ever been faced with this??

    • ANSWER:
      If your paps are normal chances are you don't have cervical cancer, but if you are concerned you should talk to your doctor, you won't look like a drama queen, Doctors have seen, and heard it all... If you have reason to believe that you might have cervical cancer, you NEED to talk to your doctor asap, you could start by saying, ...hey, Cervical Cancer runs in my family, (or explain your risk factors to your doctor), and then go on to explain what symptoms you are having, and just tell your doctor your concerns, you won't look like a drama queen you will look like a woman who is concerned about her health, and that is completly normal, besides, if you are having symptoms/ or something is wrong, and it's not cervical cancer, your doctor can find out what is wrong. And if you do have cervical cancer, it is better to have it treated early because if it's treated early it is one of the most curable cancers. However if you wait the cancer spreads to your uterus, and ovaries, and then they ussally have to do a histroectomy, so any time you feel you have reason to be concerned it is better to just talk to your doctor rather than waiting.

  34. QUESTION:
    Has anyone ever suffered from advanced cervical cancer?
    My gf is suffering from advanced cervical cancer stage 3a. I am not sure what all that really means except that it has spread. She is having a hard time with her symptoms. Not able to walk for a long period of time without geting a lot of pain and her limbs are weak and she has said that some of her skin burns like from her vagina down her thigh.
    If you have had, are going through, or know someone that has did you or they experience this and what else can she look forward to? Is there anything I can do to help her? Any ways to help relieve some symptoms?
    Any personal experience would be helpful and most appeciated. Thanks.
    She has not started treatment yet. I am not certain she will be treating herself with traditional methods.

    • ANSWER:
      Stage IIIa means it has spread to the top of the vagina but not the pelvic wall.

      At this stage, it is usually treated with radiation and chemotherapy. You did not mention her treatment.

      If she knows what stage her cancer is, then she is seeing an oncologist, and the oncologist should be giving her something for her pain.

      I did not answer this because I knew much about cervical cancer, but because I had a close friend who died of cancer a couple of years ago, and your question about what to do to help her is something I can address.

      The need to try to do something when a friend is that sick is almost universal, and it is almost a desperate feeling. Please do not go too far or push too hard. Ask her if it would help her if you did x. Don't tell her you are going to do it.

      You can offer to do housework, drive her to doctor, look up information about her condition, find her a support group, run errands, etc.

      When my friend was on chemotherapy and started losing her hair, I went all over the internet and found hats designed especially for women who are losing hair. I bought about four of them, different styles. I know she liked them because she modeled them for other friends.

      When the chemotherapy made a bunch of different foods taste so bad she could hardly eat (she couldn't stand potatoes), and she started dropping weight rapidly, I started making big batches of soup with meat and beans in them, leaving out the spices. I knew she needed protein. I froze them in serving sizes in freezer bags and gave them to her. She liked them. She gained weight. She even served them to other visitors. When she told me she liked ice cream, I got some ideas of her favorite flavors and made some for her myself.

      I heard someone on TV say that Trident cinnamon gum takes the bad taste out of your mouth from chemotherapy, so I bought her some. It worked for her and she kept buying it after that.

      A mutual friend told me he was desperate to help her, so I told him she was having problems keeping anything on her stomach, and that his stash of marijuana might have some use. He got in his car immediately and drove 40 miles to deliver it. She used it until she could get a prescription for it (we are in California where you can do that).

      Your friend is not my friend, and may have entirely different needs. I just want to get you to thinking about what you can do for her.

      One other thing. Did you ever see "Terms of Endearment," where the mother screamed in the hospital for pain medication for her daughter? People who are sick sometimes need somebody else to be firm with a doctor. If you don't think she is getting appropriate medication for pain or anything else, it may help if you go with her to the doctor. Only if she wants you to.

      I hope all goes well with your friend.

  35. QUESTION:
    Can you have cervial cancer, but still have recieved a good result from a pap smear?
    Had a pap smear,result was normal,but have symptoms like those of cervical cancers

    • ANSWER:
      Yes u can have a normal papsmear, this just means u have HPV which many girls today have. Its really nothing to worry about unless ur pap comes back abnormal then they have to do a more extensive testing on u which can be painful but in most cases come back ok. HPV just means that u have signs that u MIGHT one day have cancer. U should ask ur doctor about the gardisil shots it helps to protect against certain kinds of HVP but not all. This will not cure it but it can help protect u from getting any other forms of HVP. This is cause by having unprotected sex. Whoever u have unprotected sex with will get it also however it has no effect on men. BUT now whoever that guys has unprotected sex with after u will get HVP too.
      Hope this helps.

  36. QUESTION:
    Can someone help me about cervical cancer?
    What promotes cervical cancer and how can i tell i have it?
    Thankyou.

    • ANSWER:
      HPV causes cervical cancer.

      Anything that compromises your immune system can hurt your body's ability to fight HPV. To name a few: smoking, second hand smoke, HIV, certain medications, stress, having a bad diet.

      There are also some genetic factors involved.

      The symtoms would be pain and bleeding, especially after intercourse, but cervical cancer often produces no symptoms. You can tell if you have it by getting a pap smear. Pap smears are pretty effective in catching cervical cancer early, but also getting an HPV test really helps to know who is at risk. If an HPV infection persists, the doctors can watch you close and perform other tests, like a colposcopy where they look at the cervix under a microscope, and an ECC (endocervical curterage) where they scrape cells from higher up in the cervical canal.

  37. QUESTION:
    i am 14 years old and i think i have symptoms for cervical cancer. does anyone have the same symptoms?
    i have only been sexually active for about 2 or 3 weeks now, and it has been with the same person. Everytime we've had sex, i would spot the next time i went to the bathroom. It's very light and its only right after we'd have sex, but i read that it is a symptom for cervical cancer. i didn't get the shot yet. does anyone else have this problem?

    • ANSWER:
      ( ^^ For crying out loud. Maybe she came on here for some support. Not b*tching about her age. Let it go!)
      __________________

      It's very normal for a lot of girls to bleed after sex in the beginning.

      Although, if it bothers you, go to the doctors and it can put your mind at rest.

  38. QUESTION:
    Do cancers have to form a tumour or growth before spreading?
    I have had bleeding in between period, pain during sex some spotting, doctors did a transvaginal scan and said I have pcos, and apart from that looks normal, I had a urine sample that is fine, my question is I'm very worried about cervical cancer as that is what commonly comes up when I search symptoms, but if you have abnormal cells wouldn't they have to form a tumour or growth before spreading? So if I had my vaginal scan if anything obvious had formed would they not have seen it then? Or do cells turn cancerous and spread with forming some sort of obvious sign? I'm scared I am only 24.

    • ANSWER:

  39. QUESTION:
    is it ok to have a vaccine as early as now ? without knowing that you have a cervical cancer, does vaccination?
    is it ok to have a vaccine as early as now ? without knowing that you have a cervical cancer (i.e.you don't even know its signs and symptoms) and got vaccination, does vaccination can cure it?

    • ANSWER:
      No. Vaccines protect you before you've been exposed to a virus, they don't cure viruses.

      You are talking about the vaccines for HPV. You should have that before you start having sex for it to be most effective.

      Cervical cancer takes years and years to develop even after you've been exposed to the virus. You don't wait for that. You can't tell that you have the beginnings of cervical cancer unless you get tested and examined by a doctor.

  40. QUESTION:
    i have hpv an i'm only 14. What are the things i can do to stop it before i get the cervical cancer?
    I have had it since january i supposed but just recently got diagnois in may this year. I would like to know also would have to get one of those radical procedures. And can someone please help me because i'm only 14 and i don't want to die at an early age because of hpv or cervical cancer.

    • ANSWER:
      Not all strains of HPV cause cervical cancer. In fact, many of the strains of genital HPV don't cause any symptoms or problems at all. However, if you do have a strain that can lead to cervical cancer, you will need to keep a close eye on it with your doctor. When I had it, I had to schedule an appointment every six months to check and see if there were any cervical changes indicating pre-cancerous lesions. Eventually, my body fought off the virus on it's own and I did not need cryotherapy because there were no longer pre-cancerous lesions on my cervix.

      So, schedule a follow-up visit with your doctor for six months from now to check and see what (if any) changes have occured. You will most likely have another pap smear and possibly a colposcopy (basically they look at your cervix for lesions using a special lens) and/or a cervical biopsy if there are changes.

      You'll be okay... most women have some form of HPV at some point in their lives... it's normal to be worried, but it's really not as bad as it sounds.

  41. QUESTION:
    what are common symptoms of cervical cancer and how quickly can it spread?
    I know sexual discomfort can be a symptom, but what exactly does that mean? what kind of discomfort?

    • ANSWER:
      Cervical cancer grows slowly; that's why getting a yearly Pap smear is imperative for all women. The Pap smear detects early changes to the cervix that may be signs of cervical cancer, or more likely, other cervical conditions.

      There are no obvious signs or symptoms of cervical cancer. The cervical cancer symptoms usually do not present themselves until the cancer has spread.

      Few symptoms can include:

      a. Abnormal bleeding.
      b. Heavier, long-lasting periods.
      c. Unusual vaginal discharge.
      d. Pelvic pain.
      e. Pain during urination.

  42. QUESTION:
    How is it possible to have cervical cancer cells in my throat!?
    I had an endoscopy and they found cervical cancer cells in my throat, i have had the hpv jab could it be linked? and i'm sick a lot so could the cells have gone from my cervix to my throat.. i'm 16 and have been sexually active could this be linked also?? cheers

    • ANSWER:
      Genital HPV types can be transmitted to the oral area through oral sex.

      The cells of the throat are the same cells that are found in the cervix, squamous cells.

      The HPV vaccine (Cervarix is used in the UK) prevents two high risk HPV types. HPV types 16 and 18. These two HPV types are found in oral cancers. Studies are now underway to see if the vaccines prevent the pre-cancer cell changes of the oral area due to these two HPV types. Neither Gardasil nor Cervarix (the two approved HPV vaccines) are labeled to prevent these two HPV types of the oral area. Scientist do hope they will. The vaccine can't give you the virus. The vaccine does not contain any live virus it is a man made look alike.

      Did the doctors doing the endoscopy state the cell changes are of the squamous cells or did he say the cells changes are due to HPV? I am not sure why your doctor ordered the endoscopy, probably due to the symptoms you are have. Many gastro issues affect the throat.

      The cell changes of your cervix due to HPV can't jump to your throat or oral area. The oral area would need to be exposed to the virus. Some auto-immune disorders or medications that weaken the immune system may cause the virus to stay around longer and may cause other areas that the virus can occur in to acquire the virus in those areas.

      Studies have found that oral HPV infections are probably more common than once thought.
      Did your doctor state that they were cell changes that indicated HPV of the squamous cells?
      http://oralcancerfoundation.org/hpv/index.htm
      Maura L. Gillison, M.D., Ph.D., significant contributions to the understanding of the role of human papillomavirus (HPV) in head and neck cancers.
      In a landmark case-control study, Gillison identified oral sexual behavior and HPV infection as risk factors for oropharyngeal cancer, findings that led the International Agency for Research on Cancer to formally recognize HPV-16 as a significant cause of oropharyngeal cancers.

  43. QUESTION:
    How long does it take for precancerous cells to become cancer?
    A few years ago my gyn found precancerous cells on my cervix. My husband lost his job and we lost our medical insurance. My gyn preformed the LEEP procedure but I haven't followed up since. Also, What are the signs of cervical cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      You need to go in for regular check-ups,everybody shows different symptoms for cancer in the cervix and some do not show any signs,so no insurance should not stop you from getting a vital check-up.

  44. QUESTION:
    How do you get cervical cancer and what can you do to prevent it from happening again and what can he do?
    Hi everyone i have a question and i am really worried about it i guess. well i was told that i have pre cervical cancer. and i know cervical cancer comes from HPV which is std's i guess. and that you can get it from having multiple partners which i didnt but my b/f did before. so i am guessing i am got it from him. So i really wanted to know what i need to be worried about. and if i get it removed can he give it to me again and is there something he can do if its his fault. plz let me know what i need to watch out for and what i need to do or he need to do. THANK U VERY MUCH

    • ANSWER:
      It is a very scary thing - I've been there, and I was very freaked out at first. The fact is that many, many people carry this virus and don't even know about it. Usually the only way it is caught is through a Pap test, and discovered just as yours was.

      If he is definitely the person who gave it to you, he needs to know because it doesn't manifest itself in men in any way. If at some point the two of you are no longer together, he can pass it to another girl.

      As for your own health, just continue to get regular exams and Pap tests - that is the best way to catch any problems. You should know now though that you are a carrier of the virus, and even if you are healthy, it won't ever 'go away'. You can be symptom free with no cervical abnormalities, but the virus will always be in your body.

      Ask your doctor if you have any specific questions - that is what they're there for! And please realize that you are not alone - this happens to millions of women. Good luck!

      Some reading/support sites:
      http://www.ashastd.org/hpv/hpv_learn.cfm

      http://www.nccc-online.org/

      http://www.webmd.com/sexual-conditions/HPV-Genital-Warts/cervical-cancer-hpv-what-women-girls-should-know

  45. QUESTION:
    HPV oral sex and cervical cancer, need answers and information?
    I recently just got a pap smear and was informed I have HPV. My doctor didn't say much but that it usually goes away on it's own and they'll check again in a year. I am married, my husband and I have not cheated on each other, with me having intercourse with him unprotected already we figured he has it as well. Is it safe for two people with this virus to have oral sex? How do they know I don't have cervical cancer? We have no warts or none of that there are no symptoms. Any information will help, Thank you.

    • ANSWER:

  46. QUESTION:
    What are the odds that I have breast cancer and cervical cancer?
    I had 2 fibroid adenomas removed from my left breast in Feb of 2003 (1 at 6:00 & 1 behind nipple). Only a little more than a year after surgery I had a lump in the same 6:00 position. I had a mamo & ultrasound and was told that they were inconclusive and I needed a biopsy. Not wanting to go through surgery for every lump I was going to get, I chickened out and neglected to go back to the dr. About 3mos ago, I started having pain in my left breast that went from my armpit to my nipple. I went back to the dr who ordered another mamo & us. Same results except that now I have lymph nodes in both breasts as well as an inconclusive solid mass. I NEED to schedule a biopsy and will. However, the gyno also gave me the bad news that my Pap came back abnormal with low-grade cell changes. I'm a 33 yr old pretty healthy woman - so what are the odds or chances that I have breast and/or cervical cancer? Any information on these symptoms, conditions, tests, diagnosis, procedures, etc would be greatly appreciated. I'm on pins and needles worrying because I'm the mother of 4 children. Please help.

    • ANSWER:
      I am a CMA and the Granddaughter of a Breast Cancer Survivor

      I am sorry to say that your chance of developing Breast or Cervical Cancer are pretty high.. The pap may have been abnormal due to hormonal changes or if you just came off or was getting ready to start your period... Do the pap over again and Please have the biopsy

      I am sorry that people think that I should pussy foot around the question and answer and tell a person that every thing is going to come up kittens and roses..
      I work with cancer patients I know the reality I also have cancer survivors in my family so I am not sorry for telling the truth

  47. QUESTION:
    How would one feel any symptom of cervical cancer or colon?
    cancer has killed about eight people from my direct family link to the young but none will exceed 54years am afraid.yet it is assumed not genetic

    • ANSWER:
      Most cancers do not cause symptoms when they are in an early stage. Cervical cancer very rarely does colon cancer does sometimes. However, both of these cancers have screening exams. You should be having annual pap smears regardless of history and if you want to be on the safe side start colonoscopies in your forties or 10 years younger than your parent was when diagnosed with colon cancer, if one of them was. If you do this there is no reason to be afraid of either of these cancers.

  48. QUESTION:
    I'm scared I have cervical cancer and afraid of going to the Dr?
    Four years ago I found out I had HPV, and I was also told I needed to have another smear test to make sure it wasn't the strain which was linked to cervical cancer. For one reason and another I didn't go and now I am experiencing some unpleasant symptoms like: bleeding between periods/ pain around my cervix/ pain during sex. I'm so scared of going to the Dr. I'm scared because it hurts and I'm scared of what she'll say. Have you experienced something similar?

    • ANSWER:
      Cervical cancer has no symptoms until it is advanced and it does not go from nothing to advanced in 4 years. You should be having pap smears every 3 years if they are normal.

      HPV is not a big deal most of us have it.


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