Most Common Type Of Skin Cancer

Cancer is the most dreaded disease for humans and the tumor which develops in our body squeezes all your energy and happiness out of you. Worldwide billions of people die due to cancer. There are so many researches which have been happening to cure the disease and to eradicate its existence in human body at the very moment it gets traced. Government has been spending lot of money on research and development of a better cure and medicines. Cancer is nothing but a tumor which occurs in human body and keeps spreading rapidly over the effected parts. There are many types of cancer. Some are very dangerous in nature and few can be cured easily. One among such is Skin Cancer which is the most common Cancer diagnosed in America and the matter of fact is that it is the most easily preventable cancer. People just fear the word Cancer which makes them more ill when they are required to be optimistic by heart.

In United States of America, Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer. More than 3.5 million skin cancers in over two million people are diagnosed annually. Ironically there are more new cases of skin cancer then other cancers of Breast, prostate and lungs etc. Reports depict that one (1) among every Five (5) citizen of America suffers from Skin cancer. In 2000 A.D Colorado, Delaware, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Washington, and Wyoming together experienced 390,000 cases of skin cancer compared to other provinces in USA. Almost 800,000 people has a history of suffering with melanoma and 13 million are living with a history of non- melanoma skin cancer. Non-Melanoma is more prevalent and cases of it come almost every day.

You can categorize Non-Melanoma into 2. It is Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). Below are some facts and figures which have been mentioned to give a clear picture of both the cases. Let us start us with the former.

Basal cell carcinoma (BCC)

It is the most common form of skin cancer and is also the most common cancer in the world with ever rising numbers. It can cause significant destruction and disfigurement by invading surrounding tissues so it is still considered as malignant. To make it simpler a person can categorize it into 3 groups, based on location and difficulty of therapy:
Superficial BCC- Very responsive and only BCC which can be treated with topical chemotherapy. Infiltrative BCC- Difficult to treat with conservative methods such as electrodessiccation and curettage. Nodular BCC- It is the encounter morphologic features of several variants of basal-cell cancer in the same tumor.
It is the most common cancer in Caucasians, Hispanics, Chinese, Japanese, and other Asian populations. Risk of becoming BCC affected arises due to the following factors:
Blue or green eyes. Family history of skin cancer. Weakened immune system. Received radiation therapy. Exposure to coal tar, pitch, creosote, or arsenic.
It does not travel through your blood stream for this reason it can be treated promptly with dermatologic surgical techniques. Biopsy is required to diagnose skin cancer. Exposure to sunlight is the factor in about two-thirds of skin cancer and only one- third occurs in non-sun-exposed areas, therefore doctors recommend sun screens with at least SPF 30.

Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC)

It is the second most common type of skin cancer; together these two are referred as no melanoma skin cancer. Among the one million cases of skin cancer diagnosed in USA, about 20% will be SCC. It is mainly caused by exposure to the sun's Ultra Violet (UV) rays. Factors involved in occurrence of SCC are as follows:
Fair skin. Blonde or red hair; blue or green eyes. History of indoor tanning. Diagnosed with actinic keratoses (AKs). Family history of skin cancer. Weakened immune system (immunosuppression).
History of exposure to coal tar products or arsenic. It is also referred to as "epidermoid carcinoma" and "squamous cell epithelioma". It is more aggressive on persons those who are suffering from lymphoproliferative disorders (i.e. leukemia) regardless of their location. Other form of cancers such as Head and Neck cancer, Esophagus cancer, Lung cancer and in Prostate develops due to SCC. An estimated 700,000 cases are diagnosed each year in the US, resulting in approximately 2,500 deaths. Males are affected with SCC at a ratio of 2:1 in comparison to females. Aging being the main reason for this disease, peak incidence is usually around 66 years old.

Mohs Surgery is the common and frequently practiced treatment of choice for Squamous cell carcinoma. Method is used for the treatment of SCC in mouth, neck and throat. And it has been successful in most of the cases. The advantage of this surgery is that it allows the excellent amount of surrounding healthy tissue to remain intact reducing the size of the scar. It allows for the removal of skin cancer with lesser surgical margin and a high cure rate. So it is always better to visit a doctor when a person feel the symptoms on him or her and if diagnosed at a right time then it can be cured in proper way without any hassle and complications.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Are there different types of skin cancer?
    I have problem with my skin, but it isn't cancer, are there different types of skin cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      There are different types of skin cancer. Each type is named after which type of cell it begins in. The three most common types of skin cancer are melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma.

      Melanoma
      Melanoma is the most deadly type of skin cancer. It can take many shapes and appearances. Melanoma is usually a dark color like brown, blue, or black. Other signs to look for include:
      Irregular borders
      Asymmetry (one half looks different than the other half)
      Size - melanomas are usually large (bigger than a pencil eraser)

      Basal Cell Carcinoma
      Basal cell carcinomas can be treated easily if found. They can be red, pink, or white in color. Some are a patch of color while others are bumps. Often bumps appear shiny. Sometimes this type of cancer causes sores that never completely heal, or come back shortly after healing.

      Squamous Cell Carcinoma
      Squamous cell carcinomas usually take on one of two forms. It may be a rough patch, or can look and feel like a wart.

  2. QUESTION:
    What is a catchy brochure title for skin cancer?
    I'm doing a brochure in school about the different types of skin cancer. (Basal, Squamous, and Melanoma) I have all my information down except for a title. I need a title that will catch someone's attention and read it. Does anyone want to help make a catchy title?

    • ANSWER:
      Brochures Click on a Title to view details and add it to cart.
      ABCDE's of Melanoma
      Basal Cell Carcinoma: The Most Common Skin Cancer
      Plastic Nevi (Atypical Moles) and Risk of Melanoma
      Squamous Cell Carcinoma: The Second Most Common Skin Cancer
      Skin Cancer Prevention Tips
      Self-Examination Card
      Sunproofing Your Baby

      http://www.skincancer.org/apps/catalog/index.php?id=4

  3. QUESTION:
    Describe the different types of skin cancers, including the type of cells?
    What is the most common risk factor for skin cancer and how can we protect ourselves from skin cancer?

    How is the blister on Frank’s foot is similar to a burn? Distinguish between first second and third degree burns.

    • ANSWER:
      Skin cancer is a malignant growth on the skin which can have many causes. The most common skin cancers are basal cell cancer, squamous cell cancer, and melanoma. Skin cancer generally develops in the epidermis (the outermost layer of skin), so a tumor is usually clearly visible. This makes most skin cancers detectable in the early stages. There are three common types of skin cancer, each of which is named after the type of skin cell from which it arises. Unlike many other cancers, including those originating in the lung, pancreas, and stomach, only a small minority of those afflicted will actually die of the disease.[1] Skin cancer represents the most commonly diagnosed cancer, surpassing lung, breast, colorectal and prostate cancer.[1] Melanoma is less common than basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, but it is the most serious -- for example, in the UK there are 9,500 new cases of melanoma each year, and 2,300 deaths.[2] More people now die of Melanoma in the UK than in Australia. It is the most common cancer in the young population (20 – 39 age group).[3] It is estimated that approximately 85% of cases are caused by too much sun.[citation needed] Non-melanoma skin cancers are the most common skin cancers. The majority of these are called Basal Cell Carcinomas. These are usually localised growths caused by excessive cumulative exposure to the sun and do not tend to spread.

      Although it is impossible to completely eliminate the possibility of skin cancer, the risk of developing such a cancer can be reduced significantly with the following steps:

      * reducing exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, especially in early years
      * avoiding sun exposure during the day, especially from 9 AM to 4 PM when the sun is highest in the sky
      * wearing protective clothing (long sleeves and hats) when outdoors
      * using a broad-spectrum sunscreen that blocks both UVA and UVB radiation
      * reapply sun block every 2 hours and after swimming
      * chemoprevention using topical imiquimod or 5-fluorouracil[citation needed]

      Although it is generally accepted that UV exposure is the greatest risk factor in melanoma development, some sceptics say no data conclusively proves a link between moderate sun exposure and the likelihood of melanoma.

      Australian scientist Ian Frazer who developed a vaccine for cervical cancer, says that a vaccine effective in preventing for certain types of skin cancer has proven effective on animals and could be available within a decade. The vaccine would only be effective against Squamous Cell Carcinoma.[16]

  4. QUESTION:
    Did people die of skin cancer before sun creams were invented ?
    It seems that the people who get skin cancer - are those who regularly sunbathe - so we have pinned the cause on the Sun.
    But what if it's the use of sun creams for years that causes the cancers ?

    • ANSWER:
      Skin cancer is a disease in which cancer (malignant) cells are found on the epidermis (the outermost layers of skin) so the tumor is usually clearly visible. There are three main types of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma.

      The most common symptoms of any type of skin cancer include changes in the skin that do not heal within 4 weeks, a spot or sore that continue to itch, blood, discolored skin, and changes in existing moles such as ragged, notched or blurred edges of mole or enlargement of mole.

      Signs and symptoms of Basal cell carcinoma: Basal cell carcinoma usually looks like a small, slow growing shiny pink or red lump. Sometimes small blood vessels can be seen within the tumor. They usually appear on face, scalp, ears and shoulders. If left untreated, they tend to bleed frequently. This form of skin cancer is least deadly and with proper treatment, it can be completely cured within short period of time.

      Signs and symptoms Squamous cell carcinoma: Squamous cell carcinoma is usually pink, thickened patch on sun-exposed skin. If left untreated, it tends to become crusty, ulcerate or bleed and it may develop into large mass. Squamous cell is second most common skin cancer; it is fatal but not as fatal as melanoma.

      Signs and symptoms of Melanoma: Most melanomas are brown to black looking lesions with irregular border. Signs that might indicate a malignant melanoma include change in diameter, shape, color or elevation of a mole. Other signs are the appearance of a new mole during adulthood on trunk, neck or head or pain, itching, inflammation, ulceration or bleeding in existing mole.

      Take care...

  5. QUESTION:
    Can skin cancers appear where your skin has never been sun burnt before?
    When you go to skin clinics they always check on the top of your legs for skin cancer or suspect marks / moles. Im 90% sure that they can spread, but i am just asking out of curiosity.

    • ANSWER:
      There are many types of skin cancer, with basal cell, squamous cell and melanoma being the three most common. The first two types are definitely related to chronic sunlight exposure, mostly of UVB rays. A melanoma, though, is different. These seem to be related to a past sunburn in your childhood, with excessive UVA exposure. These cancers often occur in areas of the body that are generally protected from chronic sunlight (on the trunk or back of the legs). In fact, when these occur in darker skin people, they often occur under the nails or on the palms or soles. So, in truth, the real answer to your question is still not fully known.

  6. QUESTION:
    Why is skin cancer not considered a real cancer?
    I know someone who just was diagnosed with skin cancer and she looks GREAT, doesnt ever complain, and when I asked her if she needs anything she keeps saying it's not even a "real cancer". So then why is it called cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      Skin cancer is a real cancer, by all means. However, not all skin cancers are that dangerous. For instance, it might be a CIS - carcinoma in situ - and that's a type of cancer that seldom spreads, is usually fairly benign as cancers go, and is easily treated (with no radiation therapy or anything like that necessary in the average case). If a CIS is caught early, it's just chop-chop, and everything should be fine.

      So, basically, the three most common types of skin cancer is basal cell cancer, squamous cell cancer, and melanoma. That's also roughly the average range in severity - basal cell cancer is usually not fatal, squamous cell cancer is middling dangerous, and melanoma causes about three-fourths of the skin cancer deaths every year.

  7. QUESTION:
    How does skin cancer affect the body?
    I was wondering How does skin cancer affect the body? and also how readily it can be treated? also what is the mortality rate of the disease?

    • ANSWER:
      Depends on the type of skin cancer.There are three main types,Basal cell,Squamous cell and Melanoma.Basal cell,will usually appear as a bump or small nodule on the skin.Usually an area that has been exposed to the sun.We see many older men and women who have these on their nose,head.Very treatable with radiation or Mohs surgery.Squamous cell is a little more aggressive than Basal cell.It also appears as a red inflamed patch or nodule.Usually found on the face.Ears are a common place.Very treatable.If either of these are left untreated,they can erode into the skin and surrounding structures.Melanoma occurs in the skin cells that make the pigment for your skin.Usually a silent killer.Look for changes in a mole.Its size,color,shape.If caught early,it is treatable.Late stage has a poor prognosis.

  8. QUESTION:
    Does every skin cancer start with a mole?
    i was just wondering if every skin cancer had to begin in a mole.

    • ANSWER:
      No, Skin cancers are of 3 major types: basal cell carcinoma (BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), and melanoma.
      Skin cancer is the most common of all human cancers.
      Cancer occurs when normal cells undergo a transformation during which they grow and multiply without normal controls.

      Medical professionals often refer to these changes as dysplasia. Some specific dysplastic changes that occur in skin are as follows:

      * Actinic keratosis is a patch of red or brown, scaly, rough skin, which can develop into squamous cell carcinoma.

      * A nevus is a mole, and dysplastic nevi are abnormal moles. These can develop into melanoma over time.

      Moles are simply growths on the skin. They are very common. Very few moles become cancer.

      An individual's moles usually look pretty much alike. A mole that looks different from the others should be examined by your health care provider.

      Dysplastic nevi are not cancer, but they can become cancer.

  9. QUESTION:
    What does a skin cancer or melanoma mole look like?
    what does a melanoma or skin cancer mole look like? Is there a good chance of survival if you get it treated soon enough. How much time do you have to act? Just because the mole might be irregular does it necessarily mean melanoma? How big are they? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Non melanoma skin cancers (basal and squamous cell) are much more common than melanomas.

      http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/skincancer.html

      That is not to say that melanomas are not also rather common. Here are some melanoma photos and info to check out. A melanoma doesn't have to be nearly as large as those in these photos since they usually use large examples for online photos.

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

      http://www.dermatology.org/molemelanoma/watch2.html

      http://web.ukonline.co.uk/ruth.livingstone/little/melanoma.htm

      With melanomas there are three things that determine cure rate - how big, how deep and how soon you get a proper diagnosis and correct treatment. If you have any thoughts that a mole might not look right then you need to see a dermatologist immediately for a check up.

  10. QUESTION:
    I want to know the signs of skin cancer?
    Im just wondering what are some of the signs you have skin cancer.
    Because I have a mole on my cheek that is black and almost looks like a pen mark, its so dark. Its in the shape of a triangle almost, do I have cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      There are many neoplasms (tumors) that you can get on your skin. Most neoplasms are benign and do not metastasize (like a wart). Malignant neoplasms are the ones you have to worry about.

      Types of skin cancers:
      Basale Cell Carcinoma: Most common and least malignant cancers. Cells of the stratum basale (bottom layer of your skin) are altered and cannot produse keratin. They are most commonly seen on the face and look like a shiny, dome shaped bump.
      Squamous Cell Carcinoma: Comes from the cells in your stratum spinosum. It appears as scaly, reddened bump that gradually forms a shallow ulcer with a firm raised border. Its found mostly on scalp, ears, backs of hands and lower lips. It grows rapidly and with metastasize to lymph nodes if its not removed.

      ok the one you are most concerned with

      Malignant Melanomas: Cancer of the melanocytes. Most appear spontaneously but some can come from moles. It comes from accumalted DNA dammage in a skin cell. It metastasizes rapidly.

      You can recognize it with the ABCD rule :)

      A) assymetry- The two sides of the mole dont match
      B) border irregularity- The borders are not smooth and have indentations
      C) Color- The spot contains areas of different colors
      D) Diameter- The spot is larder than 6mm in diameter (the size of a pencil eraser)

      If you are worried have it checked. Its better to know. If you do have cancer and you wait until it starts bleeding to get it checked its too late. A bleeding melanoma means its metastasized into your blood stream and can spread anywhere else in your body, including your brain.

  11. QUESTION:
    Why is there cancer for different parts of the body?
    Skin cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer, etc. Why does cancer attack a specific part of someone's body?
    Also, people get Lung Cancer from smoking, and people can also get Skin Cancer from too much sunlight. How could you get the same disease from two totally different kinds of sources?

    • ANSWER:
      Cancer isn't foreign in your body .. cancer is your own DNA . .your own cells that have mutated. Cancer cells were once NORMAL cells. Cancer can occur in any living cell in your body . . any cell . . breast cells, liver cells, brain cells, eye cells, skin cells, tissue cells, muscle cells, bone cells, spinal cells, vaginal cells, penile cells, blood cells, urinary cells, uterine cells . . any cell in the human body can mutate and become malignant. So . . even though you may never have heard of this . . there are at least 200 different types of cancer and at least 200 more subtypes of cancer. Skin, breast, and lung cancers are just more 'common' so you have heard of them before . . but cancer can occur anywhere inside or outside the body . . any age . . both sexes . . and any cell in or on your body.

      Although most cancers are named for the location in the body in which the cells originate . .Cancer isn't always named this way . . there are other cancers in which the name of the cancer comes from the type, shape, or even color of the cell . . here are just a few types of cancer that you may never have heard of because they are less common than breast or lung . . but they are just as deadly:

      Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma, Astrocytoma, Carcinoid tumor, Desmoplastic Infantile Ganglioglioma, Ewings family of tumors, Gastointestinal stromal tumor, desmoplastic small round blue cell tumor, Medulloblastoma, Mesothelioma, Neuroblastoma, Rhabdomyosarcoma, Wilm's tumor, Fibrosarcoma, Ependymoma, Oligodendroglioma, Esthesioneuroblastoma, Waldenstrom's Macroglobulinemia, Malignant Fibrous Histiocytoma, Chondrosarcoma, Alveolar Soft Part Sarcoma,Epithelioid Sarcoma, Malignant Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumors, Atypical Teratoid Rhabdoid Tumor to name a few.

  12. QUESTION:
    If skin diesand peels away, then how can you get skin cancer later in life?
    I was just wondering because I was wondering how the skin can have skin cancer from a sunburn from 30 years before if skin dies or peels off every year or even jsut in the winter when you become pale again? Can anyone explain this because I just thought about it today and I find it sort of fascinating.

    • ANSWER:
      Your epidermis is composed of five layers.

      The top layer of the epidermis is called the stratum corneum. This is the part that peels away. They are just skin cells that have lost their nucleus and become filled with keratin.

      The very first layer (bottom) of your skin is called the stratum germinativum. These are the cells that reproduce and as they grow more cells, the cells push up through the layers. Sun damage can accumulate in this layer and cause a serious of mutations leading to disordered growth. This is what is known as "Basal cell carcinoma".

      Another type of skin cancer is called "Squamous cell Carcinoma" . While your epidermal cells move up through the layers, they are supposed to mature into the nucleolus-free, keratin filled cells. When this process goes awry, you get squamous cell carcinoma.

      The last type of common skin cancers is known as Melanoma. Aside from the basal cells in your stratum germinativum, there are also melanin cells. Theses are responsible for producing the pigment melanin, which gives color to your skin, and when you stay in the sun, your melanin production increases to give you a tan. When these cells begin to growth uncontrollably, you get melanoma.

      So you see, it is the cells below the dead layer that are responsible for skin cancer, and not the dead cells that flake off.

      edit: your dermis and your subcutaneous layers are associated with other cancer types, but are not sites for melanoma or bcc to arise. However, invasive melanoma and BCC can invade these layers causing serious problems.

  13. QUESTION:
    How high are your chances of skin cancer if you tan 2 or 3 times a month?
    Because we have crappy weather here all the time lol, there are only a few good days a month to tan. And there are only a few months when its warm enough here so I tan about 12 times a year. If I go out 2 or 3 times a month for 30-40 minutes what are my chances of getting skin cancer?
    Also I forgot to put that I apply sunscreen 20 minutes before I go out and I reapply it every 15 minutes.

    • ANSWER:
      I would recommend not tanning at all.

      "The association of sunburns with the development of melanoma has led the indoor tanning industry to suggest that if only these people were tan, they would not sunburn, and thus their melanoma risk would decrease. This concept is erroneous. First, it remains unclear whether the "sunburns only" hypothesis of melanoma development is true. Second, tans acquired at indoor tanning parlors have been studied and have a very poor ability to prevent sunburning. Finally and most important, very fair-skinned people are at the highest risk for melanoma, and they tan poorly or not at all, and burn whether at the beach or at the tanning salon. For this high risk group, the burn versus tan debate is irrelevant.

      While it is clear that ultraviolet light causes all three types of skin cancer, in the case of melanoma and basal cell carcinoma, it is not known whether burning or tanning is more carcinogenic. Even if burns are more carcinogenic than tanning (which clearly is not true for the development of squamous cell carcinoma), with currently available knowledge it is not reasonable to encourage tanning to prevent carcinogenic sunburns. Patrons can and frequently have burned themselves at indoor tanning parlors. Furthermore, indoor tanning provides little protection against burns from the sun. Most important, the tanning process itself, even in the absence of burning, injures the skin."

      "If anyone thought the jury was still out on the danger of tanning machines, new research may provide the clincher. A study from Dartmouth Medical School in Lebanon, NH, links tanning device use to basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), the most common forms of skin cancer.

      The researchers interviewed 603 BCC and 293 SCC patients (plus 540 healthy subjects) about their sunbed and sunlamp use, history of sun exposure, sun sensitivity, sunburns, and other skin cancer risk factors. With all factors accounted for, tanning device users had 2.5 times the risk of SCC and 1.5 times the risk of BCC, compared to non-users."

  14. QUESTION:
    Is squamous cell carcinoma life threatening?
    I had a squamous cell carcinoma removed from my right calf eleven years ago. I now have been told that I have 3 small cancers on both on my hands ( one on the back of my left hand, and 2 on the back of my right hand. What is the possibility of this cancer surfacing somewhere else on my body? Is this type of skin cancer potentially life threatening? Should I be concerned about it?

    • ANSWER:
      Generally not life threatening as long as it's treated quickly. It is the 2nd most common skin cancer. Truthfully. hundreds og thousands are diagnosed evey year, resulting in less than 3k deaths.

  15. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms for SKIN CANCER?
    I think that I might have Skin Cancer 'cause I have a severe rash on my chest, neck, and back. It hasn't gone away in a week. It sometimes bleeds, then gets a little crusty.
    I meant that it hasn't gone away in a about a month.SORRY!! And what are the treatments for skin cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      The common types of skin cancer do not manifest as a rash, especially as a widespread rash. You have something else going on. Without being able to see a photo of your rash, taking a guess as to what you have going on would be useless because there are dozens of potential causes - none of which involve you having skin cancer.

      http://www.emedicinehealth.com/skin_rashes_in_children/article_em.htm

      There is only one very rare type of skin cancer that in any way resembles a rash and this particular skin cancer is exceedingly rare in young people.

  16. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms for Skin cancer?
    Just out of curiosity,i'm just wondering what happens when someone has skin cancer.

    • ANSWER:
      Where skin cancer develops
      Skin cancer develops primarily on areas of sun-exposed skin, including the scalp, face, lips, ears, neck, chest, arms and hands, and on the legs in women. But it can also form on areas that rarely see the light of day — your palms, beneath your fingernails, the spaces between your toes or under your toenails, and your genital area.

      Skin cancer affects people of all skin tones, including those with darker complexions. When melanoma occurs in those with dark skin tones, it's more likely to occur in areas not normally considered to be sun-exposed.

      Basal cell carcinoma signs and symptoms
      Basal cell carcinoma usually occurs in sun-exposed areas of your body, such as your face, ears or scalp. Basal cell carcinoma may appear as:

      A pearly or waxy bump
      A flat, flesh-colored or brown scar-like lesion
      Squamous cell carcinoma signs and symptoms
      Most often, squamous cell carcinoma occurs on sun-exposed areas of your body, such as your face, lips, ears and hands. Squamous cell carcinoma may appear as:

      A firm, red nodule
      A flat lesion with a scaly, crusted surface
      Melanoma signs and symptoms
      Melanoma can develop anywhere on your body, in otherwise normal skin or in an existing mole that becomes cancerous. Melanoma most often appears on the trunk, head or neck of affected men. In women, this type of cancer most often develops on the lower legs. In both men and women, melanoma can occur on skin that hasn't been exposed to the sun. Melanoma can affect people of any skin tone. In people with darker skin tones, melanoma tends to occur on the palms or soles, or under the fingernails or toenails.

      Melanoma signs include:

      A large brownish spot with darker speckles
      A mole that changes in color, size or feel or that bleeds
      A small lesion with an irregular border and portions that appear red, white, blue or blue-black
      Dark lesions on your palms, soles, fingertips or toes, or on mucous membranes lining your mouth, nose, vagina or anus
      Signs and symptoms of less common skin cancers
      Other, less common types of skin cancer include:

      Kaposi sarcoma. This rare form of skin cancer develops in the skin's blood vessels and causes red or purple patches on the skin or mucous membranes. Kaposi sarcoma mainly occurs in people with weakened immune systems, such as people with AIDS, and in people taking medications that suppress their natural immunity, such as people who've undergone organ transplants. Kaposi sarcoma can also occur in older adults of Mediterranean heritage.
      Merkel cell carcinoma. Merkel cell carcinoma causes firm, shiny nodules that occur on or just beneath the skin and in hair follicles. Merkel cell carcinoma is usually found on sun-exposed areas on the head, neck, arms and legs.
      Sebaceous gland carcinoma. This uncommon and aggressive cancer originates in the oil glands in the skin. Sebaceous gland carcinomas — which usually appear as hard, painless nodules — can develop anywhere, but most occur on the eyelid, where they're frequently mistaken for other eyelid problems.
      When to see a doctor
      Make an appointment with your doctor if you notice any changes to your skin that worry you. Not all skin changes are caused by skin cancer. Your doctor will investigate your skin changes to determine a cause.

  17. QUESTION:
    Can skin cancer be contagious through ingestion?
    If a person has skin cancer, and the skin with the melanoma is ingested by someone in some rare occurence, can it still metastasize? If not, why not?
    and not just melanoma, general skin cancer too. Sorry for the confusion!

    • ANSWER:
      Melanoma is a malignant skin cancer that originates in melanocytes, the cells that produce the skin’s pigment (melanin). Like all cancers, melanoma results from unrepaired damage to DNA, genetic material that is present in every cell.

      Melanoma is the least common of the two types of skin cancer, accounting for about 4 percent of all skin cancer cases. However, it is the most deadly form of skin cancer and is responsible for about 75 percent of skin cancer–related deaths each year, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). It can spread to almost every organ or tissue in the body. Untreated, melanoma can cause death within a year of diagnosis.

      I can't imagine that it can spread by ingestion but please read up on skin cancer at the site below. I'm sure you'll find the information you need as well as a good education on this topic!

      http://cancer.health.ivillage.com/skincancer/skincancer(melanoma).cfm

  18. QUESTION:
    Is a plain white spot on your skin a type of skin cancer?
    I don't sunbathe very often, but earlier this summer, I noticed a spot (about the size of a quarter) that is pale like I was before I got tanner. Is this skin cancer, or will that part of the skin just not tan? KInd of worried, I don't want to give up the sunshine :( Any thoughts?

    • ANSWER:
      I am not a doctor, so I am just guessing based on common sense.

      Cancer, by definition, is abnormal growth of cells which multiply too fast and uncontrollably. They usually present themselves as a lump, a tumor, or a cluster of cells. I think a patch of pale skin only means the pigments are missing in that area.

      When in doubt, see a doctor to eliminate the unnecessary worry.

  19. QUESTION:
    Which type of skin is more prone to skin cancer?
    I am a beige color skin with really dark brown hair. Do I have a high risk of getting skin cancer? And which type of skin has the highest risk of getting skin cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the Unites States. Known risk factors for skin cancer include the following:
      * Complexion - Skin cancers are more common in people with light-colored skin, hair, and eyes.
      * Genetics - Having a family history of melanoma increases the risk of developing this cancer.
      * Age - Nonmelanoma skin cancers are more common after age 40.
      * Sun exposure and sunburn - Most skin cancers occur on areas of the skin that are regularly exposed to sunlight or other ultraviolet radiation. This is considered the primary cause of all skin cancers.
      Skin cancer can develop in anyone, not only people with these risk factors. Young, healthy people -- even those with with dark skin, hair, and eyes -- can develop skin cancer.

  20. QUESTION:
    Hello this is Joy,I wanna ask one Question. what is skin cancer?How can coffe be an antidote for skin cancer?
    what ingredients do coffe have that act as an antidote?
    excess of coffe ,how it harms?
    beside, skin cancer which dieases could be cured by coffe?

    • ANSWER:
      Skin cancer is a malignant growth on the skin which can have many causes. Skin cancer generally develops in the epidermis (the outermost layer of skin), so a tumor is usually clearly visible. This makes most skin cancers detectable in the early stages. There are three common types of skin cancer, each of which is named after the type of skin cell from which it arises. Cancers caused by UV exposure may be prevented by avoiding exposure to sunlight or other UV sources, wearing sun-protective clothes, and using a broad-spectrum sun screen.

      Skin cancers are the fastest growing type of cancer in the United States. Skin cancer represents the most commonly diagnosed malignancy, surpassing lung, breast, colorectal and prostate cancer. More than 1 million Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer in 2007.

      Skin cancer is most closely associated with chronic inflammation of the skin. This includes:

      1. Sunburn or excessive sun damage, especially early in life. UVA & UVB have both been implicated in causing DNA damage resulting in cancer. Sun exposure between 10AM and 4PM is thought to be most harmful. Natural (sun) & artificial UV exposure (tanning salons) are associated with skin cancer.
      2. Chronic non-healing wounds, especially burns. These are called Marjolin's ulcers based on their appearance and can develop into squamous cell carcinomaand.
      3. Genetic predisposition, including "Congenital Melanocytic Nevi Syndrome". CMNS is characterized by the presence of "nevi" or moles of varying size that either appear at or within 6 months of birth. Nevi larger than 20 mm (3/4") in size are at higher risk for becoming cancerous.

      Skin can be protected by avoiding sunlight entirely, or wearing protective clothing while outdoors. Skin cancer is usually caused by exposing skin to UV rays excessively.

      Honey coffee may not be a cure to skin cancer, however coffee is a cure to baldness and also a good source of atioxidants.

  21. QUESTION:
    What do you think about the legalization of Cannabis for medical use such as treatment for Cancer?
    Pharmaceutical companies are blocking the Cannabis Oil production because they would lose a lot of money. Why? cannabis can be planted in our own backyards if this happens and we can be our own doctors as cannabis is a very potent cure for almost every kind of diseases. Imagine that it can cure skin cancer in just a few weeks! Please leave your comments and spread the word!

    • ANSWER:
      Me, I'm all for legalisation.

      However, I'm also a stickler for facts. And cannabis hasn't been proven to cure any type of cancer. Sorry.

      There has been and continues to be research into the possible effects of cannabis on cancer.

      There's been a study that indicates that cannabinoids might help prevent prostate cancer.

      And Complutense University in Madrid and the University hospital of Tenerife carried out research a few years ago into the use of chemical cannabinoids to help treat ONE TYPE of brain tumour, glioblastoma multiforme.

      There were promising results, but the number of patients involved was very small (9), and much more research is needed.

      There's no suggestion in any of this research that smoking or ingesting marijuana can either treat or prevent cancer; the research has been done using man-made chemicals that mimic the compounds found in cannabis, rather than unpurified marijuana.

      If there was any hard evidence that cannabis could cure - or even slow down or help prevent - even one type of cancer, the drug companies would be all over it like a rash - they're after cash, after all. But so far there isn't, so they're not interested.

      The'blocking' you suggest doesn't exist; the basis of your argument is that pharmeceutical companies would want to cover up a 'natural' treatment is that naturally occuring substances can't be patented, so there would be no profit in them.

      In fact it's common for synthetic derivatives to be made that are an improvement on the original, and it's also common to get patents on the methods of isolating or administering the substance.

      So even if a pharmaceutical couldn't make money directly marijuana, if it were effective they could make plenty of money and get plenty kudos from developing a safer, more effective derivative. The chemotherapy drug Taxol is derived from yew - and you can't make Taxol from yew trees you plant in your own back yard.

      Oh and there's some evidence (just from studies, mind) that cannabis is a risk factor for testicular cancer.

  22. QUESTION:
    What are the top 5 most common types of cancers in the U.S?
    please help. I'm confused because im not sure if skin cancer is the most common. If you know what they are please list them. thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Skin cancers are indeed the most numerous but the non-melanoma skin cancer statistics are not even listed by the ACS (American Cancer Society)
      since they rarely lead to death.
      So - after more than a million skin cancers in the USA each year, you have :
      lung cancers,
      colon cancers
      prostate cancers
      breast cancers
      Note that lung cancers kill more people each year than the other four most common cancers combined, and 90% of lung cancers could be prevented if people would not smoke cigarettes.

  23. QUESTION:
    How long does it take you to get the perfect tan?
    Do you sun tan, bed, or spray?
    Please DO NOT tell me that tanning is bad or that it can lead to skin cancer.

    • ANSWER:
      I usually have to use a combination of tanning bed & sunless tanning lotion. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, I use sunless tanning lotion (please get a good one so you don't turn orange. I hate to tell you which brand to use as skintone and skin type can effect how it colors your skin). On Tuesdays and Thursdays I go to the tanning salon. Saturdays and Sundays, I go to the beach or lake and catch some real sunrays. :)

      I have found I do not tan any more by going to the salon more often than twice per week. Plus, this method helps to reduce skin wrinkling and risk of cancer. Please keep in mind that there's always risk, though.

      Use an exfoliating salt scrub prior to applying your sunless tanning lotion. Use a moisturizer after showering and salon tanning.

      If you get the common skin fungus that is sometimes caught in tanning salons, apply Selson Blue Dandruff Shampoo over infected areas at night, allow to dry, then go to sleep. It will clear up in a few days. To prevent this, stash some Clorox wipes in your purse and quickly clean the tanning bed before you get in (do this even if the salon cleans the beds after each use).

  24. QUESTION:
    Would one have systemic symptoms with skin cancer?
    If someone had skin cancer, would they experience symptoms aside from changes to the skin? i.e. fevers, fatigue, stomach pain etc.

    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Sarah, the Answer is "sometimes, depending on the type of skin cancer. The most common skin cancer is a "basal cell carcinoma." This grows and spreads locally with no other systemic symptoms. Next most common is the "squamous cell carcinoma which also at first spreads locally but rarely can spread to elsewhere in the body and cause distant disease like any invading cancer. Least common but most deadly is the malignant melanoma which can often if nor excised, will and does spread anywhere and everywhere in the body where it can affect all body systems, including the brain and internal organs. It can be cured if diagnosed early and adequately treated by surgery and possibly by chemotherapy thereafter.

  25. QUESTION:
    how many people detect skin cancer on time to treat?
    this is for an important essay so i need ur help!
    if u cannot find it then could u tell me an interesting hypotheses concerning skin cancer? i would really appreciate it!

    • ANSWER:
      The vast majority of people with skin carcinomas find them early enough to cure with surgery alone - especially the non-melanoma skin cancer types which are the large majority of cases. Here's some data for your essay from http://www.skincancer.org/Skin-Cancer-Facts/

      * Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. More than 3.5 million skin cancers in over two million people are diagnosed annually.1

      * Each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung and colon.2

      * One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime.3

      * Over the past 31 years, more people have had skin cancer than all other cancers combined.4

      * Nearly 800,000 Americans are living with a history of melanoma and 13 million are living with a history of nonmelanoma skin cancer, typically diagnosed as basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma.5

      * Actinic keratosis is the most common precancer; it affects more than 58 million Americans.6 Approximately 65 percent of all squamous cell carcinomas arise in lesions that previously were diagnosed as actinic keratoses. In patients with a history of two or more skin cancers, 36 percent of basal cell carcinomas arise in lesions previously diagnosed as actinic keratoses.7

      * Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common form of skin cancer; an estimated 2.8 million are diagnosed annually in the US.8 BCCs are rarely fatal, but can be highly disfiguring if allowed to grow.

      * Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is the second most common form of skin cancer.9 An estimated 700,000 cases are diagnosed each year in the US,10 resulting in approximately 2,500 deaths.2

      * Between 40 and 50 percent of Americans who live to age 65 will have either skin cancer at least once.11

      * About 90 percent of nonmelanoma skin cancers are associated with exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun.12

      * Treatment of nonmelanoma skin cancers increased by nearly 77 percent between 1992 and 2006.13

  26. QUESTION:
    What do you think about the cancer conspiracy theory?
    It states that there is a cure for cancer but people are keeping it a secret because of monetary gains that come with the treatment/meds and to keep the population limited.
    I personally don't believe in it, you?

    • ANSWER:
      It's nonsense, you are right to disbelieve it. These 'cancer cure conspiracy' theories are a sort of parlour game played by people who have not had, studied or been close to cancer.

      The very words 'a cure for cancer' shows the ignorance of those who make such claims. Cancer is not just one disease, it is an umbrella term for over 200 different diseases. Different cancers are caused by different things, so no one strategy can prevent them, and different cancers respond to different treatments so no one treatment can cure them all. There will never be a magic bullet that cures all cancer, never be a Eureka! moment when a single substance or procedure is discovered that will reverse all cancers.

      That doesn't mean cancer is never cured. 70% of children with cancer are cured. Testicular cancer, Hodgkin's disease, and many cases of leukaemia can all be cured in adults with chemotherapy, most skin cancers are cured with surgery, and many cases of thyroid cancer and cancer of the larynx are cured with radiotherapy.

      Many other types of cancer are also cured if they are found early enough. Of course there's still a long way to go, especially with some of the commonest types of cancer such as lung, breast, bowel and prostate cancer.

      Ask the conspiracy theorists - where are all the people who have been cured by this secret cure? Because several hundred at least would have to have been cured by it, in order to prove it worked. How have all those people and their families been silenced.

      It's hard to see who would benefit from hiding a cure for cancer...

      Drug companies? - yes, they're in it for the money - so why would they be keeping quiet about this cure even though it would bring them fame and fortune? Any drug company discovering a cure would make far more money than they can have dreamed of making up till now.

      Doctors, scientists, researchers etc? -they and their families develop cancer at the same rate as the rest of the population; would they really be prepared to die and watch family members die rather than reveal this secret cure.

      And every medical professional in the whole world would have agreed to keep existence of a cure secret. Every single one. People who went into a profession to help people would be instantly turned into uncaring conspiracists who put other people's profit over their patient's lives.

      Governments? - I live in the UK; we don't pay for our medical treatment, including cancer treatment. Cancer treatment costs our government untold billions - no fortunes being made there. Yet we have the same treatments as the rest of the world - no miracle cure has been revealed in order to save money.

      As for keeping the population limited - cancer would be a lousy method of population control. It isn't catching. Not everyone dies from it and those that do can take months or years to do so and existing treatments mean more people survive cancer than ever before. And most people who develop cancer are over 60 so they've already reproduced if they were going to, so it wouldn't affect the birth rate.

  27. QUESTION:
    What exactly is cancer in general and why havent we found a cure yet?
    I don't understand why Research Scientists spend so much time in the Cancer Research centers and yet still they haven't found a cure yet...
    Some one help please?
    thank you guys for the answers!

    • ANSWER:
      There's no guaraneed cure for any type of cancer but, thanks to the work those research scientists have been doing, that doesn't mean cancer is never cured.

      For example, 70% of children with cancer are cured of it. Testicular cancer, Hodgkin's disease, and many cases of leukaemia can all be cured in adults with chemotherapy, most skin cancers are cured with surgery, and many cases of thyroid cancer and cancer of the larynx are cured with radiotherapy.

      Many other types of cancer are also cured if they are found early enough. There is still a long way to go, especially with some of the commonest types of cancer such as lung, breast, bowel and prostate cancer.

      The problem with finding a 'cure for cancer' is that cancer is hundreds of diseases, not just one. The difficulty is that different cancers are caused by different things, so no one strategy can prevent them all, and different cancers respond to different treatments so no one treatment can cure them all. There will never be a magic bullet that cures all cancer.

      Currently available treatments are not perfect; but they save many lives and prolong many, many more. There will never be a Eureka! moment when a single substance or procedure is discovered that will reverse all types of cancer. Rather there will probably be steady, sometimes slow, progress - an improved treatment here , a way to reverse one type of cancer there, a way to prolong more lives.

      In answer to your other question, cancer happens when normal cells change so that they grow in an uncontrolled way. The uncontrolled growth causes a tumour to form. If not treated, the tumour can cause problems by invading normal tissues nearby or by causing pressure on other body structures.

      Nobody knows what causes it to happen.

  28. QUESTION:
    How long do you think it will be before someone finds a cure for cancer?
    There are hundreds of people working in labs across the country researching cancer and trying to come up with a cure for it. Just how long will it be before someone finds it? When we do find a cure, it will dramatically change people's lives.

    • ANSWER:
      Who knows?

      Some cancers can already be cured. Seven out of ten children are cured of cancer. Testicular cancer, Hodgkin's disease, and many cases of leukaemia can all be cured in adults with chemotherapy, most skin cancers are cured with surgery, and many cases of thyroid cancer and cancer of the larynx are cured with radiotherapy.

      Many other types of cancer are also cured if they are found early enough. Yes, there is still a long way to go, especially with some of the commonest types of cancer such as lung, breast, bowel and prostate cancer

      The difficulty with finding a cure for cancer is that cancer is hundreds of diseases, not just one. Different cancers are caused by different things, so no one strategy can prevent them all, and different cancers respond to different treatments so no one treatment can cure them all. There will never be a single magic bullet that cures all cancers. But, as you say, there is much (underfunded) research and dedicated hard work going on in all types of cancer to try and find cures; treatments will continue to improve and cures will be found.

  29. QUESTION:
    What is the most common way to get chemotherapy done?
    Also what is the least common way to get chemotherapy done?

    It is for a project at school
    Another question is what options work best?

    I will be adding more questions as continue my work on the project but all of them will be chemotherapy related.
    What option works the best?
    What option works the worst?
    How many treatment options are there?
    Yes
    Ok what about leukemia for all those questions?

    • ANSWER:
      I agree with Matt as usual.
      Giving chemotherapy was my specialty for twenty years.
      Today it is most likely given intravenously via a central venous port
      called a port-a-cath. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Port_%28medical%29
      We have over 100 chemo drugs for IV use.
      Second by far is oral administration.
      Only a few drugs are given orally.
      3rd and fairly rarely we can give some chemo into the cerebrospinal fluid.
      Lastly is subcutaneously - under the skin - for prostate cancer.
      As Matt said there are over 200 types of cancers.
      Each one is treated with a different combination chemotherapy regimen.
      - - - -
      Your question - what options work best? Cannot be answered
      for over 200 different diseases.

      What option works the worst? This is not an intelligent question.
      We don't use treatments that are the worst.
      Again it would have to be answered for 200 plus diseases.

      How many treatment options are there? I just told you that.

  30. QUESTION:
    Why does cancer appear in some places more frequently than others?
    For example, people get tumors in their lungs, bladder, stomach, intestines, brain, breasts,and other organs but you never see anyone developing cancer on their fingers, feet, thighs, etc... Cancer is suppose to be able to develop on any tissue in the body so why does it appear more frequently in certain areas? Can someone please explain this to me, I really want to know.

    • ANSWER:
      It tends to occur more frequently in epithelial tissue because this type of tissue reproduces most frequently. Since it is the replication of cells that goes awry in cancer, it would follow that we would see cancer more frequently in cell types that divide more frequently.

      We are also more likely to see cancers in places that are most commonly exposed to carcinogens such as UV radition and environmental toxins. So for this reason, some of the most common cancer places for cancer are the skin, the lungs and the digestive track.

  31. QUESTION:
    What is the least deadly place to get cancer?
    I want to know where, if I got cancer, where I would have a better chance of living through it.

    • ANSWER:
      Basal cell carcinoma is a type of common skin cancer and because it rarely metastasizes it is considered less life threatening than other cancers. Basal cell skin cancer occurs more often on the face. Both my parents have this type of skin cancer and see a dermatologist regularly. She monitors anything that looks like a basal cell carcinoma and removes it right in the office. It's been over ten years since they were diagnosed and other than seeing their doctor regularly it has had no impact on their lives. (my Dad had it on his ear, my Mom on her nose).

      Basal Cell Carcinoma
      http://www.cancer.org/docroot/CRI/CRI_2_1x.asp?rnav=criov&dt=51

  32. QUESTION:
    Why does breat cancer get more publicity than other cancer?
    We always hear zillions of funding campaigns about breast cancer. Yet they are tons of other cancer with far worse prognosis than breast cancer.

    What do you guys think? Don't you believe this is a little bit unfair?

    • ANSWER:
      Then, too, there are the statistics:

      Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in women, with the exception of non-melanoma skin cancers (which are nonetheless more easily treated and do not carry a high mortality rate).

      Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women who are white, black, Asian/Pacific Islander, or American Indian/Alaska Native.

      Breast cancer is the number *one* cause of cancer death in Hispanic women.

  33. QUESTION:
    What is the most common type of cancer for a teenage girl to get?
    Or just a teenager in general?

    • ANSWER:
      The first two answers are incorrect.

      The odds of a teenager getting breast cancer aren't quite as high as getting struck by lightning, but close. It's extraordinarily rare for a woman under the age of 30 to get breast cancer, and very uncommon under the age of 40. A teenager with it would stun the medical community because it would be so astonishingly unusual. Uterine cancer is virtually unheard of in teens as well.

      Cancer primarily affects older people, but of course, teens do get it as well. Hodgkin's Lymphoma, Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, Leukemia, and bone cancers are the most common cancers in adolescence. I was in a support group for teenagers and college-aged young adults who had cancer or a blood disease, and everyone had one of those types of cancer. Teens can have skin cancer and cervical cancer as well, but they are less common.

      ~ peace : )

  34. QUESTION:
    what are signs for exima or skin cancer?
    i think i may have exima or skin cancer. what are the signs to know for sure?

    • ANSWER:
      There are a variety of different skin cancer symptoms. These include changes in the skin that do not heal, ulcering in the skin, discolored skin, and changes in existing moles. Such as jagged edges to the mole, and enlargement of the mole

      * Basal cell carcinoma usually looks like a raised, smooth, pearly bump on the sun-exposed skin of the head, neck or shoulders. Sometimes small blood vessels can be seen within the tumor. Crusting and bleeding in the center of the tumor frequently develops. It is often mistaken for a sore that does not heal. This form of skin cancer is the least deadly and with proper treatment can be completely eliminated with not so much as a single scar

      * Squamous cell carcinoma is commonly a red, scaling, thickened patch on sun-exposed skin. Ulceration and bleeding may occur. When SCC is not treated, it may develop into a large mass. Squamous cell is the second most common skin cancer. It is dangerous, but not nearly as dangerous as a melanoma.

      * Most melanomas are brown to black looking lesions. Signs that might indicate a malignant melanoma include change in size, shape, color or elevation of a mole. Other signs are the appearance of a new mole during adulthood or new pain, itching, ulceration or bleeding.

      * Merkel cell carcinomas are most often rapidly growing, non-tender red, purple or skin colored bumps that are not painful or itchy. They may be mistaken for a cyst or other type of cancer.

  35. QUESTION:
    What is type b acute lymphoblastic leukemia?
    I just heard recently that my cousin has type b acute lymphoblastic leukemia and I was just wondering what exactly it is? what the symptoms are? what does it mean by type b? and can it be treated or can it kill you no matter what?

    Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is a type of blood cancer. Other names for ALL are acute lymphocytic leukemia and acute lymphoid leukemia. Leukemia affects either B lymphocytes( a type of white blood cell) or T lymphocytes (another type of white blood cell). Immunophenotyping is used to find out if the patient's leukemia cells are B cells or T cells. Most people with ALL have the B-cell type or "type B". Immunophenotyping is a procedure that is used to identify a specific type of cell in a sample of blood, marrow or lymph node cells. This procedure can be important in helping to decide on the best treatment for your cousin.

      The symptoms are: Aches in arms, legs & back, bruising for no apparent reason, enlarged lymph nodes, a low-grade fever without obvious cause, headaches, pale skin, pinhead-size red spots under the skin (petechiae, pronounced puh-TEE-kee-ee) (this is bleeding), prolonged bleeding from minor cuts and scrapes, shortness of breath during physical activity, fatigue and vomiting. But ALL can't be diagnosed by these symptoms alone because they're shared by other conditions as well.

      I don't know how old your cousin is but ALL is the most common type of leukemia in children under the age of 15 although it can occur at any age. Most children who have had ALL have been successfully treated and cured.

      In case you're ready to ask "How did he get this?" Research is still ongoing to pinpoint the precise genetic changes that cause a normal cell to become cancerous. And ALL starts with a change to a single cell in the bone marrow. The cause and the risk factors haven't been determined yet.

  36. QUESTION:
    How long do people live with lung cancer when chemo is not an option?
    I just heard of a man who has lung cancer, in his mid-60's, and his liver is to bad for any chemo to be done. I didn't want to ask his sister, who is the one I know, how long he has but I was curious. Without chemo is lung cancer probably only a matter of a month or two or can one live along time. It is stage 2 lung cancer on a man with severe liver damage as the man has battled alcoholism and also the man has some kidney disease.

    • ANSWER:
      Next best option isto go in for 'target therapy' to prolong life and to have a cure too. Details follow--------------

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      Beware of Cancer Symptoms: Sudden loss of weight/stamina, anemia, unbearable pains in any organ despite medication, neuralgia, fatigue-getting extremely tired for a little or no work, loss of appetite, unhealed wound in any part of the body for years together, chronic bloating, chronic constipation, chronic hemorrhages, hemoptysis. etc. Cancer may affect from any organ to any organ[s]/system[s].

      The symptoms cited---------an offshoot of blocked energy + accumulated toxins Brain, Spinal cord, liver, lungs, Thyroid & Parathyroid, lymphatic system, Spleen, hormonal imbalance with a displaced solar plexus.

      ‘Target Therapy’ [Acupressure Techniques & Indian Natural Remedies] proved to be effective for all types of cancer [including brain tumors, leukemia, melanoma, Crohn’s Disease, bone marrow cancer, breast cancer, etc., ] & all the most dreaded and incurable diseases.

      TARGET THERAPY* It is the God-given therapy communicated to the mankind through THE RIGVEDA, one of the Hindu scriptures.
      Target Therapy---Acupressure Techniques & Indian Natural Remedies, [comprising Ayurveda, Homeopathy, Bio-chemic salts, Herbal Remedies, Yoga/Meditation, Magneto-therapy, Sidha, etc.,] U can have sizable & perceivable relief in 45-90 days. @ no/affordable costs, No side effects, and No Hospitalization.

      Dr.Vora designed it in such a way that the costs are the least for the survival/rescue of common man and the poor in villages, towns and metropolis on the globe; with NO insurance cover & NO money to bear the costs of chemo. It is most suitable to all the youngsters on this entire globe.
      U may study it, discuss with Ur family members/friends/acquaintances and slowly and steadily implement it for the best results.

      •No side effects and no risk. If it clicks, mostly possible, U shall have a cure. Lest, the therapy keeps mum. No extra risk. It is the most suitable line of treatment even for the terminally ill patients. Cancer cure/prevention is quite possible. U may try it for any incurable disease including cancer of any organ[s], post-surgical recurrence of tumors, Leukemia, HIV/AIDS, Crohn’s Syndrome, Gilbert’s Syndrome, colon cancer, Thalassemia, Alzheimer’s Syndrome, Muscular Dystrophy, Autism, bone TB., Tinnitus, all brain & spinal cord disorders, CLL, Crohn’s Syndrome, endometriosis, etc., ---it should aim @ [3] steps.
      1. Removal of toxins from all internal organs & purging through Normal Drainage systems, feces, urine, skin, lungs, menses [females].
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      3. Supplying vitamins, nutrients, micro-nutrients, minerals, trace elements for invigorating the entire Immune system to produce antibodies.
      All items for a cure—available in Ur vicinity all over the globe.

      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, irregular menses and also many other most dreaded diseases.

  37. QUESTION:
    How do you make your skin soft and smooth?
    What kind of body wash and body lotion makes your skin super soft? I'm not sure of my skin type. It's not oily(like my face) but I'm not sure if it's considered dry or normal. My skin is also kinda sensitive and if I use lotion from Bath&Body Works it stings and burns. So if anyone can recommend a good moisturizing lotion and wash that would be fabulous! :)

    • ANSWER:
      1. Staying out of the sun. If you have gotten sunburned before you're 18, you'll have dark spots or brown spots, some get freckles and those will get darker and bumpier as you get older. It's best not to make them darker or bumpy, and staying out of the sun will prevent that. Just from the heat, can make anyone flaky. I use my wide brim hat everywhere I go, and while I'm inside a car as a rider, I use blanket over the window or sit where it's shady. Lotions does not protect you from sunburn, same with cancer and could permanently discolor your skin. Lotions does not protect you from skin diseases. Take the Skin Picture Quiz - Identify These Common Skin Conditions on MedicineNet.

      2. Don't go in a tanning bed. You'll aged 10-15 years faster.

      3. Bathing or showering in hot water and too much chlorine can make you looking like 'dishpan hands'. Use warm to cool water. Too much sun & water causes aging, skin's worst enemies.

      4. Use a washcloth when taking a shower. I use Bath & Body (Suave, Dove, Irish Spring, etc.) wash for body & face. No baths! The less you're in the water, the less you'll get wrinkles.

      5. For oily skin, the less you fuss with your skin, the better. Keep your face oil-free & dry from dirt & perspiration. Blot it with a tissue or blotter, and keep them dry. Using powder foundation, blush & eyeshadow is best. Less is best, less product poisoning. Google Elizabeth Taylor when she's 16, then Google her when she's 79.

      6. Servings of 3-5 fresh fruits & vegetables daily. Google: FIVE FOODS TO EAT FOR BEAUTIFUL SKIN
      All the vitamins & minerals you need for good skin care comes from all the healthy foods you eat from Mother Nature, not made by man, those can do more harm than good.

      7. For your hands, wear gloves winter, spring, fall, and wear gloves for every chores you do, so you don't have to wash them often. In the garden, office, kitchen. Thank God for those! Too bad they don't have ones for feet.

  38. QUESTION:
    Do Leukemia and Lymphoma have VERY similar symptoms, includng the swollen Lymph Nodes?
    Do Leukemia and Lymphoma have VERY similar symptoms, and can you get swollen Lymph Nodes from Leukemia? What causes them in Leukemia. Also, what are the least and most common types of Leukemia and Lymphoma in a teenager. If their symptoms arn't similar what's different about them?

    Thanks a bunch! I highly appreciate it.

    • ANSWER:
      They both involve swollen lymph nodes, which can be hard and irregularly shaped.

      Leukemia and lymphoma are both cancers starting with lymphoid cells (white blood cells), but in leukemia it is in the circulating blood and the bone marrow, and in lymphoma it is in the lymph nodes.

      Lymphoma has two ages where it is most likely to occur: early adulthood, from 15 to 35 years of age, and in people over the age of 55.

      Lymphoma symptoms:
      Night sweats, enlarged lymph nodes (painless), fever, weight loss, itching, fatigue, red colored patches on skin, easy bruising and bleeding, spleen and/or liver enlargement

      Leukemias: There are 4 categories: AML, CML, ALL, CLL.

      the A's stand for "acute" and the C's are for "chronic"
      ML = myelogenous leukemia
      LL= lymphoblastic leukemia

      ALL: peak incidence is at 4 years of age
      AML, CML, CLL: usually in patients > 65 years of age

      Leukemia symptoms:
      Fever, weight loss, fatigue, infection, hard lymph node/s, kidney damage, bleeding/bruising, bone pain, enlarged spleen and or liver.

  39. QUESTION:
    What is someone is afraid to get treatment for cancer?
    What if you know someone with cervical cancer and they are afraid of getting treatment or further treatment for that cancer. How would you tell them to get treatment? What if they are afraid? What if they don't have time? What if they just don't want to go through the pain assiciated with it, how do you convince them to get treatment? What would you say to a friend to help them?

    • ANSWER:
      As a true friend, U can help her after studying the relevant literature on 'any cancer cure'. Ur subtle as well moral support shall help her immensely. Good luck. God bless U and Ur friend with ever lasting friendship and affection.

      TARGET THERAPY* It is the God-given therapy communicated to the mankind through THE RIGVEDA, one of the Hindu scriptures.
      •No side effects and no risk. If it clicks, mostly possible, U shall have a cure. Lest, the therapy keeps mum. No extra risk. It is the most suitable line of treatment even for the terminally ill patients. Cancer cure/prevention is quite possible. U may try it for any incurable disease including cancer of any organ[s], post-surgical recurrence of tumors, Leukemia, HIV/AIDS,Crohn’s Syndrome, colon cancer, Thalassemia, Muscular Dystrophy, Autism, Tinnitus, all brain & spinal cord disorders, CLL, Crohn’s Syndrome, etc., ---it should aim @ [3] steps.
      1. Removal of toxins from all internal organs & purging through Normal Drainage systems, feces, urine, menses [females], skin, lungs and vomiting.
      • 2. Activating all the internal organs to make each & every organ to function up to optimum levels.
      3. Supplying vitamins, nutrients, micro-nutrients, minerals, trace elements for invigorating the entire Immune system to produce antibodies.

      • I studied all the books of Dr.Vora and helped my beloved Mummy in 1992 by strict compliance of all the stipulated instructions.
      • Acupressure techniques & Indian Natural Remedies [comprising Ayurveda, Homeopathy, Bio-chemic salts, Herbal Remedies, Yoga/Meditation, Magneto-therapy, Sidha, etc.,] can meet all the requirements.
      • Acupressure Techniques—NO SIDE EFFECTS. NO HOSPITALIZATION. Costs Affordable even by the poor. An acupressure Therapeutist can, not only diagnose any disease instantaneously, but, also prevent/treat any disease & or the affected organ[s] with the aid of Indian natural remedies. All stipulated instructions must be followed most religiously. The % of success depends upon the extent of compliance.
      Remote control Acupressure points given by the God. For Treatment, 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 to diagnose & treat ailments of eyes, spine, breast cancer, etc.,:
      http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2306802071169.2103895.1282822997&type=1&l=38eadce9df
      4. U may try acupressure techniques and natural remedies strictly for 45 days and If U find any perceivable improvements, U may continue it for another 45 days & thereafter to have total cure.

      PS:If satisfied/benefited with, U may inform others to browse ‘Yahoo Answers’ on any health issue.

      Source: ‘HEALTH IN UR HANDS’ [Vol. & 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--- cured and caused to cure 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.

  40. QUESTION:
    How long will it be before cancer is cured?
    I've heard many stories about a new treatment that promises a virus to attack cancer cells....How long will it take before they decide it is safe for the public? WHat kind of testing have they been doing exactly, and why isn't this story front page news EVERY DAY?

    • ANSWER:
      •No side effects and no risk. If it clicks, mostly possible, U shall have a cure. Lest, the therapy keeps mum. No extra risk. It is the most suitable line of treatment even for the terminally ill patients. U may try ---------
      TARGET THERAPY* for any incurable disease including cancer of any organ[s], post-surgical recurrence of tumors, Leukemia, HIV/AIDS,Crohn’s Syndrome, colon cancer, Thalassemia, Muscular Dystrophy, Autism, Tinnitus, all brain & spinal cord disorders, CLL, Crohn’s Syndrome, etc., ---it should aim @ [3] steps.
      1. Removal of toxins from all internal organs & purging through Normal Drainage systems, feces, urine, menses [females], skin, lungs and vomiting.
      • 2. Activating all the internal organs to make each & every organ to function up to optimum levels.
      3. Supplying vitamins, nutrients, micro-nutrients, minerals, trace elements for invigorating the entire Immune system to produce antibodies.


      • Acupressure techniques & Indian Natural Remedies [comprising Ayurveda, Homeopathy, Bio-chemic salts, Herbal Remedies, Yoga/Meditation, Magneto-therapy, Sidha, etc.,] can meet all the requirements.
      • Acupressure Techniques—NO SIDE EFFECTS. NO HOSPITALIZATION. Costs Affordable even by the poor. An acupressure Therapeutist can, not only diagnose any disease instantaneously, but, also prevent/treat any disease & or the affected organ[s] with the aid of Indian natural remedies. All stipulated instructions must be followed most religiously. The % of success depends upon the extent of compliance.
      Remote control Acupressure points given by the God. For Treatment, 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 to diagnose & treat ailments of eyes, spine, breast cancer, etc., :

      http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2306802071169.2103895.1282822997&type=1&l=38eadce9df
      4. U may try acupressure techniques and natural remedies strictly for 45 days and If U find any perceivable improvements, U may continue it for another 45 days & thereafter to have total cure.

      PS:If satisfied/benefited with, U may inform others to browse ‘Yahoo Answers’ on any health issue.

      Source: ‘HEALTH IN UR HANDS’ by Dr.Devendra Vora, D.Sc.,M.D.,F.R.C.P.,---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, 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.

  41. QUESTION:
    What type of moisturizer can i use to get rid of scars?
    I've been using cocoa butter lotion for a couple weeks but just the regular one, does it work and if so how long til it does?
    Or is there anything better?
    And by scars i mean marks from sores, eg marks on the back of my feet from heels, falling scraping the skin off etc..

    • ANSWER:
      Adam Lambert has the worst acne scars. With all the money he's making now, even beauty products can't do anything about his face.
      Avoid exposure from the sun, use a floppy hat. The sun can darken them, even skin where it never saw daylight. The sun can go through clothing.

      Sunscreens or lotions does not protect you from nasty, painful burns. Lotions does not protect you from skin cancer. Lotions does not protect you from skin diseases. Lotions does not protect you from discolorations - permanently. And lotions does not protect you from skin tags, freckles, moles, they will only get larger, darker, and bumpier as they are exposed from UV.

      Take the Skin Picture Quiz - Identify These Common Skin Conditions on MedicineNet.

  42. QUESTION:
    How often should you check for cancer, to 'make sure' you don't die from it?
    How often? Like, to make sure that, if you do have cancer, it is still perfectly treatable?
    Yes, but I mean a measure such as: "Well, pratically every cancer is operable or curable if it is only 1 month old, so you should get screened every month"
    Something in the lines of that!

    • ANSWER:
      There are few ways to know if you have cancer. Cancer is an umbrella term for over 200 different types of disease which all have varying degrees of severity depending on stage and grade.

      So . . what can you do? To begin with you need to realize something that few others seem to know . . that types of cancer are AGE SPECIFIC. Which means that only certain types of cancers occur according to a persons age. That narrows down that whole 200 list of different types of cancers. To further narrow down the list . . some of these cancers are more common than others . . thus there are specific types of cancers that occur only in childhood, specific types that occur in adolescents, specific types that occur more commonly in young adults and specific types that occur only in older adults over the age of 60.

      ASCO: Age specific information
      http://www.cancer.net/patient/Coping/Age-Specific+Information/Cancer+in+Children
      http://www.cancer.net/patient/Coping/Age-Specific+Information/Cancer+in+Teens
      http://www.cancer.net/patient/Coping/Age-Specific+Information/Cancer+in+Young+Adults
      http://www.cancer.net/patient/Coping/Age-Specific+Information/Cancer+in+Older+Adults

      There are exceptions, unfortunately, to every rule . . which means that some of these cancers cross over the age groups . . but it is uncommon . . thus a childhood cancer like Neuroblastoma never occurs in older adults and breast cancer almost never occurs in children or teens. You can check your age group in the above links for the types of cancer you may wish to 'screen' or look out for . . and that will narrow down cancer for you according to your age.

      If you are a teen it does little good for you to be 'screened' for colon cancer or even breast cancer if your age group never or rarely gets this type of cancer.

      The single most important fact that any age group should learn is something very easy to do . . and that is to self check your body . . any location really . . for any unexplained, unusual painless lumps or bumps present for over a month, over 2cm, and appear to be growing. This can be an obvious lump on the skin, or something that you poke around and feel . . and cannot explain easily. Most lumps and bumps are going to turn out to be benign or swelling or an infection . . but just being aware that strange and painless bumps could indicate a malignancy may be enough to motivate people to get it checked out by a doctor and if it is early cancer . . be treated. So . . in effect . . self examination for any unusual lumps could catch cancer early enough to increase your odds for survival (there is never any guarantees with cancer, even if found early).

      Other than the obvious . . there really are few ways to detect cancer . . so other ways would be to have a yearly physical - not so the doctor can screen for cancer, but so that the doctor can keep a record of what your body is like when it is healthy - that way should something odd start happening, there will be a place to begin (cancer is deceptive and can hide or mimic many other types of disease). Also the more healthy you remain the easier time you will have fighting cancer should you ever get it.

      Keep in mind too that symptoms that are often reported such as 'weight loss' are far easier to detect in older adults than it is in children, teens or young adults . . fluctuations of weight is so common in the young that they can often go for months on end not noticing and still feel healthy and strong. So weight loss is not a good indicator of cancer in young people.

      Stay aware, check moles, check unusual lumps, check your own body when you shower, know which types of cancer occur most commonly according to your age group . . get a regular physical and stay healthy. Not much else you can do.

  43. QUESTION:
    How can i get rid of a farmers tan?
    My arms are significantly darker than the rest of my body. My skin's naturally pale, my my arms (from sleeve down)) are a DARK tan! How can i get rid of the tan and return it to my original color?

    And i'm not planning on tanning the rest of my body so it blends it. I look much better with fair skin =[

    • ANSWER:
      OK. I'm no Doctor, but I believe skin cancer was the most common type because of sun. There are various creams out there. Sun block helps, & of course melenion as pigment helps too ( Good to be a Black person). I think with sunblocks, there's various SPFs available to protect. I think the differnences in SPFs are for tanning? Lucky I'm what I am, content really. I think usage of sun block helps, wear comfortable long sleeves. don't rule them up, limit how much sun exposure you have daily. Can't fix the past, since it's in the past. What ever you decide, you have a opinion already, don't focus on what the media thinks, because the media is just messed up, how they are. If I helped with any advice, good. Sometimes one rambles but says 'the meat & potatoes' of a subject in that mess. Good luck filtering through this paragraph for advice. TC! My advice, sun screen.

  44. QUESTION:
    Any way to help a lady with breast cancer?
    My sister's hand hurts and swollen. Not sure if it affects from her breast cancer or what? Is there anyway to help her? We went to see a doctor and they use some chemotherapy and radiation therapy. They don't care for her hand. She is so pitiful when her children are still very young. Thanks in advance for your ideas.

    • ANSWER:
      Ur concern, love & affection for Ur beloved sister is fine. It is this affection 'in action' to save her life vis-a-vis Ur entire family. Details follow:

      TARGET THERAPY* It is the God-given therapy communicated to the mankind through THE RIGVEDA, one of the Hindu scriptures.

      Dr.Vora designed it in such a way that the costs are the least for the survival/rescue of common man and the poor in villages, towns and metropolis on the globe; with NO insurance cover.

      •No side effects and no risk. If it clicks, mostly possible, U shall have a cure. Lest, the therapy keeps mum. No extra risk. It is the most suitable line of treatment even for the terminally ill patients. Cancer cure/prevention is quite possible. U may try it for any incurable disease including cancer of any organ[s], post-surgical recurrence of tumors, Leukemia, HIV/AIDS,Crohn’s Syndrome, colon cancer, Thalassemia, Muscular Dystrophy, Autism, Tinnitus, all brain & spinal cord disorders, CLL, Crohn’s Syndrome, etc., ---it should aim @ [3] steps.
      1. Removal of toxins from all internal organs & purging through Normal Drainage systems, feces, urine, menses [females], skin, lungs and vomiting.
      • 2. Activating all the internal organs to make each & every organ to function up to optimum levels.
      3. Supplying vitamins, nutrients, micro-nutrients, minerals, trace elements for invigorating the entire Immune system to produce antibodies.

      • I studied all the books of Dr.Vora and helped my beloved Mummy in 1992 by strict compliance of all the stipulated instructions.
      • Acupressure techniques & Indian Natural Remedies [comprising Ayurveda, Homeopathy, Bio-chemic salts, Herbal Remedies, Yoga/Meditation, Magneto-therapy, Sidha, etc.,] can meet all the requirements.
      • Acupressure Techniques—NO SIDE EFFECTS. NO HOSPITALIZATION. Costs Affordable even by the poor. An acupressure Therapeutist can, not only diagnose any disease instantaneously, but, also prevent/treat any disease & or the affected organ[s] with the aid of Indian natural remedies. All stipulated instructions must be followed most religiously. The % of success depends upon the extent of compliance.
      Remote control Acupressure points given by the God. For Treatment, 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 to diagnose & treat ailments of eyes, spine, breast cancer, etc.,:
      http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2306802071169.2103895.1282822997&type=1&l=38eadce9df
      4. U may try acupressure techniques and natural remedies strictly for 45 days and If U find any perceivable improvements, U may continue it for another 45 days & thereafter to have total cure.

      PS:If satisfied/benefited with, U may inform others to browse ‘Yahoo Answers’ on any health issue.

      Source: ‘HEALTH IN UR HANDS’ [Vol. & 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--- cured and caused to cure 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.
      In order to prove the “Miracles of Acupressure Techniques & Indian Natural Remedies”, we made Recorded documentations with cure for Autism, Thalassemia, breast cancer, Wilm’s tumor, Arthritis, Muscular Dystrophy, HIV/AIDS, Autism, etc., etc.

      Latest updates* on “Miracles of Acupressure & Indian Natural Remedies.” With recorded documentation.

      • 2. 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.

  45. QUESTION:
    Does tanning in the sun lead to cancer or not?
    Is there any way to get a safe, natural tan without having a risk of getting cancer?
    If I have really pale skin is it even a better chance that the sun will do damage to my skin? Do I need to wear a ton of sunblock?

    • ANSWER:
      YES!

      -----------------------------------------------------------------------
      Sun Exposure and Skin Cancer
      Many people love the warm sun. The sun's rays make us feel good, and in the short term, make us look good. But our love affair isn't a two way street: Exposure to sun causes most of the wrinkles and age spots on our faces. Consider this: One woman at age 40 who has protected her skin from the sun actually has the skin of a 30-year-old!

      We often associate a glowing complexion with good health, but skin color obtained from being in the sun – or in a tanning booth – actually accelerates the effects of aging and increases your risk for developing skin cancer.

      Sun exposure causes most of the skin changes that we think of as a normal part of aging. Over time, the sun's ultraviolet (UV) light damages the fibers in the skin called elastin. When these fibers breakdown, the skin begins to sag, stretch, and lose its ability to go back into place after stretching. The skin also bruises and tears more easily -- taking longer to heal. So while sun damage to the skin may not be apparent when you're young, it will definitely show later in life.

      How Does the Sun Change My Skin?
      Exposure to the sun causes:

      Pre-cancerous (actinic keratosis) and cancerous (basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma) skin lesions - caused by loss of the skin's immune function
      Benign tumors
      Fine and coarse wrinkles
      Freckles
      Discolored areas of the skin, called mottled pigmentation;
      Sallowness -- a yellow discoloration of the skin;
      Telangiectasias -- the dilation of small blood vessels under the skin;
      Elastosis -- the destruction of the elastic tissue causing lines and wrinkles.
      What Causes Skin Cancer?
      Skin cancer is the most prevalent form of all cancers in the U.S. and the number of cases continues to rise. It is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal skin cells. This rapid growth results in tumors, which are either benign (noncancerous) or malignant (cancerous).

      There are three main types of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. Basal cell and squamous cell cancers are less serious types and make up 95% of all skin cancers. Also referred to as non-melanoma skin cancers, they are highly curable when treated early. Melanoma, made up of abnormal skin pigment cells called melanocytes, is the most serious form of skin cancer and causes 75% of all skin cancer deaths. Left untreated, it can spread to other organs and is difficult to control.

      Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun is the number one cause of skin cancer, but UV light from tanning beds is just as harmful. Exposure to sunlight during the winter months puts you at the same risk as exposure during the summertime.

      Cumulative sun exposure causes mainly basal cell and squamous cell skin cancer, while episodes of severe sunburns, usually before age 18, can cause melanoma later in life. Other less common causes are repeated X-ray exposure and occupational exposure to certain chemicals.

      Go read more!

  46. QUESTION:
    What is the relationship between cell cycle and cancer?
    what is the relationship between the cell cycle and a Specific cancer?
    what are possible treatments?

    • ANSWER:
      When cells lose control and keep dividing; dont know when to stop. keep forming new cells creating cancer.
      in addition to this, In every one of the trillions of cells in the body, there is an "operations manual" made up of DNA molecules. The information in the manual is separated into chapters, called genes which are made up of small units of DNA. Genes are written in a DNA code that must be transcribed and translated in order for the cell to make the protein signals specified in each gene. These proteins are signals which tell the cell how to function.
      Cells that divide are at a higher risk of acquiring mutations than cells that don't divide. Cancer is generally rare in tissues in which cells don't divide, like nerve tissue. Alternatively, cancer is more common in tissues in which cells divide frequently such as with breast, skin, colon, and uterine tissues.
      Cancer is a multistep process in which normal, healthy cells in the body go through stages that eventually change them to abnormal cells that multiply out of control. In most cases, cancer takes many years to develop.
      POSSIBLE TREATMENTS OF CANSER
      The list of treatments mentioned in various sources for Cancer includes the following list. Always seek professional medical advice about any treatment or change in treatment plans.
      Treatments depend on the specific type of cancer but some types of treatments are common
      Chemotherapy
      Radiation therapy
      Surgery
      Biological therapy (immunotherapy)
      Hormone therapy
      Combination therapy - different cancers respond to different combinations of the various treatments.
      Adjuvant therapy - getting additional chemotherapy, hormone, or other therapy after surgery or radiation.
      Neoadjuvant therapy - additional chemotherapy, hormone, or other therapy before surgery or radiation

  47. QUESTION:
    What are the chances of getting cancer from a pilonidal cyst after having it for about 2.5 years?
    What are the chances of getting cancer from a pilonidal cyst after having it for about 2.5 years?

    Also which type of doctor should take a look at it?

    • ANSWER:
      It not possible to lead to caner. A Pilonidal cyst contains hair and skin debris. One of the most common cause is an ingrown hair. To treat them, you could have them surgically drained and dressed which only takes about 20 to 30 minutes. I know because Im a surgical technologist and have assisted in many surgeries. Also you could try antibiotic therapy, a hot compress and a depilatory cream.

  48. 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.


most common type of skin cancer

Prostate Cancer

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What does treatment for prostate cancer consist of, and does it affect a male's ability to have sex?
    A very close friend of ours has been diagnosed with prostate cancer (it really *isn't* my partner or me!) and we were wondering what his treatment options might be.

    If the prostate gland is removed, does that eliminate the ability to have sex?

    Probably best to have an older person answer this: it's pretty obvious by the question that this is going to be completely out of the realm of experience for most of the teenagers.

    • ANSWER:
      It can, but new surgical techniques have reduced the risk. I was diagnosed with it about a year ago, but a second opinion from Johns-Hopkins said no. At least not yet. Anyhow, there are a number of different treatments that depend on the age of the patient and the stage of the disease. At my age, 50, and the very early preliminary diagnosis, removal was recommended. There is a new procedure called the da Vinci procedure that is minimally invasive and less likely to lead to the nerve damage that causes impotence. However, it is still a risk, as well as a risk of urinary incontinence. And even if you are not impotent, your orgasms will be dry - seminal fluid is produced by the prostate. There are also other procedures, such as implanting radioactive 'seeds' into the prostate. It is my understanding that the risk of impotence from that or any other radiation procedure is higher than da Vinci surgery, but less than with traditional surgery. Chemo and broader irradiation can be recommended in more advanced cases.
      My brother had the daVinci procedure, and he is able to have sex. He uses a penile constriction band to maintain an erection; I don't know whether he had any ED problems before. He is able to have orgasms, but as I said, they are dry.
      Sometimes, again depending on the age,the stage, and how aggressive the cancer, they will recommend leaving it alone. Don't bank on that, though.

      Here's a link with info on the daVinci procedure.
      Tell your friend my thoughts and prayers are with him. I know how scary this is. I have to have regular biopsies to keep track of mine, and every time I go through hell waiting for the results.

      http://www.davinciprostatectomy.com/davinci_prostatectomy/index.aspx

      If you Google 'prostate cancer stories' there are lots of personal stories on the web.

  2. QUESTION:
    What is the prognosis for a recurrence of prostate cancer being treated with hormone therapy?
    My husband was diagnosed with prostate cancer 5 years ago and had radiotherapy after which he was ok until early this year when his PSA started to rise. It is now 16 and he has been advised to go on permanent hormone treatment. The doctor didn't tell us how likely this was to work and how long for. He is 63. Does anyone here know anything about it.

    • ANSWER:
      I’m not sure what you mean by “work”. I assume you know this will not cure him of the disease. Prostate cancer is typically slow growing and far more often than not managed very well. How aggressive it is, is determined by the Gleason score. This would have been determined at biopsy. Hormone therapy is standard care and works quite well at slowing the disease for long periods of time. It is not unusual to see men with prostate cancer for 15-20 and more. Whenever you realize you have an unanswered question call the doctor and ask over the phone they are used to it – it’s part of the job.

      You may also be interested in knowing there is a prostate cancer vaccine due on the market by February. I can’t remember the name but I believe it is coming from a company in New Jersey. From what I was told it works very well, but it is also very expensive ,000-,000. The patient’s tumor cells are used to make the vaccine so it is specific to the patient and their cancer. Over time, which fortunately you husband has, I suspect the price will come down. I also believe this type of vaccine will become available for different types of cancer. I work with a doctor who has had one for brain tumors in clinical trials for a few years now and it has been doing very well. Best wishes.

  3. QUESTION:
    What is the best surgical procedure to treat prostate cancer?
    I am from Philippines, my father was diagnosed with prostate cancer. The doctor's advice is to do surgical procedure wherein they have to remove the testicles/scrotum of my dad. Isn't he suppose to remove the prostate instead of removing the testicles/scrotum? Once the testicles are removed, what are the chances of survival if his prostate wont be removed?

    • ANSWER:
      prostate cancer is hormone fired. (it relies on the male hormone to grow and spread), by removing the testicles they remove the hormones. This operation is often performed on quite elderly patients and can be a simpler proceedure than removing the prostate itself.

  4. QUESTION:
    What would motivate feminists to make misleading claims about prostate cancer deaths?
    One feminist, who claims some sort of medical expertise, he repeatedly claimed that most men die WITH prostate cancer but not FROM prostate cancer. While this is true, simply because most men of a certain age have started to develop cancerous prostate cells and therefore most men who die do have prostate cancer, this claim is very misleading because it fails to acknowledge that prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among men.

    • ANSWER:
      My theory is that this person is either misinformed or is else is trying to minimize the suffering of men. My beloved former slave had prostate cancer and had to have it removed. Thank god the cancer hasn't returned, but it has left him unable to have intercourse, even with little blue pills. It sounds like the person you're referring to is trying to pooh-pooh prostate cancer and minimize the damage (and death) it can cause.

  5. QUESTION:
    What are the chances of me getting prostate cancer?
    My father has prostate cancer. Does my risk of getting that cancer goes up?
    Around what age should I have that check up?

    • ANSWER:
      It's a scientifically proven fact that every man (if he lives long enough) will eventually develop prostate cancer. It's good to be a girl :) I hope your dad gets better.

  6. QUESTION:
    What does chemotherapy do for prostate cancer?
    My father is 82 years old with prostate cancer stage 4 (presently in the lymph nodes only, not yet bones).

    He thinks his doctors is going to sign him up for chemotherapy later this year because his PSA seems to be rising and his hormone therapy its not working.

    Which is worst, hormone or chemotherapy? And after chemotherapy, do you think he can go back to hormone?

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      1. The progress that has been made in the treatment of prostate cancer has resulted from development of better treatments in patients with more advanced stages of cancer and participation in clinical studies. While some progress has been made in the treatment of metastatic prostate cancer, the majority of patients still succumb to cancer and better treatment strategies are clearly needed. Future progress in the treatment of prostate cancer will result from continued participation in appropriate clinical studies. Currently, there are several areas of active exploration aimed at improving the treatment of prostate cancer.
      Chemotherapy: Because hormone therapy is not curative and only controls metastatic prostate cancer for a certain amount of time, efforts are underway to discover more effective systemic therapy. Recently, several chemotherapeutic drugs have demonstrated the ability to kill prostate cancer cells in patients with recurrent cancer. Developing and exploring single or multi-agent chemotherapy agents as a treatment approach for patients with metastatic prostate cancer is an area of active investigation. In particular, the chemotherapy drugs Novantrone®, Taxotere®, paclitaxel and estramustine are being evaluated in patients with newly diagnosed metastatic prostate cancer.
      Select patients with recurrent prostate cancer have been shown to live longer when treated with Taxotere compared to standard chemotherapy.
      In a direct comparison of treatment with Taxotere®/prednisone to the historical standard treatment–mitoxantrone/prednisone–patients treated with Taxotere survived more than a year and a half (19 months), on average, compared to 16.5 months for patients treated with mitoxantrone.[4] There also appears to be a similar improvement in survival when Taxotere is combined with the chemotherapy drug estramustine.[5]
      Combination Therapy: The growth of prostate cancers can be slowed but not eliminated by using drugs that block the effect of hormones on prostate cancer cells. Combining hormonal therapy with chemotherapy treatment appears promising.
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  7. QUESTION:
    What are the chances of having prostate cancer for age 25?
    Is it possible to have prostate cancer if someone is 25?
    No one in family has it.
    I feel like having prostate cancer, I have WBC in urine as well as some semen, painful urination and sometimes irritating bowel.
    I sometimes feel chilling after urination.

    • ANSWER:
      It is rare but it can happen. If you have concerns, ask your doctor about it and if you still are worried, see if she will do a PSA test,(a simply blood test) along with a DRE, (digitel rectal exam) and palpate your prostate. While cancer is not likely, you could have a prostate infection, which can be treated with antibiotics.

      You are much more likely to have testicular cancer at your age. After 40 to 50, the chances of testicular cancer go way down and prostate cancer goes way up.

      Additionally, you could have BPH, which is just an enlarged prostate. This is also treatable.

      Your doctor can explain all this to you and will either do the tests herself or refer you to a urologist.

  8. QUESTION:
    How long can you live with Prostate cancer?
    About ten years or so ago I went to the doctor and asked about Prostate cancer screening. He said I was too young. Besides being over worked under paid and uninsured I have a pain in my scrotum and it feels like I have an 8 ball in between my crotch. I have been doing a lot of heavy lifting and I am exhausted. Everything works fine down there but I am very tired. A friend of mine had kidney cancer and he died shortly afterwards, he complained of being tired. Also my bones hurt. I was thinking that I could have a body infection. Should I be terminated by lethal injection? Getting sick is a sin in this country, I should be punished. Of course I could be over reacting, it has been a terrible week.

    • ANSWER:
      While prostate cancer is a known killer, it, like all cancers, can take from a few weeks to several years to really get you. Ypou didn;t say your age but if you are over 15 and asked for a prostate check, the doctor should oblige. In fact all guys once they are pretty well through puberty should have everything checked annually. Unfortunately, unless one is insured and the insurance covers routine medicals, very few people actually get them. And due to embarassment or whatever even those who do get routine checkups don't insist on genitals being thoroughly examined.

      As for your current pain in the scrotum, I would be more suspocious of a hernia or similar problem causing the discomfort especially given you do heavy lifting. so insured or not, it is tiem to get an appointment with a doctor who will give you a thorough exam in the genital region to determine wha tis right and what is in need of treatment.

  9. QUESTION:
    How long does a person have to live if their doctor has prescribed them Lupron for prostate cancer?
    The person has had prostate cancer from 2005 and has gone through Chemo twice. Several hormone treatments, It was a few years between hormone treatments because his Ph balance was good for years and then it will rise again. Now it has been a year after that device they put in him that is radio active and his ph balance has come up again and they prescribed Lupron.

    • ANSWER:
      I was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2011 and was treated last year with radiation, prostate seeding, which I suppose is what you mean by "device they put in him that is radioactive". I had Lupron along with my radiation treatment. Some docs do them together and some don't. So just being put on Lupron does not mean death is near! After radiation treatment a PSA (which is what I think you mean by ph balance) can fluctuate after radiation, so don't be too alarmed. He needs to get regular exercise and eat good food. It has been scientifically proven that regular exercise (even long walks) will help against the cancer. The Lupron will do a number on his sex life, but at this point it is more important to get the cancer under control, then work on the sex issues. Prayer and support of loved ones around are good. There are other protocols after Lupron which can hold off the cancer, if it has been contained. I know of one man who has lived 15 years after being given "there not much more we can do for you" and done a PhD. Some people have fought off cancer by doing a certain diet.
      There are lots of good books for more info than can be given here. Dr. Patrick Walsh has written "Guide to Surviving Prostate Cancer." Probably better at this point is Dr. Gerald Chodak's "Winning the Battle Against Prostate Cancer." Also check out John Mulhall's Saving Your Sex Life" since he is on Lupron and if ED, etc is a concern. If he is a Christian, you might want to look up online John Piper's "Don't Waste Your Cancer" at http://www.desiringgod.org/resource-library/taste-see-articles/dont-waste-your-cancer
      There are some very good websites with lots of info and encouragement. Some are : Ustoo.com,,
      http://prostatecancerinfolink.net/,
      http://www.prostatevideos.com/ (a site run by Dr. Chodak),
      http://askdrmyers.wordpress.com/
      www.yananow.org (yana stands for 'you are not alone' - these are stories of prostate cancer survivors)
      Blessings and good health.

  10. QUESTION:
    What are the chances of surviving a prostate cancer over the long-term if you are also diabetic?
    Does the fact that you have Diabetes 2 complicate your recovery efforts? I am thinking that prostate cancer treatment might involve a dietary adjustment that might complicate what one is trying to do to cut down on sugar intake.

    • ANSWER:
      Diabetes has no effect on surviving prostate cancer if you have not already developed complications from diabetes, but some prostate cancer treatments cause side effects that reduce the longterm survival rate for diabetes. Make sure you talk to your doc about all the treatment options and choose one that gives you the best chances for long-term health. Look into robotic surgery. If this is an option for you, it may cause the least amount of complications.

  11. QUESTION:
    How long can someone live with prostate cancer stage 4?
    My Father has Prostate Cancer and shots will not work anymore and he is 84 years old.
    It has not gone into his bones, the Bone Scan was okay.
    How long will he live and will he be in pain at the end.
    Going to get Bone Scan very three months.

    • ANSWER:
      There are various ways to treat patients with prostate cancer, this condition is actually not fatal if detected at the earlier stage. I think putting numbers on how many days a person could live is inappropriate. Just have faith and let the patient believe that he will be okay, faith is a powerful thing. Age and Health Condition of the patient with this condition is a determining factor for his treatment method. Hope your dad will be okay soon.

  12. QUESTION:
    Why do you think so much more attention is paid to breast cancer over Prostate Cancer?
    The US Government spends double on breast cancer research over prostate and the corporate disparity is much greater. Campbells soup doesn't have Prostate awareness soup cans! Although deaths from breat cancer are 1/3 higher there are far more cases of prostate cancer, over 240,000 per year. The funding and awarness differential is 300 or 400%. So is it a gender issue, an age issue (tends to be later onset) or What?

    • ANSWER:
      Truthfully, I think it comes down to this: "the squeaky wheel gets the grease." Women have aligned themselves behind this cause and worked together- socially, politically- to bring attention to and fight for the research money. They have banded together to raise money and awareness. They've gone through the necessary steps to make sure that this problem is not ignored.

      Men should do the same for prostate cancer.

      This is one area that men could learn something from the example of women. I'm not saying this to be sexist. I'm saying it because it's the truth. Men need to band together and fight for what they want. Things aren't just handed to any of us on a "silver platter." We had to struggle for what we wanted to achieve.

      Prostate cancer indeed does deserve more attention. Men have the power (same as women) to bring this issue to a level of heightened awareness. But I wouldn't stop there. Awareness is a great first step- a necessary one, but take it further: join in force and be political advocates. Don't stop until you reach your goals! You'll find out, along the way, that as others gain awareness, more people will join in the fight for your cause...not just men, but women, too.

  13. QUESTION:
    Can you help with this question about prostate cancer and pomegranate juice?
    I have a strong family history of prostate cancer (father & older brother). I am now over 65 and my PSA tests have remained at normal levels I have that test and a rectal exam by a urologist done annually. I've heard recently that pomegranate juice may be of value in treating men wiith prostate cancer whose cancer is still progressing despite radiation and/or hormonal therapy. What I'd like to know is this:

    (1) Is there any evidence that it might help in preventing or delaying onset of the disease? and
    (2) Is there any indication it could interfere with early diagnosis by skewing the PSA test?
    Cat Lover: Thank you for your kind remarks. Last year after reading an article that advised taking 4 times the usual recommended dose of Vitamin D3 I asked my urologist about it and he was able to tell me nothing. I think he would have no more information about pomegranate juice. I find that most doctors' knowledge of therapies is restricted to treatment of trauma, surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and the latest drugs the big pharmaceutical companies are pushing. They don't seem to know or even care about alternative therapies. I know, of course, there are exceptional doctors who do, but it's difficult to find them.

    • ANSWER:
      Why don't you ask your doctor? Most of the men (boys) who answer questions here are too young to even think of prostate cancer! They are more obsessed about sex!

      I think this pomegranate juice theory is relatively new, and no real studies have been done. Your best bet is to keep on having the PSA tests regularly. You are at the age where it is very important to do this.

      I have no idea whether the juice would interfere with the PSA test or not. Again, ask your doctor. And just because there has been a lot of prostate cancer in your family, doesn't guarantee you will get it. Just keep having those tests! If you should get it, treatment is so much better these days than it was years ago.

      Good luck!

  14. QUESTION:
    What exactly does stage 5 prostate cancer mean?
    I found out yesterday my grandpa has stage 5 prostate cancer and it's terminal.
    What exactly does stage 5 mean? What is the life expectancy at this point?

    • ANSWER:
      Prostate Cancer

      Stage I .. a small tumor in the prostate
      Stage II .. the cancer has spread throughout the prostate
      Stage III ... the cancer has spread to outside the prostate
      Stage IV .. the cancer has metastasized to other parts of the body

      There is no stage V (5) .. IV (4) is as bad as it gets
      BUT life expectancy depends on where it has metastasized too.

      A friend of mine has ''lived with this'' (Stage IV) for 3 years now.
      He has regular Chemo.
      He cannot be ''cured'' and knows he has maybe another 1 or 2 years.

  15. QUESTION:
    How much longer can my dad live with Prostate Cancer?
    So my dad is in his 60's and he has prostate cancer and he has been going in for treatment. What I would like to know is if someone has prostate cancer can you live while undergoing treatment or will it kill you overtime while going in for treatment? If you have prostate cancer how long can you normally live?

    • ANSWER:
      If prostate cancer is caught early enough (which it normally is), there is a high likelihood that your father will pass away from something else. Especially if he has had treatment. Sometimes, not all that often, there is a type of prostate cancer that is hormone refractory and will not respond to radiation or the hormone therapy. This is the kind that will get out of control fairly quickly.

      If he is undergoing treatment, I assume you mean radiation therapy and/or hormone therapy? As long as he is getting treatment, has routine PSA checks and stays on top of his follow-up, he should be okay from the prostate cancer standpoint.

      Good luck to him with his treatments! Hope everything turns out okay.

  16. QUESTION:
    What is the most effective treatment for prostate cancer?
    What do you think is the most effective treatment for prostate cancer? Why?

    • ANSWER:
      Surgery and/or radiotherapy. According to SEER, prostate cancer survival rates are 99.9% as a result of these and because of early detection.

  17. QUESTION:
    what is the prostate cancer survival rate according to past cases?
    I wanna know what it is. I am a bit worried and I just wanna get some serious information on prostate cancer survival rate. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      OK
      We need to know what stage and grade of prostate carcinoma you are asking about ?
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      This question is very easy to look up on the internet.
      These references should provide your answer if you read them.
      http://prostate-cancer.emedtv.com/prostate-cancer/prostate-cancer-survival-rates.html
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      http://www.cancer.org/Cancer/ProstateCancer/OverviewGuide/prostate-cancer-overview-survival-rates
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      http://www.webmd.com/prostate-cancer/prostate-cancer-survival-rates-what-they-mean
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  18. QUESTION:
    How much time would you have off work if you had prostate cancer?
    How much time would you have off work if you had prostate cancer and were having an operation for it?
    How long would each stage take in the whole thing of having it and getting rid of it?
    Any other information about prostate cancer is welcome!
    ....Thankyou...X
    does 6-7 months sound too long??
    I know someone who is going to be off work for that amount of time and was wondering if that was what was wrong with him ?
    what else could it possibly be if it can't be that?

    • ANSWER:
      There are several options for treating prostate cancer. My husband had his prostate removed and was off 6 weeks. He is now undergoing 39 treatments of radiation, 5 days a week, which will take a little over 7 weeks. He works M-F and just leaves early for his treatment. He hasn't missed a day so far and he's half way through his treatments. He is otherwise very healthy and in his mid-fifties. It can be different for each individual depending on several factors. An older man or someone with other medical problems would probably not be able to work. So you see, it all depends on the person and the type of treatment they have chosen.

  19. QUESTION:
    This question is for men that have had prostate cancer. What do you need the most from your wife?
    My husband had prostate cancer and you know what that means as far as the bedroom scene. I just don't know how to handle this. Do I keep trying and let him get frusterated, or kind of shrug it off when ever he trys in order to keep him from getting frusterated?

    • ANSWER:
      Don't shrug it off. If he wants to keep trying then the best thing you can do is try along with him and assure him that you enjoy the closeness as much as the act itself.

      I know I'm not a man with prostate cancer but my husband has had it and he appreciated the effort even when it became frustrating for him. Good luck and my prayers are with you both.

  20. QUESTION:
    What causes prostate cancer and what are the symptoms?
    My father recently died with prostate cancer. He was going to the doctors for years. It was in the advanced stages before it was found. Why didn't the doctors check his prostate before this? He was in pain and agony and it spread to his hips and bones. It really makes me mad I didn't pick up the symptoms and neither did a professional. He wasn't even 70. Life just isn't the same without him.

    • ANSWER:
      I had the same feelings, when I lost my beloved father in 1972. I converted all my deep love and affection to my mother and brothers and sisters. In 1992, I lost my mother for liver cancer and a younger sister predeceased in 1985 for leukemia. I got wild to see the end of cancer.Thereby, I became an expert in cancer diagnosis with "no costs"; that too instantaneously. Acupressure techniques & Indian Natural Remedies are very much handy not only to diagnose, but also to prevent and cure. I am striving to diagnose cancer, HIV through through this wonderful and philanthropic site 'Yahoo Answers'. It has become my life goal. When U lost Ur beloved Dad for 'cancer' I think if U know the causes, with preventive care, U can be "cancer free" for life.

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      1. Chronic & severe constipation [+ heavy quantum of accumulated feces in the rectum & the large intestine] with a displaced solar plexus. Bad diet with McDonald’s pizzas, burgers, KFC-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.
      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, lesbians, homosex amongst transgenders, 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. Smoking and tobacco/gutka chewing. 90% lung-cancer victims are smokers, an American study reveals; as per Web Med News.
      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.,
      . 12. 24/7-- wearing of bra by the modern woman and avoiding breast feeding the child—breast cancer.
      13. Heavy genetic dispositions with more ‘cancer-stricken ancestors’
      14. Facts on Lung Cancer vis-à-vis Smoking:
      Prudent to stop smoking forthwith permanently------Because, out of every 10 lung cancer patients-9 are smokers-An American Research Study published in WebMD.com.

      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].
      2.. 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.
      3. Acupressure techniques a MUST to ensure faster recovery.
      4. 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 aspartame and colas made in India, etc.
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  21. QUESTION:
    How fast are the prostate cancer survival rate results being made?
    How much time does it take the doctor to compile the prostate cancer survival rate?

    • ANSWER:
      Your question is worded strangely.
      Doctors do not ordinarily "compile" survival predictions
      though patients or their families very often push to know the future.
      Survival predictions are rarely part of our consultation or summation notes
      Doctors can never predict the future for any one individual,
      so we turn to statistics when families push for crystal ball answers.
      You could figure out a person's survival chances yourself with a little work.
      You need to know what stage and grade of prostate carcinoma ?
      This information is in the pathology/biopsy and/or operative report
      which the doctor will turn over to the patient on request.
      - - -
      Then this question is very easy to look up on the internet.
      These references should provide your answer if you read them.
      http://prostate-cancer.emedtv.com/prosta…
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      http://www.cancer.org/Cancer/ProstateCan…
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      http://www.webmd.com/prostate-cancer/pro…
      - - -
      Statistics never predict exactly what the person you are concerned about will do.

  22. QUESTION:
    what is the best course of action if you have prostate cancer?
    My Dad has just been diagnosed with prostate cancer and the doctor gave him 2 options, normal open surgery or robotic surgery. Can anyone tell me which of these is better and why?
    Also, he is keen not to have any surgery at all and would prefer to have radiation, the doctor said in a man of his age (55) that radiation might cause problems down the track (he did not specify) and he would not recommend it. Is there anyone who has had radiation treatment for this who would disagree?
    He has caught it quite early and it is only in half of his prostate.

    • ANSWER:
      There is no treatment that has a clear advantage in overall survival when it comes to prostate cancer. Many men choose to not teat it at all for the first few years, as it is usually slow growing and can be managed for long periods of time. However, in someone as young as your dad it should be treated for cure.

      If he is going the surgery route I would definitely go robotic. It is more precise, less invasive, has a faster recovery and there is less risk of side effects. To get the biggest advantage from this surgery you wan to make sure the surgeon has several under his belt as this is still fairly new in some areas of the country and it does take some getting used to.

      There are several types of radiation. At a minimum I want IMRT. Someone else mentioned Proton Therapy, which many men swear by. It is available at Loma Linda here in southern California. There is also Cyber Knife that was invented at Stanford several years ago. However it is still not available everywhere, but we do have it at several hospitals in southern California.

      At the very least he should get a second opinion and it should be from a teaching facility. These hospitals are nearly always designated cancer hospitals, they see the most unusual cases, are involved in research and have the best equipment. Some of the treatment I mentioned requires very expensive equipment, which is often out of reach for many community hospitals. Best wishes to you and your dad.

  23. QUESTION:
    Is it common for males under 30 to be diagnosed with Prostate Cancer?
    I just want to know if it is common for males that are under the age of 30 to be diagnosed with Prostate Cancer. If so, are there certain causes that lead to being diagnosed at such a young age?

    • ANSWER:
      usually testing for prostate cancer happens at the age of 40 , I know this because my husband will be tested because his grandfather and father both had prostate cancer and we have spoken to many doctors about this. Does anyone in your family have prostate cancer it is hereditary

  24. QUESTION:
    Whats the minimal amount of having sex will keep a guy from getting prostate cancer in a month,week ?
    I know that having sex prevents a guy from getting prostate cancer. I am a guy that doesn't get sex much from my wife and averages 2-3 times a month. Am I a potential candidate?

    • ANSWER:
      As far as I am aware, sex and prostate cancer are not linked. However, sex and benign prostate hypertrophy (prostate enlargement) are linked. Abstinence is associated with prostate enlargement. My gf tells me she is a prostate therapist ;-)

  25. QUESTION:
    What are those symptoms for prostate cancer?
    My father are possible that he has prostate cancer, but I don't believe to that doctor that's why we get another opinion. Now, I want those symptoms that can detect that you have prostate cancer

    • ANSWER:
      Symptoms of prostate cancer:
      1. Blood in urine or semen
      2. Difficulty in passing urine
      3. Having to rush to toilet to pass urine
      4. Frequent need to in to toilet to urinate especially at night......
      For further information you can go to......
      http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/cancer-help/type/prostate-cancer/about/prostate-cancer-symptoms

  26. QUESTION:
    where can I buy authentic prostate cancer awareness bracelets?
    Hi,

    I am interested in buying prostate cancer awareness bracelets to support the cause. Any idea where I can buy bracelets like this that will actually support research?

    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Just pick any online support organization for prostate cancer . . there really isn't any 'official' bracelet . . but each organization sells them for their own purposes . . this is true of all cancer organizations except for breast cancer and the pink marketing and possibly Lance Armstrong and the yellow Live Strong bracelets. All the other cancer organizations decide for themselves the colors and what to sell . . so locate a support group for prostate cancer and buy a bracelet from them.

  27. QUESTION:
    How long can someone live with prostate cancer stage 4?
    My dad has prostate cancer stage 4. With his hormone treatment, can he still live for several more years? He is also 81 years old and currently in the lymph nodes area.

    • ANSWER:
      After prostate surgery I still had the cancer. It's now metastatic. Been on hormones almost 4 years and cancer hasn't spread anymore. Hormones work differently on different people. Doctors say I'm lucky since hormones sometimes stop working after 12 to 18 months. Good luck to your Dad.

  28. QUESTION:
    are men with prostate cancer allowed to drink alcohol?
    i'm kind of worried because my dad has prostate cancer and he drinks a couple beers a night and at special occassions other kinds of alcohol. is this putting him at a higher risk?

    • ANSWER:
      I used to think that to but it is just a myth. There has been no link between alcohol and prostate cancer risk. According to a new study drinking alcohol does not appear to up the risk of prostate cancer and men who drink alcohol may have a lower risk of having an aggressive prostate cancer and dying from the cancer. (Especially Red Wine, It lowers your risk.)

  29. QUESTION:
    Why is there not a large prostate cancer awareness movement like there is for breast cancer?
    I ask this considering prostate cancer is more prevalent than breast cancer.
    Good god. I am not complaining. I am just wondering why there isn't one.
    Gwennie B, that is such a stereotpye. Believe it or not, most men are capable of being mature adults. I'm sorry to say it, but your mentality about men is childish.
    No harm done, Gwennie.

    • ANSWER:
      There is generally more focus on diseases that affect women now, due partly to the fact that women's diseases (breast cancer does affect men, but not very often, enough that it really could be considered a gendered disease) weren't always given the same treatment as men's diseases for years. Now we've gone the opposite way on these things. I do believe, however, that if someone started a movement, it would take off, assuming they knew what they were doing and had money, which we don't all have. All it really would take is someone like Lance Armstrong with testicular cancer, although Armstrong used his yellow ribbons to promote all kinds of cancer. Here, I think, if there is any problem, we'd run into it. For whatever reason, it's not socially acceptable to only focus on men these days, and I do think if there was a large enough movement somebody would complain about that too. However, by and large I think it would be embraced.

  30. QUESTION:
    Can you still have children and be firtile after prostate cancer?
    If you get prostate cancer twice, and had half the left testical removed each time (So he is only left with the right), is a man still fertile? If so is there reduced chance of fathering children etc?

    • ANSWER:
      My neighbor father a second child after testicle cancer and treatment. It is his! Shocked everyone.

  31. QUESTION:
    How old do you have to be to get prostate cancer?
    I've been urinating a lot lately even when I don't drink anything. Is that a sign of prostate cancer or is it something else?

    • ANSWER:
      Over 80% of men diagnosed with prostate cancer are over 65 and half of all cases occur in men over 75.

      It's extremely rare in men under 50, and so rare in young men that there are no statistics available for the disease incidence in men under 35.

  32. QUESTION:
    At what age should you start prostate cancer screenings if you have a strong family history?
    My husband will be 30 soon and I wonder when he should start psa screening for prostate cancer. His father, paternal grandfather, and paternal uncle all had/have prostate cancer. His father was diagnosed at age 43 but it appears to be out of remission now after 10 years. I've read the recommended age is 45 or 50 yrs but if my father-in-law waited to 45 he'd be dead by now. So if you have a strong family history, what's the best time to start?

    • ANSWER:
      [FAQ-ANSWER] would be reasonable earlier if has any symptoms

  33. QUESTION:
    How often should you check your gleason score for prostate cancer?
    My father has prostate cancer stage 3 with presently in the lymph nodes area (according to him).

    He only check his gleason score just the 1 time when diagnosed 2 years ago or so with the score of 7.

    How often should you check it?
    My father never had surgery. So its still pointless after that?

    • ANSWER:
      Once at biopsy and again at surgery, after that it is pointless.

      Yes it is.

  34. QUESTION:
    If a christian ceases masturbation will get prostate cancer?
    I've basically not been masterbating, and no longer feel the desire to.
    Will I get prostate cancer if i stop and never start again?

    • ANSWER:
      Research has suggested that men who ejaculate regularly (20+ times each month) have a significantly reduced risk of contracting prostate cancer in later life.
      One research paper went as far as asking the participants about their sexual activities, and those who replaced sex with masturbation had the same results as those who only took part in sex.

      This does not mean that if you don't ejaculate regularly you'll develop prostate cancer, just that you're at a higher risk.

      I've attached links to 2 of these studies, the first had some 30,000 participants, and the second a little over 2,500.

  35. QUESTION:
    Can a teenager get prostate cancer from Masturbation?
    I am doing a health study and was wondering, can a teenager that masturbates have a higher likely risk of Prostate cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      Prostate cancer is more common in men who did not masturbate very much in their youth.
      Masturbation lowers the risk of developing prostate cancer later in life.
      Testosterone levels affect how fast prostate cancer progresses when/if it does show up.
      Mithras

  36. QUESTION:
    What are the odds that an orchiectomy will reduce the size of the prostate if you have prostate cancer at 87?
    I have had prostate cancer for years, now all of a sudden a new urologist says I need my testicles removed to slow the growth. Unless it will reduce the size of the prostate and allow me to urinate without a catheter, why shouldn't I just stick with the injections if it accomplishes the same thing chemically? Is there any benefit to surgery that is worth the pain and risk?

    • ANSWER:
      i'd get another opinion.

  37. QUESTION:
    What suppliments can be taken for stage 3 prostate cancer BLADDER INCONTINENCE?
    I have a relative, 76 year old, with stage 3 prostate cancer. He is taking hormone shots before undergoing radiation treatment. In the meantime he is suffering from an uncontrollable bladder (excessive urination). Are there vitamins available to lessen this problem? I was thinking super beta tablets as a first choice...open to natural remedies as well. Thanks all!

    • ANSWER:
      There should be several different medications available through his primary care physician. They may not be "natural" but they will help allot and prevent the embarrassing and frustrating accidents.
      Best Wishes

  38. QUESTION:
    Are men more likely to get prostate cancer or are women more likely to get breast cancer?
    I hear a lot about breast cancer but I do not here as much said about prostate cancer that effects men as the breast cancer that effects women.
    I have heard that prostate cancer is very rare for men in their twenties but that breast cancer effected some women at a yoyng age.

    • ANSWER:
      Most men who die of old age have prostate cancer and they simply succumb to something else

      Prostate cancer is super common and usually not a cause of death

  39. QUESTION:
    What are the causes of prostate cancer?
    My friend Dad died of prostate cancer, he told me that the attending doctor told him that the cause of prostate cancer is over sex or under sex. Is this correct? They're twelve in the family.

    • ANSWER:
      It continues to amaze and irritate me that these kinds of stories appear so frequently among lay people. Maybe the comment by the physician was said in jest, or the patient didn't quite catch the context of the statement that was uttered by the physician. Or just maybe the physician was having a bad day, month, year, or life.

      At any rate, if that statement was made, it is, in my humble opinion, irresponsible, at the least.

      Physicians are trained to be non-judgemental, but they are only human too.

      The cause of any cancer is a combination of factors which, at the level of the molecular machinery of a cell, cause that cell to begin to divide uncontrollably. Errors appear in the DNA (genes) of the cell and it just becomes a cell that "can't say no" to continuously divide. Thus, a tumor forms and as the tumor grows larger, more errors occur, and the behavior of the cells is no longer helpful to the person, but harmful.

      When we understand that each of our bodies is made up of trillions of cells, yes, thousands of billions, it is a wonder that more cells do not become tumors than do.

      The body has mechanisms for dealing with these abnormal cells, but for reasons still unknown completely, these mechanisms allow the tumor to progress.

      The more rapidly a cell type divides normally in the body, the more often those cell types become cancerous.

      Thus, in women there is a relatively high incidence of breast cancer, and in men, prostate cancer.

      There are many factors that are associated with a higher incidence of cancer in certain ethnic groups, but as to the certain cause of one individual's cancer, medical science is simply not sophisticated enough to make that determination yet. It may never get to that level of sophistication.

      So, take good care of your body, it is the only one you will get in your lifetime. And the same goes for me and for any other person.

      There was a very special man who lived in the Holy Land 2000 years ago who stated in his language:

      "MODERATION IN ALL THINGS"

      That remains the best advice, I believe, for all of us.

  40. QUESTION:
    Why are a lot of people aware of breast cancer than prostate cancer?
    I don't understand why a lot of people consider breast cancer of higher importance than prostate cancer. A lot of scientific research done is spent on breast cancer, girls are being immunised in high schools in the uk to protect them from cancer, whereas boys get nothing. A lot of money is going into treatment of cancer for females than males why?

    • ANSWER:
      There may be more advertizing for breast cancer, but I am not aware of anyone who is not aware of either cancer nor do I know of anyone who believes one is more important than the other. Breast cancer patients do require immediate treatment which is not always the case with prostate cancer. Also, men get breast cancer too.

      There is no vaccine for cancer nor is there anything to protect anyone from getting it. If you are referring to the HPV vaccine males get HPV related cancers too. The money spent on treatment is spent on everyone with cancer. I don’t know the numbers, but it is very likely more is spent on men as they tend to get cancer more than women.

  41. QUESTION:
    what types of foods are good when you have prostate cancer ?
    hi , any good foods that help prevent prostate cancer ? or any remedies ??

    • ANSWER:
      My father had prostate cancer and he looked up foods which might help. He was a healthy eater anyway, but he added more of these types of foods to his diet. He survived it for a very long time. It wasn't the cancer which killed him, it was the treatments at the hosp after 16 years.

      Raw almonds and Brazil Nuts
      Foods rich in zinc
      Pomegranate Juice
      Tomatoes
      Brussel Sprouts, Kale, Broccoli
      Tumeric
      Flax Seeds
      Green Tea
      Scallions

      And no, you can't prevent it with any foods. These foods simply help your body keep strong throughout the ordeal.

  42. QUESTION:
    What can my father do with the side effects from his prostate cancer?
    My dad is 81 years old with stage 4 prostate cancer. Been diagnosed for 2-3 years now.

    Presently in the lymph nodes and not yet in the bones.

    PSA is less then 1%. Gleason score is 7.

    He has been on hormone treatment for more then a year now and experiences the normal side effects. His doctors seemed to give him no response. They cannot do anything to stop the side effects. My dad is use to it by now but wishes for the side effects to be stopped.

    Is this a bad sign of experiencing the side effects?

    • ANSWER:
      I'm surprised that he's even getting treatment at 81. My doctor would have advised against it.

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

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

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

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

  44. QUESTION:
    Does taking Zinc for a long period of time cause prostate cancer?
    I heard that taking Zinc Gluconate can cause prostate cancer if you take Zinc for a long time. Is that true?

    • ANSWER:
      It appears so...
      "Zinc is LIKELY SAFE for most adults when applied to the skin, or when taken by mouth in amounts not larger than 40 mg per day. Routine zinc supplementation is not recommended without the advice of a healthcare professional. In some people, zinc might cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, metallic taste, kidney and stomach damage, and other side effects. Using zinc on broken skin may cause burning, stinging, itching, and tingling.

      Taking high amounts of zinc is LIKELY UNSAFE. High doses above the recommended amounts might cause fever, coughing, stomach pain, fatigue, and many other problems.

      Taking more than 100 mg of supplemental zinc daily or taking supplemental zinc for 10 or more years doubles the risk of developing prostate cancer. There is also concern that taking large amounts of a multivitamin plus a separate zinc supplement increases the chance of dying from prostate cancer."

  45. QUESTION:
    Can masturbating help prostate cancer survivors?
    My friend had prostate cancer surgery a couple of years ago. He masturbates once a week to keep his penis stimulated. Is this recommended and can this help?

    • ANSWER:
      Science has mixed results on prostate cancer and there are no studies to my knowledge that masturbation can HELP survivors. Some researchers believe masturbation can cause cancer according to this:
      http://www.howtostopmasturbation.com/is-masturbation-healthy-science-says-no.html

  46. QUESTION:
    Can you help with this question about prostate cancer and pomegranate juice?
    I have a strong family history of prostate cancer (father & older brother). I am now over 65 and my PSA tests have remained at normal levels I have that test and a rectal exam by a urologist done annually. I've heard recently that pomegranate juice may be of value in treating men wiith prostate cancer whose cancer is still progressing despite radiation and/or hormonal therapy. What I'd like to know is this:

    (1) Is there any evidence that it might help in preventing or delaying onset of the disease? and
    (2) Is there any indication it could interfere with early diagnosis by skewing the PSA test?

    • ANSWER:
      tis a strong anti oxidant maybe one of the best all of the fruit and the juice is good for cancers and also the next maybe blueberries and almonds so eat maybe a handful ten a day and drink green tea and or regular tea and also red grapes and red wine in small amounts

  47. QUESTION:
    Can prostate cancer be worse for someone who already had multiple sclerosis?
    My father was diagnosed with prostate cancer on Friday. The doctor says it's early and is extremely optimistic. I have read about it online and the prognosis looks good.

    Unfortunately, my father has multiple sclerosis that is pretty advanced as well. He was diagnosed over 25 years ago and is wheelchair bound. Will his multiple sclerosis have any effect on his prostate cancer prognosis?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Ashley, I have had multiple sclerosis for twenty years now. Those of us with MS supposedly have compromised immune systems. As a consequence, we might have a more difficult time fighting off any other disease, inflammation or infection. That does not mean that we cannot survive cancer or any other disease. It simple means that we just might have a more difficult time. Many of us have a dual-diagnosis and live near normal life spans. My best wishes to you and your Dad.

  48. QUESTION:
    If someone was treated for prostate cancer how does that affect their sexual life?
    A man I know said he had a "mild" case of prostate cancer and went through a few months of chemo for treatment.I don't want to ask him personal questions, but does that mean chances are he can't have sex any more?

    • ANSWER:
      Keep in mind that each part of a man's sexual response is somewhat separate from the other parts. So, after some types of cancer treatment, a man may still desire sex and be able to ejaculate but not have an erection. After other types of treatment, a man may have the feeling of orgasm along with the contracting muscles even though semen no longer comes out.
      Most men getting chemo can still have normal erections. But a few have problems. Erections and desire often drop right after getting chemo but return in a week or so.
      Psychological effects of cancer treatment is fears about erections can sometimes lead to problems. Instead of letting go and feeling excited, a man may watch himself during sex to see how well he does. His fear of failure can make it happen


prostate cancer

Effects Of Breast Cancer

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Where can I find information describing how technology has effected breast cancer in the past 10 years?
    I am doing a research paper for school on how technology has effected Breast Cancer and I have been unable to find what I am looking for. There is so much information out there that I was hoping with a little help I could narrow it down some.
    Thanks to anyone who will help with this information search.

    • ANSWER:
      Great statistics here:
      http://www.cancer.org/docroot/STT/stt_0.asp

      http://www.postgradmed.com/issues/2004/10_04/mirshahidi.htm

      And this one looks quite promising:
      http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?artid=1200808

      Best of luck!

  2. QUESTION:
    How do you know if you have breast cancer?
    Please Help me .
    How do you know if you have breast cancer ?
    What are some of thee effects of breast cancer ?
    What if your young and you think you might have it ?
    How do you explain that to your mom or bring it up in a conversation ?
    Please Help me ?

    • ANSWER:
      1) You feel a lump in your breast.

      2) You see a doctor URGENTLY

      3) Your doctor will run tests and tell you the results.

      If you have ANY doubts, see point 2)

  3. QUESTION:
    Who here has been effected by breast cancer?
    i was just wondering if anyone here in the horse section have been effected by breast cancer.just curious cause i lost both my grandmothers to it at a young age,one of which was big into the horses. so it is just a Curious question.

    • ANSWER:
      My mother died from breast cancer and its metastases in January 2007, she was in her 50s and died just a few months before my youngest child was born. Youngest child's other grandmother also died from breast cancer in her 50s, so obviously I worry about Lucie's future.

  4. QUESTION:
    Can someone tell me about breast cancer?
    I need sources for all answers...My two biggest questions are 'What are some causes of breast cancer?' and 'What are some environmental effects on breast cancer?'

    I would really appreciate it if someone would post an answer that's worth reading...and would answer soon.

    • ANSWER:
      There are no known causes for breast cancer, but there are many risk factors that increase the chances of contracting the disease. Some of these you can't control, like gender (100 times more common in women), age (nearly 8 out of 10 breast cancers are found in women over 50), and family history. Click the link below (from the American Cancer Society) for more info. It is a pretty comprehensive list.

      The strongest known environmental risk factor for breast cancer is exposure to ionizing radiation. A strong association has been observed between high dose exposure in atomic bomb survivors and persons undergoing prolonged radiation treatment. But few studies have been conducted of low dose occupational exposures or common medical procedures. A variety of factors have been identified as suspected environmental risk factors for breast cancer. These include: light at night (disruptions in melatonin secretion), hormone disruptors (including an extensive list of widespread compounds such as phthalates), environmental pollutants (hydrocarbons, organochlorines), and occupational exposures (chemical, radiation).

  5. QUESTION:
    How does being diabetic effect your treatments for breast cancer if at all?
    Just found out my grandma has breast cancer in both breasts and she is a diabetic and I'm scared that that could have an effect on her treatments. Just wanted to find out some more information

    • ANSWER:
      a good friend of mine has type 1 diabetes for the last 45 years and is now having problems with ovarian cancer.

      the cancer it self produces an insulin like action that makes the glucose numbers go down, and the patient to have to use less insulins.

      but the treatments don't necessarily help diabetics either. the chemo makes them so sick they cannot eat, so they must have whatever food they can keep on their stomachs reguardless of whether it is good for diabetics or not.

      Your grandmother should be on insulins to help control the glucose numbers while she is undergoing the treatments for the cancers. She is lucky to have both these in the 21st century! Treatments are much better than they were only 25 years ago.

      Much good luck to your grandmother beating this.

  6. QUESTION:
    Are men more likely to get prostate cancer or are women more likely to get breast cancer?
    I hear a lot about breast cancer but I do not here as much said about prostate cancer that effects men as the breast cancer that effects women.
    I have heard that prostate cancer is very rare for men in their twenties but that breast cancer effected some women at a yoyng age.

    • ANSWER:
      Most men who die of old age have prostate cancer and they simply succumb to something else

      Prostate cancer is super common and usually not a cause of death

  7. QUESTION:
    Writing a cause and effect paper on breast cancer?
    I am in the process of writing a cause and effect paper on breast cancer with primary focus on the BRCA1 gene as a tumor supressor. I am using detailed information from journal articles but I have no idea how to start or organize my paper. Can someone help me?

    • ANSWER:
      You will have to determine which causes or effects you're going to write about. For instance, if there are too many causes for you to deal with in the scope of your essay, you'll have to decide what are the main causes, the ones you have to treat, and then suggest to your reader that there are other, relatively minor, causes outside the scope of your essay.

      The cause and effect essay can end in a number of ways. It might be enough for your paper to point out causes or effects that people might not have thought of before, or to sort out those causes or effects so that people can grasp them with fresh insight or in a newly organized fashion. On the other hand, your essay might lead to a call for action based on patterns of cause and effect that you have perceived.

      A cause and effect paper often appears to be structured along the lines of a Process Essay, and the structure can, in fact, be similar. The difference, of course, is that a process essay explains how something works or how something came to be as it is, whereas a cause and effect essay explains why something works as it does or why it came to be what it is.

  8. QUESTION:
    Name the short and long term effects of Breast cancer?
    I'm doing a case study on a imaginery client. I have to pretend that she has breast cancer which she is currently receiving treatment for. Describe how it's going to affect her health now and later in the future.

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like home work. Look up "Breast cancer" on the net and work on from there.

  9. QUESTION:
    Recipes for Breast Cancer awareness book?
    Recipes for Breast Cancer awareness book?
    Please donate your stories and recipes.. I am walking the 3 day walk for breast cancer in Atlanta, and need to raise money in order to walk. I would love to make a cookbook that inspired my community and educated them on the effects of breast cancer, all the while giving a recipe with something yummy to eat!! I would love to include your favorite recipes and also include inspirational stories.
    Livia- Let me tell you this..If it weren't for that RESEARCH my mother would not be here today to watch my younger brothers grow up. If it weren't for that RESEARCH then early detection would not have saved her life. While you may have your "opinions" on the matter, whether right or wrong, all I KNOW is that because of the money raised and donations being made, they are making advancements. As to whether or not they have a cure, I dont know...NOR DO YOU...But they are making advancements, and they have made the progress and have saved lives. And as far as people suffering and dying from it...Yeh I live it everyday...I work in hospice. So I WILL do this walk. I WILL raise the money. I WILL make this cookbook.

    And you, your a sad individual. Maybe me raising this money will one day save YOUR LIFE. or your DAUGHTERS life. or YOUR mothers life. or your SISTERS life. I'm a nursing student myself, I'm far from uneducated. So before you judge me lady, take a walk

    • ANSWER:
      I think this tools can help you.
      Use customize google search for look for recipes.

      http://theclickinfo.com/recipesearch.go

  10. QUESTION:
    How can I deal with a relative that has breast cancer?
    Found out my grandma has breast cancer. I'm really stressed out and I dont know what to do. I'm worried about effect is gonna have mainly on my dad. I'd like to know of anyone dealing with or that has gone thru the same thing and would like to offer advice.

    • ANSWER:
      I am going through a recurrence of breast cancer. It is stressful for the family but everyone is supporting each other. If someone cries, it's okay. Let people talk if they want to. Be helpful if you are able to when things need to be done. My family gets together regularly and that helps all of us.

  11. QUESTION:
    What should be my need statement for a persuasive speech about breast cancer?
    I am writing a persuasive speech in Monroe's Motivated Sequence Format about breast cancer and how it can effect a woman's lifestyle. I have the Attention Getter written, but I have to find a need, or a problem, that I can argue for or against. I am thinking about stating why breast cancer research needs more funding, but I can't find any supporting evidence of that online. The problem also needs an opposing side.

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      We do not yet know what exactly causes breast cancer, we only know certain risk factors; therefore, we NEED to do more research to see what causes it.

      Opposing side: We already know the risk factors and people should be educated what they should do to prevent breast cancer and we don't need to spend more money, that can be used for more urgent purposes, than to study something that we already know how to prevent.

  12. QUESTION:
    How common is it for an adult in the US to be unaware of breast cancer?
    I'm very concerned that too few people are educated and aware of breast cancer, and the devastating effects it can have on women. How common is it to be ignorant of this? Would it be beneficial to conduct additional public awareness campaigns, and include more pink giveaway items?

    • ANSWER:
      I'm going to bet the number is pretty small. Even the NFL spends a whole month with pink stuff all over the players to promote an awareness of it.

  13. QUESTION:
    What are the chances of my mother surviving breast cancer?
    My mom has had bumps before in the past, but they were able to take them out and I'm pretty sure that it wasn't cancer. She just had a mammogram and they saw something suspicious. They did a biopsy and it turned out to be cancer. So I guess my mom has breast cancer. She's very religious and thinks that God will heal her. I don't necessarily believe that but I haven't said anything because I definitely believe in the placebo effect. What are the survival rates of women with breast cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      If you're asking about survival rates for breast cancer, according to statistics it's improving for over twenty years and a number of women have been effectively healed. The most current five-year survival rate for women with breast cancer is 86%. God will really help your mom. I know she can survive the battle against breast cancer. Just be positive and always ask the help of God. Hope this helps!

  14. QUESTION:
    Effects Of Breast Cancer Review What Do you Thing About Breast Cancer?
    Hello there Feel Free To give some Comment about Effects Of Breast Cancer...

    • ANSWER:
      Breast cancer is related with the disease where malignant cells develop in the breasts. These malignant cells develop most often in the inner lining of milk ducts. This disease occurs in different ways in different people with different complications and with different sign and symptoms. That is why this disease is known as heterogeneous. Usually it is more aggressive in younger women.

      Each and every person must be aware of the sign and symptoms of cancer to save their life. It is not necessary that all the breast lumps may be cancerous only. But the most common symptom of breast cancer in both men and women is the swollen lymph nodes in the underarm and a lump or thickening of the breast. Sometimes there may be lump in the area above the collar bone. This condition indicates the spread of the cancer to the lymph nodes.

      You Can Refer To Source for more information

  15. QUESTION:
    Suggestions for a Team name for a Breast Cancer walk?
    Hey Everyone :)
    My family is planning on participating in a Local Breast cancer walk/run and we are trying to figure out a meaningful team name.
    We are all walking for my aunt (Teresa) as well as for all the other people who are effected by breast cancer.
    Any suggestions???? Last year we formed a team for one of my other aunts and we called ourselves "Rhonda's Rock"..

    • ANSWER:
      " Check yourself "
      I would design the t-shirt with a (check mark) - UR - self
      I can't draw this for you here. (I'm not an artist anyway.)
      It's an awareness message.
      People often take their health for granted.
      The key to breast carcinoma is early detection.
      Find it early = high cure rate.
      Most of my breast cancer patients - many hundreds of them - found their own breast lumps.
      The earlier - the better.
      But this is not a disease of teens.
      Amazing how many teens on YA are worried about breast cancers.
      People can be their best doctors.
      Check themselves.
      Maintain a normal body weight.
      Never touch tobacco in any form.
      Kinda like an apple a day keeps the doctor away.
      Still true today. So simple.

  16. QUESTION:
    What are the side effects of taking thyroid medication?
    I've heard that one of the side effects is ovarian cancer, as well as breast cancer and on the minor scale, hair loss. Is this true?

    • ANSWER:
      Hairloss is a symptom of the condition, though a few people have experienced more hairloss on Sythroid. If that's the case, a simple med change helps.

      I have never heard of the ovarian cancer risk, but I have heard of the breast cancer risk. I think its more about the condition than the medication. I am taking a small amount of iodine 6.25mg a day and will eventually take 12.5 mg per day to reduce this risk. It's important to be on thyroid medication if you need it because metabolism effects so many symptoms within the body.

  17. QUESTION:
    What is it like to live with breast cancer?
    I have to write a report on breast cancer and we have to include what our lives would be like if we had the disease and i have no clue and the internet doesn't help much.

    • ANSWER:
      For some people breast cancer can be life changing. Certain chemotherapy drugs can cause permanent heart (congestive heart failure) or nerve damage. Sometimes married women end up getting divorced as their husbands can't cope, or their marriage was already on the rocks. However, most people are able to take it in stride and go on with their lives without much lasting side effects.

      I am coming up on my 6 year anniversary of being diagnosed. I had surgery, chemo and radiation. Because I opted for a lumpectomy without any reconstructive surgery, one breast is smaller than the other and the scar caused lasting numbness in that breast. Someone once described chemo treatment as being similar to being pregnant, you get nauseous, tired, moody, constipated and nine months later you have a bald headed baby.

      If you want some more first hand experiences, check out Avon-3 Day or Susan Komen web site.

  18. QUESTION:
    What treatment is out there for small brain tumors that come from breast cancer?
    My daughter has tumors now in her brain from the breast cancer. The breast cancer tumors stopped growing and shrank slightly from treatment with ixempra and xeloda. What treatment works best for the brain tumors?

    • ANSWER:
      Here are some links to information and resources. You have to trust the oncologist and neurologist and pray for her...she could consider joining a clinical trial..

      Brain Tumor Information

      http://www.clinicaltrials.gov/ct/search?term=brain+tumors&submit=Search (brain tumor clinical trials…hit map tab for local trials and don’t forget to turn pages)
      http://www.braintumor.org/patient_info/links/clinical_trials/ (clinical trials)
      http://www.cancer.gov/clinicaltrials/results/brain (results of brain cancer clinical trials)
      http://www.braintumor.org/patient_info/ask_a_professional/ (click on “email a professional” to ask a question about brain tumors)
      http://www.braintumor.org/patient_info/links/physician_listings/ (neurologist link listings..to find a physician)
      http://www.braintumor.org/patient_info/surviving/ (diagnosis and treatment of brain tumors)
      http://www.braintumor.org/patient_info/surviving/brain_anatomy/index2.html (National Brain Tumor Foundation…brain anatomy…run the hand over the brain to view areas and a function box will appear underneath the illustration)
      http://www.braintumor.org/patient_info/surviving/treatment/index.html (common brain tumor treatments and side effects)
      http://www.braintumor.org/patient_info/surviving/treatment_center_database/index.html (treatment center database)
      http://www.braintumor.org/patient_info/surviving/survivor_stories/index.html (survivor stories)
      http://www.braintumor.org/patient_info/surviving/faq/index.html (frequently asked questions)
      http://www.braintumor.org/patient_info/links/brain_tumor_orgs/ (link list of brain tumor organizations)
      http://www.braintumor.org/patient_info/links/alternative_therapy/ (alternative therapy links)
      http://www.braintumor.org/patient_info/links/treatment_resources/ (treatment resources links)
      http://www.braintumor.org/patient_info/links/other_sites/ (related sites link list)
      http://www.braintumor.org/patient_info/connecting_and_coping/support_groups/find.asp (brain tumor support groups)
      http://www.braintumor.org/patient_info/connecting_and_coping/support_groups/online.html (brain tumor online support groups)
      http://www.braintumor.org/patient_info/connecting_and_coping/support_groups/pediatric.html (pediatric support groups…listed for other readers who might need…)
      http://www.braintumor.org/patient_info/connecting_and_coping/message_boards/ (brain tumor message boards)
      http://www.braintumor.org/patient_info/connecting_and_coping/caregivers_corner/ (caregivers corner)
      http://www.braintumor.org/patient_info/links/cancer_orgs/ (link list of cancer organizations)
      http://www.braintumor.org/patient_info/links/financial_assistance/ (financial assistance link list)

      Disability help
      http://www.new-horizons.org/ (organization to help the disabled..resource)
      http://www.new-horizons.org/faqcat.html (frequently asked questions about disability
      help)

      Medicine help
      http://www.pparx.org (partnership for prescription alliance…help with free or low cost medicines)
      http://www.copays.org/ (Patient Advocate Organization…copay assistance for malignant brain tumors)

      Nutrition and Support for cancer patients
      http://www.cancer.org/docroot/MBC/MBC_6.asp? (nutrition for cancer patients)
      http://www.cancer.org/docroot/MIT/mit_0.asp (supporting cancer patients)

      3 books on disease symptoms and treatments

      you could also get these books on ebay or amazon or a half price book store. (last two are very similar)..
      1.Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine
      2.Handbook of Diseases (Lippencott)
      3.Professional Guide to Diseases (Springhouse)

  19. QUESTION:
    Does taking tamoxifen for breast cancer treatment induce cancer of the uterus ?
    What are the side effects of Tamoxifen ? What body organs are affected with cancer after having breast cancer before it reaches your uterus ?

    • ANSWER:
      Why it decreases the incidence of breast cancer reoccurrence it increases your chances of developing uterine cancer. You need to have pelvic ultrasounds done and if there is any thickening of your uterus you will need to have an endometrial biopsy done. If you have any vaginal bleeding you must inform your oncologist so they can arrange a biopsy.. I had breast cancer and have pasted the 5 year mark with the tamoxifen and am now on femera. Along the way I have had 3 biopsy's done, all were negative.

  20. QUESTION:
    what are the side effects for premarin?
    im 18 and i take premarin (the vaginal cream) for breast enlargment. i heard about many side effects like breast cancer and the dark patchs on skin. im light skinned so i dont want it obviously cause it could show more. should i stop takin it? im not sure if itll work or not cause the premarin side effect is breast enlargment, and i want it to work for sure not a possiblitly. should i stop?

    • ANSWER:
      hair loss/thinning, crankiness/moodiness, bloating, blood clots, weight gain.

  21. QUESTION:
    Is it safe for a girl to be taking birth control pills if her mother had breast cancer?
    I have a friend who is interested in taking the pill to prevent pregnancy. She is 25 years old and is in very good health. However, her mother had breast cancer when she was 50. Thanks to chemo, her mother has since fully recovered and his now in good health (it was a rather mild case). Will a very low does pill like YAZ or Triphasil be safe for my friend? She'll probably only be using it for a few years.

    • ANSWER:
      High levels of estrogen are known to increase the risk of developing breast cancer because estrogen stimulates the mammary glands/ducts (this is actually why some women experience sore, swollen breasts when they ovulate). If it is in her family history she would already be at an increased risk and most doctors would be wary of prescribing a birth control containing estrogen.

      The good news is, you can get birth control which doesn't use synthetic estrogen. It is either a progestin-only pill ("minipill") or some other form like the Mirena hormonal IUD (also uses progestin). Progestin can actually decrease the risk of uterine and ovarian cancer (estrogen has an even better decreasing effect on these types of cancer), and doesn't have any known effect on the risk of breast cancer. Progestin-only methods are more likely to cause depression, loss of sex drive, irregular period and spotting/breakthrough bleeding than combined pills. There are a lot of potential side effects associated with hormonal birth control, but most women do OK on it and usually the side effects go away within the first three months.

      Your friend would be best off talking to an experienced gynecologist and a pharmacist to get more information. They would be able to figure out if her risk of breast cancer is too high to use estrogen or if she is within reasonable range.

  22. QUESTION:
    Why would breast cancer be more important than other cancers?
    There is a lot media coverage on breast cancer than any others. Many more organizations gather funds for that cause than any other type of cancer. Why? Why would people divide their efforts and independently search for cures against that specific type of cancer? Wouldn't it be way more efficient to have a single (possibly international) organization to gather funds for developing a cure against cancer, since it's the exact same illness in breasts than in intestines and everywhere else?
    I know that cancer is an umbrella term, but in molecular terms, the same imbalances and genetic defects give rise to all types of cancer. Sure, many environmental factors give rise to the different types of cancer:
    -Skin cancer is mostly caused by UV damage to DNA;
    -Evidences point to the bacterium Helicobacter Pilori as a cause of stomach cancer;
    -Lung cancers are mostly caused by carcinogens in cigarettes and asbestos;

    But breast cancer is on par with all the other types of cancer in terms of ultimate cause: a genetic defect. Cells don't go astray, they simply execute the genetic information they have; and if part of that information is missing or abnormal, either the cell dies (by apoptosis) or forms cancer

    I'm not discriminating women or any such ridiculous thing! That person "..." clearly has a biased opinion of others.
    My point is, why not putting more emphasis on "fighting CANCER" than fighting "breast cancer," if the solutions to breast cancers are the same than for any other

    • ANSWER:
      There is more coverage for 2 reasons: 1 - it is the #3 killer of women, and 2 -more famous people are being diagnosed, and thus are in the news. As for a global fund gathering, ALL countries would have to agree on something, and that will never happen -- our govt. can't even agree within itself...

      Another reason there is more of it in the news is that the generation known as Baby Boomers are getting older, and most often it hits older women. Also, people with similar types cancer tend to gravitate to each other for support, etc.

      People. for example. with lung cancer will care most about it, rather than other cancers. Take myself as a better example: I am in terminal stage breast cancer, and quite frankly, I could care less about other cancers at this point.

      And my last point about the "popularity" [a disgusting term], of breast cancer -- is due to mental effect it causes. Having a doctor say you may lose a breast or part of one to surgery is equal to telling a man he would have to lose all or part of his manhood.

      So please... a little sensitivity for what we go through, okay? Thanks.

  23. QUESTION:
    Is it advisable to take HRT after the removal of uterus and ovaries?
    I am afraid to take this HRT tablets due to the side effects..e.g.breast cancer..but the doctor says ill have more physical changes if I wont...are there any options?

    • ANSWER:
      The condition you will see is sudden menopause. The hormone replacement therapy will reduce, not cure, the next phase of your body adjusting to the removal of the ovaries. Hot flashes, night sweats, day sweats, dizziness, headache, lack of sex drive. Ask your MD to give you the handout paper on menopause.

  24. QUESTION:
    What percent of women that get breast cancer are obese?
    I've noticed that a majority of women who get breast cancer are obese.
    Denise: It is just something I noticed during breast cancer month. I noticed most women who have the 'i am a survivor tshirt' were obese. Just on observation, so I thought I would see what % of women who have breast cancer were obese.
    aburn's rush...did I offend you with this question...should I have said 'plus size' instead? No need for your foul language.
    denise, also there is a strong correlation between fat peopel and diseases. This specific question is directed at obese women.
    my guess is from the lack of answers that most of the women on this board that have been belittling me are obese

    • ANSWER:
      Overweight after the menopause slightly increases the risk of breast cancer.

      Overweight is also linked to some other types of cancer; for example, some studies indicate that obese men are at greater risk of dying from prostate cancer and some studies show that being overweight causes a small increase in the risk of pancreatic cancer.

      I wondered initially how you came to have seen the 'majority' of women who had or have had breast cancer; thanks for the clarification - you saw some obese women wearing breast cancer survivor t shirts. I see.

      Cancer treatments can cause weight gain; it is very common now for people receiving chemotherapy to gain weight as a result of the steroids given with it, and breast cancer patients are no exception.

      In addition, as Chemo angel has pointed out, many women with oestrogen positive breast cancers (and that's the overwhelming majority) are required to take hormone therapy treatments for five yeas after diagnosis and treatment. They do it so as not to die, and so the fact that a very common side effect is weight gain, while distressing for many, is viewed preferable to recurrence.

      I haven't seen the majority of breast cancer patients and survivors, but I have known hundreds and they have been of all shapes and sizes, the majority being of average weight. I can't give you all their names, but it may be interesting for you to contemplate a short list of people who've had breast cancer some of whom you might have heard of (you can look up the ones you haven't). How many cases of obesity can you spot?

      Kylie Minogue, Sheryl Crow, Martina Navrataloa, Christina Applegate, Olivia Newton John, Linda McCartney, Jill Ireland, Edie Falco, Melissa Etheridge , Gloria Steinem, Kate Jackson, Dihann Carroll, Suzanne Somers, Carly Simon, Jaclyn Smith, Peggy Fleming (olympic ice skating champ).

      And in answer to another question you asked re physical exercise and breast cancer, note the presence of two world class athletes among that very short list...

  25. QUESTION:
    How long will a dog live if we leave her breast cancer untreated?
    I noticed a small lump about the size of half of my thumb on my dog's nipple and a rice-sized lump near another one. It feels hard when you touch it but my dog doesn't seem to be in pain when we press on it. We think it's breast cancer but my parents say that since she's already 12 years old there's not point spending so much money on such a risky surgery.

    How long will she live from now if we don't do the surgery?

    How big will the tumor grow?

    And will she be in pain if we don't do the surgery?

    • ANSWER:
      Well, first you would have to know that it is in fact cancer and the only way to tell for sure is to go to a vet. Many older dogs develop fatty tissue tumours that aren't cancerous and are just a side effect of the aging on their body. Dogs are more prone to liver cancer than anything else.

      Assuming it is cancer (which I'm not convinced that it is), she'll likely last about 6 months.

      The tumours can grow to any size but don't often get larger than a golf ball.

      And yes, if it is tumour, in her later stages she will be in a great amount of pain (just like any human that has cancer). The tumours press on tissues and nerves and cause high amounts of pain. If you should choose not to do anything, your dog will suffer. If you discover it is cancer and can't be bothered spending the money on surgery and treatment, the most humane thing you can do is to put your dog down and end the suffering of the poor animal.

  26. QUESTION:
    Just what are the benefits of hormone replacement therapy?
    I was taking hrt but decided to stop because of the possible side effects, which include breast cancer and ovarian cancer. I don't really notice a difference since I have been off and was wondering just what are the benefits.

    • ANSWER:
      HRT is supposed to keep you having the benefits of the hormones (estradiol and progesterone) that your ovaries are not producing anymore after menopause. Those benefits include preventing bone loss, and protection against atherosclerosis, which can lead to cardiovascular problems. It can also alleviate some of the less damaging side-effects of menopause, ie hot flashes, vaginal dryness, bad skin condition, ect.

      It is true however that it can promote breast and ovarian cancers because in most cases, these cancers grow in presence of estrogens and progestagens.

      If your family has a history of BC or OC, it is a very good decision to stop taking hrt.

      However, some alternative, still experimental hrt's are being developped which use a medication called a SERM (Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulator) combined to the hormone DHEA, rather than estrogen & progestagen. The SERM (a type of medication that is also used against breast cancer) has a good effect on bone & artheries while having the reverse effect on breast and uterus.

  27. QUESTION:
    What are my risks of developing Breast Cancer? How can I reduce the risk?
    My great grandma's, one of my great aunts, and two of my aunts Have had breast cancer. allot of them had it in there 30's and 40's. My grandma did not have breast cancer, but had ovarian cancer. My mom has been tested, but luckily came negative so far.
    Sorry, only one of my great gandmas had it.

    • ANSWER:
      Only 5-10% of breast cancer cases are due to hereditary factors, the rest are random.

      You say that your mother has been tested and found negative - do you mean she has been tested for one of the faulty BRCA genes that are the cause of hereditary cancer?

      Although most cases aren't hereditary, with your family history, and particularly with most of the family members being young when they got it, it does sound as if you might be at increased risk - unless your mother has tested negative for the faulty genes, in which case I think I'm right in saying you won't have the gene.

      That's the first thing you need to know; your mother may already know whether your relatives' cancer was hereditary.

      Other than hereditary factors, nobody knows what causes breast cancer, and so nobody knows how to prevent it. No foods or diets have been shown to have any effect. I used to think my organic vegan diet would protect me from cancer, but it didn't.

      There are known risk factors, some avoidable and some not, but they ARE only risk factors; having one, some or all of them does not mean you will get breast cancer, and many, many people who are diagnosed with breast cancer have none of these risk factors. They are:

      Genetic – but only 5-10% of breast cancers are genetic/hereditary

      Getting older - the greatest risk factor

      Having children at an older age or not at all. The more children a woman has may also slightly lower her risk. Breast-feeding helps protect against the disease. The longer a woman breastfeeds her children, the more she lowers her risk.

      Starting periods at a younger than average age (under 12) or having a late menopause (after 55)
      .
      Taking the contraceptive pill or hormone replacement therapy (HRT) causes a small increase in risk. However, the risk gradually returns to normal after you stop taking them.

      Being overweight (especially after the menopause).

      Regularly drinking more than 1 unit of alcohol per day slightly increases the risk of breast cancer.

      Having a previous diagnosis of breast cancer increases the risk of developing a new cancer in the other breast.

      As I said though, someone may tick all of these boxes, and never get cancer.

  28. QUESTION:
    How can you prevent breast cancer and what are the causes of it?
    Is is genetic or can you prevent breast cancer? I'm interested...

    • ANSWER:
      Causes

      Nobody really knows for sure what causes breast cancer yet. But factors that can increase a woman's risk include heredity, early puberty, late childbearing, obesity, and lifestyle factors such as heavy alcohol consumption and smoking. The biggest risk factor for breast cancer is age -- just growing older. Most breast cancers occur in women over the age of 50, and women over 60 are at the highest risk.

      Changes in certain genes (BRCA1, BRCA2, and others) make women more susceptible to breast cancer. Genetic testing can determine whether a woman has these abnormal genes.

      A woman's risk for developing breast cancer increases if her mother, sister, daughter, or two or more other close relatives, such as cousins, have a history of breast cancer, especially at a young age. However, 85% of women who develop breast cancer have NO known family history of the disease.

      Prevention

      1. Self breast exams do not prevent but if caught early the chances of survival are alot higher.

      2. if you are overweight, you can seek to lose excess pounds, which may reduce your risk of breast cancer.

      3. Limit alcohol. A strong link exists between alcohol consumption and breast cancer. The type of alcohol consumed — wine, beer or mixed drinks — seems to make no difference. To help protect against breast cancer, limit alcohol to less than one drink a day or avoid alcohol completely.

      4. Stay physically active. Regular exercise can help you maintain a healthy weight and, as a consequence, may aid in lowering your risk of breast cancer. Aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise on most days of the week. If you haven't been particularly active in the past, start your exercise program slowly and gradually work up to a greater intensity. Try to include weight-bearing exercises such as walking, jogging or aerobics. These have the added benefit of keeping your bones strong.

      5. Consider limiting fat in your diet. Results from the most definitive study of dietary fat and breast cancer risk to date suggest a slight decrease in risk of invasive breast cancer for women who eat a low-fat diet. But the effect is modest at best. However, by reducing the amount of fat in your diet, you may decrease your risk of other diseases, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and stroke. And a low-fat diet may protect against breast cancer in another way if it helps you maintain a healthy weight — another factor in breast cancer risk. For a protective benefit, limit fat intake to less than 35 percent of your daily calories and restrict foods high in saturated fat.

      other factors are beyond your control. For instance, you can't change your gender. Women are much more likely than men to have breast cancer. This is mostly because women have more estrogen and progesterone in their bodies. These hormones stimulate breast cell growth—both normal and abnormal. Also, you can't stop growing older. Aging is the biggest risk factor for breast cancer (besides being a woman).

  29. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to prevent breast cancer?
    (1 in 8 US women will have breast cancer; 1 in 24 Philippine women. Is it what they do eat - or what they don't eat ... or .... ?)

    • ANSWER:
      One clue to decreasing the risk of breast cancer is using virgin coconut oil for food. The Philippine women who move to the USA or to urban centers in the Philippines show as high of rates of breast cancer as American women - ruling out a genetic factor. But it is not possible at present to say if there is something in industrialized foods that actually causes increased incidence of breast cancer. Raloxifene actually causes a relatively minor reduction in breast cancer incidence, and though it was touted to have less side effects than Tamoxifene, these were not statistically significant - making it a profit-oriented hype campaign from the pharmaceutical industry much more than a serious medical breakthrough supported by legitimate scientific research. The FDA approved it because it's true, that it is therapeutically effective - but the risk-benefit advantage is not at all obvious.

  30. QUESTION:
    What do you think of the NC woman who was denied custody of her kids because she has breast cancer?
    I saw this story on the news. Supposedly a North Carolina woman was denied custody of her children because she has stage 4 breast cancer. The judge said that the children need more contact with the non-ill parent than the ill parent. What do you think of this situation?

    • ANSWER:
      I think it is a good idea that the judge is thinking in the best interest of the children. They will still get to be with their mother, but at the same time build a good bond with their father for when the most likely situation of the mother passes, actually happens. Plus, who will watch the children while the mother, if she goes through treatments, is sick from the medications, cannot get up to bathe or clean or cook? They need someone capable of taking care of them.

      This isnt just about a mother loving her children, but the lasting effects that these decisions will have on the children.

  31. QUESTION:
    Cake designs for Breast Cancer Awareness?
    I am going to be baking some cakes for a Breast Cancer Awareness Event next month to put in a cake/cupcake walk. I already know what I'm going to do for most of them, but I wanted to do at least one Pink Ribbon themed cake and one bunch of cupcakes. Does anyone have any ideas, tips or websites I could go to to check out ideas?
    Thank you for any answers, it will be very much appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      Okay, the cupcakes can be positioned like the pink ribbon thingy and frosted all pink. Done.

      You can do two round cakes together on a sheet and decorate like a bustier or a bikini top if you want, it would get a laugh if tastefully done.

      Do a cake with a "sailor arm" that has the stereotypical "MOM" tatoo on it. Then write something to the effect of, Do it for Mom, support breast cancer research. The sailor arm could have a pink ribbon in the hand or something.

      Do an old fashioned style cake with the trellis and rose design, maybe with a pretty white rocker on it with a kitten on the rocker. Say something like "Help her stay around to smell the roses."

  32. QUESTION:
    What is the diffrence between breast cancer and a tumor?
    My aunt used to have breast cancer but is cured. A tumor appeared by her lower back and it shrunk, it broke her rib though (either her rib or something else she just can't move her body or it hurts)

    • ANSWER:
      Cancer metastasizes, wherein the tumor cells spread to other locations in the body via the lymphatic system or through the bloodstream. These three malignant properties of cancer differentiate malignant tumors from benign tumors,directly invade locally, or metastasize to regional lymph nodes or distant body sites like brain, bone, liver, or other organs.

      In your aunt's case, metastasized form, tertiary stage. Target therapy is worth trying. We treated one such case in 2011 and no side effects.

      Cause: The endocrine glands produce hormones to regulate human traits, namely, Kama [desire], Krodha[anger], Lobha[Selfishness and greed]Moha[[love], Mada[lust] and matsaryas[affections]. Hormonal Imbalance is the root cause of all the chronic and dreaded & incurable diseases/syndromes or it may also be congenital due to genetic predispositions.
      The symptoms cited---------an offshoot of blocked energy + accumulated toxins in Brain, Spinal cord, liver, lungs, Thyroid & Parathyroid, breast[s], lymphatic system, Kidneys, Spleen, gonads, hormonal imbalance with a displaced solar plexus.
      Target Therapy is worth trying. Why? Because----

      TARGET THERAPY* It is the God-given therapy communicated to the mankind through THE RIGVEDA, one of the Hindu scriptures.

      Target Therapy with the aid of Acupressure Techniques & Indian Natural Remedies, comprising Ayurveda-[ Using Patented Ayurveda Food & Nutrition Supplements manufactured India and USA, approved by USFDA, in KOSHER, HALAL, GMP, ISO ETC., and made available at Stores in your vicinity in 40 countries all over the globe. No Side Effects.], Homeopathy, Bio-chemic salts, Herbal Remedies, Yoga/Meditation, Magneto-therapy, Sidha, etc., U can have sizable & perceivable cure/relief in 45-90 days. @ no/affordable costs, No side effects, and No Hospitalization.
      U may try it for any incurable disease including cancer of any organ[s], post-surgical recurrence of tumors, Leukemia, ADD/ADHD, HIV/AIDS, Crohn’s Syndrome, Gilbert’s Syndrome, colon cancer, Thalassemia, Alzheimer’s Syndrome, Muscular Dystrophy, Autism, bone TB., Tinnitus, all brain & spinal cord disorders, CLL, Crohn’s Syndrome, endometriosis, etc.,

      PS. If satisfied/benefited with, inform others to browse 'Yahoo Answers’ on any health issue.

  33. QUESTION:
    would someone please tell me how long before you start feeling the effects of chemo?
    I am taking my mother for her first round of chemo wednesday.She has breast cancer. I am wondering how long it will take before she starts feeling some of the effects. She has to have it once every 3 wks for 4 mos.

    • ANSWER:
      It varies from person to person, as do the side effects.

      When I had chemo for breast cancer, I began to feel a little nauseous about 12 hours after my first chemo, but the real side effects - constant nausea, exhaustion, painful constipation - didn't kick in for a couple of days.

      Typically, a patient feels worst in the week or so following each chemo; then you begin to feel a little more like yourself, though still very tired. As I said, the symptoms vary from person to person, but this is a common pattern.

      Nausea is pretty much inescapable, but if your mother actually vomits she should contact the hospital straight away to discuss changing her meds; modern anti-sickness drugs are very effective.

      Hair loss, if the chemo regime she is on causes hair loss (her oncologist will have told her), typically starts around the time of the second chemo - mine started 2 days before my second chemo..

      It's a good idea to cut the hair very short before chemo starts; when the hair is preparing to fall, the scalp gets very tender and the shorter the hair, the less the discomfort.

      It's also a good idea to shave the head when hair loss starts, if not before. You never realise how much hair you have until it begins to fall out, and it gets EVERYWHERE - on your furniture and carpets, in your food, on your clothes...

      The steroids often cause increased appetite and many people actually put on weight during chemotherapy. Bland carbohydrate is often the food that appeals most - for me it was mashed potato.

      A metallic taste in the mouth is common; sucking pineapple chunks, especially frozen ones, helps with this.

      My best wishes to your mother; please email me if I can be of further help

  34. QUESTION:
    What's with all this breast cancer stuff? Why are we only focusing all of our energy on 1 disease?
    Plus, why does the breast cancer movement only use women as examples? I'm starting to thing that this whole "pink" thing is kind of sexist.
    And that's why people focus on it. Because it effects women. That's my point.

    • ANSWER:
      People don't focus on it because it effects women. It was women who started it and companies started using it as a marketing tool.

      Because you are an IGNORANT and bitter troll, let me explain....

      1) Your dislike of women will do nothing to improve the health of men - seek therapy.
      2) Research into any form of cancer, improves our knowledge base of ALL cancers.

  35. QUESTION:
    Does wearing your bra to bed increase your chances of getting breast cancer?
    I've heard from people sleeping in your bra can cause breast cancer. Is this true?

    • ANSWER:
      No, it's nonsense.

      There are a number of stories circulating about bras and breast cancer - and they are all untrue.

      You can't get or increase your risk of breast cancer by sleeping in a bra; or by wearing a tight bra, wearing a wired bra, wearing a bra 24/7, not wearing a bra or any of the other nonsense you might hear.

      Breast cancer, like other cancers, happens when normal cells change so that they behave in an uncontrolled way; your underwear cannot trigger this process or have any effect on it.

      Have a look at any reputablle breast cancer charity or information site; you won't find bras listed among the risk factors on any of them

      Do what's comfortable for you

  36. QUESTION:
    What should my mom tell her students about her breast cancer and chemo.?
    My mom recently go diagnosed with breast cancer and she is a 5th grade teacher. She is going to start school soon but is concerned about what or how much to tell her students about this. She will be losing her hair in about 2 weeks. What should she do?

    • ANSWER:
      I have a 5th grader. I think she should tell them that she has been diagnosed with cancer and she is taking medicine to get rid of it. One of the side effects of the medicine is that her hair will fall out. She might also tell them that she might miss some days at school because the medicine will make her feel bad. She should tell them enough facts that they know what's going on, but not so much detail that it's too scary for them. She might also consider having a parent meeting to let the parents know what's going on so they can help their kids deal with it at home.

  37. QUESTION:
    How do lutein and zeaxanthin affect breast cancer?
    I'm reading conflicting things on this. Some say it helps breast cancer, some say it hurts.

    I know all say its good for eyes.

    I'm looking for info on breast cancer and pls post websites- thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Apparently they have a small protective effect.
      Try searching google scholar for yourself.
      Here's one reference I found ...

  38. QUESTION:
    What could possibly happen to me in the coming years?
    4 years ago i had this surgery where they removed my uterus and ovaries because of severe endometriosis.I am not taking any hormonal tablets for fear of having more problems caused by their side effects,e.g breast cancer..I am 34 years old and no kids...
    thanks Papaw for the positive feedback.!I appreciate it.

    • ANSWER:
      there are a lot of controversies about taking estrogen tabs.,so its better not to take them.Eat the right kinds of food and drink plenty of milk bec. you are prone to osteoporosis. have a positive outlook in life.there are others who are in worse condition than you.having no kids is not unusual nowadays,you can always adopt if you want.there are a lot of homeless children in the world...there are a lot of solutions in life,Stay healthy!

  39. QUESTION:
    How does sleeping in a bra cause breast cancer?
    is there any websites to explain HOW it cause breast cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      No, there are no websites which explain how sleeping in a bra causes breast cancer, because IT DOESN'T.

      Cancer, including breast cancer, happens when normal cells change so that they grow in an uncontrolled way. This uncontrolled growth causes a tumour to form. Your underwear can't trigger this process, and has no effect on it whether you're asleep or awake, no matter how tight it is or how long you wear it for, or whether it's wired or af the other rumours that go round about bras and cancer..

      Check any reputable breast cancer charity or information site. You won't find 'wearing a bra' listed as a risk factor on any of them.

      Here's what the American Cancer Society says about this myth:

      http://www.cancer.org/docroot/MED/content/MED_6_1x_Underwire_Bras.asp?sitearea=MED

      In fact that page is very useful for checking out any rumours you hear or emails you receive about the causes of cancer:

      http://www.cancer.org/docroot/MED/MED_6_1_Rumors.asp

  40. QUESTION:
    Is it possible for girls of around the age of thirteen to get breast cancer?
    im thirteen and breats cancer runs in my family. i was just wondering if i can get breast cancer now, and what the symptoms are.

    • ANSWER:
      It is extremely EXTREMELY rare for a 13 year old girl to get breast cancer (i'm talking a 1 in 1000000 chance).

      Fortunately breast cancer has a trend to discriminate (contrary to what was said above). You will find that around 9/10 breast cancers occur in women over the age of 50 years. You will also find that 9/10 breast lumps are not cancerous.

      Symptoms of breast cancer usually include any of the following and usually more then one-

      1. a breast lump (that feels like a stone)
      2. a change in the shape and appearance of the breast (you are at the stage of puberty so your breasts are probably changing anyway. When i say change in appearance i mean an in-dint or dimpling or a strange rash that does not go away)
      3. a discharge (fluid) from the nipple
      4. breast pain is a rare symptom and is usually due to hormones.

      I would not worry about it at your age, but it is good that you are well aware that you maybe at risk in the future. When you are older, you should talk to your doctor about when you should start getting mammograms (scans of your breasts). You should maybe talk to your mum about it, as it may effect her as well.

  41. QUESTION:
    Can a teenage girl develop breast cancer?
    I understand that this question has been asked many times, but I am not asking because I am concerned for my health. I am simply curious. Also, I apologize in advance if this question evokes memories of loved ones lost to this awful disease.
    So, could a teenage girl develop breast cancer? And if she could, would treating it be easier/harder than treating an older woman for the same disease at the same stage? Lastly, what are some treatments that the girl may receive to try and rid her of the cancer?
    Thank you all in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      Hello,

      I am glad to see that you are curious about breast cancer and the actions you can take to help reduce your risks.

      First off, yes, teenagers can get breast cancer. The likelihood of developing breast cancer under the age of 30 is low, accounting for only 0.5% of cancers but it is possible.

      Treating breast cancer for a teenager, man, or women is the same, the best course of action would be discussed between you and your doctor but may include chemotherapy, radiation, mastectomy, etc. This all depends on what stage you are in among other things.

      The good news is that there are things you can do now to reduce your risk of developing breast cancer in the future. This includes eating a healthy diet, getting 30 minutes of exercise per day, limiting your alcohol intake, and not smoking. Another very important thing is early detection, early detection is key to saving lives because the sooner you can catch the disease the less invasive the the treatments will be. There is not right or wrong way to do this, do whatever feels comfortable for you, I like to use my fingertips and feel in a circular motion around my breasts, armpit and collarbone area for lumps. Keep in mind that not all lumps mean breast cancer, they should be checked by your health care professional.

      Here is a complete list of things to look for: Lumps either in the breast, along the chest bone, and in the armpit area (these lumps do not come and go, but remain and may grow over time), unusual change in breast shape or size, changes in the skin of the breast (dimpling or puckering, thickening and discolouration – “orange peel” effect, redness, swelling and increased warmth), nipple changes (crusting, ulcers or scaling, inverted nipples – if it is sudden and not your norm, nipple discharge, itching of the nipple or breast)
      While these signs and symptoms may be due to other breast conditions, they should be checked by a trained health care professional. Talk to your doctor if you notice any of the above!

      For some women these are not changes but rather they are how they breast normally are, this is important to note, you should become familiar with how your breasts normally are. Breasts will develop and change over time during various stages of life – puberty, menstruation (monthly period), pregnancy and menopause. As a teenager going through puberty, they may notice the following: hair around the nipples, inverted nipples, nipple discharge, sensitivity or discomfort, swelling, tenderness, increased lumpiness, stretch marks, Montgomery bumps, and/or different sized breasts
      Some of these will disappear over time but some remain. What is “normal” for one person may not be normal for someone else.
      Everyone should know what is “normal” for them, and know what changes are normal over the course of the month. If something changes which is unexpected, talk to a health care professional.

      I hope this information helps.

  42. QUESTION:
    Need some Good ideas for Breast Cancer Awareness lacrosse fall ball team names?
    Where trying to get even more attention to Breast Cancer awareness through our Fall Ball Lacrosse Team because some of the kids mom's were effected and we need ideas, Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      C Cup

  43. QUESTION:
    Where can I find information about gano derma lucidum and a site named mygano cafe?
    I have heard about the effects ganoderma has on breast cancer and the benefits Gano Excel has on certain organs.

    • ANSWER:
      Hello John
      There are several sites you can take a look at. My first suggestion is to go to:www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15289852. Simply type in ganoderma lucidum in the search bar.
      For your second question the best place to understand Gano Excel, myganocafe, and how you use internet marketing to help your business I recommend: johnsonlinebiz.com, myganocafe.com/everythingsorganic, or myganocafe.com/lifechoices. Hope that helps!!

  44. QUESTION:
    Can you really get breast cancer from sleeping with the lights on?
    all right, i know you can get cancer from just about anything these days, but is it true that if you sleep with the lights on your at higher risk for breast cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      No, this isn't correct. It's probably another one of the silly rumors going around, like french fries and microwave popcorn. There's no way that lights can have an effect on your breasts, if you really think about it. I mean, if they did it while you were sleeping, don't you think that it would happen while you were awake too? Thus, it is baseless, and foolish.

  45. QUESTION:
    Does wearing tight bras have a link to breast cancer?
    I heard this, and wearing them at night, has a link to breast cancer, but then I also heard it is false. Anyone know for sure?

    • ANSWER:
      Nope, it's crap.

      There are a number of urban myths concerning breast cancer and bras - .you can't get breast cancer by wearing a badly-fitting bra either, or sleeping in a bra, or wearing an underwired bra or any kind of bra at all. Nor has the time of day - or night - you wear a bra have any effect.

      Breast cancer, like all other cancers, happens when normal cells change so that they grow in an uncontrolled way. This uncontrolled growth causes a tumour to form. Underwear has no effect on it.

  46. QUESTION:
    What are the side effects of having a mastectomy?
    My mum is going in hospital on the 7th to get a mastectomy, she has been diagnosed with malignant breast cancer. I want to know how long it takes her to heal and what are the possible side effects?

    • ANSWER:
      In the hospital on the day of surgery, you’ll change into a hospital gown and wait in a preoperative holding area. Some hospitals will allow you to have one or two friends or family members with you in the room.

      Your surgeon or a nurse may draw markings on your breast that show where the incision will be made. Usually this is done with a felt-tip marker. You’ll be sitting up while this happens so that the natural crease of your breast can be marked.

  47. QUESTION:
    What cancer charity can I donate to that fights cancer in men, women, and children equally?
    susan komen is a gender biased and sexist charity that only cares about women over the age of 50.

    Less then 1% of men get breast cancer and children even less.

    I believe in equality and know susan komen and breast cancer survivors have something against men and children or they would have created a charity that supports all EQUALLY
    Denise, it is obvious you are the one with the problem. You will only support breast cancer and thats it. No skin cancer, no prostate cancer, no brain cancer. Your feminist tirades are falling on deaf ears.

    • ANSWER:
      Since breast cancer strikes 1 out of every 8 women, you and everyone you know will be effected by breast cancer. Everyone has a mother, a sister, a grandma, a girlfriend, a wife. I'm sure most of the women who survive breast cancer have children and husbands who they love and care about. Women can get breast cancer at any age.

      If you developed a terminal disease you might, like many others, become a spokesperson. Celebrities do this. Like Michael Fox speaking out about finding a cure for Parkinson's disease, or Mary Tyler Moore, speaking for diabetics to better their care. People become passionate about a cause, because it has changed their life and they want to find a cure, not because they don't care about men and children.

      Your desire to donate to a cause that fights types of cancers that occur in all human beings of all ages is the positive part of your question. I think you could find this out by calling the American Cancer Association.

  48. QUESTION:
    Should the majority of Breast cancer awareness focus on male breast cancer?
    Even though women are number one victims of breast cancer some men die from it as well. Since society views this a woman only disease shouldn't they focus more effort on educating and helping men's breast cancer awareness?
    But that type of justification is used for giving more funding to women's heart disease. So why wouldn't it be acceptable in the reverse?

    • ANSWER:
      The right question is, shouldn't more money be spent on prostate cancer research than breast cancer research?

      Why? Because more men get prostate cancer than women get breast cancer. Because the side effects for successful treatment of prostate cancer (incontinence, impotence, sterility, bowel 'incontinence', inability of have an orgasm, dead or excised prostate gland, sometimes female hormone treatment or testicular removal) are much worse than the side effects of successful treatment of breast cancer (excised breast). Because the the prostate cancer death rate is equal to the breast cancer death rate. And because we have been spending three times as much for breast cancer research as prostate cancer research.

      Why do we we spend so much more for breast cancer research than for prostate cancer research? Because feminist organizations have successfully lobbied congress to prevent an Office of Men's Health. Because feminist organizations have successfully lobbied congress to prevent redressing the funding disparity. Because main-stream politically-active feminists are anti-male bigots.

      Isn't it time for a change?


effects of breast cancer

Cancer T Shirts

School fundraisers can be a wonderful way to inject some extra cash into the activities of the school while also getting students to be actively engaged in the operations of the school. One of the most popular ways to raise funds for school activities that is known to accomplish very positive results is the sells of clothing. With printed t-shirts you actually achieve a dual purpose of generating funds for school activities while at the same time restoring a sense of pride in the school.

High school students will always feel proud to wear t-shirts that have the name of their school on them. This is because in supporting their school's endeavors, they will have a sense of pride and obligation in being part of a process that advances the pride of a community and encourages the spirit of fundraising. By selling these t-shirts local high schools will find the exercise beneficial because this goes a long way in not only helping the school but also in building the character of the students.

T-shirts are sold in high schools to raise funds for sports and academic programs, or for any other school activities because tight budget cuts have made funds available to school programs much lesser. Such funds when raised can be used to supplement any of the activities that are held at the school and also to fund other school ongoing programs. Because printed t-shirts for high school fundraisers are used for a worthwhile cause, many people are always willing to take part and purchase the apparel.

In choosing the t-shirts to use for high school fundraisers, it is important to look for a t-shirt that is relevant to the fundraiser and also to have an analysis of your target audience or the people who will purchase the t-shirts. High school students will prefer trendy t-shirts that can be available in many bright colors. T-shirts can be produced cheaply but must remain to be quality so that they will be able to fetch a good amount of money that will go towards the fundraiser. Most students in high school like to put on t-shirts and this is the reason why a printer t-shirt would be a wonderful apparel for a high school fundraiser.

If printed t-shirts must be used for high school fundraisers the must be quality enough to be able to generate sales. Nobody wants to buy anything that is of superior quality regardless of whether the money is being used for a worthy cause or not. It is important to find t-shirt designers who can create a product that is well designed and of high quality. The t-shirt must also be an attractive and engaging product that will be liked by the target audience and must also identify with them. Anyone will willingly pay for something that they feel is worthy and beneficial.

There are two alternatives that can be considered when you are looking to use t-shirts for fundraisers. You can either make a whole order for the t-shirts or you can get them in individual orders. Any high school student will be very proud to put on a t-shirt that will bring assistance to the school in any way whatsoever. The printing of a t-shirt for high school fundraising does not cost so much and can be done in a fashionable and enjoyable manner to achieve great results. You high school certainly deserves the best and this can be done in a fun way.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Where can I get a male breast cancer shirt?
    I need it by tomorrow, any ideas what stores sell breast cancer shirts. I know online, but what stores do?

    • ANSWER:
      Breast cancer is breast cancer regardless of your gender.

  2. QUESTION:
    What would be a cool breast cancer shirt?
    So today in study hall we were talking about funny breast cancer shirts and my teacher said he saw one and it said "Save the war in my rack" like "save the war in Iraq" I want to make a shirt and have it say "This is the breast cancer shirt EVER!" So if you made a breast cancer shirt what would it say?

    • ANSWER:
      I have a pink shirt that says "Save My Rack" on the front and "Don't Let Cancer Steal Second Base" on the back.

  3. QUESTION:
    how do i start a fundraiser for breast cancer?
    I would like to start a fundraiser for breast cancer using cookie dough or breast cancer shirts or anything really wanted to do it this summer with my nieces thought it would be fun and good for them. But I have know idea how to get it started any ideas or info would be awesome.

    • ANSWER:
      If you want to do a proper fundraiser and not just raise a little money yourself and send it to a charity, you might want to look on a charity's website. They usually have a page to help you i.e. the ones below. Good luck :)

  4. QUESTION:
    Where can I find cancer awareness shirts for cancer survivors?
    My friends and I are having a cancer remission party for our friend and we want to wear cancer ribbon shirts to show our support.

    • ANSWER:
      There are many shops for cancer awareness shirts. Two of my favorites are:

      Hope & Dreams Cancer Awareness T-Shirt Shop
      (They have shirts for breast cancer, lymphoma, leukemia, hodgkin's disease, lung cancer and many funny cancer t-shirts and they can customize too)
      http://www.cafepress.com/hopeanddreams

      Gifts4Awareness T-Shirt Shop
      (They have breast cancer, pancreatic cancer, leukemia awareness shirts, etc. Lots to choose from)
      http://www.cafepress.com/gifts4awareness

      Good luck to your friend. I'm also a cancer survivor!

  5. QUESTION:
    Where can I buy this breast cancer shirt ONLINE?
    Where can I buy the breast cancer shirt online that says I love boobs on the front and if you don’t check them I will on the back?

    • ANSWER:
      You can buy it from
      http://www.amazon.com/gp/search?ie=UTF8&keywords=breast%20cancer%20shirt&tag=p045-20&index=blended&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325
      Hope this helps
      Good luck!

  6. QUESTION:
    Should i get a Breast Cancer t shirt for my friend?
    My friend just got finished with being treated for having breast cancer for 2 years. I wanted to buy her a breast cancer shirt that raises money for finding the cure. Is that appropriate? Tell me what you think =)

    • ANSWER:
      I think you need not give the T shirt to the patient who has recently recovered from Breast cancer. Actually the poor lady would like to forget what she had got in the name of breast cancer and it should not be reminded to her (it is not that she is aware of it fully) and show to others about the illness. I also feel you can give some other gift which may be useful to her.

      If you want to donate something for the cause of Breast cancer you can do so to any of the voluntary organisation working for awareness of breast cancer or some one who is wanting some help for Breast cancer treatement.

      However I appreciate and than you for the kind guesture shown to the Patient.

      " OCTOBER IS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH. PLEASE SPREAD THE AWARENESS TO ALL "-

  7. QUESTION:
    did anyone see the shirts sherry and elizabeth wore on the view?
    they had crossed arrows on the front, and i think they were breast cancer shirts. how do i find them?

    • ANSWER:
      Check here:
      http://abc.go.com/daytime/theview/index

      or www.breastcanceawareness.com

  8. QUESTION:
    What are some good breast cancer sayings?
    My friend and I are doing a breast cancer T-shirt design and saying for deca. We need a good breast cancer saying.

    • ANSWER:
      Saving 2nd base

      Saving the Ta-Tas

      You are not too small/large. Breast cancer is one size fits all.

      Breast cancer is an equal opportunity killer.

  9. QUESTION:
    where can i buy a pink breast cancer t-shirt in stores?
    does anyone know any common store that sells pink breast cancer t-shirts?i want to just get one in a store instead of oredering one online (i want an apprpriat 1 though, no wierd comments about boobies) thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      i ever bought some clothes at this website,there a kind of clothing,shoes,accessories etc.try to http://www.popfashionstore.com/product/category/Women%27s-T-Shirts-2-0-56-1.html?af=4 ,for possible answer.good luck!

  10. QUESTION:
    What can I wear with a pink breast cancer awareness shirt? Several ideas, please!?
    In school, we had a teacher who has breast cancer, so they put out a sheet during lunch where you could order a pink breast cancer awareness t-shirt. We have to wear it every Friday in October, so I need ideas of what to wear with it. I need about 5 ideas. I don't know when we'll get the shirt, but that's how many Fridays are in Oct.

    Please & Thank youu!

    • ANSWER:
      You can wear with it jeans, yoga pants, a skirt, shorts.

  11. QUESTION:
    Fun ways to incorporate breast cancer awareness into volleyball?
    I play volleyball as a senior in high school. One game we are doing all breast cancer awareness game to raise money for susan g komen. I was wondering of cool things we could buy as a team to show breast cancer awareness. We have shirts, shoe laces, and bows so far but any other suggestions would be helpful.

    • ANSWER:
      Hey! We had that thing as well, it's called "DIG PINK"
      We wore mostly pink:
      - Pink hair ties
      - Pink headband
      - Pink spandex
      - Pink kneepads (special order)
      - White shoes with pink shoelace
      - Pink socks

      Also, maybe considering selling foods during the game:
      - Pink lemonade
      - Nachos
      - Chips
      - Candy
      - Gatorade
      - Water
      - Juice
      Have fun, and hopefully your raising money helps! (:

  12. QUESTION:
    can someone tell me how is walking 60 miles wearing breast cancer shirt helping finding a cure ?
    the commercial says "i'll never stop walking, until we find a cure"

    how the heck is that helping? why don't they donate money to research facilities or get a degree in medicine and research?

    walking is only helping them lose weight not finding a cure for breast cancer!

    • ANSWER:
      Becasue you get sponsers. The money from the sponsers goes to cancer research

  13. QUESTION:
    Whats that shirt called and where can i get it?
    when i was watching NCIS at the end of the episode abby or pauley perette made an add for a black cancer support shirt? where can i find one?

    • ANSWER:
      the store

  14. QUESTION:
    What would be an appropriate outfit to wear to a cancer benefit?
    My best friend's father has cancer and they are having a benefit for him this weekend. I was wondering what would be an appropriate outfit to wear to the benefit.

    • ANSWER:
      Probably jeans and a shirt and a sweater. I wouldn't dress up really nicely, but still be modest and don't show a lot of cleavage or anything.

  15. QUESTION:
    How do I go about raising money for cancer research?
    My idea is to raise one million dollars for cancer research, using both highly favored (celebrities) figures, and every state. Our country is so focused on helping everyone else, that I would like to help raise money for the cancer patients right here in the US. I would like to set out a majority of projects, but I do't know where to start? How do I even get started and get celebs and state governments involved?

    • ANSWER:
      Get creative! For the products if you mean just t-shirts, hats, cups, mousepads, pins etc. just go to zazzle.com. You design they make the products.
      Create a website or a myspace page explaining your cause. Set up a paypal account so people can donate money.
      Go to the local children's hospital. Ask the kids to draw you a picture and put those pictures on cards, posters etc.
      There's a million things you can do.
      GOOD LUCK!
      Feel free to e-mail me for more ideas.

  16. QUESTION:
    I am walking the Relay for Life and need donations of Cancer Awareness charms. Any ideas from anyone?
    I am participating in the Relay for Life which is dedicated to cancer survivors. Our team would like to make pins for the participants but need to know if anyone can donate the cancer awareness charms, beads and safety pins. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      Relay for Life is a great program! Employers will often provide some funds for things like this. Have someone on your team ask their employer if they will sponsor your team - don't think too small when you do this. You'll want team T-shirts, little gifties like the charms you mention, materials for signs, costumes, food, and other goodies. Total that all up, and double it, making the other half a direct cash donation to Relay. You should ask for a donation in the 0-2,000 range, depending on the size of your team, who the employer is, and so on.

      If that doesn't work, then look at other things your team has in common. If, for instance, you are all Moms, go to a local toy or other child-related store with the same request. If you are all college students, try the college bookstore or restaurants and banks with a concession in the student union.

      Use something about yourself to make a request so that the giver knows you are a customer, that your request will be known to other customers, and that you will help them get more business. It's a combination few businesses can refuse. Be prepared to follow up the request in writing, with documentation that it is to benefit Relay for Life.

      Allow plenty of time; if the business is locally owned they will need less time, but corporations often need a month or more to process these requests (it's how they keep the numbers down, for one thing.)

  17. QUESTION:
    Can anyone tell me the major differences between a pisces girl and a cancer girl?
    They both sound so similar, like they are compassionate, crybaby, emotional, intuitive, passive aggressive, spiritual, etc.

    I am a pisces and my sister is a cancer and I want to know what the MAJOR differences between these two signs are. I do know that I am more introverted while my sister is really positive and outgoing. So the homebody stereotype does not really fit her.

    • ANSWER:
      They are very, very similar. They are both very sentimental, deep, nurturing, sweet, and romantic. Both signs are also very generous but one of the major differences is Pisces charitableness is oriented toward humanity, less discriminating. Sweet little Cancer is very giving to the family but they are practical about what they will give. Pisces is the "I'll give you the shirt off my back" type. Pisces gives to the deserving and the undeserving (typically, there are always exceptions). Cancer gives to the family, friends, the needy... but they won't let themselves be used or abused like Pisces.

      Which brings me to another big difference, Cancer is practical. With money, with their ambitions, with their time, etc. Pisces doesn't really pay attention to money unless they have to. They tend to see money as a burden. Not Cancer. Cancer will count, balance, save, and spend carefully. They're cautious. Pisces is cautious too, but they don't see material things as things of importance unless conditioned to believe otherwise. Pisces is "older", it's the last sign. So they tend to operate like the elderly when it comes to the way they approach life. Few are highly ambitious. If you were to ask one what life is to them, and they seriously had to meditate on it and penetrate into their inner feelings, they would probably feel as though it's a dreamy thing... sort of unreal. There have been many points in my life where I don't feel like any of this is real, it's just another state, a dream.

      With all this dreaminess, that brings me to another point. Pisces is hard to pin down, naturally! It's nearly impossible for them to realize all their complex feelings at a given moment. They soak everything in. Cancer, however, is more forceful and slightly more grounded, being ruled by the Moon. Pisces is easier to get along with, sway and bend. Venus is exalted in Pisces, Venus being the planet of relationships, Pisces get pleasure from pleasing others. Basically, they are easy to get along with. So if you make plans with a Pisces and the day of the date you change everything you planned the Pisces will be able to roll with it and ADAPT to your new plans with ease. Cancer is not that easily moved. They will cling, cling, cling to their ticket stubs, memories, and people like their life depends on it. They aren't as forgetful as Pisces, and more physical than Pisces. I think both signs have a very strong need for close relationships but in my experience, Pisces are less private and easier to get close to. It takes time and trust but once that is earned they are way more forthcoming than the Cancers I've come to know. Cancers give of themselves by remembering everything and babying you. Pisces give of themselves by surrendering all their desires to yours. Another basic difference is Pisces is more bent on the spiritual and artistic and Cancer leans towards the domestic scene.

      I think another major, unnoticed differences is Cancer is less conscious of their feelings than the other water signs because it's the first one, the youngest one. Its the first time the soul has experienced this kind of fluid, intuitive energy and the Moon by nature is the subconscious, and when your conscious being ruled by the planet of the subconscious, everything's kind of complicated and confusing. Pisces is also a better escape artist. Unlike Scorpio and Cancer, the other two water signs, when the fishes (Pisces' symbol) want to swim away, they are gone. You can't find them in the deep. Crabs and Scorpions (Cancer and Scorpio's symbols) haven't completely surrendered. They don't have that same surrendering spirit, that kind of humility that gives in to avoid disharmony.

  18. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know where to buy a mens running top that has a breast cancer ribbon on it?
    My mom just passed away due to breast cancer and I do alot of 5K's. I would like to support her some way. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      You can buy men's breast cancer awareness shirts on eBay at
      http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?icep_ff3=9&pub=5574634183&toolid=10001&campid=5335994191&customid=&icep_uq=breast+cancer+shirt&icep_sellerId=&icep_ex_kw=&icep_sortBy=12&icep_catId=1059&icep_minPrice=&icep_maxPrice=&ipn=psmain&icep_vectorid=229466&kwid=902099&mtid=824&kw=lg

  19. QUESTION:
    What are ten things that increase the risk of skin cancer and what can we do to stop it?
    I've heard that skin cancer is very dangerous for your health and well being but I want to know about ten things that contribute to the risk of skin cancer so I'm sure that i don't do it. Also can I have about five sun safe strategies. Which ones would you think work the best. Thanks for helping fight skin cancer. ( =

    • ANSWER:
      lucky you, that i'm doing an assignment on skin cancer today haha, i'm 15. so if i'm wrong i'm sorry, hah

      well, slip slop slap.
      slip on a shirt.
      slop on some sunscreen
      and slap on a wide brim hat.
      :)

      Wear light colored clothing, long sleeve and make sure it has shoulders if you choose to wear a short sleeved.

      don't think that only applying one layer on sunscreen once a day protects you from the sun, because it doesn't.
      you need spf15+ and apply every 3 hours.

      wear a wetsuit if possible, don't go to tanning salons. they trigger off melanomas.

      sit under the shade as often as possible, altought this doens't fully prevent skin cancer, it does help.

      wear sun glasses. good ones, not cheap shit ones.

      sit under an umbrella at the beach.
      don't sun bake, no matter how good it feels, you'l regret it in 20 years.

      wear lip sunscreen too.

      and yeah, hope i've helped. :)

  20. QUESTION:
    How likely is it that truckers will get skin cancer?
    I want to be a trucker but I heard they get skin cancer easier than other people, is this true?

    • ANSWER:
      Not necessarily.
      Skin cancer is related to sun exposure. Truckers often get sunburn on their arms (due to lengthy exposure of forearms to sun whilst driving) which would increase the chances of skin cancer on their arms.

      There are three basic kinds of skin cancer - Melanoma (the really bad kind that spreads throughout the body), SCC (squamous cell carcinoma) and BCC (Basal cell carcinoma).

      I have treated a trucker for multiple SCCs on his forarms. He never wore sunscreen, and always wore short sleeves or sleeveless. His forearms were always sunburnt and were heavily suntanned.

      By all means become a trucker if that is what you want to do - and to avoid skin cancer, wear long sleeves and use sunscreen to avoid getting burnt.

      The cancer council even provides "Driving Sleeves" which you can slip on over your arm closest to the window - right arm in Australia, left arm in America - all depends what side of the road you drive on :) - which protects your arm from the sun. Can make your own by cutting a sleeve off an old shirt and sewing elastic in one end. then just slip the sleeve on (elastic at top to keep it up).

      Gloves would be another thing. Having your hands on the steering wheel all the time means they will be exposed to the sun a lot. light weight material gloves are one option, sunscreen another. Some people use a UV blocking filter on their car windscreen (like window tinting) to help prevent sunburning. There are many different options.

  21. QUESTION:
    What are some good quotes or sayings that relate to swimmers fighting against cancer?
    Some friends and I are participating in a relay for life team, and were looking for something clever to put on t-shirts. Mostly everyone on our team is a swimmer. Any help would be great! Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      My mother and aunt both died of cancer, so I applaud your efforts. Here are a few incisive, short (for t-shirts) quotes you can put on your t-shirts:

      --"Cancer is a word, not a sentence." ~John Diamond

      --"The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it." ~C.C. Scott

      --"Never, never, never give up." ~Winston Churchill

  22. QUESTION:
    Why do they wear shirts with long sleeves?
    I mean football players during the match. Take English team for example - half of them wear shirts with long sleeves (even if its really hot!)

    Oh, and also - did Zizou have a wedding ring on his finger during the match yesterday? I thought it was not allowed.

    • ANSWER:
      UV RAYS. Even if the sun isn't shining it's still out there and can cause skin cancer.

  23. QUESTION:
    Would volunteering for the breast cancer walk be considered community service?
    Hi, I am asking this question for my boyfriend who needs 6 hours of community service, that was one of his requirements when he was sentenced. The race for the cure walk is coming up and I usually volunteer to help register people ad hand out shirts. Would that be considered community service? If not, what are some places he could go to, to volunteer. I need something quick because his court date is soon. Thank you!
    The did not give him any list of options at all.

    • ANSWER:
      Since this is court ordered community service, you need to have him check with his attorney, the court, or the prosecuting attorney to make sure it counts. Hope this helps.

  24. QUESTION:
    Is it worth fighting cancer if you have no family?
    I just found out I have prostate cancer, it has no metastasis yet. I'm single, no children.

    I think I'll just let it run its course. I don't want to be burden to anyone, cancer treatment for prostate is not only embarrassing but turns you into a vegetable in a matter of hours.

    My parents are both deceased, my brother already has grandchildren and all my friends are married. My finances are fine, I could perfectly pay for hospice care until the end.

    I've lived my bit so now it's my time to go.

    • ANSWER:
      Prostate cancer, caught in earlier stages (with no metastases) is one of the easier cancers to treat. Not saying that it will necessarily be easy on you personally, but the cancer itself is treatable. Don't know where you got the idea that cancer treatment for prostate turns you into a vegetable in a matter of hours, but that shows how poorly informed you are about your disease.

      Dying of cancer is not a fun thing. If you think that prostate cancer treatment is embarrassing, then you don't want to go through the dying of cancer process either. Your bodily functions can fail, you can be in extreme pain, you can be gasping for breath, you can lose mental capacity, etc.

      Go ahead. Drop your drawers and get treatments. I feel like I've taken my shirt off for half the world now, but that's the least of my concerns when it comes to the journey to healing.

  25. QUESTION:
    What percent of women that get breast cancer are obese?
    I've noticed that a majority of women who get breast cancer are obese.
    Denise: It is just something I noticed during breast cancer month. I noticed most women who have the 'i am a survivor tshirt' were obese. Just on observation, so I thought I would see what % of women who have breast cancer were obese.
    aburn's rush...did I offend you with this question...should I have said 'plus size' instead? No need for your foul language.
    denise, also there is a strong correlation between fat peopel and diseases. This specific question is directed at obese women.
    my guess is from the lack of answers that most of the women on this board that have been belittling me are obese

    • ANSWER:
      Overweight after the menopause slightly increases the risk of breast cancer.

      Overweight is also linked to some other types of cancer; for example, some studies indicate that obese men are at greater risk of dying from prostate cancer and some studies show that being overweight causes a small increase in the risk of pancreatic cancer.

      I wondered initially how you came to have seen the 'majority' of women who had or have had breast cancer; thanks for the clarification - you saw some obese women wearing breast cancer survivor t shirts. I see.

      Cancer treatments can cause weight gain; it is very common now for people receiving chemotherapy to gain weight as a result of the steroids given with it, and breast cancer patients are no exception.

      In addition, as Chemo angel has pointed out, many women with oestrogen positive breast cancers (and that's the overwhelming majority) are required to take hormone therapy treatments for five yeas after diagnosis and treatment. They do it so as not to die, and so the fact that a very common side effect is weight gain, while distressing for many, is viewed preferable to recurrence.

      I haven't seen the majority of breast cancer patients and survivors, but I have known hundreds and they have been of all shapes and sizes, the majority being of average weight. I can't give you all their names, but it may be interesting for you to contemplate a short list of people who've had breast cancer some of whom you might have heard of (you can look up the ones you haven't). How many cases of obesity can you spot?

      Kylie Minogue, Sheryl Crow, Martina Navrataloa, Christina Applegate, Olivia Newton John, Linda McCartney, Jill Ireland, Edie Falco, Melissa Etheridge , Gloria Steinem, Kate Jackson, Dihann Carroll, Suzanne Somers, Carly Simon, Jaclyn Smith, Peggy Fleming (olympic ice skating champ).

      And in answer to another question you asked re physical exercise and breast cancer, note the presence of two world class athletes among that very short list...

  26. QUESTION:
    How can I get my Boyfriend to go to the Dermatologist to get screened for skin cancer?
    I just read a whole article on skin cancer and they showed what some types of skin cancer may look like. My boyfriend has many moles on his body (over 50) and I am concerned that some may be cancerous.
    Some of his moles did look funny to me. He says that he has no health insurance and just brushes me off when I bring the topic up. I even offered to pay for the dr. appointment and he just responded "whatever"

    Also, how long would it take for skin cancer to progress till he realizes he feel crappy enough that he needs to see a doctor? He thinks skin cancer is a joke and he is invincible to it. I am even thinking about telling his dad. Even though he's 26. At least his dad will care.

    Just so you guys know I am checking his moles periodically for changes in shape and color.

    • ANSWER:
      we have one person in the Pool with us and her back is covered with black moles some very large. She is fine, and mostly keeps covered with a T shirt. I have also seen one woman while shopping her skin is covered with light brown moles,on arms legs neck and face, all that could be seen. These moles even look benign. However I am sure that they have also had to have them checked out. Especially now that you have a Free screening, do talk with him and see if he will go. He has no legitimate excuse, since it is free. And not much to be afraid of. Surprisingly often the men are very hesitant to see a Doctor. I think you should give an ultimatum you see the dermatologist, or I will not be your friend any more !!!

  27. QUESTION:
    How many times can you get surnburnt before you get cancer?
    I have been surnburnt moderately twice on my shoulder and my back but only 1 time blisters??

    Do you think I will get cancer now, I am 16.

    • ANSWER:
      That depends on how badly you get burned, whether or not you get burned in the same place each time, and whether or not you have a genetic predisposition to cancer.

      What happens to cause cancer when you get sunburned is that the UV rays damage the DNA in your cells. Sometimes your cells can fix this, and you're fine. Sometimes, though, they can't. They keep the damaged DNA and when they replicate (divide to make new cells, which they have to do for you to stay alive), the new cells have that faulty DNA. Again, sometimes your body can recognize that there are damaged cells and destroy them; sometimes it can't.

      It can take decades after damage for enough damaged cells to accumulate to cause a tumor. This means that yes, you could get cancer some time in the future from the sunburns you have already gotten. There's not a lot you can do about that now, though, aside from making sure to regularly check your skin for anything that looks funny (particularly moles). The most important thing at this point is to limit any further damage from UV rays by covering up when you're outside - wear a shirt with sleeves - and using sunscreen. Lots of sunscreen. Reapply it regularly if you're going to be staying outside for a while and/or if you get wet or sweaty.

  28. QUESTION:
    What color shirt will John Cena come out with next week?
    October is almost over and that Breast Cancer Awareness month is also over. Cena has being pink this month to support it so now its almost over, What color do you think he will have now? Blue? Yellow? White? Black?

    • ANSWER:
      White is my top pick, and yellow is my second.

      He's kind of run the gamut on the bright single color shirts, but I don't remember him having a yellow one. However, we've seen a number of black shirts over the years, so I could see a similar style to what he has now, the "Never Give Up/Hustle Loyalty Respect" theme, but where the primary color is white. I think that'd look cool.

      Regardless of the color, I would bet he'll stick with those themes on the shirt somewhere. In the Cena/Rock DVD he spoke about how he has a big hand in designing the shirts and that those slogans are really important to him.

  29. QUESTION:
    How do you choose a color for your relay for life shirt?
    Last year we were in relay for life our team captain came in with white shirts and all the other teams had different color shirts well this year i'm the team captain and we want colored shirts so we stand out how do we choose this?

    • ANSWER:
      Yeah, They are going to ask you to choose a color based on what type of cancer you want people to be aware of. Talk to the leader of the walk she'll advise you.

  30. QUESTION:
    What are the signs that a mole could be skin cancer?
    When it comes to medical stuff, I don't know so much. but I'm terrified to death off cancer. And I have this mole on the palm of my hand (strange place for a mole, isn't it?) that I've had ever since I can remember. And I recently noticed that it's losing its perfectly round shape. A little chunk of it is gone in the corner. I also realized tat whenever I pet the dog of whom the family I babysit on the head, he tries to nip the palm of my hand. I never thought anything about it, I thought it's just a game he likes to play, but is it possible that an untrained dog can sniff out cancer? Am I just being paranoid? Can you have sakin cancer in a spot that is not normally exposed to te sun? Can some one who is medically educated please set me straight?

    • ANSWER:
      Definitely have it examined by a doctor. Changing size and shape of a mole, especially if the color and shape become unsymmetrical, can indicate cancer. And some dogs can detect the chemical changed smells of cancer. They did a study with dogs detecting bladder cancer several years ago. Or he could just not like you to pet him.
      Have it checked, have it removed if it really worries you.
      And yes you can get skin cancer on non sun exposed spots, they get more light than you realize. It can run in families, too. It runs in mine. My grandma died from a spot that wasn't treated properly and metastasized. My dad did a lot of farm work for decades not wearing sunscreen and not always a hat or shirt. He has spots removed from his scalp, chest, back and arms about 2x per year because he has damaged his skin so bad. UV lights can cause more damage to his skin. He had to wear sunscreen on his face when he worked in a nursing home that had UV lights. But that is extreme and doesn't effect the average person, for him its just that his skin is so badly damaged from all those years in the sun.

  31. QUESTION:
    What does having beaten cancer really mean?
    If someone has beaten cancer, does that mean they no longer have it and are going to live their full, not-shortened life? I mean, if someone was given a prognosis and told they wouldn't live as long, do they still count as having beaten cancer if they still undergo all their chemo and the cancer "goes away"?

    • ANSWER:
      Facetious, but I have a t-shirt that say in big letters: I BEAT CANCER and in small letters underneath it, it says: by cancer, i mean children! lol
      Truthfully, people use that term and also survivor term. I don't use either. I don't say I've battle cancer either. I had a disease, I got treatment for it. It's gone for now. I don't have a prognosis yet. The people who say they've beaten cancer are cured or are in remission.

  32. QUESTION:
    How to raise money for my friend with cancer?
    My friend has been diagnosed with stage 3 Hodgkin's lymphoma. She is only 15 and right now she is very sick. I have already done a fundraiser for her and so have many other people. She is so sick that I want to do something else though but I'm not sure what to do. We have already sold shirts and wristbands and chocolate but we want to sell things to people but I'm not sure what please help thanks so much to anyone who answers.

    10 points :)

    • ANSWER:
      You can do all kinds of things! Here are some ideas.

      1) Start a rally, get a bunch of people together to walk like 5 miles or something and have everyone make a donation. Raise Cancer Awareness. Make flyers with her picture and info about the event and get people involved.

      2) Your school may help you maybe have some sort of talent show in her honor. Sell tickets and the procedes go to her.

      3) Make and sell homemade candles here is a site that may help
      http://www.homemadecandles.co/homemade-candles/how-to-make-scented-homemade-candles

      4) Bake Sale

      These are just a few ideas, hope this helps! Best of luck to your friend!

  33. QUESTION:
    Why does it seem like breast cancer awareness is given a higher priority?
    I lost my granddad to sinus cancer, my brother to neuroblastoma, and my dad nearly died of lymphoma. But why does it seem like the only kind of cancer awareness emphasized is breast cancer?
    I'm just saying, I don't see any "Awareness Months" for other types.

    • ANSWER:
      Several decades ago women were less open about having breast cancer in part because it was considered to affect a more private part of the body, and there was a lack of societal awareness of the disease. In the early1980s Nancy Brinker established the Susan G Komen for the Cure foundation in memory of her sister who died from breast cancer at an unusually young age (36), and became an outspoken advocate for breast cancer. She organized volunteers to help her cause, and over time their efforts along with their donors grew. It now has over 120 affiliates around the world and numerous sponsor affiliates. The organization has since been criticized for their proliferation of marketing and the use of its funds, but it can be credited for *helping* (it cannot have sole credit) to make a cancer that was once rarely publicly discussed extremely well-known. Breast cancer awareness didn't just happen; there was a concentrated, decades-long effort.

      There are awareness campaigns for numerous other types of cancer, but they haven't yet garnered as much attention or as many corporate sponsors with deep pockets. Komen (somewhat controversially) partnered with major companies like GE, 3M, and Old Navy to have the pink ribbon on everything from blenders to Post It notes, to tee shirts to "promote" breast cancer awareness. In reality, only a small percentage of the proceeds from those products go to breast cancer research. Other organizations have started to build momentum. "Movember," for example, has steadily gained more participants and publicity. It's a month-long awareness and fundraising campaign for prostate cancer and other diseases that primarily affect men. Guys grow out mustaches during the month (kinda as their version of the pink ribbon) and organize fundraisers. My college campus as well as numerous others were very involved. My boyfriend's entire fraternity grew out mustaches and had two well-attended fundraising events that month that each raised several thousand dollars. More celebrities and corporate sponsors have become involved, so I imagine that in the future it will have wider attention.

      Consider small ways you could do your part to fundraise and promote awareness for the cancers that have affected your loved ones. No, you're not going to be able to get a ribbon for neuroblastoma awareness put on a toaster, but you don't need to do that anyway. You can in your own way do something. One of the reasons I joined a sorority was to belong to an organization of intelligent women who could help me raise awareness for Hodgkin's Lymphoma, a type of cancer I was diagnosed with at 16. We had two fundraising and awareness events last year, and have two more planned for this year in addition to participating in four marathons that fundraise for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. There were over 100 girls and supporters from my college who ran in the Nike's Women Marathon in San Francisco last fall to fundraise for the LLS, and next month two busses of us are going to LA to run in the LA Marathon. We've been training and fundraising for months. Check the "Team in Training" link below to see if there are any runs or other events in your area that you might like to participate in.

      ~ skylark

  34. QUESTION:
    What are some good creative team names and shirt ideas?
    I need some help for Relay for Life team names and tshirt design ideas. I was thinking about a super hero theme, but i'm not sure how to do the shirts or if that's even good. If you have any ideas with anything please let me know. Thank you so much!

    • ANSWER:
      Breast Cancer
      The Pink Ribbon or The Pink Hornet- just a play on green lantern and green hornet. Then just use their emblem, but make it pink.
      Cure-missoner Gordon- Like commissoner gordon from batman

      Sorry, my creativity is at an all time low today.

  35. QUESTION:
    Where can you get cool pink shirts for guys?
    I was wondering what are some cool pink shirts for guys preferably in an X-LARGE. Could you post links to some please or some sites that sell them.

    • ANSWER:
      Abercrombie, hollister, and moores. y pink ? or you can go to a breast cancer foundation store, they have many.

  36. QUESTION:
    Does putting my cell phone in a case/pouch reduce my chances of getting brain cancer?
    Does putting my cell phone in a case/pouch when I'm not using it but is still near me or in my pocket reduce my chances of getting brain cancer or other cell phone related injuries/dieseases?

    • ANSWER:
      Brain cancer occurs in about 7 out of every 100,000 people. Is your risk reduced from that? No. Is it reduced from keeping it plastered to your ear? Maybe. Some researchers think there maybe a link between cell phones and brain cancer, but no one knows yet. Keeping a cell phone in a shirt pocket could cause injury if you have a pacemaker.

  37. QUESTION:
    why is there a breast cancer awarness month but not a testicular one?
    i just dont get it... wemon have the upper hand on everything why do they get a month for cancer that MOSTLY affects them.

    • ANSWER:
      Are you serious??
      First off, 1 in 8 women are diagnosed with breast cancer. Many of these women have had to fight to get their mammograms covered by insurance. Breast cancer awareness is to inform all women and men,( yes men can and do get breast cancer) about the signs of cancer so that it can get treated before it spreads and takes another life. This isn't something that women have complained about till they got it. Women have taken it upon themselves to spread the word and organize walks, screenings, wtc. We would be more than happy to wipe out breast cancer and not have any need for the awareness, but saddly this isn't something that will happen in the near future. Breast cancer is now showing up in our teenage girls.

      Would men really want to walk around with a shirt, pin, sign on their car, informing others that they have testicular cancer? If you want more attention given to testicular cancer than I suggest that you contact the American Cancer Society and have them help you start up a new awareness project for this. This is one way to get more attention to this cancer. You can also start up a support group for the men affected.

      All cancers are terrible and most people know of someone who has been affected by one type or another.
      They have colors, ribbons, etc. for every cancer.

  38. QUESTION:
    Is it to early to wear the Tshirt from when we were raising money for his cancer?
    This man who was dear to me and my family aling with our entire sherriffs office named Lt. Michael Sangster had melanoma cancer and died on July 24, 2012 we did a lot of fundraisers and one with tshirts... I would like to wear te Tshirt again but I'm not sure how others would take it since I'm wearing it already. Is it to early, or should I wait longer?

    • ANSWER:
      I think you should wear it if you want to! If anyone says anything negative just make it a point to say that the shirt helps you remember and grieve in your own way!

  39. QUESTION:
    How much ultraviolet radiation is reflected off water vs land?
    I live near the tropic of cancer and fish in the sea there. I have someone nagging me not to go out on the water because he thinks it's dangerous for me.

    • ANSWER:
      The reflection from the water is very significant. Reflection from the land surface is minimal unless there is snow on the ground.

      The solution to dealing with lots of ultraviolet light in your environment is defense, if your primary concern is skin cancer. Wear long sleeve shirts and long pants. Wear tight weave fabrics. Wear a broad brimmed hat that shields your fact. Use sunscreen with the highest sun protection factor. Use a combination of sunscreens simultaneously because you will get better total UV protection.

      Wear dark glasses when you are outdoors. If you can get glasses that are photosensitive to UV. That is, they darken in sunlight and brighten in the dark. They can be worn both outside and inside, day or night. It is a good idea to protect your eyes from UV.

      Make sure that you are getting enough vitamin D if you are protecting yourself from the sun. Vitamin D is synthesized in the skin when the UV light reaches below the surface. That is, ultraviolet light gives you cancer and vitamin D.

  40. QUESTION:
    Where do you think i could get a stand up to cancer shirt?
    i was watching the SU2C event and i really want a SU2C shirt. Where do you think i could get one?

    • ANSWER:

  41. QUESTION:
    Can I get checked for lumps in my chest through a shirt?
    I can feel them through my shirt but I don't know if they're something to worry about. Will a doctor be okay with that?

    • ANSWER:
      Personally I think it would more embarrassing asking to have the test done with my shirt on than actually having it done. I do understand how you could be very very embarrassed but you just have to rise above this. Act like you don't care. Doctors really don't care, they see it all the time. Five minutes of embarrassment is better than years of treatment for breast cancer and possible death.

  42. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know anything I can do for Colon Cancer Fundraising?
    My dad was diagnosed a couple of months ago with Stage 4 colon cancer. I have been reading everything I can on it, but one of the things this oh-so-preventable-cancer is missing is the type of fundraising I only seem to find for breast cancer. I want to do everything I can to do my part to raise awareness and raise money if I can. Please let me know if you know how to do so.
    Anything local to the PA, NJ, DE, MD aread would be even better!

    • ANSWER:
      Your desire to help with this important health issue is wonderful. You may want to start by contacting your local chapter of the American Cancer Society (ACS). You should find them in the phone book.

      The ACS may have fund-raising programs you can assist with. You may also be able to work with them to start a special program specifically for colon cancer if they do not already have one.

      There are plenty of ways to raise funds for cancer awareness. Here are a few ideas:

      1) a walk for colon cancer (walkers get friends and family to 'sponsor' their walk with a donation for each mile the person walks)
      2) a raffle/drawing (donated artwork, cruise or vacation tickets, a 50/50 drawing, etc.)
      3) sell tee-shirts, mugs, hats, etc. with a logo about supporting colon cancer awareness
      4) a community auction - get local people and businesses to donate items to the auction
      5) sell ribbons, pins, etc. to show support for colon cancer awareness.

      Best wishes and good luck.

  43. QUESTION:
    can you write on the nike breast cancer awareness shirts with sharpie marker without it smearing?
    Smearing on shirt?

    • ANSWER:
      You should use a Fabric Marker.

      This marker is perfect for marking on all types of fabrics. The 2mm bullet tip is great for detailing and outlining and writing letters. Paint is permanent after ironing.

      They are available in a variety of colors and tip sizes. They conform to ASTM D4236, translated that tells you they are safe and will not harm you in any way. They have no smell and no VOC's, Volatile Organic Compounds.

      They will not fade once ironed. I prefer the Zig brand but I work at the online distributor for Zig Posterman and other products here in the US.

  44. QUESTION:
    I need ideas to raise money for the Avon walk for breast cancer?
    I am trying to raise money to walk in the avon breast cancer walk in chicago, my family has had a relay for life team in my mothers honor for 5 year but i feel like i should do something by my self for her. but i am running out of ideas fast and i need to raise at least 00 to do the walk which is may 31st. if you have any ideas please let me know i could use all the help i can get!! thank you

    • ANSWER:
      well i have a couple of ideas. Bake sales always make great money....i think you should go to the local bakeries in your town and ask them to donate baked goods and sell them around your school or work. Also you could maybe make t-shirts and sell them. Maybe come up with a pretty design that explains your cause and sell them to people. You might also want to talk to the people making your shirts and tell them your cause and maybe get a discount so you can get and even bigger profit. Um...another idea i have is maybe get a store like walmart to donate something good enough to raffle off and I'm sure you could make some good money off of that.

      Well good luck and i hope you get enough money to go!

  45. QUESTION:
    Is there somewhere you can order the shirts sold at the making strides breast cancer walk?
    I didn't get a chance to get a shirt when I was at the walk, but I've gotten one every year I've done the walk so I'd like to get one. Is there somewhere online they can be ordered?

    • ANSWER:
      look up breast cancer-walk on google and it should have a promo for them,also get with your local womens center and ask if they have them for sale.some grocery stores do,and dont forget your local health dept. theres a few ideas.hope it helps!!

  46. QUESTION:
    Breast Cancer awareness items where to buy?
    I can't buy them online but what stores have Breast Cancer awareness items? I have been looking for a while but hunting since I don't know where. I want like those little ribbon pins and maybe a bag or backpack picture frame just anything really.

    • ANSWER:
      Target. Target department stores often seem to have breast cancer awareness shirts and the like. The little pins and stuff are only usually available during annual breast cancer awareness week or month. Maybe see the site. National Breast Cancer Foundation
      http://www.nbcf.org.au/

      Found it!!
      Pink ribbon merchandise you can buy
      http://www.pinkribbonshop.org.au/

  47. QUESTION:
    Why are the tee shirts in the t-mobile rokkie challenge pink?
    I thought that the pink is for teh colors of T-mobile, but ive heard that it is for breast cancer awarness. What does it rly stand for?

    • ANSWER:
      you should check here frist

      http://www.in-brands.com/Simplified/ProductList.asp?sortid=1&sortpath=0,1,

  48. QUESTION:
    How to fix an uneven tan lines naturally?
    I always wear the worst shirts when I end up in the sun, and the exposed skin gets darker while the covered skin is bone white.

    Does just going outside and sitting in the sun with the dark skin covered in sunscreen and the white skin exposed w/o sunscreen work?

    I'd rather not go to a booth, or use fake tanning products.

    • ANSWER:
      Lie under the sun like you just mentioned. However, sunblock does not block the sun from gettign you tanned. It only blocks you from the harmful UV rays that damage your skin and can cause skin cancer. When you apply the sunblock DO NOT smooth it over your skin til its gone. Instead, apply enough sunblock so that the already tanned area is covered with white cream. ONly tan for about 15 minutes on the area you wish to even out and try it agian the following weekend until even. If you tan too much too soon you may get sunburn and peel. So tan in moderation.

      GOOD LUCK!


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Secondary Breast Cancer

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    I have secondary Breast cancer in my lymph nodes and bones? what is my life expectancy?
    Does anyone else have secondary breast cancer in thier bones and lymph nodes ( in my neck) ? how long have you had the secondary cancer for, I was diagnosed in August '08. My cancer was Eostrogen Positive, I am taking hormone treatment does anyone take any complimentary medicines as well? what are they?

    • ANSWER:
      I'm really sorry that you got this after going through breast cancer. It doesn't seem fair does it. but no one can tell you what your life expectancy is. You could go into remission for a long time but it's a question I know I would even try to answer. I don't think anyone here can say how long you have. Only God knows that. You were diagnosed in Aug of 08 and just a few months later in Nov. 08, I had a bi-lateral mastectomy. I just pray in years to come no rogue cancer cells went on a trip in my body. I know that if it does happen, I only pray I can deal with it. You have my prayers and support. Maybe you should ask this question with your Dr. He would be the best qualified to answer this. God bless you.

  2. QUESTION:
    does critical illness cover get paid out if you have Paget's disease of the nipple and a secondary cancer?
    I have just been diagnosed with Pagets disease of the nipple and a secondary breast cancer has been found. Among the 1000 questions i have, one is will my critical illness cover payout, as im going to be off work and on chemo and having breast removal in 2 weeks. The last thing i need to be worrying about is money.

    • ANSWER:
      I am in Australia so it may be different there. Having secondary breast cancer does not mean they will pay out your benefits then and there. You have to get a doctor to sign something to say that you are not expected to live longer than two years and a doctor won't want to do that at this stage because you could possibly live a lot longer.

      Secondary breast cancer is often something that you can control and live with for quite a few years. I have several friends who are still doing well 7-10 years on. It's not easy for them at times but they are still living their lives, working and travelling.

      I worked the whole way through my treatment and whilst at times it was difficult and I did need a week off here and there, I think it helped me.

      Good luck with the treatment, I hope the side effects are minimal.

  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:
    What is the youngest age you can get breast cancer at?
    I was wondering this, because one of my friends thinks she has breast cancer, and I thought that thirteen was a very young age at which to develop breast cancer.
    I should have said this. She has a lump in her breast and she went to the doctor and they said its "abnormal." She thinks she has cancer, but she doesn't know for sure yet. She's getting a sonogram done.

    • ANSWER:
      Breast tissue is present in male and females of all ages and thus breast cancer is possible at any age with any sex. However, breast cancer . . primary or secondary in children and young teens is rare. Breast cancer in children is also not the same as an adults breast cancer. There are many different types of cancer and there are several types of breast cancer possible in children. The most common types of breast cancer in children are Juvenile Secretory Carcinoma, Cystosarcoma Phylloides, and Lymphoma.

      As for your 13 year old friend what she is most likely feeling is breast growth caused by puberty. There are often small lumps or 'breast buds' that young teens will feel. However, since no one here can really tell what is happening with your friend it is important that she see a doctor to determine exactly what is going on.

      Here is some information about normal 'breast buds' found in young teens:

      Why are my breasts sore?
      http://www.kidshealth.org/teen/sexual_health/girls/sore_breasts.html

  5. QUESTION:
    Why am I having to wait for a follow up pet scan in 3 months?
    Had pet scan done 4/23 results on 4/25 dr told me I have secondary breast cancer in sacral vertebre, but can't start treatment until I have another pet in 3 months because that is what the pet people recommend does this have to do with insurance

    • ANSWER:
      In general . . the PET and CT can only record 'changes' in the body . .and it often takes 3 months for cancer to grow large enough to detect or to respond to treatment. So a scan is done every 3 months to measure cancer growth or shrinkage. Sometimes with aggressive cancers the CT or PET will be done sooner . . at 6 to 8 weeks . . but than you run the risk of the disease not being big enough to detect . .than you need to wait another 6 to 8 weeks and the cancer can grow more during this time. It is a diagnostic tool only . . and much depends on catching the cancer image at the 'right' time. (with PET sometimes if there is only residual disease . .it will not 'light' up . . and you again will need to wait).

  6. QUESTION:
    Does most women with stage 2a breast cancer always have a recurrence?
    I know that it is rare for stage 1 breast cancer to come back later and metastasize, but is it for stage 2a breast cancer? Stage 2a means no lymph nodes involved.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm sorry, but your statement is very incorrect. This is from the National Cancer Institute:

      Stages of Breast Cancer
      Key Points for This Section

      After breast cancer has been diagnosed, tests are done to find out if cancer cells have spread within the breast or to other parts of the body.
      There are three ways that cancer spreads in the body.
      The following stages are used for breast cancer:
      Stage 0 (carcinoma in situ)
      Stage I
      Stage IIA
      Stage IIB
      Stage IIIA
      Stage IIIB
      Stage IIIC
      Stage IV

      After breast cancer has been diagnosed, tests are done to find out if cancer cells have spread within the breast or to other parts of the body.

      The process used to find out whether the cancer has spread within the breast or to other parts of the body is called staging. The information gathered from the staging process determines the stage of the disease. It is important to know the stage in order to plan treatment.

      There are three ways that cancer spreads in the body.

      The three ways that cancer spreads in the body are:

      Through tissue. Cancer invades the surrounding normal tissue.
      Through the lymph system. Cancer invades the lymph system and travels through the lymph vessels to other places in the body.
      Through the blood. Cancer invades the veins and capillaries and travels through the blood to other places in the body.
      When cancer cells break away from the primary (original) tumor and travel through the lymph or blood to other places in the body, another (secondary) tumor may form. This process is called metastasis. The secondary (metastatic) tumor is the same type of cancer as the primary tumor. For example, if breast cancer spreads to the bones, the cancer cells in the bones are actually breast cancer cells. The disease is metastatic breast cancer, not bone cancer.

      The following stages are used for breast cancer:

      Stage 0 (carcinoma in situ)

      There are 2 types of breast carcinoma in situ:

      Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) is a noninvasive condition in which abnormal cells are found in the lining of a breast duct. The abnormal cells have not spread outside the duct to other tissues in the breast. In some cases, DCIS may become invasive cancer and spread to other tissues, although it is not known at this time how to predict which lesions will become invasive.
      Lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS) is a condition in which abnormal cells are found in the lobules of the breast. This condition seldom becomes invasive cancer; however, having lobular carcinoma in situ in one breast increases the risk of developing breast cancer in either breast.
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      Stage I

      In stage I, cancer has formed. The tumor is 2 centimeters or smaller and has not spread outside the breast.

      Stage IIA

      In stage IIA:

      no tumor is found in the breast, but cancer is found in the axillary lymph nodes (the lymph nodes under the arm); or
      the tumor is 2 centimeters or smaller and has spread to the axillary lymph nodes; or
      the tumor is larger than 2 centimeters but not larger than 5 centimeters and has not spread to the axillary lymph nodes.

      So, there is also no concrete evidence that it is "RARE" for stage I breast cancer to "come back" and "metastasize." When cancer "comes back," it is called a recurrence. When it has "metastasized," that means it has spread to another organ. These are two different situations.

      There are women who had been dx'd with stage 0 or stage I breast cancer, and leapt to stage IV in the blink of an eye.

      You just can't assume that stage I means a person is in the clear.

      Cancer doesn't play favorites. It may never come back for a woman who was diagnosed originally as a stage IIIb. This is why it is crucial for women to be extreme advocates for themselves and be in tune with their bodies.

      By the way, I was diagnosed as a stage IIa/IIb, and I fully intend on NOT having it come back.

  7. 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

  8. QUESTION:
    is it possible to have terminal cancer for 6 years?
    i am wanting to know if it is possible for a person to have terminal cancer (secondaries from breast cancer) for 6 years.as i was under the impression that "terminal" meant that the desease had spread/grown so much that death was imminent within a few months,as no more treatment will workon the spread/growth.
    it is terminal lung cancer that i am talking about.

    • ANSWER:
      Terminal just means that eventually the disease will result in the patients death. It isn't a good terminology to use for cancer because no one knows how long someone will or will not live with the disease . . it could be days, weeks, months, or years.

      And, just for further thought . . life is terminal . . all of us will die one day.

      So, yes it is possible for someone with 'terminal' lung cancer to survive for six years . . although not likely . . but still possible.

  9. QUESTION:
    when you have secondary breast can cer in the liver is this a bad prognocis?
    my daughter has secondary breast cancer in the liver is this a bad thing and is there a time on life

    • ANSWER:
      You'd really have to discuss that with a doctor, as none of us know how fast it's progressed or how much it has affected the liver.

      It isn't usually a very good thing when the cancer moves to another part of the body (called metastases) but every case is different.

  10. 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.

  11. QUESTION:
    what's your life expectancy and quality of life going to be if you have breast cancer?
    I'm doing a breast cancer reserach report for life science, and i really need help with it.

    • ANSWER:
      It varies enormously according to stage, grade etc.

      When doctors talk of survival rates, they are talking about five or ten year survival rates.

      A recent research figure is 72% of women diagnosed with invasive breast cancer will live for at least 10 years after their diagnosis. Figures include all women who have had breast cancer and are still alive after that period, including those whose cancer has returned and those who are terminally ill.

      Survival rates vary according to stage, grade etc. Around 90% of women diagnosed with stage I breast cancer survives beyond five years. This drops to around 10% diagnosed with stage 4.

      I was diagnosed with greade3 stage 3 breast cancer with 13 lymph nodes affected 4 years ago; I had surgery, chemo and radiotherapy and I'm fit and well with no evidence of cancer at my last routine check-up.

      I know one woman who is still here after 18 years. A friend died two weeks ago only i8 months after diagnosis.

      Quality of life? It depends. 4 years on mine is pretty good; I am a little restricted physically because I have lymphoedema as a result of surgery, and I live with the fear of recurrence and metastasis as there is no all-clear with breast cancer - it can recur at any time.

      If someone has secondary breast cancer, where the cancer has spread to other parts of the body, their quality of life changes considerably.

      For information, look at these sites:

      http://www.breastcancer.org

      http://www.breastcancercare.org.uk

  12. QUESTION:
    what is the survival time secondary lumps on ribs also spin?
    My sisi
    ter has had breast cancer,she now has to go for biopsy on two lumps one on her spin and one on her ribs.

    • ANSWER:
      The 5 year survival rate for stage 4 breast cancer is 20%.

  13. QUESTION:
    What is the life expectancy of a person with osteosarcoma of the pelvis?
    My doctor told me the prognosis for secondary cancer of osteosarcoma of the pelvic bones is poor. I was wondering if anyone knew of people with type of secondary not primary cancer who had gotten into remission or had lived for quite a long time.

    • ANSWER:
      sarcomas are fast spreading.secondaries are very fast unless luck favors.other skin _cervicalcancer _even breast cancer early stage survive for longer time than others. secondary means it has spread so less chance forgive me for telling truth which will discourage you i pray for you. may god be with you as support

  14. QUESTION:
    Montel William's once stated that he was diagnosed with breast cancer. How often do men get breast cancer?
    Montel Williams was mis-diagnosed with breast cancer.
    But do men get breast cancer? What are the rates?

    • ANSWER:
      Any age, male or female can have breast cancer as either a primary site or secondary site. The reason is because everyone has breast tissue . . women just have more and so are more likely to get breast cancer than men or children. It's rare, but it happens.

      Actor, Richard Roundtree of Shaft, had male breast cancer:
      http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/spotlight/2001-09-18-roundtree-cancer.htm

      Medline Plus: Male Breast Cancer
      http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/malebreastcancer.html

      NCI: Male Breast Cancer Treatment
      http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/malebreast/Patient

      John W Nick Foundation
      http://www.johnwnickfoundation.org/index.html

  15. QUESTION:
    What are the survival rates of secondary cancer (lymph nodes)?
    Hi,
    someone I know had breast cancer 2 years ago and has now found out that she has it back in her lymph nodes.Is this really bad ..what are her chances of a full recovery..
    she has been feeling ill for sometime.

    • ANSWER:
      This is a difficult question for me to answer, because I don't have enough diagnostic detail to properly stage your friend's breast cancer. There are different stages, and different survival rates based on the stages.

      I can tell you that once the cancer is found in the lymph nodes, it has metastasized (or spread). Cancer being found in the lymph nodes means that it is much more likely that it is present in other organs of the body, as the lymph system circulates throughout the body.

      If your friend is a Stage IIb (smaller tumor size, and only axillary lymph node involvement), she may have a five-year survival rate of 66%. If she is a Stage III (involves a spread of the cancer to either axillary lymph nodes that are attached to each other or to other structures, or to lymph nodes beneath the collarbone and near the neck), she will likely have a five-year survival rate of 36%.

      Hope this was helpful.

  16. QUESTION:
    What are some good breast cancer quotes?
    I am making shirts, and really need some good quotes on breast cancer. It's be really helpful

    • ANSWER:
      “Stress is a large problem, especially in the westernized world, and this study may help us understand some of the mechanisms behind breast cancer and how stress actually affects breast-cancer risk, ... Further, some women may partly blame their own stressful lifestyle when diagnosed with breast cancer. Hopefully, this and other studies may counteract such reactions.” - Rod Nielsen

      “Approximately one in seven American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime and more than 2 million Americans are living with breast cancer today. I am joining the more than 200,000 women who will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year.” - Sheryl Crow

      “Breast cancer prevention is a cause that is near and dear to my heart and I am thrilled that our company has been at the forefront of the pink movement, ... In addition to raising money, I am hopeful that this line of products will continue to bring comfort to those who are currently battling breast cancer or those who have fought the battle and won. The longer these products are available in the market, the greater is our ability to make a difference in the lives of breast cancer patients and their families.” - Karen Neuburger

      “Think about breast cancer. It can take seven years for breast cells to go from pre-cancerous to cancer, to a cancer that's palpable. So these results may simply be too early.” - Dr. Carolyn Runowicz

      “I think colorectal cancer is underestimated in women because of the heightened awareness of lung and breast cancers. Women are more educated on breast cancer awareness and the need for regular gynecological exams. This is most likely secondary to the lack of education women receive on colorectal cancer.” - Dr. Chad Potteiger

      “Since estrogen is known to be involved in the development and progression of human breast cancer, any components of the environment that have estrogenic activity and which can enter the human breast could theoretically influence a woman's risk of breast cancer.” - Dr Philippa Darbre

      “Breast cancer is the disease that, for a long time, women feared the most. In this country, we're so focused on physical looks. We tie the issue of femininity to physical appearance, and people think primarily of breast cancer that threatens your breasts -- though those who have it realize, more significantly, that it threatens your life.” - Fran Visco

      “Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death, in terms of cancer, among women. The money from Making Strides goes completely to research and programs designated for breast cancer.” - Scott Thompson

      “Smoking appears to confer a modest elevation in breast cancer risk, ... Certainly this relationship is not as strong as the relationship between smoking and lung cancer or smoking and heart disease, but breast cancer may be another disease to add to the long list of diseases associated with smoking.” - Fred Hutchinson

  17. QUESTION:
    What are the chances of survival for secondary leukemia?
    secondary leukemia is caused by the treatment done on cancer patients. Chemotheraphy and radiation theraphy in particular but also hormonal theraphy they also suspect it. My mom is a 5 year breast cancer survivor and we found out after she cant eat because her mouth and sinuses has infections that she has leukemia. We are not sure what kind but we suspect AML. We have to further discuss it with her oncologist. What are her chances for survival?

    • ANSWER:
      Secondary AMLs arising from prior therapy are generally harder to treat because of certain genetic abnormalities associated with this type of leukemia. The chances of cure are still there, but lower than de novo disease (meaning those that arise from no other apparent reason). Still treatment will involve intense chemotherapy, and if she is not too old or have too many other co-morbidities, then bone marrow transplantation may be additional therapies that could be suggested.

  18. QUESTION:
    My mom has been in the hospital for 2 weeks now trying to fight secondary breast cancer.?
    She is on high dosages of morphine and is in a lot of pain. Yesterday she looked better, today is not good. She is complaining of pain over her entire body. Her left arm and legs have swollen a bit. She must be strong by Wed. in order for her to get her chemo. Has anyone had to go through this and all is better now? She has lost alot of weight and is so out of it from the pain medication.

    • ANSWER:
      breast cancer shows better response to chemo compared to many other tumours.sometimes a long survival is possible.if hormone receptor [ER,PR] status is +,talk to your doc about aromatase inhibiter therapy.pl dont loose heart,for all you know your mom may pullout of it with few sideeffects.

  19. QUESTION:
    Mrs. Smith is a cancer patient admitted to the emergency room with a high fever (103 degrees) and severe fatig?
    Mrs. Smith is a cancer patient admitted to the emergency room with a high fever (103 degrees) and severe fatigue. She is currently on chemotherapy for her
    cancer that was diagnosed as stage 2 breast cancer. The ER physician orders a complete blood count (CBC) as well as a culture to determine the cause of
    her infection. Her CBC results show a hemoglobin of 10 g/dl and a hematocrit of 27%. Her iron and folic acids levels are within normal range.
    Her culture has not returned from the lab yet.

    What do you think her potential diagnosis is and why?

    • ANSWER:
      When a person is undergoing chemotherapy, the body is highly susceptible to many and all forms of infection.
      When a patient is receiving treatment they are advised to monitor their temperature closely. Something as simple as common cold or flu can be disastrous to a cancer patient. During Chemo and radiation a body's natural ability to fight infections are reduced. So a strep throat for example can quickly progress into bronchitis or worse, therefore quick treatment is necessary to combat these minor illnesses.
      A secondary problem also occurs when the proposed chemotherapy program must be stopped and started due to secondary actions the full effectiveness of the treatment is reduced.

      Since the elevated temperature are not signs of the cancer this is of immediate concern.

  20. QUESTION:
    My wife has just been diagnosed with secondary breast cancer that is in her bones and liver. Can anyone help m?
    I am looking for real help in my search for possible medical trials or alternative treatments.

    • ANSWER:
      I am not a physician and am not qualified to give medical advice, however, I have formed a strong opinion about treatment options after reading many authoritative and diverse sources.

      There are alternative treatments that have substantial scientific support. The three decades of peer reviewed research by Professor Emeritus T. Colin Campbell of Cornell shows that tumor growth, especially breast and prostate cancers, are correlated with diet. His recommendation along with Dr. Neal Barnard, and many others is to avoid dairy and other animal based products. Others show correlations between refined foods and sugars. Your wife should avoid processed foods, sugars, and animal based products.

      You will find that oncologists will almost always fight the suggestion that there is any correlation with diet, however, they are telling you what they've been taught, and it is flat out wrong. Research for yourself and read "The China Study" by Campbell.

      In terms of alternative treatments, I know that an alternative to chemo is a water fast. Dr. Joel Fuhrman is the most respected authority among those who practice fasting. Please read the following book:

      Fasting and Eating for Health: A Medical Doctor's Program for Conquering Disease by Joel Fuhrman and Neal D. Barnard (Paperback - Apr 15, 1995)

      It is important that the water fast be medically supervised. There are clinics throughout the country that will help your wife choose an effective treatment. I've personally seen miraculous results from my fasts. I lost 80 pounds of fat and now feel more alert and alive than I have in decades.

      Please educate yourself. Physicians and hospitals make a huge profit on chemo treatments. Before you make this choice, become informed. Many oncologists who face cancer in their own families seek alternative treatments to chemo. The side effects are just too devastating and in many cases ineffective.

  21. QUESTION:
    What is the percentage of people who survive secondary bone cancer? Also if they are over 65 and?
    just survived or are continuing treatment for breast cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      Survival rate of these people within 5 years is as high as 50%, meaning, if there are 100 people who were in complete remission, 50% of them will be alive in 5 years. However, recent trends showed higher survival rate due to advancement in medicine.

      Visit this website for the latest opinion of the medical society regarding breast cancer and secondary bone cancer:

  22. QUESTION:
    How can you tell if You have Breast cancer ?
    My Breast hurt and I wanted to know Symptoms or if you can even tell I don't want. To give my mom a scare so any answers would be Nicee ....

    • ANSWER:
      BREAST CANCER*:
      Signs and symptoms of breast cancer may include:
      •A breast lump or thickening that feels different from the surrounding tissue
      •Bloody discharge from the nipple
      •Change in the size or shape of a breast
      •Changes to the skin over the breast, such as dimpling
      •Inverted nipple
      •Peeling, scaling or flaking of the nipple or breast skin
      •Redness or pitting of the skin over your breast, like the skin of an orange
      •Inflammatory breast cancer is a rare, fast-growing type of cancer that often causes no distinct lump. Instead, breast skin may become thick, red, and may look pitted -- like an orange peel. The area may also feel warm or tender and have small bumps that look like a rash.
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      Source: ‘HEALTH IN UR HANDS’ Vol. I & II--- by Dr.Devendra Vora, D.Sc.,M.D.,F.R.C.P.,---an octogenarian & the pioneer in Acupressure in India. Available all over the globe in all Indian languages. Dr.Vora, cured and caused to cure more than 150000 cases of Cancer, HIV/AIDS, Diabetes, irregular menses and also many other most dreaded diseases.

      Latest recorded documentation on cure for ‘breast cancer’-live case.
      1. A diabetic patient aged 62 years from Hyderabad. Mastectomy of left breast in 2005 and recurrence of tumors in the left chest in 2011. Metastases/Secondaries spread to sternum and complained of breathing problems, constipation, insomnia, severe pain edema in the left chest. Chemotherapy is fraught with severe reactions & doctors refused to treat her due to advancing age & extremely weak constitution. On 01102011 Doctors @ Image Hospitals, Hyderabad predicted, in the light of prognosis, metastases, etc., that she would live for a month. Patient shifted to Acupressure Techniques & Indian Natural Remedies on 17102011. Feed back Dated 01012012-sleeping well, edema and pain subsided substantially and no problem of breathing on passing very stinking stools on 15122011. Again the patient approached us for further treatment and the domiciliary treatment is commenced on 25042012 and she is getting on well. Her son made a phone on 12052012 and told that her appetite improved, constipation issues solved, sleeping well. Excepting that she has severe sciatica pain, for which we suggested them to contact an Acupuncturist @ Hyderabad.

  23. QUESTION:
    what is the best alternative treatment for metastatic breast cancer?
    it all started as ductal carcinoma of the left breast. it would now appear to have spread to the lungs, and probbly other organs and the bones. of late, what appears to be metastatic spread in the lungs would no longer respond or react to the drugs introduce as chemotherapy

    • ANSWER:
      I'm sorry to hear that you or someone close to you has secondary breast cancer. Why do you say it 'appears' to have spread, is there a chance that it hasn't? What do the medical team involved advise regarding treatment?

      As far as alternatives go, there are alternative and complementary therapies that will make you feel better, but none that have been proven to be at all effective in treating cancer.

      I'm sure you know, since you've come this far, that wherever there's cancer there's someone waiting to make a fast buck out of people's desperation by selling ineffective and sometimes dangerous 'cures'. There are also well-meaning and caring people who will recommend diets, herbs etc. Then there are the cancer hobbyists who pop up on here most days - people who have never studied, had or been close to cancer but consider themselves experts because of something they've read or heard.

      If you are interested in any particular 'alternative', do a search on http://www.quackwatch.org before committing any time or money. And always be wary of unsubstantiated testimonials and anecdotes; you have no way of knowing if the person ever had cancer in the first place, much less was cured.

      If you don't use them already, I recommend these websites. Both have loads of information and both also have forums where you can talk to people who are or have been in the same situation as yourself, whether it is you or a loved one who has cancer

      http://www.breastcancercare.org.uk
      http://www.breastcancer.org

      Good luck

  24. 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.

  25. QUESTION:
    What causes cancer and what causes it to spread?
    I don't see how cancer can just grow and grow without the body being aware of it, technically speaking the human body should have evolved to compensate if we have had it for thousands of years which leads me to a logical conclusion; it is a fairly recent health problem with humans.

    How does it spread too? It makes no sense for it to just 'spread', it isnt a virus or anything.

    Half of these terms I do not understand, are these terms loose terms for the public and is there a more detailed explanation as to how cancer works?

    • ANSWER:
      Nobody knows what causes cancer; there are risk factors for different types of cancer, but these are things that have been observed to increase a person's risk of that cancer, they are not causes.

      Cancer happens when when normal cells change so that they grow in an uncontrolled way. This uncontrolled growth causes a tumour to form.

      When cancer 'spreads', it spreads within the body of the person with cancer,not from person to person. It isn't contagious.

      Some cells from the primary cancer break away, travel to another part of the body and start growing there; this is called secondary cancer or metastasis. Cancer cells do not stick together as well as normal cells; they also may produce substances that stimulate them to move.

      Briefly they can spread in three ways:

      Local spread: the cancer grows directly into nearby body tissues.

      Through the blood circulation: the cancer cell must becomes detached from the primary tumour. It must then slip through the wall of a blood vessel to get into the bloodstream.

      Through the lymphatic system: similar to the way it spreads through the bloodstream. The cancer cell becomes detached from the primary tumour, then travels in the circulating lymph fluid until it gets stuck in the small channels inside a lymph node. There it begins to grow into a secondary cancer.

      You are wrong in concluding that this is a recent health problem; cancer is an ancient disease as old as humankind.

      The origin of the word cancer is credited to the Greek physician Hippocrates (460-370 BC), and the world's oldest documented case of cancer is from ancient Egypt, in 1500 BC. The details were recorded on a papyrus, documenting 8 cases of tumours occurring on the breast.

      The oldest available specimen of a human cancer is found in the remains of skull of a female who lived during the Bronze Age (1900-1600 BC). The tumour in the woman's skull was suggestive of head and neck cancer

      http://medicineworld.org/cancer/history.html

  26. QUESTION:
    What is the process like when someone is given a certain amount of time to live due to cancer??
    My husband's mother was given 5-10 years (about a year ago). She had breast cancer 9 years ago. Then last year they found some on her spine.. and then in a shocking night she had a stroke and they found massive amounts of brain cancer (3 golf ball size and one the size of a man's palm.. the doctor told us). They were able to remove it.. but since it had gotten that far they gave her 5-10 years. I heard it can be less than that (my father has worked in the medical field and said that might be generous).

    I would ask my father but his mother died of cancer and it's touchy. I can read on the internet what happens medically.. but I'm more interested in the non-medical happenings. What are the signs that the person is dying of cancer? Will their mind go? Body be too weak? Will we know it's happening or one morning will she just not wake up?

    If anyone has had a similar experience with these types of cancer please tell me how long it took also.. and the things they noticed...
    BTW.. the spine/bone cancer came a little over a year ago.. we don't know how long the brain cancer was there.. but that was removed about 8 months ago. That is when she was given 5-10. Now she has gone through a lot of chemo and radiation.. and having trouble walking a bit.. having trouble recovering from one of the radiations she had on her hip. She also seems a little different... sometimes a little out of it..

    • ANSWER:
      First, the 5-10 they mentioned is the average for people that have had a similar condition. Obviously, for that to be the average range, some had to be longer and some had to be shorter. Every patient is different.

      Second, as far as looking for signs...again everyone is different. However, with a lot of patients, they ultimately have a catastrophic event that they can't recover from, anything from a secondary illness, like the flu or pneumonia to another stroke...that kind of thing. If there is not an event, they just get progressively weaker over a period of time until they can't go on. Many people stay perfectly coherant mentally and some do not as their body gives out.

      Third, likely what you are seeing right now is known as "chemo head". It is well documented that during treatment, patients just get...dingy. When the treatment is stopped, this usually goes away. There is a possibility that there is some deficit from the stroke as well... but the chemo head thing gets a large percentage of patients. That treatment is brutal on the body. A noticable weakening is to be expected...again, when the treatment is stopped, she should get stronger.

      It doesn't sound like your MIL is a patient for hospice at this point, but they are still a great reference for the kinds of questions you have. Call one in your area and talk to someone there... you will never encounter a more loving, concerned, helpful organization. They take care of the whole family, not just the patient...so they are geared toward answering questions and talking to you until you understand fully.

      Your mother in law is lucky to have someone so concerned with understanding how best to care for her. I'm very sorry that you have to do it.

      May you have peace in the new year.

  27. QUESTION:
    Why would it be a radical mastectomy instead of elephantiasis?
    While walking down the street, you and your friend see an elderly woman whose left arm appears to be swollen to several times its normal size. Your friend remarks that the woman must have been in the tropics and contracted a form of filariasis that produces elephantiasis. You disagree, saying that it is more likely that the woman had a radical mastectomy (removal of a breast because of cancer). Explain the rationale behind your answer.

    • ANSWER:
      It is not either, it can be the result of a mastectomy due to breast cancer. Here is some info on this subject.

      The condition is called Lymphedema

      Secondary lymphedema, or acquired lymphedema, can develop as a result of surgery, radiation, infection or trauma. Specific surgeries, such as surgery for melanoma or breast, gynecological, head and neck, prostate or testicular, bladder or colon cancer, all of which currently require removal of lymph nodes, put patients at risk of developing secondary lymphedema. If lymph nodes are removed, there is always a risk of developing lymphedema.

      Secondary lymphedema can develop immediately post-operatively, or weeks, months, even years later. It can also develop when chemotherapy is unwisely administered to the already affected area (the side on which the surgery was performed) or after repeated aspirations of a seroma (a pocket of fluid which occurs commonly post-operatively) in the axilla, around the breast incision, or groin area. This often causes infection and, subsequently, lymphedema.

      Aircraft flight has also been linked to the onset of lymphedema in patients post-cancer surgery (likely due to the decreased cabin pressure). For more information, see the NLN Position Paper on Air Travel (pdf format, 231kb).

      Another cause of lower extremity lymphedema is that resulting from the use of Tamoxifen. This medication can cause blood clots and subsequent DVT (deep venous thrombosis).

      Radiation therapy, used in the treatment of various cancers and some AIDS-related diseases (such as Kaposi-Sarcoma), can damage otherwise healthy lymph nodes and vessels, causing scar tissue to form which interrupts the normal flow of the lymphatic fluid. Radiation can also cause skin dermatitis or a burn similar to sunburn. It is important to closely monitor the radiated area for any skin changes, such as increased temperature, discoloration (erythema) or blistering which can lead into the development of lymphedema. Be sure to keep the area soft with lotion recommended by your radiation oncologist.

      Lymphedema can develop secondary to lymphangitis (an infection) which interrupts normal lymphatic pathway function. A severe traumatic injury in which the lymphatic system is interrupted and/or damaged in any way may also trigger the onset of lymphedema. Although extremely rare in developed countries, there is a form of lymphedema called Filariasis which affects as many as 200 million people worldwide (primarily in the endemic areas of southeast Asia, India and Africa). When the filarial larvae from a mosquito bite enters the lymphatic system, these larvae mature into adult worms in the peripheral lymphatic channels, causing severe lymphedema in the arms, legs and genitalia (also known as Elephantiasis).

      Symptoms of Lymphedema
      Lymphedema can develop in any part of the body or limb(s). Signs or symptoms of lymphedema to watch out for include: a full sensation in the limb(s), skin feeling tight, decreased flexibility in the hand, wrist or ankle, difficulty fitting into clothing in one specific area, or ring/wristwatch/bracelet tightness. If you notice persistent swelling, it is very important that you seek immediate medical advice (and get at least one second opinion) as early diagnosis and treatment improves both the prognosis and the condition.

      Lymphedema develops in a number of stages, from mild to severe,referred to as Stage 1, 2 and 3:

      Stage 1 (spontaneously reversible):
      Tissue is still at the "pitting" stage, which means that when pressed by fingertips, the area indents and holds the indentation. Usually, upon waking in the morning, the limb(s) or affected area is normal or almost normal size.

      Stage 2 (spontaneously irreversible):
      The tissue now has a spongy consistency and is "non-pitting," meaning that when pressed by fingertips, the tissue bounces back without any indentation forming). Fibrosis found in Stage 2 lymphedema marks the beginning of the hardening of the limbs and increasing size.

      Stage 3 (lymphostatic elephantiasis):
      At this stage the swelling is irreversible and usually the limb(s) is/are very large. The tissue is hard (fibrotic) and unresponsive; some patients consider undergoing reconstructive surgery called "debulking" at this stage.

      When lymphedema remains untreated, protein-rich fluid continues to accumulate, leading to an increase of swelling and a hardening or fibrosis of the tissue. In this state, the swollen limb(s) becomes a perfect culture medium for bacteria and subsequent recurrent lymphangitis (infections). Moreover, untreated lymphedema can lead into a decrease or loss of functioning of the limb(s), skin breakdown, chronic infections and, sometimes, irreversible complications. In the most severe cases, untreated lymphedema can develop into a rare form of lymphatic cancer called Lymphangiosarcoma (most often in secondary lymphedema).

  28. QUESTION:
    I want to start a club in my college to help kids with cancer. How?
    I want to start a club involving cancer, and kids. Here is my university list of clubs right now
    http://www.madonna.edu/university-resources/student-services/office-of-student-life/student-organizations

    What kind of club do you think would be acceptable? Do you have any other suggestions that I could use?

    • ANSWER:
      It is an excellent and noble idea to start cancer clubs @ school/college/University level. These clubs should act as "spring-boards" to emanate full knowledge on all cancers and the most dreaded disease conditions and syndromes.
      Cancer is detectable instantaneously and preventable and curable by means of Acupressure Techniques & Indian Natural Remedies. The New Generation of innovative mindsets like U should be well equipped with full knowledge as an extra-curricular activity. Our trust is formed to work towards the goals of "Shri Morarji Desai [late], the then Prime Minister of India, and his disciple Dr.Devendra Vora, an octogenarian and the pioneer in Acupressure in India--conducting Seminars @ Bangalore from 02022012-10022012."

      Brief details are furnished here under for Ur ready reference.

      For any doubts, U may shoot questions to this wonderful miracle of the century "Yahoo Answers" having celebrated the most famous incident of "ONE BILLION QUESTIONS ANSWERED EVENT" in 2010. God bless the founders of "Yahoo Answers" with a century-full of vision. God bless U and all the teaming billions of youngsters entering into this Mother-Earth.

      PS:If satisfied/benefited with, U may 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--- cured and caused to cure 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* on “Miracles of Acupressure & Indian Natural Remedies.” With recorded documentation.
      1. We r treating from 01082011 a case of Thalassemia-Major-a genetic disorder acquired from Thalassemia-Minor parents[both] for a 4-months old boy born with congenital [liver] Jaundice, anemia [Hb-5.8] and fatigue] and his Hb levels have shot up steadily from 5.8 to 11.00 as on 04012012 and the doctors @ Apollo Hospitals @ Ludhiana have postponed steadily the blood transfusion dates from 3-4-6 weeks as on date.

      • 2. 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.

  29. QUESTION:
    Is secondary brain cancer less serious than primary brain cancer?
    Originally breast cancer but since spread to the brain.

    • ANSWER:
      If the cancer has spread, then that would indicate it is in the metastatic phase, meaning the phase in which it spreads to different parts of the body. In most patients, this is generally a fatal stage of cancer if it is not treated immediately. Chemotherapy is generally administered in this phase to kill off all of the cells in the body. If this treatment is unsuccessful, the patient will most likely have only a short amount of time left until they die.

  30. QUESTION:
    Great ways to raise money for breast cancer treatment?
    My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and we can not afford for her to have any type of treatment, my father was laid off and we are being evicted. I don't want this to be a sob story i would just like advice or ideas of how to raise money pretty fast for her...like always any help would be great. =]

    • ANSWER:
      No huge money is required. U can show Ur true love, affection and concerned for Ur beloved MOM.Details follow----------------------------

      Free & Instant Diagnosis of Breast Cancer with the aid of acupressure maps. Dr.Vora designed the diagnostic procedures, with the aid of acupressure techniques, so simple that even the poorest of the poor in remote villages/hamlets, all the youngsters [the future of this mother “EARTH”] with little knowledge & serious efforts, can know instantaneously @ no costs all over the globe.

      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. Side benefit is that Ur menses cycles are regulated.Acupressure & Indian Natural Remedies can cure breast cancer safely & totally in 45-90 days. T & C apply..

      http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2306802071169.2103895.1282822997&type=1&l=38eadce9df
      •PS. If satisfied/benefited with, inform others to browse ‘Yahoo Answers’ on any health issue.

      Source: ‘HEALTH IN UR HANDS’ Vol. I & II--- by Dr.Devendra Vora, D.Sc.,M.D.,F.R.C.P.,---an octogenarian & the pioneer in Acupressure in India. Available all over the globe in all Indian languages. Dr.Vora, cured and caused to cure more than 150000 cases of Cancer, HIV/AIDS, Diabetes, irregular menses and also many other most dreaded diseases.
      In order to prove ‘for our satisfaction’ on the “Miracles of Acupressure Techniques & Indian Natural Remedies”, we made Recorded documentations with cure for Autism, Thalassemia, breast cancer, Wilm’s tumor, Arthritis, Muscular Dystrophy, HIV/AIDS, Autism, etc., etc.

      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.

  31. QUESTION:
    Can you see lung cancer in a chest xray?
    I'm really worried about my mum, when I last went to visit 2 months ago I noticed she was out of breath more than norm. I'm now looking after her as breathing got a lot worse. Dr given her antibiotics as thinks it could be an infection, she has a chest xray tomorrow, can they see cancer on the xray and will they tell us directly?? Obviously don't want to worry my mum as she had breast cancer 8 years ago. Any advice ASAP greatly appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      Since your mom had a history of breast cancer
      Best to perform chest xray to rule out pneumonia and secondaries cancer deposits in the lungs

  32. QUESTION:
    How do chemotherapy drugs interact chemically with cancer cells to get rid of the cancerous cells?
    I have to give a chemistry project tomorrow in class and I need to have a basic understanding of what goes on chemically between chemotherapy drugs and the cancerous cells. Like what element interacts with what and how the chemo drugs stop the cancer cells from replicating. If anyone even has a most basic chemical explanation as to what occurs I would really appreciate it.

    • ANSWER:
      Chemotherapy works by destroying cancer cells; unfortunately, it cannot tell the difference between a cancer cell and some healthy cells. So chemotherapy eliminates not only the fast-growing cancer cells but also other fast-growing cells in your body, including, hair and blood cells.

      Some cancer cells grow slowly while others grow rapidly. As a result, different types of chemotherapy drugs target the growth patterns of specific types of cancer cells. Each drug has a different way of working and is effective at a specific time in the life cycle of the cell it targets.

      So, the chemicals are designed to go after specific cells that have a particular metabolic rate.

      Chemotherapy has NOT been very effective and the 5 year survival rate is very poor. It is expensive; a cancer patient is worth about 0,000 to the medical community.

      In 1972, according to the American Cancer Societies own figures, 33% of cancers had a five year survival rate. We should also point out that at that same time 33% of cancers went away on their own. Today, according to the ACS, the five year survival rate for cancer has risen to 40%. However, what they do not tell you is that:

      1.The statistics are invalid because they combine data of both local and metastasized cancers; and that the comparisons are not randomized [Ulrich Abel, Advanced Epithelial Cancer", 1990 (no longer in print) ]
      2.Cancers not factored into the original statistics are now factored in, such as skin cancers, many of which are not fatal and that the statistics are purposely inflated by including people with benign cancers.
      3.Technology has helped us to find cancers earlier, thus the survival time from diagnosis to eventual death has lengthened.
      4.They are now including in their stats non deadly skin cancers.

      By shrinking tumors, chemotherapy encourages stronger cancer cells to grow and multiply and become chemo resistant. Then there are the new cancers caused by chemotherapy, or secondary cancers. This quaint side effect is often overlooked in the lists of side effects in a drug's accompanying literature, though you can find this information quite easily at the National Cancer Institute. We pride ourselves in America for being technologically advanced and that our technology is rooted in a foundation of good science.

      Wrong.

      When it comes to medicine, little at all is based upon science. Again we shall point to the Office of Technological Assessment’s paper: Assessing the Efficacy and Safety of Medical Technologies in which we are told that fewer than 20% of all medical procedures have been tested, and that of those tested, half were tested badly.

      Medicine in America is not about healing.

      Most telling, according to Ralph Moss in his book Questioning Chemotherapy, is that in a good number of surveys, chemotherapists have responded that they would neither recommend chemotherapy for their families nor would they use it themselves. In an unpublished cohort study in which it was revealed that only 9% of oncologists took chemotherapy for their cancers.

      "Most cancer patients in this country die of chemotherapy.

      Chemotherapy does not eliminate breast, colon, or lung cancers. This fact has been documented for over a decade, yet doctors still use chemotherapy for these tumors,” Allen Levin, MD UCSF The Healing of Cancer.

      Additionally, Irwin Bross, a biostatistician for the National Cancer Institute, discovered that many cancers that are benign (though thought to be malignant) and will not metastasize until they are hit with chemotherapy. In other words, he's found that many people who've been diagnosed with metastatic cancer did not have metastatic cancer until they got their chemotherapy.

      For many cancers, chemotherapy just does not improve your survival rate. Some of these are colorectal, gastric, pancreatic, bladder, breast, ovarian, cervical and corpus uteri, head and neck. Knowing this, oncologists still recommend a regimen of chemotherapy, why?

      The answer you will get from oncologists that are honest is this: “We give it to patients so they won't give up hope and fall into the hands of quacks.” Quacks? Implicit in the definition of quackery is the sale of worthless or dangerous nostrums for profit. Who exactly are the quacks? Just because someone is wearing a white smock, has a title, and works in a nice air conditioned office, does NOT take away what he is. Con men don't look like crooks or they would never get anyone to buy into what they are selling. Looking credible does NOT mean they are.

      Dr Ulrich Abel, who poured over thousands and thousands of cancer studies, published his shocking report in 1990 stating quite succinctly that chemotherapy has done nothing for 80% of all cancers; that 80% of chemotherapy administered was absolutely worthless.

      To give a fair and accurate assessment of chemotherapy in your report, you should also tell people how it is NOT very effective and only a smal

  33. QUESTION:
    How can you calm your parent when they have cancer?
    My grandmother is freaking out because she has ovary cancer. She thinks she's going to die.

    • ANSWER:
      U may try 'target therapy' to render the best comforts and for a peaceful and comfortable journey to the heavens.

      Target Therapy---Acupressure Techniques & Indian Natural Remedies, [comprising Ayurveda, Homeopathy, Bio-chemic salts, Herbal Remedies, Yoga/Meditation, Magneto-therapy, Sidha, etc.,] U can have sizable & perceivable relief in 45-90 days. @ no/affordable costs, No side effects, and No Hospitalization.

      Latest recorded documentation on cure for ‘breast cancer’-live case.

      It is a terminal case, and target therapy helped to live longer by 9 months with the “least discomfort” till her last breath on 26072012.. Hence, ‘target therapy is worth trying.
      •1. A diabetic patient aged 62 years from Hyderabad. Mastectomy of left breast in 2005 and recurrence of tumors in the left chest in 2011. Metastases/Secondaries spread to sternum and complained of breathing problems, constipation, insomnia, severe pain edema in the left chest. Chemotherapy is fraught with severe reactions & doctors refused to treat her due to advancing age & extremely weak constitution. On 01102011 Doctors @ Image Hospitals, Hyderabad predicted, in the light of prognosis, metastases, etc., that she would live for a month. Patient shifted to Acupressure Techniques & Indian Natural Remedies on 17102011. Feed back Dated 01012012-sleeping well, edema and pain subsided substantially and no problem of breathing on passing very stinking stools on 15122011. Again the patient approached us for further treatment and the domiciliary treatment is commenced on 25042012 and she is getting on well. Her son made a phone on 12052012 and told that her appetite improved, constipation issues solved, sleeping well. Excepting that she has severe sciatica pain, for which we suggested them to contact an Acupuncturist @ Hyderabad.
      •On 10062012, her son rang up and sought further medication for stomachache, bronchial asthma. Sciatica pain under check.
      •On 10062012, her son rang up and sought further medication for stomachache, bronchial asthma. Sciatica pain under check.
      •Impression of CT Scanning- Dated: 22092011 [before commencement of target therapy—Known case of carcinoma of left breast, post modified radical mastectomy, multiple lung secondaries, chest wall metastases.
      CT Scanning Dated 21062012 [after 2 sets/bouts of target therapy] Bilateral pulmonary sternal metastases, Bilateral plural effusion. Target therapy for another 45 days continues. She is still fine with the least discomfort as on 25072012.

      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, irregular menses and also many other most dreaded diseases.

  34. QUESTION:
    Is it normal for a 13 year old to have lumps in their breast?
    My 13 year old daughter found a lump in each of her breasts. They are pretty soft and they are towards the bottom edge. They aren't cancerous are they?
    No it's not painful at all.

    • ANSWER:
      Any type of lump anywhere on the body should immediately be examined. Childhood breast cancer is extremely rare and different than the adult kind, so yes this could be a form of cancer. Early cancer is asymptomatic, lumps are not painful . . so in a young person a lump that is not painful may be the only symptom of cancer. No one here has anyway of knowing specifically what is going on, only a doctor can tell you.

      It is also possible that the 'lumps' are the result of 'breast buds' common during normal breast development:
      Kids Health: Why are my breast sore?
      http://www.kidshealth.org/teen/question/just_girls/sore_breasts.html

      The following are the types of primary breast cancer common to children. It is also possible for lumps in the child to be from a secondary cancer located elsewhere in the body:

      http://www.eapsa.org/parents/resources/breast_disorders.cfm

      1. Juvenile Secretory Carcinoma - slow growing, poorly defined tumors growing in a childs breast.

      2. Cystosarcoma Phylloides - fast growing tumors that can stretch the breast tissue.

      3. Lymphoma - there are lymph nodes in breast tissue and it is possible for a child to develop a primary cancer in this location.

      4. Secondary Breast Cancer - cancer located elsewhere in a childs body can spread to the breast.

      This girl should be examined by her pediatrician for a definitive diagnosis. Don't wait. Hopefully it will turn out to be nothing but the normal development of the breast.

      Best wishes.

  35. 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.

  36. QUESTION:
    What are other options other then chemotherapy for stage 2 breast cancer?
    My 75 year old mother made a life decision today ...............she is not going to go through with chemotherapy treatments. She has decided to pursue just radiation and hormone therapy. Is there any other treatment options she can take. She is afraid that chemo is not worth the risks at her age and would rather just live her life to the fullest without it.

    • ANSWER:
      *Prevention & Cure of Breast Cancer--If U press the surrounding area on both sides of palms, soles, wrists and ankles regularly three times a day and then breast cancer shall not grow further. Side benefit is that Ur menses cycles are regulated.Acupressure & Indian Natural Remedies can cure breast cancer safely & totally in 45-90 days. T & C apply.

      http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2306802071169.2103895.1282822997&type=1&l=38eadce9df

      In Ur case, target therapy is helpful to have total cure. “Target therapy” is worth trying.

      ‘Target Therapy’ [Acupressure Techniques & Indian Natural Remedies] proved to be effective for all types of cancer [including brain tumors, leukemia, melanoma, Crohn’s Disease, bone marrow cancer, breast cancer, etc., ] & all the most dreaded and incurable diseases.

      TARGET THERAPY* It is the God-given therapy communicated to the mankind through THE RIGVEDA, one of the Hindu scriptures.
      Target Therapy---Acupressure Techniques & Indian Natural Remedies, [comprising Ayurveda, Homeopathy, Bio-chemic salts, Herbal Remedies, Yoga/Meditation, Magneto-therapy, Sidha, etc.,] U can have sizable & perceivable relief in 45-90 days. @ no/affordable costs, No side effects, and No Hospitalization.

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

      Latest recorded documentation on cure for ‘breast cancer’-live case.
      •1. A diabetic patient aged 62 years from Hyderabad. Mastectomy of left breast in 2005 and recurrence of tumors in the left chest in 2011. Metastases/Secondaries spread to sternum and complained of breathing problems, constipation, insomnia, severe pain edema in the left chest. Chemotherapy is fraught with severe reactions & doctors refused to treat her due to advancing age & extremely weak constitution. On 01102011 Doctors @ Image Hospitals, Hyderabad predicted, in the light of prognosis, metastases, etc., that she would live for a month. Patient shifted to Acupressure Techniques & Indian Natural Remedies on 17102011. Feed back Dated 01012012-sleeping well, edema and pain subsided substantially and no problem of breathing on passing very stinking stools on 15122011. Again the patient approached us for further treatment and the domiciliary treatment is commenced on 25042012 and she is getting on well. Her son made a phone on 12052012 and told that her appetite improved, constipation issues solved, sleeping well. Excepting that she has severe sciatica pain, for which we suggested them to contact an Acupuncturist @ Hyderabad.
      •On 10062012, her son rang up and sought further medication for stomachache, bronchial asthma. Sciatica pain under check.
      •Impression of CT Scanning- Dated: 22092011 [before commencement of target therapy—Known case of carcinoma of left breast, post modified radical mastectomy, multiple lung secondaries, chest wall metastases.
      CT Scanning Dated 21062012 [after 2 sets/bouts of target therapy] Bilateral pulmonary sternal metastases, Bilateral plural effusion. Target therapy for another 45 days continues.

  37. 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:
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      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.

  38. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know what percentage of people who die from cancer have taken chemo or radiation?
    It is a fact that both chemo and radiation are extremely toxic and can kill a cancer patient. So I am interested to know what percentage of people who die from 'cancer' have been subjected to these treatments, and what percentage of cancer sufferers die after receiving none. Any links to research or statistics would be very much appreciated. Thankies

    • ANSWER:
      Success rates for chemotherapy have been highest in ovarian, testicular and Duke’s C cancers. Cures by chemotherapy and radiation regimens in other cancers are less successful involving all-to-often misleading statistics. As an example, cancer is considered cured if a patient is cancer-free for 5 years after treatment; even if cancer reoccurs in year 6. This equates cancer remission for a 5 year period with cure and, while certainly a positive development, the word "cure" should equate to "gone" or cancer being no longer present to any extent in any amount. While approximately 50% of cancer patients receive chemotherapy in some form, the success rate according to Dr. Ralph Moss, author of Questioning Chemotherapy, is only 2 to 5% for a cure. Pharmaceutical manufacturers and organized medicine present more optimistic industry success rates at about 25%, with rates varying by type and stage of the form of cancer treated and the definition of "cure." If cancer, particularly breast cancer, is "cured," why do most Oncologist insist on a post-operative "chemotherapy" treatment plan that is debilitating due to side effects and financially a heavy burden even though they, "got it all?".

      Radiation treatments for cancer, or radiotherapy, involve the use of radioactivity including ionizing radiation from Gamma-rays, X-Rays or Cobalt-60 as killing agents in therapy. Approximately 60% of cancer patients receive radiation in some form. Radiation is aimed at killing the malignant cells and tissues involved in cancer. Radiation can in fact damage cancer cells, but radiation can also cause secondary cancers after the primary cancer has been treated; thus being classified as a carcinogen defined as a cancer-causing agent.

      In addition to being carcinogens, chemotherapy drugs and radiation are in many instances classified as free radicals responsible for cancer-causing mutations to the body's deoxyribonucleic acid, better known as DNA. Free radicals are in actuality molecules that have lost an electron and are therefore "unpaired," similar to a sparking wire uncontrolled in the body. The "unpaired" molecules "steal" an electron from any nearby molecule in an attempt to replace their missing electron, leading to the creation of more free radicals and initiating a chain reaction. Excessive free radicals in the body are to be avoided and a serious detriment to attaining and maintaining good health.

      As with any prescription pharmaceutical drug, the prescribing physician must evaluate risk versus reward of the drug or drugs prescribed, with the presumption the reward of curing the treated disease is more beneficial than the risk of the prescription drug's known bad side effects in the body. In prescribing post-operative chemotherapy after claiming "we got it all," especially with breast cancer patients, it is hoped a thorough evaluation of the risk of injecting a patient's body with additional poison carcinogens known to cause serious side effects such as fatigue, a suppressed immune response and even cancer, is conclusive in determining the possible reward of killing cancer cells that supposedly are no longer present more than offsets the certain and serious negatives from the treatment itself!

  39. QUESTION:
    what is spinal cancer and what are the symptoms? what is the treatment? what are the olds of getting it?
    i need to have some information on spinal cancer for an report in medical theraputic class. i need to know what it is and how it works, what the symptoms are and what the odds of getting the cancer.

    • ANSWER:
      "Spinal Cancer" only refers to the organ that has some type of cancer - the spine. There are many types of cancer that can occur in the spine. They come in two basic types:
      1) Primary bone cancer - the cancer occurs in the bone first. An example is Multiple Myeloma.
      2) Secondary bone cancer - cancers that spread to the spine from other tissues. This is more commonly known as a metastasis or metastatic cancer. Breast cancers and prostate cancers commonly spread to the spine.

      Often, their are no initial symptoms. Generally, pain is the 'presenting' symptom. Often the pain is deep and boring or dull and aching. Usually the pain is not caused by certain activities, positions or movements like many spinal conditions that are more related to joint and mechanical problems and/or injuries.

      That should get you started. Now talk to your school or public librarian and do some research to find out more. The best learning is learning you do on your own.

      Good luck.

  40. QUESTION:
    Has any one else with breast cancer had problems with breathing whilst on Herceptin?
    I don't have secondaries in my lungs.

    • ANSWER:
      In rare cases Herceptin can cause an allergic reaction that can affect breathing, usually shortly after it's administered, or can cause fluid buildup in the lungs. The breathing trouble could be completely unrelated to Herceptin, but it's wise to call your doctor and tell them what your symptoms are to see if they think it's because of the Herceptin.

  41. QUESTION:
    What's the difference between primary and secondary Bone Cancer?

    I know that one originates in the bone, and the other spreads from another form of cancer, but are the cells the same, or would there be breast cancer cells found in the bone? Ect.

    • ANSWER:
      Basically primary bone cancer is bone cancer.

      Secondary would imply that it spread from another source, such as the breast, or skin. But that doesnt mean its actually bone cancer, it just means its another form of cancer that has spread there.

      And no, the cells would be different. For example, if testicular cancer spreads to the bones, which is rare, its MUCH better then lung cancer spreading to the bones. Because the testicular cancer responds much better to chemo.

  42. QUESTION:
    Can man get breast cancer? If they want to get check early if they think they have breast cancer?
    Do they have a mammogram done too as well? I'm not trying to be funny but I'm just curious.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes men do get brest cancer, It is not as common as with women and it is a condition that is very unreported and is not discovered until a secondary cancer is detected, most commonly in the bones,

      Breast cancer in men can be detected using an ultrasound and a biopsy to any lump or mass detected.

  43. QUESTION:
    secondary cancer in the liver,what foods are good to eat?
    my dad has secondary cancer in the liver, they havent found the primary tuma.healways feels really bloated and uncomfortable when hes eaten, his liver is not working properly because of the cancer, there for i think he needs to eat foods that are easy to digest,i have tryed search the web for ideas but have not really found anything that helps or that i understand.please could you tell me what foods are easy to digest?
    also which foods contain potato starch?
    thanks for your help!!x

    • ANSWER:
      the best diet for your father is a high fiber diet with high intake of fluids. this diet is not hard to digest so your father will also feel comfort with meals.

      If your father is taking strong pain killers, he may suffer constipation so to avoid this.. high fiber diet with high fluid intake is advisable.

      Here are some examples of delicious and healthy high-fiber foods from the USDA National Nutrient Database:

      * one-half cup cooked navy beans - 9.5 g
      * one-half cup baked beans, canned – 9 g
      * one-half cup cooked lentils – 7.8 g
      * one-half cup cooked black beans – 7.5 g
      * one-half cup dates – 7.1 g
      * one cup raisin bran cereal – 7 g
      * one-half cup cooked kidney beans – 6.5 g
      * one-half cup cooked lima beans – 6.7 g
      * one-half cup canned tomato paste – 5.9 g
      * one-half cup cooked garbanzo beans – 6.2 g
      * one-half cup bean with ham soup – 5.6 g
      * one-half cup frozen red raspberries – 5.5 g
      * one medium bran muffin – 5 g
      * one-half Asian pear – 5 g
      * one-half cup cooked artichoke – 4.5 g
      * one-half cup frozen peas, cooked – 4.4 g
      * one cup oatmeal – 4 g
      * one-half cup frozen mixed vegetables, cooked – 4 g
      * one-half cup raw blackberries – 3.8 g
      * one-half cup canned pumpkin – 3.5 g
      * one-half cup cooked whole-wheat spaghetti – 3.4 g
      * 24 almonds – 3.3 g
      * one apple with skin – 3.3 g
      * one-half cup cooked barley 3 g
      * one cup broccoli – 2.4 g
      * one red sweet pepper – 2.4 g
      * one nectarine – 2.3 g
      * 28 peanuts – 2.3 g
      * one slice whole grain bread – 2 g
      * 15 walnut halves – 2 g

      Some easy to digest foods:
      *Scrambled eggs and milky puddings like sago,rice and semolina
      *olive oil, white fish, lean meat, breast meat without skin, rabbit, carrots and rice.
      *fibrous fruits and vegetables

      Also avoid food with carcinogens because they trigger production of cancer cells..

  44. QUESTION:
    Has anyone experienced metastatic breast cancer to the eye or known someone who has?
    If so, what was the course of treatment and where were the treatments given. Thanks.
    Peter

    • ANSWER:
      I hadn't, but knowing anything is possible, I did a MedScape search. Radiation therapy seems to be the treatment of choice. Here's the article:

      Clinical study on the metastasis to the eyes from breast cancer.

      Breast Cancer. 2004; 11(1):65-8 (ISSN: 1340-6868)
      Tamura M; Tada T; Tsuji H; Tamura M; Yoshimoto M; Takahashi K; Tada K; Tanabe M; Kutomi G; Sekine Y; Kasumi F
      Department of Breast Surgery, Cancer Institute Hospital, 1-37-1 Kami-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo 170-8455, Japan.

      In our hospital, 24 patients who underwent surgery for breast cancer during 1980 to 2001 were diagnosed with metastasis to the eye. Metastasis to the choroid was found most frequently, making the choroid the most common site of metastasis. A few patients had metastasis to the orbit. Decreased visual acuity and tunnel vision were frequently found in patients who had metastasis to the choroid, and ocular floaters and blurred vision were also found in a few patients. Patients with metastasis to the orbit showed diplopia caused by ocular dyskinesia and eyelid swelling. The mean postoperative period until the diagnosis with metastasis to the eye was 3 years and 2 months, with most cases diagnosed between 20 and 40 months postoperatively, a relatively long period. We performed radiotherapy in 21 of the 24 patients, and more than half of the patients showed improvement. The mean survival period after diagnosis with metastasis to the eye was 10 months, and some of them already had recurrence to other organs such as the bones or lungs. Examination with consideration of metastasis to the eyes is required to improve the quality of life of cancer patients,.

      Subject Headings
      Major Subject Heading(s) Minor Subject Heading(s) CAS Registry / EC Numbers
      Breast Neoplasms [pathology]
      Contrast Media [pharmacology]
      Eye Neoplasms [diagnosis] [radiotherapy] [secondary]
      Female
      Fluorescein [diagnostic use]
      Humans
      Physical Examination [methods]
      0 (Contrast Media)
      2321-07-5 (Fluorescein)

      PreMedline Identifier: 14763463

  45. QUESTION:
    If you had you reproductive system removed as a child, would you start puberty?
    I just wondered because I was taught that, at the onset of puberty, the Pituitary Gland in the brain sends a chemical message down to the target organ (ovaries/testes) to begin producing the hormones that induce puberty. So if, for instance, you had cervical cancer as a young child that spread through your whole reproductive system and subsequently had it all completely removed, would you not go through puberty? Because it's the ovaries (in this case) that produce the hormones needed.

    • ANSWER:
      You wouldn't hit puberty.
      Females wouldn't develop breasts, their hips wouldn't broaden etc.
      Males would not get any facial hair, their voices wouldn't deepen etc.

      No secondary sexual characteristics would develop.

      Plus the obvious, they would not have any organs, so they would not be able to conceive children.

      Also the hormones like testosterone in males helps in muscle growth and development would be absent, so males would not be able to gain muscle mass.
      Many repurcussions....
      I suggest you look up eunuchs

  46. QUESTION:
    My mom said she felt like"layers" were being pulled off her, and told herself not to die. What happened?
    Long story short, my mom told me she felt like layers were being pulled off her. She could not really describe the feeling or layers but compared it to an onion or sun burned skin being peeled off. She said she didn't know what was happening, but told herself she is not going to die now. She had breast cancer in the past. Also she was in bedx, but said she was awake. Do you thin she was dreaming and didn't know, or was dying, or died? Have you ever heard of this before? Is there meaning to this?

    • ANSWER:
      Cancer treatment consists on taking several powerful medications...which secondary effects affect mind, mood and body...Your mother prob experienced some of those...that's all...no spiritual meaning at all...

  47. QUESTION:
    Can you completly get rid of bone cancer?
    My grandmother got diagnosed with secondary bone cancer it spread to her bone I figure she only has about 5 years... But i need help to figure out how long she has and if she can make it vanish??

    • ANSWER:
      Primary bone cancer, maybe, but if it's spread there from other parts (metastasized) it's not usually possible to get rid of, and at that stage, treatment is palliative only, and not curative (my aunt had bone cancer secondary to breast cancer, grandpa had stage 4 primary bone cancer - which isn't possible to get rid of either...).

      Any cancer that has spread from one part of the body to another is not usually "curable".

      Whether or not she survives another 5 years with metastasis is debatable. It depends where else the cancer has spread to.

      Sorry for your news :( Bone cancer can be nasty.

  48. QUESTION:
    Does secondary bone cancer take a life soon?
    My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer and said it spread to her bones, (spinal) she wants to fight because she wants to live i know God will give her the power to fight, i don't want her to go away.

    • ANSWER:
      Breast cancer that has metastasized to bones is not curable,
      BUT - we do see people who do well for some time with treatment - especially with a response to hormonal agents such as tamoxifen.

      This is a situation where we try to control the disease - much as we try to control diabetes and high blood pressure. Doctors do not cure high blood pressure or diabetes, we try to control them.

      The oncologist involved in your mom's care will have the best advice and explanation regarding how she is doing and how she might do in the future, but no doctor can predict the future in cases like this months or years in advance.

      You must take each day, week, and month at a time. Medical follow-up and adjustment of treatment for the situation is the key here. There are more and more new treatments for breast and other types of cancer becoming available each year.

      Best of luck to you and your mom.

      Here's a bit from Wiki regarding the high profile case of Elizabeth Edwards and her battle with breast cancer spread to bones :
      In November 2004 Elizabeth Edwards was diagnosed with breast cancer.
      In September 2006 she released a book "Saving Graces: Finding Solace and Strength from Friends and Strangers" focusing on the death of her son and her battle with breast cancer.
      At a March 22, 2007 press conference, John and Elizabeth Edwards announced that her cancer had returned, and that his campaign for the Presidency was continuing at full steam. They said that she is asymptomatic, and that she expects to continue actively campaigning while undergoing treatment. Her doctor, Dr. Lisa Carey of the University of North Carolina described the diagnosis as stage IV (metastatic) breast cancer with a spot in her rib and possibly her lung. In a March 25 interview on 60 Minutes, Edwards said that there was also a spot in her hip found on her bone scan. Elizabeth and John Edwards and Dr. Carey stressed that the cancer is not curable, but is treatable. As of April 2, 2007, Edwards was informed that her cancer may be treatable with anti-estrogen drugs. "I consider that a good sign. It means there are more medications which I can expect to be responsive,"


secondary breast cancer

Liver Cancer Stages

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    what is the life expectancy of liver cancer in the 4th stage?
    my dad was diagnosed with Liver Cancer back on 14 Feb. he has had 2 chemoembolizations and now the cancer has spread... what is the life expectancy of Liver Cancer in the 4th stage?

    • ANSWER:
      Everyone is different and depends on age and current health - my dad was 76 when he had bowel cancer which had just spread to his liver & kidney - he died 6 weeks later? I hope your dad is a lot better than mine was but to be honest once it has gone to the liver it will be a short time because if the liver is faulty it affects other organs of the body. To be certain talk to his doctor, we were told at the time 6 month to 1 year?

  2. QUESTION:
    What is a realistic prognosis for stage 3 primary liver cancer?
    My brother, age 50, has advanced hepatitis C and liver cirrhosis. He has now been diagnosed with stage 3 primary liver cancer. Surgery is not an option. His abdominal cavity continues to fill with fluid which is removed about twice a week. What is a realistic life expectancy?

    • ANSWER:
      I’m sorry but it doesn’t really matter if the cancer metastasizes to a distant site nor will diet or exercise make a difference. When he feels like eating he should eat whatever he wants. Although treatment may prolong life in an individual patient it does not increase the median survival. What really matters is if there is vein involvement, he will last longer if there is not. A realistic range is about 3-7 months. At this point what is important is keeping him comfortable. You may want to talk to his doctor about hospice. Their main focus is supportive care to give him the best quality of life, pain management and to assist him and the family through this process. Best wishes to you both.

  3. QUESTION:
    What is a realistic prognosis for stage 3 primary liver cancer?
    My brother, age 50, has advanced hepatitis C and liver cirrhosis. He has now been diagnosed with stage 3 primary liver cancer. Surgery is not an option. His abdominal cavity continues to fill with fluid which is removed about twice a week. What is a realistic life expectancy? I posted this question two days ago. My brother tells me that he is now jaundiced.

    • ANSWER:
      This is much too complicated for anyone to answer here. His liver and cancer doctors are the ones that can answer these questions. In my own personal opinion, I would say that his prognosis does not look good with what he has, but that's as far as I'm going to go on this question. Fluid retention and jaundice are just two symptoms of advanced cirrhosis where the liver is damaged and not functioning well anymore. I'm sorry your brother is so sick.

  4. QUESTION:
    Headaches and high fever with last stage of liver cancer, is this close to the end?
    My brother is in the last stage of liver cancer. He has a significant weight loss and is very jaundiced. The whites of his eyes are yellow. The past few days he has ran a high fever of 103 to 104 and having bad heaches. Was wondering if this is close to the end. If you have any info could you please tell me. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      It depends on what is causing that fever and if they can get it under control. I am guessing that it is probably near the end because infection is often what will cause the death at the end. A person is just too weak to fight off the infection. Since his temp is so high, this is probably what is happening. You don't give a lot of details, so I'm just going by what you are telling me. Since he is so jaundiced, the weight loss, the high fever, and knowing he has end stage cancer, I doubt if he will be able to live much longer. My heart goes out to you and your family.

  5. QUESTION:
    Do you get discount 4 plane tickets if you have a cancer?
    Per example i have liver cancer stage 2...can i get a discount so i get plane tickets half of price for having this cancer?Just curious!

    • ANSWER:
      No, no one gets discounted tickets for a medical condition. The only discount you might get is if an immediate family member dies and you are going to the funeral. My brother got a discount when my father died. I don't know if any airlines does that today or not.

  6. QUESTION:
    I was just wondering how long the life expectancy of liver cancer at the fourth stage was?
    My dad was just diagnosed with liver and colon cancer, he just got an operation and removed the colon cancer and he has liver cancer at the fourth stage. He is going through chemotherapy right now and i was wondering what his life expectancy was going to be and what is the worst possible thing that could happen with the chemo, we are figuring he will be on it for roughly 4 months and then a major surgery and then chemo again for another 6months to make sure everything is gone... if all goes well.

    • ANSWER:
      I don’t think your dad has liver cancer, as it is far more likely that he only has colon cancer with mets to the liver. I am sorry, but in this situation the 5year survival rate is only about 5%. He is being treated with chemo to buy him more time not to cure him. At this point the worst thing that can happen with the chemo is that it does not slow the progression of his disease. I have the feeling this is not what you expected to hear and I am so very sorry.

  7. QUESTION:
    can accupressure help in last stage of liver cancer?
    my father is suffering from liver cancer lastb stage.he is 58 yrs old.can accupressure helpful and please suggest some doctors and hospitals involved in acuupressure.

    • ANSWER:
      It is the God-given therapy communicated to the mankind through THE RIGVEDA, one of the Hindu scriptures.
      •No side effects and no risk. If it clicks, mostly possible, U shall have a cure. Lest, the therapy keeps mum. No extra risk. It is the most suitable line of treatment even for the terminally ill patients. U may try ---------
      TARGET THERAPY* for any incurable disease including cancer of any organ[s], post-surgical recurrence of tumors, Leukemia, HIV/AIDS,Crohn’s Syndrome, colon cancer, Thalassemia, Muscular Dystrophy, Autism, Tinnitus, all brain & spinal cord disorders, CLL, Crohn’s Syndrome, etc., ---it should aim @ [3] steps.
      1. Removal of toxins from all internal organs & purging through Normal Drainage systems, feces, urine, menses [females], skin, lungs and vomiting.
      • 2. Activating all the internal organs to make each & every organ to function up to optimum levels.
      3. Supplying vitamins, nutrients, micro-nutrients, minerals, trace elements for invigorating the entire Immune system to produce antibodies.


      • Acupressure techniques & Indian Natural Remedies [comprising Ayurveda, Homeopathy, Bio-chemic salts, Herbal Remedies, Yoga/Meditation, Magneto-therapy, Sidha, etc.,] can meet all the requirements.
      • Acupressure Techniques—NO SIDE EFFECTS. NO HOSPITALIZATION. Costs Affordable even by the poor. An acupressure Therapeutist can, not only diagnose any disease instantaneously, but, also prevent/treat any disease & or the affected organ[s] with the aid of Indian natural remedies. All stipulated instructions must be followed most religiously. The % of success depends upon the extent of compliance.
      Remote control Acupressure points given by the God. For Treatment, 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 to diagnose & treat ailments of eyes, spine, breast cancer, etc., :

      http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2306802071169.2103895.1282822997&type=1&l=38eadce9df
      4. U may try acupressure techniques and natural remedies strictly for 45 days and If U find any perceivable improvements, U may continue it for another 45 days & thereafter to have total cure.

      PS:If satisfied/benefited with, U may inform others to browse ‘Yahoo Answers’ on any health issue.

      Source:
      ===== Source: ‘HEALTH IN UR HANDS’ [Vol. & 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--- cured and caused to cure 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.

  8. 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.

  9. QUESTION:
    My mother has been diagnosed with recurrent liver cancer in the lungs and lymph nodes. how long does she have?
    It is a very rare liver cancer and very aggressive. It is a stage 4.

    • ANSWER:
      no one truly knows how long they have. your time comes when its time. just pray to god and have faith in him to help your mom and in the mean time just make absolutely every second count and dont waste time on stupid things like arguing or grudges. God Bless you :)
      and if you dont believe in god im sorry, but you should :)

  10. QUESTION:
    What do you look for when you're in your last stage of liver cancer ?
    My grandfather has liver cancer and the doctors said they've done all they can. What to look for next or will he just sleep away?

    • ANSWER:
      Possible Complications:-
      * Gastrointestinal bleeding
      * Liver failure
      * Spread (metastasis) of the carcinoma

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. QUESTION:
    How do you tell a loved one she has cancer?
    My mother doesn't know she has Stage 4 liver cancer. My mother is a 'worrier' - she worries too much. What is the best possible way to tell her without making her depress and thus give up?
    The doctors here in Singapore are English speaking. My mother doesn't speak English. So whatever it is, the doctors will have to go through me to get to her. My mother is staying with me.

    • ANSWER:
      This is a very unfortunate and difficult situation you're in right now. But the only way to do it is by telling her the sad truth. What happens after is the hardest part, just help her deal with it and usually, the family's love and support will make the burden easier to bear for everyone. Assure her that you love her and make yourself available for her, if possible, all the time. I pray that you'll be able to bear this situation. God bless.

  14. QUESTION:
    what is the sign of the final days of liver cancer?
    My wife has had liver cancer since September. The first two months of chemo did not help at all. They have started her on a new drug this week. Her edema is bad, no strength at all. Is this the end

    • ANSWER:
      Very Sorry to read ,may God help you.
      The Facts------
      This last stage 4 liver cancer is also sometimes called as end stage liver cancer. This kind of name is given for the last of the various liver cancer stages because a person having this cannot be cured or removed of the tumor masses. The prominent feature of the end stage liver cancer is the irreversibility of the liver function and this patient will go into liver failure. There is a high degree of transfer of the cancer cells to other tissues in the body in the end stage liver cancer. It can also be said that the stage 4 liver cancer is the stage of extensive metastasis.

      Treatment options are more and brighter in the earlier liver cancer stages which go on decreasing as the stages progress and reach the stage 4 liver cancer where no treatment for curative purposes is possible. Whatever is done in the end stage liver cancer is only for a palliative purpose like providing the proteins and nutrients as the liver has now failed to function. The last resort of such liver cancer stages is to have a liver transplantation and this is not possible always due to the non availability of sufficient donor liver for transplantation purposes.

  15. QUESTION:
    Is there anything out there to treat the symptoms of lung cancer?
    There is a family friend that has stage 4 liver cancer and after a recent scan they have found spots on her lung. She is curently undergoing chemo therapy weekly but the symptoms of the lung cancer is what is alling her. She is short of breathe, fever, cough. Right now we are more interested in cureing the symptoms than the cancer. Is there any treatment out there that would help with the symtoms?

    If are in the medical industry or have been through this please make sure to tell me in your answer.
    Also she has never been a drinker or smoker.

    • ANSWER:
      You didnt hear this from me, but marijuana will help with the symptoms, especially the nausa. She obviously cant smoke it, but she can bake them into brownies. Otherwise have her MAKE her doctor get her on some painkiller of some kind like vicodin. Good luck and I hope she makes it.

  16. 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.

  17. 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!

  18. QUESTION:
    How long does my dad have left?
    I know this is kind of vague and stuff, but I was hoping I could get a general idea of how my dad is doing.

    We found out my dad had liver cancer around November last year. He's been losing weight a lot. Right now, he has abdominal swelling and a hernia. He vomits a lot each morning and has trouble keeping food down. He never gets out of bed and is constantly in pain.

    Are these the end stages of liver cancer? Is there more I should be on the look out for?

    • ANSWER:
      Is he not being treated by an oncologist for this.
      If not it may mean that treatment cant save him.
      It sounds like he is near end stage.
      His time is in Gods hands we cannot tell you how much time he has left
      My mom passed away from lung & liver cancer.
      It took her life in 4 1/2 months after diagnosis.

  19. QUESTION:
    How to manage a cancer patient with shortness of breath while sitting upright?
    Lying flat in bed is okay. But shortness of breath (and higher heart beat rate) becomes more serious when sitting upright or moving around. Is there any reason and what can be done to improve the situation? The patient has adrenal cancer (stage 4) and has spread to the liver / peritoneal area.

    • ANSWER:
      Maybe this person needs to be on oxygen. I would definitely ask a doctor how to help this person. It must be terrible for him/her.

  20. QUESTION:
    how long can a person live with liver disease ?
    I have stage 4 liver disease and now there is a tumor in my liver does this mean that i have liver cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      How in the world would anyone on here be able to answer your question? How would anyone know whether or not you have liver cancer just because you say there is a tumor in your liver.? You cannot go by what someone else might have had or did have or that had a cousin that had this, etc. If you did testing that showed a tumor, maybe you should have discussed this with the person that told you about the test results. How long can you live? Ask an oncologist who sees all your test results. I don't want to sound mean, but asking a question like this is just nonsense because you will always have some idiot out there that knows nothing give you a diagnosis and then you think it's true and get even more stressed about it. Talk to someone who really knows which is the doctor who is treating your liver disease and goes over all the test results.

  21. QUESTION:
    What's the latest good and bad news you have received?
    Good news: My aunt got pregnant again, i HAVE A NEW COUSIN
    bad news: My grandmother is confined at the hospital suffering liver cancer stage 4

    • ANSWER:
      good news: my good friend had her baby and mother and child are healthy, happy, and home.

      bad news: i'm not pregnant.

  22. QUESTION:
    What is Radioactive seed and RFA in connection with cancer?
    My mom asked me to research on them. ARe they cures for cancer? If yes...
    1.How do each work?
    2.WHich of the two is more effective or would be more recommended for a liver cancer patient?

    • ANSWER:
      FarFromtheMaddingCrowd,
      You can tell your mom that radioactive seed implantation and RFA are both cancer treatments. However, I will endeavour to answer all your questions here -

      Your first question.

      Trichloroethene or trichloroethylene – TCE - is a colourless, man-made liquid organic chemical used primarily in dry cleaning, for metal degreasing, and as a solvent for oils and resins. It has been shown to cause liver and kidney cancer in experimental animals. It also is found in many common consumer and household products. Prior to 1977, TCE was used as a surgical anaesthetic, so the medical community has a substantial body of knowledge regarding the health effects of TCE exposure in adults. While the link between long-term exposure to TCE and cancer appears strong, there are many uncertainties in the current ability to measure cancer risks to humans.

      Your second question.

      RFA is used as a minimally invasive treatment for liver cancer, also high dose rate brachytherapy is used for liver cancer. This involves inserting radioactive material inside an inoperable liver tumour; the radioactive material is applied for a few minutes and then removed from the body during each of several treatments. The patient does not have to stay in the hospital in between treatments. Brachytherapy may be considered a nonsurgical treatment option for liver cancer. The decision concerning which method would be more beneficial or “more effective” would be decided by the oncologist / doctor with regard to the stage or condition of the cancer. I shall explain:- Brachytherapy – or radioactive seed implants - refers to a cancer treatment with electromagnetic radiation delivered via radioactive material placed a short distance from, or within, the tumour. Ionizing radiation delivered by either an external or interstitial source generates free radicals such as superoxide or hydrogen peroxide, which damage cellular DNA. The resultant cytotoxicity depends on cell division; therefore, the more rapid the cell turnover, the higher the cell death per unit of time. Thus, although lethally irradiated, in most cases, a tumour cell does not die until it attempts cell division. I shall discuss this with relation to prostate cancer. There are two types of prostate brachytherapy, Permanent – or Low Dose Rate, LDR - and Temporary – or High Dose Rate, HDR. In LDR, a doctor or clinician implants anywhere from 40 to 100 radioactive (iodine-125 or palladium-103) seeds into the prostate gland using an ultrasound for guidance. The implants remain in place permanently, and become biologically inert after a period of about 10 months. In the High Dose Rate, hollow needles are placed into the prostate gland and filled with radioactive material (iridium-192) for 5-15 minutes. After the treatment both the iridium and the needles are removed. This is repeated two to three times over the next several days. RFA stands for Radiofrequency ablation and uses heat made by radio waves to kill cancer cells. Radiofrequency is a type of electrical energy. Ablation means destroying completely. The electrical energy heats up the tumour and kills the cancer cells. RFA is given through a probe that goes through the skin into the tumour.

      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.

      I add a separate link for each of these subjects -

      http://en.wikipedia.org/
      wiki/Trichloroethylene

      http://en.wikipedia.org/
      wiki/Brachytherapy

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
      Radiofrequency_ablation

      Hope this helps
      matador 89

  23. QUESTION:
    how long can someone live with stage 4 liver cancer?
    She is 82 yrs. old, she has diabetes, high blood pressure, sever dementia, high cholsterol, c-dif, sepsis, and a 9mm, mass on her liver that the doctors are 99% positive is liver cancer. How long can we expect her to live. We have chosen hospice care for her.

    • ANSWER:
      Are you sure the mass is 9 mm?
      That is so small it would be difficult to see on any scan.
      I suspect you mean 9cm. How do you know it is stage IV?
      We really don't have enough details here to give an educated answer.
      Her doctors who have all of the clinical information are the best people to make guesses.
      If she is referred for hospice, it means that her doctors expect less than six months survival.
      No doctor can ever predict the end for any person months in advance.
      We make estimates based on experience with many other people,
      but each person is different.
      If she does have bacterial sepsis, that could take her this week.
      No one can know the future.

  24. QUESTION:
    Where to buy Prosure in the USA, mainly in Southern California?
    My uncle has liver cancer and is in his final stage. He has been denied all treatment since doctors have labeled him incurable. He seems to can only intake Prosure milk powder and has gain back some color. We were sent the Prosure from a family member in Australia, where can I find Prosure in the USA? I live in Southern California, can anyone help?
    Please be considerate and don't leave unneeded comments, my uncle is dying.

    • ANSWER:
      Treatment is not determined by whether or not the cancer is curable.
      I hope he is on hospice.
      Here is a link to Abbott who makes the product give them a call and ask where they sell it near you.

      http://abbott.com/global/url/content/en_US/10.40.280:280/general_content/Global_Location_Profile_0066.htm

  25. QUESTION:
    Liver cancer help please 10 points for the best answer?
    My dad was dx with Stadge 4 live cancer. The cancer doctor said he has been fighting with it for several months. They want to give him a pill to help with 30 percent. Does the pill work? Should we have him try it? How long do you think u can live with stage 4 liver cancer?

    Please help!!

    • ANSWER:
      I am afraid that is very advanced but if there is a pill that may help him beat the odds then I would advise he considers it thoroughly.

      He now has the decision to make about taking a drug that may help cure or prolong his life but it may have nasty side-effects that decrease his quality of life. He needs to speak with his oncologist about known side effects and if this pill is meant to cure the cancer or simply prolong life expectancy.

      If he does decide to take it then he should be aware of side effects and know that he is able to stop whenever he feels he wants to. if he decides against it then he will have the 'what if' problem to deal with. I have known some patients who have taken the treatment option and had a long painful period before either recovering or dying. Some others have chosen not to fight it but make the most of their remaining time and thus had better quality of life before dying.

      Only your dad can choose what he wants to do but it will help to have you all near to offer him support.

      My heart goes out to you all - it is a very difficult time.

  26. 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.

  27. QUESTION:
    How long will I be able to ride a horse?
    I have been told I have stage 3 liver cancer and want to ride a horse as much as I can while I'm still alive how long will I be able to ride for?

    • ANSWER:
      Well there is no exact answer. Pretty much as long as you can balance and control the horse. Once your to week you might be able to go to a therapeutic riding center to get assistance.

  28. QUESTION:
    Should I keep some vomit samples for tests for stuff like infections etc?
    A member of my family has late stage liver cancer. She's on her final legs. She's been vomiting every day for the past week. The vomit is dark, dark brown, and slightly clumpy.

    - Is this blood she's vomiting?
    - Is there a way doctors can test vomit to see what the problem is?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, her vomit could be tested for blood, but why do it if she is in the end stage and she is dying. Dark brown coffee grind type material from the stomach if often an indication of bleeding. Bleeding problems are quite common with liver failure.

      It would be good if she had hospice coming to check on her until the end. Their only job is to make the person as comfortable as possible until it is over. That means comfort measures only such as pain medications and anything else that will help make it easier for them. That also means the patient has accepted the fact that they are terminal and they agree to stop all treatment that will prolong or try to save their life.

      My brother died a few months ago from cancer and they were a huge blessing in helping us get through his terrible death. If her cancer is so advanced that it is near the end, then testing and figuring out ways to prolong her life are going to do nothing except cause her more pain and misery. I doubt if she would want that. There comes a time when someone with terminal cancer has to say enough is enough.

  29. QUESTION:
    Doing a life insurance for cancer patient by hiding the fact?
    Hi Friends,

    My friend's father diagnosed with advanced stage of liver cancer, and he going to leave this earth in 2 months. My friend is from a middle class family, he lend 5 lakhs rupees for the treatment and others. Now the situations is out of control we can not save his father any more and he is the only son in order to clear those debts and for his family settlement we are planning to take a life insurance by hiding the fact to the company.
    His father age is 48.
    we are planning to take a total of 15 lakhs insurance from two different companies.
    Which company should we opt to make it less risky??
    Now the doubt is it risky?

    what is the internal process done by insurance companies in settling a claim on the event of death??

    what if we are caught??

    • ANSWER:
      The insurance company will investigate and it it WILL be caught.

  30. QUESTION:
    How often do you have to do chemotherapy for cancer?
    specifically liver cancer, but a general answer is fine. T.I.A-Belles

    • ANSWER:
      It really depends on the exact type of cancer (there are still different cancers that can affect the liver). It also depends on what stage the cancer is in, where else it has spread to and a number of other things.

      All this will help to decide what type of chemotherapy is needed. Chemo is not just one drug, but a group of a variety of drugs and each one is given in different ways.

      It is usually given in cycles. Some chemo is given for 3 days and then there is a rest period and then the cycle starts again. Sometimes other things like tablets need to be taken for a certain number of days. Sometimes, chemo is given for only one day followed by a rest period.

      There are so many variations really, so there is no exact answer to your question. Hope this helps

      All the best

  31. QUESTION:
    How to cope with a death of a grandparent?
    Well I am 13, 14 in 20 days. On Christmas Day, my grandad complained of pains in his liver. He was scared of hospitals, and so he refused to go. Finally, about a week later, he decided to go, as the pain was getting unbearable. He was diagnosed with secondary liver cAncer. I still don't quite understand. I just know that it was spreading. My parents decided to keep it a secret that he had cancer, but I knew he was in hospital, I didn't think it was serious. I remember having a massive argument with my parents as they were never home, they were always at the hospital. I told them that grandad don't need everyone around him. And I said a lot of things I regret. I remember that night my patents told me what was wrong with him and I cried my self to sleep every night. I really regretted what i said. It was my birthday, 20th Jan. I sat there alone at home talking to my friends that I had met online. I felt so mad, angry at myself. I kept saying to myself that it should be me. I still say it. My grandad didn't deserve it. 2 days later I found out he ha died. I didn't cry. I blocked everything up inside of me. My mum and Dad sometimes would drive past the hoapital on the way to the shops and I try really hard to keep it in and the few tears come out. It has almost been a year and I still can't cope. I really don't want his death date to come or my b day. Is all this normal? How long will it take to go away? This is my first major death. We were so close. We had massive books filled with notes and crosses and little mini games we'd play. When I was tiding my room, I threw them out because they were full. About 3 weeks later he died. I hate myself for it. I thought he would get another book and we could start over but he felt so weak. I also started talking to myself as if I was talking to him. Is that normal? Please help me I can't cope. Any tips? I dont wanna talk to my parents I don't want to upset them. I have talked to my older brother he doesnt say much.

    • ANSWER:
      It is normal to be sad about your grandfather's death. Please know the pain will become less with time. You will probably always miss him. There are stages to grief. WebMD says:

      "Denial, numbness, and shock: Numbness is a normal reaction to a death or loss and should never be confused with "not caring." This stage of grief helps protect the individual from experiencing the intensity of the loss. It can actually be useful when the grieving person has to take some action such as planning a funeral, notifying relatives, or reviewing important papers. As the individual moves through the experience and slowly acknowledges its impact, the initial denial and disbelief will diminish.

      Bargaining: This stage of grief may be marked by persistent thoughts about what "could have been done" to prevent the death or loss. Some people become obsessed with thinking about specific ways things could have been done differently to save the person's life or prevent the loss. If this stage of grief is not dealt with and resolved, the individual may live with intense feelings of guilt or anger that can interfere with the healing process.

      Depression: In this stage of grief, people begin to realize and feel the true extent of the death or loss. Common signs of depression in this stage include difficulty sleeping, poor appetite, fatigue, lack of energy, and crying spells. The individual may also experience self-pity and feel lonely, isolated, empty, lost, and anxious.

      Anger: This stage of grief is common. It usually occurs when an individual feels helpless and powerless. Anger can stem from a feeling of abandonment because of a death or loss. Sometimes the individual is angry at a higher power, at the doctors who cared for the loved one, or toward life in general.

      Acceptance: In time, an individual can move into this stage of grief and come to terms with all the emotions and feelings that were experienced when the death or loss occurred. Healing can begin once the loss becomes integrated into the individual's set of life experiences.

      Everyone does not go through every step but understand that all these emotions are normal. It may seem hard to imagine today but someday you will remember your grandfather with a smile. You will think of the good times you had together rather the fact of his death."

      Self blame is not helpful. You are not powerful enough to have prevented his death. As for throwing away the books, you can see in hindsight what you could not have predicted. It is unfortunate but it is what it is... Don't hate yourself. You are a sensitive, smart, loving person. Wait - and allow yourself time to grieve.

  32. QUESTION:
    how does it take for stage 4 liver cancer to spread to brain ?>?
    my mom got diagnosed 6 months ago with stage 4 terminal liver cancer that was a secondary from her breast that she had 7 years which was grade 3 aggressive, she has tried the chemo that was offered but had an allergic reaction and had to stop taking it. we are now waiting for scan results to see how far the cancer has spread through her body.she is only 57 but suffers from 3 different types of arthritis and all ready is struggling allot with her bones , how long do you think she has left ? she was told 3-6 months 6 months ago .

    • ANSWER:
      She doesn’t have liver cancer she has stage 4 breast cancer and may never spread to her brain.
      The doctor treating her can give the best possible estimate.
      She should consider hospice. I'm not really sure why more scans are being done as they are not going to change anything.

  33. QUESTION:
    My friend just found out she has liver cancer, does this mean she will die?
    My friend is 37 and has been through so much. She was healthy before she was pregnant. Once she had the baby, she found out that she has a brain tumor, a tumor on her pituatary gland, thyroid cancer, and the latest being liver cancer. She's been strong until now because she has heard that liver cancer kills you. Is this true? Is there any hope that this can be treated? Has anyone ever heard of someone having so many health issues after having a baby? Any answers would be helpful.

    • ANSWER:
      no! unless it had metastized to other organs,blood,orlymph nodes.
      the liver is the only organ in the human body that can re grow itself,so there is a procees,where they can scrape the tumors off the liver or remove parts of it ,it will regenerate itself.
      this is not a guarantee,and not all doctors perfrom this delecate risky surgery. it may be a last resort if chemo or radiation doesnt show progress.
      It also depends on what staging she was given,that her cancer is in.1-5
      god bless your friend,my mom had metastic colon cancr,mets to he liver,it was too late as she put off her symptoms,and it metastisized
      best hospital- boston mass
      texas-forgot name
      cancer center of america
      and they do liver transplants everyday in this country,as long as its localized to her liver
      health food store
      shataki mushroom
      shark cartilage
      co-enyme q-10
      and more...
      they have books there which give diagnosis,then it tells you what to tke for natural healing -
      if its mets-some doctors will recommend aggressive chemo-i recomend 1 trial chemo and one other over period of time,not to kill her-chemo is deadly,but if used properly can work! as long as its not mets.
      they also have direct feed to liver tx..which isn't pleasant at all
      lots of love for your friend,make sure she has plenty of positive support around her,anyone negative or impatient-keep them away!

  34. QUESTION:
    My mom has stage 4 liver cancer shes 72 years old. she start treatment next week.What is the survival rate?
    She first was diagnosed with ovarian cancer 2 years ago and was successful with surgery and treatment.Now its 4th stage liver and a small spot on the abdomen. How should I prepare myself and my family? Thanks Concern Daughter

    • ANSWER:
      Very sorry to read and say stage 4 liver cancer is the terminal stage.
      All treatment options(Very limited) are just palliative and prognosis is poor.
      You and your family must develop mental strength to face inevitable outcome.
      In such cases Hospice care is highly recommended.

  35. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know of a great cancer treatment center?
    My uncle was recently diagnosed with colon cancer stage four, liver cancer, pancreas cancer and brain cancer. He also has diabetes. Doctors say he has probably had this for about eight years, but was never diagnosed. He is given only two months to live. Anyone know of any centers, treatments or survival stories that apply?
    thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Gerson Therapy Clinic. Dr Max Gerson's most famous patient was nobel prize winner, Dr. Albert Schweitzer - cured of advanced diabetes at the age of 75.

      To apply for admission to a Gerson Clinic>>>
      http://www.gerson.org/Programs/findgersonclinic.htm

      Gerson Therapy>>>
      http://gerson.org/GersonTherapy/gersontherapy.htm

      Charlotte Gerson on Alternative Cancer Treatments>>>
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkxndocXWhc&feature=related

      "When you truly heal, the body heals everything." - Charlotte Gerson.

      Subject: Brain Cancer

      Case 35 in A Cancer Therapy. Presented by Dr. Gerson in 1946 to U.S. Senate Committee. Ulcer biopsied, U.S. Army, August, 1944: basal cell carcinoma. Surgery removed right mastoid cancer. Recurred April, 1945. Discharged, no treatment. Carried to Dr. Gerson, crying in severe pain, left eye swollen closed, right eye barely open. October, 1945, X-rays showed fist sized tumor at base of skull growing into brain. Almost gone in four weeks. Complete recovery. Remained free of cancer for 49 years. Died of heart attack 1994.

      Subject: Colon Cancer

      ROSAMOND RAY, 81, COLON CANCER, MIGRAINES.
      1953, blood in stool, pain, weakness. Head of Rectal Surgery, Stanford University Medical School did biopsy: malignant polyp 13 cm up from rectum. Doctor stated that without colostomy, she had less than 10% chance of survival. Went to Dr. Gerson's New York clinic in October, 1953. Recovered. Married in 1955. No more migraines after therapy began. Alive and well over 40 years later.

      Subject: Liver Cancer

      DELLA ROBINSON, LIVER CANCER.
      1974, jaundiced. Portland, Oregon hospital liver scan and biopsy proved cancer. Given three to five weeks to live in January, 1975. Weight down to 67 lb. Sent home in severe pain, heavy drugs, semi-coma, hopeless prognosis. Family started Gerson Therapy at home. Able to leave bed in three months, no more pain or drugs. Regained normal 115 lb. weight. Remained well, cancer-free for twenty years. Passed away 1995, age 90, of causes other than cancer.

      Subject: Pancreatic Cancer

      PATRICIA AINEY, PANCREAS CANCER SPREAD TO LIVER (Michael Landon's cancer), SPLEEN AND GALL BLADDER.
      In pain, vomiting blood. Pancreas cancer biopsied January, 1986. CAT scan showed tumor in liver, spleen, gall bladder. Given hopeless prognosis. Began Gerson Therapy in Mexican hospital March, 1986. Patient says "complete turnaround in 10 days." Recovery shown by CAT scan 6 months later amazed her Canadian doctor. Enjoys work, grandchildren. Feels "really good" nine years later.

      Subject: Diabetes

      MELVA BLACKBURN, 79, DIABETES, ARTHRITIS, ALZHEIMERS, KIDNEY, ADRENAL DISEASE, CUSHING'S SYNDROME, ETC.
      Medical problems from 1944. Treated until 1979. Heart, coronary artery disease. Diabetes drugs after 1965. Poor control of legs, feel. Cushing's syndrome (adrenal disease, obesity, fatigue, weakness, osteoporosis, edema, infections). Pneumonia twice/year. Enlarged liver. Arthritis in all joints. Anxiety, ataxia, confusion, aphasia. Alzheimer's (premature old age) diagnosed. Years on drugs, many surgeries. Began Gerson Therapy in Mexican hospital October, 1979. Rapidly improved. All diseases gone, no drugs. Astounded her doctors. Remains active, well 18 years later.

  36. QUESTION:
    If a liver cancer marker is 101 with someone who has Stage IV liver cancer, how long might he survive?
    My husband was diagnosed with colon cancer in November of 2007, which spread to his liver, Stage IV. His cancer marker was 349 and the doctors said he could expect to live 6 months, that his cancer would probably not respond well to chemo. After 6 chemo treatments, his cancer marker came way down to 101, but no one will tell us he can now expect to live years instead of months. Anyone know what we should expect?

    • ANSWER:
      Well that's good news isn't it. So take each day as it comes. remember everyone is different, so what is for one is not for someone else, if that makes any sense. Look forward to some good times together, do any of us really need to know how long we have, just enjoy what you can, when you can. Try to make life as stress free as possible for both of you. I wish you all the best x

  37. QUESTION:
    What is the prognosis for early stage liver cancer when the primary is breast cancer?
    I had breast cancer 41/2 years ago. The lymph nodes were 3a cancer with triple negative. Just found out I have a small mass on my liver with my markers and positive pet scan. I need to know what I'm facing. Right now, I feel great except for being very tired.

    • ANSWER:
      You don’t have liver cancer at all, you stage 4 breast cancer.
      Didn’t your doctor discuss this with you when you went over your PET results?

      I am sorry, but your cancer is not curable.
      Your oncologist should go over with you what option you now have. It will likely involve more chemo and possibly tumor ablation or surgery to remove the liver tumor. Assuming you are young which you probably are since you have a triple negative cancer.

  38. QUESTION:
    my father started out with liver cancer, he was given a dye in xray now he has renal failure, did dye cause?
    he has stage 4 liver cancer, and no problem with kidneys. He was taken to xray and given a dye the next day he was going through renal failure, do you think the dye cause this. The Dr. wont give me a straight answer.

    • ANSWER:
      The dye is only used to show a pathway, if you will, or to highlight certain areas they are interested in. No, it's doubtful that the dye caused renal failure. He is in stage 4 liver cancer, I'm so sorry he's going through this. I wish him the best. Be blessed, all of you.
      ADD I read Barbara's answer. I think what happened to the person she is talking about was a severe allergic reaction to the dye which is very possible. A lot of people are allergic to the dye and can have that reaction and there are no test to see if allergies to these dyes exist. I still don't believe your father's renal failure is due to the dye.

  39. QUESTION:
    How does carcinogenic substances affect the normal cell cycle?
    How does the carcinogenic substances affect the cell cycle when you have liver cancer? can you guys help me? what triggers the carcinogenic substances to cause liver cancer?

    thanks again!! :)

    • ANSWER:
      during each DNA replication some parts of the DNA are not copied properly (mutations), this is taken care by DNA ligase that proofreads and then corrects the wrong bases.
      carcinogenic substances are those substances that cause an increase in the number of mutations such that at some time it is not corrected by proofreading. thus these protions of the DNA change permanently in the cell. now if these mutations occur in those parts of the DNA that do not code for anything or that only code for metabolic proteins, cancer wont happen since these mutations wont have a chance to emerge.
      but just incase the mutation takes place in those areas that code for those proteins that control the cell cycle like growth factors, cell surface receptors,cell cycle check point proteins etc, this would result in the cell entering the dividing stage all the time (thus becoming cancerous cells). even a single cell which is dividing all the time results in a little time into a number of cells divind all the time.
      such a cluster of cells starts to push all other cells making space for its own growth causing a tumor. thus nearby cells which may be important organs or tissues may die. even if a single such cancerous cell enters the blood stream, it can be transported to other parts of the body in the blood stream and cause malignant cancer.

      carcinogenic substances only affect dividing cells as the mutation can effect the cell's cycle only when the DNA replicates a mutation

  40. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know of a great cancer treatment center?
    My uncle was recently diagnosed with colon cancer stage four, liver cancer, pancreas cancer and brain cancer. He also has diabetes. Doctors say he has probably had this for about eight years, but was never diagnosed. He is given only two months to live. Anyone know of any centers, treatments or survival stories that apply?
    thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Your uncle needs a center of excellence for colon cancer. You can use this map in the box below to find a center close to you. Then you need to find out if the ones near you have good experts in colorectal cancer.

      Try to get on a clinical trial if possible as, apart from very strange alternative therapies, it is probably his only chance at surviving this.

  41. QUESTION:
    How long do you have to live with Stage Four Liver Cancer?
    he also has pancreaotic, lung and maybe bone cancer. anyone have any idea what the odds are?

    • ANSWER:
      I am so sorry to hear that. My uncle was past away last month due to liver cancer. It was only one month live after he was diagnose as liver cancer. He did surfer a lot before he leave.

  42. QUESTION:
    Has anyone been treated or heard of Sunridge medical in Scottsdale,AZ?
    I was just diagnosed with stage 4 liver cancer, my blood test shows normal, but CT Scan shows different. I am trying to avoid chemo and I am looking for an alternative. Any info would be helpful.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi. The best way to get this kind of info is google liver cancer message boards or liver cancer forums and then start reading. You'll quickly see that some of them are old or rarely used, but others are chock full of info and the people in them are very knowledgeable.

      There's a lot of reasons why this can be helpful, but I do know that on many of these disease-specific forums they discuss specific doctors or centers. You also receive a ton of support along with the info!

      It may take an hour or so to read through a few of them, but it's well worth the time. Good luck to you!

  43. QUESTION:
    What are the chances of surviving from liver cancer?
    (cancer is in the middle stage, the patient is 68 yrs old male ) Please tell me, thanks

    • ANSWER:
      I disagree. Liver cancer can be given therapies from drugs like Nexavaar and Sutent. Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy can be given to great benefit

  44. QUESTION:
    How many people out there know someone who has passed because of cancer?
    My dad has liver cancer and I lost my aunt to leukemia.Just curious how many are out there

    • ANSWER:
      I have lost a Gramps to colon cancer.
      My husband's best friend died of lung cancer.
      My Mom is battling colon cancer.
      My mother in law and grandmother in law have both had mysectomies due to breast cancer.
      An uncle also has breast cancer (more rare but can happen to men) and is in the final stages.
      My Father in law is in full remission from brain cancer.
      I had a friend from church die of pancreatic cancer last year.
      Another friend of mine died from brain cancer 4 years ago.
      My uncle had to have most of his intestines removed do to colon cancer.
      So, every year I fund raise and walk for Relay For Life with the American Cancer Society.....
      There have been a lot of losses...
      Peace.

  45. QUESTION:
    I have Grade 3 Stage 3 Liver Fibrosis and AST/ALT levels of 2223 and 1407. What should I expect long term?
    I am just curious. I know my chances for liver cancer are pretty high. I am on prednisone. In reality, how long do I have? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      If your liver enzymes remain that high for very long you need to be signing up for the liver transplant list. I'd go to the hepatology dept. at your closest teaching hospital for specialized care. After a transplant you might live a long life. Look at David Crosby and Jim Nabors. Both are long time transplant survivors. good luck

  46. QUESTION:
    Which patient has a higher chance of living for a longer period of time? Lung cancer or Liver cancer patient?
    I want to know because I currently have two relatives with cancer. My Dad - Liver Cancer, My Uncle - Lung Cancer. Of course I don't want them to die, but I have a feeling that my dad would die first since most liver cancer patients live for less than a year after being diagnosed. On the other hand, I have no idea how long most lung cancer patients last.

    • ANSWER:
      so much garbage info out there, it's hard to decide where to start.

      Best you ask a family doctor or do some research yourself. What stage do they have? Have both asked for and received all their test results etc.? They're entitled to it.

      While both cancer are serious, they are in most cases no immediate ''death sentence''. I have a friend who was operated for lung cancer five years ago and his lung is still okay today - all clear.
      Metastasis however has moved into the liver, and this has now to be dealt with. There are folks I know who lived (so far) ten years after a liver cancer diagnosis. Some had two operations - the liver regenerates itself.
      So first find out exactly what cancer they both have, then research it. Good links are here:
      http://www.carcinoid.org/
      http://www.cnetscanada.org/
      http://www.cancerguide.org/

      and suggest they both join a support network.

  47. QUESTION:
    Liver cancer treatment in Germany cost and hospitals?
    I wish to know what are the specialist hospitals for liver cancer in Germany and the average cost of treatment ...

    Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      Impossible to answer this question since you don't even say what type of cancer you are talking about and what stage of cancer the patient is in at the time they go to the hospital. If someone is there with only a week left to live, their costs would be different than someone who has months to live yet. Then there are many many many types of cancer treatments for many many many different types of cancer. There is no one set price to cover all of them. Like I said, impossible to answer.

  48. QUESTION:
    What are the chances of surviving pancreatic and liver cancer?
    I have a very close friend whose grandfather was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer early last year. I just found out today that the cancer has spread to his liver and that the chemo therapy is not working. I was wondering if anyone knew the chances of him surviving both of these cancers? Anything would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks in advance for the answers!

    • ANSWER:
      If it spread to the liver he does not have liver cancer, he has stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
      If he was diagnosed early last year that means the chemo has been working.
      At this point median survival is 2-6 months.


liver cancer stages

What Type Of Breast Cancers Are There

Breast cancer can develop silently in your breasts while you're doing your daily chores without a care, and not show a symptom until it has advanced to a late stage. Often, there is no pain felt by the victims, and that's a dangerous thing because when the patient does start to notice the abnormalities, it's already too late.

No one knows exactly what causes breast cancer, but we do know that certain risk factors - things that increase a person's chance of getting a disease - are linked to breast cancer. Risk factors change depending on the type of cancer. There are a number of risk factors, both controllable and uncontrollable, which may increase the chances of developing breast cancer. For instance, the risk factors associated with diet can be controlled, but risk factors such as a person's age or family history can't be changed.

Your body is designed to heal itself. For example... if you cut your hand - it will heal automatically, unless you deliberately put dirt in it, or you keep picking it open, or if your immune system is severely suppressed by the way you have been eating and living resulting in some very serious illness that causes delayed healing. If you smash your thumb with a hammer, it will eventually heal, unless you keep smashing the same thumb with a hammer - EVERY DAY!

Breast cancer is the second most common cancer worldwide, the leading cancer in women, and the second leading cause of death in women worldwide. It has an incidence rate more than twice that of cervical cancer and colorectal cancer, and three times as high as lung cancer in women. It follows that breast cancer is one of the most researched and publicized conditions - however, many groups in our society know little about their treatment options for breast cancer.

Obviously the goal of treatment is to completely remove the cancer and prevent it from coming back. This may involve more than one type of treatment. The mainstay of breast cancer treatment is surgery, with possible chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy.The aesthetic outcome of breast cancer treatment is an important factor in breast cancer. The visualization work for your breast cancer treatment should be tailored to you needs and the way you perceive the outcome.

It is a difficult task to have sex after the regular side effects of chemotherapy, radiotherapy, such as vaginal dryness. This is due to premature menopause which causes pain during sex. Usually it takes a longer time to get aroused and the touch of your partner is not as pleasurable as before.The steps of treatment of breast cancer like radiotherapy and chemotherapy makes the breast more sensitive to touch and if a women has gotten a mastectomy it is great shock for the patient as well as for her partner.

Many women have actually died from the actual treatments and many women have a recurrence within 3-10 years of treatment. And let's not forget about the extreme side effects that these treatments cause. There is never any guarantee that radiation, chemotherapy, drugs and surgery treatments will work. It is basically a hit or miss, you have just as much chance of surviving as you do of not surviving. Because of this, many women are opting for an alternative breast cancer treatment.

Early treatment is the key to ongoing health and survival - increasing a patient's chance of recovery and five year survival rate by nearly 95%. With such dramatic statistics at hand, it's no wonder that doctors aggressively promote any and all methods of early detection including self-examination, routine gynecological exams, mammograms, and breast ultrasound.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What type of breast cancer kills the most women?
    I know there are different types of breast cancer...some are rare..I know IBC kills but doesn't mean most women die of that type because not many women get that rare type. So what is the most common type of breast cancer that women die from? I cannot find that type of information on the internet....I find statistics but they do not state what type of cancer the women had to begin with?

    Thanks for your answers

    • ANSWER:
      What Jon posted is correct.
      Most women have ductal carcinoma and therefore that is what kills most women.

      Metastatic is a stage of cancer not a type.
      Triple negative is also not a type of breast cancer it is the hormone receptor status and does occur with different types.
      DCIS is ductal carcinoma before it becomes invasive and those statistics are separate..

  2. QUESTION:
    What types of breast cancer create thickening of the skin?
    My mom just found out she has a rarer form of breast cancer. Its not the type that is a lump, instead its a thickening of the skin. Its not inflammed or red looking it just feels thick I guess more like a callous and is about 3 inches long. Anyone hear of this type of breast cancer? I have done a search online but only come up with the Inflammatory cancer which I dont think this is. The doctor said its not really an aggressive form if that helps.

    • ANSWER:
      Inflamatory breast cancer is most likely:
      "Although most breast cancers begin as lumps or tumors, inflammatory breast cancer usually starts with a feeling of thickness or heaviness in the breast."
      "Inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) is a rare and aggressive form of breast cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute, about 1-5% of all breast cancer cases in the United States are inflammatory breast cancers."

      Otherwise, try Invasive Lobular Carcinoma,
      "In other cases, the first sign of ILC is a thickening or hardening in the breast that can be felt, rather than a distinct lump."
      "About 10% of all invasive breast cancers are invasive lobular carcinomas. "

  3. QUESTION:
    What type of genetic mutation can cause breast cancer?
    I have to make a brochure about a genetic disorder for my biology class & I'm doing mine on breast cancer. There's many different types of breast cancer, but some are related to gene mutations. I've been researching this online, but I can't figure out what TYPE of genetic mutation causes breast cancer (substitution, deletion, insertion, inversion, translocation, or duplication). does anyone know? if you find a site with the answer, please link it below. thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Normally I don't give direct homework answers but I feel this can be very confusing so I will as long as you promise to read the link I give you for the explanation.
      It is: Translocation.
      MORE READING: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mutation
      Scroll down to the section headed: ---Classification of mutation types---
      Good Luck on this.

  4. QUESTION:
    What type of breast cancer did kylie minogue have?
    i have a relative that has been diagnosed with the same form of cacner kylie had. does anyone have info on this type of breast cancer? thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Why don't you do what I did and use Yahoo Search or Google and get the answer. There are probably a thousand or more entries on her.

  5. QUESTION:
    Is there any correlation between breast cancer and lung cancer?
    I am a 52 year ol;d female. Ten years ago I was diagnosed with lobular carcinoma of the breast (in-situ) and had bilateral mastectomies. My mother died of the same type of breast cancer when she was 47. I now have squamous cell lung cancer on the same side as the breast. Could there be a correlation?

    • ANSWER:
      No, they are two different types of cancer. Lobular carcinoma in-situ (LCIS) is really more of an early warning indicator that the patient will develop an invasive cancer in either breast, not just the one it was found in. This is why a bilateral mastectomy was recommended to you. LCIS is non-invasive and therefore incapable of spreading. Many people develop either lung or breast cancer and never develop the other. Good luck with your treatment. I hope all goes well for you.

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

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

      Breastcancer.org has some good information...

  7. QUESTION:
    Information on different types of breast cancer?
    Trying to find out the different types of breast cancer and what options a person has for treatment.Also would like to find a resource to understand the terminology on how to read the pathology report.

    • ANSWER:
      With breast cancer there are ductal cancers (most common) and lobular cancers (less common) and there are other cancers which are very rare so I won't go into them.

      There are then 'carcinomas in situ' which is an extremely early form of cancer, is usually well treated and holds a good prognosis.

      If a cancer is not 'in situ' it is given a grade and stage, depending on how aggressive it is and how far it has spread within the breast itself and the rest of the body. Grade goes from 1-4 (4 being the worst) and stage goes from 1-5 (5 being cancer in other organs as well as breast). The higher each number the worse the cancer, and the more aggressive the treatment might be. For a lady with stage 5 cancer, she will likely be offered palliative care as there is unfortunately no chance of cure.

      Pathology reports will usually mention the receptor status of the cancer.
      ER+ means the cancer is sensitive to oestrogens so anti oestrogen drugs like Tamoxifen will be very helpful in treating it.
      ER- means that tamoxifen will not be useful

      HER+ means a highly aggressive tumour but luckily there is a treatment for HER+ve cancers in the form of Herceptin.
      HER-ve means a less aggressive cancer.

      That vaguely summarises breast cancer in mild detail. In nearly all cases though there is a lot of treatment and a lot of hope for ladies so dont let all this technical talk overly concern you. There will be a team of specialists who know the best treatment for each patient.

      The summary of treatment as I say, depends on the site and stage of the cancer but generally speaking There is
      Lumpectomy- removal of the cancer and preservation of the breast
      Mastectomy- removal of the breast
      Mastectomy and axillary clearance- removal of breast and clearing of nearby lypmh nodes

      Any surgery will be followed by either
      Radiotherapy to the chest wall
      Chemotherapy over a period of months
      Depending on receptor status Tamoxifen is used for up to 5 years, Herceptin I think up to 2 years
      Regular review and follow up mammograms to check for complete cure.

      In addition all ladies with mastectomy are offered breast reconstruction (usually) after treatment has finished to help them recover psychologically/emotionally.

      Hope this helps

  8. QUESTION:
    Are there any survivors of Inflammatory Breast Cancer?
    My mother got diagnosed last year in november with (IBC)! She has gone through so many rounds of chemotherapy and radiation but it seems like it keeps growing. She has a doctor from M.D. Anderson and they have a research study. She is starting a new experimental chemo for just IBC. But i was wondering if anyone survived this type of breast cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      Seek out support groups for this type of breast cancer in order to find out information and the best resources . . they will help you:

      IBC Support
      http://www.ibcsupport.org/

      Inflammatory Breast Cancer Research Foundation
      http://www.ibcresearch.org/

      About IBC
      http://www.aboutibc.co.uk/

      IBC Survivors
      http://www.ibcsurvivors.org/

  9. QUESTION:
    What type of breast cancer treatment is best after surgery?
    My grandmother is 80 years of age and was diagnosed with breast cancer about a month ago. she had surgery in which they removed the cancer from her breast. she is trying to decide whether the treatment of radiation by means of having an implant in her breast that releases radiation, or not even receiving the treatment of radiation at all. any ideas? (her health condition is as fallows- had a stroke 2 months ago, still working on walking w/o a walker, and she has trouble standing for certain periods of time. she has recovered well from the stroke, but is still in a bad condition.

    • ANSWER:
      Radiation was the toughest of treatments for my wife and she at the time of treatment was 52 years old. Radiation kills the tumor at the site where cancer was discovered, it is sort of insurance that it will destroy whatever cells would be left at the site.

      Chemotherapy destroys the cells that might have escaped to other parts of the body, surgery removes the tumor itself and radiation is applied to the site to destroy remaining cells.

      Treatment is usually over a specific amount of time that is on a daily basis, and it was very painful for us. Not everyone responds to radiation the same way. I have heard from others that it was a walk in the park. For us it was hell.

      It could be physically too much for her, the only person to know for sure is her radiation oncologist and regular doctor. A friend of mine had breast cancer at 65 years old and did not have it again for ten years. At 75 years old she decided to not have treatment because she did not want to suffer through it all again.

      Each person needs to evaluate if the costs are worth the price of the goods received. I know what radiation did to my wife but she is considerably younger than your grandma. The treatment for her could be the straw that breaks her back. The doctor's need to give an evaluation to decide if it is something she can handle.

  10. QUESTION:
    What is the youngest age for a woman to have IBC?
    IBC is a type of breast cancer that is over looked by doctors untill it is too late. This type of breast cancer is the fastest spreading cancer there is. Sadly the only time they can detect it is when the patient is already at Stage 4 of the cancer. The scarist part of that is there is NO Stage 5 of this cancer. Once at stage 4 it results in death. So my question is What is the earliest age for a woman to have IBC?

    • ANSWER:
      Unfortunately it isn't just IBC that is a fast spreading cancer. There are over 200 different types of cancer and many are extremely aggressive, spread rapidly, and have no treatment protocol. Welcome to the world of rare cancers.

      IBC is a rare type of breast cancer, few people get it, but of course if you are one of the unlucky ones this can be devastating. But, just because a person is diagnosed as stage IV does not mean that the cancer is not treatable. Actually the survival rate for IBC is between 25 to 50 percent . . those odds really aren't that bad when dealing with rare cancers (we are used to seeing figures like 5 to 20 percent or worse). Any age women, including a teen can get this type of cancer . . but again it is very rare . . and makes up about 1 to 6 percent of breast cancers. Anyway you can do a little research about the disease:

      Inflammatory Breast Cancer: Questions and Answers
      http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Sites-Types/IBC

      People Living with Cancer: Inflammatory Breast Cancer
      http://www.plwc.org/portal/site/PLWC/menuitem.6067beb2271039bcfd748f68ee37a01d/?vgnextoid=70d6ea7105daa010VgnVCM100000ed730ad1RCRD&vgnextfmt=cancer

      And, if you have any interest in rare cancers at all . . take a look at this list . . remember the majority of these rare cancers have a lower survival rate than IBC because there is little research taking place to help these patients. This doesn't mean their cancer can't be treated . . but it is more difficult because no research or protocols are in place to save these patients . . and that statistic includes children.

      Adult and Pediatric Rare cancers (not a complete list)
      http://adult.rare-cancer.org/raw-adult-list.html
      http://pediatric.rare-cancer.org/raw-pediatric-list.html.

      Incidentally the scariest part about a rare cancer is not the stage of the disease (as long as its treatable) .. the scariest part is the lack of treatment options.

  11. QUESTION:
    What can you do to help prevent breast cancer after you start taking birth control pills?
    Birth control pills can cause breast cancer. What type of "preventative maintenance" can you do while you're on them?

    • ANSWER:
      there is no sure way to prevent breast cancer; however, regular exercise and eating healthy can't hurt. Make sure you are doing monthly self breast exams and getting a mammogram if you 40 or over (or earlier if you have a history).

  12. QUESTION:
    Why is breast cancer the most important?
    Out of all the types of cancer, why is breast cancer the one that gets so much attention? Why do I never see people wearing shirts that spread awareness of pancreatic cancer? From what I've heard, breast cancer has a pretty high survival rate, and that it is far from the worst kind.

    • ANSWER:
      It's not...just old white women give it all the attention

  13. QUESTION:
    What kind of doctor works with breast cancer?
    Let's say I want to be a doctor that works with treating breast cancer. What type of doctor is that (name of doctor) and what education should I get?

    • ANSWER:
      You have to be a regular doctor and then specialise in Oncology.

      An oncologist will deal in all types of cancer including Breast cancer. Oncology is the study of cancer. There are five major areas of oncology: etiology, prevention, biology, diagnosis, and treatment. As a clinical discipline, it draws upon a wide variety of medical specialties; as a research discipline, oncology also involves specialists in many areas of biology and in a variety of other scientific areas. Oncology has led to major progress in the understanding not only of cancer but also of normal biology.

      There are several sub-specialties within oncology. Moreover, oncologists often develop an interest and expertise in the management of particular types of cancer.

      Oncologists may be divided on the basis of the type of treatment provided.

      Radiation oncology: treatment primarily with radiation, a process called radiotherapy.
      Surgical oncology: surgeons who specialize in tumor removal.
      Medical oncology: treatment primarily with drugs, e.g. chemotherapy.
      Interventional oncology: interventional radiologists who specialize in minimally invasive image guided tumor therapies.
      Gynecologic oncology: focuses on cancers of the female reproductive system.
      Pediatric oncology: concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of cancer in children
      In the United Kingdom and several other countries, oncologists may be either clinical or medical oncologists. The main difference is that clinical oncologists deliver radiotherapy, while medical oncologists do not. (This difference does not apply in North America: the terms, clinical oncologist and medical oncologist are used interchangeably.)

      In most countries it is now common that patients are treated by a multidisciplinary team. These teams will meet on regular basis and discus the patients under their care. These teams consist of the medical oncologist , a clinical oncologist or radiotherapist, a surgeon (sometimes there a second reconstructive surgeon) , a radiologist , a pathologist , an organ specific specialist like a gynaecologist or dermatologist, and sometimes the general practitioner is also involved. These disease oriented teams are sometimes in conflict with the general organisation and operation in hospitals. Historically hospitals are organised in a organ or technique specific manner. Multidisciplinary teams operate over these borders and it is sometimes difficult to define who is in charge.-

      So can select your course and do it according after compleation of baisc medicines and surgery. -

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

    • ANSWER:
      No, I don't agree.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  15. QUESTION:
    What type of radiotherapy is most commonly used to treat breast cancer?
    Is it external or internal?
    And what type of external/internal?

    this is to treat breast cancer IN GENERAL.. the most common one please!!!! THanks guys !!

    • ANSWER:
      External beam photons.

  16. QUESTION:
    Why is breast cancer getting so much more awareness than others?
    I think any type of cancer is serious, but I'm tired of ONLY seeing things for breast cancer. Commercials, profitable organizations, walks, etc. My dad was diagnosed with bladder cancer over the summer, and although they "removed" it, it's very likely to keep coming back, but it seems like society doesn't look at it as being just as serious. I know people are aware and do things to help, and it's not just bladder cancer that I'm worried about, but why is breast cancer getting all the attention?

    • ANSWER:
      Well, it's currently Breast Cancer Awareness month, so breast cancer is obviously high profile at the moment.
      But yes, it does have a higher profile generally than other cancers, and there's a very simple reason -sheer hard work.

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

      People have limited time, and choose their campaigns; those who campaign around illnesses are usually concerned with the illness that's affected them or their family. I know a couple who have a child with a very rare and life-threatening condition (not a cancer). Much of their time is now taken up with campaigning around this condition - fund raising and agitating for more funding for research, more education, more awareness etc. What they're doing is what what the women who started the breast cancer awareness campaign did. And it's as a result of the hard work by those women that breast cancer is no longer the automatic death sentence it once was - but don't lose sight of the fact that in the US an average of 112 women die from breast cancer every day (that's one every 15 minutes), and in the UK.that average is 33 a day - I don't have statistics for other countries.

      There are awareness campaigns ad months for other types of cancer - but the plain fact is that none has had the sheer hard work put into it that breast cancer awareness has, hard work by people affected by breast cancer and their families.

      I agree that awareness needs to be raised about other cancers too.and while I hate ‘competitive illness’ I can see why there is resentment about an imbalance in awareness raising and fund raising.

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

  17. QUESTION:
    What does this new breast cancer look like?
    It starts as looking like a pimple or something, eventually it starts to rot your skin away. It is only on the breast though. It's like a type of skin disease, or breast cancer. I would like to know please.

    • ANSWER:
      you need to get examined by a surgeon. u should hv told about the duration. breast cancer can be jus to skin seemingly. best can be to see a dermatologist then asurgeon.

  18. QUESTION:
    How do facebook status campaigns help breast cancer?
    I mean, I'm aware of breast cancer, just like I'm aware of lots of other types of cancer. I really feel for the families and people who have gone through breast cancer, as I have had many close ones die from cancer. But recently there is the Facebook thing about the weeks and the candy cravings. How does it help?

    • ANSWER:
      It doesn't. Just about everyone who's old enough to know about breast cancer is already aware of it. Writing those stupid status updates does not help in any way. I think people just feel guilty if they don't do it so that's why they post it up plus they probably just want to make people wonder if they really are pregnant or not.

  19. QUESTION:
    How to write a thesis statement for an informative speech?
    I have to give an informative speech on Wednesday about breast cancer. I'm going to talk about types of breast cancer, risk factors of breast cancer, and various treatments for breast cancer. I don't know how I should write my thesis. My teacher told us that the thesis should not be persuasive, so it couldn't be something like "Breast cancer is a very common form of cancer and everyone needs to go get mammograms." Thank you! :)

    • ANSWER:

  20. 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.

  21. QUESTION:
    Why does breast cancer awareness get so much more support than other important causes?
    Don't get me wrong I think breast cancer awareness is an extremely important cause, but the survival rate is much higher than other types of cancer (ex. pancreatic cancer). And other major causes like world hunger, literacy and animal rescue don't get nearly enough attention as they should.

    • ANSWER:
      I don't know. I feel the same way. I think brain, lung, pancreatic, ovarian cancers and leukemia should get awareness too.

  22. QUESTION:
    I need a catchy phrase pertaining to swimming and breast cancer awareness?
    My swim team is swimming in a conference swim meet this weekend. Every sports team at the high school shows some type of support in honor of breast cancer survivors. Example, cross country tie dyed pink and white socks and pink sweat bans. The kids on the swim team decided they wanted to wear pink bathing suits this year. What is a cute, catchy saying pertaining to swimming that relates to breast cancer awareness? I mean there has to be something, whether it be something like: swimming breaststroke, to save tatas…I’m clueless. Help please!

    • ANSWER:
      stroke out breast cancer!
      or...
      flip-turn for a cure.

  23. QUESTION:
    Should I be concerned about a swollen lymph node in my armpit?
    I'm a guy, don't shave my armpits so I don't think it would necessarily be a deodorant issue. Also chances are that it's any type of breast cancer would be low. I have had a cold for about 6 days now so maybe that's the cause? It really only hurts when I keep my arm elevated or move it around. It's not an ingrown hair or anything on the surface of my skin. I can actually feel the node.

    • ANSWER:
      U should have it checked out.

  24. QUESTION:
    Why is breast cancer the only type of cancer that gets it's own specific ribbon color?
    With all the different types of cancer it seems breast cancer gets the most press and the most funding for research. I like breasts as much as the next man, but I had testicular cancer, my dad nearly died of colon cancer, and my uncle Ed and friend John did die from lung cancer. Trust me ladies I sympathize, but our testicles and lungs are just as important as your breasts, and if I'm going to donate to save breasts I at least want to see nipples on basic cable.

    • ANSWER:
      Its all about raking in the $$$. They do not and have never cared about us as human living souls.

      Oh, and they DO KNOW WHAT CAUSES CANCER. They have known the answer to this for years. Same goes for diabetes etc.

      I simply refuse to buy into their lies and deceits.

      Remember it is ONLY ABOUT THE $$$.

  25. QUESTION:
    Is this a symptom that i have breast cancer?
    Ever since i can remember both of my nipples have been pressed into my breast it seems as if they are indented in permanently and i have no nipple almost. i also have some bumps, they kind of look like zits around the nipple. please tell me if these are signs of a type of breast cancer!

    • ANSWER:
      Nope,your inverted nipples have no connection to breast cancer.breast tumor is painless,fixed and palpable hard mass.though early stage of the disease can only be detected through a Mammogram,

  26. QUESTION:
    Why would breast cancer be more important than other cancers?
    There is a lot media coverage on breast cancer than any others. Many more organizations gather funds for that cause than any other type of cancer. Why? Why would people divide their efforts and independently search for cures against that specific type of cancer? Wouldn't it be way more efficient to have a single (possibly international) organization to gather funds for developing a cure against cancer, since it's the exact same illness in breasts than in intestines and everywhere else?
    I know that cancer is an umbrella term, but in molecular terms, the same imbalances and genetic defects give rise to all types of cancer. Sure, many environmental factors give rise to the different types of cancer:
    -Skin cancer is mostly caused by UV damage to DNA;
    -Evidences point to the bacterium Helicobacter Pilori as a cause of stomach cancer;
    -Lung cancers are mostly caused by carcinogens in cigarettes and asbestos;

    But breast cancer is on par with all the other types of cancer in terms of ultimate cause: a genetic defect. Cells don't go astray, they simply execute the genetic information they have; and if part of that information is missing or abnormal, either the cell dies (by apoptosis) or forms cancer

    I'm not discriminating women or any such ridiculous thing! That person "..." clearly has a biased opinion of others.
    My point is, why not putting more emphasis on "fighting CANCER" than fighting "breast cancer," if the solutions to breast cancers are the same than for any other

    • ANSWER:
      There is more coverage for 2 reasons: 1 - it is the #3 killer of women, and 2 -more famous people are being diagnosed, and thus are in the news. As for a global fund gathering, ALL countries would have to agree on something, and that will never happen -- our govt. can't even agree within itself...

      Another reason there is more of it in the news is that the generation known as Baby Boomers are getting older, and most often it hits older women. Also, people with similar types cancer tend to gravitate to each other for support, etc.

      People. for example. with lung cancer will care most about it, rather than other cancers. Take myself as a better example: I am in terminal stage breast cancer, and quite frankly, I could care less about other cancers at this point.

      And my last point about the "popularity" [a disgusting term], of breast cancer -- is due to mental effect it causes. Having a doctor say you may lose a breast or part of one to surgery is equal to telling a man he would have to lose all or part of his manhood.

      So please... a little sensitivity for what we go through, okay? Thanks.

  27. QUESTION:
    What is the best organization to do a breast cancer awareness walk for?
    There are a lot of breast cancer and other awareness type of walks this year and I'd like to participate in some, but I'm not sure which organizations use the money that I raise most effectively. Any opinions? I was thinking about doing the 3-day or maybe something earlier.

    • ANSWER:
      1. Komen.org
      2. Avon walk

  28. QUESTION:
    What is a type of birth control that lightens periods with no breast cancer risk?
    I have horribly aweful heavy periods so I want something to lighten it up,
    I also have a very high risk of breast cancer both grandmas and my mom had it
    so any type of birth control out there for me?
    the pill is out of the question because thats how my mom got breast cancer..

    • ANSWER:
      You can counter-act your high risk of breast cancer by increasing your intake of antioxidants, because antioxidants do help prevent cancers to some degree. As far as birth control, you should opt for a low-dose because it is less damaging to your body.

  29. QUESTION:
    Have some questions about breast cancer?
    Where is the chromosomal error?What type of molecular inheritance is it?What's it's molecular origin?Which chromosome is affected? Where is the mutation located on the chromosome? And also what type of mutation causes breast cancer?

    Could some one please help me with this?

    • ANSWER:
      Are you doing homework?

      I'm not sure the answers to these questions are absolutely known. And there are different types of breast cancer.

  30. QUESTION:
    Can You Help Me Answer Several Questions About Breast Cancer?
    1. If a male's mother had breast cancer, does this increase his risk of getting any type of cancer?

    2. If someone underwent chemotherapy and radiation for chemotherapy and survives, and is also in remission and never has cancer again, will their experience with cancer and cancer treatment shorten their life span?

    3. What is the likelihood of someone's breast cancer relapsing if they successfully underwent chemotherapy and radiation for it?

    Thanks for your help.
    Thank you for the extremely helpful response, and I'm happy to hear that you have NED.

    • ANSWER:
      1) Breast cancer is hereditary in only 5 - 10% of cases. If the man's mother is one of those 5-10% whose breast cancer was due to one of the rare inherited BRCA genes, then he has a 50% chance of having inherited that gene.

      If he has inherited the gene, his risk of breast cancer is 1% with the BRCA1 gene and 6% with the BRCA2 gene. This is low, but is many times the breast cancer risk of a man who doesn't carry a BRCA gene.

      If he hasn't inherited the gene, his risk of breast cancer isn't increased. Nor is it increased if his mother was one of the 90 - 95% of breast cancer patients whose breast cancer was not hereditary.

      No, he is not at risk of other types of cancer, whether or not his mother's breast cancer was hereditary.

      2) I don't believe there is any evidence of this; someone else - Denise or Spreedog perhaps - will be able to tell you whether this is ever the case.

      3) People who have hadbreast cancer and are in remission are told that they have 'no evidence of disease' (or NED - my favourite word!) rather than that they are cured or have the 'all clear'. This is because breast cancer can return at any time, even years later - although that doesn't mean it will.

      Most recurrences happen within two years of diagnosis and treatment. After 5 years the chances of recurrence are statistically very low, and continue to fall with every passing year.

      It DOESN'T mean breast cancer is never cured, simply that there is no way of telling whether a particular person's cancer will recur. Many people live the rest of their long health lives without recurrence after breast cancer treatment.

  31. QUESTION:
    How long does someone have with breast cancer ?
    I just found out that my aunt has breast cancer am she's not going to get treated for it. How much longer do I have with her ?

    • ANSWER:
      Depends on the type of Breast Cancer, what stage it was in when diagnosed and if it has metastasized (spread) to other organs.

      Some breast cancers are slow growing and some are very aggressive. The earlier it's caught, the better chance she has for recovery if she chooses to get treated. If it's Stage 3 or 4 with an aggressive cancer, then you may not have long to spend time with her. Not everyone reacts the same either.

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

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

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

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

      And then big business cashed in..

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

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

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

      And quite aside from the commercial aspect, all the pink, fluffy, fun excesses have negative consequences for breast cancer patients too – the marketing and fund-raising hype surrounding breast cancer, by trivialising a deadly disease, is leading people to believe, wrongly, that breast cancer is

      1) not very serious, certainly not as serious as many other cancers (many women with breast cancer have been told – by people who don’t have it – that it’s a ‘good’ cancer to get) and

      2) easily curable.

  33. QUESTION:
    Why does breast cancer get so much publicity?
    I think all types of cancer need to be given attention in the media. Why is there such a disproportionate focus on breast cancer? Also, does anyone feel that it's wrong to be using a serious illness to market products?

    • ANSWER:
      It started with people truly concerned with research and development. They did a wonderful job, bringing the cancer to people's attention.

      The present Barbie-pink campaigns are commercialised and depend on dubious statistics and scare campaigns.

  34. QUESTION:
    What is the youngest age you can get breast cancer at?
    I was wondering this, because one of my friends thinks she has breast cancer, and I thought that thirteen was a very young age at which to develop breast cancer.
    I should have said this. She has a lump in her breast and she went to the doctor and they said its "abnormal." She thinks she has cancer, but she doesn't know for sure yet. She's getting a sonogram done.

    • ANSWER:
      Breast tissue is present in male and females of all ages and thus breast cancer is possible at any age with any sex. However, breast cancer . . primary or secondary in children and young teens is rare. Breast cancer in children is also not the same as an adults breast cancer. There are many different types of cancer and there are several types of breast cancer possible in children. The most common types of breast cancer in children are Juvenile Secretory Carcinoma, Cystosarcoma Phylloides, and Lymphoma.

      As for your 13 year old friend what she is most likely feeling is breast growth caused by puberty. There are often small lumps or 'breast buds' that young teens will feel. However, since no one here can really tell what is happening with your friend it is important that she see a doctor to determine exactly what is going on.

      Here is some information about normal 'breast buds' found in young teens:

      Why are my breasts sore?
      http://www.kidshealth.org/teen/sexual_health/girls/sore_breasts.html

  35. QUESTION:
    What shoes would you recommend to wear for the 3 DAY breast cancer walk?
    This year I am walking the 3 day breast cancer walk for the first time. I have read advice on the shoes to wear but I'm stuck. I am a flip flop type of person and I want something comfortable.
    Are the vibrant 5 fingers good? Or Keens.?
    Or what's the best tennis shoe to wear.

    • ANSWER:
      Hiking boots or trainers.

  36. QUESTION:
    How likely am I to get breast cancer if my mom has it?
    My mom was just diagnosed with breast cancer. It is the first time anyone in my family has ever gotten breast cancer. She had surgery to remove the front part of her breast and now awaits radiation treatment. She's been told there's about a 6% chance of the cancer returning.

    I am a healthy 27 year old who gets regular check-ups with the doctor. I was wondering how high a percentage rate it would be for me to get breast cancer?
    In case it matters, I forgot to mention my mom was/is 67 when she was diagnosed.

    • ANSWER:
      Like all other types of cancer, breast cancer is rarely hereditary; only 5 - 10% of breast cancer cases are hereditary, and they are due to a rare inherited faulty gene.

      Breast cancer diagnosed after the age of 50 is even less likely to be hereditary.

      A sign that breast cancer might (only might) be hereditary is when several members of the same side of a family have had it, especially if some developed it at a younger than usual age. In those circumstances, genetic testing to establish whether one of the rare faulty genes is present might be considered appropriate.

      You are almost certainly not at increased risk if your mother is the only family member who has had breast cancer; but as the daughter of a woman who has had breast cancer you will be treated as at increased risk as a precaution. Your routine mammograms should start when you are ten years younger than your mother was at diagnosis if that age comes before 40, when routine mammograms start.

      Where breast cancer is hereditary, there is no pattern of it skipping a generation; the faulty gene can only be passed from parent to child, and it's a 50% possibility that it will be. Inheriting the gene doesn't mean someone will definitely develop breast cancer.

      =====

      Yes, her age is important. Breast cancer diagnosed after 50 is even less likely to be hereditary. As she's the only family member to have had breast cancer, you can be sure you're not at increased risk.

      Best wishes to your mum for her treatment - and to you, it's hard seeing someone you love go through this.

      For information about Breast cancer and a place to talk to other people who are going and have been through the same thing, you might both find htis site helpfu; I found online support forums so helpful in the days and weeks after diagnosis:

      http://www.breastcancer.org

  37. QUESTION:
    A friend of mine has stage 4 breast cancer and arthritis in the spine. How long does she have to live?
    She has been diagnosed with breast cancer. After all the necessary tests have been taken the doctor seems suspicious that the cancer has spread to the spine. What is the survival rate? How long does she have to live by taking the additional tests and medicine?

    • ANSWER:
      With Stage IV, even though the prognosis is terminal, there's a wide variety of survival times once a woman has been diagnosed with it. Just look at Elizabeth Edwards. She was diagnosed with Stage IV sometime around the end of 2005, and it's barely noticeable. But survival stats are worthless, because it depends on many factors, the main one being whether she tested positive or negative for hormone receptors. If she tested positive, she can be treated with anti-hormonal therapy in addition to chemo, which is a huge plus. Other factors include age and especially the type of cancer she has.

      Bones are the most common place for breast cancer metastases to land, so while the spine sounds scary, (and probably painful) it's something they'll treat until the mets are driven back. In general, bone mets are considered less serious than soft tissue mets, which most Stage IV BC patients ultimately get.

  38. QUESTION:
    what are the causes of breast cancer for the women, if not from the genes?
    My sister- in- law survived from breast cancer 3 yrs ago, but she got no idea where she got it. They dont even have a history of any type of cancer in teh family. Today My Mom, sufferring from cancer to the cervix, we dont ahve any cancer history in the whole family. I dont like to have cancer like them, but I am always thinking that no body is safe from cancer. Esp breast cancer.

    • ANSWER:
      There are a lot of unknown reasons why someone gets cancer. Only a very small percentage is genetic. My aunt, sister and I all have had breast cancer and it wasn't the due to the BRCA1 BRCA2 genetic mutation.

      There could be environmental reasons that haven't been discovered yet, or foods, additives, plastics, etc that they just don't know about...

  39. QUESTION:
    How do I begin to prepare for the Breast Cancer three day walk?
    What types of things do people do to prepare for this?

    I will have to walk 20 miles a day (with a group so we will need to get fit together) and it will go to raise funds for Breast Cancer research. = )

    Thanks!

    **Note: I am overweight by aout 65 pounds now, so I will need to do strength training, weight loss and be fit in a year.
    I know I can walk two miles without breaks right now. I was doing that before. = )

    • ANSWER:
      Hi. Hope all is well. Great to hear that you are doing the 3-day. I will do it once my little ones are a little older. I have not done it yet, but I know that once you sign up for it there are tons of resources that tell you how to train for it including an initial walker handbook, training walk schedules, training ideas, shoe shopping tips, etc. Go to the following site
      http://www.the3day.org/site/PageServer? agename=experience

      Personally, I would treat it as you would a run. Since you are going to be travelling about 15-20 miles per day, make sure you build yourself up to about 12 miles before the walk. If you are doing 2 miles now, start increasing mileage at about 1/2 mile everyother week (or week if you think you can push it). It is okay to take breaks and rest days are important. I found a lot of good info on the Runner's World website. I would definitely look over the info they offer on the 3-day site though and take advantage of the coaches they provide. Hope this info helps!! Good luck! Nicole : )

  40. QUESTION:
    Why is breast cancer considered more important than every other type of cancer?
    Why is it that everywhere I go people always get hyped up for breast cancer awareness, yet when it comes to some other type of cancer, they don't care? I see all these people pouring out their sympathy for some woman with breast cancer, yet when it comes to a male diagnosed with prostate cancer, no one gives a crap. Why aim for one type of cancer, instead of cancer in general?
    I got this answer from another question;
    "Men are affected by cancer much more then women

    For those of you saying breast cancer is the deadliest...that is BS...it is the 5th leading cancer in WOMEN over the age of 50!

    -only 1% of men get breast cancer...so yes it is very gender biased!

    -susan komen does NOT care about men or children. They are a sexist organization.

    -men die from prostate cancer at almost the same rate that women do of breast cancer (yet women will not support the fight against prostate cancer)

    -If i said, "save the TATA's" before the pink campaign came to light...I would have been slapped.

    -I will NOT dontate to such a selfish cause and neither should you.

    -find a CURE for cancer...not just a cancer that affects WOMEN OVER THE AGE OF 50"

    • ANSWER:
      Most, if not all, of your assertions are correct. Breast cancer is not the most common cause of cancer in females and not a major cause of death. It is disfiguring to have breasts removed and since they are sexual and visible features of women a slick campaign has elevated this issue to national importance. And yes, fund raisers and businesses associated with fund raising make a ton of money each year off this campaign. But a cure for cancer is practically impossible since it is genetic and built in into all of us at the time of conception. It is about detection and treatment. All cancers are genetic. Environmental causes do generate cancers such as smoking anything and poisons and chemicals. You have established your policy on this issue. Thanks for sharing.

  41. QUESTION:
    How do I start off my persuasive speech on breast cancer?
    Im a lot better with informative speeches...Why I cant tell you but, I am having the worst time coming up with an persuasive speech and my topics on breast cancer. How do I start off my persuasive speech on breast cancer? And what do you think my three persuasive topics should be. Please help!!!!
    The speech is for my oral communications class I am speaking to a variety of students with different majors not particulary in the health care field. Breast cancer is just a topic I choose to prepare a speech on

    • ANSWER:
      latoya,
      I gave part of this answer to a similar question some time ago and I repeat it here for you. Having presented many lectures in my time, you have to limit your ideas in accordance with the type of audience that you expect to present your speech to. Health professionals would expect a different presentation than members of the general public.

      I would make a few points on the subject - Breast cancer affects one in eight women during their lives. Breast cancer kills more women in the United States than any cancer except lung cancer. No one knows why some women get breast cancer, but there a number of risk factors. Risks that you cannot change include+++++++etc.

      Other risks, which you can change, include being overweight, using hormone replacement therapy, taking birth control pills, drinking alcohol, not having children or having your first child after age 35 or having dense breasts+++++etc.

      If all you intend to include are symptoms, risk factors and treatment, then your task will be much easier than if you intended to include with the treatment, symptoms and risk factors, details of the tests, diagnosis and causes.

      If you are a health professional, you might gain some information on the format of lectures on this subject from your medical library, if you are not in the medical profession, help might be gained from the reference department in your local public library.

      I regret that it is almost impossible to advise you in this matter, mainly due to the lack of detail and the discussion that would be needed to ascertain all the facts in order to arrive at a specific answer.

      Hope this helps
      matador 89

  42. QUESTION:
    Where can I find information and prevention methods on Breast Cancer?
    Breast Cancer Statistics among women, research, cures, different associations that raise money for breast cancer research, and what can I do to help.

    • ANSWER:
      OCTOBER is BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH.
      See my blog at - http://360.yahoo.com/jayaramanms...

      There is not particular way to prevent Breast cancer and you should have mammogram and other screening tests done every year to ensure that it is detected in case if it comes.

      You can go through the following website where from you will get lot of information on BREAST CANCER -

      http://www.breastcancer.org/
      http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/prevention/breast/patient
      http://www.medicinenet.com/breast_cancer_prevention/article.htm
      http://www.breastcancerprevention.org/
      http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/nbccedp/
      http://www.bcpinstitute.org/
      http://www.nomorebreastcancer.org.uk/
      http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/breast/
      http://www.breastcancer.about.com/
      http://www.webmd.com/breast-cancer/
      http://info.cancerresearchuk.org/cancerstats/types/breast/prevention/
      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/prophylactic-mastectomy/WO00060
      http://www.breasthealthcancerprevention.com/

      I think these websites will give you a fair idea and details about Breast cancer. Best of luck-

  43. QUESTION:
    What are the chances of me getting breast cancer?
    My dad's side of the family has never had any breast cancer issues, but my mom's side of the family definitely has. My great-grandmother died from breast cancer, then my grandmother's sister had breast cancer. A couple of my mom's cousins have found lumps in their breasts. A few years ago, my mother found a lump and had it removed. I'm 16. What are the chances of me getting breast cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      Like other types of cancer, hereditary breast cancer is rare; only 5- 10% of all breast cancer cases are hereditary.

      Breast cancer diagnosed after the age of 50 is even less likely to be hereditary.

      There is nothing in the information you give to suggest that you are at any increased risk of breast cancer - as I understand it, two third degree relatives, who I'm guessing were over 50, have had breast cancer, two third degree relatives have had non-cancerous breast lumps, and your mother has had a non-cancerous breast lump removed.

      A sign that breast cancer MAY (only may) be hereditary is when several members of the same side of the family have had it, especially if some developed it at a younger than usual age. In those circumstances, genetic testing to establish whether the cancers were due to a rare, inherited faulty gene might be considered appropriate.

      But that is not the case in your family. Your chances are the same as the average woman - one in eight over a lifetime of 80+ years.

      This is not

  44. QUESTION:
    How long might a person with Stage 4 breast cancer survive?
    My mother has been diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer. It is in her breast, multiple lymph nodes, liver and bones. How long could she live? Like 30 months or 17 years?

    • ANSWER:
      The 5 year survival rate is 20%, but it is not unusual to see patients survive 10 years or more. A lot depends on the type, grade and hormone receptor status.

  45. QUESTION:
    do soy products change to estrogen in the body?
    People with a type of breast cancer are told to eat no soy products since it changes to estrogen, which can be an "encourager" of breast cancer growth. Do soy products change to estrogen in anyone's body? Even Males?

    • ANSWER:
      Soy contains a phyto-estrogen. It's a plant component that is chemically similar to estrogen.

  46. QUESTION:
    is it possible to die at stage 0 of breast cancer?
    my neighbor has type 0 breast cancer. Is it possible she can die?

    please help me!

    • ANSWER:
      Stage 0 can either be DCIS or LCIS and both require treatment. It is only possible to die from either one if it is ignored.

  47. QUESTION:
    What are my chances of getting breast cancer?
    I am 22 years old and I am curious to know what my chances are. My grandmother (on mothers side had it and went through treatment had a mastectomy of one), both my aunts (same side) had lumps...the younger of the two had stage four breast cancer and the other aunt it was malignant. My mother is going through testing right now as well. The doctors have started my cousins, who are 25 year old females, on yearly mammogram testing. Any info would be appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      Whew ... that is a positive family history. Certian types of breast cancers run in families, so given your family history, I would get regular check-ups (especially if your mother tests positive).

  48. QUESTION:
    What are the reasons to be aware of breast cancer?
    I want to know the reasons to be aware of breast cancer for my essay about how being aware is good.

    • ANSWER:
      Every 69 seconds someone in the world dies from breast cancer. It usually doesn't affect young people but even men can get it. When caught early the outcome is generally better.

      There are a lot of good sources you can research to learn more about breast cancer. The American Cancer Society is a good place to start. There is more to any type of cancer than being "aware".


what type of breast cancers are there

Liver Ancer

In areas where liver cancer is more common and associated with hepatitis B, the cancer usually develops in people in their 30s and 40s, as opposed to other areas of the world, where they are in their 60s and 70s. This is because it generally takes about 30 years of chronic damage to the liver before the cancer grows large enough to become obvious. Men are much more likely than women to have liver cancer, especially if they have hepatitis and best cirrhosis treatment in india. Regardless of the cause, patients with a history of alcohol abuse as well are much sicker when they initially develop the cancer. In North America, up to one-quarter of people with liver cancer have no obvious risk factors; they are generally healthier and do much better with liver treatment in delhi.
What are liver cancer causes and risk factors?

Hepatitis B infection
Hepatitis B can be caught from contaminated blood products or used needles or sexual contact but is frequent among Asian children from contamination at birth or even biting among children at play. The role of hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection in causing liver cancer is well established. Several lines of evidence point to this strong association. As noted earlier, the frequency of liver cancer relates to (correlates with) the frequency of chronic hepatitis B virus infection. In addition, the patients with hepatitis B virus who are at greatest risk for liver cancer are men with hepatitis B virus cirrhosis (scarring of the liver) and a family history of liver cancer. Perhaps the most convincing evidence, however, comes from a prospective (looking forward in time) study done in the 1970s in Taiwan involving male government employees over the age of 40. In this study, the investigators found that the risk of developing liver cancer was 200 times higher among employees who had chronic hepatitis B virus as compared to employees without chronic hepatitis B virus infection.

Studies in animals also have provided evidence that hepatitis B virus can cause liver cancer. For example, we have learned that liver cancer develops in other mammals that are naturally infected with viruses related to the hepatitis B virus. Finally, by infecting transgenic mice with certain parts of the hepatitis B virus, scientists caused liver cancer to develop in mice that do not usually develop liver cancer. (Transgenic mice are mice that have been injected with new or foreign genetic material.)

How does chronic hepatitis B virus cause liver cancer? In patients with both chronic hepatitis B virus and liver treatment in delhi cancer, the genetic material of hepatitis B virus is frequently found to be part of the genetic material of the cancer cells. It is thought, therefore, that specific regions of the hepatitis B virus genome (genetic code) enter the genetic material of the liver cells. This hepatitis B virus genetic material may then disrupt the normal genetic material in the liver cells, thereby causing the liver cells to become cancerous.

The vast majority of liver cancer that is associated with chronic hepatitis B virus occurs in individuals who have been infected most of their lives. In areas where hepatitis B virus is not always present (endemic) in the community (for example, the U.S.), liver cancer is relatively uncommon. The reason for this is that most of the people with chronic hepatitis B virus in these areas acquired the infection as adults, and very few develop an ongoing (chronic active) infection, which happens as often as 15% of the time in Asia.

Hepatitis C infection
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is more difficult to get than hepatitis B. It usually requires direct contact with infected blood, either from contaminated blood products or needles. HCV is also associated with the development of liver cancer. In fact, in Japan, hepatitis C virus is present in up to 75% of cases of liver cancer. As with hepatitis B virus, the majority of hepatitis C virus patients with liver cancer have associated cirrhosis (liver scarring). In several retrospective-prospective studies (looking backward and forward in time) of the natural history of hepatitis C, the average time to develop liver cancer after exposure to hepatitis C virus was about 28 years. The liver cancer occurred about eight to 10 years after the development of cirrhosis in these patients with hepatitis C. Several prospective European studies report that the annual incidence (occurrence over time) of liver cancer in cirrhotic hepatitis C virus patients ranges from 1.4%-2.5% per year.

In hepatitis C virus patients, the risk factors for developing liver cancer include the presence of cirrhosis, older age, male gender, elevated baseline alpha-fetoprotein level (a blood tumor marker), alcohol use, and co-infection with hepatitis B virus. Some earlier studies suggested that hepatitis C virus genotype 1b (a common genotype in the U.S.) may be a risk factor, but more recent studies do not support this finding.

The way in which hepatitis C virus causes liver cancer is not well understood. Unlike hepatitis B virus, the genetic material of hepatitis C virus is not inserted directly into the genetic material of the liver cells. It is known, however, that cirrhosis from any cause is a risk factor for the development of liver cancer. Therefore, it has been argued that hepatitis C virus, which causes cirrhosis of the liver, is an indirect cause of liver cancer.

On the other hand, there are some chronic hepatitis C virus-infected individuals who have liver cancer without cirrhosis. So, it has been suggested that the core (central) protein of hepatitis C virus is the culprit in the development of liver cancer. The core protein itself (a part of the hepatitis C virus) is thought to impede the natural process of cell death or interfere with the function of a normal tumor suppressor (inhibitor) gene (the p53 gene). The result of these actions is that the liver cells go on living and reproducing without the normal restraints, which is what happens in cancer.

Alcohol
Cirrhosis caused by chronic alcohol consumption is the most common association of liver cancer in the developed world. In fact, at autopsy, as many as half of alcoholics previously unsuspected to have cancer will have early evidence of cancer hidden within the liver. Many of these people are also infected with chronic hepatitis C virus. The usual setting is an individual with alcoholic cirrhosis who has stopped drinking for 10 years and then develops liver cancer. It is somewhat unusual for an actively drinking alcoholic to develop liver cancer. What happens is that when the drinking is stopped, the liver cells try to heal by regenerating (reproducing). It is during this active regeneration that a cancer-producing genetic change (mutation) can occur, which explains the occurrence of liver cancer after the drinking has been stopped.

More importantly, if an alcoholic does not stop drinking, he or she is unlikely to live long enough to develop the cancer. Alcoholics who are actively drinking are more likely to die from non-cancer related complications of alcoholic liver disease (for example, liver failure). Indeed, patients with alcoholic cirrhosis who die of liver cancer are about 10 years older than patients who die of non-cancer causes. Finally, as noted above, alcohol adds to the risk of developing liver cancer in patients with chronic hepatitis C virus or hepatitis B virus infections.

Aflatoxin B1
Aflatoxin B1 is the most potent liver cancer-forming chemical known. It is a product of a mold called Aspergillus flavus, which is found in food that has been stored in a hot and humid environment. This mold is found in such foods as peanuts, rice, soybeans, corn, and wheat. Aflatoxin B1 has been implicated in the development of liver cancer in Southern China and sub-Saharan Africa. It is thought to cause cancer by producing changes (mutations) in the p53 gene. These mutations work by interfering with the gene's important tumor suppressing (inhibiting) functions.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What are all the types of cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      The most common types of cancer are:
      Breast, Prostate, Lung and Bronchus, Colon and Rectum,
      Urinary Bladder, Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, Melanomas of the Skin
      Kidney and Renal Pelvis, Pancreas, Oral Cavity and Pharynx (Head & Neck) and Ovary.

      Less common types are:
      Thyroid, Stomach, Brain, Multiple Myeloma, Esophagus
      Liver and Intrahepatic, Bile Duct, Cervix, Larynx
      Acute Myeloid Leukemia, Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
      Soft Tissue including Heart, Hodgkin Lymphoma, Testis
      GIST (Gastro-Intestinal Stromal Tumors), Small Intestine
      Chronic Myeloid Leukemia, Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia,
      Anus, Anal Canal and Anorectum, Vulva, Gallbladder,
      Pleura, Malignant Mesothelioma, Bones and Joints, Hypopharynx
      Eye and Orbit, Nose, Nasal Cavity and Middle Ear, Nasopharynx,
      Ureter, Peritoneum, Omentum and Mesentery, Gastrointestinal and Carcinoid Tumors ."

      "There are over 200 different types of cancer. You can develop cancer in any body organ. There are over 60 different organs in the body where you can get a cancer.ancer can develop in just about any type of cell in the body. So there is almost always more than one type of cancer that can develop in any one organ. Often though, one type of cancer will be much more common in a particular organ.Treatment is worked out depending on the type of cancer. So it is important to know what type of cancer you have - both the part of the body where it started and the type of cell that has become cancerous - if you are looking for information about treating your type of cancer.

      (source:http://www.cancerhelp.org.uk/help/default.asp?page=2545&order=3284)
      .

  2. QUESTION:
    Do u think cancer runs in family ? ASAP?
    I am not sure if it dose or not. My dad is the one that got it first but i think it was from his drinking b/c he drank all the time and that can lead to liver cancer witch is what he has but spread. Now my grandpa might have cancer in his throat but he has not got the test results back yet, he had a thing in his throat but i am not sure what it is. Also another person that we know has it i am not sure if we are related or not but this person dose not have long i didn't ask my mom if we were related or not b/c i don't know who the person is. I really hope my grandpa dose not get it and its just a swelling thing in his throat or w/e u call it. If it dose run in my family how much of a chance could i get ? I mean i don't smoke or drink but i do have other health problems with heart and lung.

    • ANSWER:
      ancer that 'runs in the family' is rare; fewer than 10% of all cancer cases, all types, are hereditary, Cancer diagnosed over the age of 50 is even less likely to be hereditary.

      A sign that cancer MIGHT (only might) be hereditary is when several members of the same side of a family have had the SAME type of cancer, especially if some developed it at a younger than usual age.

      There's nothing in the information you've given us to suggest that this is the case in your family, or that you are at increased risk of any cancer

      Both my parents had cancer, as did my aunt, uncle and cousin and two of my grandparents. No members of my immediate or extended family have ever been considered at increased risk of any of the cancers they had.

      Of my parents 6 children, now aged from late 40s to early 60s, only I have had cancer, and mine too was non-hereditary and unconnected to theirs.

  3. QUESTION:
    My friend has double cancer?
    Hi. I really need advice from someone that has gone thru this. I got a call last night that a very dear and special friend of mine has been diagnosed with Liver and Lung cancer. And, it's not good. Now, I don't know all the details yet. I have been very close with him and his wife and kids. They are very dear to me. They moved from So. California to Florida and I've only seen them one time since they've been gone.
    My question is this. Do I send a letter and what do I say? They have asked for no calls right now. It's a very serious and surreal thing to deal with. He is the nicest guy in the world. In my world anyway and he just loves me. His whole family does. Anyway, I'm a bit lost right now. Sort of not knowing how to feel. I watched my surrogate ma go thru lung cancer and die. It was horrific. I know this isnt' a happy topic, but I just need to know what to do. Do I send a stuffed animal? A letter? What do I say when I do get to call? Any help would be really comforting. Thank u!!!

    • ANSWER:
      He's probably having lung cancer with spread to the liver, so is incurable. If he's seeing an oncologist (cancer specialist) this doc can advise him if any worthwhile palliative (that is trying to inhbiti the ancer from growing, and treatment to make him feel less sick) chemotherapy is possible. Please don't encourage him to spend a lot of money on so called miracle/natural cures, don't you think if that were true they would have earned the Noble Price for Medicine by now? Many prey on desperate sick people who are understandably grasping for the last straw of hope. When you write of phone, tell him/them sincerely how sorry you are, you could ask him how he's doing/feeling, and LISTEN, all sick persons need a sympathetic listener. Be honest, sincere, don't rub it in but don't pretend everything is OK either. I have dealt with dying cancer patients in my own family, also professionally since I'm a practising physician consultant.

  4. QUESTION:
    is this a cure for cancer or kwackery. ? vitamine b17 . raw apricot kernals .apple seeds,or an alkaline diet t?
    kill cancer cells. i read that cancer cant live in an alkaline diet body, but love an acid state body .so since our bodies are supposed to run 70% alkaline and 30% acid bad .modern diet makes our body run the opposite way round . vtiamine b17 is supposed also to kill cancer .what do you think.? thanks
    thanks J.L.I. very informative
    thanks to stitcher,

    • ANSWER:
      Both are well known examples of cancer quackery.

      VITAMIN B 17:
      It is not a vitamin. Amygdalin/laetrile was claimed to be a vitamin by chemist Ernst T. Krebs in the hope that if classified as a nutritional supplement it would escape the federal legislation regarding the marketing of drugs. He could also capitalize on the public fad for vitamins at that time. Since the early 1950s, a modified form of amygdalin has been promoted under the names laetrile and “Vitamin B17″ as a cancer cure.

      It has been tested to see if it really is effective as a cancer treatment. And the results were disappointing. Here is a review from 2007 based on 36 clinical studies on the effect of laetrile on cancer in patients: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17106659?itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_RVDocSum&ordinalpos=2

      None of these studies proved the effectiveness of laetrile.

      Laetrile contains cyanide, which is a type of poison. So the side effects of laetrile are the same as those of cyanide. These include

      * Sickness
      * Headache
      * Dizziness
      * Liver damage
      * A lack of oxygen to the body tissues
      * A drop in blood pressure
      * Drooping eyelids
      * Fever
      * Nerve damage, causing loss of balance and difficulty walking
      * Confusion, coma and eventually death

      It is estimated that eating approximately 50 to 60 apricot kernels, or 50g of laetrile, can cause death.

      The lack of evidence and the risk of serious side effects are more than good reasons to ban its use as cancer treatment.

      Here is more on the Laetrile myth: http://www.cancerhelp.org.uk/about-cancer/treatment/complementary-alternative/therapies/laetrile

      ALKALINE DIET:
      The body is by nature slightly alkaline with a pH around 7,4. Various regulatory mechanisms in your body work to maintain a stable slightly alkaline pH. This is necessary for the body to function properly.

      No cells can live in a high pH-state. But cells (cancer cell as well as normal cells) can't live with a low pH inside either. A lot of metabolic processes are going in overdrive inside cancer cells. These result (among other things) in production of hydrogen ions.

      For cancer cells to be able to maintain their lives, they have to get rid of these excess hydrogen ions. There are numerous transport mechanisms, that help cancer cells do just that. The extrusion of hydrogen ions leads to a lower pH in the vicinity of the cancer, but this is a result of what goes on inside cancer cells. Not a condition for cancer cells to survive.

      In fact some of the transport systems are combined with bicarbonate (a base) in such a way that hydrogen ions will be eliminated inside the cancer cells by reacting with internalised bicarbonate. These cancer cells will consequently thrive better in a (slightly) alkaline environment.

      So one really can't (and shouldn't wish one could) make the body more alkaline/acidic. The rumours that claim that altering the body pH will prevent/cure cancer, and that this can be achieved through certain diets or supplements are false. The changes in urinary pH is simply a result of the body's regulatory mechanisms, where excess acid/base is eliminated through the kidneys.

      If you want to read further details on this myth, these sites are recommended:
      http://anaximperator.wordpress.com/2010/02/02/ph-balance-and-cancer/#more-4028
      http://www.quackwatch.org/01QuackeryRelatedTopics/DSH/coral2.html
      http://foodconsumer.org/7777/8888/C_ancer_31/080202532008_Busting_Cancer_Myths_Acidic_Foods_and_Cancer_Risks.shtml


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Pancreatic Cancer Causes

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What is pancreatic cancer and how do you get it?
    I now know of 5 people who have had Pancreatic cancer and died within 3 months. I don't understand why it isn't caught earlier so people can live. How do you get it? How do you get diagnosed early so doctors can do something about it. We have so much techology out there to fight cancer. Why are people dying of this. Why does this disease kill people so quickly?

    • ANSWER:
      Good question. Here is some brief info on it and why it's so hard to diagnose and what the major causes are: http://health.yahoo.com/ency/healthwise/ncicdr0000062957

      Here is the site for pancreatic cancer:
      http://www.pancreatica.org/

  2. QUESTION:
    Can nexium create a false positive for Pancreatic cancer?
    A relative was recently told based on blood tests that she may have pancreatic cancer. She has consistently taken nexium and other drugs for acid reflux, migraines, and arthritis. Can these drugs or any for that matter cause a blood test to come back positive for pancreatic cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      Blood tests for presence of cancer are screening tests and are not 100% diagnostic of the presence of cancer. Biopsises and other tests need to be done to ensure a positive diagnosis.

      That said, blood tests look for specific proteins made by specific kinds of cancer cells. Medications are unlikely to give a false positive on this type of test. That does not mean that the blood test is 100% reliable however. It does mean that more diagnostic tests are needed.

  3. QUESTION:
    Why does breast cancer awareness get so much more support than other important causes?
    Don't get me wrong I think breast cancer awareness is an extremely important cause, but the survival rate is much higher than other types of cancer (ex. pancreatic cancer). And other major causes like world hunger, literacy and animal rescue don't get nearly enough attention as they should.

    • ANSWER:
      I don't know. I feel the same way. I think brain, lung, pancreatic, ovarian cancers and leukemia should get awareness too.

  4. QUESTION:
    Can I determine my chances of getting pancreatic cancer since my mother died of this?
    My mother died of Pancreatic cancer and my only sibling of Glioblastoma multiforme(Brain tumor). My mother was in her 70's, but my brother was only 50 at death. I am 51 and am more concerned about my chances of developing Pancreatic cancer and if I can be tested for the tumor marker for this disease.

    • ANSWER:
      This link gives information about pancreatic cancer, heredity and screening.

      It says that 1 in 10 cases are due to inheriting an abnormal gene. Those with a close relative – parent or sibling - with pancreatic cancer have an increased risk, but if nobody else in the family (other than your mother, in your case) has had it then it’s unlikely to have been caused by an abnormal gene.

      http://www.cancerhelp.org.uk/help/default.asp?page=15559

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

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

    Thank you so much!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Living with advanced pancreatic cancer

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

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

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

      Your feelings:

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

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

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

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

  6. QUESTION:
    My uncle died from pancreatic cancer. Does this mean my dad has a good chance of getting it?
    Recently, I have been doing a fair share of research on cancer. Pancreatic cancer is the scariest of them all, and my uncle died from it, although I had no idea then that it was as serious as it is. I read that people can get familial pancreatic cancer. Does this mean that my dad could get it? He has type 2 diabetes but he goes to his doctor regularly and it seems he has it under control. What are the chances he could get it? What are the chances I could get it? Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      Cancer is rarely hereditary - fewer than 10% of all cancer cases are. Cancer diagnosed after the age of 50 is even less likely to be hereditary.

      Pancreatic cancer is no exception; it's thought up to 10% of cases of pancreatic cancer may be due to a rare inherited faulty gene.

      If your uncle is the only person in your family to have had pancreatic cancer then no, it is extremely unlikely that there is any hereditary factor.

      A sign that a cancer MAY be hereditary within a family is when several members of the same side of that family have had the SAME type of cancer, especially if some developed it at a younger than usual age.

      Diabetics may have a slightly increased risk of pancreatic cancer.

      From the information you have given us, neither you or your father are at increased risk of pancreatic cancer.

      We don't 'all have the cancer genes in us' as somebody has said here, though that is a common misconception.

      Cancer occurs when something happens to NORMAL cells; it's caused by normal cells changing so that they grow in an uncontrolled way. The uncontrolled growth causes a tumour to form. If not treated, the tumour can cause problems by invading normal tissues nearby or by causing pressure on other body structures.

      The idea that we all carry cancerous cells just waiting for something to trigger them is nonsense.

  7. QUESTION:
    If Steve Jobs was a vegetarian how did he get pancreatic cancer?
    Normally it's people who eat regular to excessive amounts of unprocessed meats who are at higher risk for pancreatic cancer. Though Steve Jobs didn't eat meat, what else may have caused his cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      Firstly, nobody knows what causes cancer. There are known risk factors for many types of cancer, but a risk factor isn't a cause. Insurance companies regard 'being male' as a risk factor for having a car accident, but being male doesn't actually cause car accidents, it merely increases the statistical risk of having one.

      There have been studies into whether high consumption of red and processed meat increase the risk of pancreatic cancer - but so far these studies have had conflicting results. So - no actual evidence that red and processed meat contribute to pancreatic cancer.

      The biggest risk for pancreatic cancer is age; more than 80% of cases are diagnosed in people aged 60 or over.

      Smoking is a major risk factor, with up to 30% of cases having a link to smoking.

      Diabetes, some other conditions of the pancreas, stomach ulcers and certain other types of cancer increase the risk.

      Overweight is a small increase in risk.

      But as with other cancers - in the main, causes unknown.

  8. QUESTION:
    Community Service Ideas to Raise Money for Pancreatic Cancer Research?
    My class is doing a community service project in the next couple months. We haven't decided on a project yet. I would like to do something where we could raise money for Pancreatic Cancer Research. What are some things we could do? And what are some other causes we could raise money for? I know that I might not get my wish to raise money for Pancreatic Cancer Research so I want other options.

    • ANSWER:
      Diabetes
      AIDS programme
      Breast cancer
      colon cancer
      Feeding programme

      1.Wash car/car wash
      2.cake sale (get people to donate cakes, cookies, drinks, etc or you can bake them yourselves. Cut up the cake and sell them by slices)
      sell hot dogs (get a bakery to donate the bread and a company to donate the hot dogs. Hamburgers will help also.
      3.have a sponsored walk for money
      4.collect bottles and cans for cash
      5. have a garage sale (go throughout the neighbourhood and ask for items not using)

  9. QUESTION:
    Has more than one person in your family had pancreatic cancer?
    My aunt and my brother both died from pancreatic cancer. I'm curious if other families have suffered multiple attacks of this type of cancer.

    I'm entering a study at Johns Hopkins Hospital that is trying to figure out if it does run in families and I just wanted some feedback.

    • ANSWER:
      Ignore the first two answers. Pancreas cancer is not rare at all, being the fifth most common cause of cancer-related death in the US. It is a terrible disease, with underfunded research. This is largely because nearly all of the prior research has produced little positive results, so the money goes elsewhere it seems. It is not rare for it to run in families, and certain genetic risk factors have been identified . Kudos to you for helping us study this. JH is a fine institution.

      God bless, best wishes

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

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

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

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

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

  11. QUESTION:
    How do I get free/lowcost hotel rooms when raising money for Pancreatic Cancer?
    My boyfriend is going to be doing a solo bikeride from L.A. to Chicago to raise money and awareness for Pancreatic Cancer. How can we get hotels to donate a room for a night along the way? He will mostly be camping, but I would love to surprise him with a room here or there as the trip is going to be very difficult.

    • ANSWER:
      You can write to the hotels along his planned route and explain what he is doing. You should create some sort of letterhead and perhaps a press release that you can also submit to local TV and radio stations to help drum up interest and possible contributions to help support the cause he is riding for.

  12. QUESTION:
    What is my risk of getting pancreatic cancer?
    I'm a 14 year old boy, 6'2, 160 lbs. My dad died of pancreatic cancer when i was 5 years old, am i at a greater risk? What should I do? Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      Just because your father had it doesn't mean that you will. Was your father a heavy drinker?
      Alcoholics can develop pancreatic cancer, and sometimes there just isn't any particular traceable cause. A heavy sugar intake can also contribute to pancreatic problems.

  13. QUESTION:
    Are you still eating cookies and chocolate and ruining your health and wealth?
    High sugar in the diet can cause pancreatic cancer. This is a follow up to the cigarette question. There are things we ingest every day that can cause medical problems and eventually death. So, what "vice" are you still participating in?

    • ANSWER:
      I'm the one who has to die when it is time for me to die, so let me live my life the way I want to

      Real Ale, and Cigarettes both thin and "fat".

  14. QUESTION:
    What is the definition of cause of death versus underlying cause of death?
    I know that the underlying cause of death is any disease or injury which initiated the set of events leading to the death (Medical Encyclopedia)... e.g. AIDS, Pancreatic Cancer...

    But what is the definition of cause of death? I am guessing that it is like "respiratory failure" or something like that... the actual physiologic cause... but I am not sure.

    • ANSWER:
      coo

      Think of it as what failed, and then then what caused the failure. The kidneys failed because of long time alcohol abuse. Respiratory failure caused by lung cancer.

      SOCCERREF

  15. QUESTION:
    WHere can I get screened for pancreatic cancer?
    Where can I pay for tests for pancreatic cancer in the UK, preferably London?

    • ANSWER:
      Hello,

      You may know that screening looks for signs of cancer in ‘healthy’ people who do not have any symptoms.

      There are over 200 different cancers and unfortunately we do not have reliable screening tests for most types, including pancreatic cancer.

      There are tests which can be used to help diagnose pancreatic cancer in people who have symptoms. But these tests have not been thoroughly tested in people who are well. However there is ongoing research which is looking at screening tests for people who have had several relatives with pancreatic cancer, as they may be at an increased risk of the disease.

      If you have symptoms that are causing you concern or you think that your risk of the disease is increased, do speak with your GP. If they think it necessary they could refer you for tests or to see a specialist. They also may be able to suggest a private specialist for you. But you do not have the automatic right to have tests that a specialist does not think you need, even if you are paying privately.

      If you are interested in reading about the symptoms that require an urgent referral to a specialist there is information at the link below;

      http://cancerhelp.cancerresearchuk.org/type/pancreatic-cancer/about/should-i-see-a-pancreatic-cancer-Specialist/?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:
    My mum has pancreatic cancer what are the possible outcomes?
    i have just been told by my mum that the doctors suspect she has pancreatic cancer and i looked it up and it said only a lucky 3-4% will survive 6-12 months

    just want to know what are the possible outcomes?

    • ANSWER:
      Steph,

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

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

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

      God bless your mother and you.

  17. 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?

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

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

  19. QUESTION:
    what is the best marijuana to use for terminal cancer patients?
    my 42 year old cousin is suffering from stage 4 pancreatic cancer. i have never used marijuana and neither has she. However, we understand that it could help her with her appetite, nausea, and pain. the narcotics she has been prescribed are doing nothing but keeping her sleepy and causing constipation which adds to her suffering. are there any types of marijuana better than others for her situation? we are ignorant in this but very open to anything that might help!!!

    • ANSWER:
      indica strains, and some of the best indica strains are purple kush, or purple haze, though you can take what ever you want. take a indica one, they have CBD in it, and CBD is fantastic for nausea, it also feels more relaxing and helps you sleep. plus marijuana can reduce cancer growth by up to 50%, and its not only THC that dose this, but CBD, and CBD dose it better than THC, though THC is what makes you hungry.

      do not take marinol or any other of those marijuana pills. they do not work, they are very low in THC to prevent you from getting high, but this means that not enough THC is in them to work with what you need. and CBD is not in these pills, you want to smoke actual marijuana, it will work. pills are just really expensive and do not provide what they should, marinol is just a way for drug companies to profit off marijuana being illegal.

  20. QUESTION:
    Is it true that you can get breast cancer from drinking?
    Also if your belly gets a little bigger but you are not fat and you are not pregnant, it it pancreatic cancer? Or a sign of it?
    I don't drink beer. I only drink brandy and wine most of the time, whiskey sometimes.
    Can any alcohol make you get beer belly or just beer? Please tell me that because I am scare this might be a sign of pancreatic cancer.

    • ANSWER:
      Your belly getting a little bigger is not a sign of pancreatic cancer.

      Alcohol doesn't cause breast cancer. If you are really overweight, you may be more susceptible to certain estrogen receptive breast cancer but wine can in moderation (1 glass a day) has been found to be good for you.

  21. QUESTION:
    Royalties in the world suffered those painful cancers?
    Do any of you know if there have been royalties in some countries who suffered such cancers as, say, pancreatic cancer, lymphoma, liver cancer, sarcoma, bone cancer, or any other rare cancers? I'm curious, 'cause they must have had the best medical care in the world.

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,22997433-5005961,00.html

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  24. QUESTION:
    Can pancreatitis occur without an elevated or depressed serum amylase level?
    My cat either has pancreatic cancer or pancreatitis and I am wondering if it could be pancreatitis instead of cancer, which would have a better prognosis.

    • ANSWER:
      casey - Since pancreatic cancer is commonly fatal in cats and humans, it has the poorer prognosis. Pancreatitis may be either acute or chronic. Acute may be fattal but is usually not. To diagnose pancreatitis, other causes of the symptoms must be ruled out. A complete history is taken and a thorough physical exam, a complete blood count, chemistry panel and urinalysis are performed. Blood levels of two pancreatic enzymes, amylase and lipase, may be obtained. A more sensitive and specific test for pancreatitis, the fPLI (feline pancreatic lipase immunoreactivity) test is recommended. In addition, radiography (x-rays) and ultrasound can also help in making the diagnosis. A biopsy can result in a conclusive diagnosis, but is not commonly performed.

      Pancreatitis can be a very unpredictable disease. In most cases, if the pancreatitis was mild, chances of recovery are good. In other cases, what appears to be a mild case may progress, or may be treated successfully only to have recurrences, sometimes severe. If there are other concurrent diseases such as diabetes mellitus, liver disease, or small intestine disease, the prognosis is more guarded.

      Some animals develop chronic pancreatitis, which can lead to diabetes mellitus and/or pancreatic insufficiency, also called 'maldigestion syndrome.' In pancreatic insufficiency, the food is not digested properly. A cat with this disease often has weight loss. Treatment for pancreatic insufficiency is lifelong and expensive, but is possible. The cat's digestive enzymes are replaced through a product processed from pancreases of hogs and cattle which contain large quantities of the digestive enzymes. A change in diet with added nutritional supplements may also be necessary.

      Acute pancreatitis can be a life-threatening condition, and early recognition and treatment can improve chances of recovery. Chronic pancreatitis is more common in cats. Common signs include lethargy, weight loss, and decreased appetite. Treatment is based on correcting the dehydration and maintaining proper fluid and electrolyte balances, controlling other symptoms and providing nutritional support.
      While acute pancreatitis normally shows an elevated amylase, the amylase may be close to normal in chronic pancreatitis that is not active at the moment or time of testing.

  25. QUESTION:
    Why wouldn't it be practical to use CT scans to detect pancreatic cancer?
    Justice Ruth Ginsburg got lucky; her pancreatic cancer was found from a CT scan in its early stages.

    but doctors say using CT scans to detect pancreatic cancer is "neither practical nor affordable."

    I know the radiation from CT scans have a low but existing chance of causing cancer......
    but still.

    • ANSWER:
      About 1.45% of the population will develop pancreatic cancer.

      Nearly 90% of these will be over 55 years of age.

      As someone who is fast approaching that age group and has had a CT scan done as part of my testing for another type of cancer I would not undergo a routine screening CT , if it were available, based on those odds.

      The nausea I get from the contrast medium is far worse than anything I experienced during my chemotherapy.

  26. QUESTION:
    Why are some tissue types resistant to Ras mutations?
    Mutations of Ras have been seen in almost all pancreatic cancer cases but have not been seen in brain & breast. Design an experiement to test your hypothesis.

    • ANSWER:
      Each cancer has a different mutation of a different gene.Its the same as each infection is caused by a different organism

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      One very helpful website is www.cancertutor.com

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

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

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

      Please whatever you do, research first.

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

      Good luck!! My prayers are with your family.

  29. QUESTION:
    How to explain death to a young child?
    I have a good friend whose mom was turned over into Hospice care yesterday. She's in the last stages of pancreatic cancer & was told it can be anywhere from 2 to 4 weeks. Being a mom & a Nana I know how to sit & talk to the little ones on this matter. But does anyone know of a good book designed for kids explaining death? This little boy is only 5yrs. old.

    • ANSWER:
      When talking about death with a child, parents should explain that death means that life stops, the deceased cannot return, and the body is buried. They should also explain their religious beliefs concerning these matters. Anything less simple and explicit often causes confusion and misinterpretation. Covering death over with fiction or half-truths may increase children's fears in the future and lead to mistrust of family members. However, children's fears may be lessened when the death discussion is focused not on morbid details but on the beauty of life.

      You might want to try these,

      Blow Me A Kiss, Miss Lilly
      by Nancy White Carlstrom,

      Come Back, Grandma
      by Sue Limb

      Badger's Parting Gifts
      by Susan Varley

      the three are recommended for children between 3-6.

  30. QUESTION:
    Explain the process of how smoking can lead to pancreatic cancer. How can this habit destroy the pancreas?
    We found out that Patrick Swayze, who recently died of this type of cancer last night, was a smoker. Regrettably, he did not completely quit. Of course, cigarette smoke has a lot of lung-damaging chemicals, such as benzene and CO, but what is the one thing in this smoke which can can wreak havoc with the pancreas?

    • ANSWER:
      No one can explain this process to you as no one knows what causes cancer. Most cancers have known risk factors and we know what they are by the information we keep, but very often we don’t know why they are risk factors.

      Pancreatic cancer surgery is very extensive and takes several hours. The national mortality rate is 18%, but drops to 5% with an experienced surgeon. However, this is not the reason it is seldom performed. The reason is only 5-20% have resectable disease at the time of diagnosis. There is no bright side to this disease. Less than 20% survive the first year. Less than 3% survive 5 years. The median survival for patients with unresectable or metastatic disease is 2-6 months.

  31. QUESTION:
    What cancer can soft drinks cause and is it treatable?
    I drink a lot of pepsi, coke and ginger beer (non alcoholic) i am 13 years old, i know this can cause cancer, can someone tell me if it will have this effect in the near or far future. Which cancer or cancers can this cause and is it/they curable?

    • ANSWER:
      Soft drinks don't cause cancer, per se.

      The biggest risk you have from drinking so much soda (especially if they are full sugar drinks) is weight gain and diabetes type 2. And diabetes is a risk factor for pancreatic cancer (I know, my cousin had pancreatic cancer after having diabetes since he was young). So in this case, cancer-wise, your biggest risk from drinking sodas full of sugar would be pancreatic cancer as a result of diabetes. But pancreatic cancer can just occur from overloading with sugary drinks, diabetes or not.

      Start drinking water. Or sugar free cordial in water. Your body will thank you for it in the long run.

  32. QUESTION:
    Question about the Whipple procedure used for pancreatic cancer?
    I'm doing a report on panreatic cancer and found that the procedure used to remover the pancreas is called a whipple procedure."This is an extensive operation where the surgeon removes the head of the pancreas and part of the small intestine, bile duct, and stomach, and then reconnects the digestive tract and biliary system. " why do they do this and not just remove the tumor?

    • ANSWER:
      They also remove the gallbladder and lymph nodes. The pancreas is not very big for starters and it shares the same arterial blood supply with the duodenum. These arteries run through the head of the pancreas and it is not very likely you could remove a tumor without causing damage to at least one of them. When you are doing surgery to remove cancer you are shooting for good clear margins and with pancreatic cancer this is the one and only chance to do it and remvoing the entire head is the most likely way possible. Less than 20% of patients have resectable disease and few of those have cancer limited to the pancreas, those that do have a 5 year survival rate of 55%.

  33. QUESTION:
    Can diabetes cause pancreatic cancer?
    My guesses are no since cancers are caused by cancerous cells but diabetes is about blood sugar and the hormone, insulin. But hey I could still be wrong! Does it cause it or even elevate chances at all?

    • ANSWER:
      This is an interesting question. Diabetes is a risk factor for pancreatic cancer. What is interesting is that pancreatic cancer does cause diabetes. 80% of pancreatic cancer patients also have diabetes. So the relationship is more in reverse to what you have listed. I am including a link for you to browse through. It has a lot of good information.

      RN

  34. QUESTION:
    What do cancer research centers do exactly?
    millions of dollars are spent on cancer research yet there have been no major breakthrough yet, i know that cancer is caused by a mutation in the p53 that causes cell growth to go out of control, but how can research help that?

    • ANSWER:
      Agree with "Inverse Mushroom Cloud" and "hunter d"
      There have been many advances for the hundreds of different diseases which are included in the general term "cancers."
      Malignant diseases are far more complicated than just the p53 mutation.
      Over a hundred different mutations in genes have been identified in recent years thanks to cancer research.
      Some of these are being targeted specifically with an increasing number of new monoclonal antibody treatments.
      There are signicant advances almost every month in the oncology medical journals.

      Which of the hundreds of different cancers are you asking about?
      If you are asking about advanced pancreatic carcinomas, you are correct that no major treatment breakthroughs have occurred - yet.

  35. QUESTION:
    What causes pancreatic cancer?
    I'm not sure where to really post this, but I feel this is the best place to ask. Having recently heard of the death of the actor Patrick Swayze due to pancreatic cancer, it got me to wondering what "causes" it exactly. I know that some people seem to get various cancers for unknown reasons. They don't smoke, tan, etc. Some seem to just "have the genes for it" and it's very confusing to understand.

    Does anyone know if Patrick smoked/drank or something else that may have attributed to this?

    • ANSWER:
      Before knowing the causes let us see what is pancreatic cancer -

      Pancreatic cancer begins in the tissues of your pancreas — a large organ that lies horizontally behind the lower part of your stomach. Your pancreas secretes enzymes that aid digestion and hormones that help regulate the metabolism of sugars.

      Pancreatic cancer often has a poor prognosis, even when diagnosed early. Pancreatic cancer typically spreads rapidly and is seldom detected in its early stages, which is a major reason why it's a leading cause of cancer death. Signs and symptoms may not appear until pancreatic cancer is quite advanced and surgical removal isn't possible.

      Risk Factors that may increase your risk of pancreatic cancer include:

      -Smoking.

      -Being overweight or obese.

      -Personal or family history of chronic inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis).

      -Personal or family history of pancreatic cancer.

      -Family history of genetic syndromes that can increase cancer risk, including a BRCA2 gene mutation, Peutz-Jeghers syndrome, Lynch syndrome and familial atypical mole-malignant melanoma (FAMMM).

      -Older age. Pancreatic cancer occurs most often in older adults. Most people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer are in their 70s and 80s.
      Being black. Pancreatic cancer occurs more frequently in blacks than in whites. -

  36. QUESTION:
    What are the dangers of eating burnt foods?
    Is bowel cancer caused by eating burnt foods?

    • ANSWER:
      FACT CANCER SHEET.. FOODS (WITH HI CONSUMPTION OF WELL DONE FRIED/ OR BBQUED MEATS.....( INCREASED RIST OF COLORECTAL / CANCERS ( ETC)

      Nevertheless, numerous epidemiologic studies have used detailed questionnaires to examine participants’ meat consumption and meat cooking methods to estimate HCA and PAH exposures. Researchers found that high consumption of well-done, fried, or barbecued meats was associated with increased risks of colorectal (14), pancreatic (15, 16), and prostate (17, 18) cancer.

      http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/heterocyclic-amines
      .
      http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/8499202/

      http://communities.healia.com/?q=questions/communities/are-all-barbeque-meats-and-foods-bad-your-health

  37. QUESTION:
    My mother does have a tumor in her pancreas that has not been able yet to be determined if it is pancreatic ca?
    not been able to get a confirmed diagnosis if it is pancreatic cancer although she has been diagnosed with lung cancer and the doctor is trying to find out if she has pancreatic cancer and it has spread to the lungs. We are still waiting on this and been going on for four months now, but just recently she has been passing white stools, could this be a sign that it is pancreatic cancer or just that she has a tumor in her pancreas?

    • ANSWER:
      We can't give you the answer you want. There is, as you know, something wrong. White stool is caused by a lack of bile which could indicate a duct obstruction.

      "Obstruction of the biliary duct (due to gallstones, inflammation, fibrosis, cancer, pressure from outside (pancreatic cancer or cyst, abdominal tumor like fibroma)."

      I am sorry, that isn't much help to you. I hope the obstruction turns out to be something innocent and treatable.

  38. QUESTION:
    What do I do when my grandma died, and my mom won't stop crying?
    My grandmother died due to pancreatic cancer in July. It has been a few months but my mom still cries all night and is very irritable. She just hasn't been the same since my grandmother got diagnosed. And me being a teenager I just fight with my mom cAuse she always gets mad at me for stupid stuff, which she never used to do. I don't want to fight with her me and my mom have always had a good relationship. What do I do?

    • ANSWER:

  39. QUESTION:
    Can high levels of CA 19-9 in the blood be caused by something other than pancreatic cancer?
    My mom was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer about 9 months ago and underwent the Whipple surgery to remove the tumor, along with most of her pancreas. She underwent chemotherapy and radiation therapy and seemed to react well to both (several CT scans have indicated no signs of tumors elsewhere in her body). However, about 2-3 weeks ago, she began experiencing a constant pain in her abdomen, which has persisted. She's gone to a few different doctors, and they can't exactly figure out what it might be - they think maybe just a pulled muscle. However, she went to her oncologist last week and found out that her CA 19-9 level shot way up. Is there something else, besides the cancer and that could be related to her stomach pain that may be causing this?

    • ANSWER:
      Pancreatic cancer is one of the most horrible of cancers...it is quick growing and very hard on a person due to it affects the digestion of foods...and anorexia and nausea sometimes goes hand in hand with it...this is what I found online...can't find my lab book, but maybe at the library or a bookstore (with medical books) ...look for a lab results book..ask the oncologist what it means too...

      What does the test result mean?
      Low amounts of CA 19-9 can be detected in a certain percentage of healthy people, and many conditions that affect the liver or pancreas can cause temporary elevations.

      Moderate to high levels are found in pancreatic cancer, other cancers, and in several other diseases and conditions. The highest levels of CA 19-9 are seen in excretory ductal pancreatic cancer -- cancer that is found in the pancreas tissues that produce food-digesting enzymes and in the ducts that carry those enzymes into the small intestine. This tissue is where 95% of pancreatic cancers are found.

      Serial measurements of CA 19-9 may be useful during and following treatment because rising or falling levels may give your doctor important information about whether the treatment is working, whether all of the cancer was removed successfully during surgery, and whether the cancer is likely returning.
      http://www.labtestsonline.org/understanding/analytes/ca19_9/test.html#what

  40. QUESTION:
    How is it possible that healthy people can get cancer?
    Despite healthy people eating the right and healthy foods with good exercise, how is it possible that these people who take good care of themselves get cancer?

    But isn't it suppose to be the other way around? In other words, I mean that people who don't take care of their health and eat fatty, unhealthy foods get cancer. I doesn't make sense when healthy people like healthy non-smoking, healthy people get lung cancer.

    I know the causes of cancer is to eat unhealthy foods and not do many healthy activities.

    But my question is......
    What is the cause of lung cancer for people who are non-smokers and take good care of their health? The wife the actor Christopher Reeve(Dana Reeve) died from lung cancer even though she was a non-smoker and a very healthy person.

    When you choose to answer my question, don't answer with "that's how life is" or "that's the way it is" or "life is unfair". Please give a specific and elaborate answer to my question.

    Is nature responsible?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes. A very good friend of mine, who took great care of himself had picked up Pancreatic Cancer. He lasted only a few months.

      I do not have an answer, except that in spite of what we do, we can't control the hidden destiny. Smokers can live to old age, and the good die young.

      Another friend of mine was diagnosed with cancer and given just days to live. 25 years later, he is totally cured. He has a very unusual look at life today.

  41. QUESTION:
    Does a pancreatic disorder cause one to have lots of gas?
    I have been diagnosed with having the first stages of chronic pancreatitus. I am taking enzymes and it seems I am being overwhelmed with gas. I wonder if this is serious and if it may turn into cancer. My doctor says it is not that serious. I am not so sure. Anybody got any insight on this?

    • ANSWER:
      If your doctor has assured you that it isn't cancer, I hope he has done so by putting you through all the necessary tests to confirm that it isn't. Now, that being said, my dad died from Pancreatic Cancer, BUT, I think anything that has to do with the pancreas could cause gas. I remember him burping a lot. Please, if you don't feel like you trust your doctor PLEASE go to another one. My Dad ended up having the whipple surgery and a month later showed no improvement and I had my mom call me with a list of his meds and Enzymes weren't on the list. I was furious because on my internet research I knew after that surgery he was supposed to be taking the enzymes. I confronted the doctor myself and he shrugged it off and ordered him the meds. It is good that you are researching your own illness because I promise you, I will never trust any doctor I have 100%. Always go with a list of questions/concerns and read them off one by one. I hope you feel better very soon. Peace.

  42. QUESTION:
    A friend of mine recently started taking insulin for his diabetes and I learned it's a hormone deficiency?
    caused by his pancreas failing to produce that hormone and his doctor confirmed his type of diabetes is not diet related. I was wondering (1) can insulin contribute to depression since it is a manipulation of hormones, and (2) does a pancreatic malady that causes diabetes increase any risk to pancreatic cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      Insulin, is a hormone, so if your friend is taking it he does have a hormone defiiency. I myself have diabetes(type 1) which is not caused by diet, but rather just a complete failure of the pancreas, for a number or reasons. 1. Insulin does not contribute to depression, because it only controls your blood sugar, nothing else. 2. does not increase pancreatic cancer that i know of, perhaps if the person has type two diabetes it would...but im not sure!

  43. QUESTION:
    What do thay mean by types of cancer or cancer is not a disease?
    Cancer is not one disease. It is an overgrowth of an organ or a part of your body. If you have an overgrowth in your brain, it can have problems and complications entirely different from an overgrowth of your thyroid gland.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Can soneone explain this better ? What do thay mean by types of cancer or not all cancer is the same?

    Than why are some cancer there is a cure?

    • ANSWER:
      Basically what cancer is is a cell type in your body loses it's regulation on it's ability to divide. Cells normally divide to regenerate, but most of the time they're in a resting state. Cancer occurs when the cells lose that regulation and begin dividing uncontrollably. They may also lose the outer cell markers which tell them to stay where they are and invade into surrounding or more distant structures. The overgrowth eventually can deplete energy stores (why cancer patients often look so gaunt) and can invade into surrounding tissues causing pain and/or failure of the invaded tissues. Not all cancers are the same, because they can arise from different cell types in the body. Different types of cancer behave differently as to where they invade and how aggressive they are. Some cancers are worse due to location. For example, a skin cancer is picked up early because you can see it, as opposed to a lung or pancreatic cancer which is in deep tissues and often don't present until it is advanced.

      Some cancers have a cure becau some cell types are more susceptible to the chemotherapeutic agents or radiation than others, or they can be removed surgically more easily. The really important thing with regards to cure is early diagnosis.

      Does that help?

  44. QUESTION:
    What would you do if someone was making fun of a teacher that just died due to pancreatic cancer?
    i would just like to know cause i wanted to shoot these kids making fun of the teacher such a holess.

    • ANSWER:
      I would just tell them how disrespectful they're being and that they should be ashamed. And after that, ignore them. Even if it means nothing to them now, they'll look back on it in ten years and regret their behaviour once they realize how pathetic it was.

  45. QUESTION:
    What type of cancer takes time for you to die ?
    I heard that my friends boyfriend had cancer but he could still do a few things normaly like walk but then a week later he died. I wanted to know what type of cancer is that ? Im just curious.

    • ANSWER:
      When doctors informed actor Michael Landon ( Little House on the Prairie/Bonanza ) that he had pancreatic cancer, they told him he only had a few weeks to live. Landon told them that was ridiculous and proceeded to do 100 push ups in front of the doctor. Sure enough Landon died a few weeks later. Pancreatic cancer can kill very fast.

      Prostate cancer on the other hand is generally pretty slow. They say men usually die "with" prostate cancer, not from it. There are exceptions, but prostate cancer is usually not fast enough to kill men. They die from other causes old old age before any death caused by prostate cancer.

  46. QUESTION:
    I know Pancreatic Cancer has little symptoms but what are the few symptoms?
    I was recently at a funeral for a neighbor who died of pancreatic cancer and it was noted that most people die from it since it is hard to detect due to few symptoms.

    • ANSWER:
      The symptoms depend on
      the cancer's location within the
      pancreas:
      Pancreatic cancer in the head
      of the pancreas tends to cause
      symptoms such as weight loss,
      jaundice (yellow skin), dark
      urine, light stool color, itching,
      nausea, vomiting, abdominal
      pain, back pain, enlarged
      lymph nodes in the neck.
      Pancreatic cancer in the body
      or tail of the pancreas usually
      causes belly and/or back pain
      and weight loss.
      In general, symptoms appear
      earlier from cancers in the head
      of the pancreas, compared to
      those in the body and tail.

  47. QUESTION:
    My fasting blood glucose was 103. I have never been above 100. What can I do immediately to lower this?
    I did a fasting (around 11 hours) glucose test Saturday at a local health fair, and it was 103. I have never been above 100. I am 33 years old, low-income, need to lose 10-15 pounds, and Type II diabetes runs in my family as well as pancreatic cancer. We did have a junk food day at my cousins (pizza, vodka/Coke, chocolate, doughnut holes etc.) Friday evening, but I limited what I had. This is NOT what we normally eat, and I have tested somewhat lower after "junk food" days- usually in the 90's. I will be monitoring my numbers over the next week. I have been increasing my activity and am using the local recreation center more often, as well as trying to eat more fruits, vegetables and nuts in place of the junk that is available at work. I am also sensitive to aspartame, xylitol and sorbitol (causes gas in small amounts, bad stomach upset in larger amounts.) Even if my numbers go down over the next week or two, should I schedule an appointment anyway? Having seen the havoc that can be caused by diabetes, I want to stay ahead of this and hopefully stop it now!

    Serious replies only. Disrespectful posts will not be tolerated. Thank you.
    mcdbb: Thanks for the response. I do avoid processed foods as much as possible. I might have a frozen dinner once a month, and an occasional piece of chocolate during the week (usually around the size of two Hershey kisses.) "Lunchmeat" like salami or bologna is considered a foul abomination and will only be used if I am running late to work, and sometimes not even then. When I get on my feet and move out, it won't be allowed in my house! I do cook for myself as much as possible, and always make enough to have for several days .Thanks again!

    • ANSWER:
      Lose weight. Eat less. Exercise. Eat more healthfully (meaning less processed food, added sugar/sugary processed foods, MUCH more vegetables). It is a truism that eating healthfully is "more expensive" than not, but not if you consider the long-term health costs AND cook from scratch.

      I realize that "I don't have enough time" is often an issue, but cook in bulk. See what you don't need to do (like watch TV for 31.5 hours a week, the average) and fit it in.

  48. QUESTION:
    What are the five causes and symptoms of Jaundice?
    I would want to know any five causes of Jaundice.Besides,I am also eagerly interested to know its symptoms too.Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      The presence of jaundice is an indicator that a person is suffering from one of a variety of diseases including,
      •Alcoholic liver disease (alcoholic cirrhosis)
      •Autoimmune hepatitis
      •Biliary stricture (an abnormal narrowing of the biliary duct)
      •Bilirubin processing disorders present at birth (Crigler-Najjar, Dubin-Johnson, Gilbert's, or Rotor's syndromes)
      •Blocked bile ducts (caused by gallstones, infection, or tumors)
      •Chronic active hepatitis
      •Drug-induced cholestasis (bile pools in the gallbladder as a result of certain drugs)
      •Drug-induced hepatitis
      •Hemolytic anemia
      •Intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (bile pools in the gallbladder because of the pressure in the abdomen during pregnancy)
      •Ischemic hepatocellular jaundice (jaundice caused by inadequate oxygen or blood flow to the liver)
      •Pancreatic cancer
      •Primary biliary cirrhosis or sclerosing cholangitis
      •Malaria
      •Viral hepatitis (A, B, C, D, and E)
      Common signs and symptoms seen in individuals with jaundice include:
      •yellow discoloration of the skin, mucous membranes, and the whites of the eyes,
      •light-colored stools,
      •dark-colored urine, and
      •itching of the skin.


pancreatic cancer causes

Deadliest Types Of Cancer

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Melanoma is not at all very common type among the skin cancer but this is absolutely deadly as there is no cure. Survey says that almost 75% of the death has come due to this type of skin cancer. This can be considered as the most deadly one among the other skin cancers. The most responsible factor of the cancer is the Melanocytes which are the basic foundation of the dark pigment melanin. There is a tiny probability to have a perfect cure of such tumor if one can provide an early surgery at the very initial stage with the thin tumors. Such surgical procedures at the very primary stage can give some relief to the dreadful causes. The curve of the graph is not very low as far as the sum of the diagnosis cases are concerned per year. Other treatment of such a disease may include surgical removal of the tumor, adjuvant treatment, chemo- and immunotherapy, or radiation therapy as well.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What is the deadliest cancer type in children?
    I'm writing a story about a teenage girl (15- 17) with cancer and i need to know what the deadliest type of cancer is in children. a cancer that is really hard to diagnose in children and is very deadly.

    thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Most Leukemia's aren't deadly infact it's cure rate is quite high.Osteosarcoma is a deadly bone cancer common in teenagers.

  2. QUESTION:
    How can MCcain lead us into the future when he probably won't be around for it?
    He is 72 years old, and he has Melanoma (cancer of the skin). Which is by the way one of the deadliest types of cancer.

    • ANSWER:
      If elected Senator McCain won't be leading us into the future, he'll be dragging us back into the past with his ideas of how the country should be run. Exactly like it has been run for the past eight years. I've had enough.

  3. QUESTION:
    A dear friend has been diagnosed with tongue cancer stage four not a good start to year?
    Apparently they are considering removing part or all of the tongue, and the cancer is moving through the lymph nodes. How deadly is this type of cancer?

    • ANSWER:

  4. QUESTION:
    What are the most and least deadly types of cancer?
    I know all cancer is very dangerous, but what kinds are the most fatal and what kinds are the least?

    • ANSWER:
      That depends on how aggressive they are. The worst to deal with are the brain cancers, esp. glioblastomas. Some brain cancers if small can be operated on but the gioblastomas are like spiders, wrapping around the brain and even if operated on they come back. Pancreatic usually only last 3-6 mos.if that. Lung, breast, colon, uterine all depend on how large they are. Bone are the worse as far as pain which sometimes can't even be controlled with super high doses of morphine that would kill a horse.With stomach & liver you get horrible nausea & vomiting.When your dealing with the cancers of the face & neck, they're horrible to see every day, and you can imagine how horrible it is for a patient to look at their face in a mirror as the cancer progresses. Ovarian however is one of the most dangerous since it gives no symptoms until it's too late with maybe a little "bloating". The skin cancers are usually not as deadly but there's always the exception.I think whenever a cancer has metastasis after it, that is the big one, for once it spreads, the prognosis is poor and usually fatal.

  5. QUESTION:
    What is the Difference between Proton Therapy and Chemotherapy?
    I just wanted to ask what is the difference between Proton Therapy and Chemotherapy? What is much safer? I find Chemo as something as a deadly type of treating patients than being a generous second life giver. And is Proton Therapy can be applied to all types of cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      Proton therapy is a very concentrated, very accurate beam of proton ion radiation used where the surrounding tissue must be preserved, as in the brain.

      It is only used for serious cases, say bone cancer of the skull. It is extremely expensive, think 000 a zap for 40 zaps and it is overkill for small, easily accessible cancers.

      They wouldn't accept you for anything lesser in the best centres as they have as much business as they can handle

      I am grateful that chemotherapy (medication) exists.

  6. QUESTION:
    What is the life expectancy if a person found out to have a cancer of the bone marrow or plasma cells?
    If at the age 45years old and a person had these type of cancer of the plasma, which are formed in the bone marrow, so what is the life expectancy in months or in years according statistics will the patiant still live longer than 20yrs? Is it one of the deadliest cancer? Do we really have a new medicine for these? How much does it cost or can we have for free? Out of 10,000 patients how many have this type of cancer? Thank you so much. GOD BLESS YOU.

    • ANSWER:
      Well It is with great pleasure that in September of this year I will celebrate my 19th year cured from acute biphenotypic leukemia, meaning i had both acute myelogenous and acute lymphocytic leukemias combined. This was all due to an unrelated bone marrow transplant. In 1990 when I had my transplant my chances of survivng were less than 7 percent. I know things have improved enormously since then but I dont believe that medicine alone can determine ones chances of survivng. One really must believe that the possibilty of surviving exists and keep focused. I know there were people in the hospital at the same time as I was who had alot greater "chances" than I did that didnt survive because the thought of cancer was almost like a death sentence to them. As far as the cost of such, my medical expenses went over the million mark the first year I was sick, I was insured by my job at the time so my medical coverage was the least of my problems. Had I not had insurance I would have never been a candidate for the bone marrow transplnt. Best of luck to you, God Bless. Anjanette

  7. QUESTION:
    What is this rare type of blood cancer that attacks organs and blood cells, causing uncontrollable mood swings?
    I don't know very much about cancer and how it works and affects people. Someone mentioned they had a type of cancer that affects them this way, does anyone know what its called?

    • ANSWER:
      When asked for their opinion on cancer tests, a lot of doctors say that, cancer blood tests and other lab tests are the first steps, which help a doctor to make a cancer diagnosis. As we wade through the dawn of 21st century, we are faced with newer diseases and never ending challenges. One such (a deadly one) is the cancer. It is a disease with no guaranteed cure and in most cases, it is fatal. More than 10 million people in a year, come in the cadaverous mouth of this monster.

      Blood tests alone can also sometimes show the presence or absence of cancer. If the doctor suspects that you have cancer, he may like to order certain cancer blood tests or other laboratory tests, such as an analysis of urine or a biopsy of a suspicious area, to help guide the diagnosis. Cancer blood tests give the doctor clues to the body's inside, which can very well be the missing pieces from the puzzle. Just because the doctor has ordered cancer blood tests or other tests to look for signs of cancer doesn't mean that a cancer diagnosis has been made and you have cancer.

      Reduce your anxiety by learning more about cancer blood tests, how they are done and how they prove to be lifesaving.

      The Blood Tests

      Samples collected with cancer blood tests are always analyzed in a lab for signs of cancer. The samples may show cancer cells directly, proteins or any other substance made by the cancer. Blood tests give the doctor an idea of how well your organs are functioning and if they've been affected by any cancer.

      Examples of blood tests used to diagnose cancer include:

      1. Complete blood count (CBC): This common test measures the amount of various types of blood cells in your blood sample. The abnormality is in terms of too many or too few cells of a particular type or abnormal cells.

      2. Blood protein testing (electrophoresis): This test examines various proteins in blood and can aid in detecting certain abnormal immune system proteins (immunoglobulins) that are sometimes elevated in people with multiple myeloma (cancer of plasma cells). Other tests, such as a bone marrow biopsy, are used to confirm a suspected diagnosis (like the blood cancer).

      3. Tumor marker tests: Tumor markers are chemicals made by tumor cells that can be detected in the blood. But tumor makers are also produced by some normal cells in your body and levels could also be significantly elevated in noncancerous conditions. This limits the potential for such kind of tests to help in diagnosing cancer.

      Interpreting the results

      Test results are interpreted very carefully because several factors can influence test outcomes, such as variations in your body or even your diet. In addition, noncancerous conditions can sometimes cause abnormal test results. And, in other cases, cancer may be present even though the blood test results don't show the same. Doctors usually use test results to determine whether your levels fall within a normal range or they may compare your results with those from past tests.

      Though blood tests can help give your doctor clues, other tests are usually necessary to make a confirmed diagnosis. For most forms of cancer, a biopsy - a procedure to obtain a sample of suspicious cells for testing - is usually necessary to make a definitive diagnosis. In some cases, tumor marker levels are monitored over time. The doctor may schedule follow-up testing in a few months. He may use these tests to determine whether if you have cancer or that your cancer is responding to treatment or whether your cancer is growing.

      The basic problem with this sort of a disease is that oftentimes it is found in stages too advanced for the best treatment opportunities. Half of all patients diagnosed with lung cancer die within a year of diagnosis. Getting tested at an earlier stage is the only possible way to control the devastation that, this disease can cause. So the test results must always be discussed with your doctor and after his opinion, with your family. Ask the doctor what your results say about your health and in cases of positive diagnosis, what should be the future course of action
      Take care...

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

    • ANSWER:
      No, I don't agree.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. QUESTION:
    How long can cancer USUALLY go undiagnosed before death?
    Specifically Osteosarcoma (a type of bone cancer), but if deadly cancers such as those have about the same time frame of no treatement, how long would you go without dying?

    • ANSWER:
      There is no correct answer to this question. 5 year survival rates etc. only measure the time from diagnosis until death. If a cancer is not diagnosed, there is no way to measure length of time from the first mutation that initiates cancer until death.

  12. QUESTION:
    How many mutations does a stage 4 cancer have ?
    What are they and where ?

    Does a stage one cancer have less mutations

    and therefore more easy to kill?

    Are stage 4 cancers resistant to chemo and radiation ?

    do some types of cancer have a natural resistance

    to chemo and radiation ?

    What causes this?

    Is it in the genes?

    • ANSWER:
      You are mixing up stage and grade of tumor. A stage refers to the progression of the disease . .how much it has grown, spread, or metastasized . . what you are asking about is the grade of the tumor which refers to how mutated the cancer cells look under a microscope. The more mutated the cancer cell, in general, the more aggressive the disease. Thus . . even if a cancer patient has a stage 1 cancer, if the grade of the tumor (how mutated the cells are) is high or aggressive than he is dealing with a deadly disease . . the cancer could progress very quickly into a stage 2, 3, or 4. People often mistakenly think that if they are a stage 1 or stage 2 than the cancer is not 'as serious' . .however what the Stage of the cancer really means is in reference to TREATMENT . . it is easier to treat a smaller stage 1 cancer than it is to treat a metastatic stage IV.

      As for your other questions . . it is likely that a stage one cancer . . because it is early in the progression of disease will have less mutations than a late stage cancer . . but again, it has nothing to do with stage . . it is the grade of the tumor type.

      Stage 4 cancers are not resistant to chemotherapy or radiation. Many patients with stage IV cancers have been treated successfully. In general a stage IV cancer is more difficult to treat because there is more cancer to treat . . it has spread in the body . . so it is like trying to put out little fires all over the body . . you take care of one area only to have cancer pop up somewhere else. But the answer is . . no . . stage IV cancer is not resistant to treatments. My son was diagnosed with stage IV disease and was treated successfully with chemotherapy and surgery for two years (he was no evidence of disease, his type of cancer responded to chemo and shrunk significantly.

      As for cancer becoming resistant to chemo . . there is a possibility that this is happening . . cancer evolves . . it is our own DNA and what seeems to happen is that tumors that are not killed 100 percent have left over cancer cells that do not respond to the type of chemo first used. That is why they use different chemos .. searching for the magic bullet. But every body is unique . . every DNA is unique . . and every cancer is unique, making it extremely difficult to come up with a treatment that will fit everyone.

      It isn't the genes necessarily . . it is that cancer is our own DNA cells . .it isn't something foreign in the body . . and the cells have mutated and as they grow they mutate even more . . so it is a progression of disease . . an evolution of disease. There is no 'natural resistance' . . its just that each individual needs to have a treatment tailored specifically for them because their cancer is unique. If a 'natural resistance' existed than you would see this results across all patients . .but you don't . . some patients cancers respond to the treatment, while others do not because of their own unique body chemistry.

  13. QUESTION:
    Are there different types of skin cancer?
    I have problem with my skin, but it isn't cancer, are there different types of skin cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      There are different types of skin cancer. Each type is named after which type of cell it begins in. The three most common types of skin cancer are melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma.

      Melanoma
      Melanoma is the most deadly type of skin cancer. It can take many shapes and appearances. Melanoma is usually a dark color like brown, blue, or black. Other signs to look for include:
      Irregular borders
      Asymmetry (one half looks different than the other half)
      Size - melanomas are usually large (bigger than a pencil eraser)

      Basal Cell Carcinoma
      Basal cell carcinomas can be treated easily if found. They can be red, pink, or white in color. Some are a patch of color while others are bumps. Often bumps appear shiny. Sometimes this type of cancer causes sores that never completely heal, or come back shortly after healing.

      Squamous Cell Carcinoma
      Squamous cell carcinomas usually take on one of two forms. It may be a rough patch, or can look and feel like a wart.

  14. QUESTION:
    If McCain died and Sarah Palin because president, wouldn't people be very skeptical?
    Think about this , McCain is 72 years old and at 72 anything can happen with someones health. Especially when you have been diagnosed with skin cancer "melanoma" which is the most deadly type of skin cancer four times. If he dies or gets sick which is possible, Sarah Palin would be president and I believe she would be overwhelmed because a presidential tragedy is already devastating enough, and it would be complete chaos. I really do not want to think about the circumstances but McCain is 72 years old and running for one of the most stressful jobs in the world. It just seems very risky and dangerous.

    • ANSWER:
      Not skeptical. More like scared for my life.

  15. QUESTION:
    What are the worst types of cancer?
    someone i knew past away recently from cancer very quickly. in the space of diagnosis to dying it was merely 4wks. i dont knw what type of cancer they had, but have heard they lost the feeling in some of their limbs beforehand, then regained that feeling a bit. i dont understand how a presumably healthy person can fall ill so quick and then die. do you know what cancer this may have been?

    • ANSWER:
      Impossible to answer this question although you will receive lots of opinions. Here is the reason . . cancer is not one disease but literally over 200 different types . .to further complicate matters cancer is a progressive disease. Which means it begins microscopically and begins to grow. Some types of cancer grow very, very slowly and can grow for thirty years or more . . essentially it is possible for the patient to outlive the cancer. And, than there are other types of cancer that are extremely fast, aggressive and can double in a matter of days, weeks, or months . . . these types do not often have 'common and recognizable names' . . one of the more common is pancreatic cancer. And yet, when they talk about panreatic cancer what is 'worst' about it is that it is almost always found in an advanced or stage IV condition. It isn't necessarily the type of cancer you get that is 'worst' . .it is the stage or the progression of the cancer that is the worst type. Any type of cancer that has reached stage IV has become deadly . . because now it is Metastatic which means that the original tumor is now replicating and sending new malignant (microscopic) cells into the blood stream or lymphatic system. Those metastatic cells travel througout the body (hundreds of them) and can lodge at a distant location and set up a whole new colony of cancer . .that will repeat itself indefinitely . . the new colony will seed, reseed, until the body is filled with cancer. That is the worst type of cancer to get . .Metastatic cancer . . and all cancers can become metastatic.

      That being said . . some of the worst types of cancer to get would be ones that are aggressive with a high grade of tumor . .these types of cancer are invasive and spread faster than treatment can react. Among the most deadly are sarcoma . .which has few treatment options and has had little research. It is also a disease that afflicts young adults more often than older adults. At the moment if you are a teen or young adult and you get cancer . .you are far more likely to die from your disease than an older adult or a child.

      So . . it isn't always just the kind of cancer you get . . you need to consider the stage . .and your age group.

      Most people who die from cancer have metastasis at the time of death.

      ACS: What is Metastatic Cancer?
      http://www.cancer.org/docroot/CRI/conten…

  16. QUESTION:
    How long before smoking can start to effect someone?
    So I've started smoking about a half year ago and I'm seventeen and a half, I'm not at a chain smoker level but I'll occasionally have one or two every so often just to relieve stress. I've probably gone through the equivalent of about maybe a cartons-worth since I've started. How long would I have to continue smoking before serious problems start to arise (i.e. all the types of cancers and whatnot)? And is the effects of smoking reversible to some extent?

    • ANSWER:
      Just within the last two weeks the U.S. Surgeon General released information on just this subject. The finding were that there is an immediate higher risk of stroke, heart attack, blood clots and several other deadly conditions. Genetic damage to the lungs, also, occurs immediately, thus setting in process the mechanism which results in lung cancer.

      Maybe more significantly in a Canadian study students maintained diaries of their smoking habits. They found that smokers maintained a high confidence they could quit inspite of failed quit attempts. On average students began quit attempts two months after starting, but failed to quit and only came to believe they were not able to quit after two years of smoking.

  17. QUESTION:
    Cancers with a few symptoms but deadly treatments?
    I need a type of Cancer that has few symptoms but when you finally get diagnosed with it, the treatment for it could kill you? Im writing a story and i need something to kill a 16 year old guy all of a sudden, so that he only has a few days to live. A type of cancer would be great, but any other ideas are welcome. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Not gonna be a very good story. To answer, none...

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

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

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

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

      And then big business cashed in..

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

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

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

      And quite aside from the commercial aspect, all the pink, fluffy, fun excesses have negative consequences for breast cancer patients too – the marketing and fund-raising hype surrounding breast cancer, by trivialising a deadly disease, is leading people to believe, wrongly, that breast cancer is

      1) not very serious, certainly not as serious as many other cancers (many women with breast cancer have been told – by people who don’t have it – that it’s a ‘good’ cancer to get) and

      2) easily curable.

  19. QUESTION:
    What is the least deadly place to get cancer?
    I want to know where, if I got cancer, where I would have a better chance of living through it.

    • ANSWER:
      Basal cell carcinoma is a type of common skin cancer and because it rarely metastasizes it is considered less life threatening than other cancers. Basal cell skin cancer occurs more often on the face. Both my parents have this type of skin cancer and see a dermatologist regularly. She monitors anything that looks like a basal cell carcinoma and removes it right in the office. It's been over ten years since they were diagnosed and other than seeing their doctor regularly it has had no impact on their lives. (my Dad had it on his ear, my Mom on her nose).

      Basal Cell Carcinoma
      http://www.cancer.org/docroot/CRI/CRI_2_1x.asp?rnav=criov&dt=51

  20. QUESTION:
    How do chemotherapy drugs interact chemically with cancer cells to get rid of the cancerous cells?
    I have to give a chemistry project tomorrow in class and I need to have a basic understanding of what goes on chemically between chemotherapy drugs and the cancerous cells. Like what element interacts with what and how the chemo drugs stop the cancer cells from replicating. If anyone even has a most basic chemical explanation as to what occurs I would really appreciate it.

    • ANSWER:
      Chemotherapy works by destroying cancer cells; unfortunately, it cannot tell the difference between a cancer cell and some healthy cells. So chemotherapy eliminates not only the fast-growing cancer cells but also other fast-growing cells in your body, including, hair and blood cells.

      Some cancer cells grow slowly while others grow rapidly. As a result, different types of chemotherapy drugs target the growth patterns of specific types of cancer cells. Each drug has a different way of working and is effective at a specific time in the life cycle of the cell it targets.

      So, the chemicals are designed to go after specific cells that have a particular metabolic rate.

      Chemotherapy has NOT been very effective and the 5 year survival rate is very poor. It is expensive; a cancer patient is worth about 0,000 to the medical community.

      In 1972, according to the American Cancer Societies own figures, 33% of cancers had a five year survival rate. We should also point out that at that same time 33% of cancers went away on their own. Today, according to the ACS, the five year survival rate for cancer has risen to 40%. However, what they do not tell you is that:

      1.The statistics are invalid because they combine data of both local and metastasized cancers; and that the comparisons are not randomized [Ulrich Abel, Advanced Epithelial Cancer", 1990 (no longer in print) ]
      2.Cancers not factored into the original statistics are now factored in, such as skin cancers, many of which are not fatal and that the statistics are purposely inflated by including people with benign cancers.
      3.Technology has helped us to find cancers earlier, thus the survival time from diagnosis to eventual death has lengthened.
      4.They are now including in their stats non deadly skin cancers.

      By shrinking tumors, chemotherapy encourages stronger cancer cells to grow and multiply and become chemo resistant. Then there are the new cancers caused by chemotherapy, or secondary cancers. This quaint side effect is often overlooked in the lists of side effects in a drug's accompanying literature, though you can find this information quite easily at the National Cancer Institute. We pride ourselves in America for being technologically advanced and that our technology is rooted in a foundation of good science.

      Wrong.

      When it comes to medicine, little at all is based upon science. Again we shall point to the Office of Technological Assessment’s paper: Assessing the Efficacy and Safety of Medical Technologies in which we are told that fewer than 20% of all medical procedures have been tested, and that of those tested, half were tested badly.

      Medicine in America is not about healing.

      Most telling, according to Ralph Moss in his book Questioning Chemotherapy, is that in a good number of surveys, chemotherapists have responded that they would neither recommend chemotherapy for their families nor would they use it themselves. In an unpublished cohort study in which it was revealed that only 9% of oncologists took chemotherapy for their cancers.

      "Most cancer patients in this country die of chemotherapy.

      Chemotherapy does not eliminate breast, colon, or lung cancers. This fact has been documented for over a decade, yet doctors still use chemotherapy for these tumors,” Allen Levin, MD UCSF The Healing of Cancer.

      Additionally, Irwin Bross, a biostatistician for the National Cancer Institute, discovered that many cancers that are benign (though thought to be malignant) and will not metastasize until they are hit with chemotherapy. In other words, he's found that many people who've been diagnosed with metastatic cancer did not have metastatic cancer until they got their chemotherapy.

      For many cancers, chemotherapy just does not improve your survival rate. Some of these are colorectal, gastric, pancreatic, bladder, breast, ovarian, cervical and corpus uteri, head and neck. Knowing this, oncologists still recommend a regimen of chemotherapy, why?

      The answer you will get from oncologists that are honest is this: “We give it to patients so they won't give up hope and fall into the hands of quacks.” Quacks? Implicit in the definition of quackery is the sale of worthless or dangerous nostrums for profit. Who exactly are the quacks? Just because someone is wearing a white smock, has a title, and works in a nice air conditioned office, does NOT take away what he is. Con men don't look like crooks or they would never get anyone to buy into what they are selling. Looking credible does NOT mean they are.

      Dr Ulrich Abel, who poured over thousands and thousands of cancer studies, published his shocking report in 1990 stating quite succinctly that chemotherapy has done nothing for 80% of all cancers; that 80% of chemotherapy administered was absolutely worthless.

      To give a fair and accurate assessment of chemotherapy in your report, you should also tell people how it is NOT very effective and only a smal

  21. QUESTION:
    Why is pancreatic cancer so much deadlier than other types of cancer?
    I have known a few a people who have passed away as a result. It seems to have a high mortality rate, why is that?

    • ANSWER:
      soootired - Yes, the usual pancreatic cancer is deadlier than other cancers and does have a high mortality rate. The reason is that the usual cancer of the body (middle) and tail (left side of the pancreas is where most pancreatic cancers (adenocarcinomas) begin, develop, grow, and spread QUIETLY to other organs before they cause any symptoms which takes the patient to a physician for the first discovery of the cancer's presence. Better survival occurs when the cancer of the pancreas starts in the head (right-side) of the pancreas and causes early obstruction of one of the major ducts and noticeable symptoms before the cancer spreads to any distant parts of the body. A small percent of patients with this cancer do recover after surgery and chemotherapy. Some hope exists, but much more needs to be learned to improve the outcome.

  22. QUESTION:
    How many people have died from cancer from September 2001 until now in the US?
    How many people have died from cancer from September 2001 until this September. If you can also add how many people have died from aggressive invasive treatment like chemo and radio therapy and surgery before the cancer got them that would help too.

    • ANSWER:
      Almost six million people have died of cancer in the U.S. since September 2001. In fact, there are almost as many people dying of cancer each day in the U.S. as there were who died in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

      A tremendous number of these deaths could be eliminated if people stopped smoking. Lung cancer is the deadliest of cancers and kills more people than all the other major types of cancer combined, and 95% of lung cancer is completely preventable—simply by not smoking.

  23. QUESTION:
    What can you tell me about lung cancer?
    I need some information about lung cancer. There's two parts to my question so really think about this.

    Part 1
    I know that cancer can spread throughout the body, but I was wondering if there were any types of lung cancer that can, or will, spread from your lungs to your brain?

    Part 2
    If there is a type of lung cancer that can, or will, spread from your lungs to your brain, will that type of cancer cause delusions if it does in fact spread to the brain?

    So, basically what I'm looking for is... Is there a type of lung cancer that can spread to the brain and cause delusions once it does? I'd also like to know what that type, or perhaps types, of lung cancer that is. I don't need to know how one might treat said lung cancer, I just need to know what the name of that type of lung cancer is.
    I know that there's gotta be a doctor or a scientist out there with a yahoo account! All I need is someone to give me a simple answer! Please, just give me an answer!

    • ANSWER:
      Lung cancer is considered the deadliest cancer and is the leading reason for cancer deaths occurring in the United States. Being aware of lung cancer is like taking the first step towards saying “NO” to lung cancer.

      Read more information you got here: http://www.factsbarn.com/facts-about-lung-cancer/

  24. QUESTION:
    whats the most deadly type of cancer?
    whats the most deadly type of cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      Metastatic or aggressive cancers are the most deadly. Basically most cancers have the potential to develop into a metastatic and deadly cancer . . the key is to find the cancer early and treat or remove it as quickly as possible. Metastatic cancer is deadly because the cancer has learned how to replicate it self and send thousands of new malignant cells into the blood stream. Those tiny malignant cells can travel anywhere and set up a whole new cancer colony that just indefinitely repeats itself until the body is overwhelmed. There is treatment for stage IV disease and there are survivors but it is very difficult once the disease has spread to contain it.

      With that in mind . . pancreatic is probably one of the most well known but there are survivors, lung cancer is also quite deadly, as well as adult brain tumors, sarcoma is also a type of cancer that affects bones and soft tissue in the body . . so there are many types of cancer that are deadly . . and all types have the potential to be deadly if they metastasize.

  25. QUESTION:
    What are some of deadly type of cancers ?
    That its treatment MUST involve cosmetic surgeries all over the body and face.

    This is for my school research.
    I meant,, RARE DEADLY CANCER THAT ITS TREATMENT MUST INVOLVE COSMETIC SURGERIES.

    • ANSWER:
      Testicular cancer, although one of the most common cancers of men between 19-35, Is still considered a relatively rare cancer. It is one of the most curable cancers if caught before it has a chance to spread, however it can be an extremely fast growing and deadly cancer if not treated earlier. Sometimes it can require RPLND - Retroperitoneal lymph node dissection. Research this, and you could possibly use testicular cancer for your school research.

  26. QUESTION:
    Why is there cancer for different parts of the body?
    Skin cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer, etc. Why does cancer attack a specific part of someone's body?
    Also, people get Lung Cancer from smoking, and people can also get Skin Cancer from too much sunlight. How could you get the same disease from two totally different kinds of sources?

    • ANSWER:
      Cancer isn't foreign in your body .. cancer is your own DNA . .your own cells that have mutated. Cancer cells were once NORMAL cells. Cancer can occur in any living cell in your body . . any cell . . breast cells, liver cells, brain cells, eye cells, skin cells, tissue cells, muscle cells, bone cells, spinal cells, vaginal cells, penile cells, blood cells, urinary cells, uterine cells . . any cell in the human body can mutate and become malignant. So . . even though you may never have heard of this . . there are at least 200 different types of cancer and at least 200 more subtypes of cancer. Skin, breast, and lung cancers are just more 'common' so you have heard of them before . . but cancer can occur anywhere inside or outside the body . . any age . . both sexes . . and any cell in or on your body.

      Although most cancers are named for the location in the body in which the cells originate . .Cancer isn't always named this way . . there are other cancers in which the name of the cancer comes from the type, shape, or even color of the cell . . here are just a few types of cancer that you may never have heard of because they are less common than breast or lung . . but they are just as deadly:

      Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma, Astrocytoma, Carcinoid tumor, Desmoplastic Infantile Ganglioglioma, Ewings family of tumors, Gastointestinal stromal tumor, desmoplastic small round blue cell tumor, Medulloblastoma, Mesothelioma, Neuroblastoma, Rhabdomyosarcoma, Wilm's tumor, Fibrosarcoma, Ependymoma, Oligodendroglioma, Esthesioneuroblastoma, Waldenstrom's Macroglobulinemia, Malignant Fibrous Histiocytoma, Chondrosarcoma, Alveolar Soft Part Sarcoma,Epithelioid Sarcoma, Malignant Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumors, Atypical Teratoid Rhabdoid Tumor to name a few.

  27. QUESTION:
    How long does it take (how much schooling) to become a cancer doctor?
    After seeing my Aunt suffer for SO long with cancer and seeing how brutal it is, not just on her but our whole family, I think I really want to help people with this VERY deadly illness. I have 2 questions, 1.) how much schooling to become an oncologist (name of a cancer doctor..right?) AND 2.) what are the different types of cancer doctors?

    Thank you SO much for your time and if you or someone you care about is currently battling cancer, bless you/them. Happy **almost** Friday! :)

    • ANSWER:
      if you want to help people with cancer, you might want to look into research science. that way you can try to find cures or preventative measures for it. the best way about that is by getting your masters and then getting your phd by research. well worth it. happy friday!!

  28. QUESTION:
    Did people die of skin cancer before sun creams were invented ?
    It seems that the people who get skin cancer - are those who regularly sunbathe - so we have pinned the cause on the Sun.
    But what if it's the use of sun creams for years that causes the cancers ?

    • ANSWER:
      Skin cancer is a disease in which cancer (malignant) cells are found on the epidermis (the outermost layers of skin) so the tumor is usually clearly visible. There are three main types of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma.

      The most common symptoms of any type of skin cancer include changes in the skin that do not heal within 4 weeks, a spot or sore that continue to itch, blood, discolored skin, and changes in existing moles such as ragged, notched or blurred edges of mole or enlargement of mole.

      Signs and symptoms of Basal cell carcinoma: Basal cell carcinoma usually looks like a small, slow growing shiny pink or red lump. Sometimes small blood vessels can be seen within the tumor. They usually appear on face, scalp, ears and shoulders. If left untreated, they tend to bleed frequently. This form of skin cancer is least deadly and with proper treatment, it can be completely cured within short period of time.

      Signs and symptoms Squamous cell carcinoma: Squamous cell carcinoma is usually pink, thickened patch on sun-exposed skin. If left untreated, it tends to become crusty, ulcerate or bleed and it may develop into large mass. Squamous cell is second most common skin cancer; it is fatal but not as fatal as melanoma.

      Signs and symptoms of Melanoma: Most melanomas are brown to black looking lesions with irregular border. Signs that might indicate a malignant melanoma include change in diameter, shape, color or elevation of a mole. Other signs are the appearance of a new mole during adulthood on trunk, neck or head or pain, itching, inflammation, ulceration or bleeding in existing mole.

      Take care...

  29. QUESTION:
    Is skin cancer as "deadly" as lung cancer and so many other types of cancers?
    My grandma just died of lung cancer just 2 weeks ago.

    My mom has had skin cancer removed 8x's now.

    Is skin cancer more "removable" than other cancers are?

    • ANSWER:
      No cancer is harmless or benign – benign means non-cancerous.
      Skin cancer can be as deadly as lung cancer. It depends on the type of cancer you are referring to and the stage of those cancers.
      I guess you could say skin cancer is more “removable” than others since it is on the skin it is easier to remove. However, any cancer that has spread is usualloy not removable.

  30. QUESTION:
    How many months/years does it take for a sunburn to become skin cancer?
    I have heard that sunburns do not become skin cancer immediately. How many months or years does it take for a sunburn to become skin cancer?

    My friend recently had a sunburn. Her sunburn was not healing and it became worse, so she went to a dermatologist 3 months after the sunburn happened. The dermatologist found that she has skin cancer. Could it be that she had skin cancer all along, and the recent sunburn did not cause her cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      I got from wikipedia that
      Skin cancer is most closely associated with chronic inflammation of the skin. This includes:

      1. Overexposure to UV-radiation can cause skin cancer either via the direct DNA damage or via the indirect DNA damage mechanism. UVA & UVB have both been implicated in causing DNA damage resulting in cancer. Sun exposure between 10AM and 4PM is most intense and therefore most harmful. Natural (sun) & artificial UV exposure (tanning salons) are associated with skin cancer.[citation needed] Since sunbeds cause mostly indirect DNA damage (free radicals) their use is associated with the deadliest form of skin cancer, malignant melanoma.[citation needed]
      2. Chronic non-healing wounds, especially burns. These are called Marjolin's ulcers based on their appearance, and can develop into squamous cell carcinoma.
      3. Genetic predisposition, including "Congenital Melanocytic Nevi Syndrome". CMNS is characterized by the presence of "nevi" or moles of varying size that either appear at or within 6 months of birth. Nevi larger than 20 mm (3/4") in size are at higher risk for becoming cancerous.
      4. Skin cancer is one of the potential dangers of ultraviolet germicidal irradiation.

      Skin can be protected by avoiding sunlight entirely, or wearing protective clothing while outdoors. Skin cancer is usually caused by exposing skin to UV rays excessively.

      about the treatment
      Most skin cancers can be treated by removal of the lesion, making sure that the edges (margins) are free of the tumor cells. These excisions provide the best cure for both early and high-risk disease.

      For low-risk disease, radiation therapy and cryotherapy (freezing the cancer off) can provide adequate control of the disease; both, however, have lower overall cure rates than surgery.

      Mohs' micrographic surgery is a technique used to remove the cancer with the least amount of surrounding tissue and the edges are checked immediately to see if tumor is found. This provides the opportunity to remove the least amount of tissue and provide the best cosmetically favorable results. This is especially important for areas where excess skin is limited, such as the face. Cure rates are equivalent to wide excision. Special training is required to perform this technique.

      In the case of disease that has spread (metastasized) further surgical or chemotherapy may be required.[11]

      Scientists have recently been conducting experiments on what they have termed "immune- priming". This therapy is still in its infancy but has been shown to effectively attack foreign threats like viruses and also latch onto and attack skin cancers. More recently researchers have focused their efforts on strengthening the body's own naturally produced "helper T cells" that identify and lock onto cancer cells and help guide the killer cells to the cancer. Researchers infused patients with roughly 5 billion of the helper T cells without any harsh drugs or chemotherapy. This type of treatment if shown to be effective has no side effects and could change the way cancer patients are treated

      about how many month it's depend on how your skin can deffend from the ultraviolet radiation.
      sorry for my bad english. But sorry about your friend

  31. QUESTION:
    Should I give to the Jimmy V foundation or the Susan Komen foundation?
    Jimmy V gives 100% of all donations to research to find a cure for ALL TYPES of cancer...weather it be men, women, or childern

    Susan komen only gives 19% of donations to research and the komen CEO makes 0,000 a year. They also only care about women and breast cancer.

    • ANSWER:
      Jimmy V Foundation.
      First, because it's a great foundation that donates to research ALL cancers.
      Second, that would include all types of cancers that affect women and breast cancer.

      The Susan Komen foundation focuses on one cancer. That being breast cancer. Although breast cancer can be very deadly and affects a lot of women, men and children need not only awareness but a cure too.

      I'm 16, and at age 15 I was diagnosed with a rare form of a common cancer. The cancer being non Hodgkins lymphoma. I'm in remission completely now, but I bet you didn't know September is childhood cancer awareness month. Maybe you did. Even if, in September 2010, I spent pretty much the entire month in the hospital. I was released around the last week in September, and I begged my oncologists to let me to go to the mall with my friends. I went, and EVERYWHERE breast cancer was being advertised for awareness. Ribbons, signs, donation buckets, people dying strands of their hair pink, the whole 9 yards. And it kinda hurt a little because I was being treated in a hospital FILLED with children dying from cancer. All different kinds. And breast cancer was being advertised in September when technically it's awareness month is in October. Breast cancer needs lots of awareness, but thinks about children just starting their lives. Or for men, dads dying with little children to leave behind, or grandparents leaving their families and wives behind, or maybe a man who just finished college that's just starting his real adult life. Women need it too! Moms with children, women just leaving college starting adult life just like men, grandmas leaving their grandchildren and children and husbands. Think about it! I'd want my money going to ALL people and ALL cancers (including breast cancer!!!) rather than just one cancer helping one specific group of people. I know I'm young, and maybe my viewpoint is distorted right now, but this is how I'm seeing it right now.

  32. QUESTION:
    What is the worst type of cancer in your opinion and why?
    mine is pancreatic cancer because it is ten years behind in research compared to other cancers and it is most deadly & the least known.

    • ANSWER:
      I was totally going to say pancreatic too. Did you know that 95% of people diagnosed with it die within 5 years?

  33. QUESTION:
    Is it possible for someone to have stage 4 pancreatic cancer with liver metastasis after?
    after having had an exclusive and complete, state of the art, head to toe medical check up 6 months prior without any red flags.
    Is this a turbo charged cancer or did someone drop the ball?
    My husband's friend and collegue has just been diagnosed.
    To happy Dawg:
    The state of the art physical was one that had the 3D imaging of the entire body. The one that Oprah featured once when she had a physical done with Dr. Mehmet Oz. It's a ,000 dollar test but is the most sophisticated imaging technology available.
    Also, this test is not covered by insurance.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, it is possible to miss cancer even with a complete state of the art check up. In general there are no symptoms and looking for cancer is like looking for a tiny needle in a haystack. You need to know exactly in the entire body where to look for that one malignant cell that may be cancerous. Sometimes in our anger in a tough medical situation people want to reach out and blame someone. Be extremely angry at the disease, that is where you should focus your energy. It is not any one persons fault.

      Consider this please . . cancer is a progressive disease. It starts out microscopically . . one single mutated cell . . there are no symptoms. That cell begins to multiply uncontrollably. Some of these malignant cells have the ability to double in as little as two to four weeks. It can grow rapidly from that point on . . and still be undetectable. It is extremely difficult to find any type of malignant tumor that is under 2cm. So, unless someone has a medical exam at just the right moment . . cancer can easily be missed. The ease with which cancer can be missed is one reason that doctors recommend to cancer patients to have CT, PET, or MRI pretty routinely (ever 2 to 3 months) in order to detect any growth or spred of the disease. Even with all the imaging tools we have . . cancer tumors can be underestimated . . and may not pick up the extent of the disease.

      So, yes . . in answer to your question . . high grade, aggressive type cancers are 'turbo charged' and can grow uncontrollably within weeks to months. That's why they are so deadly . .by the time anyone notices them they are already advanced.

      PLwC: Pancreatic Cancer
      http://www.plwc.org/portal/site/PLWC/menuitem.6067beb2271039bcfd748f68ee37a01d/?vgnextoid=1357ea7105daa010VgnVCM100000ed730ad1RCRD&vgnextfmt=cancer

      NCI: Pancreatic Cancer
      http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/pancreatic

      ACOR: Mailing list - The Pancreatic Cancer Support & Information eCommunity
      http://listserv.acor.org/archives/pancreas-onc.html

      Confronting Pancreatic Cancer
      http://www.pancreatica.org/

  34. QUESTION:
    What is the quickest way to get cancer?
    I have been researching for awhile about what the quickest and easiest way to get cancer is, but I can't really find good results. I am doing a paper on this and really need some help finding the best product that could make someone get cancer really quick. Any ideas? Thanks so much. Please get back to me ASAP. My paper is due in like a week or so.

    • ANSWER:
      Nobody knows what causes cancer. You can't find any results because it's a senseless question.

      Smoking is known to be a cause of lung cancer and is a risk factor for several other cancers. It's far from a guarantee of cancer though.

      There is nothing that can 'make someone get cancer really quick'; I suggest you change the subject of your paper and don't spend any more time asking questions that are presumably meant to be jokes on a board used by people who are dealing with the reality of this deadly disease.

      **Edit: Bryce S, fewer than 10% of all cancer cases, all types, are hereditary.

  35. QUESTION:
    What is cancer? how many types of cancers were ever found and recorded?
    what are the causes of cancer? why, with our advanced medical technology, we are still unable to cure the same and provide a right dose of vaccine? what's the chances of one making a full recovery from the deadly deasese? what has the WHO done to tackle this issue before we even talk about AIDS?

    • ANSWER:
      Cancer develops when cells in a part of the body begin to grow out of control. Although there are many kinds of cancer, they all start because of out-of-control growth of abnormal cells.

      Normal body cells grow, divide, and die in an orderly fashion. During the early years of a person's life, normal cells divide more rapidly until the person becomes an adult. After that, cells in most parts of the body divide only to replace worn-out or dying cells and to repair injuries.

      Because cancer cells continue to grow and divide, they are different from normal cells. Instead of dying, they outlive normal cells and continue to form new abnormal cells.

      Cancer cells develop because of damage to DNA. This substance is in every cell and directs all activities. Most of the time when DNA becomes damaged the body is able to repair it. In cancer cells, the damaged DNA is not repaired. People can inherit damaged DNA, which accounts for inherited cancers. More often, though, a person's DNA becomes damaged by exposure to something in the environment, like smoking.

      Cancer usually forms as a tumor. Some cancers, like leukemia, do not form tumors. Instead, these cancer cells involve the blood and blood-forming organs and circulate through other tissues where they grow.

      Often, cancer cells travel to other parts of the body where they begin to grow and replace normal tissue. This process is called metastasis. Regardless of where a cancer may spread, however, it is always named for the place it began. For instance, breast cancer that spreads to the liver is still called breast cancer, not liver cancer.

      Not all tumors are cancerous. Benign (noncancerous) tumors do not spread (metastasize) to other parts of the body and, with very rare exceptions, are not life threatening.

      Different types of cancer can behave very differently. For example, lung cancer and breast cancer are very different diseases. They grow at different rates and respond to different treatments. That is why people with cancer need treatment that is aimed at their particular kind of cancer.

      AEROBIC exercise and circuit training should be prescribed to all cancer patients.
      The call follows the results of a pilot study which found that women who underwent controlled exercise classes during their treatment for breast cancer were better at fighting the debilitating effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

      For more info about cancer and WHO/Cancer please visit:
      http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs297/en/index.html

  36. QUESTION:
    Is breast cancer different than cancer? Why dont men have as much awareness for prostate cancer?
    I always thought cancer was all the same and should all have the same urgency to be treated. What makes breast cancer more important than all other forms?

    • ANSWER:
      There are many different kinds of cancer and they all need different types of treatment. Men usually don't develop prostate cancer until they are over the age of 45 but there are exceptions. Breast cancer strikes women as almost any age and is thought to be hormone related. There's presently a big controversy over when women should get a mammogram to detect breast cancer but IMO the sooner the better since it can be very deadly. Prostate cancer is a slow growing cancer inmost cases but still there's the exceptions.

  37. QUESTION:
    Why the big awareness campaigns for the breast cancer? Arnt there other censers to pay attention to it?
    There are so many diseases and cancer types, I dont get why the big awareness campaigns for the breast cancer... it sounds like a celebration more than awareness ...
    I just wonder why this particular type...if there is any particular reason!

    • ANSWER:
      There is a reason why breast cancer has a higher profile than other types of cancer.. It's not because it's more important, it's because of hard work and campaigning by women with breast cancer. That's it. There are other cancer awareness campaigns, with awareness months and ribbons etc - but the fact is none hs had the sheer hard work and dedication put into it that breast cancer awareness has.

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

      People have limited time, and choose their campaigns; those who campaign around illnesses are usually concerned with the illness that's affected them or their family. I know a couple who have a child with a very rare and life-threatening condition (not a cancer). Much of their time is now taken up with campaigning around this condition - fund raising and agitating for more funding for research, more education, more awareness etc.

      And an old friend of mine has stage 4 prostate cancer; for some time he has dedicated his spare time to raising awareness of prostate cancer and funds for prostate cancer research.

      What they're doing is what what the women who started the breast cancer awareness campaign did. And it's as a result of the hard work by those women that breast cancer is no longer the automatic death sentence it once was - but don't lose sight of the fact that in the US an average of 112 women die from breast cancer every day (that's one every 15 minutes), and in the UK.that average is 33 a day - I don't have statistics for other countries.

      I agree that all the pink fluffy nonsense and 'fun' makes the whole thing seem more like a celebration sometimes. I'm in remission from breast cancer, and I hate Breast Cancer Awareness month. You know, all the pink razzmatazz has negative consequences for breast cancer patients too – the marketing and fund-raising hype surrounding breast cancer, by trivialising a deadly disease, is leading people to believe, wrongly, that breast cancer is 1) not very serious, certainly not as serious as many other cancers (many women with breast cancer have been told – by people who don’t have it – that it’s a ‘good’ cancer to get) and 2) easily curable.

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

      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 when people complain about the attention breast cancer receives in comparison to other cancers, they need to be reminded that there is nothing to stop any group of people starting a campaign along the lines of the one started by those women who started all the breast cancer awareness - the solution is not less attention for breast cancer, but more attention for other cancers. Someone starting such a campaign would have to be prepared to be as dedicated and work as hard as those women though, if they wanted their campaign to be as effective.

  38. QUESTION:
    Can I have information on Large B Cell Lymphoma?
    My dad was just diagnosed with Large B Cell Lymphoma. I've tried researching it online, but I would rather just ask my own questions and have them answered, that's why I'm asking for information from you guys. Is Large B Cell Lymphoma a type of cancer? Is it treatable/curable? Is it deadly? What's the best/worse that could happen as a result to how this situation is handled? Thanks so much.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, large B-cell lymphoma is a type of cancer. It is the most common form of non-Hodgkins lymphoma (NHL.) Yes, it is treatable- many people do survive. However, not everyone does. But it's impossible to give you more infomation without knowing the details, and so your father will be your best source of information. He will be treated with chemotherapy and possibly radiation.

  39. QUESTION:
    How early is early, when it comes to cancer?
    I keep seeing articles saying that early detection is key to fighting cancer. How early is "early"?

    • ANSWER:
      Cancer occurs when one cell mutates and loses the ability to stop growing. That one cell will begin replicating and will grow indefinitely unless treatment stops it. Cancer is a progressive disease which just means it begins as that single cell and begins to grow and grow and grow. This is early stage or pre stage . . when the disease is so small it is rarely discovered. As the cancer grows it can become 'staged' . . in general depending on the type of cancer . . cancer has four stages. Stage 1 disease is small and in one location . . that is considered EARLY. Stage 2 the tumor has grown large enough to be easily detected, there may be more than one .. this is considered an early stage as well. Stage 3 means the tumor is large, there may be several and some may be growing into organs or tissue . . this is a later stage because the cancer is progressing. Stage 4 means the cancer has grown large, spred, and begun to shed new 'cancer seeds' into the blood stream in a process called metastasis. It is metastatic stage 4 cancer that is the most deadly and most difficult to treat successfully . .this is an advanced stage.

      So . .the earlier you find a malignancy the easier it is to treat by surgery and remove entirely .. or less toxic the chemo will be since you won't need to use as much to kill off or shrink the early stage disease. The larger the tumors, the more widespred in the body the disease and the less effective chemotherapy will become .. the less likely it will be for surgery to remove every single malignancy. Early stage is just easier to treat because there is less disease and less toxic treatment required. Advanced disease basically indicates widespred metastatic cancer throughout the body . . all in different sizes . . and stages of growth .. thus at some point metastatic cancer can suddenly end up everywhere in the body . . that is what is meant when someone says the patient was 'filled with cancer' . . it was metastatic disease.

      So it makes sense to remove or stop the cancer as early as possible before it can begin to shed hundreds of thousands of malignant cells into the blood stream or lymphatic system.

  40. QUESTION:
    Why can't nations throughout the world concentrate on finding a cure for cancer?
    With all of the worldwide research funding that we would have available through many sources throughout the world, why does it so impossible that man cannot find a cure for cancer. Is there any truth to the claim that the drug companies don't want a cure because they would lose vasts amounts of money on the drugs they sell?

    • ANSWER:
      I dont think there is. Simply because I think its faulty logic to assume they would loose money. Really, they stand to make more money than imaginable with a cure. Sure, right now we have treatments.... that are already phenomonally expensive. Many patients pay those prices not knowing whether or not the treatment will work. If they can charge current prices for something that may not even work, can you imagine how much people would pay for something that was promised to work????

      Beyond that, medically the reason why we dont have a cure is because cancer is NOT a single disease, its an umbrella term for over 200 different diseases. I think many people do not understand that. In the layman's world, we just say breast cancer or lung cancer or leukemia. But in the medical world, there are several different types of breast cancer that are all different from each other, several different types of lung cancer that are all different from each other, and about a dozen or more different types of leukemia that are all different from each other. Each different type has different causes, responds to the body differently, responds to treatment differently....

      We still cant control the common cold, and you expect us to be able to cure over 200 different deadly diseases? There are a LOT of things we dont have the answers to despite tons of funding. We still dont have the answer to genocide, feeding/housing the homeless, the common cold, hiv/aids, how to live without polluting our planet.... The list of things go on and on... And when talking about cancer, we have only had the technology to really investigate for less than 100 years. Its really no surprise we dont have a miracle cure.

      BUT, major advancements have been made. I am alive today, but if I had been diagnosed even 10 years ago, I probably wouldnt be.

  41. QUESTION:
    If I only tan one month out of the year in a tanning bed, is it really that bad for you?
    I know people who tan all year long in tanning beds, which I think is super unhealthy due to the risk of developing skin cancer, and pre-aging/wrinkles. However, how bad is it if you only do it for about a month out of the entire year? It can't be near as bad as doing it all year long, but will I still be at high risk for cancer/pre-aging?

    • ANSWER:
      Experts have long agreed that no tan is good for you. And in recent years, they've suspected that tanning beds may actually be even more dangerous than the sun because they emit mostly UVA rays. This may cause more damage than the sun's standard UVA/UVB combination because UVA rays penetrate even deeper into the skin, causing lasting damage to important, fragile cells, including those in the immune system.

      Though tanning-salon advocates have argued that these studies don't correlate skin cancer with responsible, minimal use of tanning beds, skin cancer is on the rise among the young -- the typical users of tanning beds. Skin cancer used to be found most often in people well into their retirement years. However, melanoma -- the deadliest type of skin cancer -- has become Britain's most-diagnosed cancer for women in their 20s [source: MSNBC].

      There's no doubt that tanning beds are dangerous. And by the looks of the latest studies, that danger may be deadly.

  42. QUESTION:
    How exactly does cancer kill you?
    When cancer is in the terminal stage, does it actually begin to shut down the functions of respiration and blood pumping?

    I understand that the cancer spreads all over your body, but does it begin to actively shut down functions that are essential to life support?

    • ANSWER:
      Depending on where the malignancy is located, death occurs from a variety of mechanisms. If the bone marrow is involved, as in leukemia or metastatic disease, death often occurs due to infection. Growth of a tumor in the brain will eventually interrupt normal brain functions such as breathing. Also many tumors increase the likelihood of developing clots, and if they go to the lungs, can also be deadly. As metastasis continues, affected organs can be overwhelmed and shut down.
      The time it takes for this to occur varies with the type of cancer and the patient. There will be a broad specturm of possibilities. Some individuals succumb in weeks, and for others, months or years pass before the disease makes enough progress that it becomes fatal. Note that there are a lot of cancers that can be treated and beaten into remission. Never give up hope; never quit. Find the inner strength to perservere.

  43. QUESTION:
    What job requires working near abestos?
    I am writing a play. I am doing research on mesothelioma which is a cancer caused by asbestos. My question is does anyone know what job a person would have to have in order to come in direct contact with this substance. I know you can get it from other things such as washing clothes of someone who has been exposed to it but I mean direct contact. Also if anyone knows, I need to know-- if you get it from washing someones clothes does that mean that the person who wore the clothes has mesothelioma to?

    • ANSWER:
      Hello, the most likely character you could use in your play is a plumber, as plumbers are more likely to come into contact with the more deadlier types of materials, For example - lagging used on a water pipe can contain up to 100% asbestos fibers! and is likely to be made up of blue or brown asbestos. Blue and brown asbestos fibers are the deadliest types, whereas white asbestos fibres are the least harmful of the three.

      There is a higher incidence of mesothelioma among plumbers, carpenters, builders, and shipyard workers. Therefore one of these workers would be a perfect character role for highlighting the dangers of asbestos and mesothelioma.

      You can visit my site for more information on asbestos and mesothelioma below.

      Play sounds really interesting! If you want any help re writing youe play then I would love to help. Email me if you like.

      Kind regards,

      Ann.

  44. QUESTION:
    What should I do in my last stages of life?
    I have Anal Cancer and it has spread through my liver and through my Kidneys. I tried Chemo and surgery for years and years. Sometimes doctors would say that the Cancer is gone and it always comes back. In the past 2-3 months my health has gotten worse. I'm very sad that my family has to go through my fight. I don't want to hurt them anymore. What should my final farewell be?

    • ANSWER:
      I am so sorry that you have this terrible cancer. We are learning more about this deadly type of cancer as more people are speaking out about it. Farrah Fawcett just did a documentary on her own life about it since she has been battling it without much success for the past 2 years.

      Now for your question. I would suggest you talk this over with your family no matter how sad it might be. If there is no hope, then you all need to get together and face the fact that you might not have that much time left to be together. Since you are sick, what you want to do and what you can do must be taken into consideration. You might also have to get your doctor involved due to your health. You should all do something that makes you happy even if it's just simple things like sharing a day with each individual family member and enjoying each other.

      I'm really hoping you win your battle with cancer, but if not, then I suggest you get in touch with Hospice who can really help you and your family get through a very difficult time. My father died of stomach cancer, so I can relate to what your family is going through. We knew the end was coming. I just tried to be with him as much as possible during that time and talk about old fun times. He seemed to enjoy doing that. There was little else we could do because he was so sick. My heart goes out to you.

  45. QUESTION:
    What's the best way to get a tan?
    I really wanted to try tanning beds, but I did research and don't want melanoma [the deadliest type of skin cancer] in the future.
    I don't tan easily, but I don't want to be pail this summer!
    How do spray tans work? Do they wash off? How long do they last?

    • ANSWER:
      I heard the sun might help you with that.

  46. QUESTION:
    How to support boyfriend, stepdad has cancer?
    My boyfriend found out on Thursday that his stepdad has cancer. I'm away at university at the moment so am finding it very difficult to be supportive of him. I don't know what I can do to show that I am here for him when I am so far from home. Any advice? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      research all you can about his type of cancer
      what are his options
      surgery, chemo, radiation?
      what doctors specialize in that particular cancer.
      a friend of mine had a son that had a sarcoma, a very deadly cancer, and she used a local doctor for the surgery and he had no hope.
      there are doctors out there that can be the life or death of someone.
      It is worth the drive, or airplane flight, to save your life.
      I work in a local hospital and see cancer patients deteriorate quickly, because they trust their local surgeon, or oncologist.
      My mom died of ovarian cancer, because she just saw a regular OB/Gyn.
      I know better now, and to be supportive is to find the right facility and doctor.

  47. QUESTION:
    whats the most dangerous type of cancer?
    breast? lung? liver? pancreas? etc..i know they're all serious, but in some u have more years to survive and in some u can beat it and stop it from spreading..but what's the most dangerous type of cancer ?

    • ANSWER:
      Actually the worst survival rate is gallbladder cancer, followed by pancreatic cancer.

      For sheer number of cases, lung cancer would be the most deadly, but far more survivable than the two I mentioned above.

  48. QUESTION:
    How can I get medical insurance for my adult daughter who is addicted to Suboxzone or treatment for it?
    She began taking her husband's pain medication while he was dying from testicular cancer and became addicted to opiates. That was the only way she could cope with the barrage of bill collectors, his pain and their 3 children. After he died, she lost their home, insurance, their cars, everything and now lives with me. Suboxzone is a doctor prescribed treatment for opiate addiction but she is addicted to the treatment! She is in bed every day until 5-6 PM, doesn't have bowel movements or periods, weighs 90 lbs.and eats almost nothing. If I could get a judge to make her a dependent or my ward, I could get her insurance through my work. I cannot afford to send her to Hazelden or another drug rehab. Please don't tell me to turn to God. I need legal advice or a rehab grant. I am also supporting my other daughter and her 3 children. Anyone reading this who has a clue on how to save my daughter please respond. Time is running out for her.

    • ANSWER:
      She needs to go a methadone clinic where they will monitor her better and taper her off. I have heard many stories similar to this concerning suboxone. I think it should be banned methadone is much more effective. Just be aware that methadone is also a ssri so adding antidepressants could be deadly that and anything else that would raise her serotonin (St John Wart, dxm/coughsyrup) I wouldnt recommend any type of sleep medication at all. Also you can make lemon poppy seed tea to curb the withdrawls (maybe thats why she sleeps so much, shes taking to much at once and then withdrawing). Just mix poppy seeds with lemon juice...filter with a coffee filter and drink. This has been know to work even though many would disagree. In my area they have programs that will pay/reduce for rehab or treatment. Its called CARE I dont know maybe thats available in your area check it out.


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