Questions and Answers on Cancer

Cancer is a class of diseases in which a group of cells grow uncontrollably, invade and destroy adjacent tissues and sometimes spread to other locations in the body via lymph or blood (metastasize).  These three malignant properties differentiate them from benign tumors, which are self-limited, and do not invade or metastasize.  Most cancers form a tumor but some, like leukemia, do not.

Cancer can be the result of DNA mutations, exposure to carcinogens or radiation, viral infections, hormonal imbalances, immune system dysfunction or a hereditary predisposition to certain syndromes.
 

01/19/2010 - Questions and Answers

I found a lump in my breast

Question Hi, I wanted to seek your advice, a month ago I found a lump in my breast, I was doing an self exam when I saw that my breast had changed in size and also there was a dimple wich wasn't there before so I felt it and found this lump wich is pretty big in my opinion and it has irregular shape more like a finger rather then a pea and I went to my doctor who also found it and he sent me to have a mammography to another doctor and he saw nothing also he did ultrasound and told me that everything looked normal? When I asked what the lump was he couldn't answear me and just told me it was not cancer? I wanted to ask you should I ask for more testing to be done because of the lump or should I just wait? I am a little bit affraid I might admit. Read more

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12/22/2009 - Questions and Answers

Taking statins drug can increase cancer risk?

Question I've been taking a statin drug (Lipitor) for several years now. My wife says it's dangerous to keep taking a powerful drug like that for a long time, as it can cause cancer. Is that really so? Read more

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09/30/2009 - Questions and Answers
Colostomy Diet and Management

Colostomy Diet and Management

Question I am a 52yr old male and have a colostomy following surgery for bowel cancer. I would be grateful for any advice regarding suitable colostomy diet and management. Read more

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08/19/2009 - Questions and Answers

Mesothelioma - Is small cell lung cancer a form of mesothelioma?

Question Is small cell lung cancer a form of mesothelioma? Read more

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08/06/2009 - Questions and Answers

Heat treatment for cancer

Question My mother has rectal cancer at Duke Stage D. After the first chemo, her doctor suggested she undergo heat treatment. I am very concerned about the side effects and the risk of her dying during this treatment. Read more

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06/19/2009 - Questions and Answers

Safer cigarettes?

Question I've cut back my smoking to only a few a day, and now I'm smoking low tar cigarettes. Does that mean my risk of lung cancer is lessened? Read more

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06/18/2009 - Questions and Answers

Cancer and Suntan

Question Can a person with some form of cancer get a suntan, or sunburn? Read more

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06/15/2009 - Questions and Answers

Alternative medicine for side effects of chemo

Question My father-in-law was going to have surgery to remove stomach and thorax cancer. But it turned out to be inoperable. He intends to follow through with chemotherapy and radiation to prolong his life. Read more

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06/15/2009 - Questions and Answers

What is the AMAS test for cancer?

Question I've read about a new type blood test to detect nearly any form of cancer. It's called the AMAS test. A blood sample is screened for a substance called Anti-Malignan Antibody (AMAS). Read more

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06/15/2009 - Questions and Answers

Risk of Breast Biopsy?

Question Does performing a breast biopsy have the potential to spread the cancer through the rich blood supply of the breast? Read more

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