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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Cancer
Hodgkin's Disease [posted
Answer: Painful lumps are rarely cancer especially Hodgkins. Probably a bacterial infection somewhere.
Rare Abdominal Sarcoma
Answer: I know nothing of this drug. I suspect it is experimental since sarcoma is so difficult to treat. You'll need to discuss it with her physician.
Can Post Cancer Treatment with
Doxepin Cause Eye Problems [posted 10/30/98]
Can Chemotherapy for Hodgkin's Cause
Memory Loss? [posted 10/13/98]
Answer: Sometimes, did you get any radiation. The important part is to see if it persists once the chemo is over.
Mouth Cancer [posted 7/27/98]
Answer: There are lots of different types of mouth cancer. The most common is squamous cell. Thought to be induced by tobacco (especially chewing, sucking) and or alcohol. This cancer needs to be surgically removed when found. Radiation and chemotherapy will not cure this one and death results if it cannot be removed completely.
Cancer and Electrical Lines
Answer: Seems debunked, but still being researched.
Pain Medication for Cancer
Answer: Numporphan is oxymorphone hydrochloride, dilaudid is hydromorphine hydrochloride, MSIR is time released morphine sulfate. They are all narcotics released in different manners. The dilaudid tends to hit higher peaks earlier but, they are similar medications. Effectiveness is individual and some patients will really respond to one type of narcotic and less so to another, which is pretty common. In general the numporphan and dilaudid would have similar effects in large groups, but there is wide individual variation probably depending on metabolism variations.
Answer: Nor does anyone else, but if I had that history, I'd proceed with the surgery.
Answer: I presume you mean melanoma? Squamous and basilar carcinoma of the skin is usually about 99%+ curable. I think the problem is the general lack of understanding of the problem at the cellular level. This research has really only been technically do-able for the last 8-10 years. I think the lack of money at basic research is the problem. Federal money for research is extremely tight.
Answer: This refers to spread of the cancer (originally in the rectosigmoid colon) to other parts of the body. Spread occurs by local spread and by hemotologic/lymphatic spread. This is usually called metastatic spread and refers to the cancerous cells being spread to other parts of the body by the blood/lymphatic system. Once transported, they usually start to grow, causing local pain and dysfunction of the organ that they spread to.
Answer: This product does exist and is touted as a treatment for several types of cancers- particularly those like melanoma which have poor medical regimens. Currently, it has not been studied in double blind fashion. This usually means that someone is trying to capitalize prior to effective studies being performed. However, there is insufficient evidence to comment on its effectiveness.
Answer: Breast cancer has a clear genetic association. The more women in your family and the closer the relationship-the higher the risk. Renal carcinoma is minimal if present at all. Heart disease does run in families and can also be associated with familial hypercolesteremia. Diabetes(Adult variety or Type II has a family association. Have his cholesterol checked regularly as well as his sugar. The breast cancer won't be a risk in him; but, could be transmitted to daughters.
Answer: Many types of chemotherapy do not cause hair loss. Hair loss depends on the chemicals used and the doses of the chemicals used. Concerning her "cure", I'd have to know the type of cancer and the stage of the cancer.
Answer: There is a physician in Syracuse, Dr. Gold 315-472-6618 who has done a lot of the research on this and most are on the web(www.ngen.com\hs~cancer). Recently, Penthouse's publisher's wife was treated with this drug and there was an extensive article in Penthouse discussing the drug. More emotional than factual; but, it is well written.
Leading Cause of Cancer
Answer: Environmental exposure to carcinogens is probably number one. The Disease most often caused by smoking is probably coronary artery disease.
Answer: The listed indications for cisplatinum are testicular, ovarian and
bladder cancer. In reality, we use it for numerous types of tumors due to its activity.
There is no substitute;but, there are alternatives depending on the cancer.
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