Patient discussion about cancer

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Q. how many types of cancer are they?

AThere 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.

Each organ is made up of several different tissue types. For example, there is usually a surface covering of skin or epithelial tissue. Underneath that there will be some connective tissue, often containing gland cells. Underneath that there is often a layer of muscle tissue and so on. Each type of tissue is made up of specific types of cells. Cancer 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.

Q. why does it call "cancer"?can you treat cancer?

Athe name came from the appearance of the cut surface of a solid malignant tumour, with the veins stretched on all sides as the animal the crab has its feet, whence it derives its name. Hippocrates first called it in that name after describing few types of cancer.
some of the cancers are treatable but that is a big subject. there are some very nice videos here on the site that can give you a clue about that. just search them there ^ :)

Q. Cancer - incurable?

When i was surfing the internet for the incurable disease, i found CANCER is one among them. Is there not a medicine found yet? Really is it incurable?
A1I like to share with you what i read from a book it said 'With modern day treatments many cancers are completely cured but unfortunately there are still many others which are not.

Although it is not always possible to be certain, doctors are often able to tell whether or not a particular cancer might be cured. Even if cancer is incurable they will usually still offer treatment in the hope of prolonging life and, controlling, symptoms.'
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOBvDTf9ohQ
A2The term "cancer" is a bit wide - it denotes a group of more than a hundred different diseases. Cancer may be cured, especially cancer of the blood system (e.g. leukemia, lymphoma), and also cancer of solid organs (e.g. large bowel, skin), usually when it's treated early.

Disseminated cancer is usually incurable - meaning we can't extinct the disease process from the body. The attempts today are focused on controlling the cancer, and rendering it a chronic disease - i.e. a disease process that persists in the body but is prevented from damaging it and causing death, like diabetes, hypertension and other chronic diseases.

Q. Is throar cancer hereditary?

If it is, like all kinds of cancer? more/less?
A1good point. I;m actually not smoking- and not planning to... thanks, that's good news.
A2not really no...if so- only by a very secondary connection. it's biggest risk is smoking. but if your father had throat cancer, id'e stay away from cigarettes...you can never know...

Q. how to tell kids their mother has cancer?

One is a 4 year old boy and one is a 9 year old girl. any advice?
A1well these kids are dealing with really difficult times. I guess I never thought you should handle these things at such a young age. It gives you a freat jump right into adult life,I don't like it at all, but what can you do? everybody just wish their mother will be better soon.
A2wow...not an easy one. but there are ways to do so, here is an article from the "New York Times" that asks that same question and give some good advises:

http://www.nytimes.com/specials/women/warchive/970212_1201.html

Q. Doctor with cancer

Hi, My dad, 78 years old former doctor was diagnosed with lung cancer after he had suspicion about it for some time. According to the surgeon it’s stage I so the operation has good chance to succeed. However, my dad is always worried about the future- because he knows about this disease, he’s very afraid about things like pain and disability that may come in the future. It’s like for him the knowledge is a curse. Anyone else in the same situation?
A1HI; your father knows what the out comes of these operations are because he is a DR,I have asthma, whenever i get a cold or an attack, i allways think of the worst of having this disease--because i am also a respiratory therapist--it is normal for your father to feel like this--mrfoot56
A2He’s probably a smart guy, so fooling him around with false promises may not work. You can try to direct him to use his knowledge of both the profession and the bureaucracy to improve his care – and this way to distract him from the helpless waiting for the future.
A3Hi,

I was sorry to hear about your dad’s cancer. I hope the operation will go well. I’m in a similar situation myself- I’m a radiotherapy technician so I see a lot of cancer patients and know about the disease. In some sense it’s a curse, but on the other hand it’ll let your dad to receive better informed decisions, and most important- give him a sense of control about his life, that many patients don’t have because lack of knowledge.

Q. How do doctors find out if a tumor is malignant?

What procedure is done to see if a tumor is malignant? Is a simple MRI enough to make that conclusion?
A1Some sort of cancer are known to develop malignancy quickly, then Dr. can tell you that. But to be absolutely sure- a biopsy is taken.
Here is a web site with all the information you need about cancer:
http://www.webmd.com/cancer/default.htm
A2MRI can see the tumor, nothing else. But it can spot sometimes other metastases and then it can say you probably have a malignant cancer. But doctors just perform a biopsy- they cut off a part of the tumor , freeze it up, slice it to vary thin layers, paint it and look under the microscope. Then they can say if it’s malignant or not.
A3 no a mri is a to see the mass the only way to know for shor is eather cut it out and test it or to stab a rather large netdel in to the mass and test the sapel
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