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  1. Any treatment solutions for swollen feet and hip pain?

    The hip pain is a different and can have various causes. If your dad has lost a lot of weight, he may have lost the normal padding on his hips and lying on his side can hurt. If there is cancer or something else happening in the bone then NSAIDS like ibuprofen can be helpful. Steroids like dexame...
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  2. Kidney cancer without chemo treatment-How do we determine what stage he is in now?

    Unfortunately, the stage of a cancer is determined by where the cancer is and where it has spread, not how the patient looks. Sometimes people with a stage 4 cancer can still be working while someone with an early stage cancer in a vital organ can look much worse. Your friend sounds like his cance...
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  3. Should my mother opt for chemotherapy or not?

    Chemotherapy is something that sounds great. Most everyone wants to live longer. It is important to understand though that people do NOT have to accept chemotherapy.. There are always trade-offs, usually in quality-of-life; either side effects, time required at the hospital, or even waiting and h...
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  4. Is it okay to go on a cruise before, during, or shortly after chemotherapy treatment?

    There are 3 parts to the answer. The first is for your husband to think about how he feels now and whether he is up to a week of travel. Is he likely to feel too exhausted to enjoy the trip? The second part is for him to think about how the first round of chemotherapy made him feel and whether it ...
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  5. What are the signs and symptoms of salivary gland cancer?

    The most common early sign of salivary gland cancer is a lump or swelling in the area of the salivary gland, which is between your neck and your jawline. If you detect an area of swelling in your mouth, neck, along your jaw, or higher up in your face closer to your ear, see a doctor. (The two main s...
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  6. What are the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer

    The problem with ovarian cancer is that many of the symptoms are easily confused with digestive disorders and bladder problems, so the cancer goes unrecognized until it's advanced. But in retrospect, many women with ovarian cancer realize they were experiencing unexplained symptoms for months, even ...
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  7. What are the signs and symptoms of bone cancer?

    Bone cancer can have many different signs and symptoms because there are several types of bone cancer. There is cancer that originates in the bone, called primary bone cancer, and there are tumors that spreads, or metastasizes, from other locations such as the breast, lungs, or prostate, to the bone...
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  8. FAQ: Does Sugar Feed Cancer Cells?

    The short answer is no -- with a big qualifying "but." Glucose (sugar) is the primary fuel for most of the cells in the body, including the brain, muscles, and -- yes -- even cancer cells. It's the preferred fuel because it's easily taken up by most cells throughout the body to use as an energy sour...
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  9. Can you get pregnant if your husband has leukemia?

    The answer to this question depends on what type of leukemia your husband has and which chemotherapy drugs his doctor has prescribed to combat the leukemia. Leukemia is usually treated with a combination of various chemotherapy drugs and other medications. A few of these drugs cause infertility as a...
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  10. I had a sonargram and my doctor told me that I had a small...

    Upon reading this question, I had some thoughts.  First, why was an ultrasound of your kidneys ordered?  Are you having problems?  Or, was this just an incidental finding on an ultrasound of the abdomen?
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  11. Can you please tell me about Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS)?

    Myelodysplastic syndrome is a complex disorder that causes abnormalities of the blood counts.  It is usually discovered by doing blood tests, where an anemia, low white blood cell count, or low platelet count is found.  It is not really a cancer, but rather a blood disorder.  It will often develop i...
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  12. What tests can be done to diagnose cancer early?

    Based on your description of your family history, you may benefit by arranging an appt to see a certified genetic counselor. Genetic counselors provide information, education and support to individuals who may have a genetic condition or may be at risk for developing a condition. A certified geneti...
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  13. What can we expect in the final stages of renal cancer?

    You've been so strong for your family, while several things are going on. Let's address each one.
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  14. What are the symptoms of skin cancer on the scalp?

    Skin cancer symptoms on the scalp can vary. I agree with everything Birder says above about the description of the lesions (BCC pink smooth, "pearly", translucent, but sometimes flat and white, scar-like and sometimes crusted or soft and bleeding. SCC red, scaly or rough, sometimes raised, sometimes...
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  15. Can vitamin C help fight pancreatic cancer?

    There are some animal studies pointing to the use of intravenous Vitamin C to help treat pancreatic cancer. In addition, it has been shown that pancreatic cancer cells have much lower levels of antioxidant activity, making these cancer cells especially vulnerable to Vitamin C which functions as a pr...
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  16. What are the different stages of bone cancer?

    The term bone cancer has several meanings. Thus what is meant by bone cancer stages depends on the type of cancer, as described below. The word bone cancer means a malignant tumor that involves bone, either secondarily (metastasis from another site) or primarily (arising directly from within bone).
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  17. How do you know if you have mouth cancer?

    Mouth cancer can happen to anyone, not just smokers and former smokers, though the risk in that group is increased.
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  18. Does sugar feed cancer cells?

    Thank you for a great question.
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  19. What is a breast fibroid and is it dangerous?

    A fibroid is a benign growth in the breast that is solid, firm, smooth and usually painless or only slightly tender.
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  20. What can we do to calm mom's coughing due to lung cancer radiation?

    Based on the description of your mom's cough and symptoms, it is difficult to establish if what you are seeing is related to your mom's cancer, the one radiation treatment and or the possibility of an upper respiratory infection occurring in addition to the radiation treatment.
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