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Lung Cancer Screening?
Who should be screened for lung cancer? What does a screening involve?
Treatment after Glioblastoma
I had a glioblastoma tumor removed a month ago and now deciding if I should receive chemo and radiation. I understand treatment will only prolong my life by 20 more months. Is it worth the toxic effects of chemo and radiation for those extra months?
When Should I Quit Smoking?
I have a friend who has been smoking for more than 20 years. She claims a doctor told her that if she quits before age 40, she should be fine. Is that true? Also, is there an increased risk factor if a close relative died from lung cancer?
Saw Palmetto for Prostate Cancer?
Is there any benefit to taking supplements such as Saw Palmetto to help reduce or prevent prostate cancer? I have read conflicting articles. I am 70 years old and have been on active surveillance for prostate cancer since early 2010.
The Best Sunscreen?
I just read your information about sun protection, noting the ingredients necessary for a good sun screen. I checked the sunscreens I use and see NONE of those ingredients. Can you recommend a product with the best ingredients?
Breast Cancer Screening Recommendations
Breast cancer runs in my family (mother). Should I get a mammogram earlier than 40?
Should I See a Dermatologist with a Family History of Melanoma?
I’m female (58) who was raised at a high altitude and has a fair complexion. I have sunburned many times. My family has a history of melanoma. The skin on my face has darkened in blotches. My PCP said it’s unusual but not 'dangerous' at this point.
Does Radiation Therapy Make You Radioactive?
I will be starting radiation therapy soon for breast cancer and have a question that I’m too embarrassed to ask my doctor. Will radiation therapy make me radioactive?
Painful Intercourse Due to Radiation Treatment
I'm 60 and in 2010 I had colorectal cancer. I had surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, and now intercourse is too painful. I had pelvic floor therapy for 3 months, but it didn't work to loosen the vaginal walls. Is there a medication that would help?
Lung Nodules Sign of Cancer?
I had a CT scan and they found a 4mm nodule in one lung and a 5mm one in the other (rescan in 4 months). I’m 42 and a smoker. I have no symptoms of cancer but read bilateral multiple nodules are usually metastasis from a primary elsewhere. True?
CT Scan Exposure On Teen
What can happen to a teen in the future if they have already had more than 10 CT scans in one year?
Radiation for Breast Cancer
I read that radiation therapy can cut reoccurrence of breast cancer by 70%. If this is true, why don’t all patients have it as part of their treatment? My sister had a mastectomy but no radiation or chemotherapy. Should she have insisted on radiation?
Do Ovarian Cysts Mean Ovarian Cancer?
My mother has stage 3c ovarian cancer and will need chemotherapy. I had a cyst on my ovaries last October. My doctor gave me a CAT scan to find out what it was. There was no sign of cancer. Do ovarian cysts have anything to do with ovarian cancer?
Radiation Therapy for Cancer
My husband has been diagnosed with cancer and will begin radiation therapy soon. Can you tell me if this type of therapy is safe, are there side effects, and what can he do to stay as healthy as he can during the treatments?
Hysterectomy and Excessive Gas
13 years ago I had a total hysterectomy when I was diagnosed with Stage 4 ovarian cancer. Since the surgery I’ve noticed I have a lot of gas, which is rather embarrassing especially in public. Is this a normal post surgical side effect for this surgery?
Skin Cancer After-Care
I’m 57 and spent too much time at the beach without sunscreen. I recently had surgery for a squamous cell carcinoma on my lip. Does skin cancer "travel"? After the lip surgery I had some scarring. Chemo cream and Fraxel laser were suggested.
Vulvar Cancer: Diagnosis and treatment
What are the symptoms of vulvar cancer and how is it diagnosed?
Fertility Treatments and Increased Cancer Risks?
Is a woman undergoing fertility treatments at higher risk of getting cancer than a woman of the same age who has not taken these drugs?
Ovarian Cancer and Hyperthyroidism
Can hyperthyroidism be a symptom of undetected ovarian cancer when there is a family history of colon cancer?
Hysterectomy and Loss of Libido
Two years ago I was diagnosed with a rare uterine cancer. The doctors took everything including some lymph nodes. I’ve always had a healthy sex appetite but since my surgery I feel numb - like a robot with no feelings. Is there anything I can do?
Dense Breast Tissue: Does denisty increase risk of breast cancer?
I had breast cancer 10 years ago. I went thru chemo and radiation. I’ve had mammograms every year since. What does it mean when additional pictures are needed because of denseness? What is the cause, and what is the chance it’s a reoccurrence of cancer?
Mammograms: Are mammograms effective for men?
Are mammograms effective for men?
Hospice Service: Questions to ask hospice
My father has cancer and we think it may be time to find out about hospice services. What questions should we ask?
Hair Dyes and Cancer Risks
Will coloring hair cause a danger of getting cancer?
Lung Cancer Causes: Reason for increase?
I read that lung cancer is on the rise, but smoking is on a decline. What is causing this increase?
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