No one is too young for Cervical Cancer

  No one is too young for cervical cancer. Most cervical cancers are caused by HPV virus’s which are a group of over 100 viruses causing cervical cancer due to infections during sexual intercourse or due to transmission during oral sex. Multiple sexual partners can increase the risk manifold The HPV vaccine, a preventative vaccine helps protect against cervical cancers.  Ideally, the vaccine needs to be taken as soon a girl attains puberty before the onset of sexual activity. Most pre-cancers and early-stage cervical cancers have no symptoms at all. However, a few common Cervical Cancer Symptoms are: Bleeding between periods. Bleeding after sexual intercourse. Bleeding in post-menopausal women. Discomfort during sexual…

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Sugar and Cancer – Best Friends?

The question here really is ” Is there a link up between sugar and cancer? And if yes, is the scare for real? PET Scan, one of the best-known cancer detection tests, uses, radioactively labeled glucose to detect sugar hungry cancer cells. While carrying out a PET CT scan, patients are made to drink radioactive glucose water. The radioactive glucose gets actively taken by glucose hungry cancer cells due to which the cancer cells light up. The well lit up cancer cells indicate spread of cancer or the spread of cancer cells in various parts of the body. As the…

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 Understanding Precision Medicine for Cancer.

We often hear of Precision Medicine for Cancer, but what is Precision Medicine? How is it different from standard treatment protocols? What can be the benefits of choosing Precision Medication over standard protocols? The diagnosis and treatment of cancer at a cellular or molecular level is known as Precision Medicine. Cancer is a heterogeneous disease, with a different genetic profile not only between patients with different cancers but also differences in genetic, molecular and cellular profile even within the same type of cancer. All cancers are genetic by nature and with cellular profile changing over time even in the same…

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Excerpts from an interview with Dr. Rahul Bhargava, Hematologist

Excerpts from an interview with Dr. Rahul  Bhargava,  Hematologist, Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurgaon Q.What role do stem cells play in cancer treatment? A. Stem Cells have two options: there’s stem cell therapy versus stem cell transplant; however, stem cell therapy is not an option right now. Stem Cell transplant works in curing blood cancers like CML, CLL, and Multiple Myeloma that originates from stem cells. Q.What role does bone marrow transplantation offer for cancer treatment? A. Bone Marrow Transplant plays a key role in the treatment of acute myeloid cancer and most Bone Marrow Transplants provide a  60-70% survival…

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Dr. Ishita B Sen, Fortis Memorial Research Institute

Excerpts from the interview with Dr. Ishita B Sen, Nuclear Medicine Specialist   Q.What role does nuclear medicine play in cancer treatment? A. Nuclear medicine is a part and parcel of cancer treatments, it plays a role from diagnostics to medicine and helps at various stages of cancer treatments. Q.What are the different treatment options offered by nuclear medicine for cancer treatment? A. Nuclear medicine is 20% therapy and 80% diagnostics. It is a niche therapy that helps treat thyroid, prostate, breast, neuroendocrine, and brain tumors. It is also used in intertumoral therapies Q.Why did you choose to specialize in…

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Antiperspirant and Breast Cancer

Anti Perspirants and breast cancer In 6th grade, I had just started at a new school, so I was thrilled when a girl from my class wanted to come over. Unfortunately, my hopes for our budding friendship were dashed as soon as she walked into my room. “Why do you have that?” she gasped, her judgment searing into me as I followed the direction of her pointed finger. I saw the subject of her scrutiny, but the weight of her concern was lost on me; could she really mean something so innocuous, so every day, so necessary to post-P.E. English…

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Kenneth successfully treated for Tounge Cancer, Testimonial, CanceRx impact story

Hi, I am Kenneth. I stumbled upon CanceRx while browsing for my Tongue cancer treatment. This is exactly a day after my cancer diagnosis. A small growth at the back of my tongue which didn’t heal for 3 weeks and I went for a routine checkup to the doctor. Once it was confirmed that I had Tounge cancer, I was struggling to discover the best course of treatment for myself. I found CanceRx online and they were hugely responsive. Within 2 hrs, of my first email, I was advised robotic surgery as my cancer was still at an early stage, and…

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What is CanceRx?

Solving the cancer conundrum! CanceRx is aiming to solve the growing problem of cancer. Worldwide there is a dearth of well qualified trained oncologists. In India, the number of oncologists stands at a dismal 2000 for a country with 1.2 billion people. The only way to solve the cancer conundrum is online.  CanceRx aims to connect cancer patients to some of the best oncologists in the country, who can offer them 2nd opinions on their cancer treatment. The platform aims to help patients via a 2nd opinion by a panel of medical, surgical and radiation oncologists. For patients who have just been diagnosed with…

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What is Ovarian Cancer

Cancer originating in the cells of the ovaries is called Ovarian cancer . If diagnosed early while the tumor is still limited to the ovary, the cure rate is better than 90 percent. Sadly, about two-thirds of women with ovarian cancer ignore early symptoms and seek medical attention by the tumor is already advanced and has spread outside of the ovaries. Part of the problem lies with nonspecific symptoms and symptoms which arise only when cancer has spread. Some of the early symptoms may include: Swelling of the abdomen Abdominal or pelvic pain Experiencing difficulty while eating or fullness Frequent…

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Stomach Cancer Treatment in India

STOMACH CANCER Did you know that stomach cancer also referred to as gastric cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in individuals? The stomach holds food temporarily. Mucosal cells produce mucus for lining the stomach. Uncontrolled growth of cells in the stomach leads to what we call stomach or gastric cancer Adenocarcinoma’s form the majority of stomach cancers. Gastric Lymphoma, Carcinoid tumor from the stomach cells hormones and gastrointestinal stromal tumors from interstitial cells, cancer of the peritoneum are few other types of stomach cancers. Symptoms of stomach cancer: An individual affected by gastric cancer is likely to…

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Colon Cancer Treatment in India

Uncontrolled cell growth in the colon leads to what is known as colon cancer. Major causes of colon cancer include polyps, genetic traits, habits, diet and other medical factors. The major types of colon cancer are: Primary colorectal lymphomas Gastrointestinal stromal tumors Lecomyosarcomas Carcinold tumors Melanomas Symptoms of colon cancer are: Weight loss Anemia Abdominal pain Blood in the stool Stool consistency change Diarrhea or constipation maybe experienced Stools maybe narrow Bowel movement pain Fatigue Diagnosing colon cancer For a diagnosis full physical examination is carried out along with a colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy. It involves inserting a long flexible tube…

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Breast Cancer Treatment in India

Breast Cancer Breast cancer is a medical condition referring to the uncontrolled growth of cells in the breast manifesting as tumors or lumps. This is usually a result of a variety of mutagens that interfere with the genetic make-up of the breast cells.  Breast cancer is the second largest cancer affecting women , though breast cancer affects men too but largely goes undiagnosed due to lack of awareness. What are some of the common breast cancer symptoms? One may experience general breast or nipple pains Abnormal nipple discharge apart from the usual breast milk Nipples and Breast skin that are…

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What is Kidney Cancer

What is Kidney Cancer: Our Kidneys are pair of bean snapped organs about the size of a fist attached to the upper back wall of the abdomen one to the right and the other to the left whose primary function to purifies the blood and remove excess water, salt, and waste product.  Kidney cancer usually manifests as a malignant tumour in the kidney. Causes of Kidney Cancer: Though the real cause of kidney cancer is unknown, certain factors has been noted to increase the risk of the disease. Obesity- Being obsessed may cause hormonal imbalance which could lead to increase…

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Myraids RiskScore Test for Breast Cancer

Myriad’s riskScore test for breast cancer risk adds a second layer of precision in breast cancer testing and diagnosis Less than 10 % of women undergoing genetic testing for breast cancer test positive for any of all the 11 genes known to directly impact breast cancer risk. Myriad’s new riskScore assessment test looks at the balance 90 %. Myriad’s new risk Score genetic test is designed to quantify a woman’s five-year and lifelong risk of developing breast cancer. In practice it is a follow up test. The risk Score test is indicated for women with a family history of breast cancer that don’t carry mutations in any of the key genes, like BRCA1/2. Instead, it looks at 80 point mutations (SNPs) that have a bearing…

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Pediatric Cancers

Pediatric Cancers Pediatric Cancers are the cancers affecting children. There are three major types of Pediatric cancers which are further subcategorized, (1) Leukemia, which is Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL) and Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), (2) Lymphoma, divided into Hodgkin and Non Hodgkin (3) Solid Sarcomas, which include Brain Tumors, Ewing Tumors, Eye Cancers, Germ Cell Tumors, Kidney/Wilms Tumors, Liver cancer, Neuroblastoma, Osteosarcoma, Rhabdomyosarcoma, Skin Cancer, Soft Tissue Sarcoma and Thyroid Cancer. From tomorrow we will cover each of these cancer separaetely (1) Leukemia (Cancer of the Blood)                                      Leukemia is a cancer of the blood. Blood cells originate and develop inside Bone marrow, in…

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