Doctor….I have already smoked for 10 odd yrs…damage done!! So why to stop it now????

A very practical and intelligent query indeed!!! Well, just because we are discussing this after 10 years of smoking,  it clearly means, damage or no damage, the manifestation of the dreaded disease “cancer” is still not obvious. So we still have a chance, knowing that we are toying with a definite killer! Not all carcinogen exposure (read tobacco/ smoking, etc) may have a defined window period. There is a possibility, that it may damage your genetic structure. Changes in the genetic structure alter the natural cell division resulting in uncontrolled cell growth. This uncontrolled cell growth manifests as cancer of any…

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Genetic testing for cancer

Genetic Testing for cancer is emerging as a key indicator of treatment options in cancer. Genetic testing helps with personalized medicine or Precision Medicine. Precision medicine is personalized medicine rather than a single size fits all, approach. Watch, Team CanceRx in conversation with Medical Oncologist, Dr. Priya Tiwari. Please click on the pic below, the video sometimes starts with a time lag ;))     Are you are a cancer patient or a caregiver, seeking a second opinion on your loved one’s cancer diagnosis? Visit www.cancerx.co.in and get in touch with us NOW! Want to know, how genetic testing may help…

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Are Childhood cancers different from Adult Cancers?

Are Childhood cancers different from Adult Cancers? What are the symptoms? Can Childhood cancers be prevented? Childhood cancers or Paediatric cancers are biologically different from adult cancers. They grow faster than most adult cancers. Factors which trigger cancer or cause childhood cancers are different from those causing adult cancers, for example, smoking a leading cause of adult lung cancer is not a cause for childhood lung cancer. Most Paediatric cancers are nonhereditary and happen due to genetic mutations of growing up cells, though pollution, exposure to radiation, chemicals are also contributory factors in a few cases. The most common childhood…

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If a cancer is incurable today…should we treat it??

The most common question some patient ask us, oncologists or cancer doctors is: If my type of cancer is incurable and if cancer treatment will only delay the ultimate, should I be undergoing treatment at all ?? A logical question…that needs a practical answer. Not all cancers are completely curable in today’s world. We still like to treat most, if not all cancers.   A couple of reasons, which would shed light on why cancer treatment is important… 1. Treatment can obtain good local control, which is the only way forward for a possible cure in the future. 2. Treatments available today…

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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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 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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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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Why are their no symptoms for cancer sometimes till the last stage?

Most cancers do not cause symptoms until late due to the phenomenal resilience and immunity that our bodies have. Which is why regular checkups which lead to early detection of cancer are a must.  Most stomach cancers do not have any symptoms except the loss of appetite, acid reflux, stomach pain, feeling of fullness which many of us may relate to a bout of indigestion or a stomach infection.  Kidney cancer never has symptoms at an early stage.  Early stage liver cancer symptoms are often pain on the right side of the abdomen, loss of appetite. Pancreatic Cancers are rarely found operable unless they invade the bile…

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Did you know that 60 out of 100 men are likely to be diagnosed with Prostate Cancer?

  The above statistics of hold good as men age and most affected are those beyond 65. Though the statistics may seem disheartening, only one in thirty-nine people may die as a result of prostate cancer. That means that the average percentage of people who have died from prostate cancer is about 0.027%, probably the least possible for any form of cancer. There are many treatments option for prostate cancer. The hardest part is simply informing yourself and your family about various treatment options available, their estimated costs and the ability to choose the best treatment option available based on…

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Irrfan Khan’s fight against cancer

Irrfan Khan and his fight against cancer:     Irrfan Khan, a talented and renowned actor known particularly for his roles in Salaam Bombay!, Life in a… Metro, and Hindi Medium, amongst other notable films in both Hindi cinema and Hollywood, put it best when he quoted Margaret Mitchell in the acknowledgement of his own fight with neuroendocrine cancer. “Life is under no obligation to give us what we expect.” Irrfan released a statement letting the world know that he had been diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumor, a type of cancer after he was forced to stop filming his current…

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