FAQ - Carcinoma, Intraductal, Noninfiltrating
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How can I start a cancer support group for renal cell carcinoma?

Where could we meet?
How large of a space would I need?
How can I get speakers?

Do you or someone in your family have renal cell carcinoma?

You can contact your city's local hospitals to see if a support group for that type of cancer already exists. If the group does not exist, you can ask to speak with the hospital's community relations director or volunteer director to talk about your interest in starting a support group. But there are guidelines and funding involved b/c you will have to find a room in a hospital to use and may have to pay the hospital to use it, unless you are told otherwise. And your hospitals may have cancer ward or unit that you can check out in person too, to see if there are support groups there and speak with the people or organizations who lead those support groups, to get an idea how you would create one. You would also have to advertise for volunteers to lead the support groups on specific nights, etc.,.

Your best bet is to find an existing cancer support group and either do an informational interview with the person in charge, or do research online to start with.  (+ info)

Anyone had any experience with High Grade Small Cell Neuroendocrine Carcinoma?

Diagnosis is High Grade Small Cell Neuroendocrine Carcinoma presenting between colon and pelvis (also in lymphnodes in same area). Doctor's are not sure but believe it originated from cervix or uterus. It is being treated as if it were Small Cell Lung Cancer eventhough it is NOT in the lungs.

Having a hard time finding anything online because it is apparently pretty darn rare. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

This is not that uncommon. Neuroendocrine cells are all over the body so it can arise in many places other than lung (most common). It is described as small cell carcinoma, an while usually lung, can arise in many sites such as vagina, cervix, rectum, intestine, appendix, etc. They are all generally treated the same, using common small cell lung cancer regimens.
In general, limited stage disease, loosely defined as disease that can fit within one radiation portal, can be cured occasionally with chemotherapy and radiation- but this is extrapolating from lung cancer patients, where cure rates are <20% with limited stage disease. More extensive disease is not curable, though it does respond very well to chemotherapy or radiation or both.

Blessings  (+ info)

What are the symptoms of a basal cell carcinoma?

Is it possible that you could have one for a year without any change in size?

Also how likely is it that someone in their early 20's could get one. (i.e. does it require excessive sun exposure?)

I am looking at google, but I would also like some input from you people.

The risk of skin cancer is related to the amount of sun exposure and pigmentation in the skin. The longer the exposure to the sun and the lighter the skin, the greater the risk of skin cancer. It occurs most frequently in people over 45 years of age, and almost twice as often in men as in women, but if you're in the sun very often with little or no protection, it is possible for you to get skin cancer even in your early 20's.

Symptoms of Basal Cell Carcinoma:

-The five most typical characteristics of basal cell carcinoma are quite different from each other. Frequently, two or more features are present in one tumor. In addition, basal cell carcinoma sometimes resembles non-cancerous skin conditions, such as psoriasis or eczema. Only a trained physician, usually a dermatologist, can diagnose this cancer.
It is advisable to learn the signs of basal cell carcinoma and examine the body regularly, as often as once a month, if at high risk. A full-length mirror and a hand-held mirror can be very useful for the less visible parts of the body. The five warning signs of basal cell carcinoma are:

-An open sore that bleeds, oozes or crusts, and remains open for three or more weeks. A persistent, non-healing sore is a very common early manifestation.
-A reddish patch or an irritated area, frequently occurring on the chest, shoulders, arms or legs. Sometimes the patch crusts. It may also itch or hurt. At other times, it persists with no noticeable discomfort.
-A smooth growth with an elevated, rolled border and an indentation in the center. As the growth slowly enlarges, tiny blood vessels may develop on the surface.
-A shiny bump (or nodule) that is pearly or translucent and is often pink, red or white. The bump can also be tan, black or brown, especially in dark-haired people, and can be confused with a mole.
-A scar-like area (white, yellow, or waxy in appearance) which often has poorly defined borders. The skin itself appears shiny or taut. -Although a less frequent sign, it can indicate the presence of an aggressive tumor.

http://www.healthscout.com/ency/1/199/main.html  (+ info)

what is the difference between carcinoma and cancer tumors?

is it lung carcinoma or lung cancer tumors? how are they both two different things

Carcinoma means cancer starting on skin or some other surface of organs.

All carcinomas are cacner but not all cancers are carcinomas.  (+ info)

What does "metastic carcinoma with unknown primary tumour and pulmonary embolism" mean on a death certificate?

My boyfriends mother died last week and I was wondering what this means.
Oh wow. Okay, thank you so much for answering.

It means that she had cancer that had spread through her body and they weren't sure where the tumor was located that started it and that she had a blood clot in the lung.  (+ info)

Where is the best medical center for treating renal cell carcinoma? What are the latest treatments?

in the United States or foreign countries?

For me, I live in Mass and I think the best medical center for any cancer is Dana Farber cancer institute in Boston. I know they advertise a cancer hospital on TV but I can't remember the name. They are suppose to be good as well. I swear by Boston because of how the helped me and my sister who had stage 4 ovarian cancer with mets to her uterus, cervix, spleen, gall bladder, and parts of her intestines and stomach. She had a total of 5 surgeons working on her and they got all the cancer. That was 5 yrs ago. They didn't think she would live. No one did. But they did it. Then she got brain cancer. twice. Each time they did surgery and she is walking around today. After much chemo and radiation. she is free of cancer. So I am a strong supporter of Dana Farber. in Boston. Do some research Be blessed  (+ info)

Can chewing tobacco cause Squamous Cell Carcinoma?

We just recently found out that a family member has Squamous Cell Carcinoma and the doctors think it maybe from chewing.

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What causes breast and arm pain after having biopsy with Lobular Carcinoma in Situ diagnosis?

I can barely raise my arms up over my head. I have sever pain between the shoulders and elbow on both arms. I had three wire localizations with excisional biopsies in April 2008, and this has gotten alot worse since the surgery. What can I do and where should I start to look for answers.?

look in the chat section of this link and see if someone their is experienced the same problems that you are having, but I would advise you to go and see your doctor just in case you have developed an infection from having a biopsy done. good luck.xx  (+ info)

Can cyberknife surgery be used for a squamous cell carcinoma?

My son (40) has been Dx with this type and could lose his tongue and voice box. Jaw bone is slipping out of place and has cout through his chin. Are there any alternatives? He thought he had a toothache. Has had radiation and chemo. He told me that now it is still in the same place, has not moved since Dx. 10/06. He can not eat via mouth. Has a feeding tube. Can I get serious answers only. He just wants to be able to speak and eat food. Can cyberknife help?

Cyberknife is used almost exclusively for brain and spinal tumors, but doctors have been known to push the envelope if other therapies have been tried and the cancer is still viable. At Beth Israel, Boston, they used it on me for a mass in my lung that is too near the heart for sugery. I am back on chemo now.

Cyberknife is a system of very precisely targeting the cancer and shooting Gamma Rays at it from many different angles. It is very effective most of the time, but not always.  (+ info)

What is the survival rate of renal cell carcinoma patients who have had nephrectomy?

Diagnosis was renal cell carcinoma. Right kidney was removed with a radical nephrectomy.

since the affected kidney has already been removed, you have already "upped" your chances of survival. there is now a higher probability of recovering. however, precaution should still be exercised. visit your doctor and have a follow up exam to check wether the surgery was a success and if it was done in time to prevent the spread of the disease. since carcinoma is often caused by too much "bad" carbon in the body, you would do well by not eating "burned meat" that usually happens when cooking in open fire-such as when grilling. good luck!  (+ info)

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