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What is epithelioid malignancy?
« on: 10/12/2008 12:13:05 »
I've tried looking it up but all I can find are articles with long doctor-type words and I'm none the wiser.  ???


 

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« Reply #1 on: 10/12/2008 13:22:46 »
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The term "epithelium" refers to cells that line hollow organs and glands and those that make up the outer surface of the body.
Epithelial cells help to protect or enclose organs. Most produce mucus or other secretions.
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002363.htm

So "epitheloid malignancy" could describe cancer of skin, bowel, lung, pancreas, prostate, etc
 

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« Reply #2 on: 10/12/2008 14:08:30 »
I was hoping no-one would say that  :(
 

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« Reply #3 on: 10/12/2008 14:34:42 »
Such cancers can be treatable, some with a very high degree of success, e.g. ...

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If bowel cancer is caught early enough, the cure rate is 90%.
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« Reply #4 on: 10/12/2008 14:45:59 »
Lung with me. So far it's only a possible indication. I have to have another scan on the 30th.
 

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« Reply #5 on: 10/12/2008 15:35:37 »
Hopefully you won't need it, but there is comprehensive information about lung cancer treatments on the "Cancer Research UK" website.
 

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« Reply #6 on: 10/12/2008 16:08:17 »
I've seen people treated for it so I don't need to read about it. But thanks anyway.
 

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« Reply #7 on: 10/12/2008 16:15:56 »
There are different types and different stages of lung cancer, each has different treatments,
(these are listed on the website link I posted above).

So the cases you have seen may not necessarily be applicable. 
 

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« Reply #8 on: 10/12/2008 16:17:16 »
True, although I have seen quite a few. To be honest, I'm not relishing the thought of any of the treatments.
 

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« Reply #9 on: 11/12/2008 01:59:58 »
I don't think anyone relishes the thought of any of the treatments, I know I didn't, but one just gets on with whatever's necessary. Feel free to PM me, if you want to talk privately. Different bits affected by cancer, but the emotions are likely the same, and it helps if one can stay positive and keep busy, I find. :)
 

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« Reply #10 on: 11/12/2008 04:55:04 »
I am sorry Doc.. I hope more tests bring better news Keep your Chin UP! HUGS!
 

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« Reply #11 on: 11/12/2008 11:47:06 »
OldDragon & Karen - thank you. I'm a tough old beaver and one thing I can guarantee is that I won't lose my dreadful sense of humour!  :D
 

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« Reply #12 on: 11/12/2008 13:17:30 »
OldDragon & Karen - thank you. I'm a tough old beaver and one thing I can guarantee is that I won't lose my dreadful sense of humour!  :D
Pleased to hear it.
 

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« Reply #13 on: 11/12/2008 13:55:20 »
OldDragon & Karen - thank you. I'm a tough old beaver and one thing I can guarantee is that I won't lose my dreadful sense of humour!  :D
Pleased to hear it.

Not everyone will be pleased  :P
 

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« Reply #14 on: 11/12/2008 21:32:21 »
Hey my friendoc!

They(neurosurgeons) had to cut your neck and mess up your spinal canal just a few months ago and you probably recovered 'spontaneously' on your own...
Wish you that now you just had an erroneousloid malignancy diagnosed by a pessimistic dude!
You'll make it this time too anyway.
Stay tuned

ikod

« Last Edit: 11/12/2008 21:46:02 by iko »
 

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« Reply #15 on: 11/12/2008 22:18:47 »
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They(neurosurgeons) had to cut your neck and mess up your spinal canal just a few months ago and you probably recovered 'spontaneously' on your own...

Eh?
 

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« Reply #16 on: 12/12/2008 09:53:14 »
Dr B you've mentioned that you've worked with alcoholics and drug addicts.
This group has an unusually high incidence of pulmonary tuberculosis (TB),  (particularly individuals with HIV).
The symptoms of pulmonary TB can be similar to those of lung cancer …


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Tuberculosis is difficult to diagnose because the signs and symptoms are seen in other diseases, such as the following:
Carcinoma of the lung (frequently creates cavities in lung tissue) ...
http://www.pulmonologychannel.com/tuberculosis/symptoms.shtml


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patients with pulmonary tuberculosis who present the full spectrum of symptoms and signs are unusual in developed countries, but doctors and health workers often see such patients in developing countries. Lung cancer has become a more common cause of some or all of these symptoms in developed countries
http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/extract/332/7551/1194

So might be worth investigating the possibility of TB.

You've also mentioned you have horses. Asperigillosis is a fungal infection which can be contracted from contact with mouldy hay/straw. Asperigillosis can produce symptoms similar to lung cancer ... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aspergillosis
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« Reply #17 on: 12/12/2008 12:39:45 »
RD - thank you for that info.

I don't think it's Asperigillosis as the symptoms don't fit. As for TB, that would have shown up in blood tests.

It's possible that it's just a benign hardening of the lung lining due to various factors, but because I was a smoker for years the Big C rears its ugly head.
 

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« Reply #18 on: 12/12/2008 15:14:06 »
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They(neurosurgeons) had to cut your neck and mess up your spinal canal just a few months ago and you probably recovered 'spontaneously' on your own...

Eh?

I went to the hospital today as my neck was hurting after the car crash yesterday. Had my neck X-rayed. There was no damage from the accident but the doctor did find things that he didn't like the look of.

I injured my back about 25 years ago & the damage the doc saw today was probably due to that. He said they'd found what sounded like "a number of residual changes". He asked me if I'd ever been advised that surgery might be necessary.
I said that I'd been told years ago that I might need an operation 1 day. He advised me to go to my GP to see about having the operation sometime soon.


I'm not a happy beaver  :(

I can't be sure he actually did say "residual" changes, but that's what it sounded like. Does anyone know if that's right & what it means? And what surgery would be required?
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« Reply #19 on: 12/12/2008 18:32:58 »
Ah, I thought you were inferring that they actually had cut my neck open. The doctor was just saying that it may be a good idea to have the op before it gets too bad. As it doesn't cause me much of a problem I haven't done anything about it yet.
 

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« Reply #20 on: 14/12/2008 15:31:58 »
Hey my friendoc!

They(neurosurgeons) were going had to cut your neck and mess up your spinal canal just a few months ago and you probably recovered 'spontaneously' on your own...
Wish you that now you just had an erroneousloid malignancy diagnosed by a pessimistic dude!
You'll make it this time too anyway.
Stay tuned

ikod


Sosssoorrrreee Doc!
You know, I learned English from a book...  ;D
« Last Edit: 14/12/2008 15:33:54 by iko »
 

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« Reply #21 on: 14/12/2008 16:56:54 »
Pas de problème, iko.
 

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