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 I have cancer, anything to do before I die?
i'm due in 1 and a half years
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I have a tumor in my brain and they are unable to get it out....

 Can I get paid to take care of my mom?
We live in Michigan and my mom has stage 4 breast cancer with mets to her brain, liver, adrenal glands, and bones. She has been getting worse and worse and she can't really do much anymore. She ...

 I last smoked pot over 30 days ago and just took a few hits. Can this be detected in a hair follicle test?

 How do you deal with the news that you have cancer?
I am 57 years old and I already have bad health, COPD, Diabetes and now I have been diagnosed with lung cancer and even though they say it is not in an advanced stage, surgery is not an option ...

 Do Clowns suffer from Jesticular cancer?

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Charlie: Yes I am and the Goverment aggree!...

 question about jades cancer?
i know this is gona sound a little bit stupid but ***** doctors given her a liver transplant and removed the other infected cancer parts instead of just saying its terminal? surely there was ...

 do u think there will ever be a cure for cancer?

 I Have Cancer, but I don't want to tell anyone, I feel alone?
Hi, I'm 18 and I have just been diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer,

My mom is the only person that knows, and I can't talk to her about it without her getting emotional. I have been ...

 How do you tell a 4year old boy that His Mother has breast cancer?

 I have pain in my breast, chest, upper back & neck but scared to go to to doctor and find out its cancer?

 Have you ever had a family member diagonse with a CANCER?
If so how did you cope with it and move on with your life and everything, or do you move on? just curious!...

 Why can't we cure cancer? At least one form of it?
Trillions of dollars have been raised/spent to fight cancer over the last..., 100 years, and with today's medical minds, you tell me that it is still killing people at an alarming rate. Is it ...

 Can men get breast cancer?

 I've been smoking for 2 months do i have cancer?
I started smoking in April, I smoked on a saturday and then two weeks later i smoked again. then another two weeks later i smoked again and then two days later again then again then i decided to quit....

 Recently I have found a knot in my breast that is visible (can see lump under skin). Should I worry. 24yrs old?
The area where the knot is seems to be darker than my other skin?
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I don't want to go to doc unless it might be serious....no insurance but I guess I will have to ...

 I am a grandad of 66 who has always looked after my grandaughter of 13?
my daughter is having a babby in febuary and wonts me to lookafter him I dont have a problem what do you think
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wot I said I dont have a problem looking after my ...

 what is a good gift for someone who just finished chemo & radiation?
my mom just finished chemo & radiation. we were taking her out to dinner & wanted to get her a gift. what would be a good gift? she is 59 & had breast cancer....

 Is there a certain kind of chemotherapy treatment that doesn't cause hair loss? If so, what is it called?

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 blood types?which blood types do you believe to be the rarest?

Why does cancer stop hair growth?
usually cancer patients are bald.. so i was wondering?

The hair loss is caused by the radiation in the chemotherapy. It destroys the hair follicles causing the hair loss.

It doesn't.

Many, though not all, cancer patients have chemotherapy and many, though not all, chemotherapy regimes cause hair loss.

This is because chemotherapy chemotherapy attacks fast growing cells (because cancer cells are fast growing) and the cells in the hair follicles grow fast.

Some chemotherapy regimes cause hair thinning, some don't cause hair loss at all, but most do cause hair loss.

It's temporary, and hair will grow back when treatment has ended - in fact it often starts to grow back before treatment ends - mine did.

Radiotherapy/radiation doesn't cause hair loss unless the part of the body it is directed at has hair - that is, if it's directed at the head

It doesn't.

The radiation in chemotherapy often causes hair to thin or fall out, so many patients either end up bald or simply shave their heads to avoid the awkward patchy look.

it's the treatment

its not the cancer itself, its the chemotherapy and medicines they take.

to get into more detail, chemo kills off cells that are in the middle of dividing (mitosis) so it kills dividing tumor cells and body cells.

tumor cells divide very rapidly hough so they are killed off before all the body cells are.

the reason hair falls out is because hair follicle cells also divide very rapidly and are usually killed off too.

Ian's Mommy is A Fighter!
Chemo therapy can cause it. Generally radiation will cause hair to fall out. Surgery- you can be shaved. I'm dealing with brain cancer....part of my hair was shaved (a small patch on the side of my head) during surgery. Chemo didn't cause me to lose any hair, but my radiation has. I've lost hair where the radiation goes in...a giant spot.....then I lost hair all over my head in patches and spots where the radiation would exit my brain.....I shaved my head about 4 weeks into radiation....they say it will grow back, but could be a different texture or color...we'll see!

And as a correction to another answer....radiation can cause hair loss in other parts of the body as well as the location aimed at. The beams have to exit some where just as they entered and after hitting the tumor....they disperse... kind of like aiming a water gun at an apple...once the water stream hits the apple...the water goes everywhere....except with radiation it goes through the tumor, then strays in many different directions...

Another thought....there is no radiation in chemo therapy...surgery, chemo, and radiation are a few of the options available to cancer patients

Roger B
The medicine cancer patients take does that, not the cancer itself.

it's the Chemo and or radiation NOT the cancer...

Cancer does that stop hair growth. Its the Keomo therapy they receive as treatment, which is radiation (radiation makes your hair fall out).

It's the Chemo that makes the hair fall!

Cancer itself doesn't stop hair growth but the medicine does. Cancer is a fast growing cell so they have things like kimotherapy stop fast growing cells in your body, but hair is also a fast growing cell and so kimotherapy and other medicines tend to stop hair growth. Hope this helps:)

I think it's because of the chemotheraphy medication the patients take, its a side effect of that.

Anyway, why are there thumbs down to perfectly ok answers..

Rachel B
Cancer doesn't make you lose hair. It's chemotherapy, used to treat cancer, which does.

Mr. Goodkat
Cancer does not stop hair growth, but chemotherapy to treat cancer causes hair to fall out.

Thats from the treatment, not the cancer itself. chemotherapy is not a easy thing on the body

Cancer does not stop hair growth. Cancer patients undergoing Chemo or Radiation Therapy typically loose their hair as a result of the treatment. Most patients will shave their head as soon as they notice hair beginning to fall out because it's easier and more hygenic than loosing a little bit at a time. It also makes it easier to wear a wig or hair piece if the person is self-concious about it.

Jeremy F
Most cancer patients undergo Chemotherapy to help cure/fight cancer. A side effect of Chemotherapy is hair-loss.

Chemotherapy is the use of drugs that attack fast-growing cells with a high metabolic rate, such as cancer cells, and kill them.

Ceiling Cat original edition
It's not the cancer, it's the treatment. Chemotherapy attacks fast dividing cells i.e. cancer cells, but other organs have a high cell turnover too - like testes and ovaries, hair follicles and skin.

edit - there is no radiation in chemotherapy. You either have chemo or radio therapy.

The baldness is caused by the chemotherapy treatments cancer patients have to endure. Not caused by the cancer itself, just a nasty side effect of the treatment.

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