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 Cancer causes.. wat do u think?
some of these are just down right stupid! here are some from a yahoo thingy
2. Living in a polluted city is a greater risk for lung cancer than smoking a pack of cigarettes a day.
3. Some ...

 Breast cancer?
i have been in remission from breast cancer for 18 months, can anyone tell me if you ever forget about it, every time i look in the mirror i see it, i still have scaring from the radiation, i had all ...

 Is colon cancer hereditary?
My uncle was just diagnosed with colon cancer, and I told my dad that he should get checked. He said he didn't have to because it wasn't hereditary. I have heard that it was. Does anyone ...

 What is your favorite kind of cheese?
Mine is a toss up between blue and goat....

 My mom has cancer?
I was told on sunday that my mom has cancer. I can not go near here because i have a cold. I live at a boarding school so i cannot spend alot of time with her, they told me that she has a 90% of ...

 Should you tell friends if you have cancer?
Or do they not need to know?...

 10 year old daughter has large painful lump in breast under areola, any ideas what it could be?
My daughter is 10, in the last week has developed a large (about 3 inch in diameter and getting bigger) lump in her right breast directly under her areola. She has not begun her menses as of yet and ...

 Do you have any advice on how to help my friend who's mother just found out she has cancer?
His mother has advanced colon cancer that has spread to her liver and lungs and has just started treatment. I want to be supportive to him and his mother. Any suggestions?...

 Should we stop giving crisps and chips to young children?
swedish scientists discovered unexpectedly large amount of acrylamide .it forms when starch is cooked at high temperature
it ha not been found in food that has been boiled.acrylamide causes ...

 What does it mean if a CT scan found an enlarged lymph node in my husband's abdomen. He had testicular cancer
and has been 'cancer free' for 2 years.
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The onlcologist is on vacation. He called and left a message on our home machine. I know this isn't a medical ...

 Is it my fault i got cancer?
I have lung cancer. I'm 19 and have never smoked one cigarette. No one else in my family smokes.

Maybe it was something else i did like not eating healthy enough or not getting enough ...

 Why is it difficult to find a medicine for cancer?

 Whom shall i consult regarding oral cancer, Oncologist or Dental surgeon?
suppose one suspects malignant growth behind the tongue(most likely oral cancer), whom shall i visit? the Dental surgeon or the oncologist, suppose i want to run a biopsy test.

thank ...

 Does drinking heavy alcohol and smoking everyday cause cancer? Even if I quit i'm 30 years old now,?

 Silly Q but, what are the cons of having breast cancer?
I've been searching the net & all I understand is how it forms & the symptoms. What I want to know is how it affects you [& everyday life]. Also, what treatment's and therapy ...

 Why the governments do not ban killer cigarettes? alcohol?
more than a million people die every year of cancer due to cigarette smoking and excessive consumption of alcohol. Further the sufferings undergone by cancer patients is beyond imagination.
Why ...

 Do you think that people make 2 much of a big deal about breast cancer?
My Uncle Jimmy died of brain cancer last summer, brain cancer, like breast cancer kills allot of people. Sometimes, theres no cure, and I understand that breast cancer is a big deal...... just like ...

 What are symtoms of testicular cancer?

 Is smoking injuries to the health !?
is it Cause of Cancer. ?
then all Cancer patient are smoker ?...

 Will i pursue my chemotherapy?
haven't started it yet but the sched is on......

The Cajun Mason
Does cancer really spread after a surgery?
I was told that if someone had cancer that wasn't diagnosed yet but had a surgery for something unrelated that the cancer would spread faster because it was exposed to the air.
Is this true?

No, this is a myth.

Being exposed to air has nothing to do with why cancer may spread. Cancer can be microscopic and may not yet have grown when a regular surgeon operates. So the surgeon removes a tumor that he sees and does not take 'adequate margins' all around the tumor site. In other words . . a regular surgeon may leave some of the cancer behind. Cancer can grow rapidly . . that is the meaning of cancer . . uncontrollable growth. Thus those microscopic cells the surgeon did not see start to grow uncontrollably and form new tumors. That makes it seem like the surgery caused the tumors to grow . .but it didn't . . what happened is that a regular surgeon is not experienced in oncology.

One of the reasons that chemotherapy is sometimes offered before surgery is to be able to control those microscopic cancer cells. A patient will have a few cycles of chemo to kill off any small undetactable cancer cells, he will than undergo surgery by a skilled oncological surgeon . . who removes all signs of visible tumor. After the surgery, if there is any question that cancer cells may linger behind . . than chemotherapy or radiation treatment continues in order to kill off what can't be seen.

But, it has nothing to do with air . . or with surgery . . but with metastatic cells that are already present that no one can see to remove.

You can actually see this for yourself and it will take the mystery out of it for you. If you are curious about how cancer surgery is performed you can watch them online:

OR Live and On Demand Medical Webcasts features online surgical procedures including cancer resections. There are archives and live broadcasts:

Intraperitoneal Hyperthermic Chemotherapy for Persistent Cancer in Live Internet Broadcast

Kelley E
The answer is usually yes, surgery does cause cancer to grow much faster. Not due to the exposure to air, but due to the body's metabolic response to the surgery.

Surgery causes a localized catabolic response. But that is followed by a systemic anabolic response because the body's energy is marshaled to repair the cut.

Most early tumors are due to an anabolic imbalance. So when the body becomes systemically anabolic, that promotes tumor growth.

This idea is not understood by mainstream medicine as yet...much like mainstream medicine didn't understand bacteria's role in ulcers.

Dr. Fowkes, made an additional discovery. If the surgery is to remove the tumor, that act triggers any unknown 'hot' spots to become active and start growing.

We see it every day with facial skin cancers. If someone has a skin cancer removed, it's almost a guarantee that new lesions will pop up shortly thereafter.

The bottom line is that trying to solve a metabolic disorder with a scalpel is shortsighted.

Good luck.


Jennifer O
No, no, no.... Cancer eats healthy cells not air...

Most Dr.s and other people will tell you no. But I've seen this happen to a lot of people. So I have to say yes.

No. Not at all. If the surgery is done for some other reason than cancer and if this disease is unnoticed due to exposure the can cer will not spread. Cancers are graded for the speed of splitting of Cancerous cells and if it is in advanced stage the disease will spread very fast. Secondly the Stage of the disease also counts a lot in spreading to other places. But due to ordinary surgery of other parts the disease will not spread. Do not worry-

Joel H
This is not true, it is an old belief. Cancer is not an infectious decease. You can not catch cancer, thus it will not spread to other parts of your body faster when air hits it. Cancer spreads through the blood stream metastasizes from organ to organ but not faster if operated on.

The answer is yes or no.
No two people are the same.

Cancer may spread after surgery but not for the reason that you were given. Cancer is not an "airborne" disease. It results from a failure of the body's cells to properly regulate their growth.

No, exposure to the air does not cause cancer to grow faster or spread faster.


its not because its exposed to air, the process is called 'seeding" they say in the size of a tip of a pen, it can fit millions of cancer cells, imagine when a cancerous lesion is disturbed.


Even tho I have heard the same thing that you have, about surgery facilitating the spread of cancer, I think it is a fallacy.

I have had non hodgkins lymphoma: http://www.leukemia-lymphoma.org/all_page?item_id=7030 since 1995 and am currently going thru a third round of treatment.

In April I had a laparascopic cholesystectomy, which is removal of one's gall bladder the simple way. I had a variety of pre-op tests.

My oncologist gave no indication that the surgery would jeopardize my health in any way. Part of his job is to coordinate my general health with any other health needs I might have.

My answer to your question is based on what I have personally experienced. If you would like information from a leading authority, you could call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345. Information Specialists are available 24 hours a day to answer your questions.

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