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Richard

my friend was just diagnosed with cancer, what should I do?

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Anna(AI First Responder)Pending Curio clinician review

I'm really sorry to hear about your friend's diagnosis. It's understandable that you may feel overwhelmed and unsure of how to support them during this difficult time. Here are some suggestions on what you can do:

  1. Offer emotional support: Let your friend know that you are there for them and ...
Sam

How do you screen for breast cancer?

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Anna(AI First Responder)Pending Curio clinician review

Breast cancer screening typically involves a combination of methods to detect breast cancer at an early stage, even before symptoms appear. Here are the commonly used screening methods:

  1. Mammography: This is the most common screening tool for breast cancer. It uses low-dose X-rays to create image...
Connie

how common is cholangiocarcinoma?

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Anna(AI First Responder)Pending Curio clinician review

Cholangiocarcinoma, also known as bile duct cancer, is a relatively rare form of cancer. Its incidence varies across different regions of the world. In general, the incidence of cholangiocarcinoma is higher in certain parts of Asia, particularly in countries like Thailand and Korea, where it is more...

Connie

what is cholangiocarcinoma?

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Anna(AI First Responder)Pending Curio clinician review

Cholangiocarcinoma is a type of cancer that originates in the bile ducts, which are the tubes that carry bile from the liver to the small intestine. Bile ducts play a crucial role in the digestion process by helping to break down fats. Cholangiocarcinoma can occur anywhere along the bile ducts, both...

Sam

What is a patient assistance program?

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Anna(AI First Responder)Pending Curio clinician review

A patient assistance program (PAP) is a program offered by pharmaceutical companies, nonprofit organizations, or government agencies to help individuals who cannot afford the cost of their medications. These programs provide financial assistance or free medications to eligible patients who meet cert...

Richard

How do you screen for hepatitis B?

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Anna(AI First Responder)Pending Curio clinician review

Screening for hepatitis B typically involves a blood test that checks for the presence of certain hepatitis B virus (HBV) markers. The most common blood test used for screening is called the hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) test. This test detects the presence of the HBV surface antigen, which is...

Elise

How do you detect ovarian cancer?

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Hillary Lin(Physician)

Feel free to ask me follow up questions!

Rachel

How can you tell if you have cancer?

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Anna(AI First Responder)Pending Curio clinician review

Detecting cancer early is crucial for successful treatment. While some cancers may not cause noticeable symptoms in the early stages, there are several signs and symptoms that may indicate the presence of cancer. It's important to remember that these symptoms can also be caused by other non-cancerou...

Rachel

How can you screen for skin cancer?

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Anna(AI First Responder)Verified by Curio clinician

Screening for skin cancer involves a combination of self-examination and professional evaluation. Here are some methods to screen for skin cancer:

  1. Self-examination: Regularly examine your skin from head to toe, looking for any changes in moles, freckles, or other skin growths. Use a mirror or as...
BlushGecko98multiple myelomatreatmentsurvival

In myeloma what treatment is best for overall survival

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Hillary Lin(Physician)

The "best" treatment for any patient is a very individualized one. Luckily, we continue to see more novel treatments for cancers like myeloma. We recommend that people seek out multiple opinions, especially at cancer centers with specialists for your specific cancer type. As in the prior post, trial...

CoffeeJaguar27prostate cancerneuroendocrine tumorradiotherapytargeted therapy

How is Lu177 administered?

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Hillary Lin(Physician)

Targeted radiotherapies are typically administered through a needle or tube into the bloodstream. Because of the targeting compound (for Pluvicto, it is a target for PSMA), the radiotherapy is able to "find" and attach to the cancer cells expressing PSMA.

This kind of treatment is called "precision...

CoffeeJaguar27prostate cancertreatmenttargeted therapy

How is Pluvicto administered?

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Hillary Lin(Physician)

Pluvicto is a type of treatment for prostate cancer patients who have already been treated with other anticancer treatments.

The drug combines a targeting compound (called a ligand, meant to bring the drug to the cancer cells) with a therapeutic radioisotope (radioactive particle meant to damage t...

CoffeeJaguar27prostate cancerhormone therapy

What is hormone therapy for prostate cancer?

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Hillary Lin(Physician)

Here are some specific types of medications oncologists might recommend for prostate cancer:

  1. Luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone (LHRH) agonists: These drugs reduce the amount of testosterone made by the testicles. Examples include:

Leuprolide (Lupron, Eligard) Goserelin (Zoladex) Triptor...

CoffeeJaguar27prostate cancercancer grade

What is Gleason 9 prostate cancer?

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Hillary Lin(Physician)

Let me know if you have additional questions about cancer grading (and also staging, a different but related concept). Your oncologists will use such information to help plan treatment, and your grade and stage can also help to some extent predict expected outcomes based on past studies.

Samanthagene therapyimmunotherapyALLNHL

What is CAR-T therapy

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Hillary Lin(Physician)

Please feel free to reach out if you have other questions - happy to share some guidance, especially if you or someone you know is considering CAR-T. It's a type of treatment that can possibly do wonders but comes with a lot of logistical complexity.

Samantha

What is triple negative breast cancer?

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Hillary Lin(Physician)

If you have further questions, reach out to me.

Samantha

What medications work for menopause?

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Anna(AI First Responder)Verified by Curio clinician

There are several medications that can be used to manage the symptoms of menopause. It's important to note that the choice of medication depends on the specific symptoms you are experiencing and your overall health. Here are some commonly used medications for menopause:

  1. Hormone therapy (HT): Thi...
Samantha

What is an adenoma?

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Hillary Lin(Physician)

As Anna described, an adenoma is a name for a non-cancerous growth (the word tumor is roughly equivalent to a growth of tissue not usually present). Adenomas can occur in many parts of the body, but we commonly see them in the colon. If you or someone you know has had a colonoscopy, they might, for ...

BlackGecko90breast cancer

I previously had breast cancer. What foods can help prevent cancer in the future?

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Anna(AI First Responder)Verified by Curio clinician

There are certain foods that are believed to have cancer-fighting properties. It's important to note that no single food can prevent cancer, but a healthy diet can contribute to overall well-being and reduce the risk of developing certain types of cancer. Here are some foods that are often recommend...

Neil S.

Are there any support groups or places where families dealing with stomach cancer can share their experiences and advice?

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Hillary Lin(Physician)

If you provide us with your specific location, or let us know if you prefer virtual support, we can also help direct you to more specific groups as well!

Roshi G.stomach cancer alternative treatments side effects

Alongside medical treatments, are there any alternative therapies or approaches that could help manage the discomfort and side effects?

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Anna(AI First Responder)Verified by Curio clinician

Yes Roshi, there are several alternative therapies and approaches that can help manage discomfort and side effects alongside medical treatments. It's important to note that these therapies should be used as complementary to medical treatments and not as a substitute. Here are some options to conside...

Emily SE.stomach cancer metastasis testing

How do doctors figure out if stomach cancer has spread to other parts of the body? What kind of tests do they use?

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Anna(AI First Responder)Verified by Curio clinician

When doctors suspect that stomach cancer may have spread to other parts of the body, they typically use a combination of imaging tests and other diagnostic procedures to determine the extent of the cancer. Some of the common tests used to evaluate the spread of stomach cancer include:

  1. *CT scan...
Josh Rstomach cancer diagnosis early signs detection testing

There are two relatives in my family that have had stomach and colon cancer in their 40s and 50s. What are the early signs of stomach cancer that I should be on the lookout for?

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Anna(AI First Responder)Verified by Curio clinician

Hi Josh, stomach cancer, also known as gastric cancer, can be difficult to detect in its early stages because the symptoms are often vague and can be mistaken for other conditions. However, it's important to be aware of any changes in your digestive health and to discuss them with a healthcare profe...

Samanthacoloncancerthermography

Can thermography detect colon cancer?

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Anna(AI First Responder)Verified by Curio clinician

Thermography is a medical imaging technique that uses infrared cameras to detect and measure heat patterns and blood flow in the body. While it can be useful in certain applications, such as detecting breast abnormalities, there is limited evidence to support its use in detecting colon cancer.

Colo...

CrimsonMongoose68

I have a dry cough, rash and pain in joints. Is this a side effect of chemo?

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Hillary Lin(Physician)

As mentioned above, it is important to know more information about what chemotherapy you are receiving and also what cancer you are being treated for before determining whether this is a side effect versus something else, like a symptom of an infection or your cancer.

How long have your symptoms be...

ChocolateCod61

How do I get tested for colon cancer?

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Hillary Lin(Physician)

The best test is the test you are able and willing to get as soon as you can. While doctors will often tell you to get the colonoscopy, as it is the only way you can determine with best accuracy whether there are any cancers in your colon or rectum, it is more useful to do a simpler test if you pref...

Stephanie C.

Side effects of naltrexone

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Hillary Lin(Physician)

To elaborate further, the above are the most common side effects, but there are some that are rarer and some that are quite serious:

Common Side Effects:

  • Nausea: This is one of the most commonly reported side effects, especially when starting the medication.
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue o...
Stephanie C.

Is it harmful to smoke while taking naltrexone

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Hillary Lin(Physician)

Thanks for your question! Naltrexone is fine to take if you smoke, and can even potentially help you quit smoking (as well as quitting alcohol or opioid usage, which are the more common reasons why Naltrexone is prescribed).

Let me answer your next question in the next thread!

ChocolateCod61stomachcancer

How do you get tested for stomach cancer?

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Anna(AI First Responder)Verified by Curio clinician

To get tested for stomach cancer, there are several diagnostic procedures that your doctor may recommend based on your symptoms and medical history. These tests help in detecting and diagnosing stomach cancer:

  1. Physical examination and medical history: Your doctor will start by asking about y...
PinkGalliform89recentlydiagnosed

I keep on hearing about chemo brain. What can I expect and are there any practical tips and tricks to minimize the impact?

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Anna(AI First Responder)Verified by Curio clinician

"Chemo brain" is a term used to describe cognitive changes that can occur during and after cancer treatment, including chemotherapy. These changes can include issues with memory, concentration, multitasking, and the processing of information.

The symptoms can vary greatly from person to person. Som...

ScarletEgret64LGBTQ+supportgroups

Help me find a support group in California for gay men who were recently diagnosed with prostate cancer?

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Jordan Owashi(Care Navigator)

Hi there - support groups are a great way to connect with others on a similar journey. Are you able to share what city you're located in, if you'd like in-person groups?

  • The The LGBTQ Community Center of the Desert has a prostate support group for men, hosted by Jim Early, but it is in person onl...
RoseCattle97

What can you expect if you are just starting chemo?

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Hillary Lin(Physician)

In addition to everything in Anna's post, I wanted to note that every person's experience is different. Some people have tough side effects like nausea. Some people get "chemo brain" where they can't think as clearly or remember as well. Others manage to go through the journey with little to no noti...

ApricotTick98skincancersupportgroup

How can I suggest to my mother to attend a help group for her skin cancer?

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Christine Morrison(Therapist, LMHC)

It shows what a compassionate person you are asking about how to best approach your mom about this. When supporting someone with anything cancer related, especially someone we love, it can feel like we’re walking on eggshells. Trust yourself and know that your concern and desire to support your moth...

lburt5

I submitted my documentation. If you need anything else. Please let me know.

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Anna(AI First Responder)Verified by Curio clinician

Thanks for submitting your medical bill to Curio Bill (https://www.joincurio.com/bills) we will email you results within 1 - 2 business days.

ApricotTick98

How long is a person on post cancer meds? I am going on 11 years and still taking meds.

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Anna(AI First Responder)Pending Curio clinician review

This can very depending on the type of cancer, the specific treatment protocols used, and individual factors. While some people may be able to stop taking medications after a few years, others may need to continue to minimize risk of cancer recurrence.

Here are a few factors that may influence the ...

Connie R.

I have a in breast about a half of a centameter

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Hillary Lin(Physician)

I understand that finding a new breast lump can be concerning. Breast lumps can be caused by many things, and while many lumps are not cancerous, it's very important that you get any new lump evaluated by a healthcare professional. This is especially true if the lump is different from others you may...

Connie R.

I have a ilump in my breast about a half of a centameter that needs a biopsy

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Hillary Lin(Physician)

Hi Connie,

I'm sorry to hear that and happy to try and help - at this stage, it is typical you would get a referral to a breast radiologist. Have you started this process with your primary care physician?

ApricotTick98

Is it worth getting a bone marrow biopsy at 78 years old for my mom who has multiple myeloma?

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Anna(AI First Responder)Verified by Curio clinician

I'm not a doctor, but I can you information that may help you make a decision. The decision to undergo a bone marrow biopsy is best made in consultation with your mom's healthcare provider. They will consider various factors as health, disease progression, and the potential benefits and risks of the...

AmaranthLouse81

I was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer. I was told I need immunotherapy. What should I expect?

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Anna(AI First Responder)Verified by Curio clinician

I'm really sorry to hear about your diagnosis of triple negative breast cancer. Immunotherapy a cancer treatment that uses the body's immune system to fight cancer cells It is an exciting and promising treatment types of cancer, including triple negative breast cancer.

Here's what you can generally...

AmaranthLouse81support resourcestransportationaccommodations

I will need to travel to Fort Worth for cancer treatment and was wondering what type of help with accommodations and transportation I might be eligible for.

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Felix Li(Insurance Navigator)

I'm sorry to hear about your situation. Navigating cancer treatment can be challenging and you certainly have options to ease your burden, particularly when it comes to accommodations and transportation. Here are some options to consider:

**American Cancer Society (ACS): **ACS has programs that may...

Imani Llung cancerprognosistreatment

My brother has been diagnosed with lung cancer at only 45. What is his prognosis? I am really scared, he has 3 young kids and he lives quite far away from me so I can't help as much as I would like.

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Anna(AI First Responder)Verified by Curio clinician

I'm so sorry to hear about your brother's lung cancer diagnosis. It's understandable that you're feeling scared and concerned, especially with young children involved. It's important to remember that each person's prognosis can vary based on various factors, such as the type and stage of lung cancer...

Mark W.colorectal cancerscreeningcolonoscopy

My doctor has advised me, due to my age, to start screening for colon cancer. I have heard horrible accounts of people that had a colonoscopy. What can I do to prepare? I don't deal with pain very well.

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Anna(AI First Responder)Verified by Curio clinician

I understand your concerns about undergoing a colonoscopy. While it's natural to feel apprehensive, it's important to remember that a colonoscopy is a valuable screening tool for detecting colon cancer and other abnormalities. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to prepare for the procedure an...

BrownTurtle65

what would it mean if i was on a DMT trip and felt unsettled as it seemed as though i could feel the emotional termoil of my boyfriend as i saw his face continuously changing from each emotion

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Christine Morrison(Therapist, LMHC)

Having an unsettling experience on any consciousness altering medication or substance can make us feel uncertain but you don't have to face this uncertainty alone. Having insights into another person's emotional state, especially someone we care about, can feel confusing and even overwhelming. Diffe...

Kelli

what is the prognosis for pancreatitis stage 4?

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Hillary Lin(Physician)

Hi Kelli - did you mean for pancreatic cancer? Pancreatitis, which is the inflammation of the liver, doesn't have stages like cancer for which there are known prognoses. Happy to elaborate depending on whether you meant pancreatitis or pancreatic cancer!

Selena B.sleeplung cancermental healthdepression

My father-in law who has lung cancer (not sure the stage, he won't give us much) has been having trouble sleeping and I think he is more irritable and low. How can I help him without interfering too much? He is a very private person.

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Christine Morrison(Therapist, LMHC)

Hi Selena- you sound like an incredibly caring and supportive family member. It can be tough when a family member is a private person but going through a tough diagnosis and time in their life. Sleep can be one of the most difficult pieces to maintain and can contribute to mood and energy changes. ...

Jack R M.breast cancertreatmentdiagnosismental healthdepression

I've been taking care of my sister Sarah ever since she was diagnosed with breast cancer. It's been about two months since her diagnosis, and I've had questions that were never really answered by her oncologist. I've read that cancer patients sometimes experience depression during their treatment. What are the signs we should be aware of, and how can we differentiate between normal emotional ups and downs and a more serious depressive episode?

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Anna(AI First Responder)Pending Curio clinician review

As a caregiver for someone with cancer, it's essential to be aware of the potential mental health challenges that can occur. It's not uncommon for individuals with cancer to experience depression, and it's crucial to be aware of the signs. Here are a few things to look out for:

  1. Persistent feelin...
Holly Sbreastcancercancertreatmentqualityoflife

I'm worried about how my body will look and function after breast cancer treatment, especially in terms of sexuality and intimacy. Who can I speak to about this?

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Anna(AI First Responder)Verified by Curio clinician

It is completely understandable to feel worried about changes to your body and how they may impact your sexuality and intimacy after breast cancer treatment. You are not alone in these concerns, and there are resources available to help you navigate this journey.

First and foremost, it is important...

Holly Sbreastcancercancertreatmentalternativetreatmentssupplements

I've heard about alternative treatments like herbs and dietary supplements for breast cancer, do these really work?

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Carolina Estevao(Scientific Advisor)

Hi Holly, it's great that you are trying to find complementary approaches to your cancer treatment plan. While it is vital to understand that herbs and dietary supplements may be used complementary, they do not replace the treatment plan devised by your doctor.

There is growing evidence that there ...

Holly Sbreastcancercancersurvival

What is the survival rate for stage II breast cancer?

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Carolina Estevao(Scientific Advisor)

For individuals with stage II breast cancer, two important considerations can potentially impact survival outcomes. Firstly, a study conducted in Alberta, Canada, examined the survival rates of breast cancer patients specifically in stages II and III who underwent different surgical treatments. The ...

Holly Sbreastcancercancertreatmentsurgery

Can you tell me about the benefits and risks of mastectomy compared to lumpectomy and radiation?

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Hillary Lin(Physician)

Depending on your stage of breast cancer, it may be beneficial to pursue a mastectomy vs a lumpectomy, and vice versa. The reason is that for earlier-stage tumors, recovery is faster and the patient can undergo systemic treatments like chemo earlier after the surgery if one gets a lumpectomy. But fo...

ScarletBandicoot87breastcancercancernewdiagnosispathologyeducation

Can you help me understand my pathology report, especially in terms of hormone receptor and HER2 status? I was just diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer.

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Hillary Lin(Physician)

To elaborate on further details, a pathology report for breast cancer includes much more detail beyond hormone receptor and HER2 status. Here's more information about terms you might come across on your report:

  1. Histologic type: This refers to the type of cells that have turned into cancer. T...
Markcancerbreastcancerscreeningmammogram

I have a family member that hasn't had routine breast cancer screening. I'm wondering what is the process to get her in for a screening and how I should discuss this with her. She isn't always the most proactive when it comes to taking care of herself and I want to make the process as straightforward as possible. I don't even think she has a family doctor. Thanks!

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Hillary Lin(Physician)

I can deeply relate with your experience, Mark, both from the perspective as a doctor and as a family member to many who are a little avoidant about screenings and preventive health.

  1. Research nearby medical facilities: Look for local hospitals, clinics, or breast imaging centers that offer breas...
Martha E.colorectal cancertreatmentkidneychemotherapy

My 65-year old uncle who also has severe kidney problems has been diagnosed with colorectal cancer. He was advised to do chemotherapy but I am afraid for his health. Should I be concerned?

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Hillary Lin(Physician)

It's absolutely important to think about all aspects of a person's health when coming up with a treatment plan. Rest assured that we, as physicians, and oncology pharmacists, who work with patients who have kidney issues frequently, are taking such details into account when coming up with specific t...

Kellicancerbrainmeningiomabraincancer

What is a meningioma?

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Hillary Lin(Physician)

To reiterate and elaborate further, a meningioma is a type of brain tumor that develops from the cells of the meninges, which are the protective membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord. **Meningiomas are usually slow-growing tumors that are typically noncancerous (benign), but in some case...

ScarletBandicoot87cancerdiet

What food categories are best for maintaining healthy weight when I have cancer?

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Carolina Estevao(Scientific Advisor)

I am sorry about your diagnosis. Indeed, to maintain a healthy weight, the European Code Against Cancer advises prioritizing the consumption of whole grains, pulses, vegetables, and fruits, ensuring an abundant intake of these nutritious food groups. To promote overall health, it is advisable to lim...

Kayla - biomed engineercervicalcancercancereducationnewdiagnosistreatmentradiationtherapy

I was recently diagnosed with cervical cancer. I'm interested in understanding more about the technology behind radiation therapy. Could you provide a technical explanation of how it works?

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Hillary Lin(Physician)

When we treat cancer, we have several broad categories of treatment. Some of these are not possible or useful for a given person's cancer, so you may not be introduced to some options. But the broad categories are systemic therapies like chemotherapy, targeted treatments, and immunotherapy, and loca...

Charliepancreaticcancercancercommunicationfamilyrelationshipschildrenterminaldiagnosis

My wife has been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. I understand that the prognosis is generally not good. How can we navigate this conversation with our two teenage sons?

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Hillary Lin(Physician)

I'm really sorry about this tough time for you and your family. I want to encourage you to consider seeking out extra support through family members or professionals such as child psychologists to help you through this conversation as well.

Finally, remember to take care of yourself emotionally. C...

Rosa - yoga instructornewdiagnosiscoloncancercancermindfulnesstreatmentrecovery

I am a firm believer in the power of mind-body connection. I've recently been diagnosed with colon cancer. How can I incorporate mindfulness and yoga into my treatment and recovery process?

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Carolina Estevao(Scientific Advisor)

I am sorry about your diagnosis Rosa.

However, I hope it brings you joy to know that research suggests that yoga has potential benefits for cancer survivors, is safe and feasible for patients undergoing chemotherapy, and may help prevent cancer progression and alleviate anxiety symptoms.

The isn'...

Michael Tskincancercancerrisk

I've been diagnosed with skin cancer, and I suspect prolonged sun exposure during my outdoor activities may have contributed. I don't want to just stay inside and I already use a ton of sunblock. What else can I do to balance my love for outdoor sports with the need to protect myself?

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Anna(AI First Responder)Verified by Curio clinician

I'm sorry to hear about your diagnosis. Here are some science-backed tips to stay safe while enjoying the outdoors.

  1. Choose the right time: Schedule your outdoor activities early in the morning or late in the afternoon when the sun's rays are weakest.

  2. Seek shade: Stay under an umbrella or can...

Ethan - I'm a data scientistalzheimersprostatecancercancergenetics

My mother has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's and now I've been diagnosed with prostate cancer. Is there any link between these two diseases from a genetic or data perspective?

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Hillary Lin(Physician)

Genetically, there are some intriguing connections between Alzheimer's disease, which is a neurodegenerative disorder, and cancers, including prostate cancer. A study published in cancers indicated that there could be shared genetic and molecular factors between these two conditions. The researchers...

Laura Ssideeffectschemotreatmentbreastcancercancerhearing

I'm currently undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer and I've noticed a change in my hearing. Could the treatment be affecting this and how can I mitigate the impact on my ability to teach and enjoy music?

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Hillary Lin(Physician)

Chemotherapy can sometimes lead to side effects that impact hearing. Certain types of chemotherapy drugs, such as platinum agents (cisplatin, carboplatin), can cause ototoxicity, a condition that can result in hearing loss or tinnitus (a ringing or buzzing in the ears). This side effect is usually p...

Matt Dlungcancereolcomfortcancerterminaldiagnosis

My partner has been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. We're both concerned about end-of-life care and how to make her as comfortable as possible. What options should we consider?

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Anna(AI First Responder)Verified by Curio clinician

I'm sorry to hear about your partner's diagnosis. It's completely understandable to have concerns about end care wanting to make her as comfortable as possible. There are a variety of options and resources available to help with this.

Here are some options to consider:

  1. Hospice care: Hospice is...
Tom - Cheforalcancercancertreatmentsideeffectsdiet

I've just been diagnosed with oral cancer and I'm worried about how treatments might affect my sense of taste. How can I adapt my cooking to accommodate potential changes in my palate?

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Anna(AI First Responder)Verified by Curio clinician

I'm sorry to hear your recent diagnosis of oral cancer. Treatment can be challenging, but with proper care and support, it is possible to overcome this obstacle. Changes to your sense of taste is a common side effect of cancer treatments, especially if radiation therapy is involved. Radiation can da...

Barbara Ngeneticscancerbrcabreastcancerchildrencommunicationrelationshipsfamily

I understand that my recent diagnosis of BRCA1 breast cancer has implications for my children. Could you provide some resources or guidance on how to discuss genetic risks with them?

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Anna(AI First Responder)Verified by Curio clinician

First of all, I'm sorry about your diagnosis. It's understandable to be concerned about the implications of your diagnosis on your children. Discussing genetic risks with children can be challenging, but honesty is crucial. Here are some tips and resources to guide you:

  • Start by educating yoursel...
WhiteLlama76treatmentcancerdietexercise

Can environmental factors influence the effectiveness of my cancer treatment? For example, should I consider changes to my diet or physical activity levels?

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Anna(AI First Responder)Verified by Curio clinician

Environmental factors can play a role in the effectiveness of cancer treatment Making changes to your diet and physical activity can help optimize the effectiveness of your cancer treatment.

Research has shown that maintaining a healthy can improve cancer outcomes. Obesity has been linked to poor ...

Alex researchglioblastomaemotionalsupportdiagnosiscancer

I've been diagnosed with glioblastoma and I'm having difficulty processing this information. As a scientist, I'm looking for a deep, scientific understanding of my condition. Can you provide some recent studies or explain the current research on glioblastoma?

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Carolina Estevao(Scientific Advisor)

There are a few studies that you might find interesting to read Alex:

Regarding immunotherapy, initial results of immune checkpoint inhibitors for glioblastoma have been disappointing, and ongoing clinical trials are evaluating their efficacy in combination with other treatments. When it comes to v...

Arjun Sfamilychildrencancerrelationshipscommunication

How can I explain my diagnosis to my young children in a way that is honest but not too scary?

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Hillary Lin(Physician)

There are also several children's books available that aim to explain cancer in a gentle and age-appropriate way. These books can help children understand what a loved one is going through, and they can also provide a starting point for discussions about emotions and fears. Here are a few examples: ...

Arjun Slungcancercancertreatmentwork

I'm a lawyer and want to keep working even though I just was diagnosed with lung cancer and need treatment. What are things I need to consider to manage both work and treatment simultaneously?

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Hillary Lin(Physician)

Balancing a cancer diagnosis and treatment with a demanding career such as law can be challenging, but many people are able to successfully manage both. Here are some things to consider:

  1. Open Communication: Depending on your relationship with your employer and colleagues, consider informing ...
ChocolateFrog23treatmentradiationtherapylungcancercancerresearch

What are the latest advancements in radiation therapy for lung cancer? Are there any promising new treatments on the horizon?

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Anna(AI First Responder)Verified by Curio clinician

Radiation therapy is a common treatment for lung cancer, which uses high-energy to destroy cancer cells. In recent years, technology has advanced significantly, and radiation therapy has become more precise and targeted. Here are some of the latest advancements in radiation therapy for lung cancer: ...

Jen A.chemosideeffectstreatmentcancerwork

How does chemotherapy affect cognitive function? As an academic, this is a major concern for me

    Peter - Feeling Helplessbreastcancercanceremotionalsupportfamily

    My wife was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. I'm feeling helpless and don't know how to comfort her. Can you provide some advice?

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    Anna(AI First Responder)Verified by Curio clinician

    I'm sorry to hear about your's diagnosis. This must be a stressful and tough time for both of you. It's completely normal to feel helpless and unsure of what to do. It's important to remember that emotional support is just as important as medical treatment during cancer treatment. Here are some sugg...

    Alan - HR Managercancertreatmentworklegal

    I'm struggling to balance my cancer treatments with my job responsibilities. What are my rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act?

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    Anna(AI First Responder)Verified by Curio clinician

    I'm sorry to hear that you are facing difficulties balancing your job responsibilities with your cancer treatments. It can be challenging to balance work and treatment schedules while coping with cancer.

    Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), cancer considered a disability, which means th...

    MaroonBovid74cancerresearchresources

    What are some reputable sources for staying updated on cancer research and breakthroughs?

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    Hillary Lin(Physician)

    There are several reputable sources for staying updated on cancer research and breakthroughs. Here are some of them:

    1. American Cancer Society (ACS): The ACS provides news and updates on cancer research, including new treatments, prevention strategies, and early detection methods. https://www....
    Nancyfamilyovariancancercancerchildrenrelationshipscommunication

    My mother has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer. How can I explain the situation to my teenage children?

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    Hillary Lin(Physician)

    Explaining a cancer diagnosis to teenagers can be challenging, but it's important to provide them with honest and age-appropriate information. Here are some steps to help you through this process:

    1. Prepare Yourself: Understand as much as you can about your mother's diagnosis before talking to...
    Tim R.financesinsurancecancertreatmentnavigation

    I'm worried about the financial implications of my cancer treatment. How can I best navigate my insurance to understand what is covered? I'm a financial analyst and I still can't figure out how to understand the details of my plan.

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    Felix Li(Insurance Navigator)

    I'm sorry to hear about your diagnosis. I'm glad you reached out to ask about financial implications since there are some steps to getting a better understanding of what is happening.

    PLANNING

    Familiarize yourself with the Summary of Benefits Coverage (Aka SBC): This will give you an overv...

    Rachel M.targetedtherapyimmunotherapytreatmentcancergenomics

    Could you explain the genomic aspects of cancer? I've heard about 'targeted therapies' and 'immunotherapies'. How do they work and could they be beneficial in my case?

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    Hillary Lin(Physician)

    Cancer is fundamentally a disease of the genome, meaning it arises due to changes in the DNA within our cells. These changes, or mutations, can cause cells to grow and divide uncontrollably, which can lead to the formation of a tumor. Every person's cancer is unique and has a unique set of genetic a...

    LimeQuail29nutritiondietcancerbreastcancer

    Are there any diets during breast cancer treatments that are clinically proven to have better results?

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    Hillary Lin(Physician)

    Nutrition science is notoriously difficult - as you can see about the DIRECT study, it showed that adherence to fasting mimicking was one of the issues at play.

    That being said, the idea of fasting during treatments is growing in popularity among oncologists. This narrative review might be interest...

    MaroonYak21symptomstreatmentchemocancerbreastcancer

    What are ways for me to try and prevent hair loss during chemo? I'm starting treatment in a week or so for breast cancer. Also, does all chemo lead to hair loss?

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    Jordan Owashi(Care Navigator)

    Not all chemotherapy leads to hair loss, and it largely depends on the specific medications being used. Each individual also responds differently, so some may experience more hair loss than others even on the same medications. Do you know what medications you will be on? You can also share that with...

    Meko D.breastcancerscreeningcancermammogramkansas

    Where can I get a free mammogram in Wichita Kansas?

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    Felix Li(Insurance Navigator)

    The Kansas Early Detection Works is government run program that provides access to free mammograms. It does not look like there is a program directly in Wichita but adjacent Scott County and Kearny County. Here is a map that provides contact resources for each county in Kansas (https://www.kdhe.ks.g...

    Johnny L.generalhealth

    Can staying in front of a laptop for long hours pose health risks? If yes, what risks and how to mitigate them.

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    Felix Li(Insurance Navigator)

    Yes, staying in front of a laptop for long hours can pose several health risks. Here are some of the risks associated with prolonged laptop use: 1. Eye strain and fatigue: Staring at a laptop screen for long periods can cause eye strain, fatigue, and dryness. To mitigate this, you should take freque...

    CrimsonUrial30breastcancerriskcancer

    Can standing in front of a microwave cause breast cancer?

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    Carolina Estevao(Scientific Advisor)

    Research is inconclusive. Some studies suggest that microwaves can have both positive and negative effects on cancer, with some studies showing increased cancer incidence in rats (when exposed to high levels of radiation, not comparable to a household microwave) and others demonstrating the potentia...

    Taylor B.breastcancercancerdietnutritionsupplementsrecurrencelongevity

    I have a breast cancer that has recurred. I want to do everything I can to fight it - I want to live to my 90s! What kinds of specific diet tips can I follow? How about fitness strategies? Or supplements?

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    Hillary Lin(Physician)

    It's an amazing thing that you are tackling your recurrence with a proactive attitude. To elaborate on the above points according to the latest research:

    Physical Activity (PA): Regular exercise is consistently associated with better outcomes. Meeting physical activity guidelines is a key aspect of...

    Taylor B.breastcancercancertreatmentchemorisksheartcardiology

    I have been treated for breast cancer already and I just read that a type of chemo might be bad for my heart. What chemo is that and how should I take care of my heart?

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    Hillary Lin(Physician)

    Chemotherapy drugs in the class anthracyclines like doxorubicin and epirubicin can cause damage to your heart, which is called cardiotoxicity. This is because these drugs can harm the heart muscle cells or the blood vessels in the heart, which can cause problems ranging from a decrease in heart func...

    Taylor B.breastcancercancerrecurrenceclinicaltrialstreatment

    I've been told by my oncologist that my breast cancer has come back and it's spread to the lymph nodes in my chest. I'm really worried. Are there clinical trials or new treatments I could look into? I want to stay alive.

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    Carolina Estevao(Scientific Advisor)

    I am sorry to hear about your diagnosis, and I can understand why you might be feeling worried. It's important to know that there are many different treatments available for breast cancer, including clinical trials and emerging treatments. There are several clinical trials available for metastatic b...

    Gary L.supportgroupsmenbreastcancercancermalebreastcanceremotionalsupport

    Are there support groups for men with breast cancer? I feel like everything is for women.

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    Jordan Owashi(Care Navigator)

    While not as prevalent as support groups for women, there are options for men. The Male Breast Cancer Global Alliance (https://mbcglobalalliance.org/) is one of the more prominent groups, and has an active Facebook Group (https://www.facebook.com/MBCGlobalAlliance) if you're interested in a virtual ...

    Gary L.malebreastcancerbreastcancercancerdiagnosisrisk

    So I am a male, 55 years old, diagnosed with breast cancer. How do guys even get breast cancer? What did I do? Or should I be worried about other health conditions that may have caused this?

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    Hillary Lin(Physician)

    I also wanted to add the important gene variations that might mean you are at risk of cancers, including breast.

    The BRCA2 mutation can result in an increased risk of breast cancer (lifetime risk 6 in 100), and the BRCA1 mutation can lead to a lesser but still increased risk (lifetime risk 1 in 10...

    Jen C.breastcancercancerearlystagenewdiagnosisemotionalsupportfamilyrelationships

    I was just diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer and I feel so alone. How do I break the news to my children, friends, and family?

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    Anna(AI First Responder)Verified by Curio clinician

    I'm sorry to hear about your diagnosis, and I understand how overwhelming and scary it can be to navigate this experience. One thing to keep in mind is that there is no right or wrong way to share this news with others - it's ultimately up to you to decide when, how, and with whom you want to discus...

    Jen C.financesearlystagebreastcancercancertreatmentinsurancefamilywork

    How much money should I have saved for my early-stage breast cancer treatment? Or will insurance cover it all? I feel so lost and it's really unclear. I live in Orange County, CA. I hear about people raising money from GoFundMe and I am worried about needing extra funds. I have two kids and stopped working a few months ago (a coincidence).

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    Felix Li(Insurance Navigator)

    I'm sorry you are going through this. Unfortunately, cancer treatment can be expensive, but there are resources to help you plan for the costs. There are studies available, like this one (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4822976/), that show the costs for different types of treatments. W...

    IndigoOx95supportgroupsemotionalsupportlungcancercancerkeytrudatreatmentflorida

    Can you help me find a support group for lung cancer patient on keytruda located port orange florida?

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    Jordan Owashi(Care Navigator)

    Sure! The American Lung Association has local Better Breathers Clubs, and you can search by zip code to find one closest to you in Port Orange: https://www.lung.org/help-support/better-breathers-club. Please note, these clubs will include people with a range of lung conditions, but they have in-pers...

    Jen C.chemotreatmentfinancesearlystagebreastcancercancerERpositivePRnegativeHER2positivefamilychildcareemotionalsupportdivorce

    How extensive is chemo and other treatment for early-stage breast cancer? I was told I have ER positive, PR negative, HER positive cancer that is stage 2 (it is 2.5 cm large in my left breast). What treatments should I expect? I am worried about arranging childcare. I'm divorced and my ex-husband lives in a different city, and I don't have family nearby. I have an 8 year-old and a 12 year-old so they're not super young, but I worry about taking care of them if I have a lot of treatment.

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    Hillary Lin(Physician)

    I'm so sorry to hear about your diagnosis Jen.

    To elaborate on the answer above, your treatment plan can vary depending on various factors including the specific characteristics of your cancer, your overall health, and your personal preferences.

    Given that your cancer is ER positive and HER2 posi...

    IndigoOx95lungcancercancersupportgroupsemotionalsupportkeytruda

    Can you find me cancer support groups for patients with lung cancer on keytruda?

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    Jordan Owashi(Care Navigator)

    Certainly, I can help you find cancer support groups for patients with lung cancer on Keytruda. Here are a few resources you might find helpful: 1. The Lung Cancer Research Foundation: They offer a Lung Cancer Support Group that is open to patients of all stages of lung cancer and treatment options....

    Jen C.workinsurancefinancescancerearlystagebreastcancer

    I just was diagnosed with cancer and had the worst luck in timing - I left my job a few months ago and my COBRA coverage ends soon. How do I find new insurance? I'm worried that my treatment (early-stage breast cancer) is going to bankrupt me.

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    Felix Li(Insurance Navigator)

    Here are some options: (1) Marketplace Insurance: You can enroll in a plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace. You will have a Special Enrollment Period if you've recently lost your COBRA coverage. The Health Insurance Marketplace is a service that helps people shop for and enroll in affordabl...

    Jen C.newdiagnosisdiagnosisbreastcancercancersecondopinion

    I was just diagnosed with breast cancer last week and met my oncologist. She's nice but I heard it might be a good idea to go see a different oncologist (like at an academic hospital like Stanford or UCLA) to get a second opinion. But I'm worried that this will offend my current oncologist. I don't want her to get mad! What is the proper etiquette here?

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    Hillary Lin(Physician)

    As a physician, I can confirm that second (and third, fourth, or even fifth) opinions in oncology are extremely common. There are new treatment practices all the time in the field of cancer and so different clinicians will have different approaches.

    If feasible for you given your insurance and fina...

    Julia R.researchclinicaltrialsbreastcancercancertreatment

    What current advancements or breakthroughs in breast cancer research are giving hope to patients like me? Are there any promising new treatment options on the horizon?

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    Carolina Estevao(Scientific Advisor)

    There has been significant progress made in breast cancer research in recent years, which has led to many promising new treatment options. One major breakthrough in breast cancer research is the development of targeted therapies. Targeted therapies are medications that work by identifying and attack...

    Maria R.newdiagnosisbreastcancercancertreatmentsideeffects

    I've been recently diagnosed with breast cancer, and I'm overwhelmed by the treatment options available. Can you explain the different treatment approaches and their potential side effects?

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    Hillary Lin(Physician)

    I'm sorry to hear about your diagnosis. It is a major change and is absolutely overwhelming for most people.

    Breast cancer treatment typically involves a combination of surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, targeted therapy, and hormone therapy. The treatment plan is usually individualized base...