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Is cancer hereditary?, lung cancer, intestine cancer, pap smear test, family planning. - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hello
Doctor :   Hello
User :   Good morning doctor
Doctor :   Good morning
User :   i wanted to know something more about cancer
Doctor :   How are you doing today?
Doctor :   Please go ahead
User :   is cancer Heir datary
Doctor :   Yes, some of them are
User :   oh.. ok
User :   which ones are
User :   i would like to know..
Doctor :   Breast cancer, cervical cancer are heriditary
User :   ok..
User :   well my mother was a cancer patient
User :   lung cancer
Doctor :   Also, some colon cancers are heriditary
User :   ok
Doctor :   Lung cancer is not hereditary
User :   and recently like one year back my father who is a very healthy person also got cancer of the intenstine
User :   it was very shocking for me
User :   he has no habits of drinking or smoking
User :   he used to have a very healthy life..
Doctor :   Cancers are sometimes idiopathic, that means to say, they happen without any reason
User :   then it is so difficult to trace them and give medications right
Doctor :   Yes, sometimes
Doctor :   Lung cancer can occur in normal individuals who have never ever smoked in their life
Doctor :   Intestinal cancer do occur without any reason at times
User :   ok
User :   what would you advice, a regular medical check up
Doctor :   Your mother is no more, am I right?
Doctor :   I am sorry
User :   both are no more
Doctor :   I am really sorry
User :   its ok
Doctor :   May I ask you a few things if you do not mind?
User :   sue
User :   sure
User :   you can ask me...
Doctor :   Do you smoke?
User :   NO
Doctor :   ok
User :   and I dont drink also
Doctor :   That is good
User :   I heard a friend of my telling me once... hey see both your parents have been through this
User :   so you better be careful
User :   so I always has this in my mind to clear it with a doctor
Doctor :   Surely, I will help you
Doctor :   May I know your age?
User :   36
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   It is very unlikely that you may get Lung cancer
Doctor :   Also chances of getting Intestinal cancer is less
Doctor :   However
Doctor :   You can get yourself screened for these
Doctor :   You can get a routine colonoscopy done
Doctor :   To rule out intestinal cancer
User :   mmm.. ok
Doctor :   Also, get a routine X-ray of the chest
Doctor :   Have you done these before?
User :   X-ray of the chest is for what?
Doctor :   To rule out any cancer of the lung
User :   will an X-ray help
Doctor :   At least, it is the basic investigation, if there is any problem on the X-ray, then you can go in for a CT scan of the chest
User :   ok
Doctor :   Also, how are your menstrual cycles?
Doctor :   Do get a PAP smear done every year, to screen for Cancer of the cervix
User :   now i feel it is gone into a 25 day cycle
Doctor :   It is very common in women, hence advised for every women after 35 yrs of age
Doctor :   That is fine
User :   ok..
Doctor :   Are you understanding what I am saying? if not you can ask me again
User :   yes doctor , I am understanding..
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   Do not worry much about the cancers, as you are not a likely candidate for it, even though your parents had it
User :   ok..
Doctor :   I suggest you to get an X-ray and colonoscopy done
User :   sure i will do that..
Doctor :   If both are fine , you need not worry
User :   this has to be done every year is it
Doctor :   Get a PAP smear done annually
User :   can you explain what is a PAP smear?
User :   sorry i did not understand this?
Doctor :   No, you do not have to do the other tests annually, only PAP smear need to be repeated every year
Doctor :   I will explain about PAP smear noe
Doctor :   Sorry now
Doctor :   It is test, where a bit of secretions from your cervix near the vagina is taken for microscopic examination
Doctor :   Did you understand it?
User :   oh.. ok
User :   is it the white discharge..
Doctor :   Yes, something like that
User :   ok.
Doctor :   Your gynecologist will do it
User :   ok fine...
User :   i shall check with her
Doctor :   Sure
User :   i wanted to also check something else with you
Doctor :   Nothing else needs to be done
Doctor :   Please go ahead
User :   I wanted to go for family planning..
User :   i have 2 kids.. both normal
Doctor :   ok
User :   which is the best one to go for
User :   i mean normal delivery
Doctor :   You can go in for a permanent sterilization
Doctor :   Get your Tubectomy done, it will be ideal for you
User :   ok..
User :   Thank you doctor for being patient and answering all my questions
Doctor :   Thank you, is there anything else I may help you with?
User :   well for the moment I had these things to clear..
User :   can I get you online... sometimes later
User :   will you be there or some other doctor
Doctor :   Ok, do not worry about things which do not happen
Doctor :   Have a healthy life ahead
User :   :-)
Doctor :   I will be there most of the times, there may be other doctors also
User :   can I mention that I would like to speak to you in specfic
User :   since you already know a bit of my history
User :   it will be easy to communicate to you
Doctor :   yes sure, you can ask for me specifically if you want
User :   ok
Doctor :   Ok, fine
User :   Shall I just say Dr.
Doctor :   Have a good day, enjoy life
Doctor :   Yes, you can say my name
User :   Thank you doctor.. and you to have a great day
User :   Bye...
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me, bye for now
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