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Asymptomatic Cancer

  • 28-11-2022 11:29pm
    Registered Users Posts: 11,933 ✭✭✭✭ Gael23

    Was a funeral on Saturday of a man who suffered a fall and was unable to get up without help so the doctor sent him to hospital. Tests in the following days showed he had Cancer in every part of his body. So the reason he couldn’t get up was because the cancer was pressing on nerves controlling his legs. Nobody could understand how that is possible without any pain? He was buried 13 days after the fall

    Is this a known thing to happen?


  • Registered Users Posts: 435 ✭✭ GoogleBot

    This is interesting, however many cancers are asymptomatic until is too late. In fact, during the human life cycle cancer can grow up, down or die many times.

    DNA damage and defects in the repair genes are responsible for the accumulation of mutations and cancers.

    That's why humans being, told from the ancient time to do prolong fasting and it's recorded in every ancient book. Fasting is the only natural mechanism called autophagy that perform deep cleaning, removing defective and damaged cells.

  • Registered Users Posts: 11,933 ✭✭✭✭ Gael23

    That’s very true about it being too late in a lot of cases but has to be rare fit to have symptoms until you are at the very final stage, often people get a while after diagnosis even if it’s terminal

  • Registered Users Posts: 958 ✭✭✭ Crocodilian

    I lost a kidney last year that was cancerous, no symptoms whatsoever, had a Ct scan for another matter and an amazing radiologist suspected something was up

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,888 ✭✭✭✭ Igotadose

    RIP to the poor gent. Was he elderly? Cancers don't have to cause pain or disability until very late in my experience - they need to land near the right nerve. When they do, it's usually the end.

    My father died from complications from prostate cancer. He had no symptoms at all prior to detection when he was in his 60's. His health got wrecked due to the treatments (radiation, chemotherapy), but it went into remission for a little while, then returned. Never in pain until it spread to his kidneys and he lasted just a few weeks after that.

    A friend's tough-as-nails father, in his 80's, never sick a day in his life type, didn't abide tablets or vegetables(!) and farmed every day, one day fell out of bed. Had a massive glioblastoma (brain cancer). Was gone in a few months. Didn't feel any pain through the whole thing and in fact it was all they could do to keep him off the tractor after he'd been diagnosed.

  • Registered Users Posts: 11,933 ✭✭✭✭ Gael23

    Yes he was 92 but apart from physical frailty and deteriorating eyesight he wasnt in too bad shape. He applied for a new passport a week before he went into hospital

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  • Registered Users Posts: 10,888 ✭✭✭✭ Igotadose

    You might find this an interesting read, addresses 'over diagnosis' of cancers, including how you can live to a ripe old age with them and never show symptoms.

    In summary, your man did great. 92 is a life well lived. If he'd spent time in and out of hospital for whatever therapy, his quality of life would've been reduced. I doubt he'd be anticipating travel at 92!