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Dr. R. Pichammal

Oncologist, Chennai

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Dr. R. Pichammal is a renowned Oncologist in Arumbakkam, Chennai. You can visit him at Dr. R. Pichammal@Appasamy Hospital in Arumbakkam, Chennai. You can book an instant appointment online with Dr. R. Pichammal on Lybrate.com.

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Hi my father is suffering in lever cancer last stage can I know how can possible to cure the cancer?

Diploma in Radio-Diagnosis
Radiologist, Shimla
Last stage liver cancer, is not curable, only pain free life span to be kept, should have all the days stress free, keep him happy and pain less.
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Mom is cancer patient recently she is suffering from cancer. So her chemotherapy is been stopped and she is having lots of pain.

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), PG Dip Panchakarma, PG Dip Ksharsutra for piles,pilonidal sinus and fistula management , Post Graduate Diploma In Hospital Administration (PGDHA), Certificate in Diabetes update
Ayurveda, Navi Mumbai
Got your pain sure your Dr. Shating about issues associated with chemo n can be surely n effecrively resolved those with ayurvedic medicated ghee or milk so please avail her boost n pain free life.
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8 Reasons Why You Should Eat Tomatoes

M.Sc. in Dietetics and Food Service Management , Post Graduate Diploma In Computer Application, P.G.Diploma in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics , B.Sc.Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai
8 Reasons Why You Should Eat Tomatoes

1. Prevents cancer: as a magnificent source of vitamin c and different cell reinforcements, tomatoes can battle the development of abnormal cells that causes cancer. Lycopene has been connected with prostate tumour prevention. Epidemiologists recommend the consumption of tomato as it helps lower the possibility of prostate cancer. High fibre content of beta-carotene in fruits and vegetables has been proven to bring down the risk of colorectal cancer to a great extent.

2. Blood pressure: low sodium consumption keeps circulatory strain solid. Tomatoes are rich in potassium that helps in the same.

3. Heart's well-being: the fibre, potassium, vitamin c and choline content in tomatoes all bolster the heart's well-being. An expansion in potassium as well as a reduction in sodium is the most essential dietary change that an individual can make to lessen their danger of cardiovascular diseases. Tomatoes additionally contain folic corrosive, which keeps the homocysteine levels under control. It reduces the risk of heart diseases.

4. Diabetes: tomatoes help bring down the blood sugar level in people with type1 diabetes. Whereas, people with type 2 diabetes may have enhanced glucose, lipids and insulin levels. One measure of cherry tomatoes gives around 2 grams of fibre and helps them keep their levels neutralized.

5. Constipation: eating foods that are high in water substance and fibre like tomatoes can help with hydration and advance normal solid discharges. Fibre adds mass to stool and is important for bowel movement.

6. Eye health: tomatoes are a rich sources of lycopene, lutein and beta-carotene, which are intense cancer prevention agents. They have been helpful in protecting the eyes against harm related to the advancement of age-related macular degeneration.

7. Skin: collagen, a fundamental part of the skin, hair, nails and connective tissue, is dependent on vitamin c. An inadequacy of vitamin c leads to certain skin problems. As vitamin c is a capable cancer prevention agent, a low intake can affect the skin and cause harm from uv rays, infections and smoke. This usually results in wrinkles, hanging skin, blemishes and other antagonistic skin diseases.

8. Pregnancy: a good amount of folic acid needs to be present before and during pregnancy to ensure the infants good health inside the mother's womb. This can be found in tomatoes.

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Is it possible to have esophageal cancer without GERD in case a person neither smokes or consume alcohol or possess any other bad habits? And what are symptoms of Stage I esophageal cancer?

MBBS, MD - Medicine, MD - Oncology
Oncologist, Delhi
Dear, yes it is possible to get esophageal cancer without gerd. It is not necessary he is a smoker or not but smoking and alcohol are coincidental factors in almost all cancers. Possibly in stage 1 cancer patient may be asymtomatic or rarely there may be hiccups after swallowing of food or at little latter stage there may be difficulty in swallowing food relieved by intake of water.
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I have a fibrodenema in my right breast and when the doctor's suggested me to leave as it is as there no harm. But I am confused if you should operate it or leave as it is. Please advise me on this.

Diploma in Endoscopic Surgery, DGO, MBBS
Gynaecologist, Delhi
Dear your doctor has given you right advice. Follow his/ her instructions. There is no surity of nonrecurrence once you are operated. Mostly these fibroadenomata are harmless.
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Are there screening tests that can find lung cancer early? How many people get lung cancer?

MBBS, MS- Surgery , M.Ch - Surgical Oncology , FIAGES
Oncologist, Delhi
Screening for lung cancer: age group 55-80 years with a history of smoking united states preventive services task force (uspstf) recommend annual screening for lung cancer with low dose computed tomography in adults aged 55-80 years who have a 30 pack year smoking history and currently smoke or have quit within past 15 years. Screening should be discontinued once a person has not smoked for 15 years or develops a health problem that substantially limits life expectancy or the ability or willingness to have curative lung surgery.
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We hear a lot about cases where they say the patient in the tertiary stage or advanced in cancer. How can one detect cancer early?

M.Ch - Surgical Oncology, MS - General Surgery, MBBS
Oncologist, Delhi
EARLY DETECTION OF CANCER CAN SAVE LIVES. KNOW THE 10 WARNING SIGNALS 1. A sore that does not heal, changed colour, ulcerates or bleeds 2. Unusual bleeding or discharge from any opening in the body, example, blood in the urine, stool, frequent or heavy menstruation 3. A lump or swelling that has progressively enlarged which may or may not be associated with pain 4. Indigestion or difficulty in swallowing 5. Change in bowel or bladder habits consistently for a duration of 2-3 months 6. Obvious change in the size or texture of a wart or mole 7. Non smokers' cough or hoarseness of voice that persist for more than 2 weeks. Smokers' cough that becomes intense 8. Unexplained tiredness and/or weight loss of 10 % or more within a period of 3-6 months 9. Persistent pain or discomfort in the abdomen 10. Unexplained fever In case you are having any of these symptoms, please get yourself checked, as you may be suffering form cancer
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Being a vegetarian what all things we can consume which will keep the cancer cells away? Even consuming green vegetables like spinach, cabbage host lot of germs. What are the daily habits to keep the cancer cells off the body?

DNB, MBBS
Oncologist, Faridabad
We must consume leafy vegetables, whole grains, nuts, broccoli fruits like berries, tomatoes, kiwi. Infact all fruits contain antioxidants which help in increasing immunity and fighting cancer. As far as cleaning is concerned we must clean it adequately with warm water multiple times prior to consumption. Eating healthy food, avoiding fatty food, regular exercises, avoiding sedentary lifestyle, avoiding carcinogens and regular health screening.
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Please tell me about the symptoms of the very dangerous disease cancer. Please help me.

DNB, MBBS
Oncologist, Faridabad
Cancer is abnormal uncontrolled growth of cells, presenting as lump anywhere like in breast, neck, armpits etc. Nonhealing ulcer, abnormal bleeding from Anywhere, weight loss, altered bowel habits, difficulty in swallowing, change in voice, breathing difficulty etc depending on organ affected.
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Dear sir, My wife have breast pain from last one week, please suggested what to do.

MS
General Surgeon, Panipat
Mr. lybrate-user. Pain in breast is a vague term is it associated with fever increases during menstruation due to some injury is she feeding a small child. If you are not sure please consult a surgeon and get a proper treatment after investigations.
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My wife have a lump in left breast but we don't know is this a cancer or not please help me to know whether it is a cancer or simply a lump.

M.S, MBBS
General Surgeon, Bangalore
As per your question, you are aware that your wife has a lump in her breast. Going by the age, and if there is no family history of having cancer of either breast or ovary, all the probability is that it could be an harmless lump. Nevertheless, it has to be confirmed. It is suggested that you consult a surgeon for further evaluation which includes an Ultrasound of breast (to find out if any additional smaller lumps) and a cytology test if required.
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What are the symptoms of brain cancer and how to examines the different stages of brain cancer?

DNB, MBBS
Oncologist, Faridabad
Brain tumours present as headache with or without vomiting. Fits or seizures, neurological deficit, paralysis, loss of memory or abnormal function. Any of above may be initial symptoms. You have to get mri done. If any suspicious lesion then surgery to diagnose brain tumour.
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I have pain in my right breast after period it's little nd 10/12 days before of period feeling pain little much. Whats the reason behind this pain is it normal?

MBBS, MD - Medicine, MD - Oncology
Oncologist, Delhi
I have pain in my right breast after period it's little nd 10/12 days before of period feeling pain little much. What...
It can be a benign condition called fibroadenosis or breast mouse. It is because of hormonal disturbance. No active treatment is needed. If symptoms are severe some supportive treatment is needed.
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My fiancée was feeling some pain in her left breast for last few days, she thought it might be due to periods but yesterday when she checked with a gynaecologist, she asked her to go through Ultrasound and then she got to know there is lump in her breast. She is very disturbed for this I am also worried about it. Please provide your valuable feedback and what can be the cure of it. Is it serious?

M.Ch -Surgical oncology
Oncologist, Mumbai
It is very important to understand that lumps in breast are not always serious especially when they occur at younger age group. However it is equally important to undergo clinical evaluation and usg of the breast to understand the nature of the lump. If possible please upload your usg breast report to decide further course of action.
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Prostatitis And Its Causes!

Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS), MS, MBBS
Urologist, Delhi
Prostatitis And Its Causes!

Prostatitis is a very common infection of the prostate. However, it is worth to note that prostatitis can also be an inflammation of the prostate without infection. Only 5 to 10 percent of prostatitis is caused by bacterial infection. Prostate cancer does not normally have its chances increased by prostatitis. There are several forms of prostatitis, including acute bacterial prostatitis, chronic bacterial prostatitis and chronic nonbacterial prostatitis (which is also known as chronic pelvic pain syndrome ).

The exact cause for prostatitis is not known, but here are some factors which increase its risk, particularly acute bacterial prostatitis.

Possible causes:

  1. Medical instrumentation: Putting an instrument like a urinary catheter may well cause prostatitis.
  2. Rectal intercourse: This is basically another name for anal sex.
  3. Abnormal urinary tract: The urinary tract comprises of the bladders, kidneys, ureters and urethra. If any one of these organs gets infected, then prostatitis is much more likely.
  4. Bladder infection: A bladder infection may well spread to the prostate.

Symptoms
Prostatitis has a variety of symptoms. Here are the most common symptoms of prostatitis.

  1. Constant need of urination: This is one of the most common symptoms of prostatitis.
  2. Difficulty when urinating: Just like the constant need of urination, difficulty urinating is also a sign that you may have prostatitis.
  3. Pain while urinating: This is because the prostate gland is a part of your urinary tract and if it does not work properly, there will be pain.
  4. Chills and fever: This is a rarer symptom, but may indicate prostatitis if it is coupled with the other symptoms.
  5. Pain in perineal area and genital organs: If you are experiencing pain in genital organs, than it may indicate prostatitis. 
  6. Painful ejaculations or relief of perineal pain after ejaculations: If you are having painful ejaculation or the pain arises after ejaculation, then it may be due to prostatitis.
  7. Hematospermia: Pinkish or brownish semen.

If these symptoms are persistent or bothersome, then a proper consultation is required. Evaluation includes physical examination along with few simple tests. This can be followed by proper treatment for cure or relief of symptoms.

My mother has a lump that may be cancer. Her CA 19 levels were 100, over the range of 0-37, which may indicate cancer. It's been there for 6 months but she wants to use alternative medicine like ayurveda to cure it. She won't take a pet scan. Anything else I can do to rule out cancer or help her?

Registrar in Surgical Oncology, Fellowship in Gynaecologic Oncology, Masters In Advanced Oncology, Fellowship in advanced laparoscopy and robotic surgery, Fellowship in Gastrointestinal Oncology, Fellowship in CRS and HIPEC, Fellowship in PIPAC
Oncologist, Mumbai
Dear lybrate-user, Unfortunately ayurveda will not cure cancer. However if her CA 19.9 is elevated we have to evaluate her for pancreatic, biliary, colonic or ovarian cancers. So she will need an endoscopy, Mri /CT abdomen and pelvis to evaluate the organ of origin of the cancer and plan treatment accordingly
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I am a 54 years male suffering from UTI Enlarged prostate and a cyst of 8 mm size above the kidney. What are the remedies available in ayurveda. It is to mention here that I am taking Allopathic drug, olmesartan 20 and atorvastatin 10 mg one tab daily for hypertension.

MD - Radiation Oncology, MBBS, DNB (Radiotherapy)
Oncologist, Howrah
I am a 54 years male suffering from UTI Enlarged prostate and a cyst of 8 mm size above the kidney. What are the reme...
Enlarged prostate per se does not need treatment unless you have symptoms due to it. Prostate enlargement with age occurs due to hyperplasia of the prostate gland which is benign in nature. However due to mass effect (size effect) it may produce symptoms of various intensity. Symptoms may range from frequency, urgency, nocturnal awakening, hesitancy etc.
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Just want to ask. If someone has Cancer, can that's person's TLC still be normal (4000-11000).

MD - Radiothrapy
Oncologist, Mumbai
Yes TLC can be normal in cancer patients. Only in few selected blood cancers or in patients with infection it's abnormal.
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USG of abdomen says. Liver shows overall reduced size but otherwise appears normal. Portal cavernosa. Cholelithiasis. splenomegaly of 120 mm. Mildly enlarged prostate of 28 gm.

DM - Gastroenterology
Gastroenterologist, Vadodara
USG of abdomen says. Liver shows overall reduced size but otherwise appears normal. Portal cavernosa. Cholelithiasis....
Hi. You need to get yourself check for chronic liver disease. That includes blood test and endoscopy.
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What is the blood cancer? How stop the blood cancer and which is effect of blood cancer.

MD - Alternate Medicine, BHMS
Homeopath, Surat
Homeopathy will help you alot...but you need to show reports of it...then I will definitely help you..
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