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Misdiagnosis of Heart Cancer

Jun 18, 2008
The thought that your doctor might have gotten something wrong is a scary one - but it is more common than you might think. The body is an extremely complex machine, and without clinical conditions to observe symptoms in, 110% accurate reports of occurrences, and a microscope attached permanently to their eyes, doctors cannot be right all of the time. Heart cancer is one of the things which can be misdiagnosed - and in fact, there are a couple of common diseases that cause heart cancer. Heart cancer in these cases is a symptom, rather than the problem. We investigate heart cancer symptoms and look at how you might find a heart cancer cure, by fixing simple and common diseases.

Heart cancer in single form is actually extremely rare. Over 12,487 autopsies performed, only seven of these recorded tumors of the heart. Heart cancer is like any other cancer - there is usually a tumor, which is uncontrolled growth of the normal tissues that make up the organ (primary tumor). There are different types of heart cancer - rhabdomyosarcomas, angiosarcomas, myxosarcomas, fibrosarcomas, leiomyosarcomas, reticulum cell sarcomas, and liposarcomas. These are the malignant tumors of the heart- about 20% of heart tumors are malignant. Heart cancer can cause death by blocking the blood flow into or out of the heart, causing a heart attack. They may also have neurologic symptoms.

However, heart cancer is also known to be caused by other diseases, and cancers from other parts of the body can spread to the heart. Melanoma is a likely culprit for this, as are cancers of the bone marrow, skin and intestine. The other diseases which can cause heart cancer may surprise you - syphilis can cause heart cancer, as can tuberous sclerosis. Syphilis is common in undeveloped countries, and is definitely not unknown in the Western world. TSC is also known worldwide.

Syphilis can cause heart cancer. This is a sexually transmitted disease which is caused by a bacteria. It is widely known to cause mental disturbances if left untreated, but it is less known that it can also cause heart cancer if not recognized. Syphilis can also cause serous damage to the brain, eyes and bones if not treated. It is characterized by a lesion at the point of contact with another infected person - this is usually through sexual contact, but can also be on the hands or anywhere else. This sometimes heals spontaneously, and there are usually no other symptoms at the same time. Secondary syphilis develops after the sore has healed, and causes fever, sore throat, enlarged glands, and weight loss. A rash appears on the extremities. If you have had syphilis, but not developed secondary symptoms, you may develop heart cancer as soon as a year after this initial infection.

TSC may be incorrectly diagnosed as heart cancer - or your heart cancer may be treated, but return because it is due to underlying tuberous sclerosis. This is a rare disorder that causes benign tumors to grow in the brain and other vital organs ... like the heart. If seizures, developmental delays, skin abnormalities, lung or kidney disease is noted in conjunction with heart cancer, a person may have tuberous sclerosis. It is worth investigating this, and always getting a second opinion.

The thought that a doctor may get something wrong may be scary, but is no reason to feel disempowered. You can do much to help your own health, simply by researching as you are doing now, and arming yourself with information. Engage in activities like home research, and medical tourism, to help keep yourself healthy, and always get a second opinion!
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Bangkok Hospital - 36 years of advanced medical technology and expertise, complemented with Thai hospitality and compassionate care. Includes the world-renowned Bangkok Heart Hospital and specializing in oncology, neurology and orthopedics. Some of the worlds most advanced minimally invasive diagnostics and treatment procedures are in place.
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