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Forum Name: Head and Neck Cancer

Question: Can cancer be exacerbated by trauma to the existing tumor

 JBMcA - Wed Dec 26, 2007 6:15 pm

Can a undiagnosed, cancerous mass in the neck be exacerbated by a crushing blow to the head, causing severe neck strain and swelling, resulting in enhanced cancer debilitation, pain and symptoms?
Thank you,
 Dr. Tamer Fouad - Sun Dec 30, 2007 10:01 am

User avatar Hello,

Cancer is not a simple disease. Its modes of spread depend on many criteria. The biology of cancer spread and metastasis is something we are only beginning to understand.

Your question is very theoretical and hard to answer in a specific manner without a more specific description of the situation. Generally speaking, in most cases that already have cancer, trauma to the cancer can increase the local symptoms, simply because the surrounding tissue is usually friable and weak in its resistance to trauma. However, from a biological perspective trauma per se is not a factor that alters cancer biology or leads to the progression of cancer.

Best regards,

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