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    Old 03-29-2002, 06:02 AM   #1
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    Question night sweats?

    Hello everyone. I'm just curious. Are night sweats a symptom of any kind of cancer? I'm a 34 yr. old female and have night sweats on and off for the past 4 yrs. I've had every possible test in the world done and no doctor can find anything wrong. When all this started, I did have an MRI done and my doctor (then) said I had a tumor on my pituitary gland and sent me to a neurologist. The neuro. said that there was nothing wrong with me...that the MRI was misread. Now these night sweats are to the point where it's every night-all night. It's driving me crazy and wearing me down. I have finally talked my doctor into testing my hormones (again-after 4 yrs.), but am not getting the test done until next week. You would think that if I had any kind of tumor, that, after 4 yrs., something else would have happened by now. Right? What bothers me is that my dad died from lung cancer (he was a HEAVY smoker). He had had prostate cancer also, but had been going to a cancer center for treatment for 4 years. He had to go once a month for a shot(that was to keep the cancer isolated)and for a check-up. We only found out he had lung cancer after he started coughing up blood one day. His cancer was too far gone to operate. He was going to a cancer center once a month for a check-up!!!! Why didn't they detect his lung cancer?!!!! I asked one of his doctors that question. His response? "We weren't checking for that particular cancer." Does it not show up in a person's blood work? Any info or comments would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

     
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    Old 03-29-2002, 08:34 AM   #2
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    Night sweats can be associated with cancer and several other conditions such as perimenopause/menopause. Blood tests are specialized, with each test intended to screen for a limited number of compounds.

    Here are some links to help your search:

    Article index for 'B' topics - includes several of the most common blood tests. [url="http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/encyclopedia_Bl-Bz.htm"]http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/encyclopedia_Bl-Bz.htm[/url]

    Article on excessive sweating - very basic but does give some links to the more common underlying conditions [reasons]. [url="http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003218.htm"]http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003218.htm[/url]

    After you've finished the articles above, use this to refine your search.
    [url="http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/sitemap.html"]http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/sitemap.html[/url]

    Oncolink [U. Penn] is one of the best cancer information resources; it also covers some other medical conditions.
    [url="http://cancer.med.upenn.***/"]http://cancer.med.upenn.***/[/url]

    Good luck,
    Jay

     
    Old 03-29-2002, 04:49 PM   #3
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    Thanks Jay Tor!

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    Old 03-30-2002, 04:01 PM   #4
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    Thanks, Jay Tor, for your help. The links were very informative and have "got me to thinking". I read something about abscesses causing night sweats in one of the articles. And there was something on there about menengitis causing abscesses. I had viral menengitis back when I was 18. Maybe I need to go get that checked out. My doctor did an MRI on me when my night sweats started. (I may have already told you all this.) Anyway, he said I had a tumor on my pituitary gland and sent me to a neurosurgeon, who said the MRI was misread. I never got a second opinion. Now, I'm thinking I need to get that second opinion. You seem to know a lot about this, though. Don't you think that, after all this time, if I'd had a tumor-that it would have reared it's ugly head by now? Thanks for helping.

     
    Old 03-31-2002, 09:05 AM   #5
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    Tumours, like everything else in our bodies, have their own time-table.

    Whenever you're in doubt, review what's been going on in your life. A written journal in the form of a very brief daily email to yourself may be useful. That way, if you begin to feel 'off', you can review your journal. This might help identify whatever triggered your condition, or at least help determine when symptoms first appeared.

    And, see your doctor.

    Good luck,
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