FAQ

Q : Do Paraneoplastic patients end up in care facilities?

A : While many patients will need some form of assisted care, many manage to remain at home with the assistance of family members acting as carers.

Q : Is cancer always found in patients diagnosed with Paraneoplastic?

A : Not always. It is possible to have the neurological symptoms and antibodies associated with Paraneoplastic and not have any identifiable cancer. The antibodies associated with Paraneoplastic can keep tumors undetectable, preventing the cancer from growing large enough to be found.[

Q : What is the life expectancy for someone who has been diagnosed with Paraneoplastic disorder?

A : It is impossible to give an average life expectancy for a Paraneoplastic patient. Many variables affect how long someone can live with this disease; including their age, the type of underlying cancer, the type of Paraneoplastic, the success of cancer treatment, and even the patient’s attitude.

Q : Do Paraneoplastic patients recover?

A : Full recovery from Paraneoplastic is rare. But many patients stabilize with proper treatment and may even show small but gradual improvement over a period of months. Early treatment before severe neurological damage occurs is key.

Q : What are the most common initial symptoms?

A : It varies for each different kind of paraneoplastic syndrome. But difficulty with walking, balance, coordination and speech, tremors, problems with your memory and mood disturbances, weakness are common.

Q : How common are Paraneoplastic syndromes?

A : The reported frequency ranges from 10-15% to 2-20% of malignancies, However, these could be underestimates.