A recent argument in another sickle cell group inspired this post. Someone asked if Sickle Cell was a form of cancer. Most answers were no, including mine. I think since it’s now being treated with Hydroxyurea (which is used for cancer patients) they are thinking it’s a form of cancer. Hydroxyurea increases fetal hemoglobin production and slightly raises the total hemoglobin concentration in the body. Fetal hemoglobin reduces the chance that red blood cells will sickle in a person who has sickle cell disease which is to prevent to pain crisis and prevent frequent hospital stays. It’s use for SC warriors who have: Frequent painful events (at least three in a year), A history of recurrent acute chest syndrome, and Severe anemia.
A to Z List of Cancers – S
Salivary Gland Cancer
Osteosarcoma (Bone Cancer)
Merkel Cell Carcinoma
Small Cell Lung Cancer
Small Intestine Cancer
Soft Tissue Sarcoma
Squamous Cell Carcinoma – see Skin Cancer (Nonmelanoma)
Squamous Neck Cancer with Occult Primary, Metastatic
Stomach (Gastric) Cancer
I don’t see Sickle Cell listed as a cancer or a form of cancer. Do you agree that sickle cell is NOT a form of cancer?