Watch Out for Falling Icicles
Watch Out for Falling Icicles SUNDAY, Jan. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Icicles may be beautiful, but they can also be dangerous, an emergency medicine doctor warns. "An icicle is like a sharp, stiletto-shoe heel-like dagger. Coupled with the forceful dynamics of impact from falling a sizeable distance, a person can sustain serious injury," Dr. Mark Cichon, chair of emergency medicine at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Ill., said in a university news release. When walking outside during win...
With Healthy Foods, Taste Matters, Researchers Say
With Healthy Foods, Taste Matters, Researchers Say FRIDAY, Jan. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Taste exerts the biggest influence on people's food choices and many believe that healthy foods don't taste good, researchers report. That means more needs to be done to make healthy foods appealing, the study authors said. In the study, participants were presented with a variety of yogurts, each with different levels of sugar and fat. Even when given information about the ingredients, the participants were not ...
Walking Group a Step Toward Better Health, Researchers Say
Walking Group a Step Toward Better Health, Researchers Say MONDAY, Jan. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Joining a walking group may be just what the doctor orders, because research suggests it is one of the best ways to improve your overall health. It's easy to stick with this type of exercise program, which offers a wide range of health benefits and has virtually no side effects, the study authors said in the report published online Jan. 19 in the British Journal of Sports Medicine . The researchers revie...
Want to Get Healthy? Get Your Partner Involved
Want to Get Healthy? Get Your Partner Involved MONDAY, Jan. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- For those looking to embrace a healthier lifestyle, you might want to enlist your spouse or significant other. Men and women who want to stop smoking, get active and lose weight are much more likely to meet with success if their partner also adopts the same healthy habits, according to new research. "In our study we confirmed that married, or cohabiting, couples who have a 'healthier' partner are more likely to chan...
Weightlessness in Space May Lower Blood Pressure in Astronauts
Weightlessness in Space May Lower Blood Pressure in Astronauts FRIDAY, Jan. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Spending a long time in space lowers blood pressure in astronauts, but it could also strain their hearts, a new study indicates. The researchers, from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), looked at eight astronauts who were checked before, during and after three to six months of spaceflight. The shift of blood and fluid from the lower to the upper body caused by weightlessness wa...
Work Hard, Party Harder?
Work Hard, Party Harder? TUESDAY, Jan. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Working long hours may raise the risk for alcohol abuse, according to a new study of more than 300,000 people from 14 countries. Researchers found that employees who worked more than 48 hours a week were almost 13 percent more likely to drink to excess than those who worked 48 hours or less. "Although the risks were not very high, these findings suggest that some people might be prone to coping with excess working hours by habits that a...
Was Beethoven Composing From His Heart?
Was Beethoven Composing From His Heart? THURSDAY, Jan. 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A heartbeat disorder may have influenced parts of composer Ludwig van Beethoven's greatest works, researchers say. "His music may have been both figuratively and physically heartfelt," essay co-author Dr. Joel Howell, a professor of internal medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School, said in a university news release. The deaf composer has been linked with numerous health woes, and historians have speculated t...
When Heart Docs Are Away, Their High-Risk Patients May Fare Better
When Heart Docs Are Away, Their High-Risk Patients May Fare Better TUESDAY, Dec. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- If you are a high-risk heart patient, you might be better off if you are not treated by a cardiologist, new research suggests. Survival rates among these patients actually improved when cardiologists left town for annual professional meetings, Harvard researchers report. Sixty percent of patients with cardiac arrest who were admitted to a teaching hospital during one of these meetings died withi...
Wearable, Doc-Prescribed Monitors May Help Spot High Blood Pressure
Wearable, Doc-Prescribed Monitors May Help Spot High Blood Pressure MONDAY, Dec. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People suspected of having high blood pressure may soon be asked to wear what's known as an "ambulatory" blood pressure monitor for a day or so to confirm the diagnosis, according to draft recommendations issued by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring involves a blood pressure cuff worn constantly around the upper arm, and an attached monitoring device. T...
Weight Training Key to Battling Belly Fat as You Age: Study
Weight Training Key to Battling Belly Fat as You Age: Study MONDAY, Dec. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- If you want to battle belly fat as you age, new research suggests you need to add weight training to your exercise regimen. Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health found that combining aerobic activities with weight, or resistance, training is key to preserving muscle and avoiding weight gain, particularly age-related belly fat. "Because aging is associated with sarcopenia, the loss of skel...
Work Steals Valuable Sleep Time, Study Finds
Work Steals Valuable Sleep Time, Study Finds TUESDAY, Dec. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Chronic sleep loss is rampant in America, and work commitment is a big reason why, new research suggests. "Work is the No. 1 sleep killer," said Dr. Mathias Basner, an assistant professor of sleep and chronobiology in psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. A time-use survey of nearly 125,000 Americans, ages 15 years and older, found that work is the main activity exchanged for sleep...
When Gas Prices Go Up, So Do Motorcycle Accidents, Study Finds
When Gas Prices Go Up, So Do Motorcycle Accidents, Study Finds MONDAY, Dec. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- As gas prices rose in recent years, so did motorcyclist injuries and deaths, a new study suggests. In times of gas increases, more people start using motorcycles and many of those riders are inexperienced, the researchers explained. They examined data gathered between 2002 and 2011 in California, which has the highest number of motorcycle registrations in the United States and the third highest numbe...
When the Cancer Patient Is a Pet You Love
When the Cancer Patient Is a Pet You Love FRIDAY, Dec. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The scourge of cancer can strike peoples' four-legged friends, too, and an expert offers tips to spot the disease early so treatments can work best. As in humans, age is a big factor in cancer, said Mary Lynn Higginbotham, assistant professor of oncology at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University. She said that cancers hit about half of dogs and a third of cats aged 10 years and older, and any breed i...
Where Doctors Train May Affect Whether They Practice Expensive Medicine
Where Doctors Train May Affect Whether They Practice Expensive Medicine TUESDAY, Dec. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors who were trained in high-cost areas of the United States may be more likely to practice expensive medicine, a new study suggests. However, that effect gradually decreases over time. Researchers from George Washington University analyzed Medicare claims data from doctors who completed their residencies between 1992 and 2010. They found that those who did their medical training in more...
Women Can Outperform Men in Financial Negotiations, Study Shows
Women Can Outperform Men in Financial Negotiations, Study Shows FRIDAY, Dec. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Although people often think of men as better negotiators, new research suggests that women are more effective than men in certain types of financial negotiations. "One reason men earn higher salaries than women could be women's apparent disadvantage vis-a-vis men in some types of negotiations," lead author Jens Mazei, a doctoral candidate at the University of Munster in Germany, said in a news releas...
Want Kids to Eat Better? Get Them Cooking
Want Kids to Eat Better? Get Them Cooking THURSDAY, Nov. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Getting kids involved in the kitchen, through cooking classes or at home, may make them more likely to choose healthy foods, according to a recent review. Cooking programs and classes for children seem to positively influence children's food preferences and behaviors, according to the new research. And, although the review didn't look at long-term effects of such programs, the findings suggest that such programs might ...
Weight Could Influence Rheumatoid Arthritis Relief
Weight Could Influence Rheumatoid Arthritis Relief WEDNESDAY, Nov. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People with rheumatoid arthritis may be more likely to achieve remission if they maintain a healthy body weight, according to new research. The study found that those who were heaviest had almost 65 percent reduced odds of disease remission. Being underweight also lowered the odds of remission. "Medication for rheumatoid arthritis is not as effective on the overweight population," said Dr. Susan Goodman, the ...
Women With Heart Disease at Low Risk When Giving Birth: Study
Women With Heart Disease at Low Risk When Giving Birth: Study WEDNESDAY, Nov. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Women with congenital heart disease are at low risk for heart-related complications when they give birth, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed data from more than 2.7 million women who gave birth in California, including more than 3,200 who had congenital heart disease and 248 with complex congenital heart disease, which means their condition was more advanced and they likely had heart surgery w...
Wireless ECG Speeds Up Heart Attack Treatments, Study Shows
Wireless ECG Speeds Up Heart Attack Treatments, Study Shows TUESDAY, Nov. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new wireless electrocardiogram (ECG) can cut the time it takes for heart attack patients to receive treatment, new research suggests. A study from Doha, Qatar, examined outcomes among 510 heart attack patients, and found a trans-satellite wireless 12-lead ECG cut the ambulance-to-angioplasty time by more than half an hour compared to standard treatments. The research, by Dr. Abdurrazzak Gehani, chief...
Working Night Shift Slows Metabolism, Study Suggests
Working Night Shift Slows Metabolism, Study Suggests TUESDAY, Nov. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Working by night and sleeping by day may slow down the body's metabolism, a small study suggests. Researchers found that when they put 14 volunteers on a schedule that simulated night-shift work, it quickly curbed the number of calories their bodies burned every day. On average, they expended 52 to 59 fewer calories on "night shift" days, the researchers reported in the current online edition of the Proceedin...
Want to Raise Colon Cancer Screening Rates? Run a Lottery
Want to Raise Colon Cancer Screening Rates? Run a Lottery TUESDAY, Nov. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A lottery could be an effective means of getting people engaged in potentially lifesaving colon cancer screening, a new study suggests. The study focused on a noninvasive, at-home stool test called the fecal occult blood test. The test -- which can detect small amounts of blood in stool that may be an early sign of colon cancer -- requires patients to collect a small sample of their stool and mail it off...
Weight Gain Doesn't Have to Be Part of Thanksgiving
Weight Gain Doesn't Have to Be Part of Thanksgiving FRIDAY, Nov. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Many people gain weight at Thanksgiving because they eat too much and don't get enough exercise. But, a few simple steps can help you keep your weight under control while still enjoying the holiday, an expert says. A good place to start? "Remind yourself how it feels to overeat," Kristen Kizer, a registered dietitian at Houston Methodist Hospital, said in a hospital news release. "Remember there will always be ...
With Western Medicine, Ebola May Have Met Its Match
With Western Medicine, Ebola May Have Met Its Match WEDNESDAY, Nov. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors in the United States have a near-perfect record of treating Ebola patients, with only one out of nine patients losing their lives while under hospital care in this country. And the last person under treatment for Ebola in the United States, New York physician Dr. Craig Spencer, was released from Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan Tuesday after being declared free of the virus. Which begs the question -- ...
Whooping Cough Vaccine Seems Safe in Pregnancy, Study Finds
Whooping Cough Vaccine Seems Safe in Pregnancy, Study Finds TUESDAY, Nov. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Getting a tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis (Tdap) vaccine during the last trimester of pregnancy is safe for the fetus, a new study has found. The Tdap vaccine doesn't increase an expecting mothers' risk of preterm delivery, low birth weight newborns, or the serious pregnancy complication known as preeclampsia, said lead author Dr. Elyse Kharbanda of the HealthPartners Institute for Education and Research ...
World War I Soldier Gives New Clues to Fighting Dysentery
World War I Soldier Gives New Clues to Fighting Dysentery THURSDAY, Nov. 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- He died in war-torn France of dysentery almost a century ago, but a World War I soldier is giving today's scientists important new insights into the gastrointestinal disease. Researchers focused on a bacterial sample retrieved from the British soldier -- Private Ernest Cable of the East Surrey Regiment -- who died in March of 1915. The scientists say their investigation could help find new ways to fight ...
Want to Be a Leader? Cultivate a Healthy Look
Want to Be a Leader? Cultivate a Healthy Look WEDNESDAY, Nov. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- It's more important for potential business or political leaders to look healthy than intelligent, a new Dutch study contends. The study included 148 adults who were shown a series of two photos of men's faces and asked to pick which one they would choose as new CEOs for companies. When selecting between each pair of photos, the CEOs' main challenge was described to the participants. Each pair of photos actually fea...
Weight-Loss Surgery Lowers Type 2 Diabetes Risk, Study Shows
Weight-Loss Surgery Lowers Type 2 Diabetes Risk, Study Shows SUNDAY, Nov. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Weight-loss surgery significantly lowers an obese person's risk of developing type 2 diabetes, researchers report. This reduced risk was independent of other factors such as smoking, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, according to the study in the Nov. 3 issue of The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology . "Our results suggest that bariatric surgery may be a highly effective method of preventing th...
World Bank Pledges $100M More to Fight West Africa's Ebola Outbreak
World Bank Pledges $100M More to Fight West Africa's Ebola Outbreak THURSDAY, Oct. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The World Bank pledged Thursday an additional $100 million in the fight against the Ebola outbreak wreaking havoc in West Africa. The money, which brings the World Bank's total pledge to more than $500 million, will be used to attract more foreign health care workers to the three hardest-hit countries -- Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. "The world's response to the Ebola crisis has increased ...
Would Alternative Payment Plan Cut Medical Bills?
Would Alternative Payment Plan Cut Medical Bills? THURSDAY, Oct. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- New research supports replacing the traditional way of reimbursing doctors for care -- paying for each service provided -- with an alternative system that gives a set amount of money to health care organizations for patient care. "These results are encouraging, because, throughout our health care system, spending is growing at an unsustainable rate and our quality of health care is not as high as it should be,"...
Women Often Ignore Signs of Heart Trouble
Women Often Ignore Signs of Heart Trouble WEDNESDAY, Oct. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- When it comes to heart disease, a new study finds women are more likely than men to delay care when they have symptoms that spell trouble. "The main danger is that when someone comes to the hospital with a more severe or advanced stage of heart disease, there are simply fewer treatment options available," study author Catherine Kreatsoulas, a Fulbright Scholar and research fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health...
Women Less Likely to Get Kidney Dialysis Than Men, Study Finds
Women Less Likely to Get Kidney Dialysis Than Men, Study Finds TUESDAY, Oct. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- New research finds that women aren't treated with dialysis as often as men when they have end-stage kidney disease, and the gap seems to have little to do with biological differences between the genders. The study, led by Dr. Manfred Hecking from Arbor Research Collaborative for Health in Ann Arbor, Mich., examined the use of hemodialysis -- a process in which the blood is purified -- in more than 2...
White House Presses N.Y., N.J. to Rethink Ebola Quarantines
White House Presses N.Y., N.J. to Rethink Ebola Quarantines SUNDAY, Oct. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The governors of New York and New Jersey are being pressured by the Obama Administration to rethink tough quarantine measures that require all medical workers returning from West Africa who had contact with Ebola patients to be forced into isolation, according to news reports. However, The New York Times reported Sunday that Andrew Cuomo of New York and Chris Christie of New Jersey are refusing to budge...
Weight-Loss Surgery May Raise Risk of Severe Headaches, Scientists Report
Weight-Loss Surgery May Raise Risk of Severe Headaches, Scientists Report WEDNESDAY, Oct. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- After weight-loss surgery, some patients may be at risk for developing severe headaches, a new study suggests. In a small number of people, the surgery was associated with a condition known as spontaneous intracranial hypotension -- or low blood pressure in the brain. The condition can trigger headaches while standing that disappear when lying down. These headaches can be accompanied by...
Where Ebola Battles Are Won
Where Ebola Battles Are Won WEDNESDAY, Oct. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Four hospitals that are home to advanced biocontainment facilities have become America's ground zero in the treatment of Ebola patients. Their special isolation units feature layer upon layer of safety measures to prevent the spread of nightmare pathogens, not just Ebola. They include special air filters, dunk tanks full of antiseptic, dedicated lab equipment and so-called autoclaves to sterilize any medical waste before it is tran...
WHO Admits Botched Response to Ebola in Africa
WHO Admits Botched Response to Ebola in Africa FRIDAY, Oct. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The World Health Organization has admitted it dropped the ball with the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, according to a news report published Friday. In a draft internal memo obtained by the Associated Press , WHO blamed incompetent staff and other factors for not curbing at the outset what is now the largest Ebola outbreak in history. "Nearly everyone involved in the outbreak response failed to see some fairly plain ...
West African Leaders Plead for More Ebola Aid
West African Leaders Plead for More Ebola Aid THURSDAY, Oct. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The heads of West African nations battered by the Ebola outbreak pleaded Thursday with world leaders for massive increases in financial and medical aid. "Our people are dying," Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma said by videoconference at a World Bank meeting in Washington, D.C. He called the epidemic "a tragedy unforeseen in modern times," NBC News reported, adding that the world isn't responding fast enough ...
Woman's Thyroid Tumor Yields Clues on How to Battle Cancer
Woman's Thyroid Tumor Yields Clues on How to Battle Cancer WEDNESDAY, Oct. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- New gene mutations that were discovered in a thyroid cancer patient's tumor provide clues to drug response and resistance, researchers report. The 56-year-old female patient's deadly form of thyroid cancer unexpectedly "melted away" for 18 months after starting treatment with everolimus (Afinitor), but then her tumor developed resistance to the drug. The cancer spread to her lungs despite surgery, radi...
Weight-Loss Surgery May Not Always Help With Depression
Weight-Loss Surgery May Not Always Help With Depression FRIDAY, Oct. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- While most severely obese people get a mood boost after weight-loss surgery, some may have a recurrence of depression symptoms months after they have the procedure, a new study finds. The study included 94 women and 13 men who were asked about their mood before having weight-loss surgery, and again six and 12 months after the procedure. Most people had a normal or improved mood after weight-loss surgery, but...
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What Is Sports Medicine?
What is Sports Medicine? If your child sustains an injury during exercise, sports participation, or any type of physical activity, you may be advised to see a sports medicine doctor for treatment. About sports medicine specialists Sports medicine doctors have special training to restore function to injured patients so they can get moving again as soon as possible. They are also knowledgeable about preventing illness and injury in active people. Although sports medicine doctors do work with professional ...
When You’re HIV-Positive: What to Say
When You're HIV-Positive: What to Say Learning that you are HIV-positive can be traumatic and intensely stressful, although the diagnosis is not as terrifying as it used to be thanks to new and better drugs to treat it. Besides coping with your own reaction, you will need to decide whom to tell and how you'll tell them about your HIV status. In some cases, it will be better for you to share the information. In other cases, you may be required to tell, and sometimes it may be best to keep it to yourself....
Warfarin Sodium Oral tablet
Warfarin Sodium Oral tablet What is this medicine? WARFARIN (WAR far in) is an anticoagulant. It is used to treat or prevent clots in the veins, arteries, lungs, or heart. How should I use this medicine? Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. You can take this medicine with or without food. Take your medicine at the same time each day. Do not take it more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice. Stopping this med...
Warfarin Sodium Solution for injection
Warfarin Sodium Solution for injection What is this medicine? WARFARIN (WAR far in) is an anticoagulant. It is used to treat or prevent clots in the veins, arteries, lungs, or heart. How should I use this medicine? This medicine is given by infusion into a vein. It is given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting. Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed. What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine? Side ef...
When to Call Your Physician
When to Call Your Physician Knowing when to call your physician, should the need arise, is very important for your baby's health and for your peace of mind. Listed in the directory below you will find some information regarding when it is most appropriate to call your physician, for which we have provided a brief overview. Fever in a Newborn Measuring a Baby's Temperature Behavior Changes Skin Color Changes Breathing Problems Gastrointestinal Problems
Whooping Cough (Pertussis) in Adults
Whooping Cough (Pertussis) in Adults What is whooping cough (pertussis)? Whooping cough, or pertussis, is very contagious and mainly affects infants and young children. Whooping cough is caused by a bacterium called B ordetella pertussis. The illness is characterized by coughing spells that end with a characteristic "whoop" as air is inhaled. Whooping cough caused thousands of deaths in the 1930s and 1940s. With the advent of a vaccine, the death rate has declined dramatically. Pertussis vaccines are ve...
What Can Disease Management Do for You?
What Can Diabetes Disease Management Do for You? Living with diabetes is a day-in, day-out job. A diabetes disease management program makes the job a little easier by giving you the information and support you need. It helps you take care of yourself and stick to your treatment plan. And in the long run, it may lead to better health and fewer complications. Improve your self-care According to the American Diabetes Association, a disease management program helps you learn essential skills for taking bett...
With Diabetes, Beat the Heat
With Diabetes, Beat the Heat When the days get hotter, keeping close tabs on your diabetes becomes especially critical. These no-sweat tips can help you avoid diabetes-related problems caused by summer heat. Drink plenty of liquids Dehydration—losing a lot of fluid from your body—can be a problem for anyone in hot weather. If your blood glucose is high though, the body loses more fluid in urine. This means you’re more likely to become dehydrated. Avoid drinks that contain alcohol, caffeine, or lots of s...
What to Know About Precancerous Vulvar Changes
What to Know About Precancerous Vulvar Changes Vulvar intraepithelial neoplasia (VIN) is a precancerous change in your vulva. It is not cancer, but if it's not treated it can turn into cancer in some women. Another name for VIN is dysplasia. These cell changes become more serious as they progress toward cancer, although this process may take many years. The terms used to describe dysplasia are mild dysplasia, moderate dysplasia, and severe dysplasia. The last stage before invasive cancer is known as car...
What Can I Do If I Am At Risk for Vulvar Cancer?
What Can I Do if I am at Risk for Vulvar Cancer? The best things you can do to prevent vulvar cancer are to lower the risks you can control and get regular gynecological exams. In some cases, doctors also recommend doing self-exams. Below are some of the choices you can make to lower your risk of getting vulvar cancer. Avoid human papillomavirus (HPV) and HIV infection You can help prevent these infections by not having sex as a preteen or young teen, by having protected sex (using condoms), and by avoi...
What Can I Do If I’m At Risk for Endometrial Cancer?
What Can I Do if I’m At Risk for Endometrial Cancer? If you have any of the factors that put you at risk for endometrial cancer, what can you do? The best thing you can do is to lower your risk in areas you can control. You can make some general lifestyle changes to reduce your risk: Eat a balanced diet and maintain a healthy weight. Limit the fat in your diet. Eat a moderate amount of a variety of foods. Get regular physical activity. If you have diabetes or high blood pressure, work with your health c...
What Are the Survival Rates for Women with Endometrial Cancer?
What Are Survival Rates for Women With Endometrial Cancer? How well treatment works for women with endometrial cancer depends on the type and stage of cancer. These statistics are from Cancer Facts & Figures 2014 from the American Cancer Society: The overall 1-year survival rate (percentage of women living at least one year after diagnosis) is 92%. The overall 5-year survival rate (percentage of women living at least five years after diagnosis) is 82%. The 5-year survival rate for women whose cancer...
What to Know About Radiation Therapy for Vulvar Cancer
What to Know About Radiation Therapy for Vulvar Cancer Radiation therapy is one way to treat vulvar cancer. This treatment is also called radiotherapy. Radiation is a local treatment, which means it affects the cancer cells only in the area treated. Radiation is one of the two most common treatments for vulvar cancer. The other is surgery. In many cases, these treatments can cure vulvar cancer. Radiation therapy uses high-energy X-rays to control the growth of cancer cells or to shrink a tumor before su...
What to Know About Surgery for Vulvar Cancer
What to Know About Surgery for Vulvar Cancer Surgery is the most common treatment for vulvar cancer. The goal of surgery is to remove tumors or cancerous lesions from the vulva while trying to leave as much normal tissue as possible. This allows your sexual, bowel, and bladder functions to stay intact. Another important goal is to remove lymph nodes from the groin to check for the spread of cancer. Sometimes surgery requires removing surrounding tissue or organs. You should be treated by a gynecologic o...
What to Know About Your Treatment Options for Vulvar Cancer
What to Know About Your Treatment Options for Vulvar Cancer The main treatments of vulvar cancer are surgery, with or without radiation, and sometimes chemotherapy. Your treatment options depend on the type of vulvar cancer you have, the results of certain lab tests, and the stage of the cancer. Your doctor will also consider your age and general health when making recommendations about treatment. You should be treated by a gynecologic oncologist, a specialist with advanced training in the diagnosis and...
What Are the Symptoms of Vulvar Cancer?
What are the Symptoms of Vulvar Cancer? You can have vulvar cancer without having any symptoms, but many women do. These are some common symptoms of vulvar cancer: Vulvar itching that does not improve A change in skin color around the vulva. Your skin may become more red, lighter, or darker in color than the surrounding skin. A change in the feel of your skin around the vulva. Your skin may feel thicker, scalier, rougher, or bumpier than surrounding skin. Wart-like bump or bumps, cauliflower-like growth...
What Are the Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer?
What Are the Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer? Ovarian cancer usually does not cause any symptoms until after it has spread outside the ovary. Even advanced stage ovarian cancer often causes vague symptoms, which are similar to those of many other common diseases. When a doctor diagnoses ovarian cancer, the cancer usually has already spread outside the ovaries, at which point it is more difficult to cure. These are the symptoms that are often associated with ovarian cancer: Indigestion, heartburn, nausea, or ...
What Happens During Surgery for Endometrial Cancer?
What Happens During Surgery for Endometrial Cancer? Surgery is the primary treatment for women with endometrial cancer. Your surgery should be done by a gynecologic oncologist. This doctor is a specialist who has done extra training in the diagnosis and treatment of gynecologic cancers. On the day of your surgery, an anesthesiologist or a nurse anesthetist will give you medication to put you to sleep. The anesthesia also ensures that you won’t remember or feel pain during the surgery. The anesthetist or...
What is Ovarian Cancer?
What is Ovarian Cancer? Ovarian cancer is cancer that begins in your ovaries. Only women have ovaries, so only women get this kind of cancer. Many types of tumors can start growing in the ovaries. Some are benign, meaning they are noncancerous. Benign tumors do not spread and can usually be treated by removing one ovary, or part of the ovary. Ovarian cancer, however, is a malignant (cancerous) tumor. If a cancerous tumor is not treated, it can spread to other parts of the body. To understand where the t...
What Are the Symptoms of Endometrial Cancer?
What Are the Symptoms of Endometrial Cancer? A woman should tell her doctor about any unusual bleeding from the vagina, especially after menopause. Finding endometrial cancer in an early stage, while it is small and hasn't spread to other parts of the body, makes it easier to treat. Fortunately, most endometrial cancer cases are discovered in the early stages. These are the symptoms that you may notice: Unusual vaginal bleeding, which is present in up to 90% of women diagnosed with endometrial cancer. T...
What is Endometrial Carcinoma?
What is Endometrial Cancer? Cancer happens when cells in your body go through changes that make them grow out of control. Endometrial cancer starts in the inner lining of the uterus called the endometrium. Click to Enlarge About the uterus The uterus is part of the female reproductive system. The uterus is usually pear-shaped and about the size of a fist. It is located in your pelvic area, between your bladder and your rectum. Your uterus is connected to your fallopian tubes, which help carry the egg fr...
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