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‘How long have I got, doc?’ Why many cancer patients don’t get answers

‘How long have I got, doc?’ Why many cancer patients don’t get answers

Huge numbers of cancer patients lack basic information, such as how long they can expect to live, whether their condition is curable or why they’re being prescribed chemotherapy or radiation,

June 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
Things your gynecologist wishes you would do

Things your gynecologist wishes you would do

No matter a woman’s age or how comfortable she is with her gynecologist, she may still be unsure about a few things, like which symptoms are worth mentioning, how often to make an appointment and how to prepare for an exam.

May 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Treating colon cancer that has spread to the liver

Treating colon cancer that has spread to the liver

One of the organs that colon cancer commonly metastasizes to is the liver. In recent years, researchers have developed new ways to treat metastatic colon cancer in the liver, taking advantage of this organs unusual property — the ability to regenerate.

May 7, 2017 | By | Reply More
Widespread hype gives false hope to many cancer patients

Widespread hype gives false hope to many cancer patients

Patients and families are bombarded with the news that the country is winning the war against cancer. The news media hypes research results to attract readers. Drug companies promise “a chance to live longer” to boost sales. Hospitals woo paying customers with ads that appeal to patients’ fears and hopes.

April 27, 2017 | By | Reply More
Beware of products that claim to cure cancer, FDA warns

Beware of products that claim to cure cancer, FDA warns

Frequently advertised as “natural” treatments and often falsely labeled as dietary supplements, such products may appear harmless, but may cause harm by delaying or interfering with proven, beneficial treatments.

April 25, 2017 | By | Reply More
Top ten leading causes of death in the US

Top ten leading causes of death in the US

Heart disease and cancer were the top two causes of death for both females and males in 2015. The other leading causes varied in rank by sex. These 10 leading causes of death accounted for approximately three-quarters of all deaths.

April 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
Seattle Brain Cancer Walk to be held Sunday, May 7

Seattle Brain Cancer Walk to be held Sunday, May 7

The Walk is a national fundraising event to raise awareness about brain cancer and fund brain cancer research and clinical trials in the Pacific Northwest.

April 12, 2017 | By | Reply More
New vaccine recommendation cuts number of HPV shots children need

New vaccine recommendation cuts number of HPV shots children need

By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News You’d think that a vaccine that protects people against more than a half-dozen types of cancer would have people lining up to get it. But the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, which can prevent roughly 90 percent of all cervical cancers as well as other cancers and sexually transmitted infections […]

March 28, 2017 | By | Reply More
Sticker shock forces thousands of cancer patients to skip drugs, skimp on treatment

Sticker shock forces thousands of cancer patients to skip drugs, skimp on treatment

By Liz Szabo Kaiser Health News John Krahne received alarming news from his doctor last December. His brain tumors were stable, but his lung tumors had grown noticeably larger. The doctor recommended a drug called Alecensa, which sells for more than $159,000 a year. Medicare would charge Krahne a $3,200 copay in December, then another […]

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Actinic Keratosis: Awareness, Skin Exams Key to Treating the Most Common Pre-Cancer

Actinic Keratosis: Awareness, Skin Exams Key to Treating the Most Common Pre-Cancer

By Eric Brumwell, MD Dermatologist, Virginia Mason Bainbridge Island Medical Center. The name may be unfamiliar, but the appearance is common. Although you may not have heard of actinic keratosis, if you’re someone who spends time in the sun, you run a high risk of developing one or more in your lifetime. In fact, since […]

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