Does Acid Reflux Cause GI Cancer?

The lower esophageal sphincter (LES) is in charge of tightening the esophagus after food is passed into the stomach. When the LES is weak, the acid from your stomach washes up into the lower part of your esophagus causing a burning sensation. This is acid reflux. But does acid reflux have a connection to stomach or esophageal cancer?

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Categories: Gastrointestinal Cancers

At-Home DNA Tests: Are They a Reliable Method for Cancer Risk Assessment?

If you have ever considered finding out more about your genetics, there are a variety of different companies that have been providing at-home services for more than a decade! Genetic testing has become increasingly popular and not just for people. You can even have your dog tested to determine lineage and other information. However, human DNA testing is increasingly used to help identify potential risk factors for a variety of different conditions from the comfort of your own home. 

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Categories: Genetic Testing

What You Should Know About Breast Cancer Clinical Trials

Breast cancer is much more than just “a disease.” There are many different types which means there are many different breast cancer treatments available. Knowing which treatment to give to a patient based on the type of breast cancer is the result of decades of clinical research. 

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Categories: Breast Cancer, Cancer Research

What You Need to Know About Smoking and Lung Cancer

The air we breathe is what keeps us alive. And the quality of that air is critical. Anything that’s smoked or vaped, whether it’s you or someone you’re near, changes the air quality. And that impacts how well your lungs can function, especially over time.

If you’re a smoker or used to smoke, live with a smoker, or are facing a lung cancer diagnosis, here's what you need to know about tobacco and lung cancer, its causes, symptoms, and treatment options.

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Categories: Lung Cancer

What is the Difference in Precancerous Skin Growths and Skin Cancer?

Have you ever wondered what causes a common mole to develop into skin cancer? Most moles never cause problems and don't progress to skin cancer. 

There are a number of reasons you may want to have a doctor or dermatologist look at a skin growth:

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Categories: Cancer Prevention, Skin Cancer

What You Should Know About Breast Cancer in Men

Breast cancer is an incredibly common type of disease that impacts the lives of thousands of patients each year. Statistics say that 1 in 8 women will have breast cancer in their lifetime, but it's important to remember that breast cancer does not only impact women. In fact, 1 in 833 men will also receive a breast cancer diagnosis in their lifetime.

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Categories: Breast Cancer

How to Read a Prostate Cancer Pathology Report

If you’ve just received the results of a prostate pathology report from your doctor, you may have questions that you didn’t think about when you first spoke with your doctor.  While you can certainly always check back with your doctor for more clarification, we’ll walk you through the information that is included in a prostate pathology report. 

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Categories: Cancer Management, Cancer Screening, Prostate Cancer

New Colonoscopy Prep Tablet Approved by FDA

The FDA recently approved a new colonoscopy prep tablet that may make it easier for patients as they prepare for this colorectal cancer screening procedure. Until now, patients had to drink a gallon of a bad-tasting liquid to clean out the colon before the test, allowing doctors to complete a thorough evaluation. If you know anybody who has prepared for a colonoscopy, they likely remember this drink very well. Unfortunately, about one-third of patients usually don't drink all of the liquid prep, which means doctors may not have the best view during the screening. 

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Categories: Cancer Screening, Colorectal Cancer

Creating a Chemo Care Kit for Cancer Treatment

Whether you’re just starting your chemotherapy treatments or you’ve been doing it for a while, we know that sometimes small things can make a big difference as you work through your cancer treatments. Most cancer treatment centers, like Compass Oncology, are designed with cancer patients in mind. However, creating your very own chemo care kit with personalized comforts can give you some hope and peace of mind. This simple collection of comfort items can go a long way toward giving you peace of mind and offering additional support throughout the treatment process.

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Categories: Cancer Management, Cancer Treatment, Supportive Care

Life After Prostate Removal

For many men with prostate cancer, prostate removal is never needed because the cancer is often slow-growing and managed with non-surgical treatments. But, if the cancer has grown beyond the prostate, the oncologist may recommend prostate removal surgery, also called a prostatectomy. If you are going to have prostate removal surgery, this information can help you in your discussion with the doctors.

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Categories: Cancer Survivorship, Prostate Cancer, Survivorship & Side Effects