Alternatives to Prostate Removal Surgery for Cancer Patients

Prostate cancer is unlike other types of cancer because most men have time to consider their options before treatment needs to begin. Naturally, there are a lot of questions. Although your oncologist will ultimately help you determine the treatment plan that’s best, educating yourself on options can be useful in understanding the recommendations you receive.

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Categories: Prostate Cancer

What is the Difference Between Bone Cancer and Multiple Myeloma?

Both bone cancer and multiple myeloma are often mistaken for one another because they both involve the bones. Symptoms are even similar with bone pain and easily broken bones. However, they are in fact two different types of cancer. Bone cancer tumors develop inside the actual bone and are usually contained in that bone if found early enough. Multiple myeloma is a blood cancer that forms in white blood cells that are inside the bone marrow. It usually spreads to other bones and is treated as a widespread disease.  

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Categories: Blood Cancers

When Should You Get a Prostate Cancer Screening?

Cancer screening is the best way to find cancer early. An early diagnosis means easier, more effective treatment and less chance of it spreading. Many cancers, including prostate cancer, have no symptoms in the early stages. If you don’t have symptoms or regular screenings, prostate cancer can grow without you knowing you have it. Age is one of the factors associated with your risk, so identifying when you should get a screening can depend on many different factors. While men that don’t have existing high risk factors may be able to wait longer than other men to receive screening, it is important to evaluate each case individually.

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Categories: Cancer Screening, Prostate Cancer

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