Tag: palliative care

2. Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is the second-most-common cancer in men (after skin cancer) and the second-most-common cause of cancer-related death in men (after lung cancer). Latest data from the American Cancer Society: One in nine men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime, and one in 41 will die from

1. Introduction: What Is the Prostate?

Hidden deep within the male pelvis is a small gland about the size of a walnut known as the prostate. The prostate is an essential part of the male reproductive system. But it suffers from a serious design flaw.
Similar to a rubber ring, the prostate surrounds the urethra, the thin,

What Are Opioids?

What Are Opioids?

What are opioids? That’s simple: Morphine, oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, and fentanyl are opiods. Heroin is an illegal opioid. Opioids are derived from the opium poppy (or synthetic derivatives) and act on the nervous system to relieve pain.

What’s not so simple is why the United States is in the midst of

ALS: What Is Lou Gehrig’s Disease?

ALS: What Is Lou Gehrig’s Disease?

ALS—the abbreviation for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis—is a rare neurological disorder that’s eventually fatal. It was July 4, 1939, when Lou Gehrig made his famous “luckiest man alive” speech at Yankee Stadium, an event that helped give widespread attention to ALS. Gehrig, when he was diagnosed, was only 36 years old

2. Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is the second-most-common cancer in men (after skin cancer) and the second-most-common cause of cancer-related death in men (after lung cancer). One in seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.
To keep things in perspective, however, it is also one of the most survivable cancers:

1. Introduction: What Is the Prostate?

Hidden deep within the male pelvis is a small gland the size of a walnut known as the prostate. The prostate is an essential part of the male reproductive and urinary systems. But there is a serious design fault.
Similar to a rubber ring, the prostate surrounds the thin, soft urethra,

The Palliative Care vs. Hospice Decision

The Palliative Care vs. Hospice Decision

“All hospice care is palliative, but not all palliative care includes hospice,” says the Hospice Foundation. No wonder palliative care vs. hospice presents such a quandary for those dealing with a serious illness. As confusing as that definition is, however, it’s spot on.

When you do a side-by-side comparison of palliative

An Advance Care Directive is a Plan for the Future

It’s a subject few of us like to think about, let alone discuss, but planning for a time when you may be too ill to make your own medical decisions is important. A new report suggests that more American seniors are having conversations with their doctors about this topic. However,

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