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Improve Cancer Treatment Outcomes With Prehabilitation

If you are one of the estimated 1.7 million Americans who will be diagnosed with cancer this year, your treatment program will depend on the type of cancer you have, how far it has progressed, your age, and your overall health, among other factors.

As you and your doctors decide what

Throat Cancer Symptoms: Take Heed of These Serious Signs

Throat Cancer Symptoms: Take Heed of These Serious Signs

Your throat. A lot can happen to that 5-inch hollow tube that connects the base of your nasal cavity to your windpipe and esophagus. A sore throat can silence your singing voice. Or a faulty pharynx (the medical name for the throat) may cause swallowing difficulties that can affect your

Breast Cancer Treatment Options to Consider

Breast Cancer Treatment Options to Consider

Once you’ve received the sobering news that you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer, the next step is to discuss a personalized breast cancer treatment plan with your medical team. Your doctor’s recommendations will involve many factors, including your age, medical history, the type, location, and size of the cancer, and

Loving Animals Helping People

An elderly female patient was dozing late one afternoon when a therapeutic recreation staff member, a Golden Retriever, and the volunteer dog handler walked into her hospital room. She woke and she seemed confused, then her eyes brightened and she smiled. The dog approached her bedside, and the woman patted

Coping With Cancer Treatment

A recent report (Cancer, July 1) suggests that overall U.S. cancer death rates are decreasing, although progress in reducing mortality has not occurred for all cancers. Where improvement has occurred, it is likely due to improved methods of detecting and treating cancer. When it comes to the latter, radiation therapy,

Can Prostate Cancer Be Cured? Explore Your Treatment Options

Can Prostate Cancer Be Cured? Explore Your Treatment Options

Receiving a diagnosis of prostate cancer is shocking—so much so that you might not fully process anything your doctor says after the “C word.” Consequently, you might forget about another “C word”—cure—and fail to understand that a prostate cancer diagnosis is not a death sentence. So, can prostate cancer be

5. Erectile Dysfunction and Urinary Incontinence

As you have learned in this report, prostate disease and treatments for prostate disease can cause troublesome symptoms, the most common of which are erectile dysfunction (ED) and urinary problems, including incontinence. These symptoms are not only inconvenient and unpleasant but they can also significantly interfere with everyday life and

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,

Ask the Doctor: Is Gout Hereditary; Post-Surgical Radiotherapy

Q: Is gout hereditary? My father and several other relatives have gout, and I am hoping that my family history doesn’t raise my risk.

A: If other members of your family have had gout, you’re more likely to develop the disease. Researchers have identified several genes associated with gout, but it’s

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