Oncologists treat, work to prevent and diagnose cancer. Teams of medical professionals such as surgical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, radiologists and organ specific oncologists meet to come up with the best plan to treat an individual patient based on their physical, emotional and social needs. Prevention has been successful in reducing the rates of cancer. Excessive tobacco and alcohol use have been proven to cause cancer. People should also use sunscreen to prevent skin cancer.
Symptoms and Treatments of Cancer?
Symptoms vary among the type of cancer, but bleeding, lumps, vomiting, persistent headaches, extreme weight loss, and unexplained pain are some of the most common. Treatments for cancer include chemotherapy, radiation and surgery to remove a mass or tumor. Bone marrow transplants can treat blood cancers and immunotherapy can be used for skin cancer. Hormonal therapy can treat breast cancer. Treatments vary depending on the individual based on factors such as age, physical condition, type of cancer, emotional stability, and social conditions.
With little media coverage on lung cancer, it's easy to assume that it doesn't top the charts in terms of health concerns. Dr. Nichole Tanner, a pulmonologist at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston, set the record straight: Lung... Continue Reading
As physicians learn more about the makeup of breast cancer cells, longtime ideas about how to treat breast cancer are shifting. The type of breast cancer cells is driving treatment plans and leading breast cancer doctors to forgo chemotherapy in some... Continue Reading
The incidence of cervical cancer, once one of the most common causes of death in women, has dropped by 70 percent in the past 30 years, primarily because of the screening test known as the pap smear. However, Dr. Jacqueline Moore of Women's... Continue Reading
Dr. Debbie Byron had a biopsy in February 2016 that showed negative results, but, due to the troublesome looks of the lesion, she underwent an excisional biopsy and a partial mastectomy in May 2016. Results a few days later found invasive ductal... Continue Reading
Everyone knows someone affected by breast cancer. Whether it be an immediate family member, friend or colleague, statistics show that one in eight women will be diagnosed with the pervasive disease in their lifetime. The good news is that tremendous progress... Continue Reading
The baggage that surrounds this disease is enough to make most people turn in the other direction but not Dr. Melanie Thomas of the Medical University of South Carolina's (MUSC) Hollings Cancer Center. This fearless woman is armed with a degree from... Continue Reading
Losing patients is the hardest part of Mary Decker's job but she is gratified that, through advances in treatment, she is able to help more patients survive. In fact, it seems that Decker receives as much from her patients as she gives. She has... Continue Reading