Using my microwave oven during pregnancy

Using my microwave oven during pregnancyThe dangers of microwave radiation, much like the dangers of cell phone and other non-ionizing forms of radiation, have absolutely no basis in scientific fact. Microwave radiation can't change the molecular structure of anything, because it simply doesn't have enough energy to break apart chemical bonds. To put it in perspective, plain old visible blue light has many, many times the energy of a microwave, and can break apart weak chemical bonds (this is what causes photochemical smog). Microwaves actually h...

What is a cataract?

What is a cataract?The eye is very much like a camera in that they both have a lens that focuses an image onto film. In the eye, the lens is focused using muscles, and the film consists of a thin membrane of nerves that line the inner back of the eye, called the retina. If the lens of your camera were to be smudged or scratched, your pictures would be blurred. Similarly, when the lens in your eye becomes cloudy, light cannot pass through easily, and you see the world as blurred or distorted. The term cataract therefore is use...

Blackened foods during pregnancy

There's no danger in having an occasional piece of grilled steak or blackened fish. Theoretically, anyone who eats a lot of blackened or grilled meats could have a problem because of potentially carcinogenic (cancer-causing) compounds that form on the surface of the food, but you'd have to eat an awful lot of burned, blackened food over a long period of time for that to happen. In another case, traditionally blackening is a southern style spice blend that imparts potent flavor to food. The traditional defin...

How can we make curing cancer a global priority?

How do you eat an elephant?One bite at a time. I think the answer resides in the people. The more people to champion the cause, the more likely movement will be made towards a cure. There is a role for everyone. 1. Invest in the future. The children of today are the hope for tomorrow. 2. Advocate for change. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and other cancer organization make it easy for you to email letters to your elected officials. If a lot of emails arrive on a cancer issue, you bet they will look at it. ...

What should you ask your physician about endometrial cancer?

It is important for you to have honest, open discussions with your physician. You should ask questions, no matter how trivial you may think they are. Some questions to consider: What type and grade of endometrial cancer do I have? Has my cancer spread beyond the uterus? What is the stage of my cancer and what does that mean in my case? What treatments are appropriate for me? What do you recommend? Why? What should I do to be ready for treatment? What risks or side effects should I expect? What are the chanc...

Stomach Cancer Survivor’s Recovery

Each cancer survivor’s recovery is different, and a person’s adjustment after cancer treatment depends on a number of factors. Since the stomach is an important organ for helping the body absorb vitamins, if a person undergoes gastrectomy, doctors routinely prescribe vitamin supplements, some of which must be taken by injection. Patients often have to change their diet after a partial or total gastrectomy. Doctors usually recommend smaller, more frequent meals. It is important for people to seek support dur...

Will I be able to adjust to this disease well for Liver Cancer?

Each cancer patient’s experience is different, and a person’s adjustment to cancer treatment depends on a number of factors. With liver cancer, treatment is sometimes aimed at improving the quality of life of the patient rather than curing the cancer. So even if the cancer is incurable, patients can still maintain a fair quality of life for as long as possible. It is important for people to seek support during and after cancer treatment. Taking advantage of a social support system, such as a cancer support ...

How will my doctor know if I have liver cancer?

If liver cancer is suspected, the doctor will conduct a physical examination and a medical history. During a medical history, the patient will be asked questions about incidence of cancer in his/her family and other possible risk factors. Further tests help a doctor determine if cancer is causing symptoms. Some tests may include alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) blood test, ultrasonography (ultrasound), computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), angiography, laparoscopy and biopsy.

What are the side effects of treatment for Colorectal Cancer?

It is often hard to limit the effects of therapy so that only cancer cells are removed or destroyed. Because healthy tissue may also be damaged, treatment can cause unpleasant side effects. The side effects of cancer treatment are different for each person, and they may even be different from one treatment to the next. Doctors try to plan treatment in ways that keep side effects to a minimum, and they can help with any problems that occur. For this reason, it is very important to let the doctor know about a...

Surgery for Colorectal Cancer

Surgery is the most common treatment for colorectal cancer and may be the only treatment needed. The type of operation depends on the location and size of the tumor. Most patients have a partial colectomy. In this operation, the surgeon takes out the part of the colon or rectum that contains the cancer and a small amount of surrounding healthy tissue. Usually, lymph nodes near the tumor are removed during surgery to help the doctor be more accurate about the stage of the cancer. In most cases, the surgeon r...

How do I prevent colon-rectal (colorectal) cancer?

How do I prevent colon-rectal (colorectal) cancer?Although colorectal cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in the United States, scientists are trying to learn more about what causes the disease and how it can be prevented. Doctors do not yet know why one person gets colorectal cancer and another does not, but they do know that no one can catch colorectal cancer from another person. Cancer is not contagious. People can lower their risk of getting colorectal cancer. For example, those who have colorectal polyps (nodular growths of tissue develop...

How do you diagnose thyroid cancer?

The doctor will ask about your medical history and will do a careful physical exam, with special attention to feeling your thyroid and checking for lumps in the neck. You may also be asked to have a blood test or special scans. The best screening test for a thyroid nodule is a good examination of the neck by your primary care physician.  Most internists, family doctors and obstetricians/gynecologists perform examination of the neck during routine checkups, and nodules can often be found in this way. Sometim...

What exactly is a clinical trial? Should I participate in one?

Clinical trials are studies that help evaluate a new treatment. Clinical trials attempt to answer scientific questions and to find new and better ways to help cancer patients. An institutional review board (IRB) carefully reviews the study before patients begin participation in the clinical trial. Also, some studies are reviewed by government agencies, such as the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Anyone wishing to participate in a clinical trial should speak with ...