What about taking growth hormone while travelling?

What about taking growth hormone while travelling?Therapy will be more effective if you consistently follow the dosing schedule given by the physician. While travelling, remember to consider the storage guidelines of your growth hormone. Ask your nurse about the NordiPen® FRIO Bag. This is a special bag designed to house and transport NordiPen® and your growth hormone safely and easily, giving you greater freedom to travel. Remember to make sure that you have access to a refrigerator to store your growth hormone in when you reach the places you are travell...

What dose of growth hormone should I take?

Your doctor will tell you how much growth hormone you should take and how and when it should be taken. In children, the dose is based on weight or body surface area. Be sure to follow the dosing schedule given by the physician. Do not change the dose without consulting your physician.

Can growth hormone therapy be taken with other medication?

Growth hormone may be taken with most other medication, but it is important to tell your doctor about all medications (i.e. those prescribed by a doctor and those available without a prescription) that you are taking, especially glucocorticoids, sex steroids, or thyroid hormone. If you have diabetes and receive insulin, the dose may have to be adjusted. You should not stop growth hormone treatment if you have an illness such as a cold or ‘flu’, unless your physician advises otherwise.

What advice can you offer to help me live with the effects of head and neck cancer?

After treatment for laryngeal or hypopharyngeal cancer, special help may be needed to adjust to the effects of treatment. The type and duration of side effects depends on the type and extent of treatment. Some side effects are temporary, and some are permanent. We're here to assist patients and their families in successfully managing any side effects. Doctors, nurses, dietitians and speech therapists can suggest ways to deal with side effects. It may help to talk with another patient, too. In many instances...

Since surgery is a frequently used in treating head and neck cancers, is there a risk of disfigurement?

It's true that surgery often is a treatment for head and neck cancers. That's because surgery is a good way to remove the disease, especially when the cancer has been diagnosed early. Reconstruction may be part of the treatment plan. The physician will discuss treatment options, including reconstruction, with the patient before any surgery takes place. Reconstructive surgical innovations in the past 15 years have created a positive impact on quality of life after treatment.

How are head and neck cancers staged and what, exactly, does that mean?

A staging system is a clinical evaluation, based on the best possible estimate of the extent of the disease prior to treatment. Head and neck cancers are commonly staged using the TNM system. T describes the size of the tumor. N describes the extent of the spreading to the lymph nodes. M is an indicator of metastasis or spreading of the cancer to other organs. The physician needs to know the extent, or stage, of the disease so he or she can determine the best course of treatment. Understanding staging helps...

How will a physician make a diagnosis of head and neck cancer?

If a physician suspects a head and neck cancer, he or she will order specific diagnostic tests, depending upon the location of the cancer. These tests may include: Physical examination Inspection of oral and nasal cavities using mirrors and fiber-optic scopes Examination of suspicious lesions Examination of the back of the tongue Blood tests, including a complete blood count and liver function test A blood draw to check for the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) antibody measurement CT, PET, MRI imaging or X-rays Bio...

When should surgery be considered?

A small percentage of patients with chronic sinusitis will fail to improve even with the best medical treatment. In most studies of patients treated by allergists who specialize in treatment of chronic sinusitis, this is less than 10% of patients who have had optimal medical treatment. It is important to realize, however, that surgery is frequently performed on patients who have not had the best medical treatment prior to surgery. This web site is one of many attempts to educate physicians and the public ab...

How long does sinusitis have to be treated?

Because of the fact that we are dealing with an abscess which can not be adequately drained without doing a major surgical procedure, it often takes an extended period of time for the sinus infection to be completely treated by what we can call medical drainage. Some physicians often will only treat patients with sinus infections for a week or ten days and as a result patients are partially cured, but never get complete relief of symptoms. It is critical that treatment occur for a minimum of several weeks, ...

What about side effects from medications?

Approximately two-thirds of the patients with sinus infections that we see have some problems from medications. Common side effects include lightheadedness, dizziness, spaciness, difficulty concentrating, jitteriness, being hyper, rapid heart beat, difficulty sleeping, nausea, bloating, rectal itching, burning on urination, fatigue, and so forth. A lot of these side effects can also be due to the sinusitis. And because side effects occur so commonly, it takes an experienced physician to be able to deal with...

How to remove attached ticks ?

Prompt removal of ticks decreases the chances of getting Lyme disease. The proper and easiest method is to grasp the tick with fine tweezers, as near the skin as you can, and gently pull it straight out. Be careful not to squeeze the tick when removing it which could result in more bacteria being injected. Do not try to remove the tick with your fingers or attempt to remove with lighted cigarettes, matches, nail polish, or vaseline. Once removed save the tick for identification. Accurate identification beco...

Treatment for Lyme disease

Lyme disease is treated with antibiotics. Timely treatment increases chances of recovery and may lessen the severity of any later symptoms in both animals and man. The most effective treatment will be recommended by your physician or in the case of your animals by your veterinarian and will depend on the stage of the disease. Treatment for later stages is more difficult often requiring extended and repeated courses of antibiotic therapy. In animals and man treatment failures and relapses are reported.

Side effects of vulvar cancer surgery

The consequences of curative surgery can be psychologically devastating, as vulvar surgery can result in lifelong anatomic alterations. Sexual dysfunction is common because of loss of clitoris in some clinical situations and in general because of alteration in body image. Lower extremity lymphedema (leg swelling) can occur, causing difficulty walking, pain, recurrent infections and disfigurement. Therefore, all therapy includes pretreatment counseling about sexual and physical function. If the cancer has sp...

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...

How are precancerous conditions of the cervix treated?

All treatments directed toward neoplastic conditions of the cervix should be based on a biopsy and not a Pap smear alone. Treatment for a precancerous lesion of the cervix depends on a number of factors. These factors include whether the lesion is low or high grade, whether the woman wants to have children in the future, the woman's age and general health, and the preference of the woman and her doctor. A woman with a low-grade lesion may not need further treatment, especially if the abnormal area was remov...

What is my doctor checking when he does my pelvic exam?

In a pelvic exam, the doctor checks the uterus, vagina, ovaries, fallopian tubes, bladder and rectum. The doctor feels these organs for any abnormality in their shape or size. A speculum is used to widen the vagina so that the doctor can see the upper part of the vagina and the cervix. The Pap test is a simple, painless test to detect abnormal cells in and around the cervix. A woman should have this test when she is not menstruating; the best time is between 10 and 20 days after the first day of her menstru...

How will my doctor know if I have stomach cancer?

There are some commonly used procedures to detect stomach cancer once it has been determined that risk factors or symptoms are present. To diagnose stomach cancer, a physician will conduct a complete medical history, a physical examination and laboratory studies that may include a fecal occult blood test or a complete blood count (CBC). For a fecal occult blood test, a stool sample is examined for hidden (occult) blood, since stomach cancer can sometimes cause bleeding that cannot be seen. However, other co...

What are the symptoms for stomach cancer?

These symptoms might be caused by stomach cancer: Indigestion or a burning sensation (heartburn) Discomfort or pain in the abdomen Nausea and vomiting Diarrhea or constipation Bloating of the stomach after meals Loss of appetite Weakness and fatigue Bleeding (vomiting blood or having blood in the stool) However, many of these symptoms are more often caused by other medical conditions. It is important to consult a physician to find out what is causing symptoms.

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