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...

Vision-correction surgery during pregnancy

LASIK eye surgery during pregnancy is not advised. Perhaps the most important issue is that your prescription sometimes changes during pregnancy. This is thought to be due to hormonal alterations that make the body retain more fluid, causing a swelling of the lens inside the eye. So you may get a little more nearsighted or develop more astigmatism as long as your hormones are elevated. Don't forget that your hormones remain elevated even after the birth of your child if you breastfeed. Another problem is th...

What are the side effects of treatment for Pancreatic Cancer?

It is hard to limit the effects of therapy so that only cancer cells are destroyed. Because treatment often damages healthy cells and tissues, it can cause unpleasant side effects. Surgery usually causes pain and fatigue, but to varying degrees depending on the patient. Afterward, a patient may not have enough pancreatic juices or hormones, and this can cause digestive problems or even diabetes. Prescribed medicine can help relieve diarrhea or other problems such as pain, feelings of fullness, or cramping, ...

Radiation Therapy for Colorectal Cancer

Radiation therapy (also called radiotherapy) is the use of high-energy rays to damage cancer cells and stop them from growing. Like surgery, radiation therapy is local therapy; it can affect cancer only in the treated area. Radiation is sometimes used before surgery to shrink a tumor so that it is easier to remove. More often, radiation therapy is given after surgery to destroy any cancer cells that may remain in the area. It may also be given to relieve pain or other problems in patients whose tumors canno...

What are the side effects of treatment?

Surgery may damage normal brain tissue, and edema may occur. Seizures, weakness, coordination problems, personality changes and difficulty in speaking or thinking may result. Most side effects of surgery lessen or disappear with time. Radiation may cause fatigue and hair loss, which may be temporary or permanent. Skin reaction in the treated area is common. The scalp and ears may be red, itchy or dark; these areas may feel and look sunburned. Patients should not use lotions without doctor advice. Sometimes ...

Clinical trials for Brain Cancer

Clinical trials are designed to determine whether a new approach is both safe and effective. Treatments that may be studied include: Radiation twice daily Hyperthermia, in which a tumor is heated to increase the effect of radiation Drugs injected into the artery leading to the brain or directly into the brain High-dose chemotherapy followed by bone marrow transplant Biological therapy, which is a treatment to improve the body's immune system to fight the cancer Molecular chemotherapy, or anticancer drugs ba...

Radiation Therapy for Brain Tumor

Radiation therapy uses high-powered rays to damage cancer cells and stop them from growing. It is often used when surgery is not possible or not all of the tumor was removed. Radiation may be given in two ways. External radiation treatments are given five days a week for several weeks. The treatment depends on the type and size of the tumor and age of the patient. Radiation can also be placed directly into the tumor. Depending on material used, the implant may be left in the brain for a short time or perman...