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.

Will I be able to adjust to this disease well?

Will I be able to adjust to this disease well?Each cancer survivor’s recovery is different, and a person’s adjustment after cancer treatment depends on a number of factors.Ovarian cancer can cause major life changes in its survivors.If a woman undergoes removal of the ovaries and/or uterus, she will be unable to become pregnant.Women will also begin menopause if they have not already if they receive this treatment.Chemotherapy may also cause premature menopause or infertility.It is important for women to seek support during and after cancer treatment.I...

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...

Chemotherapy for Stomach Cancer

Chemotherapy and radiation therapy are used after surgery to minimize the risk of recurrence. A doctor may use just one method or combine methods to treat the cancer most effectively. These are some questions a person may want to ask his/her doctor before treatment begins: What is my diagnosis? What is the stage of the disease? What are my treatment choices? Which do you recommend for me? Why? What are the chances that the treatment will be successful? Would a clinical trial be appropriate for me? What are ...

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, ...

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 ...

What are the side effects of treatment?

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. The side effects of cancer treatment vary, depending on the type of treatment. Also, each patient reacts differently. The side effects of surgery depend on the extent of the operation, the patient's general health and other factors. Pain for the first few days after surgery is to be expected, but it can be controlled with medicin...

Treatment for Liver Cancer? What should I ask?

Three kinds of treatment are used to treat liver cancer:     * Surgery – taking out the cancer in an operation     * Chemotherapy – using antidrugs to kill cancer cells     * Radiation therapy – aiming high-energy rays at the cancer to destroy it A doctor will usually combine methods to treat the cancer most effectively. These are some questions a person may want to ask his/her doctor before treatment begins:     * What is my diagnosis?     * What is the stage of the disease?     * What are my treatment cho...

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...

What should I know before surgery for Colorectal Cancer?

What should I know before surgery for Colorectal Cancer?These are some questions you may want to ask the doctor before surgery: What kind of operation will it be? How will I feel afterward? If I have pain, how will you help me? Will I need a colostomy? Will it be temporary or permanent? How long will I be in the hospital? Will I have to be on a special diet? Who will teach me about my diet? When can I return to my regular activities? Will I need additional treatment?

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...

Chemotherapy for Colorectal Cancer

Chemotherapy is the use of drugs to kill cancer cells. Chemotherapy is sometimes given after surgery for colorectal cancer to try to prevent the disease from recurring, or coming back. This additional treatment is called adjuvant therapy. The doctor may use one drug or a combination of drugs. Chemotherapy and radiation therapy are sometimes given to shrink the tumor prior to surgery. Chemotherapy is usually given in cycles: a treatment period followed by a recovery period, then another treatment period, and...

What do I need to know about the treatment for colorectal cancer?

The doctor develops a treatment plan to fit each patient’s needs. Treatment for colorectal cancer depends on the size and location of the tumor, the stage of the disease, the patient’s general health, and other factors. Most people who have cancer want to learn all they can about the disease and their treatment choices so they can take an active part in decisions about their medical care. It helps to make a list of questions before seeing the doctor. Here are some questions you may want to ask before treatm...

What should I ask my doctor when diagnosed with thyroid cancer?

Here are some questions you may want to ask your doctor: How can this disease be treated? What are my treatment choices? How successful is the treatment likely to be? Would a clinical trial be appropriate for me? What are the expected benefits of treatment? What are the risks and possible side effects of treatment? Will I have to change my normal activities? Can I keep working during treatment? How often will I need checkups? Your doctor is the best person to give advice about working or to answer questions...

What are the side effects of treatment for thyroid cancer?

The methods used to treat thyroid cancer are very powerful. That's why treatment often causes side effects. Fortunately, most side effects are temporary. After radioiodine therapy, some people get swelling of the salivary glands in the cheeks or neck.  This is a temporary effect and is usually treated with anti-inflammatory medicines such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) for a few days.  Also, sometimes people are taken off the thyroid hormone medication and made hypothyroid (low thyroid) before treatment.  Thi...

What are the treatment options for thyroid cancer?

Because of advances in diagnosis and treatment of thyroid cancer, a longer and better life is possible for patients today. Treatment planning takes into account the type of thyroid cancer and the stage of the disease as well as the general health and age of the patient.  Four types of treatments may be used: Surgery is the most common treatment for thyroid cancer.  The goal of the surgery is to completely remove the tumor and a safe margin of the tissue around it.  Depending on the outcome of the surgery, t...

What should I ask my doctor when diagnosed with endocrine cancer?

Here are some questions you may want to ask your doctor: How can this disease be treated? What are my treatment choices? How successful is the treatment likely to be? Would a clinical trial be appropriate for me? What are the expected benefits of treatment? What are the risks and possible side effects of treatment? Will I have to change my normal activities? Can I keep working during treatment? How often will I need checkups? Your doctor is the best person to give advice about working or to answer questions...

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