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  • You've just been diagnosed with cancer. Your mind is reeling. And now your doctor wants you to sort through cancer treatment options and help decide on a plan. But how do you decide on a cancer treatment plan? Here are five steps to guide you in becoming a partner with your doctor in determining and guiding your...
  • A friend is about to have big surgery that will require a long recovery at home. She and her husband have no idea what to do. Another friend is the primary caregiver of a couple in their 90s—the husband has dementia and his wife had a stroke. The caregiver has no idea what to do. Another friend learns on a Friday that...
  • WEDNESDAY, Feb. 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Many primary care doctors feel ill-equipped to discuss cancer treatment options with patients, according to a new study. Researchers surveyed 517 primary care doctors who had 1,077 female patients diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer. Doctors were asked if they had...
  • FRIDAY, Jan. 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A large number of U.S. cancer patients with hepatitis B and C don't know they have the virus, which can cause life-threatening complications during some cancer treatments, researchers say. The findings suggest screening for hepatitis B and C may be appropriate in community...
  • NEW YORK (Reuters) - When we were told our son had a potentially life-threatening brain tumor, our family was lucky to have world-class doctors and hospitals close to home and health insurance that covered nearly all his medical expenses and prescription drug costs. These resources helped us make a difficult decision...
  • TUESDAY, Oct. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation are less likely to see a cardiologist or fill prescriptions for blood-thinning drugs if they've had cancer, a new study finds. A-fib is an irregular, often rapid heart rate. Failure to take anti-clotting drugs can put...
  • THURSDAY, Aug. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Patients may say no to unnecessary surgery for low-risk thyroid cancer if doctors simply avoid using the word "cancer" when discussing treatment options, a new study suggests. Nearly twice as many people wanted their entire thyroid removed when doctors used the wording "...
  • FRIDAY, Sept. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Have you ever left a doctor's appointment with only a vague idea of what was said? You're not alone: A new survey finds many Americans, and their doctors, are turning to recordings for help. Researchers found that almost 30 percent of the doctors they surveyed had ever...
  • TUESDAY, July 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- When it comes to genetic testing for breast cancer patients, their surgeons wield great influence on that decision, new research shows. Genetic testing can provide important information that might affect treatment choices for breast cancer, but previous research shows that...
  • Herbal products and prescription drugs aren’t always a good mix. That’s the conclusion of a new study that sheds more light on which herbal remedies should send up a red flag for people on certain drugs. In addition to dangerous side effects, herbal products can impact the efficacy of the drugs, researchers said....
  • (HealthDay News) -- If your child has cancer and is being treated by a team of specialists, frequent and open communication is essential. The American Cancer Society suggests how to talk with team members: Actively take part in your child's care. Communication should be clear, direct and honest. Treat team members...
  • NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A new study has identified more than a dozen attributes that characterize high-value oncology practices, and three of these carry the highest immediate potential for lowering spending without compromising quality of care. "At first, I thought many of our findings were obvious and pedestrian...
  • (Reuters Health) - Breast cancer surgeons play a big role in deciding whether women with early-stage breast cancer undergo a controversial operation to have both breasts removed, even when cancer is found in only one, a new study shows. The decision to go ahead with the procedure may depend more on the surgeon’s...
  • Learning that you have breast cancer can make you feel terribly isolated. Suddenly you find yourself in a new, unfamiliar world. But you are not alone. The best cancer treatment today embraces interdisciplinary patient care, and uses a broad approach with a team of health care and medical providers – all of whom are...
  • After hearing your doctor say “You’ve got breast cancer,” it’s hard to focus on what comes next. You’re understandably scared, and your mind probably is reeling. You’re not prepared – no one is – to have a conversation about your prognosis and medical choices. From oncologist Jame Abraham, MD, Director of Cleveland...
  • Cancer is a complex, complicated condition. So if you have a cancer diagnosis, you want as many people as possible working together to treat you. That’s why tumor boards exist — to allow practitioners to meet as a team to discuss difficult cancer cases and work out the best way to treat each patient.  Brian Burkey, MD...
  •   Cell phones can help you hail cars, order dinner, or send electronic payments to friends with the tap of a button. Tablets and laptops compute faster, store more, and are easier to afford than ever before. You can take calls from your wrist, too. That’s why it was only a matter of time before doctors and researchers...
  • (Reuters Health) - Cancer patients receiving chemotherapy should have all their medications and herbal supplements reviewed by a pharmacist who specializes in cancer therapy, researchers say. More than half the patients in a recent study reported taking prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs or herbal...