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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...