Understanding Healthcare

What Is a Clinical Trial?

Between headlining health scares and ongoing healthcare debates, it’s easy to forget that, at heart, medicine is dedicated to improving peoples’ lives. Doctors, researchers and medical innovators are constantly looking for new medicines and treatments to help us live healthier, safer and longer. One way to accomplish those goals? Clinical …

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Health Questions
5 Signs of a Brain Tumor

5 Symptoms of Brain Tumors

In the medical world, some conditions are harder to spot and explain than others. Such is the case with brain tumors. To date, little is known about what causes certain brain tumors to form. Nor do we fully understand why certain risk factors such as age increase a person’s chance …

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Coping with Breast Cancer
Breast Reconstruction FAQs

Breast Reconstruction FAQs

There are some topics that many women expect to discuss with their doctor at some point in their lives, but, for most, breast reconstruction surgery isn’t one of them.  Yet for many breast cancer patients, developing a reconstructive surgery plan after a mastectomy or lumpectomy is a welcome conversation. What’s …

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Being Proactive About Your Health
When to Get Cancer Screenings by Age

When Should I Get My Cancer Screenings? A Guide by Age

Many of us put off doctors’ appointments and routine health exams. But being proactive about your health can prevent serious issues from developing down the line. Case in point: Cancer screenings. “The sooner we catch a cancer, generally, the better the outcome,” says Dawn Severson, M.D., a medical oncologist with …

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Cancer Treatment
What to bring to chemo

10 Things to Bring to Chemotherapy

When facing a cancer diagnosis, there are many new experiences on the horizon–and many of them can seem scary. Fortunately, your first chemotherapy appointment doesn’t have to be one of them. “When you first come to chemo, you might feel anxious, depressed or afraid—that’s all normal,” says Deneen Ruiz, clinical …

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Cancer Screening Info
colonscopy ready

How to Get (Mentally and Physically) Colonoscopy Ready

It’s one of the most dreaded screenings on people’s healthcare to-do lists. Colonoscopy time. Often the anticipation — and a little unpleasantness as you prep — is much worse than the actual test. Here’s why getting over that mental hurdle and getting it done is so important: Colorectal cancer is …

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Cancer Screenings
Should I Get a Lung Cancer Screening?

Should I Get a Lung Cancer Screening?

Some facts about cancer are more well known than others. For example, you may know that skin cancer is the most common cancer among both men and women. You may also be familiar with mammograms and colonoscopies and their importance in cancer screening. And when it comes to lung cancer, …

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Understanding Cancer
Pancreatic Cancer 101

Pancreatic Cancer 101

After a cancer diagnosis, every individual begins a difficult battle — and a battle against pancreatic cancer can be notoriously tough. In recent years, notable figures who’ve fought the disease include Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, American legend Aretha Franklin, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs and Nobel laureate Ralph Steinman …

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Understanding Health Risks
HPV

5 Misconceptions About HPV (and the Truth About Them)

You’ve probably heard of human papillomavirus before. First, because you may be familiar with its acronym, HPV. Or you might know someone who received the series of vaccinations. You may even have the virus – or know someone who does. Regardless of your familiarity with HPV, there is still a …

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Coping With Cancer
How to Accept Help When Going Through Cancer

5 Ways to Accept Help When You Have Cancer

It’s not always easy to ask for help. For some, it can be hard to pinpoint what you need help with; for others, asking for assistance can feel like a sign of weakness. But if you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, chances are your family, friends and medical team want to …

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