Other Cancers

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Screening for lung cancer: Are you a candidate for this test?

In lung cancer screening, an otherwise healthy person gets a CT scan to check for small tumors that have not started to cause problems. Screening is recommended for current or former smokers who smoked the equivalent of a pack a day for 30 years and have quit less than 15 years ago. If a scan picks up an abnormality, follow-up scans will be required. Additional procedures, like biopsies, may also be required to confirm or rule out cancer. The risk of complications from the screening is relatively small. Abnormal findings from a scan can also cause fear or anxiety. It’s important to weigh the risks and benefits of screening and to have it done at a location with experience diagnosing and treating lung cancer. (Locked) More »

Arthroscopic shoulder surgery

Arthroscopy is a popular technique for shoulder surgery. It allows a surgeon to look inside the shoulder joint and operate without making a large incision. Arthroscopy is recommended most often to repair torn rotator cuff tendons (which keep the arm bone in the shoulder socket), dislocated shoulders, and torn ligaments, as well as to remove bone spurs and loose cartilage. To find a surgeon, go to specialists in shoulder medicine and sports medicine who have experience doing the surgery on a daily basis. (Locked) More »

You may not need a Pap smear

A number of health organizations have revised screening guidelines for cervical cancer. It’s based on evidence that annual Pap smears do not catch more cancers, but often lead to more invasive diagnostic procedures that can cause complications. Women ages 21 to 65 are now advised to get a Pap smear every three years. Women ages 30 to 65 can prolong screening to every five years if they get a test for human papilloma virus with it. Screening is not recommended for women 65 and older who’ve had normal Pap tests for several years, and not for women at any age who’ve had their cervix removed as part of a hysterectomy. (Locked) More »

Cancer treatments may harm the heart

  Radiation therapy and chemotherapy are increasing the number of people who survive cancer. But they also cause cardiovascular disease in some of the people who get these therapies.   More »