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10 minutes | Sep 24, 2015
Ovarian Cancer: What You Need to Know
An ovarian cancer diagnosis can be life-changing. Renowned oncologist, Dr. Maurie Markman, can help you better understand the early warning signs.At Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), we’re here to help you and your loved ones make a more informed treatment decision. Ovarian cancer begins in the ovaries, which are two almond-shaped glands located on either side of the uterus. The ovaries produce the female hormones, estrogen and progesterone, and release eggs during a woman’s reproductive years (the time from her first menstrual period through menopause). Many signs of ovarian cancer, such as abdominal bloating, may suggest a gastrointestinal issue. Talk with your doctor about ovarian cancer being part of the problem. A nationally-renowned oncologist, Dr. Maurie Markman, is here to help you better understand ovarian cancer and the latest advances in the treatment of Ovarian Cancer.
6 minutes | Sep 8, 2015
Advances in Lung Cancer Care: From Diagnosis to Treatment
The early symptoms of lung cancer may be a slight cough or shortness of breath, depending on which part of the lung is affected.It’s the leading cancer killer of men and women in America, but only 15 percent of lung cancers are caught in the early stages. So, the right diagnosis, targeted treatment, and genetic testing are critical. Dr. Daniel Nader discusses lung cancer and how Cancer Treatment Centers of America® can help find the right diagnosis and stage of lung cancer.
9 minutes | Sep 8, 2015
Immunotherapy & Clinical Trials
Immunotherapy (also called biological therapy and biotherapy) uses the body's immune system to fight cancer.Immunotherapy has been a popular topic, ranging from its involvement in this year’s Emperor of All Maladies to recent groundbreaking presentations at ASCO. Dr. Glen Weiss, Director of Clinical Research at Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Western Regional Medical Center, explains how immunotherapy can help a silenced immune system and how it can be part of an effective cancer treatment regimen.
9 minutes | Sep 8, 2015
Integrative Approaches to Cancer Treatment
Cancer Treatment Centers of America, CTCA®, uses leading technology to aggressively treat cancer.At Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), we provide state-of-the-art cancer care in a welcoming environment, so the patient and their family members can focus on healing. CTCA® uses leading technology to aggressively treat cancer. At the same time, we support patients with nutrition and other therapies, because we know that managing the side effects of cancer treatment is half the battle. Patients and their family members may also benefit from the emotional support of the mind-body medicine team, along with a spiritual support care team to help patients manage stress and cope with the difficult emotions associated with cancer diagnosis and treatment. Carolyn Lammersfeld, MS, RD, discusses how CTCA® can help you and your family through cancer treatment.
8 minutes | Jul 6, 2015
Lymphedema: Surgical Treatment Options at Midwestern
Lymphedema is a condition in which fluid (lymph) is retained in the tissue and causes swelling (edema), often in the arms or legs.Lymphedema is a condition in which fluid (lymph) is retained in the tissue and causes swelling (edema), often in the arms or legs. The swelling occurs when a blockage in the lymphatic system prevents the fluid from draining adequately. Lymphedema is often classified as primary or secondary. Primary lymphedema can develop when lymphatic vessels are missing or impaired, and is a hereditary condition. Secondary lymphedema can occur when lymph nodes or vessels are removed or damaged, which may develop as an unwanted side-effect of surgery (e.g., node dissection) or radiation treatment. Daniel Liu, MD, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) in northern Illinois, discusses Lymphedema management for breast cancer and surgical treatment options available at Midwestern.
8 minutes | Jul 6, 2015
Advanced Genomic Testing
Every cancer, like every patient, is different.Genomic tumor assessments help identify the DNA alterations that are driving the growth of a particular tumor. As we understand more about these gene mutations, we are better able to provide cancer treatment therapies that specifically target changes in the tumor's genomic profile. Information about genomic changes that are unique to your individual cancer may help us determine treatments that may be appropriate for you. It's the promise of precision cancer treatment—a focus on the individual tumor in the individual patient. Since genomic testing may not be right for every patient, your oncologist will help determine if you are a good candidate for the assessments. Shayma Kazmi, MD, a Hematologist-Oncologist and Medical Oncologist at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA), discusses the latest advancements in genomic testing.
9 minutes | Dec 23, 2013
Hospital Medicine & Cancer Care
What is hospital medicine? How does it play a role in cancer care? What is hospital medicine? How does it play a role in cancer care? Dr. Matthew Wright, Chief of Hospital Medicine at CTCA in Phoenix, explains how he and his team help patients feel better as soon as possible, while also working to effectively treat their underlying reason for admission... all while putting patients' needs first.
8 minutes | Dec 23, 2013
Cutting-Edge Treatment of Pancreatic Cancer
Pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest cancers. Rates of pancreatic cancer have been slowly increasing over the past 10 years.According to the American Cancer Society, the rates of pancreatic cancer have been slowly increasing over the past 10 years. Do you know what treatments are available to treat this disease? Dr. Madappa Kundranda, a medical oncologist at Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Western Regional Medical Center, shares his expertise in gastrointestinal cancers, and talks about the most cutting-edge treatment options for people fighting pancreatic cancer.
9 minutes | Oct 25, 2013
What Every Woman Needs to Know about Breast Cancer
Advances in breast cancer treatment have paved the way for treating many types of cancer.Advances in breast cancer treatment have paved the way for treating many types of cancer. Today, treatments are individualized to each patient's unique tumor and cancer type. At Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), the goal is to empower women with knowledge, so that they can make a more informed treatment decision. A breast cancer diagnosis is life-changing, and since every breast cancer is different, it requires a personalized approach. Dr. Dennis Citrin, a medical oncologist who focuses on helping women with breast cancer, explains how the treatment of breast cancer has changed over the years, as well as what women need to know about in order to help prevent and fight breast . At CTCA, your breast cancer team helps you develop a treatment tailored to your needs, using diagnostic tools and treatment technology to target even advanced cancers.
10 minutes | Oct 25, 2013
Navigating a Diagnosis of Lung Cancer
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. Understanding risk factors and symptoms can help you make a more informed treatment decision.Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. Understanding lung cancer risk factors and symptoms can help you make a more informed treatment decision. At Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA), each patient is provided with a multidisciplinary team of experts that helps tailor lung cancer treatment to his or her unique tumor and concerns. For patients with lung cancer, seeking an integrated team can be particularly important—experts in nutritional counseling and interventional pulmonology are used in combination with other cancer treatments to relieve symptoms that may limit breathing or cause pain. To help patients navigate a diagnosis of cancer, Dr. Bruce Gershenhorn discusses how he works with each person to answer questions and develop an individualized plan. In this segment, he shares his advice on when to seek a second opinion.
10 minutes | Oct 25, 2013
What is Orthopedic Oncology?
Orthopedic oncology specializes in the treatment of bone cancer, sarcoma or cancer that has spread to the bone from other areas of the body.Orthopedic oncology specializes in the treatment of men and women with bone cancer, sarcoma or cancer that has spread to the bone from other areas of the body. The treatment of metastatic bone cancer is evolving rapidly; advances in treatment have made it possible to treat metastatic disease more like a chronic condition and less like a terminal illness. Special guest, Dr. Richard Schmidt, MD, discusses how to improve quality of life and pain management for both patients with metastatic cancer and cancer patients suffering from unrelated issues, such as arthritis, and osteoporosis.
10 minutes | Oct 25, 2013
Advances in Prostate Cancer Treatments
For most men diagnosed with prostate cancer, there are many treatment options. How do you decide which one is best for you?.For most men diagnosed with prostate cancer, there are many treatment options. How do you decide which one is best for you?. In recent years, there have been many advances in prostate cancer treatment technology, such as robotic surgery, targeted GPS-guided radiation, and major advances in chemotherapy, hormone therapy and immunotherapy. Understanding the benefits and risks of each treatment can help men navigate through the process of selecting proper treatment. Join special guest, Dr. Evan Pisick, MD, as he shares information on the newest treatments available.
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