Category: Disease Management

back surgery
Jul 25 2017

Factors that Affect a Successful Back Surgery

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

If your doctor has recommended back surgery for chronic back pain, your next step should be to learn about the factors that may affect the outcome of your surgery. Understanding the potential risks and benefits of surgery and what you can do to increase the likelihood of a positive outcome are the keys to making... Read More

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Jul 18 2017

Serious diagnosis? Explore your options before starting treatment

Disease Management  •  By Susan Walker

If you’ve been diagnosed with a serious illness such as cancer or your doctor has recommended surgery, your instinct may be to start treatment as quickly as possible. That may not be the best course of action, however, because undergoing some types of treatment may mean that you’re not able to undergo others if the... Read More

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rare cancer
Jul 11 2017

Ask these questions if you’re diagnosed with a rare cancer

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

A recent study found that one in five cancers diagnosed in the U.S. is a rare cancer, which means a type of cancer diagnosed in less than 6 people per 100,000 people a year. Being diagnosed with a rare cancer may make it more difficult to get an accurate diagnosis and may increase your risk... Read More

new cancer treatments
May 23 2017

What questions should you ask about new cancer treatments?

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

There are a growing number of new cancer treatments—from immunotherapy and hormone therapy to new chemotherapy drugs and new approaches to surgery and radiation. Some of these new cancer treatments have dramatically improved the outcomes for certain types of patients. And although the new treatments do work well for some patients, you shouldn’t assume they’ll... Read More

May 16 2017

7 tips to lower the risk of COPD flare-ups

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

If you’re one of the 30 million people in the U.S. living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), there are several strategies that can help you lower your risk of experiencing a disease-related flare-up or sudden worsening of your symptoms. The symptoms of a flare-up, which is also known as an exacerbation, include: increased difficulty... Read More

work during cancer treatment
May 9 2017

What to Consider If You Plan on Working During Cancer Treatment

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

“Can I work with cancer?” This is one of the questions that people who have been diagnosed with cancer often ask their doctors. The answer depends on several factors, including: what type and stage of cancer you have what types of treatment you will be undergoing what side affects you experience as a result of... Read More

hepatitis C
May 2 2017

Should you be screened for hepatitis C?

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

You may have read articles in the news or seen TV commercials about new treatments for the hepatitis C virus and wondered, “Am I at risk for this disease?” According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 2.7 million to 3.9 million people in the U.S. are living with active, chronic hepatitis... Read More

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Lyme disease
Apr 18 2017

Researchers explore new treatments for chronic Lyme disease

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

Some disease ecologists are projecting that this spring and summer will bring an increased risk for Lyme disease in the Northeast U.S. Although approximately 30,000 cases of Lyme disease are reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) by state health departments each year, those reports account for only a fraction of the... Read More

New treatments for colorectal cancer
Mar 21 2017

Could You Benefit from These Latest Colorectal Cancer Treatments?

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

When you exclude skin cancer, colorectal cancer is the third most common type of cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the U.S. The American Cancer Society projects 95,520 new cases of colon cancer and 39,910 new cases of rectal cancer in 2017. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with colorectal... Read More

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cancer treatment
Mar 14 2017

What questions should you ask when choosing a hospital for cancer treatment?

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

Where you go for cancer treatment can have a significant impact on your outcome. A recent study found that people who did not receive care at a National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated comprehensive cancer center were 20% to 50% more likely to die from the disease than those who did undergo cancer treatment at an NCI-designated... Read More