Topic: Cancer

stem cell
May 21 2019

What to consider before undergoing stem cell treatment

Personalized Healthcare  •  By Miles Varn, MD

It can be difficult to tease out the evidence-based science in the claims of successful adult stem cell-based treatments for health problems from joint pain to Parkinson’s disease, macular degeneration, and spinal cord injury. Even a number of well-respected medical centers now offer patients regenerative medicine treatments that use the patient’s own fat or bone... Read More

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wellness
Apr 30 2019

The keys to wellness during and after cancer treatment

Integrative Medicine  •  By Miles Varn, MD

PinnacleCare talked with Dr. Lise Alschuler, ND, FABNO, a practitioner at Naturopathic Specialists, LLC in Scottsdale AZ, about steps people who have been diagnosed with cancer can take to achieve a higher level of wellness during and after cancer treatment. Dr. Alschuler is a naturopathic doctor with board certification in naturopathic oncology and has been... Read More

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testicular cancer
Apr 2 2019

What you should know about testicular cancer

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

Although the number of men projected to be diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2019 is only 9,310 compared to a projected 174,650 new cases of prostate cancer, testicular cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer for boys and men between the ages of 15 and 44. This type of cancer is highly treatable, even when... Read More

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genetic tests
Mar 26 2019

Are direct-to-consumer genetic tests the right choice for you?

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

Over the last five years, pharmacies and websites have offered an increasing number of direct-to-consumer genetic tests. These tests, which you can buy without a prescription, can provide information about a range of health issues, from how well you will respond to a certain type of antidepressant, blood thinner, or other medication and your risk... Read More

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rare disease
Feb 12 2019

Strategies to help you get the right diagnosis for a rare disease

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

Getting an accurate diagnosis is the first step towards finding the right treatment. But for people living with a rare or complex disease, getting that diagnosis can be a long, frustrating process that delays treatment. Depending on which disease you face, getting a definitive diagnosis can take from 7 to 10 years. And though approximately... Read More

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skin cancer
Feb 5 2019

New treatments offer options for difficult to treat skin cancer

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

While many types of skin cancer can be treated successfully, especially when diagnosed early, some can be more difficult to treat. But newly approved treatments and treatments in development for several different types of skin cancer, including advanced squamous cell carcinoma, drug-resistant basal cell carcinoma, and melanoma that affects the eye mean patients have more... Read More

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lung cancer
Jan 8 2019

What’s new in lung cancer treatment?

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

There are several newer treatment options that people who have been diagnosed with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), the most common form of the disease, may want to discuss with their doctor. For people who have early stage lung cancer, surgery is the standard treatment recommendation. But those who are older or in poorer overall... Read More

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chemo brain
Dec 18 2018

Help managing “chemo brain”

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer and chemotherapy has been part of your treatment plan, during or after treatment you may notice that you’re more forgetful, have trouble concentrating, or just feel “foggy” mentally. Many cancer survivors call this chemo brain, while physicians often use the term cognitive dysfunction associated with chemotherapy, and up to... Read More

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childhood cancer
Aug 28 2018

6 facts you should know about childhood cancer

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn

Unless a family member or friend has been diagnosed with childhood cancer, you may not know much about the topic. These 6 key facts can help you learn more. Childhood cancer is relatively rare: Approximately 10, 270 children under the age of 15 were diagnosed with some form of cancer in 2017 according to statistics... Read More

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breast cancer
Jul 31 2018

How to protect your heart during breast cancer treatment

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

Like all types of medical care, treatment for breast cancer comes with both benefits and risks. Earlier this year, a scientific statement published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation spurred media coverage of the link between some types of breast cancer treatment and an increased risk of developing heart failure and other types of... Read More

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