Topic: Cancer

elective surgery
Jul 7 2020

Is elective surgery safe during the pandemic?

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

As states begin to reopen, hospitals are starting to schedule elective surgeries that have been postponed because of the pandemic. But many people wonder if now is the time to undergo elective surgery. While 31% of people have chosen to delay care and 50% of people over 65 have decided to wait to receive care... Read More

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Apr 28 2020

What it’s like to be diagnosed with cancer during the COVID-19 pandemic

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

Although the COVID-19 pandemic has created one of the largest, most difficult health challenges the U.S. has encountered in decades, people are still facing the serious health problems they always have, from heart attacks and strokes and serious injuries from accidents to all kinds of cancer. One of our members shared her experience of being... Read More

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virtual consultations
Mar 10 2020

Virtual consultations expand your access to expert specialists

Second Opinion  •  By Miles Varn, MD

Virtual access to physicians isn’t new. Patients have benefited from virtual second opinions for years and more recently, have been able to quickly and conveniently connect with physicians through computer and smartphone apps that put them in touch with primary care physicians, pediatricians, and mental health providers. What is new is virtual access to a... Read More

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complex health problem
Oct 29 2019

What to do when you’re diagnosed with a complex health problem

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a complex health problem such as advanced cancer or organ failure that means you’ll need a transplant or a rare condition such as sickle-cell disease or hemophilia the right support can not only have a positive effect on the outcome of your treatment it can... Read More

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new doctor
Oct 1 2019

Help when an accident led to the discovery of a serious illness

Testimonials  •  By Miles Varn, MD

Don, a PinnacleCare member, was in a serious car accident. When he received treatment for his injuries, he was shocked to learn those injuries were the least significant of his health problems. He shared how PinnacleCare has helped him connect with the care he needs and provides peace of mind for him and his family... Read More

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incontinence
Aug 27 2019

Managing incontinence after prostate cancer treatment

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

One of the possible side effects of surgery or radiation to remove the prostate as part of treatment for prostate cancer is incontinence. For men who undergo radical prostatectomy, surgery that removes the entire prostate, there is a 2% to 15% risk that they may develop incontinence. In some cases, the issue is a short-term... Read More

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second opinion
Aug 20 2019

The right support when facing a cancer diagnosis

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Facing a serious illness is a difficult experience not only for the person who’s diagnosed with the illness, but also for the patient’s loved ones. The stress of trying to find the right doctors, gather medical records, and set up appointments can make the situation even more difficult to manage and make it harder for... Read More

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exercise routine
Jun 4 2019

Strategies for wellness during and after cancer treatment

Disease Management, Integrative Medicine  •  By Miles Varn, MD

The number of people in the U.S. who are cancer survivors continues to grow as new treatments and early detection increase. The American Cancer Society projects that by 2026, there will be 20 million cancer survivors in this country. And while treatment has advanced in both the number of options available and effectiveness, there still... Read More

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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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