• Experimental Therapies

    Patients may seek a new or experimental treatment by enrolling on a clinical trial. The only way to determine if a new treatment is safe and effective is to test it in a clinical trial. Most standard treatments for diseases were tested in clinical trials. Clinical trials are published in medical journals to help guide physicians when they treat patients.…

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  • Cancer Prevention

    Lifestyle and Cancer Prevention People can develop habits to prevent cancer, and then practice these habits as they go about their daily lives. Leading a healthy lifestyle and avoiding bad habits can minimize cancer risk. A healthy lifestyle can also prevent other diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease. Avoiding tobacco will reduce the risk of cancer. Avoiding cigarettes…

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  • Cancer Screening and Early Detection

    Cancers start out as small, stage I tumors, but they grow larger (stage II), then larger and spread to lymph nodes (stage III), and finally spread to other parts of the body (stage IV). It is important to detect cancer at the earliest possible stage, because treatment in the earlier stages is more effective. One way to detect cancer in…

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  • Bone Marrow Transplant

    Bone marrow transplant is a treatment for leukemia and other serious medical conditions. It can cure a patient who has an otherwise incurable disease. Although developed for leukemia, bone marrow transplant is used in lymphoma, multiple myeloma, and testicular cancer patients. It is also used to treat a rare condition called aplastic anemia. Bone marrow transplant is being tested in…

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  • Alternative and Complementary Therapies for Cancer

    People with medical problems are increasingly turning to alternative therapies. Alternative therapies evolved from a belief that modern medicine attempts to treat the disease, but ignores the entire patient. Supporters of alternative therapies believe that treating the entire person will restore physiological balance, leading to reversal of the disease process. This approach allows people to overcome the loss of control…

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  • Prostate Cancer

    PSA Screening for Prostate Cancer PSA is a blood test that can detect prostate cancer in the early, curable stages. These early stages of prostate cancer often produce no symptoms. PSA measures the levels of prostate-specific antigen (PSA), a molecule shed into blood by prostate cancer cells. Prostate cancer is the most common male cancer, accounting for nearly 30% of…

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  • Pancreatic Cancer

    Diseases of the Pancreas The pancreas is a major internal organ that constitutes an important part of our digestive system. It is located in the middle of the abdomen, behind the stomach and liver, and produces enzyme juices that aid in digestion. It also secretes hormones into the bloodstream that regulate blood sugar and metabolism. There are many disorders of…

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  • Ovarian Cancer

    Ovarian cancer has been called the silent killer because it often produces no symptoms until it has spread beyond the ovary. It is the 5th most common cancer and 5th most common cause of cancer deaths in women. It is less common than endometrial cancer, but causes twice as many deaths. Some but not all cases run in families. A…

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