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Colon cancer diagnosis

Colon cancer diagnosis: Screening for colon cancer

Colon cancer diagnosis

Colon cancer diagnosis that delivers lasting treatment solution

For the correct and accurate colon cancer diagnosis, doctors recommend certain screening tests for everyone particularly the healthy people. People with no signs or symptoms need to take these tests primarily for early detection of colon cancer recommends doctor Dalal Akoury MD and founder of AWAREmed health and wellness resource center. She adds that early detection of colon cancer almost guarantees the chance for a cure. Through screening, a lot of colon cancer risk of death has been reduced significantly.

Those who bear the greatest risk are people at the age of 50 and above. To this group, screening is very necessary if not a must. However, where the risk is greater like in families where in the past one member had suffered colon cancer, screening should be done relatively much earlier than age 50. That bracket of high risk may also include the African-Americans and American Indians because they are at more risk and for that reason, they may consider beginning colon cancer screening at age 45.

And as you consider taking your first screening, it is important to note that of the different kinds of screening options works in their own peculiar ways with advantages and disadvantages. Therefore, before the screening exercise, consult with your doctor for the right decision about which tests is suitable for you. And remember that where a colonoscopy is used for screening, polyps can be removed during the procedure before they turn into cancer. This can be a great news and that is what AWAREmed health and wellness resource center will do. Our experts will be waiting to hear from you for an opportunity to help you defeat this painful health condition. You can schedule an appointment with doctor Dalal Akoury on telephone number (843) 2131480 or contact Dr. Dalal Akoury on Facebook, LinkedIn and through many other available channels on the website.

Colon cancer diagnosis: Detecting colon cancer

Finally, where there are enough signs and symptoms to indicate that your likelihood of having colon cancer is high, your doctor may recommend one or more tests and procedures, including:

Using a scope to examine the inside of your colon. Colonoscopy uses a long, flexible and slender tube attached to a video camera and monitor to view the whole colon and rectum of the patient. And when the suspicious areas are established and confirmed, the doctor can pass surgical tools through the tube to take tissue samples (biopsies) for analysis and remove polyps.

Blood tests. Though the blood test may not disclose entirely if a patient has colon cancer, still recommend the patient’s blood to be tested primarily to give any clues about the overall health of the patient like kidney and liver function tests. Besides the blood test, the doctor may also test your blood for a chemical sometimes produced by colon cancers (carcinoembryonic antigen or CEA). Tracked over time, the level of CEA in the blood may help your specialist to understand your prognosis and whether the cancer is responding to treatment.

Colon cancer diagnosis: Screening for colon cancer

 

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Lung cancer symptoms

Lung cancer symptoms: What you need to know 

Lung cancer symptoms

Lung cancer symptoms when noticed need urgent attention

Lung cancer symptoms are not very common at the very beginning of cancer formation. It therefore, means that when signs and symptoms begins to manifest, chances are that the disease in progressively growing or advancing to more disturbing stages. It is ironical that while many are struggling with the disease today, it is something that can easily be prevented. Just by keeping distance to cigarette smoking is a step in the right direction. And remember that, to be safe, you must also avoid inhaling the second hand smoke from smokers. This is very important and as doctor Dalal Akoury MD, President and founder of AWAREmed health and wellness resource center puts it, when finally the signs and symptoms of the disease start to appear, they will be many include:

  • Worsening shortness of breath
  • Wheezing
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Swelling of the neck and face
  • Sudden changes in a cough that you’ve had for a long time
  • Respiratory infections that keep coming back, including bronchitis or pneumonia
  • Pain and weakness in the shoulder, arm, or hand
  • Hoarseness
  • Fatigue, weakness, loss of weight and appetite, fever that comes and goes, severe headaches, and body pain
  • Endless chest pain
  • Continuing, hacking, raspy coughing, sometimes with mucus stained with spots of blood

These problems usually happen because of blocked breathing passages or because the cancer has spread farther into the lung, nearby areas, or other parts of the body. When we allude to the fact that prevention is better than cure, it needs to be taken seriously. Therefore, when you notice any of the listed signs and symptoms above, timely action must be taken. Remember that these could be an indication of the lung disease. Having mentioned that these signs will most like come later in the development of the problem, when signs like an ongoing cough, blood-streaked mucus, wheezing, hoarseness, or a lung infection that keeps coming back appears, seek medical attention immediately. The doctor will run several tests including an X- ray to determine whether it is lung cancer forming. And when confirmed, treatment will start immediately.

Lung cancer symptoms: How common is lung cancer?

Studies have suggested that lung cancer is responsible for the most cancer-related deaths for both men and women across the globe. According to the American Cancer Society, they’ve estimated that 228,190 new cases of lung cancer in the U.S. were diagnosed and 159,480 deaths due to lung cancer occurred in 2013 alone. They have also established that lung cancer was not as common before in the 1930s, but has increased dramatically over time following decades of tobacco smoking increased. In many developing countries, the incidence of lung cancer is beginning to fall because of education about the dangers of cigarette smoking and effective smoking cessation programs. Nevertheless, lung cancer remains the most common form of cancer in men worldwide and the fifth most common form of cancer in women the finding states.

Lung cancer has surpassed breast cancer in causing the most cancer-related deaths in women in the United States. It means that the sooner we pool together in fighting this the better for all of us. You can call us today at AWAREmed health center for all your concerns and will address them professionally.

Lung cancer symptoms: What you need to know

 

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Breast cancer coping plans

Breast cancer coping plans: Regional recurrence and metastatic cancer

Breast cancer coping plans

Breast cancer coping plans that are essential for a more comfortable feeling

Finding out that you have breast cancer can be very frustrating. But after enduring all the treatment process, it can be upsetting to be told that the cancer has resurfaced. We appreciate that dealing with the initial diagnosis wasn’t easy. It was traumatizing and agonizing.  That is why as experts from AWAREmed health and wellness resource center under the leadership of doctor Dalal Akoury MD, we are concerned and want to be the shoulder you can lean on. Therefore, we want to make suggestions to you to follow and if you have any further concern, you can always call us to have a one on one with you. In the meantime, you can consider the following:

  • Information is power, seek to know more about recurrent breast cancer before making a decisions about your care. Your doctor will be very helpful. Ask about your treatment options and prognosis. Good knowledge will help you be more confident in making treatment decisions.
  • Be close to friends and family. This is the time you need a lot of love around you. Friends and family will provide the practical support you’ll need, such as helping take care of your house if you’re in the hospital. And they can serve as emotional support when you feel overwhelmed by cancer.
  • Identify a connection to a motivating spirit beyond yourself. Having a strong faith or a sense of something greater than yourself is essential and will helps you be more hopeful with cancer treatment you take.

Breast cancer coping plans: Getting ready for your appointment

With cancer, any signs or symptoms should sound a warning. Take timely action by scheduling an appointment with your primary care doctor or family doctor for professional advice. In readiness for the appointment, you can share with your doctor about new symptoms, any other health problems from your first diagnosis and if you’re seeing a new doctor, carry all your medical records with you to the new doctor. You may also request a family member to accompany you to the doctor’s office to help you remember all you need to know. The following are some of the questions you may ask:

  • What’s my prognosis?
  • What treatments are available to me at this stage, and which do you recommend?
  • What kinds of tests do I need and how should I prepare for it?
  • What is the hormone receptor status of the cancer recurrence?
  • Is there any side effects can I expect from treatment?
  • Is my cancer recurring?
  • Do I have any alternatives to the approach that you’re suggesting?
  • Are there any clinical trials open to me?
  • Are some other possible causes for my symptoms?

Finally, with all these, your doctor is also likely to ask you a number of questions. Such questions are helpful in giving his/her professional view about your condition. The doctor’s questions may include:

  • How long have you been experiencing these symptoms?
  • Has there been a change in the symptoms over time?
  • Do these symptoms feel different from when you were first diagnosed with cancer?
  • How do you feel overall?
  • Have you had any unexpected weight loss? Have you lost your appetite?
  • Are you experiencing any pain?

Breast cancer coping plans: Regional recurrence and metastatic cancer

 

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DCIS treatment readiness

DCIS treatment readiness: Preparing for your appointment

DCIS treatment readiness

DCIS treatment readiness is very essential. For timely treatment of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) patients must seek timely solutions

Like with all other cancer, DCIS treatment readiness is very essential. For timely treatment of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) patients need to schedule an appointment with their specialist immediately they notice a lump or any other unusual changes on the breast. Speaking to doctor Dalal Akoury MD, President and founder of AWAREmed health and wellness resource center, it is important that if you’re seeking for second opinion, you must submit to your new doctor all the tests results of all the previous tests done. Submit all the original diagnostic mammogram images and biopsy results to your new appointment. These should include your mammography images, ultrasound CD and glass slides from your breast biopsy. As you make that move, the following pieces of information will prepare you for your new appointment including what to expect from your doctor:

DCIS treatment readiness: What you can do

Document your medical history, be honest and detailed stating any benign breast conditions you may have been diagnosed with and any radiotherapy you may have received before.

Family history of breast cancer, especially among the nuclear and very close members of the family.

List of both current and past medications. This should include all prescription, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, supplements and herbal remedies. Never forget to mention hormonal replacement therapy where applicable.

Be in company of a family member or friend during the appointment. The pain that come with cancer diagnosis can make you lose focus. A second ear is important for accuracy of information.

Write down questions to ask your doctor. In your state of mind it may be easy to forget what you wanted to ask. Listing prior questions is going to help you benefit fully. The following are some questions you may want to ask your doctor about DCIS:

  • What treatment approach is appropriate?
  • What tests would reveal the type and stage of cancer?
  • Do I need to change my lifestyle to help reduce my risk of a DCIS recurrence?
  • Are there any side effects or complications during treatment?
  • Is seeing a genetic counselor necessary?
  • How effective is this treatment approach effective in women with a similar diagnosis?
  • How will recurrence of DCIS be handled?
  • For how long will I need follow-up visits upon completing treatment?
  • Is a second opinion necessary?
  • Do I have breast cancer?

These are just guide lines. You can use to make your own. Always remember to ask without holding. It is very important for you and the doctor.

DCIS treatment readiness: What to expect from your doctor

Besides your own question, the doctor will also have some questions for you. Such will be to help him/her give an informed professional opinion. It is likely that your doctor will ask some of the following:

  • What is your daily diet like, do you take alcohol?
  • Have you in the past or your close female relatives been tested for the BRCA gene mutations?
  • Have you had other breast biopsies or operations?
  • Have you gone through menopause?
  • Have you ever had radiation therapy?
  • Besides this, have you been diagnosed with any breast conditions?
  • Have you been diagnosed with any other medical conditions?
  • In your family history, has anyone had breast cancer?
  • Are you using or have you used any medications or supplements to relieve the symptoms of menopause?
  • How active are you physically?

Try your best to give honest responses and feel free to explain all you can. This is not a very good time for anyone but as experts at AWAREmed health center, we will always be there for you to help you go through this. You can call us for any further professional advice.

DCIS treatment readiness: Preparing for your appointment

 

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