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Advances in radiation oncology changing treatment plans

By Pamela Randolph-Jackson, MD

In the United States, nearly 40 percent of men and women will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives. And while cancer is, undeniably, a life-changing experience for both patients and their loved ones, more people than ever are surviving and living well with cancer as a chronic disease for years. But Read More »

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Why is autologous breast reconstruction better than breast implants?

By David H. Song, MD

Women who have a mastectomy often are concerned with how their breast will look and feel after reconstructive surgery. About 80 percent of women choose to get a breast implant after having breast cancer surgery. While this is a great option for some women, it’s not for everyone. We offer an alternative to implants – Read More »

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Don’t live with urinary incontinence. Help is available

By Andrew I. Sokol, MD

Some women have to deal with unpleasant body issues every day. A common one is peeing when you sneeze, cough, laugh hard or exercise, otherwise known as stress urinary incontinence. This type of bladder leakage, or urinary incontinence, accounts for 50 percent of all the cases of incontinence I treat. Many women don’t think twice Read More »

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Hernias: How they occur, how they can be repaired

By Ivanesa Pardo, MD

Men or women can develop hernias. When they do, an organ or tissue can squeeze through a weak spot in a muscle wall. When surgery is called for, several options are available. A hernia is a weak spot, defect, or hole in the muscle layers of the abdomen, through which a part of an organ Read More »

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Homing in on prostate cancer with fusion biopsy

By Daniel Marchalik, MD

Left Image: The target from an MRI is merged with an ultrasound image for targeting. Right Image: The biopsy locations are captured by the MRI-Ultrasound fusion technology. Ideally, doctors would catch every case of prostate cancer early, before it has time to grow and spread. Early detection gives men more options, whether that involves treatment or Read More »

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How surgery can improve the lives of patients with lymphedema

By David H. Song, MD

There are many options available to patients for treating breast cancer. Unfortunately, a significant portion of patients will face the complication of lymphedema after their treatment. About 20 percent of patients diagnosed with breast cancer will develop lymphedema. About 20% of patients diagnosed with #breastcancer will develop #lymphedema. via @MedStarWHC TWEET THIS! Historically, there hasn’t Read More »

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What to do when prostate cancer biopsy/PSA test results conflict

By Lambros Stamatakis, MD & Ross Krasnow, MD

Prostate cancer can be challenging to detect. Our screening and diagnostic tools—prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing and transrectal ultrasound-guided (TRUS) prostate biopsy—aren’t perfect. And it becomes even more difficult when those tools contradict each other. Finding high levels of PSA, a protein made in the prostate gland, in a man’s bloodstream can indicate prostate cancer. However, Read More »

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Ovarian cancer and talcum powder: What I tell patients

By Louis Dainty, MD

Talcum powder has long been a baby care and personal hygiene essential, showing up in everything from cosmetics to soaps to antiperspirants. It’s best known as an ingredient in baby powder, which has been used to keep babies’ and adults’ bottoms dry and odor-free since the 1800s. Women have historically used talcum powder on these Read More »

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What women need to know about pelvic floor disorders

By Andrew I. Sokol, MD

Women often find it embarrassing to talk about pelvic floor disorders—a broad category of issues also called pelvic floor dysfunction. These issues often stem from weakening or injury of the muscles and connective tissues of the pelvis. But these conditions are common, and women should feel comfortable discussing them with their doctor. A 2014 study Read More »

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Prevent, relieve foot pain from bunions, plantar fasciitis and more

By John S. Steinberg, DPM

One-fourth of the bones in our body are in our feet. These bones, combined with numerous joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments, work together to support the body’s weight, maintain balance, act as a shock absorber and make us mobile. We ask a lot of such a small part of our body. It’s no wonder that Read More »

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