Three Pieces of Advice from a Surgical Oncologist When it Comes to Cancer




Cancer can be a devastating diagnosis. As a fellowship-trained surgical oncologist, I take great pride in helping provide support to my patients and their families. One of the most important parts of my job is not only to diagnose and treat the cancer, but also to guide my patient and their family through this life …






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May-Thurner Syndrome and the Potential for Blood Clots




Most of us are aware of the dangers of blood clots and generally understand the importance of moving our legs or walking around when forced to sit or lie in the same position for a long period of time (i.e. extended flights or hospital stays).  Aside from adopting healthy lifestyle habits, knowing what to look …






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Surgery Isn’t Your Only Option: Conservative Treatments for Vein Disorders




When many people think of treatment for some of the more common vein disorders, such as varicose veins, they assume that surgical procedures are their only option.  For some, this idea can be detrimental because they may avoid seeking the counsel of a qualified vascular surgeon, especially if they feel that surgery is not something …






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Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month




March is colorectal cancer awareness month and we are trying to raise awareness of this potentially life-threatening disease, which can be a preventable and very curable disease if caught early. Colorectal cancer is the fourth most commonly occurring cancer in the United States and nearly five percent of Americans will develop it in their lifetime. …






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Help Manage Carotid Artery Disease with Lifestyle Changes




Having a diagnosis of carotid artery disease (CAD) can be frightening since your carotid arteries supply the brain with blood.  When they become narrow—usually as a result of atherosclerosis, which is a buildup of cholesterol and other material—blood clots or plaque may restrict blood flow to the brain, causing a stroke.  While procedures meant to …






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After a Stroke: Proper Diet and Nutrition




If you’ve suffered from a stroke at some point—or know someone who has—it’s common to find yourself having to make a few lifestyle changes in order to accommodate the residual effects of your condition.  Since many stroke victims have a difficult time eating or drinking, changes may need to be made to the consistency of …






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After a Stroke: What Caregivers Should Know




If you know someone who has suffered a stroke, you may know what a challenge recovery is for everyone involved.  While we all hope that it doesn’t happen to us or someone we know, it’s always important to have an understanding of what you should know if it does. ASK QUESTIONS…AND THEN ASK SOME MORE.  …






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Broken-Heart Syndrome




Broken-heart syndrome, also known as stress induced cardiomyopathy or Takotsubo cardiomyopathy is a condition first recognized in Japan in the 1990s. Virtually indistinguishable from a heart attack both in signs, symptoms and clinical presentation, the condition presents as dysfunction of the heart with normal coronary anatomy, or no significant coronary blockages. The symptoms of Takotsubo …






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Folic Acid Supplementation Prior To And During Pregnancy Can Help Prevent Birth Defects




Whether planning to get pregnant or not, women of child bearing age, from teenager throughout adult life, should concentrate on finding ways to add folic acid to their diet. Women who can become pregnant should be taking a daily vitamin and eating foods abundant in folic acid each and every single day, even if they …






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Red, Red Wine and the Heart




We’ve all heard the notion that red wine is great for the heart within reasonable limits, never in excess, and requires self-control. The idea, wine is beneficial for the heart, certainly springs a series of questions. How much wine is good for the heart? Why is red wine helpful to the heart? Is a Malbec …






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