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7 Key Questions to Ask Your Oncologist

It can be hard to know what questions to ask when your doctor says you have cancer. Since oncologists often present “just the facts,” without necessarily opening up the floor for questions, it’s good to be proactive. After a cancer diagnosis, here are seven questions I suggest patients ask: 1. Where do you recommend getting … Read More

Don’t Ignore That Painful Mouth Sore (Video)

If you have a bleeding mouth sore or pain that lingers for more than a couple of weeks, don’t ignore it. “We see patients all the time who had an irritation around their tooth that ends up being squamous cell cancer, which may have been bothering them for up to a year,” says Brian Burkey, … Read More

Restoring Circulation to Your Carotid Artery: 2 Options

If physicians find that you need a procedure to restore circulation to your carotid artery, here’s what you need to know. There are two options that are currently available: 1) carotid endarterectomy, which involves work directly on the carotid artery and 2) carotid stenting, an alternative for those who may not tolerate a carotid endarterectomy. … Read More

New Approach to Brain Tumors: Cut the Motor

It’s tough to hit a fast-moving target — especially if it’s microscopic and lodged deep in a person’s densely packed and highly sensitive brain. Yet that is the challenge doctors face in treating the cells of glioblastoma tumors, the most common and aggressive type of cancerous brain tumors. Why glioblastoma can be so deadly Glioblastoma … Read More

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Technology ‘Paints’ Tumors With Radiation

You could say treating head and neck cancer has become something of an art.  I have spent the last 12 years refining my artistic skill of “painting” radiation onto tumors in the head and neck. ‘Painting’ tumors away   New radiation technology affords me this ability to “paint” away tumors – targeting their exact size and … Read More

Head and Neck Cancers: Truth Exposed

There are many misconceptions about head and neck cancers. Below, find 4 myths debunked by our experts. Myth 1: Cigarette smoking doesn’t increase your risk of developing head and neck cancer Fact:  The risk of developing head and neck cancer is 15 times greater for smokers than non-smokers. Myth 2:  Drinking alcohol doesn’t increase your … Read More