Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer. Most of the time, it starts in a certain type of skin cell that produces melanin. However, melanoma also can form in your eyes and, rarely, in internal organs such as your intestines.
Lymphedema most commonly occurs after surgery to remove lymph nodes in the armpit in breast cancer patients or lymph nodes in the groin to treat other types of cancer.
Can the length of a man’s fingers affect his lifetime risk of prostate cancer? Find out what the science says.
One question cancer patients often ask is “What can I do to help myself fight this cancer?” This question, this essential human need to take control and not simply let cancer do what it pleases to your body, is rarely addressed by physicians. A cancer specialist offers advice.
It’s important to know the characteristics of reliable medical screening tests. Use this list of criteria to be sure the tests are appropriate — and likely to do more good than harm.
The microbiome — the genome of the bacteria that lives on and in your body — offers clues on why and how disease starts and spreads.
When we talk about drugs for breast cancer, we often focus on medications used for treatment after a diagnosis. But medications can play a major role in prevention, too. There are more than 2 million postmenopausal women in this country who are healthy but who have an elevated risk of breast cancer. These women should … Read More
When a patient seeks a second opinion, it can be driven by a need for clarity around a diagnosis or treatment advice — or it can be part of a search for a doctor who ‘fits.’
Two new studies show promising results for the use of radiation therapy to prevent breast cancer from coming back. The research shows that when patients with breast cancer received radiation therapy to their lymph nodes – not just the area of the breast where cancer occurred – cancer did not recur in the original site … Read More
When it comes to breast cancer risk, you’ve probably heard about family history and genetics. But have you heard about breast density? If you haven’t paid attention to density in the past, start now. In one recent study, 47 percent of women between the ages of 40 and 74 had what we call “mammographically dense” … Read More