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You've been diagnosed with Esophageal Cancer: Now What

You’ve Been Diagnosed with Esophageal Cancer: Now What? (Video)

Tags: digestive diseases, dr. raja, esophageal cancer, esophagectomy, esophagus, heart and vascular institute, thoracic surgeon, video

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with esophageal cancer, you may be wondering what comes next. Most often, the answer is surgery — which can treat the cancer while providing a “new normal.”


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Want to Quit Smoking? Acupuncture Can Help You With Cravings

Tags: acupuncture, quit smoking, smoking, smoking cessation, stop smoking

For smokers who want to quit, acupuncture can help ease withdrawal symptoms. Acupuncture be used on its own to ease cravings or it can be used as part of a larger effort to support tobacco cessation.


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Why Your Low-T Medications May Not Be Safe

Tags: enlarged prostate, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart health, Low T, prostate cancer, study, testosterone, testosterone deficiency syndrome, testosterone therapy

Scant evidence of low-T therapy safety or efficacy prompts medical concerns about long-term effects. FDA panel recommends limiting access to disease-related use.


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Why Opioids May Not Be Best for Your Chronic Pain

Tags: chronic pain, drug safety, drugs, pain management, pain medication

Opioids are powerful painkillers but aren’t usually for chronic pain. They are highly addictive, cause unwelcome side effects and often aren’t effective long-term.


How doctors ID the best treatment for esophageal cancer

How Doctors ID the Best Treatment for Esophageal Cancer (Video)

Tags: cancer, cancer stage, cancer surgery, chemotherapy, digestive diseases, dr. raja, esophageal cancer, esophagus, heart and vascular institute, radiation, videos

When it comes to cancer of the esophagus, doctors carefully determine how far the cancer has progressed – and that information guides treatment options.


Acid Reflux could be causing more Esophageal Cancer

What You Need to Know About a Cancer on the Rise (Video)

Tags: acid reflux, Barrett’s esophagus, dr. raja, esophageal cancer, esophagus, heart and vascular institute, heartburn, videos

When it comes to cancer of the esophagus, there’s a trend in the U.S., and it’s not a good one. This disease of the “food tube” is on the rise. Know your risk factors, including acid reflux.


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How to Spot Epilepsy in Seniors When It Looks Like Dementia

Tags: #onememory, dementia, epilepsy, frontotemporal dementia (FTD), memory, memory loss, stroke

Epilepsy is often thought of as a condition affecting children, but it’s just as common in people over 65. In seniors, it’s often linked to other conditions such as stroke, and can be tougher to diagnose and treat.


Help for Achalasia

Help for Achalasia: What to Do if You’re Diagnosed (Video)

Tags: achalasia, digestive disease, digestive health, dr. raja, esophagus, heart and vascular institute, myotomy, poem, swallowing disorders, videos

The diagnosis of achalasia, a rare swallowing disorder, can be scary — but treatment doesn’t have to be. Many options are available, including medication and newer surgical approaches.


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Cataract Symptoms Can Signal Other Diseases That Need Treatment Now

Tags: cataracts, eye, eye exam, eye health, eyes, eyesight, vision, vision loss

Cataracts can be taken care of at any time. However, if you have vision changes, you should have a doctor check your eyes right away because cataract-like symptoms may actually be due to other more serious problems.


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Cancer Patients: How You Can Find Emotional Support

Tags: cancer, cancer diagnosis, cancer survivors, cancer treatment, cancer treatments, support

After a cancer diagnosis, there often is a focus on the physical aspects of treatment without enough attention for the emotional and mental aspects. Here are some ways to address these needs.