As Your Medical Care Advances, Is There a Price?

In many ways, the rising cost of healthcare is the price of a job well done.

American medicine has made astonishing strides over the past 50 years. It’s given people longer, better lives. Training, research and technology advancements have enabled us to lengthen the average person’s life by nearly a decade. We’ve also improved quality of life for people, not only as they age but also as they deal with illness or injury.

How You Can Give Prostate Cancer the ‘Cold Treatment’

Here’s a less-known, but effective prostate cancer treatment: freeze the cancer cells. Using cold temperatures on prostate tissue to kill cancer cells – or what’s called cryotherapy – offers an excellent option for some prostate cancer patients, experts say. It not only works very well for the right cases, but the risk of complications is … Read More

New Standard Lung Screening Could Save Your Life

Lung cancer kills more people in the United States than breast, prostate, colorectal and pancreatic cancers combined. However, there’s a new recommendation that can reduce deaths among high-risk patients by as much as 20 percent: annual low-dose computed tomography (CT) scans. “These low-dose CT scans have become the standard of care quite recently,” says Peter Mazzone, … Read More

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Coming Soon: A Pill You Can Take for Hep C

Impressive new oral therapies are now available to combat hepatitis C infections, a growing problem for the baby boomer generation. New oral medications will hit the market over the next 12 to 24 months to join a growing list of available therapies. In some cases, taking once-a-day pills for as little as eight weeks will … Read More

Doctors Use Hot Water Bags to Treat Cancer

The fight against cancer can include an unexpectedly simple, but powerful remedy: heat. Doctors call it hyperthermia, and they use it to treat cancers that are on or just below the skin’s surface, almost the way you would a heating pad. They heat water bags to 109˚ or 110˚ F — and keep them at … Read More