What Lung Washing Looks Like (Video)

You power-wash your house. Can you imagine power-washing your lungs? That’s how a rare, once-fatal lung disease called pulmonary alveolar proteinosis (PAP) is treated. Watch what happens in the OR.

What You Need to Know About 4 Gynecological Cancers

A diagnosis of cancer in a woman’s reproductive organs can lead to fears about losing her femininity and her ability to bear children. But according to gynecologic oncologist Robert DeBernardo, MD, gynecological cancers aren’t common, and most can be easily treated. “Gynecological cancers are rare in the grand scheme when compared to lung or colon … Read More

Robotic Hysterectomy: Better Cervical Cancer Treatment for You

If you have cervical cancer and need a hysterectomy, a robotic-assisted surgery could offer you some advantages over traditional surgery. If the cancer is detected early enough, doctors may recommend radical hysterectomy as a treatment option, says gynecologic oncologist Thomas Morrissey, MD. Today, surgeons more frequently suggest robotic-assisted laparoscopic radical hysterectomy as a faster, less … Read More

What the New Pelvic Exam Guidelines Mean for You

Not every woman needs a pelvic exam every year, according to new guidelines from the American College of Physicians (ACP). However, you may want to hold off on canceling that appointment. Experts say skipping your pelvic exam could still have some unintended negative consequences on your health. The pelvic exam has important benefits, says OB/GYN … Read More

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Newly Approved DNA Test for HPV Could Replace Your Pap

Most women would rather avoid a Pap test that isn’t necessary — and now they can. Recently, the FDA approved the HPV DNA test that can be used as a stand-alone test without a Pap smear. This test, which has been approved for women age 25 and older, gives your gynecologist another tool for diagnosing cervical cancer. The test … Read More

How ‘Lung Washing’ Helps You Breathe Again (Video)

“I feel like the elephant is off my chest.” Those are the words anesthesiologist Basem Abdelmalak, MD, hopes to hear from a patient after a lung lavage procedure. Commonly called “lung washing,” this procedure treats the rare lung disease pulmonary alveolar proteinosis (PAP). For patients with PAP, a substance called surfactant builds up in their … Read More