How Doctors ID the Best Treatment for Esophageal Cancer

Successful treatment of cancer of the esophagus hinges on finding the right treatment for the right patient at the right time. Esophageal cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the esophagus, which is the hollow, muscular tube that moves food and liquid from the throat to the stomach. … Read More

How Yoga Can Help Breast Cancer Patients With Radiation

If you practice yoga, you know how therapeutic it is and how relaxed you feel afterward. Today, this 5,000-year-old practice is even proving to help breast cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy. A recent study finds that when these patients add yoga to their routine, it helps counter some common side effects of radiation treatments, including … Read More

Radiation Beams Fight Tough Colon Cancer

Imagine focusing hundreds, or even thousands, of radiation beams on a cancerous tumor, hitting it hard with high-precision doses of radiation. It’s called Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT). While the technique is not new, it’s now become available to treat colon cancers that have spread to a person’s liver. Doctors have used SBRT in the … Read More

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Massive Chest Pain May Not Be Heart Attack

Massive chest pain that feels like a heart attack might be something else:  acute pericarditis, a potentially life-threatening inflammation of the sac around the heart that causes the sac to become hardened and thickened — or possibly a more serious condition called constrictive pericarditis, in which the heart feels as if it’s being strangled. These … Read More