How Your Own Immune System Can Be Used to Fight Cancer

You may be familiar with radiation and chemotherapy as cancer treatments. But a lesser-known treatment, immunotherapy, is helping patients fight cancer in a different way — by boosting the immune system. When your immune system identifies and destroys abnormal cells, this prevents many cancers from developing. But some cancers produce signals that thwart the immune … Read More

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Why You Should Consider a Second Medical Opinion

It makes sense to get a second opinion when you face a medical condition that is life-changing or even life-threatening, says Jonathan Schaffer, MD MBA, orthopaedic surgeon and Managing Director of the MyConsult® Online Medical Second Opinion program.

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

Should You Volunteer to Try a New Therapy?

If you have a condition that is difficult to treat, your doctor might offer to enroll you into a clinical trial of a new therapy. Should you accept? Before making this decision, it’s important to understand that clinical trials look at new ways to prevent, detect or treat disease. They are research studies done in … Read More