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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Newly FDA-Approved Drugs Give Hope to People with Pulmonary Fibrosis

Those who suffer from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) may be breathing a little easier. In October 2014, the Food and Drug Administration approved two new drugs for IPF — the first ever produced that can treat this disease. IPF is a scarring or thickening of the lungs that has no known cause. As the scarring … Read More

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

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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

No. 4 Innovation: A Breakthrough for Hepatitis C (Video)

Cleveland Clinic asked more than 100 of its top experts about the innovations set to reshape healthcare in the coming year. These are their answers — the Top 10 Innovations for 2014. For the 4 million people in the United States with a hepatitis C infection, treatment options have improved greatly in the past three … Read More