Thursday, September 4, 2014
Severe Oral Mucositis: Ancer's Common Side Effect
When a man is diagnosed with prostate cancer that has advanced he and his team of physicians begin an all-out war. In this program we take you inside the battles to see how doctors-oncologists, radiologists, radiation oncologists and others on the team fight against the cancer and its side effects. We'll learn about a new, precision-oriented biopsy procedure, called, "Mapping", and we'll meet men who are living with advanced prostate cancer and hear how they continue to enjoy fulfilling and active lives-even as they fight a deadly disease.
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Progress Made In Managing Glaucoma
Glaucoma is a term used to describe a group of conditions that can cause damage to the optic nerve of the eye. The optic nerve is a tightly-formed collection of nerve fibers that carry visual information from the retina to the brain. In order to enjoy good vision, it's important to have a healthy optic nerve. But with glaucoma, pressure builds up within the eye causing optic nerve damage. The result can be impaired vision, even blindness. And once vision loss occurs it cannot be reversed. In fact, glaucoma is the second most common cause of blindness in the United States. Because early-stage glaucoma has no noticeable symptoms, timely detection through regular eye exams is imperative, and can save many people from serious vision loss.
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Severe Oral Mucositis: Cancer's Common Side Effect
Ask your friends or neighbors to list some of the common side effects of cancer and you'll generally hear, hair loss, perhaps fatigue, sometimes weight loss and maybe even skin conditions. But chances are you won't hear anyone mention severe oral mucositis-severe mouth sores. But SOM is a serious problem for those undergoing cancer treatment. So serious as to be life-threatening in some people-and in others it can be so severe that potentially life-saving cancer treatment must be stopped. In this program we'll take a look at why these mouth sores develop as a result of cancer treatment-which patients are most vulnerable and what can be done to prevent or treat these sores when they occur.
Thursday, September 25, 2014
New Hope for Living with Multiple Sclerosis
More than 350 thousand Americans have multiple sclerosis. Many years ago there were few medications to treat patients with MS but that's changed considerably. Today there are several treatment options that have been FDA-approved and more are in the pipeline. In this program we'll meet doctors who have been on the front lines for decades in the battle against MS. We'll also meet patients who have found ways to live healthy, active lives with this condition. And we'll hear about the treatments and lifestyle adjustments they've depend on to help them live healthy, active lives.