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Alternative Names Tumor - bone; Bone cancer Treatment Benign bone tumors may not require treatment, but may be looked at regularly to check if they grow or shrink. Surgical removal of the tumor may be necessary. Treatment for malignant tumors that have spread to the bone depends on the primary tissue or organ involved. Radiation therapy can be used locally to prevent a fractures or to relieve pain. Tumors that start in the bone (primary malignant tumors of the bone) are rare and require treatment at centers with experience treating these cancers. After biopsy, a combination of chemotherapy and surgery is usually necessary. Radiation therapy may be needed before or after surgery. Support Groups You can often help the stress of illness by joining a support group where members share common experiences and problems. For this condition, see cancer - support group . Expectations (prognosis) The outlook depends on the type of tumor. The outcome is expected to be good for people with noncancerous (beni...
Ever since they first appeared in this country, some hundred
years ago, professional baseball games have been a quintessential
opportunity for millions of American fathers to bond with their
children. On June 16th, in commemoration of Fathers Day,
Major League Baseball altered one of the games most storied
traditionsthe seventh-inning stretchas a public service
to these same fathers. To raise awareness for prostate cancer, fans
in baseball stadiums across the country sang Take Me Out to
the Ballgame last Sunday after the sixth inning, a symbolic
gesture that refers to the fact that one in six American men will
develop prostate cancer at some point in their life. A public
service message, promoting regular prostate exams as well as
general cancer awareness, was displayed on the big screen during
the stretch. The players wore blue wristbands, and the
uniforms of coaching staff, ball-boys, ball-girls, and grounds-crew
featured the blue ribb...
Over the past few years we have learned that a dog’s sense of smell can help patients with diabetes. A dogs sense of smell is anywhere from 10,000 to 100,000 times better than the human sense of smell. That means they can smell infinitely small amounts of just about any substance. For diabetes, dogs are trained to notice either high or low levels of glucose and signal their owner.
Researchers are using a dog’s nose for other illnesses too. In 2013, it was reported that the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine’s Working Dog Center teamed up with other departments in the college to research a dog’s ability to sniff out ovarian cancer. Because ovarian cancer is difficult to detect, this could provide doctors with a valuable tool to detect and treat this deadly cancer early.
More recently, a study showed that dogs can detect prostate cancer with 98 percent accuracy. An earlier study, completed in 2010, showed promising results in having dogs...
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