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What you need to know about treating cervical cancer.

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What you need to know about treating cervical cancer. cervical cancer Now ranking 14th, cervical cancer was once one of the most common cancers affecting U.S. women. This rate has declined sharply with the introduction of the Pap test, a screening procedure that can find changes in the cervix before the cancer develops. The test can also help to find cervical cancer at an early stage. Several risk factors increase a woman’s chance of developing cervical cancer. The most important risk factor is infection caused by HPV, or human papillomavirus. Other risk factors include smoking, immunosuppression, chlamydia infection and being overweight. Treatment of cervical cancer depends on:

  • Stage of the cancer
  • Size and shape of the tumor
  • A woman’s age and general health
  • A woman’s desire to have children
There is a common myth among women that they must have a hysterectomy to treat cervical cancer. The truth is that while early cervical cancer is sometimes treated with a hysterectomy — it’s not the only option. Some women with early cervical cancer can avoid a hysterectomy with procedures such as a cone biopsy, which removes only the cancerous tissue and a small margin of surrounding healthy tissue, or a radical trachelectomy, which removes the cervix but not the uterus. Radiation and chemotherapy are used to treat more advanced disease and may be options for women with early stage disease who cannot or do not want to have surgery. Another misconception is that a woman loses the ability to bear children as a result of cervical cancer treatment. In cases of stage IA2 or stage IB cervical cancer, a radical trachelectomy may allow some women to be treated and still have children. After trachelectomy, some women are able to carry a pregnancy to term and deliver a healthy baby by cesarean section. The risk of a cancer recurrence after this procedure is low. Women should ask their doctors whether they are candidates for this procedure and consult with a gynecologic oncologist who is skilled in performing this procedure. Have questions about cervical cancer treatments? Talk to your doctor.

What is a Herniated Disc?

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herniateddisccutaway You may have met people with back pain who tell you they have a herniated disc. But do you know what a herniated disc really is? Your backbone, or spine, is made up of 26 bones called vertebrae. In between them are soft discs filled with a jelly-like substance. These discs cushion the vertebrae and keep them in place. As you age, the discs break down or degenerate. As they do, they lose their cushioning ability. This can lead to pain if the back is stressed. A herniated disk is a disc that ruptures. This allows the jelly-like center of the disc to leak, irritating the nearby nerves. This can cause sciatica or back pain. Your doctor will diagnose a herniated disc with a physical exam and, sometimes, imaging tests. With treatment, most people recover. Treatments include rest, pain and anti-inflammatory medicines, physical therapy, and sometimes surgery. Herniated Disc Symptoms When part of a disc presses on a nerve, it can cause pain in the back and the legs. The location of the pain depends on which disc is weak. How bad the pain is depends on how much of the disc is pressing on the nerve. In most people with herniated discs, the pain spreads over the buttocks and goes down the back of one thigh and into the calf. This is known as sciatica because the pain travels along the path of the sciatic nerve. Some people have pain in both legs. In some people, the legs or feet feel numb or tingly. The pain from a herniated disc is usually worse when you’re active and gets better when you’re resting. Coughing, sneezing, sitting, driving and bending forward may make the pain worse. The pain gets worse because these movements put more pressure on the nerve. People who have painful herniated discs often try to change positions to reduce the pain. You may have found that holding yourself up with your hands while you are sitting helps the pain. Shifting your weight to one side may also help. How does a disc become herniated? As you grow older, the discs in your spine weaken and become flatter — less cushiony. If a disc becomes too weak, the outer part may tear. The inside part of the disc then pushes through the tear and presses on the nerves beside it. Herniated discs are most common in people in their 30s and 40s. Treatment Treatment generally consists of pain management medication, exercises to help strengthen the muscles around the discs and to improve your posture, and in severe cases surgery.   Every case is different so if you’re dealing with back pain, talk to your doctor for help and diagnosis.

We’ll help you keep your diabetes under control.

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_PCC5294 One of our speciality services is diabetes treatment. We offer ways to help you keep your diabetes under control and correctly monitor your symptoms and severity to keep you healthy. We also offer screenings and assessments to review your risks and help you take preventative care. Our diabetes services include:

  • Risk Assessment
  • Screening
  • Initiate medical treatment
  • Consulting with Diabetic Instructors for patient Education
  • Monitoring
Our physicians are here to help you keep your health on track. If you feel you are at risk, or need to get your diabetes under control, contact us to make an appointment with a physician.