Category: The Doctor Is In

A Breast Imaging Primer: Mammos and Sonos and MR’s, Oh My!

Breast Ultrasounds, MRIs, and Mammograms

Thanks to energetic yearly awareness campaigns and the resilient breast cancer survivors sharing their stories of early detection, most women of screening age know this mantra by heart: get your mammogram every year, once a year.

Using Stereotactic Radiosurgery to Treat Trigeminal Neuralgia

Trigeminal Neuralgia

Trigeminal neuralgia is a chronic pain condition characterized by one-sided facial pain. If diagnosed with trigeminal neuralgia, many different treatment options are available to help reduce or block the pain signal to the brain. Stereotactic radiosurgery is one type of treatment that is able to reduce the pain caused by trigeminal neuralgia.

Recommended Cancer Screening Guidelines

Cancer Screening Guidelines

Cancer screenings are important because they can help detect cancer even if no symptoms are showing. Some recommended screening tests include breast, cervical, colorectal, and lung cancers because of the benefits of detecting cancer early. This article contains information on the recommended guidelines for adults, based upon age.

Can Vaping Cause Cancer?

Vaping may cause cancer

Tobacco is addictive and many people struggle to stop smoking even though they know it is bad for their health. Recent studies have shown that vapors from e-cigarettes may develop into lung cancer. Dr. Perkins discusses the study further in this article.

Aspirin Use May Reduce the Risk of Colon Cancer

Aspirin Use May Reduce the Risk of Colon Cancer

Aspirin has different health benefits, especially in the prevention of certain types of cancer. The US Preventive Services Task Force has recommended aspirin use to reduce the risk of developing colon cancer, with patients ages 50 to 59 seeing the most benefit from using aspirin.

Cancer Screening – Who Benefits?

Cancer Screening - Who Benefits?

Early cancer detection is critical in cancer treatment and survival. In fact, a recent study published in The Lancet reported that using Low Dose CT scans improved survival outcomes for lung cancer patients. Dr. Jyoti further discusses the importance of cancer screenings and the results of the study.

Breast and Ovarian Cancer Drug May Be Effective in Treating Prostate Cancer

A new clinical study shows promise in treating prostate cancer with a drug usually used to treat breast and ovarian cancer. The clinical study is in phase III and the treatment may be available for patients soon. Read Dr. Ossi’s summary of the clinical trial.

When Less is More: Hypofractionated Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapy treatments for cancer are referred to as fractions. Different types of cancers in the body receive different numbers of fractions. In this article, Dr. Perkins reviews information regarding whether or not fewer number of fractions has the same impact as the number of standard fractions for cancer treatment.

Proton Therapy in Prostate Cancer Compared to Conventional Photon (x-ray) Therapy – The COMPPARE study

Radiation therapy offers promising results for prostate cancer. Now, there is a large multi-institutional clinical trial comparing traditional radiation therapy and proton beam therapy. Click to read more about the COMPPARE Study.

A Scientific Look at Cannabis and CBD Oil

Our doctors are frequently asked about the use of cannabis and CBD oil for cancer patients. Dr. Perkins dives into the science behind THC and CBD as well as the benefits and risks.