Considering a Clinical Trial When You Have COPD

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By Jean Rommes, as told to Kendall Morgan I knew in 1985 that I probably had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). I first came across the condition in an article, looked it up, and discovered I had all the classic symptoms. But I didn’t do anything about it until 2000, when I finally went to […]

Getting Cancer Care in Rural America

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If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer and are among the 1 in 5 Americans who live in a rural area, you may face challenges in getting the care you need because of where you live. The first step is to work with your primary care doctor to find specialists with experience in treating your type […]

Misconceptions About Genomic Tests

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Scientists can scan your entire DNA library. That’s more than 20,000 genes. This kind of testing, called genomic testing, has transformed the diagnosis and management of cancer and rare genetic diseases. But like other kinds of health care, racial and ethnic minorities are underserved when it comes to all kinds of genetic services and researc

Chronic Spontaneous Urticaria: What to Know

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Chronic spontaneous urticaria (CSU) can make you feel itchy and uncomfortable. It causes hives that come and go unexpectedly. You probably wonder why you get them and what to do about them. There’s no clear cause of chronic spontaneous urticaria, or chronic hives, but you and your doctor can manage it. “When I diagnose a […]

Are ‘Man Vans’ Coming to a Parking Lot Near Your Soon?

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April 22, 2024 – In Miami’s Little Haiti neighborhood, a fleet of four RVs regularly pop up in parking lots at churches, libraries and other locations. Sometimes known as “man vans,” these mobile screening units offer prostate cancer screenings and education as a way to reach patients who lack solid access to health care.  The […]

Talking to Your Doctor About CLL Clinical Trials

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You may be thinking about looking into clinical trials to help treat your chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). These trials are research studies that help scientists study treatment safety and effectiveness. They could let you try cutting-edge treatments that aren’t yet widely available — and by taking part, you could help other people with yo

Living With Advanced-Stage CLL

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Most people with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) get diagnosed before this cancer reaches its advanced stages. In fact, it might take several months or even years to get there.  When the disease moves into the later stages, CLL cells crowd out the healthy cells in the bone marrow, which could lead to problems such as […]

Menorrhagia, Skipped Periods, and More

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As you probably learned back in middle school, menstruation is the monthly shedding of your uterine lining. Though it can be uncomfortable and sometimes inconvenient, your period is your body’s way of telling you that your reproductive system is working properly. Just as every woman is unique, every woman’s period has its own personalit

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