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Preventive Measures can be Helpful in Boosting the Immune System
20Feb, 2015

Cancer and Your Immune System

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Although specific cancers can impact organs and tissues within the body, this disease also results in a systemic disruption of function.  One of the most noticeable reactions is the effects that cancer has on the immune system, and how this can change physical ability and needs.  Alterations on a cellular level result in overall differences that can impact the manner in which the body is able to respond to an outside infection. Different Impacts on the Body Although benign tumors can be a lesser cause for long term care and […]
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18Feb, 2015

Gastroenterology Drugs, Procedures & Treatments

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Gastroenterology is concerned with diagnosing and treating conditions which affect the digestive tract.  This can include conditions of specific organs within the system, but may also relate to secondary illnesses that indirectly affect digestion and the absorption of nutrients.  Procedures for diagnosis and testing may include invasive techniques and surgery, but can also greatly rely upon imaging in order to determine the cause of the issue. What Types of Illnesses Require Gastroenterology Procedures? Problems with digestion and nutrient absorption can be mechanical or function based.  This means that issues in […]
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5Feb, 2015

Advanced Dermatology Therapies

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Conditions of the skin can pose a particular challenge for patients, since this can encompass issues that are both cosmetic in appearance and systemic in cause.  While many people consider the visual impact of skin diseases, it should also be noted that these can alter the metabolic function of the body.  This is because skin is the largest eliminatory organ of the body, and the presence of skin conditions can frequently indicate that a systemic condition is also present. Advanced dermatology therapies can address a number of issues with the […]
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12Jan, 2015

Oral Oncology Drugs

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Although a number of common cancer therapies rely on infusion delivery systems and highly regulated medication protocols, more oral oncology drugs are being approved for patient care.  In many respects, it is hoped that this development is likely to allow patients better access to drugs and to be able to follow treatment methods with greater convenience and consistency.  However, the use of oral oncology drugs also means that there may be less overall monitoring of side effects by healthcare professionals. There are a number of benefits that patients do see […]
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21Nov, 2014

What is a Specialty Pharmacy?

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Although a number of specialty pharmacies exist as stand-alone treatment providers, the rise of chronic and complex conditions has also led to specialty pharmacies that may operate out of a traditional pharmacy setting. The brief definition is that these providers are trained and certified to handle specialty pharmaceuticals, which can include chemotherapy drugs. What are Specialty Pharmaceuticals? The specialty pharmaceuticals definition is any class of drug that often has a complex process for manufacturing or administering. These will often include biological or bio-pharmaceutical drugs, but can also include synthesized compounds […]
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22Aug, 2014

Advancements in Cancer Research with Immunotherapy

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One of the most exciting and innovating things evolving in cancer research is experimental immunotherapy. With the ability to disguise itself from the immune system, cancer is an extremely cunning disease. The way that the body usually responds to an abnormal cell is to eradicate it with white blood cells. In petri dishes, white blood cells can do this to cancer cells. However, in the body, it’s a totally different scenario. The immune system is an enormously powerful mechanism. A collection of organs, substances, and special cells, our immune system […]
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21Aug, 2014

Oncology Hospitalists: An Emerging and Growing Specialty

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As a medical specialty, the number of hospitalists, along with the number of institutions using hospitalists, has grown rapidly since the mid-1990s. There were about 11,000 hospitalists working in the United States in 2003, according to a Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) estimate, and about 35,000 in 2012. Traditionally, hospitalists have been physicians trained in internal medicine who provide care to hospitalized patients. But hospitalist programs have expanded beyond being the “generalist,” and have moved into specialties such as neurology, orthopedic surgery, pediatrics, general surgery, and oncology. Although not yet […]
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