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Dr. Ilana Newman

Palliative Care
FL
27 years experience female

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Palliative Care

Adolescent Medicine

Family Medicine

Holistic Medicine

Integrative Medicine

Doctor Q&A

55 Answers
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilana Newman
Palliative Care 27 years experience
One is not better: Everyone responds differently to opioid pain medications and sometimes patients are switched from one to the other because it is not working well. Als... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilana Newman
Palliative Care 27 years experience
Life-limiting: Patients with life-limiting conditions, such as cancer, or advanced heart/lung/liver/kidney/neurological diseases. They may have symptoms that are dif... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ilana Newman
Palliative Care 27 years experience
Symptom experts: Palliative medicine doctors specialize in managing difficult to control symptoms in patients with life-limiting conditions, such as cancer and advance... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Ilana Newman
Palliative Care 27 years experience
It may be yeast: Yeast infections are common in women who take strong antibiotics. They kill the healthy bacteria in the vagina as well as as the chlamydia you are try... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilana Newman
Palliative Care 27 years experience
Comfort care: Hospice has a different treatment philosophy. Hospice treatments are provided for comfort care, instead of trying to cure an advanced disease. Pati... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ilana Newman
Palliative Care 27 years experience
Try acupressure: You can put pressure on the inside of your wrist - measure 3 finger spaces below the crease. If this helps, there are bands that you can buy at most d... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Ilana Newman
Palliative Care 27 years experience
Adequate nutrition: During chemotherapy, appetite is often reduced. If you aren't getting adequate nutrition, this will increase the fatigue you experience from the cance... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ilana Newman
Palliative Care 27 years experience
They can. It might.: Symptoms of bloating and gas - even diarrhea or constipation - have been reported by people taking proton pump inhibitors. Everyone is different - yo... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilana Newman
Palliative Care 27 years experience
Needs a workup: By secondary liver cancer, I assume your father was found to have cancer in the liver which spread there from other another site. If a biopsy is done,... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Ilana Newman
Palliative Care 27 years experience
Yes: This is a pasteurized dairy product and is safe during pregnancy.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilana Newman
Palliative Care 27 years experience
No: Dilaudid (also known as hydromorphone) is an opioid pain medication that is a man-made cousin of morphine (which comes from the opium poppy plant). It... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ilana Newman
Palliative Care 27 years experience
No: Skin cancer is very uncommon in children. But suspicious moles should be biopsied and removed if the results show they are precancerous. If abnormal l... Read More
A 74-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ilana Newman
Palliative Care 27 years experience
No: The sedating effects of haloperidol and hydromorphone do not interefere with a body's response to antibiotics for an infection. If the patient does no... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ilana Newman
Palliative Care 27 years experience
Removal of syringoma: Syringoma are skin tumors from sweat glands. They do not need to be removed because they are not cancerous and are considered a cosmetic problem. T... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ilana Newman
Palliative Care 27 years experience
Yes: Not only would you likely wind up with a terrible case of diarrhea as it passes through you, you would be ingesting a huge amount of calories. One ta... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ilana Newman
Palliative Care 27 years experience
Vitamin C: Try a vitamin C supplement of 500 mg a day to help wound healing.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilana Newman
Palliative Care 27 years experience
Oriental Med School: If you are not a medical doctor, you would have to enroll in an Oriental Medical School program after completing college. These are usually 4 year pro... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilana Newman
Palliative Care 27 years experience
No homeopathy cure: Homeopathy works by treating specific symptoms. It does not cure disease but can be very helpful with managing a wide range of symptoms. Even the s... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ilana Newman
Palliative Care 27 years experience
Lactose intolerance: Many people lose the ability to digest lactose (a milk sugar) as they get older. Even people with this problem are okay with a small amount of milk in... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ilana Newman
Palliative Care 27 years experience
Yes: Hypothyroid patients have low thyroid levels and often (but not always) have symptoms of weight gain, fatigue, dry skin, and hair loss. Some patients ... Read More
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ilana Newman
Palliative Care 27 years experience
Difficult to treat: Radiation dermatitis is difficult to treat - is like a severe, deep sunburn. Wash gently with mild soap, don't rub or scratch the skin and wear loose ... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ilana Newman
Palliative Care 27 years experience
Slow healing: Slower than expected healing times can be due to poor circulation, diabetes, not enough Vitamin C in your diet, or overall poor health.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilana Newman
Palliative Care 27 years experience
2 main principles: Homeopathy works by 2 main principles. 1) Like cures like, meaning that large doses of the diluted homeopathic substance will cause the symptoms that ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilana Newman
Palliative Care 27 years experience
Depends: Pancreatic cancer has one of the worst survival rates. The expected 5 year survival rates depend on the stage of the cancer (the size and if it is loc... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilana Newman
Palliative Care 27 years experience
Why nonaddictive?: Cancer patients should not be focused on addiction to pain medications. Opioid pain medications are often needed for difficult to control cancer pain ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Ilana Newman
Palliative Care 27 years experience
For some conditions: Acupuncture has been shown to be helpful in several conditions but it does not work for everything.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilana Newman
Palliative Care 27 years experience
Could be tried: Questran (cholestyramine) binds up bile acid salts. If this is the cause of the diarrhea, it may help. If the cause of the diarrhea is something else,... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilana Newman
Palliative Care 27 years experience
Team approach: Hospice care involves nurses, doctors, nursing aides, social workers and others.
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ilana Newman
Palliative Care 27 years experience
Minimal: Acupressure is the use of non-needle pressure to an acupuncture point. This can be done with a blunt object (like a chopstick) or a finger. There is a... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ilana Newman
Palliative Care 27 years experience
Ignore: Palliative care is not hospice (but hospice is a special kind of palliative care).
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilana Newman
Palliative Care 27 years experience
Studies are underway: There are studies currently underway of this drug in certain cases of stage IV melanoma. It is only available in a research studies, in certain loca... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ilana Newman
Palliative Care 27 years experience
Ignore: Palliative care recommendations are different for each patient, based on the symptoms that one has.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilana Newman
Palliative Care 27 years experience
Not uncommon: Some people are very sensitive to the feelings of their intestines moving and that is likely what is happening in your case. If this is normal for you... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilana Newman
Palliative Care 27 years experience
Only if its on lips: Ringworm is a spread by skin to skin contact or from contact with an animal that has it. The only way to spread ringworm by kissing is the ringworm le... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilana Newman
Palliative Care 27 years experience
Comfort care time: If someone has advanced lung cancer and treatment is not an option, then the focus should be on making sure any symptoms they have or may develop wil... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ilana Newman
Palliative Care 27 years experience
Yes: In order to treat Helicobacter pylori, a proton pump inhibitor like omeprazole is part of the medication regimen. One of the two antibiotics in Pyler... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ilana Newman
Palliative Care 27 years experience
Skulls don't shrink: Skulls are made of bone and they do not shrink.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilana Newman
Palliative Care 27 years experience
Much can be done: Most cancer pain can be controlled by a palliative medicine or pain specialist. It may take a combination of medications that work in different ways, ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilana Newman
Palliative Care 27 years experience
Fear of vomiting: Emotophobia is fear of vomiting. It can happen with patients who have frequent nausea and vomiting (such as cancer patients who worry about symptoms w... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ilana Newman
Palliative Care 27 years experience
Similar appearances: RIngworm lesions can easily be confused with eczema. Both may have a red ring with a lighter colored area in the center and both may be itchy with som... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ilana Newman
Palliative Care 27 years experience
Hair loss: Stress can affect the body in different ways - hair loss is only one. Many things can cause hair loss in addition to stress - hormonal changes, poo... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Ilana Newman
Palliative Care 27 years experience
Probably not: Gabapentin (Neurontin) is not part of standard urine drug tests for drugs of abuse.
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ilana Newman
Palliative Care 27 years experience
Go to the hospital: You need to be evaluated by the labor and delivery team - you might be in labor...
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ilana Newman
Palliative Care 27 years experience
Avoid dairy products: Even if you are not normally lactose intolerant, during any sort of gastrointestinal infection/irritation, you may temporarily lose your ability to di... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ilana Newman
Palliative Care 27 years experience
Ignore: Palliative care helps with difficult to control symptoms from cancer or chemo - pain, nausea, etc.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ilana Newman
Palliative Care 27 years experience
Ignore: Caregivers often neglect themselves in order to provide care to love ones. Take time for yourself.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilana Newman
Palliative Care 27 years experience
Neither: Cinnamon and nutmeg are not sweet enough to replace sugar - that's why sugar is added to them in baking recipes. If you are looking for a natural sw... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ilana Newman
Palliative Care 27 years experience
Yes: Only certain antibiotics are effective in killing Streptococcus pyogenes which causes strep throat. If you were taking one of these other antibiotics,... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ilana Newman
Palliative Care 27 years experience
Regulating cycle: Sometimes, birth control pills are used in PCOS patients who want to become pregnant to regulate their cycles and let the ovaries rest for 3-6 months.... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ilana Newman
Palliative Care 27 years experience
Several tests needed: You need several tests (blood and urine) to confirm that a patient has a problem with antidiuretic hormone, including urine osmolarity, serum osmolari... Read More

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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Newman is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Newman is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
HealthTap member
Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thanks, your the only dr that actually read my question properly!
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you Dr Newman for the useful information.
HealthTap member
Thank you for your patience in answering so many difficult questions.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Arizona College of Medicine, AZ
Graduated 1995MD

Residency

BETH ISRAEL MEDICAL CENTER
Completed 1998

Awards

Top Palliative Care Specialist, First Place, National - Summer
2014
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