Dr. Timothy Moynihan
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Dr. Timothy Moynihan
Why is pancreatic cancer so difficult to treat? In brief: Pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest cancersCANCER PANCREATIC CANCER
Even with aggressive treatment, the prognosis is poor. Various factors stack the odds against successful pancreatic cancer treatment: Early detection is uncommon.
Tell me about ovarian cancer vaccines that are supposed to prevent recurrence of ovarian cancer. Do they work? In brief: Research continues in the development of a number of vaccines designed to prevent the recurrence of ovarian cancerCANCER FEMALE HEALTH OVARIAN OVARIAN CANCER
Ovarian cancer vaccines are available only in clinical trials.
Is photodynamic therapy an effective treatment for lung cancer? In brief: Photodynamic therapy may play a limited role in lung cancer treatment — generally complementing, rather than replacing, other forms of treatmentCANCER LUNG CANCER PHOTODYNAMIC THERAPY
Photodynamic therapy may be an option for treating superficial non-small cell lung cancers that haven't spread beyond the lungs and those that are located in areas easily reached with the tools used during the treatment.
I have mouth sores from receiving chemotherapy. I've heard that something called "magic mouthwash" might help. What is it? In brief: Magic mouthwash is the term given to a solution used to treat mouth sores (oral mucositis) caused by some forms of chemotherapy and radiation therapyCHEMOTHERAPY MAGIC MOUTHWASH MOUTH ULCERS MOUTHWASH MOUTH SORES
Oral mucositis can be extremely painful and can result in an inability to eat, speak or swallow.
I've heard that compassionate use is a way to get access to experimental treatments. How does it work? In brief: In certain situations, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allows companies to provide their experimental drugs to people outside of clinical trials
This is referred to as compassionate use.
Is it safe to have sex with my husband while undergoing chemotherapy? In brief: It's best to discuss any concerns about chemotherapy and sex with your doctor, who's familiar with your individual situation
In general, however, it's usually OK to have sex while undergoing chemotherapy — as long as you're feeling up to it.
Many factors can influence decisions about chemotherapy and sex.CHEMOTHERAPY SEX SEXUAL INTERCOURSE YOUNG HEALTH OLD HEALTH
What's the difference between a tumor and a cyst? Could a cyst be cancerous? In brief: Tumors and cysts are two distinct entities
, Tumor. . To determine whether a cyst or tumor is benign or malignant, a sample of the affected tissue — or, in some cases, the entire suspicious area — is removed and studied under a microscope.
This is known as a biopsy. .CANCER NEOPLASMS
Why are some cancers described as small cell and some as large cell? What do these terms mean? In brief: The terms "small cell" and "large cell" are merely descriptive terms for the appearance of the cancer cells under the microscopeCANCER
Examining and noting the characteristics of your cancer cells helps your doctor determine your type of cancer, where it began and how abnormal the cells are.