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How Do You Prevent Thymoma From Reoccurrence
HPV and PAP test: Most cervical cancers are due to a virus called hpv. A woman younger than 26 should get vaccine for hpv to prevent cervical cancer. For others regular pap smear examinations are the best preventive strategy. Other issues are delaying the onset of sexual activity, limiting the number of partners and not using tobacco. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
You can't: Genetic mutations accumulate in all of us as we get older, and thankfully the majority of us escape full-blown cancers until something else gets us. Anyone offering a scheme to guarantee you will not get cancer is scamming you. Minimize your risk by avoiding tobacco & excess sunlight & booze, getting premalignant breast / colon lesions excised, rx helicobacter. Your physician can help. ...Read more
What causes fat lymphomas, how do you get rid of them without surgery and how to prevent getting more?
Lipomas?: If you are talking about lipomas, the benign fatty tumors that some people get, then we are not sure what causes them. There is no way to get rid of them without surgery and unfortunately they often come back when they are removed. We also do not know of a way to prevent you from getting more of them. ...Read more
You can't: The biggest risk is being female and getting older. Other risk factors include having babies after 30, not having any babies at all, menopause at a later age, or hormone replacement therapy. Less than10% of people who develop breast cancer have an inherited gene, called the brca gene. Get your mammograms yearly to detect it early when cure is highest. Exercise, and stay at your ideal weight. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Healthy living: Bacterial encephalitis is uncommon these days thanks to healthy living and nutrition, getting bad teeth fixed right away, and getting treated promptly for sinusitis or ear infections. Bronchitis, pneumonia, endocarditis etc can spread in the blood stream and need to be treated aggressively to avoid seeding. Viral (herpes, hiv) or fungal brain infections are special situations - ask your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have a out break. Of boils what can I do to prevent them. From reocuuring another?Iiagnosed. With MS what is some good advice to prevent spells
Check immunity: If you have recurrent bacterial infections ("boils") you should see an immunologist to test your immunity. Some medications for ms may lower your immunity making you susceptible to certain infections. Quantitative immunoglobin levels may need to be checked for recurrent bacterial infections. ...Read more
Here's how to: Minimize your risk of getting stomach cancer: get tested for h. Pylori, and get treated if positive. Stop smoking. Avoid smoked foods, salted fish and meat, pickled vegetables, nitrates and nitrites (found in cured meats). Nitrates and nitrites can be converted by certain bacteria, such as h. Pylori, into compounds that can cause stomach cancer in animals. Eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on type: Squamous cell carcinoma of the esophagus for the most part is casued by smoking, consuming alcohol, nitrosamines, such as pickled foods and smoked meats. Avoid or limit the above risk factors, especially smoking and excessive alcohol. Adenocarcinoma is casued by acid reflux. Diet modication and antiacids help reflux. If you have barrett's metaplasia, then you should be in an endoscopy program. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Probably cannot: Obstruction to the small glands along the eyelid can occur without know cause. Some suggest use of warm, damp compresses may help in encouraging the secretion to effectively drain, thereby avoiding plugging and infection (like a pimple). ...Read more
CBT: In contrast to other forms of psychotherapy, cognitive therapy is usually more focused on the present, more time-limited, and more problem-solving oriented. In addition, patients learn specific skills that they can use for the rest of their lives. These skills involve identifying distorted thinking, modifying beliefs, relating to others in different ways, and changing behaviors. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends how severe: You should consult with your md as snoring may be a sign of sleep apnea. Dental devices can be very effective to control both non-apneic snoring and sleep apnea. Losing weight, avoiding alcohol or sedating medications, and getting a good nights sleep regularly all can help as well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Lab, imaging and bio: Ct imaging can help the environment, both location and size. Blood tests are used to help clarify its presence, and look for associations with myasthenia gravis. Testing that can done and include test to see for associations to myasthenia gravis, that include antibodies to acetylcholine receptor, blood counts, chemical panels looking at liver and kidney, immune evaluation of the cells inside. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
May be none: Up to half of people can have no symptoms. It can be found by accident when a chest film or ct scan is performed and a mass is found.Since it is the middle of the chest and if it grows large it can cause compression symptoms such as trouble swallowing or chest pain. It is looked for with certain diseases: myathenia gravis and can be associated with connective tissue and autoimmune diseases. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Adjuncts only: Surgery is your mainstay of therapy when the thymoma is operable. Radiation and perhaps chemotherapy as appropriate. Complementary and comfort measures may be very helpful. "Alternative" practitioners nowadays tend to be the ones who talk darkly about conspiracies to hide easy cures. These are all phony. Don't reward these folks with your money, no matter how desperate you may be. ...Read more
Depends clinical set: This depends on the clinical setting. Sometimes you may need surgical excision, especially if concerned about malignancy. Biopsies can be done. But surgery is the usual approach. Depending on the spread even chemotherapy is indicated. It is associated with myasthenia gravis at times. At times removal can cure the myasthenia gravis. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Anterior mediastinum: Thymoma is a tumor that starts in the thymus. The thymus sits in font of the heart behind the sternum or breast bone. This area is called the anterior mediastinum. Thymoma can spread to other parts if the body like the lungs. But this is rare and they are usually contained within the thymus in the anterior mediastinum. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: If you have thymoma removed by "traditional" technique, median sternotomy (split breast bone), recovery can be several months. Modern techniques will allow you to go home day after surgery and recovery within few weeks or less. I encourage patients to seek out a well trained, modern, minimally invasive thoracic surgeon. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I have just recently learned that I have a thymoma and my former husband had one 8 years ago? Seem strange? I thought that this was rare? Does it seem strange that we both would have one.
Unusual: As dr. Stegman notes, it is an unusual coincidence. I concur, if not done already, you should consult with a skilled thoracic surgeon to assess best surgical approach. The majority of thymomas can be removed/resected using minimally invasive techniques such as vats or robotic. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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