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My brother has lymphoma. What should I tell him?

My brother has lymphoma. What should I tell him?

Mostly curable: There are two main types of lymphoma, hodgkins and non hodgkins. Most of them are highly curable and treatment mostly consists of chemotherapy and radiation. The exact prognosis depends on the stage, the pathology and size of lymphoma. For most cases we can be optimistic about outcome. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Thompson
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Lymphoma (Definition)

A malignancy that develops in the lymph glands that causes nodes ...Read more


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My brother has narcolepsy. What should I tell him?

My brother has narcolepsy. What should I tell him?

Chronic condition: Narcolepsy is a chronic medical condition caused by the loss of a chemical in the brain (orexin/hypocretin). The symptoms include excessive daytime sleepiness, vivid dreams, sleep paralysis, and sometimes the brief loss of muscle tone (cataplexy). A sleep study can make the diagnosis. See your doctor if concerned as there are treatments. www.wakeupnarcolepsy.org is a good source of information. ...Read more

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My brother has pinworms. What should I tell him?

My brother has pinworms. What should I tell him?

An infection: Pinworms are a parasitic infection caused by ingesting (eating) the eggs of the pinworm. If one doesn't wash his or her hands after touching a contaminated surface or item then he/she can get pinworms. The symptoms include anal itching. The treatment is to take one chewable pill and wash all bedding in hot water. It is wise to treat the entire family (at least the children). Treat again in 10 days. ...Read more

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My brother has kidney cancer. What should I tell him?

My brother has kidney cancer. What should I tell him?

See a urolgist: You should have your brother get further evaluated by a urologist and/or an oncologist to determine the best course of treatment. Early cancers can be removed surgically. More advanced cancers can be treated with medications. Some types of kidney cancer are very slow growing and may be tracked by ct scans rather than be treated. ...Read more

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My brother has brain tumor. What should I tell him?

My brother has brain tumor. What should I tell him?

Brain tumor: Tell him that you are completely there for him no matter what happens. Then help him obtain as much information about brain tumors, the different types, the different treatments and outcomes, as you can. Since you are clearly good at using the internet, you should be able to get all the information you need there. This will enable him to have informed conversations with his doctors about treatment. ...Read more

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My brother has adult chronic leukemia. What should I tell him?

My brother has adult chronic leukemia. What should I tell him?

See your doctor: Are you your brother's doctor? It is a subject he should take up with his doctor. Leukemia is a serious though often treatable illness and he should see his doctor asap. ...Read more

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My sister has bronchitis. What should I tell her?

My sister has bronchitis. What should I tell her?

Don't Worry: Bronchitis is infalmation of the large bronchi (breathing tubes) of our upper part of our airway. Most are caused by a virus in pediatrics but can be caused by a bacteria in some. It causes you to cough. Those caused by a virus will go away in time without madication. Asthma is a type of bronchitis too. ...Read more

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My brother has bacterial tracheitis. What should I tell him?

My brother has bacterial tracheitis. What should I tell him?

Should get better: Unless your brother has some form of immune deficiency he should get quite better with appropriate treatment. Any form of infection can produce some damages to tissues which may then increases susceptibility to other infections, but this is not necessarily going to occur. ...Read more

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My father has breakbone fever. What should I tell him?

My father has breakbone fever. What should I tell him?

He will be fine: If he is getting medical care. Most persons with "breakbone fever", aka dengue fever are not at risk, but just feel miserable with fever and deep aching pain. However a subset (interestingly, those who have had dengue before) can get really sick with vasccular leak and even overt bleeding. These patients need a hospital with IV fluids, blood transfusions, and medical expertise. ...Read more

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What should I do if my friend thinks he has bipolar?

What should I do if my friend thinks he has bipolar?

Get him evaluated: There is nothing that you can do except encourage him to go to a mental health clinic for an evaluation and possibly medication. ...Read more

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My father has cerebellar hemorrhage. What should I tell him?

My father has cerebellar hemorrhage. What should I tell him?

Control BP: Cerebellar hemorrhage may result in permanent deficits but often also may not. The most frequent cause is uncontrolled hypertension. If your dad is doing ok after the initial event, i would recomend he get his BP under control and maintain other cardiotonic therapies such as diet exercize statins as appropriate ...Read more

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Kids' favorite aunt came to visit. Told me she has cholesteatoma. What should I tell my children?

Kids' favorite aunt came to visit. Told me she has cholesteatoma. What should I tell my children?

It is not that bad: Tell them that she has a problem with her ear that is very much like having very bad wax that has the ability to, over time, erode bone. It needs to be treated with surgery and afterwords she may have some problems hearing. ...Read more

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Kids' favorite aunt came to visit. Told me she has frostbite. What should I tell my children?

Kids' favorite aunt came to visit. Told me she has frostbite. What should I tell my children?

The truth: Just tell the kids that their aunt froze her [fingers, toes, nose, etc]. There's not really any reason to tell them anything else. Is she missing some fingers or something? ...Read more

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My father has compartment syndrome. What should I tell him?

My father has compartment syndrome. What should I tell him?

"ask your doctor": Is your father in the hospital? What part of the body has compartment syndrome? Can your father ask his doctor? Can you be with your father and ask questions? Ask the doctor what it means, and ask your father what he wants to know. ...Read more

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How do I tell my young daughter that her mother has cancer?

How do I tell my young daughter that her mother has cancer?

Simple/positive: For the young child short simple words with repitition over time will communicate the basics. Young kids face some additional needs that can be addressed over time: they did not do or say or wish anything that made mommy sick. There will always be someone making sure she has meals to eat & places to play & sleep if mommy is away trying to get better. Let her ask when ready but repeat often. ...Read more

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My father has baker's cyst. What should I tell him?

My father has baker's cyst. What should I tell him?

Baker's Cyst: A baker's cyst or popliteal cyst occurs behind the knee joint. It may remain swollen or it may vary. A cyst is a fluid filled cavity which usually communicates with the knee joint. Often the cause of the cyst is a torn meniscus. I often tell patients that draining the cyst would be analagous to cutting a weed. You have to find the source of the cyst. An MRI is used to help locate the source. ...Read more

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What should I do if my brother has measles?

What should I do if my brother has measles?

Seek immunization: You are having a chance to see, first hand, the results that individuals pay for the anti-immunization fraud. If your brother dies or suffers brain damage, he has my sympathy. The immunization is 90% effective, and we depend on others to keep the community herd immunity up. If you've not been immunized, phone your physician and insist that you get the injections now. ...Read more

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Hi, my husband has mumps and he's with my son right now, and I want to have advise what remedies he can do....?

Hi, my husband has mumps and he's with my son right now, and I want to have advise what remedies he can do....?

Depends: If your son is over 4 years old and has received 2 doses of mumps vaccine, he is well protected (90+% protection). In any case, his daddy better avoid close contact since mumps infection spreads by infected respiratory secretions. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my father has been told he has high cholesterol. what should I suggest for him to do?

What do you suggest if my father has been told he has high cholesterol. what should I suggest for him to do?

Address Cause(s): First, the actual level of cholesterol elevation is important to determine the treatment which might simply be change in diet and lifestyle versus medications and possibly further testing. Be sure to discuss with his doctor whether this may be a specific familial cause and also be sure the doctor rechecks the level in 6-8 weeks. ...Read more

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My mother has bronchogenic carcinoma. What should I tell her?

My mother has bronchogenic carcinoma. What should I tell her?

She has options: Discuss with her oncologist the extent of her lung cancer and the type and stage. The oncologist will tell you the options available to your mom for her condition and age. Depending on stage and what she is a candidate for, she will have options of surgery, radiation and chemotherapy available. Though sometimes the disease can be far advanced and cause symptoms, there are options. ...Read more

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