November is Stomach Cancer Awareness Month, which makes this a good time to learn more about this disease. For the past several decades, rates of cancer in the main part of the stomach have been falling worldwide. During the same period, cancer in the area where the top part of the stomach meets the lower end of the esophagus has become much more common. Find out about the symptoms, causes and risk factors for stomach cancer, and what you can do to prevent it.
Coping with pain after breast surgery
Studies of women who had various breast cancer operations found that 25% to 60% reported some level of pain after breast surgery. Treatment options include medication, skin creams, injections, surgery, physical therapy and complementary therapies. Learn more from Dr. Sandhya Pruthi, a Mayo Clinic general internal medicine physician and past director of the Mayo Clinic Breast Diagnostic Clinic.
Stem cells: What they are and what they do
Stem cells are the cells that generate all other cells in the body with specialized functions. Stem cell therapy, also known as regenerative medicine, promotes the repair response of diseased, dysfunctional or injured tissue using stem cells or their derivatives. People who might benefit from stem cell therapies include those with spinal cord injuries, Type 1 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, stroke, burns, cancer and osteoarthritis. Learn about stem cell types, current and possible uses, ethical issues, and the state of research and practice.