Posts Tagged ‘ cancer ’

Second Opinions Are Critical In Properly Diagnosing, Treating Cancer

Posted On : March 24, 2015,   Time : 9:49 pm

If you have a diagnosis of cancer, you should get a second opinion. That’s the conclusion of Judy Smith, M.D., chief oncologist for Spectrum Health, one of the largest hospital systems in the Midwest. "When you shop for a car or a house, you visit more than one," Smith recently told the Grand Rapids Press. "With a cancer diagnosis, you need to take a big breath and step back. It is critical you understand your diagnosis, your treatment options and the risks and benefits of each. Getting cancer treated correctly is critical to survival. You don't get a do-over. You have to get it right the first time. You never want to look back and 'what if?” According to Smith, second opinions provide an additi read more

Excess Imaging Has A Fiscal — And Personal — Cost

Posted On : December 5, 2014,   Time : 8:26 am

A new study has concluded that unnecessary medical imaging in conjunction with cardiac stress tests not only costs the healthcare system more than $500 million annually but also creates enough radiation exposure to give 491 Americans cancer each year. Using data from the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey and the National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, the study’s authors concluded that imaging with a cardiac stress test rose from 59 percent of the time in the early 1990s to 87 percent of the time by 2010. Meanwhile, the percentage of patients who underwent a stress test without the presence of cardiac disease rose more than 50 percent during that same time period. As a result, the researchers concluded that nearly 35 percent of cardiac stress imaging tests are unnecessary. That’s read more

Thyroid Cancer Is Almost Always Over-Diagnosed

Posted On : November 12, 2014,   Time : 7:14 am

Is thyroid cancer the most over-diagnosed cancer of them all? That appears to be the case in South Korea, where the number of thyroid cancer cases are 15 times higher than they were 20 years ago, the New York Times has reported, citing a study recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The number of thyroid cancer cases diagnosed in the U.S. have doubled during that same period. Researchers say that the number of cases have grown due to the fact that clinicians have zeroed in on tiny and often harmless tumors and then treating them aggressively. However, the mortality rate for thyroid cancer has remained stable for many years, even though the number of cases diagnosed is rising faster than any other form of cancer, according to the American read more

How Not Obtaining A Second Opinion Can Lead To Premature Death

Posted On : October 29, 2014,   Time : 9:36 pm

The family of Daniel Gapinski wishes he had obtained a medical second opinion sooner. The Illinois resident died prematurely when a neuropathologist misdiagnosed a mass growing near his pituitary gland in his brain as a benign meningloma. It was actually malignant kidney cancer that had metastasized to his brain. But as a result of the initial diagnosis, Mr. Kapinski underwent little followup care after its removal. The kidney cancer diagnosis was not made until two years later, when Mr. Kapinski's symptoms returned. By then, the cancer was too far advanced to treat. A jury recently awarded $1.7 million to Mr. Kapinski's estate and family, determining that the initial misdiagnosis led to his dying prematurely, according to the News read more