Cancer

Cancer is the abnormal and uncontrolled cell growth in a person’s body. Cancerous, or malignant cells divide too quickly for your body to respond and fight off these cells. Cancer can manifest itself almost anywhere in the body, therefore symptoms vary depending on what type of cancer a person has developed.

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By Kaitlin Wanta, DO
Polyps are often discussed when talking about colorectal cancer or its screening tests including a colonoscopy. While you may be familiar with the term, you may not know what a polyp is, how it forms and what you can do to prevent them. Gastroenterologist, Kaitlin Wanta, DO, shares what you should know about polyps and some tips to prevent them.
Topics and Subtopics: Cancer & General Health

By DuPage Medical Group Gastroenterology
It’s no secret that completing preventive screenings, like a colonoscopy, significantly lowers your risk of developing (or dying from) colorectal cancer. Even though it has been proven to be an extremely effective way to prevent colorectal cancer, nearly a third of eligible adults have not completed their colonoscopy. To encourage you to complete your screening, our board-certified Gastroenterologists offer their reBUTTals to some of the most common excuses used to delay getting a colonoscopy.
Topics and Subtopics: Cancer & General Health

HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection, affecting nearly 14 million adults and teens each year. Due to its prominence, the FDA has now approved the HPV vaccine for individuals aged 9-45, meaning adults and children can be protected from the virus by receiving the HPV vaccine.

By Samir Desai, MD
While most people are aware of the health risks associated with smoking tobacco, it remains the leading cause of preventable death in the United States today. Deciding to quit smoking is the first step towards achieving a longer, healthier life. Oncologist, Samir Desai, MD, shares the health benefits of quitting and tips to help you achieve a smoke-free life.
Topics and Subtopics: Addiction, Cancer & Respiratory Problems

By Dr. Amrti Mangat
Breast cancer continues to be the most common cancer diagnosed in women worldwide, affecting nearly one in every eight women in the U.S. Thanks to increased awareness, advancements in treatment and screening methods such as mammography, survival rates for those diagnosed with breast cancer continue to improve. While transitioning out of active treatment into survivorship can be relieving, it can stir up many emotions and questions. To help you prepare for life after cancer, surgeon Amrit Mangat, MD, answers questions about survivorship and remission.
Topics and Subtopics: Cancer, General Health & Women's Health

By Surekha Boddipalli, MD
Following a breast cancer diagnosis, you will receive a lot of information about your health and treatment options, which can bring up many questions. It is also not uncommon to experience anxiety as you prepare for treatment. Whether you’re considering seeking a second opinion or are concerned about side effects, medical oncologist, Surekha Boddipalli, MD, answers common breast cancer treatment questions.
Topics and Subtopics: Cancer, General Health & Women's Health

By Shaunda Chin-Bonds, DO
Breast cancer continues to be the most common cancer diagnosed in women worldwide, affecting nearly one in every eight women in the U.S. Thanks to increased awareness, advancements in treatment and screening methods such as mammography, survival rates for those diagnosed with breast cancer continue to improve. Still, it is not uncommon to experience anxiety leading up to your first mammogram, if you discover a lump, or are diagnosed with breast cancer. To help you feel as prepared as possible, physicians from our Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medical Oncology and Surgery departments have teamed up to answer some common “what if” questions you may have as you manage your breast health. Whether you’re just beginning to screen, you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer or are in remission, we are here to offer guidance and support every step of the way.
Topics and Subtopics: Cancer, General Health & Women's Health

Hear from one of our patients, Robert, as he shares how taking a more active role in managing his health and selecting the right care team, made all the difference in his treatment and recovery from prostate cancer.
Topics and Subtopics: Cancer & Men's Health

By DuPage Medical Group Cardiology, DuPage Medical Group Oncology
According to the National Center of Health Statistics, the average life expectancy of women in the United States is 81 years, which is five years longer than men whose average life expectancy is 76 years. Life expectancy can be influenced by genetics but everyone has the ability to choose preventive behaviors that support a longer and healthier life. Our specialty physicians offer tips on how men can lead healthier lives by incorporating preventive health measures into an annual routine.
Topics and Subtopics: Cancer, Heart Health & Men's Health

By Vikas Desai, MD
Men can develop a variety of urinary symptoms or changes with their prostate gland as they age, however most don't seek medical treatment for these issues, assuming frequent trips to the bathroom and other symptoms are just an inevitable part of the aging process. Conditions like an enlarged prostate, urinary incontinence, or lowered testosterone levels may worsen over time and if left untreated, can lead to other health problems and have a serious impact on your overall health. Urologist, Vikas Desai, MD, shares the facts on common men's health myths and the available treatment options to keep you healthy and active as you age.
Topics and Subtopics: Bladder Health, Cancer & Men's Health

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