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 Dr. 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.

By Reena Varade, MD
When checking your skin for melanoma, perhaps you think of the dark mole on your back or the asymmetrical freckle on your chest. By assessing suspicious spots on your skin, you’re taking the first step to melanoma prevention. Whether you’re using the Ugly Duckling method or the ABC’s technique, it is important that you and your dermatologist perform a thorough skin examination, including places that might not normally come to mind.
Topics and Subtopics: Cancer & Skin Health

By David Wolraich, MD
While mouth and throat cancers are less common than breast, colon, prostate or skin cancers, in recent years the number of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) related throat cancer cases has continued to grow. Our board-certified Otolaryngologist, Dr. David Wolraich, weighs in on the potential reasons for such an increase, shares symptoms to be aware of and how you can reduce your risk.
Topics and Subtopics: Cancer & Ear, Nose, & Throat

By Fares Hamad, DO
A study published by the American Cancer Society (ACS) and National Cancer Institute (NCI), tracked cancer trends in the United States for common cancers types over a ten year period, from 1995 to 2014.1 The study found an increase in the number of cancer cases being diagnosed in young adults for several cancer types including colorectal, gallbladder, kidney, pancreatic and uterine. The rising number of young adults being diagnosed with colorectal cancer shows the importance in knowing what symptoms to watch for, and talking with your primary care physician early on to establish a screening schedule that takes into consideration your personal and family health history. By taking a more proactive approach, you can lower your risk of developing colorectal and other cancers.

By Hal Kipfer, MD
Did you know that your breast is given a density score of A, B, C, or D? Knowing your breast density score is an important part of managing your breast health and understanding your overall risk of developing breast cancer.

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