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American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Patient Guide: Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy in Early Stage Breast Cancer 12/17/07

This patient guide summarizes the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s guidelines for the use of sentinel lymph node biopsy (SNB) in patients with early-stage breast cancer.

This guide addresses the following topics:

  • About SNB
  • Axillary lymph node dissection
  • Recommendations
  • What this means for patients
  • Questions to ask your doctor
American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Patient Guide: Hormone Therapy for Advanced Prostate Cancer 12/17/07

This patient guide summarizes the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s recommendations on hormone therapy for men with advanced prostate cancer.

This patient guide addresses the following topics:

  • Recommendations
Having Surgery? What You Need to Know: Questions to Ask Your Doctor and Your Surgeon 12/17/07

This booklet is for patients who are facing surgery that is not an emergency. It provides some questions patients can ask their primary care doctor and surgeon before having surgery as well as the reasons for asking these questions. This tool addresses the following topics:

  • Care about your health
  • Get the basic facts
  • Learn about the benefits and risks
  • Learn how to get more information
  • Find out more about your operation
  • Make sure your surgery...
American Academy of Neurology Guideline Summary for Clinicians: Immunotherapy for Guillain-Barre Syndrome 12/17/07

This tool is an evidence-based statement to guide physicians in the management of Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS).

This tool summarizes the evidence for immunotherapy in GBS management for the following treatments:

  • Plasma exchange
  • IV immunoglobulin
  • Combined treatments
  • Corticosteroids
  • Cerebrospinal fluid filtration
  • Immunoabsorption

Ovarian Epithelial Cancer Treatment - Physician Data Query (PDQ®) (Health Professional Version) 12/17/07

This summary for health professionals provides comprehensive, peer-reviewed, evidence-based information about the treatment of ovarian epithelial cancer.

This summary includes the following sections:

  • General information
  • Cellular classification
  • Stage information
  • Treatment option overview
  • Stage I and stage II ovarian epithelial cancer
    • Treatment options
  • Stage III and stage IV ovarian epithelial...
Hospital Performance Report 2006: 31 Common Medical Procedures and Treatments 12/17/07

This report provides data on inpatient hospital discharges for all Pennsylvania general and most specialty acute care hospitals, regardless of bed size. The information is hospital-specific and is presented in three regional versions (Western, Central/Northeastern, and Southeastern). This tool can assist consumers and purchasers in making more informed health decisions and can also aid providers in highlighting additional opportunities for quality improvement and cost containment.

The...

You Can Prevent Cytomegalovirus (CMV): A Guide for People With HIV Infection 12/17/07

This guide for people with HIV infection provides information about the prevention and treatment of cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection. This tool is also available in Spanish.

This guide addresses the following questions:

  • What is CMV?
  • How is CMV spread?
  • How can I protect myself from CMV?
  • How do I know if I have CMV?
  • How is CMV different for someone with HIV?
  • How can I prevent CMV disease?
American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Patient Guide: Preventing Nausea and Vomiting Caused by Cancer Treatment 12/17/07

This patient guide is based on the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s recommendations for preventing nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy and radiation treatment for cancer.

The patient guide addresses the following topics:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Recommendations for preventing nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy
  • Recommendations for preventing nausea and vomiting caused by radiation therapy
  • What this means for patients
  • Questions...
Hepatitis C Education Class 12/17/07

The Hepatitis C Education Class toolkit is intended to provide clinicians with a how-to guide and various resources for conducting a patient education class on hepatitis C.

This toolkit contains a course guide, slide set and script, and slideshow with audio.

The slide set and script are designed for health providers to use with their patients who have hepatitis C infection or who tested positive for hepatitis C at some time in the past. The class runs about an hour and...

Chemotherapy and You: Support for People With Cancer 12/17/07

This book is a guide patients can refer to throughout chemotherapy treatment. It includes facts about chemotherapy and its side effects and also highlights ways patients can care for themselves before, during, and after treatment.

This patient guide addresses the following topics:

  • Questions and answers about chemotherapy
  • Tips for meeting with your doctor or nurse
  • Your feelings during chemotherapy
  • Side effects and ways to manage them
  • Foods to...

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