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Frequently Asked Questions About Early Stage Breast Cancer: A Patient and Doctor Dialogue 12/17/07

This tool presents questions and answers addressing early stage breast cancer.

It covers the following breast cancer-related topics:

  • Tumors
  • Lobular vs. ductal carcinoma
  • Survival
  • Mastectomy
  • Chemotherapy
  • Recurrence
  • Lumpectomy
  • Radiation
  • Side effects
  • Breast reconstruction
  • More information/links to other resources
Rectal 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 rectal cancer.

This summary addresses the following topics:

  • General information
    • Adjuvant therapy
    • Advanced disease
  • Cellular classification
  • Stage information
    • TNM definitions
    • American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) stage groupings
  • Treatment...
Cervical Cancer: Detailed Guide (American Cancer Society) 12/17/07

This guide describes cervical cancer, risk factors, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment options. It is organized into the following sections:

  • What is it?
  • Causes, risk factors, and prevention
  • Early detection, diagnosis, and staging
  • Treating cervical cancer
  • Talking with your doctor
  • More information
Use of Larynx-Preservation Strategies in the Treatment of Laryngeal Cancer: Guideline Summary Slide Set 12/17/07

This slideshow summarizes the American Society of Clinical Oncology guideline on the use of larynx-preservation strategies in the treatment of laryngeal cancer.

This slideshow addresses the following topics:

  • Guideline methodology
  • Background
  • Guideline questions
    • What are the larynx-preservation treatment options for limited stage (T1, T2) primary site disease that do not compromise survival? What are the considerations in selecting among them?
    • ...
Colon Cancer Treatment - Physician Data Query (PDQ®) (Patient Version) 12/17/07

This summary provides patients with information on treatment options for colon cancer.

This summary addresses the following topics:

  • General information about colon cancer
  • Stages of colon cancer
  • Recurrent colon cancer
  • Treatment options overview
  • Treatment options for colon cancer
    • Stage 0 colon cancer
    • Stage I colon cancer
    • Stage II colon cancer
    • Stage III colon cancer
    • Stage IV and...
Epilepsy Education Program for Residents, Medical Students, and Faculty 12/17/07

This education program is designed for use by medical students and faculty as either a resource on epilepsy or a stand-alone learning tool. Each of the four sections has accompanying PowerPoint slides.

This tool contains the following sections:

  • Basic science of epilepsy
    • Neurophysiology of the cerebral cortex
    • Physiological basis of the electroencephalogram (EEG)
    • Pathophysiology of seizures
  • Clinical epilepsy section
    • Definitions...
Living Well With COPD: Chronic Bronchitis and Emphysema--Patient Education Guide 12/17/07

This patient education guide provides information about chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and important steps for better living for people diagnosed with the disease.

This guide addresses the following topics:

  • Living well with COPD
  • What is COPD?
  • Inside your lungs
  • How COPD affects the body
  • Causes of COPD
  • Symptoms of COPD
  • Making the diagnosis
  • Important steps for better living with COPD
      ...
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...

Screening for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, What's New from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF): Recommendations Statement 12/17/07

This statement summarizes the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations on screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm and the supporting scientific evidence. It updates the 1996 recommendations contained in the Guide to Clinical Preventive Services , 2nd edition.

This tool includes the following sections:

  • What does the USPSTF recommend?
  • What are the risk factors for abdominal aortic aneurysm?
  • What are the potential benefits of...
Facts About Glaucoma 12/17/07

This online resource guide provides patient information about glaucoma. It answers questions about causes and symptoms and discusses diagnosis and types of treatment.

This resource guide includes the following information:

  • Glaucoma defined
  • Causes and risk factors
  • Symptoms and detection
  • Current research
  • More information

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