Surgery

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Ensuring Correct Surgery 12/17/07

This pamphlet will help patients understand what will happen before they undergo surgery.

This pamphlet describes what patients can expect during the following time frames:

  • Days to a couple of hours before the surgery
  • An hour, or less, before the surgery
  • Just before surgery begins

How the Transplant System Works: Matching Donors and Recipients 12/17/07

This fact sheet explains how a patient in need of a transplant is matched to an organ donor. It briefly describes the centralized computer network maintained by the United Network for Organ Sharing, addresses the role of the transplant center, explains how patients in the transplant pool are ranked, and discusses the process once an organ becomes available.

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
Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis and You: Patient Education Guide 12/17/07

This patient education guide provides information for people diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). The information presented will help patients understand their condition in order to cope with the effects that the disease has on their body.

This patient education guide addresses the following topics:

  • What is IPF?
  • Symptoms of IPF
  • What are the causes of IPF?
  • Who gets IPF?
  • How is IPF diagnosed?
  • Treatment for IPF
    • ...
Comparative Effectiveness of Management Strategies for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease 12/17/07

This 108-page report examines alternatives for managing the chronic symptoms of uncomplicated gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) in patients who may require long-term treatment. It summarizes the available evidence comparing the efficacy and safety of medical, surgical, and endoscopic interventions in the treatment of chronic GERD, particularly after long-term followup.

This report addresses the following questions:

  • What is the evidence of the comparative effectiveness...
Organ Transplants: What Every Kid Needs to Know 12/17/07

This booklet was created to help children and their families feel more at ease with the organ transplantation process by providing general information in an understandable format.

This booklet addresses the following topics:

  • What is an organ?
  • What do organs do?
  • Where do organs come from?
  • Your transplant team
  • Questions you may have
  • When it is your turn to receive a new organ
  • When you go home
  • If you’ve had to miss school...
Skin Cancer Treatment - Physician Data Query (PDQ®) (Health Professional Version) 12/17/07

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

Information about the following is included in this summary:

  • Clinical features
  • Cellular classification
  • Staging
  • Treatment options for different types of tumors
Breast Cancer Treatment - Physician Data Query (PDQ®) (Patient Version) 12/17/07

This summary provides patients with information about treatment for different types of breast cancer.

The summary addresses the following topics:

  • General information about breast cancer
  • Stages of breast cancer
  • Inflammatory breast cancer
  • Recurrent breast cancer
  • Treatment option overview
  • Treatment options by stage
  • Treatment options for inflammatory breast cancer
  • Treatment options for recurrent breast...
Talking About Transplantation: What Every Patient Needs to Know 12/17/07

This booklet has been created to help patients and their families through the process of organ transplantation and to provide the information needed to make knowledgeable health care decisions.

This booklet addresses the following topics:

  • Preparing for your transplant
  • The transplant process
  • Living donation
  • Developing a financial strategy
  • Life after transplant
  • Promoting organ and tissue donation
Fistula First Change Package 12/17/07

Fistula First provides clinical and organizational changes for increasing arteriovenous fistula (AVF) use and improving hemodialysis patient outcomes.

This package describes 11 steps to improve hemodialysis:

  1. Routine continuous quality improvement (CQI) review of vascular access
  2. Timely referral to nephrologists
  3. Early referral to surgeon for “AVF only” evaluation and timely placement...

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