Acromegaly is not very common. It is a rare condition that affects about 60 in every million people. However, because acromegaly symptoms develop slowly over many years, they can be difficult to notice so more people may have the condition than these numbers suggest. In fact, many doctors may not immediately recognize symptoms of the disease because it is so rare.
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How is surgery used to treat cancer?
In general, surgery is the most commonly used treatment for cancers that form solid tumors. The primary goal of cancer surgery is to completely remove all detectable traces of tumor (or tumors), preferably with a margin of normal tissue surrounding all surfaces of the tumor(s).
In addition to the complete removal of primary tumors (and, in some cases, metastatic tumors as well), surgery is also often used to "stage" a patient's cancer. For many types of cancer, the surgeon not only attempts to remove all detectable deposits of tumor, but he/she also may remove lymph nodes in order to determine if cancer cells have already spread outside of the primary tumor. Staging of regional lymph nodes is routinely done for many types of cancer, including breast cancer, colorectal cancer, melanoma, lung cancer, stomach cancer, and most gynecologic cancers, among others.
As surgery is considered a "local-regional" therapy, many patients with cancer may also be advised to undergo chemotherapy, or other types of therapy that treat the entire body, in an effort to destroy microscopic deposits of cancer cells that the surgeon cannot see or feel.
How can I speed up recovery time after foot or ankle surgery?
Keeping the foot or ankle strong going into the surgery will aid in a faster recovery afterwards, explains Wade Kenney, MD, Greenville Health System. In this video, learn exercises which can help you heal faster.
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