Michael S. Cicchillo, MD
- vascular surgery
Location and Office HoursNorthside Medical Center
Youngstown, OH 44504
- Forum Health Northside Hospital
- Forum Health Trumbull Memorial Hospital
How should I clean my skin if I have a minor cut?
Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answeredThe best way to clean a minor cut is to rinse it immediately with warm water. Don't use hydrogen peroxide, which could irritate the wound. You can clean the skin around the cut using a washcloth and a gentle soap.
How can drugs used during surgery affect the spread of cancer?
Arthur Perry, MD, Plastic/reconstructive Surgery, answered
It has long been suspected that surgery to remove cancers can cause them to spread. It is very possible that the drugs used during surgery can cause cancer cells to grow or activate dormant cancer cells.
It turns out that when ketorolac, a pain killer otherwise known as toradol, was given prior to starting mastectomy surgery for breast cancer, the rate of recurrence reduced from 17% to 6% over 2 years. To see this difference, patients had to get the drug before surgery started. That is an enormous difference. The patients in this study did not receive narcotics like morphine or codeine -- those are known to suppress the immune system.
Drugs that are used in surgery affect the immune system and it turns out that a particular type of cell called the "Natural Killer" cell is inhibited by surgery. These cells are the first line of defense against cancers and help guard against their spread. Cutting down on narcotics and administering ketorolac may give these cells the ammunition they need to kill cancer.
What is jumper’s knee?
Also known as patellar tendinitis, jumper’s knee is inflammation of the patellar tendon. It usually presents with pain just above or below the kneecap. (This answer provided for NATA by the Weber State University Athletic Training Education Program.)
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