Staging helps oncologists decide the best way to treat your cancer. It also helps oncologists form a prognosis for the particular case of cancer concerned. Staging draws on current thought about the way that cancer develops and spreads. When staging a cancer, oncologists consider the location of the initial tumor, as well as the location of any additional tumors than may have appeared when the cancer spread. They consider the size of the tumors, as well. If the cancer has already spread, the areas to which it has spread are important. Cancer is typically considered more advanced when the cancerous cells no longer bear much resemblance to healthy cells, when the cancer has begun to spread or metastasize, and when the cancer has begun to affect the lymphatic system.
Michael W. Haney, MD
Location and Office HoursOkaloosa Surgical Associates
550 Twin Cities
Niceville, FL 32578
- BlueCross Blue Shield of Florida
- Humana Health Plan
- Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast
- Twin Cities Hospital
Why is staging important to oncology?
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Is the doctor at the operating table during robotic surgery?
During robotic surgery, the doctor may not be standing at the operating table. As with other types of minimally invasive surgery, in robotic surgery, doctors make only a few small incisions rather than one large incision. In one of the incisions, the surgeon inserts a long, thin tube with an attached light and tiny camera.
The camera projects a magnified image of the inside of the body onto a screen, often making an area easier to view than with traditional open surgery. The doctor then stands at a platform, using a computer to direct precise and accurate movements of instruments attached to a robot.
Because robotic surgery does not require a doctor to stand at an operating table for hours at a time, it can be less fatiguing for the surgeon.
What is a slipped capital femoral epiphysis?
Healthwise answeredA slipped capital femoral epiphysis occurs when the upper end of the thighbone (femur) slips at the area where the bone is growing (growth plate or physis) and does not fit in the hip socket correctly. The condition is most common in teenagers. Rapid growth and a hormone imbalance during adolescence may cause the femur to slip. Symptoms usually begin in children and adolescents about 8 to 16 years of age, and may begin earlier in girls than in boys. Symptoms may be triggered by growing or gaining weight quickly. Symptoms may include:
- Hip tenderness and decreased movement during the early stages of the condition.
- Increased pain when the toes are turned in toward midline (internal rotation of the hip).
- Mild discomfort in the groin, thigh or knee while walking or running. Rest relieves this discomfort.
- Stiffness and a limp, especially when the person is tired.
- Knee pain.
- Muscle spasms.
- Mild to severe pain.
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