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To take care of your bone marrow biopsy site:
- Leave the bandage on until the next morning or longer, if instructed to do so.
- If you have Steri-Strips (long skinny bandages), do not remove them; allow them to fall off on their own.
- Check for any active bleeding (a steady flow of fresh blood) p
A total mastectomy (removal of as much of the breast tissue as possible, including the nipple and some of the overlying skin) is needed when:
- The cancer is found in more than one area of the breast
- The breast is too small or shaped so that removal of the entire cancer will leave little breast
A complete pelvic exam and yearly Pap test are the best screening tools for vaginal cancer. A test for the human papilloma virus (HPV) may also be given. If an abnormality is found, your physician may perform additional tests, such as:
- Colposcopy: A special viewing scope with magnifying lenses
Bone marrow is the soft tissue in the cavities of the bones. Bone marrow makes all of the types of blood cells. A bone marrow biopsy is a procedure using a special needle to get a sample of the bone and the bone marrow for testing. Special doctors, such as pathologists, oncologists, or hematologists,...Read More
Diagnostic equipment may be used to see if cervical cancer has spread. This may include:
- Intravenous urography: Also known as intravenous pyelography (IVP), a contrast "dye" is injected into a vein to highlight the urinary system for viewing on x-ray.
- Cystoscopy or proctoscopy: To check to see
About 1 in 10 women who have a mammogram (an x-ray of the inside of the breast, which can be done either as a routine screening test or to pinpoint the cause of breast cancer symptoms) will need to get more pictures taken. Most do not have cancer, so don't be alarmed if this happens to you. Your...Read More
If you have a dry mouth:
- Choose soft, cooked, or blenderized foods to make chewing and swallowing easier.
- Select foods with sauces, gravies, dressings, or mayonnaise, which make foods moist and easier to swallow.
- Add extra butter, margarine, or sour cream to foods.
- Whole milk, chocolate milk,
A complete medical history, with special attention paid to family history of melanoma among immediate family members such as father, mother, brother, or sister, and a physical exam help your physician determine the level of risk that your signs or symptoms are melanoma. The only definitive way to...Read More
Mammography is currently the best screening tool we have for breast cancer. A mammogram can find cancer at a very early stage -- long before a lump would be felt during an exam by you or your doctor. When cancer is found very early, the chance for a cure is much better. Read More
You may have constipation after a breast biopsy due to pain medication. Do not strain during a bowel movement. To help prevent constipation:
- Drink six to eight glasses of water per day (unless told otherwise).
- Increase fiber in your diet. Some good sources of fiber are fresh fruits, fresh vege
The following are the different types of surgery for cervical cancer:
- Cryosurgery: Abnormal cells are killed by freezing them with a cold metal probe.
- Laser surgery: Abnormal cells are destroyed with heat from a focused beam of energy.
- Conization: Removing a cone-shaped portion of tissue may be the
Estrogen and progesterone are hormones that are produced by your ovaries. These hormones help your normal breast cells grow and can help some cancer cells grow. It's good if your breast cancer cells have hormone receptors. Doctors can treat these cells with medicine that reduces estrogen in your...Read More
After a lumbar puncture (spinal tap), you will be instructed to lie flat on your back, stomach, or side for four to six hours. Your blood pressure, pulse, and puncture site will be checked according to your doctor's orders.
Once you are home, you will need to lie down and rest for the remainder...Read More