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Penn Medicine is world-renowned for its clinical and research excellence, forging the way for new and better ways to treat illnesses and disorders.  We are dedicated to providing high-quality and leading-edge care and service to our patients and have been a leader in medicine for more than 240 years. Our hospitals have an exceptional record of medical accomplishments and we provide patients with advanced treatment options in many areas including our cancer centers, offering proton therapy, Gamma Knife® and CyberKnife®, and our heart and vascular care program.

Penn Medicine’s three hospitals, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center and Pennsylvania Hospital, rank among the nation’s premier medical facilities, combining innovative technology with personalized care from outstanding physicians and staff.  We also have many state-of-the-art outpatient facilities in suburban locations throughout the Greater Philadelphia area to accommodate patients’ needs.

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    How does thyroid function affect pregnancy?

    You should have your thyroid hormones checked by your doctor prior to pregnancy. If it is well controlled, then you should not be at high-risk for pregnancy complications. Thyroid deficiency is associated with miscarriage and developmental problems in babies born to moms whose thyroid is not under...Read More
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    What causes infertility?

    There are many reasons why couples experience infertility. Age may be a factor, a low sperm count, blocked fallopian tubes, endometriosis, defects in ovulation, etc. Your doctor will investigate the potential causes of your infertility. It is recommended that women under age 35 see a fertility sp...Read More
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    What is colorectal cancer?

    While colon cancer is often combined with rectal cancer and referred to as “colorectal cancer,” it is important to know about the two different types, their location and their symptoms.
    The colon is the largest part of the large intestine, also known as the large bowel. After food is chewed and swallowed,...Read More
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    What conditions are robotic-assisted surgical procedures used for?

    Robotic-assisted procedures are used to treat:
    • prostate cancer
    • renal cancer
    • bladder cancer
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    How are donor lungs screened before transplantation?

    The major reason people must wait for a lung transplant is the limited number of donor lungs available for transplant. While many strategies have been developed to expand the number of donors, there still are not enough organs for all the people who are waiting. Unfortunately, for a transplant to...Read More
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    How are head and neck cancers caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) treated?

    While HPV has most been linked to cervical, anus and skin cancers, recent studies suggest the same strain of HPV can also cause oropharyngeal (head and neck) cancer.

    Oropharyngeal cancer develops in the part of the throat including the back of the tongue, back part of the roof of the mouth, the...Read More
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    What should I do if I think I may be having a heart attack?

    Is it heartburn? A pulled muscle? Fatigue? Just what is that pain and what does it mean? It’s important for women to be aware of the signs and symptoms of a heart attack. Even more importantly, don’t wait for the pain to pass. Seek help. Women may experience the full gamut of symptoms or only one or two,...Read More
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    What happens during a lung transplant evaluation?

    People who may be helped by a lung transplant undergo an extensive evaluation. Based on the evaluation results, the lung transplant team decides whether or not a lung transplant is the best therapeutic option. Sometimes, lung transplant is not recommended because of the risks for the individual.
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    Can exercise reduce my risk of cancer?

    While cancer research has come a long way in helping identify ways in which people can prevent certain types of cancer, cancer researchers are still looking for new, effective cancer prevention strategies. Obesity, or being overweight has been shown to increase cancer risk. Cancer researchers at Penn...Read More
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    Can a birth defect be diagnosed before birth?

    Prenatal genetic screening, as well as screenings available to women during pregnancy, can identify potential genetic risks and birth defects before delivery. One such screening test, a screening for Down syndrome, has recently become more accurate. This screening is offered only to women with the...Read More
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    How does pancreatic cancer affect the immune system?

    The research of Greg Beatty, MD, PhD, centers on the ways in which pancreatic cancer teaches our immune systems to help them grow and spread, cloaking themselves to avoid detection.

    The body’s immune system has the ability to identify cancer cells as enemies and destroy them. But in many cases, this...Read More
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    Can exercise reduce my risk of cancer?

    While cancer research has come a long way in helping identify ways in which people can prevent certain types of cancer, cancer researchers are still looking for new, effective cancer prevention strategies. Obesity, or being overweight has been shown to increase cancer risk. Cancer researchers at Penn...Read More
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    How is pancreas transplant surgery performed?

    Most of the pancreas transplant surgeries performed at Penn Medicine are simultaneous kidney and pancreas transplants. Many type 1 diabetics suffer from kidney failure as a result of their disease, and in most cases, both organs are transplanted at the same time.

    Normally, pancreas transplant...Read More
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    How is pancreas transplant surgery performed?

    Most of the pancreas transplant surgeries performed at Penn Medicine are simultaneous kidney and pancreas transplants. Many type 1 diabetics suffer from kidney failure as a result of their disease, and in most cases, both organs are transplanted at the same time.

    Normally, pancreas transplant...Read More
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    How is hormone therapy used in oncology?

    Hormones are chemicals produced by various glands in the body. They circulate in the bloodstream, and some hormones can affect the way certain cancers grow. Hormones that can stimulate cancer include:
    • Estrogen
    • Progesterone
    • Testosterone
    Hormone therapy blocks the production or the effects...Read More