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Could I have myeloma? Myeloma and blood cancer symptoms

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Aug 01, 2019 @ 11:39 AM

This blogpost is another instalment of our in-depth look at specific blood cancers. We’ve written an overview of blood cancers, touching on the 3 main types. We have written posts about Hodgkin’s and non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, and leukemia. This week, we’re going into more detail with myeloma, a type of blood cancer inside the bone marrow. We’ll go over the definitions, types, and symptoms of myeloma, as well as helping you know what treatments are available and how to get help if you are concerned.

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Hypothyroidism vs hyperthyroidism - what’s the difference?

Posted by Charlotte Maude on Thu, Jul 25, 2019 @ 11:30 AM

This week on the Isabel Healthcare blog we’re tackling the confusing and often daunting world of the thyroid. A lot of us will probably have heard of or come across thyroid conditions in the past, be that underactive, overactive, or even the rare thyroid cancer. But what’s the difference, what does it all mean, and most importantly, what are the symptoms we can be looking out for? We’ll also go over who’s at higher risk of developing thyroid problems and the treatments that are available.

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1 Minute Read - Disparities in Gynecologic Cancers

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Jul 18, 2019 @ 11:30 AM

The National Cancer Institute defines healthcare disparities as ‘differences in the incidence, prevalence, and mortality of a disease and the related adverse health conditions that exist among specific population groups.’  It has been noted that disparities often exist for gynecologic cancers when considering and diagnosing these conditions. Gynecologic cancer is any cancer that originates in a female’s reproductive organs.  The five types of gynecologic cancers are:

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Could I have bone cancer? Bone cancer symptoms and diagnosis

Posted by Charlotte Maude on Thu, Jul 11, 2019 @ 12:29 PM

At the end of June, Nixon Whatcott from Utah, USA, passed away after an 18 month fight against bone cancer. He was just 7 years old.  Because of his age, his parents assumed the pain in his leg was just ‘growing pains’ but a visit to his local hospital later revealed cancerous tumours on his leg leading to a final diagnosis of osteosarcoma, one of the most common forms of bone cancer. If the cancer hasn’t spread, survival rates of osteosarcoma can be up to 75%. Sadly Nixon’s cancer had already spread to his lungs and abdomen, reducing his chances to 30%, and after several rounds of chemotherapy, Nixon lost his battle.

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Women with alopecia month - Could I have alopecia?

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Jul 04, 2019 @ 12:06 PM

Every month we try to highlight a monthly observance and raise awareness for a cause in the medical field. July is women with alopecia month in the US, and we’re giving you the ins and outs of this condition, covering what is known about the types and causes of alopecia.

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National Aphasia Month 2019 - Let's speak about aphasia

Posted by Charlotte Maude on Thu, Jun 27, 2019 @ 11:47 AM

June is “Speak about Aphasia Month” in the UK. Aphasia is defined as a longterm communication disability, most often associated with other primary diseases such as strokes, and this year’s theme for aphasia month is the hashtag #recogniseaphasia. Organizations around the UK are raising awareness of the causes, symptoms and effects of aphasia on those who have this condition. Aphasia affects 350,000 people in the UK and 2 million in the US, so it’s certainly not rare. In this post we’ll go over the symptoms of aphasia, some of the treatments and therapies that are available, and the main causes as well.

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1 Minute Read - Dysphagia - Difficulty Swallowing

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Jun 20, 2019 @ 11:30 AM

Dysphagia is the medical term used to describe patients who have difficulty swallowing and is common, especially in the older generation, although it can occur at any age. Each year 1 in 25 adults will experience a swallowing problem in the United States. 

The normal mechanical process of deglutition, or the act of swallowing, transfers a food or liquid bolus which has been ingested and transports it from the mouth to the stomach via the esophagus.  If this process is interrupted via disease or motility issues, then two types of dysphagia can occur.

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Are we protecting ourselves properly? How to apply suncream this summer

Posted by Charlotte Maude on Thu, Jun 13, 2019 @ 11:30 AM

Summer is almost here! And with it’s arrival comes the annual search for the suncream bottle. While the message has got through to most of us about the importance of using skin protection when in the sun, surveys reveal that many of us aren’t using products correctly, and are consequently putting ourselves at increased risk of skin related conditions, and most worryingly, skin cancer. Getting sunburn just once every 2 years can triple your risk of skin cancer and yet, according to skin experts,  9 out of 10 cases of melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, could be prevented, by avoiding sunbeds and using adequate sun protection.

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Could I have liver disease? Symptoms and causes of liver disease

Posted by Charlotte Maude on Thu, Jun 06, 2019 @ 02:44 PM

When people think of the liver, a lot of the time they think of alcohol, and the fact that too much drinking can damage your liver. This is indeed true, as one of the liver’s main jobs is to filter the blood, including filtering out the toxins from alcohol and drugs. However, liver disease, which is an umbrella term for conditions affecting the liver, can have many causes, from sexually transmitted infections to autoimmune conditions. We’ll be going over some of the main causes, types and symptoms of liver disease in today’s blogpost, so that you can better understand your symptoms and take control of your health.

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Could I have Leukemia? Types, symptoms and treatment of leukemia

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, May 30, 2019 @ 12:18 PM

Cancer is the second leading cause of death globally, surpassed only by cardiovascular diseases. What’s more, around 80% of the people who get heart disease are over 65, whereas with cancer overall, that number is reduced to around 50%. This means cancer has probably affected everyone at some point, be that with a diagnosis yourself, or when someone in your life has had cancer. This is why we write about cancer quite a lot on the blog, most recently having done a crash course series on the types of cancer, and the treatments that may be offered to you should you be diagnosed. We aim to demystify and help make sense of as many types of cancer as we can, and today’s blogpost is no different. We’ve written about blood cancer as a whole before, and we have a post on Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphoma, but we have never gone into detail about leukemia, with which around 60,000 people are diagnosed each year in the US alone. In this blogpost we’ll go over the main types of leukemia, the signs and symptoms to look out for, and how the disease is treated.

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