Thursday, October 23, 2014
The adrenal glands are located on the top of each kidney, and carry out many significant tasks. Adrenal glands produce hormones including sex hormones and stress response hormones like adrenaline and cortisol. A number of medical disorders can affect the adrenal glands, and one of the most troubling can be tumors. As in other types of tumors, adrenal tumors can be either benign or malignant. Most are benign and may not require treatment. But although extremely rare, a small number of adrenal gland tumors are malignant. In this program, we will educate viewers on Adrenal Cancer, with discussions on its history, screening, diagnosis, management, and the importance of patient care.
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Hidden between the stomach and backbone, and surrounded by the liver and intestines, is one of the most important organs of the body - the pancreas. Without its digestive enzymes, our bodies could not break down food. Insulin is also made in the pancreas. Pancreatic cancer is difficult to diagnose early, primarily because the symptoms are often vague at first. Eventually patients may detect a yellowing of the skin and eyes, pain in the abdomen and back, weight loss and fatigue. Because this cancer is often discovered late, it typically has time to spread to other organs of the body. In this program, we will look at the risk factors, signs, symptoms, and diagnostic techniques for pancreatic cancer. We will also discuss the importance of patient care, improving patients' quality of life, and the latest research underway for this disease.