Patient Rights and Responsibilities
Patient Rights and Responsibilities
Urine Protein (Dipstick)
Urine Protein (Dipstick) Does this test have other names? Reagent strip urinalysis, urine albumin What is this test? This test checks the amount of protein in your urine. Your urine normally has a small amount of protein. Much of this protein is the type called albumin, but more than 200 other types of protein may be found in urine. When your body loses large amounts of protein in the urine, it can be because of dehydration, strenuous exercise, fever, or exposure to cold temperatures. Extra protein in t...
Urine Cytology Does this test have other names? Urine examination with microscope What is this test? This test looks at a sample of your urine to see if it contains abnormal cells. The test is used to diagnose cancers of the urinary tract. These include cancers of the kidney, bladder, ureter, and urethra, the tube through which urine leaves the bladder when you urinate. A specially trained healthcare provider called a pathologist looks at the cells from your urine sample under a microscope. Cancer cells...
Uric Acid (Urine)
Uric Acid (Urine) Does this test have other names? Urinalysis, 24-hour urinalysis What is this test? This test looks for uric acid in your urine. Uric acid is a normal bodily waste product. It forms when chemicals called purines break down. Purines are a natural substance found in the body and are also found in many foods such as liver, shellfish, and alcohol. They can also be formed in the body when DNA is broken down. When purines are broken down to uric acid in the blood, the body gets rid of it when...
Uric Acid (Synovial Fluid)
Uric Acid (Synovial Fluid) Does this test have other names? Synovial fluid analysis What is this test? The uric acid test measures levels of uric acid that can collect in joint fluid. Uric acid is a normal bodily waste product. It forms when chemicals called purines break down. Purines are a natural substance found in the body and are also found in many foods such as liver, shellfish, and alcohol. They can also be formed in the body when DNA is broken down. When purines are broken down to uric acid in t...
Uric Acid (Blood)
Uric Acid (Blood) Does this test have other names? Serum uric acid What is this test? This test measures the amount of uric acid in your blood. Uric acid is a normal bodily waste product. It forms when chemicals called purines break down. Purines are a natural substance found in the body and are also found in many foods such as liver, shellfish, and alcohol. They can also be formed in the body when DNA is broken down. When purines are broken down to uric acid in the blood, the body gets rid of it when y...
Urea Nitrogen Clearance (Urine)
Urea Nitrogen Clearance (Urine) Does this test have other names? Urine urea nitrogen, 24-hour urine test What is this test? This test measures the amount of urea nitrogen in your urine. Urea nitrogen is a waste product made when your liver breaks down protein. It's carried in your blood, filtered out by your kidneys, and removed from your body in your urine. If your liver isn't healthy, it may not break down proteins the way it should. And if your kidneys aren't healthy, they may not properly filter ure...
Uniparental Disomy Does this test have other names? Genetic testing for Angelman syndrome, genetic testing for Prader-Willi syndrome What is this test? This is a blood test used to see if your child has certain chromosome changes. Normally, people have 23 pairs of chromosomes in their cells. In each pair, one chromosome comes from their father and one from their mother. These chromosomes contain genes. Sometimes people will inherit two copies of a chromosome or a part of a chromosome from their mother o...
Uterine Prolapse What is uterine prolapse? Uterine prolapse occurs when the muscles and tissue in your pelvis weaken. The weakness lets the uterus drop down into your vagina. Sometimes, it comes out through your vaginal opening. Nearly half of all women between ages 50 and 79 have this condition. What causes uterine prolapse? Uterine prolapse is caused when the muscles and tissue of the pelvic floor are weakened and can’t support the weight of the uterus. This lets it drop into your vagina. What are the...
Understanding an Intestinal Obstruction
Understanding an Intestinal Obstruction An intestinal obstruction means that something is blocking your intestine. Food and stool may not be able to move freely. When your intestine works normally, digested food moves from your stomach to your rectum. Along the way, your body breaks food down into usable parts and turns the rest to feces (stool). You eventually eliminate it through a bowel movement. An intestinal obstruction may partially or completely block this natural process. A complete blockage is ...
Urinary Agent Elixir
Urinary Agent Elixir What is this medicine? ATROPINE; HYOSCYAMINE; PHENOBARBITAL; SCOPOLAMINE (A troe peen; hye oh SYE a meen; fee noe BAR bi tal; skoe POL a meen) is used to treat different bowel problems including irritable bowel syndrome, acute enterocolitis, or duodenal ulcer. How should I use this medicine? Take this medicine by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Use a specially marked spoon or dropper to measure each dose. Ask your pharmacist if you do not have one. Household ...
Ursodiol Oral tablet
Ursodiol Oral tablet What is this medicine? URSODIOL (ER soe dye ol) helps dissolve gallstones in patients who cannot have or who do not need gallbladder surgery. This medicine is also useful for certain liver diseases of adults, children and infants. How should I use this medicine? Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on the a...
Urea Topical suspension
Urea Topical suspension What is this medicine? UREA (yoo REE uh) is used to soften thick, rough, or dry skin caused by certain skin conditions. It is also used to soften and remove damaged or diseased nails without surgery. How should I use this medicine? This medicine is for external use only. Do not take by mouth. Follow the directions on the label. Apply a thin film to the affected area. The moisturizing effect may be better if this medicine is applied while the skin is still damp after washing or ba...
Urokinase Solution for injection
Urokinase Solution for injection What is this medicine? UROKINASE (yoor uh KAHY neys) breaks-up blood clots. It is used to treat large blood clots formed in the lungs. How should I use this medicine? This medicine is for injection into a vein. It is given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting. Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed. What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine? Side effects that you shou...
Uterine Artery Embolization
Uterine Artery Embolization What is uterine artery embolization? Uterine fibroid embolization is a procedure to shrink noncancerous tumors in the uterus called uterine fibroids. It does not use major surgery, so you may recover faster. You also may not need to stay in the hospital. Uterine fibroid embolization shrinks fibroids by blocking off their blood supply. The doctor injects very small particles like sand into the arteries that supply the fibroids. The particles stick to the vessel wall. This caus...
Ultrafast CT Scan
Ultrafast CT Scan What is an ultrafast CT scan? An ultrafast CT scan is an imaging test that uses X-rays and a computer to look at your heart. The scan takes pictures very quickly. It gives your healthcare provider many details about your heart that other imaging tests can’t. Standard X-rays use a small amount of radiation to create images of your bones and internal organs. Standard X-rays are useful to help diagnose illness. But many details about internal organs and other structures can’t be seen. In ...
Urine Flow Test
Urine Flow Test What is a urine flow test? A urine flow test calculates the speed of urine flow over time. It may be used to check how the bladder and sphincter are working. The bladder is part of the urinary tract. It’s a hollow muscular organ that relaxes and expands to store urine. It then contracts and flattens to empty urine through the tube that carries urine from the bladder out of the body (urethra). The sphincter muscle is a circular muscle. It closes tightly, like a rubber band, around the bla...
Upper GI Endoscopy
Upper GI Endoscopy What is an upper GI endoscopy? An upper GI endoscopy or EGD (esophagogastroduodenoscopy) is a procedure to diagnose and treat problems in your upper GI tract (gastrointestinal tract). The upper GI tract includes your food pipe (esophagus), stomach, and the first part of your small intestine (the duodenum). This procedure is done using a long, flexible tube called an endoscope. The tube has a tiny light and video camera on one end. The tube is put into your mouth and throat. Then it is...
Upper Gastrointestinal Series
Upper Gastrointestinal Series What is an upper gastrointestinal series? An upper gastrointestinal series is an imaging test of your esophagus, stomach, and first part of your small intestine (duodenum). The test is done with X-rays after you swallow a special beverage. The beverage contains either contrast or a powder called barium. A test of just the back of your mouth and throat (pharynx) and esophagus is called a swallow . It is called a barium swallow if barium is used. It is called a Gastrografin s...
Ureterocele and Ureteral Duplication
Ureterocele and Ureteral Duplication What is a ureterocele? A ureterocele involves the kidney, ureter, and bladder. A normal ureter is one that transports urine from the kidney to the bladder. When a child has a ureterocele, the portion of the ureter closest to the bladder becomes enlarged because the ureter opening is very tiny and obstructs urine outflow. As the urine flow is obstructed, urine backs up in the ureter tube. What is ureteral duplication? Children who have a ureterocele may also have an u...
Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)
Urinary Tract Infections What are urinary tract infections (UTIs)? Urinary tract infections are caused by bacteria along the urinary tract. The urinary tract is made up of 2 kidneys that remove liquid waste from the blood in the form of urine. Narrow tubes called ureters carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder. The urine is stored in the bladder. When the bladder is emptied, the urine travels through a tube called the urethra and passes outside the body. Who is affected by urinary tract infections? ...
Urinary Incontinence in Children
Urinary Incontinence in Children (Enuresis) What is urinary incontinence (enuresis)? Urinary incontinence is the loss of bladder control. In children under age 3, it’s normal to not have full bladder control. As children get older, they become more able to control their bladder. When wetting happens in a child who is old enough to control his or her bladder, it’s known as enuresis. Enuresis can happen during the day or at night. Enuresis can be frustrating. But it’s important to be patient and remember ...
Undescended Testes (Cryptorchidism)
Undescended Testes (Cryptorchidism) What is cryptorchidism (undescended testes)? Cryptorchidism (or undescended testes) is a condition seen in newborns when one or both of the male testes have not passed down into the scrotal sac. About 10% of cases involve both testes. Cryptorchidism is more commonly seen in premature males because the testes do not descend from the abdomen to the scrotal sac until the seventh month of fetal development. What causes undescended testes? Undescended testes may occur for ...
Upper Respiratory Infection (URI or Common Cold)
Upper Respiratory Infection (URI or Common Cold) What is an upper respiratory infection (URI)? An upper respiratory infection (URI), also known as the common cold, is one of the most common illnesses, leading to more health care provider visits and absences from school and work than any other illness every year. It is estimated that during a 1-year period, people in the U.S. will suffer 1 billion colds. Caused by a virus that inflames the membranes in the lining of the nose and throat, colds can be the ...
Using a Breast Pump
Using a Breast Pump Health considerations when using a breast pump Breastmilk is not sterile and its anti-infective properties hinder the growth of bacteria. Still, you do not want to introduce "outside" bacteria unnecessarily when getting ready to pump, during the actual pumping session, or when storing milk or transporting milk. To reduce the risk of infection, consider the following: Always wash and rinse your hands thoroughly before handling pump parts, your breasts, or the milk collection bottles o...
Umbilical Cord Care
Umbilical Cord Care The umbilical cord is the baby's lifeline to the mother during pregnancy. However, it is no longer needed once the baby is born. Within a few minutes after birth, the cord is clamped and cut close to the navel. The clamp helps stop bleeding from the blood vessels in the umbilical cord. A medication is sometimes applied to the cord as part of a baby's first care. This may be a purple dye or another type of antiseptic. However, this practice has been replaced by dry cord care in most U...
Ultrasound in Pregnancy
Ultrasound in Pregnancy What is an ultrasound? An ultrasound scan is a diagnostic technique that uses high-frequency sound waves to create an image of the internal organs. A screening ultrasound is sometimes done during the course of a pregnancy to monitor normal fetal growth and verify the due date. Results of ultrasounds from the first 14 weeks are most accurate in establishing or confirming due dates. Ultrasounds may be done at various times throughout pregnancy for different reasons: In the first tr...
Urinary Tract and Kidney Infections
Urinary Tract and Kidney Infections in Pregnancy A urinary tract infection (UTI) is a very common medical complication of pregnancy. Untreated, a UTI can cause serious problems in pregnancy. Normal urine is sterile. It contains fluids, salts, and waste products, but is free of bacteria, viruses, and fungi. The tissues of the bladder are isolated from urine and toxic substances by a coating that discourages bacteria from attaching and growing on the bladder wall. The main parts of the urinary tract are: ...
Uniparental Disomy: Prader-Willi Syndrome, Angelman Syndrome
Uniparental Disomy: Prader-Willi Syndrome, Angelman Syndrome What is uniparental disomy? Normally, you inherit 1 copy of each chromosome pair from your biological mother, and the other copy of the chromosome pair from your biological father. Uniparental disomy refers to the situation in which 2 copies of a chromosome come from the same parent, instead of 1 copy coming from the mother, and 1 copy coming from the father. Angelman syndrome (AS) and Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) are examples of disorders that...
Ulcerative Colitis in Children
Ulcerative Colitis in Children What is ulcerative colitis? Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). In this condition, the inner lining of your child’s large intestine (colon or bowel) and rectum gets inflamed. This inflammation often starts in the rectum and lower (sigmoid) intestine. Then it spreads to the whole colon. This causes diarrhea or frequent emptying of the colon. As cells on the surface of the lining of the colon die and fall off, open sores (ulcers) form. This causes pus,...
Ultrafast/Electron Beam CT Scan
Ultrafast/Electron Beam CT Scan What is an ultrafast/electron beam CT (computed tomography) scan? In standard X-rays, a beam of energy is aimed at the body part being studied. A plate behind the body part captures the variations of the energy beam after it passes through skin, bone, muscle, and other tissue. While much information can be obtained from a regular X-ray, specific detail about internal organs and other structures is not available. With computed tomography (also called CT or CAT scan), the X...
Urticaria (Hives) in Children
Urticaria (Hives) in Children What is urticaria in children? Urticaria, or hives, is a problem in which red, itchy, and swollen areas show up on the skin. It usually happens as an allergic reaction from eating certain foods or taking certain medicines. Though, sometimes the cause may be unknown. Hives can vary in size from one-half inch to several inches in size. Hives can show up all over the body or just on one part of the body. What causes urticaria? Causes of urticaria in children include food, medi...
Understanding the New Dietary Guidelines
March 2016 Understanding the New Dietary Guidelines Since 1980, the Dietary Guidelines have helped millions of Americans eat healthier. Updated every 5 years, the guidelines are packed with nutritional advice based on sound scientific data. Want to know how they can help you? Here are 4 key takeaways from the latest edition. Focus on a healthy eating pattern In the most recent guidelines, experts encourage Americans to shift or stick with a healthy eating pattern. That refers to all the foods and bevera...
Urinary Incontinence What is urinary incontinence? Urinary incontinence (UI) is the loss of urine control. You may not being able to hold your urine until you can reach a restroom. It may be a short-term problem caused by another health issue. Or it may be a long-term problem that you’ll have to manage. UI can range from a slight loss of urine to severe, frequent wetting. Fear of wetting yourself can keep you from enjoying activities with your family and friends. Incontinence during sex can cause great ...
Urinary Tract Infections or UTIs
Urinary Tract Infections or UTIs What are urinary tract infections? Urinary tract infections or UTIs are infections in any part of the urinary tract. They are a common health problem that affects millions of people each year. Women are especially prone to UTIs. A UTI may affect any part of the urinary tract causing: Urethritis. This is an infection of the urethra, the hollow tube that carries urine from the bladder to the outside of the body. Cystitis. This is an infection in the bladder from germs that...
Urogenital Disorders Many disorders of the urinary system require clinical care by a physician or other health care professional. Listed in the directory below are some of the conditions, for which we have provided a brief overview. Bladder Cancer Cystocele (Fallen Bladder) Hematuria (Blood in the Urine) Impotence / Erectile Dysfunction Interstitial Cystitis Male Factor Infertility Neurogenic Bladder Peyronie's Disease Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) Prostate Cancer Urinary Incontinence Urinary Tract...
Ultraviolet (UV) Radiation and Skin Cancer Ultraviolet (UV) radiation is a type of light. Sunlight has UV rays, along with other kinds of rays. Some light bulbs give off UV rays. UV light bulbs are used in tanning machines, some nail dryers, machines used by dermatologists, and more. Types of UV rays UV rays come in three types: UVA . These rays go into the skin more deeply than UVB rays. These play a major part in skin aging and wrinkling. They also contribute to the growth of skin cancer. UVB. These r...
Uterine Fibroids What are uterine fibroids? Fibroids are firm, compact tumors made of smooth muscle cells and fibrous connective tissue. They develop in the uterus. It is estimated that between 20% to 50% of women of reproductive age have fibroids, although not all are diagnosed. Some estimates state that up to 30% to 77% of women will develop fibroids sometime during their childbearing years. Although Only about one-third of these fibroids are large enough to be detected by a healthcare provider during...
Usher Syndrome in Children
Usher Syndrome in Children What is Usher syndrome? Usher syndrome is a disorder that is passed down through families (inherited). A syndrome is a group of symptoms that happen together. Usher syndrome involves both hearing loss and vision loss. The hearing loss may be mild to complete. The vision problem is called retinitis pigmentosa. The retinas of the eyes are slowly damaged over time. The retinas receive light and play a very important part in being able to see. Usher syndrome is the most common chi...
Ulcerative Colitis What is ulcerative colitis? Ulcerative colitis is part of a group of diseases called inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). It is when the lining of your large intestine (the colon or large bowel) and your rectum become red and swollen or inflamed. In most cases the inflammation begins in your rectum and lower intestine and moves up to the whole colon. Ulcerative colitis does not normally affect the small intestine. But it can affect the lower section of your small intestine (the ileum). T...
Urticaria/Hives What is urticaria? Urticaria, or hives, is a condition in which red, itchy, raised areas appear on the skin. Urticaria may last for a short or long time. If it lasts for a short time, the cause is usually an allergic reaction from eating certain foods or taking certain medicines. When urticaria is long-term, the cause is often unknown. Hives vary in size and may come and go. Hives can affect most of the body or just a small area. What foods commonly cause hives? Hives are a common reacti...
Understanding Spirometry In order to diagnose and monitor asthma, your health care provider examines you. He or she listens to your chest and asks you to breathe. You are asked questions about your symptoms, triggers, and any family history of asthma or allergies. Tests may also be done. Click to Enlarge Spirometry is an easy test that tells your health care provider how well your lungs are working. The spirometer measures the amount of air you exhale (breathe out) and how quickly you can exhale complet...
Understanding Atherosclerosis When the walls of blood vessels that carry blood from the heart to the rest of the body become thickened due to plaque buildup and inflammation, it is called atherosclerosis. This can lead to stiffening and narrowing of the arteries. The condition can start as early as childhood. It can lead to many health problems, including heart disease and stroke. How does it happen? Atherosclerosis is a disease that develops slowly over time. Excess cholesterol and other matter in the ...
Understanding Kidney Disease
Understanding Kidney Disease Too often, diabetes leads to kidney disease. But it doesn't have to. When kidney problems are caught early, you can take steps to prevent more serious kidney disease. That's why it's important to check the health of your kidneys with a microalbumin test. The kidneys filter and clean about 50 gallons of blood every day, carefully removing the body's toxic waste products. Diabetes can be hard on the kidneys, and when blood sugar is high, they filter more blood than normal. Ove...
Understanding Compulsive Overeating
Understanding Compulsive Overeating People who chronically overeat may be suffering from a common eating disorder known as compulsive overeating. It is also known as binge eating. This eating disorder is characterized by eating large amounts of food, by eating quickly (often to the point of discomfort), and by eating when no longer hungry. While many people experience a food binge periodically, the compulsive overeater averages binging 2 times a week for at least 6 months. Gradual start Compulsive overe...
Understanding Prehypertension Prehypertension identifies people at risk of developing chronic high blood pressure if they don’t take steps to improve their lifestyle habits. Someone who ends up with full-blown high blood pressure may, in time, develop heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness, or dementia. And may have to stay on prescription drugs for life. The "prehypertension" numbers to remember are 120 over 80 up to 139 over 89. That reading should be seen as a yellow light. According to gui...
Understanding Your Response to Stress
Understanding Your Response to Stress Any change in your life can lead to stress. This includes even pleasurable activities, such as vacations or new forms of recreation. You can also be in a stressful situation such as a difficult job or a long-term illness of a spouse. If you think you might be experiencing stress, this assessment may help you identify its effects on you. You probably know some of the common signs of stress. They include a pounding heart, sweaty palms, and feeling anxious. But you may...
Urinary Incontinence Quiz
Take the Urinary Incontinence Quiz Incontinence means that you release urine when you don’t mean to. Incontinence is a common problem. Learn about the condition by taking this quiz. It can give you the courage and understanding you need to bring the subject up with your health care provider. 1. One type of incontinence is stress incontinence. Stress urinary incontinence means you release urine when you cough, sneeze, or do things like bend down, lift, or walk. You didn't answer this question. You answer...
Urinary Tract Quiz
Take the Urinary Tract Infection Quiz Your urinary tract includes the organs that collect and store urine and release it from your body. They are the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra. 1. The average adult passes about 3 quarts of urine a day. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is The total is about a quart and a half of urine each day. The amount of urine varies. It depends on the fluids and foods you eat and drink. The amount formed at night is about half that formed...
Urethral Cancer: Frequently Asked Questions
Urethral Cancer: Frequently Asked Questions What is urethral cancer? A: Urethral cancer is a rare type of cancer that starts in the urethra. The urethra is a tube that carries urine from the bladder to an opening on the outside of the body. In women, the urethra is about 1-1/2 inches long. It reaches from the bladder to an opening in front of the vagina. In men, the urethra is about eight inches long. It passes through the prostate gland and the penis to an opening on the glans, or the tip of the penis....
Uterine Cancer: Frequently Asked Questions
Uterine Cancer: Frequently Asked Questions Here are some answers to some of the more common questions people ask about uterine cancer. Click Image to Enlarge Q: What is the uterus? A: The uterus is a hollow, pear-shaped organ, also known as the womb. It is located in a woman's pelvis between the bladder and rectum. Fallopian tubes on both sides of the uterus connect it to each ovary. The bottom part of the uterus is called the cervix. The cervix connects the uterus with the vagina. The middle round part...
Uterine Sarcoma: Introduction
Uterine Sarcoma: Introduction What is cancer? Cancer is when cells in the body change and grow out of control. To help you understand what happens when you have cancer, let’s look at how your body works normally. Your body is made up of tiny building blocks called cells. Normal cells grow when your body needs them, and die when your body does not need them any longer. Cancer is made up of abnormal cells that grow even though your body doesn’t need them. In most cancers, the abnormal cells grow to form a...
Uterine Sarcoma: Risk Factors
Uterine Sarcoma: Risk Factors What is a risk factor? A risk factor is anything that may increase your chance of having a disease. Risk factors for a certain type of cancer might include smoking, diet, family history, or many other things. The exact cause of someone’s cancer may not be known. But risk factors can make it more likely for a person to have cancer. Things you should know about risk factors for cancer: Risk factors can increase a person's risk, but they do not necessarily cause the disease. S...
Uterine Sarcoma: Statistics
Uterine Sarcoma: Statistics What are statistics? Statistics are numbers that are used to measure certain things. Some people use statistics to figure out their chances of getting cancer. Or they use them to try to figure out their chance of recovery. Because no two people are alike, statistics can’t be used to predict what will happen to one person. The statistics below describe large groups of people. They don’t take into account a person's own risk factors. These may include family history, behaviors,...
Uterine Sarcoma: Sympatoms
Uterine Sarcoma: Symptoms What are the symptoms of uterine sarcoma? The main symptom you may notice is unusual vaginal bleeding or other vaginal discharge. After menopause, it’s not normal for any amount of vaginal bleeding to occur. Report this to your doctor right away. Finding uterine sarcoma while it’s small and hasn’t spread makes it easier to treat. Other rare but possible symptoms include: Pain or a feeling of fullness in the pelvic area or lower abdomen A mass or tumor that can be felt When to s...
Uterine Sarcoma: Radiation Therapy
Uterine Sarcoma: Radiation Therapy What is radiation therapy? Radiation therapy is a treatment for cancer that uses high-energy X-rays. A machine directs the rays of energy to the area of cancer. Radiation therapy is also called radiotherapy. Its goal is to kill or shrink cancer cells. Why might I need radiation therapy? Your doctor may advise radiation therapy for you in any of these cases: You’re not able to have surgery. In rare cases, you may have only radiation. This may destroy all the cancer if t...
Uterine Sarcoma: Your Chances for Recovery (Prognosis)
Uterine Sarcoma: Your Chances for Recovery (Prognosis) What is a prognosis? Prognosis is the word your healthcare team may use to describe your chances of recovering from cancer. Or it may mean your likely outcome from cancer and cancer treatment. A prognosis is a calculated guess. It’s a question many people have when they learn they have cancer. Making a choice The decision to ask about your prognosis is a personal one. It’s up to you to decide how much you want to know. Some people find it easier to ...
Uterine Sarcoma: Grades and Stages
Uterine Sarcoma: Grades and Stages Once your healthcare provider knows you have cancer, the next step is to find out the grade and stage of the cancer. Stage is a way to note the size of the tumor, and if it has spread. Grade is a way to note how abnormal the cancer cells look under a microscope. Staging and grading of cancer is important for deciding how to treat it, and how curable it is. Grades of uterine sarcoma The grade refers to how the cancer cells look when compared to normal breast cells. The ...
Uterine Sarcoma: Newly Diagnosed
Uterine Sarcoma: Newly Diagnosed Being told you have uterine sarcoma can be scary, and you may have many questions. But you have people on your healthcare team to help. Coping with fear It’s normal to feel afraid. Learning about your cancer and about the treatment options you have can make you feel less afraid. This also helps you work with your healthcare team and make the best choices for your treatment. You can also ask to speak with a counselor. Working with your healthcare team Your healthcare team...
Understanding the Provisions of Your Managed Care Plan
Understanding the Provisions of Your Managed Care Plan The type of plan you have can affect who directs your medical plan of care (the healthcare provider), where that care can be delivered (the facility providing services), the length of time certain services can be administered (precertification/predetermination), and any additional cost of treatment to you (coinsurance). Managed care, by definition, is a comprehensive method of managing and coordinating medical care you receive. The goal of case mana...
Understanding the Late Effects of Cancer and Its Treatment
Understanding the Late Effects of Cancer and Its Treatment More people are surviving cancer than ever before. According to the American Cancer Society, more than 13.7 million Americans have a history of cancer, many of whom are survivors of childhood cancers. Over half of the people diagnosed with cancer are alive 5 years later, many of them cured. As more and more people survive longer, we are seeing new problems develop from the cancer or its treatment. These problems are called late effects. What cau...
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