While we think pink in October, breast cancer does not discriminate, nor choose which month it will strike. It’s why we promote new screening and treatment options all year round. All four Methodist hospital campuses now offer 3-D mammography, so doctors have a full understanding and view of the breast tissue. This is especially helpful in younger patients who tend to have dense breast tissue that can sometimes hide a tumor.
Pancreatic cancer is the world’s toughest cancer. The internet is not your friend when searching for statistics about survivability, but at Methodist Health System, we’re beating the odds. November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month when the country shines a spotlight on this disease, and what’s being done to fight it. We have patients who have long past the five-year mark, which is a key bench mark in cancer survival.
Pregnancy induces a myriad of changes on a woman’s body, some more noticeable than others and take time to adjust. Some soon-to-be mamas struggle with morning sickness, others with constant heartburn – so food and nutrition can be a real struggle.
Many of us will fight through a cough, and choose to go to work even though there’s an annoying itch in the back of our throats. But, when does a cough become a serious issue—and how do we address it? Jaremy James, DO, internal medicine physician at Methodist Health Family Care on the Methodist Mansfield Medical Center campus, says a physician will consider when a cough started, how long it has been going on, the amount of mucus building up, and if it is progressively getting worse. The answers to those questions will create the treatment plan for the patient.
When it comes to natural deliciousness, I find nothing compares to fresh-off-the-farm fruits and vegetables picked at their prime season for harvest. The fewer days from the farm to the dinner plate, the better foods taste and the more flavor and nutrition they add to my favorite recipes. And that makes eating healthier a pleasure!
A woman contemplating breast implants has a lot to think about. She will likely consider the risk of surgery, weigh the pros and cons of silicone vs. saline, and make decisions regarding the size and shape of her breasts.
It’s 7 a.m. on a Friday, and my dog and I have just finished our 15-minute morning walk. As Maddie tries to race up the stairs to my third-floor walk-up apartment, I pull back on the leash, and make my way slowly up the 36 stairs. I’m counting each step, and at the top, I’m walking like some version of Frankenstein. I pride myself on being in good shape, at least as fit as my Shih Tzu. I reluctantly admit that I may have over-exercised.
We spend up to one-third of our lives asleep, which is a lot. It would be nice to know that all those hours you spend in bed are well-spent. You might have insomnia and not be able to fall asleep at all. Or half of your sleep time could be spent in the lighter stages of REM while you’re tossing and turning. Or you’re snoring so loud that your partner isn’t getting any sleep either. Now both of you will be drifting off around 2 p.m. at work tomorrow… and that’s not helping anyone.