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I am having a nuclear medicine study…should I be worried?   

A lot of people get a bit apprehensive when they hear the word “nuclear medicine”, mainly because they associate it with more sinister and historic events, like nuclear explosions and weapons, however the reality is far from that.

I am a genetic counsellor! What is this you may ask?

Genetic counsellors are specialists with expert knowledge in human genetics, counselling and health communication skills. They work as part of a team, usually with medical specialists such as clinical geneticists, oncologists, surgeons etc.

The role of Physiotherapy in the management of gynaecological cancers

Physiotherapy focus on movement science helping individuals to maintain and maximize their physical strength, range of motion, functional and overall well-being. Also, physiotherapy interventions have been proven to be effective in addressing major complications of arising from gynaecological cancer, or its treatment. Furthermore, physiotherapy plays an important in the survivorship program of patients diagnosed with …

Do not worry.. Cancer is not stigma!

Stigma has been defined as a process in which a person is perceived as a broken, labelled collection of several parts, rather than a whole human entity (Goffman,1963). Linked with stigma are feelings of shame and inferiority (Lim & Tan, 2014; Noroozi et al., 2018). Stigma can be associated with any phenomenon or characteristic that …

Clinical staging of gynecological cancers

Clinical staging is used to determine the extent and spread of cancer within the body before treatment starts. The location from where the cancer originates is called the ‘primary site’. The extent to which the tumor has spread at the time of diagnosis is called ‘clinical stage’ in medical lexicon. At the time of diagnosis, …

Help me.. I want to stop smoking!

Nicotine, a stimulant in many products like cigars and cigarettes, creates a pleasurable sensation that can lead to addiction. Social pressures play an essential role in the emergence of smoking addiction, as it relates to people having social acceptance. And over time, the different external factors create an environment that promotes smoking despite its negative …

How to diagnosis gynecological Cancers?

The diagnosis of any cancer is established on biopsy material. A biopsy is obtained from the tissue or organ where cancer is suspected. The biopsy material is then processed and subjected to examination under the microscope. Biopsy not only provides the diagnosis، but also informs the physicians of several other important parameters pertinent to medical …

What do you know about radioactive seed therapy?

Brachy radiotherapy is a special form of radiotherapy known as brachy, which means short or near, referring to the close distance between the radiation source and the tumor. In contrast to usual external radiotherapy, the potent radioactive source of radiation is placed directly on or inserted into the tumor. This allows for targeted and precise …

How to screen gynecological cancer?

The word ‘Screening’ refers to looking for cancer or the precancerous condition before the onset of symptoms. Through screening, cancer can be detected in the pre-invasive stage or in an early stage of cancer, when treatment is easier, and chances of cure are very high.

What is the way to treat pancreatic Cancer?

The pancreas is a gland located behind the stomach and secretes hormones that help regulate sugar in the body and aid digestion through direct secretion into the blood or through the pancreatic duct directly connected to the duodenum.

How to protect yourself from gynecological cancer?

In this article, methods of prevention of gynecological cancer are described. Measure for prevention of cancer can be described as: Primary prevention, (applicable to all individuals) Secondary prevention (applicable to people at high risk of getting the cancer). Tertiary prevention, (prevention of cancer once the cancer is successfully treated).

The Impact of Multi-Drug resistant Organisms on Cancer Patients

MDRO stands for Multi-Drug Resistant Organisms, which are microorganisms that are resistant to multiple antibiotics. This means that the standard treatment options for infections caused by these organisms are limited, making it difficult to control and treat such infections.

Cancer pain: Questions and Answers

Pain is the first sign of cancer for many patients, and early diagnosis is critical for survival; So don’t underestimate any kind of pain and report back to your doctor immediately. Do not let pain become severe to tell you that you have cancer, prevention and early diagnosis can defeat cancer. Cancer pain can be …

What do you know about thyroid cancer?

Thyroid follicular epithelial-derived cancers include papillary, follicular, and anaplastic cancer. Papillary and follicular cancers are considered differentiated cancers, and patients with these tumors are often treated similarly despite numerous biologic differences.

Genetic mutations associated with closed communities in BRCA1 & BRCA2 genes.

BRCA1 and BRCA2 germline mutations contribute to a significant number (10-15%) of familial and hereditary breast and/or ovarian cancers. The proportion of high-risk families with breast and/or ovarian cancer cases due to mutations in these tumor suppressor genes varies widely among populations.

How do you take care of your mouth during cancer treatment?

How do you take care of your mouth during cancer treatment? Article: Dr. Nadiya AlKindi – Consultant Special Care DentistrySome of the cancer treatments can cause mouth discomfort and pain. This may be due to mucositis or dry mouth.To assist patients in reducing the effects of these complications, it is important to follow some simple …

Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation. Services, Programs and Goals

Physiotherapy and rehabilitation play an important role in the recovery process of a cancer patient. Here, we approach this treatment, its fields and goals through an interview with Mr. Sulaiman Saif Al Alawi – Head of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Department at Sultan Qaboos Comprehensive Cancer Care and Research Center.

Beware … Google is not the source!

The patient s’ attempt to educate themselves about cancer is a step in the right direction towards raising their level of awareness in dealing with the disease and its effects, especially from a psychological and social point of view. However, reliance on inaccurate sources remains a step that may lead to undesirable results. Here we …

Palliative care for cancer patients: Concept and challenges

Palliative care for cancer patients: Concept and challenges Article: Dr. Amna Al-Harsi – Palliative Care ConsultantPalliative care is a medical science that carries the philosophy of treating symptoms, relieving suffering, and focusing on quality of life when a patient faces life-threatening diseases such as malignant diseases, fatal chronic diseases, or diseases related to aging.The World …

Psychological Support for Cancer Patient Family… is it Necessary?

Does the family need psychological support like a cancer patient does? Here we are interviewing Dr. Zena Marwan Al Sharbati a Senior Specialist -A- Clinical Psychology at Sultan Qaboos Comprehensive Cancer Care and Research Centre on the various areas of psychological support for the family, besides to exploring the extent to which the Omani family …