Category: Well in Your 60s+

Conversations for those over 60

10 Questions to Ask About Joint Replacement

knee pain red kneeHas your knee or hip pain become so painful that you are considering joint replacement surgery? There are many questions to ask your physician as you consider this life altering surgery.

In planning your treatment, your doctor will consider many things, including your age, activity level and general health. If nonsurgical treatment methods, such as medication and physical therapy, don’t relieve your symptoms, your doctor may recommend total joint replacement surgery.

Your doctor and health care team will provide you with information to help you prepare for surgery. Never hesitate to ask questions, but what questions should you ask?

Is Colonoscopy Prep Keeping You Away?

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Guest Blogger: Benjamin Hyatt, MD, UMass Memorial Medical Center, Division of Gastroenterology

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, so it’s time to discuss an uncomfortable topic: colon health. Let’s start with the bad news: Colorectal cancer is the third most common form of cancer in the United States. But here’s some good news:  it’s most often preventable.

New Insurance Guidelines Cover Lung Cancer Screening Test

sticky-note-lung-cancer-screeningDid you know that lung cancer is the second most common cancer in both men and women? Did you also know that according to the American Cancer Society, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among men and women. Each year, more people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast and prostate cancers combined. This is true because lung cancer is typically already more advanced when someone seeks medical attention for already existing symptoms. This makes early diagnosis crucial, as it provides the best chance for effective treatment options and better prognosis.

New Technology to Detect Prostate Cancer?

man fishingThat’s right. If the man in your life needs a biopsy, then check out the new technology available that increases the detection of high-risk prostate cancer, with minimal discomfort and faster results.

Traditionally, prostate cancer biopsies have been performed by random sampling of the entire prostate. In one case, a man needed 18 painful biopsies for each of his 2 previous procedures. With the new targeted technology, only six biopsies were necessary, and he had minimal discomfort.