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The diabetes-cancer connection


National Diabetes Awareness Month brings attention to a disease that affects nearly 30 million Americans, with another 86 million Americans at risk for developing the disease.

People with diabetes have an increased risk of heart attack or stroke, kidney failure, vision loss and nerve damage. Growing evidence also suggests that people with diabetes are at higher risk for developing certain cancers, including liver, pancreatic, endometrial, colorectal, breast and bladder.

Veterans with chronic pain need comprehensive treatment plans

Raed Rahman, DO

As a veteran of the U.S. Army Reserves, I wanted to discuss the issue of chronic pain among enlisted men and women. Just a few months ago, a study in JAMA Internal Medicine found that nearly half of 2,597 soldiers surveyed had experienced chronic pain after tours in Afghanistan or Iraq. At 44 percent, the rate of chronic pain among soldiers is significantly higher than that of the civilian population, which is 26 percent.

Physical Therapy Month: Techniques to heal scar tissue


If surgery is part of your cancer treatment plan, you can expect scar tissue to develop at the incision site. It’s normal in the healing process. However, for some patients, scarring may restrict mobility if the scar tissue attaches to underlying structures. The good news is that physical therapy can help.

Breast cancer survivor accomplishes goals to celebrate her five-year “cancerversary”


Rhonda Spinks knew she wanted to go all out this year to celebrate her five-year anniversary of beating stage III breast cancer. “After going through chemo and radiation treatment, and feeling down and out in my body, it was important for me to do something to show I’m back to my old self, if not stronger,” says the wildlife biologist and Army National Guard captain.

There's hope for patients with metastatic breast cancer

Dennis Citrin, MB, PhD

It’s important to emphasize that metastatic breast cancer is not a hopeless situation. Metastatic breast cancer usually develops years after treatment for apparently early-stage breast cancer. Metastatic breast cancer is considered a systemic disease because it can impact multiple organs. To control it, systemic treatment using drugs is needed. With breast cancer, we have many different drug types available.

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