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Cervical Cancer Screening: What’s New? Updates for the Busy Clinician

In the United States, 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year, even though the screening for this disease is safe and effective. There are 3 types of screening options available: cervical cytology (Papanicolaou or “Pap” test), Pap/HPV (human papillomavirus) co-test, and HPV-only test. With simplified options such as HPV-only screening, providers who have been […]

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Cigarette Smoking in Persons Living with Hepatitis C: The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), 1999-2014

Cigarette smoking is common in persons living with hepatitis C (hepatitis C+), but national statistics on this harmful practice are lacking. A better understanding of smoking behaviors in hepatitis C+ individuals may help in the development of targeted treatment strategies. Methods We extracted data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) between 1999 and […]

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Increased Vulnerability to Poorer Cancer-Specific Outcomes Following Recent Divorce

Prior studies have only considered the association between static marital status and cancer-specific outcomes. We aim to measure the effect of recent divorce on cancer-specific outcomes. Methods There were 83,804 patients with 2 malignancies, diagnosed 12 to 60 months apart, from 1973-2006 from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results database. Patients were identified as newly […]

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Senator McCain and Our Shared Humanity

  Despite our country’s political divisions, I trust we are all praying for Senator McCain as he confronts his glioblastoma diagnosis. Unfortunately, I can guess the anguish Senator McCain and his family are experiencing. My wife Carolyn, a breast cancer surgeon and a breast cancer survivor, was diagnosed with the same malignant brain tumor in […]

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The Hyperlipidemia Effect: Pseudohyponatremia in Pancreatic Cancer

A patient’s newly discovered malignancy was evidently accompanied by a sodium deficit. The 48-year-old man presented to the Emergency Department for evaluation of abdominal pain and weight loss. He described gradual onset of severe, burning, epigastric pain with radiation to the back. In addition, he reported a 70-lb weight loss over 2 months, yellowing of […]

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