Trusting instincts, asking questions

Nina: repeat pathology detects cancer

When her mammogram results revealed abnormalities, Nina was called in for repeat testing, yet was told that there was no evidence of cancer and that nothing further was necessary. Nina remained uneasy and reached out to Best Doctors for advice. Best Doctors collected her complete records and test results and conducted an expert pathology review, which identified invasive cancer. Nina’s case was then immediately sent to a top oncologist who explained the necessary testing which she would need to have done and provided step-by-step treatment recommendations based upon the results. Nina is currently undergoing the recommended surgery and radiation and is extremely thankful to Best Doctors for its dedicated service, clear and comprehensive expert report and, most of all, for a potentially life-saving change in diagnosis.

Jennifer: reassurance on treatment After breast cancer surgery, Jennifer was informed that the cancer had not yet spread to her lymph nodes but that it was getting close. Given various treatment options, she and her husband were unsure. After collecting all of her medical records and retesting her pathology, the Best Doctors specialist confirmed that, given her case, there was a much greater benefit from radiotherapy and medication than surgery. Jennifer was therefore able to receive input from a world renowned specialist who helped her feel secure that she was following the best possible treatment plan. In their own words: two more Read more

Chronic pain figures

As patients, there is no doubt that pain is one of the experiences that can terrify us most.  This is even truer when talking about a problem that is not temporary but is here to stay.  In other words, the type of pain that comes into our lives and becomes chronic, occasionally affecting our daily lives irreversibly and traumatically. 

The facts hurt too If we consider for a moment the figures relating to pain across the whole world, we will see that it is a reality that has an enormous impact on our society.  Worldwide, it may come as no surprise that there could be more than 1.2 billion adults affected by some kind of chronic pain  (approximately 20 per cent of the total world population).  In Europe, the figure is 80 million patients (approximately 9 per cent of the adult European population). The figures increase every year We must learn how to fight against pain, but also how to live Read more

Yoga improves quality of life for breast cancer patients

According to a study carried out by the MD Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas, yoga provides a range of important benefits for breast cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy.

The initial results of this study were made public some years ago by Professor Lorenzo Cohen, Director of the Integrative Medicine Program at the MD Anderson Cancer Center and were recently published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

This study, incorporating a deep insight into the interaction of body and mind and the positive effects of this on cancer patients, was developed in collaboration with the world-class yoga institution, Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana, in Bangalore, India. What is yoga? Yoga is a combination of concentration techniques used in order to achieve harmony through the union of body, mind and breathing.  It is an ancient practice and is undertaken through breathing exercises, (pranayama), meditation and poses (asanas).    According to the results, breast cancer patients who incorporated yoga exercises with conrolled breathing, meditation and relaxation techniques into the treatment plan for Read more