Best Doctors Corrected Ashifa’s Cancer Misdiagnosis

Ashifa, Best Doctors discovers cancer misdiagnosis

Getting a cancer diagnosis can be one the scariest moments in your life—whether it’s you, a family member or a friend who hears those words. Intense cancer treatments can have detrimental side effects, such as hair loss, infections, nausea and vomiting, kidney problems, fertility issues and so much more, but they’re worth it to beat cancer.

But what happens when that cancer is misdiagnosed? “Often it takes a fair amount of experience, as well as technology, to make the precise diagnosis,” said Dr. Leonard Zwelling of the MD Anderson Cancer Center in an interview. Researchers at Johns Hopkins found that up to 1 in 5 cancer cases are misdiagnosed or misclassified, which is why getting a second opinion on the original pathology by an expert is crucial with every cancer diagnosis. Ashifa, a Best Doctors member, was diagnosed with metastatic squamous head and neck cancer, a very aggressive type of cancer, after her doctors found and removed a small lump Read more

Combating Parkinson with a Punch

Elderly man boxing

A new wave of specialised boxing classes is emerging around the globe to help individuals living with Parkinson disease. This disease causes the gradual degeneration of motor skills, balance, sensory function and speech. As of yet, the global medical community is yet to find a definitive cure.

However, exploratory physical therapy has discovered that boxing provides a full-body workout that is extremely beneficial to Parkinson’s Disease patients because of the rapid combinations of hand-eye coordination with footwork. This practice facilitates the re-development and strengthening of brain and body function. This physical activity helps train the body by doing movements that using ones entire muscular structure by doing whole-body movements combined with punching and footwork in several directions. This coordinated workout provides both anaerobic and aerobic exercise as well as speed training that result in an exhilarating workout and helps increase patient’s confidence levels. According to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, Read more

Chemo Brain: The foggy side effects of treatment

Woman who has undergone chemotherapy standing at window

A growing topic amongst oncologists and cancer survivors revolves around one of the most common side effects of chemotherapy, more commonly known as “chemo brain”. Chemo Brain has been known to greatly affect some cancer survivors quality of life; even several years after kicking the disease to the curb.

According to the World Health Organisation, statistics indicate that number of new cancer cases is expected to rise by about 70% over the next 2 decades. This could account for an estimated 23.6 million new cases of cancer as soon as 2030[1]. Almost absolutely every cancer patient undergoes one or more of the following treatments: surgery, radiation and/or chemotherapy. The aggressiveness of many patients’ oncology treatments requires a huge amount of mental and physical strength, family support, and a positive and hopeful approach to the day-to-day.  However, even after beating cancer, patients who have undergone chemotherapy can experience “Chemo Brain”. During chemotherapy Read more