Age: 56 Reason for contacting Best Doctors: Seeking consultation regarding diagnosis and prognosis following peripheral vision loss
Best Doctors expert specialty: Ophthalmology
“I’m really grateful for everything Best Doctors has done for me because I really believe they have saved my sight.”
Clive was leading a healthy life and enjoying a fulfilling career at a prestigious wealth management company. Like many individuals, Clive was myopic (short sighted) and in 2013 he underwent cataract surgery which was successful and he recovered with no complications.
However, in 2015 Clive developed acute posterior vitreous detachment in his right eye which is caused by the vitreous gel in the eye tugging on the retina. Clive’s detachment was complicated by a superior retinal horseshoe tear, also referred to as flap or U-shaped tears, are full thickness breaks in the neurosensory retina. He received retinopexy laser treatment to control his Read more
Novartis, a Switzerland-based healthcare company, has unveiled what promises to be a ground-breaking new drug for some leukaemia patients. The standard cancer treatments include radiation, chemotherapy and surgery, but some new options have entered the market in recent years. Some drugs target specific molecular changes, like Imatinib Mesylate, while others, like Novartis’ drug, target the immune system.
Called “a living drug,” Novartis’ Kymriah uses CAR T-cell therapy to genetically alter a patient’s own immune cells so they can destroy tumor cells just like viruses. After the success of smaller trials, Novartis funded a larger trial, and the majority of patients treated with CAR T-cell therapy went into remission. Based on these results, Food and Drug Administration approved the drug tisagenlecleucel (Kymriah) in August for childhood acute lymphocytic leukaemia (ALL).
How does CAR T-cell therapy work?
T cells, or T lymphocytes, are types of white blood cells located in the immune system. The many different kinds of T cells can Read more
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