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Source: ACOG, Committee Opinion. April 2013 (reaffirmed 2015), number 557.
A Woman’s Normal Anatomy
PALM – Structural causes of AUB
P – Polyp
A – Adenomyosis
L – Leiomyoma (fibroids)
M – Malignancy/Hyperplasia
COEIN – Non-structural
C – Coagulopathy
O – Ovulatory
E – Endometrial
I – Iatrogenic
N –Not Classified
Source: Established by FIGO – Fédération Internationale de Gynécologie et d’Obstétrique (the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics)
What is Interventional Pulmonology?
This new field is revolutionizing what we can now offer to people to diagnose and treat a variety of lung diseases. Imagine someone, like my uncle, Richard, who had several puzzling spots seen on his lungs on x-rays. He’d been told that he wasn’t well enough to have surgery or a biopsy or remove them, and the previous bronchoscopies didn’t reach them. His doctors back east were only able to give their best guess and did the best they could to treat these puzzling spots.
Uncle Richard would have been a good candidate for Interventional Pulmonology, a new way of combining various diagnostic procedures and minimally invasive techniques to reach the most remote areas of the lungs, biopsy and treat them. In his case, he may have benefited from Electromagnetic Navigational Bronchoscopy or EndoBronchial Ultrasound (EBUS) or Radial Probe Ultrasound (REBUS). All of which can help physicians gain access to hard to reach lesions while minimizing risk to the person.
Training the next wave of pulmonologists
These weren’t available for my uncle despite being in a large metropolitan are. Though there are very few hospitals in the country with an Interventional Pulmonolgy program, here in Silicon Valley, El Camino Hospital has had one of the top programs (more…)
Last night a friend of mine brought over her mammogram report and asked me what it meant and what she should do. She had been informed that her breasts were dense, but wasn’t told what it meant, what the next steps were and what she should do.
Though there’s a law on the books in many states that requires that women be notified of their breast density, often their health care providers aren’t making recommendations about what they should do next.
Do you wonder if you’re at higher risk of developing breast cancer than your sister, friend or cousin? If you’re like most women, you have friends and/or family who have been diagnosed with breast cancer and you may be wondering, “Why them? What about me? Am I at high risk?
Breast Cancer is still the most common type of cancer in women. Each year approximately 200,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Early and better detection and research that’s led to advanced treatments are all improving the outlook for women diagnosed with breast cancer, and yet many of us wonder if we’re at high risk. There are lists of risk factors, but making sense of what to do with the information is daunting.