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October 2016 Archives

Advances for breast cancer patients

A breast cancer diagnosis can be a terrifying prospect, but Oregon women may appreciate the positive strides made during 2016 in connection with this disease. Surgery and chemotherapy are common treatments, but there can be challenges if cancer cells have spread beyond the original tumor. Additionally, diagnosis is often made via mammogram, but there is a great deal of potential for error in these tests.

Artificial intelligence's future role in diagnoses

Despite the advances that have been made in the field of medicine, misdiagnoses are still a common occurrence. Oregon residents should be aware that artificial intelligence might play a significant role in how patients are diagnosed in the near future.

Being aware of childhood cancer

Every day, 43 children are diagnosed with cancer, and each year, 12 percent of the 40,000 children who receive cancer treatment do not survive. During Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September, organizations work to spread important information regarding the issues surrounding cancer in children. Parents in Oregon and across the nation may benefit from learning about the cancers issues that could possibly affect their children.

Complexities of diagnosing dementia

Oregon residents know that getting a correct diagnosis when facing a disease that affects the brain's function can mean the difference in getting appropriate treatment. In addition, it might affect the outcome. According to a report issued by Neurology Advisor, causation in terms of dementia is multifaceted, and determining the source is an essential part of the diagnosis.

Medical errors common but largely unreported

When Oregon patients die from medical mistakes, the death certificates usually don't list 'medical error" as the cause of death. In most cases, the physiological cause of death is listed even if a patient died as a direct result of a surgical mistake or a delayed diagnosis. Incomplete death certificates are just one example of how serious medical mistakes go unreported.

Even when you trust your doctor, a second opinion could be wise

Doctors in Oregon sometimes face the difficult task of telling patients bad news. When a patient is diagnosed with a serious illness, however, they may not consider that the doctor could be wrong. Even if someone trusts their doctor, getting a second opinion could be a good idea.

Strategies for reducing medical error rates

Oregon residents might know that heart disease and cancer are among top causes of death in the nation. However, they might be surprised that they are closely followed on the list by medical mistakes. There are various settings in which errors could occur, and another surprising fact is that physicians' offices are most likely to be the locations at which medical errors occur. With the rates at such high levels, it is important to consider the best strategies for reducing these numbers.


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