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Image Guided Tumour Ablation - Latest Cancer Therapies

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The goal of all cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body. therapy is to target only the disease, whilst not causing unnecessary damage to surrounding healthy tissueA group of cells with a similar structure and a specialised function.. The latest imaging technology allows the surgeon to see precisely what he is operating on in real time without the need for open surgery. Many different types of cancer can now be effectively treated due to new precision ablative therapies.

"Incredible improvements in our ability to diagnose and monitor cancer during treatment allows doctors to direct needles to suspicious areas of tissue, take small samples and destroy those areas using energy delivered down needles. The name for this ‘needlehole’ treatment is ‘ablation’ and refers to any non-radiotherapyThe treatment of disease using radiation. form of treatment that destroys tissue focally, while sparing the surrounding healthy tissue." Dr Rowland Illing

A new study suggests that conservative management of vascularRelating to blood vessels. abnormalities in the brain leads to better outcomes.

New research has found an increased prevalence of celiac disease among children with irritable bowelA common name for the large and/or small intestines. syndrome.

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Senior Ophthalmologists advise on latest treatments for Cataracts

Cataracts - where cloudy patches develop over the front of the eye causing blurred vision, are associated with advancing age and are estimated to affect over half of people older than 65 years. In most patients both eyes will need correcting and the preferred method in most cases is Immediate Sequential Bilateral Cataract Surgery or ISBCS as everything can be fixed by a single visit to the operating theatre and the whole episode of visualRelating to the sense of sight (vision). rehabilitationThe treatment of a person with an illness or disability to improve their function and health. is much shorter. Surgery for cataracts has improved steadily over the past few decades and it has become the most common surgical procedure in the UK.

Expert Cataract Information:

Bilateral Cataract Surgery

Cataract Surgery FAQs

Treating Cataracts with IOLs

 

Heart Rhythm Disorders

Heart Rhythm Disorders, or cardiacRelating to the heart arrhythmias, are caused by your heart beating irregularly. This can cause symptoms of palpitationsThe feeling when you become aware of your heartbeat - when frightened, for example. (a sense that the heart is beating abnormally and uncomfortably), breathlessness, occasionally chest pains, dizziness and even blackouts, although some patients may not be aware of having an arrhythmiaAny form of disturbance to the heart's normal regular beat. Most forms of heart rhythm disorders are now well understood and effective treatments can be offered for both benignNot dangerous, usually applied to a tumour that is not malignant. and serious disorders. The different classifications and treatments for arrhythmias are covered by leading heart specialists in this section.

Foot

There are a number of different problems that can affect the foot, from bunions to heel pain to sporting injuries.This section by the relevant medical experts discusses a range of the latest treatment options.

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