What is Neurogenic Bladder

February 7th, 2014 by Admin 1 comment »

Neurogenic bladder is a condition that affects both males and females and can result from disease, injury, or birth defects that affect the brain, spinal cord, or nerves leading to the bladder. This condition is caused by problems with the nerves carrying messages between the bladder and the brain which results in the loss of the normal bladder function control.

Bladder function is normally automatic but is governed by the brain. The final decision on whether or not to void is lost in patients with a neurogenic bladder and symptoms may vary depending upon the cause and other associated conditions. The sensory nerves in the bladder sense the fullness of the bladder and then the brain allows the motor nerves to trigger the muscle contraction of the bladder wall muscles which forces urine out through the urethera.

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Most Common Cancers In Men

January 25th, 2014 by Admin No comments »

The most common cancers in men are in order of occurrence: prostate cancer, lung cancer and colorectal cancer. Lung cancer and colorectal cancer can also happen in women, but prostate cancer is exclusive to men. Another cancer that only men can get is testicular cancer, however it is considered rare and the prognosis for it is very good.

Lung cancer is not as common as prostate cancer, but it is much deadlier and people who get lung cancer do not have a good prognosis. In fact about 9 out of 10 people diagnosed with lung cancer will die from it. The best preventative strategy to avoid lung cancer is to not smoke, and live an otherwise healthy lifestyle. Lung cancer is actually quite rare in non-smokers.

Colorectal cancer involves tumors in the appendix, rectum or colon. Prognosis is better than with lung cancer, but it is important to diagnose the disease early before it spreads to other tissues. Eating unhealthy, for example a lot of processed meat, can increase chances of developing colorectal cancer.

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Prostate cancer metastasis: Where does prostate cancer spread?

January 18th, 2014 by Admin No comments »

Question: I’m concerned about prostate cancer metastasis. Where can prostate cancer spread?

Answer: In theory, prostate cancer cells can spread anywhere in the body. In practice, though, most cases of prostate cancer metastasis occur in the lymph nodes and the bones.

Prostate cancer metastasis

Metastasis occurs when cells break away from the tumor in the prostate. The cancer cells can travel through the lymphatic system or the bloodstream to other areas of the body.

More commonly prostate cancer metastasis can occur in the:

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Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy – What To Do

January 7th, 2014 by Admin 5 comments »

Benign prostatic hypertrophy, also called benign prostatic hyperplasia or just, BPH, occurs in men 45 years of age or older. 50% of all men in the US have BPH to some degree. BPH creates an enlarged and/or inflamed prostate gland and it will make urination difficult.

It is the prostate gland that produces the substances that enhance and protect the functions of the sperm cells and the whole genitourinary system against disease and infection.

In the U.S. 80% of all men by the age of 70 will experience BPH. Traditional medical doctors consider this to be a normal occurrence of aging, an idea that is wildly disputed by natural practitioners.

The early signs of BPH are a need to urinate more often and especially at night. As the condition becomes more advanced it will become more difficult, to begin and to end urination. Some other symptoms include a burning sensation while urinating, dribbling and the feeling that the bladder is never really empty.

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Can Women Get Prostate Cancer?

January 7th, 2014 by Admin No comments »

Prostate cancer is a cancer that develops in a gland in the male reproductive system. The condition is believed to only affect men over the age 50, but can also affect women although in very rare cases compared to other cancer. Prostate cancer is also believed to have a devastating effect on entire families apart from women.

Can Women Get Prostate Cancer?

The prostate gland is an organ found in the male reproductive system. Although it’s believed women have a comparable structure called the Skene’s gland, paraurethral gland, or female prostate which also secretes fluids, the term most often applies to male anatomy.

Common medical problems related to the female prostate gland include benign prostatic hyperplasia or an enlarged prostate, cancer, erectile dysfunction or impotence, and urinary incontinence.

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Prostate Cancer ICD Codes – Glossary of Terms

January 1st, 2014 by Admin 1 comment »

Here are words you may find in the ICD prostate cancer section and elsewhere:

Prostate – an organ found in men just under the bladder that produces and secretes semen and prostatic fluid into the urethra.

Urethra – the tube that carries urine from the bladder past the prostate gland.

Seminal vesicles – two pouches found above the bladder that secrete semen into the urethra.

Gene – a piece of DNA that codes for a particular characteristic in the body. Some genes increase the risk of prostate cancer.

DNA – deoxyribonucleic acid, the material that genes are composed of. It has 4 types of protein “base” and is found in 2 strands.

Benign – not cancerous and unlikely to spread.

Carcinoma in Situ – cancer that has not spread to other organs or deeper parts of the same organ.

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Prostate Cancer ICD 9 ICD 10 Conversion

January 1st, 2014 by Admin 1 comment »

Some countries have already adopted ICD-10, for example Australia in 1998, Canada in 2000 and France in 2005. The UK version of ICD-10 was updated to the 4th Edition in 2012.

There are more codes in ICD-10 more than ICD-9 (141,000 compared to 7,000). This is because the codes have become more specific. For instance, distinctions are now made between left and right metastases, e.g. C78.01 right and C78.01 left for lung involvement, and specific organs, e.g. C79.51 bone and C79.52 bone marrow. The number of digits has also been expanded from 5 to 7.

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Bladder Cancer Survival Rates – Know Your Chances By Stage

December 30th, 2013 by Admin No comments »

Like many cancer cases of any types, the bladder cancer survival rate is relatively higher if the patient is treated and cured at the earliest stage of the disease. As the disease progresses and the cancer cells have penetrated a larger portion of your bladder, prognosis goes down to the drain as well. By stage 4 of the disease, your bladder cancer survival rate may still be too low despite adequate treatment regimen and successful surgeries.

By definition, bladder cancer is the type of cancer in your urinary bladed affecting more than 70,000 lives in the US. Each year, bladder cancer takes about 14,000 American lives. The good thing is, this cancer is amongst those types of cancer that are easily detected at the early stages so there are more chances of curing it before it worsens. The signs and symptoms of this cancer may already be felt at its early stage that is why more people are able to seek medical advice and get properly screened and diagnosed of the disease. But more than ever, it is the early treatment that really influences the patient’s bladder cancer survival rate.

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Prostate Cancer Life Expectancy

December 29th, 2013 by Admin 1 comment »

The chances to getting sick of prostate cancer increases substantially as you get older, usually after the age of 50. But beside the age, the main risk factors can be the ethnicity, the higher risk is encountered more at African men, the family history is a well known reason, the risk of the disease is higher if someone of your family had or has prostate cancer, the diet is also a factor, in specially the diet abundant in fats, vasectomy increased the risks, but the high level of testosterone too. If you know the risk factors and the symptoms, you can easily discover if you are ill and you’ll go to the doctor early. Thus, the chances to cure are better.

Prostate cancer is generally considered a slow growing carcinoma. This means you may have many high quality of life years ahead of you if you’re respecting all diets and instructions from your doctor. As you get older, your risk of contracting prostate cancer rises, in special over 50 years. Men have a lifetime risk or chance of contracting a prostate malignancy of about one in ten and that chance increases as we get older.

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Enlarged Prostate Treatments

December 29th, 2013 by Admin No comments »

Enlarged prostate treatment is common for men over the age of 60 and is affecting almost 50 percent of men worldwide. The men who are suffering from enlarged prostate need removal of enlarged parts. The removal of the enlarged part that is pressing against the urethra tube and leaving the rest of the gland cures the disorder. There are many methods used for enlarged prostate treatment, but when it comes to choosing one you need to be aware of those ways and choose the one that is comfortable for you. The purpose of this article is to give you an idea about the various types of surgery techniques available for enlarged prostate treatment.

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