What the Health?!
From virginity tests to a website that could reveal eerie secrets about your home, The Doctors discuss the latest in bizarre medical news!
What a Pain!
Millions of Americans suffer from nagging aches and pains. Learn what you can do to alleviate your discomfort, without surgery! Plus, plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon investigates a woman’s unexplained bump on her neck.
BRCA House Call
Monica was diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) breast cancer in November 2012 and decided to undergo a bilateral mastectomy. Following a successful surgery, her doctor recommended she get tested for a BRCA gene mutation to better understand her risk for future cancers. After discovering that she tested positive for the BRCA 2 gene mutation, her doctor then recommended that she have her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed to prevent the development of ovarian cancer.
To help advise Monica on the risks and benefits of this type of preventative measure, urologist Dr. Jennifer Berman visits Monica at home to answer all her questions.
Dr. Berman explains that if Monica were to have her ovaries removed, it would cause immediate acute menopause. “If you do decide to move forward with removing your ovaries, not all hope is lost,” she says.
Then, Monica visits breast surgeon Dr. Kristi Funk to understand more fully her risk of developing ovarian cancer, and how her health may be impacted if she were to undergo the surgery.
Monica learns that, without surgery, she has a one in 100 chance of developing ovarian cancer in the next five years, and that her risk would suddenly escalate once she reaches age 60. Dr. Funk explains that Monica has two options from which to choose: high-risk surveillance — including frequent checkups and self-exams — or surgical removal of the ovaries, which would result in immediate menopause.
“Many people think you cannot take hormone replacement therapy because it will cause breast cancer, but you have to have breasts to increase that risk. So, having had a mastectomy, there is no danger for you to take hormone replacement,” Dr. Funk says.
The Docs: After the Show
Wonder what The Doctors do when the cameras stop rolling? Watch as they head into the audience to answer health questions. Plus, see Dr. Ordon perform a live procedure that leaves the audience shocked!