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<p>Dr. Robert Rodvien identifies some reasons why people need different doses of Coumadin. This podcast emphasizes that certain genes control how Coumadin is broken down by the body and how Vitamin K is recycled. These two genes can vary from person to person and therefore they can make us all differently ...
<p>Foods contain Vitamin K and it is this vitamin that can affect
<br />Coumadin’s ability to prevent clots or promote bleeding. Vitamin K is
<br />not one substance nor is it available to people from one source.
<br />Vitamin K exists in your diet, it is made by bacteria in your
<br />intestine and ...
<p>For any given person, any medicine can cause you to be more or less
<br />sensitive to Coumadin. Some of the drugs to remember are pain
<br />relievers (especially aspirin), antibiotics, and medicines to keep
<br />stents open (like Plavix). If you need one of these drugs, talk with
<br />your physician. ...
Coumadin’s main risk is that it can cause or exaggerate bleeding. The reasons are many, but one of the main reasons is the addition of drugs, like aspirin and Plavix, that interact with Coumadin directly, modify other defenses the body has to prevent bleeding or both. Coumadin, taken with either drug ...
If it hasn't already, cancer will touch you or a loved one. In the opening conversation between medical oncologist Dr. Robert Rodvien and host Joanne Greene, we learn what cancer is and what that means to the quality of our lives.
<p>You've just been diagnosed with cancer. What happens next? How do you deal with normal life while being completely pre-occupied? What do you do when you get home after being diagnosed? How quickly should you proceed, both medically and psychologically? It's scary and a completely different reality, ...
Shock, confusion and fear are some of the emotions that cancer patients often experience upon receiving a diagnosis. Close friends and family members often share these feelings and are uncertain of how to respond. In this episode of “Smarter Cancer Care”, clinical oncologist Dr. Robert Rodvien offers ...
<p>Your best consultant for helping you navigate your way through the cancer world is your primary care physician. In this episode of Smarter Cancer Care, Dr. Robert Rodvien explores how to move through the system in the most efficient and effective way possible. It helps to understand that time delays ...
For patients who have experienced blood clots, there's much to know about lifestyle changes and proper medication. In this episode of Smarter Medical Care, hematologist/oncologist Dr. Robert Rodvien, founder of the Coumadin Clinic at the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, discusses deep ...
An increasing number of patients are being proscribed Coumadin, yet far too many are unclear about what the drug does, how it works, and why it's critically important that dosing be properly monitored. In this episode of Smarter Medical Care, hematologist/oncologist Dr. Robert Rodvien, founder of the ...
<p>Some day, we may be able to conduct genetic testing for most cancers. As of now, there are limited tests available for some cancers and, even then, there's no definitive course of action dictated by the results. In this episode of Smarter Cancer Care, Dr. Rodvien discusses genetic testing for breast ...
<p>There are many instances, from diagnosis through late stage cancer, when a patient has to choose a course of treatment. While doctors often make recommendations, it is the patient who gets to decide. This can be challenging for family members who, in some cases, won't understand or support a patient's ...
<p>The number of necessary medical appointments can be daunting for a cancer patient - and then there's the time spent waiting to be seen and waiting for results. Learning to manage your time and understanding how best to spend your time can be a huge help in adjusting to life with cancer. In this episode ...
<p>Cancer patients often feel that their turning their veins over to others. Blood must be drawn on a regular basis and, when necessary, drugs, fluid, and blood must be given intravenously. One good option for many patients is to have a permanent catheter implanted to provide safe and convenient access ...
<p>Cancer patients and oncologists experience frustration when coverage for a particular therapy is denied by medical insurance companies. In this episode of Smarter Cancer Care, learn about steps that you can take in such instances, when to appeal such decisions, and how your doctor can help you navigate ...
<p>The key, according to Dr. Robert Rodvien, is to listen to your friend or family member who has cancer. Often, that's the greatest gift you can offer. As well, you may be able to help with household chores, rides, or speaking to others. In this episode of Smarter Cancer Care, you'll learn ways to help ...
<p>Cancer can be exhausting. So can chemotherapy...and radiation...and depression. Anemia often causes fatigue in cancer patients and for that, there's immediate help. In this episode of Smarter Cancer Care, Dr. Robert Rodvien provides strategies for coping with fatigue and urges cancer patients to consider ...
<p>Cancer patients understandably feel concern when new pain arises, yet their pain may not be the cancer itself. It might be coming from their treatment; it may be exacerbated by depression.In this episode of Smarter Cancer Care, Dr. Robert Rodvien speaks about managing the pain associated with cancer.</p>

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<p>There are approximately 175,000 new cases of lung cancer diagnosed in the U.S. each year, with an 85% chance of mortality. In this episode of Smarter Cancer Care, Dr. Robert Rodvien explains the difference between cancer in the lung and cancer of the lung and talks about preventing this deadly disease ...
<p>There are tight regulations on how drugs are developed in the United States and this happens in phased clinical trials. From preclinical trials in the laboratory, through animal models, and Phases III and IV, involving cancer patients, everything is heavily monitored. Criteria for acceptance into ...
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