Diagnosis of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

How do doctors diagnose IBS? To diagnose irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), doctors review your symptoms and medical and family history and perform a physical exam. In some cases, doctors may order tests to rule out other health problems. Review of your symptoms Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and look for a certain pattern…

Managing Costs and Medical Information

People with cancer and their families may face major financial challenges. Cancer treatment can be very expensive, even when you have insurance. And keeping track of tests and treatments, paperwork, bills, and other records can seem overwhelming. For information about the risk of having financial problems during cancer treatment, see the PDQ summary, Financial Toxicity (Financial…

Finding Health Care Services

If you have been diagnosed with cancer, finding a doctor and a treatment facility for your cancer care is an important step to getting the best treatment possible. You will have many things to consider when choosing a doctor. It’s important for you to feel comfortable with the specialist that you choose because you will…

Using Trusted Resources

Health information, whether in print or online, should come from a trusted, credible source. Government agencies, hospitals, universities, and medical journals and books that provide evidence-based information are sources you can trust. Too often, other sources can provide misleading or incorrect information. If a source makes claims that are too good to be true, remember—they…

Access to Experimental Cancer Drugs

An experimental drug is one that has been tested in the lab and with animals and approved for testing in people by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). But, it can’t yet be advertised, sold, or prescribed. Experimental drugs may also be called “investigational.” Ways to Access an Experimental Drug Experimental drugs may be…

Cancer Prevention Overview (PDQ®)–Patient Version

What is Prevention? Cancer prevention is action taken to lower the chance of getting cancer. In 2017, more than 1.6 million people will be diagnosed with cancer in the United States. In addition to the physical problems and emotional distress caused by cancer, the high costs of care are also a burden to patients, their families, and to the public. By…