The 411 on HPV – Everything you Need to Know

When it comes to the health of you and your kids, having the facts is a healthy place to start. Find out more about the vaccine that can prevent the risk of HPV-related cancers. What happens if a woman gets HPV? If a man gets it? Most of the time our immune system fights the infection and it goes away. However, sometimes it does not. If it does not go away, it can cause warts, precancers, and cancer to develop. We do know that men are less likely to get rid of oral infections than women. I didn’t know that men could get an HPV vaccine. Is this something they should get done too? What if they are already sexually …


3D Mammography FAQ

  What should I expect during my 3D Mammography Exam? The 3D exam is very similar to having a conventional 2D mammogram. Like a 2D mammogram, the technologist will position you, compress your breast, and take images from different angles. There’s no additional compression required with a 3D exam, and it only takes a few seconds longer for each view. The technologist will view the images of your breasts at the computer workstation to ensure quality images have been captured for review. A radiologist will then examine the images and report results to either your physician or directly to you. Who can have a 3D Mammogram? A 3D exam is approved for all women who would undergo a standard mammogram. …


What is 3D Mammography?

Carson Tahoe is thrilled to announce that patients in Douglas County will now have access to leading-edge 3D Mammography (also known as tomosynthesis) technology, exclusively at the Carson Tahoe Minden Medical Center. We’ve all heard time and time again that the best defense against breast cancer is early detection. Annual screening mammography provides patients with the best chance for detecting cancer in the earliest possible stages. Furthermore, research has shown that 3D Mammography specifically, is one of the most advanced forms of diagnostic tests available for the screening of breast cancer, especially for women with dense breast tissue (which is estimated at 40% of women nationwide). Interested in learning how this new, cutting-edge technology works? Simply put, digital mammography with …


A New Treatment that Destroys Tumors WITHOUT Surgery is now available at Carson Tahoe Health

  At Carson Tahoe, we are committed to serving our community with the latest technological advancements in a tranquil healing environment. And, we’re thrilled to announce that the latest generation of state-of-the-art cancer treatment is now available to Northern Nevada patients at Carson Tahoe Health. Our hospital now offers the new Microwave Ablation (MWA) technology by NeuWave Medical®. Using the skinniest incision probes and the highest-powered microwave system on the market, this industry-leading technique destroys tumors in sensitive tissues including the liver, kidneys, and lungs. As a minimally invasive outpatient procedure, the revolutionary MWA system treats even the smallest lesions or nodules in the most challenging locations. Additionally, it can be performed with conscious sedation or general anesthesia in less …


Top 7 Myths about Lung Cancer…Debunked!

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, making it a great opportunity to learn the ins and outs of the disease. Some misconceptions about lung cancer exist and it can sometimes be difficult to separate myth from fact. John Kelly, MD, Oncologist with Carson Tahoe Cancer Center, dispelled 7 of the most common myths going around about lung cancer: Myth #1: Only smokers get lung cancer. There is NO DOUBT: Smoking does contribute to most lung cancer cases. However, it isn’t just a smoker’s disease, as 15% of people who are diagnosed with lung cancer have never smoked a day in their life. Myth #2: Exposure to secondhand smoke is the second-leading cause of lung cancer. Secondhand smoke is actually the …