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What happens during a biopsy?

A biopsy (taking a tissue sample) is one of the most commonly used medical tests. Tissue samples can be analyzed in order to find out, for instance, whether a suspicious lump is harmless or dangerous.

Informed Health Online [Internet] - Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG).

Version: February 10, 2016

Hysteroscopy for treating suspected abnormalities of the cavity of the womb in women having difficulty becoming pregnant

Cochrane authors reviewed the evidence about the effect of the hysteroscopic treatment of suspected abnormalities of the cavity of the womb in women having difficulty becoming pregnant.

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews: Plain Language Summaries [Internet] - John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Version: 2015

Levonorgestrel intrauterine system (LNG‐IUS) for endometrial protection in women with breast cancer taking tamoxifen to prevent recurrence

Cochrane authors investigated whether the levonorgestrel‐releasing intrauterine system (LNG‐IUS) can reduce the risk of endometrial polyps, abnormal thickening of the lining of the uterus and endometrial cancer in women taking tamoxifen following breast cancer. The review also investigated whether use of the LNG‐IUS influences the risk of abnormal vaginal bleeding or spotting, fibroids, breast cancer recurrence or death in women taking tamoxifen following breast cancer.

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews: Plain Language Summaries [Internet] - John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Version: 2016

Smart Health Choices: Making Sense of Health Advice

This book aims to help consumers and practitioners develop the skills to assess health advice – and hopefully to make decisions that will improve the quality of their care. For some people, making better-informed decisions could be life saving. We hope that it will be useful if you are struggling to come to terms with an illness or injury, and the best ways of managing it. Or you may simply want to lead a healthier life, and may be wondering how to make sense of the often conflicting flood of health information that deluges us every day, through the media, and from our friends and health practitioners.

Hammersmith Press.

Version: 2008

Colorectal Cancer Screening (PDQ®): Patient Version

Expert-reviewed information summary about tests used to detect or screen for colorectal cancer.

PDQ Cancer Information Summaries [Internet] - National Cancer Institute (US).

Version: July 23, 2015

Unusual Cancers of Childhood Treatment (PDQ®): Patient Version

Expert-reviewed information summary about the treatment of unusual cancers of childhood such as cancers of the head and neck, chest, abdomen, reproductive system, skin, and others.

PDQ Cancer Information Summaries [Internet] - National Cancer Institute (US).

Version: October 30, 2015

Colon Cancer Treatment (PDQ®): Patient Version

Expert-reviewed information summary about the treatment of colon cancer.

PDQ Cancer Information Summaries [Internet] - National Cancer Institute (US).

Version: March 21, 2016

Rectal Cancer Treatment (PDQ®): Patient Version

Expert-reviewed information summary about the treatment of rectal cancer.

PDQ Cancer Information Summaries [Internet] - National Cancer Institute (US).

Version: March 21, 2016

Childhood Soft Tissue Sarcoma Treatment (PDQ®): Patient Version

Expert-reviewed information summary about the treatment of childhood soft tissue sarcomas.

PDQ Cancer Information Summaries [Internet] - National Cancer Institute (US).

Version: October 30, 2015

Gastrointestinal Carcinoid Tumors Treatment (PDQ®): Patient Version

Expert-reviewed information summary about the treatment of gastrointestinal carcinoid tumors.

PDQ Cancer Information Summaries [Internet] - National Cancer Institute (US).

Version: March 21, 2016

Gastric Cancer Treatment (PDQ®): Patient Version

Expert-reviewed information summary about the treatment of gastric cancer.

PDQ Cancer Information Summaries [Internet] - National Cancer Institute (US).

Version: June 25, 2015

Late Effects of Treatment for Childhood Cancer (PDQ®): Patient Version

Expert-reviewed information summary about the health problems that continue or appear after cancer treatment has ended.

PDQ Cancer Information Summaries [Internet] - National Cancer Institute (US).

Version: April 7, 2016

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