Top Specialties

Orthopedic complaints are the most common reason why patients make appointments to see their doctors. In the US alone, more than 6 million orthopedic surgeries will be performed in 2016, with bad knees topping the list.
The World Health Organization estimates that more than 17.5 million people around the globe died of cardiovascular disease (CVD) each year, nearly one-third of all global deaths. Heart disease respects no geographic, gender, or socioeconomic boundaries. It is now more common in India and China than in all economically developed countries combined, while remaining the leading cause of death in Europe. According to the American Heart Association, an estimated 81 million American adults (more than one in three) have one or more types of CVD.
Few people live a full lifespan without seeing an ophthalmologist: a specialist in disorders of the eye. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), in the US alone six out of every ten adults need some type of corrective eyewear.
Cancer causes one in every eight deaths worldwide, killing more people than AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined. Despite millions of dollars and hours of research, cancers continue to rank high as leading causes of death worldwide. The number of new cases expected to increase by nearly 70% over the next 20 years, from 14 million to 22 million deaths. <p><br> Adding insult to injury, cancer remains one of the most expensive diseases to diagnose and treat. As a result, cancer patients are increasingly crossing borders for more affordable care and experimental treatments such as stem cell and other forms of immunotherapy.
If the mere thought of a dentist makes your teeth ache, you are not alone. Some experts estimate that as many as four in every five adults fear dental treatment to some degree, and only 20 percent of us see the dentist twice a year as we know we should.
The World Health Organization estimates that 1.6 billion people worldwide are overweight or obese. The death toll associated with obesity runs to 2.5 million annually, and the numbers haven’t reached their peak.
Although many spine injuries can (and should) be treated without surgery, it is sometimes the best or only remaining option.

Patient Experiences

  • Georgia K., Maryland, USA
    Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Eastern Regional Medical Center

    Georgia was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1999. To treat it, she underwent a mastectomy of her right breast, reconstructive surgery, and chemotherapy. In 2001 she was diagnosed with a new cancer in the left breast. She had a lumpectomy, radiation, and chemotherapy. After that she lived...

  • Jerry B., North Carolina, USA
    Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Southwestern Regional Medical Center

    In 2003, at age 52, Jerry became hoarse—nothing new for him. For years he had suffered from allergies. The symptoms had always disappeared with treatment. However, this time the hoarseness persisted.

    Jerry works as a captain of a rescue squad, a deputy sheriff, and a part-time...

Ten "Must-Ask" Questions for Your Physician Candidate

Be sure to make the following initial inquiries, either of your health travel agent or the physician(s) you’re interviewing. Note that for some of these questions, there’s no right or wrong answer. Your initial round of inquiry will help establish a dialogue. If the doctor is evasive, hurried, or frequently interrupted, or if you can’t understand his or her English, then either dig deeper or move on.
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