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Dr. John Watterson

Dr. John Watterson

MD, FRCPC,
Rheumatologist
Vancouver, BC
Q:

What are the symptoms of osteoarthritis?

A:

There is a wide range in the severity of symptoms those affected by osteoarthritis may experience. Some people will have virtually no symptoms, while others may be quite affected. The hallmark symptoms of osteoarthritis include pain and stiffness in the joints. With osteoarthritis of the hands, a loss in grip strength may also be experienced. If you have symptoms consistent with osteoarthritis, speak with your doctor.

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Osteoarthritis in the Hands

Dr. Richard Bebb

Dr. Richard Bebb

MD, ABIM, FRCPC
Endocrinologist
Vancouver, BC
Q:

Who can help me manage my diabetes?

A:

Your family doctor will likely be the main practitioner designing your treatment plan for your diabetes. Depending on your diabetes, you may also have a diabetes specialist (endocrinologist), diabetes educator (usually a nurse), a registered dietitian, and perhaps a pharmacist. Some communities also have Diabetes Clinics, which house these team members, but may also include exercise specialists, podiatrists (feet specialists) and dentists.

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Managing Diabetes and Lifestyle Choices

Dr. Jan Peter Dank

Dr. Jan Peter Dank

MD
Dermatologist
Bellingham, WA
Q:

How is non-melanoma skin cancer treated?

A:

Non-melanoma skin cancer is typically treated with surgery to remove to cancerous cells. The size and location of the cancer will determine if a standard surgery involving cutting out the tumour and stitching the skin is appropriate, or if a different approach is needed. For smaller or more superficial cancers, radiation may be used, or even medications to try and treat the cancer. Your doctor and/or dermatologist will be able to help guide the decision on which treatment approach is best for you.

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Treatment of Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer