Digestive Diseases

Colon-Cancer Screenings Save Lives

May 8, 2019

Colon-Cancer Screenings Save Lives

By UCLA50Plus uclafiftyplus

March was “Colon Cancer Awareness Month” to help raise awareness of the importance of screening to help prevent one of the most common cancers in both men and women. Are you due for a screening? Colon cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in men and women. It affects 150,000 Americans a year and […]

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Tags: colon cancer, colonoscopy, Dr. Fola May, fecal immunochemical test, FIT kit, gastroenterologist, polyps, precancerous polyps


Baking for Awareness

March 20, 2019

Baking for Awareness

By uclahealth uclahealth

“I love to bake, and the blue ribbon helps raise awareness,” says Marissa Chavez, a gastroenterology technician at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. “March is colon cancer awareness month. Two years ago I wanted to make a cake, so I made it in the form of colon, with intestines that had polyps. It’s become a […]

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Tags: cancer, colon cancer, colon cancer awareness month, featured, gastroenterology, gastroenterology technician, polyps, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center


Normalizing After Cancer

March 19, 2019

Normalizing After Cancer

By uclahealth uclahealth

“If the other doctor had done a physical inspection in 2016 instead of assuming it was hemorrhoids, my colon cancer would have been stage one or two instead of stage three,” says 52-year-old Cesar Perez, who came to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center for a second opinion on treatment and surgery in November of 2017. […]

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Tags: chemotherapy, colon cancer, colonoscopy bag reversal, Dr. Kevork Kazanjian, featured, hemorrhoids, radiation, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center


Coming to UCLA is Like Coming Home

March 18, 2019

Coming to UCLA is Like Coming Home

By uclahealth uclahealth

“Little did I know that there was kind of a time bomb within me,” says Michael P. Richards, a patient liaison volunteer at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center who checked into the emergency room after having trouble walking. “I was diagnosed with stage three colorectal cancer in March of 2014. I’m so prejudiced because of […]

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Tags: cancer, chemotherapy, colorectal cancer, emergency room, featured, patient liaison volunteer, stage three colorectal cancer


Do You Want to be Healthy?

March 4, 2019

Do You Want to be Healthy?

By uclahealth uclahealth

“Do you want to be healthy? Not just now, but in 10, 20 or 30 years from now?” asks Dr. Eric Esrailian, Chief of the Vatche and Tamar Manoukian Division of Digestive Disease and director of the Melvin and Bren Simon Digestive Disease Center at UCLA. “If the answer is yes to that question, it […]

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Tags: colon cancer, colonoscopy, Dr. Eric Esrailian, featured, stool testing


Ask the Doctors - What are the risks of Zenker's diverticulitum?

October 2, 2018

Ask the Doctors – What are the risks of Zenker’s diverticulitum?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

Dear Doctor: I have Zenker’s diverticulum that, after 10 years, seems to be very large, judging by the volume it holds. At virtually every meal, I choke on food clogged in my esophagus, then I aspirate, then I cough for 10 minutes. Are my aspiration-related-pneumonia risks high enough to warrant surgery? Think of the esophagus […]

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Tags: Ask the Doctors, aspiration, Dr. Robert Ashley, Zenker's diverticulitum


Ask the Doctors - Do antibiotics increase the risk of colon polyps?

September 24, 2018

Ask the Doctors – Do antibiotics increase the risk of colon polyps?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

Dear Doctor: A new study said that prolonged antibiotic use is tied to colon polyps. But “prolonged” meant “two weeks or more.” I had a couple of bacterial infections in a six-month timespan. How worried should I be? Antibiotics have undoubtedly revolutionized medicine, saving countless lives against multiple types of bacterial infections.  However, with antibiotics […]

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Tags: antibiotics, Ask the Doctors, bacteria, colon polyps, colonoscopy, Dr. Robert Ashley


Ask the Doctors - Do I need an H. pylori test?

September 12, 2018

Ask the Doctors – Do I need an H. pylori test?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

Dear Doctor: Because of the potential risks of proton pump inhibitors, should I have an H. pylori breath or stool test  to make sure I have the H. pylori bacterium before committing to long-term treatment with the PPI? That’s an excellent question, and it reflects our increasing knowledge about both the bacterium and proton pump inhibitors. […]

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Tags: acid reflux, Aciphex, Ask the Doctors, Dexilant, Dr. Robert Ashley, gastritis, H. pylori, heartburn, Nexium, ppi, Prevacid, Prilosec


March 29, 2018

We love our pediatrician!

By chialyn khpatterson

As a first-time mother of a wonderful child who presented with some unexpected health challenges that required two hospitalizations with many diagnostic procedures and two surgeries within the first year of his life, we are so thankful and appreciative of our pediatrician, Dr. Karen Lin. From the day our little one was born, she has […]

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Tags: bedside manner, Doctors Day, Dr. Elaheh Vahabnezhad, Dr. Iqbal Rashid, Dr. Karen Lin, Dr. Mindy Ross, first-time mother, health challenges, hospitalizations, medical team, patient stories, pediatric gastroenterology


March 28, 2018

Life Change

By Not TOO Crazy larevness

Dear Dr Kirstin Tillish, Thank you for curing what had been a decade plus battle with IBS. Everytime I go on vacation or a hike, I think of you with gratitude. I only wish I had found you sooner. You gave me hope back.

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Tags: Doctors Day, Dr. Kirsten Tillisch, IBS, patient stories