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No gangrene, cancer link Friday, November 27,1961 — The Salina Journal Page 9 Dear Dr. Donohue: I am hoping you can shed some light and relieve my fears. My husband recently had his gall bladder removed and the doctor said there was gangrene. I have always been a worry wart, but it's so hard for me to discuss things like this with doctors. Could you please explain the difference between cancer and gangrene, and can gangrene lead to cancer? - B.S. Let there be light. Gangrene is not cancer. Gangrene does not turn into cancer. Gangrene means that the blood supply to some point in the body has been cut off and that tissue has died. The doctor gets rid of the gangrenous tissue by cutting it out. I am also asked about gas gangrene. This means that in addition to loss of blood supply to the area, an infection with a gas-forming germ also is present. Neither form is cancer. •tr -fr -tf Dear Dr. Donohue: What is the difference between a proctoscope and a sigmoidoscope? I am not sure of the spelling. Is one more effective than the other in determining if there is a tumor of the bowel? — G.A.T. Your spelling is fine. The only difference is in size of the instruments. A proctoscope is about half as long as a sigmoidoscope. The sigmoidoscope al- ffl LITTON MICROWAVE - , SALE ^ dr. donohue to your good health $ r r * ~- ^ 429 Limited Quantities Model 1041 MEAL-IN-ONE® ...lets you cook a number of complete meals at once. Or start other meals with one dish or two, and add a third food as you cook. • 2 stirrer blades (not just one) evenly distribute .microwaves for delicious results every time •Memorymatic® automatic switching from first to second cooking stage •Automatic defrost 'Automatic Hold-Warm •Van-Temp® and Vari-Cook® for time or temp probe cooking •Cookbook included *650 watts of cooking power •"Electronic touch control" MID-AMERICA APPLIANCE CENTER 1402 S. Santa Fe 825-8925 lows a view of about 12 inches of the bowel length. More than half of all tumors are located with this viewing range of a sigmoidoscope. If you wish to inspect the rectum only, a procto- scope will do. If you want to look further than the sigmoidoscope permits, you can use a colonoscope. That allows inspection of the entire length of the colon. TV -tf -k Dear Dr. Donohue: I have one of those esophagus hernias. You call them hiatal hernias. Part of my stomach is bulging upward and I get some splashing of stomach acid. Most unpleasant. My husband said he has read where losing weight will help alleviate the problem. True? — N.G. True. If a person has this problem and is obese, slimming down usually helps. When you lose fat you lose all over, including in the area you mention. With less fat there, you minimize any extra internal pressure on the weakened area — where the esophagus meets the stomach (hiatus). * -tr <tr Dear Dr. Donohue: My husband frequently has an infection of the prostate gland. Could this cause me to have an itching of the vagina? — P.D.S. Some infections can be passed from wife to husband and vice versa. A common one is trichomonas. The tricho- monas germ does not usually cause a prostate infection. However, that germ can infect the epididymis, the duct that carries sperm. That structure lies against the prostate. Such an infection might be passed on from husband to wife during intercourse. The only way to find out is to learn what germ is causing your husband's infections and which, if any, is causing your irritation. If you both have the same germ, you will need treatment simultaneously to interrupt the cycle of infection. •fr -tr * Dear Dr. Donohue: My 5-year-old granddaughter has Legg-Perthes disease. She just started limping and hurting and she was taken to three doctors before this was diagnosed. Now she is in a leg cast. Can you explain this? — D.T. 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The healing process may take a long time and that is difficult to predict. However, during this time it is important to maintain the normal shape and position of the thigh bone. That is why your granddaughter is now in the cast. I hope her time in it will be brief. Dear Dr. Donohue: I am a woman 73 years old and have arthritis in my hands, especially the right hand. I also have a feeling of pins and needles in the thumb of that hand. Please comment. — Mrs. N.B.L. This is just a suggestion. People with rheumatoid arthritis sometimes develop what is called carpal tunnel syndrome. The nerve to the thumb side of the hand is compressed by scar-like tissue at the wrist. Why this happens is not known. This produces the pins-and- needles sensation and numbness. The doctor can test for this with a rubber hammer. A tap at the appropriate spot produces s shock-like pins-and-needles sensation. A more specialized test, the electromyogram, tells if the nerve is being squeezed by scar tissue. 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