Guest Editorials

Professionals from across the country share their expertise on a variety of topics.

Acromegaly and pituitary surgery: getting ready

Treatment for acromegaly often involves pituitary surgery because it has the potential to result in remission. At the very least, surgery may help reduce the amount of medication required to keep growth hormone (GH) levels in check. Dr. Rowena Ridout, an endocrinologist at Toronto Western Hospital, in Ontario, talks about what to expect with pituitary surgery and how to prepare for it.
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Acromegaly: A caregiver's perspective

Oftentimes, when an individual is diagnosed with a life changing health condition, their loved ones can be affected as well. Taking care of someone with acromegaly or living by his or her side, can bring about new challenges and stir up a variety of emotions. In this article, Deborah Muldoon shares her experiences as she journeys alongside her husband John after his acromegaly diagnosis.
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Acromegaly and pregnancy — a doctor's perspective
Dr. Bernard Corenblum, Endocrinologist

Because acromegaly is diagnosed today at an earlier age than in the past, concerns with pregnancy do occur. It has been found that acromegaly may decrease the fertility of a woman, and in the case of infertility, medical intervention can help.
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The Vancouver Acromegaly Support Group
Crystal Gagnon, RN BScN, Endocrinology Research Nurse and Deanna Badiuk, Patient Group Leader

Like most health conditions, the affects of acromegaly reach beyond its physical implications. Emotional and intellectual adjustments are sometimes needed to help cope with the realities acromegaly can produce. The following article shares the journey of two women and their vision for a patient support group.
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Understanding Your Endo
Dr. Ehud Ur, Endocrinologist

Establishing an open and honest relationship with your endocrinologist is an important part of optimizing your acromegaly treatment and living your best life. But while you and your endocrinologist are both striving for the same goal, sometimes it can feel like you're playing on opposite teams.

If this sounds familiar, take a moment to read the following piece, which outlines the perspective of an endocrinologist treating acromegaly.
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Treatment Considerations for Acromegaly
Dr. Ally Prebtani, Endocrinologist

You have several options when it comes to deciding on the course of treatment for acromegaly. As such, it is important for you to understand what these options are and their specific benefits and risks. In the following editorial, we'll discuss how to prepare to talk about your options with your healthcare team, specific factors to consider in your decision process, and how to get the most out of your treatment.
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Easy ways to include exercise in your daily routine
Mary MacNeil, RN, BScN CDE

“Get off the couch and get some exercise!” It’s what every child hears from their mother and likely hears from loved ones throughout adulthood. We often find it difficult to find the motivation to get regular exercise, and more so if you live with a chronic disease such as acromegaly. However, getting regular exercise shouldn’t be a difficult task. Let’s take a look at the health benefits of exercise and talk about how you can get started and maintain a regular exercise routine.
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Acromegaly and pregnancy
Lisa Tramble, RN

Women living with acromegaly often have many questions when considering having children. In this guest editorial, true-2-me addresses these concerns and provides an overview of acromegaly and pregnancy.
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Check out the true-2-me guest editorial on treatment Considerations for Acromegaly

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