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What Your Lymph Nodes Can Tell Us About Your Health May 26th, 2020

Have you ever wondered why your doctor seems so interested in the lymph nodes in your neck when you’re there for a sore throat and runny nose? Swollen lymph nodes can indicate viral or bacterial infection. They can also reveal whether diseases such as cancer are at work in your...

Understanding Your Surgical Options for Breast Cancer Mar 23rd, 2020

Advances in medical understanding and technology continue to expand your options for successful breast cancer treatment. Depending on the type and stage of the cancer, your care team may recommend drugs or treatments that target and destroy malignant tissue, hormonal therapy that’s designed to starve tumors, and/or biologics that enhance...

What to Eat After You Have Your Gallbladder Removed Feb 12th, 2020

There’s nothing quite like the pain you might experience when your gallbladder is unhealthy due to gallstones, infection, or other issues. Fortunately, you can live a normal and healthy life without your gallbladder, and surgical removal (cholecystectomy) is a common and generally well-tolerated procedure. Dr. Frank Candela and Dr. David...

Is Robotic Surgery Safe? Dec 31st, 2019

There may come a day when it happens, but the most advanced medical technology on our planet doesn’t yet include walking, talking robots in the operating room. Robotic technology, however, can provide valuable assistance in certain procedures – provided your surgeon has the necessary training and experience required to perform...

How a Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy Can Make Your Cancer Treatment More Effective Dec 5th, 2019

There are more than 15 million cancer survivors in the United States, and that number is expected to jump to more than 20 million by 2026, according to the National Cancer Institute. Over the past 25 years, death from cancer in the US has decreased by 26%.  Advances in cancer...

The Dangers of Putting Off That Colonoscopy Nov 1st, 2019

Is anxiety preventing you from scheduling a colonoscopy? Are you worried about what it might find? In spite of popular belief, having a colonoscopy is not nearly as bad as it seems. Here at Candela and Schreier Medical Corporation in West Hills and Thousand Oaks, California, we will work to...

Discover the Many Benefits of Laparoscopic Surgery Over Traditional Surgery Oct 1st, 2019

No one looks forward to surgery, no matter how much better their health and life may be after it’s over. There’s a risk for complications any time an incision is made into your body. While modern medicine controls these risks well, there’s always room for improvement. Small incisions Reducing the...

It’s Never Too Early to Check for Breast Cancer: Tips for Self-Exams Sep 1st, 2019

Unfortunately, there’s no method of breast examination that’s completely effective at identifying early stage breast cancer. But, performing self-exams can help you notice changes that may indicate you have breast cancer. Since self-examinations are short, easy to perform, and cost-effective, you should include them as part of your breast cancer...

What Types of Procedures Use Robotic Surgery? Aug 6th, 2019

Robotic surgery used to sound quite futuristic, but now it’s one of the preferred ways to do precise surgeries. If you have an upcoming surgery, ask your doctor if you are a candidate for a robotics-assisted procedure. At Candela and Schreier Medical Corporation in Thousand Oaks and West Hills, California,...

Lifestyle Changes to Make After Hernia Surgery Jul 23rd, 2019

Caused by a combination of muscle weakness and strain, a hernia occurs when fat or intestine from inside your abdomen bulges through the muscles and tissues that keep them in place.  You may have one of several kinds of hernias:  An inguinal hernia, which happens when a portion of your...

Myths and Facts About Diverticular Disease Jun 14th, 2019

Diverticular disease refers to a condition where small pockets form in the wall of your large intestine (colon). When you have the pockets, which are called diverticula, you have diverticulosis. Sometimes the pockets become inflamed or infected, and those flare-ups are called diverticulitis — and can be incredibly painful. The...

Male Breast Cancer is Less Common Than For Women, But Can Occur at Any Age May 20th, 2019

Male breast cancer is rare but just as serious as female breast cancer. Though the condition is much more common in women, men should still be aware of their potential risk of breast cancer. Male breast cancer can occur at any age, but it’s more common in older men. This...

5 Tips to Relieve Groin Pain After Hernia Repair Apr 2nd, 2019

Hernia repair is a common surgery that is performed about 1 million times a year in surgical suites across the United States. About 800,000 of those procedures involve inguinal hernia repair, which is also one of the most common surgical procedures performed in the United States. Inguinal hernias occur when...

How Colorectal Cancer Is Diagnosed and What to Know About Your Treatment Options Mar 3rd, 2019

Colorectal cancer takes the spotlight in March because it’s Colorectal Cancer Awareness month. The surgical specialists at Candela and Schreier Medical Corporation offer effective treatment for colorectal cancer year-round but are happy to participate in this nationwide effort to inform their Southern California communities about the diagnosis and treatment of...

Understanding the Major Benefits of Robotic-Assisted Surgery Feb 1st, 2019

Surgery is often considered a last resort for medical treatment because going under the knife often poses additional risks. However, in some cases, a surgical procedure is the best way to resolve a health issue. At Candela and Schreier Medical Corporation in Thousand Oaks, California, the surgeons study and invest...

6 Important Facts You Should Know About Hernias Jan 16th, 2019

A hernia is a very common medical condition. It occurs when part of an organ bulges through the tissue or muscle that ordinarily holds it in place, allowing the organ to move somewhere it doesn’t belong. Surgeons perform more than 600,000 hernia repair operations in the United States each year....

Why and When is a Sentinel Node Biopsy Necessary? Dec 20th, 2018

The discovery of cancer in your body can be an extraordinarily scary process as you undergo test after test. But these tests are critical in helping your oncologist determine the extent, or stage of your cancer, which will determine your treatment path moving forward. At Candela and Schreier Medical Corporation,...

What to Expect Before, During, and After Having Your Gallbladder Removed Via Laparoscopic Surgery Nov 16th, 2018

Of course, people would prefer to prevent a health issue before it starts, but those who suffer from gallstones don’t have that opportunity. There’s not yet any way to prevent gallstones, and why they form in some people and not others isn’t fully understood. Cholecystectomy, the surgical procedure to remove...

Why Robot-Assisted Surgery is a Game-Changer for Patients With Colon Cancer or Diverticulosis Oct 24th, 2018

Advances in surgical robotics are changing procedures for the better for many patients. The precision possible with robot-assisted surgery minimizes the impact on your body, promoting shorter recovery times and more effective treatment. Contemporary robotic equipment translates the instructions of your surgeon, Dr. Candela or Dr. Schreier, to microscopically pinpoint...

West Hills Hospital Doctor Performs New, Less Invasive Surgery For Gallbladder Removal Apr 1st, 2012

West Hills Hospital & Medical Center’s own David Schreier, MD, FACS, is performing specialized surgery for gallbladder removal that is less invasive than current emerging technology utilizing robotic technology. The surgery is a singleā€site laparoscopic procedure, one that Dr. Schreier and his partner, Frank Candela, MD, FACS, have now performed...