Imagine looking healthy on the outside, but battling a life threatening rare disease on the inside. Those with Sickle Cell Disease face this challenge every day.
On The Dr. Phil Show, Pfizer’s Chief Medical Officer, Freda Lewis-Hall, M.D., and Dr. Phil sit down with guest, Heather, who has Sickle Cell Disease, to discuss this misunderstood, ‘invisible’ illness.
Huntington’s disease (HD) is a rare genetic disorder that causes the breakdown of nerve cells in the brain. The disease causes a gradual loss of mental abilities and control of body movements. On The Doctors, TV journalist Charles Sabine shares his family’s experience with this devastating illness with Pfizer Chief Medical Officer Freda Lewis-Hall, MD, and Dr. Travis Stork.
A rare disease (also called an orphan disease) is a disease or condition found in fewer than 200,000 persons in the United States. While each individual disease may be rare, “rare diseases” on the whole are anything but: According to the National Institutes of Health, up to 25 million people in the United States have rare diseases. While there are thousands of rare diseases, each with their own set of symptoms, the people and families living with these conditions often face similar problems—and have similar questions on topics ranging from conducting genetic testing to finding resources and support. In this section, medical experts share information on some specific rare diseases, including kidney cancer, sickle cell disease and hemophilia.