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Reducing Poor Surgical Oncology Practices

Many of the tests and procedures commonly performed in surgical oncology are not always necessary. Experts have released new recommendations to support conversations between physicians and patients on care that is truly necessary.

Breast-Conserving Surgery for Invasive Breast Cancer

Despite recent improvements in imaging technology, pathology assessments, and the use of systemic therapy, there is still controversy regarding the optimal margin width in breast-conserving surgery. About 25% of patients with invasive breast cancer return to the operating room after undergoing lumpectomy to obtain more widely clear margins.…

The Economic Burden of Cancer Survivors

The economic impact of cancer survivorship is considerable and remains high for years after patients are diagnosed with the disease. Efforts are needed to reduce this burden as the number of cancer survivors is expected to continue growing.

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Breast-Conserving Surgery for Invasive Breast Cancer

Despite recent improvements in imaging technology, pathology assessments, and the use of systemic therapy, there is still controversy regarding the optimal margin width in breast-conserving surgery. About 25% of patients with invasive breast cancer return to the operating room after undergoing lumpectomy to obtain more widely clear margins.…

Smartphones & Cancer Care

While the benefits of smartphone use in cancer care can be profound, the devices also have the potential to alter patient–physician relationships in surprising ways.

Radiation Therapy After Prostatectomy

Radical prostatectomy (RP) is the most common primary treatment for localized prostate cancer. For most men, the surgery will cure the disease, but up to one-third of patients will present with recurrent prostate cancer within 10 years of RP. The risk of prostate cancer recurrence after RP is greater among men with adverse pathology.…

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The Immune System Explained: A Patient Education Video

For Healthcare Providers:
The immune systems is an exceptionally complex system that is hard to grasp for most patients, and even many of your colleagues. Share this video with your patients to provide them with a simplified, yet quite informative, explanation of how the system works.…

Media Flub: Squeezing Breasts Prevents Cancer?

Breast cancer is not funny. The media squeezing sensationalism out of research is misleading and trivializes a serious problem.

The Evolution of Medicine

Source: BestMedicalDegrees.com

Modern medicine has helped lead to a surge in average life expectancy, which was only about 36 in the late 1800s. With humans routinely living into their 100s, advances in medical science are to thank. Let’s take a journey through the history of medical advancements.…

NEWS BRIEFS

Smart Knife Detects Cancer Cells During Tumor Surgery

An “intelligent knife” that can immediately determine whether tissue is healthy or cancerous was 100% accurate in the first study to test the device in the operating room.

Known as the iKnife, the innovative tool combines electrosurgery with rapid evaporative ionization mass spectrometry.…

PSA Screening: More Harm Than Good

A new analysis presented at the European Cancer Conference 2013 adds fuel to the ongoing debate over whether routine prostate cancer screening reduces prostate cancer mortality. Overall, lead author Mathieu Boniol, MD, and colleagues found that the harms outweigh the benefits on a population level—which should further discourage the use of routine PSA testing for prostate cancer in the general population.…

Updated Breast Cancer Guidelines for HER2 Testing

A new update to clinical practice guidelines for HER2 testing in breast cancer was published online last week by the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the College of American Pathologists in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

The guidelines recommend that all women with invasive breast cancer (primary or recurrence) are tested for HER2 status—a practice already being implemented across the United States.…

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