Breast Cancer

A Conservative Approach to Lymph Node Removal

A Conservative Approach to Lymph Node Removal | Opinion Article

Until recently, guidelines recommended complete axillary node dissection in women with breast cancer for whom their sentinel node biopsy was positive. However, patients who undergo this procedure routinely experience complications. The introduction of sentinel lymph node biopsy in the 1990s included the benefit of avoiding complete axillary node dissection if two or three sentinel nodes tested negative for cancer, thus reducing morbidity.…

Guiding Follow-Up Care in Breast Cancer

Guiding Follow-Up Care in Breast Cancer | Feature

The American Society of Clinical Oncology has reissued its recommendations for managing and following up patients with breast cancer who have completed primary therapy. Open dialogue and coordinated care planning are paramount to optimizing outcomes.

Reducing  Poor Surgical  Oncology Practices

Reducing Poor Surgical Oncology Practices | Feature

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

Breast-Conserving Surgery for Invasive Breast Cancer | Opinion Article

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.…

Media Flub: Squeezing Breasts Prevents Cancer?

Media Flub: Squeezing Breasts Prevents Cancer? | Guest Blog

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

The Evolution of Medicine | Guest Blog

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.…

Controversy Over BMJ Paper Hints at Print Medical Journal Demise

Controversy Over BMJ Paper Hints at Print Medical Journal Demise | Guest Blog

A system that allowed responses to a controversial BMJ paper on mammography to be published immediately has shown why online peer review may become standard.

Stop Leaving Women’s Health to Chance

Stop Leaving Women’s Health to Chance | Medical Blog

Every cell in the human body has a sex, which means that men and women are different right down to the cellular level. Yet too often, research and medicine ignore this insight — and the often startlingly different ways in which the two sexes respond to disease or treatment.…

Early Detection & Treatment of Breast Cancer

Early Detection & Treatment of Breast Cancer | Opinion Article

One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, and two-thirds of women diagnosed with breast cancer are aged 50 and older. Known risk factors include radiation exposure and never being pregnant or having a first child after age 35.…

Advances in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis

Advances in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis | Opinion Article

Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) is a lateral and rotational deformity of the spine that afflicts roughly 2.5% of the population across most cultures. Only 10% of those diagnosed with AIS will actually need treatment, and few will require surgical management of their curves.…