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Oncology / Hematology General

AUA 2013: Procedure Volume Affects Survival After Cystectomy

May 08, 2013

The Particulars: Previous research suggests that procedure volume is associated with operative morbidity and mortality after cystectomy. However, the effects of procedure volume on cancer-specific sur...

AUA 2013: Metabolic Syndrome Predicts Complications in Genitourinary Oncologic Surgery

May 07, 2013

The Particulars: Metabolic syndrome has been shown in previous studies to be predictive of complications following liver and knee surgeries. The impact of metabolic syndrome on complications after gen...

AUA 2013: No Cost-Effective Way to Save Lives from Prostate Cancer

May 06, 2013

SAN DIEGO -- All of the current treatment strategies for castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC) exceed the generally accepted criteria for cost-effectiveness, according to an analysis reported he...

AUA 2013: Prostate Cancer Surgery May Relieve LUTS

May 06, 2013

SAN DIEGO — Radical prostatectomy may offer the added benefit of urinary symptom reduction in prostate cancer patients who have concomitant lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS), according to a study ...

AUA Issues New Guidelines on PSA Screening

May 06, 2013

New guidelines on prostate cancer screening, issued today by the American Urological Association (AUA), are supportive of routine use of the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test in healthy men, but on...

Assessing Survival in People With Diabetes & Pancreatic Cancer

Apr 25, 2013

Long-term, pre-existing type 2 diabetes appears to increase mortality risk among patients diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, according to a study from the University of Pennsylvania. Investigators foun...

Comparing Surgical Approaches in Breast Cancer

Apr 24, 2013

For patients with early stage breast cancer, breast-conserving therapy with radiation appears to improve disease-specific survival (DSS) and overall survival when compared with mastectomy. The DSS ben...

Survival in People With Diabetes & Pancreatic Cancer

Mar 13, 2013

Long-term, pre-existing type 2 diabetes appears to increase mortality risk among patients diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, according to a study from the University of Pennsylvania. Investigators foun...

FDA Approves Lymphoseek to Help Locate Lymph Nodes

Mar 13, 2013

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Lymphoseek (technetium Tc 99m tilmanocept) Injection, a radioactive diagnostic imaging agent that helps doctors locate lymph nodes in patients with...

Obesity: A Challenge in Lung Cancer Surgery

Mar 07, 2013

Among patients with primary lung cancer undergoing lobectomy, having a higher BMI appears to increase total operating room time. American investigators found that the average operating room time incre...

A New Guideline for Breast Cancer Screening

Feb 28, 2013

The American Society of Breast Disease has released new guidelines to help physicians inform women on how breast density affects breast cancer screening and cancer risk. Available online at www.asbd.o...

FDA Approves Stivarga for Advanced Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors

Feb 25, 2013

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today expanded the approved use of Stivarga (regorafenib) to treat patients with advanced gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST) that cannot be surgically removed...

Kadcyla Approved for Late-Stage Breast Cancer

Feb 22, 2013

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Kadcyla (ado-trastuzumab emtansine), a new therapy for patients with HER2-positive, late-stage (metastatic) breast cancer. HER2 is a protein inv...

Immediate Reconstruction After Mastectomy

Feb 21, 2013

The rate of immediate reconstruction (IR) use for women with breast cancer who undergo mastectomy appears to have increased significantly between 2000 and 2010, according to a large analysis. Several ...

The Effect of Smoking in Bladder Cancer Patients

Feb 14, 2013

An international investigation has found that cumulative smoking history appears to be an independent risk factor for non-muscle invasive bladder cancer recurrence and progression. When compared with ...

The Pros & Cons of Robotic Bladder Cancer Surgery

Feb 14, 2013

Robotic-assisted surgical removal of the bladder is becoming increasingly popular for treating bladder cancer, despite being more expensive than traditional surgery. Benefits of the robotic approach i...

Pomalyst Approved for Advanced Multiple Myeloma

Feb 08, 2013

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Pomalyst (pomalidomide) to treat patients with multiple myeloma whose disease progressed after being treated with other cancer drugs. Multiple m...

A Look at Partial Nephrectomy in Medicare Patients

Feb 04, 2013

Researchers at Fox Chase Cancer Center have found that partial nephrectomy appears to have a statistically significant survival benefit when compared with radical nephrectomy for patients older than 6...

STS 2013: Identifying Small, High-Risk Lung Tumors

Jan 29, 2013

The Particulars: Currently, there is no reliable method for identifying pathologically staged, node-negative non-squamous non-small cell lung cancers (NSCLC) smaller than 2 cm (T1a). As adoption of lo...

STS 2013: Feasibility Test of Volume Criteria for T Staging

Jan 29, 2013

Purpose: Size criteria have been used as a gold standard for a long time in cancer staging of all kinds of solid tumors. However, real tumor mass is usually neither spherical nor symmetrical in shape....