• Cancer Screening

    From Pain to Progress: One Man’s Journey to Fund Cancer Research

    by  • March 14, 2014 • Cancer Research, General Interest, Genetic Counseling, Ovarian Cancer, Scientific Research

    More than a decade after his wife’s death, Lowell Dubrow is still fighting cancer by funding research at Fox Chase “One of the things about cancer is that there are a lot of people touched by it—almost everyone is—and those stories kind of get to you,” says Lowell Dubrow, a longtime Fox Chase donor. ...

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    Breast Cancer Screening Update

    by  • February 14, 2014 • Breast Cancer Treatment, Cancer Screening, Mammography, Women's Cancer Center

    A lot of media attention has been given to a recent paper from the Canadian National Breast Screening Study. This study, begun in 1980, randomized women to annual mammograms for five years versus no screening.  The current paper is a 25 year-follow up which reports no difference in deaths from breast cancer in the...

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    Fox Chase Study Shows Families Don’t Understand Genetic Test Results or Their Implications

    by  • January 28, 2014 • Cancer Screening, Genetic Counseling, Risk Assessment

    Findings suggest more outreach is needed for family members who may carry their own genetic risks of cancer A study done by researchers at Fox Chase Cancer Center shows that many relatives of patients who undergo testing for a gene linked to breast and ovarian cancers misinterpret the results, and less than half of...

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    Settling Into Our New Home

    by  • October 22, 2013 • Breast Cancer Treatment, Cancer Screening, General Interest, Menopause, Nutrition and Cancer, Ovarian Cancer, Women's Cancer Center, Yoga for Cancer Patients

    It’s hard to believe that Temple Health Women’s Care has been open for over a year now.  For me, the medical director, the year has flown by and much has happened.  All of our medical specialties are up and running and all the doctors and staff are working in collaboration. To be honest, this...

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    My doctor told me I have a “precancerous” lesion. Do I have cancer?

    by  • August 13, 2013 • Cancer Screening, Surgery

    Receiving the news that you have a precancerous lesion can cause considerable confusion and stress. Naturally, questions will arise as to the risks of getting a “cancerous” lesion, whether treatment is necessary and, if necessary, what treatment options are appropriate. It’s important to keep in mind that precancerous lesions can be found almost anywhere...

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    Has the time come to screen all high risk patients for lung cancer?

    by  • July 31, 2013 • Cancer Screening, Lung Cancer, Thoracic Cancer

    The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has produced draft recommendations that for the first time support screening high risk patients for lung cancer, the number one cause of cancer deaths in both men and women. (Read entire article in the New York Times.)  This is important because access to the screening test –...

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    Breakthrough Study Advances Fight Against Kidney Cancer

    by  • July 23, 2013 • Cancer Genome Institute, Kidney Cancer, Scientific Research

    Last month, the clinicians and researchers that make up The Cancer Genome Atlas published a breakthrough report on the “Comprehensive molecular characterization of clear cell renal cell carcinoma”. The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) is an organized project sponsored by the U.S. National Institutes of Health aiming to understand the types of molecular (=genetic, DNA-based)...

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    Options for women with BRCA gene mutations who are considering breast reconstruction surgery

    by  • May 23, 2013 • Breast Cancer Surgery, Breast Cancer Treatment, Cancer Screening, Reconstructive Surgery, Uncategorized

    With the recent news regarding Angelina Jolie’s courageous story, questions about breast cancer treatment as well as breast reconstruction have become common topics for discussion. Women who learned they have a mutation in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes have an approximately 5-fold increased risk of developing breast cancer.  Another way to describe this would...

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    American Cancer Society Issues Guidelines Regarding Lung Cancer Screening

    by  • May 16, 2013 • Cancer Screening, Lung Cancer, Thoracic Cancer, Uncategorized

    Lung cancer remains the biggest killer among all cancers.  Unfortunately, by the time lung cancer leads to symptoms, the cancer is already in advanced stages about 75 percent of the time. But we can do more in the war against lung cancer.  In previous years, multiple studies evaluating the use of screening by chest...

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