• Cancer Staging

    Can doctors prevent overtreatment for prostate cancer patients?

    by  • August 2, 2013 • Active Surveillance, Cancer Staging, Prostate Cancer

    In a recent article in the Journal of the American Medical Association, entitled, “Overdiagnosis and Overtreatment in Cancer An Opportunity for Improvement,” a group of experts discussed the findings from a National Cancer Institute working group designed to improve the current approach to cancer screening and prevention1. Among their recommendations included a motion to...

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    What Goes Into Cancer Staging?

    by  • May 9, 2013 • Cancer Staging

    The staging process should begin during an office visit. The history of the patient’s illness and the physical examination often provide important clues about the tumor and whether it has spread. Some cancers can be seen, some can be felt, and examination may reveal body changes that are signs of tumor spread. Even if...

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    Patients’ Genes Provide a Blueprint for Hope in Cancer Treatment

    by  • April 22, 2013 • Cancer Genome Institute, Cancer Staging, Clinical Trials, Genetic Counseling

    A article in yesterday’s  New York Times (“Cancer Centers Racing to Map Patients’ Genes” April 21, 2013) discusses the emerging importance of gene mapping in determining precise medical treatment. Fox Chase Cancer Center has been pursuing this course of treatment for oncology patients, plotting a genetic “blueprint” for targeting treatment in advanced cancers. The...

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