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    BRCA1 Mutations and Prophylactic Surgery – My Story

    by  • September 17, 2014 • Cancer Screening, Genetic Counseling, Ovarian Cancer, Surgery • 0 Comments

    by Stacey Schutawie There is so much to be said today about genetic testing and screening for ovarian cancer and prophylactic surgery in the case of BRCA1 mutations.  But we need to say more.  It can save a woman’s life.  And I know because it probably saved mine. My mother passed away from ovarian...

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    Fox Chase Surgeon Passes it on to the Next Generation

    by  • May 21, 2014 • General Interest, Kidney Cancer, News, Surgery

    Fox Chase surgeon Robert G. Uzzo, MD, FACS, is recognized for teaching the next generation of urologic surgeons. He received the American Urologic Association’s Residents Committee Teaching Award at the organizations annual meeting in May 2014. A nationally recognized leader in urologic oncology, Robert G. Uzzo, MD, FACS, understands the value of sharing his knowledge...

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    Robotic Salvage Prostatectomy: An Option for Men Whose Prostate Cancer has Returned after Initial Radiation Treatment

    by  • March 29, 2014 • Prostate Cancer, Robotic Surgery, Surgery

    Prostate cancer can be treated with either surgery or radiation therapy. For men who were initially treated with radiation therapy alone, prostate cancer can return in up to 40-50 percent of cases (Zelefsky et al). Prostate cancer recurrence after failed radiation treatment can significantly impact a patient’s quality of life and cause considerable morbidity...

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    Advanced Surgical Options for the Treatment of Lymphedema

    by  • March 27, 2014 • Breast Cancer Treatment, Coping with Cancer, Lymphedema Surgery, Reconstructive Surgery, Surgery, Women's Cancer Center

    Vascularized lymph node transfer is an innovative new surgical procedure used to treat lymphedema, a common condition for patients who have had their lymph nodes removed during the course of cancer treatment. Symptoms of lymphedema include fluid retention, tissue swelling and soreness of the extremities (arms, hands or legs). Research suggests that the frequency...

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    What is a Post Mastectomy/Lumpectomy Camisole?

    by  • February 13, 2014 • Breast Cancer Surgery, Coping with Cancer, Reconstructive Surgery, Women's Cancer Center

    A post-surgical camisole, used after breast surgery, provides the support of a bra and pockets for lightweight breast prostheses. These camisoles come in a variety of sizes and materials and are specially constructed for the various needs of breast cancer survivors. Camisoles can be used immediately after any breast surgery, including mastectomy, lumpectomy and...

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    Can a Patient Be Too Old for Stem Cell Transplant?

    by  • February 9, 2014 • Chemotherapy, Hodgkin's Lymphoma, Stem Cell Transplant

    Stem cell transplant is a potential curative treatment for patients with blood cancers and other life-threatening blood disorders. Selected patients may achieve long-term control of their disease, even if they have run out of treatment options. However, the best outcomes are usually obtained from early transplant for patients with high risk of disease. Because...

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    “Retro” Surgery is the Wave of the Future for Select Patients with Kidney and Adrenal Tumors

    by  • February 6, 2014 • Kidney Cancer, Surgery

    Minimally invasive surgery now offers many patients decreased blood loss, smaller incisions and quicker recovery. Advantages of laparoscopic and robotic surgery especially benefit patients undergoing surgery on the kidney, ureter or adrenal gland, since traditional open surgical techniques demand relatively painful large incisions to safely gain access to these organs. However, some patients have...

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    Nipple tattooing provides the finishing touch following breast cancer reconstruction

    by  • February 1, 2014 • Breast Cancer Surgery, Breast Cancer Treatment, Reconstructive Surgery, Surgery, Women's Cancer Center

    Techniques in nipple tattooing are rapidly improving and give patients reconstructive options that were previously not available. In most cases, tattooing is performed three months after the nipple has been surgically created on the reconstructed breast to allow for healing of the nipple wound. Tattooing at earlier time points may result in poor pigment...

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    How are the nipple and areola reconstructed during breast surgery?

    by  • January 28, 2014 • Breast Cancer Surgery, Breast Cancer Treatment, Reconstructive Surgery, Women's Cancer Center

    The nipple and areola are key elements of the reconstructed breast after mastectomy and are essential in restoring the breast to its natural form. Many patients have questions about how and when the nipple and areola are reconstructed.   The first step in breast reconstruction is to create a breast mound. This is accomplished using...

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    Can I have a DIEP flap to reconstruct my breast after a mastectomy?

    by  • December 31, 2013 • Breast Cancer Surgery, Breast Cancer Treatment, Reconstructive Surgery

    After a patient undergoes a mastectomy, breast reconstruction may be performed with breast implants or autologous tissue, meaning the patient’s own skin, fat, and muscle.  The vast majority of breast reconstruction performed across the country and the world relies on breast implants.  A much smaller percentage is done with autologous tissue which is rotated...

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