• State Funding is Vital to Support Life-Saving Biomedical Research

    by  • March 12, 2014

    In 2001, Pennsylvania allocated 19 percent of its Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) funding annually to life-saving biomedical research through the Commonwealth Universal Research Enhancement (CURE) program. While these funds have led to research advances in cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, infectious diseases, and public health, as well as grown Pennsylvania’s economy, they frequently come...

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    How you can manage cancer-related fatigue

    by  • February 27, 2014

    Cancer related fatigue is a feeling of tiredness or exhaustion that is persistent and often not related to any activity. It is often not relieved by rest. People who feel fatigue often say that even a small effort, such as walking across a room, can seem like too much.  Other words used to describe...

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    Prostate Cancer Screening: What is the PCA3 Test?

    by  • February 24, 2014

    Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in men in the United States. The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) approved a type of blood test, prostate specific antigen (PSA), in 1986.  Since then, PSA has been widely used for prostate cancer screening and has led to the over diagnosis and treatment of...

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    Breast Cancer Screening Update

    by  • February 14, 2014

    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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    What is a Post Mastectomy/Lumpectomy Camisole?

    by  • February 13, 2014

    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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    What Causes Breast Pain?

    by  • February 12, 2014

    Pain is one of the most common breast symptoms prompting women to seek medical attention.  However, contrary to its significance in most parts of the body, pain in the breasts is usually not a sign of a serious problem.  It most often represents sensitivity of normal breast tissue to dietary factors, medications, or hormonal...

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    Can a Patient Be Too Old for Stem Cell Transplant?

    by  • February 9, 2014

    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

    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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