• 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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    Kidney Cancer Treatment at Fox Chase

    by  • February 4, 2014

    If you or your loved one has been diagnosed with a kidney tumor/mass, reliable information regarding this condition is often difficult to obtain.  It is important that you have a good understanding of the diagnostic and treatment options available in order to make an educated choice on how to best proceed with your treatment....

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    Nipple tattooing provides the finishing touch following breast cancer reconstruction

    by  • February 1, 2014

    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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    What is a Cervix and How Do You Know if You Have Cancer?

    by  • January 30, 2014

    While some women know that they are supposed to see a gynecologist on a regular basis, most women do not understand their own anatomy and what is being examined during the exam. The pelvis, the area between your hip bones, houses most of the major female specific organs: the ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus and...

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