• Gene Panels: Genetic Testing for Hereditary Cancer

    by  • May 1, 2014

    Genetic testing for hereditary cancer risk has been available for about 20 years.  A family history with more than one case of the same or related cancers, young cancers, or people who had cancer more than once might be offered genetic testing. This testing could be for many different gene mutations known to increase...

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    The End of the Pap Test for Cervical Cancer?

    by  • April 24, 2014

    For decades, the Pap test had been the only test available to screen for cervical cancer.  The Pap is simple, safe, inexpensive, and most importantly, very effective. The number of cases of cervical cancer in the US has dropped by more than half over the past 30 years, mostly thanks to Pap testing.  But,...

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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 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

    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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    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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