• Understanding Choices for Urinary Diversion at the time of Bladder Removal Surgery

    by  • April 6, 2013

    Patients who are faced with bladder removal (cystectomy) are presented with a number of challenges, not the least of which is understanding the type of urinary diversion that is best for them. There are 3 basic categories of modern urinary diversions: (1) incontinent bowel conduit (e.g. ileal conduit) (2) continent cutaneous stomal reservoire (e.g....

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    Objectifying Surgical Decision Making for Renal Masses

    by  • April 3, 2013

    In the absence of level I evidence, physician treatment recommendations are subject not only to the objective (interpretations of the cohort literature and practice guidelines), but also the subjective (training patterns, comfort levels, biases and individual experiences).  Such is the case for management of the incidental renal mass where multiple therapeutic options exist.  This...

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    Staying One Step Ahead of Lynch Syndrome

    by  • March 29, 2013

    Laura Simonetti, a Lynch Syndrome patient, explains the importance of proactive screening and keeping a positive attitude. I have a very strong family history of cancer. My father passed away in 2008 and had colon cancer three times. My aunt had cervical and colon cancer, my grandfather had colon cancer in his 50’s and...

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    Targeted Treatment for In-Transit Melanoma and Extremity Sarcomas with Isolated Limb Infusion

    by  • March 29, 2013

    In December 2012, I performed an Isolated Limb Infusion, making Fox Chase Cancer Center  one of the few treatment centers in the country to offer this technique. Metastatic melanoma and extremity sarcoma are some of the hardest cancers to treat. With Isolated Limb Infusion (ILI), the effects of chemotherapy can be concentrated regionally in...

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    Should men with prostate cancer receive DEXA screening?

    by  • March 20, 2013

    Bone mineral density (DEXA) screening among men with prostate cancer: a missed opportunity Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men in the United States and the second leading cause of cancer death.  The use of androgen-deprivation therapy (ADT), which reduce male hormone levels, or prevent them from reaching the prostate cancer cells,...

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    The Love Rx

    by  • March 18, 2013

    Dr. Selhub has discovered that a key factor for health is love. "Love sets off a set of physiological events in the body that help you to adapt to life's challenges, to stop and reverse disease, to maintain health, and to make it easier for your body to improve rather than deteriorate with age,"...

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    Trends in Smoking Related Deaths

    by  • March 8, 2013

    Everyone knows that smoking is bad for you.  New data from the U.S. National Health Interview Survey confirm the health hazards of smoking.  Mortality from any cause among smokers, both men and women, is three times higher than non-smokers.  Most of the increased mortality is due to lung cancer, head and neck cancer, COPD,...

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    Patient and Family-Centered Care at Fox Chase

    by  • March 7, 2013

    Going back to college as an adult was a challenge I was prepared for. I was not prepared for the news I would receive a few weeks into my second semester: my wife was diagnosed with stage three ovarian cancer. After hearing this news, I left school, but she decided that she wanted me...

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