• Protons versus Photons for the Treatment of Prostate Cancer

    by  • June 14, 2013

    The management of clinically localized prostate cancer, or cancer that has not spread beyond the prostate gland, is complex. There are a number of treatment options, ranging from close observation with frequent reassessment (active surveillance), surgery, and radiation therapy. While each form of active treatment can be effective, all can cause side effects that...

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    Banishing Fear after a Cancer Diagnosis

    by  • May 31, 2013

    Coping with Cancer magazine recently invited me to write an article on facing fear after a cancer diagnosis. In my role as Director of Psychiatry at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, I help patients and families confront cancer on a daily basis . While no one wants to be afraid, fear is a...

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    Variants of Angelina Significance

    by  • May 24, 2013

    The public recently got to hear from Angelina Jolie about her decision to perform a double mastectomy in light of her having a genetic mutation in the BRCA1 gene. The op-ed piece in the New York Times received tremendous international attention – quickly spreading through the print, broadcast, online and social media world. The...

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    Options for women with BRCA gene mutations who are considering breast reconstruction surgery

    by  • May 23, 2013

    With the recent news regarding Angelina Jolie’s courageous story, questions about breast cancer treatment as well as breast reconstruction have become common topics for discussion. Women who learned they have a mutation in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes have an approximately 5-fold increased risk of developing breast cancer.  Another way to describe this would...

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    Is Surgery Necessary to Diagnose Thyroid Cancer?

    by  • May 21, 2013

    A needle biopsy may not be enough to diagnose thyroid cancer: A needle biopsy of a suspicious area in the thyroid is an excellent initial method of identifying cancer in the thyroid gland. Cells collected using a small needle are examined under a microscope to determine whether a thyroid cancer is present. In many...

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    Lung-Sparing Treatment Options for Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma

    by  • May 14, 2013

    Malignant pleural mesothelioma is a thoracic disease process that affects those with prior inhalational exposure to asbestos. It originates in the pleural space and progresses by local extension to involve the ipsilateral lung and adjacent structures. Often, there is a very long and variable latency period (from exposure to disease manifestation) that can range...

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    Treating Extremity Sarcoma

    by  • May 13, 2013

    Extremity sarcoma is one of the hardest cancers to treat. Treatment for patients where sarcoma is in an arm or a leg may include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, interferon therapy, biologic/immunotherapy and/or innovative therapies using new drugs to fight the disease. With Isolated Limb Infusion (ILI), the effects of chemotherapy can be concentrated regionally...

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