• 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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    What Goes Into Cancer Staging?

    by  • May 9, 2013

    The staging process should begin during an office visit. The history of the patient’s illness and the physical examination often provide important clues about the tumor and whether it has spread. Some cancers can be seen, some can be felt, and examination may reveal body changes that are signs of tumor spread. Even if...

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    Dr. Knudson and the Two-Hit Theory

    by  • April 30, 2013

    Fox Chase researcher Alfred G. Knudson Jr., MD, PhD, was recently inaugurated into the first class of the Fellows of the AACR Academy at the AACR Annual Meeting 2013, held in Washington, D.C. The inaugural group of fellows of the academy consists of 106 individuals, symbolizing the age of the organization upon establishment of...

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