• Is Single Port Surgery Right for Me?

    by  • June 27, 2013

    Advances in Minimally Invasive Surgery: Over the past twenty years, minimally invasive surgery has been successful in reducing the large scars associated with traditional surgery to a few scars less than one inch in length. As a result, our patients have experienced faster, easier recoveries with less pain and fewer complications.  During the past...

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    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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