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Newly Approved Gene Therapy for Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia

A newly approved cancer-fighting gene therapy offers hope to children and young adults suffering froma cute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL).

Benefits of Proton Therapy for Glioblastomas and other Types of Brain Cancer

Recently, there were reports in the news media that longtime Arizona Senator, John McCain, had been diagnosed with a brain tumor. There are many types of brain tumors ranging from benign to malignant (cancerous), each with their own prognosis and treatment recommendations. Thanks to advances in cancer treatment therapies, we are now better able to treat all types of brain tumors.

Study Shows Less Chemotherapy may be Needed for Some Colon Cancer Patients

In the past, studies have shown that adjuvant chemotherapy may significantly improve survival for patients with colon cancer. Unfortunately, this often leads to many significant side effects for the patient. A recent study showed that for patients with a lower risk of recurrence, a shorter period of chemotherapy can offer one third of the side effects, with the same anti-cancer advantages.

The Benefits of Proton Therapy for Breast Cancer

Proton therapy's precision allows it to destroy tumor cells while also minimizing side effects and allowing patients to maintain their quality of life. This is especially important in the treatment of breast cancers, as there are so many critical structures nearby including the heart, chest wall and lungs.

Closely Monitoring Symptoms Shown to Improve Health Outcomes for Cancer Patients

An online reporting tool for cancer treatment side effects not only improved quality of life for participants, but also extended survival, according to a study conducted by researchers at Memorial Sloan Kettering.

Prostate Cancer Screening Recommendation Changes

Dr. Perkins has previously discussed the US Preventive Task Force's decision to recommend against the PSA screening test for prostate cancer, and its correlation to an increase in late-stage diagnosis of prostate cancer. The task force recently changed their recommendation on the PSA test for prostate cancer screenings, saying that men should have an informed discussion with their physician.

Cancer Fatigue During and After Treatment

It is not unusual for patients undergoing cancer treatment to experience fatigue. Cancer fatigue is a persistent mental, physical and emotional fatigue that can seriously impact a patient’s quality of life. Unlike the fatigue of daily life, cancer fatigue doesn’t go away with rest and it doesn’t typically resolve quickly. So what can you do to reduce cancer-related fatigue? Read the full article to learn.

A Review of Female Cancers for Womens Health Week

Each year during the month of May, we join women from across the country in celebrating National Women’s Health Week. This year, National Women’s Health Week is from May 14 - 20. The observance is an opportunity to empower women to make their health and wellness a priority and encourage them to take steps toward improvement. In addition to staying active, maintaining a healthy weight, and undergoing routine medical check-ups, I believe it is important for women to learn all they can about breast and gynecologic (female reproductive) cancer including screening recommendations, signs, symptoms and risk factors.

Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) a Highly Effective Lung Cancer Treatment

A recent New York Times article highlighted the use of Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy, or SBRT, for the treatment of prostate cancer. Although the use of SBRT for prostate cancer treatment has risen significantly in recent years, the article called into question the wisdom of using the high dose radiation delivery system near the delicate structures surrounding the prostate gland, touting a lack of solid evidence proving its effectiveness. Understandably, the article generated questions and concerns from a number of our patients and I feel it is important to address the issue.

Lumps, Bumps and Cancer

Almost all of us have discovered a lump or bump on our bodies at one time or another. In the majority of cases, these growths are not cancerous and pose no reason for concern – but that still doesn’t mean you should ignore them. Even trained physicians like myself don’t rely on visual examination to identify every lump, and I certainly don’t recommend patients self-diagnose. While not every lump or bump is cancer, I always advise patients to err on the side of caution.

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