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2012-05-22 02:33:50

Novel grafts reduces need for permanent tracheotomy, maintain voice and swallowing function Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) surgeons have developed a new technique for reconstructing the larynx after surgery for advanced cancer. In the May Annals of Otology, Rhinology and Laryngology, they describe how this approach — which uses cryopreserved aortas from deceased donors to replace removed larynx tissue — allowed patients to avoid a permanent tracheotomy and maintain voice...

2012-05-10 23:16:23

A study of 7,424 privately insured colon cancer patients found that managed care presence in the market and hospital competition increased the likelihood laparoscopic surgery to treat colon cancer lowered costs, a national team of researchers led by a professor at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services reported in the journal Cancer, May 8, 2012. Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S., and surgical resection is the...

2012-04-17 15:00:41

Surgery to remove only the tumor preferable to removing entire kidney Kidney cancer patients who had only their tumor removed had better survival than patients who had their entire kidney removed, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center. After an average of five years, 25 percent of patients who had a so-called partial nephrectomy, in which only the tumor and a small margin of healthy tissue is removed, had died, while 42...

2012-03-24 03:36:40

Treatment with aromatase inhibitors enables some women to have lumpectomy Preoperative treatment with aromatase inhibitors increases the likelihood that postmenopausal women with estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer will be able to have breast-conserving surgery rather than a mastectomy, according to the results of a national clinical trial presented today at the Society of Surgical Oncology annual meeting in Orlando, Fla. "We found that half of the postmenopausal women in the study...

2012-03-23 06:21:58

LOS ANGELES, March 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO) and its James Ewing Foundation recognized the efforts of Stand Up to Cancer's co-founder Lisa C. Paulsen toward eradicating cancer by presenting her the SSO's 2012 James Ewing Layman's Award at the Society's Annual Cancer Symposium in Orlando, Florida on March 23rd. The James Ewing Layman's Award is presented annually and is intended to thank and honor non-physicians for their work in support of public...

2012-03-22 02:25:01

VIENNA, March 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Dune Medical Devices, the manufacturer of the MarginProbe(®) System, held a satellite symposium featuring discussions with experts in the field of breast cancer regarding the treatment of women with early stage breast cancer and the importance of margin assessment in breast conserving surgery. The panel conducted a thorough review of clinical experience with the MarginProbe System, designed to improve a surgeon's ability to identify the presence of...

2012-03-19 19:16:39

Cytori Therapeutics (NASDAQ: CYTX) announced today the publication of RESTORE-2 trial results in the peer-reviewed European Journal of Surgical Oncology. RESTORE-2 is a 71 patient multi-center, prospective clinical trial using autologous adipose-derived regenerative cell (ADRC)-enriched fat grafting for reconstruction of the breast after cancer surgery. The majority of patients underwent radiation prior to the procedure, creating an unfavorable ischemic environment for which breast...

2012-03-12 11:25:35

Metastasis of tumors to level IIb lymph nodes is rare in patients with laryngeal squamous cell carcinoma (LSCC); this area can be ignored during selective neck dissection (SND) to avoid damaging the spinal accessory nerve (SAN), making this surgery more conservative and minimizing SAN morbidity, according to the March 2012 issue of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery. The authors acknowledge that the medical literature stresses the importance of preserving the SAN to prevent...

2012-03-09 02:39:34

Quality-of-life issues gaining prominence as long-term cancer survival rates increase More than 80 percent of radiation oncologists discuss the impact of cancer treatments on fertility with their patients of childbearing age, which can lead to improved quality of life for young cancer patients who are living much longer after their original diagnosis thanks to modern treatment options, according to a study in Practical Radiation Oncology (PRO), the official clinical practice journal of the...

2012-02-23 10:19:00

CINCINNATI, Feb. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Ethicon Endo-Surgery (EES), a leading provider of advanced surgical solutions for minimally-invasive and open procedures, announced today the results of a study suggesting that video-assisted thorascopic surgery (VATS) wedge resections are associated with significantly shorter operative times, shorter lengths of stay and lower hospital costs than open wedge resections for lung cancer indications. VATS wedge resections for lung cancer indications are...