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Regional therapies: What are they and how can they help?


Advanced cancer can be challenging to treat, especially when it spreads to vital organs that are critical to the body’s survival, such as the liver and the lungs. The difficulty comes in not only reaching the tumor, but in treating it without damaging the vital organs affected and further harming the patient’s health. But a more targeted treatment approach is offering such patients a potential option, allowing doctors to deliver high doses of chemotherapy or radiation directly to the tumor, without exposing the rest of the body to harmful levels of toxicity.

Tips for cancer patients: How to deal with information overload


A cancer diagnosis often comes with an overwhelming amount of information for patients to sift through and remember. Between appointments, meeting with various doctors and clinicians, and digesting treatment and nutrition information, it can be difficult to keep track of it all. There’s so much to focus on at a time when you’re dealing with an experience that has likely turned your life upside down.

One way to lower your cancer risk: Cut the extra sugars


The grapefruit diet. Atkins. South Beach. Low-fat. Low-carb. High-protein. It seems like there’s a fad diet for every taste bud out there. While the cornucopia of weight-loss plans varies widely on what you should and shouldn’t eat to lose weight, there’s one ingredient just about all of them agree should be cut: added sugars. That’s because excess sugars are not just empty calories; they also contribute to weight gain, which may in turn lead to obesity.

The limitations of at-home genetic tests


Perhaps you want to learn more about your family’s ancestry. You may also be interested in family traits you may have inherited. Or maybe you want to find out about your risk for developing certain diseases. If these or other curiosities have you looking to test your genetic tree in a quick and convenient way, a new federally approved option may have caught your eye.

FDA approves first cancer treatment based on genetic makeup, not tumor location


Cancer has traditionally been identified by where in the body it develops. Breast cancer forms in the breast, lung cancer in the lungs, and so on. Even when a cancer metastasizes to a different part of the body, it is defined by its original location. If colorectal cancer travels to the brain, for instance, it is called metastatic colorectal cancer, not brain cancer. But many doctors, including Dr. Shayma Master Kazmi, Medical Oncologist at our hospital in Philadelphia, call that old-school thinking.

How can flexible robotic surgery help head and neck cancer patients?


Many head and neck cancer patients undergo treatments that end up disrupting their quality of life. For example, surgery to remove tumors in the head or neck area typically requires large incisions that may affect the patient’s ability to eat, speak and swallow. If the incisions were smaller, the lasting impacts may be less severe, experts say.