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Reconstructive plastic surgery helping patients feel whole again after cancer surgery


Patients who undergo cancer operations to remove tumors often face unique challenges. While the surgeries themselves may be lifesaving, they can have a lasting impact on patients’ quality of life, especially if the procedures changed how they feel, function or look. For many, reconstructive plastic surgery offers a chance to feel whole again, to recover lost confidence, dignity and sense of self.

Clinical trials seek winning combination in chemotherapy and immunotherapy


Immunotherapy is a hot topic in cancer care circles, for researchers, doctors and cancer patients alike.
The more the science community learns about immunotherapy’s possibilities, the more optimistic oncologists are about the array of options it offers.
Dr. Glen Weiss, Director of Clinical Research and Medical Oncologist at our Arizona hospital, shares
the enthusiasm about the evolving therapy,
which enlists the body as a cancer-fighting ally by stimulating its immune system to attack cancer cells.

Thoughtful cancer care packages comfort patients during treatment


“What can I do to help?” Cancer patients get this question all the time from family and friends who want to provide meaningful support but just don’t know where to start. The question, though, can stump patients, too, especially as they struggle to come to terms with their diagnosis. Greeting cards, flowers and balloons can be a great way to brighten a patient’s day. But a personalized cancer care package can take the understanding, empathy and support to the next level.

Supportive therapies may help relieve breast cancer side effects


Cancer often affects men and women differently, both in terms of the side effects they endure and the way they handle them. Few experiences drive home the point more than breast cancer’s impact on women’s health and quality of life. The disease itself and treatments like surgery and chemotherapy can bring drastic changes, including early menopause, pain and body image issues.

What's in a name? Genetics vs genomics


Cancer care has made enormous strides over the past decade, driven in large part by DNA-related discoveries. But confusion persists among the general public over what it all means. That misinformation may cloud patients’ understanding of how available treatments can benefit them, and may even deter them from pursuing certain options.

Advances in lung cancer diagnostics, treatments mean more survivors living with the disease


Even though lung cancer is one of the most common cancers in the U.S., many people are unaware of its reach and its impact. Did you know, for example, that lung cancer is the No. 1 cancer killer of women, according to the American Lung Association (ALA)? Over the past 37 years, the rate of new lung cancer cases has nearly doubled in women, and yet only 1 percent of women have the disease on their radar. 

What you need to know about breast implants after breast cancer

Daniel Liu, MD

Part of my job as a reconstructive plastic surgeon involves educating women about breast reconstruction. I strongly believe that all women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer should know their options. Many women are unaware of the wide range of breast reconstruction options available, and even fewer understand that the timing of their decision to undergo reconstruction may greatly impact their options and results.