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6/19/2019 12:00 AM

Geriatric oncology: Aging population raises concerns about surge in demand for cancer care

Researchers fear the coming of what’s been dubbed a “silver oncologic tsunami” in the United States, worrying the medical community is not prepared to meet the needs of a rapidly aging population of cancer patients. Read more.

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5/29/2019 12:00 AM

Lighting up cancer cells to improve surgical accuracy

To help improve surgical accuracy, researchers are testing dyes that make cancer cells light up so surgeons can find them more easily, while also allowing them to spare healthy tissue.

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5/22/2019 12:00 AM

Keeping belly bacteria balanced is key, but a challenge for cancer patients

Learn about the important role gut bacteria play in our overall health and in certain diseases, including cancer.

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4/24/2019 12:00 AM

Are certain cancers becoming more common?

Some types of cancer are increasing in prevalence, and experts are working to understand what is causing the uptick and how to treat patients.

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lung cancer treatment

4/10/2019 12:00 AM

New techniques aiding in the fight against lung cancer

Thanks in large part to improvements in diagnostics and treatments, thousands of people are surviving lung cancer. The key is to catch it early, when the survival rate is much higher. Still, most cases are not diagnosed until advanced stages, which makes awareness initiatives around early detection efforts all the more important.

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2/27/2019 12:00 AM

Studies conclude open surgery a better option for early cervical cancer than less invasive procedures

Learn why minimally invasive surgeries may not be a good option for patients with early-stage cervical cancer.

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Liver Cancer

2/13/2019 12:00 AM

Liver cancer: Why do more people have it, and what's helping fight the upward trend?

Liver cancer incidence is on the rise. But lifestyle changes and new treatment options may help lower the risk.

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Targeted Therapy

1/23/2019 12:00 AM

Emerging drugs offer promise for advanced melanoma patients

“If you had stage IV melanoma before 2011, the median survival was about a year or less. Modern-day immunotherapy using checkpoint inhibitors is offering positive responses for many patients.” – Alan Tan, MD, Clinical Research Medical Director at our hospital near Phoenix. Read more.

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1/16/2019 12:00 AM

Thirdhand smoke: What is it and what are its risks?

Inhaling nicotine and other toxic chemicals in cigarette smoke, either firsthand as a smoker or secondhand as a non-smoker, may cause illnesses like heart disease, stroke and lung cancer. What isn’t as clearly understood is the effect of so-called “thirdhand smoke.”

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