Practice makes perfect in cancer surgery

Researchers determine higher hospital and surgeon volume lead to better outcomes when treating bladder cancer patients In a new, in-depth research project, Queen's professors Rob Siemens (Urology) and Christopher Booth (Cancer Care and Epidemiology) investigated what affect higher volume hospitals and surgeons had on the outcomes of patients undergoing a radical cystectomy for bladder cancer … Continue reading Practice makes perfect in cancer surgery

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Surgery associated with better survival for patients with advanced laryngeal cancer

Patients with advanced laryngeal cancer appear to have better survival if they are treated with surgery than nonsurgical chemoradiation. Approximately 11,000 to 13,000 cases of laryngeal cancer are diagnosed each year and squamous cell carcinoma accounts for the vast majority of these tumors. Prior to 1991, total surgical removal of the larynx with postoperative radiation … Continue reading Surgery associated with better survival for patients with advanced laryngeal cancer

Getting chemo first may help in rectal cancer

First things first. If cancer patients are having trouble tolerating chemotherapy after chemoradiation and surgery, then try administering it beforehand. Reordering the regimen that way enabled all but six of 39 patients to undergo a full course of standard treatment for rectal cancer, according to research to be presented at the American Society for Clinical … Continue reading Getting chemo first may help in rectal cancer

Is growing MRI use leading to more invasive breast cancer surgery?

Heavy use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may be leading to unnecessary breast removal in older women with breast cancer, according to a study by Yale School of Medicine researchers in the current issue of┬áBreast Cancer Research and Treatment. "These data are concerning because the long-term benefits associated with bilateral mastectomy for older women with … Continue reading Is growing MRI use leading to more invasive breast cancer surgery?

Pattern in lung cancer pathology may predict cancer recurrence after surgery

Findings could help identify patients most likely to benefit from lung-sparing surgery A new study by thoracic surgeons and pathologists at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center shows that a specific pattern found in the tumor pathology of some lung cancer patients is a strong predictor of recurrence. Knowing that this feature exists in a tumor's pathology … Continue reading Pattern in lung cancer pathology may predict cancer recurrence after surgery