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Advances in Local Treatment for Breast Cancer

A relatively new technique could make breast cancer patients post-surgery lives much easier. Intraoperative radiation therapy, or IORT, is a new form of radiation therapy that replaces weeks of traditional radiation therapy. It’s administered in a single dose directly at the tumor site – and given at the same time as the surgery. For most patients, they will not require the normal daily radiation treatments that normally require six to seven weeks. It allows a woman to get her radiation...


Dense Breasts and Screening Indications

Mammograms have long been the gold standard for breast cancer detection, but they're not perfect. They can be less effective in women with dense breasts, which contain more glandular and connective tissue than fat. Many states now require women to be notified when dense tissue is seen on a mammogram. Some states also require supplemental screening, like ultrasound, even if the mammogram found no cancer. In this segment, Dr. Lusi Tumyan discusses breast density as a risk for breast...


Metastatic Triple Negative Breast Cancer

Triple-negative breast cancer represents approximately 15 percent of all breast cancers, but it is diagnosed at a higher rate in patients with hereditary (particularly BRCA1-gene associated) breast cancer, as well as among African-American women. In this segment, Yuan Yuan, MD., Ph.D. discusses this aggressive form of breast cancer and how City of Hope is leading the field in advancements for this type of cancer and how there are several innovative clinical trials both for newly diagnosed...


Radiation Therapy and Breast Cancer

Radiation treatment plays an important role in most breast cancer patients, particularly those seeking breast conserving therapy. Radiation is also used in patients with high risk disease after a mastectomy. At City of Hope, our image-driven planning using computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans means that radiation is accurately delivered to tumor sites, increasing the therapy's effectiveness while reducing exposure to normal tissue. Our radiation oncologists...


The Latest Treatment Options for Endometrial Cancer

Every year, more than 60,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with endometrial/uterine cancer. At City of Hope, we treat you as a valued individual. Our entire uterine/endometrial cancer team works together to bring you advanced surgery, chemotherapy, radiation and supportive care options that will deliver the best outcome for you. Listen as Thanh H. Dellinger, MD discusses the symptoms and treatments available for endometrial cancer at City of Hope.


How Social Media Can Enhance Outcomes In Cancer

According to the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), more and more new communication technology is being used to provide cancer care. Web-based tools, wearable technology, and smartphones let many people engage with each other and share information. Medical institutions and individual health care professionals are also developing ways to use this technology to improve the quality of medical care. Dr.Mina Sedrak's research focuses on studying the mechanisms by which social media...


Palliative Care and Symptom Management for Cancer Patients

Many people mistakenly think that palliative care is the same as hospice care. It isn’t. Palliative care is medical care focusing on people who are seriously ill. It’s meant to help patients get relief from their symptoms, pain and stress; whatever their diagnosis. Listen as Dr. Stefanie Mooney from City of Hope, answers questions about how providers, caregivers and patients can maximize the quality of life for themselves and loved ones through Palliative Care and managing those cancer...


Targeting Cancer Stem Cells

City of Hope researchers are working to uncover how cancer stem cells grow, and what can be done to stop them from multiplying. To figure that out, they study how certain proteins interact with a cell’s genetic material — and how that affects the complex processes that make cancer cells divide. Listen in as Leo David Wang, M.D., Ph.D. explains how our team at City of Hope, comprises stem cell biologists, cancer researchers and clinicians, nanotechnologists, bioinformaticians and graduate...


Palliative Care for Metastatic Cancer: Helping You Cope

Palliative care is care given to improve the quality of life of patients who have a serious or life-threatening disease, such as cancer. The goal of palliative care is to prevent or treat, as early as possible, the symptoms and side effects of the disease and its treatment, in addition to the related psychological, social, and spiritual problems. A palliative care specialist is a health professional who specializes in treating the symptoms, side effects, and emotional problems experienced...


Lynch Syndrome: Early Detection is the Key

Lynch syndrome is an inherited condition that gives a person a higher risk of cancers of the digestive tract, gynecologic tract, and other organs. People with Lynch syndrome also have an increased risk of cancers of the stomach, small intestine, liver, gallbladder ducts, upper urinary tract, brain, and skin. Additionally, women with this disorder have a high risk of cancer of the ovaries and lining of the uterus (the endometrium). Listen in as Thomas P. Slavin, MD explains that with...


Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy: The Latest Technique

With conventional therapy, radiation is delivered in relatively small doses over the course of several weeks, with patients receiving daily treatments during that time. With Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT), physicians are able to deliver a greater combined dose of radiation over the course of fewer treatments. SBRT has shown dramatically better outcomes than conventional radiation therapy. Radiation therapy plays a pivotal role in the treatment of lung cancer of all stages and...


Lung Cancer – New Therapies

Lung Cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in both men and women. City of Hope is a recognized leader in lung cancer research. There is extensive collaboration between lung cancer clinicians and researchers to develop and evaluate new therapies designed to improve survival and quality of life outcomes Listen in as Ravi Salgia, M.D., Ph.D. explains all of the new therapies available if you or a loved one has been diagnosed with lung cancer.


Radiation Therapy for Breast Cancer

An accurate and thorough diagnosis is important so that your breast cancer team can develop the best treatment plan for you. At City of Hope, your care team will utilize the most state-of-the art breast imaging technologies and laboratory techniques to guide your personalized treatment. Some women with breast cancer will need radiation, often in addition to other treatments. Listen in as Nayana L Vora, MD, discusses radiation therapy for breast cancer and how women can benefit from the...


Cancer Vaccine: Taking The Double-Pronged Approach

Although chemotherapy can be effective in treating cancer, it can also exact a heavy toll on a patient’s health. One impressive alternative researchers have found is in the form of a vaccine. A type of immunotherapy, one part of the vaccine primes the body to react strongly against a tumor; the second part directly attacks the tumor itself. This double-pronged approach could be both more powerful against cancer and far less toxic to the body than traditional chemotherapy. Don J. Diamond,...


Osteoporosis: Thinning of the Bones

Osteoporosis is a disease in which bones become porous and weak. As they lose strength, they are more likely to break. Bones in the spine, hip, wrist, pelvis, and upper arm are particularly at risk of fracture in people with osteoporosis. Azar Khosravi, MD, an Endocrinologist with City of Hope, is here to talk about the causes and the treatments of osteoporosis, and some lifestyle approaches for preventing bone loss.


Amazing Microvascular Reconstruction For Head and Neck Cancer

Microvascular reconstruction is a surgical procedure that involves moving a composite piece of tissue from another part of the body to the head and neck. Because of the availability of microvascular surgical procedures at City of Hope, defects caused by cancer, congenital anomalies, or acquired disorders can now be reconstructed successfully. Thomas J. Gernon, MD, is here to explain microvascular surgical procedures, and how at City of Hope you always feel comfortable and informed.


Surgery for Pancreatic Cancer

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, or if you've been told you're at high risk for developing the disease, talk to us. It's important to learn about your options and take action right away. Our world-class team of specialists can answer your questions, address your concerns, and deliver a personalized treatment plan with the most innovative, cutting-edge therapies available anywhere. Susanne Gray Warner, MD, is here to discuss your options when you or a loved...


The Importance of Self-Compassion During and Beyond Cancer Treatment

At City of Hope, we understand that the emotional effects of a life-altering illness are diverse and personal for patients, friends, partners and family members. So we created the Department of Supportive Care Medicine as an island of kindness, compassion and comprehensive information to help you manage this unpredictable journey. The degree to which people cope effectively with stressful life events can be an essential aid in healing and wellbeing. Marissa A. Cangin, Psy.D. is here today...


Lung Cancer in Non-Smokers

As many as 20% of the people who die from lung cancer in the United States every year do not smoke or use any other form of tobacco. This translates to about 16,000 to 24,000 Americans every year. In fact, if lung cancer in non-smokers had its own separate category, it would rank among the top 10 fatal cancers in the United States. It is true that staying away from tobacco is the most important thing any one can do to lower the risk of getting lung cancer. But there are also other risk...


Geriatric Oncology: Meeting the Needs of Seniors

Age is the single greatest risk factor overall for cancer; our chances of developing the disease rise steeply after age 50. Geriatric oncology is a branch of medicine that is concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of cancer in the elderly, usually defined as aged 65 and older. An older patient with cancer will benefit from the expertise of a Geriatric Oncologist. Older patients have unique needs because of their often complex medical histories. Daneng Li, MD, is here to discuss how...