Cancer Treatment

Addition of Radiation Improves Survival in High-Risk Prostate Cancer (May 18, 2016)

The addition of radiation therapy to androgen-deprivation therapy among men with prostate cancer who are at a high risk of a cancer recurrence significantly improves long-term survival. These results were... Continue Reading

Chemotherapy After Prostatectomy Delays Cancer Progression in High-Risk Prostate Cancers (May 17, 2016)

The use of chemotherapy following a radical prostatectomy delays the time to cancer progression among men with prostate cancer who are at a high risk of developing a recurrence.  These results were recently... Continue Reading

Shorter Radiation Schedule Effective in Low-Risk Prostate Cancer (March 9, 2016)

Men with low-grade prostate cancer have the same long-term outcomes when they are treated with a shorter radiation schedule, compared to those treated with a longer, conventional radiation schedule. These... Continue Reading

Gene-Targeted Drug Can Treat Prostate Cancer (October 29, 2015)

According to an international consortium of researchers led by experts at The Institute of Cancer Research, London, and The Royal Marsden, a pioneering drug developed to treat women with inherited cancers... Continue Reading

Medicare Initiates Coverage for Genomic Health’s Oncotype DX® Prostate Cancer Test Effective Immediately (October 27, 2015)

Genomic Health, Inc. announced that Palmetto GBA, a Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) that assesses molecular diagnostic technologies, has initiated reimbursement coverage of the Oncotype DX® prostate... Continue Reading

Frequently Asked Questions (April 29, 2014)

How does chemotherapy work? Chemotherapy kills rapidly-dividing cells in a variety of ways, depending on the drug. Since there are many different types of cancers that all grow differently, many chemotherapy... Continue Reading

When to Call Your Doctor (April 29, 2014)

The development of any of the following symptoms during your chemotherapy treatment may indicate a serious condition.  If you experience any of the following throughout your cancer treatment, please inform... Continue Reading

Understanding and Monitoring Your Blood Counts (April 29, 2014)

Overview A reduced number of blood cells in circulation is a common side effect of chemotherapy. Blood is composed of three basic blood cell types: red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. Blood... Continue Reading

Managing Chemotherapy Side Effects (April 29, 2014)

The treatment of cancer may include the use of chemotherapy, radiation therapy, biological therapy, surgery or some combination of all of these therapeutic options. All of these treatment options are directed... Continue Reading

How is chemotherapy delivered? (April 29, 2014)

Overview There are a variety of schedules and techniques used to deliver chemotherapy and yours will depend on which treatment your doctor prescribes. Cancer chemotherapy may consist of a single drug or... Continue Reading

Radiation Therapy FAQs (April 29, 2014)

What is radiation therapy? Radiation therapy, or radiotherapy, is the treatment of cancer and other diseases using ionizing radiation. This radiation can be delivered externally or internally. How does... Continue Reading

Side Effects of Radiation Therapy for Prostate Cancer (April 29, 2014)

Although patients do not feel anything during a radiation treatment, the effects of radiation gradually build up over time. Most patients have very few initial side effects; however, many patients experience... Continue Reading

What to Expect During Radiation Treatment (April 29, 2014)

Radiation treatment must be individualized for each patient depending on the size and location of their cancer. In order to tailor radiation treatment to meet the specific needs of individual patients,... Continue Reading

Techniques for Delivering Radiation Therapy (April 29, 2014)

Radiation therapy may be delivered externally or internally. External radiation delivers high-energy rays directly to the cancer from a machine outside the body. Internal radiation, or brachytherapy, is... Continue Reading

Post-Surgical Care (April 29, 2014)

Following any surgery, the wound must be kept clean to avoid infection.  Patients will typically have a sterile bandage placed on the wound and may have a drain inserted to prevent body fluid from collecting... Continue Reading

FAQ’s About Surgery (April 29, 2014)

Will I need to have surgery? Although most patients will have a biopsy performed, however, not all cancers require surgical treatment.  Some cancers are best treated with radiation therapy or chemotherapy.... Continue Reading

Useful Surgery Terms (April 29, 2014)

The following terms may be useful: Biopsy is the removal of a piece of tissue from an organ or other part of the body for microscopic examination to confirm or establish a diagnosis, estimate prognosis,... Continue Reading

Understanding Your Pathology Report (April 29, 2014)

What is a pathology test & report? Pathology is still the gold standard for the diagnosis of cancer, meaning it has been the most important diagnostic tool to date. A pathologist is a physician specializing... Continue Reading

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