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March 13, 2018

Using Opioids Safely for Cancer Pain

By: Fox Chase Conversations

Opioids are in the news a lot lately because of the national epidemic of misuse and addiction involving these powerful painkillers and street drugs.

March 11, 2018

Robotic Salvage Prostatectomy: An Option for Men Whose Prostate Cancer has Returned after Initial Radiation Treatment

By: Rosalia Viterbo, MD, FACS

Prostate cancer can be treated with either surgery or radiation therapy. For men who were initially treated with radiation therapy alone, prostate cancer can return in up to 40-50 percent of cases (Zelefsky et al). Prostate cancer recurrence after failed radiation treatment can significantly impact a patient’s quality of life and cause considerable morbidity (unwanted complications) and lifestyle changes. Failed radiation therapy can impact disease progression and affect cancer specific mortality (death).

March 9, 2018

Everything You Need to Know about “Chemo Brain”

By: Fox Chase Conversations

“Chemo brain” is slang for the mental cloudiness that up to 75 percent of cancer patients experience after chemotherapy. It is not imaginary—it is a validated phenomenon. 

March 6, 2018

The Value of Survivor Support

By: Fox Chase Conversations

Head and neck cancers and the treatments we fight them with often alter a patient’s appearance and sense of self more drastically than other kinds of cancer. Treatment may leave patients with swallowing, speaking or chewing problems; temporary or permanent loss of their normal voice; or facial disfigurement following surgery. In these cases, it’s crucial for patients and their loved ones to find support and guidance from people they trust.

March 1, 2018

Trainee Spotlight: Jessica Wagner

By: Fox Chase Postdoctoral Program

"My current career goals are to defend (and get that Ph.D.!) and then pursue a post-doctoral position. Long term, I hope to work in government research."

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February 15, 2018

Q&A: Blue Light Cystoscopy versus White Light Cystoscopy in the Diagnosis of Bladder Cancer

By: Fox Chase Conversations

Each year, more than 79,000 people in the U.S. are faced with a bladder cancer diagnosis. Fortunately, 70 percent of bladder cancers are caught at an early stage. But still, finding some early stage tumors and lesions may be challenging because of the inconsistent ability to distinguish from healthy tissue when viewed through a scope only using white light, making these tumors more difficult to treat.

February 12, 2018

5 Things to Know About Clinical Trials in Cancer Treatment

By: Fox Chase Conversations

Almost every cancer treatment available today has come about because of clinical trials. These carefully designed research studies test new treatments—such as cancer-fighting drugs—to see how well they work. Should you or a loved one volunteer for one? Here are some important things to consider.

February 12, 2018

Friendship is the Best Medicine

By: Fox Chase Cancer Center Forward

It’s a true story that reads like a Hollywood script: two scientists from different countries meet at a conference and decide to collaborate on a shared interest. Along with a third scientist, they work together for years, with two of the scientists going back and forth across the ocean. Ultimately they make a landmark discovery that saves many lives and earns them the Nobel Prize. But rather than riding off into the sunset as the credits roll, their story continued.

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