Cancer Conversations Blog

February 6, 2014

“Retro” Surgery is the Wave of the Future for Select Patients with Kidney and Adrenal Tumors

By: Alexander Kutikov, MD, FACS

Minimally invasive surgery now offers many patients decreased blood loss, smaller incisions and quicker recovery.

February 4, 2014

Kidney Cancer Treatment at Fox Chase

By: Alexander Kutikov, MD, FACS

The kidney cancer team at Fox Chase strongly believes that an engaged and educated patient is an empowered patient and is dedicated to working with you to make the best possible decisions regarding your care.

February 1, 2014

Nipple Tattooing Provides the Finishing Touch Following Breast Cancer Reconstruction

By: Neal S. Topham, MD, FACS

Techniques in nipple tattooing are rapidly improving and give patients reconstructive options that were previously not available. In most cases, tattooing is performed three months after the nipple has been surgically created on the reconstructed breast to allow for healing of the nipple wound. Tattooing at earlier time points may result in poor pigment uptake and irregular fading.

January 30, 2014

Cervical Cancer Screening – Is There an App for That?

By: Angela Jain, MD

Well, there is no app on your iPhone, but there is a test your doctor can do to screen for cervical cancer.

January 30, 2014

What is a Cervix and How Do You Know if You Have Cancer?

By: Angela Jain, MD

While some women know that they are supposed to see a gynecologist on a regular basis, most women do not understand their own anatomy and what is being examined during the exam.

January 28, 2014

How are the nipple and areola reconstructed during breast surgery?

By: Neal S. Topham, MD, FACS

Many patients have questions about how and when the nipple and areola are reconstructed. The first step in breast reconstruction is to create a breast mound.

January 28, 2014

Fox Chase Study Shows Families Don’t Understand Genetic Test Results or Their Implications

By: Fox Chase Conversations

Findings suggest more outreach is needed for family members who may carry their own genetic risks of cancer.

January 22, 2014

Is My Insomnia Related to Breast Cancer?

By: Mary B. Daly, MD, PhD, FACP

Breast cancer survivors often experience high rates of insomnia, which can include difficulty falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep and disruption of circadian rhythm.