Cancer Conversations Blog

February 3, 2013

Exactly What is a Larynx and Why Do I Need One?

By: Jeffrey Chang-Jen Liu, MD

The larynx is a very busy organ. In many ways, it is a crucial gateway as it directs air into the lungs to breathe. It also directs food into esophagus on its way to the stomach. 

February 2, 2013

What is Cancer Staging?

By: John A. Ridge, MD, PhD, FACS

The amount of cancer in a patient’s body, and where it is located (or how far it has spread) determines the cancer’s stage. Once the “staging” has been completed, it is possible for doctors to prepare treatment plans and to make some predictions about how likely it is that the treatment will control the cancer. 

January 31, 2013

New Lung Cancer Screening Recommendations

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

The American Cancer Society (ACS) has issued recommendations for screening with low-dose spiral computed tomography (LDCT) scans of the chest for individuals at high risk for lung cancer.

January 24, 2013

The Annual Report on Cancer Rates in the United States

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

In January 2012, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) released its annual report to the nation, which found a continuing decrease in deaths from cancer in men, women and children since the 1990s.

January 23, 2013

Adrenal Masses/Tumors Require a Thoughtful and Nuanced Approach

By: Alexander Kutikov, MD, FACS

Approximately 5 percent of individuals harbor tumors in their adrenal glands. When these tumors are discovered on radiology scans performed for other reasons, they are termed adrenal incidentalomas. Although the vast majority of such tumors are benign, the possibility of a cancerous lesion always must be eliminated. Thus, these lesions must be evaluated using appropriate endocrinologic and radiologic approaches.

January 22, 2013

How Can Yoga Help Cancer Patients?

By: Fox Chase Conversations

Michelle teaches gentle yoga, a chair-based program for cancer patients. She modifies the movements to accommodate the limitations of each participant in her class.

January 17, 2013

Has Robotic Cystectomy Reached the Mainstream?

By: Marc C. Smaldone, MD

Radical cystoprostatectomy (removal of the bladder and prostate) in men, and anterior pelvic exenteration (removal of the bladder, uterus, ovaries and a portion of the vagina) in women, in combination with removal of the regional lymph nodes, has long been the preferred surgical procedure to maximize local control of disease and prolong survival.

January 9, 2013

What is a Salivary Gland Tumor and How is it Treated?

By: Jeffrey Chang-Jen Liu, MD

In my practice, I am often asked, “What is a salivary gland tumor?” These are tumors that arise from the salivary tissue in the head and neck.