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March 14, 2018

The Latest in Imaging and Prostate Biopsy Technology is at Fox Chase

By: Updates in Urologic Oncology

Novel surgical and radiation techniques are making it easier for some patients with prostate cancer to prolong their lives following treatment. By employing the most modern clinical tools, Fox Chase Cancer Center offers the latest in imaging and prostate biopsy technology to improve patient care.

March 13, 2018

Evaluation and Treatment for Adrenal Mass at Fox Chase

By: Updates in Urologic Oncology

Fox Chase physicians are on the cutting edge when it comes to management of adrenal mass.

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 13, 2018

Clinical Trials for Kidney Cancer & Sporadic Renal AMLs

By: Updates in Urologic Oncology

Clinical trials play an important role in advancing scientific knowledge and helping shape the care of future cancer patients.

March 13, 2018

Fox Chase Urologic Oncologists Serve as Leaders for PURC Collaborative

By: Updates in Urologic Oncology

Robert Uzzo, MD, FACS, Chair of the Department of Surgical Oncology, is the executive director and Marc Smaldone, MD, surgical oncologist, is the regional clinical champion for the Pennsylvania Urologic Regional Collaborative (PURC).

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.

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