Sunburn and Melanoma

June 22nd, 2014 @

I’m the kind of doctor that just doesn’t heed anecdotal evidence. I need solid scientific proof. For those of you who are like me, you’ll be glad to learn that a new study finally proves what your mothers probably already knew: sunburns are not good for you. A prospective study followed 108,916 women in the … Read More »

Contralateral Mastectomy for BRCA+ Breast Cancer Patients

June 11th, 2014 @

A recent study published in the British Medical Journal, compared the survival rates of women diagnosed with BRCA associated breast cancer that underwent a double mastectomy with women who did not undergo a mastectomy of the other breast. The particpants were 390 women with Stage 1 or Stage 2 breast cancer and were carriers of … Read More »

The Importance of Gleevec Following Surgery for Gastrointestinal Stromal Cell Tumors (GIST)

June 11th, 2014 @

Surgical resection is the only treatment with the potential to cure GISTs. Unfortunately many patients develop recurrent tumors following complete tumor removal. Imatinib mesylate or Gleevec helps prevent recurrence of GIST following surgical resection.  Few studies have evaluated national practices and the results of Gleevec on survival of GIST patients. We used Surveillance Epidemiology and … Read More »