A Fool with a Tool is Still a Fool

April 22nd, 2014 @

A recent study compared Robot-assisted radical prostatectomy (RARP) to standard open prostatectomy. According to the study, patients who underwent RARP had significantly higher complications rates at 30 and 90 days, and total hospital costs in the first year after surgery were significantly higher in the RARP patients. The report in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. used … Read More »

New Hope for Patients with Advanced Melanoma

April 8th, 2014 @

Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer. It accounts for less than 5 percent of skin cancer cases but it is responsible for three quarters of skin cancer deaths. When melanoma is diagnosed in its early stage, before it has spread to the lymph nodes, the five-year survival rate is about 98 percent. However, … Read More »

Avoiding Radiation Therapy for Breast Cancer

March 30th, 2014 @

I recently attended the 67th annual meeting of the Society of Surgical Oncology. The three day meeting which took place in downtown Phoenix Arizona, attracted over 1500 cancer surgeons from throughout the US and worldwide. One of the notable presentations came from Kevin Hughes M.D. from Harvard. He presented an update of a national trial … Read More »

Biology is King

March 26th, 2014 @

“Biology is King; selection of cases is Queen, and the technical details of surgical procedures are princes and princesses of the realm who frequently try to overthrow the powerful forces of the King and Queen, usually to no long-term avail, although with some temporary apparent victories.” This insight, shared by Blake Cady, MD, is certainly … Read More »