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Majority of Prostate Cancer Patients Surveyed Five Years After Treatment with Vessel-Sparing Radiation Therapy Report Preserved Sexual Function

A comparison of five-year sexual function outcomes, as reported by patients treated with external beam radiotherapy (EBRT) versus combination EBRT plus brachytherapy, indicates that the utilization of vessel-sparing radiation therapy makes cure possible without compromising long-term sexual function, according to research presented today at the American Society for Radiation Oncology’s (ASTRO’s) 56th Annual Meeting.

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Mayo Physicians Find Many Liver Transplant Patients Can Avoid Costly Stay in ICU After Surgery

The liver transplant team at Mayo Clinic in Florida has found, based on 12 years of experience, that more than half of patients receiving a new liver can be “fast-tracked” to return to a surgical ward room following their transplant, bypassing a one- or two-day stay in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

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Cutting Health Care Costs One Appendix at a Time

A new study shows that when given the choice between a less costly “open” operation or a pricier laparoscopy for their children’s appendicitis, parents were almost twice as likely to choose the less expensive procedure – when they were aware of the cost difference.

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Craniofacial Surgery in India—Progress Made, but Challenges Remain

Dedicated surgeons have made impressive progress in establishing craniofacial surgery services in India, reports a special feature in the September The Journal of Craniofacial Surgery. The journal, edited by Mutaz B. Habal, MD, is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health.

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University Hospitals Case Medical Center Doctors Reconstruct Woman’s Windpipe with Ear Cartilage

University Hospitals Case Medical Center doctors build a new windpipe for woman with ear cartilage that was first lengthened in her arm.

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Bone Cancer Surgical Team Sees Success in New Application of Surgical Aid

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An ortho-oncology team at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center successfully adapted a shoulder surgical aid (the Spider Limb Positioner) to conduct a left hip disarticulation on a melanoma patient as described in a case report published online in Medical Devices.

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Better Healing for Your Achilles’ Heel

In most surgeries, damaged tissue is cleaned out before surgeons make the necessary repairs. However, a new minimally-invasive surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon actually uses the damaged tissue to help repair the tear.

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A Minimally Invasive, High-Performance Intervention for Staging Lung Cancer

Endoscopic biopsy of lymph nodes between the two lungs (mediastinum) is a sensitive and accurate technique that can replace mediastinal surgery for staging lung cancer in patients with potentially resectable tumours.

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Breast Conserving Therapy Shows Survival Benefit Compared to Mastectomy in Early-Stage Patients with Hormone Receptor Positive Disease

When factoring in what is now known about breast cancer biology and heterogeneity, breast conserving therapy (BCT) may offer a greater survival benefit over mastectomy to women with early stage, hormone-receptor positive disease, according to research from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

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Disparities Persist in Early-Stage Breast Cancer Treatment

Despite its acceptance as standard of care for early stage breast cancer almost 25 years ago, barriers still exist that preclude patients from receiving breast conserving therapy (BCT), with some still opting for a mastectomy, according to research from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

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