Posts Tagged "radiation therapy"

Oncotype Dx Validated for DCIS

Posted on May 8, 2013 in Research

Newly diagnosed with DCIS? Wondering whether you’ll need radiation after surgery? Considering a lumpectomy versus a mastectomy? The Oncotype Dx test has been used to identify which breast cancers need chemotherapy. Now, a new version of the test helps determine which DCIS tumors need radiation therapy. Read the full story here. Oncotype Dx needs to be ordered along with your surgery or biopsy. The test looks at biochemical markers in the tumor tissue that can predict how the tumor will behave.

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HPV Status Impacts Head and Neck Cancer Outcomes

Posted on Mar 31, 2013 in Research

Human papilloma virus (HPV) infection impacts response to treatment for head and neck cancer, Georgetown researchers find. Previous studies have found that head and neck cancer patients have a better prognosis if they are positive for the HPV virus. In new research, HPV status also guided treatment choices.  Patients with HPV-positive head and neck cancer responded better to treatment with Cetuximab and radiation therapy than did those who did not have the virus. Read the full story here.

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What Kinds of Doctors and Practitioners Practice Integrative Oncology?

Posted on Mar 25, 2013 in Introduction to Integrative Oncology

When you’re fighting for your life, choose a team of wise advisors. The integrative oncology team is a group of natural cancer care experts, all centered on your needs. To begin with, you are at the center of care. Your integrative oncologists serve you. Please talk with us about your questions, preferences, fears, and hopes. This will help us to guide you to the best health care options for you. For example,while oxaliplatin may be a standard chemotherapy in colon cancer, it has a risk of neuropathy. If you’re a concert pianist, this drug may not be the best choice for you. If...

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