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  • Breast-conserving therapy improved survival over mastectomy

    Friday 15th February 2013

    Women who underwent lumpectomy for stage I or II breast cancer were 28% less likely to die from any cause and up to 16% less likely to die from breast cancer, compared with women who underwent mastectomy, Dr. E. Shelley Hwang and her colleagues reported Jan. 28 in the online issue of Cancer. The ...

  • Postop Radiation Slows Prostate Cancer Progression

    Friday 8th February 2013

    Delivering radiation therapy immediately after radical prostatectomy resulted in fewer cases of biochemical progression of prostate cancer, compared with a "wait-and-see" approach, according to long-term data from a randomized phase III trial. However, no such effect on overall survival was seen,...

  • Minimally invasive surgery with sutureless valves shows benefits

    Friday 1st February 2013

    European data suggest that minimally invasive aortic valve surgery has several benefits and few downsides when compared to conventional aortic valve replacement. Bleeding is decreased, as is ICU and hospital length of stay. Cosmesis is improved. Sutureless valves may facilitate the performance of...

  • Postop bleeding risk rises with antithrombotic use

    Friday 25th January 2013

    The risk of postoperative hemorrhage after transoral robotic-assisted surgery was significantly higher in patients taking antithrombotic medication than in those not taking it, based on data from 147 consecutive patients. "Even with this small sample size, we were able to identify that increased ...

  • Lymph node count may not be best predictor of colon cancer survival

    Thursday 17th January 2013

    Lymph node counts of 12 or higher, widely considered a key marker of surgical quality in colon cancer resection, had no significant effect on 5-year survival rates in settings where surgeons are audited and credentialed and where surgical techniques are standardized. Lymph node (LN) count is one ...

 
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