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Screenings Help Catch Head and Neck Cancers
Apr 1, 2016 By Mark El-Deiry, MD, FACS, Head and Neck Surgical Oncologist and Microvascular Reconstructive Surgeon, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University

head-neck400x400A study reported in JAMA Otolaryngology found that most Americans know little to nothing about head and neck cancers and could not name the most common symptoms and risk factors. This is a problem. If you wait months or even years to get a sore in your mouth or swelling in your neck checked by a doctor, you could be ignoring a sign of head and neck cancer that’s progressing. And, as with many other forms of cancer, the earlier a head and neck or oral cancer is diagnosed, the less invasive the treatment is and the higher the chance of cure. As a doctor who sees many patients with these cancers, one message comes through loud and clear: don’t ignore symptoms. On April 14th, doctors and staff with Emory’s Department of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery will hold a free head and neck screening at Emory University Hospital Midtown (EUHM). This is a chance for anyone who [...]

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Kidney Cancer and Robotic Cancer Treatment
Mar 23, 2016 By Viraj Master, MD

kidney-concept250x250The American Cancer Society estimates about 62,700 new cases of kidney cancer (39,650 in men and 23,050 in women) will occur in in the United States this year. When people think about the kidneys it’s likely they picture a pair of bean-shaped organs, one on the left and the other just to the right of the backbone. It’s not likely that people think about connections to the heart or even the toes through a large vein called the vena cava. The kidneys are apart of a complex system that extends into the main blood vessels and the heart. Kidney cancer can begin in either the outer part of the kidney or its inner lining. The outer cortex of the kidney filters the blood and concentrates the excrement into urine. Kidney cancer that occurs in the outer portion of the kidney is known as renal cell carcinoma (RCC). Kidney cancer that starts in the inner lining of the kidney, [...]

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Takeaways from the Colorectal Cancer Live Chat at Winship
Mar 16, 2016 By Winship Cancer Institute

colorectal-chat-emailThanks to everyone who joined us Tuesday, March 8th for the live online colorectal cancer program chat at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University hosted by Drs. Bassel El-Rayes & Seth Rosen. Drs. El-Rayes & Rosen answered several of your questions about colorectal cancer risk factors, symptoms and therapy. The colorectal cancer program at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University offers multidisciplinary teams including oncology surgeons, radiologists, medical oncologists, pathologists, and advanced practice nurses with expertise in colorectal cancer and other gastrointestinal cancers. There are a variety of treatment options for colorectal cancer; for some patients, a combination of treatment methods may be used. Check out the conversation by viewing the chat transcript! Here are just a few questions from the chat: Question: How prevalent is family history? Should [...]

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Colorectal Cancer Live Chat: Risk Factors, Screenings, Symptoms & Therapy - March 8, 2016
Jan 27, 2016 By Winship Cancer Institute

colorectal-chat-emailMost colorectal cancers start as a growth, called a polyp, in the inner lining of the colon or rectum and slowly progresses through the other layers.  According to American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States and 134,490 new cases are expected to be diagnosed in 2016 nationally. The colorectal cancer program at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University offers multidisciplinary teams including oncology surgeons, radiologists, medical oncologists, pathologists, and advanced practice nurses with expertise in colorectal cancer and other gastrointestinal cancers.  There are a variety of treatment options for colorectal cancer; for some patients, a combination of treatment methods may be used. Join Drs. Bassel El-Rayes & Seth Rosen, two physicians with Winship Cancer Institute of Emory [...]

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Winship Cancer Institute Celebrates 2015 as a Banner Year
Dec 17, 2015 By Winship Cancer Institute

Ranked first in Georgia for cancer care, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University offers patients with access to progressive resources, technology and cancer treatment options through Georgia’s largest health care system Emory Healthcare. As Georgia’s first and only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center, Winship is a national leader in seeking out new ways to defeat cancer and in translating that knowledge into patient care.

Key 2015 Highlights:

  • For the second year in a row, Winship was ranked as a top 25 cancer program nationwide, moving up from 24th to 22nd nationally, and as best in Georgia by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Winship expanded staff and services this year at Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital, Emory John's Creek Hospital and Emory University Hospital Midtown.
  • Winship's clinical trials program enrolled more patients on trials than in any other
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Winship key to four new myeloma drugs in 2015
Dec 9, 2015 By Winship Cancer Institute

lonial patientThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved elotuzumab as part of an innovative immune-based therapy treatment for patients with relapsed multiple myeloma. This is the third myeloma drug approved by the FDA within the last month and the fourth new myeloma treatment approved within the last year. All four new agents were tested in clinical trials at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University. Sagar Lonial, MD, chief medical officer of Winship, says the potential of elotuzumab can be seen in the overall response rate as well as the longer duration of progression-free survival. "The Winship multiple myeloma team has shepherded several of these treatments from the beginning stages of testing through to their approval," said Lonial. "It's a great source of pride to know we were instrumental in the process that has led to many more treatment options for our [...]

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Takeaways from the Prostate Cancer Live Chat at Winship
Dec 4, 2015 By Winship Cancer Institute

prostate-chat-cil638Thanks to everyone who joined us Tuesday, November 24th for the live online prostate cancer program chat at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University hosted by Drs. Pattaras & Rossi. Drs. Pattaras & Rossi answered several of your questions about prostate cancer risk factors, symptoms and therapy. Check out the conversation by viewing the chat transcript! Here are just a few follow up questions we didn’t get to from the chat: Question: What preventive measures are most effective for improving urinary function and quality of life? Answer: Preventative measures include exercise, weight loss and a healthy low fat diet. Unfortunately there are genetic predispositions for prostate enlargement and bladder dysfunction including spinal disorders that even prevention will not help. See a urologist if there is a noticeable change in urination. Question: Conventional wisdom is [...]

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Treating Pancreatic Cancer
Nov 25, 2015 By David Kooby, MD

pancreatic cancer imagePancreatic cancer is a very aggressive disease that is prone to metastasizing or spreading. Unfortunately, it has been rising in incidence in the United States with approximately 50,000 new cases per year. Treatment for pancreatic cancer varies depending on the individual patient, but when determining surgical treatment options we consider these questions: Has the tumor spread? Is it removable? And is the patient in good enough shape to have surgery? If surgery is an option, the approach for pancreatic cancer is dictated by where the tumor is located, and the surgeon may remove parts or, in rare circumstances, the entire pancreas. Most tumors are diagnosed in the head of the pancreas, and these can be removed with a pancreaticoduodenectomy, also known as the Whipple procedure. The Whipple procedure, an aggressive operation that typically takes between three to six hours to [...]

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Prostate Cancer: Statistics That May Surprise You
Nov 18, 2015 By Martin Sanda, MD

prostate cancer factsAccording to American Cancer Society (ACS), the cancers that most frequently affect men are prostate, colon, lung, and skin cancers. The most common men’s specific cancer in America, affecting 1 in 7 men, is prostate cancer. One new case occurs every 2.3 minutes and a man dies from prostate cancer every 18 minutes. You probably didn’t know this shocking statistic, from the Prostate Cancer Foundation; a man is 35% more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer than a woman is to be diagnosed with breast cancer. Yet, despite these realities we don’t talk as openly as women do about a serious health condition. There are disputes about screenings for prostate cancer specifically, but I am an advocate of screening– including not only the PSA but also the digital rectal exam. From the screenings, you and your doctor will determine if biopsies are needed to detect [...]

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November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month - Reduce Your Cancer Risks Today
Nov 11, 2015 By Manu S. Sancheti, M.D.

lung-cancerAccording to the American Cancer Society (ACS), lung cancer accounts for about 13% of all new cancers. Each year, more people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined. For smokers, the risk of lung cancer is higher than non-smokers risks so I encourage smokers to make a plan to quit smoking during this lung cancer awareness month. I would also recommend that you stay away from all tobacco products and byproducts, including second hand smoke. It’s never too late to stop smoking, contact Emory HealthConnection at 404-778-7777 to learn more from a registered nurse about finding a primary physician who can assist you in your health goals. In addition to not smoking and avoiding second-hand smoke, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests you get your home tested for radon. Radon, a naturally occurring gas that comes from rocks [...]

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