Fighting for You

November 12, 2017

The Time Has Come to Screen for Lung Cancer

November’s designation as National Lung Cancer Awareness Month offers a timely opportunity to continue a national conversation about the need for early detection and screening. Lung cancer is the second most common non-skin cancer among American men and women, after prostate cancer in men and breast cancer in women. As with most cancers, when lung […]

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September 8, 2017

Conveying Care

After moving from Costa Rica to the U.S. in 1997, communication issues during a doctor’s visit prompted Mercedes Illescas to begin learning English at a local city college and apply to the medical translation program at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), to obtain her Certified Medical Interpreter certification. “It was frustrating. People [at the […]

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January 11, 2017

TAPUR Trial Targets Individual Cancers with Treatments Outside of FDA-approved Indication

Researchers have launched a new study designed to broaden access to drugs for some patients with advanced cancers and to collect and share data on individual responses to drugs that have not yet been approved for their specific cancer types. The Targeted Agent and Profiling Utilization Registry (TAPUR) study is for patients who had genomic […]

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October 10, 2016

Pain Management: Alternative to Narcotics for Breast Surgery

Question: Why is managing pain such an important part of cancer treatment? Answer: According to the National Cancer Institute, pain is one of the most common symptoms cancer patients face. Studies have shown that reducing or controlling the level of pain patients experience may lead to better outcomes. Patients also have a tendency to heal […]

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February 19, 2016

Meet Dr. Nathan Neufeld

More than half the patients who walk through the doors of Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) describe their pain as uncontrolled. That level of pain has an impact that extends far beyond their physical well-being, says Dr. Nathan Neufeld, Medical Director of Pain Services and Supportive Therapies, and Interventional Pain Management Specialist at CTCA® […]

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May 15, 2015

Physician Profile: Giuseppe Del Priore, MD, MPH

Please describe a few of the key roles and responsibilities of your position. As National Director of Gynecologic Oncology, I work to help ensure that Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) delivers cutting-edge, innovative care in the field of gynecologic oncology and maintains high quality in all of our work in the field. This effort […]

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February 10, 2015

Meet the Doctor: Justin Chura, MD

Please describe a few of the key roles and responsibilities of your position as Medical Director of Gynecologic Oncology and Medical Director of Robotic Surgery. For both roles it is critical to evaluate and promote best practices for gynecologic oncology and for our robotic surgery program. Additionally, work is being done to make sure that […]

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November 4, 2014

Meet the Doctor: Peter Baik, DO

As a thoracic surgeon, what are some of the surgical procedures you perform for patients? Some of the procedures I perform are VATS (video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery) lung resection (wedge, lobectomy and segmentectomy), thoracotomy, pneumonectomy, resection of mediastinal tumors, pleural biopsy, pleurodesis and esophagectomy. My main concern is for the safety and the health of the […]

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July 29, 2014

Meet the Doctor: Miral Amin, MD

Q. As a breast surgeon, what are some of the surgical procedures you perform for patients? A. I perform simple mastectomy, skin sparing mastectomy, nipple sparing mastectomy, modified radical mastectomy, lumpectomy or partial mastectomy, lumpectomy with IORT, local tissue transfer or volume displacement techniques for lumpectomy defects, sentinel node biopsy and axillary dissection. Q. Are […]

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May 1, 2014

Meet the Doctor: Andrew Goldstein, MD, FACS, Cardiothoracic Surgeon

Q. Why did you choose to specialize in thoracic surgery? A. My career as a cardiothoracic surgeon arose from a fascination with the human heart and evolved to include thoracic oncology. I had been a Space Shuttle engineer in southern California after college and had read about development of artificial heart technology and other medical […]

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