On Cancer - March 3, 2014Bacteria May Hold the Key to Preventing Dangerous Side Effect of Transplants
Last January, a major milestone was reached when the world’s one millionth blood stem cell transplant was performed. Beginning in the 1970s, bone marrow and blood stem cell transplants — also known as BMTs — have offered the chance of a cure for many people with leukemias, lymphomas, and other blood disorders.
But since patients first began receiving this treatment, a major complication of allogeneic transplants, in which patients receive stem cell...
On Cancer - March 4, 2014
When "Do No Harm" Means "Do Nothing": Evolving Protocols
Our conversation about active surveillance of prostate cancer continues. In previous posts James Eastham and I wrote about the benefits this management strategy offers some patients and how we manage risks. Recently a reader asked what the protocol is for selecting and following patients on active surveillance.
In fact, our protocol is constantly evolving. One reason for this is that we continually gain new information by analyzing patients who have been on active surveillan...
New Information about Diagnosing and Treating Liver Cancer at Memorial Sloan Kettering
Thanks to recent treatment advances, many people diagnosed with liver cancer today can expect to survive the disease. But experience counts. Each year, our surgeons perform hundreds of procedures to remove liver tumors, in many cases using minimally invasive approaches (laparoscopy and robotics) and image-guidance systems that improve the chances for a faster recovery. We also routinely offer treatment to people whose tumors are considered inoperable at other hospitals.
The Future of Breast Cancer Surgery
At the annual San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium in December 2013, Monica Morrow, Chief of our Breast Surgical Service, was honored with the William L. McGuire Memorial Lecture Award. In her address, Dr. Morrow discussed how surgery for breast cancer is evolving in the modern era of more-effective drug therapy. We asked Dr. Morrow to give us an overview of her lecture and to speak generally about the future of breast cancer surgery.Read more
New Ad Campaign Features MSK Cancer Alliance
In the coming weeks you may be seeing advertising that features Hartford HealthCare’s membership in the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance. We first announced the MSK Cancer Alliance back in September – at the same time we named Hartford HealthCare (HHC) as the charter member in this initiative, designed to help community providers improve their programs of cancer care.Read more>