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Through this "Cancer Conversations" series, Fox Chase Cancer Center physicians provide answers to listener's questions about cancer treatment and prevention.

Latest Episodes

Kidney Cancer Awareness Month 2015

Marijo Bilusic, MD, PhD, is interviewed by Harry Hurley of WPG 1450 AM Talk Radio in New Jersey about Kidney Cancer Awareness Month.

11 MIN2015 APR 3
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Kidney Cancer Awareness Month 2015

Interventional G.I. Procedures at Fox Chase Cancer Center

I’m Dr. Jeffrey Tokar, Attending Gastroenterologist at Fox Chase, and I’d like to talk about interventional endoscopy. This is a safe, effective alternative to more invasive surgical or radiologic procedures for diagnosing and treating a variety of conditions. Endoscopists can often treat cancerous and precancerous growths, and most patients often go home the same day. Not all medical centers offer the level of endoscopic specialization provided at Fox Chase, which involves advanced training and sophisticated equipment. Fox Chase delivers this highly specialized care on a daily basis. We’ve also developed relationships with innovative biotechnology companies, enabling us to offer the newest endoscopic procedures before they are available at other medical centers. And that means better outcomes for you.

1 MIN2011 APR 4
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Interventional G.I. Procedures at Fox Chase Cancer Center

Minimally Invasive Surgery

I'm Dr. Jeffrey Farma, attending surgical oncologist at Fox Chase, and I'd like to say a few words about minimally invasive cancer surgery. There are numerous benefits to this kind of surgery: smaller incisions, faster recovery, and minimal blood loss to name a few. But not all minimally invasive surgery is the same. At Fox Chase, our surgeons are fellowship-trained, meaning they complete up to four years of additional training focused specifically on cancer surgery. These techniques include robotic-assisted, laparoscopic, single-incision, and video-assisted thoracic surgery. We’re one of only a handful of institutions nationwide using robotics to treat nearly all types of cancer. At Fox Chase, our surgeons know how to use the technology, and they have more experience using this technology to treat cancer patients. And that means better outcomes for you.

1 MIN2011 MAR 28
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Minimally Invasive Surgery

Cancer Treatment Outcomes

I'm Dr. Michael Seiden, President and CEO of Fox Chase Cancer Center. I'd like to tell you about a step we've taken toward greater transparency for people seeking cancer care. We've posted five-year survival rates for major cancers on our website as a measure of quality so that you can find the best possible cancer care for yourself and your family. The data compares survival rates for patients treated at Fox Chase to those treated at community hospitals across the nation. Specifically, the data is for breast, colorectal, lung, and prostate cancer and comes from the American College of Surgeons' National Cancer Database. Numbers cannot reflect the personal, individual aspects of cancer. The Fox Chase team understands this and is committed to providing the best possible care for each patient.

1 MIN2011 MAR 7
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Cancer Treatment Outcomes

The Safety of Radiation Therapy

I'm Dr. Eric Horwitz, Chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology. I’ve treated patients at Fox Chase for 14 years. I’d like to address some of the issues that have made news recently in regard to radiation therapy and patient safety. Treating cancer with radiation has evolved tremendously over the years. We now have sophisticated technologies such as Calypso, Rapid Arc, and Cyberknife. Where we used to talk about accuracy in terms of centimeters, we’re now down to millimeters, even point-one millimeter. This allows us to apply powerful doses of radiation with the utmost safety and precision. It also helps reduce side effects and treatment times. All radiation treatments are not equal. For the best outcomes, you should go where the experts are – where cases like yours are handled every day. NCI-designated cancer centers like Fox Chase offer the best care, backed by the latest research and technology.

1 MIN2011 FEB 28
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The Safety of Radiation Therapy

Family History and Genetic Testing

This week a listener asked about genetic testing and cancer risk assessment. One of the best ways to stop cancer is to prevent it from happening in the first place. Certain patterns within families provide clues to hereditary cancers, such as multiple people in the family with the same or related cancer, or family members with more than one type of cancer. Under the direction of Dr. Mary Daly, a national leader in cancer prevention and risk assessment, fox chase established one of the nation's first risk assessment programs twenty years ago. Risk assessment involves a deep dive into your personal medical history and the history of cancer in your family. If appropriate, genetic testing is performed. Genetic testing allows you, your family, and your treatment team to know your risk so that together you can develop a tailored plan to reduce it.

1 MIN2011 FEB 7
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Family History and Genetic Testing

Esophageal Cancer

This week a listener asked about cancer of the esophagus. Esophageal cancer can be difficult to diagnose. A sore throat associated with severe acid reflux – or even flu-like symptoms, such as a lingering sore throat and swollen glands – may mask the development of esophageal cancer. Treatment usually involves surgery – or a combination of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. Fox Chase offers minimally invasive surgical options, including treatments for very early esophageal cancer that allow patients to retain their esophagus and avoid surgery. This is not a common cancer, but acid reflux, smoking, drinking, and being overweight do increase your risk. Women who take osteoporosis drugs like Fosamex double their risk. See a cancer expert for a comprehensive and accurate diagnosis, which is critical for best outcomes.

1 MIN2011 JAN 31
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Esophageal Cancer

Second Opinions

This week a listener with colon cancer asked how to improve his chances for cure. Curing cancer is complicated. Unfortunately, people spend more time getting a second opinion on what car to buy than seeking a second opinion on their cancer care. A second opinion confirms the primary diagnosis, and allows you to explore other treatment options. In short, it provides peace of mind. Early and comprehensive treatment provides your best chance for cure, and where you seek that treatment from the very start is critically important. So, what questions should you ask your doctor? Is this a comprehensive cancer center? How many cases like mine do you see each week? Do you conduct clinical research? And do you consider yourself a national leader? Second opinions sometimes lead to better first treatments.

1 MIN2011 JAN 10
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Second Opinions

Endometrial Cancer

This week a listener asked about endometrial cancer. Endometrial cancer, or cancer of the uterus, is the most common gynecologic cancer in the U.S. While postmenopausal women have the highest risk, other factors include obesity, family history of uterine or even colon cancer, and the use of hormone therapies. Common symptoms include unusual bleeding or discharge, and pelvic pain. Treatment can include surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy, so faced with this decision, what should you do? Fox Chase has made a multi-million dollar investment in developing the region's first women's cancer center. Our internationally known experts will guide you through your cancer journey. From robotic surgery to the latest systemic therapies, we create a tailored treatment plan that's best for you.

1 MIN2011 JAN 3
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Endometrial Cancer

Comprehensive Cancer Center Nursing

This week a listener asked whether cancer patients need specialized nursing care. Cancer patients have unique nursing needs. Like our doctors, the nurses at Fox Chase receive specialized cancer training. One measure of excellence is magnet status, awarded by the american nurses credentialing center. Only about six percent of hospitals in the nation achieve this distinction. Ten years ago, Fox Chase became the first comprehensive cancer center in the U.S. and the first Pennsylvania hospital to gain magnet status. Since then, Fox Chase has become the first hospital in Pennsylvania to earn three consecutive magnet nursing designations. In the end, compassionate nursing care leads to better outcomes. That's an award we can all live with.

1 MIN2010 DEC 13
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Comprehensive Cancer Center Nursing

Latest Episodes

Kidney Cancer Awareness Month 2015

Marijo Bilusic, MD, PhD, is interviewed by Harry Hurley of WPG 1450 AM Talk Radio in New Jersey about Kidney Cancer Awareness Month.

11 MIN2015 APR 3
Comments
Kidney Cancer Awareness Month 2015

Interventional G.I. Procedures at Fox Chase Cancer Center

I’m Dr. Jeffrey Tokar, Attending Gastroenterologist at Fox Chase, and I’d like to talk about interventional endoscopy. This is a safe, effective alternative to more invasive surgical or radiologic procedures for diagnosing and treating a variety of conditions. Endoscopists can often treat cancerous and precancerous growths, and most patients often go home the same day. Not all medical centers offer the level of endoscopic specialization provided at Fox Chase, which involves advanced training and sophisticated equipment. Fox Chase delivers this highly specialized care on a daily basis. We’ve also developed relationships with innovative biotechnology companies, enabling us to offer the newest endoscopic procedures before they are available at other medical centers. And that means better outcomes for you.

1 MIN2011 APR 4
Comments
Interventional G.I. Procedures at Fox Chase Cancer Center

Minimally Invasive Surgery

I'm Dr. Jeffrey Farma, attending surgical oncologist at Fox Chase, and I'd like to say a few words about minimally invasive cancer surgery. There are numerous benefits to this kind of surgery: smaller incisions, faster recovery, and minimal blood loss to name a few. But not all minimally invasive surgery is the same. At Fox Chase, our surgeons are fellowship-trained, meaning they complete up to four years of additional training focused specifically on cancer surgery. These techniques include robotic-assisted, laparoscopic, single-incision, and video-assisted thoracic surgery. We’re one of only a handful of institutions nationwide using robotics to treat nearly all types of cancer. At Fox Chase, our surgeons know how to use the technology, and they have more experience using this technology to treat cancer patients. And that means better outcomes for you.

1 MIN2011 MAR 28
Comments
Minimally Invasive Surgery

Cancer Treatment Outcomes

I'm Dr. Michael Seiden, President and CEO of Fox Chase Cancer Center. I'd like to tell you about a step we've taken toward greater transparency for people seeking cancer care. We've posted five-year survival rates for major cancers on our website as a measure of quality so that you can find the best possible cancer care for yourself and your family. The data compares survival rates for patients treated at Fox Chase to those treated at community hospitals across the nation. Specifically, the data is for breast, colorectal, lung, and prostate cancer and comes from the American College of Surgeons' National Cancer Database. Numbers cannot reflect the personal, individual aspects of cancer. The Fox Chase team understands this and is committed to providing the best possible care for each patient.

1 MIN2011 MAR 7
Comments
Cancer Treatment Outcomes

The Safety of Radiation Therapy

I'm Dr. Eric Horwitz, Chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology. I’ve treated patients at Fox Chase for 14 years. I’d like to address some of the issues that have made news recently in regard to radiation therapy and patient safety. Treating cancer with radiation has evolved tremendously over the years. We now have sophisticated technologies such as Calypso, Rapid Arc, and Cyberknife. Where we used to talk about accuracy in terms of centimeters, we’re now down to millimeters, even point-one millimeter. This allows us to apply powerful doses of radiation with the utmost safety and precision. It also helps reduce side effects and treatment times. All radiation treatments are not equal. For the best outcomes, you should go where the experts are – where cases like yours are handled every day. NCI-designated cancer centers like Fox Chase offer the best care, backed by the latest research and technology.

1 MIN2011 FEB 28
Comments
The Safety of Radiation Therapy

Family History and Genetic Testing

This week a listener asked about genetic testing and cancer risk assessment. One of the best ways to stop cancer is to prevent it from happening in the first place. Certain patterns within families provide clues to hereditary cancers, such as multiple people in the family with the same or related cancer, or family members with more than one type of cancer. Under the direction of Dr. Mary Daly, a national leader in cancer prevention and risk assessment, fox chase established one of the nation's first risk assessment programs twenty years ago. Risk assessment involves a deep dive into your personal medical history and the history of cancer in your family. If appropriate, genetic testing is performed. Genetic testing allows you, your family, and your treatment team to know your risk so that together you can develop a tailored plan to reduce it.

1 MIN2011 FEB 7
Comments
Family History and Genetic Testing

Esophageal Cancer

This week a listener asked about cancer of the esophagus. Esophageal cancer can be difficult to diagnose. A sore throat associated with severe acid reflux – or even flu-like symptoms, such as a lingering sore throat and swollen glands – may mask the development of esophageal cancer. Treatment usually involves surgery – or a combination of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. Fox Chase offers minimally invasive surgical options, including treatments for very early esophageal cancer that allow patients to retain their esophagus and avoid surgery. This is not a common cancer, but acid reflux, smoking, drinking, and being overweight do increase your risk. Women who take osteoporosis drugs like Fosamex double their risk. See a cancer expert for a comprehensive and accurate diagnosis, which is critical for best outcomes.

1 MIN2011 JAN 31
Comments
Esophageal Cancer

Second Opinions

This week a listener with colon cancer asked how to improve his chances for cure. Curing cancer is complicated. Unfortunately, people spend more time getting a second opinion on what car to buy than seeking a second opinion on their cancer care. A second opinion confirms the primary diagnosis, and allows you to explore other treatment options. In short, it provides peace of mind. Early and comprehensive treatment provides your best chance for cure, and where you seek that treatment from the very start is critically important. So, what questions should you ask your doctor? Is this a comprehensive cancer center? How many cases like mine do you see each week? Do you conduct clinical research? And do you consider yourself a national leader? Second opinions sometimes lead to better first treatments.

1 MIN2011 JAN 10
Comments
Second Opinions

Endometrial Cancer

This week a listener asked about endometrial cancer. Endometrial cancer, or cancer of the uterus, is the most common gynecologic cancer in the U.S. While postmenopausal women have the highest risk, other factors include obesity, family history of uterine or even colon cancer, and the use of hormone therapies. Common symptoms include unusual bleeding or discharge, and pelvic pain. Treatment can include surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy, so faced with this decision, what should you do? Fox Chase has made a multi-million dollar investment in developing the region's first women's cancer center. Our internationally known experts will guide you through your cancer journey. From robotic surgery to the latest systemic therapies, we create a tailored treatment plan that's best for you.

1 MIN2011 JAN 3
Comments
Endometrial Cancer

Comprehensive Cancer Center Nursing

This week a listener asked whether cancer patients need specialized nursing care. Cancer patients have unique nursing needs. Like our doctors, the nurses at Fox Chase receive specialized cancer training. One measure of excellence is magnet status, awarded by the american nurses credentialing center. Only about six percent of hospitals in the nation achieve this distinction. Ten years ago, Fox Chase became the first comprehensive cancer center in the U.S. and the first Pennsylvania hospital to gain magnet status. Since then, Fox Chase has become the first hospital in Pennsylvania to earn three consecutive magnet nursing designations. In the end, compassionate nursing care leads to better outcomes. That's an award we can all live with.

1 MIN2010 DEC 13
Comments
Comprehensive Cancer Center Nursing