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October 23, 2012

USAToday's Liz Szabo writes about BCSM (breast cancer social media, hash tag #BCSM), a Twitter group that focuses on issues unique to breast cancer patients and survivors. Past guests include SCCA's Dr. Julie Gralow as well as other prominent physicians in the breast cancer community. Every Monday, BCSM hosts a live chat, including one this coming Monday, October 30 at 1pm (Eastern)--go to hash tag #abcDrBchat.

October 22, 2012
A research study led by SCCA's Dr. Constance Lehman found that ultrasound has a far higher sensitivity for cancer detection than mammography for women between the ages of 30 to 39 who have symptoms of possible breast cancer. Read more.
October 20, 2012
Dr. E. Donnall Thomas, who pioneered bone-marrow transplantation to cure leukemias and and other blood cancers, died Saturday. His groundbreaking work is among the greatest success stories in cancer treatment and resulted in his winning the Nobel Prize in 1990. Learn more about Dr. Thomas and his career.
October 19, 2012
Based on new research published in the New England Journal of Medicine yesterday, Dr. Fred Appelbaum, SCCA executive director and director of clinical research at the Hutchinson Center is recommending that the most common method of extracting cells from unrelated donors for patients needing a bone marrow transplant should change. The study showed that adult stem cells harvested from bone marrow rather than blood of unrelated donors are best for reducing the risk of graft-versus-host disease. Read more.
October 11, 2012
Dr. Jonathan Wright specializes in treating bladder cancer and other urologic diseases. In this video, Dr. Wright explains what makes bladder cancer treatment at SCCA so unique. Watch video.
October 08, 2012
Oncologists and researchers at SCCA are discovering that when it comes to treating breast cancer, “doing less does more” for patients. This approach kills the cancer while improving cure rates and decreasing the chance of the cancer returning. It also spares patients the damaging side effects of treatment caused by toxic chemotherapy, less-precise radiation therapy, unnecessary diagnostic radiology and surgery. Read more.

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