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What is the Utility of Serum Tumor Markers in Lung Cancer?

Should serum tumor markers be used to guide treatment decisions for lung cancer?

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Why you should have your hernia repaired

Do you have a groin bulge that seems to come and go, often absent upon waking in the morning? Or perhaps you already know you have a hernia? Hernias are very common and occur in approximately 1 in 4 males (less common in women), so chances are you or someone you know has or has had an inguinal hernia. The main question I always get asked is "should it be fixed?"  

As a general surgeon, I see 4-5 patients every week with a newly diagnosed inguinal hernia. Many are self-referred after discovering a lump in the groin, while many others are referred from their primary care provider after the hernia is discovered during the physical exam. After verifying that a hernia is the correct diagnosis (other possibilities are a groin strain, swollen lymph node, etc.), I have a discussion which addresses the aforementioned question. As an aside, these are very common and also found in the pediatric population (see a similar discussion by one of our pediatric surgeons)

To understand hernias...

Does it make sense to use two or more drugs in second line therapy for lung cancer?

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Two key questions to answer in a suspected cancer workup

There are two questions to be answered if cancer is suspected:

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What patients should know about small cell lung cancer

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What is the treatment of choice for patients whose advanced lung cancer has progressed?

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Might some lung cancers not require treatment?

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