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The rational for prophylactic cranial irradiation for lung cancer treatment

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What is maintenance therapy in lung cancer and is it for everyone?

Is there benefit to give additional treatment beyond 4-6 cycles of first line therapy in advanced non-small cell lung cancer (85% of lung cancer in the US)? Watch the video below:

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Help! My lung cancer is progressing after a great response on targeted therapy. Now what?

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Is there an age cap for chemotherapy?

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Redefining Cancer: New Targets and New Treatments

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Brain Cancer Research in Seattle Leads to New Treatment Options for Patients

SEATTLE, Aug. 27, 2012 – Since its opening in 2008, the Ben & Catherine Ivy Center for Advanced Brain Tumor Treatment (the Ivy Center) at Swedish Medical Center's Neuroscience Institute has led the expansion drive of major research projects and expanded treatment options for patients living with brain cancer in the Pacific Northwest and throughout the world. The Ivy Center was founded in 2008 to create a world-class treatment and research facility focused on delivering excellent patient care and advancing progress toward more effective treatments for brain cancer.

Should a robot perform your surgery?

Robotic surgery - the term implies some futuristic concept, a la the “Jetsons” or Isaac Asimov. As someone who was a science fiction fan growing up, I never thought I’d actually spend every day of my professional life answering this question.

As a gynecologic oncology surgeon, this is a question I now ask myself every time I pick up a patient’s chart. And the answer more times than not is YES! Why?

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