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Breast Cancer Awareness Poster – CoC

Posted by on September 25, 2016 at 7:14 pm

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If you are a CoC-accredited facility a free Breast Cancer Awareness Poster is available to your organization for the month of October.  This year’s poster was announced in the CoC newsletter is stunningly simple and beautiful and available for immediate download.  There are any number of ways you can use the poster, consider: Hospital Employees and Staff […]

Keeping Up with Seismic Growth in Genetic Testing

Posted by on September 23, 2016 at 8:28 am

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There has been a seismic increase in the number of laboratories and genetic tests and studies since 2013, due in part to the Supreme Court ruling that human genes are not patentable.  More and more labs are offering testing and multigene panels, new genes and gene mutations are being identified each and every day.  While […]

Particle Pollution and Lung Cancer

Posted by on July 29, 2016 at 7:56 pm

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Is there a connection between lung cancer and outdoor air pollution, or particle pollution?  We are aware of the connection between cigarettes, smoking and lung cancer, but did you know air pollution is also a risk factor?  There is overwhelming evidence to suggest that the air we breathe, that comes from vehicle exhaust, coal-fired power […]

Why Eric Stonestreet Advocates for Cancer

Posted by on July 14, 2016 at 8:14 pm

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I love Eric Stonestreet as an actor but when I saw this video I was so impressed!  He’s riding high in Hollywood and yet has not forgotten the cancer patient in the process.  

New Drug for Mantle Cell Lymphoma

Posted by on November 6, 2015 at 7:44 am

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A new combination treatment eliminating many of the side effects of traditional chemotherapy for mantle cell lymphoma has shown favorable response in a two-year trial according to Weill Cornell Medicine research.  The pill Lenalidomide, taken in combination with the antibody Rituximab shrunk tumor size by more than more than half in 90% of the patients enrolled […]

Create Your Dream Job

Posted by on May 9, 2015 at 11:40 am

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Lots of people look for their dream job in Cancer Registry, but few ever define what that dream job really is.  Often a person’s idea of a dream job is based on their desires, or even fantasies, instead of what is realistic. So, first, let’s look at what a dream job is not a job that: […]

What are the chances DCIS will come back?

Posted by on December 6, 2014 at 10:46 am

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As Cancer Registrars we all hear physicians and cancer conference participants talk about the risk of a DCIS recurrence.  In this short video Dr. Rick Baehner, Senior Director of Pathology at Genomic Health, talks about what DCIS breast cancer patients can expect in terms of percentages.

Printing Human Organs – No Donors

Posted by on November 3, 2014 at 6:45 pm

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I found this video on TedMed and no matter how many times I watch it I am still amazed.  While some will find parts of the video or the concepts presented to be controversial it is hard to not acknowledge this as a suitable alternative to human organ donors.  But, don’t take my word for […]

GIST – Reportable Case or Not?

Posted by on September 13, 2014 at 9:20 am

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Recently, while performing case-finding, I came upon a path report with a diagnosis of a gastrointestinal stromal tumor, or GIST.  After discovering that there was no statement of malignancy I contacted my pathologist and asked for a clarification.  What seemed like a simple step ultimately led me to learn more about these tumors and how the pathologic […]

What is Your Mental Strength?

Posted by on April 22, 2014 at 10:58 am

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