Surgery removes the actual tumor while chemotherapy is aimed at destroying any cancer cells left in the body. Wake Forest Baptist is also among several medical centers nationwide participating in a new clinical trial. And so, every two weeks along with her chemotherapy, Thorn receives a dose of medicine considered "immunotherapy " designed to make any pancreatic cancer cells seem like a foreign body.
Targeted prostate biopsy with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) tripled the cancer yield compared with conventional systematic biopsies, investigators reported. MRI-targeted lesions contained biopsy-proven prostate cancer 21% of the time, whereas systematic biopsy detected cancer just 7% of the time.
Some stroke patients may benefit from cerebral angioplasty and stent placement, according to a new study published online in the journal Radiology.
Neurosurgeons recently achieved excellent physical and aesthetic results in an infant born with extreme macrocephaly due to hydrocephalus This was accomplished with implantation of a ventriculoperitoneal shunt followed by an operation to stabilize and reduce the size of the baby's head.
It's the medical resource behind discoveries that have affected patients around the globe, treasured by researchers and funded by the National Institutes of Health for nearly 50 years: the Rochester Epidemiology Project.
As surgical teams gain experience with facial transplantation, a careful approach to planning, based on the principles of craniofacial surgery, can help to maximize patient outcomes in terms of facial form and function.
NDS Surgical Imaging has expanded its family of advanced LED backlight surgical displays with the release of the new 24” Radiance® G2, 55” Radiance G2 and 24” EndoVue® monitors. The benefits of LED backlight technology are many. LED displays consume less power, thereby reducing energy costs.
An OR nurse with 40 years of experience told me that she thinks robotic surgery might go the way of the laser. Similar to the unusual complications seen with the laser, when robotic surgery goes bad, it really goes bad.
Finding multiple mutations instead of just one primary mutation that can be targeted for therapy sheds more light on the challenges of treating triple-negative breast cancer.
In a study looking at mobile behavior over the last two years, The Patient's Guide, a leading on-line medical publisher, reports that consumers using their iPhone to gather medical information has increased 94 percent from 2011 to 2012.
Healthcare should become more about data-driven deduction and less about trial-and-error. That's hard to pull off without technology, because of the increasing amount of data and research available. Next-generation medicine will utilize more complex models of physiology, and more sensor data than a human MD could comprehend, to suggest personalized diagnosis.
Recently, researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine surgically implanted a pacemaker-like device into the brain of a patient in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, the first such operation in the United States. The device, which provides deep brain stimulation and has been used in thousands of people with Parkinson's disease, is seen as a possible means of boosting memory and reversing cognitive decline.
A study conducted through the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group, and led by Judy Boughey, M.D. a breast surgeon at Mayo Clinic, shows that a less invasive procedure known as sentinel lymph node surgery successfully identified whether cancer remained in lymph nodes in 91 percent of patients with node-positive breast cancer who received chemotherapy before their surgery.
Researchers at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, have found an association in the United States between a higher density of neurologists and neurosurgeons and a decreased risk of death from stroke.
STERIS offers the new S.A.F.E. Situational Awareness for Everyone® Display. It is designed to provide automatic access to key patient information from diverse IT systems – laboratory, radiology, medical records, allergies, and more – within the operating room. It provides a dynamic view of clinical information on a dedicated, easy to read display to optimize clinical decision making and patient safety.
A new technology called the Pipeline embolization device (PED) shows encouraging results in patients with certain types of difficult-to-treat brain aneurysms, reports the December issue of Neurosurgery.
Johns Hopkins experts are recommending early post-surgical assessment - preferably within 24 hours - for trouble chewing and swallowing food, or speaking normally, among patients who have had benign tumors removed from the base of the brain.
Dr. Benjamin Schneider, a bariatric and minimally invasive surgeon at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, recently performed the first single-incision robotic gallbladder surgery both at BIDMC and in the city of Boston.
Dr. Sami Kilic talks about the robotic surgery simulator, a training tool that looks a lot like an arcade booth, complete with two hand-operated controllers and a monitor that displays real-time surgical movements. Kilic also discusses how video games can help future surgeons.
Two drugs commonly given during cardiac surgery can lead to convulsive seizures, but anesthetics can help cut the risk, according to new research from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto.
Dr. Joseph E. Murray, who performed the world's first successful kidney transplant and won a Nobel Prize for his pioneering work, has died. He was 93. Murray suffered a stroke at his suburban Boston home on Thanksgiving and died at Brigham and Women's Hospital on Monday.
Spectrum Surgical Instruments Corp. has introduced the Laparoscopic Insulation Tester. The handheld device can be used for locating potentially dangerous tears and cracks along the shaft and handle of your laparoscopic instruments. The completely reusable device provides verification of laparoscopic insulation integrity.
In a commentary to be published in the December 12 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association, two Johns Hopkins faculty members predict an ever-diminishing role for government and drug company funding of basic biomedical research, and suggest scientists look to "innovative" kinds of private investment for future resources.
Surgeons at Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters in Norfolk, Virginia have fitted a patient with a device that might eliminate the need for surgery in those with one of the world's most common chest deformities
They came from the remotest parts of Indonesia, taking crowded overnight ferries and riding for hours in cars or buses — all in the hope that a simple and free surgical procedure would restore their eyesight.