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Laparoscopic, open surgery yield similar outcomes for rectal cancer

April 1, 2015

Patients with rectal cancer demonstrated comparable rates of locoregional recurrence, DFS and OS when they underwent laparoscopic or open surgery, according to study results.

“Laparoscopic surgery has progressively replaced open colonic surgery in recent decades owing to favorable short-term outcomes, such as less pain, reduced blood loss and improved recovery time,” H. Jaap Bonjer, MD, PhD, of the department of surgery at the VU Medical Center Amsterdam, and colleagues wrote. “In various trials in which patients with colon cancer were randomly assigned to undergo either open or laparoscopic surgery, evidence was obtained that laparoscopic surgery was associated with similar [DFS] and [OS] rates as open surgery.”

FDA News

FDA grants orphan drug designation to IMO-8400 for DLBCL

April 1, 2015
The FDA granted orphan drug designation to IMO-8400 for the treatment of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, according to a press release from the drug’s…
In the Journals

Women with IBD may face higher cervical cancer risk

April 1, 2015
A diagnosis of inflammatory bowel disease in women was found to be associated with increased risk for cervical neoplasia in a population-based nationwide cohort study…
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FANG vaccine stalls disease recurrence in ovarian cancer

April 1, 2015
Treatment with the immunotherapy vaccine FANG was associated with a high rate of T-cell activation and prolonged RFS in patients with stage III/IV ovarian cancer…

What is palliative care?

April 1, 2015
Palliative care — also known as supportive care or symptom management — is administered at the time of diagnosis of a serious illness, throughout the…
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High Risk AAMDS

Treatment Decision-Making through the Spectrum of MDS:
Case 2 High Risk MDS

An educational presentation from Aplastic Anemia & MDS International Foundation.

MDS is a difficult disease to diagnose and treat. Frequently it is challenging for healthcare providers to explain to…
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Solid organ transplant recipients at higher risk for skin cancer

March 22, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO – In this video, Sarah Tuttleton Arron, MD, PhD, FAAD, discusses her research on mortality from…
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New Advances, New Options: Evaluating the Changing Landscape of Hemophilia

New Advances, New Options: Evaluating the Changing Landscape of Hemophilia to Optimize Patient Outcomes

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Biogen Idec.

The bleeding abnormalities associated with hemophilia can have devastating consequences for patients. Recent advances…
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