Surgical Oncology News

This section features a sampling of news related to surgical oncology from the popular press, from press releases received, or SSO news directly pertinent to SSO members.

  • ABS Introduces Changes to MOC Part 2

    By: The American Board of SurgerySep 30, 2011
    The American Board of Surgery will introduce changes in 2012 to Part 2 of the ABS Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program. These changes are intended to simplify the Part 2 requirements while providing some basic parameters as to the continuing medical education (CME) appropriate for lifelong learning and self-assessment. Surgeons ...
  • Woman, 100, beats breast cancer

    By: BBC NewsAug 31, 2011
    A 100-year-old woman has been told she is free of breast cancer after having surgery in Greater Manchester. Dorothy Affleck, from Hyde, was 99-and-a-half when she had a lump removed from her breast at Tameside Hospital in August 2010. The former dancer, who celebrated her centenary in March, has now ...
  • ABS and GI Societies announce joint assessment of U.S. endoscopic education and training

    By: The American Board of SurgeryAug 29, 2011
    The American Board of Surgery (ABS), the nation's certifying body for surgeons, and the nation's four leading gastrointestinal (GI) societies - the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD), the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG), and the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) ...
  • Diabetes drug fights breast cancer

    By: Linda Fugate, PhD, EmpowHerAug 22, 2011
    A common drug used to treat type 2 diabetes may soon join the arsenal of treatments for breast cancer. Metformin (brand names Glucophage, Glumetza, Fortamet, and Riomet) has several biochemical effects that are useful in controlling blood sugar. These effects may also control the growth of cancer cells. Dr. Ana ...
  • Vitamin D levels linked to certain skin cancers, study finds

    By: Amanda Gardner, HealthDay NewsAug 15, 2011
    The higher a person's vitamin D levels, the higher the risk of non-melanoma skin cancer, such as basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, finds new research. But the study, appearing in the Aug. 15 issue of the Archives of Dermatology, stops short of saying that high vitamin D levels ...