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.

  • Lymph node study shakes pillar of breast cancer care

    By: Denise Grady, New York TimesFeb 08, 2011
    A new study finds that many women with early breast cancer do not need a painful procedure that has long been routine: removal of cancerous lymph nodes from the armpit. The discovery turns standard medical practice on its head. Surgeons have been removing lymph nodes from under the arms of ...
  • Surgeon's research examines variations in care for breast cancer patients

    By: Mark Sanchez, Business Review West MichiganFeb 02, 2011
    In examining the different ways and circumstances under which breast cancer surgery is performed in the U.S., Larry McCahill [SSO member] seeks to begin addressing both cost and quality issues. An oncology surgeon at Saint Mary's Health Care in Grand Rapids, McCahill suspects he'll find wide variations in how women ...
  • Steve Jobs' future: Tumor complications not uncommon

    By: David W Freeman, CBS NewsJan 18, 2011
    Steve Jobs is taking his second medical leave in two years - but why? The 55-year-old Apple CEO is vague on the details. But experts say it's not unusual for people with the rare pancreatic tumor for which Jobs has been treated to experience additional health problems. Dr. Michael Poryako, ...
  • FDA advances RPCI spinoff's research

    By: Tracey Drury, Business FirstJan 18, 2011
    A Buffalo biopharmaceutical company has received orphan drug status from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for a pancreatic cancer inhibitor compound. CureFAKtor Pharmaceuticals LLC, a spin-off from Roswell Park Cancer Institute, focused on the research and development of focal adhesion kinase (FAK). Its lead compound, CFAK-C4, is being developed ...
  • 'Dr. Coomer: You have cancer'

    By: Dr. Cynara CoomerJan 10, 2011
    I sat in that cold, white exam room on the table with the crinkly sterile paper. I was wondering, just as thousands of my own patients had before, what my test results had found. I held my husband's hand and tried to be my usual upbeat self, but my thoughts ...