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.

  • Cancer's little-known aftershock

    By: Ranit Mishori, The Washington PostNov 09, 2010
    It's the aftershock of cancer surgery, a complication that breast cancer survivor Bonnie Pike of Phoenix calls "cancer treatment's dirty little secret," a nasty surprise that sneaks up on you. Lymphedema, a painful and chronic swelling of the lymph nodes, may affect up to 70 percent of women who have ...
  • Proportion of women having both breasts removed for cancer has grown ten-fold ...

    By: Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles TimesNov 05, 2010
    The proportion of women having both breasts removed when breast cancer appears in one has increased more than ten-fold over a 10-year period, despite a limited amount of evidence showing a survival benefit for the procedure, researchers reported Wednesday. Nearly one in every 20 women now has the second breast ...
  • Salient Surgical's New Aquamantys3 System with Advanced Cutting and Hemostatic Sealing Device Proves Successful in First Surgical Case

    By: Jennifer Silverman, iStockAnalystOct 20, 2010
    (Business Wire) -- Salient Surgical announced today that the company has completed the first human cases in Europe using its new Aquamantys®3 System. The new system includes a handpiece that combines for the first time Salient's patented Transcollation® technology for hemostatic sealing of soft tissue and bones with cutting capabilities....
  • HealthGrades study: 'Unacceptably wide gap' between top peforming hospitals, others

    By: Molly Merrill, Healthcare IT NewsOct 19, 2010
    GOLDEN, CO - Patients at five-star rated hospitals had a 72 percent lower risk of dying when compared with patients at one-star-rated hospitals, according to a new independent study by healthcare ratings organization HealthGrades. Experts say this is an enormous gap that has held steady over the past years even ...
  • Are SERMs an effective alternative...

    By: Steven Narod, MD, HemOnc TodayOct 10, 2010
    If a woman doesn’t carry a BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation, there are only a few ways that she can find herself to be at high risk for breast cancer. There are other genes that raise the risk to BRCA-like levels, such as p53 and PALB2, but mutation carriers are very ...