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.

  • Family history linked to contralateral breast cancer risk

    By: HemOnc TodayJan 31, 2013
    Women aged younger than 45 years with a family history of breast cancer carried a 2.5-fold risk for contralateral disease, according to results of a population-based case-control study. Researchers conducted the investigation to compare women with contralateral breast cancer with those with unilateral breast cancer. Eligible participants had a family ...
  • Resecting residual gastrointestinal stromal tumors improved survival

    By: Sherry Boschert, The Oncology ReportJan 24, 2013
    Surgically removing residual gastrointestinal stromal tumors in patients who respond to imatinib therapy significantly increased time to tumor progression to 88 months, compared with 43 months using imatinib alone, based on findings from a retrospective study of 134 patients. After controlling for the effects of other risk factors, the surgery decreased threefold ...
  • Study: Surgery for early prostate cancer doesn't save lives

    By: Alexandra Sifferlin, TIME HealthlandDec 28, 2012
    The findings, published in Thursday's issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, fall in line with mounting concerns about the overscreening and overtreatment of prostate tumors in the U.S. Each year, millions of men are screened for early disease and, based on the results, many undergo invasive biopsies, ...
  • Varian Medical Systems to support an NCI-sponsored phase III study comparing radiosurgery with surgery for the treatment of early-stage high-risk, operable non-small cell lung cancer

    By: Varian Medical SystemsAug 15, 2012
    Varian Medical Systems (NYSE: VAR) today announced that it has become a supporter of a phase III study comparing radiosurgery with surgical resection for the treatment of early-stage, high-risk, operable non-small cell lung cancer. The study, which will take place over the next eight years, will look at patients' overall, ...
  • Vow to dying brother drives Grand Rapids surgeon's discovery to help colon cancer patients

    By: Sue Thoms, Michigan LiveAug 10, 2012
    The colon cancer research study [SSO member] Dr. Larry McCahill undertook had a few factors working against it. It lacked the razzle-dazzle appeal of a new drug - not to mention the promotional push of a major drug company. And enrolling patients in the clinical trial moved slowly because they ...