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Dr. Lucy Langer and Dr. Tammy De La Melena Present at the 2016 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium

March 23, 2017

The San Antonio Breast Cancer Syposium was held December 6 - 20, 2016 in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Tammy De La Melena, Breast Surgical Oncologist, and Dr. Lucy Langer, Medical Oncologist, gave presentations at the symposium focusing on individual topics and how Compass Oncology uses clinical research to provide the best care possible for their patieints. Below are summaries of the two presentations given by Dr. Langer and Dr. De La Melena.

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Colorectal Cancer and Young Adults: What You Need to Know

March 22, 2017

The Journal of the National Cancer Institute published in February that colorectal cancer in young adults has risen dramatically in generations born after 1950. Those currently between the ages of 18-27 have 2 times the risk of developing colon cancer and 4 times the risk of developing rectal cancer than people born in the 1950s were when they were between those ages.

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Meet Your Team: Susan Zaretsky, FNP-BC

March 21, 2017

“If I can help people not get cancer or find it early when we can have a strong influence on their prognosis, that’s exciting.”

Susan Zaretsky has worked in nursing for close to four decades, most of that time in oncology. While she’s worked across the cancer care spectrum, her current role is focused on breast cancer prevention, seeing patients deemed high-risk due to a genetic mutation, strong family history or biopsy and those dealing with complex issues like nipple discharge or pain.

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Stereotactic Radiation Offers New Hope for Many Cancer Patients

March 10, 2017

About 60% of all cancer patients will be treated with radiation therapy at some point during their cancer care. What radiation therapy looks like has been undergoing a rapid transformation in recent years. Thanks to technological advances and research in radiation oncology, stereotactic radiation has taken its place as an advanced tool in today’s cancer-fighting arsenal. It has proven its ability to eradicate certain tumors with surgical precision, opening up new and effective treatments for patients who previously had little or no options.

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Meet Your Team: Nora Larson, MSW, CSWA, LICSWA

March 1, 2017

“I truly think it is an honor to be with patients at such a vulnerable time and I hope I bring a little bit of ease to the experience.”

Nora Larson is an oncology social worker with a special interest in palliative care. Her approach to care is informed by her own personal experience with a loved one undergoing treatment. She strives to provide an open environment where patients can ask the tough questions, share their struggles and explore what they are hoping for.

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Why Is Genetic Testing Important for Cancer Research?

February 14, 2017

It’s common for cancer patients and their families to feel helpless, as if their futures and those of their loved ones are entirely dependent on physicians and medications. Genetic testing is one way for cancer patients and their relatives to regain a sense of control over the disease, and make a valuable contribution toward improving its detection, treatment and prevention.

One of the most effective ways for cancer researchers to learn why a type of cancer occurs (an important step in discovering treatments) is to study the genes of patients and those who share their DNA profile.

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Cervical Cancer - How Can I Reduce My Risk?

January 3, 2017

Each January is recognized as Cervical Health Awareness Month, spreading the knowledge about women’s health and how they can help prevent the development of cervical cancer and related diseases. Some aren’t as familiar with what cervical cancer is, or that there are precautions you can take to reduce your risk of developing cervical cancer. Here are a few facts to share with friends and family as we recognize Cervical Health Awareness Month.

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A Better Understanding of Clinical Trials

December 29, 2016

Many have heard of clinical research in the medical industry, but what goes into researching diseases like cancer and how are the results determined? What are clinical trials and who do they involve?

What are Clinical Trials?

Clinical trials are tests done by researchers to evaluate the safety of new therapies and how effective they are at treating certain diseases or conditions, such as cancer. The FDA (Food and Drug Administration), a government agency that regulates the use and testing of new drugs before they are released to the public, must evaluate and approve the safety of any new drugs. There are different types of clinical trials depending on the purpose of the drug or therapy:

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Managing the Holidays with Cancer

December 1, 2016

Even people in perfect health often feel exhausted and overwhelmed during the holiday season; that feeling is often magnified when you’re battling cancer. You may not have the stamina to battle Black Friday crowds, deck the halls and entertain as lavishly as you have in years past, and that’s OK. If you’re a cancer patient try not to overexert yourself, but don’t isolate yourself either. Here are some ways cancer patients manage and even enjoy the holidays.

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Exercise and Breast Cancer: The Benefits and How to Get Started

November 18, 2016

As a breast cancer patient or breast cancer survivor, it’s important to stay active – even if you don’t feel up to it. In a recent study by Kerry Courneya, PhD, found that women with breast cancer that participated in a resistance training program during chemotherapy required less dosage and fewer delays in their chemotherapy treatments.  Of course, if you’re undergoing breast cancer treatment, you should first discuss exercise with your doctor. For most breast cancer patients, rigorous activity isn’t recommended, but regular moderate exercise, such as walking or strength training with light weights, can help you to feel better, and as strange as it may sound, you might even feel less tired than before you exercised.

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