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Explaining Oligometastases and SBRT Benefits

 

According to a study presented at the 56th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) offers unique benefits to patients with advanced oligometastatic lung cancer. Oligometastasis is a category of metastatic cancer, which occurs when cancer cells break away from a primary tumor site and spread to […]

 

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Study: Stereotactic Radiosurgery Provides Improved Survival Rates for Metastatic Brain Tumor in Patients Under 50

 

According to a study recently published in the scientific journal of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), cancer patients with limited brain metastases who are under the age of 50 could benefit from receiving stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) without whole brain radiation therapy (WBRT). The study analyzed patient data from the three largest randomized clinical […]

 

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Research Study: Cancer Causing Chemicals in Smokeless Tobacco Products

 

According to a recent study published in Cancer Prevention Research, researchers found that higher levels of cancer-causing chemicals in smokeless tobacco products led to greater exposure to various carcinogens. The study reported that the majority of smokeless tobacco consumers in the U.S. are unaware of the levels of cancer-causing chemicals in their smokeless tobacco products. […]

 

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Physician Profiles: Get to Know Medical Director Dr. Arica Hirsch

 

Illinois CyberKnife medical director, Dr. Arica Hirsch, is board-certified in Radiation Oncology and primarily practices at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, our center’s hospital partner. She has expertise in the treatment of prostate, gynecologic, lymphoma, lung gastrointestinal, head & neck, and brain malignancies. Read more about Dr. Hirsch’s experience and care philosophy below. This is not […]

 

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National Women’s Health Week: 2015 ACS Women’s Cancer Statistics

 

The 16th annual National Women’s Health Week is celebrated May 10-16, with the goal of empowering women to make their health a priority. This week also serves as a time to help inform women of critical steps they can take to improve their health. Breast and lung cancer are among the cancers that most often […]

 

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Brain Tumor Awareness Month: Resources for Education

 

During Brain Tumor Awareness Month in May, many people and organizations across the nation focus on spreading awareness about brain tumors through community-powered education and providing new opportunities to get involved. The following organizations provide numerous resources for brain tumor patients and their loved ones, including general information about brain tumors, extensive research and studies, […]

 

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Meet Dr. Arica Hirsch

 

 

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Research Study: Cancer Patients Prefer Care Plans with Their Input

 

JAMA Oncology recently published a new study that suggests cancer patients who allow their doctors to make every treatment decision are less likely to rate their care as excellent in comparison to those patients who actively participate in their medical decisions. Dr. Kenneth Kehl in Texas conducted the study entitled “Association of Actual and Preferred […]

 

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Patient Education: National Oral, Head, and Neck Cancer Awareness Week

 

Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week 2015 is celebrated April 12-18 across the nation. The weeklong series of events promoting education and awareness of oral, head and neck cancer is organized through the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance. The week will be followed by a day of free screenings across the country that will […]

 

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Neurological Disease Treatment: An Overview of Recent CyberKnife Studies

 

Two recent studies presented at the annual meeting of the European Association of Neurosurgical Societies (EANS) reinforced the benefits of using CyberKnife® radiosurgery to treat various neurological diseases. Dr. Alfredo Conti, a neurosurgeon, led the first study. Dr. Conti used CyberKnife to treat perioptic meningiomas, a type of benign brain tumor that arises from the […]

 

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