Cancer screening: An overview
Cancer screening is the subject of much debate. As new research discoveries are made, organizations like the United States Preventive Services Task Force and the American Cancer Society have to reevaluate their screening guidelines based on the most current scientific evidence in order to ensure that patients are receiving the most up-to-date and well-informed recommendations.
Simpler colonoscopies are safer
A new study by VCU Massey Cancer Center researchers discovered that as the complexity of colonoscopies increases, a higher risk of adverse events, such as GI bleeding or colonic perforation, are reported. Many factors affect the likelihood of those adverse events, including the surgeon’s colonoscopy volume and the type of the procedure and facility.
The basics of bladder cancer
Did you know that bladder cancer is the fifth most common cancer in the United States? In fact, the American Cancer Society estimates there will be nearly 75,000 new cases of bladder cancer diagnosed this year. In this article, we’re going to discuss the risk factors, symptoms, early detection and treatment of bladder cancer.
Few women at high risk for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer are receiving recommended genetic counseling
A new study by VCU Massey Cancer Center researchers finds a critical gap between women eligible for genetic counseling services due to a high familial risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer and those who actually receive it.
Communication with doctors is critical to early, accurate colorectal cancer diagnosis
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S., but if diagnosed early, patients have a five-year survival rate of 91 percent. In a study recently published in the journalPatient Education and Counseling, Laura A. Siminoff, Ph.D., and a team of researchers conducted in-depth interviews with 242 patients diagnosed with CRC in the six months preceding the study.