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The Fight Against Cancer Should Be Relentless

We asked our Current Oncology Section Editors how they would define the term “life after cancer” and how that theme presents itself in their chosen fields.  Below is a response from  Dr. Ricardo Moro, President, Principal Executive and Accounting Officer and Director, Biocurex, Inc.

I have been asked to write a short essay on “Life after cancer”. I could not find anything meaningful to say. I am a medical doctor who has dedicated several decades of his life to cancer research. It has been a while since I saw my last cancer patient and yet, their words and the look in their eyes keep prompting me to go to the lab to receive my daily doses of the mandatory humbling posed by the complexity of Nature.

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Cancer Nutrition Rehabilitation Program: The Role of Social Work

by D. Townsend, C. Accurso–Massana, C. Lechman msw, S. Duder msw, and M. Chasen.

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Abstract

The Cancer Nutrition Rehabilitation (cnr) program at the McGill University Health Centre is an inter-disciplinary 8-week treatment program offering patients information, education, treatment, and support in areas such as diet, exercise, and rehabilitation, plus resources to address their psychosocial needs.

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Do Recent Studies Demonstrate New Uses For an Age-Old Idea?

by Jonathan Klein, M.D

The April 2011 edition of the International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, and Physics, colloquially known as “The Red Journal,” contained a potentially provocative article by Ashamalla et al. from Weill Medical College of Cornell University. In it, the authors reported on a study they performed using acupuncture to treat hot flashes in men undergoing androgen deprivation therapy for prostate cancer. Using a validated scoring method, which grades hot flashes by multiplying their frequency times their severity, they report that the mean Hot Flash Score (HFS) reported by the 14 patients in their study dropped from 28.3 before treatment to 10.3 at 2 weeks post-treatment, 7.5 at 6 weeks, and 7.0 at 8 weeks; these results were reported to be statistically significant in all cases.

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List compiled by Monisha Sudarshan, M.D.

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Accredited Fellowships in surgical oncology and its sub-specialities in Canada

Royal College Objectives and training requirements for surgical oncology specialities

Staging, Clinical practice guidelines and more

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Accredited Fellowships in surgical oncology and its sub-specialities in Canada

Surgical Oncology

University of Calgary, Calgary

Dr. Gregory McKinnon|
Division of General Surgical Oncology
Tom Baker Cancer Centre
1331 — 29th Street NW
Calgary AB   T2N 4N2
mckinnon@ucalgary.ca

http://medicine.ucalgary.ca/postgrad/programs/surgicaloncology

 

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Fellowship Information

List compiled by Monisha Sudarshan, M.D.

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Accredited Fellowships in surgical oncology and its sub-specialities in Canada

Royal College Objectives and training requirements for surgical oncology specialities

 

Accredited Fellowships in surgical oncology and its sub-specialities in Canada

Surgical Oncology

University of Calgary, Calgary

Dr. Gregory McKinnon|
Division of General Surgical Oncology
Tom Baker Cancer Centre
1331 — 29th Street NW
Calgary AB   T2N 4N2
mckinnon@ucalgary.ca

http://medicine.ucalgary.ca/postgrad/programs/surgicaloncology

 

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Challenges in the Care of Cancer Survivors

We asked our Current Oncology Section Editors how they would define the term “life after cancer” and how that theme presents itself in their chosen fields.  Below is a response from  Dr. Thierry Alcindor, Assistant Professor, Departments of Oncology and Medicine, McGill University Faculty of Medicine.

The outcome of several cancers has improved over the past few decades, owing to advances in surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and palliative care. Therefore, taking care of the surviving victim of cancer has now become an integral part of oncology.

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