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Joint pain is a common side effect of aromatase inhibitors, but a new study finds that exercise may help.
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Intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT) allows for a single high dose of radiation to be delivered during surgery for breast cancer.
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What's New in the Department of Surgery

The Wellness Series

Eileen Fuentes is a breast cancer survivor. She created a wellness program to help other women undergoing treatment for breast cancer live healthy and fulfilling lives.
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The LYMPHA protocol helps patients who are undergoing breast surgery to prevent and treat a condition known as lymphedema - a painful swelling of the arms or hands.
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Innovative approaches limit the radiation-related risk for developing heart disease.
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What's New in the Department of Surgery

Novilase Trial Enrolling Now

Laser therapy to treat early stage breast cancer. Columbia University Medical Center is now enrolling patients in a new clinical trial examining the effectiveness of laser therapy to treat early-stage breast cancer. This new research is testing a non-surgical treatment called Novilase® Interstitial Laser Therapy (ILT). The study will test the ability of the laser to ablate (destroy) breast cancers that are equal to or less than 2 centimeters in size. Approximately 50% of breast cancer patients are estimated to qualify for inclusion in the study. Traditionally, early-stage breast cancers have been removed by surgery, i.e., lumpectomy, which can unfavorably affect the look and feel of the breast. Destroying the tumor with a laser may have advantages including: Minimal scarring, Less chance of infection, Much shorter recovery time, Preservation of natural shape (i.e., cosmetic appearance) and feel of the breast
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Researchers at Columbia University Medical Center have discovered that certain women undergoing radiation therapy for early-stage breast cancer may have an elevated risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
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