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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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In the following interview, Dr. Gress explains the uses of therapeutic endoscopy in treating patients with pancreatic disease and he shares information about a very important technological advance at the Pancreas Center.
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Deborah Gerszberg, RD, CNSC, CDN, Clinical Nutritionist at The Pancreas Center, discusses how to avoid nutritional deficiencies after undergoing a Whipple Procedure for pancreatic cancer.
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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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In the following interview, Dr. Paul Oberstein, medical oncologist at the Pancreas Center, discusses the latest advances in chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer and why he is optimistic.
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Following a healthy, high quality diet may help reduce your risk of developing pancreatic cancer.
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