5 Common Types of Oncological Care That Cancer Doctors Recommend

The need for viable and effective cancer treatment options has spurred the research and development of multiple strategies for helping patients achieve favorable outcomes and potential remission. The most common types of treatments that medical oncology offers are surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, targeted therapy, and immunotherapy. An oncologist will make a treatment recommendation depending on … Continued

What Role Do RNs Play in Oncology Treatment?

While all nurses are intimately involved in the challenges and rewards of patient care, this is perhaps most evident in the role that oncology nurses play in treating and caring for cancer patients. They are by the bedside offering encouragement and care as well as providing patient and family education. What Does an Oncology Nurse … Continued

Think Cancer Prevention During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

American women have a 1 in 8 chance of getting breast cancer sometime during their life. Nearly a quarter million new, positive diagnoses of the disease will occur in the U.S. this year. The good news is breast cancer treatments and pharmaceuticals have dramatically improved in recent years, and new ones continue to emerge. Still, … Continued

Determining If Clinical Trials Are Right For You

Cancer treatment is constantly evolving as new therapies emerge. This is thanks, in large part, to the volunteers and researchers who participate in clinical trials. The findings of these trials can help lead to new, effective treatment regimens. Clinical trials can be a great way for cancer patients to receive the treatment they need while … Continued

Testicular Cancer: Detection, Symptoms and Treatment

Dr. Charanjeev Kapoor of RCCA’s Connecticut Division Cancer that begins in the testicles is known as testicular cancer. According to Dr. Charanjeev Kapoor, an oncology specialist at Regional Cancer Care Associates (RCCA), the key to diagnosing and treating testicular cancer is patient awareness. Affecting only about 1 in every 263 men in the United States, testicular cancer … Continued

Lung Cancer Rates Increasing Among Non-Smokers

Dr. Joseph McLaughlin If you’ve never smoked or used tobacco, could you still be susceptible to lung cancer? The short answer is yes. According to the ACS, up to 20% of patients who die from lung cancer are non-smokers. Oncology specialist, Dr. Joseph McLaughlin – from the Regional Cancer Care Associates (RCCA) Manchester, Connecticut location … Continued

CAR T-Cell Therapy: New Hope for Remission in Leukemia

Gurpreet S. Lamba, MD   What are the main types of leukemia? How do they differ in terms of their effects, how they present and how they are treated? A. Leukemia is classified based on whether the malignancy originated from a lymphoid or myeloid white blood cell, and on how quickly the leukemia develops (i.e., … Continued

Targeting Treatments for Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

Dr. Joel Silver   How do myeloma and chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) develop? What are some risk factors associated with those malignancies? A. We don’t know what causes CLL. We do know that people in some occupations or with a certain exposure history might be at higher risk, and that CLL generally affects older people. … Continued

Colorectal Cancer Trends in Maryland: A Conversation with Dr. Ralph V. Boccia

As the third most common cancer in the United States, colorectal cancer (CRC) affects about 1 in 20 Americans. However, incidence and death rates for cancer of the colorectum have significantly decreased over the past several decades as a result of increased screening and drastic improvements in treatment. In Maryland alone, approximately 70% of adults … Continued