1. Surgical Approaches to Pancreatic Cancer: Benefits and Risks

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    Dr. A. James Moser, executive director of the Institute for Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery at Beth Israel Medical Center, helps us understand which patients are candidates for pancreatic cancer surgery and why consulting with a multidisciplinary team is a pivotal part of care. When would surgery be beneficial or pose more of a risk? How does surgery impact quality of life and when should a patient seek a second opinion? Watch as Dr. Moser helps patients understand how they can achieve the best possible outcome when considering surgery for pancreatic cancer.

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    • Radiation Oncology, A Cancer Treatment

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      In this episode we will have a conversation with Ed Gilbert, MD, a radiation oncologist. When diagnosed with cancer, life takes on a challenge for the individual and family. It is most important to make the right choices. Aside from surgery and chemotherapy, radiation is sometimes an option. We will learn when and why it should be considered.

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      • The Surgical Segment of Breast Cancer

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        For most breast cancer patients, surgery is the first leg of treatment. “Because not only does it treat the primary cancer, meaning to remove the tumors, but it also gives us answer by looking at the lymph nodes,” says Dr. Rie Aihara, surgical oncologist on medical staff at Lee Memorial Health System. “And some of the answers we get from surgery actually dictate what kind of therapy would come next.” Once the path becomes clear, the baton is passed to a medical oncologist, radiation oncologist, or both. In best circumstances they work as a team, as is the case within the Regional Cancer Center’s multi-disciplinary breast cancer clinic. “We’re looking at the same things. We’re able to discuss, really ask all the questions, really bring our thoughts together. So not only is it faster, but I think the quality is much better,” says Dr. Aihara. Women are empowered with choices when it comes to surgery. Based on the nature of their cancer and personal preference, they may opt to remove a portion of breast, one breast or both if they have genetic risk. “We do see a lot of women who choose a double mastectomy, especially in the younger population because they have so many years to think about recurrences and things like that. And we always emphasize if there’s only cancer in one area, certainly if it’s treatable by lumpectomy. That’s what we would advise.” Surgery is often the end of the treatment road. A majority of women chose to undergo reconstruction. Many times it starts during a mastectomy using tissue expanders and is completed once they reach the finish line. “A lot of people come in with this horrible image of a mastectomy that they used to do years ago and once we sit down with them, show them pictures, a lot of people are extremely relieved and really have a positive attitude going forth,” Dr. Aihara says. For these reasons, the surgical segment is often the anchor in this relay for life. View More Health Matters video segments at leememorial.org/healthmatters/ Lee Memorial Health System in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of medical care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For nearly a century, we’ve been providing our community with everything from primary care treatment to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries. Visit leememorial.org

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        • What are the benefits of a team approach? Dr Andrew See

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          Stereotactic Radiosurgery What is stereotactic radiosurgery? Stereotactic radiosurgery is a relatively new treatment that involves targeting a tumour in the body with an extremely high dose of focussed radiation. This 'ablative' dose of radiation has been shown to be very effective in eliminating tumours that can occur in the body and has been shown to be of particular value when dealing with primary and secondary tumours that arise in the brain and spinal column. SRS can be used either as an alternative treatment option to invasive surgery although sometimes it is also recommended in addition to surgical removal, especially when the tumour is large or more aggressive and when the neurosurgeon and radiation oncologist want to be absolutely certain that all the cancer cells have been eliminated. Many thousands of patients have now been treated using stereotactic radiosurgery for brain and spine tumours and the results are extremely encouraging. In some instances, stereotactic radiosurgery has become the standard of care when managing these conditions. Dr See consults in a range of Melbourne metropolitan and provincial clinics. In addition he offers a video link and Tele-health consults by prior appointment. He is happy to see people for second opinions but you will need for a referral in this context and also copies of all relevant tests and investigations that have been done thus far. Main Rooms all Appointments and Enquiry (03) 9483 3347 Facsimile (03) 9483 3357 www.drandrewsee.com.au produced by Westymedia www.westymedia.com.au

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          • What is stereotactic radio surgery? Dr Andrew See

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            Stereotactic Radiosurgery What is stereotactic radiosurgery? Stereotactic radiosurgery is a relatively new treatment that involves targeting a tumour in the body with an extremely high dose of focussed radiation. This 'ablative' dose of radiation has been shown to be very effective in eliminating tumours that can occur in the body and has been shown to be of particular value when dealing with primary and secondary tumours that arise in the brain and spinal column. SRS can be used either as an alternative treatment option to invasive surgery although sometimes it is also recommended in addition to surgical removal, especially when the tumour is large or more aggressive and when the neurosurgeon and radiation oncologist want to be absolutely certain that all the cancer cells have been eliminated. Many thousands of patients have now been treated using stereotactic radiosurgery for brain and spine tumours and the results are extremely encouraging. In some instances, stereotactic radiosurgery has become the standard of care when managing these conditions. Dr See consults in a range of Melbourne metropolitan and provincial clinics. In addition he offers a video link and Tele-health consults by prior appointment. He is happy to see people for second opinions but you will need for a referral in this context and also copies of all relevant tests and investigations that have been done thus far. Main Rooms all Appointments and Enquiry (03) 9483 3347 Facsimile (03) 9483 3357 www.drandrewsee.com.au produced by Westymedia www.westymedia.com.au

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            • How does stereotactic radiosurgery differ from external beam radiotherapy? Dr Andrew See

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              Stereotactic Radiosurgery What is stereotactic radiosurgery? Stereotactic radiosurgery is a relatively new treatment that involves targeting a tumour in the body with an extremely high dose of focussed radiation. This 'ablative' dose of radiation has been shown to be very effective in eliminating tumours that can occur in the body and has been shown to be of particular value when dealing with primary and secondary tumours that arise in the brain and spinal column. SRS can be used either as an alternative treatment option to invasive surgery although sometimes it is also recommended in addition to surgical removal, especially when the tumour is large or more aggressive and when the neurosurgeon and radiation oncologist want to be absolutely certain that all the cancer cells have been eliminated. Many thousands of patients have now been treated using stereotactic radiosurgery for brain and spine tumours and the results are extremely encouraging. In some instances, stereotactic radiosurgery has become the standard of care when managing these conditions. Dr See consults in a range of Melbourne metropolitan and provincial clinics. In addition he offers a video link and Tele-health consults by prior appointment. He is happy to see people for second opinions but you will need for a referral in this context and also copies of all relevant tests and investigations that have been done thus far. Main Rooms all Appointments and Enquiry (03) 9483 3347 Facsimile (03) 9483 3357 www.drandrewsee.com.au produced by Westymedia www.westymedia.com.au

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              • What is a Radiation Oncologist Dr Andrew See

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                Stereotactic Radiosurgery What is stereotactic radiosurgery? Stereotactic radiosurgery is a relatively new treatment that involves targeting a tumour in the body with an extremely high dose of focussed radiation. This 'ablative' dose of radiation has been shown to be very effective in eliminating tumours that can occur in the body and has been shown to be of particular value when dealing with primary and secondary tumours that arise in the brain and spinal column. SRS can be used either as an alternative treatment option to invasive surgery although sometimes it is also recommended in addition to surgical removal, especially when the tumour is large or more aggressive and when the neurosurgeon and radiation oncologist want to be absolutely certain that all the cancer cells have been eliminated. Many thousands of patients have now been treated using stereotactic radiosurgery for brain and spine tumours and the results are extremely encouraging. In some instances, stereotactic radiosurgery has become the standard of care when managing these conditions. Dr See consults in a range of Melbourne metropolitan and provincial clinics. In addition he offers a video link and Tele-health consults by prior appointment. He is happy to see people for second opinions but you will need for a referral in this context and also copies of all relevant tests and investigations that have been done thus far. Main Rooms all Appointments and Enquiry (03) 9483 3347 Facsimile (03) 9483 3357 www.drandrewsee.com.au produced by Westymedia www.westymedia.com.au

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                • Are all people suitable for stereotactic radiosurgery

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                  Stereotactic Radiosurgery What is stereotactic radiosurgery? Stereotactic radiosurgery is a relatively new treatment that involves targeting a tumour in the body with an extremely high dose of focussed radiation. This 'ablative' dose of radiation has been shown to be very effective in eliminating tumours that can occur in the body and has been shown to be of particular value when dealing with primary and secondary tumours that arise in the brain and spinal column. SRS can be used either as an alternative treatment option to invasive surgery although sometimes it is also recommended in addition to surgical removal, especially when the tumour is large or more aggressive and when the neurosurgeon and radiation oncologist want to be absolutely certain that all the cancer cells have been eliminated. Many thousands of patients have now been treated using stereotactic radiosurgery for brain and spine tumours and the results are extremely encouraging. In some instances, stereotactic radiosurgery has become the standard of care when managing these conditions. Dr See consults in a range of Melbourne metropolitan and provincial clinics. In addition he offers a video link and Tele-health consults by prior appointment. He is happy to see people for second opinions but you will need for a referral in this context and also copies of all relevant tests and investigations that have been done thus far. Main Rooms all Appointments and Enquiry (03) 9483 3347 Facsimile (03) 9483 3357

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                  • Classifying Cancer by Genetics

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                    The standard in classifying cancer has always been determined by its location of origin. For example, brain cancer if it started in the brain. But now there’s growing weight given to genetics over location. “As we learn more about cancers and we get smarter about our understanding of them what we’re coming to realize is that it’s less important where the cancer originated. And more important ‘what its genetic’ are,” says Dr. Constantine Mantz, radiation oncologist on Lee Memorial Health System’s medical staff. An important distinction when treating cancer. By better understanding how it replicates and responds to various treatments. “We can be far more accurate in our predictions and also much smarter about selecting the therapies that are going to be effective,” says Dr. Mantz. A case in point: one of the most lethal types of breast cancer, known as triple negative, is genetically closer to a specific ovarian cancer that it is to other breast tumors. It’s an important revelation to women who may now be treated with a less toxic form of chemo which is the standard in ovarian cancer. “So this may actually afford more treatment options for women that historically have had a very difficult time or a poor prognosis related to that particular type of cancer,” says Dr. Scott Dunbar, oncologist on Lee Memorial Health System’s medical staff. “In years before, if the cancer were just recognized as a breast cancer all of those cases more or less got the same chemotherapy. And some cases worked out fine others did not work out,” says Dr. Mantz. The human genome project tracked cancer at the cellular level and also found the same gene mutations linked to 12 different cancers, furthering the field of precision medicine. “Utilizing this genetic information about how the cancer really comes assembled will help us pick and choose what are the optimal treatments for the future,” says Dr. Dunbar. So where a cancer comes from may not be nearly as important as how it behaves. View More Health Matters video segments at leememorial.org/healthmatters/ Lee Memorial Health System in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of medical care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For nearly a century, we’ve been providing our community with everything from primary care treatment to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries. Visit leememorial.org

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                    • Support Boosts Breast Cancer Patients

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                      “On May the 8th I had my first operation on my cancer,” says Norma Canales. In her fight against cancer, Canales has many, many allies - a big family who is with her every step of the way. “They helped me a lot. They were there to take me to the doctors. If I felt sick, they were there cooking for me,” says Canales. A cancer diagnosis is a family affair. “It hurts even more because it’s like, you only have one mother. She’s my best friend she’s the grandmother to my kids. That being said, it just helped us be stronger for her,” says her daughter, Eva Canales. A support system for breast cancer patients has tangible benefits. Women who were surveyed two months after getting the news were most likely to rate their quality of life as good. And patients who felt they had positive social interactions reported less pain. At the Regional Cancer Center, the support system is part of the health system. “It takes a team of physicians to take care of a breast cancer diagnosis. So the multidisciplinary breast clinic brings that all together. When she’s here she will see her breast surgeon, her medical oncologist, the radiation oncologist - all at the same visit,” says Tammy Zinn, breast health navigator with Lee Memorial Health System. In treating the patient, they are also treating the family. “Every doctor we talked to and every assistant we talked to, they were all telling me and my sisters the same information. And they felt comfortable telling us,” says Eva Canales. Big family included, it takes an army of support to beat cancer. “I’m still coming here and everything is good,” says Canales. View More Health Matters video segments at leememorial.org/healthmatters/ Lee Memorial Health System in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of medical care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For nearly a century, we’ve been providing our community with everything from primary care treatment to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries. Visit leememorial.org

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