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Health+ | Innovations in Cancer Treatment

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Advances in Robotic Surgery

Surfing is a huge part of Charles Scalice’s life. So when the Seal Beach resident was diagnosed with cancer in February 2012, he searched for the least invasive treatment option, one that would give him the best shot at a good outcome and allow him to get back on his board as quickly as...

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  • Steps in Recovery
    Steps in Recovery

    It is just as important to plan for success after cancer treatment as it is before beginning it, experts say.

  • A New World of Options
    A New World of Options

    Robotic surgery — the pioneering da Vinci Surgical System in particular — was initially developed to target prostate cancer. And although robotic systems are now used to treat a wide range of cancers, they remain an especially effective, minimally invasive way to deal with the...

  • A Custom Fit
    A Custom Fit

    Personalized and individualized approaches to care have been key points of progress and innovation in the field of breast oncology.

  • Treating the Whole Patient
    Treating the Whole Patient

    John Gibson discovered a few weeks following surgery that his cancer had progressed to stage 4 melanoma. That was last year, before he began treatment at the Beverly Hills Cancer Center, which he visited after a suggestion from a friend.

  • Alternative Cancer Treatments
    Alternative Cancer Treatments

    Curing cancer is still the holy grail of health care. Unfortunately, there is no perfect cure for every cancer in every patient. That drives the interest in alternative treatments — those not approved by the FDA that replace traditional treatments (chemotherapy, radiation and surgery.)...

  • A Cut Above
    A Cut Above

    Trevor MacKay was busy training for a triathlon last November. Cancer was the furthest thing from his mind, but following a routine physical he got the shocking prognosis of prostate cancer. So the 49-year-old did his homework, interviewed several surgeons and made an important decision.

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  • The New War on Cancer: Today's treatments are less invasive with fewer side effects
    The New War on Cancer: Today's treatments are less invasive with fewer side effects

    It used to be that the cancer doctor’s toolbox contained three essential tools — a scalpel to cut out the disease, chemo to poison it and radiation to zap it.

  • A Cut Above
    A Cut Above

    Lourdes Medina had undergone two spinal operations to treat a debilitating degenerative disc. They provided little relief, and she soon developed a herniated disc in her lower back.

  • Children's Hospitals
    Children's Hospitals

    In photographs, Megan Webber’s 5-year-old son Benjamin had a white glow on one eye where other people have that little red dot. It didn’t seem important at first, then her sister remembered seeing a TV show about the glow and eye disease.

  • Matters of the Heart
    Matters of the Heart

    A recent study shows that when it comes to matters of the heart, there are indeed differences between the sexes.

  • Standing Up to Pain
    Standing Up to Pain

    Pain took center stage during season 11 of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” when Jennifer Grey almost didn’t perform during the finale due to a severe back injury.

  • A Critical Choice
    A Critical Choice

    Steve Garelick of West Hills needed surgery to fix his leaking heart valve — and right away. It was already late February and the 54-year-old certified public accountant knew he couldn’t wait until after tax season, the busiest time of year for him. What to do?