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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 possible....

  • Diagnostic Progress for Blood Cancer

    Diagnostic Progress for Blood Cancer

    The outlook for patients with leukemia and other life-threatening blood cancers is rapidly improving thanks to targeted therapies and advancements in blood and marrow transplants, researchers say. But while breakthroughs are improving patients’ quality of life, a cure for blood cancers is more...

  • New Technology in Cancer Care

    New Technology in Cancer Care

    Cancer treatment has evolved in recent years to tap a number of cutting-edge technologies and procedures that go beyond — and often complement — robotic surgery. Southern California’s world-class medical centers are at the forefront of the revolution. The NeuroBlate MRI-guided 3-D laser system...

  • 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. In 2006, the Institute of Medicine (the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences) recommended that every cancer patient receive an individualized survivorship care plan that includes...

  • 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 specific challenges...

  • 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. Dr. Lisa Guerra explained that the focus of breast cancer treatment has evolved into specific approaches tailored to each patient’s diagnoses and circumstances. Over...

  • 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. “As [my doctor] walked in the room, his gigantic smile and...

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    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. Webber, of Pacific Palisades, and her husband Brian took...

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  • A Critical Choice

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    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? For Garelick, the choice was simple:...