Thursday, December 22, 2011

Skin Cancer; What You Need to Know To Save Your Life Video

This is an educational video that shows what skin looks like and other irregularities concerning the shape of the tumor.  You will have understanding as to what the pathologist views under the scope to determine a person's diagnosis of melanoma. 

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Advancing Histology To Determine Cancer Diagnosis Video

Histology is extremely important in the diagnosis of all cancers.  Tissues from biopsies procedures from any part of the body are processed in the histology department. After the tissues are processed the pathologist will view the prepared tissue on slides to determine if cancer is present.

Peter Kilner demonstrates a whole new way of approaching tissue processing with the Thermo Scientific Securesette cassette making it easier and more efficient to carry out biopsies and other tests in the histology lab.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Pancreatic Cancer Chemotherapy

John Chabot, MD, chief, division of GI/Endocrine Surgery, executive director, Pancreas Center at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY, discusses the current chemotherapy options available to treat pancreatic cancer. The main drug available is gemcitabine
and is currently used in combination therapies.

There are currently trials underway that are demonstrating improved survival with aggressive chemotherapy. Nongemcitabine regiment was identified that proved to be a better treatment option for stage IV pancreatic cancer than gemcitabine. Chabot expects that drugs that are used in other types of cancer will show the most significant improvement in the future.