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PRODUCED BY AND FOR MEMBERS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF SURGERY June 2014 | Archived Issues

Pro Surfer Back in Water After Surgery for Rare Cancer

When professional surfer Richie Lovett learned he had bone cancer, an international search led him to Cedars-Sinai, where a groundbreaking surgical procedure helped leave him free of the disease. Now Lovett is riding his board again.

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The Multispecialty Approach to Esophageal Cancer

By Harmik J. Soukiasian, MD

The treatment of esophageal cancer is best managed using a team approach, including gastroenterology, medical oncology, radiation oncology and surgery, an approach we refer to as the multispecialty esophageal cancer approach.

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Understanding How Melanoma Spreads From the Skin

By Richard Essner, MD

Once an uncommon malignancy, cutaneous melanoma is increasing in frequency in the United States. While most cases of melanoma can be cured by surgical excision of the primary tumor alone, about 20-30 percent of patients will develop metastases, and many of these patients will die from their disease.

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The Importance of Glycemic Control for Surgical Candidates

By David Liss, DPM

Diabetic patients and podiatry have come to develop a very close relationship as nationwide and global rates for the disease continue to rise. It will become increasingly important for all surgical specialties to take an active role in reinforcement of tight glycemic control, especially in their surgical patients.

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Spurrier Wins Debate by Downplaying Benefits of Robotics

The explosive growth of robotics was at the heart of the 11th annual Dr. Leon Morgenstern Great Debates in Clinical Medicine Resident Competition. Ryan Spurrier, MD, defeated Heidi Reich, MD, with his argument that savvy marketing rather than medical data is driving the field's rapid expansion.

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Circle of Friends Honorees for May

The Circle of Friends program honored 203 people in May. Circle of Friends allows grateful patients to make a donation in honor of the physicians, nurses, caregivers and others who have made a difference during their time at Cedars-Sinai.

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P and T Committee Approvals, FDA Warning on Docetaxel

Pharmacy Focus

See highlights from the April 1 meeting of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee. Also, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning that the chemotherapy drug docetaxel contains alcohol, which may cause patients to experience intoxication during and after treatment.

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On Founders Day, Cedars-Sinai Looks to Its Past

A capacity crowd filled Harvey Morse Auditorium on June 6 for the inaugural celebration of Cedars-Sinai Founders Day, an occasion that was by turns solemn, joyous and funny. The event marked both the anniversary of Cedars-Sinai's opening in its current location and the debut of a Historical Conservancy exhibit about the medical center's past.

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