2014 Society of Surgical Oncology Cancer Symposium


Surgery Plus Radiation Offers Mixed Results in Soft-Tissue Sarcoma

Adjuvant radiation following surgery for soft-tissue sarcomas of the extremities did not lead to a survival benefit and seemed to be associated with some degree of long-term limb complications, accord...

skin cancer

Patients With Thin Melanoma Benefit From Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy

Sentinel node status is “the most powerful predictor” of melanoma-specific survival in patients with thin melanoma, according to a presentation at the 2014 Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO) Cancer Sy...

breast cancer

Lymphedema Lingers Long After Sentinel Lymph Node Dissection for Early Breast Cancer

Patients with early-stage breast cancer who underwent sentinel lymph node dissection experienced lymphedema with increasing incidence over time, according to a presentation at the 2014 Society of Surg...

breast cancer

Survival Analysis of Contralateral Prophylactic Mastectomy Sparks Discussion

Contralateral prophylactic mastectomy improved breast cancer patients’ odds of overall survival by 23% compared with single mastectomy alone, according to a retrospective analysis of nearly 170,000 pa...

Issues in Oncology

Randomized Trials vs Meta-analyses: Which Is the Better Bet?

Two surgical oncology experts who squared off in a “Great Debate” at the 2014 Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO) Annual Cancer Symposium in Phoenix. Heidi Nelson, MD, Professor of Surgery at the Mayo ...

Colorectal Cancer

Surveillance After Colon Cancer Surgery: Too Much of a Good Thing?

Finding salvageable colon cancer recurrence is akin to finding a needle in a haystack, rendering routine patient surveillance of little value. But finding that needle offers an opportunity for treatin...