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Individualized Treatment Decisions for Breast Cancer

Posted on: June 15, 2018

The long-awaited results from the TailoRx (Trial Assigning Individualized Options for Treatment) trial were released in June at the American Society of Clinical Oncology in Chicago. The results confirm that using the gene expression test (OncotypeDX) to assess the risk of breast cancer recurrence can spare many women unnecessary treatment with chemotherapy that will not… read more

Diablo Valley Oncology Opens Women’s Cancer Center in Contra Costa County

Posted on: May 7, 2018

Single day breast cancer clinic offers a multidisciplinaryapproach to breast cancer care. Pleasant Hill, CA (May 8, 2018) – Diablo Valley Oncology & Hematology Medical Group and West Coast Surgical Associates are pleased to announce the opening of the Women’s Cancer Center of the East Bay, a highly collaborative, multidisciplinary approach to treating breast cancer…. read more

Radiation for Skin Cancer

Posted on: March 8, 2018

Mr. S is a 70 year old man who noticed a lump on the left side of his nose several months ago. The lump quickly grew, and a biopsy showed squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), a type of skin cancer. He was treated for a squamous cell carcinoma on his arm several years ago with Mohs… read more

Non-invasive Testing to Diagnose Skin Cancer

Posted on: January 24, 2018

Mr. R is a 58 year old man with a history of recurrent basal cell carcinoma; in 2013 a dermatologist treated skin cancer on the right side of his nose by shaving off layers of skin in what is called Mohs surgery. Three years later, in 2016, Mr. R developed a basal cell carcinoma on… read more

November is Family Caregivers Month

Posted on: November 1, 2017

In November we recognize family caregivers across the country and honor their dedication. Family caretakers care for loved ones with a chronic condition, disability, disease or old age. According to the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP data from 2015, approximately 43.5 million caregivers have provided unpaid care to an adult or child within the… read more

Comfort Cub Helps Patients Relax and Feel Comfortable

Posted on: October 6, 2017

    Photo credit: Tina Case   Article by Nancy Lucas, Breast Cancer Survivor   Sometimes there are no words when faced with a difficult diagnosis. Every journey is unique yet one thing most of us have in common is the initial struggle to get a handle on our fear of the unknown which when left… read more