ONCOLOGY Vol 26 No 7 | Oncology

ICD-10: Getting Sucked in and Surviving

July 15, 2012

ICD-10 is a massive undertaking that expands our current 13,000 codes to 68,000 codes. It will impact nearly all business processes in a physician's practice: verification of eligibility, pre-authorization, clinical documentation, research activities, public health reporting, quality reporting, and claim submission.

Robotic-Assisted Radical Prostatectomy: Who Is Benefiting?

July 15, 2012

How should oncologists advise patients about the best surgical approach to use to treat their prostate cancer? Quite simply, it is the surgeon, not the approach. The self-fulfilling prophecy about surgery is that the best surgeons tend to do the most surgeries, so an easy metric is volume.

Robotic Prostatectomy Improves Outcomes-After the Potentially Risky Adoption Phase

July 15, 2012

In summary, both RALP and ORP are excellent operations in experienced hands. They are also technically difficult to perform consistently well, so in my view, surgeons should attempt to master the operation they perform rather than hastily switching to robotic surgery, unless they have an opportunity for significant mentorship and surgical volume.

Getting to the Heart of Improving Outcomes for Patients With Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia

July 15, 2012

The management of patients with acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) has been transformed over the course of the last two decades following the introduction of successful molecularly targeted therapies-all-trans retinoic acid (ATRA) and arsenic trioxide (ATO)- which act in concert to induce degradation of the PMLRARα oncoprotein formed by the chromosomal translocation t(15;17)(q22;q21).

Provocative Pearls in Diagnosing and Treating Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia

July 15, 2012

The treatment of APL in the modern era is a success of modern hematology. In this review we have attempted to plant the seeds of understanding regarding how diagnosis and treatment of APL will be pursued over the next decade.

Minimally Invasive Open Retropubic Prostatectomy: In Experienced Hands-Still the Gold Standard

July 15, 2012

Over the last decade, robotic-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy (RALP) has rapidly gained in popularity, primarily for three reasons: the enthusiasm of surgeons keen to try something new, medical marketing, and patients’ desire to avoid side effects from surgery.

Current Status of Robot-Assisted Radical Prostatectomy: Progress Is Inevitable

July 15, 2012

There is no question that the robot has leveled the playing field. It has allowed more surgeons to offer patients a minimally invasive approach. In terms of perioperative outcomes, there is clear evidence showing shorter hospital stays, less blood loss, lower complication rates, and shorter convalescence with robotic-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy.

Tumor Biology Trumps Anatomy in Breast Cancer Brain Metastases

July 12, 2012

In this issue of ONCOLOGY, Drs. Lim and Lin present a comprehensive and up-to-date review of the basic biology of breast cancer brain metastasis (BCBM) and of emerging strategies for treating this increasingly common complication of advanced breast cancer (BC) (BC is second only to non–small-cell lung cancer in the frequency of central nervous system [CNS] metastasis.)