Recent Advances in Oncology: What’s New in Surgery


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Thoracic surgeon Taine T.V. Pechet, MD, provides an overview of recent advances in thoracic surgery and rehabilitative care at Penn Medicine. Focusing first on the histology of lung cancers (>53% of lung cancers at Penn Medicine were adenocarcinomas in 2013; another 24% were squamous cell cancers), Dr. Pechet discusses observed survival for these cancers at Penn and elsewhere and the challenges inherent in the treatment of ground­glass opacities. Other topics include robotic procedures for thymectomy and pancreaticoduodenectomy at Penn and enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) to reduce pain, nausea and postoperative ileus (POI).


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