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  • Donors Making a Difference: Physician, Researcher and Author C. Richard Boland, MD, (YSM ’73) Accelerates Research Surrounding Familial and Hereditary Gastrointestinal Cancers with Recent Gift

    Inspired by an intense curiosity about his family’s long history with colon and other cancers and a desire to help his and other families with similar cancer histories, C. Richard Boland, MD, ’73 has devoted his entire medical career to finding the causes of hereditary colorectal cancer.

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  • High-dose Vitamin D Shows Benefit in Patients with Advanced Colorectal Cancer

    Results of a small clinical trial suggest that supplementing chemotherapy with high doses of vitamin D may benefit patients with metastatic colorectal cancer by delaying progression of the disease. The findings, by researchers from Yale Cancer Center and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, are published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

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  • At Yale, an ultrasound endoscope reduces need for surgery

    Patients suffering pain and jaundice from blocked bile ducts can find relief without going through major surgery, with the use of endoscopic ultrasound, according to the director of the Yale Center for Pancreatitis. “Endoscopic ultrasound has been there for many years, but now we are trying new techniques in new areas,” said Dr. Thiruvengadam Muniraj. “One reason is we are having more tools and gadgets” available. For example, in a procedure used to remove gallstones in patients with gastric bypasses, known as EDGE, “that needs a special stent that has only been on the market for a few years or so,” he said.

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  • Cancer survivor: Ignore the discomfort, get a colonoscopy

    March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. It may not be the most pleasant topic, but those screenings do save lives. "That the rate of colon cancer is going down and the survival in colon cancer is improving, and we think a lot of that is due to colonoscopies," according to Dr. Jeremy Kortmansky, co-director of the Gastro-Intestinal Cancers program at Yale New Haven and Smilow Cancer Hospitals. No, they are not pleasant. Nobody likes them, but doctors say there is just nothing better for finding colorectal cancers than colonoscopies. "The gastroenterologists, who are the ones who do the procedures take good care," said Dr. Kortmansky. "They've made them a little bit less onerous, but the procedure itself is pretty straightforward."

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  • Commonly asked questions about pancreatic cancer

    he announcement by Alex Trebek, the long time host of 'Jeopardy', is on a lot of people's minds. The iconic host is now battling pancreatic cancer. He shares, "This week I was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Now normally the prognosis of this is not very encouraging but I'm going to fight this." His diagnosis is prompting many conversations and raising questions, which is the focus of News 8 On Call. Pancreatic cancer is tough to diagnose early because symptoms are mild, such as an upset stomach, The American Cancer Society says there is no screening test that has been shown to increase the rate of survival. There are a number of commonly asked questions about pancreatic cancer. News 8 asked Dr. Khanh Nguyen with Smilow Cancer Hospital at Griffin Health many of these common questions.

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