Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Health Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Health | Cancer Patients Are Getting Robotic Surgery. There’s No Evidence It’s Better. Advertisement Supported by High-tech surgical robots aren’t an improvement over traditional operations, the F.D.A. warns. For some patients, the robots may be worse. ByRoni Caryn Rabin March 11, 2019 Robotic surgery was never approved for mastectomy or any other cancer-related treatment, but that has hardly deterred doctors in the operating suite. The equipment is widely used to operate on patients with various malignancies, from breast cancer to prostate cancer. Yet there have long been questions about how well doctors are trained on the machines, and whether the devices are better for patients than traditional methods. Now the Food and Drug Administration has warned that there is no evidence cancer … [Read more...] about Cancer Patients Are Getting Robotic Surgery. There’s No Evidence It’s Better.
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"Alternative medicine," so-called "complementary and alternative medicine" (CAM), or, as it's become fashionable to call it, "integrative medicine" is a set of medical practices that are far more based on belief than science. As my good bud and collaborator Mark Crislip so pointedly reminded us last week, CAM is far more akin to religion than science-based medicine (SBM). However, as I've discussed more times than I can remember over the years, both here and at my not-so-super-secret-other blog, CAM practitioners and advocates, despite practicing what is in reality mostly pseudoscience-based medicine, crave the imprimatur that science can provide, the respect that science has. That is why, no matter how scientifically implausible the treatment, CAM practitioners try to tart it up with science. I say "tart it up" because they aren't really providing a scientific basis for their favored quackery. In reality, what they are doing is choosing science-y words and using them as explanations … [Read more...] about Yes, Virginia, unlike CAM, science-based medicine does change based on science
Men suffering from prostate cancer can now get the latest surgical treatment in Northern Ireland, thanks to the launch of the Province’s first ever robotic assisted prostatectomy service at Belfast City Hospital (BCH). The £2million Da Vinci Robot will perform surgery on up to 100 urology patients a year, focusing mainly on those suffering from localised prostate cancer, with capacity to include further treatments within urology and other services in the future. According to the Belfast Health Trust, patients can expect a shorter stay in hospital, reduced medication, decreased blood loss during surgery and improved erectile dysfunction. “This type of surgery allows greater dexterity at the operation site, which is particularly important when operating in the narrow male pelvis,” the trust said.The majority of the £2million funding was provided by the Department of Health (£1.8m), with the remainder generously donated by the Men Against Cancer (MAC) … [Read more...] about Trust’s new £2m robot will improve outcomes for cancer patients
Students at Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy had the opportunity of a lifetime earlier this month, thanks to CHI Memorial Hospital and its robotic prostate cancer surgeon, Dr. Lee Jackson. Jackson visited the school on Oct. 3 and provided students with a hands-on STEM experience by allowing them to sit at the controls of the da Vinci Surgical System. The students, along with Jackson and some of his team members, were even able to perform a simulated surgery with the system. Dr. Jackson's appreciation for CGLA's STEM-focused curriculum is what inspired the visit, according to a news release. "Women's participation in STEM fields is widely understood to improve the creativity and quality of those fields," he said in a statement. GPS seniors awarded National Merit Scholarships Four students at Girls Preparatory School were named Commended Students in the 2019 National Merit Scholarships Program. Olivia Combs, Lane Lawrence, Ruchi Patel and Allison Smith are all seniors at the … [Read more...] about Class Notes: Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy students participate in simulated robotic surgery
August 30, 2018Kevin Lomangino is the managing editor of HealthNewsReview.org. He tweets as @KLomangino. So why do its communications about prostate cancer sound like they were crafted on a bayou backwater that’s 20 years behind the times? Their PR team is promoting an event called Man Up! Geaux Get Screened, which exhorts local men to sign up for this “quick and relatively painless blood test called a PSA to screen for prostate cancer.” Painless? Tell that to the thousands of men who’ve been unnecessarily biopsied or operated on based on results from a PSA test. Here’s a sampling of the event’s marketing pitch — a football-themed guilt trip mixing machismo and memorabilia: Rickey Jackson knows what it takes to be a man. But it’s more than dominating a football field, winning a Super Bowl or earning his way into the NFL Hall of Fame. Jackson knows being a man means taking care of yourself so you can take care of the people in your life. … [Read more...] about More prizes for prostates: Tulane promotes PSA testing with football memorabilia, photo-ops