Group News

The Department of Surgery is delighted to welcome the following new faculty this fall.
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Breast Cancer Surgery – Study to prevent lymphedema now enrolling patients of Chinese origin.
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Researchers at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center are conducting a clinical trial to test whether an exercise and diet weight loss program can help overweight colon or rectal cancer survivors reach a healthy body weigh. The National Cancer Institute-funded research study offers nutrition counseling and free membership to a weight loss facility to help women who have had colon or rectal cancer reach a healthy body weight in one year.
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Laser therapy to treat early stage breast cancer. Columbia University Medical Center is now enrolling patients in a new clinical trial examining the effectiveness of laser therapy to treat early-stage breast cancer. This new research is testing a non-surgical treatment called Novilase® Interstitial Laser Therapy (ILT). The study will test the ability of the laser to ablate (destroy) breast cancers that are equal to or less than 2 centimeters in size. Approximately 50% of breast cancer patients are estimated to qualify for inclusion in the study. Traditionally, early-stage breast cancers have been removed by surgery, i.e., lumpectomy, which can unfavorably affect the look and feel of the breast. Destroying the tumor with a laser may have advantages including: Minimal scarring, Less chance of infection, Much shorter recovery time, Preservation of natural shape (i.e., cosmetic appearance) and feel of the breast
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Dr. Marc Bessler discusses dieting, weight management, and weight loss surgery.
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