Focus on Cancer
About This Show
According to the American Cancer Society, yearly deaths from cancer are decreasing— marking the first period of decline in nearly 70 years. ReachMD takes a closer look at the driving forces behind these advances: medications that hone in on specific tumor targets, more accurate screening and diagnostic technologies, and pioneering surgical methods that provide new hope for patients suffering from these devastating diseases.
Most Recent Episode
Pancreatic Cancer: The Hunt to Catch a Silent Killer
Host: John J. Russell, MD
Pancreatic cancer is projected to become the second leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States by 2020. This is due, in large part, to its insidious onset and subtle presentation even at late stages, many symptoms of which are often attributed to common and less serious conditions in aging populations. Dr. Harish Lavu, Head of Hepatopancreatobiliary Surgery at Jefferson University, talks with host Dr. John Russell about the diagnostic and therapeutic priorities addressing pancreatic cancer, and why this disease is so hard to detect.