Intraoperative Radiotherapy Has Future For Breast Cancer

For a woman with breast cancer, the prospect of receiving radiation therapy in a single dose during surgery, rather than going through six weeks of radiation treatments, is a welcome one. That possibility is becoming a reality for more women with early-stage breast cancer. Intraoperative radiotherapy (IORT) applies a single dose of radiation directly to … Read More

Creating a Culture of Patient Safety

Shortly after participating in error prevention training on Cleveland Clinic’s main campus, a nurse in the pediatric ICU approached an anesthesiologist before the start of a patient procedure. Concerned that the physician had not thoroughly washed his hands, the nurse introduced herself and raised her concern. The anesthesiologist complied with the nurse’s request to rewash … Read More

Probing Extracellular Vesicles’ Role in Cancer and Other Diseases

All cells, including malignant ones, release extracellular vesicles (EV). Since cellular activation or damage enhances EV release, elevated EV levels are biomarkers for such processes. Analyses of circulating EV may provide a noninvasive “molecular snapshot” of tumors or cellular dysfunction, aiding treatment, prognosis estimates and monitoring.

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Care Coordination: A Renewed Focus

Care coordination has always been imperative in the healthcare industry, serving as a foundational center of medical practice for years. However, in the new healthcare environment, the topic is getting renewed attention as part of a widespread effort to help health systems better manage high-risk patients.

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3-D Liver Model

Liver surgery is becoming safer, thanks to 3-D modeling. This technology is now helping surgeons plan surgeries and helping train tomorrow’s surgeons.