How Technology, Human Values and New Scrutiny of Old Methods Are Improving Cancer Outcomes

Three surgical oncologists offer exciting news on hepatobiliary, thyroid and breast cancers. First up is a look at benefits of minimally invasive robotic surgery for rectal cancers; regional therapy for metastatic GI cancer; 3D virtual surgical planning; and biomarkers for pancreatic cysts. Next, learn why the U.S. thyroid cancer epidemic isn’t just a case of overdiagnosis and which factors should drive thyroidectomy decisions. Finally, hear about breast cancer technique alternatives that boost patient – and staff – satisfaction, such as intraoperative radiation therapy, instead of traditional radiation, and the Magseed, instead of wire, to localize lesions.

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Ajay Maker, MD, FACS.

Ajay Maker, MD, FACS

Surgical oncologist, Chief, Division of Surgical Oncology

Dr. Ajay V. Maker is a surgical oncologist and chief of the UCSF Division of Surgical Oncology. He is an expert in surgically treating complex gastrointestinal and hepatopancreatobiliary diseases (those affecting the liver, pancreas, ...

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Julie Sosa, MD, MA, FACS, FSSO.

Julie Sosa, MD, MA, FACS, FSSO

Chair, Department of Surgery
Endocrine surgeon

Dr. Julie Ann Sosa is an endocrine surgeon who specializes in thyroid cancer. She also has expertise in treating adults and children for a variety of benign and malignant endocrine conditions of the thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal glands. ...

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Michael Alvarado MD MS.

Michael Alvarado MD MS

Breast cancer surgeon, Melanoma surgeon

Dr. Michael Alvarado is a cancer surgeon who cares for patients with breast cancer and melanoma at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center at Mount Zion. In his research, Alvarado conducts trials of radiation therapy ...

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